Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sufficency



Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and
 don’t get worked up about what 
may or may not happen tomorrow. 

God will help you deal with whatever hard things 
come up when the time comes.
Matthew 6:34 MSG



I love these two scriptures and often review them in my mind.  I've been dealing with a skin sore that has been slow in healing.  I would awaken in the night to take my medicine and then I'd lie awake worrying about what might be if it got worse.  Silly me.  Only when I remembered that God controls everything did I have the peace to sleep in His arms.  On top of that, it is almost healed after
 two weeks! Yay!

God, the Great Healer, offers us Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to heal our wounds and our souls.





Friday, July 24, 2015

Overlooking the Obvious


 Don’t worry and ask yourselves, “Will we have anything to eat?
 Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?” 
 Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. 
Your Father in heaven knows that you need all of these. 
 But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants.
 Then the other things will be yours as well.
Matthew 6:31-14 CEV


I've been thinking on these verses but because they are so commonly used, I have never considered their importance.

I do not have to worry about having something to eat, drink or wear.  I live in a country that allows me to work for money that buys these items. 
 This is not the case with the vast majority of peoples across the world.  Many are actually scraping together their basic necessities.
I do not want to cast blame on them because of their religious beliefs but if I read this right, our nation is next in line for want of the basics.  If I don't turn to God in acknowledgement of His bountiful mercies and do His bidding, I'm next.




Thursday, July 23, 2015

Look At The Lilies



And why do you worry about clothes?
 Look at how the lilies in the field grow.
 They don’t work or make clothes for themselves.
 But I tell you that even Solomon with his riches
 was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers.
Matthew 6:28 (NCV)


I wouldn't say I worry about clothes however I do like them and get at least one or two items every season for variety.  I then discard one or two that have been "used up," meaning it is stained or shabby or I've outgrown it(!!)Sometimes they go in bulk and I gradually add sales items because I rarely buy anything at the original price.  I've been trying to replace my black shirts and pants with a variety of colors and now I'm adding some patterns.Sometimes I do without and wish I could have found just the item for which I was shopping or I found it and can't afford it and have to go home without it...

blah,blah,blah,blah,blah.

I just realized that I do worry about clothes.

Thank you, Lord, for providing beautiful things for me to wear and enjoy.  I SO do not deserve your gifts but praise you for them.



Photo Credit: Anne Worner


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

From Where Is Strength?



Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. 
Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” 
As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger
 and said to him,
 “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.”
Daniel 10:19



Why I try to go it alone is beyond me.
He is always there wanting me to speak to Him.
You don't suppose that I should be the initiator of a conversation with God, do you?
When I don't know what to do, I should ask God?
Oh, yes, I forgot. 
 He thinks I'm precious. 
 He wants to strengthen me.
He wants to give me peace.
He wants to encourage me.
Why don't I just ask?






Thursday, July 16, 2015

Strengthen Your Hands



Let your hands be strong
 so that you can do my work.

Zechariah 8:13 NIRV


I've been practicing for 60 years.  It doesn't get easier to discipline myself to do so.  As I age I've found that I don't retain as much mental and motor skills as before and it's even more important than ever to maintain a practice schedule.  The Lord has allowed me to serve Him in His work...a calling I received at age 15 and one I take seriously.  As long as I have any memory, I will serve the Lord with music.  I will strengthen my hands to do His work.






Wednesday, July 15, 2015

You Are Precious




 He said, “for you are very precious to God.
 Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” 
As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger
 and said to him, 
“Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.”
Daniel 10:19 NLT



His peace is our strength
 and that strength helps us do God's will 
on a daily basis.





Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Just Remember




As for the promise which I made you
 when you came out of Egypt,
 My Spirit is abiding in your midst.

Haggai 2:5  NASB


The stories of old are still at work today.  Some say the Bible is an antiquated book with nothing relevant for today's society.  I tend to differ.  I always get strength and comfort from its
 "God Truths."



Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn

Monday, July 13, 2015

Highest Place



Then God gave Christ the highest place and honored his name above all others. So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. And to the glory of God the Father everyone will openly agree,
 “Jesus Christ is Lord!”



The highest places of which we know here on earth are not too high for God.  He can hold them in his hand for He made them.
The scripture above says "everyone will bow" and 'openly agree,"Jesus Christ is Lord!"'...
not must agree, be forced to agree, agree or be tortured or even agree when the time suits you but WILL agree.
There will be no doubt who is Lord.






Saturday, July 11, 2015

A Restful Saturday




You know when I am resting or when I am working,
 and from heaven you discover my thoughts.
Psalm 139:2 CEV


It was a long week but a good week at Children's Music Camp.  Today I'm resting and working on a custom jewelry project...like play, really.  It felt good to not have to get up at 6:00 even though that's when I awakened.
Rest is good for the soul.




Saturday, July 4, 2015

Let Us Rejoice!



The Lord blesses each nation that worships only him.
 He blesses his chosen ones.



...and that's cause for rejoicing!

Hope your Fourth was happy.




Friday, July 3, 2015

Appreciation


They will live around my holy mountain, and I will bless them by sending more than enough rain to make their trees produce fruit and their crops to grow. I will set them free from slavery and let them live safely in their own land. Then they will know that I am the Lord.
Ezekiel 34:26-27

I'm a complainer.  I wish I were not but I am.  When it rains, it's too much.  When the sun shines, it's too hot.  When the cold winds blow, I get tired of wearing my coat and wish for summer.  I have so much and wish for something else.
At the core of my soul, though, there is peace.  I do believe that God controls everything and in those quiet moments with Him, I am awed at the gifts He has given me...one who doesn't deserve even a glance from Him.

Excuse me.  
I'm going to watch the sunrise.

Photo from personal files.






Thursday, June 25, 2015

Why Do We Try?


...in heaven and on earth.
 There are no secret places where you can hide from me.


The ones who know the Lord know that there is no place to hide from God and yet we still try.  Our lives are filled with places to go and people to see. Our jobs are overwhelming.  Our family responsibilities are endless and then
we still need to clean the house.
We put things before God and believe that He will understand.
We are hiding from Him behind all the stuff.

Yet...
in the game of hide and seek
he continues to call to us.
"Ready or not, here I come.
Ha, I found you!

Now, let's play Follow The Leader.
I'll be the Leader.
Do what I do."





Saturday, June 20, 2015

How Fragile




...roots that reach
  down to the water,
 and with leaves
  that are always green.
They bear fruit every year
and are never worried
 by a lack of rain.


Our lives are like the orchid...a hot house plant that needs specific care with just the right light, feed and water.  It takes a master horticulturist to raise this beauty because it is so fragile.

Our lives are like the orchid...tender, needy and reaching for the Light...dissatisfied with our earthly existence and longing to be fed with more than we get from our life here in this world.  We need strength, nurturing and love and are always seeking.  

The world will fail us.  We will continue to search but will not find it here unless...
we look to what God left for us when He took His Son to be with Him...
His Word.
Oh, what comfort for my fragile soul.





Thursday, June 18, 2015

Set Boundaries




I placed the sand for the boundary of the sea, a perpetual barrier beyond which it cannot pass and by an everlasting ordinance beyond which it cannot go? And though the waves of the sea toss and shake themselves, yet they cannot prevail [against the feeble grains of sand which God has ordained by nature to be sufficient for His purpose]; though [the billows] roar, yet they cannot pass over that [barrier]. 
Jeremiah 5:22 (AMP)


We have barriers in life, too.  Yet, how many times have I chosen to try to cross the barriers only to find myself floundering and sinking in the ocean of life.  God gives us His boundaries in His Word and we must respect them and live by them if we don't want the waves of life to bury us.  It would do us all well to live within the boundaries.




Friday, June 12, 2015

The Art of Being Still


Be still, and know that I am God: 
I will be exalted among the heathen, 
I will be exalted in the earth.



Shhhhhh.





Photo from personal files