The day started with an awesome sermon about the Faces of God by Pastor John Hagee.
He talked about how one of the benefits of being a Christian is that we can ask God for wisdom, and He will give it to us.
King James Bible
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5
There is a scripture in the Bible that says exactly that. I'll look it up in a minute. But to illustrate it, he talked about the guy who invented Goodyear tires. His name was Charles Goodyear. He was a Christian.
Charles Goodyear had spent a ton of time TRYING to figure out how to SOFTEN rubber. He was almost totally broke and at his wit's end. He prayed and asked God to please give him divine wisdom.
A short time later, God gave him the answer. Mr. Goodyear JUST HAPPENED to leave a block of sulfur and a block of rubber next to a wood burning stove. Charles noticed that the hard rubber became SOFT. The Goodyear tire was invented!
Isn't that amazing?!
I have know about the "wisdom" scriptures in the Bible since I was a child. My Dad and Mother taught them to me. I've been asking God for wisdom every day for as long as I can remember.
Pastor Hagee talked about how LITTLE WE SEE of God and of the world. He told about when he and his brother were kids growing up in Texas. The most exciting experience for child in Texas those days -- which were also my days -- was to go see Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. He and his older -- taller -- brother went to see them in a parade in Houston, TX.
SOMEhow, he and his brother got blocked by construction workers and were stuck behind a fence. They could not get any closer to the parade. His brother was able to see OVER the fence, but John was too short and he was looking through a knot hole in the fence. He said his brother was all excited and told John that Roy and Dale were COMING down the street. John said he looked as hard as he could, but all he saw was the back end of a horse!
That is how we SEE things. We never see the whole picture. We don't realize all that is going on in the heavenlies or in our world or even in our own homes, most of the time. God, however, SEES ALL, KNOWS ALL, CREATED ALL.
9 But as it is written: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”
Pastor Hagee said, "Look at what God did in 6 days. We cannot start to imagine WHAT God has done in all the time He has had since then!!!"
And I could go on and on and on, but I want to show you my pictures of Jackie.
Now, I am the VERY ONE who thinks pictures of people's pets are the MOST boring thing to look at, BUT this is MY pet and MY blog, so I'm afraid you will have to bare with me. (-:
Fortunately, Aunt Phylly had gone home. She showed up for our play day with her coat pocked stuffed FULL of treats. Jackie ran right over to her, and Phylly started showering her with love and affection and treats of all shapes and sizes. It is a WONDER I ever got control of her again. I think she would have run off with Aunt Phylly's coat if I had let her!
I told you I taught Jackie to pose for me. I really did. This doggy does NOT STAY STILL for any reason. She wants to be right at your feet all the time, and she follows Jerry or me wherever we go. She sat still for these pictures over and over and over. It takes my camera about 15 seconds to get ready to SNAP a picture, and if Jackie doesn't stay still, the picture is lost. She stayed still until I put the camera away and called her to "come".
Just look at this close-up. I had the camera practically TOUCHING her nose!
She is VERY, VERY BLACK all over. I have to lighten these pics or you will think my puppy doesn't have any eyes!
The pic on the red blanket, which is HER blanket, was taken right after her bath. That little white "doll" is Lambchop. It is her absolute FAVORITE! She chewed it so much, I had to cut off the head and sew it shut at the neck. She had pulled the stuffing out of the head and chewed the tongue off. Jerry and I went to Petco and bought her another one today. Now, she has one WITH a head, and one WITHOUT a head.
LOOK! I JUST snapped this picture. Jackie is lying here beside me in my sewing room while I type this post. Look at what toy she has with her. This is the NEW one that still has a head.
My goodness, this is just a week after the pic on the red blanket. I swear she has grown a foot! At least, Jackie doesn't care if Lambchop has a head or not. She loves them both.
I am sure you are TOTALLY about to puke looking at pictures of my puppy. Just not the same when you can't KNOW their personality. Phylly has taught me so much. I taught Jackie to COME and to STOP while on the leash this morning. She learns so, so fast!!! Now, she just "comes" when I say "come". She walks with me and the leash great, but I should mention that we have only done that INSIDE the house as the weather is still frightful here in Oklahoma.
Time to fix supper. Clueless as to what to fix tonight. Hopefully, something will jump out of the freezer into my hands. Actually, it may be soup out of the pantry.
My daughter will be 45 on Tuesday. Am I ANCIENT, or what??? She and her husband and daughter are coming for her birthday dinner Tuesday night. My brilliant puppy will probably backslide into frisky puppy behavior at the very sight of Tammy. The dogs think Tammy is a dog too!
Jerry is feeling good. We went to buy groceries together today -- went for pizza where our sweet granddaughter, Lindy, works -- and we went to buy Lambchop for Jackie. Lindy squealed with delight at the sight of her Papa. She ran out from behind her Pizza Podium to give him a huge hug and kiss. She lifted his hat to see his bald head and told him it looked GREAT! Papa was all smiles, and I, of course, grabbed my cell phone to snap a pic. Jerry is working at his computer now, and he feels good. WE THANK GOD!
Hey, have a MARVELOUS, WONDERFUL, FABULOUS week!