Wednesday, May 4, 2016

God's Creation is incredible
























Lilies of the Valley with dews drops.

This is not my photo of my own Lilies of the Valley, but how incredible!  

Mine are beginning to bloom.  They are a beautiful, unique, fragrant, part of His creation for us.  Praises to the LORD!


Snoopy can hear a chocolate chip cookie call his name


Learning to Abide in the LORD

"As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
1 John 2:24

Abide is an old-fashioned word.  I’d never used it in everyday conversation and didn't understand its meaning until I had the opportunity to pet-sit for a friend.

“I’m going to change your name to Shadow,” I said with exasperation as Cinderella, the miniature Boston terrier, trotted behind me.  While I washed dishes she sat on the kitchen rug.  As I ate lunch, she jumped onto a chair.  When I sat on the couch, she scooted as near to me as possible.  Pressed close against my leg, she looked up at me with her puppy-dog eyes and rested her head on my thigh.

Maybe this was standard behavior for a small, indoor dog, or was Cinderella just missing her master?  It was a good  thing she was cute.  Otherwise, I might not have put up with her constant craving for togetherness. 

But her dependence continued after that first day.  When I walked to the mailbox, she happily followed at my heels.  If I went into the bathroom, she patiently waited outside the door.  At night, she crawled onto the bed and curled up at my feet.  She never whined when I walked away or when I pushed her aside to make some space between us.

The day before her owner returned, I was reading.  Cinderella jumped into my lap and then climbed onto the arm of the chair. Pretending to ignore her, I watched as she gingerly put her front paws on my shoulder and leaned her head close to my neck.  She rested her face against my cheek, sighed contentedly, and closed her eyes.  

All she wanted was to abide with me. 

 I didn’t understand her devotion, but the word abide became crystal clear.

Lord, like a dog yearns to be close to her master (or temporary master), help me to abide in You.

—-Stephanie Thompson

Devotional unknown


Monday, May 2, 2016

Spring has Sprung


















Finding a comfort in Him and His creation as it is renewed.


Second Day of May Dance








Find Joy in the LORD.  

Even when you can seemingly not have joy because of your circumstances, you can find His joy and rest in Him.

Praising the LORD!




Monday, April 25, 2016

Manners 101


Patriotism and our Faith

This week we have been to a Veteran’s Honor Flight’s return celebration, and then to the next Honor Flight’s Orientation day.  Both of these are very well done and quite honoring to the Veterans and their families.

I would say that most people could not truly explain the emotions we can go through as we watch the slide show of the Veterans from World War 2 through Vietnam, and also listen to the patriotic music which was popular during those eras.

Watching the Veterans who are excited and honored to go on a flight to Washington D.C., watching their happy families with ages from newborns to as old as the Veterans themselves, then also seeing the Volunteers doing everything to honor the Veterans and their families, to even the skirl of the Bagpipes is very special, and it is full of a range of emotions for those of us “on the outside looking in”.

It is truly difficult to express the depths of emotions, the patriotism, and the loyalty to our nation and for those who stood in the gap for us.

I was contemplating how the love of our country is only a "shadow, a faded picture" compared to the people whose love, devotion, and honor is given to the One and Only God for the rest of their lives for His marvelous grace through Jesus Christ who saved us from our sins.  The LORD now calls us His children.  We were bought with a price, Jesus blood!

The joy I have witnessed this week on the Veterans’ faces, the Guardians, all the families who love their Vet, the Volunteers - even the other passengers waiting for their own flights who are at the airport and are surprised and touched by the reception and comradery for the Vets - this joy is truly indescribable.

Our joy as Believers of the God of the Universe is far beyond what I experienced this week. 

When we meet up with another Believer we haven’t seen for a while, or when we meet a Believer we have never met, or when we meet a Believer we just saw yesterday, we find such unexplainable joy!  It is because we are connected to the LORD, we are related, we understand where each of us have come from, where we are in life, where we will be in life when Jesus returns. 

Veterans are connected to other Veterans no matter which war or whatever age they are, but Believers have ties to each other that will last an eternity.  Our “family” is the Body of Believers.  When our human family denies us, we can count on the Body to still be our family, to love and encourage us. 

Most of all we have an Awesome God who gave us life - life eternal with Him!  This is such a beautiful connection we have in each other. We are safe together no matter where we are in this world.  On this earth we have begun our eternal life with Him, but the best is yet to be with Him in glory!

Patriotism in the USA in these last generations is many times “tied”  or “woven” into our Christian faith.  It was how our culture used to be.  

As the LORD’s child we are far and above more, exponentially blessed than being an American citizen.  We can praise the LORD for our country which was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, but we can praise Him even more for His grace and mercies which He showers on those of us who choose Him!

Glory to God!

Praising the LORD for renewals!









































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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sweetness











MUTTS

Along the Road

By  Robert Browning Hamilton

I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chattered all the way,
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow
And ne’er a word said she;
But oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me!

*
Don't discount your agonies. Don't always say "why, why why?" 

As you continue to walk with God through them, He continues to give you His strength to continue, His wisdom to handle what comes, and He comforts you and lifts your head.  

We can do these things we know we can't because of Him, and all the while we are learning to draw closer to Him, and trust Him more and more.  Isn't this really our greatest desire after all?

Let us continue to abide with Him.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Hey, it’s not all about me!


-The storms of life-
*

I need to continually preach this to myself.

I would say that most of the time the LORD carries me far above these terrible storms of life.

Sometimes He allows me to walk in the muck of life as I learn to draw closer to Him.

– but sometimes - I am the one who forgets to keep my eyes on Him, and then I am “swimming” in the agonies of life, overcome and seemingly being swept away, overwhelmed once again. Everyday life becomes drudgery and difficult with bad attitudes to go with it.

A very important way to keep our minds thinking Biblically is to preach to ourselves.  When we read His Word we are filling ourselves up with His truth.  Even if we forget or do not have verses memorized, we can search through His Word to find them, be encouraged, and learn from them. 

Fix your eyes on Jesus! Then we can preach His Word to ourselves!

Hebrews 12:2
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Over these long years I continually learn to preach His Word to myself, although, I also often forget.  This is when “Life” becomes overwhelming and chaotic,  until I remember who my God is and how I can always find safety in Him no matter what the trauma or agony.

Before I capture my thoughts though, “it” becomes all about me - if only in my head.

Our lives are not all about us.  This life is about the LORD and we are His children who are to be glorifying His name with our very lives no matter if life is easy or the toughest of tough.

We always seem to be shocked when we are suffering, with so many “whys and hows” becoming our questions.  *(FYI:  It is okay to cry out to the LORD, just do not let this overcome you or your struggles will become all about you.)*

1 Peter 4:12-13
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.”

When we allow ourselves to take our minds/our eyes off of Him and find ourselves floundering in our troubles, we are not trusting Him with our lives.  He knows all about each of us, to every detail.  He is not surprised at what is happening to us. He has allowed whatever it is into our lives for whatever the reason is. We may never know the reasons until glory, but by that time, perhaps we will not even care.

*1 Corinthians 4:16-18
“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.  For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Beloved sisters, do not think it strange at the fiery ordeals in your lives. These are the situations in which we can learn so much from Him if we choose to do so. As we draw closer to Him/learn from Him, He will give us His strength and comfort and many times carry us high above the storms.

We were bought with a price so precious, His blood!  Let us not forget who we are to Him!

1 Peter 1:17-21
”If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;  knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 
but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.  For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world,
but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory,
so that your faith and hope are in God."

Although I am preaching to you - I am really preaching to myself!

Praise the LORD! It is not all about me!
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Be set free from slavery into His freedom! May it be so!














































I am never far from our agonies.  Just when I think things are going so well ~ emotionally speaking ~ a dear friend asks about "this or that" concerning our loved ones, because no one ever really understands our whole situation; too baffling, too bizarre, too weird (and I am using this by the way of 'witchcraft or evil supernatural').

How could anyone ever really understand?  The whole situation is FULL of pernicious evil intentions, conniving control and manipulation, cult-like dynamics, and sinners. We don't even understand it and we have lived it, and are living it.

So when someone asks I just answer simple questions with simple answers which they still can not grasp.  I sympathize and understand their dilemma and so eventually I have to express that no one can understand, neither can we, and that it is all cult-like dynamics. 

How can we understand devoted Christians who follow after blatant lies?  This is a dilemma which I, myself, have a difficult time wrapping my mind around. Of course, it is succumbing to pride, sin, and choosing to follow after their own desires ~ if only 'for a time'.

Romans 8:9-11
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.  If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

I understand we continue to sin even though we are saved by His grace. The world is also full of LIARS who live to abuse others for whatever gain it is for themselves. 

We have learned that anyone can be deceived. Don't flatter yourself thinking you can not ever be deceived. Christians all around us are following after what tickles their ears especially if it has a so called "christian" label on it.  Put a LIAR in the midst of humanity and they are masters of deceit. 

Be a Berean! Check it out! 

Romans 8:12-17
So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,  and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

We are ones who continue to look to the LORD in our agonies, we know He is working.  He is working in us, for sure!  

But He is also working in those we love who are caught in the snares made by the LIARS.  The trouble is that our loved ones may not be listening to the LORD in His truth ~ yet. And so there may be a 'someday' in which they do listen, they do turn back to the LORD in His truth.  And this prayer is always on our lips. 

"Abba! Father!"

Romans 8:18-25
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Our HOPE is totally in the One and Only.  He knows every detail of our agonies.  He also knows every detail of the LIAR's pernicious plans. He is NOT wringing His hands, shocked at what has happened.  He knows and He is working in individuals.  It will be their testimony in Him for He causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those called according to His purpose. 

May it be so!

Romans 8:26-28
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 

Praising the LORD for understanding our groanings and interceding!



Which way did he go, George, which way did he go?





















Photo of beautiful Bald Eagles from Chris in Oregon


Monday, March 28, 2016

What to do with what's left over.




















I finally shortened a skirt and had this beautiful strip of velour left over.  It was weeks before Valentine's Day when I had a great idea. I made these burgundy velour hearts and blessed five ladies with them. Thankful!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

I was thinking today...

"Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God."
Psalm 43:5

"I was thinking today..."

These are the four scary words for me to say as I begin to speak with my Beloved, my counselor.

Even more scary than this would be, “I was vacuuming today...”  which means I was thinking. Thinking while vacuuming is actually rare because we have hardwood floors now.

What is it about holidays?  

Oh, yes, memories, happiness, turning to agonies, and then the fighting righteous anger and ugly bitterness.  At least I am at the LORD's feet, praises! 

These last years I have begun to feel "fine" and be normal the weeks before a holiday, even just the week before a holiday. I even begin to believe that I have overcome the great sadness which clouds any special times of the year.

I think traumas, agonies, and tragedies never really leave your memories, your heart; they only go deeper inside of you.  For me, they sure did come out today while "I was thinking."

I was thinking all of the same things, "why, how, when..." which I know there is no answer, only the LORD knows.  

I trust Him.  

His character is to never leave you, always try to woo you back to Him, never let you go or get away with your sins.  

At least I know He is working in me in my agonies, in my life. Just like I counsel other women, though, you can only do your job before the LORD. You can not make anyone else do anything, you can not do their job for them, or make them change, it is their job to listen to the LORD rightly and choose to obey Him.  

You can only do your job before the LORD.

Even though my anger is righteous and I am not sinning with this righteous anger, if I dwell on my righteous anger it will lead to unrighteousness and definitely into bitterness.

Oh, bitterness.   

Working always on bitterness.  I can think I am doing well and even doing good at not allowing bitterness into my heart/mind, when just one thing can happen where that bitterness certainly comes out of my mouth, or maybe just in my mind.  

This is when I realize that bitterness is like a dried up weed pitched into the compost in the hot dry summer.  There is no way that dried up old weed could survive, but sure enough weeks can go by when it rains and that dead weed is revived, and if allowed, it will thrive.

Bitterness is like this dried up dead weed.  It is just waiting for a little encouragement and , poof, it begins to show it has a life after all.  I have seen bitterness up close and personal in certain people I know.  It is gross and it is ugly.  There is no way I want to become bitter because I live for the LORD, but knowing what it looks like, and acts like, gives me more than a word picture of horror.

How can we go on when we have such traumas in our lives?  

We must always read His Word, preach to ourselves, have someone trustworthy remind us of His truths when we falter.  Do not give in to your anger, do not feed your bitterness.  This life is not fair, for sure, but God can work in you.  This life is not the end all.  We have our Hope in Jesus and someday we will see His face and celebrate praises in His freedom!

Find great comfort in these words:

"Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Do not lose heart, sisters! The LORD knows your sadnesses, He is your comfort and strength.  Spend your time reaching out to Him, knowing that He is the One who is carrying you.  

Do your job in obedience for Him, and thus, glorifying Him. 

This will be our joy in life!



Thursday, March 24, 2016

Narcissism at it's height?









How far must we go to prove the height of our narcissism?  

I am mortified at humanity, and then I remember myself.  I may not take "selfies" but I can not hide from my own sins.  

LORD, praising You for Your mercies and for Your Word which is readily available to remind us who we are and who we can be in You.

"...all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 
But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world."
1 Peter 5:5-9

“...God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. 
Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 
Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. 
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you...."
James 4

"...Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others....So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain..."
Philippians 2




6 Truths about waiting for the LORD

Paul Tauges, on February 17, 2015, at Counseling One Another wrote about waiting on the LORD

He begins by saying, "Do you like to wait?...Our flesh cringes at the thought of having to wait, yet God's Word compels us to wait upon Him..."


I agree with him that waiting on the LORD is not passive and that, as he says, "It demands a great deal of effort."

His six truth about waiting are:

Waiting on the Lord requires divine strength and courage.

" ...Rushing ahead to fulfill our own will is not difficult at all; it comes naturally. However, surrendering to the will and ways of God requires a constant resistance to the flesh..."

Waiting on the Lord means trusting in God alone.

"...God has a way of stripping idols out of our lives so that He alone receives our attention..."

Waiting on the Lord is essential to discerning God's will.

"...As long as our determination is fixed upon what we want, God's will remains a mystery..."

Waiting on the Lord includes confident expectation of His mercy and grace.

"...In times of uncertainty, we must have confidence in His character as a God who is gracious, compassionate, and full of mercy..."

Waiting on the Lord means trusting him with our hurts.

"...waiting on the Lord means trusting Him enough to leave these matters with Him..."

Waiting on the Lord results in experiencing divine strength.

"...God delights in us when we wait on Him because He receives more glory and we experience the joy and pleasure of soaring on the wings of His strength and grace..."

Be blessed as you read Paul Tauges whole post, and continue to learn from the LORD the beautiful art of waiting on Him in all things.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

You're a Jewel

by Joni

"The Lord their God will save them on that day as the flock of His people.  They will sparkle in His land like jewels in a crown"
Zechariah 9:16

The Bible gives us this unusual detail about the construction of the Lord's temple:

"In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel, or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built."
Kings 6:7

An unbelievable amount of scraping, hammering, chiseling had to be done on those mighty rocks that were used in the construction.

But it was all done out of the view and out of earshot of the temple site.

It's a little like the way God "dresses" us, fitting us for heaven.

The apostle Peter reminds us that you and I are living stones, and we are being mined in the quarry of earth, a place of noise, chiseling, and clouds of dust.

God is using our sufferings and afflictions to hone and shape us so we might fit perfectly into heaven's landscape, where there is "no hammer, chisel, or any other iron tool."

Where there is no suffering, No tears, pain, sorrow, or death.

As polished stones, not only will we fit in heaven, we will fit as glittering jewels in His crown.

Soon we will enter the utter serenity of heaven -- a place of peace and quiet -- and God will set us in His diadem as sparkling and dazzling jewels.

God's quarry is still busy.  He is active with his hammer and chisel in your life, honing you and shaping you for a high and eternal destiny.  The shaping isn't always easy.  How well I know!  But take heart today, friend.  Bear a bit longer with the noise and hammering.  Serve others while you wait.  One day all of heaven will be in awe over what the Master Jeweler has accomplished in your life.

Lord, even though I am still in process, still being shaped and chisels, I pray thatYour radiant beauty would shine through my life today.



Why?

This is a basic question of life in this fallen world.  

Why is there pain and suffering in life when there doesn't seem to be a real reason?

In John 9:1-3 Jesus explains about reasons and about suffering:


"As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, 

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 

Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; 


but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him."

We can understand what Jesus says here in John 9, but then when our own life agonies happen we sometimes have difficulty understanding the "whys and hows" until we think biblically about our situations.  This may take time to pull ourself out and away from the sufferings and analyze and remember how the LORD works in us.

This is a difficult reality to allow in our thinking: that the LORD uses our sufferings in us and in others.  Mainly, the LORD is glorified when He has allowed suffering into our lives, and we choose to cry out to Him and draw closer to Him during and after any pain we live in.  

It is wrong thinking when we think we are here in our lives living, and living happily, like we are supposed to do. Let's not forget where we are ~ we live in a wicked fallen world where sufferings happen.  This is normal life.  

The LORD can transform our broken lives in the midst of agonies, when we choose to allow Him to be our great God in our life.  We must learn we can not do this life, but we can do it in Him and His strength.  This is when we learn about JOY, His JOY!  This is not "happiness", but the joy of being His child in and out of sufferings.

In the Culture of John 9's time the basic thought was that, "If I do good, then good will come to me, thus, if I do bad, then bad will come to me."  

Are we any different now?  I think as Believers we tend to think that our life will basically go on happily if we follow the LORD, and so when tragedy comes, and it will, we are completely surprised, and hurt, and troubled about "why?" and "where is the LORD?" and "how could He allow this?"

We must let the LORD be our God.  We must be in His Word and think biblically throughout our days.  We must remind ourself, we must preach to ourself His truths, and we must capture our wayward thoughts, our unbiblical thoughts.  

This all takes time and effort.  If you are struggling with keeping your wrong thoughts captive and then thinking biblically, just keep going. Already you are closer to Him because you are choosing to draw closer to Him in His Word and your thought life.

Let's allow Him to use us for His glory. 


Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Kilted Bunny for St. Patrick's Day




My Grandma was mostly Scottish and she thought it s a funny thing 
to send my family a St. Patrick's Day card every year.  

It was a sweet thing for us also and I remember it touched my mother every year.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Okie Dokie Smokie, After While Crocodile


Dragons, Maidens, and our Culture of Death

"It will come as no surprise to those who know something about dragons to learn that a dragon-culture will devour the innocent in a feeding frenzy of salacious wickedness."

Joseph Pearce succinctly writes about our ever increasing wicked culture in this post,  "Rescuing Our Maidens from the Culture of Death".  

I am not naive, as I do keep up to date on what is happening in this world, but I do not immerse myself completely in the news, so my heart was greatly grieved as I read his statistics about women, especially the young and innocent, rampant pornography, destroyed lives, and suicides.

Mr. Pearce ends his piece with this final paragraph:  

"In a world where virtue is shunned, vice will prevail.  In a world where love is replaced with lust, the most vulnerable will be systematically abused.  In a world which boasts of its Pride, it is the weakest who suffer.  Such a world is destined for anarchy, which Oscar Wilde rightly called "freedom's own Judas."  Anarchy is the morally lawless society in which the morally lawless prey upon the weak.  It is a world that has unleashed the dragon.  In such a world, characterized by the increase in the number of damsels in distress, we need an increase in the number of those prepared to go forth like St George, armed with courage and the grace of God, to rescue the maidens from the dragons of the death-culture."

Sisters in the LORD... let us do what we can to come alongside those who are in our sphere of influence.  Let us not turn our heads away when we see "Red Flags" because it is not our business.  Instead let us listen and watch for opportunities to come alongside those who are vulnerable or hurt, and at least let them know we have an 'open door' for them to come to us if they choose to come.  Let us cry out to God for His mercy and grace for the "damsels," and for our strength and comfort if He allows us to help rescue them.

                         

Monday, March 14, 2016

With all Diligence


























Your thought life:
"Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life."
Proverbs 4:23

Your relationships:
"Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. 
2 For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. 
3 Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. 
4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. 
5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.
See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! 
6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. 
7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. 
8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. 
9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.
13 Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 
14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 
15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 
16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 
18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace."
James 3


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Just a Few Tuesdays







Peanuts

Just a little bit of the sillies in honor of my weekly Tuesday morning with very treasured ladies.  Sweet fellowship, a little lunch, and even some Hand and Foot Canasta with them as they love me up, and I am so very blessed.

Praising the LORD for all of my Card Ladies, and Chuck!  My Titus 2's.

"Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, 
not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, 
teaching what is good, so that they may encourage 
the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 
to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject 
to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored."
Titus 2:3-5


Sometimes hair cuts just feel awkward


Be concerned about your inner person more than your 'makeup'





























In this day let ~
"Your adornment must not be merely external—
braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 
but let it be the hidden person of the heart, 
with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, 
which is precious in the sight of God. 
For in this way in former times the holy women also, 
who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, 
being submissive to their own husbands; 
just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, 
and you have become her children if you do what is right 
without being frightened by any fear.
1Peter 3:3-6