A New Thing

December 30-31

I may have mentioned coming up with a new quote before Christmas...
Life is a lot!
Today it has been difficult to get in gear. We went from the Christmas celebration, to hopping on a plane and helping our youngest pull off a surprise engagement in Florida.
Returning home last night I learned of the death of a friend's husband (we will be missing one fine Tarheel fan), the break up of a precious young marriage, an emergency C-section having to be performed on one of the sweetest young women I know(She and her 2 pound baby have been fighting for their lives.) and the reality that our oldest son joins the Army in five days. The combination of physical and emotional exhaustion along with a house to undecorate, bags to unpack and a new semester of lesson plans to attack had me numb, so I dug into the Word hoping God would pull me up.

There staring at me on Biblegateway was:
This is what the LORD says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.-

Isaiah 43:16, 18-19

I topped that off with a scoop of Psalm 103 and know that in Christ's strength I can face today with joy.

Let's Pray:
Lord, you are compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love. My prayer is simple, may all who need it feel your love being poured out upon them today and find peace. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Away or A Way

December 27-28

Taking notes during the sermon yesterday I wrote "away" instead of "a way".
The contrast jumped out at me as I immediately realized Jesus is "the way"
(more than a way) to eternal peace. Because of our acceptance of Him we will not be turn "away" from the heavenly home which awaits us.

Searching "away" on Bible Gateway most of usages have a negative connotation.
"Swept away, sent away, flee away,wasted away, etc."
The Song of Solomon does give a more exciting twist to the word in
verses 1:4 and 8:14

Take me away with you—let us hurry!
Come away, my lover, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag
on the spice-laden mountains.


Looking at the dictionary definitions for away there are some strong Biblical applications.
1) on the way (Away to heaven we go.)
2) from this or that place (Hmm, choose to go away to heaven or hell)
3) in a secure place (Locked away with Jesus.)
4) in another direction (Sent away from God.)
5) out of existence : to an end
(Leaving this earth and going away to an eternal end.)
6) steadily onward (Our earthy days are ticking away.)

In relationship to our salvation there are some wonderful away verses.
And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins. Romans 11:27

The world and its desires pass away,
but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 2:17

Searching the scriptures for references to "a way" I asked the Lord to feed
us today words which would encourage us on "our way". He sent me to some
awesome verses. May they bless you today on your way!

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
Proverbs 14:12

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run,
but only one gets the prize?
Run in such a way as to get the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24


No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
1 Corinthians 10:13

The Gift Goes On

December 26

Ah, the day after Christmas. The crumbs, the old ribbons, tags and wrappings found under the couch and a tree that just seems sad the festivity is over...hmm, maybe for a live tree it knows it's demise. The excitement, joy, love and laughter, which surround a Christmas tree on Christmas morning, are quite unique. With a birthday celebration there is usually only one recipient. On Christmas morning there is just as much excitement watching each person receive the gift you have brought to honor your relationship with them as there is in opening gifts yourself.

Think how elated God must be each time someone receives the precious gift of Christ!
Jesus really is the gift which keeps on giving. There are few gifts which you can give away and still have an abundance for yourself.

Enjoy the lyrics to the Gift Goes On:
The Father gave the Son
The Son gave the Spirit
The Spirit gives us life So we can give the Gift of love
And the Gift goes on And the Gift goes on
And the Gift goes on And the Gift goes on

Don't you love to get a present wrapped up in a Christmas bow
God gave each of us a present on that night so long ago
It's a Gift that keeps on giving if our spirits can receive
It's the secret joy of living if our hearts can just believe

When your life is full of Christmas then your life is full of love
You can give away the present that began with God above
Just like ripples in the water the circles of our love extend
What was started with the Father is a Gift that has no end

As we sit to write thank you notes this week may we remember to include a prayerful note to God for giving the greatest gift of all!

Subtle

December 24-25

There is fruit to be cut, French toast to be stuffed and a mushroom fritata waiting to take form, but I just looked at my husband and said,
"I really need my Jesus time."

The word the Lord gave me this morning was rather unique. Subtle.

Immediately, I thought of the announcement of Christ's birth. No, "Hear Ye, Hear Ye" ringing out from a town crier to tell of the birth of a new born king. No network blaring the news into our family rooms. A single brilliant star, which spoke only to those stirred by the Lord, told of Christ's birth.
That is pretty subtle.

Opening the dictionary the definition of subtle unleashed more characteristics of our king.
Subtle:
1.elusive, difficult to understand or perceive.
2 perceptive, refined; having or marked by keen insight and ability to penetrate deeply and thoroughly.
3. highly skillful : expert (a subtle craftsman)

My prayer this Christmas morning is that Christ will penetrate subtly the hearts of many whom we and HE long to see follow the Star!

From our home here at Shiloh I send my love to each of you and rejoice in the brotherhood of our faith which will find us all living together with our King one day!
Love, Boo

Do You Hear What I Hear

December 23
Said the night wind to the little lamb Do you see what I see
Way up in the sky little lamb Do you see what I see
A star, a star Dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite With a tail as big as a kite

Said the little lamb to the shepard boy Do you hear what I hear
Ringing through the sky shepard boy Do you hear what I hear
A song, a song High above the tree
With a voice as big as the sea With a voice as big as the sea

Said the shepard boy to the mighty king Do you know what I know
In your palace wall mighty king Do you know what I know
A child, a child Shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold Let us bring him silver and gold

Said the king to the people everywhere Listen to what I say
Pray for peace people everywhere Listen to what I say
The child, the child Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light He will bring us goodness and light

The child, the child Sleeping in the night He will bring us goodness and light

What beautiful lyrics! I am blessed to teach a very spirit filled student who at twelve years old already knows how to go away to a quiet place with his Bible and listen to the Lord. Often he will come to class and share what the Lord has told him or a vision he has been given. Another student asked me..."Why do I not hear from God that way?" We laughed together as I said, "Because you go home and play video games instead of going off and putting on praise music and opening your Bible."

If we are not hearing from the Lord, the chances are the reception problem lies within our end of the system!
Hear what God's perfect Word says:

Ears that hear and eyes that see— the LORD has made them both.
Proverbs 20:12

Then Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Mark 4:9

When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him
in the crowd and touched his cloak
Mark 5:27

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send?
And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!
Isaiah 6:8

On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 19:5

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
"Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns
. Revelation 19:6

One day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord.
One day we will hear clearly the coming of the Lord!
One day we will either hear...Well done good and faithful servant or depart from me I do not know you.

Pitfalls and Problems

December 21-22

Driving along Interstate 81 after the blizzard this weekend it was shocking to see cars which had been abandoned on the side of the Interstate and then plowed over with snow by snow plows. In one fifty mile stretch, news reporters sighted between 600-1000 people who had to be rescued after abandoning their vehicles. The national guard was called in to help rescue people and get them into shelters. All the hotels were full and gas became quite the shortage at stations along the exit ramps. There was at least one death.
My first thought upon seeing these cars, many plunged nose down into ditches, was what would make someone get out of their car in a storm like this and start walking? I am guessing you would be thinking you would freeze to death in the car, but walking blindly in a storm like that is asking for problems to pile upon problems.
Hopefully cell phones worked and many were taken to safety by the National Guard.
The image of these stuck cars with the snow piled upon them and packed in around them from the snow plows keeps coming to my mind. Our pitfalls and problems can escalate to the point we don't know how we are going to get out. Taking situations into our own hands, we may even get out and wander looking for solutions.
In a very therapeutic conversation with someone this weekend I made a statement which will probably become a quote like my...."It's not of eternal value." This one was..."Life is a lot." The loads we carry can become so burdensome that we don't see where we are going and fall into a pit; or even worse we are pushed there by others like Jwhat happened to Joseph.
May God teach us to ponder our problems with HIM while in the pit and proceed with positive productivity in the process of Him lifting us out!

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

One Way

December 20

Life would be more simple if there was only one way to do things. Take high chairs for instance...none of the trays are removed the same way. You enter a restaurant holding one of more toddlers on your hip, you have a diaper bag and your purse swung over your shoulder and you are trying to slide the tray off to set a child down and the search for the latch or latches begins! How about the credit card machines at various check outs. Why can't there just be one way to slide the card. Target's check out makes me a little nervous...the machine actually inhales your card! And cell phones...well just forget it.

The Bible makes it so simple to believe in Christ...

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6


"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

Mary and Joseph believed, the shepherds believed and the wisemen certainly believed to take such a long journey. The disciples and Mary Magdalene saw in his eyes and felt through his love who Christ really was and seeing him raised from the dead was a powerful confirmation.
One way we can honor Christ is to tell others how we know he is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings who is coming again.

Give it Up, Give it Up, Give it Up, Give it Up

December 18-19

Needing to be out of town for a couple days has made me miss an enormous snow storm at Shiloh. :(
My husband has been telling me not to fret. There will be plenty of snow for for quite some time. The last time we spoke this morning the property had over 18 inches on the ground and it was still coming down!

The phrase the Lord gave me yesterday was "Give it Up!" Immediately, I thought of the entertainment industry and how they say, "Give it up for..." so and so before they take the stage. Whoa....maybe that is what our ministers need to say when we come to worship! "Give it up for Jesus!" We could break out in applause and heartfelt "Amens" or we could "give up" all the baggage we brought into worship with us. Yup, lay our burdens down; quit thinking we have to solve all of our problems on our own.
There are at least four ways to "give it up" concerning Jesus.
"Give it up" in worship... follow only Spirit led protocol.
"Give it up" trying to do everything in our own power.
"Give it up" and stop worrying and growing anxious.
"Give it up" when it comes to the sins we keep clinging to and seek forgiveness.

Do you ever think what our lives would be like if Jesus hadn't given up EVERYTHING for us?
He came that we might have ever lasting life! His plan is for our future to be full of hope and for us to prosper.
He is a good God, who is full of love and compassion. Yes, our King is willing to "Give it all up" for us.
So wherever we are worshipping tomorrow, may we enter with a sense of giving it all up for Jesus!

Would You Be Mine?

December 17

Rushing home from school I entered the house singing, "It's time to be with Jesus, time to be with Jesus, it's time to be with Jesus now!"
I felt a little bit like Mr. Rogers and "It's a lovely day in this neighborhood...would you be mine?"
Then those words, "Would you be mine?" pounded down on me.
How many people a day does Jesus ask that question?

He is the "bread of life" according to John 6:35.
He supplies all our needs:
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

Last night we set aside what the world was screaming is urgent and took three hours to gather a few students interested in going to church to take communion. A harpist played, our heart rates slowed, we knelt at the altar before Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus and gave thanks for all He has done. Then approaching the altar again for communion the tears dripped down my eyes as I thought about what Christ has done for me.
Looking over at three young students who attended with us, one taking his first communion, my heart rejoiced for the knowledge of the security of their salvation.
No weapon formed against them will prosper. There are moments in time we want to freeze and take a snapshot of which we can keep forever. Last night was one of those moments for me.
Now this morning, the world is screaming, "You will never catch up, you have so much to do, there's no time to write a devotional, you will be late." So be it. Jesus is mine and carries a higher priority than anything on my to do list. In His Name, I pray and trust what needs to be done to bring Him glory will happen today! Amen

WhaCha Gonna Do

December 16
WhaCha Gonna Do When They Come for You?
Let's be perfectly clear, most of the time I am totally clueless what the Spirit is up to when he gives me these devotionals! This morning I responded to Him with a "You've got to be kidding me? I've never even seen Ghost Busters."
What I have seen are people dying with the Lord and those dying without Him and what they did as the time neared for death was very different.
What they are doing now after death is quite different as well.

For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds,
and to him who knocks it will be opened...
Luke 11:10

Let's Pray: Father, you have a plan! We thank You that Jesus came for everyone, Jew and Gentile alike. May there be rejoicing in heaven today, because hearts were stirred to seek and the door was open to many who had been lost. We offer ourselves to Your service today and may we live and react in a way that helps to lead people to You. In the name of the One we love, Amen

Call Upon Me

December 15
For some reason I decided to feed Moses (our bulldog) by Christmas light this morning around 6AM. Filling up his water bowl, I remembered the dishwasher needed emptying. Dropping a glass bowl on the hard tile floor, the conditions were ripe for disaster. Shattered clear glass, bare feet and very dim lighting.
Had my husband been home, he would have shouted..."Don't move, don't move!"
Fortunately, the dog was outside, but I was alone and needed a plan. Now I am realizing I could have reached for a couple casserole dishes and put my feet in them and slide across the tile floor to safety!
What I did do was stop and realize..."I am not alone." Asking the Lord for wisdom I squatted down and brushed aside some clear spots to gently step upon to approach my bedroom and a pair of shoes before beginning the clean up.(I did get glass in the end of one finger..should have grabbed a dish towel).
We step into unknown and often dangerous situations every day,
but we are never alone.
Call upon Me in the day of trouble,
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.
Psalm 50:15

How often do we experience people exclaiming, "Oh, my God!" The phrase has become a hollow habit for many and is used in times of jubilation and in response to disaster. Do they really know Him as their God and Father? Next time I hear that done, I think I will reply..."Hey! He's my God too! Praise His name! Isn't it wonderful we can call upon Him!"

Making the Call

December 14

Being the Head Master of two schools, part of my husband's responsibility is making the call as to whether school is open or not in inclement weather. Nobody likes making up snow days on Saturdays or extending the school year, but living in a rural area, safety is of the utmost consideration. Today he had to "make the call" at 6AM. We are two hours late, due to icing.

Carrying the cause of Christ in our hearts, we often have to make the call when to share the Gospel. Our Sunday school class just finished a training course called "Share Jesus without Fear" by Bill Fay (www.sharejesuswithoutfear.com).
Another excellent training program is the Evangelism Explosion course designed by the late James Kennedy. There are two key questions with that program which can help immensely to get a conversation started.
1) God forbid, but should you die tonight in your sleep do you know with absolute certain you are going to heaven?
If they say no, then you can share how they can know for certain.
If they say yes, then you ask the second question.
2) If you were standing if front of God and he asked, "Why should I let you into my heaven?" what would you say?
Their response will say it all.
Like a referee, God will make the call when our life ends...we are either in or out of bounds when it comes to heaven as our final resting place. Think of all of the hearts God is calling upon right now. The question we must ask ourselves each day is has He placed someone before us whom we need to assist in answering that call?
Quite often someone just needs us to hold the receiver to their ear and keep away the distractions so they can hear the Lord clearly. There is no better season to draw someone into His presence than Christmas. May we make the most of every opportunity.

Ponder

December 12-13

Ponder: to think or consider especially quietly, soberly, and deeply.

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Luke 2:19

Great are the works of the LORD;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Psalm 111:2

Matt Redman has a song entitled: "Let My Words Be Few" which I have posted to the left. That's the way I feel about the blog today...let the words be few so we can ponder all that God wants to do with each of us.

Take time to ponder today! Great new holiday recipe as well!

Preparation

December 11

Preparation: the action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty.

Oh, yes, this is the preparation season, full of Christmas action.
Thinking of the word preparation in relationship to God's purpose for us is a real heart stirrer. As we place our lives on His altar today in surrenderance to Him, we prepare ourselves for the use, the service, the specific occasion,or the possible test which awaits us. Awake with confirmation, praying to be prepared for the privileged duty we are called to as Children of the Living God!

Here we are Lord, send us!

Shell Shocked...I googled the word "surrenderance" and the first articles which came up were related to "yoga', "guru", "Hafiz", "the Meher Baba's Oneness in the World", "Tara Meditation", and a You Tube of Obama related to a great Hindu American.

Clicking back to my concordance there was no verse calling us to surrenderance in the Bible. Elation is filling my soul right now for that is what is so different about the Christian faith. There is such "freedom in Christ" that we don't have to be called to surrender...we want to follow!
Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

We aren't bound up by bombs strapped to our chests, or weighted down by requirements which prepare us for the hereafter. We know we are not "good enough" so we receive the "free gift" which is the key to freedom here on earth and eternal life in heaven.

When we share our faith with others may we be prepared to show the difference!
Share the joy that comes from serving Christ and all which from which we are released.

Stop

December 10
Stop...does the season have us the least bit anxious? Is there something we are trying to fine tune...a Christmas card or shopping list, a performance, a recipe, maybe decorating?
This morning I asked the Lord to take me in scripture where we needed to be...here is where I landed.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, an to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19
Oh, Paul had such a way with words. It gets even better!
Now 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 in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen! Ephesians 3:20

Tongue Tied

December 9

During my quiet time this morning a man's leather shoe with it's tongue and shoe strings kept creeping into my vision. Now what could that be about....ah "tongue tied". Very clever Lord! There is even the perfect verse to come alongside the shoe!
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
and discerning if he holds his tongue.

Proverbs 17:28

Father, may we all take heed to these words of wisdom today and tie up our tongues from flapping loose if necessary! In Jesus Name, Amen

Lo, I am with you...

December 8

Being an extremely early riser and not wanting to disturb my sleep, my husband is always so thoughtful to tuck a pillow up against me when he gets out of be to make me think he is still with me. When I awaken I usually pat that side of the bed to see if it is human or fluff snuggling with me. I can't find the reference this morning, but I seem to recall a scripture verse which says, "Lo, I am with you to the end of the earth." It's hard to shake Jesus!
While some people enjoy being served breakfast in bed, I much prefer the artistic gifts God gives me each morning.
The bright and morning star shown through my window at 5AM and now at 6:45 He has painted a gorgeous pink and gray sunrise. The process of a sunrise is like watching a souffle rise in the oven...every couple minutes there is an exciting subtle change!
If our eyes are open we are going to see God in action...yes, He is every present...ever with us!
Close your eyes, lift your arms in praise and sing Alleluia to your king!
To be loved with the magnitude which we are by Christ our King is unfathomable, yet really fun to try to comprehend!
Alleluia, how the angels sang when Jesus came!

The Pomegranate

December 7

Father, I want to make today count. When I place my head on my pillow tonight I want to be able to reflect back and know that I have been where You planned to send me and that I have responded to life in a way that gives You joy and glory.

I want today to be a pomegranate day. Yesterday, after church we stopped by the grocery store and I picked up a couple pomegranates. What a beautiful fruit!
Instructions on how to cut it open were included. The internal structure was amazing! (I am not going to give details, so if you have never had this experience it will be exciting for you.) This had to have been one of God's most creative days...kind of like the giraffe day for him. The exuberance of this fruit climaxes as you eat the seeds!

God's Word is like the pomegranate! It is attractive, but when you dig into it the world around you illuminates and there is so much more than you expected on the inside!

Lord, go before us today, showing us Your way. Help us to put our agendas aside and experience the joy which comes from serving You! In Jesus Name, Amen

PS. Great way to start a day...my husband is getting out of the shower whistling
God Bless America! Must be the pomegranate seeds he ate last night!
Ok, so maybe it was his 4:30AM quiet time with the Lord!

Remember to Retry to Renew & Reboot

December 5-6

Frustratingly, I looked at the word "associating" as my computer waited and waited for access to get online. The "retry" button kept staring me in the face, but pushing that was to no avail. Next, the not so endearing phrase "We are currently experiencing technical difficulties" popped up and brought me to a point of surrender. Forget this,I'm heading off to use my Bible and a dictionary!
The word "associate" in the dictionary means "to ally, to unite, to combine".
Lord, I want to associate with You. I stray so easily. Please allow me a "retry." Create in me a pure heart, O God, renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10

When will I grasp I cannot do all things on my own and live in a manner recognizing You have never called me to such a task? You are to be my strength.

Ah, yes...renew....Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing, and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Remember to retry to renew & reboot! (The computer problem I was experiencing was in the wireless connection and it was necessary to reboot. How often is the solution to our problems found when we reconnect with God!)

Date #4

December 4
In honor of Christ's birthday month, I decided to have a date a day with him to deepen our relationship. Already, I can see his purpose is to help me with a life course of his I have not been passing with flying colors.
The course..."Loving Unlovable People." I do feel this is a graduate level course!
I'm late for school but wanted to share how this morning's date went.
Date 4
Under this satin comforter the sun has not yet come up, but you are here Jesus! My whole body relaxes as I close my eyes and imagine Your face…your eyes are so blue…unusual for a Jewish man! I’ve never been a fan of long hair on men, but yours is gorgeous. Reaching over to hold your hand, I flinch back at first seeing the scars on your wrists! What a strong remembrance of what you did for me. Will you take this time to teach me more?…..ugh, you ask me….Will I accept unconditionally what you have to say because you say it in love? OK…I trust you and your motives.
Proverbs 25:21-22
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.

Matthew 5:43-47 Love for Enemies. You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
Galatians 6:7-10
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Well, sweet Jesus, it is nice to know that you are standing beside me when I am called upon to live in this manner!

I Just Want to Understand

December 3
Scanning through a computer instruction course we are introducing in January I came to the games part of each assignment! Hey, that sounds like fun....NOT! Nudging my almost asleep husband I said in frustration, "I just don't get it. How am I supposed to make all these little smiley faces move to the right color boxes. Half of them are sticking out their tongues at me!" The scenario didn't improve when I moved to a snowboarding math skill. Oh, the math problems were a breeze, but moving the cursor around the pine trees and rocks had "YOU LOSE" continually popping up.

For many people, a faith in Christ is difficult to understand. They need someone who knows Him to offer up an explanation and take them to the directions.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
These are great places to start.
I promise you this...."You Lose" will never pop up with Jesus.

Think About His Love

December 2
Somehow the morning stole away from me and I didn't get on the blog. Yesterday, I decided to venture out on a new course of "30 Dates with Jesus". Each day after school I will rush home and experience the Lord in a unique way. Life really is all about relationship and there is none more valuable than the one we share with Christ.
Scurrying in out of a deluge of rainfall today, I dropped my school bags and headed to the piano, ready to praise! Deciding to take pot luck I opened the hymnal and was elated to see the hymn: Think About His Love. Great date song!

Think about His love, think about His goodness
Think about His grace that's brought us through
For as high as the heavens above
So great is the measure of our father's love
Great is the measure of our Father's love
So great is the measure of our Father's love


My heart wandered back to yesterday when a student shared he had been hurt by someone in the locker room at the "Y". Thinking the worst I exclaimed, "What happened to you?" The response: "Someone took the Lord's name in vain and it hurt so badly." The tears welled up in his eyes and we prayed. Noticing that some of the other boys were listening, the impact of the Spirit's conviction was thick in the air. The thoughts of "Why don't I feel like this when someone does that?" could be read across their foreheads. Today we discussed how the world numbs us and keeps us from being repulsed or wounded by such behavior and only through drawing closer to the Lord and thinking about His love for us brings us to the place this young man is.
Wherever you are...stop and think about His love!

Amazed and Attached

December 1
My son shared over the holidays how when his first child was born he was afraid that if he had to go to the hospital nursery and pick out his baby he might not be able to recognize him. I can remember loving on our first born and hearing my husband say, "I don't even know that person yet, how can you love her so." I am sure those are both very common first time dad comments.
What did Mary and Joseph think when they peered in that manger after their ordeal?
How about the wise men who traveled so far to bring gifts to an unknown child?
As Jesus grew he amazed people over and over again. My husband and son are both amazed with and attachment to their children!
Drawing near to the manger this Christmas season may we daily be amazed by what Christ has done for us and is continually doing for all mankind. May attachment to Christ and the desire to be more like him be a daily goal as well.

A great holiday verse to keep our focus in perspective is:
The things which are seen are temporary,
but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18

Puzzled

November 30
In my early morning dreams I was working a puzzle. Fortunately it was one of those wooden children's puzzles and not very taxing! Opening my eyes my first thought was, "God is never puzzled!"
He never slumbers, He never sleeps, nor does He wonder "Waz Up?"
The purposeful part of our puzzlement is that it has a grand probability of leading us to God for solutions!
Dig deep today into the Word and into His ways!
Being Joyful all the way!

Missing In Action

November 28-29
When will I learn to just trust Him? The definite message to share this morning was coming from the Audio Adrenaline song "Big, Big, House" which is about heaven. I actually threw up the suggestion to God that people reading this blog may not want to think about heaven right now, but I gave into his lead and spent an hour and a half researching what we know from God's Word about heaven. What a grand treasure hunt to go on....searching the scriptures for all the facets of what is to come!

God used this search to take me to a site related to "Preaching the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand" and how we should live. For years my husband has said the answer to any Bible question can be..."Read your Bible and Pray", but this site reminded me there is so much more for us to experience. It is my belief that the majority of God's created people are missing the magnificent depth of relationship He created us for. I've been wanting to come up with a unique way to worship Christ this December and my plan is unfolding from my seeking today. One article I read, by John Evans, mentioned eight activities we are told in God's Word to do.
Fast
Pray
Pray in the Spirit
Study the Word
Seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit
Seek the spiritual gifts we have been given
Seek to prophesy
Seek faith.

Reflecting on all that is available to us through our faith caused me to think back to times I attended trade shows years ago and all the "freebies" they had. Whether is was a ruler, a Frisbee, or a bottle opener I would stick it in my bag and take advantage of the free gift. I am not taking advantage of all that is available to me in the spiritual realm on a daily basis. The theme for my December 2009 is going to be "He has done great things and has more to come." Each day my top priority will be a time with the Lord, reflecting on a provision from the list of eight.

We have a big, big house awaiting us for all eternity, but right now we have some big, big, works we can be doing for the Lord which could change eternity for others. I do not want God to say I am Missing In the Action He is up to!

Here comes the cheer...Get fired up, for victory!

How Quickly We Forget

November 27
How easy it is for holidays to take us out of the routine, but that should not include our quiet times. How fast the past two days flew...tukey, stuffing, pies and cakes...family and friends...exhaustion.

Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving!
Psalm 95:2

Hmm, I left that out of my Thanksgiving Day.

Hunkering down with Him right now!
I love You Lord, for who You are to me!

Join the Team

November 24

My husband, the forever coach minded individual, is always encouraging "team work" in life's endeavors! Well, I take that back...he has his leaf blowing system and I think a touch of pride which has him as a one man show out on our five acres.
God is the originator of team work! The "first" team would be the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Next, all of those He calls disciples are commanded to band together for His purpose and be like Jesus, a friend who sticks closer than a brother. When the body of Christ is operating like a well oiled machine it is powerful and a joy to watch in action!
Several of my team members have the gift of encouragement and it is always a joy to open their emails. Here is part of a devotional which was sent to me yesterday.
I hope it will spur you on as it did me to seek the Lord and join Him in the work He is doing.

"The Lord alone will be exalted in that day." - Isaiah 2:11

By Francis Frangipane
The Answer: More of Christ!
"When we consider that America is plagued with abortion, violence, pornography, Satanism, drugs, national debt, sexual abuse, and the breakdown of the family structure, it becomes obvious we need more of the nature of Christ!

Indeed, how shall we deal with the terrors that have invaded our world? Should we move to Idaho, stockpile food, and wait for the tribulation? Perhaps we should simply close our eyes to the world and hope for the rapture?

Or should we find out what God is planning to do and throw our lives into His purpose?

My prayer is that God would give you a vision of what He’s planning to do before Jesus comes for His elect. The time is at hand when the works Jesus did, we shall also do, and even greater works (John 14:12). What is coming on the earth is "the day of [God’s] power" (Ps. 110:3). Beloved, think about it: great opportunities are set before those who seek conformity to Christ’s image in this day.

It is a time to simplify our lives and focus on our transformation.
We truly have one message!"

Do You Love Me....

November 23
Lord, the enemy's attack are continual and such low blows! I just want to scream stop! Oh, how tempting to pick up the phone or writing pen and try to right wrongs!
My heart has ached as I have just listened to severe heart ache with four different people this morning. The older I get the more quickly I recognize the battle and it is not against flesh and blood and it can't be battled in human terms. Promising to pray for one family who has an immediate decision to make, all I keep hearing is:

If you love me, you will obey what I command. John 14:15

I suggested to this young woman that she go to The Bible and ask God to speak to her.
I opened Ogilvie's devotional to November 23 and read:
I will hear what God the Lord will speak. Psalm 85:8
Just keep blowing me away with how real You are Mighty God!
Check these promises out!
Fear not, I am with you. I will never leave you or forsake You.
Seek to please only Me, and you'll have nothing and no one to fear.
Love yourself as I love you. I have healed your frightened memories.
You don't have to worry about being inadequate ever again.
I am your strength, wisdom and courage.
When others reject you, be sure of My unqualified love for you.
Let go of your own control and humbly trust Me to guide you each step of the way.
And be sure of this-the "good work" I have begun in you will be completed.
You have nothing to fear. I love you!


Nobody has ever or will ever love us with the passion Jesus in which Jesus loves us.

Fall Down

November 22
The testosterone levels in our home are increasing, as our sons head home for the holiday week. The football games were blaring as grunts, groans and cheers erupted from our family room. The importance of the evening games seemed to dissipate as the remote clicked over to battle scene after battle scene. Brad Pitt swung his sword, blood spewed and balls of fire rolled in Troy and Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom were at each other in Pirates of the Caribbean. There must have been at least four other macho man movies available as the channels clicked by. Being the only female in the house, I asked..."What are the women folk supposed to be doing?" The reply..."Oh, they are shopping."

TV is not my favorite past time. I'd rather be cooking, crafting or reading. Violence is very, very low on my list, but I must admit I peered out occasionally from behind a rug frame on which I was weaving and glanced at the scenes from Troy. The reverence and honor these people showed their kings came back to me this morning during my prayer time.
Heading down my prayer list, I lifted up the very sick to Jesus, then I began to cry out the needs of each of my own children and our school children and I stopped.
Why couldn't I just lie there in adoration for my King!
Immediately, these Christ Tomlin lyrics came to mind.
We fall down We lay our crowns At the feet of Jesus

The greatness of Mercy and love At the feet of Jesus

We cry holy, holy, holy We cry holy, holy, holy
We cry holy, holy, holy Is the lamb

My Jesus, I love you I know thou are mine
To thee all the follies of sin I resign
My gracious redeemer My savior, art thou
If ever I'll love you My Jesus, 'tis now

Today is the Lord's day, may we rejoice and be glad in it and bask
in the beauty of his majesty and holiness as we fall down before Him!

The Mud Puddle

November 21

The Lord and I have been rocking and rolling this AM.
My day began a bit antsy contemplating all that is on my "to do" list.
Why do we allow the holidays to overwhelm us?
Reaching for my Bible the words "mud puddle" came to mind.
"Where are you going with that one Lord?
At present whatever You are trying to reveal is as clear as mud."
My next comments were...I just don't feel plugged in.
Opening to Day 4 of a devotional I am studying was the title:
Power Surge...Connection with the Ultimate Source.
He does it over and over and over again...show up that is!
God honors our desire for him.
The first purpose of prayer is to know God. Charles Allen

Adoration, praise and thanksgiving are pouring out of me for where the Lord has just led me...yup, right past the mud puddle...we stepped over it today and headed for some spa treatments...
Sprucing, polishing andaccentuating the advantages of life with the Spirit.

Remembering I am to function in His power, I lathered up with these verses.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves,
but our competence comes from God.
2 Corinthians 3:5

To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy,
which so powerfully works in me
. Colossians 1:29

If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!
1 Corinthians 10:12

Let's Pray our way into the weekend: There is none like YOU! No one else can thrill our hearts like You do, Father! Help us to get over ourselves and plugged into the amazing life with the Father which awaits us! In the name of Your Son, Holy and Pure, Jesus!

A Tender Spot

November 20

Dealing with some pain, I asked my husband to rub the compromised area.
At one point I had to say, "Stop, the pain is too great."
Emotional pain came can be very similar...sometimes there are places
we just can't go and we need to set boundaries.
Praise the Lord Jesus is never out of bounds!
He is the ultimate comfort zone.

In Charles Wesley's hymn "Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing" there is a lyric which says: He breaks the power of cancelled sin and sets the prisoner free...

Christ's forgiveness and restorative power let freedom ring!

The holidays can be a tentative time when we walk gingerly into what can often turn into volatile situations. LOL...do you think that is the way God feels about everyday with all His children!

As we prepare the shopping lists, clean the house or pack the bags for the pending Thanksgiving holiday, let's be certain we are preparing our hearts to love as Christ loved and be able to offer the same forgiveness which is daily extended to us! And for that tender spot which is just too painful to touch yet... ask Jesus to wrap himself around it as a protective bandage, so nothing can penetrate the wound and bring further harm in the healing process.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus...for He is watching over you!

We Apostles

November 19
"Earl Grey, Earl Grey, where are you? It's been a long day and I need you and some chocolate chip cookies to bring me comfort!" my heart sang out as I entered my home on a dreary afternoon, which had been filled with emotional dreariness on top of the weather. Downing my fourth cup of tea, with lots of sugar I might add, I realized I had run to Earl Grey before the Lord!

My morning therapy sessions are provided by One, Jesus Christ, and Spirit FM radio station. The past few months He has been using musical lyrics to minister to me in a "knock your socks off" way. Meeting several teachers at the door, who were well aware of the attacks which have been surrounding our school, I shared these Casting Crown lyrics which had just played.
But if we are the Body
Why aren't His arms reaching
Why aren't His hands healing
Why aren't His words teaching
And if we are the Body
Why aren't His feet going
Why is His love not showing them there is a way
There is a way


I was under great conviction that we had done nothing to show the love of Christ to someone we all knew who was hurting. By the end of the day, the Lord sent this person to us (the other teachers thought I had called her). Our arms were able to wrap around her, our hands reached out and touched her and our words poured out God's truths of how much he loved her.
Healing, reaching, teaching. Hmmm, familiar terms from long ago. I believe the group called themselves....apostles! How different would our lives look today if we used that title before our names.
Greetings, I am the Apostle Boo. I come in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who died so that you might have abundant life.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

November 18
Hear Ye, Hear Ye...I just love how words/phrases take on different meanings. This may have come to mind through a combination of our school bell choir practicing and Law and Order being on TV and a judge smacking down his gavel.
During my quiet time I often say, "Lord, I want to hear you." Yesterday, I found myself writing..."Hear Ye, Hear Ye."

Proverbs 19:20
Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.

Father, may we get away to a quiet place today and listen for You to advise, instruct, and love us onto the path You would have us take.
In Jesus Name. Amen

Pass the Flame

November 17

Opening the match box, only two wooden matches were remaining. Lighting the first deep candle the match burned quickly and I realized it would not sustain the trip to the second candle...but no fear from one wick to another the flame can be passed along (ok, you may spill a bit of wax in the process, but it works). Going candle to candle I lit ten candles. Standing back and admiring the glow I thought about how we are to be the light of Christ to a lost and hurting world and just as one wick goes up against another to spread light, we are called to do the same.

Let's touch someone with a bit of Jesus today and pass the flame,
bringing light into the lives of others!

A Hallelujah Tribute

November 16

We are reading The Hiding Place at school and it has taken me all day to have the opportunity to sneak off and hide with the Lord. It was fun to discuss with the children where they would hide if someone came into their home after seeking to bring harm. Praise God we are covered by the shelter of His wing!

The clutter of a full work day and at home chores which scream..."Get me done!" ...can make hearing the Lord difficult. The word He gave me was "tribute" and I opted to search The Message. The last passage on the search list was:

Psalm 98:8-9 (The Message)
Let ocean breakers call out, "Encore!" And mountains harmonize the finale—
A tribute to God when he comes, When he comes to set the earth right.
He'll straighten out the whole world,
He'll put the world right, and everyone in it.


Enjoying a warm fall afternoon I looked at many of the trees already naked with their leaves gone and I thought ahead to spring when their leaves will come again.
The seasons are amazing, but nothing can compare to when Jesus comes again!
Yes, God will receive a well deserved tribute for a passionately perfected plan
when we see Jesus coming in the clouds! We will all sing hallelujah!

Never Forgotten

November 14-15
The petite kindergartner was walking into school with her little umbrella spinning behind her and Head Master Andrews began to sing..."I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain." She just gave him a blank stare. The rains have dissipated here at Shiloh and I awakened singing, "Good mornin, good mornin, it's a beautiful mornin!" It would be interesting to take a poll of how many of my readers even had a clue those were movie songs.

What a blessing that the Word of God never goes out of style, nor loses it potency. The verses our great grandparents read over us are still the ones we will read to our grandchildren!

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12


The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong
to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of
this law.
Deuteronomy 29:29

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. 2 Samuel 22:31

Claim the goodness of His truth today!
Praise the name of Jesus...it shall never be forgotten!
He has stood the test of time!

After the Rain

November 13
Docks are under water, boats are floating loose and Stanley Steamer trucks are hustling up and down the roadways profiting from other's losses. My eyes tear up as I think back to visiting a faculty member yesterday who lost many things in this flood. Entering her home all that was found on her kitchen table was her wedding album. Only one corner had been damaged before she made the rescue.

This song came to mind:
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus There's just something about that name
Master, Savior, Jesus Like the fragrance after the rain
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus Let all Heaven and Earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms Will all pass away But there's something about that Name.


The rains are still coming this morning, joined by wind. There is no fragrance like what you would find after a refreshing rain. No, just the opposite with threats of mold, must, and mildew. There is a sweet fragrance though. The fragrance of friendship, camaraderie and caring. A hand extended to lift a heavy load; a hug wrapped around a heart which is stunned and doesn't know which way to turn. A warm cup of coffee carried into a home where the heat has had to be turned off or a pair of rain boots loaned out for wading through water in hopes of salvaging a memento from life before the flood. Most of all the sweetness comes from a prayer reminding another that Jesus cares and there will be brighter days after the rain.

Genesis 8:18
So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives.

Who do you know who has just come out of an "after the rain" time in their life?
Picture your hand reaching out to them and touching them in some way with the warmth of Jesus.

Stealing Our Joy

November 12
The fire was blazing, as I sat inside procrastinating getting some work done, while the rain poured down. Two pairs of sliding double doors exhibited a welcome lake view, then whish...a bushy tailed squirrel ran across the wooden rail with an enormous nut protruding from his mouth. The next thing I knew he or one of his comrades was back raiding my gourd arrangement on the deck!

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.John 10:10

While I was typing the phone rang, a caller explained that area schools had closed due to flooding. My husband is head master over two small Christian schools, so I tried to reach him on the road. One is in a very rural area and definitely needed to close. The other probably could have opened, but we decided to try to contact two of our teachers who live further out. I could tell when the young woman answered the phone she was devastated, her voice sounded dead. Today was to have been closing day on her home, but the buyers had backed out two days ago and now her basement, which housed all their belongings packed and ready for the move had flooded. This precious couple, who love the Lord with all their hearts, had experience the thief coming in and robbing their joy. School has been canceled for today and we will turn our thoughts, prayers and acts of kindness to one of our own who is in need.
The Lord will work everything for good and we shall praise His name forever!

No weapon formed against us shall prosper, for Mighty is our God!

Let's Pray: Lord, there is power in Your name and joy in being Your child. Though the storms may rage and despair knock on our door, our joy will not be taken. We trust in the Jesus of the resurrection! We know the waters will recede and the sun shall shine again. Arouse our spirits to be modern day Barnabases and encourage one another along life's sometimes weary way. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Veterans

November 11
If I asked you if you are a veteran, how would you respond?

Veteran
1 a : an old soldier of long service
b : a former member of the armed forces
2 : a person of long experience usually in some occupation or skill.

You could be a veteran parent or veteran prayer warrior!
A dear friend who reads this blog is a veteran veterinarian!

Honor has ten definitions in the dictionary, but the one I chose for today is
one whose worth brings respect.

Let's list in our hearts the many who have gone before us, laid their lives down for us and our country and the ones doing so this very day.
Andrew Jackson proclaimed:
Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own
and cherishes is not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it
.

Call a veteran today and thank that person for risking their life for your freedom.

Give honor, glory and praise to our Lord Jesus who gave His life for us as well.

Staying Afloat

November 10

Reflecting back, no one would believe what the day held. It was all about needing and being a friend, but that is typical in my work place. (For some of you that place may be a home full of pre-schoolers or a college dorm room.) The plots of the enemy were obvious to all of us gather in a room for prayer. Then a bizarre hit came leaving us all stunned and speechless. Hunkering down, we prayed out a plan and survived the day.
As one colleague expressed..."This craziness has become our normal."
Finally arriving home, chaos continued to unfold. Reaching for relief and a way to stay afloat I turned on my IPOD and the lyrics of a song by Casting Crowns, which I had never heard, penetrated my heart and called me to prayer. See the side bar to the left for "A Song and a Psalm" and check out Prayer for a Friend.
May the Lord bring to mind the one for whom your intercession is most needed.


My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God. Job 16:20


If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!
Ecclesiastes 4:10

Find a Home For a Free Gift

November 9

The cell phone beeped and the text read of an urgency to find the phone
number of another friend. I responded. A few moments later the phone rang
and my friend said, "I've just received a call from a woman who has a piano
on a truck headed for Goodwill, but she is offering me the opportunity to find
it a good home first. I can't get anyone on their phone and don't know what
to do!" My "end all" solution was...let's pray. Hanging up the phone it was only minutes before a new text read that God had given her the perfect answer and the piano was on its way to the home of one of our teacher's at the school!
How sweet it is to watch God work!

Ponder, ponder, think...we have a valuable "gift" to offer to friends.
A free mansion awaits them! They just have to answer the call and be willing to receive the ticket. His name is Jesus.

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. John 14:1-2

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 3:23

Let's Pray: Lord, Your love is extravagant! Help us to have a passion and
sense of urgency to help others get the gift You have waiting for them. How sad that there are so many unclaimed packages of LIFE sitting around. So many blessings which have not been received because not one has taken the time to accept them.
May today be different. In Jesus' name, Amen

In the Ark or in the Dark

November 8
Wake up call! Walking around a large city up north, I found myself enamoured with the sites and fearful of the unknowns...directions, metro system, etc. Having just a short time to be there, I wanted to pack in as much as possible. Taking time to be still and know that God was God, the next morning I began to weep. I had missed the boat! My focus has been on myself and the things of this world, not the Lord's business. My heart was so heavy as I realized I hadn't noticed or prayed for the people around me. I was in the dark.
Praising God that each day is new and is full of his forgiveness I redirected my focus and wanted to have a Noah sort of faith..being willing to follow God's lead.
Ah, a much more meaningful day surfaced.
The highlight of my day was asking a waiter if he had any prayer requests.
His comment back to me made me smile..."Are you from Georgia? SC?"
This young man was precious and I look forward to getting to know him better
through email, for I love Godincidences. Without a doubt taking time to
establish a relationship with this one, whom God loves so much, was the
best part of my day!
If he is reading thistoday I want him to know I am praying, so please join me.

Father, with You all things are possible...we just have to remember to be "with You" to experience the incredible possibilities. The dream come true moments are much more probable with You leading the way and not us. All reading this devo lift up my new friend to You and thank you for his life. He is fearfully and wonderfully made and You have plans and a purpose for him that You plotted out before the beginning of his time! WOW! Increase his faith right now and hear his heart as he seeks a new job and a new place to live. Plot out his days, so that he has time to sit and be still and listen to You. Lord I also ask that You lead him to an awesome place of worship...hmmm...maybe it is there the answers to the job connection and new housing opportunities will be fulfilled! You are an awesome God and we love You. Keep us from the dark and instead living fruitful lives in faith even to the point of being willing to step on the ark with You if called! In Jesus Name, Amen

Trianglular Confusion

November 6-7
Praying about what to write the word "triangle" came to me. Immediately in my own flesh I surmised I was to write about the Trinity! I felt a nudge to go to the dictionary and look up triangle. The message took a different turn.
Read these definitions and imagine the large variance of possibilities if you told someone you were in need of a triangle!
1 : a polygon having three sides — compare spherical triangle
2 a : a percussion instrument consisting of a rod of steel bent into the form of a triangle open at one angle and sounded by striking with a small metal rod
b : a drafting instrument consisting of a thin flat right-angled triangle of wood or plastic with acute angles of 45 degrees or of 30 degrees and 60 degrees
3 : a situation in which one member of a couple is involved in a love affair with a third person.
Whew, this English language exhibits a difficult level of understanding.
Many people have come to the same conclusion about God's word.
This routes us back to my original "triangle". Upon accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior the Holy Spirit comes to reside in us. We can't kick Him out, but we can choose to ignore him and face life without his assistance. He is not pushing, but readily available and He is the perfect translator of God's Word! Always take Him along when you go to the Word!
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things. John 14:26

As for the "love triangle"...if you are married, I pray that Jesus is the center of that relationship making it a perfect love triangle!

Have a blessed weekend and may it be all about Jesus!
Love, Boo

Busting Loose

November 5

Too funny! I've gone from researching, undulation, the highs and lows in life as referenced in C.S. Lewis' book, The Screwtape Letters, to looking up the lyric of an old song called Busting Loose. Wait until you see the name of the group who sang "Busting Loose"....Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers!
Hmmm, maybe Charles and I have a different take on "soul searchers". Ha!
Here is the path on which the Spirit led me...I am guessing it was the Spirit?????

So I'm thinking about undulation in life and the various ways we "bust" through the door! Reflect back on your own life or the lives of your children possibly and what jubilant news did you bust through the door with? The most exciting flashback for me was a 2AM burst through my parents bedroom door to tell them I was engaged!
Other times were rushing in with exhilaration when I had made a team or grabbed a part in a play. Walking rather gingerly was more the approach as I told the about babies 3,4,5,and 6!
This thought process had me considering how I approach my heavenly Father.
Do I ever burst into my quiet times with Him ecstatic over what He has done in my life? How about how we enter His house on Sunday mornings?
Does He sense we are thrilled to be coming to worship and praise?

Let's bust loose with our love for the Lord today!

Bursting Forth With Joy

November 3-4
Hydrangea! Say what? Yes, in the middle of the night God had me thinking about hydrangeas. When inquiring why, the response was because they are bursting forth with joy and we should be too!
Checking out some concordances on bursting with joy I came to Luke 24 where Jesus has appeared to the disciples after his crucifixion. It says He startled them.
Ya, think? The story reaches a crescendo with Jesus' accession.
Check this out and rejoice for He is risen!

51He then led them out of the city over to Bethany. Raising his hands he blessed them, and while blessing them, took his leave, being carried up to heaven.

52-53And they were on their knees, worshiping him. They returned to Jerusalem bursting with joy. They spent all their time in the Temple praising God. Yes!


I am going to get on my knees right now and worship him! My guess is there are going to be the most magnificent hydrangeas I've ever seen in heaven! Hope to see you there!

Will You Just Trust Me!

November 1-2
Do everything without complaining. Philippians 2:14
My mood was grumpy from the moment I awakened. Possibly a bad dream was still lingering in my mind. Asking the Lord to speak, all I received was the song
"Climb Every Mountain" and that wasn't what I wanted. Deciding to get up, go to the bathroom and do a few chores before writing the song title kept coming to me. Still desiring something else I opened a devotional to see what verse might be there for today...
Yup, there it was...Do everything without complaining. I believe The Message actually says, "without grumbling".
Where God was taking me (and He knew this long before I even woke up) was to an obedience test and had I not taken a bathroom break, I might have missed it and gone forth on my own accord.
Complaining is contagious...one bad apple can ruin the whole bunch baby!
Obedience is for our best when it comes to our Heavenly Father. As a teacher, a coach, or a parent there are times we just want to shout...
"Will You Just Trust Me!" Hmmm, how many times has God wanted to say those words to us?
Today there may be mountains to climb, streams to ford, or rainbows to follow. The key to our success in those endeavors is who will we trust to lead us along the way!

Let's Pray God, You are our God and we will ever praise You.
We will seek You this very morning and prayerfully we have learned to walk in Your ways. Now we cry out..step by step please guide us as we follow You all of our days.
In Jesus Name, Amen

Yesterday I had a LOL moment in church. Our church is wanting to have a live nativity scene in the evenings the week before Christmas. The sign up sheets lay in the narthex of the church with only a few names on them. The choices were 3 shepherds, an angel, the baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Turning to my husband I said, "This could be so much fun! We can be Mary and Joseph and the three boys coming home could be the shepherds." Being such an agreeable guy he agreed that would spice up the holidays. We decided we would talk to the boys and then sign up next week. Standing singing in the pews I looked over at my husband in his navy blue blazer and whispered to him how handsome he was. Looking back towards the congregation I notice a couple teenagers chatting and laughing with one another and it hit me....MARY AND JOSEPH WERE TEENAGERS! I laughed out loud and whispered to my husband...we can't be Mary and Joseph....we are GRANDPARENTS! Whew, I was so thankful we had not put our names on that sheet. Embarrassing, embarrassing. How often I forget how old I am!

My God Speaks- My Heart is Steadfast

October 31

It's true! Just as the disciples knew what they knew about Jesus, we too have real life experiences with Him today! While these "Godincidences" thrill our hearts personally, we need to speak up and tell of His goodness to others.
Yesterday morning the day was looking rough by 5:30AM.God had laid a new project on my heart and I was scrambling to find a scrap of paper on which to jot the message. A few phone calls and emails later I called out to the Lord..
"Something has to give here!"
Posting the daily devotional, I decided to skip my shower. Putting half a chunk of bread, from dinner the night before, and a bunch of grapes in my lunch bag I ran out the door without ever sitting quietly before the Lord. By the time I returned home at 4PM I found myself longing to be with Jesus.

Opening Quiet Moments with God I laughed out loud.
There was my personal message from the Lord!
O God, my heart is steadfast. Psalm 57:7
May God speak to you today. Enjoy Ogilvie's devotional.

"Lord of time, may I not be distracted from what's important today by the tyranny of the urgent. Help me prioritize the demands of this day. Give me the courage to live on what You will show me is on Your agenda for today. May I deem urgent only what glorifies You, brings me into deeper relationship with You, and serves the needs of people. My desire is to live with an inner serenity about the pressures of the day. Carry me in the currents of Your Spirit. Rather than thrashing about to keep afloat, free me to float uplifted by the blessed buoyancy of Your power. Guide me through the rocks in the river, some of which are hidden beneath the surface.

Lord, I want to be an inner-directed person rather than one who is pulled in all directions. Make me so secure in You that I will have the courage to discover and do Your will. Give me courage to say no to some things and yes to others on the basis of Your guidance in my mind and heart.

Lord, I press on to this day with my only concern being that I might miss Your best in the busy schedule of the day. So, now in this quiet moment, quiet any dissonance in me, overcome any resistance in my will, and fill any emptiness in my heart. Living this day to the fullest is part of a life lived at full potential."

Whisper From God

October 30
I just did a complete turn around on the devo erasing what I had written. Typing away on a topic of my own accord I heard what I thought was my husband clearing his throat. Then I realized my husband has been gone for an hour. It made me stop and think about the sensations which surrond the loss of a loved one. We still sense their presence...maybe we think we hear them in the kitchen or we still anticipate them walking in the door.
Ugh...I've just sensed the need to pray for my husband's safety as he is on the road.
Actually, I just stopped and called him and prayed. He said an 18 wheeler, which was perpendicular to him, had just taken a sharp turn and he thought the truck was going to turn over on top of him. He was thankful for the prayers.
Double ugh...I just went on Biblegateway to find a verse and the verse of the day is one of my husband's favorites...the verse that drew him to salvation:
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”- Ephesians 2:8-9

How often do we stop to sense the presence of God around us? Do we ever reach out and hold Jesus' hand, knowing He is there?
The verse I was searching for seems to familiar, yet I cannot find it in any concordance..."Lo, I am with you to the end of the earth." Well, I will just take that as a whisper from God!

Let's Pray: Lord, you have the amazing quality of omnipresence. WOW, what a gift! Forgive us for the times we forget You are with us...whether through anxiousness or unbecoming behavior, it is obvious, we are oblivious to Your presence. May we walk in a way today which allows us to hear Your whisper, being tuned into the Holy Spirit and listening, thus You do not have to shout! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Planting Time

October 29
Indian summer abounded yesterday with temperatures in the mid 70's and I couldn't wait to finish mopping the bathroom floors and cleaning the toilets at school, so I could get home and be outdoors. My classroom has no windows and that makes for a sacrificial day this time of year as the creation in this Blue Ridge Mt country is bursting forth with an array of pleasing colors.
There were papers to be graded, novels to read and lesson plans to make, but I found myself wanting nothing but Jesus. Struggling with what my priorities really were...Jesus won out and I gave him the first fruits of my free time.
Interestingly, He took me to Galatians 6:7..."A man reaps what he sows."
Want a blessing? Be a blessing. Want a friend? Be a friend.
While I was hanging out with Jesus, I devoured an apple. Setting the core aside a brown apple seed was staring back at me. WOW...one little seed produces a tree which gives and gives a bountiful harvest. Likewise, God can take little ole us and influence a lot of people for His kingdom.
Now is the time to be planting...

Let's Pray: God, when we take time to look out, not in...we see the investments You have made. Love abounding, love so sincere, love beyond our comprehension and love without limits is the only way to define You. Yet, there exists so much untouched love. There is a beer commercial which used to say...
"Grab all the gusto you can get."
Your love is the gusto of life and is there for the taking, but so many people never take time to acknowledge You and accept Your gift of love. Ugh, here comes a song and I can't find the lyrics...."Tell about his love, tell about his(glory or story)...then it goes on to say something like..."which gets me through." Oh, well it is not of eternal value, but Jesus is. May there be a song in each of our lives that tells the story of Jesus and may it come out of us and touch someone else today.
In Jesus' Name, Amen

Retreat to a Retreat

October 28
The momentum was mounting, the Lord was turning an ordinary day into an extraordinary day spiritually. The example of how real He is unfolded yesterday through a poem He gave me and escalated with an amazing confirmation through the
lyrics of a song on the way to school. I believe the song was called "Pretend Not to See Her." The students were a contemplative captive audience and I prayed that someone would "get it" and God would speak to them and show them where He was at work that very day and how they could join him.
Then BAM, WHAM, POW...the enemy approached, pushed the right buttons, taking me
off guard, and the moment was shattered.
Fortunately, I had to leave and go to a funeral. God allowed me to retreat from the battlefield and attend a retreat in the form of a funeral. One of my favorite songs, "I Know My Redeemer Lives" was sung and I recognized the battle which had just been waged. Returning to the classroom, where the bomb had been dropped, I was able to approach the pawn the enemy had used and pray with him.
Recognizing the battle is half the battle.
Retreating and believing God is a forgiving God and allows New Starts is what gets us on our feet again.

God's Word Makes Me Smile
Get High with the Most High!

God is our Retreat!

God, my strength, my stronghold, my safe retreat when trouble descends.
Jeremiah 16:19

I run for dear life to God, I'll never live to regret it. Do what you do so well: get me out of this mess and up on my feet. Put your ear to the ground and listen, give me space for salvation. Be a guest room where I can retreat; you said your door was always open! You're my salvation—my vast, granite fortress.
Psalm 71:1


Can Misrule have anything in common with you? Can Troublemaker pretend to be on your side? They ganged up on good people, plotted behind the backs of the innocent. But God became my hideout, God was my high mountain retreat, Then boomeranged their evil back on them: for their evil ways he wiped them out, our God cleaned them out for good.
Psalm 94:20

I hate the two-faced, but I love your clear-cut revelation. You're my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me. Get out of my life, evildoers, so I can keep my God's commands.

Psalm 119:113

What Will It Take

October 27
What will it be today Lord, that will touch a tender heart?
What will it take today Lord,
to convince someone there is a new start?

Last night standing by the coffin of a friend's loved one,
I wrapped my arms around her and praised God
he was now with the Son.

When you molded me and made me,
You had a purpose for this day.
Now I bow my head and seek Your plan as I listen while I pray.

Our lives are so much richer when we take the time to care.
Come Holy Spirit, guide us and make us so much more aware.

Holding Back

October 26

We have a young (very talented musically) friend who has been on The Amazing Race.
If you have tuned into this show his name is Canaan. He and his new girlfriend, Micah, both live in Nashville. Last night was the first night we had tuned in to watch. We just caught the last 15 minutes where they approached an enormous water slide...I am not even certain of the country in which this was taking place.
Micah was wearing pink water wings...a clue that she is afraid of water.
Long story short...her fear overcame her and she refused to go down the slide.
Her holding back put them in last place and they have been eliminated from
the show.

Opening a devotional reading this morning was the story of Ruth and her mother in law, Naomi. A story of undying faithfulness when a young widow chooses to follow her widowed mother in law and the faith she cherishes instead of turning back to her own homeland.
Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.
Ruth 1:16-17

May we not hold back from allowing the evidence of our faith, our love of Christ, to shine so brightly that it attracts others!

Choices

October 24-25

Rarely do I miss my commitment to the Lord when it comes to the devotional, but this weekend family called and I chose to allow them to take every minute. Funny, now I feel like I've been on a junk food junket and I am craving spiritual food.

Arctic Blonde

October 23

Grace was extended to me the other day as I asked my hairdresser about the color of my hair, which seems to be changing. He hasn't highlighted it in over a year.
Responding to my inquiry he said, "Oh, this is all you! It is Arctic Blonde!"

Tack, grace or little white lies are appreciate at times, but when it comes to sin in our lives we need to name it and praise God he sent Christ to die for those sins, not just leave us to our own devices of "dying" over them or trying on our own to bleach them out.

Acts 13:38
Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through
Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.


Let's Pray: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty early in the morning our praises rise to You. Forgive us our trespasses and every unclean thought which infiltrates our minds. May we leap a little higher and love a little deeper for the load we have laid down on Your altar and with rejoicing proclaim, "You are the way, the truth and the life!" In Jesus Name, Amen

2:22

Philippians 2:22 says: You know his proven character.

February 22nd would have been the perfect date for this verse, but it caught my mind today. God is in the transformation business. Paul, who is probably the most dramatic Biblical transformtaion, writes of other lives which also were tranformed.
Timid Timothy over came his fears and became a faithful follower of Christ. Peter certainly did a denial turn around, but it was't an immediate fix. Our proven character occures during a refining process.

Like the song says...He's still workin on me, to make me what I ought to be.!

A Cure for Hiccups

October 21

It is 1:15 AM and the hiccups will not stop, so I've decided I might as well hiccup with the Lord. I went to Biblegateway to see what the verse was for the day.

“I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”- Psalm 40:8

The plan is to meditate on this verse in conjunction with the hiccups...
I desire....hiccup..to do...hiccup..your will...hiccup...

I kid you not...one cycle of chewing...ok hiccuping... on God's Word and after twenty five minutes of struggling with the hiccups they stopped as soon as they
were put to the scripture memory process!

The Word of God is a powerful weapon!

I'm Not Ready

October 20

A cold spell shot through our nation last week. Heading off to school yesterday I looked at the temperature, which was 33 degrees. I thought to myself...
"I'm not ready for cold weather."
There hasn't been a Christmas yet, where I was ready with all the little "special" unnecessary touches I had planned.
The only "Are you ready?" which is of eternal value in my book is
"Are you ready for Jesus' return?"
So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Matthew 24:44

Sing it...Are you ready? Yes, I'm ready!"

Let's Pray: OH Great I AM, You make the tides to turn and across the midst of this morning I see a hint of pink which tells me the sun is coming today. When we least expect Him, You Son will rise up on the clouds and announce His return! What a time of rejoicing that will be for some, but for most it will be a real shocker! Our prayer today would be that we might learn of one who was lost, that they have been found. Then we could rejoice with the angels that yet another child of God is ready!
In Jesus Name, Amen

Catch a Wave

October 19

Lord, in a bit of a Monday morning frenzy, I felt as if I was rushing through my quiet time with You. The song "Catch a Wave" came to me and really caught me off guard. The word wave took me to "the wave" which occurs in football stadiums! How Kool would it be if those people were actually all lifting their hands in praise to You! W00t! W00t!

Father, we do pray for a wave of revival to fly across this land! In Jesus Name!

God blessed us with a chance to be still last night and share in sweet fellowship with a wonderful couple who God has sent into our lives as mentors and accountability partners.
The question arose wondering if we knew what the word Bible stood for?
Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

May our Bibles be open so God can instruct and teach each of us this very day.

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4

Teachable Spirit

October 17-18

One of my students is an avid fisherman. When he gets going, his tales twirl off his tongue at a pace which is hard to follow. The lingo of lures, rods, and species leaves me long in the dust and my head is spinning like the line running off his reel. Often I am left thinking....I have no clue what he was just talking about.
(He probably feels the same about my lecture this week on inverted and natural order and independent and subordinate clauses.)
It the topic doesn't hold our interest the information often doesn't penetrate our thick shells!
Funny..it must be the teacher in me which sympathizes with the flight attendant giving his/her safety spiel, so I watch intently with an appreciative smile while the other passengers do their own thing.
Studying the Word of God can be dry and dull if You aren't hungry for it. Praise
God He knew we would need the Holy Spirit to make it come alive. If you are assisting a beginning Bible student, first ask them if they have received Christ for in doing so they also received a personal tutor...the Holy Spirit. Suggest they ask Him to give them a teachable spirit and to unveil God's word to them in a way which excites and thrills their heart as they realize how personally applicable and filled with love these letters are.

Inside Out

October 16
Putting on my jacket for work, I had to inside out a sleeve. The idea to teach our school children to turn their prayer focus inside out came to me. So often we pray
"Give me...help me... I want..." Driving to school I have started a praise course...listening to praise music on the radio and receiving a message from the lyrics. The inside out theme continued as I heard a song by Chris Sligh for the first time: Empty Me

Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
And any foolish thing my heart holds to
Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you

So filler up Lord!!! Filler up!
In Jesus' Name, Amen

Running Home to Love

October 15

I am a bit ahead of schedule, but this Godincidence was too much not to share
immediately. Pulling in my driveway after a long, cold, wet day at school my memory drifted back to my childhood and stopping by my grandmother's on the way home from school each day. My grandmother's home was a safe haven for me....full of peace, warmth, and love. She always has a treat waiting! Now as a grandmother myself, I find that same familiar sort of anticipation as I return home to my dog each day.
With these thoughts on my mind and my dog by my side, I opened my email to find this precious site.

www.andiesisle.com/GoD_and_DoG.html

This morning in Language Arts I asked the 6th grade students to pull out a piece of paper and imagine they were in the throne room of God waiting for him to speak. I told them to jot down any thoughts the Holy Spirit gave them during a time of silence. We talked about how God longs for us to come to Him and listen!
Whew...heading there now!
Let's pray: Lord, your faithfulness has been true to generation after generation! When we see You face to face may You be able to say..."Welcome my faithful child." In Jesus' Name, Amen

The Nudge

October 14

Drifting off to sleep, while reading a devotional book in our hammock yesterday, I was awakened by a gentle nudge. Opening my eyes I expected to see my husband, but instead there was Moses! As soon as I acknowledged him, all seventy-five pounds of bulldog lumbered into the hammock with me. His unconditional love and warm body were quite comforting.

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

2 Corinthians 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

When God comes alongside you today...welcome Him in and be blessed.

Let's Pray: God of all comfort, come into our lives today and
find Your place of honor. While we watch the season changing right before our
eyes, may we be reminded You never change. Your love is consistent and deeper
than the deepest sea. Forgive us when we put our love of others and things
before You. We come with attitudes of repentance and hearts shouting...
You Lord, You are our first love and we draw near to You today!"
In Jesus' Name, Amen

Overflowing

October 13

Have you ever been the recipient of a freezer party? This occurs when there is a power outage and someone has to cook up everything in their freezer because it has thawed. Last winter my car was overflowing with magnolia branches.
A snow storm dumped 9" of snow and broke off major limbs from our
magnolia tree, so I drove around sharing the damage.

The message I am to write this morning is very clear. We are to pray for the
Holy Spirit to fill us up to overflowing, so we spill the love of Christ out
onto others.

Acts 13:52
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5:18
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.
Instead, be filled with the Spirit.


Let's Pray: God, You are so complete...three in One, Father, Spirit, Son!
Today, help us get out of the way and may more of You be evident in us.
May others find us to be strange creatures who are full of joy, hope and patience. Give us the courage to introduce someone to the benefits of life with the Spirit. Free benefits! Come Holy Spirit come. Teach us, guide us, counsel us to the
point we are overflowing and You spill forth onto others. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Antonyms

October 12

Do you ever struggle with anxiety, a bit of being on edge, or restlessness,
and have no clue what the underlying issue is?
Ugh, that is where I am this morning.
Antonyms are words which have opposite meanings, such as...
restlessness/stillness

God's word speaks to both...
Be anxious for nothing. Philippians 4:6
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

The verse for the day on Biblegateway speaks to what are often opposite ideas:

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."
- Proverbs 19:20-21

Hmm, possibly our anxiety comes from trusting in ourselves or man for
outcomes when we need to be seeking the Lord and his purposes,
which is where we will find peace.

Over and over in my head is a verse from Chris Tomlin's song,
God of this City..."There is none like our God!"

Let's Pray: God, there is none like You. When uneasiness comes may we get up
and go....go straight to You, seeking Your face and the ways we should take.
May our uncertainty, to turn certainty....
our gloom become joy and
our questions become answers which lead us on.
The ways of this world are opposite of what You have planned for those of
us who love You and are called according to Your purpose!
Ha, I am thinking of All Purpose flour...while You have a purpose for
all of us...the end result is a unique creation like none other!
In Jesus Name, Amen

He's the Real Thing

Oct 10-11

"The Lord your God is with you. He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."
Zeph. 3:17

Today is one of those fall Saturdays where cheers will radiate from the college
stadiums of America...ok some boo's too, but let's concentrate on the cheers.
Without giving details I am sending up "ray, rahs" to God for how He showed
up and showed off in my life yesterday. The enemy has been raging a battle
against me for a couple months now which hits the top three painful journeys
I have encountered.
I received a blow yesterday, which I thought would render me useless and I
wanted to retreat...ok RUN from the experience. About to crumble something
made me press forward and had I not I would have missed five specific blessings.
One was a point blank face to face confirmation of a dream God had given me
three weeks ago.
Several people were with me when this happened and we all stood in amazement
knowing only a Mighty God could bring forth such incredible victory!

Go tell it on the mountains, over the hills and everywhere...we serve a Mighty
God who goes before us in the battle. Yes, the enemy is unmerciful and cruel in
his attacks on us in this life....but Satan does not win! Rise up oh men of God
and lift your banners high!

Let's Pray: Heavenly Father, Great God, Creator of the Universe and each heart
which beats, be glorified today! Forgive us when we waiver in our faith. Turn
our eyes to Your Word and fill us with the courage to face the variety of
battles which lurk within the enemy camp across this earth, waiting to pounce
upon us. We can fight the good fight and finish the race, for we do not fight
within our own strength!
There is victory in Jesus and it is ours for the taking. Whatever is hurled at
us today Father, we face it wearing the Armor of the Lord. Remind us that we
stand united as Christian soldiers and may we present that united front to a
lost world.
When we are weak, You are strong and for that we say...thank You. We love You.
Lord, Amen

If

October 9

The Lord thrills my heart and truly is the best friend we can have. He knows us inside and out and always has just the right words to say. Even when the words are those of discipline, He disciplines with love and the reprimand makes such sense!

This morning He gave me the word "IF".
How would you fill in these "ifs".
If I had nothing required of me to do today I would....
If I knew today was my last day on earth I would...
If money were no object I would...
If I could see one person come to love Jesus today it would be...
If I could change one situation in my life right now it would be....

Now let's switch gears and see what God's Word has in the "if" category.

If the LORD delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm;
Psalm 37:23

If God is for us, who can be against us.
Romans 8:31

And a message from Jesus today...

If you love me, you will obey what I command.
John 14:15

Let's Pray: Jesus, You are our advocate going before the throne of God Almighty.
How blessed we are. Thank You for hearing our prayers. We do love you and want to obey you. Thank You for the example You set before us.
"If" only we could be more like you...In Your name we pray! Amen.

Sword of the Spirit

October 8

Looking out my bathroom window last night, I was blown away by the reflection of a full moon on the water. What I saw shining brilliantly on the water was a sword, and it was pointing right towards our property as if offering an awesome offensive.
This morning the sky is bursting of pinks and purples as if an artist had been up early painting a magnificent mural. I just headed out to try to catch it for you, but it was already fading.
Googling "Sword of the Spirit" I came across a powerful piece by Charles Spurgeon.
Be blessed, cause God is the best.
Love, Boo

The Sword of the Spirit
April 19th, 1891 by C. H. SPURGEON (1834-1892)


"Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."—Ephesians 6:17.

"To be a Christian is to be a warrior. The good soldier of Jesus Christ must not expect to find ease in this world: it is a battle-field. Neither must he reckon upon the friendship of the world; for that would be enmity against God. His occupation is war. As he puts on piece by piece of the panoply provided for him, he may wisely say to himself, "This warns me of danger; this prepares me for warfare; this prophesies opposition."

Difficulties meet us even in standing our ground; for the apostle, two or three times, bids us—"Stand." In the rush of the fight, men are apt to be carried off their legs. If they can keep their footing, they will be victorious; but if they are borne down by the rush of their adversaries, everything is lost. You are to put on the heavenly armor in order that you may stand; and you will need it to maintain the position in which your Captain has placed you. If even to stand requires all this care, judge ye what the warfare must be! The apostle also speaks of withstanding as well as standing. We are not merely to defend, but also to assail. It is not enough that you are not conquered; you have to conquer: and hence we find, that we are to take, not only a helmet to protect the head, but also a sword, with which to annoy the foe. Ours, therefore, is a stern conflict, standing and withstanding; and we shall want all the armor from the divine magazine, all the strength from the mighty God of Jacob.

It is clear from our text that our defense and our conquest must be obtained by sheer fighting. Many try compromise; but if you are a true Christian, you can never do this business well. The language of deceit fits not a holy tongue. The adversary is the father of lies, and those that are with him understand the art of equivocation; but saints abhor it. If we discuss terms of peace, and attempt to gain something by policy, we have entered upon a course from which we shall return in disgrace. We have no order from our Captain to patch up a truce, and get as good terms as we can. We are not sent out to offer concessions..."

For full article go to: http://www.biblebb.com/files/spurgeon/2201.htm