That’s me. Sitting there with a red bow in my hair while my Valentine Hubby was taking pictures for me. He was a gallant Valentine today giving me my choice of things to do. We went to eat with these special friends from many years. I do not spend very much time with them now. The mechanics of going and coming have gotten to be hard for me to physically do. For instance, I tried to get in the van with them, but had to give up. Just could not step that high. Oh, yes, of course they had a special step for me. Just couldn’t hoist myself up there! So Sammy took me in the car.

Let me remind you of my last blog where I said something like “we should do special things sometimes just because we want to please Jesus.” I said, “Let’s acknowledge some accountability to our covenant relationship to love him back. Do you want to please him?” I did not feel like I was tying that into the process of our receiving salvation, or salvation by works. But I guess it came too close to that. I took a survey with the group today. Only about forty percent of them responded to my question about whether or not they were motivated by wanting to please the Lord.

Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Well, I love him so I think I should at lease strive to keep his commandments – or at least try to please him. Well, that’s my opinion. 😀 Actually I’m not to sure we don’t all have some basic points that could be called “works” that we expect. In the first place, we have to ask. Isn’t that a work?

We can get so caught up in theological speech! No wonder some find Christianity hard to understand. I’m glad Jesus only asks us to come as little children. Hearts open and full of trust as they sing, “Into my heart, into my heart, come into my heart, Lord Jesus.”

A bit more for the Valentine mood. Excerpts from my mother’s autograph book from about a hundred years ago.

  1. My hair won’t stay in place, I have freckles on my face,But just the same, my heart beats true, for some one so lovely- like you.
  2. Remember the dear old school days, when you and I were young, We used to pull each other’s hair – and chew each other’s gum.
  3. I’m glad the sky is painted blue and the earth is painted green, I’m glad there’s so much nice fresh air all sandwiched in between.
  4. This world is like a mirror, reflecting what you do, And if you face it smiling, it will smile right back at you.
  5. I wish you health, I wish you wealth, I wish you gold in store, I wish you Heaven when you die. How could I wish you more?

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. J lomax says:

    Your husband is sweet! You said only 40% responded to your survey question. Maybe the other 30% didn’t hear you! Lol but anyway
    I think that was a good question. Be blessed!

    • oneta hayes says:

      About forty percent responded that they do enjoy doing things that make them feel like they are “pleasing” Jesus. Maybe some of the others will consider that angle in their future relationship with Him. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Kim Smyth says:

    I’m glad you had a great V-Day with hubby and friends!

  3. Lizl says:

    Thanks so much for your words, today. A good pick-me-up!

  4. Thanks for sharing you Valentine’s day with us. Your hubby sounds like a wonderful man.


  5. Beautiful! And I love your mother’s autograph book!

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