Receive

Mama Boo receiving a lapful of love.

Everyone who asks receives.
Matthew 7:8

October 31
Just as some people are addicted to exercise or work, I'm addicted to Bible Study. It's where I get my fulfillment.  The nuggets God has waiting to teach me really do feel like finding treasure.  You can dig into the same verse again and again and learn a whole new lesson. That's what has happened to me regarding: Everyone who asks receives.

Forever, I read that verse in the context of God will answer our prayers if they are within his will and God loves to bless us.  The other day I read it with the insight that God HAS good things to give us, which will bring glory to his kingdom.  We don't have to come up with the gimme list.  We can ask to receive what He has waiting for our lives.

How different does it look to come before God, believing in who he is and the magnitude with which he loves us, and ask..,"What is it You have for me today, Father?"  We are called  servants of the Lord.   A servant doesn't show up for work and tell you what they'd like to do that day.  A servant receives the orders for the day, the list of what is to be accomplished.  I can only imagined how much more we'd be blessed if we daily approached God with that attitude and receive what he has for us, versus what we think we want for our lives.

Receiving is our active participation in what Jesus already does….A receiver gets to welcome what Jesus already wants.  Beth Moore

Doesn't mean we give up our intercession for others!  

Bring it on Lord!  What's on the agenda for today!

Jesus Lover of My Soul


October 30
You know those times when you say, "I just had a BLAST with Jesus?" Well, I've had a blast twice in three days. I was sure he was coming back on Tuesday.  It was 80 degrees outside and raining golden and crimson leaves on the dock.  I wanted to dance…should have, the neighbors already know I'm a nut.  Coming back into the house, over and over the phrase rang out….Jesus Lover of My Soul.
"What am I supposed to do with the Lord?" I asked.  Then I simply said, "I love you Jesus!" and set off to find a Youtube version of the song to send y'all!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvHDlDZOtbE


For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith
-and this is not from yourselves, 
it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.   
Ephesians 2:8-9

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

I Sinned Today


October 29
I sinned yesterday.  It was an act of willful disobedience and God gave me multiple opportunities to stop. The interesting thing is I saw how easily it could lead to bigger issues. We've dealt with it and He has forgiven me, but I'm so sad I succumbed to the temptation.  (No, it wasn't eating sweets, but I sure was tempted to turn to food for comfort after the failure.)

God is in the midst of teaching me something huge or maybe asking me to do something huge.  My husband feels it too.  Wanting to be outside, while I wrote, this I went to get an Internet adaptor (that's my made up name for it, may be called something else).  Opening the drawer to find it, staring me in the face was my copy of Streams in the Desert, which a daily devotional reader gave me.  I knew before I opened it there was going to be a message waiting for me.  Turning to October 28, I felt God's arms around me as I read Ephesians 2:4-6…
Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions…And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

Brothers and sisters, it doesn't get better than that.  Jesus came for sinner! I'm so thankful we connected.
I love you Jesus.

Hey God, You're Great


October 28

It was 3:34 AM and I couldn't sleep, so I decided to go into prayer mode.  Remembering P.R.A.Y….
Praise, Repent, Ask and Yield…and that it was the middle of the night I started off with "Hey God, You're great!"  Shifting my mind to attempt to recall a Psalm, instead at that moment I heard the steady breathing of my man sleeping beside me and thought…You, Father, decide every breath we will take.
Next, I concentrated on the beat of my heart and was awed as I realized it is God who controls the beats of my heart.  Continuing on in this reflection of how intricately God created our bodies, I wiggled my toes under the covers and thought about the brain and muscle functions that had to occur for that action to take place.  Then I got up and started typing my praise process and opened Biblegateway and read…

There's nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another-showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.  2 Timothy 3:16-17

I praised God for the gift of the written Word and as I did the answer to one of my top prayer requests came.  In a women's Bible study a group of women shared their heartache of "going it alone" related to the fact their husbands will not go to church.   My prayer focus was for these men to get to church, but this passage shifted my prayers asking God to find ways to get the written Word before them.  Thus, showing them truth, exposing their rebellion, correcting their mistakes and training them to live God's ways and hopefully giving them the desire to go to church!

Hoop de Doo, that was worth a little middle of the night computer time.


I Like to Be With You


October 27
Looking back on early family pictures of our six children, my heart filled with joy as I reflected on how much fun they had together.  I guess our daughter didn't know any better than life with five little brothers.  Bringing our adopted daughter into our lives years later was a blessed move.
Yesterday, I was prompted by an email devotional to get on my knees for my children and pray.  The communication started with me lifting up to God their health, their careers, their parenting and their marriages (and a husband for the one not married).  Then God spoke to my heart in a unique way and impressed upon me the importance to pray first of all for them to desire His presence in their lives and for them to love Him passionately.

God brought to mind how much I love being with our grandchildren.  He said, "It's an easy kind of love, because they love being with you."  The picture of cocktail party conversations or even church vestibule chit chat came to mind.  Have you ever been talking to someone and noticed they are looking around at who else is there and not into your eyes?  The realization that they really don't want to talk to you seeps in.  Then God whispered, "I really like to be with you, but you spend such little time one on one with me, really listening to what I have to say."

Why is it we have such difficulty dwelling in His presence?  Are we afraid of what He might have to say?

Listen to these words in The Message and then slip away with the Lord who loves you with wildly!

Are you tired?  Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me.  Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitted on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.  Matthew 11:28-30 

Thank You William Tyndale




October 25-26
In the eyes of many, William Tyndale had committed the most heinous of crimes. He'd dare to translate the Scriptures into English. He would be stripped of his priesthood, forced to kneel and cut with a knife or glass on any part of his body which had been anointed with oil at this ordination, as well as his hands. Then with a noose around his neck the breath was cut off from his lungs and they burned him on a cross.

It's been years since a college religion course, where I learned of the life and cruel death of William Tyndale.  He knew God had a purpose for his life and he pursued it passionately unto death.

Beth Moore writes in her Children of the Day study:
"Even his Englishing of the Scripture has something to tell us.  To William Tyndale, the Word of God is a living thing.
It has both warmth and intellect.
It has discretion, generosity, subtlety, movement, authority.
It has a heart and a pulse.
It keeps a beat and has a musical voice that allows it to sing.
It enchants and it soothes.
It argues and it forgives.
It defends and it reasons.
It intoxicates and it restores.
It weeps and it exults.
It thunders but never roars.
It calls but never begs.
And it always loves.
Indeed, for Tyndale, love is the code that unlocks and empowers the Scripture.  His inquiry into Scripture is always relational, never analytic."


Dear Lord, Please allow your Word to flourish here in America. In Jesus' name, Amen

More From the Mt Tour

October 24
As we traveled, awed around every curve at what our eyes beheld, we shared how secure we feel in the mountains.  We reflected that while standing gazing out upon an ocean you realized the immensity and power of God, you are very vulnerable out there in the open.  (Unless it is a rocky shoreline with places to hide.)  Enemies are scouted out and battles are launched from the mountain tops.  Refuge in found in mountain caves! Oh, Lord, I thank you for the mountains.


               I told my dear friend, we don't need to go to Ireland, look at this country side!

It was 46 degrees and windy….brrrr on the top of this mountain!







The vistas and burst of color were magnificent.
The name of this overlook is "Lover's Leap".

You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, 
who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength,
who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.
Psalm 65:5-7 

Come Away With Me

October 23
The tears were over due.  I was stagnant in my stance, not wanting to do anything.  The phone rang and on the other end was the voice of a dear friend wanting to know where I'd been the past two weeks.  Not able to fake my heartache, she heard the tears and said, "Come away with me today.  Get dressed! I'll be there to pick you up soon."  And up into the mountains we went.

The beauty of this covered bridge reminded me of how God's love covers a multitude of sins.
The depth of these crimson colors spoke volumes of the depth of God's love and his brilliance.
Both being born on a mountain, my friend and I realized there was  no placed we'd rather be.
It was a day where we stopped at one overlook after another amazed by the vastness of God's creations and also amazed that God never overlooks our needs.


Last Call




October 22
Can't think of the last time I was in a bar for "last call."  But that phrase crossed my mind the other day while studying in Thessalonians and thinking about the Lord's return.  Beth Moore teaches on these two books and gets mighty riled up and excited over six strong words Paul preaches about...When the Lord Jesus is revealed!"  Life as we all knew it will change in a flash!  The pain, the trouble, the injustice and evil will BE GONE!  We won't be turning on our TV's for a news flash...we will be with the Lord, while others are watching the blazing fire flash in the sky and crying out in anguish that they missed the last call!

God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to your who are troubled, and to us as well.  This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.  2 Thessalonians 1:6-7

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory."
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is  your sting?"
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.   1 Corinthians 15: 51-57


A Willing Spirit



Restore to me the joy of your salvation and 
grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Psalm 51:12

October 21
Have you lost your joy lately?  It's easy to do.  Just the other day in a store/restaurant, the down-troddenness of others was about to wipe my smile away.  One lady had her nose in the air and made eye contact with no one,  while a couple at the next table must have eaten grumble grits for breakfast.  Then up across from a pile of potatoes in the produce section popped a young man from our church. He didn't know my name, but recognizing my face said, "Hey, I will see you at church tomorrow!"  I flashed my crooked smile back at  him.  Let's make our joy contagious!

The joy that salvation through Christ brings us is cable of sustaining us through any storm, if we are willing spirits!

Stay Willing, Flexible and Teachable


October 20
Stay willing, flexible and teachable were goals set in Beth  Moore's study Children of the Day,  as she taught on the equipping of the Spirit.  That all sounded good, then I asked myself what does that look like in reality.

Am I willing to go anywhere God calls me to go or love anyone God calls me to love?
(Oh, wait, He calls me to love everybody doesn't he.)

Remember when the man with leprosy asked Jesus if he was willing to heal him?  What will our response be to Jesus when he asks us if we are willing...?

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said.  "Be clean!" Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.  Matthew 8:3

Am I flexible, which means willing to shift gears from my plans to His?
Do I have patience and adhere to His teachings where the first shall be last.  
(Our grandson confessed that made no sense to him.)
Does my flexibility allow me to not "have it my way" and be (here's that word again) willing to do it someone else's way.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way.   Isaiah 53:6

Am I teachable?   Can God, my grandchildren or my fellow believers teach an old dog new tricks.
Do I love learning from God's Word?

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.  Psalm 25:4

May these words of my mouth and this meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.  Psalm 19:14

But for me...

But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.
Psalm 73:28
October 17-18 
For some reason, when I read the first part of this verse the honesty in the statement made me laugh.
It sounded like…Don't know about you, but the only way I'm gonna survive this life is to stay close to God….and that is exactly how I've felt the past couple weeks.
Instead of the Little Engine that Could saying, "I think I can, I think I can," at one point I caught myself saying, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Don't know about you, but the emotions of a mother's heart can make me weak in the knees.  We don't want those we love to hurt.
God, please heal my daughter in laws, now. In Jesus' Name, Amen
 

October 17
My friend Janie (whom I've never met face to face, but pray with through email almost daily) took a concern of mine to our online prayer group.  I received a personal response from a woman in California and a connection was made immediately.
Praying with people births deep relationship.  
I wrote back to this new friend:
"How blessed we are to be part of the Body of Christ.  My heart aches for those going through struggles without Him. He is mighty and worthy of praise, for He has done great things and the the best is yet to come!  Amen.

How great you are, Sovereign Lord!  There is no one like you,
and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.
2 Samuel 7:22 

There's Jesus, right there on your arm!

October 16
Our long bearded son was in a business supply store and needed some assistance.  The lady serving him got on the radio and said, "There's a Duck Dynasty dude back here who needs some help."  Then she said, "That didn't offend you did it?  Do you love Jesus like those guys love Jesus?"  As he was affirming that he loved Jesus, she looked at the tattoo of Jesus and the soldiers at the tomb on his right arm and said, "Well, there's Jesus right there on your arm!"
Whew, laughter is good for the soul!

Remember what Bildad said:
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.   Job 8:21


Moaning and Groaning

I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.
Psalm 116:1-2

October 15
I ran out to get this wee one a couple onesies yesterday.  My heart was heavy for all her mama has gone through these past two weeks.  Standing by the check out counter I became concerned as the woman behind the register began to moan and groan. I asked if she was ok and she said, "I think it's my sugar." The sounds of discomfort increased and she placed her hand on her chest. I asked, "Is it your sugar or your heart?" No, reply.  The next inquiry was if she was alone in the store.  She responded, "No, but please don't call anyone."   I opted to call on Jesus right then and there.  She closed her eyes.  I prayed for God's healing hand upon her, to restore her health, but to also give her wisdom as to what she should do.  Opening her eyes she said a quiet, "Thank you," and continued typing in my purchases.  Turning to get a bag, she looked at me and said, "I feel so much better.  I really, really do.  No one can convince me there is not a God!"

Amen!  God get's the glory for the great things He can do!  

The Days of Your Youth




October 14
Opening my Grandmother's Bible I needed the Lord to give me direction.  When crisis strikes and I'm emotionally drained my brain shifts to SLOW gear.  My Bible opened to Ecclesiastes and I laughed as I looked down at the talking point to pray for my grandchildren.

"Dating: Follow God's will from an early age." 
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth before the days of trouble come.
Ecclesiastes 12:1

So, Lord, I take your lead and stop at this time and lift up the dating lives of our eight grandchildren and any others to come. I ask that You give them wisdom in the choices of the people they date.  May they remember when they commit to do all things that please the Lord, that includes dating.  While of course I ask for protection and purity related to all aspects of their dating, I also ask that they date people who are pleasing in your sight and will challenge our grandchildren to live a more committed life for You, Father. In Jesus' Name. Amen

He's Got Me Covered


October 13
I was up and at it before the sun one day last week, but by 7:45AM I was dragging and decided to take a power nap before hitting the road to pick up grandchildren.  I think I heard myself snoring!  :-)  At 9AM the gentle ding of my phone alarm awakened me, but I had not set it and there was no record in the phone that such an alarm had ever been set.   Realizing I needed to get a move on, I procrastinated and checked my emails, which led to thirty minutes of activity and I was still in my night gown.  All of a sudden our driveway sensor sounded and that had me bounding out of bed and tossing some clothes on quickly, but no one every came to the door and there was no car in the driveway.

Coincidences you may say, but I said, "Thank you, God for keeping me on track."  We are loved by and serve a mighty God.  Those simple occurrences gave way to the thoughts of how I totally trust Him and know he will work all things (sorrows and joys) together for my good and the good of those who love Him.
He who calls you is faithful.   1 Thessalonians 5:24

Right now I'm believing by faith that God will heal our daughter in law. She is back in the hospital after a dangerous delivery and then a highly contagious infection entering her body.  Serious complications have her hospitalized and facing a very long recovery.

If I miss a day or so, it's because I'm baby sitting and hopefully soon I will be helping our daughter in law enjoy this newborn.

We appreciate your prayers.


"Good-bye"

October 11-12
Walking with a girlfriend early one morning this week, I instituted my spiritual discipline group assignment of "flash prayers."  Passing a house, where an elderly gentleman lives alone, I sensed the need to do a walk by shooting and out loud I shot up a prayer to God.  The best part of the whole episode was at the end I said, "Good-bye," as if we were on a phone call with God.

It's nice to remember that God never hangs up…He hangs out waiting for communion with us.

In all my prayers for all of you,  I always pray with joy.
Philippians 1:4 

The Abundance Business



October 10
The fall weather has been glorious this week. Wednesday I grabbed a transistor radio (so old school) and went out on our property to take walk and listen to Victory FM.  The radio show was called "Grace to You."  While I can't remember the theme of the message, one quote stayed with me…

God is in the abundance business.

Do our prayers reflect that belief?  In this fallen world there are immense needs and our schedules are so packed that more often than not the only part of our prayers we get to are the Gimme ones.

I'm laughing at that word, as I visually break it down.  A Bun Dance!  Hmm, like shake your bootie.
How about thinking of life as "A Fun Dance" with the Lord.  He's placed us here for a season, extending to us an invitation to walk with him through an earthly life.  A life full of abundance, but also full of purpose…a preparation process for eternity to come.

Let's take time today to reflect on God's abundant offerings. The things we are not capable of creating.
The air we breathe, the rain we feel.
The food we eat.
The creation we view and the creatures who abide here with us.
The intricacies of the body which allow us to touch, taste, see, smell, and hear.
The miracle of birth.
The love, mercy and grace we receive from God.

How blessed we are to even encounter one of these miracles.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.   Jude 1:2 

A Give God the Glory Story


October 9
The other day I was beginning to fret, related to someone not being recognized.  I wanted to open my mouth and let the truth be known about another woman's contribution.  Petitioning God, as if he wasn't aware of what was occurring, I filled in him and expressed my frustration.  He told me to "Get over it!"
Then an hour later, I watched him solve the problem in a creative manner that only God could have come up with.
Calling my mentor, I said, "I've just got to share and give God the glory for what he just did."
Made me think, we need to share more Give God the Glory Stories, for the things he does in our lives.

He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgement has come.
Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water."
Revelation 14:7 


Goldilocks Moment


October 8
As most of you know, I'm not a drinker.  Our physician suggested that both my husband and I have a glass of wine at dinner, to aid in lowering our cholesterol. It really doesn't agree with me though.  A couple weeks ago, I came back home very grumpy after a 10 hour drive from Nashville.  It was equal to a nasty PMS attack.  I even told my husband, I have no clue why I am feeling this way. The next day I realized I drank sweet tea the whole ride home and had not had one glass of water and really think that played into the personalty change.  Night before last, I tried the glass of prescribed wine and did not like who it transformed me into.  With inhibitions down, I opened my mouth when it should have stayed closed. I apologized to my husband and said, "Can we just scratch that complaint I made?  This wine has given me hot flashes and put me in a bad mood like the lack of water and dehydration did a couple weeks ago."

He began to laugh at me.  I said, "Tell me what is so funny."  The reply, "You are having a Goldilocks moment.  Not too hot and not too cold.  We need you with not too little hydration and not too much!"  Oh, my goodness. We laughed and laughed and laughed.

Moderation is better than muscle.
Proverbs 16:32 (MSG)

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1

Now let's get spiritual.

Apply this to how some church members act.  They want their church services  "Just Right".  A little mention of Jesus, but not too much to make them uncomfortable.

 Apply this to how often we want to allow Jesus to invade of life choices.  Now don't forget me Jesus, but don't expect me to allow you into every corner of my heart.  Just be a middle of the road guy, there when I think I need you.

Anticipation





October 7
Anticipate: a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen; the act of preparing for something.

In an attempt to clear up some space on my laptop, I was scrolling through my photos trying to part with a few and this took me back through the seasons at Shiloh. Currently, I'm anticipating the colors of fall!  Winter doesn't bring on quite the same excitement for me. Although, I do long for a huge snow storm and school to be cancelled, affording my hubby the opportunity to be stuck here with me sipping hot chocolate by a warm fire.

 I've reached the age where I anticipate the eternal season of life in heaven with equal enthusiasm and the coming of the Lord a whole lot more than 4th of July Fireworks!

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15  and be filled with joyful anticipation.

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.  For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  According to the Lord's word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not preceded those who have fallen asleep.  

The Devil Lives in Penhook

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 

October 6
Christian girlfriends are just the best.  I have a friend who lives about 45 minutes away in a small community called Penhook.  She was up to her eyeballs with life's frustrations.  Finally, flabbergasted with all that was going on in her life, she exclaimed, "The devil lives in Penhook!"
We all broke out in laughter. I promised to write lyrics for a song by this name, which we felt would be destined to be a country hit!

The following week, my husband had encountered an entourage of devil darts, so I wrote this group of friends asking if they had seen the headlines in our local paper.
"The devil was seen exiting Penhook, last Wednesday afternoon, 
but unfortunately he has been sited in Rocky Mt."

Recognizing there is a spiritual battle is HUGE.  Seeking wisdom from the Spirit on how to withstand the attacks or retaliate with spiritual weapons is the second step.  Rejoicing throughout the battle, until the victory comes, is the pinnacle of the victorious process of daily defeating the devil.

Time is Flying By

 
One of our sons with his newborn daughter.
She's happiest when she is nuzzled in his big long beard.

October 4-5
Life seems to be going by faster and faster.  I find it hard to cram everything into a day that needs to be done.  Sorting out the needs from the wants of the day is a task in itself.  The crazy state of our world adds to the sense of urgency.
Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Isaiah 55:6
Traveling to NC this weekend, I told my husband, I'd love to go back to college and take courses at this stage of my life.  (Like that is ever going to happen.)  What I really want is to hear from the Lord daily and feel like I fulfilled his purpose for me that day. Grand baby love seems to be trumping God ordained ministry these days, although I believe with all my heart that spending time with these grand children is a large part of the arena of my calling.

My prayer this weekend is that all eight of our grandchildren will 
grow to be strong in the Lord and stand strong for the Lord at a time. It takes strength to do so.


The Heavenly Array


And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars-
all the heavenly array-do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshipping things
the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.
Deuteronomy 4:19
October 3
 In the above verse, Moses is laying down the law for the Israelites! :-)  I tell you what, the sunset was so amazing the other night driving home from North Carolina it did cause me to pull over in awe.  There are so many things, God made and man made,  which could easily become idols.   
When we say, "That is amazing!" Let's be sure to add…God.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
Psalm 29:2

The Full Extent


 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever-
the Spirit of truth.
The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.
But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
John 14:16-17

October 2
How many things are sitting around your life that you do not use to the full extent?
I know my camera, phone and computer can do extensively more than I rely on them to do.
For those of us who have asked Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, we have a power supply, a friend, and a guide who often goes unused in our lives.  The Holy Spirit is hanging out 24-7, we need to call on him more.  My guess is most of us have not begun to tap into what is available to us through the Spirit.

Wisdom Hunters wrote today:
"The Spirit's fire enflames our faith to burn brightly in our submitted souls. He satisfies our thirsty spirit, heals our broken hearts, comforts us in our concerns, leads us through uncertainty and empowers us to engage the enemy with God's word and prayer.  The Spirit supports us when we lack the support of another.  He lives within us to be with us. The path to receiving the Spirit's support is belief, love and obedience."

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
 1 Corinthians 2:14
 Today say to God…"Fill 'er up, Lord.  Fill me with the Spirit to the full extent possible!"

#8


October 1
Ha, think I'm overwhelmed. I wrote this night before last, forgot to post it and when I just pulled it up I had dated it September 31!  Time for some rest!

#8 is doing great!  I wasn't even in the door of the hospital room, I had not laid eyes on this young lady and I began to cry tears of joy and I think also relief.  The same thing happened 3 weeks ago when I walked in the hospital to meet our newest grandson.  It's a powerful emotion.  Later in the day, I pondered what causes that to happen. In addition to the automatic elation involved in loving this little person, who is part of your heritage, and the relief that the baby has been safely delivered and healthy; the realization that God has chosen your child to parent this little bundle is a big part of the emotion.
My husband reminded me the other night…these children belong to God and are on loan to our children to raise and hopefully train up to love Him.
Each time I've encountered a newborn grandchild, I've whispered to them about angels and every time it has brought about a smile.  I believe with all my heart, they still see the angels who were around when they were created in their mother's womb!
How I wish all these kiddos lived closer to one another.  My idea of a good time would be to lie on the floor and let them all crawl all over me!

But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children.   Psalm 103:17

May you live to see your children's children-peace be on Israel.   Psalm 128:6