Showing posts from November, 2010

Living In His Presence

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Day 3
"The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you." Psalm 102:28

Jennifer's prayer: May my descendants live in a constant awareness of Your presence, and may they be firmly established before You.  ~~Jennifer Kennedy Dean
My prayer: Lord, teach us what it really means to live in Your presence, what it means to be established before you. I pray that my descendants will have a genuine relationship with You--that they will seek your companionship above all others. I pray that they will abide in You and know the joy that comes from walking daily in your Spirit. May they enjoy sweet fellowship and intimate communion with You.

I am thinking today of my first born.

2010-the Year of Longings
I long for my descendants to have intimate communion with the one true and living God through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Horizons of Mercy

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Day 2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2
Jennifer's prayer: "I pray that my descendants will always stand in full view of your mercy--that your mercy will fill their horizon--and that they will joyfully offer themselves as thank offerings, a pleasing aroma to you. May they be transformed from the inside and become living proof that your will is good, pleasing, and perfect."~~Jennifer K. Dean
My prayer: "Oh wow, Father, I have read this scripture so many times but when I start thinking about it in the light of praying for my descendants, I am overwhelmed with all it c…

Unto You A Child Is Born

I have been thinking, pondering, praying, meditating--

Such a special time of year! How can this blog bring glory to God, make the season more meaningful and celebrate family?

My idea is this:

With the gracious permission of Jennifer Kennedy Dean, the author of numerous books including one of my favorites, Legacy of Prayer, I would like to feature Jennifer's 30 days of prayer for our families and descendants.

Each day for 30 days I will share a scripture that she suggests in her book and a short prayer from her to go along with it. I will also share a prayer of mine.

Here is where your presence and comments come into play. On the days that you are able to read and comment, I would like for you to also meditate on the scripture and share a prayer in your comment. At the end of 30 days, I plan to print these off and bind them, having my own special prayer book to pray repeatedly for my descendants. I hope you will do the same.

If you are not comfortable voicing a prayer in the comm…

Weekend Worship at First Presbyterian

This is the incredibly beautiful First Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  My son and daughter-in-law were married there eighteen years ago this month.  Since I took pictures there a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be a good time to showcase the church and dedicate this post to them.  Happy anniversary, dear Traci and Michael.  I love you both with all my heart.

The front of the church--if you look closely you can see the contrails of a plane.  That was the day that contrails seemed to be in every picture I took. 

Some of the beautiful stained glass in the church--

Jesus coming on the clouds of glory

These next two stained glass windows are at least thirty feet high.  They are very tall and intricately detailed--so, so beautiful!

Petit JeanThanksgiving!

You all know by now that I am deeply in love with my home state of Arkansas.  I wanted to show you one of the many reasons:  Petit Jean State Park--I had not been there since I was a teenager until today.  It took my breath away then and it still did today.

I will never grow too old to be awed by the varied beauty of Arkansas from its delta and cotton and rice fields in the east to its beautiful Ozark and Ouachita Mountains in the northwest and west central sections.

I have provided a link HERE because the history of the park is very compelling.  It was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps established by President Franklin Roosevelt.   The CCC worked here from 1933 to 1938.

This picture and the next two was what the view looked like from our table at Mather Lodge where we ate with our good friends, Bob and Joyce.

Mather Lodge--the restaurant where we ate

We have had incredibly warm weather for months and months.  We had the air conditioner on this morning.  It was so warm and muggy.  B…

A Feast On His Word!

Psalm 25

1 In you, LORD my God, I put my trust.
2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3 No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 6 Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good.
8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. 9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. 10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. 11 For the sake of your name, LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the LORD? He will instruct them in the ways they shoul…

He Grew The Tree

Many of you will be putting up your Christmas tree this week. As you do, I encourage you to focus on the meaning of the tree and share that with your children and grandchildren. The words to a song bring the meaning into focus for me.
He Grew the Tree

He molded and built a small lonely hill
That He knew would be called Calvary,
Then He made the seed
That would grow to be
Thorns that would make His Son bleed.
Then He made a green stem
Gave it leaves and then
Gave it sunshine and rain
and sheltered it with moss,

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

With tears in His eyes
God looked down through time
Saw Him spat upon, rejected and mocked.
Still He grew the tree that He knew would be
Used to make the old, rugged cross.


Nothing took His life,
With love He gave it,
He was crucified on a tree
That He created.
With great love for man,
God stayed with His plan,
He grew the tree
So that we might go free,

Still He grew the tree He knew would be
Used to make the old r…

Wannabe Watchman

I prepare for the night ahead; I sleep long and hard

I arise and prepare; I will be on the ready

I make my way to post; I am willing.

I stand on the wall; I am watchman

I walk on the wall; I am on guard

I peer into the distance: God enhances my vision

I listen for out of ordinary; I am trained in battle

I keep my armor at ready; I am prepared for the enemy's attack

I stealthily creep along; I am discreet

I never take a break; I am faithful

I look for morning's light; I am hopeful.

Are there people in your life who are depending on you to be a watchman for them? Has God given you a "spiritual discernment" about a certain situation or person?

Oswald Chambers says, "When we discern that people are not going on spiritually and allow the discernment to turn to criticism, we block our way to God. God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede."

The words above describe the type of watchman that I desire to be for my friends …

Weekend Worship at St. John the Baptist

I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted.  Exodus 15:1

The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.  He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.  Exodus 15:2

Sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted.  Exodus 15:21

Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
Nehemiah 8:6

The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!
Psalm 118:16 

Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.  John 8:28

And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.  John 12:32

I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.  Psalm 123:1

The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!

2010-the Year of Lo…

The Strong Box

I think I mentioned some time back that my husband and I are involved in The Renewal Ranch, due to open its doors January 1 of 2011. It is a free program for drug-addicted men. They live on campus for a certain length of time, I think about six months, and undergo extensive Bible study and training. It is patterned after John 3:16 Mission in Charlotte, Arkansas, which has an incredible success rate of men turning their lives around.

As my husband, daughter-in-law and I were discussing some last minute details that need to be provided for the men to make this venture successful, the topic of a good Bible and Bible study books was mentioned. My mind went back some years to a trend among women who were trying to be faithful to a daily devotional time with God. The trend was Quiet Time baskets.

In them the seeker would place whatever books and utensils were important to her for a prosperous daily quiet time: a Bible, journal, pens, pencils, high-lighters, devotional book, current bo…