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just the Word……

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” Colossians 3:12-14

“I will sing for joy in God,
explode in praise from deep in my soul!
He dressed me up in a suit of salvation,
he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo
and a bride a jeweled tiara.
For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers,
and as a garden cascades with blossoms,
So the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom
and puts praise on display before the nations.” Isaiah 61:10-11

“Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.” Ephesians 1:7-8

“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” Romans 5:3-5

amen.

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a Wednesday word…..

This from my Jesus Calling devotional this morning – too good to keep to myself!  Running out the door, but had to put it down here before I go – may God do a new work in us today!

“As you become increasingly aware of My Presence, you find it easier to discern the way you should go.  This is one of the practical benefits of living close to Me.  Instead of wondering about what is on the road ahead or worrying about what you should do if…..or when….. you can concentrate on staying in communication with Me.  When you actually arrive at a choice-point, I will show you which direction to go.

Many people are so preoccupied with future plans and decisions that they fail to see choices they need to make today.  Without any conscious awareness, they make their habitual responses.  People who live this way find a dullness creeping into their lives.  They sleepwalk through their days, following well-worn paths of routine.

I, the Creator of the universe, am the most creative Being imaginable.  I will not leave you circling in deeply rutted paths.  Instead, I will lead you along fresh trails of adventure, revealing to you things you did not know.  Stay in communication with Me.  Follow My guiding Presence.”

“The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 New Living Translation

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 NIV

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God, please…….

“God bless you and keep you, God smile on you and gift you, God look you full in the face and make you prosper.” Numbers 6:24-26  the message

Asking God to smile on, and gift my dear friend Lin today – will you pray that for her as well?  She is needing His gift of healing.  truly.  I know He is near to her – ask Him to assure her of that today, very personally.  And her family.  His love, comfort and peace to them.  As we gathered in prayer for her last night, I mentally strolled through my memories with her.  She is a dear dear friend.  To so many.  God, please…….amen.

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Jesus calling

I’ve shared from this devotional book before, and must share today’s with you – so profound……

“Beware of seeing yourself through other people’s eyes.  There are several dangers to this practice.  First of all, it is nearly impossible to discern what others actually think of you. Moreover, their views of you are variable: subject to each viewer’s spiritual, emotional, and physical condition.  The major problem with letting others define you is that it borders on idolatry.  Your concern to please others dampens your desire to please Me, your Creator.

It is much more real to see yourself through My eyes. My gaze upon you is steady and sure, untainted by sin.  Through My eyes you can see yourself as one who is deeply, eternally loved.  Rest in My loving gaze, and you will receive deep Peace.  Respond to My loving Presence by worshiping Me in spirit and in truth.”

Hebrews 11:6

John 4:23-24

*yeah – so go have the best day ever……

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something found

This past week was glorious weatherwise, and I enjoyed it to the full.  I also paid for it – apparently,the  ragweed count was not just high, but extremely high, and with all that fresh air, and working with the doors open, etc, I gave it an opportunity to take over my sinuses.  dandy.  So, I have been reminding myself over and over, of all that I have to be thankful for.  That summer really has lost it’s grip around here.  That in spite of my scratchy throat, and watery eyes, it really is one of my favorite seasons.

Something else happened this week.  I keep thinking and thinking about it.  Something of value had disappeared, and I wasn’t sure at all where it was. I thought I had lost it.  Or someone stole it from me.  I don’t normally  jump to conclusions, but when I noticed it missing, I panicked.  Well, a quiet panic.  Just inside myself. Never spoke a word of it to anyone.  I went to prayer, and was calmed.  Then, as my thoughts cleared, I remembered something.  I had put the item away.  For safe keeping.  I quietly remembered the actual day I put it away.  Once I got home and confirmed that it was indeed safe, I was so relieved. Seriously, it would not have been the biggest deal to have lost it, but I was so thankful to have found it.  I have marveled over and over again at my relief.   I was so grateful.

And then wondered how much more our God marvels when one of us is found. How He must rejoice, and feel such Godly relief that we chose Him. That we came home, that we were found, that we repent.  How much more valuable each of us is than anything I could have lost.  How perfectly perfect His grace is.  His forgiveness.  His love.

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  Luke 15: 8-10

Marvel again today.  And be grateful.



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remember that joy….

“Remember that joy is not dependent on your circumstances.   Some of the world’s most miserable people are those whose circumstances seem the most enviable.  People who reach the top of the ladder career-wise are often surprised to find emptiness awaiting them.  True Joy is a by-product of living in My Presence.  Therefore you can experience it in palaces, in prisons……anywhere.

Do not judge a day as devoid of Joy just because it contains difficulties.  Instead, concentrate on staying in communication with Me.  Many of the problems that clamor for your attention will resolve themselves.  Other matters you must deal with, but I will help you with them.  If you make problem-solving secondary to the goal of living close to Me, you can find Joy even in your most difficult days.”  from Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young.

Habakkuk 3:17-19″Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.The Sovereign LORD is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.”niv

1 Chronicles 16:27 “Splendor and majesty flow out of Him, strength and joy fill His place.” the message

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A friend told me yesterday I had not been blogging enough.  She was so right…….Things I have not blogged about in the last few weeks:

*Sara coming home to surprise me for my birthday!  With her roommate, and another friend. Such a fun surprise!  Loved it. And when I first saw her, (I’m not kidding) I screamed like a girl. Totally freaked out.  crazy. lol.

*Mark’s recent visit home – and getting to watch him work. (Tenth Avenue North concert – so very impressed with these young men!)Loved the concert. After the concert, he got to stay home for a few days.  So sweet for this mom. I dearly love hanging with him.

*an engagement in the family – Kyle and Kate are getting married!  Yes!  We are so thankful for this young woman who has brought such joy to our boy.  truly.  Thankful and grateful. And very happy.  Really wished they lived closer…..

*My total delight over the fact that we finally have some cooler weather!  Seriously, I love fall.  love it. Thank you, Lord!!!

*My friend Lin, who is battling cancer again. She is so dear to me, and to so many.  Please pray.  Our God is Healer.  Boy, could we use a healing!

*My dear friend Jamie, who 5 years ago today had the opportunity to meet Jesus face to face.  I. Hate. Cancer.  I love Jamie.  Honestly, a truly precious loved one, who lived her life well.  I miss her daily.  Pray for her family so often.  But especially today.

*While we’re on that subject, my beloved mom, who passed away also from cancer – has been gone 20 years now. As of last week.  I’ve actually survived 20 years, when I wasn’t even sure I could survive 20 minutes without her. God truly is the strength of my heart.  But, man, I miss her!

*The Word.  Oh, how I love it, and how God speaks to me through it!  So many verses that have ministered deeply to me lately.

*Adam and Laura here for a visit this weekend!  Happy mom, happy mom……..oh! and Sara too!  Home!  Fall break.  Gotta love fall break!!!  Grocery shopping trips are vastly different when buying for the two of us, or 5.  grin.

*Passion 2011.  Signed up to volunteer again!  And taking my girl – so looking forward to serving God, and college students.

*I’m sure there are other things I’ve not blogged about.  obvious things.  I reserve the right to return to this list.  at anytime.

Happy Saturday everyone!

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