Category Archives: Tales from a Country Girl

It’s Suppertime

 

 

 

I expect you have heard the following saying:

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take; but, by the moments that take our breaths away.” (Anonymous)

Well, in the early hours of Sunday morning, around 2:00 a.m., I truly had one of these unique breathtaking moments.  Earlier, I had woken up, prayed for several people, and rolled over to go back to sleep. A picture of a door appeared before me, it was closed, and very slowly it began to open a few inches, as if in slow motion. I began to ask what are You showing me.

The Holy Spirit said,  “The Father is beginning to open the door to walk out on the porch of Heaven and call to Jesus,  “My Son, it’s time, Go Bring My Children Home.” 

I laid there still before the Lord, not breathing, absorbing this picture, and hearing His Words repeated over and over in my spirit. Before I could ask what was I to do with this, He instructed me to get up and write it down.  He said remember Jesus’ words to us from John 14:2b-3,  “I go to prepare a place for you.  If I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also ”.  

Then, He carried me to a place in my childhood memories and told me to write………

Close to the sun setting at the end of the day, Momma and my sister, Peggy would go into the house and start preparing supper. Our baby sister, Sandy was usually with them.  Jerry and Harold, my older brothers, would milk the cows and feed the pigs.  Another sister, Sharon and I would feed the chickens and gather any eggs laid through the day.  If it was still any daylight left, we were allowed to play outside until we were called to come in. Usually, our youngest brother Gene would join all of us in the fun playing all kinds of games.  Then, we would see Mama come out on the front porch and say “Come on in, it’s Suppertime!!!”   This family of hungry children could not wait to come in and sit down at the supper table and enjoy all that Mama had prepared for us.  

Very soon, our Father will call us :   

Matthew 25:34 – Then shall the Lord say unto us,  “Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

In other words, “Come Home Child, it’s Suppertime!!!” Then, you and I will go in rejoicing for we are truly Home forever with the One who made us “His,” forever by the blood of His Son, Jesus.                        

A child headed Home,

Tricia Cook

Anniversary #2

 

Eero Järnefelt [Public domain, Public domain or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eero Järnefelt [Public domain, Public domain or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Treading Water Til Jesus Comes; we went live TWO years ago today.  What is our purpose?  To encourage the Bride of Christ and to point the way to the Savior for anyone who happens upon us while looking for answers via cyberspace.  We are a tiny fish in a big ocean, swimming very much against the current.  Most blogs are personal spiritual journeys and teach valuable lessons and sometimes end up as books.  Rarely are they written daily.    Our wee blog is a daily (at least it is suppose to be if we heard the Lord correctly) online devotional.  A Bible study written by multiple writers:   A sail through scripture as we search for God’s direction and understanding of topics He lays on our hearts.  The well watered garden Freda cultivates, Tricia tells stories with spiritual lessons from her country childhood, a twelve year old now fourteen continues to bless us with her words on occasion, and Yvonne attempts to dive deep and to linger over the subject long to truly capture God’s heart.  We have experienced changes as we went along.  Sadly, we have had to say farewell to some original Treaders due to God leading them in new directions.  We cannot thank them enough for being a part of this journey!   We have gained and are gaining some new Treaders as we enter year number three. As we begin years number three, we think you will find our newest contributor, Susan’s testimony compelling.  

She will give you an example of how to walk by faith and not by sight.  Be sure to check her blog each Tuesday.    If you would like to join us, do not be shy!  

For those of you who follow us regularly by subscribing through email, we thank you, for you are our thirty-one reasons to continue.  For those who follow us through Facebook, we thank you and THANK YOU for sharing us each time you read and are blessed for this multiplies your blessing.  We can be shared on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.  To be honest, we have struggled “sharing” our own work on Facebook.   Are we “engineering ourselves to stay small?”  This is the question we are currently asking.  We are proud of our little blog.  It seems to our Southern upbringing braggadocious to share our own work but when we survey others work,  they seem to have no problems in promoting their work.  These are issues we are praying through to be sure we do only what the Lord would have us do and we want to follow His example.  We thank you for your comments, for they help us see God at work.  

There are times we have become discouraged.  We covet your prayers.  It is funny how the post we think we nailed will have no responses and very few reads and the post we feel was a complete flop will hit the top of our stats chart.  God keeps us humble in all this, depending on Him and trusting the post gets to the ONE it was meant for (even if it was just me!).  

The overall format we feel is God’s alone.  Scripture, music, works of art and just a bit of “object lesson” are vital to worship and our hope is this can be a daily dip in God’s pool for your soul.

“Lord, Father in Heaven,

Guide me (us) in this path.  When I (we) come into your Presence, take my (our) questions that I (we) might receive Your answers. Amen”  (from The Young Messiah)

Treading on,

The Treaders

Here are some of our statistics:

>8000 views this year alone
>200 comments this year-almost one per day
Pain of a Mother’s Heart most viewed post
Found through twelve different search engines
98 countries reached!!! (This blows our minds!)
This represents individuals and The Lord used us to speak.  Amazing!

Happy Labor Day

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Psalms 128:2  For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

See you tomorrow!  Have a safe and blessed holiday with those you love.

The Treadin7

  • Psalm 127:1 (KJV) Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Joseph and The Turning of the Wheel

coat of many colors

“ Joseph and the Turning of  the Wheel “

Let’s think about Joseph and the “Turning of the Wheel”  in his life.  Jacob and Rachel were his parents. He grew up in a large family of twelve boys and some sisters. One of  the first “Turning of the Wheels“ of his sheltered life was the jealousy and hatred he faced from his brothers.  His father had many children to love and care for but Joseph was his favorite child. (Gen, 37:3-4) Jacob loved him more because he was the son of his old age. Because of the beautiful coat of many colors, the brothers realized how much their father truly loved Joseph.  This favoritism incited much envy, jealousy, and even hatred each time they saw Joseph and his coat. The brothers would not even talk  Joseph with kindness at all.

Having grown up in a large family of twelve children myself you would have thought that we also would have experienced some of that but I can honestly say that I have never heard any of our family saying that they dealt with jealousy issues. Daddy and Mama treated each of us as equal as they could. If Mama made a dress for one of us girls, we knew that the next one in line would have one as soon as she could get it made until we all had one.

In fact, Mama would usually take all of the younger girls to town at the same time on grocery day. Flour in those days came in some really pretty colors, prints, and patterns. She would then allow each of us to choose the flour sack patterns that we wanted our dresses made from.  At home the flour was poured up into a very large barrel, the sacks were shook out, washed, and made ready for Mama to cut out a pattern and sew them on her old Singer sewing machine with a foot pedal.

Being a teenager around seventeen, Joseph was a dreamer.  And due to his lack of wisdom, he began to tell his brothers about them. “ For, behold we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves stood round about, and bowed down to my sheaf “.(Gen. 37:7) Verse 8 tells us that they hated him even more because of his dreams and visions. In a mocking way, they asked Joseph,  “Shall you indeed reign over us, or shall you have dominion over us “ ?

 

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The “ Wheel Turns “ and these brothers that he loves conspire and plot to betray and murder him. Thanks be to God, that at the perfect time He raises up Joseph’s brother, Rueben, with a way to protect Joseph from being killed. “ Shed no blood, but, cast him into this pit “.(Genesis 37:22b)   (Rueben’s intentions was to come and remove him from the pit and return him back to Jacob, his father at a later time.) The “ Wheel Turns “ again in Joseph’s life as the brothers stripped his coat off and throw him in a pit. Quickly, the “ Wheel Turns “ and they see a caravan of merchants traveling down to Egypt to trade goods. He is sold to them for “ twenty pieces of silver “in order to be sold as a slave later.

I wonder at seventeen years of age how anyone of us would have handled the rejection, envy, jealousy, and hatred that Joseph experienced. Then, to find out that your own flesh and blood had plotted to betray and murder you. It doesn’t end there but to be stripped of his beloved father’s gift of the coat of many colors, thrown into the pit, sold like a worthless thing for slavery, and taken to a faraway land. The fear, aloneness, and anxieties that Joseph faced must have been insurmountable.  

Where do you turn when your own family cannot be counted on to help and protect you ?  

This is a question many of us have had to walk through at some time and place in our lives. We are not given the answer to this question from Joseph’s perspective but the Lord has brought this precious promise from His Holy Word to give each of us comfort when this happens to us.

“ I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My Help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth……….The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; He shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore “.(Ps.121:1-2, 7-8)

 

Bebo Norman “I will lift my eyes”

 

Love forever,

Tricia Cook

 

The Turning of the Wheel

patience potter

(48.) “ The Turning Of The Wheel “

Over the years, I have always looked forward to the Olympics. My favorite has been the floor exercise of the gymnast. This year I have been drawn to one little 16 year old, named Laurie Hernandez. She is the youngest member of the team in the 2016 Women’s Olympics.

I told my little granddaughter as we were watching the introductions one evening, “Baby, I believe she knows Jesus!”  She ask me why did I think that, to which I replied “Look at her, there is a “light” coming out her eyes and her countenance.” In the following days I began to search out more information about Laurie. Her motto is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13) She is known for her joyous expressions while performing her routines and for sharing her faith in God.

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The trials, tragedies, and tough circumstances that are allowed to touch our  lives represent “The Turning of the Wheel” in our lives; and the Potter’s Wheel has turned many times in this young girl’s life.  And overtime she has had a broken right wrists on two different occasions, a fractured left elbow, a dislocated right kneecap, and a torn patellar tendon from landing wrong while vaulting. She has a reconstructed cadaver’s tendon in her knee;  and once while working on the uneven bars, she smashed her teeth and could not eat solid food for some time. Throughout all these trials and difficult circumstances, Laurie never became bitter.

Relying heavily on prayer during these tough times, she continues to give God all the glory. She says prayer really grounds her, helps her to think more clearly, and calms her down before she does her routines. She says  “I just wake up thanking God for another day, and go to sleep thanking Him for another day. I want to thank God, cause with Him nothing is impossible.”(Luke 1:37)

She believes that everyday God is “ molding her “ into someone that He wants her to be; and she is using the God given talents and abilities to bring Him glory. She shares her faith and scripture to encourage those around her.

Her favorite Bible verse is “She is clothed with dignity and strength, and she laughs without fear of the future.”(Prov. 31:25)

She has not given up, but, persevered through all those challenges on the Road to Rio.  God is rewarding her and using her in extraordinary ways. She has won her first gold medal with a perfect performance. In this writing we see only one story of how God uses “ The Turning of the Wheel “ in someone’s life.

But, each of us is a story in itself of the beautiful vessel that “the Potter”is forming for His glory.

Love forever,

Tricia

A Look At The Potter

trust“A Look At The Potter “

Who was in control when Jeremiah went down to observe the potter’s work?  The potter or the clay?   Who had a plan or purpose?  The potter or the clay?
God, our Potter, has a plan!!
God, our Potter, has a purpose!!
God, our Potter, is in control!!

God has a definite purpose for each of us. He has an exact picture of our life hidden in his heart of love.  Ephesians 1:4-5 tells us that  “Before the foundations of the world were laid” God laid out a plan for each of us. He chose us to be holy and blameless in His sight. He predestined us or planned ahead for to be adopted as His sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, His Son“.  He did all this in His great love.

Some of us may be shaped into great men and women like Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Deborah, David, Daniel, and Esther, as  “vessels of faith.”  But, some of us are being shaped for more simple purposes like behind the scene vessels, servant hearts, intercessor, seekers of lost souls, but, still,we are “vessels of faith.”

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor (Timothy 2:20 KJV)   This doesn’t mean we are less important for his kingdom’s work.  Remember in the body how every part is vital and has great significance to make it work smoothly.  He allows lots of pressure and situations to make us into that usable vessel. We need to realize that if He has a specific purpose for anyone of us — the molding process will take longer and the turning of the wheel will be great in our life.

“Hath not the Potter the power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?” (Romans 9:21 KJV)

Let’s look at these tough trials, as our Father, the Potter, preparing us for something real special. In His heart, we are all special vessels whether we serve Him in the forefront or behind the scenes.

I want to leave you with an important question.

“Do you and I trust “the Potter” with our lives or the lives of our love ones“?

Love forever,

Tricia Cook

The Potters Hand by Hillsong

Being Shaped by the Potter’s Hands

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Our Father leads each of us on spiritual journeys, some are extremely painful. They are always profitable in shaping our lives to be more like Jesus. The Father has referred to His relationship with us as like the potter’s to his lump of clay.

When He instructed Jeremiah to go down to the potter’s house and observe how he worked with the clay,

He asked “……Can I not do with you as this potter?  Just as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in mine.” (Jeremiah 18:6)

Each of us can fight the shaping and molding of the Lord and receive a warning from the Lord.

WOE to him or her who quarrels with his Maker.  Does the broken clay chards on the ground have the right to question the potter?”?  (Isaiah 45:9)

Or, we can yield to Him and his plans by praying the following prayer:

“ ……….  I am like a broken vessel   ..……  But, I have trusted in Thee, Oh Lord:  “ You are my God “.  My times are in your hands  ……..” (Psalm 33:12-15)

“Oh, Lord, ‘You are my Father.’  We are the clay, You are the potter;
we are the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)

The Lord has to do a new special work inside each of us before He can minister through us in new ways.  Old things have to be broken off of us, laid aside, so new things can  be developed. We never come out of the painful breaking and shaping without major changes for our good and others good, also. The Lord assures us that the –

“’The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the latter house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”(Haggai 2:9)

(I encourage you, as you watch and listen to this video, to see yourself as that lump of clay, and those hands as the Father’s shaping you, as the most beautiful and useful vessel of honor for  His Kingdom’s work.)

Love you and so thankful for His shaping,

Tricia Cook

Chorus as a prayer :
Take me, and mold me, use me, fill me.
I give my life to the Potter’s Hands.
Call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me.
I give my life to the Potter’s Hand.