Thursday, October 29, 2009
85. Being able to make cards all day long! WoooooHooooo!
87. Peace - in the midst!
88. Fall days!
89. Clear, moonlit nights!
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Blessings on you today!
May His Presence and Peace fill your hearts!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Of all ages!
All sizes and shapes!
All hair colors!
Boys & girls!
All creations of God!
The other day I was in the grocery store; looking at all the selections of rice available to us; and I heard a little voice say, "Mommy." Mom said, "What David?" Little David replied "I love you, Mommy." Mom said, "I love you too, David." All I could do was smile! So precious! So innocent! I turned and smiled at the mom ... here she was pushing one of those grocery carts with the little truck or whatever in front of it and David was sitting in this and had turned to look at her! Melted my heart!
Sunday morning I watched families arrive at church... with 1 child; 2 children, 3 children, 4 children, and more; ranging in age from infancy to about 6 or 8! How awesome! And then - a baby's cry from somewhere in the sanctuary; and another; and another! How sweet the sound!
And the teens!
They're everywhere too!
Matthew 18: 1-6
At that time the disciples came to Jesus saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."
May we see these children thru His eyes - and may we nurture them; love them and their families; may we emulate them in our attitudes of praise and worship!
Resting in HIM,
Does Your heart break when one of Yours turns their back on You?
Does Your heart break when one of Yours speaks of losing their faith?
Does Your heart break when fruit that used to be fresh and sweet has withered and died?
Does Your heart break when Your Word becomes a dust collector?
Does your heart break when Your child's heart turns to another master?
I pray for these ones who have lost their way!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Refelct on this today and give thanks to the One who has redeemed you for eternity!
Monday, October 19, 2009
I know I have.
I was privileged to attend a conference this past weekend with Liz Curtis Higgs as the guest speaker! She is so inspirational, and funny to boot!
Three of us shared a room Friday night... in the morning we were primping - as women do - and when I finished I said, "There. You're beautiful!" I often look in the mirror and tell myself that God sees me as beautiful even if I don't!
Liz said that the mirror is the problem - we look in it and we don't see what we think we should see - primarily because we are using something other than God's standards to measure ourselves by!
What do you think?
Is this true for you?
She told us that "TA" in England is a way of saying "thanks"; and that "DA" is a term for "father".... So! Every morning we should stand in front of the mirror and say "TA DA" with arms raised towards the heavens .... thanking our Heavenly Father for creating us as a unique woman of God! Who lavishes His love on us! (I John 3:1)
So here I am today!
I'm saying "TA DA" with arms spread wide!
What about you?
Thank You Lord, for making me in your image!
Thank You that I am fearfully and wonderfully made!
Thank You, Lord for Your love and grace!
Praise You today!
Blessings on you, my sweet friends!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Corrie Ten Boom asks - "What have you done today that only a Christian would do?"
I read this quote a few weeks ago and wrote it down - it's been beside my computer since then -
May your lives be filled with His grace and peace today!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
1 Peter 1:2
I have been reading 1 Peter - a letter of encouragement - in preparation for some Small Group lessons I'm preparing. This particular part of verse 2 has resonated with me a lot these past few days.
Oh how I need - how I desire - HIS Grace and Peace in abundance!
- driving in heavy rains in a vehicle I'm not used to driving
- constant interaction with an almost 7 year old - whom I love dearly! - and a 4 month old puppy!
- a hubby who raises free-range chickens and turkeys (among other animals) - the turkeys in preparation for Thanksgiving which is this weekend ...and he runs in the house at 9 a.m. needing his cash b/c there are people lined up at the shop to buy their turkeys and he's trying to "feed the farm" and ......
- drivers who don't know or don't adhere to the rules of the road!
- grocery shopping - one thing I don't like to do!
- a puppy who still doesn't know to do his duties outside.... (I guess that's my fault)
- a phone that never stops ringing (b/c people want their turkeys!) :)
- and on it goes!
This is my prayer for you all as well! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend - and remember this - "There is always, always, always something to be thankful for!" Check out the label "one Thousand Gifts" - there you'll find the beginning of my list of 1000 things to be thankful for!Grace and Peace,
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.
I am a new creation!
My old nature is gone!
The new has come!
Praise the Lord!
My old nature ----
Oh! You wouldn't have liked it!
I didn't like it!
Praise God! Neither did HE!
He gave His Son to take my sin upon the cross - to give me a new nature!
How thankful I am for this!
May I never take it for granted!
2 Corinthians 6:1
As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.
What does this mean? For me?
I looked up "in vain" ... it means empty; without content, without result; useless!
May I never take Christ's Sacrifice; Your Grace - for granted.
Your Grace changed my life!
Thank You, Thank You! I praise You!
If you have accepted Christ as your Savior then you have been given a new nature! You are a new creation! A re-birth has occurred! Don't let this be in vain!
If you have not yet accepted Christ as Savior, I urge you to do that today! Ask the Lord to fill you with His Spirit, confess and repent --- you WILL be saved. You will be a new creation! Tell someone what you've done!
Find some believers to fellowship with!
BLESS you, dear one
Thank You, Lord, for Your saving Grace!
Freely given to all who will receive it!
I feel to pray for those under the burden of sin - some so caught in Satan's snare that they can't ever see a way out.
YOU, LORD, are the way out!
Thank You, Jesus!
Praise You for that!
Have a blessed day! Filled with Peace and Joy!
Monday, October 5, 2009
"Is your life an inspiration for others? Are you inspiring others to be more like Christ?"
According to Websters "To Inspire" means to infuse an animating, quickening, or exalting influence into....
With regards to our physical body, inspiration is to breathe in - to draw air into our lungs. Without inspiration and expiration (air out) we would not live!
Spiritually - without inspiration and expiration of the Holy Spirit we are not alive - we are dead!
To me that means we must allow Him to have full reign in us, and then allow Him out - to the world; to the lost; to those we come in contact with everyday!
There must be evidence in our lives that the Holy Spirit lives within!
Oh! I so want my life to be an inspiration to others!
To show people that Christ is alive!
To be a living example of the Holy Spirt led life!
Oh! How I fail at this sometimes!
So I claim this verse:
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus!
He won't give up on me - He will continue to work in me! Thank You, Lord!
As He will for you! Don't allow the devil to steal your joy, your peace - he will try to, you know!
When you fail at inspiring others go to God! Let Him "fix" you! Tell Satan to "take a hike"! And KNOW that Philippians 1:6 applies to you!
Hallelujah and Amen!!!
Blessings on you this day!
Resting in HIM,