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2008 Year End Thoughts

As I face the new coming year I'm thinking about what I want to leave behind and I'm listening to the Spirit's quiet voice as I hold up my Lamp for my feet and my Light for my path to guide as I step into the darkness before me.

I want to leave behind my schemes and expectations and abandon myself to a step by step walk of faith starting NOW and pressing on into the new year.

Here's some Light His Lamp is shedding on my path as I walk through today into 2009:



I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I willsanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord," says the Lord God, "when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. ForI will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean …

Learning in silence- A lesson from my haste

For whatever reason, it seems Christmastime (especially last year and this year) is a time when the Spirit really admonishes me- in every sense of the word.

I've been looking back, not in a longing way, not in a holding on to the past way, but as though I were an athlete looking at a previous game to learn from my mistakes that I might train myself to not perform them again.

I believe this is a godly sorrow that God is working in me. It's not fun! It's not condemning either though. It's learning to despise my ways and love the Lords. And it's clinging even more to His mercy and grace.

When I was a teenager I played basketball at my school. I wasn't very much of a hustler. I was timid and scared of fouling anyone and therefore didn't make much of an impact on the game for my team, other than rebounding. But in one game, the ball landed in my hands while my team was on offense. I was standing right under our hoop, but I was so excited about my destiny with the b…

I know I said goodbye for 2008 but...

I HAD to share this!

Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. -Proverbs 24:15-16
Feeling at the bottom of my seventh fall before 6am today, I turned to a steady source of truth and found this teaching that brought me trembling to my feet again. If you have time, please go here and click on the Recent Service, Sunday December 21st message in the sidebar. I'd rather you do that, than go on reading my ramble here. But if you're still reading...

Maybe as 2008 is coming to a close, and your walk of faith with Christ has grown a year older, you find yourself even more accused than you were a year ago and see yourself as an even more wretched person than you were last year. Maybe not, but I do. It seems as this year has come to an end I'm overwhelmed by how many times I've fallen and how much damage has been caused to the reputa…

Wrapping up 2008 with a little ditty

(Image found here)

I'm signing off for 2008. I'll leave with a little tale I wrote as I thought on the wonders of God's gift of His Son a few Christmases ago.



King Ezer and The Dragon
A Christmas
Tale
By Sheila Dougal

There once was a King named Ezer.
He was the strongest king ever.
He lived on the highest mountain,
Which had a magical fountain.
Whatever he’d think, King Ezer did have
When he would drink from his fountain called Glad.
One day, as he sat on his throne
He heard a most horrible moan.
“Help!” moaned his subjects below
Who lived in the Desert of Woe.
He thought to himself, “I will help them,”
So he drank from his Glad fountain.
With that magical drink
He left his throne in a blink.
When that blink was over,
He looked to see what smelled of clover.
When he looked up he saw
A curious cow chewing straw.
He reached out with his hand so small,
To see who had come to that stable in awe.
You see, the richest King Ezer
Became the poorest baby ever.
To help those miserable Woeians,
He left all at …

I thought croup was just for kids!

Apparently not. Suddenly croup caused things to get real tight in my throat last night, drained me of all energy, slapped me with a nice headache and terrible barking-seal-painful cough!

Before that, I stepped away from the screen to devote some time on my knees. Nothing in particular, just needing to keep the main thing the main thing!

Thanks for your prayerful comments and prayers! Here's a verse I've been delighting in even amidst the croup.

Thus says the Lord: Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.- Isaiah 66:1-2

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Elisabeth Elliot on Mary

I'm just passing along treasures from others these past few posts. I'm away from posting a lot because the need for fervent prayer is greater these days. This morning this meditation from Mrs. Elliot really spoke to me. What mom wouldn't it speak to?

Anything you say Lord, let it be unto me as You've said!

Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Source: Keep A Quiet Heart
Scripture Reference: Colossians 3:3


The Mother of the Lord


We see her first, that little Mary (may I say little? I think she was a teenager), as a
simple village girl in a poor home in an out-of-the-way place. She is bending over her work when suddenly the light changes. She raises her eyes. A dazzling stranger stands before her with a puzzling greeting. He calls her "most favored one" and tells her the Lord is with her. She is stunned. I don't believe her thought is of herself (Who am I? or Am I ever lucky!). Mary is troubled. She discerns at once that this has to do with things infinitely larger than her…

A good word I heard today

I heard this today while listening to Courson on Searchlight:


"God's commandments are God's enablements."

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Everything rides on hope now

I'm singing this song everywhere!

Everything rides on hope now Lord! Everything I've done destroys my dreams of what or how my life should be. I have no hope apart from You. My life is not my own...

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Tour of Homes: A Video Slice of Life in Our Home

By the way, I didn't make a mention of my sweet husband in that video and I don't want to leave him out. He's off workin' hard for his family while I'm making a video for this blog tour of homes. Just think of me and our sons as an extension of him... he, me, we, wish you a Merry Christmas! :)

Oh! And be sure to check back here tomorrow to see who won the She Meditates On the Word gift pack. I can't wait to see who won!!! And head over to the Internet Cafe for more tours of homes and tomorrow be sure to check there too to see who all the winners of the various gifts are from the Holiday Expo giveaway.
Merry Christmas!

Give a chicken?

Here's a great way to give this Christmas!


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Day 1 Advent Meditations

"Don't be impatient for the LORD to act! Travel steadily along his path." Psalm 37:34a NLTThere was a long wait between the Promise of Genesis 3:15 and His arrival in John 1:14. Nevertheless waiting on the LORD and traveling steadily along His path paid off... He came, just as He promised.The wait seems long now too. The stretch of His arms spans 2000 plus years, but waiting on the LORD is worth it. I learn that from looking back at the anticipation and waiting for His first coming. Though evil seems to prevail all around me, I must not fret. I must not get impatient. I must travel steadily along His path."The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,
but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance
." 2 Peter 3:9 NKJV"Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how
the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it…

I'm laboring in love and inspired by this Labor of Love

I'm getting ready for the Holiday Expo, working on the gift I want to give to maybe YOU! :) And I'm also laboring in love with my kiddos today, decking our halls and putting out the nativity scene, along with starting a Jesse tree to prepare for celebrating the advent of our God and Savior.

So, I may not be blogging much for the next couple days. Hope you and your family are preparing your hearts and worshipfully celebrating the birth of Salvation today!

Here's some inspiration:


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