Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Tribute to my Mother-in-Law Julia Brodie

Her Children arise up, and call her blessed…

April, 29, 2004 will be a day I will never forget. My mother-in-law left this earth and joined her Heavenly Father. She was so at peace in her last days and always had a smile for who ever entered her room.
I have so many good memories of Mom. She was a lady I greatly loved and admired. She was a lady I wanted to emulate.
I remember the first time Larry brought me home to meet his family. I immediately sensed the love this family had for each other. I wanted that as well. I was whole heartedly accepted by Mom that day and all the days to follow.
I admired Mom’s ability to unconditionally love and accept each of her children and grandchildren in such a way you really couldn’t tell if she had a favorite. If you were to ask either of our children what their favorite memories were, I would guess they would tell you “going to Grandma and Grandpa Brodie’s house.” Our kids were welcomed with open arms and open hearts. I’m sure the many times we visited, early in our marriage, on weekends with a baby and dog in tow after working all week, Mom never complained.
One unique bond Mom and I had was sharing the same name. Even though her given name was Julia, she was nicknamed Judy by some of her family members and friends. I liked that.
To meet Mom, you would have never guessed she had a shy introverted personality. I could really connect with that. She was very hospitable and everyone always felt comfortable and at home at Mom and Dad’s.
Being the oldest of eight siblings, Mom learned early on how to “gird her loins with strength, and strengthened her arms.” Prov. 31:17. I heard stories of her ironing cotton shirts for her brothers, making little blue capes for her sisters and curling their hair. She probably didn’t have a lot of “things” as a young girl in a large family back in the 1920s and 30s. I believe this led the way to her generous giving to needy situations. By example, she “reacheth forth her hands to the needy” Prov. 31:20
Mom was the subject of a lot of laughter as we reminisced her “gift” of perfectionism. She had a need to have a perfect table setting, the meal, seating arrangement, etc. She never wanted anyone to feel left out. Mom had a way of making you feel special. One such occasion took place on my high school graduation. Larry was giving me a beautiful Sapphire ring so he had mom wrap it up for me. True to form mom went the extra mile in making it very special for me. She placed the original ring box inside a little larger box arranging fresh cut flowers around that box. It was such a beautiful sight and touched my heart deeply. Another time is was able to experience mom’s sensitive and compassionate spirit was at our wedding. Larry and I were about to leave the wedding reception and the florist had forgotten my “going away” corsage. Mom immediately unpinned her mother’s corsage and pinned it on me to wear. The kind of a woman she was.
You could count on Mom to promptly send out birthday or anniversary cards. Her thank you cards were well thought out and very lengthy. Every gift fit that person’s needs and wants. She was very attuned to any thing new in your life. A new hair style, home decoration, outfit etc. Mom continually lived out Prov. 31:26b “. . . and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”
Mom loved anything you gave her and would make a big fuss over it. Even to the point as an example, when we paid for her dinner, and the steak she ordered had to be returned to the kitchen to be cooked longer. It came back black and overly cooked, but because we paid for it her response was “oh, this is delicious.” That’s our Mom.
Mom was a “real” mother and had a way of getting your attention as the following humorous story from my husband’s childhood. “Little Larry” was in his high chair refusing to eat the fruit cocktail his mother was trying to feed him. He would take pieces of fruit and drop them on the floor with that look in his eyes. Mom gave him a warning that if he didn’t eat it she would pour it on his head. Well, he ended up wearing that bowl of fruit cocktail. Does that surprise any of us?!! I have a feeling that was one mess Mom didn’t mind cleaning up.
We miss Mom but we are grateful there is no more suffering and we know where she is. Her memory will be imprinted on my heart forever. The greatest gift she gave me was her firstborn son, and I promised her I would take good care of him.
Good Bye for now, Mom, but not forever, I love you.

Judy Brodie

Monday, April 27, 2009

Happy Memories

Time flies when you are having fun. Time flies period!

Our daughter and son-in-love where married 18 years ago today. Five kids later they are enjoying the fruit of their love. We are proud of their commitment to each other and their Lord. They are doing such a great job raising their 5 children. We live only 7 miles away and get together on a regular basis not to mention worshiping in the same church. They have faced many physical obstacles in those eighteen years and have seen the Lord work in marvelous ways. They are a sterling example of perseverance and God's faithfulness during tough times. Great job kids!!

We are also having the blessing of hosting a very special family for a few days, the Sellers and their 5 beautiful children. Chad and Sandy happened to be our children's matron of honor and best man. What a blessing that we could all be together today to celebrate Donn and Sherry's wedding anniversary. The kids had a great time renewing their friendships and the "older" folks had a great time as well. Chad and Sandy will be on the mission field soon so this was a great opportunity to see each other one more time before they go. Here's some pictures to share with you all.

Happy 18Th Anniversary Donn and Sherry!

The Sellers and the Schnarrs.

Fun inside.

Fun in the sun.

Eating and having a good time.

Enjoying some good eating at the young people's table.

Our good friends will soon be answering God's call.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Robotic Competion

Back in March our grandson and a friend entered a robotic competition sponsered by Liberty University and an engenering company. They had fun competing against other teams but unfortunately didn't come in first place to win a scholorship to LU. We were very proud of their sportmanship. They did have the loudest cheering team, though! (You have to be known for something). They each received an ipod and the cheering team won t-shirts. Bet they enter next year too!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Scriptural thoughts recorded in Journal #1 - August - September 1982

Boundless Grace Heb. 4:9-16; 2 Cor. 9:8

No emergencies ever arise in our journey through life that the unlimited resources of God cannot meet. The flow of God’s grace will take us all the way to Heaven. It has been said that Grace is everything for nothing for those who don’t deserve anything.

(Today I would add that Grace cost God everything, His Son who became my sin and bore the wrath of God I deserved – that’s an incalculable expense. Grace came to me who deserved something – hottest hell forever and ever.)

The Gateway To Heaven Rev. 22:1-7; Phil. 1:21

Passing out of the shadow; into eternal day; Why do we call it dying – this sweet going away? The light in the valley is real; death is only a shadow.

(Today at age 60 I have grand parent, parents and many wonderful friends who have passed THROUGH that valley and INTO that eternal day. I have more days on this earth behind me than I do before me, by a long shot; soon I’ll be home. Please make very sure YOU are joining me there one day. And please, please, bring as many as you can with you – don’t leave any behind. Tell everyone THE WAY! - John 14:6)

Mending A Broken Heart Psalm 34:11-19

God wants to bind the broken heart and wipe each tear dry;
He’ll calm and sooth the troubled soul who looks to God on High.

Broken things can become blessed things if you let Christ do the mending.

(Today I would added that if you want your broken heart mended you must give to Christ all the pieces and yield to Him to restore your joy and heal your hurts however He chooses without you attaching any strings. He is the potter, who makes no mistakes, and you are the clay.)

Down, But Not Out 1 Kings 19:1-7

When plunged in darkness and despair,
Our hope is in the Lord;
Not once does He withhold His care
Or fail to keep His Word.
It is better to walk in the dark with God than to go it alone in the light.

(Today I would remind you not to doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light. The darkness and silences doesn’t remove our ever-present God. Just be still and trust – PS. 46:1-3, 10. The fog will lift.)

God’s Enablement Book of Judges; Phil. 4:13

God’s resources are always equal to His requirements.

You may not be a superstar,
Your talents may be few;
But God in His enablement
Will show His power through you.

(Today I am more amazed at His grace that enables than ever before and my amazement just keeps growing - Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,)

“I Shall Return!” John 14:1-6; Acts 1:11; Rev. 22:20; Titus 2:13

Marvelous message we bring,
Glorious carol we sing
Wonderful words of the King:
Jesus is coming again.

What glory it will be when the motto “Perhaps Today” can be changed by dropping the word perhaps!

(Today I will add – Look up for your redemption draws near!)


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Romans 1:1 “Separated unto the gospel of God”

Journal Entry
Feb. 11, 1983 – Journal #1

The Abundant life is a separated life or a sanctified life where I am set apart for salvation and service.

A. The Word of God has the power to separate believers from sin (Jn. 17:17, Ps. 119:11)
B. God the Father has the power to separate believers unto the “coming of our Lord” (1 Thess. 5:23)
C. God the Son has the power to separate believers unto righteousness “not having spot or wrinkle” (Eph. 5:24-27)
D. God the Holy Spirit has the power to separate believers unto salvation and service. (2 Thess. 2:13)

Without being separated, you can have a relationship with God, but you cannot have fellowship with Him. You may be united to Him in Calvary, but separated from Him in sin. Without separation you can have influence without power, movement without achievement; you may try, but not trust; serve but not succeed; war but not win. Without separation unto God from sin, your whole Christian life will be “wood, hay, stubble.” The abundant life is made possible by the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and made reality by being separated unto Him.

Today’s insight 4/19/09

More than twenty five years ago God through His Word impressed upon my heart that I must be separated unto the gospel and at the same time separated from sin. By His amazing grace there is progressive sanctification that has taken place in my life. The Lord has brought me a long ways up out of the pit but there is still a long ways to go. He will get me there (Phil. 1:6) and then I will be “like Him” (Rom. 8:29-30). Though there are daily battles to separate myself from sin and at time failures (1 John. 1:9) by His grace victory is assured! PTL!


Rocks of Remembrances

I am going to begin to post blog articles that are taken from my journals. I began journaling my daily walk with the Lord in 1982 and as a result have assembled some 66 Journals to this point. The journals have recorded things that have blessed me, convicted me and helped me. They contain what I call "Red Sea Experiences" where my back was to the sea and God delivered me! Much of what spoke to me through the years came from sermons, study Bibles notes, commentaries, and other books I have read along the way. I take no personal credit but to the people of God and to God who used these in this poor sinner's life I am eternally grateful. It is my intent to record for you what God was doing in me, through me and for me. These entries are like "Rocks of Remembrances" that I am sharing to remind us all that God is faithful and He honors us as we "walk by faith." After I record for you an entry which will be dated I will also give a current day insight or observation about how that worked out in my life. I hope these are a blessing and that God might use they to glorify Himself and strength your walk. I would greatly encourage to you journal your walk with the Lord!


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Last Lap Longings

The count down is over; I’m now officially a “senior citizen-saint” at age 60. How did I get here so fast? And if the first sixty went like a vapor (Ja. 5:14) how quickly will the remaining few speed by?

As I head into this last lap, or that final 4th quarter, as some have called it want to keep my eyes on Christ and finish well. When I get to the finish line I want to be able to look back without regret and say, “ I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” (2 Tim. 4:7) By the grace of God I desire to be “fruitful” ‘till I am called home, don’t you?

What is fruitfulness? The word fruit or a variation of it is used some fifty-five times in the New Testament. We can’t bear fruit if we are not first born again of the Spirit of God. Fruit is produced in a believer’s life as a result of being controlled by God’s Spirit.

Here are ten insights from God’s word about being fruitfulness that are guiding my quest as I run this last lap. They have helped get to this point and will carry me to the finish line.

1.We are called by Christ to bear fruit. It’s not an option. (Jn. 15:16)
2.Being fruitful is the way we glorify God. (Jn. 15:8)
3.Being fruitful pleases God. It involves a “faith that works.” (Col. 1:10)
4.Jesus reserved sever judgment for the unfruitful tree. This matter of fruitfulness is serious business to Jesus! (Matt. 21:19)
5.The nation of Israel lost its privilege because of unfruitfulness. (Matt. 21:43) Is it possible that could happen to America or could that happen to me?
6.Demonstrating true repentance when we sin is part of a fruitful life. We all sin but does our sin cause us shame, remorse, and works that show our brokenness? (Matt. 3:8; Lk. 13:5-9)
7.Practicing the truth or our “talk equaling our walk” is part of being fruitful. (Matt. 7:16-21)
8.Seeing specific answer to prayer is bearing fruit. (Jn. 15:7-8)
9.Willingly sacrificing to meet the needs of others. (Rom. 15:28; Phil. 4:17)
10.Plowing the ground, sowing the gospel seed, seeing a harvest - soul winning (Rom. 1:13)

Wow! Here I am at 60 and when I hold my life up to the mirror of God’s Word it is clear that the last lap will be a “hard run” to the finish line. Only by HIS grace and ALL for His glory – that is my heart's cry. Where are you on your run? (1 Cor. 9:25-27)


Thursday, April 16, 2009

vacation highlights

We are having a wonderful time here in TN but you know how vacations are...they seem to fly by. Oh well it was nice and we have lots of pictures to remember our relaxing time here. Time to go home to the people we love.


Shot this bear with his bare hands....My hero :)

The Smokies are beautiful!

An antique car show was in full force.

A little bit of serenity among the hustle and bustle of Seiverville,TN. This was located next to our hotel and the hotel you see in the picture.

One of the chapels in TN.

Actual sign in the chapel window. Do people strolling down the street decide to get married... as in nothing else to do today?...just wondered :)

I told you I am not a morning person!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Eve

Our Sundays are very full days for us so we decided to have our family Easter dinner
on Saturday evening. We could enjoy a more leisurely dinner and fellowship. We had such a good time laughing, eating and hanging around. God is so good to us we could almost burst. Taking our sins away by His death on the cross and rising again is a joy everyone can experience. The book of John in the Bible is a wonderful book to read about being "Born Again". God bless each of you. We love you!


Had to have some flowers for the table...not from the dollar store.

I love that man of mine,XXXOOO!!

Time to carve the Easte ham...it really was delicious :)

Dollar store disposable table coverings and accessories...hey whose head is that?

More dollar store table ware.

Time to eat!

Some of the grandchildren hit the tennis ball around!

We like our desserts, too much:)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Whispering Hope of Easter

(written several years ago the Easter after my mother's death - The truths still cause me to rejoice this Easter!)
The Whispering Hope of Easter

Soft as the voice of an angel, Breathing a lesson unheard,
Hope with a gentle persuasion Whispers her comforting word:
Wait till the darkness is over, Wait till the tem-pest is done,
Hope for the sun-shine tomorrow, After the shower is gone.

Easter and hope are synonymous. Easter Sunday morning never arrives without its refreshing reminder that there is life beyond this one. True life. Eternal life.

As a family, like many others, we are dealing with the dreaded disease cancer this Easter. The battle makes your emotions rise and fall. For even the strongest of Christians you have moments when you feel like you live on what Charles Swindoll has called “The outskirts of hope.” There is the news that comes to some, “there is nothing more we can do.” We have heard that news and for a while the hope disappears. The setting of your house in order, the prearrangements with a funeral home, the contacting of lawyers and updating wills, the signing up with Hospice – it all has a tendency to keep a family on the “outskirts of hope.”

Then comes Easter morning. There is nothing like Easter to bring hope back to life. Easter has its own anthems. Easter has its own scriptures. And Easter has its own proclamation: “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.”

Easter Sunday moves us from the “outskirts of hope” to the “center of heaven.” I will stand shoulder to shoulder with those of “like precious faith” and sing together, “Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!” And my heart will feel a transfusion of hope. My tear filled eyes will be the result of the mixture of sorrow and hope. All of a sudden there will be a power surge of hope that will flood over me. And not only me but all those like me who find themselves on the “outskirts of hope.” Fears will fade and lose their grip. Illnesses and death don’t seem so final. Grief over those who have gone on ahead is diminished. Our desire to press on in spite of the obstacles is rejuvenated. And the grace for another week is poured out to my soul. It happens every Easter . . . But better than that, it happens every Sunday!

The worst I ever experience is the “outskirts of hope.” And it’s only temporary until next Sunday. And even throughout the week I hear the “Whispers of Easter hope.” You as a class continue to be used of God to be those whispers of hope in our ears. In behalf of my entire family I want to thank you and say Happy Easter.

Hope, as an anchor so steadfast, Rends the dark veil for the soul,
Whither the Master has entered, Robbing the grave of its goal;
Come, O Thou blest hope of glory, Never, O never depart.

Whispering hope, . . . O how welcome thy voice, . . .
Making my heart . . . . in its sorrow rejoice.

Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior;
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior;
Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
Death cannot keep its Prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

PB & J

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Place of the Skull - Calvary

The impending crucifixion of the Son of God constituted the greatest evil and injustice ever committed. But there was more going on than met the eye. What Jesus revealed to Pilate was that all the perpetrators, conspirators, and evildoers ultimately act under the authority of God. So what was God doing in this horrific event? John Piper answers, “At the all-important pivot of human history, the worst sin ever committed served to show the greatest glory of Christ and obtain the sin-conquering gift of God’s grace. God did not just overcome evil at the cross. He made evil commit suicide in doing its worst evil” (John Piper, Spectacular Sins, 12). Any form of evil, every pain, all sorrow, every degree of suffering, each injustice, all sickness, every disease, and any “bad thing” including death lost its sting at the cross (1 Cor. 15:54–57).
an excerpt from an article in Shepherds Fellowship Pulpit Magazine. Pictures from our trips to Israel 2007 & 08
PB & J

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mother/Daughter Banquet

I'm trying to catch up with the past events we have been involved in. Our Mother/Daughter Banquet was a huge success thanks to many helping hands. I know I have posted many pictures and there were many more but, hopefully you will get an idea of the magnitude of the evening. We had great speakers talking about the different seasons of motherhood, a skit, music, a great meal and wonderful fellowship. Enjoy browsing...a picture is worth a thousand words.


Me and my girls :)

Some of the servers.

A sampling of the table creations.

A sampling of the quilts hung on walls and quilt racks throughout our Ministry Center.


My grandchildren's precious creation about 7 years ago!