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  • Writer's pictureE. P. Shagott

24 years and counting! ~ {Sept}

Updated: Sep 30, 2021


 

Three important video's! ~ September 30th, 2021


With today being the eve of my older brother's passing I felt in my spirit a need to share three video's that I believe speaks volumes. This first one is titled "If Tomorrow Never Comes". Last year on this date neither my brother nor I thought that this would be the last time to communicate with each other. I was blessed with these lyrics that each one of us should think about.


This video is a poem that I was blessed with many years go. I truly believe we have a choice to make as to where our souls will travel to their final resting place. I made my decision and asked Jesus into my heart at the age of 15, wow, 63 years ago. Well, for me I know that one day "As I Walked Into Heaven" will truly happen.



Now this third video is truly on my horizon. It says in the Bible that "eye has not seen nor ear heard of what God has for each one of us"! Hmm, "I Can Only Imagine"!


God's love and grace to you all!



 

Trust God! ~ September 25th, 2021


Our "Ways" Walking in the Way!


Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” ~ Isaiah 30:21

Though a wonderful experience, our text is not the end in itself: it is only the beginning. Knowing the way in which to walk is the journey’s start, but you must not only take care of “your way” but also take care of “your ways.” Many crevices and pitfalls may be in the pathway which you are shown, and you must be able to declare, “I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes” (Psalm 119:59). Here is the best way to recognize God-directed ways in “the way”: “My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways” (Proverbs 23:26). (Solomon can say this, only in the vein in which Paul said it: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ, 1 Corinthians 11:1.) Solomon knew it was about loving God’s ways. Such a love is the wisest way to have His ways branded into your heart.

Joshua understood this, saying the Israelites “to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (22:5). Is our love so fixed on Jesus that, after He shows us the way we should take, we also take grace-filled care of each step to walk in that way? Have we offered God our hearts on which to write (Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10; 10:16) so that this becomes our guidance system for each step: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105)? If you do, then you will not only start in the way of the Lord but also be able to say with David, “For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I am not guilty of turning from my God” (2 Samuel 22:22). ~ Chuck Bassett


My friends, always trust in God's plan, not your own. His paths are always right. He has a plan for you and your life even before you were born.

My friends, He Knows My Name, and He also knows yours. All you have to do is except Him into your hearts and surrender to Him!



God's love and grace to you all!


 

Believe, believe, believe! ~ September 20th, 2021

Romans 10:13-15

13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then can they call on the One in whom they have not believed?And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”


My friends, all you have to do is...

Believe

Yes my friends...

I Believe



It has been a tough couple years. Lost love ones. Life as I knew it changed. If I didn't have the Holy Spirit living in me I can't imagine how I would of made it this far.


Yes my friends, even with all that has come upon me...


I Still Believe


Oh, I pray you all do!


God's love and grace to you all!



 

Grace a plenty! ~ September 16th, 2021

Once upon a now-forgotten time in a nameless land, a young, sturdy boy was hiking on a beautiful day. He grew tired and turned aside from the dusty road to a sprawling tree beckoning with is gently swaying limbs. The tree’s bark was soft, so welcoming that, before he knew it, he had fallen into a deep, restful sleep. Upon awakening, he noticed beside him a tan bag. Looking around, he saw no one and so took it with him on his way home. He became hungry, and the bag felt heavier. He peeked inside and found delicious food. He ate and continued his walk, only to find the bag heavy again. Inside was more food than before. At home, he and his mother ate that food, and yet more food than before appeared in the bag. Soon, the boy was feeding the hungry in his community. There was always just enough to feed the needy, with plenteous leftovers for him and his mother. The boy never questioned his experience; he thankfully utilized the bag to help him, his family, and others. ~ Chuck Bassett

Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to His disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfulls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand. ~ Mark 6:39-44

Many years ago I purchased a printer. With this printer came a music CD titled "Cool Karaoke". Now I was always leery of putting in strange CD's so I was going to throw it away. Something told me to hold onto the CD so I put it in a drawer. Every so often I would see the CD put still not certain about putting it in my computer. Well, one day I finally did and the slowest music version of Amazing Grace was on there. I have used it in the God's Love program many times and I know it touched many people. It sure touches me!


Such is God’s grace. Regardless of the greatness of our need, the bag always has enough for our requirement. It is given to us not just for our sake but also for others’ sakes. The more we utilize God’s grace, the more He gives. Paul discovered it: “But [Jesus] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). John commented on this persistently replenishing grace: “Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given” (John 1:16). The book of Romans speaks of “the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!” and “the “abundant provision of grace” (5:15, 17). Like the increase of food according to the hunger in our story, “where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Romans 5:20), “in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7). If our story seems from the timeless, nameless past, remember that this “grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time” (2 Timothy 1:9). As Spurgeon said, “Christ has grace without measure in Himself, but He hath not retained it for Himself. As the reservoir empties itself into the pipes, so hath Christ emptied out His grace for His people.” ~ Chuck Bassett


Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone





God's love and grace to you all!



 

He is God! ~ September 7th, 2021


Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights. ~ Habakkuk 3:17-19

Obeying God is always the proper thing to do. The most powerful obedience is love-driven, not slavish, ego-driven, or begrudging. However, continual, loving obedience to God demonstrates a commitment that surpasses sentiment, tradition, and feelings. To obey in the sunshine of favorable circumstances is correct but not remarkable. To obey during the storm of trials and persecution, when seemingly you have no human favor but have God’s favor is, indeed, remarkable. The stars shine more brightly in the blackest backdrop of the sky (Philippians 2:15-16). Trusting obedience fights when the odds are overwhelming, when all natural strength is spent, when no resource is left but God Himself.

Chuck Bassett


What an awesome statement by Mr. Bassett, "obedience is love-driven"! Our god is an awesome God, "O Praise Him"!


Above All


Trust, Rely, Wait, Believe, Rejoice and Relax my friends for it is all about God's way, not ours. It is all because of His love and grace to us.


Have Thine Own Way Lord


God's love and grace to you all!



 

Little things ~ September 6th, 2021


Each day when we open our eyes (if we are blessed to do so) it is totally in our hand what we make of it. In this fast pass life we live I have discovered (later than sooner) it is the little things that end up meaning the most. We may have a main goal in mind but all the little things add up to possibly getting us to that. It is also these little things that sometimes we never think of and do carry the greatest success. I was blessed with this poem last year which I believe speaks about it.


The Little Things


It is the little things in life

that can make or break your day.

Maybe a smile from a stranger or friend

as you go about your way.


It could be something little

like no more toothpaste in the tube,

that will cause you frustration

and through your day adds to what bugs you.


Maybe too it could be

a kind jester that comes your way.

Like someone being courteous to you

which seems less and less these days.


Yes, it is the little things in life,

either the good or the bad,

that can make for the best

or the worse day that you had.


But please keep this in mind

if little things bring happiness or strife.

When we group them all together

it is what they call “life”!


E. P. Shagott

8/29/2020


Here are some interesting quotes about little things...


In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart find its morning and is refreshed. – Khalil Gibran


There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things. – Dwight L. Moody


God tests and proves us by the common occurrences of life. It is the little things which reveal the chapters of the heart. – Ellen G. White


Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things. – Frank A. Clark


I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with the leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. – Leo Buscaglia


Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It's the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps. - Sharon Draper

When you are older you will understand how precious little things, seemingly of no value in themselves, can be loved and prized above all price when they convey the love and thoughtfulness of a good heart. - Edwin Booth


One of the songs I shared in a God's Love program is titled "Little Things Mean A Lot". I love the 1959 version by Joni James. I can still hear her singing it in my mind as I write this. I love singing it and also how this video turned out.



I do pray that you all will always take time to thank God for all the little (blessings) things in your lives.


God's love and grace to you all!


 


Are you ready? ~ September 4th, 2021


Another month is here. Hmm, where did the summer and the rest of the days go? I thought a good way to start of this month's Heart blog is with the question above. "Are you ready?" Not referring to upcoming changes in the weather but the "all important" next life. Some might be reading this and say, "Who cares!" that my friends is totally up to you but I believe one day you will wish you had. You will be looking back and say, "Where did all the days (life) go?" See, we do not know what tomorrow will bring. I just finished this video titled, "Are You Ready". I pray it can and will bless you in some way. Even if it just makes you stop and go, "hmm!"




I think a good song to share with this blog is the one titled "The Altar". I heard it many years ago and shared it with the residents in some God Loves musical programs. Interesting in this song are the lyrics "Come quickly before they close the door!" Well, I truly believe God's door is "ALWAYS" open though there is a scripture of Jesus standing at the door and knocking. It is our heart door that He is saying, "Open up, please, before it is too late!"


The Altar




God's love and grace to you all!

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