No Foolin

April 1

Having six babies in eight years was not "a plan" and my
mother was concerned for my health. One of my April Fool's
jokes on my parents came when I called and told them I was
pregnant once again with baby seven...April Fools! They
didn't laugh.

Today will be a long day as a teacher and I must have my
wits about me and be very discerning. Last night my husband
had me make a pack with him that we will be part of no April
Fools jokes on one another!

I can't remember ever sharing about the love of the Lord with
someone and having them reply..."You are fooling me." They may
find it too good to be true, but I believe deep in every one's
heart they want to be loved the way Christ has loved each of us.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.


Let's Pray: Lord, there is no one who can fool You,
for You know all happenings in advance and You perfectly
investigate each heart and see through any deceit. Ah, to have
Your wisdom. Train us, teach us, keep our wits about us as and
keep us from being made fools of in all situations.
In Jesus Name,
Amen

The Open Door

March 31

Traveling yesterday to visit a friend who lives way up in the mountains
was a blessing because I knew when I arrives at her home it was fine to
just walk in the door! I love those kinds of friends who make you feel
so at home... the door is always open to you!
Jesus is such a friend, well ok, He asks us to knock first!
Matthew 7:7-9
Ask, Seek, Knock
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone
who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks,
the door will be opened.


He does welcome our presence. Check out this song:
Come into His presence with thanksgiving in your heart,
give Him praise, give Him praise.

Come into His presence with thanksgiving in your heart,
your voices raised, your voices raised.
Give Him glory, honor, and power unto Him,oh,Jesus name above all names.


Kneeling to pray for several friends with large prayer requests
the Lord placed on my heart the phrase "Open Door". Hmm, I pondered...
does that mean heaven is waiting with doors open for some of these people
to scurry in or are there situations where the message of the gospel needs
to be taken into an open door?

Colossians 4:3
And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message,
so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.

Let's Pray: Father You are the Open Door! Oh, that we
might come into Your presence with thanksgiving in our hearts today
and give You the praise You deserve. We pray for _________________
who needs to open the door of his/her heart today and let Jesus come in!
In Our Savior's Name, Amen

Signs, Signs, Everywhere the Signs

March 30

Driving to school last week God was speaking to me through the signs
which I passed along the way. Reduce speed!
Be still and know that I am God came quickly to mind as I
determined to slow the pace of my day.
Yards away the word fabric got my brain to thinking spiritually and rejoicing in the fact I am fearfully and wonderfully made by God
(Now the extra layers of fluff are my doing.)
Then the word exit made a very strong impact me as I contemplated that Jesus will exit heaven and come again to earth. Also, there
is a chance I will make my exit from this world before Jesus comes back.
Lots to think about in an eight minute drive to work!

There are signs of God everywhere! Whether He is speaking to us
through a wonderful creation popping out here at spring time,
putting a word before us in black and white or whispering to us
through a song we can't deny His presence.

Both my boyfriend and my bulldog are asleep as I type. As I watch
the quiet (well, more so quiet for the boyfriend, not the bulldog)
rise and fall of their breathing in their backs I praise God for the
signs of life within them and for how He created them in their
mother's wombs and had a perfect plan for their lives. Oh, Lord, I
am so thankful I was part of that plan.

Praise God for someone who has crossed your path at some point in
your life. If they are still around, use a phone call, an email,
or a card as a sign of your appreciation for their life!

Let's Pray: Lord, we thank You for the signs of spring that remind
us of new growth! Help us to grow in our love for Christ and our
knowledge of all You are! In Jesus Name, Amen

Words-Speak Truth

March 27-29

A few weeks ago I walked through a hotel lobby in Alabama to
take the elevator to my room. A woman called out "Ma'am, Ma'am!"
I assumed she was calling to one of the young ladies at the front
desk so I looked straight ahead at the elevator. Then she ran right
up to me and said, "Girl friend, are you a hooker?" I was taken back
at first and then realized I had a rug hooking frame over my arm along
with the rest of my luggage. I replied, "Actually, I am just learning.
Are you a professional?" (Realizing the front desk gals were listening, I
thought I'd spike their curiosity.) The woman's reply was priceless....
"Oh, no I just do it for fun!"
My husband said only in the south would this conversation between
strangers have taken place and would I have been addressed as girlfriend.

Last week one of the teachers at our school emailed my husband that the
Lord had given her the word "aim." As she prayed for the reasoning behind
this she felt compelled to pass on that as a school our "aim" should be
making love. Interesting he thought for a K-7 school! What she meant to say, I believe, was spreading love.

We don't have to worry about slip ups from Jesus.
He spoke and still speaks truth to us.
The disciples passionately spoke truth about Jesus.
God's word is from whence we will gain precious knowledge.
Psalm 12:6
And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace
of clay, purified seven times.


Luke 20:21
So the spies questioned him: "Teacher, we know that you speak and teach
what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God
in accordance with the truth.


John 3:11
I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we
have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.


Proverbs 23:12
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.


David conversed with God in Psalm 15 and learned the importance of
speaking truth.
LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman.


What we choose to do with words and the Word today could change a life
forever!

Let's Pray: Lord, Living Word, Course Setter we praise You today.
Thank You for Your amazing character of truth which gives us confidence
to persevere knowing we are so well loved. Guide our tongues today in a
way that they bring words of hope and healing to others. Remind us we
have free access to an interpreter who is full of discernment and willing
to sort things out for us, revealing truth! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Loathed or Loved Lost

March 26

My personal study time today took me into Revelation and
an explanation of the Great White Throne Judgement. It
stated that God would much prefer all come to a saving
knowledge of Christ than have to throw anyone into the
Lake of Fire. It posed the question of how our hearts
are towards the lost. I decided it would be a good time
right then and there to stop and pray for people who have
never given me any reason to believe they love the Lord.
I decided to pray over two categories. The first, people
whom I love and don't want to be lost and then those I
loath and in my human mind believe they deserve to burn
for a long time for the cruelties they have brought upon
others.
The Loved Lost list developed quickly. Only two names came
to mind for the Loathed Lost list. (No, they are not a government
officials, but a husband wife team, whom I struggle with
unforgiveness towards).
Years ago my Loathed List would have been much longer, but
experiencing God's forgiveness myself and being blessed by how
patiently He works on me I have changed my tune remembering
once I was lost and now I am found.

Let's Pray: Lord, of all creation and a plan for all eternity,
give us hearts which love like You. Bind up our selfish motives
and fill us with Your Holy Spirit so that we may overflow into
the lives of others drawing them to You in the way we were given
such a life changing gift ourselves. Let us see all the lost as
children loved by You. Yup, runaways You are longing to have come
home. Place us out in the world today in the path of someone who
is searching for directions and give us the words to place them on
the path where they see You face to face Father and fall passionately
into Your arms. In Jesus Name, Amen

Awareness

March 25
Working my foot over a bit to the right side of our bed I didn't
feel my bed buddy. I stretched my leg a bit more and finally
reached the other edge of the bed becoming aware my husband
was not there. Four AM was a bit early for him to rise, but
I could see the light on in his office, so I rolled over and
went back to sleep. Mother's can relate to this kind of
awareness...we sense when our infants are stirring or when
things are too quiet for the good of the home of a toddler!
Yesterday, I arrived home from work later than usual and instead
of going in the front door I went around the side of the house
and went in a door by our bull dog's pen, so I could let him out
immediately. It was a beautiful day and Moses had a wonderful romp
in the yard and enjoyed sliding down the hill on his back, then
rolling over and over in the grass!
I was unaware of an important fact. Had I gone in the front door
I would have seen the note telling me the yard had been fertilized
and to keep any pets off it for 24 hours.
Thus, why my husband was missing in bed so early. When I awakened
around six he told me the dog had had a rough night. He said he was
constantly licking his paws. Looking at Moses I noticed his left eye
was not only bright red, he looked like a boxer who had taken a tough
blow...his eye was almost swollen shut. Then my husband remembered
seeing the note on the door when he came home. We plopped Moses in
the bathtub and began bathing him and now will get him to a vet
ASAP this morning.

We are warned in 1 Peter 5:8 to be self-controlled and alert for our
enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone
to devour.

So what are we to do when we become aware that we are about to be
devoured? While we are praying for a way out we can sing Joseph
Gilmore's hymn (he was Philadelphia's First Baptist Church's pastor
during the Civil War) He Leadeth Me!

He leadth me, He leadeth me, By His own hand He leadth me;
His faithful follower I would be, For by His hand He leadth me.


Let's Pray: Lord, You see all things and are aware of occurrences
before they ever happen. Train us to be aware of the world around us,
while at the same time remembering we are in the palm of Your
hand as we watch. May our spirits be easily motivated to follow
Your lead. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Rooted

March 24

Spring is trying to pop in via the daffodils and Bradford Pears,
but the starkness of many a tall naked tree is a reminder of the marks
of winter. Walking one day, with a friend who was visiting the Lake,
we were both amazed at the visibility of winter. With the fluffy green
foliage removed you can see so much more property and even homes
which you were never even aware of.
Hmmm...God has that kind of open view into our lives all the time!

Driving along the main corridor of Moneta I was amazed by how the
tall slender trees stay upright. I struggle to even get a candle
to stand firm in its' candle holder at times. Ah, we all know the
key...the roots are what keep the tree grounded. Peering through the
wooded areas, downed trees who had lost the battle with nature could
be seen as well.
We need to stay strong in our spiritual roots to withstand the storms
of life. The amazing truth for us is that even when we are downed
our root system founded on Jesus can be reestablished and we will
flourish again.

Let's Pray: Father, You are our life source! Many of
us have tried other resources for survival and growth, but there is
none like You. Here comes the song:
There is none like You,No one else can touch my heart like You do,
I can search for all eternity Lord And find, there is none like You.

Help us to provide our spiritual roots with much needed nutrients Lord.
May we feed upon the Word, refresh ourselves with the wonderful waters
of prayer and Christian fellowship and turn on the sunshine of praise
to cover each of our days! May our lives be a reflection of how God
intends for His children to live...full of hope, joy, peace and praisin!
If a smile is not on your face... you are listening to the wrong source
of joy! Come to Jesus and smile! In Jesus Name, Amen

Follow Up

March 23

This weekend I wrote about being willing to train up others
and the importance of mentoring others until we meet our Maker.
I experienced the privilege this past week of walking
alongside a younger woman who was struggling. She knew
changes needed to be made in her life, but that isn't an
easy task for any of us.

Thursday I told her of another young woman in Roanoke I
wanted her to meet. I hadn't seen this person since last
August. On Saturday I was in Roanoke for a bridal shower
and as I drove past Roanoke Memorial Hospital I noticed a tall
slender woman running along Wiley Drive. There was no place to
pull over, but I stopped in the right hand lane of traffic and
waited to see if the gal was who I thought it was. I stood in
the road and called down the street to her as she ran by
(still not for certain it was this friend). The smokers on the
hospital smoking block all stared at me. Finally the woman heard
me and ran up to me. She was blown away. Five minutes before she
had seen another woman from our summer Bible Study and said,
"I miss Boo." "So what does God do?" she replied, "God just brings
you right to me! He is amazing!"

I had encouraged the first young woman to be sure she was in
church this Sunday. She called me elated right after church
saying the sermon was on the prodigal son and "Rebellion, Repentance,
and Restoration!" With joy overflowing in her voice she knew the
God who loves her had spoken right to her heart!

Let's expect God to show up today!

Let's pray:
Lord, You are able to do all things. Nothing is impossible with
You, yet we live our lives in such timidity! Change our hearts
right now. Open our eyes to be those which view life with the
expectancy of the great things You are going to do. May we all
sing praise to You today and tell another of your glory!
In Jesus Name, Amen

Train Up

March 21-22

Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6

Today's thought has dual purpose, for when we are training
up another we are reinforcing teachings that we ourselves
need to live by.

If we are not influencing a younger person today we need
to take action in some form. Now remember that can be
an 80 year old instructing a 60 year old!

Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled,
and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to
be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they
can train the younger women to love their husbands and children,

Titus 2:2-4


Let's Pray: Lord, speak to us with Your wise counsel.
Gently teach us Your life sustaining precepts. How blessed we are to
be called Your children. Forgive us when we disappoint You and go our
own selfish ways, block our paths which could lead to destruction and
bring us quickly back into Your fold. Gives us thankful hearts which
are willing to pass on what we have learned to be true and for our
benefit. Raise up generations to come who cry out Holy, Holy, Holy
is the Lord God on high. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Trod

March 20

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength,
its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything
any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. Mt. 5:13

Trod was the word that came to me in the middle of the night. I don't
recall ever using that word. In the Bible it is most often used in
reference to stomping grapes! (You know, like the scene in I Love Lucy.)

The Matthew reference to trodden made me think of our Christian faith in
America. Our values have lost their strength, quality and respect, but
unlike salt, they can be revived! The power of the Holy Spirit can
restore the saltiness of beleivers! Even when we feel like we have been
trod upon, we can be raised up through the power given to us by Christ's
victory over the grave and his gift of the Holy Spirit!

Let's Pray:
Lord, May we not choose to walk in a down trodden spirit when we know we
are equipped with the magnificient power of Your Holy Spirit! We are walking
in the light, so we should let the light of Christ shine to others who are
watching! We must stand up, stand up for Jesus and not be trodden upon!
On Christ the solid rock we stand! In His Holy Name,Amen

The Center of the Circle

March 19

I am bouncing all over the place right now... the mother of all hot
flashes just had me unbuttoning my blouse and turning on the ceiling
fan, while my computer shutting down and going black had my blood
pressure in a panic. I have scurried home from school to take the
dog out and get picked up before a prayer group arrives and of course
get this devo out late today because I was a day behind reading emails
and chose that over the Lord's work this AM. Now Moses, is being
demanding wanting water, to go outside and for us to play his
favorite game, "Get the Bone".
Ha, ha...all these add right up to the Beth Moore quote in my journal.
Most of humanity's trouble stems from our naturally insatiable
self-centeredness.
(Guess that goes for our pets too.)
Life is a circle that goes around and around, but most often we are what is at the center of that circle.
Moore goes on to speak of how miserable self-absorption is and that the
practice of playing God is exhausting.
When we remember who Christ is, as written in Colossians 1:15-20 it makes
a lot more sense to have Him at the center of our lives than we ourselves.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

There are many wonderful lessons to be learned in the waiting room of life
when we take our eyes off ourselves! For many of us we are facing a time
of testing like never before in our day to day walks.

Today at school we watched the movie March of the Penguins. The team work of these creatures is amazing. They huddled together to keep warm and take
turns going to the the center spot of warmth. The fathers work closely with the moms and actually will carry the egg of their newborn for a couple months while the mother and her girlfriends waddle off across 70 miles of Arctic ice for a time of respite and replenishing of nourishment. (I am so thankful I am not a penguin.)

The blessings come to us when we bind together as the body of Christ and
look to Jesus himself as the center of our being.

Let's Pray
God, you are our God and we will ever praise You. Forgive us for selfish motives that only bring us down. Place in us a willingness to wait upon You and your
perfect timing in our lives. Direct our paths and have us to walk (waddle if necessary) only in the ways which are pleasing to You. In Jesus Name, Amen

BAM

March 18

Our daughter's initials were BAA and growing up she had an incredible
sheep collection! Now that she has married her initials are BAM!

BAM is what happened to my husband and me yesterday. We were hit
by the enemy on multiple fronts. to the point we could not aide one
another, but even turned from each other in our frustration.

I knew the battle was spiritual, but chose to fight with worldly
weapons...words, not prayers. Both of us were in terrible pain
from wounds which had been inflicted in totally unrelated battels.
Praise the Lord in our weakened conditions we both were able to
reach for God's Word and eventually come together in prayer.

God's mercies are new every morning. Check out what He gave us
in God's Calling today. We read this together and it was
as if a drop of the magic potion from The Lion, the Witch and the
Wardrobe
had been placed upon us. May these words bring
healing to you as well. There is victory in Jesus.

Your Resolutions
Listen, listen. I am your Lord. Before Me there is none other.
Just trust Me in everything. Help is here all the time.
The difficulty is nearly over, but you have learnt in it lessons
you could learn no other way.
"The kingdom of heaven suffereth
violence, and the violent take it by force." Wrest from Me, by
firm and simple trust and persistent prayer, the treasures of
My Kingdom.
Such wonderful things are coming to you, Joy-Peace-Assurance-
Security-Health-Happiness-Laughter.
Claim big, really big, things now. Remember, nothing is too big.
Satisfy the longing of My Heart to give. Blessing, abundant
blessing, on you both now and always. Peace.

It's Another Day

March 17
"It's another day!" Those were the profound first words I had for
our bulldog this morning.

Saint Patrick left us this quote that will get you through a day.
I arise today, through God's might to uphold me.
God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me, God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me and God's shield to protect me.


Moses, awakened me from a dream this morning in which I had cancer
and our children's pediatrician was my doctor. Not sure where the
second part came from, but I went to bed praying for several of my
friends who are in cancer battles. May we all take time to pray
today for those we know struggling with health issues.

Let's Pray: God you are the Great Physician. You
can even heal broken hearts! Please Father, cease the pain and
suffering so prevalent in the world. Restore to many their health
and have them tell of Your mercy. Stir our hearts to be people who
are comforters and encouragers to those in need. We look forward to
the new bodies which await us in heaven, but pray in the meantime
for wisdom to care for these we walk in on earth. In Jesus Name, Amen

Weak End

March 14-15

Contemplating the "weekend" the words weak end came to
mind. Biblegateway had 82 references for the word weak.
Yesterday, I was weak in my walk. Right after writing about a strong
witness, my husband and I headed to pick up some things at Lowe's in
Alabama. Leaving the check out counter I was convicted that I had not
shared God's love with the young lady at the register, so walking away
I muttered a soft "God bless you."
We got to the car and realized we had forgotten one item. I volunteered
to go back inside for it. The only empty check outline was the one I had
just been in. I told the girl about the blog and how God had impressed
upon my heart to tell people how much He loves them and how I had not
done that. She smiled and said thanks. Then I asked...is there something
you need me praying about? She said, "Yes, please pray for my health. I
have an unknown kidney disease." I gave her my email address and asked her
to keep me updated so I could continue praying for her.
My flesh was weak, but the Holy Spirit convicted me and made me
strong, so the story had a good end.

May God use these verses to bless Your weekend and your walk with Him.
Matthew 26:41
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.
The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."

Acts 20:35
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work
we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself
said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is
made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly
about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

Let's Pray: Father, we thank You for Your marvelous plan
that allows for strength in our lives in times when we are weak.
May we learn that the best way to lay is in reLIEance in You.
In Jesus' Name, Amen

Yes, I know it is reliance, but the misspelling made my point better.

Where Am I

March 13

Where am I and what time is it actually? Putting my head down
last night in another strange bed in a different time zone, led
to those questions being the first thing on my mind this morning.
Add the recent change to daylight saving times and the confusion
magnified. I guess that is the sign of a really good night's
sleep!

Think how the early disciples must have felt when they were on the
move.

Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.


With those thoughts in my head, I began to think back on all the
places (short and long term) God has placed me in my lifetime
and if I fulfilled many of His purposes for me on my journeys.
Try to begin to grasp the impact we can have for His kingdom in
all the places he sends us. Think back to every school you have
attended, every job you have held, every city in which you have
lived. Now narrow the search to each plane flight we have taken,
the people we have sat next to in movie theatres, at sporting
events or concerts who might not know the Lord. How about each
convenience store or gas station into which we have walked.
Whoa, a simple "God loves you" to a stranger could stir their heart.

Our world is changing. We can sit back and talk about it or we can
be out in it trying to make an impact for Christ. Watch out
Auburn, AL and all points north as I head home today...I am
taking the cause of Christ to the streets!

Let's Pray: Lord, if I knew today was the day
of your return, personally, I would be elated, for I long to be
with you. Behold the Lamb of God! WOW, we will one day. For
now, wherever You place us please find us focused on You and the
work You have to be done in that place. Right now I am convicted
of not being a bolder witness to my waitress at dinner last night.
I pray that someone reminds her of Your love today. Open our eyes
Lord to see where You have us and what we are to do for You, while
we are there. In Jesus Name, Amen

Sweet Spirit

March 12
There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place
And I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord
There are sweet expressions on each face
And I know they feel the presence of the Lord


On our way to visit our son at Auburn University, we were blessed
with amazing fellowship at Church of the Apostles last night in
Atlanta, GA. We popped in on what is called "The Hour of Power",
which is a time of praise and prayer. We stayed, as the guests of
dear friends, and attended a book study. The fellowship can best
be described as "sweet," hus the reason I awakened singing the
opening hymn!

The fellowship of believers is a blessing!
We also have access to an intimate fellowship with Christ our Lord.
So if you are ever feeling lonely and in need of a lift have a visit
with Jesus or plug into a church whose love for the Lord overflows
onto all who enter through its doors. (Or in the case of Shiloh, to
all who wander through its blades of grass!)

1 Corinthians 1:9
God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
is faithful.


1 John 1:5-8
God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness,
we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light,
as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Lessons from an Osprey Hunt

March 11

God led me off the beaten path yesterday to remind me of who He is!
Pulling down the driveway, my husband noticed the big old Mr. Osprey
who lives in our cove hanging out on our shoreline near our beach
area. It is a very wooded area and he blended right in. I've always
wanted a picture of him, so my husband ran in to get the camera, while
I kept my eye on the big ole bird. I tried to take a round about
route to get a better vantage point, but there was no fooling this
fellow, he spread his enormous wings and sailed away.
(My humorous husband who is with me while I am writing this in the car
has just hollered out.."The Osprey, flew off yelling, 'Os prey, Os prey'.
Meaning...I's free, I's free." Oh, the joy of living with this man.

The next best photo opt was of the seagulls soaring around, so I went
to another side of the property and took a sit evaluating the
situation. (Whoops, my editor just said, "Be careful there, stay clear
of the 'h' key".) I'll never finish at this rate!
I didn't want to shoot into the sun, nor did I want a house in the
background, but I did want a shot of the birds near the water. There
was really only one good possibility, so I decided to focus the lens
there and wait. Immediately, Wait upon the Lord was echoing
in my head. It wasn't long before I tired of waiting and thought,
"This will never happen." Then the Lord impressed upon me to hold
the camera there, but to pull back a bit and be aware of the surrounding
areas and the approaching birds. There would be time to go behind the
lens when a seagull headed that way.
Life is so similar. Sometimes we get focused on that one thing we
want and our perspective is very narrow. When we step back and see
where all God is at work and are available to be content on what He is
doing, before we know it...He has given us the desires of our heart.
Yup, the gull came right to the spot! It gets better.
Heading back to the house to check out the pics, I thought I saw some
baby duckings and went down to one of the boat houses to get a look
from there. They disappeared....why, because once again they were not
duckings, but looney birds! Disappointed, I kept staring in hopes I was
mistaken. Then I heard a big crunch in the woods beside me and WOW!
there he was...Mr. Osprey. There was hardly time to lift the camera,
he spread his wings and flew right in front of me! What a mighty God
we serve. He gave me just what I wanted in His perfect timing...
teaching me to wait on Him along the way!

Serene Security

March 10

Jesus makes me smile. Security was the word of the morning on my
mind. I opened a devotional to read and there was the confirmation
that this was to be the topic for today....Joshua 1:9

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.


Works for me!
The mere presence of my husband makes me feel safe wherever I am.
Now leave me alone even in my own home and doors are locked and I
am under the covers by 7:30, locked in my bedroom.

The truth of the matter is we cannot escape the watchful eye of God.

Where can I flee from Your presence
? Psalm 139:7

There is a song with the lyric "Things ain't like they used to be."

Partly true. Oh, how we long for the good ole days, but one thing
never changes...God is on his throne making decisions on HIS own!
Decisions which are designed to bring Him glory and bring us a
hope and a future in the heavenly realm.

When we were going over our budget Sunday trying to find ways to
save, we came to the monthly expenditure of our monitored alarm
system. My first thought was cut it out, but then my husband
explained that would make our home insurance go up, so it was an
even wash to keep it. When we are feeling insecure we should
never cut the Word of God out of our lives. Feeding on the Word
is part of the process which leads to a serene security in life!

Let's batten down the hatches in a time of prayer...oh wait, here
comes a hymn...sing with me!
Christ the Solid Rock
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus' Name.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

Lord, we know we are secure in Your loving arms. You are the mightiest
of security systems in the universe! You have secret codes that can
defy the trickiest of intruders in our lives. May our eyes be ever
watchful on Your leading, for the path You set us upon will always
be the way to safety in Your arms. Thank You for your precious care
Father, we love you and are humbled by the thought that You first loved
us. In Jesus Name, Amen

Beauty in Our Heartbreak

March 9

We have a beautiful magnolia tree in our yard and it took a major hit
during our snow storm last week. I was heartbroken for I love this
tree and should have known to go out and knock the snow off of it
several times during the storm. There was nothing I could do to
bring all those huge limbs back. My husband was getting ready to
haul away the damage and I asked him to wait. Getting my clippers,
I wished there was someone with a wedding who could decorate a whole
church with these gorgeous leaves.
Looking around at all my empty outdoor planters I decided to start
clipping and filling them up with magnolia. I went inside and
filled six containers with magnolia branches...our front walk and
door look like a magnolia jungle. Next I filled four giant garbage
bags with magnolia and hit the road to the homes of several friends
spreading cheap joy! One friend was so excited. She said she had
not been able to afford magnolia this past Christmas to decorate with
and she was going to fill her baskets!
After we have cleaned up the branches the yard was laden with the
cones from which the blooms come. My husband helped me gather those
up and they are in a wooden bowl in our family room with some magnolia
leaves and are absolutely beautiful and a wonderful reminder or what
can come from our heartbreak.
What began as heartbreak, turned into a beauty to behold and an
opportunity to spread joy to others.

Yes, our Lord has bound up this broken heart in magnolia leaves!
May He heal all of your wounds today as well!
Love, Boo

Where'd They Go

March 7-8
My husband and I were sitting on our dock on this gorgeous Saturday and
out from underneath the dock popped what we thought were two young
ducklings. No sooner had they appeared than they disappeared.
"Where did they go?" I asked. Yards further out they popped up again
only to dive right back under the water out of sight. (They reminded
me of my boys who love to sneak up and scare me when I am swimming
in the Lake.) Dining with friends tonight we learned these are
migratory loons, not ducks.
Our school Spring Break began yesterday and I thought I would take
a week off from the devotional, you know...ducking out of the scene
for a few days. Then I thought, God never takes a break from watching
over me, I certainly shouldn't slip away from seeking His face because
I am on break. If any thing I should draw closer to Him.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10

So, a little late today, but I'm back! Decided I didn't want God
saying..."Where did she go?" (I know God never has to ask, he knows
where we are headed before we do!)

Let's Pray: Lord, mighty and wonderful One, may I never
slip from Your presence and may I keep You as my first love! In Jesus'
Name, Amen

Hidden Things-For Parents

March 6th

What kind of day will it be when the Lord begins it with the
thought of hidden things? I awakened praying for my children
and those of several dear friends. The Lord revealed to me
as a MOAC (no that is not an Indian tribe, it stand for Moms
of Adult Children...I guess MAC could work as well) that I don't
know all that much anymore about my children, who are spread
across the country.

I wrote this to my prayer partners:
Lord, You know the needs of our children more than we do,
actually more than they do Father! I don't even know if my children
have a runny nose or a stomach ache right now, but You do Lord.
I don't know the secret longings of their hearts or all the temptations
they are battling, but You know every thought before they think it.
Praise You that:

All our longings lie open before you, O Lord;
our sighing is not hidden from you.
Psalm 38:9


Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight.
Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to
whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:13


As mom's who have reached the time to let go, we find comfort in our
prayers and comfort in Your Word which reminds us that You are our
refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.
Therefore we will not be afraid though the earth trembles and the
mountains topple into the depths of the sea, though the waters roar
and foam (Ps 46) and our children make stupid mistakes and bad
choices like most of us did (Boo Ch. 1).

We pray that each of our children are in the process of hiding your
word in their hearts, bring verses to their recall today that stir
their hearts towards You.
I have hidden your word in my heart that
I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11

Lord, we come to You bowing in adoration and receiving a confidence
as Your children. We know our lives are now hidden with Christ and
we want that same peace for our children.
May they and we set our minds on You today.

Since,then, you have been raised with Christ,
set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at
the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with
him in glory.

We rejoice and relax knowing Your word is true and smile as we read:
Matthew 11:25
At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned,
and revealed them to little children.


Our children, will always be our children Father, as we will always be yours! Reveal Your will to each of us today. In Jesus Name, Amen

Common Sense

March 5th

The testing of my obedience has occurred once again.
This morning I received a powerful You Tube presentation titled
The 2nd Revolution..."Common Sense". Timidly, I thought about
to whom it would be safe to forward this without offending them.

Then I opened my daily journal study I am doing and was posed this
question: "How well do you respond to God when He clearly shows you
something from His Word or in some other form that is definitely
Him? The You Tube clip, which reminds one of the principles this
nation was founded on...including GOD, crossed my mind, but I
sheepishly went on with my study. I responded to the question with
these words:

I get excited when I hear from the Lord, but am often slow to act. I
do follow through with obedience in what He asks me to write on the
devotional each day." Liar, liar pants on fire. I kept moving forward.

Heading to the next page the first sentence by Beth Moore read:
"Years ago I learned a good rule of thumb that I've tried to keep
before me in study: when plain sense makes COMMON SENSE, seek no
other sense." BAM, there was the theme of the video I had just seen.
There was my disobedience to write about what God had put on my heart.

In The Message translation of Isaiah 50:4-5 are words for us this day:
He wakes me up in the morning,Wakes me up, opens my ears to listen as
one ready to take orders.
The Master, God, opened my ears, and I didn't go back to sleep,
didn't pull the covers back over my head.


What will we do with what God has for us to do today?
Google "You Tube: The 2nd Revolution" and you will find the clip.

Let's Pray: Lord, forgive me when I get in Your way, often by doing
nothing. You have a plan that exceeds anything I am able to imagine.
Keep us from our selfish ways and find us to be obedient children who
bring You glory. In Jesus' Name, Amen

WOW. I hit publish and then the computer froze. I closed out the blog
and went back to check to see if this had published and it hadn't, so
I had to try again. Spiritual warfare is oh so real!

Perseverance & its Blessed Companion Hope

March 4

Whew, I don't know about you, but the reality of where we are
headed as a nation has me heart broken. What we have voted into
place as a nation has me feeling like there is no turning back
and no hope. Well, lawsie mercy, that can't be from Jesus!
I am doing a journaling study that is based on Jesus' beloved John
by Beth Moore. Today she took me to Patmos where the aged John had
been exiled and it was not a vacation island spot. The Roman
emperor was ticked off at John because of his faith.

Check out Rev. 1:9
John, your brother and partner in the tribulation, kingdom, and
perseverance in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of
God's word and the testimony about Jesus.


Fact: It is becoming less and less popular to be a Christian.

When we face trials of many kinds (and God's word tells us we will)
we are to persevere and be blessed by the side kick of perseverance...
her name is Hope and she is such an encourager!

John didn't throw himself into the ocean and drown. He didn't give
up on the Lord...quite the opposite. He received an amazing
REVELATION from Jesus and made the most of his old age and
desolation.

Let's Pray: Lord, you are our refuge and our strength and an ever
present help in times of trouble. We will not be afraid, but instead
we will seek Your face believing in Your presence and Your transforming
power. Bring revival to our nation. Remind us to persevere in hope as many
who have gone before us have done. Equip us to be workers who are
willing to labor for You in love or quickly change the hardened hearts
of many You love and come and bring us to Your kingdom! In Jesus' Name,
Amen

Climb, Sustain, Refresh

March 3

Putting on our boots and snow gear we started to trudge UP the half
mile long driveway to place a card in the mailbox. The snow was a
foot deep in places and the glare from the sun so strong I had to go
back for sunglasses. I had made this trek many times before, but was
amazed at my early exhaustion. My husband shared that the added
weight of the boots and clothes alone made the attempt more difficult
and asked me if I wanted to turn back and try 4 wheel drive!
"No," I insisted. I wanted to enjoy the beauty of the day.

Praying these verses this morning I thought how much life resembles
the snow trekking experience yesterday. Your right hand sustains me
(Ps.18:35)and You have made a name for Yourself that endures until
this day (
Neh. 9:10) Nothing is too hard for you. (Jer 32:17)
My soul rejoices in my God. (Isaiah 61:10)

The climb can be exhausting, but the view is great when you make it
to the top. God sustains us along the way, if we stop and allow
Him the opportunity. Refreshment comes when we remember who He
is and lift our eyes to Him. Then His loves is showered down upon us
causing us to forget the struggle which had been at hand and we can
rejoice in the Lord of our salvation!

Let's simply pray the song lyrics...God you are my God and I will ever
praise You! In Jesus Name, Amen

Make the Most of Today

March 2

Giving up on ever getting snow, I removed all my snowman decorations
from my classroom Friday! The kids said, "Now watch, Miss Boo, it
will snow!" And snow it did! The storm moved in yesterday afternoon
and kept a comin until 6AM this morning. Last night we kept the outside
lights on and it looked as if we were living inside a snow globe. I've
never seen snow whip in so many different directions.
My husband couldn't find a yard stick this morning, but took a knife
outside and the snow is deeper than that, so he figures we have at least
9 inches.
The power has been out for hours, but we have Verizon Internet Access
so I am connected to the world and we have gas fireplaces, so we are
cozy! Praise the Lord, as I typed contently, the power came on!
God is so good!
This is the only snowfall we have had this winter. Yesterday, we climbed
in the car and ventured out to just "be in it". Today I want to get out
and walk enjoying this gift God has given us for today!
So I write to you dear friends, over flowing with the love of Christ and
the knowledge of all He has done for each of us and will continue to do.
Make the most of the day and be thankful for this gift we call today!
Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today.