Trust and Obey

Trust and Obey, There’s No Other Way

trust and obeyThis was one of the first songs I learned as God’s love was poured out on me when I became a follower of Christ.  One thing that I learned  early on was to obey the Holy Spirit when He prompted me, without excuses, presumption, or reasoning.  There is not enough to be said about the blessings, favor, and ecstatic joy that comes with our surrender to His every word.  To obey the Lord you need to know Him, it takes trust to step out in faith to what He says; that His word is true and you can always rely on His wisdom and love for you.

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
  • Refrain:
    Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
    To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.    -John Sammis  1 887

1 Samuel 15:22 – Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…

Ps. 84: 11-12 – The LORD will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.   O LORD of hosts,
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Isa. 50:10 – Who among you fears the LORD
and obeys his servant?
If you are walking in darkness,
without a ray of light,
trust in the LORD
and rely on your God.



Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3: 4-7


kindness 2We can’t comprehend the kindness of God, our minds and hearts miss how much His unfathomable kindness envelops our lives every day.  If we only knew the perpetual workings and devotion that He spends on us, we would be overwhelmed (even undone) by it.  When we see how our lives are arranged and how much we benefit from His love and kindness, we would realize that He is forever pouring out His grace and mercy on us, despite our short comings and ungratefulness.

  “He is the kindest person I ever met…” – Graham Cooke

Dresser Redo

Finally Finished Dresser

I finished the dresser I promised. I have been working on so many projects right now; besides the busyness of having a plethora of out-of-town guests, planning our vacation (more on that later), remodeling the kitchen, bedrooms, baths, and updating baseboards and paint, and dealing with emergency trips out of town due to a loved one’s failing health.  I think this has been the busiest summer ever!


This is a totally grainy shot though it gives you an idea of how the “after” turned out.  You notice my 2014 Vision board (from the post: ) and some other things dear to my heart in my office; the framed menu from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki from the 50s, (my favorite breakfast there was the pancakes with coconut syrup – yum), my grandmother’s shadow box, and my carved marble lamp.

dresser hardwareThis dresser wasn’t that hard to refinish;  just some sanding, primer, and paint, but the hardware makes a huge difference on the upgrade, don’t you think?.  My biggest problem was time, I’ve had to work on projects either early morning or late at night, though I am determined to finish all my plans by the end of my September deadlines.  Then it is off to finding “new treasure” to work on!

Hope this is an inspiration for you to try new things.  Enjoy!



Who Are You Devoted To?

photo 1 (3)I just made these framed letters to make a “Devotion” sign for my office.  It may look a little skewed because it doesn’t quite fit on this shelf – it will eventually go on the top of the shelving unit, but I could not take one more picture with the pink paint on the walls…ugh! (As soon as I finish the baseboards in the closet I will begin to paint everything!)

At 2:30 am- when I woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep yesterday morning, I  decided to spend some time with the Lord and got a cup of coffee. While waiting on Him, I was reminded of an experience I had on September 11, 2001.  Yes, on 911.  My son called me and said to turn on the t.v. – not explaining why; only to see the horrific news of the terrorist attack on our country.  Later that day, after being shaken and fear trying to affect my spirit, I had a vision.  It was Jesus walking in the wilderness with many people behind Him.  As He stood there, He had a staff in His hand and said, “Look to Me!”  He then pounded the staff into the ground and a shock wave shook everything around me.  The vision ended.

I suddenly remembered the story of Moses in the Bible, when he made a bronze serpent on a staff so that anyone who was bitten by a serpent, would live if they looked at the fiery serpent he held (Numbers 21:9).  Jesus even mentioned Moses in the verses found in John 3: 14-15 – “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”.  And John 12: 32, “And I, if I am lifted up…I will draw all men (people) to Me.”

en2006lp.nfo o bfWatching the events of that day, I realized that I began to feel fear and anxiety. Jesus was showing me in the vision that He was stronger than any circumstance, no matter how devastating.  I only needed to look to Him for my provision, comfort, and salvation.

My devotion to Jesus only strengthened that significant day.  If we look to Him, He will keep us.

I know the world looks dark with all the negative things we hear in the news everyday, but our eyes must be turned to look at Jesus – our only hope.

(I am reminded of the ABBA song ….)
“Don’t go wasting your emotion, lay all your love on me.  Don’t go sharing your devotion, lay all your love on me.”

Desk Redo

Turning a Sewing Machine Base into a Desk

We have had this Singer sewing machine base outside on our front porch for about 18 years!  I’d previously painted it, tried many tops including the marble slab that was originally on it, but alas, the weather was taking it’s toll.  The wood base here was rotted and falling apart, while the marble slab was disintegrating and broken in many pieces. It needed to be rescued.

IMG_0003Since I needed a small desk for my office, and I had searched for weeks for the perfect one everywhere, I finally decided to reuse and refurbish this treasure for the transformation to a laptop desk.

Remember the pictures of preparing a laminated wood top from a couple of weeks ago.










My mind changed when I saw how “yellowish” the stain really was (yellow is not a favorite color), so I added a coat of gray paint to the board then distressed it with my sander.gray paint with distressingHere is the end result after attaching the top to the base.

alrightpink walls

My desk revealed…I love the airiness and small dimensions for this tiny room.  I am working on remodeling the rest of the room, furniture, and accents here in my office.  The big reveal is coming up quickly.  Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful rest of your holiday weekend!