My Treasures

I’ve been thinking lately about the treasures in my life:

My Lord and Savior: Jesus Christ

 “I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.”—Isaiah 43:11

 My sweet husband: Rick

 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” –Ephesians 5:31-33

 My precious children: Kathy, Alan and Denise (my daughter-in-love)

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” –Proverbs 22:6

“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” –Mark 9:37

 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” –3 John 1:4

My loving mother (home with the Lord now) and father

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” –Exodus 20:12

My four wacky and wonderful sisters: Nancy, Palma, Julie and Maria

“In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips.” –Author Unknown

“To the outside world we all grow old.  But not to brothers and sisters.  We know each other as we always were.  We know each other’s hearts.  We share private family jokes.  We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys.  We live outside the touch of time.” –Clara Ortega

All my close and special friends: you know who you are!

“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” –Bernard Meltzer

“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” –Donna Roberts

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’” –C. S. Lewis

A caring and supportive church family

“Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.” –Acts 9:31

A snug and cozy home in a beautiful part of the country

“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” –Isaiah 32:18

“For you will go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”— Isaiah 55:12

Enough food, clothing and everything else I need to be comfortable

“He enjoys much who is thankful for little; a grateful mind is both a great and happy mind.” –Unknown

My precious Bible with tons of hand-written margin notes, highlighted passages, and sticky notes marking certain pages

“Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart.” –Psalm 119:2

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” –2 Peter 3:18

My ongoing journey with chronic pain illnesses which have grown my faith, trust and dependence on my Lord

“Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” –Proverbs 3:5

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” –Revelation 21:3-5

I am ever thankful for all of these treasures. The Lord has used each and every one of them to make me into who I am today. And I’m also so thankful that He continues to use them in my life daily as He molds me more and more into His image.

“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. –Psalm 9:1