Friday, October 30, 2009

amazing love

You Are My King (Amazing Love)

I was driving home yesterday with the volume turned up. (‘CD 2, track 2’ may show some wear.) During the almost two hour drive, I played the same song over and over and over again. I want the words imprinted on my heart.

The lyrics speak of glory and honor, of praise and worship, of love and sacrifice, of grace and forgiveness, of encouragement and joy, of devotion and trust, of comfort and strength, of hope and peace.

And yes, the lyrics speak to me.

Why did my King die for me? For me? His is an amazing love. A love that is awesome and true.

Amazing love,
how can it be,
that You my king would die for me?*

*You are my King (Amazing Love) – various artists

Saturday, October 24, 2009

pause 'n ponder

it’s time to choose

the ultimate, most important decision of your life

When someone/anyone hears the Gospel of Christ
and the Word of God and the Holy Spirit speaking,
there is a decision to be made.

A decision to accept and to believe and to be saved
and to follow Jesus. A decision to repent,
to confess, to obey, to trust. A decision to commit
your life and to become a Christian and to love God
and to have a personal relationship with Jesus and
to have faith in God and to have eternal life.
And this is just the beginning of a new life in Christ.

Or, a decision to resist, to reject, to not believe,
to say no, to turn away, to refuse.

It isn’t as simple as eternity in Heaven or eternity in Hell.
You must make your own decision.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6 NIV

It’s time to choose Christ.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Let the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 NAS

I pray that all I say and all I think and all I do, is acceptable and pleasing to God. I pray for His grace to touch my words and touch my thoughts and touch my heart. I pray that I will be obedient to God’s will. I pray for knowledge and wisdom and direction and guidance and courage. I pray that my life will show glory and honor to God. I pray.

God is my foundation and my rock and my strength and my protection. God is my Redeemer and my Redeemer lives.

Friday, October 16, 2009

remain ever-restless

"Always seek peace between your heart and God, but in this world, always be careful to remain ever-restless, never satisfied, and always abounding in the work of the Lord."

~Jim Elliot

Saturday, October 10, 2009

don't judge here, don't judge there, don't judge anywhere

There are times when I make a negative comment about someone. I try to avoid judging others. I know it’s not fair to criticize when I don’t have all the facts. In the last day or two, I started to make a comment, but I stopped myself. Of course, thinking it is equal to saying it.

Someone used to correct me by simply saying “don’t judge”. That someone had to correct me a number of times. It made me become more aware of judging – by thinking and by speaking. That someone taught me many other things. That ‘someone’ is my son. I believe he was in high school when my lessons began. This is just one example of how a child can teach a parent. Yep, he was and is an awesome son.

Of course, the Bible has a lot to say about judging:

Do not judge lest you be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
Matthew 7:1-2 NAS

Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother, or judges his brother, speaks against the law, and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge of it.
James 4:11 NAS

But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.
Romans 14:1 NAS

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Happy Birthday to the love of my life. Each year spent with you is another year of love and happiness.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

fall, leaves, fall

hubby found these, and knew I'd like sweet

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

what is joy divine?

An old hymn has been front and center in my thoughts today. I wondered where it came from (?). Hummm... This song is based on:

The eternal God is your Refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Deuteronomy 33:27

It’s a song of the truth of the everlasting Word and of the everlasting arms.

So, what is joy divine? For starters, divine joy is a gift of our salvation. It’s joy in the Holy Spirit. It’s God’s glory and grace letting us share in His divine joy. Bottom line, as Christians, we are to be filled with divine joy. And, there’s so much more to this joy divine...

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
(Eli­sha A. Hoff­man – 1887)

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.