What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Moments of Grace: The Privilege of Serving with Gladness...

"Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with Gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us,
and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
and His truth endures to all generations."
Psalm 100

Yesterday was a special treat for me.  I had the privilege of hosting our monthly area Ladies' Prayer Fellowship in my home.  One dear lady called me this morning to thank me for hosting, and we both decided that our group should be called "Lovely Ladies of the Lord".  I like that...for that is what we are.  Not necessarily in the physical sense of the word "lovely", although everyone truly is lovely in that way, but more so in the spiritual sense.  Lovely in spirit, lovely in heart, lovely in GRACE.  These women come together from different parts of the county to pray for one another, to encourage our sisters in the faith, and share the loveliness of our beautiful Savior. And when we come together in one accord, it is something truly lovely to behold.  

Yes, it was a joyful privilege to clean my home, prepare the food, (and others brought in tasty dishes to share as well) set the table with my best dishes instead of paper plates and cups...even though they needed to be carefully hand washed before and after...(and my wonderful "lovely ladies of the Lord" helped with that also)...and to truly "SERVE  the Lord with gladness".  

What a joy and privilege to "come before His presence with singing".  We sang the old hymn I told you about previously this week...http://pamelasopenwindow.blogspot.com/2016/01/moments-of-grace-who-do-you-see-in.html  "O To Be Like Thee, Blessed Redeemer".  As our voices blended together we made this song our prayer.  Then one of our ladies spontaneously blessed us with her lovely voice as she sang "Amazing Grace"...and what a thrill that was, especially as I watched my 92+ year old mother in law harmonize along with her. 

The beautiful miracle of the morning was that about an hour prior to our time of gathering together there was a powerful storm galloping through our area with gale force winds and pounding rain. As I watched the trees bending to and fro in turbulence outside my window, I feared that the phone calls would start coming in from ladies cancelling out due to being afraid to drive in the storm. I wouldn't have blamed them, but it would have been such a disappointment after so much anticipation and preparation for the day. So I started praying...for the storm to pass through quickly, and for the ladies to not be afraid or harmed in any way.  Almost as quickly as the storm started it stopped.  The winds died down and the pounding rain gave way to sprinkles.  No one called. At the appointed time the cars started arriving in the yard.  I ran outside with my umbrella and welcomed them in and the "Lovely Ladies of the Lord" (even more than I had originally expected!)~~~

"entered into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise."

And then we all were 
"thankful to Him..."
and blessed His name...
"For the Lord is good;
His mercy IS everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations."

God even provided these lovely flowers for our centerpiece...picked fresh from my yard before the storm could
knock off the blossoms from the plants!
What a surprise to find these in the middle of January!

Remember this bookmark?  (click on the link for the story)

My ONE WORD - GRACE, for 2016, is getting quite a work out already...and it's only the middle of January! But that's okay. I love these little Moments of Grace, don't you?

What are some of the "Moments of Grace" in your life today?  Think about it. There may be more than you realize.  


  1. Lovely Ladies of the Lord, that's beautiful. God is so good, so happy for you that He calmed the storm. Enjoyed your picture. Blessings!

    1. Thank you Mary. Yes, God IS good...and He calms so many storms in our lives...not just the weather kind of storms. So thankful. Blessings to you as well today, this beautiful Sunday morning.

  2. There is truly nothing like friendships with women! So happy for you!

    1. I am truly thankful for how the Lord is blessing me with these lovely ladies. I pray that God will also send some "lovely ladies of the Lord" to you...now that your book is finished...perhaps that will be the next chapter! Have a blessed day my sweet friend.

  3. Hi Pam! I'm sure your hospitality and joy set the mood for your meeting, and who would want to miss that? I'm so glad that your storm stopped, and you could enjoy such a lovely fellowship with your Lovely Ladies! (And they are lovely too!)
    I think the Lord loves small groups. Just getting together to praise Him and to love each other. What else is there in life?
    Monday blessings,

    1. Yes, I agree. Small groups have a special place in God's heart. In a small group we can minister to one another on a one on one basis. We can pray for each other without fear of looking "stupid" in front of a crowd. We can be ourselves and feel the acceptance and love of our sisters. It is a beautiful way to encourage each other and grow in grace.

  4. Hi Pam, Moments like these are truly grace-filled. Your hospitality shines through your words so brightly. One of my friends (and sister in the Lord) have amazing phone conversations. Our latest chat was Sunday afternoon--it was a worshipful time for me--we both had missed church due to the weather being not so nice (extremely cold).



    1. thank you Kim. Yes, the grace of the Lord was evident in so many ways...the weather, the prayers, the fellowship. God knew what each of us needed at that moment, and He delivered. I am glad you had a good "visit" with your sister in the Lord via phone. God works through many types of media...including our computers/social networks. So thankful for the beautiful new sisters in Christ I have met here, including YOU. Blessings to you my friend. Stay warm.

  5. That's a good name for the group of Ladies, Pamela. It's always a blessing to serve and to gather to pray for one another.
    I love your tea set!

    1. Thank you Sylvia! My tea set belonged to my husband's grandmother. My mother in law gave it to me after her mother died. John's uncle had brought it back from Japan after WWII. It is a whole set of dishes with the tea pot, etc. I feel honored to have it, and love to use it when my mother in law is here.
      It is always good to gather together and pray for one another. Have you found a new church since you moved? I pray that God is helping you with settling in to your new home and community...one day at a time. Hope you are warm and cozy today.


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