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, May 25, 2019

A Time for Singing

"Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
 Sing to the Lord, all the earth.


Sing to the Lord, bless His name;

Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
 Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.


For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised..."
Psalm 96:1-4


 Today marks the 5th anniversary of the date that our dear son Matthew entered heaven's gates. I always like to remember him this way...goofy and fun loving and full of laughter...

 This was our last family portrait together three months before he passed.  Our family had all gathered to celebrate his 41st birthday:

It's been five years...and a lot has happened in those five years...things that Matthew hasn't been here with us to enjoy or participate in...but I don't want to be sad today. I want to celebrate his life...not his death. I want to remember the happy times we had together...and look forward to the time we will all be together again someday forever.  

You may ask me how I can "Sing to the Lord a new song!" when we have had such sorrow.  Well, I can sing because of Jesus...because of Jesus, Who died for me and for you and all of our loved ones...so that we can one day celebrate together again in heaven.  

I can sing, because Jesus told His disciples in John 14:1-4, 6

1.  "Let not your heart be troubled;
you believe in God, believe also in Me.
2.  In My Father's house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you.  
I go to prepare a place for you.
3.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself,
that where I am, there you may be also.
4.  And where I go you know, and the way you know...

6.  "I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me."

And so today, as we remember Matthew, I am singing a new song in my heart.
Because of Jesus, I have hope in my heart. 
Therefore, I sing.


Some previous posts about Matthew:

23 comments:

  1. Extra prayers for you and yours today, Pamela. And yes, never stop singing songs of praise to the Lord, for He has done marvelous things for us.
    Blessings, dear friend!

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    1. Thank you, Martha, for the prayers...and kind thoughts. Yes, Our Lord HAS done marvelous things for us, and we are glad!! Amen. have a blessed week with your family.

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  2. I love you bird cups, I love to listen to the birds when I sit outside.
    Prayers for you today, I love your attitude, very inspiring.

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    1. This was a new cup that I got from Benton and Rose's yard sale yesterday. I couldn't let it get away... Thank you, Sylvia! Love you...

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  3. God bless you, Pamela.

    One day you will be with him again and it will be like no time has passed. You know how you have the garden for him at your home...I wonder if he has one for you in Heaven?


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    1. Oh, wouldn't that be wonderful? I can imagine the gardens in heaven are way beyond anything we could ever imagine here on earth! Thank you for that beautiful thought today.

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  4. We are so blessed to have our hope in Jesus Christ and look forward to the great heavenly family reunion. Praying for you and your family. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouraging words on my blog.

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Yes, we are blessed. Praying for you and yours again today...

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  5. Thank you for sharing about Matthew as you honor and remember him today. God bless you.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I know that you understand this all too well. God bless you too.

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  6. Sing to The Lord and Praise His Mighty Name. My prayers are always with you my sweet friend. Have a blessed weekend and Memorial Day dear Pamela.

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    1. Thank you, Toni. Yes, we will "Sing to the Lord and Praise His mighty Name". I know you understand about these kinds of days all too well. (((hugs))) to you today.

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    2. Pam: Forgive them placement of this thought.My computer is going wonky. I love the cup. I love your thoughts about Matthew. I agree with the reader who said you will see him again. Peace and blessings.

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    3. Cecelia...nothing to forgive. Thank you for your wonderful thoughts. Hope your computer gets over its "wonkiness". Yes, we know we have such joy ahead for us one day. Praise God, and thank You, Jesus!

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  8. I join with you singing! This morning I sat outside and enjoyed watching the birds soaring back and forth and listened to them sing. What a joyful noise. Life is so much better when we know our loved ones are with Jesus and we don't have to worry about them or grieve as those who have no hope. Our hope is in Him and it is uplifting and encouraging when we make the choice to rejoice in the Lord and be encouraged in Him.

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    1. Amen! Thank you for singing with me. yes, I was enjoying the birds this morning too, and that is why I felt so much like singing. I love to hear them going about their day with a beautiful song in their mouths...why can't we do the same??? We have hope eternal and joy unspeakable!!!Praise God for Jesus!!!!

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  9. No parent should have to bury a child and my heart goes out to you and John. It is right and perfect to remember your dear Matthew on the day he entered Heaven and to rejoice that we will all be together again one day. Keep singing, Pam!! Love & hugs!

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  10. Thinking of you today. :) Sending a hug

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  11. Pam, Your post is beautiful and full of joy and praise. We who are in Christ, really have no need to fear death--death really isn't death but a promotion to the fullest life possible. This attitude should cause others to pause, take notice, and want to know more--truly an amazing witnessing opportunity. Your son's life truly made a difference in this world; I know you miss him terribly. What a grand reunion you'll have in Heaven.

    Love and blessings!

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  12. A beautiful post Pamela. It is so important to remember the good times with our loved ones and try not to be sad for we have the hope of seeing them again one day. Isn't it awesome? I know it doesn't take away the earthly sadness at times but one day your tears will be no more. Amen to that. Your son looked like a very lovely man with a great personality and sense of humour. Love and hugs. xx

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  13. Your bird cups are so lovely...we have so many different kinds of birds that visit and I just love them. This week our bluebirds have finally returned and I think they are nesting...mom and dad both! What a glorious day it will be when you will once again be able to see your son, face to face. A beautiful, bittersweet post.

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