Verbs


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I have a special friend who made a statement that challenged me.  She said this year instead of taking something away for Lent, she was going to add something.  She planned to read through the Gospels in 40 days.  This sounded like a great plan to me. She recommended using Margaret Feinberg’s plan.  The site is below:

http://margaretfeinberg.com/gospels-lent-2015/

This plan has you read through the Gospels marking verbs in red, people in green, numbers in orange, and the Holy Spirit, angels and the prophetic are in blue.  Slowing down enough to mark the verses really made me think about what I read.  But the verbs, the verbs had a huge impact on me.  I just finished Mark with tears in my eyes.  It has truly “added” to my life this Lent!  Here are just a few of these special verbs:

written, appeared, repentance, confessed, follow, cast, called, obey, spread, prayed, commanded, forgives, praised, knew, tell, pours, sown, hear, accept, receive with joy, consider, calms, ran, gathered, suffered, healed, arrested, rest, listen, understand, give thanks, transfigured, cursed, questioned, betrayed, crucified, was torn, has risen, forgiven, BELIEVE!

I am so thankful for Lent that leads to Jesus and His resurrection.  I hope you find ways to remember Him as you prepare for Easter.  Be amazed at HIS WORD and those beautiful verbs.

 

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A walk among diamonds 2015


 

 

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We are cold for our area today.  Never got out of the 30’s, but never got quite to freezing.  Just stayed on the border.  The dogs and people all needed to get outdoors, so we bundled up and went for a walk.  Imagine our delight when we saw God had touched all the vegetation with sprinkles of diamonds.  Since it didn’t freeze it was just water, but perfect in it’s loveliness!  Breathtaking!

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This was a spider’s web covered in beauty.

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Even dandelions were decked out in sparkles!

Happy New Year to each of you!  Praying God blesses your life in ways you never imagined!  Thank you for taking time to read my posts.  I value each reader more than you know!

Blessings,

Karen

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A-Z


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While reading a book on prayer by Max Lucado called, Before Amen, he used the alphabet to list 26 things he was thankful for.  Since I am a retired 1st grade teacher who used the alphabet quite a bit in my career, this exercise sounded fun.  I tried to stay away from being thankful for my family, but I couldn’t.  They are just too important to not count. So here goes, my alphabet thankful list!  Hope you try this exercise too.  Good prep for Thanksgiving!

A…..Andi my youngest daughter, a beautiful gift from God. She is an amazing woman, wife, and dog lover.  I admire her so much!

B…..books, not necessarily e-books, but real, hold in your hand, book smell books!  Lots and lots of books!

C…..Copic markers.  I recently discovered  these lovely blend able markers!   They come in oodles of colors.  JOY!

D…..my oldest daughter Dawn.  I named her when I was a child and she has been one of God’s best gifts to my life! She is the best mother I have ever seen.

E…..Elementary, one of the few television shows we enjoy.  The new season is about to start!  YES!

F…..fall, my favorite season, although here in Texas it might feel like a lesser summer!  I still love it!

G…..Girls, I love all the girls in my life, Dawn, Andi, Lucy, Susan, Libby, my MOPS girls, my Bible study girls, just all the wonderful girls in my life!  Love them so much!

H…..home, I love my home wherever it may be.  I always like being at home!

I…..iced tea, sweet and strong, all day long!

J…..Jim my knight and partner for 41 years and counting.  He is awesome!

K…..kitchen, just love this room.  It is full of dishes, and pots, and recipes, it is so much a part of the fabric of me!

L…..Lucy my one and only granddaughter.  She amazes me all the time with her intelligence and gifts, and the joy she gladly brings to our family! Also Libby, my girl Yorkie who overcame a traumatic brain injury and taught us how to hope!

M…..macaroni and cheese, the perfect food besides a soft fried egg on toast.  Yum!

N…..Next Issue, an on-line magazine app where I get all the magazines I could ever want for one monthly fee.  Love this!

O…..stands for HUGS when you put it at the end of a note or letter.  O

P…..Pond, the place where He restores my soul.  My happy place!

Q…..quilts to curl up in on cool nights.  Love the look and feel of quilts!

R…..Rhythms of Grace, my blog where I get to be me and share HIM!

S…..Susan, my BFF for 37 years.  She keeps me centered!

T…..turtles, my favorite critter besides dogs.  I have lots of turtle buddies!

U…..unique, that is what I am, unique.  Never try to put a label on me, I will change before you can even think of the label.

V…..Voskamp, Ann Voskamp the author of 1,000 gifts continues to challenge me to be thankful!

W…..Worthy, I serve a worthy God.  He redeemed my life.  Only He is Worthy!

X…..X stands for kisses, just like O stands for hugs.  :0)

Y…..Yorkies, I have two and they give us more joy than you could ever imagine!

Z…..Zeke my favorite boy dog.  He loves me unconditionally and teaches me how to slow down and smell the roses!

Thank you Lord for all the blessings I have written about, but I have too many to count thanks to you!  I count you as the most important blessing in my life!

 

 

Hold on to what is good


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I am in a Beth Moore Bible study on Thessalonians.  It’s a great study so when I read these words they peaked my interest, since I am studying these books of the Bible.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 NIV

 Rejoice always,  pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 Do not quench the Spirit.  Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good,  reject every kind of evil.

The words HOLD ON TO WHAT IS GOOD, might as well have been on fire.  They touched my heart and mind.  I realized I needed to apply this concept, to literally hold on to good, with my heart, my mind, my hands, with clenched teeth, by whatever means necessary!  If I hold on to good, I can’t hold on to bad, it is just that simple.  I won’t be able to complain, grumble, worry, or just be plain old ugly. I am still processing this concept, so bear with me if you don’t see application as quickly as you think it should happen.  I anticipate bad so much of my life.  I always expect the outcome to be less than I wanted.  I am a “glass half empty”, married to a “glass half full” husband, with a “glass completely full” God.  I am a slow learner, spoiled rotten, rebellious woman. But with God’s help, I hope to seek and expect good more!   I want to trust Him.  I want to rejoice and thank Him for all He is doing and continues to do.  I want it to soak into my pores and become a part of my being from top to bottom.  How do you hold on to good?  Please share your thoughts with me.  I look forward to your ideas! Maybe we can challenge each other to do this more!

Ascribe


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I read this verse this morning as I had breakfast on the deck.

Psalm 29:2

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

In an effort to do what it says, I am taking the word ASCRIBE and giving an attribute of God with each letter.  I think the word for this is:  ACROSTIC!  So here it is, my feeble attempt to give the glory due to His Name!

A….. ABUNDANT

S…..SAVIOR

C…..CREATOR

R…..REDEEMER

I…..I AM (love this one)

B…..BOUNTIFUL

E…..EVERYTHING

I am fully aware that He is the one that gives us the words to worship Him.  Without Him we can do nothing.  So Lord, I hope you see my heart, saying to you, I love you! You are awesome God.  So awesome!

Greater Joy


 

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I tried to cling to it

Keep it tucked in my

Pockets.

It dissipated

Like manna in the desert.

Needed fresh every day.

Joy.

I found it in pinkies held out,

Silly laughing tea parties.

Sea glass exchanged on a

Rocky shore.

Faces close in deep

Conversations,

Secrets, hopes shared.

I found the

Greater JOY!

It was closer

More abundant

Than I ever imagined.

It filled up more

Than my pockets.

So much more.

I found it in the numbering

The numbering of JOYS!

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Seeking JOY


 

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Blue often seems to be the hardest color to find in flowers, at least in our neck of the woods.  Lots of red and yellow but blue is rare.

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Jim found this blue butterfly on this almost blue flower.  It is really more purple.

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Jim found this blue passion-flower blooming in the woods.  It looks too tropical to be in our dry Texas green belt!

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Breath taking to say the least!

This past week it has been a struggle to look for Joy not frustration, hopelessness, despair!  To seek Joy takes effort, like searching for blue.  I find it when I sit and spend time with the Giver of Joy!  I find it to be readily available, if I look expecting to find!  I do look and I do find Joy in abundance, just like the blue flowers!  I number the Joy like Jim takes the photos!  I keep a record to remind myself,

“Greater is He who is in me, than he who is in the world!”

Enjoy the blue, and keep seeking JOY! It is closer than you think!  Just whisper His name.  Jesus is the Giver of JOY!

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Deep End of the Ocean


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I think it is all hopeless

I think I swam too far

I think night is coming

I think

I think

I think too much

Then I remember

To seek

I remember

To seek Your face

As I feel Your hands

I hear Your voice say

Let go, I have you.

I rest in You!

I stop thinking

And look in Your eyes.

Peace on shore!

Peace in You!

Just Peace

Just You!

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Volume tuning


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I read this statement this morning on a random blog:

Healing is a capacity to feel both JOY and Sorrow.

For the longest time I joked that my “crier” was broken.  I felt things, but as if the volume was turned down, turned down too much. In recent months my volume has been adjusting.  Moving into a more level position.  Simple steps helped.  I stopped watching a little morning TV.  I chose to just sit on my deck and watch the birds, sip my tea, number my blessings and pray in my day.  The next step was writing down the Scripture treasures I found in those quiet moments.  I put them in a small flip style notebook.  I would review them over and over and over again.  The funny thing is quiet reset my volume faster than loud ever could.  I sought out quiet.  When I designed cards, I didn’t turn on the TV or music, I worked in silence.

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I numbered the joys.  I looked for beauty each day and recorded them.  Not always on paper, but always in my heart and mind.

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Blue jay squawking at me to put out another suet block, humming birds dive bombing each other, and rain, this summer we had some rain!  It smells good and refreshes me like little else can.  I try to drop my worries like they are hot potatoes, quickly before they get too blown up out of proportion.  The why the “crier” was broken and the volume was too low is not the issue, the issue is restoration and bridge building, and joy showers!  It’s moving forward, slowly on purpose, drinking it all in with JOY, PEACE, GRACE, and HOPE!  I don’t have a reset button, but I am feeling reset, and I didn’t do much, He did!  Thank you Lord for being with me each day and directing my path.

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