Taking Notice





August 31
Checking out Fox News Tuesday morning, I was so impressed as anchor Martha MacCallum walked inside from reporting in rather blustery weather in Tampa.  Her co-anchor, Bill Hellum, stood up and held her chair for her.  My husband is the only other man I know of with such manners these days. Most women have no clue why he is standing up when they return to the room or a table.
I took notice and this young man went up a notch in my book!

People take notice of our actions, of our words, and of the places we are present.  I believe with all my heart we serve a God who notices too.

God rules. On your toes, everybody! He rules from his angel throne—take notice! God looms majestic in Zion, He towers in splendor over all the big names. Great and terrible your beauty: let everyone praise you! Holy. Yes, holy.  Psalm 99:1-3

Get All the Way In


August 30

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart 
and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 
Matthew 22:37

Watching individuals' various ways of getting in the lake is quite entertaining.  Our sons all jump completely in with a BIG splash.  I take a more gradual approach and our grandson is very cautious as he does not like to get his head wet. Prod
ding him, I find myself saying, "Get all the way in!"

"I am God, huge and powerful.  I don't need you.  You need me.  Now, take every step with the keen awareness that you walk continually before My gaze. I want all of you-not one person behind closed doors and another in the open. I want your mind as well as you heart.  I want your soul as well as your spirit. If you want to do this thing with Me, get all the way in."  Beth Moore

The paragraph comes from Moore's study, Patriarchs.  God is making a request of Abram (meaning exalted father).  He has big plans for his life, as the father of many nations and thus changes his name to Abraham (father of many).  Moore writes: "God's intention is not to promote us, however.  He intends for us to bear much fruit, showing ourselves to be His and bringing Him glory." (John 15)

 
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruitfruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16


What is the purpose God has for each of us?
Where is it He is waiting for us to "get all the way in" with Him?  Have we gotten our feet wet, but don't trust Him enough to get out heads wet?

Here's an option for getting all the way in, but keeping your head above water!  :)
Keep cool in a "dunking bucket"!


"I Will Position People on Your Path...."

August 29
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13

Sunday and Monday, I sensed a lull before the storm. Maybe it was all the Isaac news, but I don't think so.  Laying low those days, I took advantage of some beautiful weather and laid low listening to the Lord...on the dock.  :)

"God if you would just show me what is ahead..." was a 2AM, unable to sleep, prayer request early Sunday morning.  "I will position people on your path to direct you." was the interesting reply I heard.  Driving down our driveway (path) Sunday afternoon, a realtor rolled down the car window and asked permission for her clients, who are just beginning to think about lake property, to walk around the outside of Shiloh. Now our house is no longer on the market, but I thought back to what I had heard early and granted an...   "Absolutely!"  They'd been placed directly in our path.
   
Opening an online devotional yesterday by Micca Monda Campbell, she spoke of how she and her husband had an uneasy feeling at a house closing and didn't sign the papers on their new home.  Weeks later he died in a tragic accident and she would not have been able to afford the mortgage on the house.  She is thankful for the prompting from the Holy Spirit, which directed their paths.  She shared a prayer she prays:

"Dear Lord, make my path clear and give me the courage to follow it. In Jesus' Name, Amen"

Reading that story, two days after I felt the Lord affirming his presence in my life, was an excellent confirmation to be on the alert...and certainly check out the people in my path.

Right in the middle of morning chores, yesterday, I felt a nudge to go downstairs and play praise songs on the piano.  That was not on my schedule, but I went. Although out of tune, I plinked on the ivories starting at the beginning of a praise and worship book.  
All Hail King Jesus
All Your Anxiety
Amazing Grace
As the Deer
Be Not Afraid
Be Still and Know
Blessed Redeemer....were all great songs.  But then came Blest Be the Lord and I sang all the verses and felt this was the reason I had come.  I knew these were lyrics I was supposed to pass on to you all as well, so here they are!  

Chorus:
Blessed be the Lord, blest be the Lord.
The God of mercy, the God who saves.
I shall not fear, the dark of night, nor the sorrow that flies by day.
Verse 1
He will release me from the nets of all my foes.
He will protect me from their wicked hands.
Beneath the shadow of His wings, I will rejoice to find a dwelling place secure.
Verse 2
I need not shrink before the terrors of the night
Nor stand alone before the light of day.
Nor harm shall come to me, no arrow strike me down.
Verse 3
Although a thousand strong have fallen at my side.
I'll not be shaken with the Lord at hand.
His faithful love is all the armor that I need to wage my battle with the foe.

I know not who or what the foes are that you are facing, but I know God will walk with you in the battle and position people and even angels along you path.  Great is His faithfulness.

Talk About It-"Back In Our Day"


August 28
Sunday afternoon was a mix of Summer and Fall...really a perfect day weather wise.  The morning began rather misty, but my husband and I attempted an early morning walk anyway.  The Lance Armstrong saga was our first topic of discussion.  My husband remarked, how unfortunate that everything he had worked for and earned was wiped away.  We discussed how sad it is for certain individuals' lives to be marked by a single purpose, which if stripped away can leave you feeling meaningless.  Not to mention a single focus, which could drive you to lie, partake of illegal acts or potentially harm your body.
My next inquiry about an athlete was introduced by "Back in Our Day, do your remember..."
Eventually, the conversation landed back in Old Testament days.  The days of Abraham, Issace and Jacob and the good and bad traits they passed on to their children.  The most important pass along, with life long ramifications, was the faith of these fathers.

We have heard it with our ears, O God;   our ancestors have told us
  
what you did in their days, in days long ago.  Psalm 44:1

I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old— 
things we have heard and known,   things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lordhis power, and the wonders he has done.  Psalm 78:2-4



Tidbits and testimonies need to be shared.
What was the last "Back in the Day" tidbit you passed on to another?
How about your personal testimony pertaining to Christ and what he has done in your life?

Praising All Your Days

August 27
This sweet, sweet Godtube pays tribute to a woman who is 103 years old and still singing praise to Jesus everyday.
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=WD7ZKPNX&utm_source=GodTube%20Must-See%20(PD)&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=08/27/2012


“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3

Sing your way through today!

(After reading the A Simple Act of Kindness entry, a friend wrote and shared how she was the recipient of a random act.  I attached it to that entry.)

A Simple Act of Kindness

August 25-26
This Godtube video speaks for itself.  Let's see how many of these "acts" we have presented to us to bestow on others this weekend!
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=WD7GWPNX&utm_source=GodTube%20Today&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=08/24/2012

Acts of kindness are contagious.  A dear friend shared last night how she was shopping in a nearby town and the woman two people ahead of her in the check out lane was laden was three large bags.  What aroused deep sympathy in my friend was that this woman had a cast on her wrist.  My friend called out to her expressing her compassion (as this sweet soul had broken both of her wrists at the same time several years ago) and said if she would just wait for her to make her purchases she'd be happy to carry her shopping bags to her care for her.  Immediately, the next lady in line offered to let my friend go ahead of her.  Act Two of Kindness.  Then the check out lady suggested the casted woman go get her car and pull up in front and all my friend would have to do is push a cart out to her.
One simple gesture brought three people together in efforts to make the day a little bit easier on another!

A friend emailed how she was the recipient of a random act of kindness:

Your devotion today made me think of an Act of Kindness John & I experienced the other day.  We were at Sweet Tomatoes, a restuarant we are getting addicted to. It has a huge salad bar when you come in.  You take a plate & tray & fill up plate with salad fixins.  Then, you pay, go find a table & put food down. Then, you go to another section & get soup, bread, sweet or baked potatoes, or pasta to go with salad. Afterwards, there is softserve ice cream with toppings.  If you have a cupon, you can get this all between 11 am & 4pm for $6.99, quite a deal & oh, so yummy. Well,we had left our cupons at home.  The lady in front of us had a cupon that she & her friend used.  Some of the cupons say they can be used for up to 4 people. So, she asked the cashier if we could use their cupon, too.  She said, yes.  I thanked her & we moved on to get water.  She said to me,  "it costs nothing to be kind & people just don't think of it".

Majesty

August 24
Yesterday afternoon, my husband and I drove about three hours up the Shenandoah Valley to a beautiful farm, surrounded by mountains, to say farewell to our friend who is spending his last days on his son's farm. It was such a privilege to be able to hold his hand and talk with him about the reality of heaven, the excitement of seeing Jesus, but also his life well lived.  We shared a delicious meal with his whole family, on a beautiful brick patio, in one of the most peaceful settings I've ever experienced.
As we prayed over him before we left, my husband quoted Proverbs 17:6     
Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
This verse was a vivid picture in this household.
We were both holding back tears as we walked away knowing we would not see our friend this side of heaven again.  Our hearts ached for his wife, two sons, two daughter in laws and eight grandchildren who adore him.  As we stepped out the front door, the sunset in the photo above is what was waiting for us.  Majesty is the word that came to mind.
Praise the Lord, my soul, Lord my God, you are very great; 
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
  I thanked my husband for taking off work early to accompany me on this journey and told him... God turned this trip into one of the most memorable "date nights" of our lives.  He placed us in a gorgeous setting, with delicious food, surrounded by loving people and knit us together to strengthen us to share God's love with another individual at to me is probably the most intimate time in their lives.  God always surprises me with how blessings come out of the most unexpected situations. 

Release


August 23
Many times in my life I have had the thought, "Why does God even want to mess with us?"  He is a God who is all about relationship and in order to draw a lost world to himself he must interact with us and he does that in several creative ways. One of the primary ways God builds relationships with people is through those who already have a relationship with God.  For those in relationship are called to fish for those who are lost. God promises that all who seek a relationship with him will see it come to fruition.

Placing a word on my heart and having me take that word and reference it in scripture is a powerful way God draws me to himself. Praying this morning for our friend, who is presently close to seeing his early journey end, the word release  came to me. Entering the word into my computer I found such similarities in our friend's life and the life of Simeon, mentioned in Luke.  Good men, who prayed expectantly, filled with and led by the Holy Spirit, ready to be released into God's peace which he has promised.

 
In Jerusalem at the time, there was a man, Simeon by name, a good man, a man who lived in the prayerful expectancy of help for Israel. And the Holy Spirit was on him. The Holy Spirit had shown him that he would see the Messiah of God before he died. Led by the Spirit, he entered the Temple. As the parents of the child Jesus brought him in to carry out the rituals of the Law, Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God: God, you can now release your servant; release me in peace as you promised. With my own eyes I've seen your salvation; it's now out in the open for everyone to see: A God-revealing light to the non-Jewish nations, and of glory for your people Israel.  Luke 2:25-32

Isaiah 61:1-3 also spoke to me as it referred to the release from darkness.  I consider the disease of cancer to be quite representative of darkness and those who watch it ravage their  loved ones are most certainly brokenhearted.

The Spirit  of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenheartedto proclaim freedom for the captives  and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and to provide for those who grieve in Zion to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness,  a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

When I look back on my week so far, it has been full of relationship with others and in turn with God.  It has reminded me of a pitcher being poured out, but mysteriously never running out.  In each instance where I thought I was going to give, I received and grew in my  relationship with the individual, but more importantly with Christ.

Determined QB



August 22
Ya never know what the Lord is up to!  I like that about him.  He keeps life so exciting.  We have a young man, we claim as a grandson.  We've known him since birth and he is now a high school junior and quarterbacking for his school's football team.  He lives out of state, but we are able to listen to his games online.  Last year, I made a tradition of having a text waiting for him on his phone in the locker room after the game.  Planning on continuing the process this year, but I felt led to go a step further and really got a kick out of where the new plan took me last night.
Thought it might be fun to share these with you each week.  I try not to use names and tales, so we will just call him QB.


Week 1
QB, the Lord impressed upon my heart, during your game Friday night, to ask him to give me a word and a verse each week to encourage you.   

This week, I keep going back to the word determined or determination.
So I am:
Praying for God to equip you with the determination to press on toward the goal of being a young man on and off the field who: loves God, fears God and serves God.
Praying for God to give you the determination to keep on keeping on for him, even when the battle on the field is ferocious and you are tired and weary.
Praying for God to help you be determined to stand against all the temptations that will befall you in high school, college and into adulthood.

I just went to Biblegateway.com and typed in determined.

I don’t think I’ve found the exact verse yet, but this one made me laugh in reference  to a football quarterback….I am sure there will be games you feel this way.

Psalm 59
 1-2 My God! Rescue me from my enemies, defend me from these mutineers.                   Rescue me from their dirty tricks, save me from their hit men.
 3-4 Desperadoes have ganged up on me, they're hiding in ambush for me. 
   I did nothing to deserve this, God, crossed no one, wronged no one. 
   All the same, they're after me, determined to get me

 4-5 Wake up and see for yourself! You're God, God-of-Angel-Armies, Israel's God! 
   Get on the job and take care of these pagans, don't be soft on these hard cases.

The next one is a little fluffier. As Paul encourages his buddies in this verse, I want to encourage you, QB.
First of all, praise God for your parents, who have trained you up to know the Lord, to stand in truth and trust in the Lord on good days and crummy ones.  Last week I read this quote in a study I am doing. “The point of life is to please God.”  No matter what we are called to do, we are to be pleasing in his sight. Whether we win, lose or get carried off the field, God gets the glory and we trust it is all for the benefit of shaping us to be more like Christ. 
When we saw you warming up last year on the sidelines, I envisioned Jesus right there beside you.  When I saw the picture on another player's FB page this year of three of you holding hands as you went out for the coin toss, I envisioned Jesus holding your other hand.  

I looked up the definition of determined and thought it was a great way to describe your presence on the field: 
"Resolute, staunch (the determined defenders of the Alamo), decided, settled, resolved."

That is the kind of quarterback a coach at any level would like to have.  :)

 You need to know, friends, that thanking God over and over for you is not only a pleasure; it's a must. We have to do it. Your faith is growing phenomenally; your love for each other is developing wonderfully. Why, it's only right that we give thanks. We're so proud of you; you're so steady and determined in your faith despite all the hard times that have come down on you. We tell everyone we meet in the churches all about you.

QB, I love you lots!  Rejoice today because you have been chosen by God to be an heir to his kingdom, which beholds things we cannot even imagine.  Keep on keeping on and let me know any prayer needs.  Each week I also want to pray for the faith of another one of your teammates.
Mama Boo



The Mayo boys celebrated their infant baptism.
August 21
Looking back over some journal notes I wanted to reflect on what had stood out the past few weeks.
Reflection on various verses I had written:
If I believe the point of life is to please God, and...
If I believe nothing is too hard for God, and...
If I believe when a man's ways please God, even his enemies will be at peace with him, and...
If I believe I am  not to love the world of anything in the world...

How will these beliefs change the way my life looks?

Some thoughts:
I will spend less time "doing" and more time listening to God.
I will pray with a fervent expectancy, excited about what God is up to, come rain or shine, happy or sad, easy days or trying ones.
I will place less emphasis on finding the perfect gift for people and more time in deep seeking prayer for them.
I will let go of the emphasis on where I live and how the house is decorated and focus on offering hospitality without grumbling and bringing people into our home.

In the Beth Moore Bible Study called Patriarchs, I was moved by a challenge and a prayer she wrote.

Challenge.  Can I say: "God directs me to sow seeds of active prayer, physical service, and giving in several ministries and service organizations that have nothing to do with me."

Prayer: "God, invade my dream life, my thoughts when I sleep, and every closet in my brain!  Put Your truth in the innermost places of my mind, even those I don't know exist.  God, fill me so completely with Your Holy Spirit that even my reactions and sudden impulses are godly!  I want to be like Peter when he saw Jesus on the shore and impulsively jumped in the water and swam to Him with all his might!"
 Mill Mt Star shot through the windshield.
 Mill Mt Star shot hanging out the window.

August 20
With my head and zoom lens hanging out the window on the interstate, my husband emphatically stated, "You are terribly distracting.  People are going to think that flash is a gun shot!"  (He was probably right.) A few more "shots" and I pulled the camera back in explaining I had really sensed the Lord impressing upon my heart to take the pics of our local "star" on the top of Mill Mountain.
After eight hours on the highway, I was so comforted by the sight of the star and knowing I was coming home, I immediately thought of the way we will feel when we finally have our eternal home in sight. Wanting to get a shot of that star to share with you I acted a bit impulsively.  Thankfully, no one returned fire upon us.

Take time today to think about five things you look forward to in your heavenly home.
1) No tears. No pain.
2) Seeing Jesus
3) God's glory illuminating the whole place.
4) Angel choirs
5) New bodies.
6) Streets of gold

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

This blog is dedicated to our sweet friend, Roger, who is waiting patiently to see Jesus and move into his eternal home. You will be greatly missed here on earth, dear friend, but how blessed you are to know where you are going.  I love you.

Spectrum of Light


August 18-19
Walking through our bathroom I noticed several brilliant spots of spectrums of light on the floor.  The glass crystals on a nearby chandelier, combined with the sun's rays were painting rainbow splashes of color across the wooden floor boards. I grabbed my camera, set on automatic, and began to shoot, but when I looked at the pictures the colors could barely be seen.  Turning off the automatic mode and setting the camera on manuel made all the difference.
Jesus being the Light of the World came to mind.  He doesn't automatically take residence in our hearts, we have to manually repent of our sins and purposely express our need for a Savior inviting Him in.  At that time, the Holy Spirit takes residence, but he does not automatically control our speech, thought or actions. We have to manually submit to his control.

Here's to letting our light in Christ shine.

Jesus once again addressedthem: "I am the world's Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in."   John 8:12

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."  Acts 2:38


In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

"R" You Ready for Jesus

August 17
I was reading in Oswald Chambers’s devotional book “Daily Thoughts for Disciples” and the entry I was reading was full of “R” words like…

Redemption, Relationship, Responsibility, Refuse, Read.   They triggered a prayer I wanted to pray for several men, who either don't know or are not walking with the Lord.

God, we praise you for your plan of redemption.  You realized from the beginning, we would need to be released from our sins.  We cry out to you on behalf of some friends who don’t know You.  May today be the day they would realize or remember they need to be released from sin and restored to a right relationship with You Father.  May the young men we are speaking of read something that triggers their brains to realize the responsibility they carry in their role as "spiritual leader" in their homes.  When the temptations of the world rear their ugly heads help these people to run to You and refuse the entrapment.  Help these who are rambling through this world, missing the purpose and plans you have for them, really, really learn what it means to be in a love relationship with You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Being Joyful and watching expectantly for the great things God is up to today!
Boo

The Oswald Chambers Devo.
Bedhold God is exalted by His power; who teaches like Him?  Job 36:22

“There is alway a tendency to produce an absolute authority; we accept the authority of the church, or of the Bible, or of a creed, and often refuse to do any more thinking on the matter; and in so doing we ignore the essential nature of Christianity which is based on a personal relationship to Jesus Christ, and works on the basis of our responsibility.  On the grounds of the redemption I am saved and God puts His Holy Spirit into me, then He expects me to react on the basis of that relationship.  I can evade it by dumping my responsibility onto a church, or a book or a creed, forgetting what Jesus said-'You searched the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life'.  The only way to understand the Scriptures is not to accept them blankly but to read them in the light of a personal relationship to Jesus Christ.  If we insist that one must believe the doctrine of the Trinity and the inspiration of the Scriptures before one can be save, we are putting the cart before the horse.  All that is the effect of being a Christian, not the cause of it; and if we put the effect first we produce difficulties because we are putting thinking before life.  Jesus says, 'Come to Me, and if you want to know whether My teaching is of God, do His will.’ A scientist can explain the universe in which commonsense people live, but the scientific explanation is not first; life is first.  The same with theology; theology is the systematizing of the intellectual expression of life from God; it is a might thing, but it is second, not first."

You Steady My Heart


 Harrison & Moses watching as Parks and Reese drive away.

Three empty cribs.
All the baby products packed away.
No newborn snuggles for the next few days.


August 16
The summer has been baby filled and I have loved every minute.  The last car pulled out this morning and once again I sobbed. When our three year old grandson left Sunday, I told him to remember he was taking a piece of my heart with him. He reached out of his carseat and touched where my heart is and said, "I will take a piece of your heart with me," and gave me a great big smile.
This morning, while vacuuming, washing and changing sheets (including three baby beds) I talked with the Lord about why saying "good-bye" hurts so much.
Then I realized I needed to stop doing chores and steal away with the Lord a bit.  Opening my laptop I noticed this video on God Tube and found such comfort in this song "Steady My Heart" by Kari Jobe.

And I will run to You. You're my refuge in Your arms. 
And I will sing to You. Cause of everything You are. You steady my heart. 

I hope it ministers to your heart hurts today.

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0JJ2JFNU&utm_source=GodTube%20Must-See%20(PD)&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=08/16/2012

Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord


August 15
Genesis 18:14
Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Why don't we pray with positive expectancy?
Why don't we start every prayer with "God with you all things are possible, so...."
Studying about the LATE In LIFE child God sent to Sarah and Abraham, I was struck with a challenge. Begin a Genesis 18:14 prayer journal!  A journal for those things, which in forgetting who God is, I might contemplate never coming to fruition.  (No, winning the lottery is not on there.)

There is a strict criterion I've attached.  The answering of each request must bring glory to God and beside the "heart's desire" will be written an applicable scripture verse.
One entry:
Many schools are starting back this week.  My husband is the Head of School at Christian Heritage Academy, a small Christian school in Rocky Mount, VA.  One of the Genesis 18:14 prayers I have recorded is for much needed financial gifts to be bestowed upon the school and for enrollment to increase.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

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

A challenge question came from the Lord.  "If nothing is impossible for me and your aim in praying is for me be glorified, why not pray for all Christian schools to experience financial and student growth and for my name to be allowed back in public schools?"  That mind set lead to praying for the upcoming election and God to place men who fear Him in positions of authority. For the voucher system to be put into place so families could choose the type education they want their children to receive and for our school systems to be flooded with Christian teachers who will train up their students in ways which are pleasing to God.

Get away with God and he will take you on a real journey!  Nothing is too hard for Him.

What Do You Love About Jesus?


August 14
One baby down and the other needed rocking, I did not want his cries to awaken his older brother, so I headed out to our screened porch.  "Lord, I had really hoped they would nap at the same time so I could do my Bible study," I confessed.  "My child, there are times it is simply nice to have you sit and be still and tell me I love you," I sensed the Lord reply.
"Oh, I do love you," I was quick to express.
Then I thought, if someone asked me, "What do you love about Jesus?" how would I reply.

It was such a delightful exercise.
He is always available.
He longs to be with me and is even preparing a place in heaven for me.
He knows everything about me and loves me still.
He is quick to forgive.

Then the lesson came.  "Remember, you are called to be like me.  Would your friends say these same things about you?"

Are you available?  Do you offer hospitality?
Do you long to be with them and enjoy preparing a place for them at your table or in your home?
Do you love your friends, warts and all, forgiving quickly, or do you walk away when they disappoint?

In simple moments, on a screened porch, God spoke and showed me the places in my heart transformation needed to take place.  What will I do with the lesson, is the big question?  When we are given a tool, it is of no use sitting on the shelf.

Thinking about the Bible Study I am currently doing,  three names of God I have studied thus far remind me there is power in the name of the Lord!
El Roi- The God Who Sees.
El Elyon-The God Most High
El Shaddai-The God Almighty

Figure It Out

 These future Olympians gathered on the beam for a formal photo shoot.
 Ladies first!
 The parallel bars looked intimidating.
This vault was out of this world!
August 13
Proctor and Gamble won my vote for "best sentimental commercials" during the 2012 Olympics.  They focus on the faces of moms who made sacrifices financially, physically and emotionally to allow their children to follow their dreams.
There were so many amazing Olympic moments the past two weeks.  I will have to say the Opening and Closing Ceremonies left me out in left field. I was happy to be "left out" of understanding what was going on. I think I have a new frown line from trying to figure it out.
Over and over again I try to figure out what God is up to..and I KNOW BETTER.  There are things that are not for me to know and those which will be revealed later.  My spiritual "training" requires me trusting the Lord instead of trying to figure Him out. So I pray today I can "go with the flow" and be excited about what unfolds, knowing God will work it for his good and that's what its all about !
I don't need to figure it out!

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.  Job 37:5

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  
Matthew 24:35-37


 


August 11-12
Amen to Proverbs 17:2.
When your heart is heavy, when the hurt is deep, when hope seems out of reach and gray skies cloud the day... bring along a dose of "cheerful heart" and the sun starts shining through and lifts your load.




Just Call Me


August 10
Stopping for lunch in a fast food restaurant the other day we had a couple of our grandchildren in tow.
My grandmother name is "Mama Boo", but one young man has shortened it and on occasion it comes out sounding like "My Boo".  The couple sitting next to us got a kick out of that as well as hearing the sweet little voice identify my husband as Papa.  The gentleman at the table said, "My grandfather name is Papa, but our youngest grandchild has decided to call me P.P."  Then he chuckled and said, "I don't care what he calls me.  I just love having him call to me."
Jesus  is probably a tough name for beginning word formation.  The "b", "d", "p",  "m" and "n" vowels usually make the first cut.  God may be a tough one as well.  But when others see us calling upon the Lord, they learn how to "shout His name" with joy!  God has so many names.  He doesn't care so much what we call Him, but that we call him.
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord, will be saved.  Romans 10:13

                              I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise.  Psalm 18:3
August 9
I was trying to describe to my daughter, the kind of love that is so deep that there is an obvious connection of the hearts.  Like the love some people have for a spouse, or a child, or even a dear, dear friend.  You know, the connection that fulfills Romans 12:15...when you hurt, I hurt. When you are full of joy, I am bursting forth too.

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Romans 12:15

Then a few hours later I opened a Bible study, by Beth Moore called Patriarchs, and there in print was a very close description of what I was trying to express.
"Our hardest tests involve our dearest loves.  The Hebrew word for love means "to love, desire to delight...Implies an ardent and vehement inclination of the mind and a tenderness of affection at the same time...a strong emotional attachment for and a desire to possess or be in the presence of the object of love."
My prayer this day is for marriages to experience that kind of love, but my belief is that kind of love is not possible until we have experienced such a love with Christ.









August 8
Jiewon and Parks embarked on a fishing adventure.  Fishing takes patience. There was total elation when they snagged a blue gill!  Made me think of how we are called to be fishers of men and the joy that consumes us when one we have been praying for and witnessing to finally accept the Lord.

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 
Matthew 4:19
 

Complete Joy

 Close Cousins meeting for the first time
 The Jolly Uncle meets his nephews.
An Elated Grandmother greets a couple of little brothers.
August 7

I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.  2 John 1:12


What would make your "joy complete" today?
Who do you long to see face to face?

One of our sons was married this past weekend and every time he looked at his bride, his face was full of joy.

 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.  John 3:29

We will know complete joy when we see Jesus face to face.  Amen!

Reputation


August 4-6
We just had a wonderful away wedding weekend with our family and opening up the "Love Worth Finding" devotional site today was the perfect message for a mother of many.  Watching our children and the reflecting on the various career paths they have taken, the various fashion styles they possess, and the variety of personalities God has given them... I have finally learned to go with the flow and love watching their adult lives unfold.

For those of you starting the path of parenthood, absorb these words of wisdom.

 Trusting God with Your Reputation by Adrian Rogers
“But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Thy works.” - Psalm 73:28 
We can be so protective of our reputations, can’t we? I know of preachers who have lost their children because they were more concerned about what people thought than what God taught.
Maybe some of you are raising teenagers, and they dress in a way that isn’t your style. Maybe your church friends are saying some unpleasant things. Let them criticize! God knows your heart. Those children are yours, not theirs. You need to love them with everything that God gives you. Stand by their side.
Never sacrifice your son or daughter on the altar of your reputation. Trust your children to the Lord. Ask God to give you His wisdom so you can see how He is fulfilling His promise of Romans 8:28 in every situation.