Thursday, July 30, 2009


Quiet Time - Be Still and Listen

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
James 4:8 NAS

I know I need to spend more time with God. Quiet time, time alone, just me and Him. Time spent studying the Bible, time spent praying, time spent listening. Quiet time, time alone, just me and Him.

I’ve always heard that mornings are best, but, I think anytime is okay. Just as long as I have a daily quiet time God. But, sometimes I don’t take the time. Why? I have plenty of time, yet sometimes I don’t spend that time alone with God? Why? The days I’ve missed, the days I’ve wasted?

Why? God created this world and God gave me life. He is the God of my salvation, He sacrificed His only Son to die for my sins, He sent the Holy Spirit to live within me, He gave me eternal life. And then there’s His power, His unconditional love, His gift of grace, His forgiveness, His blessings, His guidance, His protection, His Word, His provisions, His promises, His care, His presence, His glory, His Everything.

And I ask myself, why? Why do I let a day pass without quite time with God? Quiet time takes discipline, commitment, and devotion. Then why? Why do I ever miss my time of fellowship with God?

"Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.”
~Hudson Taylor

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

cutest little judge ever...

whose play-doh butterfly is the best?

after intensive examination...

mommy won!

Friday, July 24, 2009

He will

Today, I’ve had an overwhelming need for the powerful strength of God. It’s difficult to express how I feel, to find the right words, to know which way to go, to face what will become, but, God knows my heart.

He will always and forever be beside me, He will tenderly hold and comfort me, He will show me the way to go. 
Wake Up Call
I arise today through
God's strength to direct me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak to me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me.
—Attributed to St. Patrick,
from "The Deer's Cry"
(St. Patrick's Breastplate),
translated by Kuno Meyer

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

impact a life today

While I was driving to the first of my errands today, I suddenly had a thought –
‘what if I’m considerate, kind, and helpful to as many people as I can?
Sort of like random acts of kindness.
I’ll just try it.
It would be a great way not to think about how tired I am, about how my feet hurt, about how stiff I feel.
I’ll focus on others, and not myself.’
This day was a success. Tomorrow may be even better...

Be kind and compassionate to one another, Ephesians 4:32 NIV

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

go tell......

A few weeks ago, the teens at my church attended a ‘Go Tell’ camp. ( A number of them made a decision for Christ while at the camp. Their first Sunday back, they went forward at the invitation to share their decisions and commitments with the congregation. Most of the kids made a brief statement about their experience.

Several of the teens spoke about being saved as a child, and realized they hadn’t been saved, they were scared of going to hell.

That happened to me. My church was having a revival, and the visiting preacher spoke to the kids before one of the services. He really scared me. I was terrified of hell. I was six, and went thru the motions of being saved. But, I was afraid of hell. Some of the other kids may have understood, and made a genuine personal profession to Jesus, but not me.

I joined the church membership, I was baptized, and I was afraid of hell.

Years later, as a teenager, I truly accepted Jesus and asked Him into my heart. I asked to be forgiven of my sins, I was baptized again, and I was no longer afraid of hell.

Church membership doesn’t save you.
Being baptized doesn’t save you.
Only Jesus can save you.
I am no longer afraid of hell....

Friday, July 10, 2009

God is speaking

When hubby and I first heard Mandisa on American Idol, we really liked her. She quickly became a successful Christian artist. I recently came across a song she’d done – God Speaking. It fits nicely into the ‘hear and listen’ category of my last post. Here are the lyrics...

God Speaking

Have you ever heard a love song that set your spirit free?
Have you ever watched a sunrise and felt you could not breathe?
What if it’s Him? What if it’s God speaking?

Have you ever cried a tear that you could not explain?
Have you ever met a stranger who already knew your name?
What if it’s Him? What if it’s God speaking?

Who knows how He’ll get a hold of us?
Get our attention to prove He is enough.
He’ll do and He’ll use whatever He wants to.
To tell us, 'I Love You'.

Have you ever lost a loved one who you thought should still be here?
Do you know what it feels like to be tangled up in fear?
What if He’s somehow involved?
What if He’s speaking through it all?

Who knows how He’ll get a hold of us?
Get our attention to prove He is enough.
He’ll do and He’ll use whatever He wants to.
To tell us, 'I Love You'.

His ways are higher, His ways are better, though sometimes strange.
What could be stranger than God in a manger?

Who knows how He’ll get a hold of us?
Get our attention to prove He is enough.
Who knows how He’ll get a hold of you?
Get your attention to prove He is enough.
He’ll do and He’ll use whatever He wants to.
To tell us, 'I Love You'.
God is speaking, I Love You.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

i'm just saying...

note to self:

i've been on the couch

for way too long

when an ity bity spider

spins an ity bity web

across my arm

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

an opened Bible

"I prayed for Faith,
and thought that some day
Faith would come down
and strike me like lightning.
But Faith did not seem to come.
One day I read in
the tenth chapter of Romans,
'Now Faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the Word of God'.
I had closed my Bible,
and prayed for Faith.
I now opened my Bible,
and began to study, and
Faith has been growing ever since."
D.L. Moody

Monday, July 6, 2009


Have you ever had a song that stays with you for awhile? I’ve had the same song four days now. I sing and I hum, and sing and sing, and hum and hum. In particular, the chorus ‘sings’ the loudest.
Word of God Speak (by Mercy Me)
Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your majesty
To be still and know
That You're in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
Word of God speak

To me, this song is a reminder that God speaks to me, but first, I have to listen. I have to open my mind and my heart to God. I need to be quiet, to be ready, to be prepared, to be focused, to be willing, to be trusting, to be obedient, to be eager.

What better place to be, than to rest in God’s holiness?

Sunday, July 5, 2009