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Merry Christmas

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Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

 I've have really tried to discipline myself to stop and enjoy the moment, to take time out to do special things with my husband when I might otherwise be inventing more work to get done before the kids start coming in on Wednesday.

I have enjoyed everything I've done so far and none of it has seemed like a chore but totally enjoyable.

I have a wall plaque I got years ago that reads, "It's not doing the things we like to do, but liking the things we have to do that makes life blessed.

I think there is a lot of truth to that old adage.

 Here are a few things that have been going on in our lives.



Our 13 year old granddaughter, Ashton, was promoted to 'pointe' in ballet this past week.  That is a great accomplishment for her and something she has been working hard for for several years.




We have mirrors across from one another in the master bath.  I strung lights over my vanity and ended up ge…

He Restores My Soul

This is short and very sweet.

Sweet because it speaks to the spirit within us and calms and restores our soul. I studied with Randall Hasson a few years ago and this is a website hosted by him and his wife. This particular post is written by his wife about a canvas he painted that I was privileged to see in person when I went to his studio in Santa Fe, NM. Her post is about the peace of God which we all immensely need especially during this Christmas season. Praying that it will calm and restore your soul. Merry Christmas!

Here is the link.

Let Your Heart Be Light

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Time is marching on and Christmas is almost here. I can't believe it's been nine days since I have posted. I am so sorry. I had such awesome plans at the start of December for all the wonderful things I was going to post. Things about Jesus--after all, He is what this season is all about, right?

There are so many loose ends I need to tie up and it seems that every Christmas I am never as organized as I want to be--I want to have things DONE so I can just sit back and relax and take in the sights, sounds, smells, joys of the season.

I think I've done a little better this year as far as not stressing out about not getting everything done that I want to get done but I still find myself more anxious than I want to be at times.

I try to keep reminding myself that this is about love, togetherness, and celebration.

Not about things or glitter or presents.

However, I did get my husband the best Christmas gift I've ever given him. (Well, maybe the second best)  I am so …

Just Keeping In Touch Here

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Hi from me here on my little end of the sofa.  This is where I blog from, have my devotionals, read, write, etc.  It seems like the only picture I ever take is taken right here.  


My hubby brought these this beautiful poinsettia plant home to me the other day.  It is huge--maybe 3 feet tall-- Anyway, when he first brought it in the door my heart sank as I thought, "Where in the world will I put that?" But I found the perfect spot for it and now I think the room really needed it. I just ran and took this picture and it is late at night.  The lighting was terrible but you can at least see the size of it and where I put it.






~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I don't have a lot to say today--my heart is hurting and I am not handling it well. Our family has been going through a particularly hard trial since last March.  I'm thinking of all of you who are in difficult spots at this holiday time. My heart goes out to you and I pray His peace for you. She Reads Truth (at www.she…

One Deep Cry

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f we maintian the place of humility and stillness, and surrender until God's spirit has stirred up in us confidence that He will perfect His work, our waiting will become the strength and the joy of our soul. Life will become one deep cry: 'I have waited for Your salvation, O Lord."

Andrew Murray from Waiting On God

In this advent season, may we be willing to wait on Him so that His complete redemptive work will be made manifest in our lives.
Tonight:  Pondering and waiting for changes--come and make them, Lord Jesus. 


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He is Worth Waiting For

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As we patiently and humbly wait for our God to appear at this Advent season, may we learn the true joy of waiting and total dependence upon Him.

Just as the tiny babe made his appearance and lay helpless in His mother's arms, so we are to make our appearance into the kingdom of God--not demanding when and where our birth should take place but in all faith depending on the God of the universe to govern the circumstances.

It is amazing to think of the circumstances surrounding Christ's birth--the journey on a donkey, no room to house them, no familiar surroundings of home, family or friends--just the quiet dependence on a Holy God to bring all of the circumstances together.

The babe lay helpless, totally dependent upon His parents to love, clothe, feed and nurture Him.

Can we come to Him today just the same?

Why, Father, do we fret and toil so hard when You have told us to be reliant on You, that You will take care of all our needs?

Father, forgive our faithlessness and show us …

Son of God, Love's Pure Light

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I would be hard pressed to try to define pure light.

When I started researching it for this blog post, I quickly got in over my head--just in the physics of what pure light is.

 But one thing I do know is we were a people who were walking in great darkness and a light appeared to us--the light of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, Son of God.

Today I look forward with anticipation to welcoming this great light into the world all over again.  I welcome His light into my life for wisdom, guidance, and knowledge.

The passage of scripture below is from the She Reads Truth devotional for today.  I read it very slowly, meditated on it and it blessed me so much, especially the verse right before "Unto us a child is born, to us a son is given."

Peace on Earth, good will toward men.
No wonder the angels declared it loud and clear.
In the words of Joni Eareckson Tada,
"The war between heaven and earth, God and man, ended with the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  And the …

Messiah Come, Be Born In My Heart Anew!

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This reckoning of the past with the future--this looking ahead anticipating His arrival--but looking back at what happened in a lowly stable over two thousand years ago--brings us to a crux--the crux of now--this minute--this moment--will I invite Him in to my heart again?

There to rule and reign and have full control of my life, my thoughts, my actions--

 or will I leave Him stranded out in the cold of my hardened heart?  
So tonight, Father, I ask You to come into my heart afresh, anew--
Cleanse me of anything that is foreign to faith in You.
Wash me and I will be whiter than snow.
I will start over with no past to bind me.
I will fly free to explore the heavens you left in all your glory,
To come, a meager babe, like me in so many ways,
And yet divine,
A n d   Y e t   D i v i n e!

As Christians we speak of being 'born again'

Tonight I want Him to be born again

Right in the middle of my heart.

Come, thou long expected Jesus.

Come, Messiah, Come

Be born In my heart anew!


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My Wish For You

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Today is the first Sunday of Advent--a time to look forward to the coming of the Messiah, to dwell upon His richness versus our poverty, his righteousness against the backdrop of our sin, his wholeness in comparison to our fractured hearts-- His peace surrounding our fretting.

My prayer for you and me during this holiday season is that we would remain stress free, that decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, and buying would just be a casual by-product of an otherwise "meaningful, take time to stop and rest and enjoy your family more than ever" kind of holiday.

I have always been kinda "over the top" as far as wanting each room decorated--nothing fancy or expensive--just wanted to do it for the kids and grandkids--and that is okay--unless I get my focus on that more than spending time with the people I love, especially Jesus.

This year I am going to take it slow and easy.  If a room gets decorated--fine--if it doesn't fine--last year I worked for weeks gett…

Good News!

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Don't you just love it when your mailbox has nothing but good news in it? No circulars, no bills, no junk mail--frankly, we don't have many days like that around here anymore.

 But, think for a moment if you will, if every mailbox of any kind, any kind of delivery service, were only filled with the good news of Jesus Christ today.

Well, I can't fill every mailbox, but I can fill just one outgoing mailbox (blog, if you will) with the news that God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.

I love what John said in the very last chapter, the very last verse of his book about Jesus--It goes like this--




Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.          John 21:25 
Just for today, I like to think it could be said--
If every one of the things that Jesus did were written down, I suppose that every mailbox in the world could not even begin to ho…

Holiday Nostalgia

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I love Christmas decorations. Today as I placed a berry wreath on the back door and went over to take a picture of it, I noticed that my reflection was in the glass.

 I thought that might make an interesting "selfie," as they call pictures people take of themselves with the main purpose of sharing them on the internet.

 After I looked at it--I liked it--mostly because the reflection of the glass hides lots of wrinkles and double chins--smile. I also liked that the composite of the face looking into the distance with an antique-like look, the white door and the in-your-face red berries is such a contrast.

I couldn't help but get nostalgic just looking at it--the picture of me getting older, all of the memories stored in that one head--the memories of good Christmases, of ones that weren't so good, of Christmases spent with loved ones who are no longer with us--of children and grandchildren who are now grown--well, I am a big old softie I guess-but it really made me …

Loud Applause!

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I love this portion of scripture from Isaiah 55.



…So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it."For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands. "Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up, And it will be a memorial to the LORD, For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off."

This whole portion of scritpure is just wonderful but after finding the leaf shown above, it got me to thinking.

Can you imagine how much noise a tree with thousands of leaves like these would make in a big wind?  And they not only clap their hands--they give Him a standing "O" at all times.

I surely don't want the trees of the field to outdo me in praise…

Joy Comes In the Morning!

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Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5b


Joining Texture Tuesday today--I used one layer of Kim's Total Grunge at 61%
You can find Texture Tuesday here.

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Golden Inspiration

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After a Saturday morning granddaughter's basketball game, my husband and I went out to eat lunch at a small local pizza joint that has incredible pizza.  


We got the supreme, thin crust with white spicy cheese sauce instead of the regular red pizza sauce.  Oh my goodnes, it was definitely a winner.  Will order that one again someday.


The restaurant is in an older quaint little section of Little Rock.  The parking is very limited so we had to park a block or so away and walk through the neighborhood.  What a treat.
I thought it so frugal and clever to use the yellow gold ribbon as a decoration.  Of course, it didn't hurt anything that they have a beautiful black, wrought iron gate to hang it on. 



The next family probably spent a little more on their decorations but not a massive amount, and they are so welcoming and festive--not too overdone--just right to me.



But I was definitely inspired by the golden bow to just make the effort to add a touch of festivity no matter how simp…

In Him We Live

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Hoping your weekend is filled with work, play, fun, relaxation, living, moving, being, rejoicing, worshipping.

 As for me, I will be watching a granddaughter play basketball, spending some quiet time with the Lord, watching cheesy Christmas movies with my husband and praying for you if our paths happen to cross here.


For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' Acts 17:28More versions of the verse can be found here.
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Power Supply

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This morning as I was having my devotions, I found it hard to concentrate on God's Word.

 My mind kept going to a couple of nagging situations--me wondering how to handle them--them taking my mind off God's Word.

 I struggled with this but finally got through my regular reading of five psalms a day and the reading for She Reads Truth.

I always get something from God's Word even if it is one of those days when I am struggling.

After all, Hebrews 4:12 says that his Word is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. 

God always knows just what we need though. After reading those selections, I picked Jesus Calling for November 15 and this is an excerpt from today's reading.


"Approach problems with a light touch. When your mind moves toward a problem area, you tend to focus on that situation so intensely that you lose sight of me. You pit yourself against the difficulty as if you had to conquer it immediately.  Your mind gears up for battle, and your body b…

Many Many Tears For Me Today

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Our Muhly grass is going nuts.
I couldn't decide which picture to post so I will bore you with all of them.



It does seem redundant to keep posting almost the exact same picture.
Please forgive me but there was just a mood or something about the one above that made me put it on here and leave it.


And this is kinda a boring pic but just couldn't hurt the little Dianthus' feelings and not show it.




And this one---it almost looks like a doily or lace, doesn't it.  God's creations are really just so magnificent.



And the dogwood--well, I should have taken the picture about two days ago--that was when it was showing off the most.  But you know how you ignore your kids sometimes when they're showing off--guess that's what I did.  I know, I know, I really regret it now.



And I love my little flag that says, "Praise God from Whom all blessings flow."  Yes, they do, amen!




Our first big cold front of the season is coming in tonight.  When I went out to take th…