Themes

September 30


Noticing details is not a forte of mine. If I came to visit you I wouldn't remember what you were wearing or the color of your living room, but I would remember what you had on your heart as concerns. Pounding the pavement for the past 10 years in the same neighborhood, it was not until this week I connected the theme of the street names. Windlass, Gangplank, Anchor, Galley, Freeboard, etc...all nautical terms.

Visiting our son and daughter-in-law's church in Minnesota, my son warned me there would be Viking's jerseys worn in church by adults as well as the children. These fans are serious about their football. I can only imagine the decor of some of their homes. Yes, we relate with the sports theme craze; there is a Carolina blue bedroom at our house and our decorative bear is donning my husband's 1974 UNC football jersey right now!

Think about various people you know...what would you say the themes of their lives are?

We have neighbors who have a passion for music, rug hooking, gun collecting, scrap booking, antique boat collecting, fishing, antiques, quilting, their animals, etc.

Matthew says this about Jesus' theme!
He used synagogues for meeting places and taught people the truth of God. God's kingdom was his theme—that beginning right now they were under God's government, a good government! He also healed people of their diseases and of the bad effects of their bad lives. Word got around the entire Roman province of Syria. People brought anybody with an ailment, whether mental, emotional, or physical. Jesus healed them, one and all. More and more people came, the momentum gathering. Matthew 4:23 (MSG)

If polled, would being a fan of Jesus resonate as a theme people recognize about our lives?

A Fake

Two in a bed warm each other. Ecclesiastes 4:11
But if you don't have an extra body around
a stack of pillows and a down comforter work wonders.

September 29
I sleep much better with my husband's warm body up against me. Being quite the early riser...like 4AM....he has compassion on me and packs pillows up against my body, before he gets out of bed. It fakes me out every time and I sincerely appreciate the gesture.

1 & 2 Timothy and 2 Peter have some excellent warnings about fake/false teaching. In Paul's day there was deception; it too is prevalent today. The FDA requires food labels on all products to alert us as to what we are putting into our bodies. The Bible, applied to our personal wisdom and discernment, is available to us as a measuring tool for inspecting what we are putting into our souls and what our schools/media are putting into the minds of our children.

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Peter 2:1

Can you spot a fake?


Rescued

Hoola, a South Carolina rescue.
Moses and his cousin, Scottie, a rescue from Alabama.
Lucy, a puggle from our past, and a doberman rescue attending Moses' 5th birthday party.

September 28
While taking a walk the other day in the air which gave a glimpse of autumn, I came upon a man and his two dogs. Living in a retirement community, I've learned that showing genuine interest in the animals of my neighbors is a quick entrance to the door of friendship. I inquire as to the names of the canines, before I do ask for an introduction to the masters. This particular pair, Pipi and Cosmos, were introduced to me as "rescues".
A lightbulb thought went off, as I meandered on up the hill..."When we except Christ's atonement for our sins....we are rescued. The next time someone asks us to tell them a little about ourselves we can say, "I'm a rescue!"

For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:17-18

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14

He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Psalm 18:19

Are We Ready to Receive?

September 27
One of our adopted grandsons has earned the privilege of starting quarterback (as only a sophomore) at a large public school in SC. He is a precious young man who loves the Lord and has a humble heart. Watching him perform, I began thinking about God quarterbacking our lives. He has a play (a plan). He takes the field and is looking for good receivers to carry out the play (plan). We need to have our eyes open, be in a good position, and trust Him to deliver!
There isn't a victory or even a score every time, so we need to persevere. Losses occur and pain is inflicted, but we trust our coach. On the sidelines there are teammates to assist us and in the stands are people who are cheering for us and those who are sneering at us. At the game's ending, we evaluate the performance, learn from our mistakes, go back for more coaching and training for what is to come next!

God has plans for us. Whether we receive them or not is our choice They might involve going to all the nations and preaching the Gospel or simply taking a pie to a neighbor or hugging a co-worker or friend who is discouraged. He does have a game plan, which is intended to bring Him glory and bring others to know Christ.

Paul shares what we receive in this partnership.
By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:2-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Are we ready to receive His will for today?

Something More

September 26
The message at the end of this video is so true.
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=KKPWY7NX&utm_source=GodTube%20Today&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=09/26/2011

Friday I heard a message on the radio about “coming out of the darkness”. I can’t remember the verse or to whom we were listening. Searching the scriptures I did come across this passage in Isaiah which is quite appropriate for the battle being fought against darkness. Also the 1 Peter verse is a powerful reminder of who we are!
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Isaiah 49:8-10 Restoration of Israel

This is what the LORD says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’“They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill. They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.

1 Peter 2:9
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.

Let's pray:
Father, how blessed we are to address You in that manner. How fortunate to be loved at a level which is beyond comprehension. May your children across this world remember today that they are a royal priesthood. May we act like a holy nation and shout praises to You throughout the day and not be drawn to the darkness which lacks joy and a heart desiring to serve the Lord. Right now in the mighty name of Jesus we unite to lift up those who are broken and being held captive. Loosen the chains which are holding them. Allow them to breathe in LIFE and seek Your face and Your purpose for their lives. Send someone today to befriend those who are hurting and lost, speaking truth with compassion to them. Give them ears to hear and a desire for Christian fellowship. We pray that You use the painfulness of this time in their lives to draw them to the place where You want them Father. You say to give thanks in all situations, so we thank You for the desert times and trust You to use those times to shape us because we know we are children You cherish. Place a hedge of protection around the hurting and keep them from harm in this molding process. It is with positive expectancy that we bring these requests, knowing You have been faithful time and time again. Do a mighty work in the lives of Your people today. We love You Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!

Three powerful quotes below are on my calendar:
"When we ask god to guide us, we have to accept by faith that he is doing so.”
Catherine Marshall
“True faith isn’t feeling good about what God says; it’s doing what God says.” Warren W. Wiersbe
“God’s love does not keep us from trials but sees us through them.” Joanie Yoder

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord, than to trust in man.” Psalm 118:8

Powerful Passionate Love

September 24-
Friday was our 33rd wedding anniversary! w00t! I do love my man. This month I've been blessed to witness the powerful passionate love of two widowers. One is my father, who is 91. September 16th marked his wedding anniversary. My mother died over 11 years ago and her picture is still in a magnet on his refrigerator, framed nicely on his desk and stacked neatly on his living room coffee table are years of memories adorning several albums which he compiled. To sit beside him and have him share of their first dates, early years of marriage and travels together can most easily be described as a "feel good" moment! Often I've watched the eyes of others sitting beside him, listening to the tales he tells, and you can almost hear their hearts say, "I want a love like that!"
While in Minneapolis last weekend, I visited a spunky 89 year old widower, whom I had met last October in The Apple Store. Yes, we were both acquiring assistance with our new MACs! We decided to become email buddies. Around Bob's neck was a cross which contained some of the ashes of his beloved Margie. November will hold the four year anniversary of her passing, but she is very much alive in his heart. Last fall he emailed me lyrics to a song he had written for his wife. On my visit last weekend he was kind enough to sing this song. I am going to put it on Facebook, but have not been able to figure out how to get it on this blog.
Here are the lyrics to : "Your Eyes Told Me".

Your eyes told me
You didn't have to say it
Said I love you
Your lips could not delay it
And your smile is twice as bright
Your blue eyes made that so
When they smile at me like this
You set my heart aglow
Don't deny it
You know their power well dear
Couldn't get by it
And so I really fell dear
Eyes appealing
Let them keep revealing
And keep them smiling at me

How blessed we are to have a bridegroom waiting for each of us. Preparing a heavenly home for us. A bridegroom and God who loves us with a powerful, passionate love.

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? John 14:2

The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you. 2 Corinthians 13:14

Spot On

September 23
Suffering from severe dizziness the past week has taken a toil on my spunk level. Yesterday morning was awful. I had some early morning errands to run and came home with my eyes and head hurting as well as being dizzy. Jesus Calling, is one of the daily devotionals I am enjoying currently and I was in disbelief as I read the opening message. What a personal hug from God, revealing how He knows every hair on my head and every dizzy spell I encounter!

"Trust Me and refuse to worry, for I am your Strength and Song.
You are feeling WOBBLY this morning!!!"

That is what I call a personal God!

One of the scripture references had just as much of a personal punch!

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,
for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
A friend stopped in during the afternoon and convinced me she should take me to the Urgent Care. After a three hour wait, the doctor explained that I had unequal amounts of fluid built up in my ears causing the dizziness. He wrote prescriptions for two drugs and said to also take Allegra. Filling the prescriptions I was leery of taking all these meds. Arriving home, I asked my husband to lay hands on me and pray. Within minutes after praying my right ear popped, fluid drained down my throat and I felt so much better.
Pack yourself a punch of prayer today! God gets the glory for what He has done! Amen!

Every Other Day

September 22
One of the butchers at our local grocery store told me I looked really nice the other day. Jokingly, I said, "Does that mean I don't look nice most of the time when I come in here?" Probably, due to laziness, I've become an every other day shampooer. In the summer that is a little more difficult, having a wet head from lake swims. I used to run a load of something in the wash about every day, but now trying to be more conservative it is more like every three days. Watering our outdoor veggies, running the dishwasher, the sweeping of the front steps and a list of other chores are rather cyclical and not done on a daily basis and we seem to get by.
One area we need not compromise a daily commitment to is our quiet time with the Lord and having our nose in the Word.

The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you. 2 Corinthians 13:14 MSG

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Joshua 1:8

Our Keeper

September 21
The other day the word "keeper" resounded over and over in my mind. "What am I the keeper of?" I pondered. Great memories, others' secrets, a houseful of items, a covenant marriage with a really cute husband, an adorable bulldog, a relationship with Christ....
In the neighborhood where I walk, the majority of the other walkers are walking their dogs...(Moses, our bulldog, isn't into long walks, so he sits in our car and watches everyone).
Heading to the scriptures, to check out the word "keeper" my thoughts were drown to how our dogs feel about us. They totally trust us to provide, protect, play and promote a good life for them. Praise God, in Him we have a Keeper who does the same for us!

"My help comes from the Lord Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper....
He shall preserve your soul."
Psalm 121:2-6

He is my strength, and my Rock, my high tower, and my savior;
my keeper and my hope: he gives me authority over my people.
Psalm 144:2

Strength! Courage! Don't be timid; don't get discouraged.
God, your God, is with you every step you take.

Soaked Through

September 20
Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful.
Joel 2:23

Heading out for a drizzly walk with my girlfriend I asked her how long she wanted to keep going. She said, "I am ok, until it soaks through." Entering our home and readying myself for some quiet time, I thought, "Lord, let me sit here until You soak through me."

Don't for a minute envy careless rebels; soak yourself in the Fear-of-God— That's where your future lies. Then you won't be left with an armload of nothing. Proverbs 23:17

Someone Worth Dying For

September 19
Hearing this song by Mikeschair for the first time this morning, I was moved by a simple truth which we seldom consider....each of us is someone Jesus sees as worth dying for. That my friend, is powerful, passionate love!
I hope this Godtube link works. http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=FF201MNU
How much fun to make up a business card with this chorus on one side and on the other side the phrase.."You are valuable" and a scripture such as:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15

Here are the song lyrics to Someone Worth Dying For.
You might be the wife, Waiting up at night
You might be the man, Struggling to provide Feeling like it's hopeless

Maybe you're the son, Who chose a broken road
Maybe you're the girl, Thinking you'll end up alone
Praying God can you hear me? Oh God are you listening?

(Chorus)
Am I more than flesh and bone?
Am I really something beautiful?
Yeah, I wanna believe, I wanna believe that
I'm not just some wandering soul
That you don't see and you don't know
Yeah I wanna believe, Jesus help me believe that I
Am someone worth dying for

I know you've heard the truth that God has set you free
But you think you're the one that grace could never reach
Find More lyrics at www.sweetslyrics.com
So you just keep asking, what everybody's asking

Chorus
You're worth it, you can't earn it
Yeah the Cross has proven
That you're sacred and blameless
Your life has purpose

And you are more than flesh and bone
Can't you see you're something beautiful
Yeah you gotta believe, you gotta believe
He wants you to see, He wants you to see
That you're not just some wandering soul
That can't be seen and can't be known
Yeah you gotta believe, you gotta believe that you
Are someone worth dying for

You're someone worth dying for
You're someone worth dying for

Almost Done





Fort Benning Cord Ceremony
September 17-18
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4
When I first began to bake I had one of those long skinny cake testers to stick into the baked good and see if it was "done". At some point the technique transferred to the ole poke of the index finger to see if the top of the cake or bread springs back came into play.

When our son entered the Army, he began a series of tests along with thousands of other men and women to see if they were "done" ... ready for the next level of responsibility of protecting our nation.

We are in a training/transformation process here on earth. Often we feel as if we are being cooked or rather boiled and grilled at times, but we are to rejoice and remember it is a process and there is a ceremony awaiting us when we reach completion!
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18


There have been times I have asked the Lord, "Am I done yet? May I come home?" Time and time again He has said, "Hmm, got some work to do in this area, you haven't gotten that one right yet." Praise God, He's still working on my and hasn't given up. Even when I know I am not "done" I like the feeling of His finger pressing on me to check and I do look forward to the day of completion!

For As He Thinketh

September 16
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7

Walking up our 1/2 mile long driveway yesterday, I was enjoying the tranquility of mountain life. A young turtle was crossing the road before me, as was a large, fat, maroon worm the likes of which I had never seen before. The efforts these two sluggards made, spurred me on as I walked on the steepest incline of my journey to our mailbox. Retrieving our mail and starting back down I was startled by the screams of woodland creatures. The intensity of the hullabaloo, which was happening, stopped me in my tracks. On and on this ruckus continued, the shrillness of the cries sending shivers up my spine. I had my cell phone with me and tried to call my husband, hoping to have him on the line with me as I walked on towards this mayhem. (I know, God could do a lot more for me than a husband 35 minutes away...my bad.)
No answer from my husband, so I mentally put on the armor of the Lord and proceeded down the road. Something must have died down in the ravine, for the crows and vultures were fighting in the air and the trees. This was quite the violent bunch. Keeping my eyes straight ahead and my mind on Philippians 4:8 and not Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, I made it past.
Seconds later my next door neighbor drove down the road and I jumped in her car and thanked the Lord for sending her! He is so faithful.
Reminiscing with my husband this morning, on how the event unfolded, he told me if I went to walk today he had something he wanted me to carry....are you ready...for those of you who know my husband you probably already know what he said..."Be sure to take a CROW bar!"

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6


Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Search

September 15
A $500 gift certificate, which we had received, had been misplaced and for two days I searched frantically. In the process, the Lord said, "You don't look for me with such urgency." Whew, I thought...Christ is worth so much more than $500..he is more precious than silver, his sacrifice more costly than gold.

What is it we are looking for today?

What is it that we treasure?

...indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:3-5


How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver! Proverbs 16:16

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:2-4


For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21

Just give me Jesus!







September 14
Each day we should take time to simply walk with God and get to know Him and allow Him to search our hearts. For it is in becoming familiar with Him in this way, that on the days we need him to carry us we will trust Him and cry out."

Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to
walk humbly with your God.

Psalm 34:17
The righteous
cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

Weave and Cleave


Look closely to see the spider and the web.

September 13
The Persistence of a Spider provides the strength of this web.
Feeling frustrated and unplugged in general, I cried out to the Lord. One specific request was for my husband to initiate a date. As parents and partners, we can see the most improvement in those platforms if we process the procedure through prayer! By the time I walked from our dock, where I had been journaling, to the house and my computer there was an email from my spouse inviting me to take a picnic on our pontoon with him that evening. Why don't we pray more often!
It was an enchanting evening as we launched to the song "Moonriver" (the name of our street) playing on a CD. Cutting the motor at a location with multiple mountain views, the sun set in the west and the moon taking its position high overhead, we kicked back and relaxed. After dinner, we were just lounging together and I looked up to see one of the busiest spiders I've ever seen. There was a strong breeze that evening and it baffled me how this creature had hung onto the awning of our boat as we splashed across the water. The web he had been weaving was totally in tact. Tough stuff, that web thread!
I began contemplating the weaving and cleaving which occurs in our marriages. Sometimes our webs are totally demolished and we have to start over (moves, losses, heart break), but when the material with which we weave is the substance of Christ there is always something to work with as we begin again.
Genesis 2:24
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Deuteronomy 13:4
Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

First Love

September 12

When the triple, and sometimes even quadruple whammy happens with a scriptural theme, I know I am supposed to listen and usually blog about it! The Lord has my head spinning like a tea cup this morning from what He fed me yesterday and then bopped me over the head with repeatedly this morning.
I flash back twenty-eight years ago when my husband came to know the Lord and said to me one day, "I love Jesus more than anyone." Jump back Jack! Wait, you just met him and you love him more than you love me? I was offended at first, then a bit jealous for that fresh love for Christ and knowing Jesus has to be our "first love" for the relationship to work.

But you walked away from your first love—why? What's going on with you, anyway? Do you have any idea how far you've fallen? A Lucifer fall!"Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I'm well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle.

Revelation 2:4-5 The Message (MSG)

Adrian Roger's online devotional this morning is posted below and is titled:

Lukewarmness—a Form of Blasphemy

"In Revelation 2:1-7, we read about the Lord’s charge that the church at Ephesus had left their first love. It wasn’t that they didn’t love the Lord Jesus. It was that they didn’t love Him like they used to. If there ever was a time when you loved Jesus more than you do at this moment, you’re backslidden. G. Campbell Morgan said that lukewarmness is the worst form of blasphemy. I believe he’s right. Lukewarmness is a way of saying, “God, I believe in You, but You just don’t excite me.” Oh, how we ought to stay in love with the Lord Jesus Christ!Have you left your first love? Has your love for Jesus became lukewarm? Pray Psalm 26:2 and seek His face."

Lord, examine me and try me; test my mind and my heart. May You be found to be my first love. In Your precious name we pray, Amen.

The Secrets of the Secret Place nails the importance of a passionate relationship with Christ as I have heard no author (besides Jesus himself) express. In chapter 43, "The Secret of Just Loving Him" it talks about how we can find 1,000 ways to simply say, "I love You." Sorge writes, "He'll amaze you with the creativity and energy with which He'll reciprocate His passions for you."

Sorge talks about how easy it is to become consumed with ministry and "doing" and not just being in the Lord's presence. "When our priorities become inverted and we begin placing more emphasis on loving others than loving God, we are headed for certain burnout."

This quote by Sorge is how I want to be seen..."I want to enjoy being with You (the Lord) so much that they have to drag me out of the secret place." Just sitting with Him takes discipline. The time we spend in Bible Study, intercession, going to church....those don't count as simply sitting in His Presence and adoring Him.

Loving God is so easy if we take the time. Sit at the feet of Jesus. Sing to Him today. Tell Him how much you love him.

The song is "Hold Me" is playing in my mind ...."I love, I love, I love the way you hold me". Time to go sing to the Lord! Have a great day and remember...God loves you most!


More on Eyesight

September 10-11
On the 8th, I was looking up verses on blindness and yesterday in Secrets of the Secret Place there was a continuance of that theme on eyesight. Reading in Luke 11:33-36, Jesus speaks of our bodies as either filled with light or darkness.
"Guard your eyes, dearly beloved. Give your eyes to reading His Word and beholding His face."
Anoint your eyes with with eye salve, that you may see. Revelation 3:18
"Eye salve is the application of the scriptural disciplines-fasting, praying, study of Scripture, almsgiving, forgiving, etc. When your body is filled with light, you will know greater victory over bodily sins, you will touch deeper dimensions of intimacy with Jesus, and you will be granted a place of greater influence on the body of Christ."

There is a secular song called "I Can See Clearly Now"
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind It’s gonna be a bright (bright),
bright (bright) Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the pain is gone All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin?for It’s gonna be a bright (bright),
bright (bright) Sun-Shiny day.

While the Lord's purpose in the paths we take is often a bit unclear and I think there is much we will not understand this side of heaven I've found the more we stay in the Word and sit quietly before Him the more the lights of understanding illuminate our lives!

Do you know where Noah was when the lights went out? He was in da ark!

Our Baby's Birthday

September 9
A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

9-9-88 I gave birth for the sixth and final time! One day this summer that baby became a CPA and then was married two days later! We trained him up in the ways God wants him to go and now he and the Lord will work out the path. As parents watching the lives of our children unfold is much easier when we trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding, but in all of our ways acknowledge who God is and watch him make straight paths for His children. Happy Birthday, Baby!

Blind

September 8
Praying about what to write today I was led to look at verses related to today's date 9/8.
Acts 9:8 reads:
Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus.
Then our phone rang and it was "Mobile Blind." They were asking me to purchase products made by blind individuals. I thought that was quite the coincidence to be reading about Saul being blinded by the light and then to receive that phone call. Plugging "blind" into the search engine of Biblegateway I read numerous verses on blindness. My heart thrilled at the words of the blind man in John 9:25 where the Pharisees were berating him to speak in some way to destroy the reputation of Jesus.
He simply tells it like it is: "One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

There are times the best testimony we can give is simply to share the things of Christ to which our eyes have been opened.

I Will Make You Ready



September 7
I am in a battle of disobedience in a big way. Peter has nothing on me with his denying the Lord three times. "Don't feel alone Peter. Just know your incident was recorded in the Bible to help the rest of us. " The Lord has been calling me to do something for Him for a very long time. Several weeks ago He got specific asking me to slot three hours a day for this after Labor Day. The procrastination has progressed to profound levels! Today has been nasty, nasty rebellion on my part. What should have begun at 7:30AM has not yet begun...no devotional writing doesn't count as part of His plan.
We had twenty some house guests from Thursday through yesterday, you can imagine the work that needs to be done in the house from cleaning out three refrigerators, to washing, ironing, vacuuming, mopping, and putting away baby gear, but I have to stop. I've literally decided to lock myself in my room. I've tried to escape through three doors off my bedroom. A sign was placed on one and a wooden spoon on another. (That is what we used to spank our children with, so it is there as a reminder I need a good whooping if I go out.)

Bargaining with the Lord, trying to get out of this I exclaimed, "Lord, I went walking this morning and I am really stinky, I need to shower first." "You are stinky alright," He gently replied. "You stink at obeying Me. I promise no one is going to see you or smell you if you obey Me." I kid you not, I even procrastinated by putting on jewelry. Who does that when they are going to be locked in their room.
The problem is, I do not believe I can do what the Lord has called me to do and for several years (ok, so like 10 years). I've done an awesome job of coming up with other meaningful things to avoiding His desire. During this battle today our loving, compassionate Father said, "I will make you ready."
God is so full of grace. Even in my disobedience He sent me these two verses in one of the daily devotionals I am reading.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:1-2
Hard to believe He still believes in me.

Check out this verse! Lord, I was putting on that jewelry to look like a bride awaiting You!
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with jewels. Isaiah 61:10

Lord, by faith and trust in the equipping of the Holy Spirit, I am ready!