Refreshment

January 31-Feb 1

We are laughing at Moses who has an ear ache or
itch and is trying everything possible from shaking
his head, to scratching with his paw, to rolling his
head upside down on the carpet to get that itch.
Then he went to the door of our screened in porch,
where there is a water bowl of his, wanting to go
outside. Now, he has two bowls in the house, but
we have decided the cold water outside is more
refreshing.

That is the way I feel about God's word. You can
read the words of many writers which bring insight
and encouragement, but nothing refreshes like the
inspired Word of God.
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1


May we lap up lots of His love this weekend.

Sneak Attacks

January 30

Has the enemy been victorious lately in robbing your joy
through "sneak attacks" you just didn't see coming?

Just turning on the news and seeing all the job layoffs can
pack a punch, then the call comes that another friend or
family member is ill really pulling you down. Maybe the
friend you felt you could always count on has let you down.

The enemy can take away a lot of things from us, but he
can't take away our Jesus and that is where our joy is made
complete!

Restoration is my word today: to bring back to or put
back into a former or original state.

We can counter attack, by putting on the full armor of God
and believing in the power of the Holy Spirit to heal and
restore! When the body of believers is functioning together,
as it should, there is amazing strength. The enemy knows
that and will try to weaken that defense, so keep your
guard up for sneak attacks meant to weaken the strength
found in family and friends.

This morning my white bird came soaring back into the cove
and plunged head first into the chilly waters. Brrr! It was
worth the plunge to come up with the treasure...a fish!

Father, give us the courage to take the plunge and step
forward to restore a broken relationship. It might even be
with You Lord, or a fellow believer. In Jesus Name, Amen

Hurry Up and Wait-God It

January 29

Graduation and award ceremonies are not one of my favorite
activities. With seven children we have gone to our share of
them. We have been very blessed by having children who
received special awards, which made the experience a bit more
enjoyable. This morning, somewhere in a dream,the Lord had on
my heart the parents who sit through those programs watching
other parents' children get the glory. I thought to myself...
they must be thinking...when will this be over.

Last night the anticipation of the very close Wake/Duke and
UNC/FSU games had me wishing in those last minutes they would
hurry up and be over. Today is our 100th day at Smith Mt Lake
Christian Academy. I've gone the whole year without catching
any of the numerous colds these children have had...now I have
one and wish it would hurry up and be over!

This economic crisis has us waiting and wishing it would hurry
up and be over! Those needing to sell homes or get a positive
response from a job interview are waiting Lord.
Proverbs 27:14 is powerful...Wait for the Lord; be strong and
take heart and wait for the Lord.


I was walking with John in Acts 12 this morning. Jesus had been
crucified and John's brother James was in prison. He was waiting
for him to be released....but instead they killed James.
Our waits don't always end with our wants. I reminded myself
this morning of this...God is God and that is good!

Someone emailed a change of address this morning and asked for
an acknowledgement. I wrote back "God it," instead of "got it."
God has "got it" ...the answer to all our prayers and He is with
us in the wait.

Be blessed by this writing from Beth Moore:Solitude is not so
much the place we find answers. It's the place we find our own
square foot of earth from which to grapple with heaven and decide
if we're going on-possibly alone-without our answers. And many of
us will. Why? Because the privilege of wrestling with such a holy
and mysterious God still beats the numbness-the pitiful mediocrity-
of an otherwise life. Sometimes we don't realize how real He is
until we've experienced the awesomeness of His answerless Presence.
He knows that what we crave far more than explanations is the
unshakable conviction that He is utterly, supremely God.


Amen...and if we aren't to the point of knowing God is God and that
is good...I pray we can hurry up and not wait to know GOD IT!

The Rescuer

January 28

All my devotional studies converged today in a way that had me
smiling and saying "You are so right Lord!"
Check out this quote from God's Calling.

"It is to the drowning man the Rescuer comes. To the brave
swimmer who can fare well alone He comes not. And no rush of
Joy can be like that of a man towards his Rescuer."

Think about that. How excited were those USAir passengers to
see those boats headed their way? Remember the climatic
rescues of your favorite movies! How glad were the disciples
when Jesus calmed the storm for them, and the Prodigal Son when
he ran to the rescuing, welcoming arms of his father!

Call out today and praise the Lord for He is waiting to rescue
you from all despair! Great is his faithfulness!

Let's Pray: Mighty on Your Throne are You, Oh God. You have
listening skills that we are unable to comprehend. You even
hear our hearts! Ah, yes, You hear what we cannot even hear
about ourselves. You have the role of the most compassionate
Father. You wait for the call for help and have a rescue plan
ready! May we not be full of pride, but make the call!
In Jesus Name, Amen

Whoa Nellie

January 26
After church yesterday, I closed my eyes for what I thought would
be a cat nap...two hours later I woke up going "Whoa Nellie!"
Where did the day go? Giddy Up...
we are getting closer to heaven each day!

My husband was channel surfing and stopped on a movie he
has seen numerous times. Grumbling, I asked, "Why don't you
watch something new so we can learn something?" Later, as
I was studying God's Word I was convicted about that
statement. For years studying the same passages over
and over and I've always found a fresh lesson from God's never
changing Word!
The important factor is for us to have those "Whoa, Nellie,"
moments with God each day. Time to hold our horses and sit
a spell with Jesus! Yes Sir, time to be still and know that
He is God!

Let's Pray: Father, time is not to You, what
it is to us. You have been and will always be! We have the gift
of eternal life waiting for us, so please guide us with Your
Holy Spirit to make the best use of our time here on earth
and what we call "today." May our day count for Your kingdom
and may that kingdom come soon! In Jesus Name, Amen

Reminisce

January 24-25
Reminisce-recall to mind of a long-forgotten experience or fact; the process or practice of thinking or telling about past experiences.

Last night we attended a couple's dinner with my ladies' Bunko group. We
have been together fifteen years! I had to chuckle to myself as I looked
at the majority of us having to pull out our reading glasses to be able
to see the dots on the dice! We only gather every two months and while
there are new occurrences (children's weddings, grand babies, parents' deaths)
to discuss, the greatest joy seems to come from reminiscing about days gone
by!

When I have the opportunity to celebrate birthdays with friends I like to
ask them to look back and share a memory from each decade of their life.
This morning doing my Bible study, I thought, how often do I take time to
reminisce about the amazing life of Christ and how it impacted those who
walked with him on earth. Equally as important, how have I seen His life
and His love impact those of us who walk with Him by faith?

Let's try this exercise (yesterday's word) today.
Reminisce about five powerful Bible memories, maybe ones you wish you
had experienced like: being at the birth of Jesus, attending the wedding
where the water changed to wine, seeing the dove descend when John was
baptizing Jesus and hearing God's voice say, "This is my Son, with whom
I am well pleased."

Now reflect back on five personal God experiences you will never forget!
The day you prayed to ask Jesus into your heart.
A time you cried out to Him to take away a pain that was unbearable.
A verse your read or sermon you heard that left you telling God...
"You sent that just for me didn't You?"
A site you saw that reminded you there is a Creator.
A time you stepped out of your comfort and obeyed the Lord's calling.

Let's Pray: Memories light the corners of our minds,
Father. Memories of how You have loved us, who You sacrificed for us,
and how close You remain to us! While we pray for joy in our earthly
relationships today, we also pray for unforgettable memories to be made
with You. Memories that will will reminisce about into eternity.
In Jesus' Name, Amen

Exercise -Exhort

January 23
Rarely, when I wake up do I have a clue where God is leading me with the
devotional. Even when he places a word upon my heart, I am still stumped.
This morning when exercise and exhort came to mind, I was clueless. I've been struggling with menopause symptoms so I thought this was affirmation that exercise is the answer to this sluggish time of life! Hmm,
Not where He was headed...that was my head leading me, not the Spirit!
Looking up exhort I realized that is what I am to do with the blog each day...urge my fellow believers on!
Exhort-to incite by argument or advice : urge strongly.

Being early in the morning and overweight, I was comprehending exerciseonly as the means of physical activity! The definition below seems more fitting for where the Bible verses in The Message want to take us today.
Exercise-something performed or practiced in order to develop, improve, or display a specific capability or skill

As believers in Christ, who are filled with the Holy Spirit, we have been given the
capability to live life from a different perspective than the world. These verses
have challenged me today to take my government concerns and exercise my right to
pray to God for him to do great things! This past week as the process of passing
leadership from one man to another was unfolding, God placed on my heart that
President Bush was not only praying for President Obama, but with him! I also
sensed that God had equipped Bush to speak to Obama as the loving father who is
not present in his life right now. Check out this verse that was placed before me
this morning.
1 Peter 2:13 (The Message)
Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God's emissaries for keeping order. It is God's will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you're a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.

We are to stand strong and exercise the freedom we have in Christ!

1 Corinthians 10:30-32 (The Message)
But, except for these special cases, I'm not going to walk around on eggshells worrying about what small-minded people might say; I'm going to stride free and easy, knowing what our large-minded Master has already said. If I eat what is served to me, grateful to God for what is on the table, how can I worry about what someone will say? I thanked God for it and he blessed it!
So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you—you're eating to God's glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God's glory. At the same time, don't be callous in your exercise of freedom, thoughtlessly stepping on the toes of those who aren't as free as you are. I try my best to be considerate of everyone's feelings in all these matters; I hope you will be, too.

Let's pray daily for government leaders to come to know the Lord!

1 Timothy 4:6
You've been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you'll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we've thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We're banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers.

Let's Pray: Lord, we love You and are continually amazed by all You have to share with us. Forgive us when we get lazy and don't exercise the awesome powers available to us and don't exhort one another on in our faith. May the Words You send our way today penetrate our hearts and leave our lives changed in a way that makes you smile!
We love you! In Jesus Name, Amen

Rushing out the door, no time to proof, hope God makes some sense of it for you.

Protocol

January 22

Protocol:a code prescribing strict adherence to correct
etiquette and precedence.

Great word for this past Tuesday and the passing of the torch from one
leader to the next.

I love the passage in John 21 where Jesus appears to the disciples for
the third time. They are out in a boat and Peter is so thrilled to get
to see Jesus again. When he hears the Lord's voice and John confirms it
is Jesus, Peter jumps into the nippy waters and swims to Jesus, wanting
to make the most of every moment!
No protocol for Peter, just a passion to follow the "call of a pro."
Get it...pro to call!

Whether we are sailing along smoothly or sinking in deep waters right now,
we have a "Life pro" to call out to. He has experienced it all and responds
to our needs enveloped in love.

Let's Pray: Father, it is proper protocol for us to humbly
fall before You our King. Where You lead we will follow. Forgive us
when we go astray forgetting You have detailed plans laid out showing the
best way. Help us to live as passionately for You as Christ was willing
to die passionately for us. Oh, what a time of rejoicing is ahead in
Your kingdom, which will come. In Jesus Name, Amen

Evaluation

January 21
Evaluation-to determine the significance, worth, or condition of usually by careful appraisal and study

Our new president has been evaluating the situation of America. We
must pray for him as he determines the significance, worth and
condition of many these various situations. The unknown of what
lies ahead can be a little scary, but the truth is each day is
unknown and always has been.
We must focus on what is known to us and what has been proven
to be true over and over again...God's love.
The president will plug into many people as "power sources." We must
stay plugged into our most reliable "power sources"..."prayer"... and
the example of the life led by Christ. For upon evaluating His life
we see "worth" and "significance" with which nothing can be compared.

Because of this decision we don't evaluate people by what they have
or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it
all wrong, as you know. We certainly don't look at him that way
anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united
with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is
gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God
who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us
to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square
with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by
offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling
everyone what he is doing. We're Christ's representatives. God uses
us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into
God's work of making things right between them. We're speaking for
Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he's already a friend
with you
. 2 Corinthians 5:16 (The Message)

Let's Pray
Lord, You are such a constant in our lives...thank You that you never
change. Life happens and changes constantly, but not You. Steadfast
is Your character. As we evaluate what today holds, may we be filled
with excitement knowing You have a plan! Show us where to join You.
In Jesus Name, Amen

Captivating

January 20

My husband and I escaped to Florida for a few days and were having lunch
on an island called Captiva! I began searching the words captivating and captive, which have very different definitions.
Captivating: to influence and dominate by some special charm, art, or trait and with an irresistible appeal.
Captive:taken and held as or as if a prisoner of war; kept within bounds

Colossians 2:8
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Acts 8:23
For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.

What captivates us? Today most of our nation is captivated by history in the making.
As believers we pray for our nation and for our leaders, but it is our Lord who captivates our hearts and to whom we owe our true allegiance.

Let's Pray
Lord we praise Your holy name and thank You for your sustenance. Please help us to take captive all thoughts that might keep us from recognizing Your will and Your ways. May we be captivated by the reality of Your love, the peace of Your presence, and anticipation of all that is to come as children of the King! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Wipe Out

January 15
Wipe Out..now the Lord is getting funky on me. Definition:the act or an instance of wiping out; complete or utter
destruction; a fall or crash caused usually by losing control;
a total or decisive defeat.

Being the mother of five sons I've seen some "wipe outs" on the ski
slopes, on sleds, skate boards, big wheels and bicycles, behind the
boat on wake boards and I've seen them offer their fair share on the
football field!

I've had some major "wipe outs" myself. The most memorable was one
of our ponies stepping on my foot while I was trying to push it onto
a trailer to get to a horse show and I fell backwards in my cute white
shorts into a nasty mud (and probably manure) puddle.

As I shared yesterday, I have felt "wiped out" or "defeated" lately
by some blows being struck upon my "well loved" or "special people" zones.

There have also been sudden wipe outs (deaths) of those I have loved
very deeply. When I think back to the all the above mentioned wipe outs
in our lives, friends and even strangers always came rushing to offer
assistance and encouragement.

Yesterday, a huge blow struck one of our chidren as they stood with the
inspector at the new house they had just signed for...while standing there
a call came that their spouse had lost their job out of the blue!

This morning I read in God Calling: "Relax, do not get tense,have no fear. All is for the best. How can you fear change when your life is hid with
Me in God, who changeth not-and I am the same yesterday, today,and forever.
You must learn poise and soul-balance, in a vacillating, changing world.
Claim My power!"

We will not be wiped out! There is victory in Jesus. Our God is always
up to good. His specialty is taking what Satan means for harm and making
it profitable for our lives. So we lift His banner high, shouting,
Hallelujah to our King!

In the Ring

January 14
Pacify-to allay the anger or agitation of;
suggests a calm or soothing; to restore to a tranquil state.

Turning on a table lamp this morning, I noticed a pacifier on the
floor which was left over from our grandson's visit over Christmas.
Bam, the reality of how I am handling some frustrations in my life
came to light. I am trying to just be pacified when Christ came
that I might live victoriously.

Beth Moore states in John the Beloved Disciple "I truly
believe that if we're willing to see, God uses every difficulty and
every assignment to confide deep things to us, and that the lessons
are not complete until their beauty has been revealed. I fear, however,
that we have such an attention deficit that we settle for bearable
when beauty is just around the corner."
Ah, like being pacified when our life can really be amplified!

Yesterday I was on the road traveling several hours and I felt like
I was in a boxing ring. The enemy was throwing punches in my mind
over and over again. Fortunately, at the lowest points I was able to
pull myself up on the ropes and reach for the radio. I kid you not
the first time I pushed the button, Michael Youssef was barely
crackling through because I was out of range of this station, but I
heard the words...when the enemy is messing with your mind, you must
go to God's promises and not listen to self, which can lead to a pity
party! I began searching for other Christian stations that saw me
through the fight.

I kid you not...two of my devotionals I am using this year were right
on this same topic today. My God is real and He really knows what is
happening in my life. Now that doesn't mean I like the circumstances,
but it means I know I am not alone in them!

God Calling says today: "Learn of Me. Kill the self. Every blow
to self is used to shape the real, eternal, imperishable you. Be very
candid and rigorous with yourselves. 'Did self prompt that?' and if it
did, oust it at all costs."

Now check out Lloyd John Ogilvie: Behold, I make all things new.
Revelation 21:5

Let's make this our prayer today:
"Father, the psalmist expresses my need: As the deer pants for the water
brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the
living God.
Psalm 42:1-2
Nothing and no one can satisfy my inner restlessness. I praise You for this
longing to reaffirm my relationship with You. My primary purpose is to know
and to love You. And yet, yesterday there was so much that distracted me
from serving You and disturbed my commitment to putting You first. Forgive
me for the things I said and did when my priorities got messed up. Last
night I went to sleep before I'd finished praying. No wonder I didn't
sleep soundly and woke up feeling unrested. But here I am with a new day
heavy on my hands. Then it occurs to me that the only way for today to be
different from yesterday is to get it off my hands by committing it
unreservedly to You. Thank You for the freedom to close the door on
yesterday and walk through the open door of opportunity You have set
before me today. I surrender the needs of the day ahead and trust You
completely. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Phil. 4:13 Hooray! In Jesus' Name, Amen

We can step into today simply pacifying our needs and hoping the fight
will be called off soon or we trust in the Lord and win another bout!

A Servant's Attitude

January 13

Studying this morning a concept I haven't pondered in
a while was brought to mind...God humbled himself coming
to earth for us. Likewise we are to humble ourselves before
the Lord. Mark 10:43-44 says: Whoever wants to become
great among you must be your servant and whoever wants
to be first among you must be a slave to all.


Some of the greatest spiritual heroes of our time have had
servant hearts. Mother Teresa, Corrie Ten Boom, and Billy
Graham. Reflecting on the local level the pastors who have held
my greatest respect are not the eloquent pulpit speakers
with their fancy suits, pressed shirts and handkerchiefs, but
the ones who are humble of heart, care about relationship and
are ready to serve alongside their congregations whom they are
calling to serve!

Where does Satan try to trap you on this one? For me I start
out seeking the Lord and serving where I am sent, but often along
the way I get an attitude. I take my focus off what Christ has
called me to do, often adding my works to the agenda and then get
frustrated when those alongside me aren't serving wholeheartedly.
Hmm, just maybe God has called them to serve in other ways.

In the movie Meet the Parents the father takes two fingers and
points from his eyes towards his daughter's fiance...to let him
know he has his eye on him. God has his eye on us and we will walk
in fulfillment when we keep our eyes on God!

Let's Pray: Father, we humble ourselves before You this day,
remembering the word from yesterday that we are just "whipper snappers"
compared to You. May we see clearly today the assignments You have for
us and may we carry them out with joy in our hearts and attitudes of
gratitude that we know You and You want to use us in Your service.
With eyes lifted up we look to You for instructions on how to survive
these earthly days, serve with the greatest impact bringing You glory
and love others as Christ does! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Whipper Snapper

January 12
Asking the Lord to give me a word to share with you I thought
I must have misunderstood when I heard Whipper Snapper
which is defined as a person who is:
diminutive-exceptionally or notably small;
insignificant- not worth considering;
presumptuous -overstepping due bounds, taking liberties.

Plugging each of those four words into my online concordance I
came up with nothing. Then I opened a Bible study I am doing and
read the Luke passage below and was blown away!

Compared to God we are whipper snappers! But praise the Lord He
loves a whipper snapper who calls on His name!

An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be
the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and
had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this
little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes
the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest."
Luke 9:46-48

Mighty are You Father. May we remember we are only little whipper snappers
who come humbly before You, trusting in Your promises and being filled up
with Your love. While we realize we are insignificant in ourselves, we
know that through Your significant sacrifice You defeated sin and sent
the Holy Spirit who fills us with power to walk here on earth and do
Your will, bringing You Glory! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Affirmation

The Weekend Jan. 10-11
Affirm to state positively, to assert as valid
or confirmed; to express dedication to.

Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus.
In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen,
God's Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident.
God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ,
putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with
his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete
.
2 Corinthians 1:20

We are called to affirm our faith in Christ.
The question on my mind today is where do we look for our own personal
affirmation? We all like to have others make positive statements about
us or express their dedication to us.
To what ends are we willing to go to receive that affirmation?
Think about this on a political front, in the work place, in the classroom
or on campus, in the world of sports, Hollywood, etc.
What do we do in our own homes to get the much needed
affirmation of our spouses, children, parents? Whew, there is so much work
and finagling involved in these processes.

My students are studying a Brian Jacques animal fantasy entitled Redwall. It makes you shiver at what the characters will do to please their evil
leader(who could care less about their well being).

How much easier to live a life pleasing to Christ.
We know how much he loves us, for He has already laid down his life for us!

Let's Pray Psalm 119:33
God, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course.
Give me insight so I can do what you tell me— my whole life one long,
obedient response. Guide me down the road of your commandments; I love
traveling this freeway! Give me a bent for your words of wisdom, and not
for piling up loot. Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me
on the pilgrim way.
Affirm your promises to me— promises made to all who fear you.
Deflect the harsh words of my critics— but what you say is always so good.
See how hungry I am for your counsel; preserve my life through your
righteous ways!
In Jesus' Name

My God Speaks

January 9
Praise the Lord for Tim Tebow and the victory this child
of God led his Gators to last night! I have a brother who
drowned over 20 years ago who was a Gator and I do hope he was
able to see this from heaven!

Many of you know we have five sons. With five sons have come
some wonderful girl friends over the years and I often struggle
with the break ups because I have become so attached to these
young women. Last night, during the game I heard from one
whom I haven't heard from in over a year. I was so excited to
hear her voice, then bam the reason for her call came and she
was not happy, but still hurting from a break up with one of my
sons and let me have it. My chest began hurting severely and I
finally had to hand the phone to my husband. I love this young
woman so much, but I love my son too, so this was difficult.

The pains ran down my arm and into my back. I got up and took
some slow deep breaths and my blood pressure which was fine and
got back into bed, fully prepared for the Lord to take me. My
husband and I prayed for this young woman and I sent her an email.

Well, I am still here this morning and God has spoken lovingly to me
in two devotionals I want to share with you.
The first is from God Calling compiled by A J Russell:
"Be calm, no matter what may befall you. Rest in Me. Be patient, and
let patience have her perfect work. Never think things overwhelming.
How can you be overwhelmed when I am with you?
Do not feel the strain of life. There is no strain for My children.
Do you not see I am a Master Instrument-maker? Have I not fashioned
each part? Do I not know just what it can bear without a strain?
Would I, the maker of so delicate an instrument, ask of it anything
that could destroy or strain? No! The Strain is only when you are
serving another master, the world, fame, the good opinion of men-or
carrying two days' burdens on the one day.Remember that it must not be."

Then from Quiet Moments with God by L.J Ogilvie.
"Almighty God, as I begin a new day filled with opportunities
masquerading as complex problems, I claim Your promise, "Call to me,
and I will answer you."(Jeremiah 33:3). I know that no matter how
intense my problems, You are with me. The bigger the problem, the more
all-encompassing Your abiding presence will be. And the more complex the
problem, the greater will be the wisdom You offer. Equal to the strain of
each problem will come the strength You give.

Thank You for this time of quiet with You in which I can receive the
peace of knowing that I am loved and forgiven, the healing of the hurts
of harbored memories, the answers to problems often seem unsolvable and
the vision for solutions that otherwise would be beyond my human
understanding. I praise You that to know You is my greatest joy and to
serve You is life's greatest delight. I pray this in the name of Him who
came to give us abundant life."
Just another example of how real and personal God is. When we take time to
listen He is quick to speak! Praise the Lord!

Hawk's Heyday

January 8
The winds were blustery (as Winnie the Pooh would say). Yesterday,
fifty mile an hour gusts had things flying. My car shook and I
wondered if the enormous flag pole in front of the grocery store
would crash over as I made my way inside. Driving home I looked
up in the sky to see swarms of hawks having a heyday riding these
wind currents. The day was so clear and the back drop to this
scene was the beautiful mountain range which holds the Peaks of Otter.
Immediately I thought...these creatures are making the best of this
situation, like surfers catching the waves before a hurricane.
Like a girlfriend of mine whose cancer has reoccurred, who wrote
yesterday after visiting the oncologist's office
We met some incredible families as the wait was long, husbands,
children and we had a blessed time in the wait. I covet your prayer
for them. God allowed me to pray with them all as I was waiting for my
husband to get the car and we are so connected in Christ already,
I love them and am believing God for their miracle as well.

Now that is walking with the Lord through the storm.

Here comes the word for today...soar: "to fly aloft; to rise
or increase dramatically; to ascend to a higher or more exalted level;
to rise to majestic stature." Does that thrill your soul or what?

...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 40:31

This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in
it, we will soar on wings like eagles and catch a wave along the way
no matter our circumstances because we have Jesus along for the ride!

And all God's children shouted hallelujah we are having a HEYDAY!

With Me

January 7
There is no need for an alarm clock in my life at this time...
I have a 6AM hot flash which does the trick! My husband is a VERY
early riser, but has the sweetest habit. He tucks his pillow up
against me before he gets out of bed, so I think he is still
there with me. By some chance the hot flash does not do the trick,
Moses does. He sits right beside my bed and softly whines...
I guess he is checking to see if I am breathing.
Now that is precious!

This morning after the hot flash, my first thoughts were
"Good morning Lord, what is it You have in mind for today?"
Then it hit me...I am so blessed to know that Christ is "WITH ME."

He will never leave us or forsake us. Hebrews 13:5

Ugh, my heart has just ached for so many who have been left....their
health may have left them, a loved one may have died and gone away, a
spouse left through divorce or maybe their job security is gone....but
not God!

Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. James 4:8

Jesus felt so abandoned by his buddies in the Garden of Gethsemane,
but He knew his Father was with Him. Sometimes we feel as if our
friends have deserted us. Hmmm, God knew we would feel that way so He
left us a message that we have a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24

Yesterday we had a time of prayer with the students at the small
Christian school where I teach. These 5-12 year olds prayed the
most tender prayers to the Lord for 30 minutes without stopping.
It was powerful. Sunday I met with a group of friends and we
prayed together...prayers were answered within 24 hours.
Last night I wept as I pondered what the Lord was up to.
I looked at my husband and said, "How can there be people who
do not believe our God is a living active God involved in everyday
life? He is so real and so amazing!"
When you invite Christ in....He is with you!

Let's Pray:
Lord, we love you everyday, we just might forget to tell You. We come
into Your presence with thanksgiving in our hearts and give You praise!
All creation surrounds us giving testimony to Your presence. No matter
what we encounter along the path of life today we will not face it alone!
Come Holy Spirit come, fill us up to overflowing in a manner that the
love of Christ touches another today! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Who will we remind of God's presence today?

Intimacy

January 6
The sixty degree temperatures were quite unusual
for a January day. Getting home from work, I donned
my workout clothes and tennis shoes, grabbed the dog
and headed up the road to take advantage of the gift!
By the time I got back to the house I realized I had
about 30 minutes to myself. Gathering up some
devotional books I wanted to read I headed out on the
deck and thought...."Ah, me time!" A word from Sunday's
sermon called back...Intimacy with Jesus means "In to Me."
Putting my selfishness aside I adjusted my thought process
and excitedly headed out to get into Jesus! Woo hoo! He
showed up and rocked my world.

The first verse I read was 1 Samuel 3:9, Speak, Lord, for
your servant hears.
. Then Psalm 31:3 You are my rock
and my fortress; therefore, for Your name's sake, lead
me and guide me.


Jesus is asking each of us...Are you in to Me?
May each of us reply...Oh, precious Lord, I want to be!


Let's Pray:
Lord, You are more precious than silver, Lord you are more costly
than gold. Lord you are more beautiful than diamonds and
nothing I desire compares to You. Yes, Lord, Yes, Lord, yes, yes Lord...
we want the evidence of our daily living to proclaim to all that we
are into You! May the first choice we make today be that we choose
to spend time with You. Revive us again our Savior and King in whose
name we pray a mighty, Amen!

Contagious Christians

January 5
Contagious- communicable by contact;
exciting similar emotions or conduct in others.

Visiting a wonderful spirit filled church yesterday I hushed myself when the minister asked if anyone had received a word from God. The only word I had heard was contagious.
With all the illnesses going around I could see someone interpreting that to mean someone was ill and spreading germs!

Check out the definition...exciting similar emotions or conduct in others! That my friends is the kind of business God wants us to be about when it comes to our faith! Let's be praying someone else catches Jesus from us!

Let's Pray Lord, the news about You is GOOD, may we be found spreading it around! In Jesus Name, Amen

Attention Attractors

January 2
Calliope: a steam-whistle organ with a loud, shrill
sound audible miles away; it is used to attract attention.
When calliope was the word the Lord gave me I tried to
finagle my way into another word, not seeing in my
mind how that could possibly be useful.
(AH, the old our ways are not His ways!)

Looking up the definition the words "attract attention"
screamed out at me. Are we attractors for Christ?
Back to Merriam Webster I went.

attract to cause to approach, to draw by appeal
to natural or excited interest, emotion, or aesthetic sense.

allure implies an enticing by what is fair, pleasing,
or seductive.

The confirmations kept coming as one daily reading had
Hebrews 10:22 facing me. Let us draw near to God with a
true heart in full assurance of faith
.
Next I was taken to study the first chapter of John and
very convicted by Phillip's words to Nathanael in verse 46
Come and see.
Who have we asked come to and see Jesus lately?

Looking out my window my attention is caught by sea gulls
soaring over the water trusting God to provide food from
within those waters. Smoke is pouring out of a neighbor's
chimney providing the needed warmth and an American flag
is flapping in the wind reminding me of those far from
home fighting for my freedom and the right to be "One
nation under God."
Such attractive symbols of God's provision and protection!

The question comes to me....is the way I live an attention
getter, attracting others to my Lord and Savior?

Let's Pray: God, walking with You is so attractive to us.
The peace, the promises, and provisions. Fill each of us with the Holy
Spirit and give us submissive wills to live out our days in ways that
draw others to Christ. Help us get over ourselves and make our wants
to be what You want to accomplish for Your kingdom. Stir our hearts
and minds right now with the names of those who need encouragement and
an invitation to come and see Jesus at work in their lives.
Equip us to be attention attractors for Christ. In Jesus Name, Amen

Happy NEW Year

January 1
What do Andy Griffith, best friends,mothers
and Jesus have in common?
They all love you in spite of yourself!

Sometimes I get frustrated with how Andy is always
covering for Barney's screw ups.
What a friend we have in Jesus...
he uses our mistakes to make us better.

January 1 is a date full of hope. A chance to
look out on the horizon and see everything coming
up roses. It is like the difference in the stinky
clothes going into the washer and the fresh smell of
clean laundry coming out of the dryer!

Exfoliating creme was on my wish list for Christmas.
It is amazing how smooth the process of ridding that
dead skin can make your skin feel. Repentance does the
same thing for our soul. It allows us to be comfortable
in the presence of Christ. Remember back in Luke 1 when
the fishing had dried up and Jesus tells Simon Peter to
toss out his nets again? A catch so vast it almost sinks
the boat? Simon Peter falls on his knees and says to Jesus,
Go away from me Lord; I am a sinful man!
Jesus' response is "Don't be afraid." We don't have to be
afraid to be in the presence of the Lord.
He makes us "NEW" creations over and over again!

Let's make this holiday a holy day by renewing our faith in
Christ and acknowledging He makes all things new, even us!

Let's Pray Whew, Lord, January 1, 2009!
We come before You humbly today, acknowledging You hold all
the pieces to the puzzle and will put them in place as You
see fit. Forgive us for missed opportunities, mistakes and
ruts we allowed ourselves to get stuck in last year. May we
freshen up today through the process of repentance and renewal!
May we care more about what You think of us than what others do.
May our voices sing Your praises this very moment not minding if
we are on key or not, but knowing the process of praise is key
to our complete joy! As we cheer for the New Year's Day parade and
football teams, may we get off our duffs and do a jumping jack
for Jesus! (Just made my husband do one Father, it was hysterical
and set a great tone for the day!) We don't want to miss a beat,
so 2009 will be the year we can say we stood at Jesus' feet and
got our marching orders which were oh so sweet! In Jesus Name, Amen