Hanging in There

March 18-19
Our granddaughter hanging out on a jungle gym!
We are hanging in here with Jesus at Shiloh!
We are okay!  
Thanks for the calls and emails of concern.
Truly, I just felt led for the first time in 17 years, 
to unplug from commitments and listen to what the Lord has next for me.
It's been a great journey so far.
Happy Birthday to the man of my dreams.
Thankful for spring break and the chance for him to get a little rest.

Dig Deep

Dig Deep and Seek the Lord
February 27

There are so many elements to our relationship with Jesus.  We have to be proactive for this faith walk to deepen.  Here are some mental and emotional actions we have to apply to the relationship
for it to work.

Acknowledge our need for Him
Accept that He is God
Trust He is good.
Have Confidence that He knows the future and has a plan.
Depend on Him in every situation.
Ask Him for assistance in every decision.
Thank Him for the way he cares for us and provides for us.
Allow His love to pour over us and be still in His Presence.

Today, I just stopped and prayed...
"Good morning Heavenly Father, Creator of my soul. Today, I rejoice in Your goodness and love for me.  I have total confidence that nothing will come my way today without your foreknowledge. Before I make any decisions remind me to stop and seek Your guidance. Thank You for all the ways you have provided for me before and for the way you will be with me today.   Your love is amazing.
Open my eyes to the opportunities which await where I can tell of Your love to others. In Jesus' Name, Amen

"God's my island hideaway, keeps danger far from the shore,
throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.
Let me give you some good advice;
I'm looking you in the eye and giving it to you straight:
Don't be ornery like the horse or mule that needs bit and bride to stay on track."

Psalm 32:7-9 (MSG)

See you soon!
Loads of Love, Boo

The Light Above

February 25-26
In-between praying, I've been fretting a tiny bit over a big situation.  While traveling yesterday, I had six hours alone in the car with Jesus.  I'd wavered between trying to figure things out on my own and trusting that God has this!

So, I'm sitting in a left turn lane waiting on this light to turn green. It goes through a whole cycle and skips me.  Thus plenty of time to take out my phone and snap this photo. As I'm considering my options of just running the red light or switching lanes and going to the next intersection, I realize the song lyric on the radio just said...  

"Keep your eyes fixed on the light above."

Yup, God had my attention and I told him I was trusting him with my every move. At that moment the light turned green.

No one can ever convince me that God Almighty isn't aware of every second of our lives!

It's 3:00 AM and I've been awake for awhile listening to the Lord. This is what I'm hearing...
"Unplug from the world and approach me."  Looking up the word approach I found this definition:
"Come near or nearer to someone or something in the distance."  That's very biblical.

"Come near to God and he will come near to you."  James 4:8

"Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart....let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful."  Hebrews 10:22-23

So, for the approaching Lenten season, which begins March 1st, after 17 years of being here with you, the plan is to unplug and approach God alone, for awhile.

Here's a link to the song which was on the radio called "Beloved!"

Trust Me!

They were rather skeptical when I asked them to follow me... 
 into the woods for a bear hunt.  "Trust me!" I said.
February 24
"Will you just trust me!"  Every parent has said these words at some point.  This past week a couple of our grandsons have been here and had the flu with high, high fever.  Fortunately, their mother arrived back in town when the youngest became sick.  In trying to get this four year old to take Tylenol she said, "Will you just trust me that this will make you feel better?"

Some of my very favorite scripture verses are about trust.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."  Proverbs 3:5-6

"But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him."  Jeremiah 17:7

"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God."
Psalm 20:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him."  Psalm 28:7 

"Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods."  Psalm 40:4

"The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper."  Proverbs 28:25

"But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation."  Psalm 13:5

Not sure about you, but currently I have multiple real life situations requiring trust that God knows the road ahead and what is best and he can work all things together for the good of those of us who love Him and are called according to his purpose!  (Romans 8:28)

Today's Biblegateway verse is Jeremiah 29:11-13

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when yo seek me with all your heart."

It's a gorgeous day here in Virginia to get out and seek the Lord!

Toothless in Tampa

February 23
I laughed the other day when a reader emailed me and thanked me for "being real" with what I write in these devotionals.  I thought...will I be real and share photos of a recent dart/dagger, the devil tosses at me?

Those of you who know me personally know I love to laugh and smiles just seem to stay implanted on my face.  Recently, I was in a predicament where it would behoove me not to laugh,  but I couldn't resist.  It was 8:30 on a Saturday night and I was biting into a piece of ginger candy. I looked at my husband and said, "I think my front tooth just came out." With a shell shocked look he said, "Yes, it did!" (It was a tooth which had a root canal years ago.)
The major dilemma was that I was to board a plane to Florida the next day to welcome our new grandson into the world.
My mind immediately shot to..."You cannot go!"  That thought lasted about five seconds.  The next thought was:  "This is not of eternal value. I will deal with it when I get home. I'll just be Toothless in Tampa."
Then the laughter began.  My speech was impaired without a tooth to place my tongue behind! My husband was so supportive. He said, "Once you get over the initial shock of seeing you like this, it's not too bad."  When I sent the photo below to our children the reactions were filled with a bit more alarm.   One of them said, "You can't get on a plane like that!"   Immense sympathy began going out towards our daughter in law, the new mom, who was hosting me.
My dental hygienist is also my neighbor, so I called her for suggestions. "There's nothing they can do quickly Boo. It will take a couple days. Whatever you do, DO NOT try super glue," she explained regretfully.

Knowing with God all things are possible, I prayed and then left a voicemail message on the emergency contact number for the dental office. The office manager called back and said he would try to reach my dentist.  About two hours later, my dentist called and agreed to evaluate the situation Sunday morning.  He said to bring the tooth. Using my husband as his assistant, he used what is called Dental Duct Tape and temporarily put the tooth back in place. Prayerfully it will stay there until he can get a crown done in March.

"With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Matthew 19:26

I Want Something to Sprout

Joy is sprouting from this precious granddaughter and her beautiful mama!
A two year old on skates!
February 22
For my birthday a friend gave me some tulip bulbs which were just opening up. They were such a joy to watch. The other day I thought...I want something to sprout!  Later that evening, my husband said, "Your daffodils are coming up!"  These 60-70 degree temps in February shout that spring is a coming. (I know, I know, we always get a big March snow.)

"Never mind.  My lover s already on his way to his garden,
to browse among the flowers, touching the colors and forms.
I am my lover's and my lover is mine. He caresses the sweet-smelling flowers."
Song of Solomon 6:3

Do our lives put off an image of the hopefulness of what is to come?
Is our love for Christ visible to others?
God wants something to sprout from us!
The radiance of our lives should point to Jesus sprouting out of us, if he's really in there.

Sprout-grow, put forth shoots.

Are we growing in the depth of knowledge of our Lord?
Are we making disciples and putting forth faithful shoots?
May all that sprouts forth from our lives today bring God glory!!!

The Magnitude of God

Thankful for this new little creation.

For as much as we love this little one, it's nothing compared to God's love and care.

February 21
Fathom - understand a difficult problem or enigmatic person.  A measure of depth.

"He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted."
Job 9:10

For the past couple weeks I've been battling a very painful Hordeolum (stye) in my lower eyelid.
The doctor wanted to operate last week. Shocked by his description of the procedure, the pain involved and facial bruising that will occur due to my stroke med, I asked him...."How do you feel about prayer?" That flew right over his head. He had his nurse schedule surgery for March 2nd, as I was not going to be available before then and told me to continue hot compresses multiple times a day.
Compress time has translated into prayer time.  At 4AM the other morning, I was praying for healing with a rice sock on my eye and asking God to do a mighty work on the rest of my prayer list.  At that point I was overcome with the magnitude of God.  The word fathom came to mind.  God, who created the universe and continues  to keep it on track and create new beings every moment, is capable of ANYTHING.  If he wants to heal this eye without surgery He will. If not, there is a purpose in the process that is intended to bring Him glory.

What a mighty God he is!  He is out of this world for certain, but at the same time aware of every earthly detail.

"Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom."
Psalm 145:3

Friends have been fabulous to be praying for me.  Friday night I told a friend that I know this little annoyance is about much more than my eye.  One son texted me the story of the friends lowering the paralytic though the roof of the home where Jesus was, so this man could be healed.  I told my friend it wouldn't surprise me if God's timing in bringing healing was directly related to increasing the faith of someone else. Whatever happens God will get the glory.