Is it just me, or do we often try to fill the voids in our life with things? Too quiet, turn on the television or music. Feeling empty, eat some ice cream, go shopping. Neither television or ice cream help! In fact they can do the opposite! When we ask Jesus into our life to be our Savior, He comes into our heart. He lives in us. We are His dwelling place. When I have guests, I don’t always allow them full access to every part of my home. I have some drawers and closets that I would rather no one see…ever! Jesus doesn’t march into our lives and demand that we give Him our whole life. He waits patiently until we realize that giving Him control sets us free! Instead of filling in the voids with things, I want to give Jesus all the nooks and crannies in every part of me. It sounds simple, but it is a life long challenge! A challenge worth pursuing! I’m Your’s Lord Jesus!
Place Your Life Before God
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
I have never truly gotten my head or heart wrapped totally around the concept of “Unconditional Love“. I still think if I do certain things, God will love me more. I know that is untrue, but I still sort of believe it. Today I read these verses and they filled my heart with thankfulness and relief.
Jeremiah 31:3 (Message)
God told them, “I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!
So today I am expecting love from God. I run into His presence with excitement because I get to spend time alone with Him. When the Bible uses a word more than once it is significant. Three times means….this is IMPORTANT! Love, love, and more love! What a precious gift! I love you too Jesus!
A tiny flower in a big world
Woodpeckers telling us the suet feeder is empty (and not very polite about it either!)
Unexpected cooler cloudy day
Thanks, grace, joy!
Combined my heart overflows and spills onto this page!
Ann Voskamp says, “It’s the sleuthing for the glory that slows a life.”
The glory was not hard to detect today
I slow down and breath!
And I exhale praise!
Jim, my wonderful husband and photographer, found this tiny cactus this morning while he and the dogs were in the woods. It was so small her put a quarter beside it to give you a perspective!
It was little, but despite it’s size, it decided to send up three blooms! Bless that little cactus! It was small but it was going to glorify God because it was created to bloom, little or not! Jim came back later and it looked like this:
He was so impressed with this cactus that he took shots from different angles!
The last picture he took really showed off the beauty of this tiny wonder!
I want to be like this little guy! Even though I am not that big, I want to bloom with all I have! I want to show God just how much He means to me! To bloom because He made the blooms too! Thank you God for this little cactus that taught my heart a big lesson!
I found this Scripture and decided I need to focus on these three things in my life. If I really apply them, it might really change me and maybe even a few of my circumstances!
1 Corinthians 13:12-13
The Message (MSG)
“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation:
1. Trust steadily in God
2. Hope unswervingly
3. Love extravagantly (or as we say at MOPS… Love wildly!)
And the best of the three is love.”
If I truly trust, hope, and love, I will be too busy to worry, complain, and waste my time! So for now I am focusing on the three until the fog clears and I see Him face to face!
I like to spend some time each morning I can at the turtle pond, sipping a cup of tea, reading the Bible, and spending time with Jesus. It is a special place for me, and I always come away with fewer burdens and more hope and joy!
This morning I read this verse and it really reminded me of the basics.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (The Message)
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
So simple, but so needed in my life and in this world. Take a few moments to think about this verse.
Hope your week will be a good one. I pray that God will encourage each of you as you seek His Face!
Listen to this song if you want to worship Him.
I wanted to share the story of loosing my little brother. Please pray for the Warren family during this time of grief and loss! Prayer really helps!
In 1985 my youngest brother was 27 years old. On February 28th of that year, he took a gun from my parent’s home and walked a few blocks, sat under a tree and took his life. It was four years later before his body was discovered. He was in a wooded secluded area. That was a very hard time for my whole family. We had nothing to warn us that he was unhappy or going through some hard times. Those four years were some of the hardest I ever faced! Before I knew officially he was dead, I was really hurting. I told Jim that I felt like an eighteen wheeler had driven through my heart. I went to a revival at our church and when some friends were at the altar praying for their son, I quietly knelt behind them, put out my hand to touch them and prayed. When I stood up, I realized that God had healed my heart, the big hole was gone. I was afraid to tell anyone, because I thought if I did, the hole in my heart might return. In my quiet time during that period, I read about David and Goliath. I realized that my brother’s death was a giant in my life. Before David fought the giant, he fought bears and lions. God reminded me of the bears and lions I had fought, and gave me courage to face the giant of my brother’s suicide. David defeated Goliath because he did it in the power of the Lord. God helped me fight my giant and my relationship with Him really grew. Now when I think of my brother, I really try to focus on happy memories. He was a very wonderful man. His name was Wade Taylor. Suicide is never a solution. Please get help if you ever feel like life isn’t worth living. No matter how bad things seem, they will improve! This is the national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255. God bless each of you. I pray the Lord will help each you who are facing a giant.
Psalm 121 has been a special Psalm to me since I became a Christian many years ago. When I am discouraged or sad, someone sends me that passage, or it is in a book or devotional I am reading. Years ago my dear mother-in-law passed away. She planned her own funeral, so every aspect was done for us. The only sad part is the minister who did the ceremony didn’t know her personally. I was having a very lonely moment at her funeral until the Bible reading occurred. The minister read Psalm 121 and it was God’s way of reminding me that although my mother-in-law planned her funeral, He really ordered her steps and was in control of everything. It was a precious moment in a difficult time.
Another time that Psalm 121 was special was before I overcame my fear of heights. Our family went on a tour of the Holy Land. We had a chance to go to Masada. There were two ways to get to the top. One was to walk and it was too hot for me to choose that route. The other way was a cable car, and that terrorized me. I went up with a friend and she could tell I was scared. She said she would sing me a song to help me overcome my fear. She sang Psalm 121. I later found out that Psalm 121 is one of 15 songs of ascent. I could easily go on that cable car ride today, because God has healed my fear. Please read this wonderful Psalm and know that He loves you and He is willing to help you!
Psalm 121 (KJV)
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore