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Weekend Worship

We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. II Corinthians 4:7
May we worship God this weekend through service.  Oh, that we would be his vessels of love to pour out upon the desperate, the broken, the needy, the poor, the blind, and the hungry.

Looking Intently!

The scripture below comes from James 1:22-27.  I am focusing my thoughts and prayer time on the book of James this week.  It is full of exactly what I need to get my spiritual life back on track.  Hopefully, I will be able to share some of the great truths of this book with you so that you also are encouraged.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror  and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

That scripture is pretty plain and simple--very straightforward--my take is this: Read what the Bible says and do it on a regular basis and you will be blessed.

So it is very interesting to note that the very next scriptures say this:

The Seen or the Unseen

This morning as I was reading in James, I came across the scripture below which I had read many, many times before. I am especially referring to the part about the waves of the sea being tossed about by the wind.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  from James 1

It struck a new chord in me which was this:  How many times do we let the waves of life, the circumstances around us overwhelm us just because we can SEE how big and bad they are.

The waves of the sea can seem incomparable in their natural strength but just think--the wind (which we cannot see and no one knows where it comes from or where it goes)
"The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.&q…

Sunflower Bounty

I painted a picture yesterday--the first one I have painted in a long, long time.

It felt good--really, really good emotionally. It hurt physically but it was so worth it and helped me get my mind off a foreign object--

A new knee--a steel and plastic gliding thingie that is an engineering marvel--

These are close ups of my picture--only portions of the whole thing-- But I like them and think I will paint some huge canvases just like the ones above--

And here is the whole canvas--it makes me happy, makes me smile to look at it.  For years to come or as long as God gives me on this earth, when I look at this painting, it will take me back to a time of extreme growth and stretching--

I will be able to look back and realize how God brought all the desolate parts of my soul back together after some tragic losses and hard changes--
God's blessings and bounty are just overwhelming, aren't they? I pray that you and I will have eyes to see and spirits to receive today all that He has planned for u…

Breaking the Chrysalis

Last week I wrote a post about having wings as a dove and flying away with Him--just to be alone with Him--removing myself from all the cares of the world and basking in His love.

 On one such occasion when I chose to closet myself with God on an extended basis, this is what I wrote: (And no, I did not literally "closet myself"--I was teaching school and I was interacting with 100 students and many colleagues every day BUT it was a decision I made--a very real one--every waking moment not spent with others was spent in His presence--and oh, was it glorious--yes, very hard at times but oh so beneficial.)

What I have noticed is the Holy Spirit almost instantaneously convicting me of sin, not with any condemnation but with such great compassionate love that it just makes me never want to commit that sin again, this has been especially true for me in certain areas such as ............................... and I went on to list the areas in which God was dealing with me.And this pra…

Wings of a Dove

any times during the past several weeks I have thought of this verse and longed to fly away and be at rest. I felt as though I knew the longing of the psalmist's heart and his desire to just instantly be away from painful surroundings.

The irony of all this is: With the Spirit of God I do have this ability--I can fly away with my God and be at peace with Him--leaving the world and all its earthly sorrow behind--I can snatch sweet moments alone with Him throughout my day and cherish the wonder love that He constantly bestows upon me.

I can soar to heights where my soul flies free. It is my choice--do I choose to remain in the depths or do I choose to fly away with Him?

If you are sinking in any way today, dear friend, I pray that your spirit will be lifted to new heights.

Sometimes it is hard to make what we know is the very best choice for us, but once we do, it is easier the next time.

A few weeks ago, I noticed these doves outside my bedroom window--it reminded me of flying awa…

What You're Doing Is Not Working!

Written last Friday--We have company coming tonight.  We are out of wash cloths.  My husband went to Sam's to pick up a few things.  I called him while there and asked him if he could pick up some wash cloths.

First of all I called him right about the time I knew he would have walked in Sam's.  I started to call him on the way there but it takes him so long to get his phone out of his shorts' pocket and is such an ordeal, I'm always afraid he's going to wreck.
As soon as I got him and asked him about the wash cloths, he said, "Sorry, I am already in the checkout line."  Well, I knew that was not the truth so I proceeded to tell him what all I needed and all the while he kept saying, "Sorry--in the checkout line."
Finally, I knew he wasn't going to let go of that one until I acknowledged it so I just said, "Okay, fine, will get them later--don't want you to get out of the checkout line."  Then comes what I expected.  "No, no, …

Good Morning!

ood morning dear friends, Just wanted to check in with you. I went to the doctor yesterday and got a really good report. I had been in Tulsa for a few days with my son and daughter-in-law and two of my granddaughters until yesterday morning.Off and on for two months (mostly on) I had seemed to have a spirit of despair, hopelessness and depression.  The death of my nephew, Matt and my knee replacement surgery seemingly the triggers for the symptoms--My daughter-in-law and granddaughters prayed over me on Wednesday and it seemed from that moment on, I started getting better--not only my mental outlook but my physical symptoms as well.  I have had many problems in my lifetime but for the most part I am a very happy, upbeat person. Going through the last two months and all that they have held for me have given me a new understanding for people who face life on a regular basis like this. And I understand so much more than ever Paul's words from Roman's--
I don't really u…

My Second Mom

Just wanted my close online friends to know that I lost my second mom night before last--my best friend's mom--I spent many, many weekends at their home during my growing up years.

 She will be missed so much.

 We really expected her to live for many more years--she had been in overall really good health.

 What is so ironic is this: This past summer my granddaughter's summer job did not work out and I called my best friend to see if they might need any more caregivers for Ms. Margaret. They did and my granddaughter got to spend a summer getting to know the woman who had touched and influenced my life so deeply through the years. Isn't that just like God??

Please pray for the Ballard family and for me that God will give me physical strength (knee) to make it through this difficult time.