Heading Home




December 30-31
Heading home this morning before sunrise (no we had not been out partying all night) we gazed at this gorgeous view. I wonder if this is what the road to heaven looks like?
Shortly thereafter we passed a bill board which held this statement: "If you died today where would you spend eternity?" Within five minutes we saw an exit ramp covered in the flashing lights of emergency vehicles and down in a ravine was a car laid upside down and totally flattened. Our prayers went up for those captured within.

Psalm 39:4-5 Show me, Lord, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere hand breadth' the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.

PT Keeper of our Days, we find peace in the recognition of Your sovereignty. As we stop today and reflect back on 2010 we know those days are a compilation of successes and failures. We committed sins and are also guilty of sins of omission! We cherish the love and forgiveness which You have showered upon us and prayerfully upon reflection we have exhibited those characteristics to others as well. For many, 2010 has been a year of good-byes as we have buried friends and loved ones. Oh how we hope they are with You, Father. We know not how many days await us before we head to our heavenly home, but we thank You for that hope and ask for courage and obedience to share the Gospel message so others may know of the eternal security which is available. In Jesus' Name, Amen

2011 Greeting


God has so much in store for us in 2011!

Former Things

December 29

Riding shotgun on a road trip, I meditated on who God is as the snow covered Blueridge Mountains rolled by on either side of Highway 81. The thought of kneading dough came to mind. "Yeah, I need some dough$ Lord." Ha, that wasn't where He was going. The process of making yeast breads, pie crusts and cookie dough (which I did over the holidays) held a timely teaching. If you overwork dough it gets tough. Although the rising process takes time, it is worth the wait when the tasty blessings come out of the oven!

My husband had his country station blaring on the radio...very appropriate since we were heading to Nashville. Chris Young was singing: I Hear Voices all the Time.

Putting these two pieces of info together with the New Year on the horizon, I thought back to the mental battle of discerning who the author is of the voices we hear. Daily, I notice the devil drawing me to dwell on past hurts, betrayals and deceptions pushing my heart towards bitterness and resentment. What a joy robber he is and a master of distraction. Like overworked dough, bringing these thoughts up again and again can make a heart tough. Choosing to rise above these disappointments and put our trust in the Lord to work all things together for our good can bring about peace and comfort. (Like yummy baked goods, but with less calories!)

Two verses verify the victory in this process.
Forgetting the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14

Make me laugh, the next country song to come on goes like this: I ain't as good as I once was, my how the years have flown, there was a time back in my prime when I could really hold my own. I ain't as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

One of the best perks of a walk with the Lord is that even though we get older and deteriorate physically with wrinkles, flab and glorious gray we grow in wisdom when we stick to His regiments and we can be better than ever! So let's let go of any former things which stalk us with negativity and look ahead with positive expectancy to what God has next!

PT
Hallelujah Lord, You are as good now as You were in the beginning! You are always at work, doing a new thing. We add our hearts to the list of items ready for updates and improvements. For loves we have lost, hurts we have harbored, hang ups we just haven't been able to let go of, we give them all to You today and say, "Show us the way!" In Jesus' Name, Amen

PS. My husband says that maybe the dough I need is a good venison meal. (Doe for those of you who are slow to his sense of humor.)

Space

December 28

The word from the Lord was clear this morning...space. Opening Biblegateway to begin a search I found a most appropriate verse for three days after Christmas vacation.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28
Stopping to pray for all the stranded travelers up and down the east coast, my heart gave thanks to the Lord that all of our children who had come home for the holiday had gotten safely to their next destinations.

My sewing machine is about to be loaded up to travel to Nashville to help make a special space for a new grand baby. Blue toile curtains are hanging ahead on the agenda. For most people (ok, most females) a lot of thought goes into our personal spaces. It was very interesting that many of the space related verses in the Bible had to do with wanting "wide open" space.

Don't dump on me, God; my God, don't stand me up.
Hurry up and help me; I want some wide-open space in my life! Psalm 38:21-22

Another cry of David's related to space for healing. Oh, how we sympathize with those enduring riveting relationship problems.
I'm hurting and in pain; give me space for healing, and mountain air. Psalm 69:29
Shiloh can provide the mountain air and space for healing! :)

The most penetrating of all the space passages was 2 Peter 3:8 which is from God's perspective. Don't overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn't late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn't want anyone lost. He's giving everyone space and time to change.

With whom do we share our space? Psalm 89:15 says:
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence,
Lord.
Whether wide open or a confining jail cell, the Lord wants to share our space and light our way.
Check out the link above, Hear Ye Hear Ye and the lyrics to the song, In The Presence of Jehovah

PT Jehovah God, we need you and your mercies from on high. Invade our space today! Our earthly toils will vanish and be forgotten over time, but the space which You have waiting for us will be an eternal hour glass which never runs out. We cry out, as in the song mentioned above, that through trusting you people's troubles will vanish and their hearts will be mended. In Jesus Name, Amen

Fill "Er Up

December 26-27
My husband headed up to the Kroger full center time and time again to fill up the tanks of each of the children's cars in appreciation for them making the journey home. I tried my best to fill up their bellies at each meal this past week. Check out the link "The Word for Today" and see the "f" word and verses for...fullness.

I wrote today's devo and it wouldn't layout correctly so after an hour of frustration I deleted it and prayed God would give me the words He wanted shared. He took me to John 10:10 and some powerful words from Jesus.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
We have been dealing with some situations which we sense are stealing, killing and destroying our joy. Maybe you are experiencing similar feelings. Those frustrations are not from the Lord. One of my Christmas gifts was a book called Job by John Piper. "What kind of gift is that?" you say. It is one which puts life's realities into perspective. Job was surrounded by death and devastation, but he was filled up, faithful and focused on God and persevered.
When we notice a leak in our lives, we need to propel ourselves forward, plugging up the problem with the promises of God so we can once again have life to the fullest!

PT Jesus, in You is the fullness of God. May we be found faithful to take a look at You and allow you to fill up the empty spaces of our lives. Fill us to overflowing, so that the love of Christ will spill into the lives of others! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Get There Fast

December 23-25
Yesterday morning I had to go for an eye appointment. After signing in I turned to sit in the waiting area and just stopped and stood there. There was a beautiful tree and lovely music being piped in, but what caught me off guard was the fact I was all alone and the quiet was wonderful. The doctor came into the check in area and saw me standing there and asked if everything was alright. I explained the quiet had taken me by surprise and it was delightful.
While I had lots on my mind, it was refreshing to just sit and tell Jesus I love him.

Back in the day of six little children and living in the city where my husband and I grew up and both of our families lived, Christmas was a "hurry up and get there time". Party to party, meal to meal, Christmas program to Christmas program, we packed a lot into a few days trying to get to see everyone. When I read today's verse on Biblegateway in the NIV translation it spoke of the shepherds "hurrying off". There may still be stocking stuffers to buy and breakfast casseroles to bake, but the only place we should be hurrying off to is a quiet time with Jesus.
Enjoy this familiar story in The Message Translation.

Luke 2:16-20 (The Message) As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. "Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us." They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they'd been told!

PT

Thank you God for Jesus, for giving us Your Son. May we spend some time with Him before our day is done! In Jesus' Name, Amen




Personally Speaking


December 22
Awakening this morning the verse was so clear...I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. Psalm 32:8 Last night I opened a devotional so I could go to bed meditating on the Word and the verse was Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a Child is born Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be Upon His shoulder.
On today's agenda was the process of setting up the Nativity with our grandson. This morning it hit me, I am to teach him that Jesus is more than a baby in a manger. He is God in the flesh who came to earth to die for our sins and to be our ultimate example. The baby is the King of Kings to whom every knee will bow and every tongue confess..."You are Lord!" I am to pass along the knowledge that the little baby packs the biggest punch of love available! We have a stuffed Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. Last night while strolling Jesus he stopped and gave him a sweet kiss!
Feel the Love.


Personally Speaking

December 21

Anticipation

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God. Romans 8:28


Being the afterthought, well actually accident, in my parents lives I am much younger than my siblings. They were all off to college or married and living out of town by the time I was eleven years old. The Christmas holidays was filled with joyful anticipation as I anticipated the homecoming of each of them. Christmas morning was also filled with anticipation...waiting and wondering when they would wake up so we could open our presents! Now I'm on the parental/grandparent end of anticipating my children coming home! Three down and a bunch to come!

Having a "Mary" moment I began to think about what was on her mind as the time neared for her to deliver her first child. She was off on a donkey adventure with no family to support her, only Joseph who had to be filled with a bit of anxiety himself for the babe he would be delivering wasn't even his own child. They didn't have a Bible in their back pack to pull out for encouragement or an IPOD to stick in and pipe praise music into their hearts. What they did have was the remembrance of an angel's visit and a faith of their fathers' and proclamations from prophets. Our resources for growing our faith and increasing our knowledge of Christ are enormous. Hopefully, we will allow our faith to grow and be filled with enthusiasm (which means with God) as we anticipate all He can be and do in our lives.


PT

Lord, oh Lord, how majestic is Your name. As we anticipate our days on earth there can be a sense of insecurity reflecting on the unknowns. There is comfort in the fact that You know the road ahead and promise to walk it with us. The great comfort clause is the hope of heaven and security of what Christ came here to do guarantees us entrance to an eternal life beyond any of our expectations. May we utilize our faith to spill over and sure up the doubts of those with less certainty. What a gift we have to give. In Jesus' Name, Amen

December 20

What to do?

We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. 2 Chronicles 20:12


Opening my emails this morning I had to reread the prayer request of a friend three times to grasp the reality of the message. Her neighbor's son in law shot himself yesterday while his wife and two teenage sons were at church. The grief this family is facing is devastating. As I closed my eyes to pray for them the Lord placed upon my heart how easy it is for us to not see the depth of pain or need in others. A cheerful word, touch of a hand upon a back, unexpected note or call, invitation to include someone in lunch or an outing can make the difference in a person's day. Not everyone is jolly this season. Our need to be loved and desire to give good gifts to those we love can bring consequences which leave us feeling hopeless. When we don't know what to do we can turn to God who does know.


PT

Lord, you lavished love upon us through the gift of Your Son, but the world tells us that is not enough. In the mighty name of Jesus we tell the devil to flee from tormenting the minds of people and making them feel hopeless. Let Your message ring loud and clear, not only from ministries, but from each of our mouths. May we speak hope and joy to everyone we meet. Let us proclaim that even though finances may not be what we want, Jesus’ love is more than sufficient. Guard our mouths Lord, nudge us with Your Holy Spirit to be sensitive in what we say for we do not know what goes on behind closed doors in others’ lives. Lord, we treasure time with family but there seems to be much pain and loss...death, deployment, divorce, drugs dependency, bringing burdens to so many. Strengthen those left behind as well as those who suffer or who feel so lonely. Show us where to minister Father and find us faithful to act. Draw us all closer to You and therein find our peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen

December 18-19

Do It My Way

This past year I had to succumb to wearing glasses full time.

The ophthalmologist told me I would most likely want to try contacts. Ha, I laughed, "I can't even put a drop in my eye. There is no way I will be able to put in a contact lens." Time has passed and

my grandson doesn't like my glasses, they stay dirty, I can no longer wear my kool sunglasses and I've already sat on them and broken them once. I figured if I was able to give birth naturally six times, I could certainly learn to put in a contact, so I made an appointment. Forget that! Giving birth is much easier!


With my mouth wide open (that seems to make my eyes open wider as well) I became terribly frustrated yesterday. My mind flashed back to the nurse who was trying to teach me to do this. Oh, the patience that woman must have with her contact patients! The instructions had been laid before me to insert the right contact with the right index finger and the left with the left.

Sitting at home with my face smashed up to the magnifying mirror my attempts were made over and over again and I was getting no where. "Lord, help me," had been prayed more than once!

Reading Charles Stanley's devotional online today was a great reminder of:


God's School of Obedience

1 John 1:3-6 "Starting at age five, our children are enrolled in school and given lessons to learn each year. We are students too. At salvation, we became participants in the Lord's school of obedience. There, we are discovering the necessity of trusting Him and waiting for His direction. We are taught the importance of commitment and learn to search His Word for guidance. God also wants us to learn these lessons:
• Listen attentively to the Spirit's promptings. Our God does not speak in an audible voice, but He makes Himself heard quite clearly through the Holy Spirit. Jesus said the Spirit is our Helper who will bring to mind Scripture passages we have studied (John 14:26) and show us how they apply.
• Obey the next step. Abraham was called to leave his home and journey to an unknown destination (Gen. 12:1). He obeyed even though the way was unclear to his human mind. We, too, must step out in faith even when we do not know all the details of the itinerary.
• Expect conflict. We can't live obedient lives without having trouble with the world (John 16:33). Our friends or family may drift away when they realize certain interests of ours have changed. Some may hurl criticism our way or call us unkind names, while others may reject us completely.
Practicing a lifestyle of obedience doesn't mean we'll never make mistakes. But it does require diligence if we are to succeed. Obeying the Father was Jesus' priority and purpose in life, and we should make it ours as well. Which of these lessons do you want to tackle first?"
PT
Praise You Father! Your love and patience are like none other. Jesus truly is the Perfect One to instruct us and teach us the way we should go. Forgive us for our folly and find us diligent to persevere for Your purposes. With these approaching days of festivities and celebration keep us mindful of what is of eternal value. In Jesus' Name, Amen

December 17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights who does not change like shirting shadows. James 1:17


Moses and I both like this time of year when the UPS and Fed Ex guys show up. Our reasons are different. I enjoy the packages arriving and he loves the roar of the sound of the big truck engines and longs for a ride on one, but he seems to be satisfied by the treats they throw to him! The anticipation of what might be contained in the boxes being delivered has always been joyous. That is the way I feel when I open God’s Word each day…a joyous anticipation. Don’t miss the gift He has for you within His Word today.


PT: Lord, you are the Giver of every good and perfect gift. You outdid yourself when You gave your son for sinners such as us. We pause in this moment to feel Your love and say, “Thank You, for your Son.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen

December 16

Tell Someone They Are Blessed


Oh, the weather outside is frightful,

but knowing Jesus as Lord is so delightful,

I'll open my Bible and pray;

So it can snow, snow, snow all day!


Ever since childhood (and continuing as a parent and now still the wife of an educator) I've loved a snow day, because it means NO SCHOOL! Our crew begins arriving home tomorrow and it is such a blessing to have this whole day alone with my husband to put the finishing touches on preparations for the Christmas week ahead. This snow makes things even more festive.


Mary's Song reveal an amazing attitude in this young woman.

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in

God my Savior, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.

Luke 1:46-47, 49

Studying this passage has me thinking. God knew Mary needed encouragement during this unexpected pregnancy, so He sent her to a girlfriend (cousin)! Elizabeth set the tone for Mary's visit by saying this: Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear....Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished. Luke 1:42,45.

Who do we know this holiday season who needs a bit of encouragement? Who needs to know that despite their circumstances they are loved and blessed? Yesterday, I asked a man how I could pray for him and he answered, "Pray for three friends who are facing divorce, it is so sad. The good thing though is it is drawing them closer to God." Who needs someone to help them take an "unwanted" situation and realize we serve a mighty God who can turn it into a blessing?

Check out the new ABC section. Today's "B" word is blessed!

What's New on Boo to You?

The new link Personally Speaking has the daily devo for now.
ABC - the Word on the letter "E" today... Endure
Jesus is our example of endurance.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye features lyrics to Chris Tomlin's...Emmanuel
Make it this Month -Check out the apron & tree ideas.
Note the Quote is coming too.
Please bear with me while these are under construction.

Thank You Very Much

December
Can you hear Elvis and his Memphis draw? Thank you, thank you very much.

Paul, who didn't have a flawless or fluffy life, urges us to have a spirit of thankfulness.

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2

Be joyful always, pray without ceasing and in all things give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situations, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
My husband came to me the other day requesting thank you notes, for as a school head master, you receive lots of little Christmas goodies and he wanted to show his appreciation to the students in writing. A spring "bride to be" was discussing her wedding details with me and said she had ordered thank you notes to match her invitations. One of the items I have purchased to give as Christmas gifts this year is note cards, because we all have need of those throughout the year to express our thankfulness for various acts of kindness. What Christ did for us is the ultimate reason to rejoice with thanksgiving. Maybe we should send him a note today.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-8

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28

Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 106:1

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

Our brothers and sisters in the faith give us reason to exclaim this Christmas season our appreciation for one another as Paul so often did.

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people. Philemon 1:4-7

Merry Christmas
Love, Boo
After 10 years of the same devotional format God impressed a change upon my heart. I am wishing one of his angels would come do the work in putting together the new layout. Taking one day at a time I will begin this work in the coming weeks, so bare with me. I asked him if I could wait until January 1st and He explained he is not bound by dates, schedules or procrastinating as we tend to be, so to get on with it. So take next the next couple weeks and enjoy the Names of God, verses from John and tidbits from Just Like Jesus and pray for me during this transformation. We will see how hard old habits are to quit. You will slowly see new links develop and are welcome to take a peek.
Being Joyful and prayerfully...obedient,
Boo