Saturday, June 7, 2014

An Awesome Dad!

At church last Sunday, as I prayed and sang, I opened my eyes and saw a dad holding his baby a couple of rows ahead of me. He was singing with one hand raised, and the other strong arm wrapped around his baby. He was nuzzling the child as he sang, holding him close, and at the same time reaching up to heaven. The child seemed oblivious to the dad, the song, the nuzzling, the crying out to God... Occasionally the babe would lean into the dad, but mostly just looked around and even leaned away at times. The father never stopped holding tight, leaning in, singing a prayer for his precious son. That so reminded me of how I often am. Jesus rescues me, sweeps me into His arms and holds me tightly. He never looks away and never lets go. Jesus cries out to The Father on my behalf. He says, "she's mine!" And...so often I'm oblivious or even leaning away. God, let me feel your strong arms around me and hear your song in my heart...Father God...I'm so glad you never let go!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Going grey...not for the faint of heart!

Grey...Old...Scary!!! There is so much in our culture that derides grey hair, and it was a very difficult decision on my part, to go ahead and go natural. Grey...silver...what color was underneath all those years and layers of color? March, 2013, was the last time I went to my excellent hairdresser to get my hair colored. I think that paying $180.00 to get high and low lights did it for me. That is a lot of money to spend every 6 - 8 weeks to look beautiful and young! So, decision made...no more color! As you can see from my picture, I have about 5-6 inches of natural growth towards the top, and a bit more of color beneath. Those first few fractions of an inch of growth were the hardest! I so often wanted to turn back and just pay for color! But, I persevered, and prayed, and endured. A couple of weeks ago I cut off about 4 inches of color and love my "bob". And now, I also LOVE my white...silver...grey and dark brown hair. There are so many beautiful colors coming out! I love the streaks of white! I thought I would feel old and drab, but I do not. I feel beautiful! I think that God has allowed me to see "me", through new eyes. I've had friends tell me to go color it QUICKLY, because I look old! I have other friends who say it is beautiful! A sweet friend gave me this scripture; Proverbs 16:31...A grey head is a crown of glory; it is found in the way of righteousness. So, I embrace this journey of going grey. I feel freeeeee!!!!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Crimson Thread

You have rescued me, You rescue me. You, The Crimson Thread woven firmly into this tapestry. You, the thread I seek I grasp and hold firmly to you. YOU The Crimson Thread... that when the fires of this life come...and the threads of this worldly tapestry burn up and are no more.... I cling tightly to You Jesus - my Crimson Thread of LIFE! I hold tightly to YOU!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Walk with Me...


"Walk with Me."
...Yes, Lord.

What does that look like?
* Not getting ahead or lagging behind, not straying away
* Walking closely enough to feel your warmth
* Staying close enough to hear your whisper
* Staying close enough to reach quickly if/when I stumble
* Close enough to hold your hand
* Walking - moving - growing
* Close enough for YOU to shield me from enemies and storms
* Trusting that I don't have to walk alone
* Walking with you means that all my needs are met - - delightfully!
* It means, the fullness of joy deep within, even when sadness is all around
* "Walk with Me."
Yes Lord.... Hearing your voice
* Walking with You means, new beginnings! Adventures! Challenges!
* Never alone
* Walking with You means, perfect rest
* Walking with You is learning
* Walking with You is, "I am not afraid"
* Giddy!
* To walk with You is to be loved completely
* Chosen
* Daughter of the King
* I am in awe!

The God of the Universe, The Lord of Heaven's Armies, Emmanuel, says.... "Walk with Me."

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Quote of the Weekend

"Run, John, run the law commands,
But gives me neither feet nor hands;
Far better news the gospel brings:
It bids me fly; it gives me wings." John Bunyan

Thursday, March 24, 2011

God's promises wash over me each day!

Thank you Lord God, for being a husband to me for the past 10 years. You have..."...called me back from my grief...loved me faithfully...blessed me...have mercy on me...you have kept the enemy away....you have made me to live in peace and kept terror far away." Isaiah 54:4 - 14

You have...
"...restored what the locusts have eaten" Joel 2:25

You have...
"...not let the enemy have any more of me..." Isaiah 62:8 and 1 John 5:18

Lord God, you...gently whisper to me, "do not be afraid" ...your voice of truth. 1 Kings 19:12

Lord you remind me....
"...be still, I fight for you..." Ex 14:13-14
and
to live a life of love, and that it is your job to change hearts.

Lord, you are giving me "...a heart to know you..." Jer. 24:6-7

Lord, I often think like "a child who doesn't know her way." I cry out, and you answer. You "...give me what I asked for. You give me a wise and understanding heart." 1 Kings 3:5

Lord, when I was wandering, lost in the darkness, "...you came to seek me and save me..." Luke 19:10

You show me that if I trust in you I will not be shaken. Psalm 125

You show me that you have plans for me, "plans to prosper and not harm, plans to give hope and a future. I call to you, I pray to you and you listen...you found me and brought me back from captivity." Jer. 29:11-12

Lord, you shelter and protect me...
You "shelter me from heat and are my hiding place from the storms that come." Isaiah 4:6

Your unseen footprints are all over my life... Psalm 77:19

I am a jewel, safe in the care of your treasure pouch. 1 Sam 25:29

Lord, you give me strength to step away from temptation, and deliver me from the evil one. Luke 22:40

Thank you Lord that the enemies that enslaved me will be far away. Isaiah 49:19

Lord, you always know what I need before I ask. Matt. 6:8

You "guide me", you "satisfy my needs", you strengthen me - you are the well of life that waters me. Isaiah 58:11

Lord, you meet all my needs richly! Php. 4:19


You "care about me", I give my worries and cares to you Lord God, each day and sometimes each hour...each minute.... 1 Peter 5:7

When there are storms all around, you walk on the waters of my heart and give me peace, passion, laughter, joy...

You strengthen me and protect me with your Spiritual Armor. I can't go out into the battle field each morning without you.
You give me warriors to fight alongside me with the ammunition of the prayers of the saints.

I do not walk alone...you "never leave me or forsake me." Heb. 13:5

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Phil 1:4-13

I do not fly alone, I trust you Lord God to keep me aloft!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Oh One, Oh One, Won, Won!!! A New Year Prayer

It's 2011 - time goes faster and faster when there is less sand in the hourglass...

Thank you Lord God for 2010 with all it's joys, pains, trials and sorrows. Every path in life that you send me down, leads me always to the center of your heart - and that is the only place to be. You grow me, teach me, comfort and counsel me, you give me strength in weakness. Praise you Father God! As I get quiet, shutting out the noise of this world that is relentlessly pulling me into it's current -- in the quiet -- I find you there. In the noise and the chaos, you are still there, but in my human weakness, the distractions make it more difficult to hear you.
Thank you Lord for the quiet refuge in the shelter of your wing each day. Thank you for your word - ancient writings -- new each day. You pierce my heart! May your word rise up in me, in my heart and soul, in my mind always, on my lips and in my ears, before me and behind me -- all around me -- your word...your truth.

Thank you for Jesus alive in me - the Passover Lamb covering me, that no fiery arrow can pierce. Thank you Lord that the enemy can have no more of me, because I am yours. Thank you for Jesus, my breastplate of righteousness. He stands before me and says, "She is MINE!"
Thank you that you give me each step I take on this journey, and you give me shoes of faith and peace. It reminds me of those light-up shoes little children wear that spark and glow with each step. Only, instead of being battery operated, mine are Holy Spirit flaming!

Thank you Lord for growing me and showing me not just to pray for comfort and for things to go well, but to pray for your wisdom, your strength, your guidance and direction when things go badly. And, on this planet, things do go badly from time, to time, to time......

Thank you Lord God for your assurance that this is not the forever place, but that YOU are my forever place!

And so Lord God, as I stand with my back to the closed door of 2010 and now have one foot in the land of 2011 - I stand in awe of You. The bright light of your Holy Spirit is overwhelming! I cannot see wheat lies ahead, but feel the deep joy of knowing you illuminate each step along the way.
I know that this next season of my life will hold laughter and tears. Lord, you know how much I love the laughter, and I know you are there to catch each tear... There will be fears and struggles, and if I am not careful, they can be overwhelming. But, you faithfully let me feel your arm around me, holding me close and assuring me that you will never leave me - that you will get me through rough waters, and strong winds - - YOU, my shelter in the storms. You, Lord God, walking on the waters of my heart and calming the storms in me.

I look forward with excited anticipation to the beauty you place before my eyes each day, that lands softly in my heart. I pray for wisdom in 2011, that only you can give. I pray that I stand in the bright light of your Holy Spirit and that there be no dark corners in me. I pray you reveal more of you to me each day, and awaken me to you Lord God.

I pray that in 2011, I live each day passionately for you!

Philippians 3:12 - 14....I press on to make it my own, because Jesus Christ has made me His own.....forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God, in
Christ Jesus.