A Touch From the Teacher


September 1
A long ago memory flashed back to me the other day. It was the memory of ballet lessons as a little girl and standing at the ballet bar waiting for the teacher to turn my foot a little more to the inside or outside. The touch of the teacher and the personal interest she showed was a wonderful feeling.
When God corrects our position through the study of his Word, we likewise should feel cared for and loved.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16

Capabilities



August 31
Twenty four icons stare at me across the bottom of my computer screen and I know how to utilize about half of them. Numerous others are hidden away, of which I am totally ignorant as to their capabilities. Our kids laugh because I don't even know the names of the various technological instruments we have. Is it a Mac or an Apple? Yes, I know the cell phone and the computer! No, I couldn't tell you what type or style they are. Now do I know how to set an alarm on it or keep my calendar dates store within? No. The real struggle comes with the names iPod touch, shuffle, and I think the music thing that is just simply an iPod?
Beyond not knowing what they are called, I haven't begun to tape into all the functions these tools are equipped to perform.
It is the same way with our relationship to God. We may have asked Christ to come in as Savior assuring us our sins are forgiven and name is in the Book of Life. Our prayer lives may even be soundly in tack and actively in use, but there is so much more available to us through our relationship with Christ and the transforming power available to us through the Holy Spirit. We have not touched the tip of the iceberg of God's capabilities.

1 Corinthians 2:9
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him—

Hosanna

August 30
Check out the song "Hosanna" by Hillsong. It thrilled my heart on a prayer walk yesterday.

I was wishing I was technologically savvy enough to have multiple Ipods with songs in the same order on them, so friends could go walking to the same praise songs! We'd be shouting!


All the lyrics are typed out under the link above called "Hear Ye Hear Ye".
These words would have been awesome to have sung during our earthquake last week!

I see the king of glory Coming on the

clouds with fire

The whole earth shakes

The whole earth shakes


Reading in Secrets of the Secret Place #40 I was challenged by these statements: "The Scriptures have always been intended to direct our hearts to a Person. We can read the Bible avidly and never get to know the Lord. Come to the Word to gaze upon the majesty and mystery of the altogether Lovely One. To know Christ more requires revelation, and revelation usually requires meditation in the Word."







So Let's Sow Confidence


August 29
Rolling down the hill to the dock, in a joyful stupor from 4 elated days with our grandson, I hungered for quiet time with the Lord. I began with seeking forgiveness for not making the time for Him and placing all my focus on this precious child. What ensued was some of the sweetest fellowship ever and a load of lessons to share this week.
The first one comes from the words in The Help which are still echoing in my mind, "You is kind, You is smart, You is important". Imparting those words to our grandchildren is what I see as a huge part of the role of grandparenting. Being an encourager. I think it was in Secrets of the Secret Place that I read (paraphrased) this yesterday. "Paul didn't just say, "I have confidence in you" when he was addressing his brothers and sisters in the faith in Galatia and Philippi. He added, "I have confidence in the Lord that He can work in you what is pleasing to Him."
While I praised our grandson, pointed out his strengths and the amazing way God has created him, and spoke words of "Be all that God intends for you to be" and assured him I was praying for him this lesson yesterday has pointed out the importance of imparting the knowledge that it is God who will equip him to do the things which are pleasing to God.

While I do think as a parents we took seriously the role of helping our children discern their spiritual gifts I am not sure we elevated some of the pressures of being successful by pointing out that when we are in the Lord's will He will equip us for the tasks ahead.

Think of the pressure difference in telling someone you have "confidence in them" and the statement you have "confidence in the Lord working through them".

That was a biggie for me! Got to getaway with Him again today. Hope you can too!

So, let's sow the Word of God into some hearts today!

Captivating Inner Beauty

August 26-28
Our grandson met this young lady at the park yesterday and was captivated by her. I watched as he inched himself closer and closer until they were almost nose to nose. (Her grandmother was a bit nervous, thinking he was going to lay a big kiss on her.) Before we left the park he said, "Do you want to come my to my house?"
Her stylish outfit, wasn't the drawing card moving this two year old to want to be face to face with this young lady. Inner beauty, as mentioned in 1 Peter 3:1 was the allure.

[ Cultivate Inner Beauty ] The same goes for you wives: Be good wives to your husbands, responsive to their needs. There are husbands who, indifferent as they are to any words about God, will be captivated by your life of holy beauty. What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition. 1 Peter 3:1

God desires to use our lives as a Christ captivating tool! May we be more concerned about what we are putting into the inside of our lives than our outer wear.

Wait

August 25
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Psalm 27:14

Our daughter said to me one day, "I am so glad I am in a place of seeing God answer prayer after prayer. I was in a period of waiting for so long." A girl friend honestly confessed, "I am so tired of waiting!" Looking back in my journal it says, "Lord, I am waiting to hear from You. Would you give me 10 quotes on waiting?" They came to mind so quickly.
1) Waiting unlocks the window to heaven as we watch for God's calling.
2) Waiting whispers, "Be still. Stop doing and breathe in deeply the love of the Father."
3) Waiting warrants a time to rejoice in the fact God has given you some down time. And that is OK.
4) Waiting washes these words over you again and again. "I love you my child. I love you my child."
5)Waiting can appear to be a heavy load, but that is not God's intent. He wants it to be wonderful.
6) Waiting is a time of wonderment....we wonder what God is up to.
7) Waiting affords us the opportunity to lay down the weight of the world.
8)Wander into a time of waiting on the Lord with positive expectancy and excitement for what is to come.
9) Wait! Stop, look and listen for God's instruction.
10) WAIT- When Action Isn't Trustworthy
WAIT -We Are In Transition
WAIT -Why Am I Troubled

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh, My!




Romans 12:18
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone
.

August 24
The story of these three unlikely roommates was sent to me yesterday.
"They had been kept as status symbol pets by the drug barons.
Delivered to the Noah's Ark Animal Rescue Centre in Locust Grove,Georgia, the decision was made to keep the youngsters together, because of their budding rapport. 'We could have separated them, but since they came as a kind of family, the zoo decided to keep them together,' said Diane Smith, assistant director of Noah's Ark. 'To our knowledge, this is the only place where you'll find this combination of animals together.' Living with the zoo's founders for the past eight years, Shere Khan, Baloo and Leo have now moved to a purpose-built habitat where the
US public can now witness first hand their touching relationships."

Well, we know of a place where the lions will lie down with the lambs, so the tigers and bears will probably get along in heaven with the lions as well. I told the friend who sent this that is should be sent to Capital Hill for the Democrats, Republicans and Tea Partyers to consider. Actually, they do gather together under one roof day after day. We need to do our part to pray for them and for our country. Might be good picture to post in offices, schools, PTA meetings and even at some of our church committee and business meetings!




Glorious Day

August 23

God always grabs my attention with what He places on my mind first thing in the morning.
Today it was simply the phrase "Glorious Day". Kind of unusual for a standard Monday morning thought. Then Casting Crowns' song "Glorious Day" came to mind. What a perfect way to put any day into perspective...starting it off by remembering what Jesus has done for us.

Choose or Enjoy

August 22
Hearing the rumblings of a storm approaching, my husband and I decided a Sunday afternoon nap sounded enticing. Instead of sleep settling in, my mind resounded with two words from my husband's sermon that morning....chose and enjoy.
The sermon message came from 2 Timothy 2:22.
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
He referenced the lives of Joseph, Lot's wife and David and their faux pas related to fleeing. (Personally, I think Joseph did a darn good job fleeing. Pharoah's wife just pulled a dirty trick framing him (catching his coat tails) because she was ticked. God worked it all together for good.)
Moses, in Hebrews 11:24-25, exemplifies what is means to make a sacrifice through choosing the Lord and foregoing worldly pleasures.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
Can you imagine how that thrilled God's heart?
Everyday we are faced with choices and the older we get the more we tend to evaluate the long lasting impact those choices have on others. Are we sowing for our own pleasures or for a harvest for the Lord.?
The choices we make in accordance with the Lord may seem like the tougher choice at the time and require sacrifice, but no matter how difficult the task...doing it with/for Christ has a depth of enjoyment greater than any fleeting sin.
Yesterday in Secrets of the Secret Life I read:
"One of the greatest gifts you can bring to your King is the gift of absolute sincerity. A purity of heart that says, "Lord, I am coming to You because You really are the center of my universe. You truly are all that I live for. My heart is totally and fully set upon you."
Whew, how do we get to that point with the demands of earthly life swooping around us?
For years we longed for a lake home. When the opportunity to buy Shiloh presented itself, I knelt down by a tree and thanked the Lord and asked that not a day go by that we didn't use it for the Lord. It has been hard work keeping this property up; and it gets harder each year as our children have moved away and we continue to age and slow down. We have been ridiculed for having a cross on our house, sneered at for scripture signs in the yard, the recipients of an unkind anonymous letter and had a crow sacrificed on our dock. Hold those things up against the tears which are shed every Sunday at church service, the strangers who have come through our doors for prayer or refuge, the people who have prayed to receive Christ or asked to be baptized and the persecution, while not the least bit enjoyable, is worth the price.
Reflecting on the past 14 years we are thankful for the times God has used Shiloh for His glory, but at the same time we know we have been blessed personally by God allowing us to make magnanimous memories here.
I've been catching snippets of the Left Behind movies series on TV. Those who came to Christ after the rapture (and those in underground churches around the world today) made tough and often life threatening choices by unashamedly professing their faith. No longer is being a Christian the popular or enjoyable choice in America. Like Moses, Christians are being mistreated more and more for our faith.

What are the costly choices we are making now, which bring God glory, but keep us from seemingly enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin?
Think about this....we can compare notes with Moses someday!

Trashed

August 19-21
Ok, admit it, you are hoping this is going to be a bit risque. Sorry, it has nothing to do with me partying hardy. While visiting one of our children I set out for an early morning walk. My familiarity with the neighborhood had limitations and there was only one route I was comfortable taking. As I approached the first street onto which I was supposed to turn, a garbage truck entered that street and began emptying cans. The street was only a block long, so I back tracked, from whence I had come, and allowed the city vehicle to move along. Heading back on course I encountered the lingering smell of a pungent aroma equal to a dirty diaper. Turning onto each side street I was presented the same scenario. When I finally took the road home the air was clean again.
What a great picture of how we get stuck in life at times. We go with what is familiar even if it doesn't bring glory to God. Familiarity is more comfortable than trusting the Lord and His lead. Familiarity also can easily slide into acceptable sin.
What areas of our lives could we be trashing and settling for less than God's best? (Relationships, spiritual growth, extra curricular activities...) Let's ask God to send a fragrant aroma among us and revive our walk with Him!

Manna Mode

August 18
I don't think the manna which rained down from heaven came prepackaged like this piece, but you never know! Chapter 29 in Sorge's book, Secrets of the Secret Place is titled "The Secret of Manna Gathering." It refers to Exodus chapter 16 and how God provided just enough food for the day. It was not to be hoarded and stored, it was guaranteed to rot! Why? Because God was teaching them daily dependence. The same premise remains true today. Yesterday's feeding on the Word is not intended to sustain us for today. God wants us coming to His table to feed daily.
An excellent analogy is made concerning hunger. "A lack of hunger is a danger sign. When someone is sick, often the first symptom of their sickness is a loss of hunger." When we lose our appetite for spiritual things, we should be aware that our spiritual health could be in jeopardy.

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:3

Practice Praise Promptly


August 17
The past four days I have had enormous reasons to praise. Huge prayers that have been being lifted up for friends in the categories of jobs, infertility, kids returning to the Lord, medical issues, hurting hearts finding love, have been answered...yet as I set out on a prayer walk immediately the list of needs and heavy heart issues came to the forefront. Whoa, forgive me Lord. There is always reason to come into Your presence with thanksgiving in our hearts and give you praise, no matter our plight.
First off we can shout "hallelujah" that we are children of God and nothing can separate us from him.
See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God. 1 John 3:1

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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 8:38-39

Then how dare we forget that You made Him who knew no sin to become sin on our behalf.
2 Corinthians 5:21

Another biggie is that salvation is free. Ephesians 2:8-9

Then I like Joseph, must not forget my times in the pit and all You have taught me there. You certainly do work all things together for good for those who love you. Romans 8:28

As I regroup and linger in Your presence today, may my praises out do my prayer requests!
Loving You, Jesus, Loving You


My Help




August 16
Sunday night I went to see the movie, "The Help". Powerfully true story! Gladys, the woman in the photo above raised me. She lived with my parents family for 33 years. I love her immensely and have asked her several times to come live with me and let me give back to her what she gave to me. My parents treated and provided for her so well. Obviously, she was fairly content to stay that many years. Whether with my parents at their VA, Lake or Florida homes, she did always have her own bathroom though. (Go see the movie to understand.) I left this movie in rather a melancholy mood, wishing I had done more to "help" the "help" in those days. As a child I didn't understand why "colored" people had to sit on the back of the bus, weren't seen in our churches, or only worked at the country club. Moving into my teens and the beginning days of integration I was thankful for parents who were not racist and allowed me to have black friends to our home. (It was preferred that we play inside though.)
One line in the movie was haunting...a maid talks about how the white children she raised and who loved her deeply, grew up to be just like their parents. Tears drip down my cheeks, as I remember forbidding our daughter to invite a black boy to a dance. My excuse was it would upset the grandparents, but maybe it really did bother me.

Father, I thank you for this film. Thank You for Gladys who gave up her life and raising her own son to be there for me. Thank You for the prayers she prayed over me and all she taught me about You. Thank You for my parents who loved Gladys and provided so well for her. They set the example for me of how we should respect others, no matter what side of the tracks they live on. Forgive us when we look at any people as less than ourselves. You created all men equal and you love your creations all the same. Heal the hurt in this world and HELP us all to love others well. In Jesus Name, Amen
Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals. Psalm 36:5-6

May all those under oppression remember.
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2

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Feed Upon Me

August 15
The critters of Shiloh have really ticked me off this summer. Not only have the deer devoured everything from shrubbery to geraniums, I could not figure out why my green pepper plants and tomatoes were not growing. The culprit creeped across our railing the other day and he did more than swish his bushy tail. He stole our produce!

We have nourishment that is free for the taking. Feed on the Word of God!

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. Psalm 33:4

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psalm 119:103



A Purpose

August 13-14
Pulling into our garage I was elated to finally be using it for its designed purpose. For the past eight years it had been a storage unit and not a place to shelter our car. While it functioned fine as a place to keep extra furniture, it is delightful to get into a car which is not boiling hot from sitting in the sun or to experience a soaking from summer thunderstorms entering and exiting the car. (The walls are still piled high with storage items, so a dual purpose has prevailed.)

Many lives are being lived without fulfilling their God given purpose. They are functioning just fine, day in and day out, setting their own goals and seeking their own pleasures. The idea of intimate fellowship with a Creator may not be part of the upbringing process, but God still finds a way to knock on the door of our hearts. His ways are not our ways, but his ways are to prosper us and give us a hope and a future...an eternal future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Thief

August 12
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full
.
John 10:10
Yesterday, I prayed for people facing leukemia, infertility, and an adulterous mate. In each case, the devastating news these people had received was so enormous, all I knew to do was love, listen and leave the burden at the base of the cross.

Laura Story's song "Blessings" was soothing to my soul.

Lo and behold, I opened GodTube today and there was the same song!

Heading outside to sit a spell with Jesus I reached on our bookshelf, among some old books, and just grabbed one. There was not even a title on the cover. The copyright read MCMXLIX.
Inside the title read: My Faith Looks Up.
Pages 70-71 had this to say:
"Suffering teaches us:
To care for others, because they care for us. Until we become ill, many of us do not know the beauty of a friendship, the strength of family affection, the devotion of skilled workers to their tasks. It is said that Jesus bathed the feet of his disciples. I wondered why until I became ill; then I understood the meaning of his words, "That ye love one another." His mere commandment that men should love one another was not sufficient; wise teacher that he was, he knew they would soon forget his words. He knelt and bathed their feet; that they never forget. When we are sick and are bathed and made comfortable, when family and friends are thoughtful of us, then we understand the words, "That ye love one another."
Suffering teaches us:
Qualities of the spirit.
It teaches us patience.
To endure disappointment.
It teaches us to laugh:We laugh that we may not cry, but we laugh.
It teaches us to endure pain by relaxing, by taking deep breaths and waiting for the pain to be replaced with quietness.
It teaches us to use our imaginations; to think of beauty we have known...
Suffering teaches us...
To pray, to turn our minds in wonder to who we are, to why we live, to why we suffer;
To think of God, mysterious, patient, majestic, eternal;
To form words upon our lips and formulate thoughts in our minds."

On those tough days...read Psalm 27.

Remember we need not suffer alone! Much love and caring, coming your way, Boo




Fill Up the Fountain

August 11
This fountain adorns our patio and with the high temperatures the past few weeks it has been necessary to replenish the fountain's water supply daily. Likewise, in our faith walks we hit dry spells and need to be renewed.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
2 Corinthians 4:16-17

For the First Time in Years

August 10
We have no grandbabies brewing (that we know of) nor weddings in the works at the present time.
For the first time in fourteen years we are not loading up a vehicle (van, Suburban or U-Haul) bound for a new dorm room or apartment. The driveway remains free from the personal yard swaps where our kids traded everything from pots and pans to cars, before heading off to college or a new career. (We do have one heading to Paris for a year to continue work on her doctorate, but we won't be assisting with the move.)

The demands of parenting are quite different (lots of listening and less lecturing) and the transformation into grandparenting is most welcome.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Let's stop and pray for students who are preparing to leave home. Pray for their safety, for their purity and for their hearts to hunger for God more than anything or anyone else. Ask God to put a student on your heart (possibly in your neighborhood, your church or your family tree) who is away or heading away from home and could use encouragement through a simple card. Maybe you live in a town, which is about to start bustling with new college students, and your house could be a home away from home "haven" for one of them.

Life is a great adventure. Always changing and always presenting us with new challenges and new ways to make moments count for our King.

I Wish Fanny Packs were Kool

August 9
Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble; there's no getting around it.
1 Timothy 3:12

Now that's not the verse you start off with when you are witnessing.
One of our sons made a profound statement the other day. He was preparing for a trip to a large city and his father was discussing safety issues. The comment was, "I wish fanny packs were kool." My mental response, "I wish loving Jesus was kool."

Jesus has always been hated. It must be the conviction of sin aspect of his life...yet he put his whole life on the line...excuse me....the cross, to free us from the very sins we don't want to be reminded of.

Time's Up

August 8
Knitting away in the front seat of the car, my husband and I chatted as we headed home from a delightful outing at Lowe's. Quietly and calmly, the words, "Oh, my gosh." came from his mouth. Looking up, I saw a car coming straight towards us in our lane of traffic. Both cars were going at least 55 miles an hour. Gently pressing on the brake, my husband decreased our speed and considered his next move as the oncoming car swerved from our path. We both knew that our lives had just flashed before our eyes.
Two nights before, about 4 miles down the road, an 18 year old died in a swimming pool after hitting his head on the pool wall. A girlfriend had called that same morning distraught after seeing a body covered in a sheet on the road. The news explained a truck had hit the person, killing them instantly. Then the horrific news came of the dedicated soldiers who died in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Our time on this earth can end in an instant and eternity is ushered in.
If we knew today was our last day, what would we do?

Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
1 Peter 2:11-12



Royalty

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August 6-7
What is the basis of our infatuation with Princes and Princesses?
Every time a site pops up with romantic news on a prince & princess I am on it.


What is the lure? The clothes, the romance, the life style, the fairy tale, the servants, the glamour. Possibly, the perceived ease. There have been times when I thought of the First Ladies of our day and wondered if someone came in each morning with their breakfast, checked to see if they wanted a massage, manicure or pedicure, and styled their hair.
Hats off (haha) to the new British Princess Kate who announced she did not want a personal handmaiden. She prefers her privacy.

Why don't we talk about our heritage? We are a royal priesthood. We are children of The King! Monaco cannot compare to heaven. We are loved and pursued by the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace!

I am not giving Jesus a simple curtsy this morning. I plan to literally bow before Him and praise his name!

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
Psalm 95:6

Curiosity

August 5
Walking along the road parallel to a golf course, I was puzzled by rows and rows of white patches. My husband thought they were possibly leaves glistening in the sun. Heading to our car this question came to mind.: What do we do with our curiosity? Are we willing to just drive off rationalizing whatever was strewn all over that golf course was not of eternal value? Turning to my husband I expressed, "I wonder if that is how people who are curious about Christianity react? Considering the fact they can't prove if it is true or not, they might as well just let it go and not try to understand this Jesus."
Noticing a country club employee, I suggested we pull up and ask him if he had any knowledge as to what the substance could be. OK, that is such a female thing to do. The course of action my husband had decided upon was to pull up along side the green and have me get out and go over and pick up a piece of one of the objects in question. Submitting, graciously to my feminine whim (and knowing I would probably blog about this) he pulled up alongside the employee. The gentleman smile and happily explained it was a fertilizing process we had noticed. There was a machine which deposits white globs (not certain of the make up of the "globs") to act as markers so the maintenance personal can tell where they have been and not go over an area twice. "We learned something new today, " I joyfully exclaimed!
As the body of Christ we should be out there fertilizing and leaving "globs" of Jesus around.
Do we appear approachable to those filled with curiosity concerning our faith?
Are we equipped with "globs" of answers about our faith?

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

As Christians we should stay excitingly curious about all we cannot comprehend concerning God and continually seeking Him and praising his wonders and majesty.

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
Job 5:9

Sow and So

August 4
The other day I came across a message on "Sowing in the Spirit". I turned it into a spiritual exercise. Now I cannot find the source of this message...maybe it was the Spirit himself! :)
The process may make no sense to you, but it was very fruitful for me.

Therefore, stay faithful as you sow to please the Spirit:

Sow seeds of forgiveness…

(I listed people I need to forgive)

and receive a harvest of intimacy;

Sow seeds of acceptance…

(I listed people, groups, I need to accept and even took a challenge to invite some of them to my home)

and receive a harvest of friendship;

Sow seeds of prayer…

(I covenanted to pray more on my knees and immediately when someone requests prayer.)

and receive a harvest of faith;

Sow seeds of generosity…

(This was very interesting. I've shared about the boats coming, almost daily now, and docking by our dock and ruffling my feathers. Instead of feeling invaded, God is challenging me to offer them the beach area, floats, lake toys, etc. He place on my heart in a study on Timothy our call to be kind to widows. I'd love to hear how He leads you. Sunday,right after church he had me invite the people to stay for lunch. I had no clue what I was going to serve, but it turned out to be a delightful time and brought an abundance of joy to my day.)

and receive a harvest of abundance;

Sow seeds of abstinence…

(This list will be very different for all of us..TV, gossip, certain foods, a negative spirit, are some things that flanked my list.)

and receive a harvest of purity;

Sow seeds of faithfulness…

(Faithful to spend time in His presence, to meditate on the word, to immediate obedience when He calls us to action, to our spouse, to our prayer partners, to pursue holiness...)

and receive a harvest of eternal rewards.

Spiritual sowing and reaping builds moral muscle.

Strong are the saints who are faithful—while waiting on the harvest.

"I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow” 1 Corinthians 3:6

Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same. Job 4:8

Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:5

The wicked man does deceptive work, but he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward. Proverbs 11:18

Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD, till He comes and rains righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6

Who is He? The Everlasting Aspect.

August 3

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Today's God Tube video takes a few minutes to view, but God deserves a few of our minutes! Would our lives be changed, if each hour of the day, we took time out and lifted His name up, admitting we need Him? When I went back and listened to this a second and third time, personalizing the message I was blown away. God has been reminding me to take the time to come into His presence daily. The word "ignite" popped up and bit me by surprise. (Remember I just wrote on that the other day.) All the descriptive words of God in this video ring true as I flash back over the years of knowing Him. Humbling to be loved by One so grand.
He is the only "EVERLASTING" aspect our lives.

Before I listened to this video today, I had planned on writing about a conflict within me yesterday. Several devotionals and study books sit beside my Bible. Also on my bedside table is a novel, which I picked up from the library. I said to myself, "I want to just chill out and read something mindless and not about Jesus." Then I thought of heaven. We will never tire of His presence there. We will not long to go shopping, read a piece of fiction or turn on the tube. Our favorite show will be viewing God's glory and it will run continually. This world wraps around us with a voluptuous influence. Our minds are limited in the concepts we comprehend, in our assessment of God's greatness and in what brings us pleasure. Watching this video, remembering who God is, and feeling His warm embrace was more captivating an experience than a good novel.

"Be honest. Let people know you are for real." is what an accountability and dear friend who reads this blog daily is probably saying right now. She and I attended the movie "Crazy, Stupid, Love" yesterday and were greatly entertained. So in response to her..Yes, I had a blast with you at the movie! We did sprinkle Jesus on either side of the event though!

New Battles

August 2
The obstacle sits infront of you. The situation appears desperate. You pray and even fast, but the waiting seems oppressive like a hot, humid, late July day. Then refreshment comes! Prayers are answered and you flap your wings with joy like an elated butterfly who feels on top of the world. Relief. Smiles. Joy and laughter. Praise the Lord.
How does life continue? God's advice would be to put your nose right back into the Word and keep seeking Him, readying yourself for the next obstacle on the horizon.
For just like during football season, there is a new and different opponent each week... new booby traps are set for believers as the enemy looks for ways to get us to waiver in our faith.

Psalm 24:8
Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.