Showing posts from June, 2012

An Easy Thing

I was pretty discouraged yesterday.  Maybe you caught that from my post.  I tried sounding upbeat but there was a low drum in the middle of my being.  I love that He sees us, and meets us in our low estate.

In fact that is what He has done this very morning: I must share!

My Time with Abba began in Psalm 136.  It's one that has the phrase "His Love Endures Forever" repeated in each verse.  The last four verses is what I read of Psalm 136.  Within these few lines we read, "He remembers our low estate... He frees us from our enemies.... He feeds every creature... Oh give Thanks to the God Of heaven... For HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER..."

Then I hopped to 2 Kings 3-4.  I read a story I don't ever remember reading before.  First it describes King Joram son of Ahab (there are so many kings, and it's all divided up between Israel and Judah, these passages can get pretty confusing but hang in there and watch what God does).  It describes Joram as not as sinful as…

Mid-Summer's Day

Hello!  Happy Summer Solstice: the longest day of the year!  It's not really "mid" summer but the turning from Spring to Summer.

This week I have been reading Psalm 136: I thought it timely placed in my reading schedule as it glorifies God's handiwork, "...who alone does great wonders...who made the great lights."  It is even more appropriate this day.   This morning, I googled "summer solstice;" the first article listed was a report of how this day is celebrated at Stonehedge.  It is a huge event in the druid's holiday, and many gather around this historical mystery to "worship" the earth, missing the God of Creation.  So, let us place our worship to the One who Created this unique day!

Personally, I love the longer summer days, and love waking up early with the morning light.  It just delights my heart; those of you out there that are late sleepers, oh how much you miss!  I do love the mornings.

So today I went to a teacher expo …

New Mercy's With the Morning Light

Literally, as I turned over from my Sunday slumber, sleeping later than usual, delighting in the sunshine waking me through my windows, I touched the "verse of the day" on the screen of my phone and read Isaiah 55:8-9 --- My soul drank it in as only the Lord knows the deep cries of the heart.  Verses 10-11 finish the section of verses: I wrap myself in these precious Words of the Lord today.  Thank You Lord for how intimately you touch and know me.  How I love Him!

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
and your ways are not My ways.”
This is the Lord’s declaration.
9 “For as heaven is higher than earth, 
so My ways are higher than your ways,
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For just as rain and snow fall from heaven
and do not return there
without saturating the earth
and making it germinate and sprout,
and providing seed to sow
and food to eat, 
11 so My word that comes from My mouth
will not return to Me empty,
but it will accomplish what I please
and will prosper in what I send i…

June Challenge

Midway now through June, and it is summing up to be a very extra-ordinarily pleasant June for South Carolina.  The weather has been sweetly milder than the normal sticky, sweat inducing, 95 degree smothering heat.  Thank You LORD!  It feels delightful!  So enough about the weather...

This month I decided to take on a little financial challenge.  These last four years, my income has been very, shall we say, fluid?  More has been flowing out, and what has been coming in has been more like a drizzle.  I can say I have lacked for nothing; though I could do without a few panicky moments and sleepless nights when fear grabbed me by the jugular.  God is faithful.  I am content and amazed how little one can live on.  Being single does have it's advantages in this regard.

Entering this summer, I prioritized my days to complete my internship.  I don't get paid for that, but it is priority number One.  I can see the finish line!! It is very exciting.  As I do this, I have to make at lea…

Birthday Week

It's a special week for three of my nieces and nephews.  I wish I could be there to celebrate with each of you; on the other hand, i would have to run a few miles to work off all the extra calories eaten.  My sister-n-love is amazing in caking making so I could hardly have just one piece.

Each of you will hear many times, "I can't believe you are that old!" --- at least while you are under 25.  After that it gets more exclamatory: "You are HOW OLD?!" This makes you wake up in the middle of the night wondering, "Was that a good or bad comment?"

I guess the surprise hits us more than it affects you.  To us who state those words, the reality of how this makes US feel old is what is really being digested.

So this year, since I have been the world's worst aunt - I forget birthdays - I am blogging a "Happy Birthday" post for you!   (I truly only remember a handful of Birthday's, that gene is weak in my system or something.)    I hope…

When I am Afraid... More on that Topic!

Yesterday as I was elbow deep in suds washing my very dirty car, I was enjoying a message by John Piper.  As this message unfolded my feet simply wanted to dance all over my freshly mowed lawn!  It was so very personal, so right on with what God has been doing and saying in me.  I could NOT contain the joy in my soul!  I love living like this!

SO of course I had to share!  You can listen to the message yourself, just click on that link!
It so powerfully followed up on my last post about fear and being afraid.  There is a lot more in the message to drink in, so go listen; but for right now here are a few nuggets I wanted to share.

The passage he is speaking from is John 20:19-23.

Jesus comes to them... behind closed doors.

JESUS can go where NO ONE else can go.  Piper states it so powerfully:

"Which means that today in your life, Jesus can go where no one else can go. He can go where no counselor can go. He can go where no doctor can go. He can go where no lover can go. He can r…

When I am Afraid I will Trust in You

Several years back I discovered some wonderful children's praise & worship music which set words of Scripture to music.  They were called Hide'm In Your Heart; by now I am sure there are more.  One of the verses he put to music was Psalm 56:3,

"When I am afraid, I will trust in You."

It's a sweet little catchy tune, and I find I sing it to myself frequently.

Today was one of those times.  It's the end of May, my work in the public schools is finished, I have lots to focus on in the next eight weeks, yet my financial flow will change, my next step is unknown and this can cause a level of insecurity and fear to rise.  Its pretty normal for all of us.  Yet today,  as I felt that vulnerable feeling pushing it's way into my soul, I sang this little verse, and turned it into a prayer.

"Lord, I am afraid because of this shift; I will trust You to provide, guide, and sustain me in these next few weeks of the summer. Thank You that You are bigger than my …