Archive | November, 2011

Gratitude

17 Nov
Table Setting

Gratitude

an attitude

that makes me bow my head.

Saying yes

to thankfulness

joy, it is, a choice.

A blessing to me

that I’m able to see..

in all things

to give thanks.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”  Psalm 107:1  NIV

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Do I Suffer, Well?

16 Nov
Actually kind of creepy

The words stung.

The question was hard.

“Do I suffer, well ?”

The words sank into me. Quietly. Thoughtfully.

Could I answer this? Honestly?

Being a GriefShare facilitator, walking with others through the darkness ……. faced with questions that are often times difficult to answer…

“Do I suffer, well ?”

The question was not asking do I suffer. I could have answered that, easily.

I do. You do. We all do. The question of suffering is deep seated, in the heart, of all.

Sometimes I  suffer in the glaring lights of hospitals, the nurse urgently yelling “Code Blue”.

Then the sounds of stillness. No breathing. No life.

At other times the suffering is in silence, locked in my own thoughts, left to wonder if fear is ever anything, but raw?

So, yes I suffer…but, do I suffer well?

The room is quiet. I can hear myself breathing, ever so softly.

Well?

When suffering comes, and it always comes in some form…..

Do I run to God?  or away?

Because isn’t that what suffering well, really means? That I know who to run to for comfort?

Going to the One who understands what it is to suffer, so much better than I do.

When the hurt is all consuming and my thoughts are incoherent….

When the cry can’t escape my throat…

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26  KJV

Isn’t it important who my weary soul searches for?

If I must suffer, and in this world that is not even the question…

I want to know that I’ve done it well.

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Give Thanks

15 Nov

The Give Thanks Caddy came by FedEx the other day. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to give my opinion on one of DaySpring’s newest items. This wooden caddy is the perfect accent piece for a Thanksgiving table. The caddy is a warm, dark wood, with faux strap hinges. It has the look of a time worn piece. The front of the caddy has the verse, “Give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love. Psalm 107:8″ , scripted in gold. That verse is a wonderful reminder to make each day a day of thanksgiving, because it is His love that fills us, nourishes us, and sustains us…not just on this one special day of the year, but always.

I’m considering putting my silverware in it, or maybe my autumn colored napkins.The inside of the caddy is divided into four sections, which would also be a perfect space for bottles of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, or dressings. Maybe you’d rather use this sturdy box for a desk organizer to corral your pens and markers? Maybe a place to store art and craft supplies? Just use your imagination to how you could personalize it for yourself.

Honestly,this container could be used year round for a myriad number of things and always as a reminder of what is truly important.

The giving of thanks comes with my heart opened wide,

spilling out gratitude for all that I’ve been given.

A time to remember and reflect, to savor.

A time to lift my voice and to bow my head.

God is good, all the time.

As you celebrate this season of Thanksgiving, what resonates in your heart? For what are you grateful?

No matter what kind of year it has been for you, my friends, there is much to be thankful for.

There always is.

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A Name Above All Names

14 Nov
Dirty Hands

Image by matt.doane via Flickr

Crowds

Image by Mike PD via Flickr

Jesus loved people.

Even in the midst of great crowds and multitudes, Jesus saw the individual.

He humbled Himself, to wipe off another’s daily grime…to see the person.

He, who is God, understood the heart of those He spoke with.

God came to Earth.

The great I AM with skin on.

Jesus Christ, The Lamb that was slain,

The Good Shepherd,

Immanuel–God With Us,

The Light that pierces the darkness,

The Great Physician,

Teacher,

The Bright And Morning Star,

The Chief Cornerstone,

The Way, The Truth and The Life,

Salvation.

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Taking this day to thank Jesus Christ for all…..

That HE WAS

all that HE IS

and all that HE WILL BE.

I am able…..only because HE is.

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I am choosing this day to be thankful for…..

*strong winds

*a sturdy house

*a warm bed

*gray skies

*words of love

*fingerprints on the fridge

*words that speak life

*whispered prayers

*a love that knows no end…

*my Jehovah Jireh

Savoring Time

12 Nov
Wind chime close-up

Image via Wikipedia

Weekends are made for wandering…

enjoying a slower pace…

savoring time.

Touching– I’m attending the holiday open house at Finders Keepers, in town.  I love home decor and so this place is right up my alley. Everyone has been telling me that I need to check this place out. What better time than when it’s decorated for Christmas?

Tasting– When it’s cold outside, there is nothing better than some homemade cocoa. Chocolate and marshmallows. I mean, really, is there anything else?

Smelling–  I bought some new candles that smell like sugar cookies. This is a win, win situation for me. I can enjoy the yummy smell of cookies even when I’m not baking.

Hearing– The wind blowing against the house. I like where I live, but had no idea when we were building our house just how windy it was here. I used to have eight different wind chimes. Beautiful wind chimes. Lovely wind chimes. I do enjoy my wind chimes. After two years here, I have one wind chime, with all its pieces still intact. I need to create an indestructible wind chime that can withstand gale force winds. Just sayin’.

Seeing —Okay, I admit it. I love The Hallmark Channel. They are starting the countdown to Christmas this weekend. I don’t really like to “start” Christmas this early because I enjoy Thanksgiving and don’t want to rush things….but, I do love the Christmas movies, even with my husband’s rolling of the eyes. I don’t care how cheesy the movies are either. So there.

 

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends…..

slow down and enjoy your moments.

 

Waiting With Faith

10 Nov
Waiting in line at Hultsfred Festival.

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At Faith Barista, Bonnie asked, “How Is God Currently Calling You To Walk By Faith?”

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Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.   Hebrews 11:1 NIV

My past has been filled with acts of faith–

in life and death situations,

career changes,

moves,

and in relationships.

I am able to look back, with hindsight, and see how

God worked in my life.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”                     

Ephesians 3:20 NIV

Today I find myself not sure of what the future will hold.

I have an idea of what I think will happen,

but I also know that what I want, or expect to happen, might not.

At this point in my life

I have many things I’d love to do…

but, God has called me to slow down.

To wait.

To savor.

To believe not only with my mind, but with my heart, the words of Ephesians 3:20.

Faith in Him.. who is able to do immeasurably more than I can even imagine.

“I have faith”…the words sounds easy.

The living it, is not.

Waiting on God, seeing how He will work…

it is not a passive act.

Waiting is not about what I am waiting for

it is more, what I am becoming in the process of waiting.

Faith is knowing that God is at work in me

and for now, that is enough.

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When I Am Thirsty

9 Nov
A Canadian Waterfall

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I just finished reading Ann Voskamp’s blog post for today.

She has left her home in Canada, this week, to meet with Christ…. in Ecuador.

I could not stop the tears that streamed down my cheeks as I read.

God is there,

and God is here…

and who am I not to see Him?

How many times do I go through my days, only to be too busy to meet with Christ?

How many times do I squeeze in my time with Him because I feel an obligation?

Instead of longing to come into the presence of  The Almighty, aware of this privilege, I barely bow my head  .

And my spirit withers,

parched and dry…

desperately needing to stand in the rain

of the Living Water.

37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  John 7: 37-38  NIV

When I am thirsty,

I need to drink deeply from Him,

like a woman who has spent far too long in the desert.

Because it is when I am full in Christ,

that I am able to reach out to others…

because love always flows from a full heart.

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