Great Day No Matter What

January 30, 2012

 

Borrowed from the book, Great Day Every Day, by Max Lucado:

Every Day Deserves a Chance!

This is the day the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24

The first word in the verse leaves us scratching our heads. ‘This is the day the Lord hath made’?

Perhaps holidays are the days the Lord has made.  Wedding days are the days the Lord has made.

Easter Sundays…super sale Saturdays…vacation days…the first days of hunting season…these are the days the Lord has made.  But ‘this is the day’?

This is the day includes every day.  Divorce days, final exam days, tax days, sending-your first born off to college days.

The next time you are mired in a bad day, check your outlook with these three questions:

1.    What do I feel guilty about?

2.   What am I worried about?

3.   What am I about?

Reflect on your answers with these reminders:

         Yesterday…forgiven.

         Tomorrow…surrendered.

         Today…clarified.

Jesus’ design for a good day makes such sense.  His grace erases guilt.  His oversight removes fear.

His direction removes confusion.

                 Great Day Every Day, by Max Lucado

 

 

Water and a Song!

November 2, 2011


During a long and particularly stressful season of my life, I found myself driving down the road while trying to hold back tears and struggling to cope. Not knowing what to do, I asked God to direct me to a place to rest, pray, journal and think. I needed a quiet place but not so secluded that it would be dangerous for a woman alone?

As I ended the prayer, I said aloud and with very little faith… “And, God, it would be so nice if this place would have water.” As far back as I can r...


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Remembering To Ask The Shepherd

October 28, 2011


I have been reading the little book by Phillip Keller titled, “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23”.

The author was a shepherd for many years.  He talks from his experiences about the comparisons of us as sheep and Jesus as our shepherd.  Mr. Keller tells the story of how, during winter blizzards, he would keep a bottle in his pocket with a mix of water and brandy.  While checking his flock regularly, he would “see them standing there soaked, chilled and dejected.  Some would succumb and li...


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Coram Deo & Grandparents' Day With Reece

October 27, 2011


We visited our youngest grandson's school for Grandparents' Day yesterday.  The school is a model where children are home schooled part of the week and attend school in a classroom the other days of the week. We were impressed with what they are learning and the spirit with which they are being taught.

 

The name of the school is “Coram Deo”, which is a Latin phrase that refers to something which takes place in "the presence of God." It is sometimes referred to as, "Living in t...


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Missing My Mom

October 20, 2011


Photo taken in 1997 - Four Generations!

I miss my Mom.  Shouldn’t I be too old to miss my Mom? 

She died in April, this is October.  She lived in Idaho, I in Texas.  Her mind and personality were no longer hers, because of dementia, so I was already missing her while she was still living.  I thought this would help me not to miss her so much when she died.  It doesn’t.

Somehow the years that her mind wasn’t working are not the years that I remember.   It is like they were eras...


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"Texas Women" and "A Gentle and Quiet Spirit"

July 4, 2011

“Texas Women” is a new television show that premiers July 14, 2011 (CMT).  Have you seen the ads?  A fire rose up inside of me as I watched women flaunting their attitudes and their curves, acting tough like “real men” and using language that makes them appear as hard as nails.  I was surprised at my strong reaction as I watched this ad appear over and over again on the CMT channel.  For a split second I asked myself why it made me so indignant.  It didn’t take me long to figure it ...


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Hide and Watch

June 29, 2011

When I am anxious about something or when someone that I love is upset or anxious and there seems to be no clear answer, I sometimes finish our visit with the words… “You and I will pray and…you just ‘Hide and Watch’ ”.

What makes that expression very real to me is that I picture a very small boy peeking around a huge and roughly-barked tree trunk as his Dad puts a long-awaited (but complex) yard set (or bike) together.  The little guy is full of joy and barely able to stay stil...


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Balance – Believing One Lie:

June 22, 2011

The older I get the more I believe that BALANCE is one of the greatest keys to everything in life. 

In “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” Eugene H. Peterson says, “It is the nature of sin to take good things and twist them, ever so slightly, so that they miss the target to which they were aimed, the target of God.”

Satan is the father of all lies.  All he has to do is make us believe one small lie.  That lie keeps our view of some key issue in life clouded, so our actions (thou...


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Lives of Strength and Beauty

June 16, 2011


Those who trust in God
are like Zion Mountain:
Nothing can move it, a rock-solid mountain
you can always depend on.  Psalm 125 (Message Bible)

 

I have read that sedimentary rock tends to erode and crumble and when hiking a misstep can send you hurling down the mountain.  Granite, however, is made up of interlocking crystals that give it texture and make it one of the toughest rocks on earth.

Sedimentary reminds me of the word sedentary.  Sedentary people are said to be inactive or...


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"Oh Manna, I Like Peace!"

January 14, 2011

 

 Phillipians 4:4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lo...


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