Saturday, August 30, 2008
“Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God's people.” Ephesians 6:18
(I Hate to Burden You)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Deena is so graceful while battling breast cancer, and brain tumors. She speaks of not being afraid...so courageous she is. A fine example for sure. Our paths crossed many years ago, and I am most honored to have her in my life. She does so much for others...not asking anything in return.
She's also doing a fall banner gift away...go on over for a visit.
So I thank Deena for all she has done for me, for her teachings, and for being such a faithful friend and fine example in my life for so many years.
I love you Deena!
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-- what is good and acceptable and perfect. -Romans 12:12
***I just heard from Kim Argenzio***
Her daughter Keli Marie is very sick, and the Dr's are having a difficult time finding the cause. From a frantic mother, please pray for her, and for Kim also to have hope and peace.
Thank you kindly...
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
New message from Mom & Dad.
Good morning , it's 48 degrees F. here this morning. We hope to be in Banff Park this evening. Travel has been good. Windy yesterday. Hope Cody's back is better. Tell Cody and Jesse hello. Yesterday we saw the true meaning of Amber waves of Grain. Love, Pop and Mom
From the end of the earth I call to you, when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. -Psalm 61:2
Summer storms can come up quickly on the water. I learned this on a nearly perfect day when I was about 10 years old. The water was calm as my dad maneuvered our boat around the river while my brothers and I fished. Then without warning the wind shifted and the sky grew dark. Lightning came down in great streaks, as if looking for little kids in a metal boat.
"Everyone lie down!" my dad yelled above the sound of the wind. We lay on the floorboards and closed our eyes while Dad guided the boat. We hadn't gone far when he called to us again and pointed to a rock cliff. He pulled up to the shore and helped us climb to a small cave in the side of that rock where we huddled in safety until the storm passed.
When life suddenly changes or danger lies in my path, I think of that day and the psalmist's words in Psalm 46: "God is my refuge and strength, a present help in trouble" (verse 1). I still have to face what frightens me, but _I am not alone. God is that "rock that is higher than I," a safe place to go when the storms of life are raging. We can trust in God, no matter what happens.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Today's Upper Room devotion, led me to share these thoughts...
I was thinking of how much my Dad enjoys gardening. He shares his bounty with everyone. We've enjoyed lettuce, tomatoes a plenty, beans and corn, the absolute best potatoes...It's not just earthly harvest he has shared. He and Mom plant seeds of kindness where ever they go. They shared their love and wisdom with my sisters and I while we were growing up. So, is it not my job to do the things I'm taught...
Each year, as summer closes, they plan a trip...a long trip, going out West, or where ever the road may lead them. Last night I as walked up the steps to the back door to say goodbye, I stood looking at the cover on the pool. Summer has gone, we've enjoyed so many days on the deck, and now it is time for their trip. They have worked for this trip, and every one before. I will miss them greatly. I speak with them daily, and will still be able to do so, it's just an emptiness knowing they are more than mere miles from me. This trip, they are traveling up into Canada. As I map it, I can't imagine my Mom and Dad being so far from me. I am comforted knowing I will still be able to call on them. Is it not the same with our Father in Heaven...when he seems so far from us, it is then, he is calling, beckoning us to call his name. He is but a whisper away.
"Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me"
Sow kindness, help, feed, care for others as He has cared for you...
Working with my Aunt Helen in her flower shop during my teenage years, I learned many Christian lessons. One of the most powerful was in her succinct sermon, "Give your flowers to the living."
She went on to explain, "I have spent much of my life arranging beautiful flowers to help people show their love after someone has died. Imagine how much those flowers would have meant to the person while he or she was alive."
As I've grown older, I appreciate the Christlike message of my aunt's words. Yes, in love, Jesus gave his life for our eternal future after we die; but Jesus also demonstrated God's love continually to the living while on earth. He walked and talked with those around him; he healed, cried, and rejoiced. Jesus gave the gift of love to all those he met as he walked the earth, as well as to all humankind through his death and resurrection.
(Jill Marie Clawson)
I am preparing to share my harvest with you...soon I will be posting a give away, as a thank you for your kindness, a "pay it forward"...keep in touch!
Friday, August 22, 2008
When I was a young wife, my husband brought home a new kitchen stove. A few days later, the man who bought our old stove gave me a humiliating lesson in cleanliness. He inspected every part, looking inside the oven and lifting each burner. Then he raised the top of the stove. To my dismay, a heavy layer of grease and crumbs coated the entire surface.
Later, a thought occurred to me: It wasn't only my old stove that was clean on the outside, but filthy within. My soul is sometimes in the same condition. I might appear self-controlled and kind in public, but when I became angry at home, my voice rose in anger, aiming hurtful words at my family. Judgmental of others' behavior, I was tempted to behave the same. I often harbored unfriendly thoughts, and I could hold on to a grudge.
But a sinful soul can be fully cleansed. When we confess our sins, God will faithfully forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It depends not on our effort but on God's grace. Just a heartfelt "Please forgive me" brings cleansing.
(Marie E. DisBrow)
O God, help us to be aware of our inner condition and to turn to you for forgiveness and cleansing. Amen.
I'm also reflecting on Welded rest...from Ann
I've gotten so behind on posting...wanted to share this picture-Jesse Ray attended a birthday party at the movies. All the Jedi had a blast. They viewed the newest Star Wars movie. I was pretty impressed. They managed to created the entire movie using only one ugly word. Could've done without that "one", but I'm just thankful the entire movie wasn't bleeped!
So, here's Jesse Ray and Moses...
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Be merciful to me, O Lord; for I cry to You daily. -Psalm 86:3
Friday, August 15, 2008
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase
To added affliction He addeth His mercy
To multiplied trials, his multiplied peace
When we have exhausted our store of endurance
and our strength has failed e'er the day is half done
when we reach the end of our hoarded resources
the Father's full giving is only begun
His love has no limit. His grace has no measure
His power has no boundary known unto man
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
-Annie Johnson Flint
Today, I am most grateful for:
-snuggles with Mark
-Cody's understanding of God commissioning him to do something
-Jesse Ray's butterfly kisses
-the little book of promises I received in the mail yesterday (thank you Evalene)
-going to Walmart and being able to go in and out in less than 30 minutes;)
-the prayer of Jabez
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
PERMANENT! The paper said PERMANENT. What does this mean?
1. Lasting or remaining without essential change: “the universal human yearning for something permanent, enduring, without shadow of change”
2. Not expected to change in status, condition, or place: a permanent address; permanent secretary to the president.
Existing or remaining in the same state for an indefinitely long time
His love is Permanent...
The news came early. Too early for me to gather myself when the words flooded from his mouth. "I lost my job!" Time stopped for a second, felt like more. My body was numb, and I was speechless. The big manila envelope he was holding looked heavy, weighted with things I didn't want any part of. My seemingly happy life was somehow displaced. Moments later, I realize the truth in his words. He tells Mother and Father, I do the same. He says meekly, "God has closed this door." With cutbacks in the auto industry, (muffle, muffle, muffle) was all I heard. There were others also, many who'd been there most of their lives, and nearing retirement, but not quiet able to draw fully. Calls flood in and I stand in awe with how he is dealing with the news. Working there 17 of his 36 years of life...must he not feel some sort of illness? So I think I'm comfortable here, in this place, throughout our marriage. The day goes quickly, and I realize suddenly, I am relieved. Is that possible? I should not think the words, nor should I express them openly. I awake the next morning, Mark still in bed, still trying to gather this in my head, my heart. When he comes down the hall, I see a look of relief on his brow. One I haven't seen for years. It is then I realize, God's plan has changed for us. He has something far greater for this small family of four, not including cats, horses. He has not been happy for some odd years. Graveyard shift taking it's toll. Wanting to make a change, a move, questioning if it would be possible (sensible) to do such a thing having so many years and honest pay at this job. I realize also, that I have not been happy here, almost since moving this way in late 1995.
Two days pass, and I become angry when we are told things we really don't need, want to hear. But truth is always hard to take, especially when you learn people are trying to sabotage your character. What good can come from purposely inflicting pain on another...I can not, will never understand what makes a heart so hurtful towards others. He tells me it's not the end of the world. I do realize this is truth, and he is no better than anyone else to lose their job. It's just something you don't think of.
(letting go of bitterness)
Answered prayers, understandings are flooding in one by one now, but selfishness takes over, I want the full path laid out for me. To quote words from Mandisa's song, "He’ll do, and He’ll use whatever He wants, to show us he's enough"
One week and two days have passed, no, it is not the end of the world. Doors will open, and we will see them. He will guide us to them..."Peace be still, and know that I am God!" After facing the truth, the surrealism of it, I realize "what is", Mark's face filled with joy, and smiles once again...
(picture: Mark against the amber sky)
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Dear God I pray that you shield him with protection as he drives to and from school each day. That he has the courage to persevere, knowledge to take in important information he will need, love and laughter to share, protection from the temptations he shall face, and the sure and certain knowledge of Your unfailing love. Help me, O Lord, as I let him go, I give him to you...Amen
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I stood in the airport walkway as people rushed past. A young teenager traveling alone, I had missed my connecting flight. I had no idea how to continue my journey. Bewildered and frightened, I felt completely helpless. Tears cascaded down my cheeks.
Suddenly someone called out: "Marion! Where are you headed?" I turned to see a family friend, en route to her connecting flight. With ease, she guided me to the service desk where I received an alternate flight to reach my destination. Forty-five years later, I still recall the surprise of hearing my name in that airport. Someone knew me! Someone was there to help me.
I imagine Hagar also felt alone and bewildered on the desert road. What a surprise to hear someone calling her name! Someone knew her. Someone knew how to guide her. That "someone" was the living, all-seeing God who sent an angel to help her. Hagar followed God's direction and became the mother of Ishmael.
Sometimes we too may feel lost in perplexity and fear, not knowing what to do. But as we pray and meditate on God's word, we'll come to see that God truly knows us by name (see Isa. 43:1) and offers "grace to help us in our time of need" (Heb. 4:16).
(Marion Speicher Brown)
Watchful God, thank you that we are always in your care. Amen.
(picture: sunset at my home)
Friday, August 8, 2008
In the Bible, David was known as a man after God's own heart. What kind of attitude did he have? Psalm 23 he says, "Goodness and mercy are following me." David lived with an attitude of expectancy. One translation says, "God's kindness chases me everywhere that I go." David's attitude was, "Something good is going to happen to me. Everywhere I go, I know God's blessings are chasing me. Favor is following me around." No wonder he saw God's goodness! No wonder he overcame his obstacles and accomplished great dreams. He knew good things were chasing after him.
Do you know what's chasing you right now? Not debt. Not failure. Not mediocrity. Not defeat. Not lack. Not at all! You are a child of the Most High God. You have been crowned with favor. You have been redeemed from every curse. God has set you apart as His own special treasure. When you look back in your rear view mirror, you'd better get ready because you have a tailgater! There's something coming toward you at a high rate of speed. You know what it is? Blessings, favor, supernatural opportunities, restoration, divine connections-God's goodness and mercy following you all the days of your life!
Lord, today, I want to feel your presence, to know you are chasing me. Open my heart to your will, and take away my anger...Amen
(picture: Great Grandfather's old bibles)
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Giver of life, thank you for your loving care and protection at all times. Heal our emotions after traumatic experiences. As Jesus taught us, we pray, "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Stop by frontier homestead for a look at something a bit new for me ~ of course that means something new, made of something old!
I have been creating some make-do, reclaimed, reconstructed old "Frippery".
frip·per·y // ", "6"); Pronunciation[frip-uh-ree]
1. finery in dress, esp. when showy, gaudy,or the like.
2. empty display; ostentation.
3. gewgaws; trifles.
"I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". He had a plan for where and how they should live: "Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce". He had a plan for the families they should have: "Marry and have sons and daughters". He even had a plan for the country which enslaved them: "Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. (Jeremiah 29:5-11)
Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper".
God has a plan for where and how we live, the families we raise, and the country we inhabit-what is left out? God has a plan for every part of our lives. Romans 12:2 calls God's will "good, pleasing and perfect."
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Father in heaven, today I come to You, giving You my cares and worries. I believe that You are working behind the scenes and expect You to suddenly turn things in my favor. Thank You for everything You are doing in my life. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
(Thank you Jill)
(picture: mountains at my home)
Monday, August 4, 2008
Why, my Lord—dare I ask why? It will not hear the whisper of the wind or see the beauty of its parents’ face—it will not see the beauty of Your creation or the flame of a sunrise. Why, my Lord?
“Why, My child—do you ask ‘why’? Well, I will tell you why.
You see, the child lives. Instead of the wind he hears the sound of angels singing before My throne. Instead of the beauty that passes he sees everlasting Beauty—he sees My face. He was created and lived a short time so the image of his parents imprinted on his face may stand before Me as their personal intercessor. He knows secrets of heaven unknown to men on earth. He laughs with a special joy that only the innocent possess. My ways are not the ways of man. I create for My Kingdom and each creature fills a place in that Kingdom that could not be filled by another. He was created for My joy and his parents’ merits. He has never seen pain or sin. He has never felt hunger or pain. I breathed a soul into a seed, made it grow and called it forth.”
I am humbled before you, my Lord, for questioning Your wisdom, goodness, and love. I speak as a fool—forgive me. I acknowledge Your sovereign rights over life and death. I thank You for the life that began for so short a time to enjoy so long an Eternity. -- Mother M.
Today, I am most grateful for being able to call on friends for prayer. I am most thankful for the mercy he bestows me, and for the security of knowing that he has already begun to answer my prayers.
(I most graciously thank each of you)
Thank you B!
"YOU HAVE MADE KNOWN TO ME THE PATH OF LIFE; YOU WILL FILL ME WITH JOY IN YOUR PRESENCE; WITH ETERNAL PLEASURES AT YOUR RIGHT HAND"..PSALM 16:11
I'll keep you posted. I know many of you know sweet Sarah from Old Glory Woolen
Also, My friend Beth, is facing complications with her pregnancy. This is her first. Please lift her up, along with her husband Daniel and their families.
In all my doubts, perplexities, and temptations, Jesus, help me.
In hours of loneliness, weariness, and trials, Jesus, help me.
In the failure of my plans and hopes; in disappointments, troubles, and sorrows, Jesus, help me.
When others fail me and Your grace alone can assist me, help me.
When I throw myself on Your tender love as a father and savior, Jesus, help me.
When my heart is cast down by failure at seeing no good come from my efforts, Jesus, help me.
When I feel impatient and my cross irritates me, Jesus, help me.
When I am ill and my head and hands cannot work and I am lonely, Jesus, help me.
Always, always, in spite of weakness, falls, and shortcomings of every kind, Jesus, help me and never forsake me.