Thursday, December 23, 2010

Marvel at the Mystery

Marvel at the mystery of God coming to earth. Don't try to rationalize it. There are some things in life that don't need to be figured out, just mulled over in wonder and awe. Our God is the God of the seemingly impossible. He is bigger than us. He is beyond us. He is more than us - and His love is deeper than anything we can imagine or comprehend.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Old Things Made New - A Lesson in Renewal

Once upon a time there was an old, sad, dirty, stained, shower. I'm sure it didn't start out life in this manner, but little by little it came to this sad condition.

Even though it was still functional, it was also leaking and damaging those things that surrounded it. It still looked "OK" on the outside, but open the door and you could see the scum and scars.

What was the poor shower to do?  It couldn't clean itself.  It couldn't make itself new. All it could do was become dirtier and more stained.

But, redemption was near and the shower submitted to drilling,cutting away, grafting and adhesion. After all this --------------restoration.




 




Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." Amen and Amen


Friday, December 10, 2010

Beauty for Ashes

He gives beauty for ashes, Strength for fear . Gladness for mourning, Peace for despair .

When sorrow seems to surround you; When suffering hangs heavy oer your head. Know that tomorrow brings Wholeness and healing, God knows your need . Just believe what He said. He gives beauty for ashes, Strength for fear . Gladness for mourning, Peace for despair .


When what youve done keeps you from moving on, When fear wants to make itself at home in your heart. Know that forgiveness brings Wholeness and healing, God knows your need . Just believe what He said. He gives beauty for ashes, Strength for fear . Gladness for mourning, Peace for despair .


I once was lost but, God has found me. Though I was bound, I've been set free. I've been made righteous in His sight, A display of His splendor all can see. He gives beauty for ashes, Strength for fear . Gladness for mourning, Peace for despair.

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away...
there lived a little girl disliked by all her world.
When she was very young, the children would all run.

Who knew inside this little girl, so slight of frame and frail,
lived a spirit of lonesomeness, no human hand could quell.

She loved, she laughed, she danced, she cried
and all the while she grew.
The love that she was seeking...
 was somewhere... still and true.

Her love, she gave to others  and it was often spurned.
The time came in her life when there was only ONE.
HE took her burdens and her sin and hid them far way.
Into her heart HE came to live and dwell for all her days.

And all her scars are beauty marks, covered by HIS blood.
All the pain, HE took away and filled her with HIS love.
She knows that in the end the day will come
when she will hear HIM say,
"The time is now for you to come, my good and faithful one."

"to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

And I WILL Praise God In the Midst

Over the course of the past few weeks, I have had ample opportunity to ask, "What to non-believers do when their world is shaken?"

I have a very good friend who was involved in a car wreck with her husband, son and future daughter-in-law. What should have been tragic is miraculous. While her husband incurred the most extensive injuries, they are all alive and well due to the incredible hand of the LORD. The LORD'S hand was upon them.

I have another friend who was shot when he interrupted a robbery on his property.  Not only will he survive, but he was able to describe the men, the car and give a partial license plate! The LORD'S hand was upon him.


There is another young woman fighting cancer again and where many would surrender to depression and defeat, she is praising and glorifying the LORD. The LORD'S hand IS upon her.You can follow her story here: http://www.pleasantliving.org/

ISAIAH 43: 1 - 3
But now, O Israel, the LORD who created you says: "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by my name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I AM the LORD, your GOD, the HOLY ONE of ISRAEL, your SAVIOR..."


We as believers should lean heavily upon our LORD and SAVIOR. HE alone is our ROCK, our FORTRESS, our STRONG DELIVERER. How awesome it has been the past few weeks to see God's hand at work in the lives of these 3 and many others that surround me.

Would you join with me and offer a prayer of thanksgiving to the LORD for these wonderful people: (Carolyn & Randy, David, and Lindsey)? They are God's light shining in a dark world and challenge me to shine brighter and be increasing thankful.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Luke 2

And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.



Just a few reminders of what IT'S really all about!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Tea at the Adolphus

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”  Henry James, Portrait of a Lady


Assorted Teas

Rain Forest Matè  (We actually had African Amber)
Spice and fruit unite in this herbal mélange composed of energizing matè tea, mint, rose petals, apple, pineapple chunks, star anise, lemongrass and cloves that refresh and revitalize.

Orange Jasmine
Orange slices, jasmine blossoms and other fruits blended with Ceylon and China black teas. A dark, rich, spirited cup. Superb as a compliment to chocolate and cream based desserts.

Pear Caramel
Washington state pears blended with Ceylon and China black tea and sweet caramel.The perfect after dinner dessert tea or afternoon treat.

First Course
Deluxe Open Faced Finger Sandwiches
Smoked Turkey with Tarragon Dijonaise on Whole Wheat
English Cucumber with Boursin Cream Cheese on House Made White
Fresh Mozzarella with Vine Ripe Tomato, Balsamic Reduction and Fresh Basil
Curried Chicken Salad on Mini Croissant
Egg Salad on Brioche

Second Course
English Scones with Devonshire Cream and Marmalade
Tea Cookies, Strawberries


Third Course
Chef’s Selection of Assorted Miniature Pastries, Treats and Confections

Fourth Course
Assorted Chocolate Truffles

I can highly recommend the wonderfully elegant experience. Three friends and I treated another delightful lady to tea Saturday, November 6.  This friend has been such a benefactress to us all and greatly enriched our lives.  She is 80+ years young and continues to inspire us all to acheive more with our lives.

This was a wonderful two hours spent with loving friends, in a beautiful setting, enjoying each other, and absolutely delicious food.





Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A FEW THANKSGIVING THOUGHTS from Steve Mosley

Wonderful things happen when we let light of Thanksgiving fall on our present circumstances. Thanksgiving counters the culture of complaint that greases so much interaction today. Sure, beefing about how bad things are is good for comic relief. But why make it a steady diet?

You either moan about slipping on the ice or give thanks it’s holding you up.
You can gripe about the sunburn or give thanks for the skin cream.
You can whine about rain on your picnic or give thanks it’s falling on your rose buds.
You can complain you never have enough time or give thanks your life is so full.

It all comes down to what you choose to look at today. Why wail about all the terrible things happening in the world when you can give thanks for “the grace that is reaching more and more people” this very moment? Why major in “satan’s Greatest Deceptions” when you can appreciate God’s clearest truths?

God creates with light. God uses the very act of thanksgiving to work good out of evil, redemption out of calamity. When our days are measured by complaints, we end up trying to create with dark. We just move the smudges around. There’s a reason scientists have been able to calculate the speed of light. It’s extraordinarily useful. Lasers repair corneas, play music, and encode messages. But what’s the speed of dark? Nobody knows because it’s not going anywhere. Giving thanks in all circumstances is a key part of walking “in the light as He is in the light.”

How we view other people’s differences makes a big difference. This is important because the people who irritate us the most often have the most to teach us. What they have too much of, we usually need more of.

We can complain about the blabbermouth next door,or give thanks that he can show us how to loosen up a bit.
We can talk trash about our lazy co-worker, or give thanks that she can help us be less driven and compulsive.
We can roll our eyes because of those irresponsible, unruly teenagers, or thank God for their energy and spontaneity.

Adapted from the book “Secrets of the Mustard Seed” by Steven Mosley, originally published by NavPress.

Monday, September 27, 2010

WOW

THESE ARE JUST PENCILS! PLEASE READ THE PARABLE AT THE END!!












A PENCIL MAKER TOLD THE PENCIL 5 IMPORTANT LESSONS JUST BEFORE PUTTING IT IN THE BOX :

1.) EVERYTHING YOU DO WILL ALWAYS LEAVE A MARK.

2.) YOU CAN ALWAYS CORRECT THE MISTAKES YOU MAKE.

3.) WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS WHAT IS INSIDE OF YOU.

4.) IN LIFE, YOU WILL UNDERGO PAINFUL SHARPENINGS, WHICH WILL ONLY MAKE YOU BETTER.

5.) TO BE THE BEST PENCIL, YOU MUST ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE HELD AND GUIDED BY THE HAND THAT HOLDS YOU.

We all need to be constantly sharpened. This parable may encourage you to know that you are a special person, with unique God-given talents and abilities. Only you can fulfill the purpose which you were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed and, like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are, is what's inside of you and then allow yourself to be guided by the hand of God.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Study of Isaiah and "Hear Us From Heaven"

For several years one of my dear friends has been encouraging me to come to BSF. (bsfinternational.org) She and the LORD finally caught me this year for the study of Isaiah. It's only week 3 and I can hardly wait for Monday nights to come so I can go delve deeper into the LORD's word. 

Today this book came to life to me throught the words of the song, "Hear Us From Heaven".
Lord, hear our cry
Come heal our land
Breath life into these dry and thirsty souls
Lord, hear our prayer
Forgive our sin
And as we call on your name
Would you make this a place
For your glory to dwell

Chorus:
Open the blind eyes
Unlock the deaf ears
Come to your people
As we draw near
Hear us from heaven
Touch our generation
We are your people
Crying out in desperation

Bridge:
Hear us from heaven,
Hear us from heaven,
Hear us from heaven

Our different our lives would be if this were our cry. It is what GOD wanted for Israel and Judah and what HE wants for us...to "cry out in desperation."

Monday, September 6, 2010

NEW JEWELRY

I've had all these bracelets hanging in my closet for quite a while now. So, I decided to try my hand at jewelry making and turn them into necklaces. I spent about $15 in supplies and here we are:


Bought the chain, had the rest.


Bought the medallions. Had the rest. So these are my new creations.


LET THE HOLIDAYS BEGIN

You may know that my husband LOVES Christmas and starts decorating Nov. 1. But you probably don't know that he also LOVES Halloween. He started decorating about 3 weeks ago. Tonight's installment is the new Halloween tree.  It started out life as a regular tree then metamorphed into a black tree with silver ornaments for Christmas last year. It has now expanded to include Halloween accessories.


LABOR DAY

Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882


Observed by United States

Type Federal Holiday (federal government, DC and U.S. Territories); and State Holiday (in all 50 U.S. States)

Date first Monday in September

The first Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882 in New York City, by the Central Labor Union of New York, the nation's first integrated major trade union.[1] It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[2] The September date originally chosen by the CLU of NY and observed by many of the nation's trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers' Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair, for which it had been observed to commemorate.[3] All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.


The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations," followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties. Speeches or political demonstrations are more low-key than May 1 Labor Day celebrations in most countries, although events held by labor organizations often feature political themes and appearances by candidates for office, especially in election years. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer recess. Similarly, some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school, although school starting times now vary.

In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race was held that day from 1950 to 1983 in Darlington, South Carolina. At Indianapolis, the National Hot Rod Association hold their finals to the U.S. Nationals drag race.


MY LABOR DAY
Spend 2 hours removing the old faucet, 30 minutes installing the new one.  1 hour yardwork, run errands, make 3 necklaces, cook dinner, help decorate the Halloween tree.

Whew! I need a parade and another day off.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Driver's Ed Redux

So today was redemption day for Alex. He did beautifully. Mastered the cul-de-sac and speeds up to 30 mph. I am so proud of him.  BTW, the blow out incident of last week was a bit more costly than initially anticipated. Doesn't it always??  After having the tires realigned, I was strongly encouraged to purchase a matching front tire for the right side. Otherwise, my front wheel drive car would continue to pull to the right. Sort of like favoring a bum leg. I might have been skepitcal, but the mechanic (Automotive and Moore) wasn't trying to sell me a tire from his shop.  http://www.automotiveandmoore.com/home/
I highly recommend them. They were quick, nice, reasonably priced and took extra care to call me before doing anything to the car.
I'm still thankful that no one was injured. I must say he was much more alert today. Way to go Alex!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Driver's Ed and the Flat Tire

So today was hour 3 of the Driver's Ed Behind the Wheel. We did great until the the last five minutes. While rounding a cul de sac, Alex mistook the accelarator for the brake. OOPS! Thankfully it was only a slight surge, but we still managed to pop the curve and land in someone's front yard. Thank goodness for God, Mom and the emergency brake. No foliage, fences or small animals were harmed. The only casualty was the left front tire and it needed replacing anyway.

Wish I could say that was the worst part. NOT, we had to change the tire. Dad arrived and we tried, with the help of neighbors,to no avail  to remove the tire. We finally came home,  just down the street, retreived a HAMMER and WD 40. After many squirts and even more pounding with hammer we finally removed the lug nuts!  PLEASE!

On went the skinny tire - FLAT! Off to the Wal-store. New tire. Back to the car. Remove spare. New tire. Finally home. Time elapsed - 2 hours. WHEW!

Can hardly wait for hour 4 of  Behind the Wheel!

Monday, August 23, 2010

First Day of Kindergarten


My sweet granddaughter and her beautiful mom. They had a great day (or at least one of them did).  Emilie, the kindergartener, shooed her mom and dad out the door of her class and can't wait to go back tomorrow.  Can't wait to get all the details. She made lots of friends, no names retained, but she has lots of them.