Saturday, December 31, 2016

Showers of Blessing

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There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.
Daniel Whittle

I will make them and the area around My hill a blessing: I will send down showers in their season--showers of blessing. 
Ezekiel 34:26

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Wind and Waves

Even the wind and the waves obey Him!
Mark 4:41

This pond adjoins the property where I live. I saw so many flocks of birds today even with the very strong wind we had. I cannot imagine being out on the sea in wind and high waves. It reminded me of the story of Jesus calming the sea.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Kaedyn's Pics

My granddaughter takes lots of pics when she visits me. She aims for really unflattering pics of me most of the time LOL. This one is through a water bottle she had just emptied. I think it is kinda cool!

I thought this was a good one: Christmas lights reflected in the window at twilight.
My little decorator is going to be mad next week when she comes to visit and all the decorations are gone! We may have to decorate early for George Washington's birthday!!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Prayer for America's New Leaders

Christmas is behind us now and we start counting down to 2017 and the U.S. inauguration January 20. This is a time to really pray for the transition ahead.

Father God, Please put new hearts and a new Spirit into all of our leaders. Take away the hearts of stone and give them hearts of flesh that are sensitive, tender and responsive the the Word of God. My our leaders recognize the voice of the Shepherd - the King of Love - and discern and expose the deceptions of the enemy,

I pray that our leaders will follow in the footsteps of King Josiah. When they hear the Word of God, it will grip their hearts. They will obey it and will declare it to the nation. [2 Kings 23]

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Blessings

Lord, be gracious to us.
We long for You.
Be our strength every morning,
Our salvation in time of distress.
Isaiah 33:2

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face to shine on you
and be gracious to you.
The Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace,
Numbers 6:24-26

Friday, December 23, 2016

My God Hears Me

He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.
 Psalm 147:4

I will look to the Lord. I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, my enemy. When I fall, I will arise, When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. Micah 7:7-8

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

God's Hand

If I climb upward on the rays of the morning sun
or land on the most distant shore of the sea
where the sun sets,
even there your hand would guide me
and your right hand would hold on to me.
Psalm 139:9-10 


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Hark the Herald Angels Sing


Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings,
Risen with healing in His wings.

"Hark the Herald Angels Sing" was written by Charles Wesley, the 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley. He was born on December 18, 1707.

Bill Federer has written an interesting article about the origins of favorite Christmas carols published on Charisma News.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Gift of Loving Words

Mother, 1992
Each of us has a special way that we like for people to express their love to us.  For me, it is words of endearment.

A sweet childhood memory I have of Mother was that she would wake me up in the morning saying, "Come on, Sugar! I've got your breakfast ready."

Through the years, when I was going through difficulties, I could always call Mother, day or night. She prayed for me, and before she hung up, she would say, "Love you, Sugar."

Lord, my prayer to You today is: Thank You that You are Love. Any time, day or night, I can open the Bible and find love notes from You tucked inside.

Long, long ago God decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.
Ephesians 1:3-6


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Good News

Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns
All music but its own

I bring you good news
of great joy!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

White as Snow

When I was substitute teaching in public school, I noticed that God is left out of the conversation. I was instructed not to sing any Christmas songs with the children, not even Jingle Bells.  But, thankfully, one little first grader was okay with praising the Lord at school. As we were going out to recess, we saw a few snowflakes sifting down. She burst out in song, "Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow. No other fount I know. Nothing but the blood of Jesus!"

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Robert Lowry

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Song the Angels Sing

For lo, the days are hastening on,
By prophet bards foretold,
When with the ever circling years
Comes round the age of gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world give back the song
Which now the angels sing.

The word 'SING' appears 121 times in the Bible.
The most recorded command in God's Word is
 'SING TO THE LORD".

There is an eternal song of rejoicing in Heaven.
We can choose to sing along.

Imagine the day
when the whole world gives back the song
which now the angels sing.

Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace among men
with whom He is well pleased.
Luke 2:14

Saturday, December 10, 2016

My Snowman Poem

So where did Mr. Snowman go? I worried about "Frosty" when I was a little girl. Why did he seem eager to leave the children for new adventures?

I am reposting this poem I wrote when I was teaching about the water cycle in second grade. I thought it would be great to imagine all the things the melted snowman would do through the seasons as the children wait for him to come back next winter.

Where'd Mr. Snowman Go?

He's the puddle of slush
that flows over your feet
Numbing your toes
as you trudge down the street.
He's the crystals you see
on your own windowpane
As you wait for your school bus
to come down the lane.

In spring, you hear him
in quiet gentle showers
That water new leaves
and bright garden flowers.
He cascades down streams
'til they overflow
Bursting over waterfalls
onto rocks down below.

In summer,
he gives the trees a good drink
As the thunder claps
and lightning bolts blink.
He rains on your picnic
in the middle of July,
Sends you running for shelter
to keep yourself dry.

Autumn comes,
and he's watching so proud
From a gorgeous pink sunset
on a cotton candy cloud.
Then he teases the children
with an early snow flurry
To let them know
winter will come in a hurry.

Now winter is back
and we can't wait to hear
If we'll have a big snowstorm
again this year.
But "whenever great heaps
of snowflakes fall"
We'll build another snowman,
the best one of all.


~Karen Rice

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Best Gift of All

Jesus said: 
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. 
And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.
 So don't be troubled or afraid.
John 14:27 NLT

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Gift of the Present

Someone said that continually bemoaning the past, or dreading the future, is just a way to get out of hearing and obeying God right now....Ouch.

Lord, Thank you that you have given me the gift of the PRESENT! Help me to enjoy Your presence and love the people who cross my path today - one at a time.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Loving My Neighbor


I love this picture of two birds NOT of the same feather sharing a twig in the snowstorm. Does it seem like when stormy weather comes that people pitch in and help one another...neighbors who may have never even stopped to chat in good times?



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sled Ride


I talked to my granddaughter, Skyler, today who now lives in sunny California. She longs for a white Christmas like they once had in the mountains of Virginia. She will soon be sixteen.

When I was 8 years old, we were surprised to wake up one morning to eight inches of snow, a rare treat in Georgia! It had been an unusually cold winter and Grandpa said, "If snow stays on the ground for three days, it will snow again, and it did!"

"If  it stays on the ground three days,"
Grandpa said, "It will snow some more,"
The next morning we saw snowflakes falling
Through frosted panes in the front door.
In the afternoon sun, it melted to slush,
But froze that night with an icy crust.
Icicles dangled from the traffic light,
As we dashed across the street for a snowball fight.
We Georgia kids had no flexible flyer,
So we rounded up whatever we could acquire.
We borrowed the lid from a metal trash can
And pushed the little one in an old dishpan.
With our fingers numb we charged through the door
Tracking up Mama's just-mopped floor.
Her cups of cocoa warmed our insides
And we rushed out the door for one more sled ride.

-Karen 

Christmas is for Receiving

Did you ever know someone who would not receive a gift from you?  I had an MIL who would not accept gifts from me, even if I went to great lengths to get the very thing she said she wanted. It made me feel awful. There was an episode on "Everybody Loves Raymond" where Ray discovers Christmas gifts from years past piled in his parents' basement, still in the original unopened boxes, because they "couldn't understand high tech stuff like tape players". It was funny on the sit com, but hurtful in real life.

It made me think about the fact that Christmas is a time for RECEIVING as well as for GIVING.
How must God feel when people refuse the wonderful gift of His Son?

I read this beautiful quote from Dale Evans Rogers:
"Christmas is giving. But Christmas is also receiving. In the Bible it says, 'As many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God...' As many as received Him! When we understand that, we understand that receiving can be even more important than giving - at Christmas!
When we receive Christ, we experience completely the gift that is Christmas."



Friday, December 2, 2016

Imitation

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.
Ephesians 5:1-2 Message

There was a man in our worship band at church who played the guitar with his little four-year-old son right beside him on the platform every week playing his toy guitar. It was sweet to see that the son had all his Dad's moves down, and even his facial expressions.

Let me be a shadow in Your light
Just a small reflection of a greater love
Let me be a shadow in Your light
That falls on the lost and the lonely

I saw this photo online and I had to share it!
The caption said: Hen comforts kittens in storm.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tree Topper

Kaedyn loves to decorate Christmas trees. Her Mom has saved ornaments the girls have made through the years. One of my favorite is the tree topper angel with her photo.

She sang "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things" as she helped me decorate my apartment this week.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Through Cloud and Sunshine

My heart goes out the the people left homeless by the wildfires around Gatlinburg TN.
I couldn't get to sleep Tuesday night and watched lived coverage as 14, 000 people evacuated with very little notice. I guess this seems more real to me because I have visited that area and it is not too far from my sister in north Georgia.

I listened to my son Cameron this morning leading worship
 in the prayer room.
He was singing;
The only thing that's going to keep us in the hour of trial
 is God's voice.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
Henry Lyte  - Abide With Me 

New Every Morning

I was reading the book of Jeremiah this morning. Jeremiah was persecuted by the king and religious leaders for prophesying the fall of Jerusalem because of the nation's rebellion, and then he saw its destruction and his fellow Jews being taken into exile to Babylon.

It is thought that he wrote these words as he watched Jerusalem burning:

This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:21-23

Monday, November 28, 2016

Feeling at Home


This is my childhood home in Georgia, Mother and Daddy built it when I was a baby and I lived there until I married. I still dream about good times I had in that house with little sister Mildred and big brother Larry.
Larry and me, at home on Christmas Eve, 1950.

It began to snow on Christmas eve, and Mother begged her doctor to let her take me home from the hospital. We arrived home late after Larry was in bed, and the next morning, he found a little sister under the Christmas tree, along with his new cowboy suit.

At Christmas we read about there being no room at the inn for baby Jesus.. What an honor that Jesus' desire is to make our hearts His home.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Low Tech Toys of Christmas Past

What a thrill. You could make a mirror image copy of Beetle Bailey from the Sunday comics!

Perfect for re-gifting!

Please Christmas, Don't Be Late! 


Me? I wanted a Hula Hoop!
Manufactured by Wham-O in 1958, 20 million Hula Hoops sold in the first 6 months.


My parents gave me a whole box of Chocolate covered cherries. Then told me to only eat two!

Toy kitchen utensils from the Five and Dime Store


Aww! She cried real tears!

A poodle skirt from my Aunt. Nifty-Neato!


Mother let me decorate the plastic centerpiece with gum drops.


A wonderful, wonderful toy - til it got tangled up!

And a Brownie flash camera to take pictures of all the loot!

Remember when you were a kid, how you wanted every toy advertised during Saturday morning cartoons? Remember thinking Christmas would never get here? May this bring back some fond memories and make you smile!

Friday, November 25, 2016

God is a Lavish Giver

Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give.
2 Corinthians 9:6 Message

When I was a child, the twelve year old girls Sunday School class was taught by Mrs. Lounette, a widow with a heart of gold. When Christmas came around that year, she presented our class with a choice. We could spend our treasury on a Christmas party for ourselves or.... we could buy clothes and groceries for a needy family. She gave us some time to think it over.

I wouldn't be telling this story if we had decided on the party. The cupcakes and Coca Cola would have been long forgotten.

So we all went together to buy socks and gloves for the young children. When we got to the grocery store, our little fund seemed to buy more than we thought, as the owner, Mrs. Woods, piled a fat turkey, bag after bag of groceries, and peppermint sticks into our cart.

I still remember stepping up on the uneven planks of the slanting porch and seeing the door open - the mother so young and thin, the children peeking from behind her skirt. Although it was a cold gray December day, the kids were barefoot and the house was chilly, with only a small coal heater.

How happy they were opening their gifts. We left three kids with big smiles, warm toes, and sticky faces, and more gratitude in our own hearts.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Being Thankful - My Chief Task

King David appointed Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord and to celebrate, thanking and praising the Lord, the God of Israel.... David entrusted to Asaph and his brethren the singing of thanks to the Lord [as their chief task]: 

O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known His doings among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
1 Chronicles 16:4, 7-10


Monday, November 21, 2016

Beautiful God

We falsely “magnify” ourselves to hide what is really on the inside that we don’t want others to see. But God doesn’t have anything to hide. He magnifies Himself in truth to reveal and make known to us the beauty that is inside of Him. His glory is meant for our benefit. But it only benefits the humble. And this is why the first time we saw His form up close, it was of a Servant. - Cameron Hill

Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.
Isaiah 42:1 NIV

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Song of Moses

They sang the song of Moses,
the bond-servant of God,
and the song of the Lamb, saying,
"Great and marvelous are Your works,
O Lord God, the Almighty;
Righteous and true are Your ways,
KING OF THE NATIONS!
"Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy; for
ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU,
FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED."
Revelation 15:3-5 NASB

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Thanksgiving Night


On Thanksgiving evenings Mother and Dad would take us kids to downtown Atlanta to Rich's Department Store. As the sky grew dark, we'd stand in the street with the crowd waiting for the lighting of the Great Tree that sat on top of the five-story crystal bridge.

Choirs from Atlanta area stood on each bridge. The floors would light up one at a time and each choir would sing a familiar carol. For the finale, a soloist would begin to sing "O Holy Night". All the floors would light up at once and every voice would join in singing, "Fall on your knees. O hear the angels' voices. O night divine! O night when Christ was born". At that moment the huge tree would be lit and everyone down in the streets would gasp in delight.

After I was married and had kids, we started a tradition of turning on the lights of the Christmas tree at our house on Thanksgiving night.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Super Cat


I was eating Captain D's fish in my car when the neighbor's cat jumped up on my side rear view mirror to ask if I'd brought him a seafood platter. The car dashboard is reflected in my side window. It makes him look like he has super powers.

KitKat also slipped into Cameron's car unseen one cold dark night when Cameron was leaving my place, and jumped in his lap as he was backing down the long driveway. I could hear Cameron yelling, "MOM!" and couldn't imagine what his problem was!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Precious Name

My children loved to watch the movie The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. In it, a little girl named Imogene, who has never been to church before or heard the Christmas story, is practicing to play the part of Mary in the children's Christmas play. When she hears the prophecy from Isaiah 9: He shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, she innocently asks, "With a name that long, how will the kid will ever get out of first grade!"

Imogene was beginning to understand how precious the Name of Jesus is!

John Newton penned these words in 1779.

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.

Jesus! my Shepherd, Husband, Friend,
O Prophet, Priest and King,
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring.

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sacrifice of Praise

The only place we can offer sacrificial love is on this earth during our short lifetimes. I guess that is why Jesus came from Heaven to earth.

When I gave my son back to God, it was the hardest thing I had ever done. It wasn't like I had a choice for him to live or die. But I had a choice to praise God whatever happened. In the final hours of my son's life, Holy Spirit gave me the grace to look at death as if Caleb was moving out of a tattered pup tent into a new mansion. I began to sense Jesus' joy at welcoming Caleb home.

Problem was: I was staying here. So there was grief and sadness, but I gradually came back around to seeing that GOD'S GOODNESS is the focus of my praise, not my circumstances.

Sometimes, it looks like and feels like God has let us down, pulled the rug out from under us.
I don't have the answers. I have given up my right to understand WHY. My mind could not comprehend the mysteries of God even if He told me.

How greatly God's heart must be touched by your praise when you choose to keep on calling on His name, and keep on praising His name in the depths of uncertainty, disappointment and confusion.

You are offering up a sacrifice of praise and that is a sweet incense that rises to the very throne of God. Only in this lifetime will you have the opportunity to be the fragrance of Christ and have that kind of testimony in the midst of tragedy and loss.

Stay connected to your Heavenly Father. Stay connected to God's people. We need each other!

May I never be stingy with my praise, dear Lord, for you were not stingy with your sacrificial love.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Gather Around

photo credit wikimedia


Granddaughter Kaedyn learned the old song, "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho" in music class, and it brought back memories of family and friends singing around our great-aunt's pump organ. I remember those happy times and a cozy atmosphere with logs burning in the fireplace, the grandfather clock chiming the hour, shelves of children's books, and peppermints in the candy dish.

Kaedyn has a good voice and can pick out songs on the piano here. Music has always been a big part of my life, and we enjoy our visits in the afternoons.





Saturday, November 12, 2016

Keep On Praying for Unity



The glory that you have given me I have given to them, 
that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me,
 that they may become perfectly one,
 so that the world may know that you sent me 
and loved them even as you loved me.
John 17:22-23

Keep on praying in the Spirit (Eph 6:18).
This is a short clip of a beautiful chorus: MAKE US ONE

  

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Honoring Veterans

"We will also finally take care of our great veterans who have been so loyal, and I've gotten to know so many over this 18-month journey. The time I've spent with them during this campaign has been among my greatest honors. Our veterans are incredible people."
President Elect Donald Trump, 11/9/16


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Be Glad

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.

Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
    he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

I will bless the Lord

I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
Psalm 34:1-3

Monday, November 7, 2016

Praying for our nation

Cameron on left with other missionary friends

This is from my son Cameron in New Jersey:

This week our house of prayer is doing a 3 day solemn assembly. If you are not familiar with that term, it just means a call to prayer. We will have people and teams praying 24/7 for our nation at this critical time around the election. Regardless of political agenda, we can all agree that our nation needs God! We have invited the greater church community in our area to participate. So far we have 9 churches that will be joining us!

If you would like to join in with us online, you can stream it at ihopeg.org.

I know many believers, churches, and other houses of prayer around the country are also praying fervently this week.

Even as we cry out for mercy on our nation, may we have our hope and faith in Christ alone.

"The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day." Isaiah 2:11

Much Grace to you,


Cameron

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Howdy NEIGH-bor!

A horse pasture borders the property where I live. 
This guy is like me, he grazes all day!

I'm joining Eileen at Saturday's Critters.

Revive US Again

Many places of worship are having solemn assemblies this weekend
 to pray for the election and our nation.

Will You not revive us again,
That Your people may rejoice in You?
Show us Your mercy, LORD,
And grant us Your salvation.
I will hear what God the LORD will speak,
For He will speak peace
To His people and to His saints;
But let them not turn back to folly.
Psalm 85:6-7

All glory and praise
To the God of all grace,
Who hast brought us, and sought us,
And guided our ways
Very beautiful rendition of one of my favorite hymns.



Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday Foto Friends

My son moved to a new location nearer to his church in New Jersey. He was thrilled to find this peaceful park and walking trail nearby.

Happy One Year Anniversary to Friday Foto Friends. and Debbie at Breathing in Grace.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Light and Life

The way of the righteous
is like the first gleam of dawn, 
which shines ever brighter
until the full light of day.
Proverbs 4:18

I listened online to a Christian in a country that is hostile to the gospel of Jesus Christ. She said many there are hearing the Word of God and placing their faith in Jesus Christ, knowing they are surrendering all and putting their lives in danger. Yet these new believers are quickly becoming bold witnesses and leaders in the underground churches. http://www.joelstrumpet.com/?p=8458

Now Christ Jesus has come
to show us the kindness of God. 
Christ our Savior
defeated death and brought us the good news. 
It shines like a light
and offers life that never ends.
2 Timothy 1:10

Monday, October 31, 2016

Your Name, O Lord

Yes, in the path of Your judgments, O Lord,
we wait expectantly for You;
our heartfelt desire is for YOUR NAME
and for the remembrance of You.

Your Name is a strong and mighty tower
Your Name is a shelter like no other
Your Name, let the nations sing it louder
'Cause nothing has the power to save
But Your Name

Paul Baloche

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sure-footed

Saddle oxfords were all the rage when I was in high school. I begged  Daddy to buy me a pair, but when I put them on the next morning, on my skinny legs they felt like ten-pound weights!

I was so proud of my shoes, but it was pouring rain as I jumped puddles from the bus to the front door of Milton High, trying to keep them clean. As soon as I stepped into the wet foyer, my feet flew out from under me, and I found myself staring up at two strong athletes who set me back on my feet.

Well, I've never been accused of being especially graceful, and I remembered that incident when I read in the Psalms that God helps us in our Christian walk by making us sure-footed when we try to follow in His footsteps.

It is God who arms me with strength,
And makes my way perfect.
He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
And sets me on my high places.
Psalm 18:32-33

I followed this little deer all the way to the end of the sidewalk yesterday
 before she disappeared into the bushes.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

My Song to Jesus

God raised You up
And set You on high
Over all creation
Earth, sea and sky.

Exalted above every earthly king
God's precious, priceless offering
Forever Your song of praise we'll sing
Jesus, name above all names.

From the outer reaches of deepest space
To a tear-stained altar in a humble place
Your mercy extended to the human race
Has shown us the glory of God.
Karen Rice

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Evening Shadows

I remember warm sunny afternoons when we were kids, raking piles of leaves, the scritch scratch of the prongs of the rake, the smell of smoke as PawPaw burned his brush pile at the edge of the street.
Before long the sun would drop below the tree line, and the air would get a sudden chill. We'd hurry up the street toward home - our mouths watering for the gingerbread and baked apples that Mother would have in the oven.

I am linking today with Good Fences

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Questions

When I was grieving the death of my child  and the end of my marriage over 20 years ago, some people told me that Christians are not supposed to grieve, but I know that I grieved, and questioned God.

At Golgotha, even Jesus Christ called out to His Father with a question "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me" (Mark 15:34b).

I don't think God gets upset by our honest questions. Even though I may not receive an answer this side of eternity for some of my questions, as long as I am pouring out my heart to God, that means I still believe in Him and I know He hears me!

He will be patient with us on our journey of faith. He is the lily of our darkest valley, our safe haven in the storm, and the sunshine after the rain. He is all we need.

Hear my cry, O God;
Attend unto my prayer.
From the ends of the earth
will I cry unto Thee.
When my heart is overwhelmed
Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 61

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Sure Hope

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
to guide the future surely as He has the past. 
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
his voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.


Catharina Schlegel, born on  October 22, 1697, penned these words that spoke to me so clearly this morning. With so many changes on the horizon, I can trust that God is still on the throne, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sunlight

Incredibly gorgeous Saturday in southern Indiana.
An old hymn came to mind as I walked at the park:

Walking in sunlight all of my journey,
over the mountains, through the deep vale;
Jesus has said, "I’ll never forsake thee,"
promise divine that never can fail.
Henry Zelley

Friday, October 21, 2016

My Decorator Was Here

 Kaedyn visited me this week and decorated my bedroom window. 

Here is the Bible passage she is memorizing this week:

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—
our faith.
1 John 5:3-4

It was so refreshing to see her joy and childlike faith after all the ugliness in the news the past few days. I pray for our nation, especially the children.

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