Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I don't want to make this post today all about me - I want it to be all about HIM! I pray that He will be revealed to you in a mighty way!
I have struggled with many issues over this past year... one of which is my counseling "business". Being the sensitive person that I am, it has always amazed me that God allowed me to "not break down" when people shared their hurt and pain! He is so awesome! People have asked me, "How do you do it?" and I always reply, "He has enabled me to." He has done an awesome work in my heart and on my character thru these past 13 years - I give Him all the glory! As of the end of July "Capstone Christian Counseling" will no longer exist. I am so thankful to God for blessing me thru this avenue - for the work He has done in people's lives.
In past months I have felt a strong desire to reach out to people in a different way - not so much as a counselor but as a friend and mentor. I know in my heart that the tools I possess and the counseling skills I have will never leave me - and I'll use them over and over - in all relationships --- but I have felt God calling me to serve HIM - with all my heart and soul and mind - to take every opportunity I'm given to share Him - whether in word or deed... more so than ever before. I also felt a prompting to make myself more visible in the community; to make myself available for Him to use in a different way. I don't know what that will look like in the future but I will keep you informed.
So I took the plunge and applied to volunteer at the Cancer Center at the Yarmouth Hospital... and have been accepted. I am looking forward to making a difference in people's lives; to show them compassion and caring at such a terrible time in their lives.
I also hope to see our Small Group take on a service project of some sort this fall and winter...
His Peace is full and complete - I know He has led me to this at this time!
I thank Him for saving me and loving me; for forgiving me and redeeming me; for directing me; for trusting me to do His work! Praise You, Lord.
If you find yourself at a crossroad in your life - do this.....
Blessings on you today!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
“One more day, month, year and if _____________ doesn’t accept me as Lord then that’s it for them? I’ll give up on them.”
I think not!
Pastor preached tonight - on the parable found in Luke 13:1-9. I encourage you to read this some time soon. A couple of different things popped out at me as I focused on God’s Word... here is one!
God NEVER gives up on us!
He is patient beyond our comprehension!
With Him a day is like a thousand years....
He wants NO ONE to perish...
He desires for EVERYONE to come to repentance.
(2 Peter 8-9)
We will say:
· One more time
· One more chance
· One more day, month, year
But NOT our saving, gracious God!
How thankful I am for that!
In hindsight, I KNOW He was working on me long before I gave my life to Him.
He was not willing that I should perish!
I would walk down the road where I lived and enter into a little old unused country church... go right up to the front and think about God; think about His Son; think was He really real? I would ask Him to “fix” my life; to make me “happy”; to make me “nice”; to clean up my mouth; to take away my anger; to change my thinking, to ...............
This little church became a refuge for me – or so I thought!
But, as I look back, He was becoming my refuge; He was becoming very real to me; He showed Himself to be all I had heard He was!
His Holy Spirit was prompting me, convicting me, calling me!
He didn’t give up on me!
Is His Holy Spirit Calling to you?
He loves you and wants you to spend an eternity with Him.
Won’t you accept that call?
My prayer today is for anyone who happens upon this site that may not know Jesus or has fallen away from their faith –
Father I ask You to show Yourself to them in such a way that they KNOW You are who You say You are!
And Lord, for those of us who are growing in our faith – help us to see others as YOU see them – to see people thru Your eyes! To never give up on them! To be patient with them. Thank You, Lord
May this be the first day of the rest of your life!
Blessings and prayers -
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The patio doors are open; birds are singing; AND - the crows are “crowing”.
I stand and listen to a crow as he caws – it almost seems that he is trying to make a melody come forth but is not quite succeeding. There is a rhythm but the “song” is a bit grating.
And yet I smile and thank God for this creature. In my mind I tell him to keep doing his thing –
he is a creation of the magnificent Creator and God smiles on Him... so shall I.
Finches, chickadees, cardinals fill the house with their melodious songs and that makes me smile too. Their songs bring pleasure – because of the richness of the melodies. Maybe I’m a bit nutty but the crow brings me pleasure too.
I think about this community I live in – filled with all sorts of people... all whom have a song – of one sort or another.
Maybe the song is one of joy, peace, thanksgiving...
Maybe it’s one of heartbreak, pain, struggle...
Maybe it’s filled with the grace of God;
Maybe it’s filled with guilt from Satan.
My heart fills with love and tears for them all – My fervent prayer today is for each one to know Jesus!
He loves each one no matter the song in our heart! He wants to give us a new song!
One of praise, joy, thanksgiving, and love!
Give me a new song today Lord! Give us each a new song today!
And in the midst of developing that song may we encounter people who will love us, smile on us, take us by the hand, and walk with us! Thank You, Lord!
Dear Reader, Maybe YOU will be that person for the lonely singer!
Whatever your “heartsong” may be today KNOW that He loves you with an unfailing love! That He wants the best for you and that He is mighty to save.
Blessings on you today dear ones!
May His peace be yours!
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
TRUST – unquestioning belief in the integrity or ability of another...
- to have confidence in...
- to be able to rely upon...
What does it mean to “trust in the Lord” with all your heart?
It means to have a confidence in God because He can be relied upon,
He is dependable;
He never breaks a promise;
He is God!
Trusting God is making a conscious decision to depend upon Him!
It is not a feeling... it is a choice!
What does it mean to “acknowledge Him”?
It means to get to know Him –
- know His character,
- know that He is trustworthy,
- know that He is exactly who He says He is
- know that He can do all He says He can do
How do we transfer the ability to trust God over to an ability to trust in our relationships?
When one has been lied to, cheated on, abused, called names, ridiculed, abandoned, rejected, put down... that one is reluctant to allow themselves to trust anyone – and sometimes, that ‘not being able to trust’ is also in the way of a relationship with God.
With GOD –
We have His WORD –
We can KNOW that we can trust Him!
He has a plan for us – not to harm us but to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)
The longer we are in relationship with Him, the easier it is to trust Him.
He does direct our paths!
With people –
It becomes harder.
We must “open ourselves up” – become vulnerable - in order to be in a relationship – whether that is with a family member, spouse, friend, boy or girlfriend, co-worker, and so on...
This means that there is risk involved ... we never know for 100% sure that they are not going to hurt us at some point in time. Now, we could always say we’re not going to get close to anyone and that way we’ll not get hurt!
How lonely that would be!
That certainly is not how God wants us to live.
He created us to be in relationship –
First with Him and then with others...
That tells me that He will heal us, fill us with His Spirit, and enable us to trust people.
I pray you believe this today!
I love this scripture found in Jeremiah 17:7-8
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
And whose hope is in the LORD.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will it cease from yielding fruit.
When we trust in the LORD and lean not on ourselves, we become like a tree which stands up under the fiercest of weather... because it’s roots are deep and it has lots of nourishment...
Our roots need to be deep in HIM;
We need to feed on the Living Water and the Bread of Life.
He will teach us to trust...
Then, when there is hurt and pain, we will run to Him and He will shelter and protect and care for us.
My prayer for you today is that you have placed your trust in God!
That you will open yourselves to Him, and allow Him to work in you as He sees fit to do!
May He richly bless your day!
Resting in HIM,
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Every good and perfect gift is from above,
I have soooooooooooo much to be thankful for! I celebrated my 60th birthday last week - it seemed like the celebration went on for days!
But hey! That's a good thing, right?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
40. Joy in the presence of other women - a time filled with laughter and good conversation!
41. The warmth of the sun on my face.
42. A day with minimal pain.
43. The peace of God filling my heart and my home.
44. The Holy Spirit's prompting.
May your day be one of peace and grace; filled with blessings galore!
In Him, Ruthie
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday morning was particularly bad! And I hate it!
That morning, as I was preparing for church, I had this conversation with God –
God asks, “Why do you believe for healing for others but not for yourself?”
“HUH? What was that? I don’t believe it for myself? Of course I do! Why would You even think that?”
“Well, why haven’t you asked Me to heal you then?”
“Oh, God! I‘ve asked You to relieve the pain; to make it bearable; to help the Specialist find out for sure what is going on; to ‘take this away’ .... but never specifically asked You to HEAL me, have I? I guess I figured if You were going to heal me You would just go ahead and do it. Dah! What’s with that? Will You forgive me?”
“Of course I’ll forgive you! Just bring me into this situation. Let me increase your faith!”
“Father God, Increase my faith! I am so sorry that I doubted Your ability to heal me. Hear my cry Lord. Heal me, Father.”
I was reminded of David’s words in Psalm 6:
O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.
Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint;
O, LORD, heal me for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in anguish.
How long, O LORD, how long?
So - today – I pray for an increase in my faith and I pray for healing!
I will bless HIM in it all because He is worthy!
Praise His Name!
Give Him praise and honor and glory! Just because He is who He is!
If you find yourself in a place where you need more faith to journey this path you’re on – ask Him to increase your faith and it shall be done!
Blessings on you today, Dear Ones!
Resting in HIM,
Saturday, July 11, 2009
we were so blessed yesterday with a beautiful day! We've had so much rain and dismal weather ....it was great to have 2 days in a row of such sunsine! So I give Him thanks for that!
I hung my bedding on the line yesterday -- ummmmmmm!
#36. having ALL the laundry done!
#37. going to bed at night with fresh sheets on the bed - especially when they've been dried outside!
#38. having a "clean" hoouse
#39. homemead bread - UMMMMMMM!
In everything give thanks!
May this be your word for today!
Blessings and hugs!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I have spent the morning in town.... primping!
Hair, nails, pedicure...
On the way home I felt compelled to write about my life verse!
Actually I have 2 !
Before I left the house this morning I had to write a profile of myself to email to someone;
This is sometimes not an easy task.
At the end I told the gal I was writing to that
were my life verses!
Where did that come from?
I have never before thought of these verses in that way....
but how true that is!
Here they are!
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
So – what is a life verse you ask?
It is -
a verse that defines your life;
that defines how God has worked in your life;
a verse you cling to in the darkest times of your life
or in the sweetest times of your life;
maybe it’s a verse that gives you inspiration
a verse that has helped you to grow in your faith;
maybe to move you from being a non-believer to accepting Christ as your Savior.
I have never actually asked anyone what their “life verse” is –
But I now feel God prompting me to do just that!
Could you have guessed these verses for me from reading this blog regularly?
Could you have guessed these if you know me personally?
Oh, how I pray the answer is YES!
I want to CHALLENGE each one of you to contemplate your “life verse”;
meditate on the Word;
acknowledge why this verse(s) is special to you;
and then -
Thank your Heavenly Father for His Presence in your life!
I want to ask you to do something for ME!!!!!
I have a desire to collect some stories about our “life verses” and why they have meaning to us – so I am asking you to respond –
either by leaving a comment at the end of this post
or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I am feeling called to “put out there” some writings as to how
That means YOU!
I will keep your identity confidential –
How else can we spread the goodness of our God to the unsaved and the floundering
I pray for each one of you right now
Thank you so much for following this blog!
It is ALL because of HIM!
Blessings on each one of you this day!
Today I am thankful for:
31 - being able to hold a 2 week old puppy
32 - having his eyes open for the first time as I am holding him - awesome!
33 - my husband - who wants to surprise me on my birthday - and forgives me when I get in his way.
34 - the little girl I sponser in Bolivia and her precious notes to me.
35 - the sound of wind chimes as a genlte breeze comes thru the window
May you be reminded today of the many blessings He has bestowed upon you and give Him thanks!
Resting in Him, Ruthie
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Do you “do your own thing”?
What does that mean anyway?
I think about God and how he must get so discouraged with us when we step out of His path and “do our own thing” instead of waiting for “His Thing”...
I’ve shared this Scripture with you before but I am taken back there again this morning!
1 Samuel 3:11
And the LORD said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle.”
I truly believe that God wants to do “a thing” many times over in our lives that will make people’s ears tingle – people will know that whatever the “thing” was it could only have come from God! But I wonder – How often do we jump in the path of God’s plan and get in His way... not allowing Him to accomplish His Will for us?
I KNOW that I do this with Him.....
I do it with my family so why wouldn’t I do it with God?
It’s called “wanting to be in control” or “wanting to make sure something happens the way I want it too”.
Are you like this?
Let me tell you what happened in our lives just recently – this has so prompted me to be more conscious than ever about getting in God’s way!
Long story short –
I wanted a puppy for my Birthday which is coming up on the 16th – preferably a Yorkie -– told hubby this – his response was, “Well. Where will I find one?” so I began to look around and told him the name of someone who raised Yorkies.... at the same time, I talked with someone who raises another breed of little dogs. A few days ago hubby says, “How are you doing finding a pup?” So I assumed that he had done nothing. You know what ASSUME does! The bottom line – I was almost ready to commit to another breed – was showing him the email I had received – I was excited ... and he had to tell me what he had done. He had found a breeder of Yorkies; met with her; picked out a pup for me; and had pictures to show me on my birthday! HE – MY HUBBY – was “doing a thing” and I got in his way! He’s is SOOOO good to me!
I burst his bubble – he’s forgiven me though! Thank you, Lord!
WOW! I had to ask myself, “How often do I do that with You, Lord?”
That night he took me to see the pups and I’ve been back once since.... the good part of all this is that I know Jasper is coming to live with us in August; and I can visit him every day if I want to!
I tell you this so that you too may become more aware of when you step in the way of family or friends who want to “do” for you! But even more – so that you will learn to REST in the LORD – let Him do the work that needs to be done in your own life or someone else’s life.... don’t try to manipulate the situation or the person...
I really dislike the word “manipulator” .... but I guess I filled that role for a while this week! UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May you find your REST in Him.... knowing that He is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient.
I Praise You, Father God.
I thank You, that YOU know the best for us!
Fill me with Your peace Lord, so that I may rest in You daily.
In Jesus Name,
Have a wonderful day!
Give it to HIM! Trust and Rest - in HIM!
Blessings and Hugs!
Here is Jasper Teddie [ JT ] at 17 days old ....
how precious is that... the only thing more precious would be a newborn baby!!!