Saturday, May 29, 2010


A good lesson today in I Samuel 12..."do not turn aside from following the Lord but serve the Lord with all your heart. And you must not turn aside , for then YOU WOULD GO after futile things which cannot profit or deliver because they are futile."

And yesterday in Galatians 5 another challenge to stand firm, follow Jesus, "it was for freedom that Christ set us free therefore KEEP STANDING FIRM and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery!"

I love the constant reminder from both the old and new testaments that sticking close to my savior is what I need to focus on and as Keith Green's song says: He'll Take Care of the Rest.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010


AND AT THIS TIME, that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. (Luke 6:12) and the next day he chose his 12 disciples.

At a College Retreat where Gene and I were sponsors I asked, our speaker, a dear godly man who was a Prof at Multonmah College what was one of the most important aspects of his preparation. His answer "every day the week before this conference I read and prayed on my knees through the Scripture I'm preaching on this week."

In a conversation with Peter Jesus tells him "Peter, Peter, satan has desired to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you.."

How important is prayer in my life. Do I pray or do I consult my "to do list" before I start my day, when know someone is struggling do I pray before I speak to them.

And best of all, from Psalm 5:3 "In the morning, O Lord, Thou wilt hear my voice, In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee AND EAGERLY WATCH.

Wouldn't it be great to go through the day eagerly watching for God's hand in my life instead of wondering/worrying about it!

Blessings, Maxine

Monday, May 24, 2010

THE GREAT CARE OF YOUR LIFE...A real blessing from Oswald Chambers this morning as he reminded me from Matthew 6:33 that I need to be sure I make my relationship to God the dominating factor of my life and to be Carefully careless about everything else In Comparison to that.

He adds, Jesus is not saying that the man who takes thought for nothing is blessed--that man is a fool...but don't make the ruling factor of your life what you will eat or drink, or anxiousness over your means of living..or your To Do List (that would be me)...but put your relationship to God first and everything else second.

I want that to be true of my life today, and it is a day at a times (sometimes an hour by hour choice.) But it is possible because He never commands what He won't provide if we're willing.

It's good to be back in Wake Forest; the rain has come and the weeds are waiting but so are the flowers. God Bless Your Day.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

BUT GOD...Ephesians 2:4 begins and today my thoughts are on Sue and in spite of wishing things were different in our dear CA Ostby family and often wondering how they continue on as well as they do with the challenges each of the 5 face daily, I come back to those beginning two words..But God: Who keeps them, sustains them, upholds them, sends them prayer support, surrounds them with physical friends and bands of angels and therefore they can continue on.

Sue's physical health is still on a slow decline; yet spiritually she uplifts everyone in her presence so greatly evident is her love for and trust in Jesus.

My last trip out was to see Karis graduate from AGHS and it brought such joy to the whole family, Sue especially as she saw the fruit of her labors as a home schooler reflected that evening.

Now I leave soon to spend a month with Sue as Dana and the kids head for Indonesia first, for a close friend's wedding then for ministry with some others of their church and teams from the CA Central Coast.

It will be a stretch for Sue with them gone so long; a dear friend of ours here who loves Sue greatly is taking a week from her family to spend there with us, and my honey, too will come for a week.

Please pray that I, along with others who love Sue, will make this month fly by for her with interesting, creative, joyful activity.

I saw this poem the other day and in it I sense God and Sue.

Your Cross
The everlasting God has in His wisdom
foreseen from eternity the cross
that He now presents to you
as a gift from His inmost heart
This cross He now sends you
He has considered with His all-knowing eyes,
understood with His divine mind,
tested with His wise justice,
warmed with His loving arms
and weighed with His own hands
to see that it be not one inch too large
and not one ounce too heavy for you
He has blessed it with His holy name,
anointed it with His consolation,
taken one last glance at you
and your courage, and then sent it
to you from heaven,
a special greeting from God to you,
in alms of the all-merciful love of God.
St. Francis de Sales

Thanks for listening,


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Dear Pastor Friend once said in a sermon, "keep doing the things that have helped you grow spiritually in the past" but sometimes I want to do something new...something different to grow me up more in the Lord. This morning I really heard Phil's voice again as I looked through an old journal and read:

"Good Morning Lord,
Thank you for a quiet time of thinking about the Womens' Retreat and something Pat Palau said: 'I think one thing Jesus will say to us when we get to heaven is 'why didn't you ask me for more...there was so much I wanted to give you'.

Spiritual blessings I would add and Lord, even though there is probably more of my life behind me than in front of me I still want to begin even now to seek more of those spiritual blessings (II Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted us everything pertaining to life and godliness.)

One that comes to mind is a Passion for Christ as in the Quiet Time Booklet. Another comes to me as I sing through the 2nd verse of Sweet Hour of Prayer.

  • Sweet Hour of Prayer, Sweet Hour of Prayer, the joys I feel the bliss I share, of those whose anxious spirits burn with strong desires for Thy return. With such I hasten to the place where God my Saviour shows His face and gladly take my station there and wait for Thee Sweet Hour of Prayer.

Nothing new needed, just a walk across the room to my prayer closet.

Have a blessed day in Jesus,


Sunday, May 10, 2009

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO YOU MOMS WHO ARE READING THIS and my special wish for you is from Proverbs 31:25b "she smiles at the future."
That's unconditional: whatever our days bring or don't bring, whoever He does or doesn't bring across our path to share His love with, whether or not I think I can finish that huge 'to do list' (ooh, that's one of my tougher ones), and most importantly replacing trust with anxiety and forgetting all the "what-ifs" that can cloud our thoughts.
Our best shot at being able to smile at our tomorrows is being sure we've invested some time with Him today. In fact, a great goal would be that because of how we face our tomorrows, at least some would say of us "I CAN SEE THAT YOU LOVE JESUS FIRST, IT'S PLAIN TO SEE" .

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

DADDY, I NEED HELP were the words that came from Alisha...not exactly anguished but definitely very needy. She had just discovered a forgotten homework assignment, and even more, it was the type of assignment she had never done before. Well, Dana was there and gladly walked her through the process of what was needed so she could begin.

As I watched and listened I realized this is exactly what we need to do not only in our times of extreme need, but on a daily basis. We need to cry out to God "Daddy, Abba Father, I need help. Guide me today in the way that I should go, in the decisions I make." We're promised He will in Psalm 32:8 "Iwill instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you."

Other highlights from CA...we ran the gamut of weather from 38deg the first night I was there (unusual) to 105 degrees at Pismo Beach 2 days later (also unusual).

Sue's health has not improved; there is some new treatment being considered. That is hard to see yet it is always a joy to be with them. Changes coming up for them as Karis graduates from high school and Alisha enters public school for the first time.

Coming home was an experience (don't 'hitchhike' on Mondays when the business travelers are on full steam), yet even with a few struggles and not so ideal conditions I'm reminded how good my life is and how spoiled I can become if I'm not careful.

Blessings to you all.