1 January 2019

My Verse For 2019, Isaiah 40:31

 Like most years, I hadn't given any thought to what my verse for 2019 might be. Most years it comes to me during a message near the end of the year, so I assumed it would be the same this year. Then I got sick. I have not been sick with anything more than a minor sore throat in over a year and a half, and I would have been quite happy to continue that streak! But mid-December, the flu hit...not just a cold or sore throat...no, I have no doubt this was influenza. I had not experienced anything like this for about 15 years. I remember because Justin was about seven and he was so sick he slept on our bedroom floor. Every night I promised him he'd be better the next day...and every morning he'd wake up and say, "You said I'd be better today!" I thought of that many mornings the past couple of weeks when I woke up sure I'd be better just to find that I wasn't....and I was as miserable as Justin had been!


 But as I lay in bed one day, unable to find the energy to move, but also unable to get a good night's sleep, a word came to me...Rest. At the same time, a song began running through my mind. It's one that our first pastor, Ed Johnson, used to sing. Of course, it's called Rest! These are some of the lyrics:

Rest, the Lord is near
Refuse to fear, enjoy His love
Trust, His mighty power
Fills every hour, of all your days
There is no need
For needless worry
With such a Savior
You have no cause to ever
Doubt, His perfect Word
Still reassures, in any trial
Rest, the Lord is there
Lift up your prayer
For He is strong
Trust, He’ll bring release
And perfect peace, will calm your mind



 I wish I'd had the energy to write down all the thoughts that came to me at the time...but then again it may have just been the fever that made me think I had some really deep thoughts! I think the jist of it was that every year, even though I don't make new year's resolutions, I go into the new year wanting to be better...to do more.  And every year, I fail to meet my own expectations of whatever this illusive 'more' is. 

I'm reminded of what Paul said in Romans 7:15,24,25 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that I do. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

 All my striving to be more consistent, more determined, more whatever is all ME and my strength, or lack of, when all I really need to do is rest....rest in Jesus, trust in his word, his strength, his power, his love.

Several days later, when I was starting to feel a little better, I started to think about what verse might best embody this word REST, and it came to me in the chorus of a song I wrote many years ago, Come and Rest.


©Deborah Bolack 2006
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Come and rest a little while
by the water so serene.
The peace will bring a smile,
as you sit at Jesus feet.
They that wait upon the Lord,
shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings as eagles.
They shall run and not be weary,
and they shall walk and not faint,
they that wait upon the Lord.

Leave your burdens and your worries
in the Saviour’s caring hands,
and walk beside still waters through
this dry and thirsty land.
They that wait upon the Lord,
shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings as eagles.
They shall run and not be weary,
and they shall walk and not faint,
they that wait upon the Lord.

Bring your worship to the Lord.
Lift your voice and sing his praise.
You’ll find your burdens leaving,
when you glorify his name.
They that wait upon the Lord,
shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings as eagles.
They shall run and not be weary,
and they shall walk and not faint,
they that wait upon the Lord.

Give your heart to serving Jesus,
and he’ll guide you through this life.
You’ll know peace and contentment,
with the Saviour by your side.
They that wait upon the Lord,
shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings as eagles.
They shall run and not be weary,
and they shall walk and not faint,
they that wait upon the Lord.

They that wait upon the Lord.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;  and they shall walk and not faint
Psalm 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalm 63:1-3 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
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31 December 2018

Reflecting On 2018

 Back in December of 2009 I started writing a review of the year. It was an idea I found on someone else's blog, and it seemed like a good way to sum up the year. As much as I may think I'll remember when certain events occurred, it's been nice to have this record to look back on over the years...and so I continue with this year's installment. 




24 December 2018

Lost On Christmas Eve

  I wanted to share this story of a Christmas our family experienced many years ago....one we will never forget!

It was Christmas Eve, and we were spending the evening with my parents, as we did every year. I come from a large family, and our four children could always count on meeting up with some cousins at Grandma and Grandpa’s house; especially during the Christmas season. By the time we arrived, a small crowd had already gathered.

Luke 15:24

16 December 2018

Remembering Dad


Dad asked the Lord Jesus Christ to come into his heart and save him in December 1985, at the age of fifty-eight. Dad went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning, December 16, 2009. The following is taken from Dad’s own words that he wrote of his testimony of salvation and was read at the celebration of his life.

16 November 2018

Our Family Tree

 When I was a child there was a big maple tree in our yard that we spent hours playing on. My brothers hung swings from one branch that reached out across the lane. If you look closely at the photo, you can even see where the stretched out branch has been scarred by the ropes of our swings. 


 Another branch reached out the other direction, running along the ground and then angling up toward the sky; the perfect climbing tree. 


I have a goodly heritage

 As we grew older, it became the favourite backdrop for many family pictures. Eventually, the tree started to die, and my parents made the decision to have it removed....but those roots stretched deep, and the seeds from that maple tree had been scattered for years. The tree may be gone, but it lives on in our memories and in the many new trees it seeded.