The Day of the Lord

June 30

If copying and pasting this web address doesn't work for you,
try Googling YouTube-Days of Elijah-Paul Wilbur.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra4HWj1jrJA

Awakening from a nightmare early this morning, I called to my
husband (who was already up) to come and just hold me. Needing some
affirming as well, after having just read online that the proposed
energy bill would not allow you to sell you house without replacing
windows and appliances to meet environmental standards, he was happy
to comply.
Promptly, I prayed someone would come knock on our door and want to buy
our house and we could just go rent! Then they could sit out on this screened
porch, cuddled under a blanket as I am in this good ole country morning air,
and watch the sun rise over the Lake and remember God is in control.
Yup, He holds the keys to every beat of our hearts and He sees the future.

In my dream it was a time of crisis. An investment manager was knocking
on the door saying, "The market is about to crash, sell everything!"
Going up to each of my family member in the dream I was saying...
"Do you know Jesus? People say they know Jesus, but they really don't
KNOW him...be sure you know Him. Love Jesus!"

Let's close today singing to the Lord...I love you Lord and I lift my voice...
to worship You, oh my soul rejoice. Take joy my king in what You hear,
may it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear!

"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven,
but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." Matthew 7:21

Perspective

June 29

Driving home from a morning walk two flashbacks occurred. The first was
the large round hand washing station at my elementary school. I've never
seen another sink system like that in my life. Walking up and stepping
on a metal bar near the floor, caused a sprinkler type head to come on and
spray into this large circular tub. Ten children could easily circle around
and wash their hands at the same time. This piece of equipment seemed
enormous. Then when I was grown and my own children attended that same
school I realized how small everything was actually. The other situation
that entered my mind was the stage at my church growing up. It was on that
stage I watched a singer perform, who later that same evening led me to Christ. Thinking back that little fellowship hall seemed like a civic center!

Perspective is defined as the capacity to view things in their true relations
or relative importance (urge you to maintain your perspective and to view your own task in a larger framework).

God is blowing me away with all He is teaching me.
Check out this verse from The Message.

Colossians 3:1
[He Is Your Life] So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from his perspective.

Let's Pray: Father, God, Your perspective is the right perspective and we
do want to see things Your way. Forgive us when we waiver in our faith.
Keep us alert and ready for action. In Jesus' Name, Amen

An Enormous Wild Hare or...

June 27-28

While out for a stroll in the yard with Moses, out dashed either
an enormous wild hare or the tiniest spotted fawn with the fluffiest
white tail I have ever seen. It sprung out from under our hammocks
and headed around the house. Walking that way, we encountered the
creature again. Being startled by us she did the fifty yard dash into
our woods. Dumbfounded I said to Moses..."Was that bugs or bambi?"

Things are not always as they seem. The person we take for being
snobby and arrogant, may be painfully shy or in survival mode just
trying to deal with what life has dealt them. The big house, the
fancy car, and designer clothing may all be on a card that didn't say
Happy Birthday!

One thing is for certain...God's love!
For I am the Lord, I do not change. Malachi 3:6

Provide

June 26

Stringing together the words which have come to me the past couple
weeks I'm reflecting on where the Lord is moving.
United....Loyalty....Deliver....and now Provide.
Some of Merriam-Webster's definitions for provide are as follows:
To take precautionary measures.
To make preparation to meet a need.
To supply something for sustenance or support
To prepare in advance
To make available

So hi-ho, hi-ho it's off to the scriptures we go!
Instead of "show me the money" ..."show me the meaning".
Precautionary Measure
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
Preparing to meet a need and supply sustenance.
(A sacrifice for our sin.)
The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of
his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had
provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the
Majesty in heaven.
Hebrews 1:2-3
To prepare in advance to make available.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish
what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don't be afraid.
I will provide for you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke
kindly to them. Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father's family.
He lived a hundred and ten years.
Genesis 50:20-22

Putting the pieces together I believe The Great I Am wants us to
remember to be loyal to Him as we believe by faith He is still on the throne
and He will always be our peace,our protection, and our provision.
He will deliver us from the snares which so easily entrap us, but we are to
be wise and on the alert for spiritual danger, rounding up our wagons with
fellow believers and battling together. Then we gather round the camp fire
breaking bread together and singing songs which lift our spirits high.

Deliver

June 25
Interestingly, I typed the whole devotional on "deliver" yesterday
and thought it had published. Opening up the blog today to find
it no where the first feelings were those of frustration. Then
I realized God knew I needed to type these verses again, placing
them deeper within my heart.

Deliver- definiton..."to set free".

Ha Ha, from a woman who gave birth six times...it was nice to be
set free from that baby inside my tummy!

Jesus' sacrifice on the cross for our sins allows freedom to ring
in our lives over and over again as we fall into sins dreadful
traps.

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.
On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,
as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our
behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

1 Corinthians 1:10

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:4

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:17-18

You are my help and my deliverer;O my God, do not delay.
Psalm 40:17

Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge,
who subdues peoples under me
. Psalm 144:1-2

Let's Pray: Heavenly Father, nothing is too difficult for
You. We come running to You, praising Your name as we come, singing
hymns of thanksgiving for all You have done and all that will be done.
We fall before You seeking forgiveness for the sins we have committed and
for our sins of those things You had planned for us and we have omitted
to step out in faith with You. Deliver us from any traps which are set
to ensnare us. Bring us into the light, where Your truth and plans
may be made clear! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Reality

June 24

The word for today is reality.

Here are some simple realities for believers:

In all things God works for the good for those who love him,
who have been called according to His purpose
. Romans 8:28

Nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37

For it is God who is working in you (enabling you) both to will and
to act for His good purpose.
Philippians 2:13

We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which
God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10

Henry Blackaby writes: "God never send you into a situation alone. He
always goes before His children, as He did with the children of Israel
when He led then with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
God is never caught by surprise by your experience; He has already been
there. He is prepared to meet every need because He has gone before you
and knows exactly what you need for your pilgrimage."

How real is our relationship with God?
May our testimony be that we have a REALationship with Christ!

Connected

June 23

Today's post is late because my 89 year old father took a fall yesterday
and I needed to go stay with him. Monday evenings there is a women's
Bible Study at our home and I look so forward to the amazing fellowship
each week. When I received the call about what had happened the connection of parent and child pulled tightly around my heart
and I left my husband to oversee all the women while I went to my father.
Several years ago I was called by a family to come to a hospital and pray
for their father who was actively dying. One of the distraught daughters
leaned on my shoulder and cried, "I've known him all my life."
Hmm, I thought...I guess you have.
Well, I've loved my Daddy all my life and am thankful for the bond we have.
The tears stream down my cheeks right now thinking about the day when I
will no longer be able to rub his back, hold his hand or give him a kiss.
Last night we talked about being connected to Christ and therefore ready
for heaven. Daddy confessed he would like to stay around until the end
of the summer, because he had a few more projects to complete!
When he does leave this earth I will be familiar with the remaining
relationship I have with my Abba, Father and it is into His arms I will crawl
for comfort.

Ephesians 4:25
In Christ's body we're all connected to each other.

Let's Pray: Abba, Father, what big ears You have!
Incredibly You are able to hear all Your children. Make Your ways known
to us and teach us Your paths. Keep us connected and guide us in Your truth
and teach us for YOU are the God of our salvation and we wait for You
all day long! Hear our prayers, our praises and the love of our hearts
as our heads hit our pillows tonight. In Jesus Name, Amen

To and Fro

June 22

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,
to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

2 Chronicles 16:9


Consistently the Lord has been placing a couple words on my mind...
united/unity and loyalty/faithfulness.
They pop their little heads up again and again.
This morning a confirmation of God's loyalty(faithfulness) to us
stared me right in the face on Biblegateway:

Imagine God's eyes running to and fro keeping watch over the earth!
The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121:7-8

Peacefully, courageously, steadfastly, we can step into today knowing that
God is still on his throne and his eye is not only on the sparrow, but it
is also watching each of us.

Let's make God smile by fulfilling Psalm 133:1 -
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

Loving you!
Boo

Genuinely Devoted

June 19
Honestly, lallygagging (or lolly gagging, both are correct) is not where I've been.

Devoted to commit by a solemn act or to give over.
Genuine sincerely and honestly felt or experienced.

It's late Lord, where are You going with these words?
My first instinct was on how we should be devoted to the Lord, but
He was headed a whole different direction and has spoken so clearly
through His Word. How incredible it is that we have the Word as a
measuring stick to test things out?
Check out these verses.

Acts 2:42
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and to prayer.


Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.
Honor one another above yourselves.


Philippians 2:19-21 Paul says:
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon,
that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.
I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.
For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.


As the treasured body of Christ, we are to be genuinely concerned and
involved in the lives of one another. We are to break bread together,
to fellowship and pray with one another and keep one another accountable
as to whether we are growing in the teachings of Christ. Honoring one
another above ourselves, means our minds wander to others before
dwelling on our own needs.

Tonight we were on the receiving end of such fellowship. We were encouraged,
uplifted, kept accountable and even challenged. (One friend courageously
asked the waitress what we could pray for her...she was elated...then he
passed the buck and had Deke pray! We need friends who keep us on our toes
for Jesus!)
Walking in the house, I said my usual..."they are such special friends",
but then I followed it up with..."I think they really love us."

Such a thought process had an interesting impact upon me.
Hopefully, when people leave my presence they feel loved.
Check up time...I need to look at the gauges of my life and see
how they read.

Let's pray: God, you are love! We lift Your name on high and bow humbly
before You. Father, help us to live in such a way that when we leave the
presence of another they will feel loved as Christ loves them. Send the
supernatural filling of the Holy Spirit into our lives so that we radiate
such a presence! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Shaking Out the House

June 16-18
Carpe Diem: Seize the Day!
Closing the gate at the top of our driveway we are locking
ourselves in here for a few days, not answering the phone, but
putting on the praise music while we shake out the house for a
much needed cleaning. From closets to the garages I hope to get
organized! Don't panic if you can't reach us or we don't respond to email.


The original idea for three days off was to sit on the dock and read, but
the Lord has nudged me a different directon by sending rainy weather.

I am asking the Lord to do a shaking out of the closets of my heart during
this process, printing out the following two verses and carrying them along!


Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:2


Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me,
and I will be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7

Two Parter...

June 15

My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation come from Him.
Psalm 62:1

When this Psalm came to mind I recalled it to say...
"My soul finds rest in God alone, my SATISFACTION comes from Him."
Not a bad version. If God is who we are relying on for our satisfaction,
then the second part of the process will be rest and peace in our lives.

Often times the second part of Romans 8:28 is omitted.
And we know that in all things God works for the good
of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.


The follow through on a tennis stroke is key to the strategic success
of that stroke. Steadfastly, focusing on Christ in our lives allows for
transformation to take place in them here on earth and eventually in heaven!
The satisfaction we all long for comes when we get over ourselves and on
with what God purposed for us.
Now those are God thoughts, which are good thoughts!

Let's Pray: Lord, just a spoonful of sugar is supposed
to make the medicine go down, but a heart full of You makes life easier to
take. We praise You for your magnificent plans, for being our All in All,
and for being on 24 hour call! It is with excitement that we step into
today watching for all You are up to along the way. The good will come when
we are participating in life God's way. Part 1, Part 2...all the way to the
grand finale we will persevere for You are near.
In Jesus Name, Amen

Not of Eternal Value

June 13-14

It's not of eternal value" is a frequent saying of mine.
This morning, the boxer belonging to our house guest came
bounding into my bedroom to play with Moses. She was so
excited, she threw up all over my carpet! Laughing, I called
to her owner and said, "Grab the carpet cleaner Lucy threw up!"
Embarrassed her owner came in and I said...."It's not of eternal
value."
Likewise I had boiled some eggs to make deviled eggs and their
sons came in and ate some of the boiled eggs before I deviled
them...the mom was apologetic....the response..."It's not of
eternal value."

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him,
and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with
my song I will praise Him.
Psalm 28:7

Recognizing with Christ did on the cross for us is of eternal
value! Who will cross our path today that needs to know Him!

Happy Weekend!
Come join us Sunday morning for a time of celebration at 9:15.
Email boojoyful@aol.com for directions by land or lake!

Peach of a Person or the Pits

June 12

Peaches must be on my mind from the pie I made last night. Father,
are you sure you don't mean Prince of Peace?
Nope as beleivers we are called to be "A peach of a person" for...


But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of
him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.


1 Peter 2:9

We shouldn't live as if life is the pits with Jesus, but our lives
should be fruitful...and ok at times a little bit juicy!

Live today for the Lord!

Be a Bear.....er

June 11

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have
against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”-

Colossians 3:13

One of my favorite bear tales happened right here in Franklin
County at our local hospital. A bear stepped onto the automatic
door opener at the ER and walked right in! Now I bet that made the
ER wait for people pass by more quickly!

Quickly, we need to pass on forgiveness to others and bear with
one another! The only time we should be saying..."I can't bear it,"
is when we are carrying unforgiveness and bitterness and we should
just lay it down.


Let's Pray
: Father, Keeper of our Days, praise Your Name
and a mighty thank You for Jesus being the passage way to forgiveness
of our messy sins. When unforgiveness and bitterness attempt to make
themselves at home in our lives have an automatic door in our hearts
open and swish them out quickly. May rapid restoration of relationships
be the alliteration which rings out in our lives. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Advance

June 10

Advance-definition-to accelerate the growth or progress of.

Looking at my toothpaste tube the words "Advanced Whitening" jumped out at me.
Reading the definition above made me think of how we are to
"advance" the gospel...accelerate the growth of Christianity.
Paul's response to being chained up was...

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has
really served to advance the gospel
. Philippians 1:12

What evidences are there in our lives that we are advancing the Gospel.

How often do we pray for those on the frontlines such as pastors, missionaries,
Christian educators, Bible Study and Sunday school teachers?

Yesterday we met with our pastor to see how we could serve a local church we
have joined. He seemed to be taken back by the concept of coming in and
asking where we were needed, saying "I don't get many people coming in asking
where they can serve."
Leaving his office a man, woman and child waited for their appointment with
this man. They paced in the waiting room outside the office as if they were in
an emergency room waiting for news from a doctor. Tears were in their eyes,
yet none of the three of them seemed to look at one another. Heartache was
clearly written on their faces.
Instantly I realized "heartache" was the norm which walked through this
pastor's door.

Here is a fun idea for us...let's advance the Gospel by lifting up those
who are often laden with the burdens of others. Send your doctor a card
asking how he/she is. When was the last time we took dinner or gave a
gift card to our minister? Maybe you want to stop by a funeral home and
give them something that is living..like an herb. One day I took my
butcher some chowder I had made from the salmon he had wrapped for me!
(That was a first for him.)
Today I have to visit an attorney, my hair dresser and a doctor...all
those people serve continually and could use a lift and a little
Jesus in their day.

We are to be a peculiar people, foreigners in this world, advancing the
Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, so let's get going!

Making...

June 9
Honestly, I wanted to change the word the Lord gave me this AM. What am I
to do with that one Father, there's not a lot to go on? A Beth Moore quote
came to mind which set my mind a whirling. "Faith is putting God in every
fill in the blank."
See where God takes you today by filling in the sentence:
Making.....
Shoot me an email at boojoyful@aol.com and let me see what He does.

Making the best of a difficult situation reflects Romans 8:28.
Making others feel loved brings me joy.
Making meals for my family should be counted a privilege, not a chore.
(Making their beds.....now that is one they can do! Smile)
Making Christ my first love, makes life flow in the manner God intended.
Making my tongue an instrument of healing beats the alternative.
Making time to sit and know that He is God takes me on a journey which
thrills my heart and strengthens my existence.
Making time to write this devotional each day keeps me closer to the Lord!

Hmm, that wasn't such a bad idea after all Father. Thank you.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding,
in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.


Let's Pray:
Heavenly Father, You have the best plan for ordering our days!
Why is it so difficult then for us to surrender to Your ways?
Have us walk away from the places we need not be.
And open our hearts and eyes to see what we should see.
Mold us and make us into Your own
Keeping us mindful we are never alone!
In Jesus Name, Amen

Eventually

June 8
Eventually is defined as at an unspecified later time : in the end.

Having no clue where God wanted to go with this one, I dug into his Word
and found these "eventually" verses...eventually, in The Message translation.

Genesis 6:3
Then God said, "I'm not going to breathe life into men and women endlessly. Eventually they're going to die; from now on they can expect a life span of 120 years."

Ecclesiastes 12:14
Eventually God will bring everything that we do out into the open and judge
it according to its hidden intent, whether it's good or evil.


Proverbs 14:19
Eventually, evil will pay tribute to good;
the wicked will respect God-loyal people.


We do not know what the future holds, but we know from the faithfulness
of our Father, he holds the future and one way or another His will, will
be done and He is the final judge. He rules!

What are the "eventuallys" you are holding onto today:
Eventually, I will be healed.
Eventually, I will get a job.
Eventually, the pain of this broken relationship will fade away.
Eventually, this house will sell.
Eventually, this debt will be gone.
Eventually, I will find a spouse.
Eventually, my loved one will come to Jesus.
Eventually, ....

Let's Pray: Father God, you do not grow weary, but we do!
We wonder if our "eventually" will be completed
at a later date or the end of time. Give us hearts to trust in Your perfect
timing and your sovereign rule. How great to remember that eventually we will
be in heaven for all eternity. This is a short term assignment here on earth.
Hmm, obviously it has been shortened from your original intent as few of us
are making it to 120 years. We say thank You for the change! Eventually we
will see you face to face and understand much more than we do now.
In Jesus Name, Amen

Check Your Gauges

June 6-7

Our daughter is here at the Lake and was heading into town to visit
her grandparents and her brakes went out going over the mountain and
a warning light came on. She is safe, but it was scary.


The warning light (of my heart) came on as well. Going by the funeral home
for a visitation last night, the doctor who allowed major post operative
problems to go unchecked following back surgery on me, which led to a
serious infection and a year and a half of excurciating pain, was also there.
It had been 11 years since our paths had crossed and I was quick to exit the
room and avoid having to speak to him. My husband was just as stunned.
Fortunately, we had to hurry to pick up my father to take him to the birthday
party of a friend who was turning 85. Quietly in the car ride I asked my husband...
should I have spoken to that man?

Entering a lovely dinner party with assigned seats, my husband
reaches our table before I do and notices his place card is next
to a man he had a very unpleasant encounter with 33 years earlier.
Instantaneously, he swaps the cards placing me beside this man.
Not being aware of the story, I was absolutely lovely to this person
even inviting him to come to our Sunday celebrations and hear my
husband preach sometime! (Oh the joy of being married to me.)

Can you imagine if my husband had been as full of hospitality and had
invited surgeon for an afternoon on the Lake?

Checking the gauges of our hearts, I realized we both had unforgiveness
we weren't even aware of.
Hmmm, what else lurks in the depths of our hearts.
Psalm 28:3
Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts.


Psalm 103:9
He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever.

Let's Pray: Father, there is so much we do not know, even about ourselves, yet You know all things. Thank You for what a gentle teacher You
are. Reveal to us this weekend where our weaknesses are and strengthen us
as to be more like Jesus, in whose name we pray.

Ticked

June 5

Looking at Moses, our English bulldog, it appeared he had a big black beauty
mark on his cheek. I didn't remember ever seeing it before. At first, I
picked at it a bit, thinking it might be a clump of dirt, but it didn't
come off or apart. Obviously, it was not the consistency of a mole, so
I was back to a compact dirt particle. Taking some scissors I snipped at
it a bit and blood shot out, but Moses didn't wince. Then this old
brain clicked into gear...it was a tick which was sucking the blood
out of him and needed to be removed.

From time to time we need tick checks in our lives to see if the life
is being sucked out of us from a source which needs to be removed. The
source could be in human form or mental anguish robbing our joy, such
as fear, anxiousness, bitterness, doubt,etc.

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you. Psalm 55:22

Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are
of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-
meditate on these things.
Philippians 4:8

Abracadabra

June 4

I just asked my husband how to spell "abracadabra" and his response was...
"any way you like." Sitting here with my chin on my hand, I am wondering
just where the Lord wants me to go with that word....it is not in my
concordance!

The Red Sea parting would have been an abracadabra moment. Moses' staff
turning into a snake and back into a staff would qualify. Overwhelmingly,
Jesus appearing in the Upper Room makes the cut.

My husband says...maybe the Lord meant "Abba, my Daddy", not abracadabra!

Here it is (obviously I am a little slow yielding to the Spirit this AM)...
Yesterday, was our last day at school. Packing up the school (we rent a
church space during the school year) and parting ways with all the teachers
was bitter sweet. The realization of where God has taken us, both students
and adults this year is a huge praise. The reality of how much money we
need to raise this summer or the number of paying students we need to
attract is overwhelming in human terms.
During faculty prayer time Tuesday the Lord put on my heart that money
was going to come in the mail. Checking the school mailbox I was disappointed
when there was no money. Arriving home, I checked my email to find a
commitment of over $6,000! Abracadabra.
Then yesterday after closing the school doors the drive home was a little
quiet with my husband. We stopped at our home mailbox to pick up the mail.
Abracadabra...three precious notes of encouragement from friends and checks
from $100 -$250 dollars. God said, "I am your supplier, keep trusting!"

May He supply all your needs today!

Please go to our website: smlacademy.com and clip on the video and be blessed
by the sweetness of the testimonies. Thank you for all your prayers for this
ministry.

Philippians 4:19
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in
Christ Jesus.


1 Chronicles 29:11
“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.”

Cook the Geese

June 3

Looking across the lake to my neighbor's yard yesterday were two adult geese and over twenty babies. My first thought was... someone drop a bomb there right NOW and get rid of these pesky critters that poop all over our yard.
(Sorry bird lovers, just being honest here.)

Then conviction struck. There are obviously other ways to get rid of the creatures, but we seldom make the effort to work on these tactics because they are time consuming and probably costly. One person told me if you put red pepper flakes in your yard, they eat a few of those and never come back. Ok, but no, wait, we have five acres!

Isn't that what has happened to us as a nation? We haven't wanted to take the time or make the effort to vote to keep prayer in our schools, outlaw abortion, and
maintain that homosexual lifestyle is not normal. It seems like such a lost
cause now. The fight is not in me, rather the cry "Come back soon Jesus," but I
have lived a full life and experienced much! The younger generation who would like to marry, have sex and maybe even children of their own would probably beg to differ.

A group of 40 women began a Bible Study on Esther at my home Monday night. The
key verse in the book of Esther is "Who knows but that you have come to a royal position for such a time as this?" Now that may be hanging over Michelle Obama's, Hillary Clinton's or Nancy Pelosi's headboards. If so, I hope they fear and hear the Lord.

Remember with God all things are possible!

Acts 3:19-23, 26
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. For Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.'
God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways."


NO time to proof this AM, hope this makes some sense

Light the Flame

June 2

Hearing a tough accusation yesterday made about someone because they
own a business which sells equipment for board sports troubled me.
The accuser appeared to be making a statement all snowboarders, wake
boarders and skate boarders are bad kids. Well, my daughter, who is
the dearest of dear people and a harpist, also loves to snowboard and
wake board. I was ready to take acception.

This morning the Lord took me back 25 years to a place where I made an
innocent offense. We were having a young couple's gathering for our
Sunday School class. I was young in my faith, but loved coming up with
party ideas which brought about laughter. I had read in a party idea
book about musical chairs where the men sit in the chairs and the women
go around and sit on one of them when the music stopped. I was reprimanded
by one of the men on how inappropriate this was.

Now, 25 years later, I see that he was exactly right. While I was not
suggesting a lap dance and we were all married couples, at that point
in my life I was not aware of the temptations which could be tossed by
such an activity. We do not know what causes others to stumble and where
their weaknesses are.

One match can be lit and start a fire which brings warmth and comfort,
another can fan the flames of total destruction. Praise God for accountability
partners who help us see these things.

Proverbs 12:18
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Galatians 6:1
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
Love, Boo