Tuesday, July 22, 2008

If I Live and Nothing Happens!!

When I was growing up, my Mom had a "saying". "If I live and nothing happens".....meaning, she would do something if she lived and nothing happened to interfere with her plans. That used to drive me INSANE!!! I thought she should just say she would do something, not add all those other words.
Well...guess what????
There is scripture to back that up. Several years ago in Sunday School, the following scripture was read and I had to high-light it in my Bible, and I even wrote "Mom" out from it:

How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.
What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to,
we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:14-15 (NLT)

Now...I'm not sure if Mom realized what she was quoting was a version of scripture, or not, but ever since I found those verses in James, I've looked at what she said in a much different light.

So...what made me even think of this????...when I was walking yesterday morning, I thought about everything that had happened to our family in the past week. Can you believe it's been a week already? It feels like I've been in a fog. Anyway, that scripture came to mind. So many times, after a tragedy, people change....people draw closer, we're kinder to each other, we offer our help more. My prayer is that it lasts forever between all of Pappy's brothers and sisters and all the extended family members. I want us to always be there for each other, no matter what the need is. I don't want it to just last for a little while until part of the grief passes, and we all get back to our busy lives. When I looked up the verses in James, I was really touched by the part that says "your life is like the morning fog, it's here for a little while, then it's gone." Isn't that the truth? I wonder sometimes where the time has gone, and how I got this old so fast!!! Where did my youth go??? Our grandsons are already growing up so fast, it scares me. And, it doesn't seem like it's been going on 35 years since I first met Pappy's Mom and Dad...and now we don't have either of them in our lives any longer.

If you look up the verses in James, the following are reference verses that go along with them:

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT)

I think I've used these verses in one of my posts before...but...remember....if you hear it twice, it's from the Lord and we need to listen...that goes for me, too. I know that He's speaking directly to me!!!

In His Love...and with mine!!!


  1. this is a test, did you get it?

  2. I am amazed on how much your mom and I have similar sayings. I have certainly lived to treasure ever moment I have with her. Please continue to pray for her health.


Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Proverbs 16:24