Rainy Days are OK

April 30
Discussing college campus visits with some friends, my husband said, "Just pray for a sunny day. Things always look better in the sunshine."  Reading over some student comments on the topic "What I Like About School" one student wrote, "I like school better on sunny days."
Before heading to Nashville to baby sit, I had looked ahead at the weather forecast and seen that rain was on the horizon, so I grabbed a couple really cute umbrellas and tossed them in my car.  When the "rain, rain, rain, came down, down, down," as A. A. Milne wrote so many years ago, we decided to go outside in our pajamas and embrace it.  We talked about leaves being umbrellas for birds and the blades of grass giggling as the raindrops tickled and refreshed them.  Most importantly we thanked God for the rain and went outside and enjoyed the puddles.

I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.
Leviticus 26:4

He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside.
Job 5:10

Give Me Your Eyes

May 1
Whew!  Sometimes Jesus is so close you want to bust from being in his presence and it's too surreal to describe to another how the pieces all fell together.  The other day God took a combo of resources to teach me to look at the world  with His eyes.
Brandon Heath, singing his hit song, "Give Me Your Eyes" was the first "Sit down and listen with your heart" moment God used to grab my attention. Check out this video!


The second piece of this spiritual journey was found in a She Reads Truth email and is pretty deep. It's a quote from Mike Mason, who wrote Mystery of Marriage.
"If man really is fashioned, more than anything else, in the image of God, then clearly it follows that there is nothing on earth so near to God as a human being.  The conclusion is inescapable, that to be in the presence of even the meanest, lowest, most repulsive specimens of humanity in the world is still to be closer to God than when looking up into a starry sky or at a beautiful sunset."

The third piece of what God was teaching me was a "Renovare" spiritual exercise, which I had been called to focus on that week.
"Take God with you wherever you go.  During the next few days make an special effort to be a 'tabernacle' where God dwells.  Cooperate with God to bring good wherever you walk-in the park, in your home, in your church-by praying for those you meet."

Before I had accepted that assignment, I had been stopped dead in my tracks, as I realized I had walked within feet of a young man weed eating a neighbor's yard and I didn't even notice him. Immediately, when the conviction occurred I went back and spoke to him.  Heading to the grocery store that same day, this exercise illuminated the silhouettes of the bodies in the aisles and at check out counter in ways I had never experienced. They had VALUE.  Not only were they God's handy work, they had been purposed to bear God's actual image. At one point, after engaging a woman serving me from behind the deli counter in conversation, tears dripped down my cheeks. (That's another whole story.)

We have so far to go, concerning this job walking through life for Jesus. I thank God, for all he teaches me in such a loving manner.

Oh How I Need You

This is our view before we turn into our driveway.
For those of you familiar with this area, the pointed mountain is the Peaks of Otter.

April 29
The Lord lives! Praise be my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!     Psalm 18:46

Somedays all I want to do is praise. Wish you were here with me.  Love, Boo


On my computer a birthday reminder popped up.  I have never taken my father's birthday reminder out of the system and the computer said, "It's not to late to send a card." Yes, it is.  But what a great reminder to be steadfast to remember and express love to those we care about who are still on this side of heaven. Missing my earthly Daddy on his birthday.

Arrived at Your Destination

 The Road Home in Spring

April 28
I feel as if I've written about this before, so forgive me if I'm repeating myself.  Coming home from volunteering in a nearby community, I took the long way home.  Clicking on my GPS, when I was on the back roads, I wanted to be sure the glory of spring didn't get me totally off track and lost!  The praise music was pulsating from a Christian radio station and I was captivated in the moment.  As I pulled to the bottom of our private drive the lady's voice on the GPS said, "You have arrived at your destination. The route guidance is complete."  Chuckle, chuckle!  That's what Jesus or the angelic greeting committee will tell us when we arrive in heaven!!!!! You have arrived!

But our citizenship is in heaven.
And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3:20

God gave me a friend, mentor and encourager in the faith years ago through this devotional writing.  It's  incredible how complete strangers can come to love one another so deeply, but we do.  She is probably the first one to read Boojoyful each day.  This morning she expressed a thought which I had as I drove home yesterday admiring God's creation.  We can't even imagine what our heavenly home will look like, for heaven will be the likes of what we have never seen!

Train Up a Disciple

April 27
Our grandson LOVES trains, so I painted this engine and coal car as a birthday party prop. It doubles as a photo shoot opportunity and bean bag toss!  Multiple times over the years I've referred to the verse…Train up a child in the way he should go…but presently I'm delving into "Letters to Timothy" with the She Reads Truth ministry and absorbing the training Paul executed to Timothy.

The first memory verse in this study is 1 Timothy 6:12.

Fight the good fight for the faith;
take hold of eternal life that you were called to and have made a good confession about
in the presence of many witnesses.

I particularly like Paul's honesty in chapter one verses 12-17.  When we feel unworthy of a task God has called us to we can remember Paul's transformation.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service  Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of or Lord was poured out on my abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen

Top 10 Sophisticated Compliments

April 25-26
Merriman-Webster's Website is a delight!  If you are like me and enjoy learning at least one new thing a day, it's a shoe-in to educate.  On April 21st the site listed the "Top Ten Sophisticated Compliments" you can offer someone.  My brain contemplated the idea that Jesus would qualify to receive all these compliments!  He does!

Urbane-notable polite or polished in manner
Incisive-very clear and direct: able to explain difficult ideas clearly and confidently
Savvy-having or showing perception, comprehension, or shrewdness especially in practical matters
Sagacious-haivng or showing an ability to understand difficult ideas and situations and to make good decisions
Intrepid-feeling no fear; very bold or brave
Magnanimous-having or showing a generous and kind nature
Charismatic-having great charm or appeal
Compassionate-feeling or showing concern for someone who is sick, hurt, poor, etc.
Indefatigable- able to work or continue for a very long time without becoming tired
Valiant-having or showing courage; very brave or courageous.

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches
of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He s the one we proclaim,
admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may
present everyone fully nature in Christ.
Colossians 1:27-28 

Did Jesus Wear Underwear?

April 24
It's been a week of running late.  Meeting a group of ladies to study God's Word  yesterday, I rushed into meet them and said, "I've rushed around so this morning I don't even know if I have my bra and panties on."  Later going to the bathroom, I had to laugh…my undies were on, but they were on inside out! The stall was too cramped to take my long pants off my long legs and right the wrong.

When I got home and went to rectify the problem I thought to myself "Did Jesus wear underwear?"
It is definitely not of eternal value, and while it's a question I've never posed; it is not one I will ponder any longer.

A verse well worth meditating, which occurs after Jesus has fed the 5,00, walked on water and is trying to explain to his disciples he is the "Bread of Life," is John 6:28-29.
Unlike the underwear issues, which I have laid to rest, I will keep meditating on this passage.

"Then they asked him, 'What must we do to do the works God requires?'
Jesus answered, 'The work of God is this, to believe in the one he has sent.'"

The Message translation states it this way:
"To that they said, 'Well, what do we do then to get in on God's works?'
Jesus said, "Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. 
That kind of commitment gets you in on God's works.'"

So, I'm asking myself..."Am I sold out for Jesus?"  Am I like the woman in Bethany who risks it all emotionally, financially, and even by going into a dangerous situation to anoint Jesus with expensive perfume? (Mt 6:6-8)  How important is He to me?  How important is it to me for others to see how I love Him, simply by faith?

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."
2 Corinthians 5:7

Yesterday's Biblegateway passage was Romans 14:11

"It is written:  'As surely as I live," says the Lord, 
'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'"

And for those of us who ascend to heaven, my guess is we leave our underwear behind, because our new bodies will not need that piece of apparel.  That's just my personal opinion!

Jesus I love you!

Be Authentic

April 23
An urgent prayer request came from a friend who was attending a family funeral and there was much heartbreak surrounding the family dynamics. As I typed her a prayer the Lord said to just tell her to be there and to be "real." He said, "Remind her she is an authentic child of the King."   The word authentic was so clear I had to go to the dictionary and look it up.  Check out this definition:
Of undisputed origin. Made in a  way that faithfully resembles an original.  Accurate or reliable!

Oh, dear friends, that is who we are in Christ.  He is our undisputed origin of whom we are to resemble.  In our life's walk as we take the accurate Word of God to others may we be found reliable in our service and reliable in the way in which we love others.

Love this message from The Message, Philippians 4:8-9
Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious -the best, not the worst; the beautiful not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized.  Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. 

Galloping Through Galatians #2

April 22
There are enough nuggets in these next few books of Galatians to fill up your nugget basket for a lifetime.

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.  Galatians 3:26

…for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Galatians 3:27
Have you never identified with Christ through baptism?  Free dunking at Shiloh.  The water is warming up.  Come celebrate your faith by a baptism this summer.

So you are no longer a slave, but God's child; and since you are his child, God has made you an heir.
Galatians 4:7
How is it you are turning back to those weak miserable forces?  Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?  Galatians 4:9  Whew, does this one speak volumes to you? It does me.  Without ongoing discipleship and seeking, we will go back to the pit.

It is for freedom Christ has set us free.   Galatians 5:1

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.  Galatians 5:6

A little yeast works through a while batch of dough.  Galatians 5:9
We can make a mess of a matter with a tiny pinch of madness.

Serve one another humbly in love.  Galatians 5:13  God put that in there particularly for mothers/grandmothers!  Wait!  For anyone in the service business.

The next few verses would work well posted in our homes as reminders of life style choices (deeds of the flesh) to avoid and those with which we should be adorned.

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are:
immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outburst of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions. envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Galatians 5:19-24

For some of us, we have to crucify fleshly deeds every time they tempt us.

Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.  Galatians 5:26

Galloping Through Galatians #1

April 21
"Grace to you!" Galatians 1:4  What a great greeting!  Hmm, have to give that a try that today.

Our church is doing a study together for 6 weeks and last week the prep work involved reading three chapters in Galatians. I couldn't stop there, I went for all the gusto!  I'll send some of the highlights, but highly recommend going to https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/audio/  and listening to Max McLean read to you!

Galatians 1:4 "Who gave himself for our sins to RESCUE us from this present evil age."

If you have ever been rescued by someone, how do you feel towards that person now?
Our son was in a terrible accident years ago. The car flipped four times and landed upside down with him trapped inside.  He had a broken neck and the EMTs did an amazing job. The surgeons said a fraction of an inch more movement in the wrong direction and he would have been paralyzed.  Months later my husband drove to the town where it happened to seek out the EMTs to say thank you.

How often do we thank Jesus for saving us?

Galatians 2 (HA! Do I dare cut into the verses on circumcision!)
In verse 7 Paul explains that he and Titus were to preach to the uncircumcised Gentiles, while Peter and  three others had the task of going to the circumcised.  That spoke volumes to me affirming that we all have different ministry callings.
I'm filing away verses 6 and 20 remembering…."God does not show favoritism."
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me."

Galatians 3:3  A pointant question.  "Are you so foolish?  After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?

UGH.  Good place to pause and ponder.

Where I Am Right Now 20

April 20
Trusting that God knows where I will be tomorrow, because I've felt him near in some of the tougher places I've been.  Reflecting back on...

Years of potty training six children, who were born within eight years, makes me think…"How did we go anywhere?" Being called into my high school administrator's office, I found  my sister sitting there to tell me we needed to go home because our grandfather had been murdered in broad daylight. Finding my grandmother dead. Getting a phone call that my brother had drown.  The dreaded phone call came from an ER hours away. Our son had been in a terrible car accident and was airlifted to UVA's medical facility. Waking to find a car missing and a child gone with no clue where he was headed.  Watching my parents die. Filling in the word, "unemployed." Hearing the words "It is cancer, we need to operate.  She has anorexia, it is hard to overcome.  I'm sorry, you are miscarrying. Thiis marriage isn't working." Watching the scale tip to 20 pounds overweight and dreading the diet/exercise battle.
All places I've been.  All places I did not want to go.  All places I knew Jesus was with me.

One day at a time with Jesus.  Yup, walking with us where we are in the moment.


Laps of Love-Our Words

April 18-19
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very word of God.  If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:11

Somewhere last week I heard the quote, "See your speech as a mouthpiece for God. He calls His children to be conduits of good conversation on behalf of Christ.

Boy have I blown that one time and time again. Our mouths can get us into trouble and bring destruction more quickly than our fists.

One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend. Proverbs 22:11

An Event

April 17
Singing silly songs with our two year old grandson, I looked into his eyes which were beholding me with disbelief and I said, "I know I'm a nut, nut, nut."  His immediate reply, with a smile across his face was "A nut, nut, nut!"  Then we both burst into laughter.  Later that same day I had a smile on my face and thoughts that reminded me I'm a Jesus nut, nut, nut.

Strolling through a large department store, a sales lady addressed another shopper and me. She said,
"Ladies, we bout to have an event!"
My first reaction was to answer back…"We IS?"  She totally lost me as she reeled off the name of three  designers, whom I'd never heard of and the details of the "event."  All I could think was that one day soon the angels in heaven are going to holler to one another!  
"We bout to have an event!"
The reference will be in direct response to the announcement of Jesus' return to earth! 
What an event that will be!

"…the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.
At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds,
from the ends of earth to the ends of heaven."
Mark 13:25-27

Be sure to be ready for that event!

Snakes Alive!

April 16
Our oldest grandson and my husband love to hide rubber snakes around the house pranking one another.  The best may have been when our grandson put one in the coffee maker!

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which with Lord God had made.
Genesis 3:1

If only we could see the whole picture when we are being tempted.  If we could see it as Satan pulling a BIG prank on us, keeping us from God's goodness, we'd live more on the alert for spiritual danger!
Satan is alive on the earth for now, but one day he will experience the final "good-bye."

Remember Me

April 15
Last Friday I had lunch with a friend as we celebrated the one year anniversary of her precious Daddy  being with Jesus.  I asked her to bring a few pictures of her father and we reminisced about our love for our fathers.  My Daddy would have been 95 this month!  He knew how to love others well to his very last breath.  I miss him.

I"m sure my grandfather claimed this Proverb in relation to his son, my father.

"The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him."
Proverbs 23:24

Discovering Your Love Language

                              1978 Love

2006 Love
                                 2013 Love

April 14
Ha!  My husband hates taking surveys. I have no clue why after all these years of marriage I went online and took this Love Language quiz.     http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/
This past weekend I even convinced him to take it!  He said, "This is the sort of thing that can lead to divorce."  We have laughed and laughed the past few days as we have tried to be intentional in loving one another in relationship to the test results.  (Which were pretty accurate!)

We instinctively offer love to others in our love language.  Taking the time to evaluate what makes someone else tick is a worthwhile cause.

"Be devoted to one another in love.
Honor one another above yourselves."
Romans 12:10

Follow Through

April 13
From the time I was 10-16 years of age, tennis was my passion. It was a family tradition!  We had a court in our back yard and in high school my girlfriend and I had an indoor tennis time during the winter at 6:30 AM before school!  The key to a successful shot in tennis is your follow through stroke.  Once you contact the ball, you have to continue your swing for accuracy.  Our there year old granddaughter is nailing it in this photo!

In my shower time the other day, which is where I hear from God the most frequently, "Follow through," boomed in my mind.  I knew exactly to what the message pertained.  Once again, God has placed a ministry opportunity before me and it will require commitment.  Once again, I've begun my old habit of bargaining with him.  Is this just a test Lord?  If I contact these people will they not be interested and I don't really have to invest the time?  What a dummy I am!  God's plans are always the best and it is best to follow through in obedience.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, 
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Raise Me Up

Loved having this family here for Easter!
They are raising their little ones up to love Jesus.

April 11-12
Sometimes a song can minister in a way simple words cannot.  Be blessed and have a wonderful weekend.

Interior and Exterior Design

 Bought this new rug, pillow and blanket for our screened porch, 
before I realized God was using the same color on the tree outside!
 This cardinal and Mrs. Robin Red Breast are flaunting a similar hue!

 April 10
The ironing is piled up, but Spring is in the air and it is so hard to do indoor chores!  On the way to the ironing board, I glanced outside to see the tree off our screened porch blossoming into the same color as our new rug. I had to go grab my camera, then the birds caught my eye and thus....no ironing.
It is so easy to procrastinate, but at the same time it's good to stand in amazement that all God can do.

While I am marveling at His exterior design, I need to be intentional about the design He has for my heart!

"Have mercy on me, Lord God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin...
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."

Psalm 51:1-2, 10-12

What Thrills You?

Our bounce house and pinwheels thrilled these two last week.

April 9
Does being sold out for Jesus thrill you?  Our church is doing a study together called "Thrive."
It is based on the passage John 10:10:
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; 
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 

So how do we have a "full" life in Christ.  I've taken Colossians 3:1-17 and turned it into a prayer, knowing that it is only possible for the Holy Spirit to take over my life and manifest these things.

The Prayer:

God, please teach us to set our hearts on things above and not on earthly things.  Daily, may we resist the temptations which come and put to death any tendency towards sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed.  Not in our own strength, but that of the Holy Spirit will you rid us of anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language.

Please Lord, may we never lie to each other. It is our heart's desire to be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; and to bear with each other and forgive one another!  May the first thing we put on each day be LOVE and an attitude of thanksgiving. While we know we will face trials of many kinds, would You please let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts at all times.

Thank You for the body of Christ. May we cherish one another and take seriously the responsibility of teaching and admonishing one another. No matter what our voices sound like, help us to have the discipline, out of love, to sing to You, God, with gratitude in our hearts. We desire to do all of this in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him in whose name we pray. Amen 

The Father's Love

A grandfather's love!

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love."
John 15:9

April 8
What caused God to create a way for Jesus to leave the comforts of heaven and come to earth in bodily form?  His love for us!  It's that same demonstrative love, which ignited God to establish a process equipping us with the power of the Holy Spirit.  We are the recipients of the Father's love, a Savior's sacrifice, and the super-natural power of the Holy Spirit.
Whew!  With that much love poured into us, our lives should be a brilliant reflection of the work of the Trinity!
Passing generational love on is such a joy!  It's also Biblical. Jesus explained that God loved him and then he loved us. Now we are to stay attached to that love!  We all long to be loved and it was no accident God created us in that way.  Unconditional love is a choice.

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me; and the life which i now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Galatians 2:20

Meat is in the Message

April 7
Help me Jesus!  Three years ago a treasured friend gave me a monthly calendar set for Christmas.  Each month has a Scripture verse done beautifully in calligraphy and bright colors. I've kept it in my dressing room and enjoyed it year after year.  On April 2nd, I realized I hadn't changed to the new month. Doing that, for some reason it FINALLY hit me that the dates on the calendar were no longer accurate!  DUH.  The lesson here is that in all this time, I haven't focused on the date, but the meat of the matter…the verses!
Thought I'd share these all with you today.
January- "The Lord says I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you."  Psalm 32:8
February-"Let all that you do be done in love.  1 Corinthians 16:14
March- "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  2 Corinthians 12:9
April- "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." Hebrews 6:19
May-"She is clothed in strength and she laughs without fear of the future."  Proverbs 31:25
June-"Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him." Jeremiah 17:7
July- "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."  Romans 12:21
August- "Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8
September-"Pray about everything worry about nothing."  Philippians 4:6
October- "But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, 'You are my God.'"
November-"So do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will care for itself." Matthew 6:34
December- Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name, make known among the nations what He has done.  Tell of His wonderful acts.  1 Chronicles  16:8-9

Wake to New Things

April 6
God is always doing a new thing. Listen to God speak to us through the prophet Isaiah.
"See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare' before they spring into being I announce them to you."  Isaiah 42:9

"See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."  Isaiah 43:19

"You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them?  'From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you.'" Isaiah 48:6

See if you can follow my mindset in what God is teaching me concerning growing older and the importance of passing on leadership.

"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, 
not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 
Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 
to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, 
so that no one will malign the word of God."  
Titus 2:3-5

It hit me! I'm not thirty!  I'm the older woman Paul refers to in the book of Titus.  It's time to pass the torch and be intentional in training up younger leaders in our churches and our women's Bible studies. We should pray fervently and support the ministries and Christian schools bringing the Gospel to our youth.  This link came to my email and I got excited for all the Christian summer camp experiences awaiting young people around the world.  They are the future of our faith.  How are we investing in them?



Notice the lone duck on the water between the trees.
Gorgeous song bird!
It's either a UVA, Florida or Auburn fan.

April 4-5
Each morning the past couple weeks I've awakened grieving for my girlfriend's loss of her husband.
One particular morning, I looked out to see a lone duck floating in the middle of our cove. Normally, these ducks are in groups or pairs, but more then likely predators have eaten the other ducks.  Ducks sleep out on the water for safety from land predators.  When water predators approach, the water currents are stirred and the duck is awakened and attempts to fly to safety.
Seeing the lone duck made me begin to pray for my friend who is now alone.  Before the tears could reach my checks a beautiful song bird flew past my window and lit upon a tree.  Immediately, Lamentations 3: 22-24 came to mind and I prayed that my friend would not be consumed by grief and loneliness, but day by day feel the Lord's love and compassion pouring out over her.

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, 'The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."

I also remembered Philippians 4:12…
I've learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. 

We must remember grief is a process and being content in the changes life sends is a process as well, that will we are able to learn with the help of the Holy Spirit in time.

Praise the Lord.  He is risen and we are never alone.

Woes and Foes

April 3
Last week I received a letter from someone which was filled with pages of the woes of his life and the anger he carries against his foes.  It was exhausting. Earlier that day I had listened to Nancy Leigh DeMoss's radio show about Jesus' triumph on the cross!  She elaborated on Christ's willingness to suffer and how he didn't complain until the end when he said, "I thirst."  DeMoss went on to say that was actually not a complaint, but a necessity (due to dehydration which sets in during crucifixion) to be able to speak his final words.  The wine vinegar doused sponge would lubricate his throat so he could fulfill the Scriptures and exclaim,
"It is finished."
What God called him to earth to do, was now complete and Satan was within days of defeat!

No "woe is me" or belittling words for the enemy, just the completion of a job well done.

"Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled,
Jesus said, 'I am thirsty.'  A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, 
put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips.
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.'
With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
John 19:28-30

I hope my grumbling days are over!
A side note: The photo is a picture of some crosses which have been given to me or purchased over the years. I rarely wear them because as a teenager I wore the small one more as a good luck piece during my competitive tennis days.  My superstitious serving routine was to rub that cross and bounce the ball 3 times before my toss.  Hopefully, people can see Jesus in my heart and I don't need an ornament around my neck to identify me as his.  in total honesty, I'll have to say a tiny tiffany diamond cross is beautiful though. :-)  I"m wearing a different cross each day during Holy Week!

Train Up A Child

Papa teaching our 2 year old grandson to ski!   
Our Resurrection Eggs
April 2
Point your kids in the right direction-when they're old they won't be lost.
Proverbs 22:6 MSG

Yes, bunnies, chicks and eggs are adorning our house this time of year, as they are adorable!  We are intentional in talking with our grandchildren about the real victory in Easter.  No, it's not a free pass to eat Peeps!  For years, I've had a Resurrection Egg set, but was thrilled with the newest version.  Our three year old grandson sat ever so attentive, as Papa read an explanation of each item in the carton and then allowed him to open the egg.

On this Good Fridaylet's take time to reflect on the part each of these items played in Jesus' final week on earth.
Donkey, The Cup, Prayer, Coins, Rooster
Whip, Crown of Thorns, Cross, Spear, Burial Cloth, Rock, 

"Do Not Weep for Me"

My favorite Easter artwork, done by our grandson last year.

April 1
Don't you love learning something new when you are studying the Word of God?  A passage I read this week has jumped out at me in the familiar Easter story.

"Turning to them, Jesus said, 'Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep  for Me, 
but weep for yourselves and your children.'"
Luke 23:28

So Jesus, beaten up and dragging a cross to his impending death, takes time to notice some women in the crowd, who are crying.  It doesn't say that they are weeping because He is the Christ and has been falsely accused.  Quite the contrary.  Jesus tells them to weep for themselves and their children, which would say to me, being all knowing, He knows they didn't believe in him.

Maybe like many of us, they hated seeing anyone treated so cruelly. Salvation takes more than sympathy.  Salvation takes intentional repentance and recognition for the need of a Savior. Then we take up our cross and follow Him.

"Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me."
Matthew 10:38

"Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny
themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
Matthew 16:24