Friday, August 29, 2014

Eyes


When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Genesis 3:6

It's the age-old bait and switch game played by the enemy.  "Just this once," "It won't hurt to try," It's not going to hurt you," No one will ever know," etc., etc., etc.
When I take my eyes off the Lord and put them elsewhere, I get into trouble and the evil one laughs...
but God cries.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blessings in Predictability


“Why were you looking for me?” he asked. 

“Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
Luke 2:49


It's nice to have a husband who is so predictable.  I don't have to guess where he is worry that he is doing something questionable.  I just go to his computer, look outside or go to the church...our other house.  Though our church building is not as dramatic-looking as the picture above, it's no less beautiful. 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Everything, Sing


My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise his holy name
 forever and ever.
Psalm 145:21

I love the songs of the birds and each one has his own.  Every day they sing the same song...the one given them by their Creator...and they sing, regardless.

Speaking and singing praise to God is an act of will for humans but many times life punches us and the only thing out of our mouths are complaints and curses instead.  David MADE praise come from his lips and in his songs (psalms), he encouraged others to do the same.  I must praise God, too...forever and ever, regardless.




Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Almost


Blessed are the meek
for they will inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:5


This was almost us today at lunch.  As we finished, Bill was looking out into the woods as he does many times...in wait to spot a deer just beyond our property...and there she and her fawn were.  They took their time strolling through the woods with heads down.  Only once did she look up, didn't see us, and continued to feed.  I borrowed this photo from Rachel Kramer because it looked so much like what we saw...a special treat from the Lord.




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Eyes Right


I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Psalm 16:8

I'm loving the flowers of summer and the Black-eyed Susan is one of my favorites.  Their eyes are always turned upward toward the heavens, seeming to be thanking God for their existence.
 I should do the same today as well.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Family, Corn and Piano Lessons


 So whether you eat or drink
 or whatever you do,
 do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31


It's turning out to be a very good week.
I visited my sister last week...great visit with lots of food and laughter,
We did corn two days this week...so delicious...thanks to our son-in-law's parents,
 I started teaching piano again this semester...
it's a good way to make a little extra money and hopefully encourage young people to take the baton, and there's more family to come.
Things are good.
Praise God.







Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Choked


The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Matthew 13:2

It doesn't take long for weeds to completely take over.  They will dominate whatever is there and choke the life out of it.  I'm sure this was a useful building at one time but now you can't even get to the door.Good grass, flowers and crops could be here but now there are only weeds.
My life is like that.  When I don't nurture my Christian life, weeds start working their way into it and before I know it, I have no desire for Christ.  I start doing things on my own and worldly things start to suffocate me.  I forget about Him.  His voice grows dim as I start moving away from Him and before I know it,  I don't want to read His Word or pray or visit His House or meet with His People.  I want to do My Thing.
I stop producing fruit that proves I'm His.  Woe is me.

But because He still wants me, He continues to call me and I hear a faint voice telling me to return.
I have the choice...do I or don't I.
If I hadn't turned back, my life would have been worthless.



Friday, August 8, 2014

It Is I


And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea,
 they were terrified...and
  instantly He spoke to them, saying,
 Take courage! I Am! Stop being afraid!
Matthew 14:26-27 AMP

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation
Used by permission." (www.Lockman.org)


I love the way the Amplified Bible interprets this scripture.  In most versions Jesus' words are stated "It is I."  That's really enough for me but the words 'I AM' are those that God used to name himself.  Jesus is God. So that is even more meaningful to know that God himself, embodied in Jesus, sees our terror and wants to comfort us and give us courage.



Thursday, August 7, 2014

What To Say?


Don’t be naive. Some people will impugn your motives, others will smear your reputation—just because you believe in me. Don’t be upset when they haul you before the civil authorities. Without knowing it, they’ve done you—and me—a favor, given you a platform for preaching the kingdom news! And don’t worry about what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words.
Matthew 10:17-20 (MSG)
Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.
 Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.


Have you ever wondered what to say in a ticklish situation?  Have you tried praying for the right words?
Read the Word, live the life...regardless.
God is on our side and supplies our every need exactly when we need it.







Friday, August 1, 2014

Stay the Course


 You’re blessed when you stay on course,
    walking steadily on the road revealed by God.
You’re blessed when you follow his directions,
    doing your best to find him.
That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
    you walk straight along the road he set.
You, God, prescribed the right way to live;
    now you expect us to live it.
Oh, that my steps might be steady,
    keeping to the course you set;
Then I’d never have any regrets
    in comparing my life with your counsel.
I thank you for speaking straight from your heart;
    I learn the pattern of your righteous ways.
I’m going to do what you tell me to do;
    don’t ever walk off and leave me.
Psalm 119:1-8 (MSG)

Walking the path sometimes lead up a steep cliff, over roots and stumps, through treacherous waters.  Sometimes it rains or snows or the winds blow but the path is still there.  My trouble comes when I start making my own path.



Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tomorrow Stew


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)


There's no reason for me to stew over what will happen in the future.  I have no control over what happens tomorrow.
I need to make the most of today with God's help and do the same tomorrow and tomorrow's tomorrow ad infinitum.




Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group

Monday, July 28, 2014

Found Things


When she has found it,
 she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying,
 ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!
Luke 15:9

I love flowers, especially wild ones.
They're beautiful and free and grow naturally...planted by God.
Bill found these on one of our walks and I came home and put them in an old Coke bottle Bill had discovered the day he cleaned out our shed. 
 We're simple people and enjoy the simple things of life and...
we're thankful for our found things.

Photo from personal files.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Led By Whom?


But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 
 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,  idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, 
jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:19-24


The Holy Scriptures speak the truth. 
 Now, if only we would follow it.
I'm still a work in progress.



Friday, July 25, 2014

Faceoff

Two co-existing

Ok, Buddy, this is mine.

Go away and don't come back!


Be kind and compassionate to one another,
forgiving each other,
 just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32


Isn't this just like us...co-existing to a point and then we back-bite each other when the other isn't looking.  We are no better than animals at times.
Maybe we need to look closely at this verse and try to emulate it.
Perhaps we need to act like Christ for a change?


Photos from personal files.