Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanks

This is the tree outside my FIL assisted care place. It was nice and orange in a gray sky.


I am thankful for:
The brightly colored leaves that make gray days quite wondrous
Hot baths
pumpkin biscuits (gluten free)
safe travel for my son
a quiet evening with no meetings
a nice visit time with the inlaws
blogs to visit
peppermint tea

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thanks


Thankful this morning:
for the sun peeping through
for the glory of the Fall flowers
for the comfort of Bishop Boots (our cat)
for the birds at the feeder
for hot oatmeal
for God's patience
for God's tenderness
for quiet times

Saturday, September 19, 2009

divine romance

NOTE: MY SPIRITUAL SUNDAY POST IS THE ONE BELOW THIS




The fullness of Your grace is here with me
The richness of Your beautys all I see
The brightness of Your glory has arrived
In Your presence God, Im completely satisfied

For You I sing I dance
Rejoice in this divine romance
Lift my heart and my hands
To show my love, to show my love

A deep deep flood, an Ocean flows from You
Of deep deep love, yeah its filling up the room
Your innocent blood, has washed my guilty life
In Your presence God Im completely satisfied
Category: Music

Beautiful

My son shared this song with me today and it really spoke to me. It is called Beautiful. This is for Spiritual Sunday





As I look into the stars
Pondering how far away they are
How You hold them in Your hands
And still You know this man
You know my inner most being, oh
Even better than I know, than I know myself
What a beautiful God
What a beautiful God
And what am I, that I might be called Your child
What am I, what am I
That You might know me, my King
What am I, what am I, what am I
As I look off into the distance
Watching the sun roll on by
Beautiful colors all around me, oh
Painted all over the sky
The same hands that created all of this
They created you and I
What a beautiful God
What a beautiful God
And what am I, that I might be called Your child
What am I, what am I
That You might know me, my King
What am I, what am I
That You might die, that I might live
What am I, what am I, what am I, what am I
What am I
What am I
What am I
What am I
What am I


THIS TIES IN WITH THE QUOTE BELOW THAT I HAVE BEEN REFLECTING ON THIS WEEK:


"There is only one place where your heart can be healed, restored, satisfied, and protected. ...It will only be filled, satisfied, and at rest when it is filled with the beauty of the Lord." Paul David Tripp

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The rejection of rejection

It is spiritual sunday at spiritual sundays


I have been reading Paul David Tripp's little book called -- A Shelter in the Time of Storm. It is a small study on Psalm 27:10

His book really speaks to me and he has just some 2-3 page little devotionals, but they are very thought provoking. Here is one of them--they are sometimes poems (don't worry this is short because of the short lines):

My father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in. Psalm 27:10

Unthinkable
irrational
impossible to conceive.
The Trinity
torn asunder.
The Son
wrenched from His Father.
Salvation realized.
I am
the thief.
I am
the gossip.
I am
the rebel.
I have wanted
my own way
in
my own time
at
my appointed place.
I have rebelled
against Your law
and I have
set up my own.
I deny
Your kingship
while building
a kingdom of my own.
I think
my wisdom
is wiser than You.
I think
my plan
is better than Yours.
I crave
the sovereignty
that only You should have.
But You did
the inconceivable;
You accomplished
the undoable.
You stood
in my place
and You satisfied
God's wrath.
But
in the process,
the Three in One
was torn in two.
in the process,
the Father
did the most painful thing
that has ever been done.
He turned His back
on You.
You withstood
this pain
so that I would never have to.
You took my
rejection
so that I would only ever have
acceptance.
So, I can
rest assured,
I can
live in hope,
I can enjoy true peace,
because I know
that You are always with me.
For long ago
on the cross
Your rejection
was for me
the final rejection of rejection.

Take a Moment

1. In what ways would your practical, daily living change if you lived with a deep and lively sense of appreciation fr the horror of the rejection Jesus faced for You?

2. Where is God calling you to offer to others the same love and grace that you have been given?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

a God wink about fear

I was feeling fearful about certain things and prayed about it and God let me read this:

Fearless Forever

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1


In a world that is held
In such deep darkness
Where the light of truth
Often seems more of a flicker
Than a flame,
In a world where
Deceit
Dishonesty
Falsehood
And foolishness
Divert and distort
The lives of so many,
In times when a myriad
Voices
Say so
Much
About so many things,
Where confusion seems readily available
And clarity seems hard to find,
In a world where opinions
Rise to a place
Where only truth should be,
And every voice
Seems to get an equal hearing,
In the constant cacophony
Of ten thousand
Contradictory voices,
It is a wonderful
And amazing thing
To be able to say
With rest and confidence,
The Lord is my Light!
My heart has been lit
By the illuminating
And protective glory
Of His
Powerful and transforming grace,
My mind has been renewed
By the luminescent presence
Of His truth-guiding
Holy Spirit,
And my life has been guided down straight paths
By the ever-shining lamp
Of His Word.
I am not afraid,
But it is not because
I am strong
Or wise.
I am not afraid,
But it is not because
I have power
Or position.
I am not afraid,
But it is not because
I have health
Or wealth.
I am not afraid;
But it is not because my circumstances
Or relationships
Are easy.
I am not afraid
For one glorious reason:
I have been lit by the
Lord of Light.
In the darkness
Of this fallen world,
I no longer walk
In the night,
But I have been given
The Light of Life.
I am not afraid
Because light lives in me.
This one amazing reality
Gives me rest;
I have been rescued from
Darkness
And transported into the
Light
And I am not afraid.


Paul David Tripp

Monday, July 6, 2009

Blessed is He

I like what the Jews in old times would do---they had a bunch of short prayers for different things through out the day that would start with ,"Blessed is He".. . When you would open your eyes in the morning you could say, "Blessed is He who opens the eyes of the Blind". When you put on your clothes, " Blessed is he who clothes the naked" etc. I want to cultivate this. A book I am readying said to check out the following webpage--- jewishencyclopedia.com and to go to the benedictions. I think I shall check it.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Chance encounters

God does cool things. I" happened" to run into someone by chance. It was someone that God has been teaching and showing Christ's truths concerning Christ's nature and the truths of Christianity. I "happened" to hear about this person a week or so ago, but had not met them. It was a neat providence to run into this person as they were speaking to another person about spiritual things (in a public place ).......cool when God does this.

Monday, June 29, 2009

providential message for Skip

My son Skipper has finished his degree work for college , except for one Math course which is required. He has been unable to pass the required course.....so he can not get his degree because of this one subject. The Sermon on Sunday, June 28, was so appropriate. ...even the illustrations applied to Him. It is amazing how personal God is in our lives.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

On death and dying

Excellent wisdom and advice given by a lady with cancer who is dying at the age of 37:

http://deathisnotdying.com/fullvideo/

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I was reminded of this video the other day--it makes me realize the wonder of having our sins forgiven. These people in the film respond in an outbreak of joy when they realize the truth:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Goal--added for 2009

Seek to have all aspects of my life push me towards the glory of God---anything that detracts me from this or lessens this--- get rid of it....seek to walk in his love....seek to out-love others.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Simple Spirituality

Chris Heuertz has recently finished writing a book called Simple Spirituality, which has been released by InterVarsity Press July 28 .

The final chapter of the book is about brokenness. In it Chris writes,

"Our prayers, our worship, our praxis of living into a simple spirituality and a grounded theology are all, in a sense, attempts to tend to Christ’s open wounds. Unless we have the courage to put our hands into the hurting places of Christ’s body – the hurting places of the world – the world won’t have reason to trust that God is good … We can’t simply proclaim God’s love and sing about it. We need to simply live it."

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Garden Poem

Lord , purge our eyes to see
Within the seed a tree,
Within the glowing egg a bird,
Within the shroud a butterfly:
Till taught by such,we see
Beyond all creatures Thee..."

English poet Christina G. Rossetti
There is no oil without squeezing the olives,
No wine without pressing the grapes,
No fragrance without crushing the flowers,
and No real joy without sorrow

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Forgiveness verses Reconciliation (helpful)

Pastor Mark said (not a direct quote) :The forgiveness of a sinner is not contingent on their repentance, it is contingent upon Christ's Character. As Christians God has mercy not malice towards us. While still enemies Christ came as man for us.

CONCERNING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS: We need to forgive everyone and entrust them to God's judgment. There can be forgiveness (humanly), without reconciliation. Reconciliation takes the action of both people, while forgiveness can be shown by just one. The one who forgives should not , continue enabling an unrepentant one to be abusive and should not be an enabler of their sin. They can forgive even when the other is unrepentant by entrusting that person to God's judgement. For there to be reconciliation the offending one needs to repent which will demonstrate itself in change. This changed life will also demonstrate that they are safe and trustworthy. Therefore reconciliation takes both people, while forgiveness can be shown by just one.

We are hypocrites if we receive his mercy and don't forgive. Sin is so bad God had to die for it--so forgiving does not mean approving. We have to keep on forgiving--it takes time to rebuild trust.

I like what this guy ( Richard (Dick) Innes ) says at (
http://www.actsweb.org/articles/article.php?i=136&d=2&c=3 ): His quote is in blue---

"Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men."1

"Following a series of Daily Encounters on "Forgiveness," a number of readers wanted to know if forgiving another person meant that we have to forget what has happened; or to love and stay with them if they are abusive; or to trust them?

"The answer is no, no, no! Let me explain further.

"When we have sinned, we need to be reconciled to God, but while reconciliation with others is the ideal, it isn't always possible—and sometimes not to be desired. Some teachers argue that forgiveness isn't possible unless the offending person admits what she/he has done and asks for forgiveness of the one they have hurt. If this were true, many of us would be stuck for life for the fact that many people do not, or will not, admit that they have done anything wrong, let alone apologize for it.

Forgiveness is dependent only on the person who has been hurt. Reconciliation is dependent on both the offended and the one who has offended.

One reader, whose husband was an alcoholic and physically abusive and dangerous when drunk, wanted to know if forgiving him meant loving and trusting him. Whew ... she was in quite a predicament. However, the most loving thing she could do, was to confront him and let him know that she was not going to tolerate his behavior any longer.

Furthermore, unless he got into recovery, and overcame his alcoholism and abusive behavior, she needs to separate herself and the children from him, and not return until his counselor could assure her that she and the children would be safe to live with him again. If she keeps tolerating his abusive and destructive behavior, she becomes part of his sickness.

In cases like this, the first thing victims need to do is to get professional counsel and help because some of these abusive husbands can become very dangerous.

And unless destructive and/or toxic, abusive people repent and change their ways, it is wise to avoid associating with them wherever possible. As the Bible indicates, it just isn't possible to live peaceably with all people.

Suggested prayer, "Dear God, in all my relationships, please help me to forgive all who have hurt me, to seek forgiveness where I have hurt others, and give me the wisdom to know when reconciliation is or isn't advisable or possible, and give me the courage to do what I need to do no matter how painful or frightening it may be. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."1.
Romans 12:17-18 (NASB).2. 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV). " END of QUOTE

So we may forgive someone , but not trust someone. Trust takes time and has to be earned. This is true even with how God treats us. As this person states: (http://www.geocities.com/dcheddie/forgiveness1.html )

"When God saves us, he forgives us and wipes our slate clean...as if we never sinned. However he does not "promote" us just quite yet. It takes time for him to build character in us. He starts off by giving us a small number of talents. Depending on how faithful we are, he gives us more (Matt 25:14-30). And so on. Little by little he builds character in us, until we get to the point where God could trust us with big things. The forgiveness was automatic. The trust had to be earned. Similarly, we must be quick to forgive and seek reconciliation, slow to give up on people. However trusting them takes time. Trust is not automatic. "

"I wouldn't want a serial rapist working around my house with my wife and kids anywhere nearby. I don't care how radically saved he is. He has to earn that trust. If someone's spouse cheats on them, it is their job, however hard it is, to forgive the person. However, if they feel they can no longer trust the unfaithful spouse, they are no longer bound to salvage the marriage. Marital unfaithfulness is an adequate grounds for divorce as far as God is concerned. If they feel, however, that they could work with the unfaithful spouse and build back the trust, that is also in order. But it is the forgiveness we are commanded to offer, not trust."

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A new YEAR/goals

Well I didn't make any New Year's resolutions.......but perhaps I really should set some goals. I guess the main thing I want to focus on this year is controlling what I think. Letting my mind be more fully focused on God and not on worry. Focusing on trusting Him. Focusing on controlling thoughts in general.

A second thing I need to work on is my schedule. Somehow getting in the exercise, cleaning, cooking, visiting, reading, crocheting, studying, church stuff, etc.......I do not understand how I could be short on time when I am not working at a job outside of the home----Man!! I thought I would have lots of time. Weird.

A third thing I have been working on and still need to continue working on is organization.

A fourth thing is to continue to find good vegan recipes that we all like.

A fifth is to apply and practice stuff from the book Eowyn gave me (The Love Dare) and the one I shared with Chip called When Sinners Say "I do" .

A sixth is figuring out how to stop all of the neighbors cats from urinating on our doors, windows, and house---this problem has gotten out of hand --at first it was a nuisance, now it is becoming a stench!

A seventh draw nearer to God.

An eighth is think before speaking.

A ninth--continue working on all relationships.