God our Guard

June 22
Growing up on Smith Mt Lake I became accustomed to the occasional training routes of a pair of army fighter jets out of NC.  Their flight pattern included them making a turn around over our dam. Yesterday, for the first time I saw a army chopper fly over our home and towards the dam around 5PM.  Our grandson was on the dock with me and said, "Why is it here. The war is over."

I was stunned.  What does this 6 year old know of war?  Then my heart ached for the children throughout the years who have seen "war" of various kinds on a regular basis. My reply to our grandson was "Our military is always on guard protecting us."

Around 10 PM we heard the fighter jets coming. Usually their pattern is a little south of us, but last night they were flying closer. The vibrations were intense as one went quite low right over the house.
Like earlier with our grandson, I continue to thank God for our military, pray for the protection of each soldier, for peace for their families and ask for wisdom for our President as he makes decisions for our nation.

How amazing is it, to have had the army occurrence yesterday and awaken to this verse on Biblegateway.  We have a God who guards us daily.

"God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life. He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always."  Psalm 121:7-8 MSG

Bring on Summer

We were each loaded down with a bundle of love as we made our way home
last evening on the pontoon under a pink striped sky.
June 21
Bring on summer!
What a wonderful day it was laced with cool breezes. We played on the beach, fed fish, swam together, napped, let the boys play Putt Putt and boated home cuddle up under blankets, with a bright star guiding the way, while we all admired how God had painted the sky with pink stripes!

We thanked God for being so amazing!  Praying you all have lots of summer nights to slow down and simply be amazed by God and his wonders.

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty."
Psalm 91:1

The Message is a bit more descriptive.
"You who sit down in the High God's presence, spend the night in Shaddai's shadow, Say this: 'God, you're my refuge. I trust you and I'm safe!' That's right-he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you-under them you're perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm.  Fear nothing-not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon.  Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because God's your refuge, the High God your very own home, Evil can't get close to you, harm can't get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go."

And I simply shout, Hallelujah thank You God!

The Way Out

Sitting on the dock I had the urge to take photo of these ladder handles.
Without them it would be very difficult to get out of the water. I'm thankful I have them to hold onto.
When we feel like we are sinking or have been thrown into a pit, there's a way out.  
His name is Jesus!

June 20
We've all said it, "What do people without faith do when heartache, tragedy and adversity come into their lives?"
Our hearts go out to the Warmbier family as they mourn the tragic death of their son, Otto.  As parents we want to be able to protect our children.  The greatest protection we can give them is the knowledge of Christ's love and the exhibition of a vibrant faith that is lived out on a daily basis.

"Hold onto Jesus" by Erin O'Donnell

"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
Mark 8:26

You're My Enough

June 19
"Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings, 
My soul clings to You: You're right hand upholds me."
Psalm 63:78

I'm participating in a summer study and we just did a week's focus on adoration and shared praise music with one another.  A friend sent a link to Shannon Wexelberg's song Cling.  I was not familiar with the song or artist, but both have packed a punch in my praise time!

What an awesome song.  Love the lyric “you’re my enough”.

Looking up all the lyrics, I decided to print them off for my journal.  Powerful.
When the night is long, when I yearn for deep peace to come, I strain to hear Your song,
but suddenly I'm not alone for you settle over me, dispelling all my fears.
My Father, I know You are here.

May Yours be the only smile I need to see, may You be the healing washing over me.
With Your arms around me, Your peace surrounds me and may it only be You I cling to.

I set out on this road, so many voices call to my soul, they try to fill my cup,
but I have found, sweet Lord, that You're my enough.

So I'm staying close to You, You hold me to Your side My Father, the joy of my life.
Break any hold this world has on me, I'm letting go and I throw myself at Your feet.
There's just one thing, One single thing I need to know, the very One who formed me.

May Yours be the only smile I need to see, may You be the healing washing over me.
With Your arms around me, Your peace surrounds me and may it only be You I cling to.

All God's Ways

The little people are starting to arrive for the summer, 
so I think I'm going to start taking off Saturday in addition to Sunday with these posts.
Hope you can see the dragonfly that landed and remained contently perched on my husband's hat!
Creation makes me smile!

June 16
There is a point in true worship where the mind may cease to understand and goes over to a kind of delightful astonishment-to “transcendent wonder,’ a degree of wonder without limit and beyond expression. It is always true that an encounter with God brings wonderment and awe.”  A.W. Tozer

This week of our women's summer study is on Adoration.  I took my ABC prayer game and switched it to a worship game. Then challenged the women to take some of these characteristics and descriptions of God and journal how they have been evident in real life.  

A-    Awesome. Abba, Ancient of Days, Alpha and Omega, Adoni, Advocate, Almighty, my All in All, the one I Adore, the Author, all-powerful
B-    Bread of Heaven, Bright, Blessed is your name!  Beautiful, bountiful, bold
C-    The Cornerstone, Creator, the Christ, the Coming One, Close to Us, Companion
D-   Defender, Deliverer, Our Delight, the Door, Divine
E-    Everlasting, Eternal, Excellent, Everywhere
F-    Father, Faithful, Forgiver of sin, Fortress, Friend
G-    God, Glorious One, the Giver of Life, Gracious, Generous
H-   Holy, Holy, Holy, , Holy Spirit, my help, our High Priest
I-     I Am, Immanuel, Indescribable, infinite, immortal
J-     Joy giver, Judge, Just, Jehovah-Jirah (our provider)
K-   King of Kings, kind, keeper of Israel
L-    Lord of Lords, Light of the World, Love, Lamb, Life
M-  Messiah, Most High, Magnificent, Mighty, Merciful, Morning Star,
N-   Name above all names, never far away, Never sleeps or slumbers
O-   Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscience, Only Begotten Son
P-    Prince of Peace, Promise Keeper, Provider, Powerful,
Q-   Quieter of my heart, Quick to hear our prayers.
R-    Righteous, Redeemer, Rock, Refuge, Resurrection and the Life, Restorer of my soul, Ruler of Heaven and Earth
S-    Savior, Sovereign, Strong Tower, Shepherd, Shield,
T-    Transformer, Trustworthy, True
U-   Unbelieveable, Unchanging, Understanding
V-    The Vine, Vast, Victorious
W-  Worthy of Praise, Wonderful
X-    X-tra special
Y-    Yahweh, yearns for us
Z-    God of Zion, zealous

My example:
Father when I start to fret, I switch gears to praise remembering that  you are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the One with total control, I look to You.  Last summer You proved yourself to be our Defender in an uncomfortable situation.  You took me to Exodus 14:14 and taught me,  “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” Season after season through the beauty of nature You remind me you are Everything and Always at work.  Your healing hand has been upon me as I've watched my body recover from childbirth, cuts, flus, ruptured discs, strokes!  Watching our children and grandchildren be born and grow, our pets provide delight, singing praise on the patio with sisters in Christ and a simple sunset boat ride on the lake all afford me opportunity to call You, my Joy Giver,  and when the world is out of whack, when evil raises it’s ugly head and my heart aches for those who are hurting I lift my eyes to You or sometimes fall on my face in tears, but it is in that sweet Father/daughter fellowship that You are the Quieter of my Soul!

Today's Biblegateway is quite fitting:

"Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him."  Psalm 103:13

In the Clouds

 Sunset above the clouds from Adonai, Master over all. 
“The splendor of Jehovah!  Mountains and valley in the clouds! 
June 15
I'm multi-tasking this summer and for me, that's not an easy anymore.  If I've already shared these photos forgive me.  The girlfriend who took these is reading through Tony Evans' book Praying Through the Names of God  with me this summer and texted the above comments related to the photos and the chapters we are reading.

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before Him, strength and joy are in His place."
1 Chronicles 16:26-27

"Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with
splendor and majesty."  Psalm 104:1

Listen to Amy Grant sing the beautiful song. El Shaddai. You will see references to Adonai and El Elyon.
When you see the Hebrew work Erkamka, it means, “I love you.”

Can't Make This Stuff Up

June 14
I've been having good days/bad days health wise and yesterday morning was a real struggle. My husband was outside leading the kick off for a summer men's Tuesday morning Bible Study. I'm sure Satan and his demons were ticked.
I went into the bathroom and lost my balance. I must have bumped into where this plate was on a stand. It crashed to the floor and broke.  When I learned over and read the verse I smiled at the Lord!

"Have faith in the Lord your God and
He will hold you up!"
2 Chronicles 20:20

Can't tell me God isn't aware of our every move!  I couldn't have made this up or picked a more perfect verse!