Rebecca West: Words & Music

Our Online Romance
by Rebecca and Bob West with the Holy Spirit

Chapter 10

Driven by the Holy Spirit




From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca --- Monday evening
Date: April 6, 2009, 8:51 PM
To: Bob


Hello Bob -----


Well -- you have done it again! Another brilliant comic strip! Excellent!!
Your God-given talent just keeps getting better and better!!!


I took "little blue" (my car) in for an oil change this afternoon --- right after I left the church office. It only took them about 45 minutes to change the oil, put in a new filter, and check everything. I am glad to get that done.


I came home and had tacos again. Now I am relaxing for the evening. It has definitely turned colder here tonight... a few flakes of snow earlier this morning. I think it is to be warmer tomorrow and the rest of the week.


I had a dream last night --- with my mother in it. That is about the third dream I have had with her in it. In this dream she wanted me to take a car and deliver something for her to someone -- (I don't know what it was. It seemed like we were in the house that I grew up in. (My teenage years in Carmi, Illinois.) I kept driving and driving and driving... then I stopped at a place but it was the wrong place. So I was asking for directions and couldn't get them straight... but I started driving again, asking people along the way how to get back to Carmi, Illinois. But this time, the girl who had loaned me the car was driving. I don't know who she was. So that was the end of the dream.


Can you make any sense out of this dream? If you can, please tell me what you think. Do you think it means anything? I value your opinion / interpretation. I will look forward to your e-mail. I sure would like to know what it means.


Well Dr Pepper, I will close now and wait for your e-mail.


Love and blessings my friend -----
Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca --- Monday evening
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 11:33 AM
To: Rebecca


Hi Rebecca!


Sorry it has taken me so long to respond.


Yesterday morning I woke up about 3:30 and never went back to sleep. I got out of bed at 7:30, took my exercises, shaved, brushed my teeth, got dressed and ate breakfast. I checked my e-mail, but did not have time to write any. Tammy got here at 9:30. I showed her the house and we talked about what she would do and how much she would charge. Then she started working on cleaning and I started working on OFC.


I stopped to see how things were going a few times and was really impressed with how hard she was working and how much she was getting done and how well it was looking. She finished up around 2 or 2:30. She focused more on upstairs this time. Next time, which will be Monday the 4th of May (or the 11th if something happens to change it), she will focus more on the lower level (the bedroom and bath that you and Bette will use), my studio, the laundry room, etc., and also do what may need to be done in the rooms upstairs.


After she left, I went back to work on OFC, and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly everything was coming together. Thank you for your compliments and encouragement about the finished product. Then I ate supper and rested a little while before going over to Suzanne and Fred's to watch the NCAA basketball championship with Fred. I had only watched a total of 10 minutes of basketball this year and that was during the ACC tournament. Now that my grandchildren are no longer playing basketball, I don't have the interest I once had, but Fred invited me and it was for me more of an opportunity to do something with Fred than the game itself. Monday nights we normally watch "24" together, but since he wanted to watch both, we have postponed "24" until tonight when we will watch the recording of it. It was after midnight by the time I got home and got in bed.


After a very long busy day yesterday 3:30 AM until midnight, I was tired enough to stay in bed until about 9:30 this morning. And it was almost eleven by the time I ate breakfast. And it is 11:50 now. Naturally I will be eating a late lunch (since I just ate breakfast), which will give me time to write some more e-mails.


Sometime next month I will need to get the state inspection done on my car. The guys at the repair shop told me last time that I would need some brake work this time. Maybe I can schedule all that before you get here, so we won't have any trouble if we decide to drive up the mountain to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Or anywhere else, since we will be going up and down mountains most anywhere we go. And good brakes are good to have. I'll wait until after May 1st to do that because I want to get my inspection sticker at the same time. And May is the month it is due.


Today is overcast. 32 degrees outside. Snow was forecast for the mountains. I saw a few tiny flakes floating down earlier this morning, but that's all so far. The mountains north of Asheville normallly get worse weather than we do here. Asheville (just 35 miles away) gets worse weather too. Big difference for so short a distance.


You told me your dream and asked me if I could help you understand it. I asked God to give me the interpretation, but so far I'm not sure if He has given me anything. I will tell you this: in my own dreams the Lord has used my car (or van, or other transportation) to represent my relationship with the Holy Spirit. The first dream He used like that, He showed my car in the repair shop. God said that my relationship with the Holy Spirit was being repaired. In some dreams I was driving. In another dream the Lord was driving and I was giving Him directions on where to turn. Ideally, we let the Lord give the directions and do the driving Himself. And we go along for the ride.


I think in your dream the Lord is telling you that your past is over. You can't find your way back. And there is no benefit even if you could. You were asking for direction. The Holy Spirit (the girl who loaned you the car) has responded. She is doing the driving now. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.


(Hey! I was just typing what came to my mind. Now that I look back, I believe those thoughts came from God. There it is !!! That's the interpretation to your dream. And it is Good News. Praise the Lord!)


And the fact that you had this dream (or one like it) three times means it is a very IMPORTANT message from the Lord. Oh, how He loves you!!!


I'm sorry you had to wait so long for my e-mail. Thank you so very, very much for yours. I don't have words that adequately express how much you bless me and what an encouragement you are, and how often you get me to smile and laugh out loud. God bless you beyond your ability to think or ask!


Your drinking (Dr. Pepper) buddy :-)


Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Rebecca --- Monday evening
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 12:54 PM
To: Bob


Thank you Dr Pepper!!!


For some reason I felt like you would have the interpretation to my dream ---- and even as you were writing to me --- the Lord gave it to you! Praise God! I really feel that you are absolutely right --- I KNOW you are! The Holy Spirit gave it to you.


You made my day. I was waiting for your e-mail like I was waiting for the answer, and there you were!!! Thank you from my heart for being obedient to the Holy Spirit. I will relax and let the Holy Spirit drive!!! I will keep this in my heart and remind myself of it daily.


God bless you special --- my dear dear drinking (Dr. Pepper) buddy!!!!!


I love you dearly, my friend, and treasure you. I thank God for you.


Love, blessings, hugs, and smiles!


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca --- Monday evening
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 1:24:15 PM EDT
To: Rebecca


I praise the Lord! God is so good to us! Thank you, Rebecca! Your response put a smile on my face and tears (of joy) around my eyes.


It just occurred to me that the interpretation to your dream is God's message to me as well as you. It is a variation of what He has been telling me in one form or another for years. I've made a lot of progress in that regard. But it is a journey and there is more ahead. No looking back.


Maybe the reason God moved you to ask me for the interpretation, and to ask again when you didn't hear from me right away (I could tell that the Lord must have let you know that He would give you the interpretation through me, so I was more open to receive it) was because it was an opportunity for Him to remind me of what He has been telling me concerning my own journey.


Smiles and hugs and blessings and love right back at ya!!!


Bob, the third musketeer :-)


PS. Yes, Bette told me that you two would leave May 11th (after she spends Mother's Day with her mother) and arrive here May 12th. Your accommodations will be ready.





From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca --- Thursday evening
Date: April 9, 2009, 7:51 PM
To: Bob


Good Evening Bob ---


I left the church office about 4 p.m. --- came home and started cleaning up my kitchen. I knew if I sat down, I would not get up and do things I wanted to get done tonight. Then I vacuumed, emptied wastebaskets, hung up clothes that I had in a basket in the bedroom, watered my tree and my little plant, did some filing here at my desk, and balanced my checkbook. So now I am through for the night! I can relax and e-mail you.


All day at church I kept thinking how you interpreted my dream, and how the Holy Spirit gave you the meaning of it as you were writing to me! Now, I must obey and do just that ..... let Him lead and "drive" me ----- not the other way around. Isn't it something how we sometimes get "anxious" about something that God has promised us, and we try to make it happen instead of waiting on Him?


Once He shows us what He is going to do --- we think we have to help Him accomplish His promise!! But I love it when the Lord shows me things. It reminds me that He has not forgotten me, or His promises to me. It's an assurance of His love and faithfulness.


Thank you, Bob, for your encouragement ---- reminding me of how much God loves me. I think we both have a prophetic gift. We recognize that in each other. He loves you too.


I did stop long enough when I got home to eat an egg and toast --- but I am still hungry. I may have to have something else after a while.


It is raining now --- a good night to stay in!


It won't be long --- we will get to meet each other! It will be my pleasure and my honor to meet you, my dear friend ---- my kindred spirit ---


I will rest tonight. The Holy Spirit is in the "driver's seat"!!
Rest well ----
Love and peaceful, sweet dreams
Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca --- Thursday evening
Date: April 10, 2009, 11:03:12 AM EDT
To: Rebecca


Good morning, Rebecca!


Thanks for your sweet e-mail. I got it very late last night. I didn't check my e-mail until just before I went to bed (close to midnight).


I was very busy yesterday. I decided to work on making a clip art CD for OFC Chapter 3. I've had the first two chapters on CDs for a couple of years. I've only had a couple of orders for them, and I may not get any for this one, but I decided to make it available. Maybe the Lord will use it in some way. Or not. Anyway, it will be there for Him to use if He should have anyone He wants to lead to do that.


The work I was doing is quite involved and required my complete attention, so I didn't have time to think about anything else. I'm still not finished, but I got to a stopping point late last night.


The pictorial index PDF, which includes instructions and a miniature image of each comic strip with its file name, takes the longest. I still have over half of the file images to place and position on the pages. And I need to do an illustration and some descriptive copy for the store page, and also add it as a new product on the site that takes care of collecting the payment for any orders I might get. So there is still more to do, but I've made a lot of progress. I had forgotten how I did the previous work and I had to spend some time exploring my files and figuring out how to pick up where I left off when I put everything on hold to take care of Sylvia during her illness.


I forgot to tell you... Remember I got four of your CDs to give as gifts. I knew one of them was for Suzanne. One was for her daughter Larissa. And one of them was for Judy Jennings (Joy Outreach). But I didn't know who the fourth one was for. A few days ago I was wondering about that. Then on Monday while Tammy was here cleaning the house, the Lord told me to give it to Tammy. So I did. She seemed surprised, and happy to receive it. Later, after she had finished her work, we were talking and I happened to mention how God gifted Sylvia in her card ministry so that she seemed to know what card and note to send to someone three days (or how ever long it would take the mail service to deliver it) ahead of time so that they would receive it the exact time when they needed that message. Tammy nodded her head and said that she understood because God has done that for her too. I asked if she meant as a sender or as a receiver. She said as a sender. The Holy Spirit lets her know when to send what card to what person at a particular time. She said she would love to be on the receiving end though.


I said, "Well, Tammy, you were. You received Rebecca's CD today. That was from the Lord." Her eyes lit up. She smiled, nodded her head, and said, "Yes. It was."


Thank you for the nice things you said and for your words of encouragement in your e-mail. It will be my pleasure and honor to meet you too, Rebecca.


Oh, something else came to mind that I will tell you about. Yesterday while I was sitting at the dining table, I happened to look up at the photo of Sylvia on the wall across the room. On impulse I said, "Honey, I sure do miss you. But since you can't be here, I'm glad you're with the Lord." Then suddenly I felt a strong presence of God encompass me and these words flowed out of my mouth: "Yes, I know. He is HERE with me too." And my emotions (which seem always to be near the surface) overflowed my eyelids.


Have a lovely day...


Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca on Friday morning
Date: April 10, 2009, 1:13 PM EDT
To: Bob


Hello dear friend -----


I can't even imagine how busy you have been, and all of the detailed work you are doing! It is great to stay busy though ---- at times.


Sylvia will always be a part of your heart. She will always be there in that special place, deep in your soul. You carry her with you, and will always love her. That was a special time and place when she was there with you. I know you miss her so much. It's wonderful that you have the great memories of her, and the good times you had together. And you know now that she is in heaven ---- perfectly healed in every area of her life. No more pain -- no more sickness -- but totally joyful in the presence of Jesus! He is holding her in His arms. Rest in this --- she is safe and happy.


I will be home all day today --- laundry later today. I have not eaten yet this morning so I think I will combine breakfast and lunch....


Have a blessed day, my dear friend... let your heart be glad. Remember God thinks you're great! He sees us and loves us through the blood of His Son.


Love and a hug --- from one musketeer to another ----
Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose


(Thanks for sharing my CD with your family and friends. I hope it will be a blessing to them.)





From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca looking for Bob
Date: April 10, 2009, 9:30 PM
To: Bob


Bob ----
Are you okay? I hope I didn't say anything to offend you....
I am watching TV and having a relaxing evening.
Hope to hear from you soon. I hope everything is okay.
Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca looking for Bob
Date: April 10, 2009, 10:34:42 PM EDT
To: Rebecca


Hi Rebecca!


Of course you did NOT say anything to offend me. I am always encouraged and blessed by your e-mails.


I sent you an e-mail a little before lunch time and received a nice response from you a couple of hours later. I did some more work on the OFC clip art CD and took a break to rest and watch a movie. Since I will be getting up really early (early for me since I usually get a late start in the mornings) tomorrow morning so that I can be at Joy Outreach (about a half hour drive from here) for the men's breakfast and fellowship, I almost went to bed a little while ago. But decided I should make an external backup of the files I created today, so I came back to my studio to do that. And I received the e-mail you sent this evening. I'm glad I checked and received it, so I could send you a quick note to let you know I'm still alive and well. :-)


Otherwise it would have been late tomorrow before I got your "looking for Bob " e-mail, because I will be leaving home early for the breakfast at Joy Outreach, and then I may spend some time in town, and may even eat lunch somewhere down there before returning home.


I trust that you're feeling good, and hope you sleep well, get some rest, have sweet dreams, and have a joyful day tomorrow.


Grins and hugs,


Bob





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca on Friday morning
Date: April 10, 2009, 10:48:05 PM EDT
To: Rebecca


Hi again!


I just finished writing you a note in response to the e-mail I got from you this morning. I started to go back upstairs and then realized that I had not acknowledged and expressed my appreciation for this nice e-mail I got early this afternoon (in response to the one I sent you this morning).


What you said about Sylvia, and her place being in my heart always, really blessed me. It is comforting, and in a way "gives me permission to go on with my life." You are so wise. Actually it is the Lord's wisdom that He has given you, and that you're passing on to me. Thanks!


I apologize for not responding sooner, and giving you confirmation that your message was well-received and appreciated.


God bless you, precious musketeer!


Goodnight again...


Cheerful Bob






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