You Don't Know What You've Got

October 29-31

Base your happiness on your hope in Christ.
When trials come endure them patiently; steadfastly maintain the habit of prayer.

Romans 12:12 (Phillips)

Enviously, we've heard stories or received emails about people who purchased or inherited something not being aware of the value of what they had. There is a song that went something like this..."You don't know what you've got till it's gone." Probably from a good ole country, break up song!
Two thoughts...
Once our love affair with Christ begins, He never leaves us. We may wander and have regrets over what could have been, but His love is steadfast and open armed.
The other is that because we are not capable of understanding the ways of God, we are clueless to all that is available to us when we've "got" Christ. Most of us don't even begin to tap into the peace, purpose and power which is available to us. While the Holy Spirit will never be gone from us, the opportunities we were created to perform through the power of the Spirit can slip away if we are not alert.

I am preparing to enter into a retreat weekend with some sisters in Christ. For two days the Lord has said over and over to me..."Have ears to hear!"

If we've got Jesus we've got an abundant life!

PS....I hate the word "got" but it works here!

Lord, You are our most precious possession and You can never be taken away. Even if someone steals our life, that brings us into Your actual presence which is a grand inheritance. Give us ears to hear You today and feet willing to march along Your way! Mold us, mentor us, mature us into the master pieces You had in mind from the beginning of our time. Thank You, thank You that we are precious in your site. We know what we've got. We've got it all when we've got Jesus. In His name we pray, Amen

What Are You? What Do You Know?

October 28

Dogging the storms yesterday, I went out on our deck to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Placing a cushion in a chair, an interesting insect stared up at me. I questioned, "Are you a spider, a cricket, or an off shoot of a stink bug (being the same grayish color)? My mind drifted back to my daughter's middle school days when she shared about asking a classmate if she was a Christian and the girl replied, "No, I am an Episcopalian."

If asked today, "Who are you?" How would you reply? Are you able to say, "I am a child of the King and a sinner saved by grace."

Chatting with my daughter yesterday, I inquired...."What do you know?"

When it comes to the things of God Psalm 139:6 says:
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.

While God may not answer all our inquires and let us know it all, the contemplative process with God leads us to a realization of how marvelous and magnanimous God is. Walking into our woods the other night it seemed as if the brilliance of color and the vastness of the forest would lead right to heaven. I stood, with hands lifted high, rejoicing in His goodness and sensing a depth of His love I hadn't known the day before. The more we get away with the Lord, the more we love Him and experience the knowledge of a love from Him that is like no other.

So today we can say, I am a child of the living, loving Lord and I know there is no greater claim to fame!

He Knows the Routine

October 27

While putting on my shoes, Moses rose to his feet. Walking into my bedroom to grab my purse caused him to turn 360's. The final straw which puts him over the top and has him rushing to the door, spinning circles the whole time, is when I pick up the car keys. Moses knows my out the door routine, the cues that signal my departure.

Do you have distinct routines your neighbors recognize? Up early an out for a run each morning, regular carpools or play groups for your children. Maybe you are a sports mom on the run. Are you seen Sunday morning heading off to church, Wednesday night not home until 8:00 because of a prayer service, maybe a routine group of friends who come over for Bible study? The patterns of our lives say a lot about us.

Often our schedules and routines keep us from freely going with the Father and experiencing the Great Adventure. Wasn't there a hymn that had the lyric...where You lead I will follow? Routines and commitments are good things, but the best thing is obedience to the Father, even when it takes us off the beaten path.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.
Psalm 32:8

Let's Pray:
Have Your own way Lord, have Your own way. Poke us and prod us this very day.
Don't let us miss out on your best, because we're too busy or taking a rest!
We love you Lord, In Jesus' Name...Get 'er done today! Bring on the glory!

What are we sucking up?

October 26

Forgive me Lord, but I started house cleaning before I began writing for You today. You know the sound your vacuum makes when you suck up something more than dirt? We have a central vac, which is much easier on my back issues, but the risk is vacuuming up something that might get stuck in the inner walls of your home. Once I got to close to a string of pearls and in they went. My immediate reaction was devastating like over correcting a vehicle. Hitting the off button, my hope was to catch the pearls in the hose, but what happened is they got into the pipeline and took a plunge. Had I left the vacuum on they probably would have made it to the final dumping ground and I could have gotten them. (Now don't plot a treasure house and come tear my walls apart, I came up with a solution and finally forced them out).
This morning as I was in a bathroom, not my own, I heard the clink, clink noise and realized I had accidentally intercepted something larger than dirt! I took on an "Oh, well, it's not mine dude," attitude and kept on vacuuming. That is when the Lord gave me a message to share.
Whether through the media, movies, music, print or verbal proposals what is the filter we use for what we are sucking into our minds? How often do we take things in unfiltered and not show the least bit of concern for what we have placed in our minds? What we place in our minds stays there somewhere, maybe not at the forefront, but it is filed away.
Last week singing and praying around a campfire with some women, a young girl spoke up in amazement. She was probably around 20 years old. We were singing old hymns and she was floored by the fact she knew the lyrics. Recalling her childhood days in church, she realized the hymns she had heard as a young child had stayed with her and now she was able to sing them.

God calls us to guard our minds, to be on the alert for danger and take our stand against the devil. We must have an active faith, which is full of discernment and aware of what we are sucking into our minds.

Be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

My husband reads these devos. Confession: It was his bathroom, so if something important is missing my love, I will fish it out of the trash tank for you!

What is He Doing?

October 25

Chatting with a friend, I so related when she said, "I want to do whatever the Lord wants, but I don't know what He is doing."
A week ago I joined a Spiritual Formation Group, which is basically a spiritual growth accountability to group. God has knocked my socks off already with confirmations this week. My assignment was to put on the armor of God (Eph.6:10-17). List the different pieces of armor and ask the Spirit which one you need most at this time. When the answer comes, ask the Spirit to add this piece to your array of virtues so that you can withstand the devil's attacks. I thought the piece I needed most was the shield of faith, with which to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one, but what I really needed was to stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around my waist and recognize deception and then pray in the Spirit.
I told this friend that I thought I knew what God was up to, but I was totally off target and I almost missed going with him where He wanted to me to go and work. I used to have a Christian t-shirt which had fish on the front and said, "Go with the flow."

Let's Pray:
Oh Father, you keep the tables of time and place the path which we are to take before us. Blessed be Your name! Thank You for the way the Spirit nudges us and forgive us for the times we walk away from or ignore the nudging. As I am praying now, You are saying Lord, "Keep in contact. Keep in contact with Me. I am the way the truth and the life." (John 14:6) May our faithfulness result in reasons for rejoicing in heaven today! In Jesus' Name, Amen

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”- Ephesians 5:19-20

1 Jesus- 4 Ways

October 23-24

Looking at the cover of a magazine, one of the subtitles was...
"Nashville-1 City-5 Ways"
Recently, I'd been in a restaurant and the waitress asked if I wanted my egg: scrambled, poached, fried or boiled. It is pretty amazing the variety of ways a simple egg can take on such astonishingly different styles and bring can bring pleasure to different taste buds.
My mind flashed to Jesus and thought- "1 Jesus-4 Ways and 4 so many Different People."
Christ is Savior, Teacher, Lord and Friend. A relationship with Him satisfies the old, the young; the rich, the poor; male and female; and every culture on the globe.

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him Romans 10:12

Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39


October 22

My prayer journal for this day begins..Holy Spirit, please begin working a new in my life in a powerful way. I surrender all. Change the way I think and live.
Turn my annoyances to compassion.
Turn the compassion into prayer time.
Turn prayer time into equipping me through the Spirit to do your will.
Next He laid three people on my heart who want nothing to do with the Lord. His explanation: "They feel a walk with Christ is not socially acceptable in their circles and is threatening to their worldly friendships in which they find fulfillment."
"Oh, Father," I replied, "show me how to love them."
His suggestion: "Take time to listen and not talk. The sweetness of Christ needs to dissolve in their lives like sugar in hot tea. Do not come across as threatening, but exemplify honest, urgent love. Feel like a warm blanket on a winter's day, not a measuring stick for them to live up to and remember... every one needs a little laughter in their life."

I anticipated contact with these people and an opportunity to act. Instead God's work for me was in very unsuspected places with total strangers.

Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you
. Joshua 3:5

Order My Day

October 21

Yuck, I had one of those nights where you wake up every two hours. The before dawn thought on my mind was:
"Help me Jesus! Please order my day. Keep the phone and doorbell from ringing, the dog from throwing up and me from getting distracted from what is most important to You that I accomplish today." Ha, ha, ha. Then I thought....His ways are not my ways. God's plan today could be for me to minister through the phone or someone stopping by. Maybe while cleaning up throw up on the floor, I will stay down there and pray awhile and have a great God encounter. The more I think about it, the things which are important to me are mostly household/family related and probably not even on His "Boo do" list for October 21st!

Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God,
as in fact you are living.
1 Thessalonians 4:1

Let's Pray:
Almighty King, the One whose desire is to see us all enter eternity, be the Commander of our lives today. Forgive us when we do not stand at attention and enthusiastically await Your orders. Fill us with the Holy Spirit so that we might be found as willing foot soldiers, ready to vigorously go where instructed without fear or trepidation for we trust in Your plan. May our faith be courageous and contagious and spur others on to follow You. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Fruity Visual

October 20

Traipsing off this morning to that all familiar passage of Galatians 5:22-23 and the fruit of the Spirit, brought about an interesting exercise initiated by the Spirit. My drawing abilities are limited, but I was to draw a human figure. The questioned posed in my mind was: "What percentage of these spiritual gifts (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) fill you up today?"
Hmm. I wasn't sure if I was to make a colored pie chart of percentages, use a red pen and fill in the body image I had drawn to see what percentage of me was spirit-filled, or what? Instead I drew lines to parts of the body in which I could choose to utilize these gifts today.
Love- in my heart for Christ and others
Joy- to come out of my mouth in the form of praise and encouraging others
Peace- in my mind because I know who holds today and is in control.
Patience- this could have gone with my heart, mouth, mind, but since they were already taken I put that word on my shoulders as a reminder to choose to relax and be patient. My stomach would have worked as well as it often takes on my stresses.
Kindness- was on one hand and Goodness/Generosity on the other as they apply to acts of service which I can perform for others.
Faithfulness- first I put it by my ear, so that I would be faithful to hear the Word of God, then I added it to my feet to remind me to be faithful in my walk.
Gentleness- I put this word by my arms as a reminder to gently rock those who are fragile
Self-control-again a great one for my mouth, but I put it by my eyes and prayed for self-control not only in what I allow my eyes to see, but in how I see things asking the Lord for self-control from seeing and reacting to things as the enemy would desire me to do.

Lord, what an amazing gift giver you are. When you gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit it was as if we received one of those fancy, tall tool storage units with every drawer full of useful tools. Sometimes a gift has only one purpose, but the Spirit is so much more. He is truth, teacher, comforter, convictor, an ever present guide. Forgive us when we struggle alone on our own not taking advantage of the gift given to us. May we welcome the Spirit into our lives today and be transformed. In Jesus' Name, Amen

PS. Blogspot has posted that at 5:00 this afternoon all images will be unable to be accessed on blogs for two hours while some maintenance is being done, so if you can't see the pics that is why.

Get Wisdom

October 19

1 Kings 4:29
God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight,
and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.

So who is the smiling face in the stunning Hong Kong silk dinner jacket gracing my blog today? That would be my spunky 90 year old father, who somewhere along the way must have asked the Lord for wisdom, for he is full of it. We have a very valuable resource available to us in our senior citizens. It would behoove us as a nation and as individuals to sit at the feet of these people and take in the wisdom they can provide. It will also benefit those of us coming along behind that generation to seek the Lord for the gift of wisdom ourselves.

Proverbs 4:5
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.

While visiting with my physician, I asked about his children. One of his daughters is engaged and when I asked about the young man she is marrying his response was quite unique. "He is slow to answer. You can tell he considers his responses, sometimes even taking a week or two before giving an answer." Whew, I would hate to shop with this fellow if my purchases depended on his opinion. In all seriousness, that is a very godly trait and my own husband displays it often.

Proverbs 18:13 in The Message says:
Answering before listening is both stupid and rude.

James 1:19 My dear brothers, take note of this:
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

With critical elections coming upon us in two weeks let;s unite in prayer for people to be filled with wisdom and get to the poles. Maybe you have a neighbor or nursing home friend who needs a ride to vote. I have been guilty of saying it is too late to turn this nation back to one which is pleasing in the Lord's sight, but that shows no wisdom on my part for God's own Word says that nothing is impossible with Him.

Let's Pray:
You are wise Father. You are loving and full of goodness. Forgive us when we are quick to speak and fail to take advantage of the wisdom You long to give us. Guide us on Your path, fill is with Your grace and motivate us to share Your goodness with others, In Jesus' Name, Amen

Testify to Love

October 18

A favorite song of mine is entitled "Testify to Love"
For as long as I shall live I will testify to love
I'll be a witness in the silences when words are not enough
With every breath I take I will give thanks to God above
For as long as I shall live I will testify to love

From the mountains to the valleys From the rivers to the sea
Every hand that reaches out Every hand that reaches out to offer peace
Every simple act of mercy Every step to kingdom come
All the hope in every heart will speak what love has done

Tonight I had the privilege of attending a hot dog roast on a beach on the Lake and sitting around a campfire singing praise songs as the sunset. Then we were challenged to testify to what we have seen the Lord do lately. Applause rang out again and again as these women share the power of a God who is just as involved in our lives today as He was in the days of Da

Sliding Through

October 16-17

Stink bugs have been the pests of persistence around our area and though not minute in size, these creatures can slide through tiny cracks. Yesterday, I noticed a window sill full and realized I had not pulled down the lock latch on our window and though it appeared to be closed these bugs were sliding through, trying to find warmth and actually finding death as they became trapped in the window sill and unable to slither back out.

While amazed that they could get in this way, I thought about the similarity to sin. It can creep into our lives given the tiniest opening. Like the bugs' demise, sin brings death and robs joy.

Once again I had a double hitter as 1 John 1:9-10 enlightened my path through two different sources today.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

Various methods have arisen from people as to the best way to eliminate stink bugs from your home. You do not want to smash them for it is then that their name takes flight and the "stink" arises. One neighbor taught me her plastic bag containing bug spray method. You keep a large Ziploc baggie on hand and capture the bugs and toss them in there, zipping it up before the stench gets out. Only problem, you still have a bag of dead stink bugs sitting around.

Praise God He came up with a plan to rid us of our stinking sins. Like catching the stink bugs, sins has to be removed through a process. The process begins with conviction, but needs to continue with our action of confession and repentance.
Rachel Olson says:

"Without conviction, however, there is no repentance. Without repentance, there is no grace to change. Without change there is no growth. Only future sins to be committed, glossed over, denied and forgotten. And in the process, we don't realize how miserable we truly are - how sick our souls become".

Let's Pray:
Father of Forgiveness, we worship You! Your love, grace and forgiveness are beyond comprehension. Wherever this Saturday has us, one thing we know for sure is that You are there with us. May our words and actions make You proud to call us your own and when they don't will You quickly convict us and set our repentance in motion, so that we may move on to a more pleasing path. Today our heart's desire is to honor You in all we do. Take the stink out of lives and place the Holy Spirit as a guard who helps us to choose to keep sin from sliding through. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Good Gifts

October 15

The wedding dinner tables were adorned with roses housed in silver punch cups, goblets, and sherbets which were all family gifts. The bread was wrapped in linen napkins and laid in silver bread trays, also family heirlooms. The lace tablecloths adorning many of the serving tables came from my parents. A silver punch bowl and silver pitchers, which had belonged to my husband's grandmother, offered refreshment on a hot fall day. The pendant on the necklace around my neck had been an earring of my mother's. There was so much joy in using these special pieces for our son's wedding and we realize how blessed we have been by gifts from our parents. Reflecting on this, the Lord brought to mind a verse which reminds us of the depth of His love for us and of what an amazing gift giver He is!

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11

While we enjoyed all these gifts, we longed for my mother and our grandparents to have been able to share in the joy of this day. As my ninety year old father was leaving the tears began to fall down his cheeks and he said, "Your mother would have been so proud." His next words left us both in sobs..."I probably won't be here to see your other children married." Ugh, time out, I cry every time I recall that moment for that reality brings such pain to my heart. Returning to our house in tears, one friend said, "How blessed you are to know of a father's love like you do."

Was this line from the Beverly Hillbillies?
Kick your shoes off, sit a spell, y'all come back now.
Today may we sit a spell and think about the love our heavenly Father has for us. It is real, it is magnificent and it is ever present.

Let's pray:
We love you Lord, and we lift our hands in praise to You. Forgive us when we rush through the day, giving your love for us and our love for you no recognition. Teach us to love others with a depth which leaves an unforgettable imprint on their lives. Teach us to live in a way which has others wondering what or may "who" makes us tick. We want to be like Jesus and fulfill your purpose for our lives. In His precious name we pray, Amen

Thanks for the prayers yesterday. The mass appears to be a Lipoma and will be removed later. It is not however the cause of the pain which I am in. I see another doctor Monday and am praying the pain is alleviated by that time.


October 14

For any of you who have planned a wedding or big event you may be able to relate to what I am about to share. For the past 5 weeks I've had a massive "to do" list. Praise God for friends who kept my hand to the plow and had me start early. Each morning I would awaken and shift my mind into wedding gear and what needed to be accomplished. Well, the wedding was last Sunday and a fairy tale event, but I am still waking up in preparation mode. This morning I was dreaming about stuffing boxwood and roses into floral arrangements.
God is a detailed planner and there are two of my favorite verses which attest to this fact.

In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
John 14:2

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Lord, open our eyes today to Your plans. Help us to evaluate how our lives fit the puzzle called "today". Give us the words to speak, the prayers to pray and show us the hands which need holding. In Jesus Name, Amen

Pressing Matters, Pride and the Privilege of Prayer

October 13

The 68 table cloths and 70 linen napkins my friends and I prepared for this past wedding weekend have all been washed, but once again need pressing. My husband was out at a board meeting last night and I knocked out about 3 hours worth of ironing. This morning I started on to the linen napkins. My ironing press is in front of a window and as I looked out to the yard I watched the leaves falling from the trees. The seasons change so quickly, the view in front of me would not last forever and I thought...."What is pressing here?" Turning off the iron, I called to Moses, "Let's hit the trails and head to the woods and take in God's glory."

Tomorrow I have a consultation with a surgeon, which I have put off for way too long. If I am honest with myself, the scurrying I am doing to get this house back in order is because I am allowing the enemy to invade my peace and cause me to anticipate bad news and I don't want to leave my husband with a mess! Pride has kept me from sharing this with many of you. Figuring God and I can handle this one, I've denied you the privilege to pray for me, as you have so many times allowed me to do for you. Putting pride aside I ask you to pray that the mass, which has been in my leg for sometime now, will be gone by tomorrow and that I will not need surgery.

Closing the ironing press and heading to the trails for "Jesus time" was powerful. The first few signs I walked passed were loving in the Lord, keep My commandments, do not be anxious, impress my word upon your heart, rejoice in the Lord always, train up your children in the way they should go... My first stop was on a bench by the beach. On my right hand is a beautiful diamond which my father gave me when I was sixteen years old. It glistened in the Autumn sun. The scene towards the contemporary version of the movie Titanic-came to mind when the older woman dropped her amazing jewel back into the ocean. If I tossed this diamond in the water and then put the word out that it was in the lake I can only imagine how many people would search frantically hoping to retrieve this treasure. Yet, the richest treasure in the world is available for the taking and people are not willing to take time to dig into God's word and find Him.
What is it that you find pressing today? Has your Jesus time been invaded by a sense of earthly urgency?

Let's Pray:
Oh, to You Almighty God, who called us into being, we submit our wants to Your will and say..."Be glorified!" Help us to savor not only the beauty of Your creation, but the blessing of being called Your child. Give us the discipline to slow the pace of today and ponder the purpose You have for us this day. Train our minds to treat our relationship with You as a treasure to be shared with many. May the most pressing problem we have today to be to take to our knees and count it a privilege to pray for those You position in our hearts and minds. As we think about Your love, may laughter be the language that lifts our spirits high as we rejoice in the wonder of being known by You. In Jesus' Name, Amen


October 11-12

Romans 7:15 says...I do not understand what I do.
For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

That is the way I've felt the past two days. Sunday our son was married here at Shiloh and my husband performed the ceremony. My desire had been to get up early, go off and be with the Lord in a quiet place and then have the opportunity to be alone in quiet prayer with my son. The day was fabulous, but didn't unfold quite that way. Yesterday, we still had a houseful to get up and out and a friend who was willing to stay and help me begin to put this property back together, but I never wrote the devotional or even put on praise music. Today I want to fulfill John 4:24...God is spirit and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
The Lord has provided probably the last upper 80's day of weather for the season and I am sneaking off with Jesus to enjoy a time of intimate fellowship.
Hmm, that is hopefully what my son and his new bride are doing. Had I been faithful to the discipline of my quiet times I would have been able to share from Quiet Times with God an excellent devotional by John Lloyd Ogilvie which was perfect for a wedding day. Our son's gaze upon his bride has to be the closest thing on earth to the way Christ looks upon us. (I will try to get some pictures up soon.) Enjoy this devotional.

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2
"Blessed, living Lord Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, the best days are those days in which I focus my attention on You. Today I renew my dedication to keeping my eyes on You as the only lasting source of security and strength. No human being is meant to give the ultimate meaning to life; no material possession or achievement is capable of giving me profound inner peace.
So I look to You, Alpha and Omega, the way, the truth, and the life who gives me direction, revelation, and abundant life. You are the light who dispels darkness, the bright and morning star of the dawn of a new day and thousands of second chances, the Bread of Life to feed my spiritual hungers the door to safety in a dangerous world, the true vine in whom I abide with fruitfulness as a branch, and the resurrection and the life who has defeated death and makes this another day of heaven already begun.
I love You, Lord Jesus, You are my Master and I am Your disciple, You are my Savior and I am Your forgiven follower. You are my Lord and I am Your servant. Life is great because it is filled with great opportunities to love You by caring for people. Author of my faith, write this page of my life today as You see best; finisher of my faith, I will never finish praising You."

Find time today to gaze upon Jesus!

Savor the Moment

October 8-10

Our son and fiance arrived Wednesday and have been helping us put the final touches on their wedding weekend.
God has blessed us with gorgeous fall weather beyond our expectations. He has also blessed us with friends who have helped in ways we never imagined. For me the most uplifting part has been the scriptures He has provided in daily devotionals I read which are perfect for the situations we face. Over and over again I say, "Stay plugged into His word so you don't miss seeing how personal God is and how much He loves you.
Someone told our son to save the moment of his wedding weekend, because it will fly by. When earthly things bring comfort and satisfaction it is easy to fore go the unseen (like God), but I say..."Savor the moments with God, for they make the special earthly times that much more meaningful."

God slipped me some wonderful wisdom and encouragement today!

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

Do everything without complaining or arguing.
Philippians 2:14

Lord, You are beyond our comprehension. We bow before You with an attitude of adoration and the interjection, "WOW"!
We come into Your presence with thanksgiving on our hearts and give You praise. Forgive us when we lose focus of who You and are and what You have planned for us to do. Today guide not only our hearts and minds, but our eyes and mouths. May we speak a truth about You to someone else, which draws them to You! May the moment we savor this weekend, be the one when we hear You speak to us! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Word to the Wise

October 8

God makes me smile!
I didn't go to bed until after midnight and was up at 4:00...what's on my mind....our son's wedding at our home this weekend! Finally, I surrendered to the sleeplessness and decided to do my quiet time and some wash. Well, Moses throwing up all over our carpet helped to get me up! I think the stress is getting to him, he has no clue what is happening, he knows it is not Christmas, but senses there is something big brewing.
Now your thinking...and God makes her smile? Check out the verses in two of my devotional books for Oct. 8th
Peace to you. Our friends greet you. Greet the friends by name. 1 John 14
Before the bride to be went to bed last night she pulled out her computer and showed me pictures of the people who are coming so I could familiarize myself with them!!!!! Now I can greet them by name!

Then I opened Streams in the Desert (I can't believe I didn't type "dessert" after all the sweets I've been cooking.)

Do not be anxious about anything. Philippians 4:6
Is God personal or what?
It even goes on to refer to Matthew 6:31 Are you ready for this?
So do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear?"

God is so on his throne. His is so in control and he cares so much for every little detail of each of our lives.
I am going back to sleep!
Love to you, Boo

Prep Work

October 7

Years ago, B.C. (Before children), I attended a cooking seminar at the Greenbrier resort. From souffles, to sauces, to spinning sugar, I was amazed by what the chef created. The difference in his kitchen and mine, which stood out the most, was the fact he had two helpers behind him doing all the prep work. They measured, chopped, cracked, etc and all he had to do was pour items in the pan or pot! The prep work is a big part of cooking. I am preparing for a wedding at our home this weekend and have some cooking to do today. Last night, I measured out many of the ingredients, so they are ready to just be dropped in this morning.
Good aide mixer, sharp knives, etc make cooking more enjoyable.

Our days can go a lot smoother if we take advantage of the prep work available to us such as being in a weekly Bible study or having a daily devotional which we read (guess you are doing that). These give God the opportunity to take his best tool, scripture, and speak to us. Opening a few of my daily sources I praised the Lord for knowing just what I need this week!
Check these out and then ponder what it is God is telling you.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

I Peter 4:8-9

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:4

Give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

We have used an amazing landscaper to help us prepare for this wedding. As many of you know our property contains over 60 scripture verses, which make for great accountability tools. Yesterday, as a friend and I were slaving away moving furniture and trying to get things in order my walk was tested. The landscaper said, "I need to talk to you. There is a problem." I am thinking now how much problem can there be with mulch and pansies? He proceeded to share he had hit our fence with his truck. I said, "Oh, don't worry can we just put a corn stalk up in front of it." His penetrating blue eyes begged to differ, so I followed him up the hill to the entrance. Whoops! His truck had demolished the main post and some smaller ones which held the swinging gate on. Ugh, was my first thought. Then miracle of miracles, my mind actually remembered that in the rafters of our garage were some extra fence pieces. The previous owners of this property had left them behind. "Let's head to the garage," I suggested. Before lifting the door, I explained to him I was going to pray and I did. All the pieces we needed were right there.
He called a contractor and it will be repaired tonight! God is good and He uses all circumstances for his glory! God had done the prep work for that whole accident scenario! Amazing! As I said to our landscaper..."Don't you just love Him!"

Clean Up on Aisle Four

October 6

Waking to the thought of "Clean up on aisle four" my mind wandered to my grocery list for this weekend. A grocery list was not where God was heading with me. Gently, He reminded me that my "to do" list and my prayer "request" list were getting way out in front of my confession time. I've been polishing a lot of silver and some pieces required a toothbrush to get into the ornate spots. God is requiring me to allow Him to get into those tiny grooves in my own life, you know, the sin pockets way down deep that we think no one will notice. Well, God notices.
The past three days God has sent messages from the book of Habakkuk to me. That sounds like a board game doesn't it?
Habakkuk was a prophet, in the nation of Judah, back around 600 B.C. Like many of us, Mr. H. was concerned about his nation's spiritual decline and he calls out to God. The refreshing thing about this fellow is how real he is. He questions if God is really listening and when God answers him explaining He will allow "the bad guys" (Babylonians) to be the ones to bring destruction on Judah to help turn her from her sinful ways it ruffles Habakkuk's feathers a bit.
God is sovereign and he will not let injustice triumph forever, but He may choose to allow us to come up against evil to test and thus strengthen our faith and to work good in our lives.
James, Jesus' half-brother told us this...Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

When the trials and tests come, I am learning to look inward and instead of a "Woe (funny, first I typed whoa)..instead of a "woe is me" attitude I am asking the Spirit to to do a "clean up" on the aisle of my life and see what I may have made a mess of.

God you are our God and we will ever praise You. If we had a cymbal and a harp we would play them! There is no better place to be than in Your presence! Today, we take "whoa" moment and stop our forward motion and ask You to reveal the areas of our heart which need to be cleaned up. Thank You, thank You that Jesus died on the cross for that specific reason. His sacrifice is so totally sufficient. We just need to acknowledge our sin and repent. Shape us and make us pleasing in Your sight. Today, no matter what comes we will say, "Our God is up to good!" In Jesus' name, Amen

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. Habakkuk 3:17-19

The Shut Out

October 4

Beep, beep, beep, beep. My cell phone let me know there was a text. It was from a young high school boy in SC, who is like a grandson to us. The text said, "Another shut out. We are now 6-0!" The report related to the football team on which he plays.

The Bible says it is God's desire for there to be a shut out...well, actually He wants no one shut out of heaven.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Father, Your ways are wise! We desperately need Your spirit to coach us. Forgive us when we take the ball and try to score on our own without consulting Your game plan. Make us team players who unite to score for Your kingdom's cause. When You hand us the ball may we carry out the play just as You have instructed, for within that course is the victory. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Contact with Society

October 2-3

This quote caught my attention this morning.
"Contact with others in society is not what causes the soul to grow most vigorously.
In fact, one quiet hour of prayer will often yield greater results than man days spent
in the company of others. It is in the desert that the dew is freshest and the air is the
most pure." Andrew Bonar

Praying for an hour takes discipline of the mind and even more discipline of what we do
with our time! Look ahead at the next two days and schedule an appointment with God!
Why is it we struggle to be alone with the One who loves us and knows us best?
Hmm, maybe we think we have all of eternity with Him and we want to make the most
of our time with people on earth.

When God does nudge us to have contact with society, we should go for it. I had another wonderful confirmation
yesterday. Two weeks ago God put a man on my heart to pray for, so I called him and asked if there was something he needed prayer for. He was taken back a bit and said, "No, I don't think so." and that was the end of the conversation.
Yesterday, I saw him and he said, "I've really been wanting to see you. The day you called I had received a disappointing call from my lawyer about a property I was trying to lease. No one knew about this venture, so I didn't share it with you.
That afternoon, the landlord called and had a change of heart and the deal went through! I kept thinking back to God placing me on your heart." I replied, "God is for real!" He smiled, "I know and you call me anytime He brings me to your mind!"

His faith was increased and mine exploded with excitement over what a personal God we serve!
Stay in contact with Him and march where He says march!

They Better Be Nice to Me

October 1

Knowing the mess things are in here wedding prep wise, after two days of torrential down pours, my precious neighbor came to steal me away for a little reprieve. She has the coziest leather couch, which my body melted down into. Her grandson had stopped by to have his grandmother help him find a suit to wear to the homecoming dance this weekend. His grandfather died over a year ago, but his clothes still hang in his closet. What a sweet moment I got to share in and how thrilled that grandfather would have been to see this young man in his suit! Oh, we must savor those moments which fill our hearts with joy.

We were sitting by her fireplace telling tales of years past. I shared a story of how I had given my all to make something happen for someone and said to my husband...."And they better be nice to me!" When I said that I immediately thought of what Christ did for us and how easy it would have been to turn to his Father and say, "I've given my life for them. They better be nice to me."
And in a soft spoken voice my neighbor replied, "But people weren't and still aren't nice to Jesus."

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Matthew 22:37
Ha, it goes on to say, Love your neighbor as yourself! Thanks to all my neighbors, near and far, who are standing by us as we prepare for this time of celebration with our son.