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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Inspired by . . . still Saturday

 

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Do we believe that if there had been anything better than what is, that better thing would have been chosen for us?

 

Or are we like Eve, doubting God’s word and thinking that He may be holding out on us?

 

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“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

 

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Shalom,

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Inspired by . . . trust

 

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:

but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7 (KJV)

 

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I had an encounter with this beautiful creature the other day. He insists that the grass is greener on our side of the fence. That is, in fact, true.

When he was finished eating his fill and running to his hearts content he was ready to go home. I made the mistake of getting between him and the fence. Thankfully, all I got for my stupidity was a new hairdo.  He blew my hair around and nibbled on my shoulder as I finished unwinding the wire from the post to let him back through.

 

It was delightful.

 

Having been up close and personal with this powerful horse, I can understand why man would trust in them.

 

See those people polishing their chariots,
and those others grooming their horses?
But we’re making garlands for GOD our God.
The chariots will rust,
those horses pull up lame—
and we’ll be on our feet, standing tall. Psalm 20:7 (MSG)

 

The Message translation of this verse states plainly what we already know. The things of this world do not last. Wealth and possessions will rust, decay or otherwise be lost. People will abandon us, disappoint us, or worse. Are these really things in which we should be putting our trust?

 

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In what or whom do you put your trust?

 

Sometimes we have to come face-to-face with what we fear the most to really know the answer to that question.

Some people find it hardest to trust God during times of great blessing, when Pride begins to visit the heart and mind. But for most of us, just the opposite is true.

If we claim to trust in God, then . . .

. . . what if the worst did happen?

. . . what if our greatest fear did come true?

 

Would we still trust God?

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I pray that my answer, and yours would echo that of Peter’s in John 6:68:

 

Simon Peter answered Him,

“Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.”

 

 

Blessings,

 

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Andrea and Beth have both written heartfelt, inspiring posts on this topic this week, I hope you’ll pay them both a visit.

 

 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Inspired by . . . sounds of summer

 

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insect wings

leaves caressing

hummers warning

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shifting boards

highway hurry

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chimes singing

 God’s whisper

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What sounds of summer are you hearing?

 

Blessings,

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Inspired by . . . beep, beep

Every since I got my new camera, which delights me anew every day, I’ve gotten into the habit of never going anywhere without it. Because it seemed as if every time I left it at home, even if I was just going to the grocer, I’d miss a photo opportunity!
 
I mean, what are the odds of seeing a porcupine at the local Whataburger?
 
But there he was, climbing down the tree to hide in the bushes next to the drive through lane. The people ordering dinner wondered why the crazy woman with the camera was taking pictures of the shrubbery, lol.
 
 
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So the other day, I arrived home from the grocer, in a bit of a hurry, unloaded all the groceries from my car - - and forgot to bring the camera inside.
After completing a few tasks, the reason for my afore mentioned haste, I walked to the kitchen sink and what do you think I saw outside the window in my front yard?
 
The elusive Greater Roadrunner. A top item on my photo bucket list.
 
I lunge for my camera, which of course, is still in the car. Seriously, what.are.the.odds?
 
My limited experience with Geococcyx californianus is that they are very skittish birds. I figure it’s from being chased by Wyle E. Coyote for so many years.
The odds of me sneaking out of the house, across the porch and over to the car to retrieve the camera and still getting a shot seemed slim.
 
And yet . . .
 
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. . . sneak, I did.

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Shoot, I did.
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I discovered later the same day, when I spotted this guy up in one of our oak trees pruning himself, that we have a pair! This is the larger of the two, and the color patch behind his eye is brighter.

He didn’t stay on the rock long, and I really was surprised that I was able to capture him at all!



 

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Have a wonder-filled day!
 
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Inspired by . . . the mystery

 

That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love,

and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding,

to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God,

and of the Father, and of Christ;  Col 2:2 (KJV)

 

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The long blades of grass felt like silk against my bare legs as I walked. Tiny pink and purple blooms peaked their heads through the folds of grass as I passed by.

 

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At each step I encountered flowers, rising among the grasses. Each was unique in form and color, and yet when I looked out across the meadow they formed a distinct pattern.

A tapestry of sorts.

As I looked closer, I saw people and places that I recognized.

 

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The meadow,

the tapestry,

my life.

 

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I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God.

Then you will have minds confident and at rest,

focused on Christ, God’s great mystery.

All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are

embedded in that mystery and nowhere else.

And we’ve been shown the mystery! Col 2:3 (MSG)

 

Blessings,

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Painting with my camera again.

 

 

 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Inspired by . . . a smile

 

Some days I feel like I can’t do anything right.

I said the wrong thing, or forgot to say what was right. I dropped it, burned it, spilled it, broke it, lost it - usually my patience or my mind.

You get the idea.

Some days are just terrible, horrible, no good and very bad!

Some days, you just need a smile. . .

 

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. . . from a friend . . .

. . . or two.

 

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“I am smiling.”

 

And maybe a hug.

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. . .  from me, to you.

 

Blessings,

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Inspired by . . . what is truth

 

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I don’t have enough information, clarity or facts to speak directly to what is going on in Ferguson, Africa, or the middle east. 

But I do care.

And I’ve been reading a lot of blogs written by {mostly} well-intentioned people. It’s a lot to process. For all of us.

As I was reading, one image in particular stood out to me, personally.

 

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Because, lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about perspective and why we believe the things that we believe about this world. Where does our viewpoint come from? What do we use as a point of reference? Does my viewpoint need to change? Does yours?

Who or what do we trust for the truth?

Do we trust the media? Most first reports are incomplete. The reporters either don’t have all the facts, or they choose which facts to report. Sometimes the facts reported are unsubstantiated and flat out wrong. Winston Churchill said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

 

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Do we trust our feelings? our emotions to tell us the truth? I don’t know about you, but there are certain subjects that, because of experiences in my past, I find very difficult to be rational about. My emotions take over. I feel a certain way, but that doesn’t mean my feelings necessarily line up with the truth. Our own experiences can be tainted by our emotions or other factors, like how old we were when the experience occurred, etc.

We can believe {in} something sincerely . . . and be sincerely wrong.

What about our moral compass? Can we trust our minds or our heart to know what is right and what is wrong? All the time?

Consider this:

There is a way that seems right to a man,

But its end is the way of death. Prov 14:12, 16:25

 

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What about the heart? Won’t we know it in our hearts if it’s true?

The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
Jeremiah 17:9

 

So what is truth, and how can we know it?

 

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God is Truth. It is His truth that we should trust to govern our actions.  His truth should be our guide when we are forming opinions, and determining action.

We can know the truth because He has given it to us in the form of His Word.

 

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,

for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 1 Tim :16-17

 

We can stand on His Word as Truth. Not on scriptures taken out of context to serve a particular agenda.

But on the whole Word of God.

Do you feel overwhelmed and powerless to the point of inaction when you see the evil happening in our world today? I do.

We can all take a lesson from David and Nehemiah.

 

Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications,

with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said,

“O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him,

and with those who keep His commandments,

we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled,

even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Daniel 9:3-5

 

And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach.

The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”

So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept,

and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. Nehemiah 1:3-4

 

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We can pray.

Because sincere prayer changes us, and moves God.

God may, or may not be calling you to act beyond prayer. 

He calls each of us individually and personally.

And our obedience to that call is between us and God.

Let’s be careful about judging how others respond until we have walked in their shoes.

And let’s pray for the courage to act in obedience to God’s call.

 

Shalom,

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