Waltzing with the Spirit

August 31

Waking up with praise music on my mind is such proof that what we put
into ourselves is what is going to come out of us! (Now that should
encourage me as I go to teach grammar in a rural community!)

The song Mighty to Save was swelling in my heart this morning:
Everyone needs compassion Love that's never failing Let mercy fall on me
Everyone needs forgiveness The kindness of a Savior The hope of nations
Chorus:
Savior, He can move the mountains My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever, Author of Salvation He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave
Verse 2:
So take as You find me All my fears and failures Fill my life again
I give my life to follow Everything I believe in Now I surrender
Bridge:
Shine your light And let the whole world see
We're singing For the glory of the risen King, Jesus.

Singing that song in my heart, my memory went back to junior high school
and dance lessons. The first step we were taught was the basic box step.
The instructor, who had to be at least eighty, would call out to the young
couples: back-together, left-together, front-together. right-together and
around the room we would go, with 95% of the boys watching their feet and
trying desperately not to step on their partner's feet.

Walking with the Lord is like a dance step. He gives us an instruction,
we step out in faith and He is right there together with us,l guiding us.
Then it is time for another step of faith.

Yesterday, we had our final summer church service on the dock. Our minister
of music brought a wonderful rendition of "Holy, Holy, Holy" to play before
our closing prayer time. As we sat there with hands lifted high, the breeze
picked up and the presence of the Holy Spirit was unmistakable. It was as if
you could see the angels dancing around Shiloh for joy over the praises of
God's people!

May your day be filled with dancing in the Spirit today!

Flag

August 29-30
Riding along the countryside I asked the Lord for a word for today.
I groaned as I thought the word was flab. Lifting my eyes
from the keyboard, right in sight was an American flag! I flashed
back to my walk this AM and God Bless America playing on my
IPOD. The prayers began to flow for revival in this nation and for safety
for our troops.
Turning to my clever husband I asked what an acronym for "FLAG" might be.
Quickly he replied: First Love Always God.
When we are focused on Christ, all our trials fade into the background.

A soul mate writes:
I needed a talking to this AM. It’s not from a spiritual source,
but God used it for me. Alfred Lord Tennyson said:
“A person who is more sensitive to suffering is clearly more alive to life.”

It comes to mind in a drug induced society such as ours, that we’re supposed to hurt if we’re alive to life. It drives us to fight injustice, it presses us forward to ask the next question, it keeps things real.

Memory Fundamental number one at The Academy is: God is Real.

So we lift our banner high to show honor and glory to a holy living, loving God!

Amazing Things

August 28

In our middle school we have "Students of the Week".
One of the older students didn't know if he wanted to participate
this year. His name is George, so I told him we would make him King.
He liked that idea.
The love these students have shown towards one another the very first
week of school has blown me away. Thinking about that this morning
brought a Chris Tomlin song to mind.

"You Are My King"

I'm forgiven because you were forsaken I'm accepted, You were condemned
I'm alive and well Your spirit is within me
Because you died and rose again

Amazing love, how can it be? That you, my king. would die for me
Amazing love, I know it's true Its my joy to honor you
Its my joy to honor you In all I do I honor you.


Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves,
for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you." Joshua 3:5

May we expect to see the amazing works of the Lord today!

Let's Pray: Father, you are our King and we will always praise You.
Thank You for encompassing all our needs. From Mighty Warrior to
Compassionate Comforter who wipes away our tears, You are all sufficient.
Show up and show off today Lord. May Your righteousness reign in a world
full of evil. May Your children have the courage of Mordecai who would
bow before no other than his God. May the praises of Your people flow
from their mouths, with shouts of hallelujah. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Arriving

August 27

Whew, I am a slow learner when it comes to technology. I think I shared
how my IPOD mysteriously was wiped out of all my praise music and replaced
with filthy music. My children had given me the IPOD and one of my sons
graciously loaded the music onto it. Being on my own, last night I decided
to attempt to put some songs back on from some of my CD's. The first one
I loaded was a CD by Chris Tomlin. It appeared each song had downloaded.
I was looking for something to tell me the process was complete, but all
I saw in one column was the word "Arriving" so I assumed I needed to wait,
and wait and wait. Somewhere along the waiting process I looked at the
CD case and noticed the name of the album was "Arriving"! Ugh!!!!!

Enduring another sleepless night, I decided to check out verses on
"arriving". Most are related to happy thoughts! Thinking back on my life
I sensed the same relationship to that word. Watching for loved ones to
arrive for a visit, waiting for packages ordered to arrive, waiting for
my husband to arrive home each evening, waiting for the wonderful seasonal
changes of Virginia to arrive, & waiting for Jesus to arrive back on the scene!

The Message has Jesus discussing "arrival" in a very powerful scenario...
Mark 14:61-63
In the middle of this, the Chief Priest stood up and asked Jesus,
"What do you have to say to the accusation?" Jesus was silent. He said nothing.
The Chief Priest tried again, this time asking,
"Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed?"
Jesus said, "Yes, I am, and you'll see it yourself:

The Son of Man seated
At the right hand of the Mighty One,
Arriving on the clouds of heaven."

The Chief Priest lost his temper. Ripping his clothes, he yelled, "Did you hear that? After that do we need witnesses? You heard the blasphemy.
Are you going to stand for it?"
They condemned him, one and all. The sentence: death.

Let's Pray: Father what a day of rejoicing it will be
when we see Jesus arriving on the clouds of heaven! Bring it on Lord!
In Jesus' Name, Amen

Bulldogs Can't Swim

August 26th

Ever since we've had a bulldog, we've been told over and over again
that because of the design of these creatures and their big rolled
shoulders, they cannot swim. For six years Moses has stood on the dock
and watched his buddies and their amazing water feats. He has never
attempted to do more than wade along the shoreline. This spring my
husband was baptizing several people and the process made Moses anxious.
(My husband is capable of swimming, but doesn't like to. I doubt Moses
has ever seen him swim.) At one point Moses waded out too far and sure
enough, that dog paddle stroke did not work for him and he had to be
rescued.
Well, Sunday the word SUBMERGE came into this bulldog's life.
Etymology: Latin submergere, from sub- + mergere to plunge —
to put under water; to make obscure or subordinate : suppress
personal lives submerged by professional responsibilities.

We have church in our yard on Sunday mornings in the summer and the
majority of people come by boat. This particular morning my husband
was steadying a boat which was drifting a bit from the dock as people
were unloading. Moses came barrelling down the hill, ran in front of my
husband and slipped off the edge of the dock and went down like a 75
pound brick. Immediately my husband jumped in (church clothes and all)
between the dock and the boat, very dangerous, and was able to retrieve
the dog. Fortunately, there was another man on the dock who could help
get Moses out for the water was too deep for my husband to touch the
bottom.

There have been times in my life where I've felt like I was in a toilet
bowl swirling and about to go down. Submerge is a good way to describe
other times in our lives when we are covered up and feel like we are
drowning.
Jesus felt this way in Gethsemane. He had the weight of the world's sins
baring down on him. What He did for a reprieve is the same as we are to
do today...go away to a quiet place and pray. Phillip Yancey writes:
"Prayer invites us to rest in the fact that God is in control, and the
world's problems are ultimately God's, not ours."

Let's Pray: God, we praise your name and the fact that we can know today
that You are on your throne. Your Word speaks of praying continually
and giving thanks in all situations. So when we feel like we have
fallen into the depths of the sea and our lives are submerged with
trials and temptations, lift us up! Help us feel Your presence and
set us on dry ground to continue living and loving You. In Jesus Name.

Lean on Me

August 25
The Lord makes me smile with the things He brings to heart so early
in the morning. The song "Lean on Me" had to be way back in the
catacombs of my mind, but it is very appropriate for what I was
sharing with a couple parents yesterday who are facing trials.
As you sing the chorus, change "me" to "Jesus".

And of course searching the scriptures The Message had a great
verse for us on "Lean on Me". As we step into today, may we take
notice of Jesus who is right there beside us. There is a little
girl at our school who just seems to know when to come up and give me
a hug. She has been in our summer program. When I see her coming with
her precious smile and engulfing hug I just say to myself...
"Here comes Jesus!" May He be all over each of you today.
Isaiah 50:10
Who out there fears God, actually listens to the voice of his servant? For anyone out there who doesn't know where you're going, anyone groping in the dark, Here's what: Trust in God. Lean on your God! But if all you're after is making trouble, playing with fire, Go ahead and see where it gets you. Set your fires, stir people up, blow on the flames, But don't expect me to just stand there and watch. I'll hold your feet to those flames.

Lean on Me (Lyrics and link below)
Sometimes in our lives we all have pain We all have sorrow
But if we are wise We always know that there's tomorrow

Lean on me, when you're not strong And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs That you don't let show
Chorus
If there is a load you have to bear That you can't carry
I'm right up the road I'll share your load If you just call me

So just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to make it
I just might have a problem that you'd understand
We all need somebody to make it
Chorus

http://www.links2love.com/love_lyrics_147.htm

The P's that are Priority

August 24

Waking this morning the "To Do" list on my mind was overwhelming.
Where to begin? Lord, what should be my priority?
His answer was simple...praise, pray and come into my presence.

Now the next choice was do I do that while I walk and get some
exercise, or do I dig into the Word and then type on the Blog?

Running to the Word (which doesn't burn off a lot of calories)
I read a Psalm, I've never seen before.

Oh, that I had wings like a dove! For then I would fly away
and be at rest.
Psalm 55:6

Lloyd Ogilvie writes: "Along with most people, there are moments, even
days, when I'd like to get away from problems and challenges, difficult
people, the troubles of the city, and the seemingly impossible
situations life dishes out. Remind me that You (God) don't train
escape artists. You develop courageous people who are faithful and
content. You do not provide easy escapes from reality.
So here I am: the same old person in the same old circumstances.
Give me new eyes to see what You want done; give me new enthusiasm
for the ordinary circumstances; change my bland, bored attitude to
an attitude of expectancy; fill me with love for people who
frustrate me; and help me see that my dogged doldrums are simply
self-pity.
As a new person filled with Your joy and hope, I'm ready to mount up
with wings like eagles and soar in the jet stream right where I am."

Ah, another "P" word...when we run to Him, He will PROVIDE!

So filled with a whistling spirit like the Seven Dwarfs, I am
singing praise, tossing prayers to the Lord and enjoying the
reality of His omnipresence!
Hope He is all the world to you today as well!
Love, Boo

A System

August 21-23

System- a regularly interacting or interdependent group of
items forming a unified whole.
We don't quite have our system down at school, but it will come!
One of the summer reading requirements was a book by Kate DiCamillo
called "Because of Winn Dixie". Winn Dixie is a dog, so we celebrated
this reading by having a Winn Dixie day yesterday and students could
bring their dogs for show and tell. We had a detailed schedule and
system for the day, but when you are working with 23 students, their
parents schedules and their dogs it doesn't always go as planned. We
knew we just had to go with the flow and pray without ceasing!

God knew from the begging we couldn't keep his system (laws),
so why did he even establish such a system.
Read in Galatians below and praise the Lord for coming up with a
system called "Jesus"!

Galatians 3:20-22 (The Message)

"What is the point, then, of the law, the attached addendum? It was a thoughtful addition to the original covenant promises made to Abraham. The purpose of the law was to keep a sinful people in the way of salvation until Christ (the descendant) came, inheriting the promises and distributing them to us. Obviously this law was not a firsthand encounter with God. It was arranged by angelic messengers through a middleman, Moses. But if there is a middleman as there was at Sinai, then the people are not dealing directly with God, are they? But the original promise is the direct blessing of God, received by faith.

If such is the case, is the law, then, an anti-promise, a negation of God's will for us? Not at all. Its purpose was to make obvious to everyone that we are, in ourselves, out of right relationship with God, and therefore to show us the futility of devising some religious system for getting by our own efforts what we can only get by waiting in faith for God to complete his promise. For if any kind of rule-keeping had power to create life in us, we would certainly have gotten it by this time."

Looking Up

August 20

Our opening ceremony for school was yesterday. Headmaster Andrews had all
the students, beginning with 8th grade, come up to the podium and sign
a covenant stating they were the team for SMLCA for such a time as this.
When it came time for the K-1's, he stopped thinking it was taking too long
and they were too small. While he was stating they would do it later,
the smallest Kindergartner walked up to the podium which was a head and a
half taller than her and stood, looking up to my husband and the paper
on the podium. The whole crowd melted. Graciously her mother walked
forward and lifted her up, so she could sign her name. The other
children came forward and Mr. Andrews placed the signature page on
his notebook and he knelt in front of them, so they could more easily
sign.
Isn't that a perfect picture of us with Jesus! We look WAY up at Him
and He stoops down and meets us where we are.

I just love Jesus!

Calliope

August 19

God makes me smile. Waiting on a word "calliope" is what came to
mind out of no where! Well, even The Message didn't come through on
a verse for that one! The definition is:"a keyboard musical instrument
resembling an organ and consisting of a series of whistles sounded by
steam or compressed air."
Hmmm, I searched blowing off steam in The Message as well...not to be
found, but there were tons of verses referring to 'hot air".


Psalm 98:4 says:
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth:
make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.


Start off trying this in the shower, then maybe move to a mountain top.
For those of us who do not have fabulous voices, we may be a bit
timid during corporate worship to belt out our praises. Oh, let's let
off a little steam and let our praises flow...praise sounds wonderful to
the Lord no matter who is making it.

Let's Praise: Today Father, we simply come to praise
You. Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, Communicator, Light of our lives...
the One who sent Jesus out of pure love for us... we praise Your name on
high and shout Hallelujah is the Lord God Almighty! There is none like
You! Receive our praise! We lift our voices to You. In Jesus Name, Amen

Without Excuse

August 18
The English language is so tricky. Take the word "excuse". We pronounce
it differently if we are using it as a noun, than when we use it in the
transitive verb form, which means to make apology for. I often shorten
this word to simply "cuse". Walking through a crowd..."Cuse me, cuse me."

We can't shorten or minimize the reality of what God has done for us.
The mere gift of our own being is beyond any thing imaginable. Just
think God took time to create each one of us. Add to that the beauty of
creation and all the provisions and pleasures this earth has to offer
and we have to be overwhelmed. Then that He would sacrifice his own
son for our screw ups, so we could have the privilege of heaven...who
is like that? Only God.

For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his
eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood
from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Romans 1:20

Let's Pray: Excuse us Father, we just want to stop and say...You
are the one we adore and fall before You today with love and reverence
for who You are. We come into Your presence with thanksgiving for each
breath we take, each site in creation we gaze upon and the undeserved
gift of love we receive from Your Son. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there's
just something about that name! In Jesus Name, Amen

Do Not Disturb

August 17
Before the lids even opened my mind was reeling trying to figure out
how my classroom will possibly be ready for the first day of school.
The faculty is at school today from 9-3, but it is difficult to get
much done with people around. We have glass windows on our doors, so
I thought I could cover those with paper, so no one could see me and
put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door!
Instead, since I sleep with the Head Master, I asked if I could have the
first hour at home, when there are no group meetings, to work on lesson
plans.
Praise God he never puts up a "Do not disturb" sign.


Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:7

Let's Pray Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God, Almighty, Maker
of Heaven and earth, How mind blowing it is that You, the God of the
universe is always available to us. Search us Lord and show us places
of our lives which we do not want disturbed. Forgive us for the times
we have not been available to what You have called us to do. Fill us
with the Holy Spirit and make us more like Christ, who came as a servant.
In Jesus Name, Amen

Covered

August 15-16
God has us covered. Yesterday we were blessed beyond measure.
Two Sundays ago my husband and I had gone down to our dock and
were discussing survival measures for where we are in life right now.
I shared that I did not see any way possible for us to keep Shiloh,
our home with my husband working two jobs and me working full time.
The yard work required on five acres is quite a task. He said, he
did not feel like the Lord was finished with the ministries which
go on here. In less than 30 minutes a boat drove up and a man said
he had read an article in the Smith Mt Laker called "Heavenly
Hosts" about our ministries. He explained he had a youth group coming
in from PA who wanted to do missions work around our area and wondered
if they could come help us. God had us covered for sure. These wonderful
young people trimmed hedges, weeded, mulched, washed a fence, gather
limbs on our scripture trails and spruced up this property in a way
which would not have happened becuase of our schedules with the schools!

The word the Lord had for me today was clearly "cover".
A smile flashed across my face as the first email I opened today from
a friend was titled: "Will cover you!"
Knowing what teachers and administrators go through to get school open
and going each year this precious friend wanted us to know we would be
daily covered in prayer. Let's stop right now and pray for those
we know who teach at all levels.
Father, how blessed we are to have the teachings of Jesus available to us!
We thank You for those you have risen up to teach at all levels in many
different environments. We ask for a hedge of protection to "COVER"
them and for nothing but truth to come from their mouths. Give them good
health, creative minds, patience, wisdom and discernment. Send encouragers
every day to keep them uplifted for serving in the capacity of "teacher"
for it certainly is a ministry. Place on each of our hearts teachers to
pray for by name now.
In Jesus' Name, yes, Jesus the one who taught us to pray. Amen

We cover others with prayer and Christ has covered our transgressions!

Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Romans 4:7

Another reason to rejoice!

For I am the LORD your God,who churns up the sea so that its waves roar—
the LORD Almighty is his name.
I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the
shadow of my hand— I who set the heavens in place,
who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion,
'You are my people.'
Isaiah 51:15-17

Where Am I?

July 14

Totally exhausted from all that needs to be done for school to open
I just called to my husband...."What is the date of today?" Why
doesn't my AOL post the date and the time? I guess most people know
the date! :)

One of our daughters woke the other morning and said she was reaching for
the light by her bed, but couldn't find it. She finally realized she was
in a different place than where she had been all summer. My sleep patterns
have not been great lately, but last night I slept like a log and woke
up having no clue what day it was.

Do you ever consider what it will be like when we wake up in heaven?
On, TV shows or in movies a familiar line is: "Is this heaven?"
When we see Jesus face to face, I do not think we will wonder, we will
know Him and God's glory will be so bright we will not need a light!

The first time I heard Sandy Patti sing We Shall Behold Him
I thought for certain Jesus was coming back that moment! If you have
never heard this song find a way to check it out:

They sky shall unfold preparing His entrance
The stars shall applaud Him with thunders of praise

The sweet light in His eyes, shall enhance those awaiting
And we shall behold Him, then face to face

O we shall behold Him, we shall behold Him Face to face in all of His glory
O we shall behold Him,
yes we shall behold him Face to face, our Savior and Lord

The angel will sound, the shout of His coming
And the sleeping shall rise, from there slumbering place
And those remaining, shall be changed in a moment
And we shall behold him, then face to face

We shall behold Him, o yes we shall behold Him Face to face in all of His glory
We shall behold Him, face to face our Savior and Lord
We shall behold Him, our Savior and Lord Savior and Lord!

Let's Pray:
Lord, You are so glorious. Holy, holy, holy is Your name!
You are more precious than silver, more costly than gold, and more beautiful
than diamonds. We long for the day we see You face to face. Thank You
that we cannot flee from Your presence. While we may have no clue where
we are at times, our location, our state of mind, our hearts' desires
are never puzzling to You! Abba, Daddy, we love You. In Jesus' Name, Amen

What's it all about?

August 13
In 1966(way long ago) Burt Bacharach wrote the title song for the British movie 'Alfie'. I never saw the movie, I wasn't even ten years old when it
came out, but I do remember my older sister having the piano music to the
song and can remember Dionne Warwick singing the song. You begin thinking
maybe it is going to point people to Christ, but instead it elevates "love".
For those of us who qualify, as the ones the lyrics refer to as "believers",
we know who is love!
Enjoy a trip back to the sixties:
What's it all about, Alfie? Is it just for the moment we live?
What's it all about when you sort it out, Alfie?
Are we meant to take more than we give Or are we meant to be kind?
And if only fools are kind, Alfie, Then I guess it's wise to be cruel.
And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie,
What will you lend on an old golden rule?
As sure as I believe there's a heaven above, Alfie,
I know there's something much more,
Something even non-believers can believe in.
I believe in love, Alfie. Without true love we just exist, Alfie.


"It's" all about Jesus and our lives bringing honor and glory to Him.
We much more than just exist when we live for Christ.

God is love! 1 John 4:16

Safe Haven

August 12

Safe Haven- is a refuge; a place of safety;
a place offering favorable opportunities or conditions.

Home was always a safe haven for me...a place I knew I had to run to
and would be loved and welcome. My granparents home was my favorite safe
haven because my grandmother's love was so unconditional.
My heart aches for people who have never had that luxury.
Many times in my life I ran to places I thought were safe,
people I thought I could trust, but learned otherwise.
Praise the Name of Jesus...he is the safest of safe havens.
He knows our hurts and our hearts and loves us so well.

Michael W. Smith's song lyrics speak well to who Christ is:
THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU
NO ONE ELSE CAN TOUCH MY HEART LIKE YOU DO
I COULD SEARCH FOR ALL ETERNITY LONG,
AND FIND THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU


Proverbs 18:10
The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.


The depth of David's closeness to God is heard in this Psalm.
Psalm 86 (The Message) A David Psalm
Bend an ear, God; answer me. I'm one miserable wretch!
Keep me safe—haven't I lived a good life?
Help your servant—I'm depending on you! You're my God; have mercy on me.
I count on you from morning to night. Give your servant a happy life;
I put myself in your hands! You're well-known as good and forgiving,
bighearted to all who ask for help.
Pay attention, God, to my prayer;bend down and listen to my cry for help.
Every time I'm in trouble I call on you, confident that you'll answer.
There's no one quite like you among the gods, O Lord,
and nothing to compare with your works.
All the nations you made are on their way,ready to give honor to you, O Lord,
Ready to put your beauty on display,parading your greatness,
And the great things you do— God, you're the one, there's no one but you!

Train me, God, to walk straight; then I'll follow your true path.
Put me together, one heart and mind; then, undivided,
I'll worship in joyful fear.
From the bottom of my heart I thank you, dear Lord;
I've never kept secret what you're up to.
You've always been great toward me—what love!
You snatched me from the brink of disaster!
God, these bullies have reared their heads!
A gang of thugs is after me— and they don't care a thing about you.
But you, O God, are both tender and kind, not easily angered, immense in love,
and you never, never quit.
So look me in the eye and show kindness,give your servant the strength to go on,
save your dear, dear child! Make a show of how much you love me
so the bullies who hate me will stand there slack-jawed,
As you, God, gently and powerfully put me back on my feet.

Refresh

August 11
Wandering out onto my screen porch at 4:30 AM this morning I was
thrilled to find some quiet time outdoors when it was below 90 degrees.
The past couple days it has been difficult to be refreshed outside.

This definition of "refresh" thrilled me:to restore strength and animation.

When we encounter spiritual attacks we feel as if we have rendered the
loss of animation in our lives. Laughing with the Lord this morning at
such an early hour I wasn't certain He was in the correct time zone wanting
me to get up and be refreshed. I tried to go back to sleep, but it was as
if He kept hitting the little button on my computer with the "refresh"
arrow, poking me until I got up and off with Him!

Proverbs 11:25
A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed
.

Jeremiah 31:25
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.

Acts 3:19
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,
that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.


The refreshment of God that comes from His Word is better than the
most freshly squeezed lemonade.

Let's Pray: Lord, honor, glory and praise are all Yours! Restore to us
the joy of your salvation, let us gaze into Your face and be refreshed.
In Jesus' Name, Amen
Psalm 51:12
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and
grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Hi, I'm Gracie

August 10

Our Sunday Celebration service at our home yesterday had the yard filled
with brothers and sisters in Christ from South Africa, Japan, India and
the cutest 3 year old from Massachusetts. During the sermon, I took
five of the younger children for Popsicles, walnut tossing and a lesson
on Jesus being our Rock. Beginning with a swing in our hammocks I took
time to make introductions between these children. (Presently I am
writing a manners curriculum for our school, so I am up on my
protocol and was sure to say the name of the older child first!)
Upon introducing second grade Anna, to 3 year old Gracie, Gracie came
over to the hammock where Anna was and wrapped her arms around Anna in
one of the dearest embraces I have ever seen. Gracie's parents have
named her well!
God extends his grace to us over and over again. His word reminds us
that His grace is sufficient for all our needs.
As teacher training begins at Smith MT Lake Christian School today,
foremost in my goals as a teacher is to exhibit grace to these students
and be the example Gracie's parents have obviously been to her. I pray
our students will be known in the community as young people who exhibit
grace, kindness and compassion wherever they go!

Let's Pray: Oh, gracious heavenly Father, we praise Your name and sing "Alleluia" in appreciation for Your love. Forgive us when we lack
being gracious to others as Christ has taught us to be. Thank You, thank
You, thank You, that Your grace is sufficient for all our needs. Find us
obedient to offer that same grace to others today. In Jesus Name, Amen

Keeping Power

August 7th

"My Keeping Power is never at fault, but only your realization of it. Not whether I can provide a shelter from the storm, but your failure to be sure of the security of that shelter. Every fear, every doubt, is a crime again My Love. Oh! children, trust. Practice daily, many times a day, saying, "All is well." Say it until you believe it, know it." From God Calling

Toast

July 6th
Unable to sleep I tried counting sheep...not really.
What I did was go to Philippians 4:8 and do what it says.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Somewhere in there the Lord gave me the word toast.
Once again He has baffled me, but I am listening.

The definition which seems most fitting to the Lord is:
One that is highly admired. Example: She is the toast of the town.
The other interesting option is the slang: One that is finished or done for.
Example: Satan is going to be toast!

Here are two fun verses from The Message. I pray they warm your heart...
He has certainly made me smile at 2AM. Maybe I am to make some toast
before I head back to bed!

Psalm 58:10
The righteous will call up their friends when they see the wicked get their reward, Serve up their blood in goblets as they toast one another, Everyone cheering, "It's worth it to play by the rules! God's handing out trophies and tending the earth!"
[A David Psalm, When Saul Set a Watch on David's House in Order to Kill Him)

Psalm 116:12
What can I give back to God for the blessings he's poured out on me? I'll lift high the cup of salvation—a toast to God! I'll pray in the name of God; I'll complete what I promised God I'd do, and I'll do it together with his people.

Do you honor Me in all you do?

August 5
I just typed July 5th instead of August 5th.
Oh, my summer has certainly flown.
Lately I have felt like I have been in military training with the Lord.
He keeps hitting me with some tough stuff...like graduate level courses.
Yesterday, I asked Him if I had done well enough to graduate and come on
home...obviously not...He has left me right here.
His question for me this AM was...Do you honor Me in all you do?
Ugh! I really wanted to respond with "crapola" because I know I don't.
But "crapola" wouldn't show much honor.
Honor in this case would be defined:
a showing of usually merited respect .
With God we could eliminate the word "usually".
There were moments yesterday I should have reached for the zipper on my
mouth, for I know the words I muttered were not honoring to God or
exemplifying who He intends for me to be.
I know there are great song lyrics related to "I honor You in all I do",
but I am late for work, so those will have to be added later.

Let's Pray: Lord, You are worthy of honor and praise.
Please forgive us when our lives are less than honoring to You and gently
prod us towards living lives which are filled with the Holy Spirit and
help fertilize the crops which could produce fruit for Your kingdom.
In Jesus Name, Amen

Robber..Be Gone

August 4
Tonight I am being robbed of my sleep. Although physically and
emotionally exhausted when my head hit my pillow my eyes were able to
close, but my mind would not shut off.
Grasping for scripture to lull me to sleep Jeremiah 29:11 came to me.
For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for
welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Drifting off after that a few good hours of rest were provided until the
infamous 3AM hot flash descended/ascended or came from within and sent
the covers flying. Rolling onto my back I looked up at the ceiling where
the rays of a nightlight reflected a square of light onto the surface and
two blades of a ceiling fan shown there forming a perfect "peace sign".
Once again God had me smiling! (Not sleeping mind you, but smiling and
ready to get up and be with Him.) Gently He reminded me who sends
distractions and robs us of our joy and peace.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

John 10:9-11
Now I will take what was appearing to be a Baaaaaad night, reflect on the
love of my Shepherd and head back to bed knowing He is watching over me.

My the peace of the Lord be with each of you today.

Winsome

August 3

God is cracking me up. Pausing to pray the word winsome rang out.
Excuse me Lord, would that be "winsome" as in generally pleasing and
engaging often because of a childlike charm and innocence or possibly
it is time to "win some" for the Lord?

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

(Winsome personalities.)Matthew 19:14


The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.
Proverbs 11:30

In order to win some souls it would benefit us to have winsome personalities!

The rain poured down yesterday morning for our Sunday Celebration in the yard,
so we had to move to the indoor venue...our family room. The share time with
the people present was amazing. Person after person expressed a request
related to winning souls...from one person who had just returned from a month
in China and was exploding with enthusiasm for the way the Word is going out;
to the opportunity military chaplains have to share Jesus with hurting hearts;
FCA opportunities and a personal challenge to those of us who are parents and
grandparents.
Ah, that we would be winsome and win some for Jesus! In His Name we pray!

Bolt

August 1-2
How does the Lord take a dream which starts with a "bolt headed" creature
and conform my mind to remember how steadfast and secure He is?
(I must have seen a commercial for transformers...no wait, it was
helping my husband put a tractor tire back on yesterday!!!!)

Searching the concordance, I doubted I would find "bolt", but there it
was in various forms...bolts of lightening, doors and bolts. The verse
which lifted me up came from a chapter where Moses was blessing the tribes
of Israel.

The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze,
and your strength will equal your days.
Deuteronomy 33:25

Here's another use of bolt...when trials surround you and heartache
presses you to the ground...get up and bolt to the Word of God! Coming
home from an emotional day yesterday, I made it down to the dock around
5:00 and just wanted to sleep. Wearily I said to the Lord, "Why can't I
hear from You?" His reply was precious to me...."You are in a waiting
period..just chill...tomorrow will bring needed refreshment."

So, I've tightened my bolt to the Lord and am holding on to His promises.
There is no greater security than the reality of His love! Simply basking
in that love brings refreshment...steal away to that place today and be
loved!

Here comes the song... You are awesome in this place, Mighty God.
You are awesome in this place, Abba Father. You are worthy of all praise.
To You our hands we raise, You are awesome in this place, Mighty God.


What a great way to start the day...praising our Abba, Daddy!