Friday, December 25, 2009

Blessing others; Blessing me

I am blessed in so many ways and there are so many opportunities for helping others. The economy this year has caused many to change the way they celebrate. I found that I enjoy helping others by giving but not in the traditional way. Sometimes the giving is of time or kind words. Sometimes the giving is a gift that they would never be able to do of their own resources. Sometimes it is just a gift for no reason. The people I am led to bless are not always family and it may seem to others that the person or family is not always deserving. I just know that when I feel the need to do it I must follow through. As one person I know says it is a "compulsion". No matter the reason, I am better for it and I receive a blessing in return. God has always provided for my needs over and above anything I could ask or think. And He blesses me over and over again and that is my driving force.
So this Christmas Season, when you are celebrating in your own way, think of those who may benefit from a blessing from you. It might seem a small thing to you, but to the person laid on your heart to bless it will be monumental. Try it. You won't be disappointed.
Then as the New Year dawns, don't let the spirit of giving be a thing of last year. I find that it is an awesome way to live. Blessing others; Blessing me.

Have a Blessing Merry Christmas
and to all a Blessed New Year

by: Watheleen Farley

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Angels rejoicing

So often we pray for our loved ones and wonder if the prayers will be answered in our lifetime. Well, tonight, in fact just 27 minutes ago we got one of those calls that is such a privilege. Our daughter-in-law called to tell us that she just got saved. She has accepted Jesus as her personal saviour.
We are rejoicing with the angels in heaven too. She has many questions, and at this very moment my husband is answering some of them. I can hear the excitement in the tone of his voice.
We pray for all our family, and this particular part of the family is one that we thought would be a difficult arduous process.
Oh how God blesses! We are so glad He is in control.
This victory also makes us more aware to pray more diligently for others.
I pray for all those who read this and if you haven't taken that step or need to rededicate your life to Jesus, please don't wait do it now.
Love and Blessings to all.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

2009-The Year for Change

Well here we are in 2009 and I for one plan to spend a lot more time at the foot. The "Foot of the Cross" that is. As a country we are in a scary and exciting time. The economy, although frightening at times, can also be exciting. I believe and trust that the LORD has plans we cannot even fathom in our human mortal minds. So many times in my life when I thought things were so bad that I didn't even know where the money would come from for our food or rent, somehow it came and we didn't starve or freeze. I pray daily for those who are in this kind of a situation now, because for them it is a scary and frightening time. What is exciting about it is when the LORD works it out and we look back and say WOW, I couldn't have imagined that!
We are seeing an increase of the Holy Spirit move in our church now and I believe that it is directly related to the trying times we are in. When we leave the church building we know that we had an encounter with the Holy living God. It seems no one is left untouched. It is unlike anything I have seen in 15 years. Ohhh Remember the mid '90s!! What a move that was.
And that is what I am seeing today.
At the end of the service we are anticipating the next one. I for one know that we are in for an exciting time, so I plan to put on my seatbelt and hang on for my prayer is:
"Come LORD, Quickly Come"
Vivian Farley

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Could it be Brittney

Alongside the roads are small white crosses. Some with names and dates. Some with flowers, fresh and old. Each of them mean something to someone. There is one at the intersection of the main roads in our town. An accident had taken the life of a young man barely 19. These white crosses mostly represent loved ones who died where the cross was placed. There is another one near a local resort on a two lane road that is wooded on either side. The road is hilly and has limited visibility for cars turning onto it. There is a white cross at the bottom of one of those hills too. I have never stopped to read it, so I don't know what it says. Is it a man or woman, boy or girl? Were they in a car or walking? Young or old?
Recently I saw one such cross on the side of a highway we travel frequently. This highway is a state route with 6 lanes and a median. The traffic early morning and early evening is heavy. There are busstops along the way. Some businesses such as a fishing equipment store, a small local motel, produce market, gas stations, pool supply store, second hand clothing store and the like dot the sides of the highway. There is also a homeless shelter not far from the site where the cross was placed.
The cross...I caught the name on it as Brittney. It struck me that the cross is in just the place where I often would see a woman dressed all in black, with an umbrella, also black, walking or sitting alongside the road. With her it appeared was all of her belongings. She had long blonde hair in need of a hairdresser and a rugged complexion in need of a facial, typical for a Floridian who lived outdoors. You see I beleive she was homeless and I think her routine was to sit on a bench near a bustop on this road. I had heard that she walked that short stretch of road (I don't remember if she wore shoes or not. I hope so.) less than a mile in length during the day, dressed in a long black trench coat and using the umbrella to shield her from the hot sun, and at night stayed somewhere just off the highway, either in the woods, camping or in a motel or maybe in the shelter close by. I found myself watching for her each time I made the trip down this highway, wondering what her story is. Where is she from? How did she end up here on the side of the road? How old is she? Where is her family? Do they miss her?
Does anyone miss her?
Miss her?...I am not sure how long it had been since I had seen the woman in black alongside that stretch of highway, but I know that I did not see her after I first saw the cross in that spot where I often had seen her sitting. Each time I traveled that highway I watched for her and I realized that I missed seeing her. I wondered if other drivers noticed. The cars; big suvs, small compacts, Mercedes, BMWs, Lincolns, Mercury, Cheys, Fords, Mitsubishi, semi trailer trucks, panel trucks, deivery trucks, FedEx, DSL, UPS and all. Did any of them see or miss her?
Could it be Brittney?...Could the name on the cross represent the woman in black? I hadn't thought that Brittney fit as a name for the woman in black. It seemed to me that she would have been older than when the name was popular. Just my opinion. Maybe she was younger than I thought. The Florida sun and weather could have been responsible for aging her prematurely. But then, are the cross and the woman in black even connected? Just because there is a cross in a spot where I saw her and I haven't seen her there since the cross was placed, doesn't mean for certain that the two are connected.
Could it be Brittney?...Could it be and how would I find out?

Vivian Farley

Monday, July 21, 2008

Indian Lake

This is the place where I spent a large part of my life. It started as family vacations. My parents would take us there for our summer vacation. It is where I learned to fish, swim, waterski and just relax. We always looked forward to it. Sometimes we rented a cabin and sometimes we camped out. It didn't matter to us we just had fun.

Fishin' At The Foot

Fishin' at the foot has many meanings for me. I grew up in a fishing family. My family is also Christian, so fishing at the foot also has a spiritual meaning for me as well. As I have the ideas for writings I will write them and develop them more.Today I am at the foot; praying for family and friends as we try to heal from a recent tragedy in our family and the health wellbeing of all our family members.
The tragedy was the untimely death of our 19 year old grandson. It doesn't feel normal that a child should die before the parents, and in this case before his grand and great-grandparents. He was full of life and getting ready to graduate from community college. He loved water sports and was a great son, brother, cousin, friend and so much more.
Only God knows the why and one day we will understand it all. Until then I am at the foot of the cross praying for the mourning to become comfort and joy as promised.