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Warm Spot In The Sun

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Wherever you are today, I'm hoping that you can find a warm spot in the sun, a comfortable place to sit, a cup of tea, and a good book or friend to spend a few minutes with.

Tomorrow is Good Friday so today let's celebrate Thankful Thursday and all the freedoms we have because of the price Jesus paid for us on Calvary.

We have been set free for no other reason than freedom's sake. That is enough. Enjoy it to the fullest.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. From Galatians 5:1--

Dianne
2010-the Year of Longings

I long to enjoy freedom, His freedom, to the max!

Photo: Taken at Garvins Gardens, Hot Springs, AR 2009

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The Grave Marker

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Last Wednesday morning my sister and I drove to our home town, about an hour's drive away from the city where we live now. Several miles outside of our small hometown lies Big Creek Cemetery.

Here at Big Creek, where many of my relatives are buried, one has only to have a parent or grandparent buried here to claim a burial plot--no payments, no fees, just donations for the upkeep now and then.


My sister, cousin and aunt make their way through our former lives.



The dust of my parents' earthly bodies lies beneath this marker.




Mother


Daddy



My flesh and blood walked atop the soil that will one day embrace my dust and bones. I admit it was somewhat of an eerie feeling to walk where my headstone will stand one day. This is the small marker we had made to claim our spot.



And I also admit that sometimes I struggle with the thought of dying, of being placed in the ground. I am a deep thinker and have at times let my thoughts go further than they should, imagining the moment of death. I do…

Were You There?

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Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there?



Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble, were you there when they crucified my Lord?


Were you there when they nailed Him to a tree? Were you there?





Were you there when He rose up from the dead?
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble,
Were you there when He rose up from the dead?

Read more about the resurrection of Jesus here.

Blessings,
Dianne
2010-the Year of Longings

Credits

Song "Were You There" by J. W. Johnson, J. R. Johnson, 1926
Photos: Pictures of art canvas painted in 2009.

He Told Me Everything!

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Stand here at watering well today, lingering images of moments passed interrupt calm.

It was just another day. Day of sadness, depression and guilt.
How was I to know that day would change my life forever.

Or should I say the man I met would change my life for all time.

Just another daily chore, getting water for daily needs.
Just another life changed, receiving soothing water for eternal thirsts.

Just another noon-time walk to communal well,
Just another Emmaus stroll with cool, evening breeze.

Just another talk with stranger,
Just another Word of abundant life.

Just another salty rivulet of reputation ruined wiped away,
Just another rushing rapid of sweetened joy.

Just another jar of cracked and broken clay,
Just another vessel of broken bread and poured out wine.

He told me everything I'd ever done,
He forgave all,

Just another memory,
I think not--

For a moment soul sags over well in doubled grief,
But only a moment,

Once again I remember--
I am redeemed.


Ps 56:8
You keep track of all my sorrows.
Y…

Weekend worship at Oak Bowery Baptist Church

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Scripture tells us that God's church is made of people from all nations, all tribes, all languages. Father, bless all your church today and those at Oak Bowery Baptist Church. Show Yourself to them in a powerful way, equip them to minister in the heart of Arkansas and around the world to share Your goodness, Your faithfulness, Your saving grace to those who do not know You. Meet every need they have according to Your riches in Christ Jesus.

















Ps 147

Praise the LORD.

How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel.

He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.

He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.

Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.

The LORD sustains the humble
but casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
make music to our God on the harp.

He covers the sky with clouds;
he supplies the earth with rai…

Beginning is Getting Half the Job Done

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Not everyone requires an orderly environment to function well, but for me, I seem to function better as a wife, mother, and friend if my house is in order. When it isn't, my stomach tends to feel like the picture above. I am not proud of that--just trying to be real here.

My main goal was to always spend time with God first so for many years when my kids were smaller, and then when they were older and I was teaching school, I set my alarm so I could get a head start on the day with devotionals first.

After that, I always felt that the day was a success even if I didn't always accomplish all that I wanted or needed to.

After several years of staying home with the boys, I taught school and was home in the summer with them. Most of the time, we did not play until we had all the household chores done. So we would work like crazy (all four of us) to get all the dusting, vacuuming, picking up, laundry, etc. done so that we could spend our afternoons swimming or playing.

Of course,…

Knowing Him by Name

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As I wrote in this post from a couple of days ago, in preparation for Easter I am reviewing some of my old stand-by books--this one is by Kay Arthur with illustrations by Timothy R. Botts.



Jehovah Nissi-The Lord is My Banner

Ever watch the Rose Bowl Parade? Every marching band will have a big, huge banner that goes before it telling who it is. God is our banner. He is our identification. Everything that banner says and stands for symbolizes all that we have access to through Christ.

The names of God reveal His character. It is Who He Is and He does not act against it. It is this very character that chose to grow a tree, to have it hewn into a cross, and to give His only Son to be crucified on it so that we might enjoy all the benefits of this steadfast, loving, loyal, righteous character. In the words of the lovely song:

He grew the tree that He knew would be
used to make the old, rugged cross.



He is the self-existent One--



the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.



He is Jeho…

A Little Smoother

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Heard this for the first time last night and wanted to share it with you. Relax and enjoy. These are the lyrics and music of Nicole Nordeman--River God.


Rolling river God
Little stones are smooth
Only once the water passes through

So, I am a stone
Rough and grainy still
Trying to reconcile this rivers chill

But when I close my eyes
And feel You rushing by
I know that time brings change
And change takes time
And when the sunset comes
My prayer would be this one
That You might pick me up
And notice that I am
Just a little smoother in Your hand

Sometimes raging wild
Sometimes swollen high
Never have I known this river dry

The deepest part of You
Is where I want to stay
And feel the sharpest edges wash away

Blessings,
Dianne
2010-the Year of Longings



I long to be smoother.

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To Know Him By Name

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While looking at what others are reading in preparation for Easter this year, I decided to go back to some of my old "standbys"--books I have had for years that never get old to me.

One of those is "To Know Him by Name" by Kay Arthur with illustrations by Timothy Botts.



The name I want to share with you today is Jehovah Shammah--meaning "The Lord is There." It is from Ezekiel 48:35.

Dear friend, wherever we are today, the Lord is there.

from Psalm 139:

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

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weekend worship on the street where we live

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It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens



Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.




He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.



But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each o…