Archive for September, 2009

hint of a hope

It’s been rainy. And a little cooler. This morning was the first day I needed a thin sweatshirt on my bike ride.  I loved it.  Such a blessing after the hottest summer on record.  It wasn’t raining this evening, but the sky was thickly clouded still.  Sort of like my thoughts- and feelings.  It has seemed like almost everyone I have talked to lately has a really impossible situation to deal with.  Something honestly impossible.  The burden was too heavy to bear, as they stacked on top of each other in my mind.  However, while taking my very eager dogs on a long walk, I just rested my mind.  I observed life on the lake.  Watched for turtles.  Watched the birds.  And then saw this in the sky……..pink.

Not a sunset.  Not sun shining behind the clouds.  Just a hint of pink peeking through the midst of the clouds.  Kind of a soft shade of pink.  It didn’t really grow deeper. or larger.  Darkness soon overtook it.  But it was enough.  I could hear God whisper hope in my heart with that pink.  For each of the burdens I carried with me.  just a hint of hope.  a promise of a day without thick clouds.

Don’t ever forget – nothing is impossible with God.

Luke 1:37

“For nothing is impossible with God.”


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Taste and Trust

O taste and see that the Lord is good.”  Psalm 34:8

“He is good.  Trust in Him.  Know that all is well.  Say ‘God is good.  God is good.’ Just leave in His Hands the present and the future, knowing only that He is good.  He can bring order out of chaos, good out of evil, peace out of turmoil.  God is good.

I and My Father are One.  One in desire to do good.  For God to do good to His children is for Him to share His goodness with them.  God is good, anxious to share His goodness, and good things, with you, and He will do this.

Trust and be not afraid.”

~from God Calling, Sept. 20 date.

Do you trust Him?  Do you believe Him?  Do you believe He is indeed good?  Get in the Word, and settle this now.  His blessings on you as you rest in Him.

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a tuesday devotional

from my devo God Calling:

Quiet Strength

“Rest in Me.  When tired nature rebels it is her call for rest.  Rest then until My Life-Power flows through you.

Have no fear for the future.  Be quiet, be still, and in that very stillness your strength will come and will be maintained.

The world sees strength in action.  In My Kingdom it is known that strength lies in quiet. ‘In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.’  Such a promise!  Such glorious fulfillment!  The strength of Peace and the Peace of strength.  Rest in Me.  Joy in Me.”

amen.  Many of you have asked about this book – and it is a book.  It was written by two women, who wished to remain anonymous.  It was edited by A.J. Russell.  It definitely is not the only book I use in my morning devotional time, but it is a very important part of my routine.  I actually use four different guides in my morning time in the Word.  Not too obsessive, is it?!  lol….oh, well, it’s what works for me these days.  Anyway, enjoy this Tuesday devo, and make sure you are giving God the first fruits of your day.

Off to open house at the high school.  My very last open house ever. Been participating in open houses for at least the last 24 years – since Kyle was 4. Oh, don’t think for a second this is not a profound moment in my life, and heart!  Senior girl is having such a good year, and I’m so looking forward to meeting her teachers.  May you also have a profound moment ahead, that allows you to ponder afresh the marvelous ways and faithfulness of our God!  His blessings……

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I lift You high in praise!

“I lift You high in praise, my God, O my King! and I’ll bless Your name into eternity. I’ll bless you every day, and keep it up from now to eternity. God is magnificent; He can never be praised enough. There are no boundaries to His greatness. Generation after generation stands in awe of Your work; each one tells stories of Your mighty acts…..my mouth is filled with God’s praise. Let everything living bless Him, bless His holy name from now to eternity!” Psalm 145:1-4, 21 the message

wow!  I’m blessed just to be able to praise my God!  No matter what is going on in our lives, we can always choose to praise Him.  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

have a great weekend. love.

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a devotional for 09/09/09

Today should be a very special day, with the special date, 09/09/09.  Did you know, many have chosen today to get married?  (on a Wednesday?!) My favorite radio personalities suggested it was because they would not forget their anniversary that way.  I’m not so sure.  What I do know is that the Lord began my day, this day, with the most magnificent sky.  I’d say sunrise, but with thunder clouds all over, it was more a morning sky than sunrise.  And it is still happening, two hours after the time of sunrise.  It is stunning.  I am encouraged, and strengthened once again by my Creator’s handiwork.  A visual reminder of the glorious power and creativity of the Master.  my Master.

I have a devotional, called “Wednesday words from Leigh”, that drops into my in-box each Wednesday morning, sometime probably when I am still asleep.  I’ve been getting it for years.  Each week she gives me something to think about, pray about, marvel at.  You can find her at leighmcleroy.com. Click on her Wednesday blog button, however right at this time, the devo from today is not posted yet.  (it’s called “As good as it gets?”) Wish I could have just copied her words for you here, but I’m unable to, probably due to copyright restrictions. it’s all good.  So, take a moment and go over yourself to her website.  You will be blessed.  Enjoy this precious day…..God alone is great, and worthy to be praised!

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a finished happy place

Days off are weekly for me.  Usually I have so much to do on those days, that I yearn to return to work to “rest”.  I am notoriously bad about writing lists of things to do that could never get finished.  I tend to “bite off more than I can chew”.

Not so yesterday.  I actually found myself without a list of to dos.  And I found myself stuck at home for several hours, and discovered the energy finally to get my teeny tiny study in order.  I am deliriously happy.  I have always called the little tiny space “my happy place” – for several reasons.  It is seriously a happy place.  It can’t help it – it just is.  I have a great view of the lake.  and my pecan trees.  ( that I think actually may produce pecans for me this season!)  I have a pocket door on it.  When i’m in it, usually no one knows where I am.  (I find that so funny, cause our home is really not all that big.)  And – it’s all mine.  🙂  Not that I am all about me. truly I am not.  However, a small space to call your own is a wonder unto itself.  Especially when you’ve mothered for as long as I have.  We are just used to doing for others, sharing, all those good, wonderful relational things.

I also house most of my books here.  That really makes me happy.

When we moved here over a year ago, I unpacked in such a hurry since I was to have surgery two weeks later.  A few boxes were tucked under my “happy place” desk area, and were still there as of yesterday morning.  And my four deep drawers were a disaster.  truly.  I don’t really procrastinate much, but sure had on this project.

but now. . . . Ah, now, it is a place of order. Everything, and I do mean everything is in its place.  I love order, and organization.  love the result of it, though I am not often very good about accomplishing it.  Life moves so fast, it’s hard to tackle such projects that take a while.  Yesterday’s adventure took several hours.  My body was a bit sore from all the stretching and lifting, but IT. IS. FINISHED.

I love it.  What needs help in your home these days?  Let me encourage you to plan on tackling that issue soon – there is great joy in accomplishing projects, and a deep satisfaction in the finished work.

So, I looked up “finish” in my search on biblegateway, and found a few favorite mentions of this concept.  My this holiday weekend be a time where you finish something God has given you.  His blessings to you as you press on toward the prize………

Psalm 25:21
“Use all your skill to put me together; I wait to see your finished product.” the message

Proverbs 15:9
“A life frittered away disgusts God; he loves those who run straight for the finish line.”  the Message

Isaiah 30:18
“But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.” the message

Acts 20:24

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

2 Corinthians 8:11
“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.”

Philippians 1:3
“Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” the message

2 Timothy 4:7
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Hebrews 12:1
“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began andfinished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” the message

James 1:4
“Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

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how rich you are

Just read this early this morning, and it blessed.  I pray it blesses you, too.  From my devo, God Calling:

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  Hebrews 13:5

My children, that word is unfailingly true.  Down the centuries thousands have proved My constancy, My untiringness, My unfailing Love.  “Never leave.”  “Never forsake.”  Not just a Presence is meant by this, but…

My Love will never leave you, My Understanding will never leave you, My Strength will never leave you.  Think of all that I am:

Love – then forever you are sure of Love.

Strength – then forever, in every difficulty and danger, you are sure of strength.

Patience – then always there is One who can never tire.

Understanding – then always you will be understood. 

Can you fear the future when it holds so much for you?  Beloved, “”Set your affections on things above” (the higher, spiritual things), “and not on things on the earth” (the lower, temporal things), and you will see how rich you are.

*note to blog readers – indeed, never forget His unfailingness, and love…..may your day be blessed in every way.

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