Shout praises to the Lord! With all my heart I will thank the Lord when his people meet.
It's Spring! Shout for joy!
I take so much for granted.
Instead of shouting praise for the sheer joy of gathering together with fellow believers, I find myself criticizing the structure, the service or the people there.
We have so much here in the USA that we cannot be happy with what God has given us...the freedom to openly worship. Thanking the Lord is an act of will...a conscious act...and an overpowering emotion and response to what God is doing in our lives. All of this can be taken away in the passing of a law and we just sit back and let it happen.
I will shout praise to the Lord!
I will worship Him in the beauty of His holiness and be grateful.
bring gifts to him, all you nearby nations.God makeseveryone fear him; he humbles proud princes and terrifies great kings.
Psalm 76:11-12 GNT
As taught to us again in a recent Bible study, we Christians are "little Christs." We are to be holy as He is holy. We are to live our lives as a reflection of Him. No, that is not blasphemous; it is a call to allegiance of the highest order. When we promise God we'll serve Him, he listens to us, as usual and as He promised. God does everything He promises.
God made great and marvelous promises, so that his nature would become part of us. Then we could escape our evil desires and the corrupt influences of this world.
2 Peter 1:4 CEV
I loved our winter but now I'm wanting Spring. Seems we're always wanting something we don't have. No, I won't be taking a trip to the ocean and see a sunset like the one above, but I can dream, can't I?
Is escaping our evil desires only a dream, too? Will we ever be free of the corrupt influences in our world? Probably the answer to each question is, "No," but I can dream, can't I.
I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.”
So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good.
But my anguish increased;
my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated,the fire burned then I spoke with my tongue:
Psalm 39 :1-3
How I wish I could control my mouth. I realize that it is my heart that goes wonky and I have to be right, no matter what. But why? Why can't I internalize my discontent and think things over before I speak? Am I trying to make myself better than someone else? Well, that doesn't work because I feel miserable when I speak my piece.
We received about 4-5 inches and many towns around us got a lot more. When something like this happens, the whole world shuts down here...well, almost. I'm sure there are some brave-hearts who have four-wheel drive vehicles to cart Sillysouls to the hospital when they do their cavorting on the highways. Though we feel we are seasoned snow veterans, we are always on the lookout for road hogs and young bucks feeling their oats. Because there are so few snow plows in this area, the roads don't get cleared for days and I've never seen a plow on our back roads. The only clearing is the track made by the brave or desperate.
I know this is nothing compared to you Northerners but for us in Tennessee...we are finally enjoying a real snow day.
I think the photo of this leaf is interesting. Even though it is on its way to the leaf pile, it still has appeal and is beautiful.
As I experience more wrinkles, saggy skin, dim eyesight and loss of hearing, I remember that life is short and to make the most of what I have left. I have true life when I allow Christ to rule over me. Photo Credit: peddhapation flickr
Yeah, well, I pushed the scripture a bit to include birthdays here but you get my drift.
We have four birthdays in February...just in our immediate family with one of them today. Our one-year-old grandson's birthday today is also my Dad's birthday who is celebrating with him in heaven. Next month we have four more in the first half of the month. With a family of three children with three spouses and their fifteen children, we celebrate often and we love it.
After a week of ice on the road, rain and fog surely look good.
We kept three of our daughter's and sil's children the past two days (the fourth one was picked up to visit his brothers and sister one of the days as well.) Our poor daughter had a mean stomach virus over two days and could not care for them. SIL stayed home from work one of the days to look after her and the baby and the other day was sent home from work because of sleet. Though we love them so much, we also know why God sends children to the younger ones!
Of course, on our worst snow day, everything is open...school, church, and a work opportunity. I'm thankful for all, but this is my husband's and daughter's birthday. We were planning to eat lunch together in town. Now we have to find a place that will have a large parking lot so we can park feet away from others.
The roads were awful yesterday after 2-3 inches of sleet the day before and were full of ruts from traffic. I'm not looking forward to driving since we have to take two vehicles and I have to stay in town until 8:30 tonight. We had more snow last night and on any other snowy day, everyone would cancel. After two days of the West TN world shutting down, I guess everybody got bored sitting at home and wants the world to continue to spin. Welcome to winter weather, W TN...and off to work! Update: Now, that's more like W TN. School and Wed. activities at church were cancelled. Well, it is going to be in the single digits tonight with 20 mi. an hr. wind gusts. We had a bright, sunny, windy but lovely day today and slowly sloshed and bumped our way around doing our project and errands and we even met our daughter and family for lunch. I'm baking a cake now and we'll share it with the Fam tonight. Good birthday.
Don’t ever think that you are wise enough, but respect the Lord and stay away from evil.
This will make you healthy, and you will feel strong.
Well....we finally got winter in the form of inches of sleet, no snow, and cold temperatures. We went out yesterday in my wonderful husband's 4-wheel drive Chevy truck to have supper with our daughter's family...a whoppin' 4-minute drive that only took us a couple of extra minutes. Being seasoned Northerners, we know the best way to circumvent snowy weather. It's the ice that will throw us a curve so we are extra careful when traveling on icy roads. That's the way it is in life.
Stay on the right path...that of following the Lord's leading...and you can't go wrong. (If you look closely, you can see that I got my title from a tiny vintage Bayer aspirin bottle.)
The Lord’s instruction is right; it makes our hearts glad. His commands shine brightly, and they give us light.
Psalm 19:8 CEV
The heavens declare the glory of God for all to see (as written in the first part of this Psalm) but it is not until we take His Word personally and allow it to dominate our thoughts and actions that we are filled with the light of His love and given indescribable joy.
Other translations describe God's Word as perfect, sure, pure, clean and true. We are looking for truth and purity in this world that is rotten with sin and here it is before our very eyes. Following God's commands gives me peace.