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Archive for November, 2008

Here’s what I was reading in the early hours this morning…….”If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if His love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a hear, if you care – then do me a favor.  Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.  Don’t push your way to the front, don’t sweet-talk your way to the top.  Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.  Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage.  Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” Philippians 2:1-4 the message.

I wonder if through these holidays, you, like me, need a reminder of how we are to behave as Christ followers.  I wonder.  I know that there are so many things I am thankful for. That seems to be the easy part.  But I also know that with ALL the extended family, and tension that may arise, if I am ready to put on Christ.  If I am ready to represent Him well.  Especially if I am going to be around those who may not know Him, or are following Him at this time. 

I read this yesterday – I will leave this thought with you.  Maybe, just maybe, if we really work hard letting Christ work in us, this Thanksgiving will be the best we ever remember.  Let’s have grateful hearts, and Christ-like attitudes.  In His power.  To God be the glory……..

……from Streams in the Desert, dated November 25- “To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory.  Ephesians 3:20-21.  In no other place does the apostle Paul use these seemingly redundant words: ‘immeasurably more than all’.  Each work is packed with God’s infinite love and power ‘to do’ for His praying believers.  Yet there is the following limitation: ‘according to His power that is at work within us.’  He will only do as much for us as we will allow Him to do in us.  The same power that saved us, washed us with His blood, filled us with the power of His Holy Spirit, and protected us through numerous temptations will work for us to meet every emergency, every crisis, every circumstance, and every adversary.”

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quiet…….

For the first time, in many days, I am alone in my house.  For about 30 minutes.  I am happy.  Not that I am alone, necessarily, but just the full feeling of being totally satisfied.  And the quiet allows me the time to enjoy it, you know?  

The patient is doing well – went to dr. early (EARLY!) this morning to do post-op check.  He is doing so great.  truly, thank you for your prayers.

The firstborn arrived yesterday morning, with a friend, to stay the week.  Big smile.  It has been great so far – so great.  I am soaking it up, knowing he will not be able to return for Christmas.  Just soaking.  I just kept patting his face – so glad he’s home!  Then, secondborn  continued his “surprise” strategy from the last several years.  “No, mom, I’m not going to be able to make it home this year…..”  I KNEW he was kidding.  Just knew he would be here.  Arrived last night.  *sigh*  I knew it…….

So, for those of you who may have lost count……..as I went to sleep last night, I counted the precious children of mine under my roof…..they were ALL 4 here, and I was beside myself!  Just so happy.  Now, they all are scattered for a while, and I am listening to the silence.  It’s beautiful.  

I decided to do a quick blog update, reminding you that no matter how full your home may be this week, this is a season to be grateful.  thankful.  I recommend you have a time of solitude, where you count your blessings.  seriously.  Even if you need to go find a quiet corner to hide in, get away long enough to thank God for His blessings.  Don’t let this week get away, without your telling God thank you.  

“Don’t fret or worry.  Instead of worrying, pray.  Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.  Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.  It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 the message.

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hospitals

How do you feel about hospitals?  There is something immensely pleasing to me about them.  (I used to want to be a nurse. like when I was 6.) They freak my husband out.  It was all he could do, to be there when we had our children.  He’s been a patient a few times, and does. not. like. it.  I’m not so eager about being the patient, but oh, how I love all the stuff that goes on inside…….the healing, the medicine, the miracles.  Doctors can do amazing things.  And I find it extraordinary to be around it.  

Today I am sitting in one, as my beloved Adam recovers from surgery.  He had a shoulder repair done by one of the (my opinion, as well as others’) best shoulder doctors in the city.  Many years ago this doctor “fixed” another surgeon’s mess on my husband, and I’ve always appreciated that.  Today I let him fix my son – I do not take that privilege lightly.  And all went so great.  Adam is resting now, but if you would pray for quick and complete healing, we would appreciate it so much.

So, I’ve been watching the activity here, and praising God for such places.  For places where doctors can fix a shoulder so well, that the patient can throw a ball for the first time in three years.  Where they do things unheard of years ago.  Real life miracles.  Bless God.  So, I’m going to tend my very own miracle now.  Talk to you soon.

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reflect His glory

Hi.  Quick thought for you – I’ve been thinking about this all day.  It was from my God Calling devotional this morning.  The verse was “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.”  Isaiah 60:1

Among other things, it goes on to say……”The Glory of the Lord is also risen upon you when you reflect that Glory in your lives, when in Love, Patience, Service, Purity, whatever it may be, you reveal to the world a something of the Father, an assurance that you have been with Me, your Lord and Saviour.”

Oh, how I want to reveal Him to the world.  Something of Him.  I need Him.  a lot.

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whooooo, whoo, whoo!

Great day to you, dear blogreaders!  I pray your week is off to a great and glorious start.  Short story to tell.  I was awakened this morning early.  Much earlier than my alarm was set to go off.  Which is highly unusual for me.  I NEED an alarm clock to jolt me out of my sleep, and remind me of the day’s tasks that need attention.  Daily, I am reminded, just by the need I have for my alarm clock, of my intense need of Christ.  I NEED Him – in every way, in every circumstance.  For every encounter I may have along the way.  So, we begin our day, Jesus and I, by a run around my neighborhood.  That usually puts me in a better state of mind, as well as gives me time with Him in prayer.  We worship and pray.

Today, though, was different.  I awoke, as I said, way before the alarm.  As I lay there in the stillness, all of a sudden, I heard something.  “whoooo, whoo, whoo.”  Wow!  I turned my head, so I could hear even better – there it goes again!  Somewhere out there, in the dark, cold, still, pre-dawn morning, an owl seranaded me.  Not sure what kind he was (of course, couldn’t see him), but he was majestic, of this I am sure.  And he was gloriously praising the Lord.  In his own way, with the tools he was given.  It was a profound moment, with me just laying there, listening to him, and his voice giving praise where praise was due.  God spoke in those moments.  Not audibly, but truly to my inmost parts.  “Who is like the Lord” I kept saying over and over in my mind.  Folks, I mean, seriously, how amazing is our God?!  Not only to have created this entire creation, but down to the tiniest details of our creatures…..I am still slightly stunned by it all.  My alarm clock this morning did not need to go off.  I was awakened by a miracle of our God.  I pray that you, too, hear/see/experience His wonder and His majesty through a part of what He has created.  Ask Him to show you.  And be ready to listen.

Exodus 15:11
Who among the gods is like you, O LORD ? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”

Psalm 89:6
“For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD ? Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings?”

Psalm 113:5
“Who is like the LORD our God, the One who sits enthroned on high…”

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morning dawns

*note – I started writing this before work today, but ran out of time to finish. Thus, posting it later at night.   The moment of stillness before God was transforming.  I  pray the same for you, my friend….. 

 

This morning, as I sit and gaze at the beautiful sunrise, the feeling wells up in me of total gratitude.  Of thankfulness that for this particular moment in time, all is well.  Such a sense of peace.  I had a stunning time in worship last night.  I have seen some progress in a particular group of girls I teach in Sunday school – hope sprouts forth.  My children are happy.  Much going on in their lives, but they are happy.  My dogs are in the back yard, fed, and content. (if you were with me during the season of the pups’ adventures, you will know how special this is!) I have a full week ahead, but today I had a still time before the Lord.  Before the day began.  It was wonderful.  Not unusual at all – more my routine than not.  But today, it was marvelously profound.  May your week be glorious, and may God be glorified in all you do.

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22 years

Wow.  I am reflecting on a life that arrived 22 years ago today.  What joy this life has brought me.  us.  anyone who knows him.  A life that you know is meant for big things.  A life that is full, competent, detailed, brimming with joy.  passionate. so enthusiastic.  A life that has made mine so much better. 

 

Adam – my beloved third boy – Happy happy birthday!  You came into the world eager to get started, and haven’t stopped yet!  You make me laugh so hard, and also challenge me to be a better person.  You have made my job seem easy.  most times. You pursue everything you love with such an intensity and passion, that I wonder if you are pacing yourself well enough for the long haul.  Yet, you definitely know how to “chill” too – a good balance.  You are one of my greatest delights, and joys.  I can still see you in my mind, on our living room floor playing, with a pacifier in your mouth, and a baseball in each hand.  Or chasing your brothers.  Or giggling.  Lots.  I hope that never changes.

 

May you laugh much as you continue this wonderful life God gave you. May you continue to pursue Him above all other things.  May you know the deep satisfaction of a life lived well for God’s glory.  So very thankful and grateful I get to be a part of it.  I love you so so much.

mom.

“It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere.”  Deuteronomy 13:4

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