Friday, September 29, 2017

Autumnal Hints


But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord, 
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 13:5-6
 
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Dear peoples! I am so enjoying getting a blog post together again. It's been far too long! Fall feels like a season of renewal for me this year ... and blogging is something I have really missed. Enjoy a taste of my autumn beginnings, along with some treasured adventuresome moments with my nephew. :o)

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The garden has done sooo well. My mom really delved into some elements of permaculture gardening this year full tilt, with wonderful results. It's amazing to see how nature works with you ... when you work with the way God set nature up. What an original thought ...




These cheery lovelies ... they make me smile!





MOUNTAINS of squash ... pumpkins and spagetti squash. Coming out our EARS.

















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We FINALLY have APPLES!!!


These make THE best apple pies ... looking forward particularly to this harvest ;o)



Oh, AND, meet Mr. Robinson, our scarecrow-in-residence!

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Incredible sky ...


And my favorite boy is ready to go places!!









The broken-down lawn mower is one of his favorite things. :o) We drove to the store to get groceries the other day ....






I love this precious boy so much.



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The last of the hydrangeas!








In love with our Lightning, whose story I should share in another post ... The Boy calls him "Lightin' Bolt"! *smile*





I love this time of year. God made every season so uniquely beautiful ... but fall is extra special. :) Trying to soak up the lovely changing colors and the weather as much as possible!
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Have a beautiful weekend ....


For You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me.

Psalm 31:3

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hard but excellent ...



"We have a spiritual adversary, Satan, who seeks our downfall, and to that end he labors with malice and energy. His purpose is to undermine our faith with doubt, replace our courage with confusion, and drag us downward into despair. He is, to say the least, up to no good.
But we are taught to take a stubborn stand against the attacks of our enemy ... We may be vulnerable, but we're not helpless. We are free to choose the joy of truth over the sadness of deception."
 Reaching Forward, Gary Henry: Excerpt from Jan. 08

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Going Right



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Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I'll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.


Suffering is part of life in Christ. Jesus didn't come to bring peace on earth, but a sword -- He said it! And this walk isn't for the fainthearted. But it also isn't for the ones who proudly boast they can surely do it all. The former will find themselves eaten up at the first difficult conflict. The latter will try to fight in their own strength and will end up prey to their own pride. The ones who will come Home, in the end, are those who lean not on their own strength, either in fear of their weakness or overconfidence in themselves, but rather have poured all confidence into Christ's provision for them whatever comes along.




As children of God, our hearts still experience hurt. We are affected by the decisions of fellow brethren, friends, and family members -- by decisions of our Lord about things our souls long for but that He knows otherwise about -- by Satan's deadly and oh-so-effective missiles of bitterness, heartache, betrayal, isolation, loneliness, and fear.
 
Sometimes in the midst of those feelings there seems to be nothing much going right to provide a balm (although as an aside - there always is :). But when I look at the above list of earth-struggles - when I really think about that list - those things are exactly what Jesus either experienced or was tempted by while He was here, all of them, except in a magnitude that we will never even come close to. What right have we to feel sorry for ourselves when Christ went through just this and infinitely MORE, merely to save us, human beings who had no right to eternal life at all?



And what does "going right" really mean, anyway?? Did the apostles think things were "going right" when the King of Israel was hung on a cross (despite His repeated attempts to help them understand this would happen)? Did James's brethren not grieve when he was one of the first apostles to be martyred for his faith? And yet ... in God's eyes, in the full measure of His wisdom and foresight, these things were ... Right. Not right in the sense that they were pure and sinless things and God was pleased with those who did them -- but they were consistent with the Plan and the consequences of following it. There would be suffering and death and horrific torture for the brethren who chose to follow Jesus Christ -- but they accepted it and kept right on going because their perspective was powerfully different from the rest of humanity's. They had a true understanding of what "going right" really meant, what God's understanding of it always was and still is. That "Going Right" in this life is Discipline. It is Instruction. It is Preparation. It is things that keep us longing for Home and reminding us this world isn't what we should be living for. It is sometimes pain and loneliness and heartache. It is also deep and fulfilling joy in Christ, confidence in this life knowing that this is all going to end one day and we'll be at peace. It is HOPE.



I guess my point is, our concept of Going Right needs to be consistent with God's Going Right. We'll never find peace here unless that happens and that ONLY happens when our faith is in God's ability to see what we don't and know what we can't. Only then will WE be able to see beyond the moment.

One of the verses of the hymn "In His Time" says, "Though the answer [to your prayers] may not be what you think that it should be, He will answer every need in His time." That's hard. When our hopes for our lives have turned out quite the opposite -- when they've been broken and discombobulated and turned upside down -- it's tough being reconciled to that and to accepting and living in the lives we have now. But you know what? Even then -- life's Going Right! Because God knows what we don't. He cares for us and He will always do what is right for us as long as we follow Him. He can see beyond the moment, and therefore so should we. To heaven. To the time when we and our brothers and sisters who have all experienced similar earth-struggles will be at peace, and we will no longer have to struggle. That is beautiful to think about.




So. Here's to refining my idea of Going Right in 2017. May God give you and me the strength to take every new day just one at a time, trusting fully in His PERFECT will for our lives, when He takes us through the hard places, and when He sees fit to give us times of joy.

Happy New Year!

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Behold, I go forward but He is not there,
And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him;
He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.
But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
My foot has held fast to His path;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
I have not departed from the command of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
 Job 23:8-12



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wednesday Thoughts in Proverbs | Bible Reading


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In my Proverbs reading today, 28:26 stood out to me. "He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered."

Usually I think about trusting in my own heart in terms of arrogance and pride. But today when I read this verse, I focused in on the fact that I'm sinfully trusting in my own heart just as much when I fall into anxiety and fear, as when I'm being prideful. The one is just as much a sin as the other.

It's also just as debilitating. Pride blinds us, so does anxiety. Fear keeps us from moving forward, so does pride. Satan is trying to get at us however he may!

I came across the song below a little while ago, and the lyrics encouraged my heart. Whatever struggles you might be dealing with right now, take heart! Christ has overcome this world and He holds your hand and mine if we are walking right before Him. If you aren't -- stop fighting Him! Change your heart right now! It is the most important thing you will do in this life -- deciding whether you will fight for the One who has already fought and died for you.



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I hope you have all been having special time with your loved ones this week. This holiday season kind of got away from me, as has blogging ... but I hope to remedy that as we go into the new year!

For now, have a lovely day! ♡

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

I Close My Eyes






My pray'r, Jehovah, hear to my entreating cry;
In faithfulness, give ear, in righteousness reply. 
No God have I but Thee; 
Teach me to do Thy will;
Thy Spirit's good;
Lead me on even pathways still.

Because I trust in Thee, O, cause Thou me to hear
Thy loving kindness free, when morning doth appear.
Make me to know Thy way
wherein my path should be;
Because my soul each day
do I lift up to Thee.

{Jay Connor}

A Capella recording here.
 


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