Reign and Rein

April 30-May 2

The homophones reign and rein captured my mind when I heard an editor on Merriam Webster explaining how to differentiate between the two. She said that reign has to do with a ruler such as a king and both words have the letter "g", while rein relates to the apparatus used to control or pull in a horse. (The little word in is found in rein.)

So, if Christ reigns (rules) in our hearts we should allow Him to rein in(control)our lives and guide us on the paths He has laid out for us!

There is a great praise song called Lord Reign in Me
Over all the earth You reign on high
Every mountain stream Every sunset sky
But my one request Lord my only aim Is that you reign in me again

Lord reign in me Reign in your power
Over all my dreams In my darkest hour
You are the Lord of all I am So won't you reign in me again

Over every thought Over every word
May my life reflect The beauty of my Lord
You mean more to me Than any earthly thing So won't you reign in me again

Celebrate

April 29
Today we celebrate my earthly Father's 90th birthday! He still lives alone, has a vibrant mind, twinkling eyes and a charming smile which captivates anyone he encounters!

The definition of celebrate which I have zoned into today is:to honor especially by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary

I tend to celebrate more with "refraining from the ordinary". Intuition tells me King David had that tendency as well when he celebrated his love for the Lord!

Bravo, God, Bravo! Everyone join in the great shout: Encore! In awe before the beauty, in awe before the might. Bring gifts and celebrate, Bow before the beauty of God, Then to your knees—everyone worship! Psalm 96:7-9 (The Message)

Hallelujah! Sing to God a brand-new song, praise him in the company of all who love him. Let all Israel celebrate their Sovereign Creator, Zion's children exult in their King. Let them praise his name in dance; strike up the band and make great music! And why? Because God delights in his people, festoons plain folk with salvation garlands! Psalm 149:1

My April and early May calendars are chocked full of birthday celebrations, so I counted back nine months out of curiosity. Ah, summer vacations! Great time to make babies. As we get out the streamers, send out the card and light the candles to celebrate the lives of family and friends, may we never forget to praise the One who created each of them. May our enthusiasm and love for the Lord be evident to all. The fact He lives and loves so unconditionally is reason to celebrate each day in extraordinary ways.

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. Job 19:25

Awaiting the Rest

April 28

Oversleeping on a jam packed day was not what I had anticipated. The domestic list necessary for all which is ahead is overwhelming...sewing, planting, cleaning, painting and cooking. The temptation to put my quiet time aside was a strong urge,but I didn't give in and the discipline brought a smile. The first devotional book I picked up referred to Mary and Martha today!
Ok, that is pretty clear Lord, I shall sit at your feet awhile.
The next one had Matthew 11:28 as the verse for today:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

These are the episodes of my life which have me knowing for certain there is a creator who knows my every move and HE cares! A problem arises at this point though where I'd rather stay and hang out with him in His Word all day and not get on with the tasks at hand. So motivate and move me into Your service today Father and I will look forward to getting the rest you speak of tonight!

Stagnant

April 27

Stagnant-not advancing or developing

The past three days I have felt stagnant...just plain in a funk and not able to get in gear and certainly not "advancing or developing". Plugging the word stagnant into Biblegateway and The Message translation I found rejuvenation in God's Word. Check out what Paul has to say!

Ephesians 2:1 He Tore Down the Wall
It wasn't so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn't know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It's a wonder God didn't lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.

Feeling loved always makes us feel better and remembering what God has done for us out of love is one giant warm fuzzy! So tell that ole devil and his negative thoughts to "shoo" and feel the love of the Father!

Input...faith

April 26

Faith is being...certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

This story was shared in Streams in the Desert about a doctor addressing the elderly mother of a young man.
"You are worrying too much about him. Once you have prayed for him, as you have done, and committed him to God, you should not continue to be anxious. God's command, "Do not be anxious about anything" (Phil. 4:6), is unlimited, and so is the verse, "Cast all your anxiety on him" (1 Peter 5:7). If we truly have cast our burdens upon another, can they continue to pressure us? If we carry them with us from the throne of grace, it is obvious we have not left them there. In my own life I test my prayers in this way: after committing something to God, if I can come away, like Hannah did, with no more sadness, pain or anxiety in my heart, I see it as proof that I have prayed the prayer of faith. But if I pray and then still carry my burden, I conclude my faith was not exercised."

Good input, but neither Dr. Payson or L. B. Cowman ever gave birth! :)

Let's Pray:
Lord, You are our Burden Bearer, but You also are the Creator of our Hearts. Teach us to trust by reflecting back to our own past paths and see how You walked along side us. As we pray for the progress of others and ourselves may we pray that all look to You first for directions and trust not in themselves. In Jesus' name, Amen

Ify

April 23-25

Traveling the past few days we approached the hotel in which I had made hotel reservations in advance. Arriving well past midnight the man behind the counter said he had some unfortunate news. The hotel had overbooked and they had no rooms available. Looking at his name tag to address him personally I thought..."This has to be a joke." His name was "Ify." I informed him my name was Boo and I usually liked surprises, but after 10 hours in the car this was quite disappointing. Graciously he made reservations for us at another hotel and the hotel picked up the bill for the inconvenience.

While watching 600 young men graduate from Basic Training at Fort Benning yesterday another "ify" thought crossed my mind. Looking across the crowd at proud parents, siblings, and spouses whose faces were beaming with smiles I fast forwarded to the days ahead when those young men will be deployed around the world. There will be tearful, heart wrenching good-byes. Then my thoughts drifted to the realization that some of us will stand next to flag draped coffins containing our loved ones' bodies.
Life's day to day outcome is "ify"...there is no guarantee of where we will be when.
All the more reason to trust in the Lord, the gift He gave us, and the certainty of Heaven!

..if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

He Knows the Way

April 22

He knows the way that I take.
Job 23:10

Oh, how I wish I had read my devotional book last night! After eight hours of driving my husband and I were only about two hours from our final destination and instead of stopping we decided to persevere into the midnight hour and go all the way. I was typing away on my computer and we missed our exit. Plugging the address into our GPS my husband became nervous and said, "You know how those things can be, I don't know if I trust it on the back roads of Georgia."
Praise the Lord, he always knows the way we take and he is always with us on the way!

Guard

April 21

For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
Psalm 91:11

Just recently my husband was telling "first time mom" tales on me.
He was sharing how I had seen a mouse in our home and was afraid it was going to run in our daughter's room and get in her crib. Entering her room he found me up on a chair, standing guard over her while she slept.

Moses, our bull dog stands guard by me. Wherever I go, he goes (unless he is into a great nap and not to be roused!) When I shower, sometimes he falls asleep right in front of the shower door and I have to bang on it and awaken him to be able to get out!
Merriam Webster defines the noun form of guard as:
one assigned to protect or oversee another
The verb form a:to protect from danger especially by watchful attention : make secure b: to stand at the entrance of as if on guard or as a barrier c : to tend to carefully : preserve, protect : to watch over so as to prevent escape, disclosure, or indiscretion.

Psalm 91 paints a beautiful picture of how well we are guarded!
Proverbs is an excellent instruction guide on all that we should guard from our heart to our tongues!

My prayer for all of you today is that:
the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

The Power to Rest

April 20
Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Usually, I am an up and Adam person, ready to face the day. Today I am lacking umph. I resemble my laptop when it is not plugged in. Everything is there, but not just as brilliant as when it is plugged into its power source. Coffee has never crossed my tongue, but I am comprehending why some people need that kick start. The day is rather dreary and Moses is snoring away, so the surrounding elements are not encouraging me to get going!

So what can put the gusto in my get go? The lyrics to Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus are ringing in my head.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His Glory and Grace.


Me oh my, He is such a comforter! Whispering, "It is ok to be still my child," I accept that welcome reminder.

Studying a character sketch on hummingbirds yesterday, it spoke of how these amazing tiny creatures rest before they jaunt off with their perpetual propulsion by those tiny wings. The Biblical reference it gave was how God has told us to rest one day a week in preparation for six days of work. May the Holy Spirit be our guide and powerfully persist in prompting us to rest!

Lord, we lift Your name on high. We love to sing Your praises and we are so glad you're in our lives and that God sent You to save us. Help us to remember that we have been given an amazing power source and You want us to plug into Him daily.
In Jesus'name, Amen!

Chocolate, Doorbells and Plumbers

April 19


...in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
1 Corinthians 15:52

Oversleeping this morning, I was dreaming about getting a hazelnut chocolate bar out of a vending machine! :) Just as I was reaching for the candy bar, which was melted by the way in the dream, I thought I heard a doorbell. Coming to my senses I remembered I was expecting a plumber this morning and I jumped out of bed, grabbed my robe and ran to the door. Heading out the door and down the steps I was hollering, "Hello?" Looking up the driveway there was no one to be seen.
Had I missed him?

A day is coming when we will hear not a doorbell, but a trumpet. It will happen so fast there won't be time to grab bathrobes. Many will stand behind weeping...
I missed Him.

Promise

April 17-18
The word came in the middle of the night and stuck with me
until my eyelids opened:
Promise from the Latin pro- forth + mittere to send
Definitions:
1:a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified;
a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act
2: reason to expect something; especially: ground for expectation of success, improvement, or excellence.

Going to Biblegateway.com there are 221 references to the word promise and sufficient reasons to expect God's promises to come to fruition!
From Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Noah,and David over and over again; all the way to Jesus promising the Holy Spirit, God's promises and their fulfilment are an uplifting place to hang out.
Now it is important to remember the promises didn't usually come with a quick fix...Sarah pregnant at 90????
And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
Hebrews 6:15

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.Psalm 145:13

That Kingdom will come!

While searching out promise on Merriam Webster I came across an interesting feature today. They had the top ten sayings which have come from the Bible. The number one was: Kiss of Death which came from Judas' betrayal of Christ.
Check it out!
http://www.merriam-webster.com/top-ten-lists/kiss-of-death,-feet-of-clay/kiss-of-death.html

Love the Lord

April 16

Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' Matthew 22:37

Yesterday, I had a speaking engagement at an area country club. People who know me well, know I am a no make-up, no fingernail polish, preferably barefoot and in comfy clothes kind of gal. Praise the Lord, my husband claims he likes me that way. I think this style came from having six young children and sitting on the floor with them, as well as being too tired to wash make-up off my face at night!

1 Samuel 16:7 makes it easy to get away with this lifestyle.

The LORD does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."


Putting my best foot forward for this event I was attending I decided to get dolled up and allowed what I thought was sufficient time to get ready. Peering out my bathroom window as I stepped out of the shower I noticed the door to our boathouse was open. Dilemma! It is quite a jaunt down there, it was already hot and the dew was still on the ground. Those combined elements could cause fluffy hair to go limp, make-up to melt and polished toes to be covered in wet fresh cut grass. My preference was to just run down in my bath towel, but with the ESPN Bass Brawl going on that might create a Seinfeld type stir and disrupt the tournament as there already were fishermen in the cove, so I brushed my wet hair back and donned one of my son's long sleeved dress shirts and my Birkenstocks. Reaching the door a large crow flew off the roof and appearance panic thoughts set in....what if there is a bird in the boathouse closet and it poops on my head (I don't have time to shower again)...over the door was a wasps nest...what if a bee stings me and my face swells up...walking across the platform back to land I looked at the shoreline and thought...what if there is a snake and it scares me and I faint or it bites me and I am late for this commitment. Oh, the mind can really mess with you!
I arrived on time, but was very nervous. Standing in front of 70 women I prayed with a quivering voice.

"Lord, right now my knees are knocking, my stomach is churning and my hands are shaking. I want these women to like me, but that really isn't of eternal value. What is of eternal value is what they think of Your Son."

Sometimes we get carried away with concern of what others thing of us. Today I will concentrate on what God is thinking of doing with me and ask the Holy Spirit to equip me to be obedient to His plan.

Lord, we love you with all our hearts and souls and minds!
Thank You for pouring out Your love upon us! In Jesus' name.

Guide Me

April 15

By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Exodus 13:21

The ESPN Bass Brawl is taking place on our lake right now. This morning the clouds are all the way down to the water hindering visibility. The sun is beaming behind the overcast skies with a brilliance though as if God is holding a giant spot light up there to guide these fishermen and keeping them safe.

The joy of Jesus is like that. We may be in a fog of despair and still have joy in our hearts, because we know Jesus is with us guiding our steps and there will be brighter days!
April 14

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15-16

Some youngsters were celebrating a birthday here at our home yesterday and they noticed a bird cage in our living room. Jumping up and down they asked, "Is there a bird in there?" I replied, "No, there is a clock." Next question..."Why is there a clock in your bird cage?" Well, because... time flies!

Psalm 90:10 says:
The length of our days is seventy years— or eighty, if we have the strength.
There is no guarentee of this. This past week a 19 year old and a 57 year old I've been praying for both went on to be with the Lord.

My husband jokes I have already packed a hundred years into fifty years.

Daily planners never worked well for me because I had seven other lives involved in my scheduling process and when you have children changes always occur. Had I taken a slower pace I most likely would have listened more intently to the Lord and made the most of more opportunities He placed before me.

On my kitchen counter sit two glass vases. One if filled with rocks, the other is filled with sand. They are a reminder that if we take care of the big things (rocks=God's things)first, then there is time to add the little things (sand=self) later. If we fill up our day with the little things, then often there is not time for the big things.

Distinguishing Voices

April 13
The home we lived in for twenty-five years was built in 1914. It was an enormous old house with a steam heating system that could have heated a motel! When that heat came on the rattling began and if you didn't know what it was you would have thought someone was breaking in. We returned home one night to find a baby sitter on the couch with three of the children huddled beside her and a tennis racket ready to swing.(We didn't have baseball bats at the time.) The pipes had given her a fright and the children were too little to explain.
Our minds are bombarded with various messages and learning to distinguish the sources comes through experience. The world screams one thing and the Lord offers up other options. Being alone, with our Bibles open is the best way to hear from God!

May the Old Hymn He Walks With Me encourage us to put some of that alone with Jesus time in each of our days! There is no sweeter fellowship.

I come to the garden alone,While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, Falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses.
Chorus:
And he walks with me And He talks with me, And He tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known.


Let's Pray: Lord, it's a bit hard to comprehend Your love for little ole us, but thank You for caring. Our days on earth are numbered and while some may think we should go for all the gusto here since we have eternity with You, help us to realize we will miss Your purpose for our lives here on earth if we fail to fellowship with You and hear Your instructions. Personally, I am struggling here in the world Father and need You to guide me. In Jesus' Name, Amen

In a Rut

April 12
Usually, if you are in a rut it is not a good spot to be because you cannot get out, unless you like your rut! What you want to be is on track. We have several sliding screen doors at our home and when they get off track they get stuck in a rut and are difficult to open and close. When we remodeled our home we purchased two "Phantom Screens". These are amazing, there is no track. The screen wraps around a cylinder and pulls out from the side of the door closing on the other side with magnets.
The Holy Spirit is like that...invisible with a magnetic force which pulls us closer to the Father!
Feeling in a rut spiritually? A little off track and out of fellowship with the Lord? Ask the Spirit to get you back on track today!

There were a couple fun passages in The Message about ruts!

Psalm 119:97
Oh, how I love all you've revealed; I reverently ponder it all the day long. Your commands give me an edge on my enemies; they never become obsolete. I've even become smarter than my teachers since I've pondered and absorbed your counsel. I've become wiser than the wise old sages simply by doing what you tell me. I watch my step, avoiding the ditches and ruts of evil so I can spend all my time keeping your Word. I never make detours from the route you laid out; you gave me such good directions. Your words are so choice, so tasty; I prefer them to the best home cooking. With your instruction, I understand life; that's why I hate false propaganda.


2 Corinthians 5:1-7
For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we'll never have to relocate our "tents" again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what's coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we're tired of it! We've been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what's ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we'll never settle for less.
That's why we live with such good cheer. You won't see us drooping our heads or dragging our feet! Cramped conditions here don't get us down. They only remind us of the spacious living conditions ahead. It's what we trust in but don't yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? When the time comes, we'll be plenty ready to exchange exile for homecoming.

God's Training Ground

April 10-11
Prayerfully our son, who is in basic training with the Army, has returned today from six hot days in the wilderness. The only covering he was given was a camo tarp and some ropes.Our clever daughter emailed: that is intents...ha...intense! The next activity awaiting him is to march 20 miles with a 100 pound pack on his back.
Reading today in Streams in the Desert I bet our son could relate to this parallel written by L. B. Cowman.
"God trains His soldiers not in tents of ease and luxury but by causing them to endure lengthy marches and difficult service. He makes them wade across streams, swim through rivers, climb mountains, and walk many tiring miles with heavy backpacks."
Cowman continues: "Being left alone by Satan is not evidence of being blessed!...There is no shortcut to a life of faith, which is an absolute necessity for a holy and victorious life. We must have periods of lonely meditation and fellowship with God."

Talking to a friend today she asked how I was. My honest reply was "I have been in a dark place the past 24 hours, but I am coming out." Turning the page in one of my devotional books I looked right at this verse which I have never studied before.

Whatever I say to you in the dark, you must tell in the light. And you must announce from the housetops whatever I have whispered to you.
Matthew 10:27

Had I put God first and done my devotional this morning, I might have come out of this funk sooner!
Incredible spiritual growth takes place in the dark!
Hold tightly to the Lord and his promises when you are there.

The Butterfly Beauty Pageant

April 9

Do you ever get the sense something or someone is coming? This week my husband and I have met each afternoon on our dock for intense Bible Study watching for what God is about to deliver. We've also busted our chops the past two weeks working on Shiloh from the inside out, should what God be up to, be selling this place. Yesterday, I was on the far side of the property and was pooped so I plopped down in an old swing. I think I have written about the yellow butterfly which has been following me around for the past week. No sooner had I sat down, than there she came right to me. Speaking gently to her, I also gave a little chuckle to God acknowledging all the ways he encourages us. The song Ancient of Days was playing on my IPOD. My eyes stared over to a lush green clearing towards the entrance to the scripture trails, and there were SIX yellow butterflies. The dogwoods and red buds were blooming in the background and my first thought was...oh, my goodness, I am getting a glimpse of heaven.
Immediately Ephesians 3:20-21 came to mind:

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Not wanting the picturesque moment to end I just sat there and the beauty pageant began...one by one those butterflies flew past me over the water in the cove, then they all returned to the clearing circling around as if rehearsing for a May pole dance!

The last part of Psalms Now #41 reverberates with what I was feeling.
My loving God, You are truly gracious to me.
You have not cast me aside or allowed me to be destroyed.
You know that I honestly want to serve You.
And you have demonstrated Your acceptance and concern for me by sustaining me and
drawing me even closer to Yourself.
May God be praised forever!

Taste and See that the Lord is Good

April 8
Maybe it was a hot flash which woke me up or the thoughts I am recalling are from a dream, but the message was to have a day only talking to the Lord. Confirmation came in several ways...one devotional book started today off with these passages of scripture:

Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.
Proverbs 16:3

Know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. 1 Chronicles 28:9

I am blessed with two daughters who love the Lord with all their hearts and have learned at young ages to hear His voice. Both shared this week lessons learned from Him. One spoke of how we find ourselves pouring ourselves into "projects" sometimes as a way of therapy to distract ourselves from a hurt or disappointment. She said she realized she had done that and God said to her...."Why don't you just pour yourself into Me?"

Another confirmation came as I am presently doing a Bible Study called: Close to His Majesty. O taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8 David Needham writes, "Our greatest hindrance to this experience may be the pace at which we live....hardly a day-hardly an hour-goes by that if we paused to think through what was happening, we would discover something more about our God. For "in Him we live and move and have our being." He is always ours to taste and to discover. It is so easy to forget, that God saved us above all else for love for intimacy in relationship, for response. To fail to have time for this is to fail at living...One of the toughest things you and I confront is to get our thoughts off ourselves and the earth-oriented things that surround us long enough to "taste and see that the Lord is good."

In our minds we think that if the Lord is good, everything surrounding our lives will be good. Hmm, ask Moses, Noah, Job, Abraham, the disciples if they found this to be true. We live in the world and while chaos swirls around us there is a constant to cling to...His name is Jesus and he speaks truth, hope, love and of the good to come!

Cleaning Up Our Acts

April 7

Our cars function better when the oil is changed,the silver shines brighter when polished, my glasses are much more efficient when the smudges are removed, getting the grit out of the sink faucet makes a world of difference and Moses is much more pleasant to be around when he is cleaned up from head to tail!

Cleaning ourselves up on the outside is done much more frequently, than an interior scrubbing. God's Word is clear about the needed process and the refreshment which comes when we clean up our acts.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Proverbs 28:13
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Luke 15:10
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

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.

Exclamation

April 6

Now you know it is going to be a good (91 degree, by the way) day when you awakened with the word exclamation on your mind.
I was shocked when I saw the dictionary's definition, as I tend to use my exclamation points more to show excitement in a positive fashion.

...a sharp or sudden utterance or a vehement expression of protest or complaint.
Being a bit baffled I clicked on the other option which was exclamation point:
Used especially after an interjection or exclamation to indicate forceful utterance or strong feeling; a distinctive indication of major significance, interest, or contrast.

Biblegateway in The Message took me to a favorite verse related to exclamations.
Philippians 1:3
[ A Love That Will Grow ] Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God's Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.

There is so much that comes against us in this world and leaves us downtrodden. I agree with Paul and praise God for the fellowship of believers and the love we share! I count it all joy with shouts of exclamation when I remember you!

A New Thing

Another one of our sons became engaged this weekend...we are so excited!
Welcome aboard Jenna! We love you!

Somehow the final Holy Week post came up below Friday's.
You just need to scroll down.

April 5th
Spring in Virginia is exhilarating! Every day something new is bursting forth!
After such a drastic winter I was afraid it would be July before we could get in the water, but with this week of 80-90 degree temperatures God is working overtime to warm things up!

Maybe it is from the thrill of Easter, but I have awakened this Monday morning full of joy and expectant of the great things God is going to do. For over a week now He has told me "Be watchful, I am about to do something and I do not want you to miss it." He keeps saying, "Do not look to the left or the right, but straight at me."

Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Have you found in life's cycles that the Lord allows a low in your life to take you unto himself, teach you how to be a little more like Jesus and then send you out again hopefully more prepared for your next assignment?

Paul wrote from experience...2 Corinthians 12:9-10
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. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

God is doing a new thing today and He wants us to be a part of it, but we need to be totally surrendered to his will and his way.

Let's Pray: Lord, your creation signals your majesty, your faithfulness, and your power! Once again we need to die to self, seek Your forgiveness and get on with the work You have for us to do. Open our eyes and let us see the Your plan for this day. The phone call, the knock at the door, the neighbor struggling with her groceries, the mother with the toddlers, the person on the elevator with us, or the one sitting alone in the coffee shop...did You place them there for a purpose. Nudge us in the direction to do Your will. Give us courage to step out and do a new thing for You for You have done so much for us.
We love you Lord. In Jesus, Name Amen

Happy Holy Week-Friday

April 2
E-everlasting
A-affliction
S-suffering, sacrificial, Savior
T-transformed
E
-excruciating

Listening to a sermon on the radio, the minister was stating how people sometime diminish the pain of Christ on the cross because He knew the crucifixion was coming. That would be like me saying natural child birth was not painful because I knew I was getting a baby.
(I have no clue why I did it totally natural six times.)
Jesus was fully God and fully man. The pain He endured was excruciating.

May we put our Easter eggs aside today and look to what Jesus did for us.
Remember the crown of thorns and the hateful scorn.
Hear the pounding of the hammer, see the spear pieced side.
Listen as He confidently says: "It is finished."
The sacrifice which was made for so many...His purpose completed on the cross...and now the wait for the end of the prophesied story

Happy Holy Week- Saturday

April 3-4
E-everlasting
A-affliction
S-suffering, sacrificial, Savior
T-transformation
E-excruciating
R
- reigning, royal, ruler, who will return

Do we get "hung up" on the cross? Is that the only place we see Jesus? Now don't get me wrong...we needed that sacrifice in a major way, but while He said, "It is finished," he didn't mean his involvement in our lives.

As Christians, our story wouldn't be one of victory without the resurrection! There is reason to rejoice! (Ah, another "R" word.) Jesus is our royal ruler who will return to take His rightful reign. So in the meantime, what is to happen?
We are to be about His business in a big way!

He did what He did for us on the cross, in a MAJOR WAY. (Say that like Julia Roberts, said "Big Mistake" in Pretty Woman.) Beaten, ridiculed, humiliated, love hung Him there! When He looks at us does he see ready, reliable, relentless servants who are willing to endure persecution, pain, and often uncomfortable predicaments for His purpose?

As Believers, our lives are to be all about Jesus. If we believe He is who we profess Him to be and did what He did for us on that cross, rose again and is returning, then our lives should be radically different from others. Our marching orders should come from Him each day...we should also be very quick to pray...and excited to immerse ourselves in His Word in a big way!

Think how thrilled the women at the tomb and the disciples were when they realized Jesus had risen! It is that way for us when we experience the risen Lord!

What a Holy Holiday Easter is! Let's don't let this Easter celebration pass without putting ourselves in a place where we can hear from Him! The greatest gift we can give Him is our love and service and the icing on the cake is when we share our faith with one who does not know Him! Party!!!!

Alleluia, we love you Lord!!!

Happy Holy Week-Thursday

April 1
E-everlasting
A-affliction
S-satisfied, sacrificial, Savior
T
- transformed

Traveling to Jerusalem, life as the disciples knew it was about to be transformed. Their world will go from an intimate dinner party to a shocking betrayal and complete turmoil. Take time today to read John 13-17 and journal your top ten one liners Jesus bestowed upon the disciples. Ponder His words and ask God how those words can transform our lives and the lives of those around us.


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

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18