Millie Keith

 

 

 

Probably a month or more ago, I read the first book in the Life of Faith: Millie Keith Series, copyright 2001 entitled, Millie’s Unsettled Season. Kerston R. Hamilton updated them and added more Scripture to the originals which were written by Martha Finley in 1876, just 11 years after the Civil War ended in America.

Millie is thirteen years old in the second book, Millie’s Courageous Days which is also copyrighted in 2001, and is published by Mission City Press, Inc., Franklin, TN.

There’s a marriage in the book which prompts Millie to ask her father how one knows that they are in love. He tells her to let him think on it overnight and to pray for wisdom for such an important question.

The next day he talks about 1 Corinthians 13. On page 91 her dad says, “Being in love, the kind of love that will last a lifetime, starts right here, in 1 Corinthians 13:4. ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.’ If your feelings and your actions cannot stand up to these verses, then how could you be in love?”

In the book, one question led to another because as the heroine points out, these verses tell all Christians what love looks like. I’ve heard these Scriptures repeated at many marriages over the years. They are a target worth aiming for, and as we try to hit the mark we can’t help but reach a number of those worthwhile actions and attitudes. Some attributes I’ve struggled with and now, I can honestly say, I don’t have a problem with them by the grace of God. Others are still a work in progress.

I hope you are well this fine time of the year.

May God bless you!

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“Sully”

 

The New York Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Sully” After Party

Capt. Sullenberger with Flight 1549 First Officer Jeff Skiles at the NY “Sully” premiere – September 2016

(Photo from:http://www.sullysullenberger.com/sully-movie/)

 

My husband ordered a movie called “Sully” and we began to watch it. The next thing you know, I’m wiping tears away. My husband said, “Connie, it turned out okay.”

I was overcome with the compassion of the pilot and the co-pilot, Skiles, the Coast Guard, NYS Scuba Police and their helicopter pilot.

At one point in the film, they tried to give Captain “Sully” Sullenberger all the credit and he said, “No, it was everyone.”

He named those I mentioned above and the passengers and flight attendants as well.

Clint Eastwood directed this movie which got released in September of 2016, written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty authored by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. This information came from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sully_(film).

The film was produced by Village Roadshow Pictures, Flashlight Films, The Kennedy/Marshall Company and Malpaso Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Tom Hanks plays Captain Sullenberger, Aaron Eckhart portrayed First Officer Jeff Skiles, and Laura Linney represented “Sully’s” wife.

If you want to watch a show based on a true story and see people taking risks to protect others, this is the film for you. I love seeing the good in mankind.

God isn’t mentioned in this movie, but the word “miraculous” comes up a time or two.

May God bless you.

 

Strange Beginnings

My husband had to go somewhere this morning and I needed to be somewhere else a couple of hours later. Just as he headed for the door, he received a text. A close friend of his and mine with diabetes woke up with clammy skin, a sign of low blood sugar. His wife gave him a cookie to eat and prepared other food that he ate. She began a chore as he sat down to recover, told her he didn’t feel well and then he left his body for a walk into eternity with Jesus.

Yesterday, I looked through the obituaries because someone that used to work for my husband had passed away and I found two others that I knew, one my next door neighbor, who moved closer to family, and the other more of an acquaintance from my time working at the library.

That’s a lot of deaths in a couple of weeks’ time.

A lady came to the door looking to get into the building I had the key for, and I gave her the secretary’s office key instead of the church key. Thank goodness I came to my senses quickly and called out to her before she drove away.

I’ve been calling people at different times of the day to let them know, so that they don’t hear of it early in their day tomorrow in church. I’ve also asked people on the prayer chain to pray for the recently bereaved lady. She too is a friend of ours.

She will have lots of support, of that I’m sure. It’s true what God’s word says, Gal 6:7, (KJV):  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Gal 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Gal 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Many say, “What goes around comes around,” which is a paraphrase of God’s Word saying you reap what you sow.

She and her husband went out of their way to help others when they felt that they should. Probably many more than I’m aware of had reason to thank them for their help and for their generosity. I had an elective surgery early this year and of all the people I know, she was the only one to visit me besides my husband. People often asked her husband to help cart this or that in his pickup truck, and he did.

So, I’m sure she’ll have people help her figure out what to do. She lives in a snowier area than we do, and he took care of snow removal. In the summer, he took care of cutting the lawn. She may have to figure out how to use the mower or hire someone when the warm weather hits. I feel sure folks will visit often and give her a helping hand.

Tomorrow, our church celebrates Christmas and the birth of the King as a little bundle of joy. In the upcoming services I’ve been asked to play and sing Christmas music since the Christmas carols are a lot more challenging on the piano than they are on the guitar. I have a few in mind and I need to choose some more. Others will sing with me, and I am grateful for that!

Snow is heading to New York State. I’m hoping tomorrow will have a normal beginning, middle and end. If we get too much snow, we may have to cancel our services. We’ll have to wait and see what the day brings. One never knows.

May God bless you!

The Lord is My Shepherd

Psalm 23 says “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…”

A lady I know loves this psalm in The Living Bible, a paraphrased version, and published by Tyndale Publishers, copyrighted 1971:

“Because the LORD is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He restores my failing health. He helps me do what honors him the most.

“Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow!

“Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life, and afterwards I will live with you forever in your home.”

She asked her husband to memorize the psalm while he was in the nursing home. He did. When it was time for him to go home to heaven, he was so peaceful and content. She was delighted to be with him as he passed. They’d been married for seventy years at that point. Married young and he was in his nineties. So precious.

She enjoys telling marriage tips she’s learned over the years. “Wives are not helpmates, but helpmeets, made by God to be a help for our husbands.”

Besides the 23rd Psalm, that is one of her favorite Scriptural references found in the second chapter of Genesis. It always gets me thinking. 🙂