Encouragement & Hope

When the Dog Bites

When the bee stings

When I’m feeling sad,

I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad!

For some reason my sweet husband loves to sing this song, and when he sings it he always adds in a few sound effects. Smile.  He always keeps me laughing.  Today, although Carl did not sing this song to me, it came to mind because I was literally thinking of some of my favorite things. 

This weekend I am going to Hastings, NE, my sweet hometown to speak at the Discover Conference at Hastings College.  Just the thought of driving down the streets, seeing the sights, and smelling the smells gets me excited!  I don’t get to travel back there very often.  In fact, I haven’t been there in over 3 years, so I am MORE than excited about the weeekend. 

Some of my favorite things about this wonderful little town are

Eileen’s Cookies

Rainbow Fisher Fountain

The gigantic Kool-Aid sign on the side of the Museum

Hunan’s Chinese Restaurant

Hartwell Park

Stopping on a “major” street to wait for the ducks from Hartwell to cross

The way the town smells different depending on which way the wind blows

My old house (even though I haven’t been there in 13 yrs)

Raymond A Watson Elementary School

Keystone Baptist Church

Football games at the old college stadium

Late night Amigos runs

Valentino’s

The Junior High gym

The High School track

The list could go on and on, and you may not have a connection with any of them, but to me just the thought of these things puts a smile on my face.  My hearts sighs in relief knowing that we are going “home” this weekend.  It will be baby Hergy’s first trip to Nebraska!  I know that I won’t sleep the night before my flight and that I’ll be giddy the entire day before.  I’m sure Carl will be more than happy to put me on that plane because I will probably drive him nuts from now until then.

As I was thinking about the peace that comes over me, mixed with the joy that errupts from my heart as I think of these things, I began to think about Jesus.  I began to think back to the way I loved Him when I lived in this sweet Mid-West town.  And I began to reminisce about how and when I fell in love with my Savior. 

I was still very young when I fell in love.  After church one Sunday night I was brushing my teeth to go to bed, and in my own childlike way, through a mouth-full of toothpaste I told Jesus that I loved Him and I wanted Him to reign over my heart and my life.  It was a simple act of love, but one that I’ll never forget.  And since that night, Jesus and I have been in a love relationship.  Like most relationships, we have had great times together and tough times together.  We have had seasons of deep intimacy and seasons where I have held Him at arms length.  But through it all Jesus has always been there for me.

Today, I want you to take time to stop and and think back to when you first met Jesus.  I’d love to hear about your encounter with Jesus.  Feel free to comment on any of the following questions:

What was it about Him that drew you to Him? 

What is your favorite verse that you memorized when you first began your walk with Jesus?

What attribute do you cherish about your Savior?

Share a special memory you have from early on when you fell in love with Jesus?

I can’t wait to reminisce with you about your journey.  For me, when I am in a desert place spiritually, it is encouraging to me to remember what first drew me to Jesus.  I pray you are encouraged in your walk today as you reminisce about your own relationship with Jesus.

2 comments on “When the Dog Bites

  1. Barbara Chambers

    Faith, My love relationship with Jesus began when I was six years old. The church i belonged to was a small Baptist church in a suburb of Dallas,Texas. Like you, these are memories that have never left me. The building,the names and faces of those we attended with make me feel loved and cozy. Church was my second home and family back then. When I hear such timeless songs as “Rock of Ages” and my all time favorite..”In The Garden” brings a tear to my eye. I can still hear my daddy’s deep voice and my mama’s oh so sweet one. I can see them standing holding the song books such peace on their faces. I have belonged to Jesus now for 52 years. He has never left me nor forsaken me. What a Journey it has and continues to be. Thank you Jesus..You are my Everything!
    Barb. C.

  2. Sounds like a fun trip. I wish I could go. 🙂 Thanks for making me cry. So blessed to have a wife like you! I’m not sure when I first knew I loved Jesus. I remember being in church and playing piano. And I remember singing. There have been so many times when He spoke to me through music. There’s a joy and excitement that I feel when I’m singing and playing. Of course some days are long and tiring. I love that my Saviour made music. For me, music is an experience that gives me a glimpse of what Heaven will be like. The only thing more joyful on earth for me is being a Dad. So thank you Lord today for music and my daughter, and for the new Hergy cub!

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