Thankful Thursday! August 17, 2017

Thank you, Lord, for:

My "back up dancers"🤗 

My "back up dancers"🤗 

The beautiful ladies in my classes!

The adorable kiddos from the Boys & Girls Club who come out and dance during Aqua Zumba!!!  They're the highlight!!!🤗 

Dry heat!!

New patio furniture... well, new to us!☺️

Coffee Bean with Tamara and Danique

 

“When it comes to contentment, God must be our aim. Whether it’s wayward thoughts, bad-mouthing our circumstances, or comparing ourselves with others whose lot in life is easier, the battle involves more than eschewing evil; it involves pursuing God. Hebrews 11:25 says,

It was by faith that Moses…chose to share ill-treatment with God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought that it was better to suffer for the promised Christ than to own all the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking forward to the great reward that God would give him. (LIVING BIBLE)

I am still learning this. What my body can’t have, my mind will shift into overdrive to deliver. But fantasies only frustrate. I must fight to stay satisfied with God, and so I glut myself on the promises of Christ. Dr. John Piper has written superbly on this subject in The Pleasures of God.

We must swallow up the little flicker of [earthly] pleasure in the conflagration of holy satisfaction. When we make a covenant with our eyes, as Job did, our aim is not merely to avoid something erotic, but to gain something excellent…We “do not yield to the offer of sandwich meat when we can smell the steak sizzling on the grill.5

In the quest for contentment, we should not give up so easily and get detoured by earthly pleasures when there is the promise of maximum, full-forced joy in the Lord. After all, “In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures evermore” (Psalm 16:11 KJV). Contentment has the upper hand in your heart when you are satiated in Christ.”

 

Excerpt From: Joni Eareckson Tada. “When God Weeps.” Zondervan. iBooks.

 

Thankful Thursday! August 10, 2017

 Thank you, Lord for:

My dear sweet Rendon!  28 years with this precious life!  He's been with me well over half my life!   He is truly one of my favorite people of all time :).  He initiated me as a mom, made my job such a pleasure (once he got to be about 5.  Haha) and he's been a fabulous brother!!  He is the dearest treasure!!

My Ren and Lex are moving back to Santa Clarita (for a bit at least☺️)

Ren and Whitt sharing their birthday celebration-- always blowing out candles together!

Lunch with Whitty, Lex and Tay!

Lexi hanging out here and visiting. I love her company!

 

"MEET ME IN MORNING STILLNESS , while the earth is fresh with the dew of My Presence. Worship Me in the beauty of holiness. Sing love songs to My holy Name. As you give yourself to Me, My Spirit swells within you till you are flooded with divine Presence. The world’s way of pursuing riches is grasping and hoarding. You attain My riches by letting go and giving. The more you give yourself to Me and My ways, the more I fill you with inexpressible, heavenly Joy.

'Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.'  PSALM 29 : 2 (NKJV)

'Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.'  1 PETER 1 : 8"

Excerpt from Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young

Thankful Thursday! August 3, 2017

 Thank you, Lord, for:

Our dear Whitt, our baby☺️!  18 years old today!

Vegas with Gil and Whitt

Watching Whitty play basketball

Texting with Ren & Pres during the games

Lunch and Menche's with Tay and Sienna

 

 

“When they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushments . . . and they were smitten (2 Chron. 20:22).

 

Oh, that we could reason less about our troubles, and sing and praise K more! There are thousands of things that we wear as shackles which we might use as instruments with music in them, if we only knew how.

 

Those men that ponder, and meditate, and weigh the affairs of life, and study the mysterious developments of God’s providence, and wonder why they should be burdened and thwarted and hampered—how different and how much more joyful would be their lives, if, instead of forever indulging in self-revolving and inward thinking, they would take their experiences, day by day, and lift them up, and praise God for them.

 

We can sing our cares away easier than we can reason them away. Sing in the morning. The birds are the earliest to sing, and birds are more without care than anything else that I know of.

 

Sing at evening. Singing is the last thing that robins do. When they have done their daily work; when they have flown their last flight, and picked up their last morsel of food then on a topmost twig, they sing one song of praise.

 

Oh, that we might sing morning and evening, and let song touch song all the way through. SELECTED

 

Don’t let the song go out of your life

Though it chance sometimes to flow

In a minor strain; it will blend again

With the major tone you know.

 

What though shadows rise to obscure life’s skies,

And hide for a time the sun,

The sooner they’ll lift and reveal the rift,

If you let the melody run.

 

Don’t let the song go out of your life;

Though the voice may have lost its trill,

Though the tremulous note may die in your throat,

Let it sing in your spirit still.

 

Don’t let the song go out of your life;

Let it ring in the soul while here;

And when you go hence, ’twill follow you thence,

And live on in another sphere.”

 

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks.

 

Thankful Thursday! July 27, 2017

Thank you, Lord, for:

Watching Whitty play basketball!

The South!

Summer thunderstorms!

Vacation with Gil

Iced tea in The South! 😋

“And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered (Joel 2:32).

Why do not I call on His name? Why do I run to this neighbor and that when God is so near and will hear my faintest call? Why do I sit down and devise schemes and invent plans? Why not at once roll myself and my burden upon the Lord?

 

Straightforward is the best runner—why do not I run at once to the living God? In vain shall I look for deliverance anywhere else; but with God I shall find it; for here I have His royal shall to make it sure.

 

I need not ask whether I may call on Him or not, for that word “Whosoever” is a very wide and comprehensive one. Whosoever means me, for it means anybody and everybody who calls upon God. I will therefore follow the leading of the text, and at once call upon the glorious Lord who has made so large a promise.

 

My case is urgent, and I do not see how I am to be delivered; but this is no business of mine. He who makes the promise will find ways and means of keeping it. It is mine to obey His commands; it is not mine to direct His counsels. I am His servant, not His solicitor. I call upon Him, and He will deliver. C. H. SPURGEON”

 

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks.

 

Thankful Thursday! July 20, 2017

Thank you, Lord, for:

Lexi's bridal shower -- and pin-the-tie-on-the-fiance' game!😳  haha!

Clean bathrooms!!!

2 clients this morning!

Long peaceful drive

Gil shopped for me and got us ice cream!😃

Picking pears off my tree

YOU CANNOT SERVE TWO MASTERS. If I am truly your Master, you will desire to please Me above all others. If pleasing people is your goal, you will be enslaved to them. People can be harsh taskmasters when you give them this power over you.

If I am the Master of your life, I will also be your First Love. Your serving Me is rooted and grounded in My vast, unconditional Love for you. The lower you bow down before Me, the higher I lift you up into intimate relationship with Me. The Joy of living in My Presence outshines all other pleasures. I want you to reflect My joyous Light by living in increasing intimacy with Me.

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”  MATTHEW 6 : 24

"Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love."  REVELATION 2 : 4

"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love. . . . ".  EPHESIANS 3 : 16 –17

"You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."  PSALM 16 : 11

Excerpt from Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young

Thankful Thursday! July 13, 2017

Thank you, Lord, for:

A nice 4th of July!!   Dear friends and family!

A/c in my gym

Gil fixing the washer.

Pres laughing as Lily chases the laser -- "chases" is an understatement!!  She sprints after it!😂😂

Lunch with Whitty

COME TO ME for all that you need. Come into My Presence with thanksgiving, for thankfulness opens the door to My treasures. When you are thankful, you affirm the central truth that I am Good. I am Light, in whom there is no darkness at all. The assurance that I am entirely Good meets your basic need for security. Your life is not subject to the whims of a sin-stained deity.

Relax in the knowledge that the One who controls your life is totally trustworthy. Come to Me with confident expectation. There is nothing you need that I cannot provide.

'Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song'. PSALM 95 : 2

'This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all'. 1 JOHN 1 : 5

Excerpt from Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young

Thankful Thursday! June 29,2017

Give thanks to the Lord for all things:

Lots of extra classes last week!

"Glory" concert!  Such a fun afternoon and evening! 

$1 drinks at Coffee Bean!

Coffee Bean and the mall with Tay and little Kennedy

Subbing at YogaWorks

Camarillo outlets with Tay & Lex!  What a treat to be with these great girls!

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”

ROMANS 8:35

 

    God does not keep His child immune from trouble; He promises, “I will be with him in trouble . . .” (Psalm 91:15). It doesn’t matter how real or intense the adversities may be; nothing can ever separate him from his relationship to God. “In all these things we are more than conquerors . . .” (Romans 8:37). Paul was not referring here to imaginary things, but to things that are dangerously real. And he said we are “super-victors” in the midst of them, not because of our own ingenuity, nor because of our courage, but because none of them affects our essential relationship with God in Jesus Christ. I feel sorry for the Christian who doesn’t have something in the circumstances of his life that he wishes were not there.

    “Shall tribulation . . . ?” Tribulation is never a grand, highly welcomed event; but whatever it may be—whether exhausting, irritating, or simply causing some weakness—it is not able to “separate us from the love of Christ.” Never allow tribulations or the “cares of this world” to separate you from remembering that God loves you (Matthew 13:22).

    “Shall . . . distress . . . ?” Can God’s love continue to hold fast, even when everyone and everything around us seems to be saying that His love is a lie, and that there is no such thing as justice?

    “Shall . . . famine . . . ?” Can we not only believe in the love of God but also be “more than conquerors,” even while we are being starved?

    Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver, having deceived even Paul, or else some extraordinary thing happens to someone who holds on to the love of God when the odds are totally against him. Logic is silenced in the face of each of “

these things which come against him. Only one thing can account for it—the love of God in Christ Jesus . “Out of the wreck I rise” every time.”

 

Excerpt From: Chambers, Oswald. “My Utmost for His Highest.” Discovery House Publishers. iBooks.

 

Thankful Thursday! June 22, 2017

Give thanks to the Lord for both great and small:

A good night's sleep! 

Laughter!😂 

My new home gym!! 

Sunday dinner with my precious family

Tay's friend Meg joining us!   She has such a love for the Lord and His Word (the Bible).  It's inspiring!  

DO NOT SEARCH FOR SECURITY in the world you inhabit. You tend to make mental checklists of things you need to do in order to gain control of your life. If only you could check everything off your list, you could relax and be at peace. But the more you work to accomplish that goal, the more things crop up on your list. The harder you try, the more frustrated you become.

There is a better way to find security in this life. Instead of scrutinizing your checklist, focus your attention on My Presence with you. This continual contact with Me will keep you in My Peace. Moreover, I will help you sort out what is important and what is not, what needs to be done now and what does not. Fix your eyes not on what is seen (your circumstances), but on what is unseen (My Presence). You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. ISAIAH 26 : 3 (NKJV) So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 CORINTHIANS 4 : 18  

Excerpt from

Jesus Calling

, by Sarah Young

Thankful Thursday! June 15, 2017

 I thank the Lord my God for:

Babysitting sweet Owen.   Gabe's baby and mine🤗 

Coffee with a friend at the new Starbucks which used to be Burger King with the huge playland!  Good memories of taking my sweet sons there!

A great eye exam!  Super helpful!!

Aqua Zumba!  Such a wonderful group!💗

My dear son stopping by on his way home from work!  I love him! 

 

“God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so. Now He commands me to show the same love to others by saying, “. . . love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). He is saying, “I will bring a number of people around you whom you cannot respect, but you must exhibit My love to them, just as I have exhibited it to you.” This kind of love is not a patronizing love for the unlovable—it is His love, and it will not be evidenced in us overnight. Some of us may have tried to force it, but we were soon tired and frustrated.

    “The Lord . . . is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish . . .” (2 Peter 3:9). I should look within and remember how wonderfully He has dealt with me. The knowledge that God has loved me beyond all limits will compel me to go into the world to love others in the same way. I may get irritated because I have to live with an unusually difficult person. But just think how disagreeable I have been with God! Am I prepared to be identified so closely with the Lord Jesus that His life and His sweetness will be continually poured out through Me? Neither natural love nor God’s divine love will remain and grow in me unless it is nurtured. Love is spontaneous, but it has to be maintained through discipline”

 

Excerpt From: Chambers, Oswald. “My Utmost for His Highest.” Discovery House Publishers. iBooks.

 

 

 

 

Thankful Thursday! June 8, 2017

Thank you, Lord for

Holding me in Your hand!

Prayer

Getting them all smiling at the same time! ;0)

The beautiful sunshine and refreshing cool breeze today!!

Hanging out with Tay and Kennedy

New nutrition client yesterday

Hiking with Kerri

 

“The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all (Ps. 103:19).

 

Some time since, in the early spring, I was going out at my door when round the corner came a blast of east wind—defiant and pitiless, fierce and withering—sending a cloud of dust before it.

 

I was just taking the latchkey from the door as I said, half impatiently, “I wish the wind would—” I was going to say change; but the word was checked, and the sentence was never finished.

 

As I went on my way, the incident became a parable to me. There came an angel holding out a key, and he said: “My Master sends thee His love, and bids me give you this.”

 

“What is it?” I asked wondering. “The key of the winds,” said the angel, and disappeared.

 

Now indeed should I be happy. I hurried away up into the heights whence the winds came, and stood amongst the caves. “I will have done with the east wind at any rate—and that shall plague us no more,” I cried; and calling in that friendless wind, I closed the door, and heard the echoes ringing in the hollow places. I turned the key triumphantly. “There,” I said, “now we have done with that.”

 

“What shall I choose in its place?” I asked myself, looking about me. “The south wind is pleasant”; and I thought of the lambs, and the young life on every hand, and the flowers that had begun to deck the hedgerows. But as I set the key within the door, it began to burn my hand.

 

“What am I doing?” I cried; “who knows what mischief I may bring about? How do I know what the fields want! Ten thousand things of ill may come of this foolish wish of mine.”

 

Bewildered and ashamed, I looked up and prayed that the Lord would send His angel yet again to take the key; and for my part I promised that I would never want to have it anymore.

 

But lo, the Lord Himself stood by me. He reached His hand to take the key; and as I laid it down, I saw that it rested against the sacred wound-print.

 

It hurt me indeed that I could ever have murmured against anything wrought by Him who bear such sacred tokens of His love. Then He took the key and hung it on His girdle.

 

“Dost Thou keep the key of the winds?” I asked.

 

“I do, my child,” He answered graciously.

 

And lo, I looked again and there hung all the keys of all my life. He saw my look of amazement, and asked, “Didst thou not know, my child, that my kingdom ruleth over all?”

 

“Over all, my Lord?” I answered; “then it is not safe for me to murmur at anything?” Then did He lay His hand upon me tenderly. “My child,” He said, “thy only safety is, in everything, to love and trust and praise.” MARK GUY PEARSE”

 

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks.

 

 

 

Thankful Thursday!

 Thank you, Lord!!!

Lunch with Pres and Tay

Coffee Bean with my girlfriends!

Ren, Lex, Pres & Tay coming to watch Whitty play and then lunch between games!

Ren and Lex home😊

Memorial Day picnic with my sweet family and dear friends!   So much fun!

 

“And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush . . . saying . . . I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt (Acts 7:30, 32, 34).

 

That was a long wait in preparation for a great mission. When God delays, He is not inactive. He is getting ready His instruments, He is ripening our powers; and at the appointed moment we shall arise equal to our task. Even Jesus of Nazareth was thirty years in privacy, growing in wisdom before He began His work. DR. JOWETT

 

God is never in a hurry but spends years with those He expects to greatly use. He never thinks the days of preparation too long or too dull.

 

The hardest ingredient in suffering is often time. A short, sharp pang is easily borne, but when a sorrow drags its weary way through long, monotonous years, and day after day returns with the same dull routine of hopeless agony, the heart loses its strength, and without the grace of God, is sure to sink into the very sullenness of despair. Joseph’s was a long trial, and God often has to burn His lessons into the depths of our being by the fires of protracted pain. “He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver,” but He knows how long, and like a true goldsmith He stops the fires the moment He sees His image in the glowing metal. We may not see now the outcome of the beautiful plan which God is hiding in the shadow of His hand; it yet may be long concealed; but faith may be sure that He is sitting on the throne, calmly waiting the hour when, with adoring rapture, we shall say, “All things have worked together for good.” Like Joseph, let us be more careful to learn all the lessons in the school of sorrow than we are anxious for the hour of deliverance. There is a “need-be” for every lesson, and when we are ready, our deliverance will surely come, and we shall find that we could not have stood in our place of higher service without the very things that were taught us in the ordeal. God is educating us for the future, for higher service and nobler blessings; and if we have the qualities that fit us for a throne, nothing can keep us from it when God’s time has come. Don’t steal tomorrow out of God’s hands. Give God time to speak to you and reveal His will. He is never too late; learn to wait. SELECTED

 

He never comes too late; He knoweth what is best;

Vex not thyself in vain; until He cometh—REST.

 

Do not run impetuously before the Lord; learn to wait His time: the minute hand as well as the hour hand must point the exact moment for action.”

 

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks.

 

Thankful Thursday! May 25, 2017

Thank you, my Lord, for:

Sweet memories! 

Menche's after class with my ladies😋

Lunch with my dear girlfriends

Spending time with Lexi💗

New rugs from my sweet son and daughter!

My kids in the house doing homework, studying, working, visiting.  They warm my heart💗

 

IF YOU LEARN TO TRUST ME—really trust Me—with your whole being, then nothing can separate you from My Peace. Everything you endure can be put to good use by allowing it to train you in trusting Me. This is how you foil the works of evil, growing in grace through the very adversity that was meant to harm you. Joseph was a prime example of this divine reversal, declaring to his brothers: “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.”

Do not fear what this day, or any day, may bring your way. Concentrate on trusting Me and on doing what needs to be done. Relax in My sovereignty, remembering that I go before you, as well as with you, into each day. Fear no evil, for I can bring good out of every situation you will ever encounter.

'But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.'  GENESIS 50 : 20 (NKJV)

'Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.'  PSALM 23 : 4

Excerpt from Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young

Thankful Thursday! May 18, 2017

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Answering and guiding me, sometimes with clear answers!

Thank you for new clients!  You're so faithful to provide when we let go and trust You! 

Chatting in the kitchen with my family

A great Mother's Day!!  Just hanging out and visiting with mysons!

A beautiful walk!    

 

"And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up." Luke 3:11

 

"Imagine being bowed over for 18 years. All you would see is the dust on the ground. That was the predicament of the woman in Luke 13. Dust was all her eyes fell on, all the time, everywhere she went, until she became dust-conscious. Thank God she finally saw the beautiful feet of Jesus, who brought her good news and raised her up.

Now, dust is the devil’s food. The Bible tells us that God cursed the devil to eat dust all the days of his life. (Genesis 3:14) Dust represents death. (Genesis 3:19) The devil wants you to be like him—to fall flat on your belly, crawl and eat dust. To eat dust is to feed on your shortcomings and lack, until you constantly feel that there is so much in your life that you need to clean up. You may not be physically bowed over, but like the woman, you become dust-conscious and life every day is a struggle.

Having a dust-consciousness also affects the way you see others. You look at people’s faults all the time. You point out their shortcomings and rake up their past failures. When you are dust-conscious, you find your relationships robbed of peace and joy.

And if you, like the woman, keep looking at the dust, before long, that inward position of dust-consciousness becomes so entrenched that you become the devil’s food because dust is what he eats. God’s Word describes him as being like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

If you don’t want to be devoured by him, then lift your eyes above the dust! Instead of looking at your failures, look to Christ who has delivered you from every defeat. See yourself the way God sees you—righteous and holy in Christ. (Colossians 3:12, 2 Corinthians 5:21) You are not dust because you are not in and of the flesh—you are in and of the Spirit. (Romans 8:9)

My friend, the more you realize who you are in Christ, the more you will straighten up and walk the way God sees you—a new creation with His authority, power and overcoming Spirit!"

 

From Joseph Prince Ministries

Thankful Thursday! May 11, 2017

Thank you, Lord, for:

Watching Lexi present her master's thesis!  She was amazing!

Rendon coming home for the weekend!

Lexi's graduation and our families all celebrating her here after!

Clean floors!🤗

Dinner with my dear family! 

 

"THE FAITH TO PERSEVERE

“Because you have kept My command to persevere . . . .”

REVELATION 3:10

 

    Perseverance means more than endurance—more than simply holding on until the end. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, but our Lord continues to stretch and strain, and every once in a while the saint says, “I can’t take any more.” Yet God pays no attention; He goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight, and then He lets the arrow fly. Entrust yourself to God’s hands. Is there something in your life for which you need perseverance right now? Maintain your intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through the perseverance of faith. Proclaim as Job did, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15).

    Faith is not some weak and pitiful emotion, but is strong and vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. And even though you cannot see Him right now and cannot understand what He is doing, you know Him. Disaster occurs in your life when you lack the mental composure that comes from establishing yourself on the eternal truth that God is holy love. Faith is the supreme effort of your life—throwing yourself with abandon and total confidence upon God.

    God ventured His all in Jesus Christ to save us, and now He wants us to venture our all with total abandoned confidence in Him. There are areas in our lives where that faith has not worked in us as yet—places still untouched by the life of God. There were none of those places in Jesus Christ’s life, and there are to be none in ours. Jesus prayed, “This is eternal life, that they may know You . . .” (John 17:3). The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering. If we will take this view, life will become one great romance—a glorious opportunity of seeing wonderful things all the time. God is disciplining us to get us into this central place of power.”

 

Excerpt From: Chambers, Oswald. “My Utmost for His Highest.” Discovery House Publishers. iBooks.

 

Thankful Thursday! May 4, 2014

Thank you, Lord, for:

 Sunday dinner with the family.  

My dear friend Gabrielle...she's a great new mom!    Happy Birthday, friend!!! 🎉

Holding sweet baby Owen...watching him sleep

Jimmy John's with Mo and Tay

Lexi made us dinner!  Mmmmmm!  What a treat!  A home cooked meal that I didn't have to prepare!

“Women of Faith, Lana Bateman, often says, “The sign of true maturity in a life is when joy and sorrow walk hand in hand.” . . .

Lana also says, “Sovereignty is the salvation of regret.” What a relief to know that God’s established plans from the beginning of time cannot be interfered with by my mistakes. His holy purposes are not hampered by our failures. He will accomplish and complete His work. The Lord longs to give us a full life with an array of emotions that enhance our faith. . . . He will give us definition, He will guide us toward resolution, and He provides us the hope of a divine destination. But it’s a process, so don’t be discouraged. It’s an Emmaus Road of ongoing revelation.

Expect life to be joyful and rugged. Let’s be wise enough to lean into what comes our way. If God has allowed it, it comes with purposes we may not understand . . . yet. . . .

Follow the narrow road; it leads to the widest joy.

PATSY CLAIRMONT

I Second That Emotion”

 

Excerpt From: Nelson, Thomas. “Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening.” Thomas Nelson, 2014-02-01. iBooks.

 

Thankful Thursday! April 27, 2017

Thank you, Lord, for:

Ojai and Santa Barbara with Gil and Whitt

Back to SB, basketball, touring the campus and lunch at South Coast Deli with Whitty

Prom photo shoot

Visiting with Park and Mo.  I love them!

Pilates on my Pilates Reformer and tower!  Feels so good!!!

 

"My child, I loved you before you were born. I knit you in your mother's womb and knew what your first and last words would be.  I knew every difficulty you would face.  I suffered each one with you.  Even the ones you didn't suffer with me.  I had a plan for your life before you were born.  The plan has not changed, my dear child, no matter what has happened or what you have done.    You see, I already knew all things concerning you before I formed you.  I would never allow any hurt to come into your life that I could not use for eternity, my child.   Will you let me?   your truth is incomplete unless you view it against the backdrop of my truth.  Your story, dear child, will remain forever incomplete...until you let Me do what only I can do with your hurt.   Let Me perfect that which concerns you.   

I remain, 

Your Faithful Father"

 

excerpt from Beth Moore, "Breaking Free"

Thankful Thursday! April 20, 2017

Thank you, Lord, for: 

 A GREAT Easter!  All my sons and their fiancé/girlfriends, my sweet family!!💞

Nanny bringing her well-loved enchiladas -- and lots of left-overs for the boys!!!

Visiting with one of my beloved nieces, Raquel.  She's a beautiful young lady, inside and out!

Lexi helping prepare and clean up!!  Never had a daughter to help out like this!😜

 

 

“Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the

house of the Lord (1 Chron. 26:27).

 

Physical force is stored in the bowels of the earth, in the coal mines, which came from the fiery heat that burned up great forests in ancient ages; and so spiritual force is stored in the depths of our being, through the very pain which we cannot understand.

 

Someday we shall find that the spoils we have won from our trials were just preparing us to become true “Great Hearts” in the Pilgrim’s Progress, and to lead our fellow pilgrims triumphantly through trial to the city of the King.

 

But let us never forget that the source of helping other people must be victorious suffering. The whining, murmuring pang never does anybody any good.

 

Paul did not carry a cemetery with him, but a chorus of victorious praise; and the harder the trial, the more he trusted and rejoiced, shouting from the very altar of sacrifice. He said, “Yea, and if I be offered upon the service and sacrifice of your faith, I joy and rejoice with you all.” Lord, help me this day to draw strength from all that comes to me! FROM DAYS OF HEAVEN UPON EARTH

 

He placed me in a little cage,

Away from gardens fair;

But I must sing the sweetest songs

Because He placed me there.

Not beat my wings against the cage

If it’s my Maker’s will,

But raise my voice to heaven’s gate

And sing the louder still!”

 

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks.

 

Thankful Thursday! April 13, 2017

 Thank you, Lord, for:

ALL my kiddos who make me laugh!😜😂💞

Gil making me oatmeal this morning

Spring break

Park coming over on his way home from class

Bunnies playing in the yard

Monique stopping by after the gym

 

“May God Himself wrap you up in His new mercies this day!

Where you’ve known angst, may He give you awe-inspiring wonder.

Where you’ve known heartbreak, may He bring healing, deliverance, and a supernatural breakthrough.

May He help you blow the dust off your dreams and lift them up as a possibility once again. With God all things are possible. May you learn to pray from that beautiful truth.

Be lifted up today. He’s got you!

 "For no word from God will ever fail."   LUKE 1:37”

 

Excerpt From: Larson, Susie. “Blessings for the Morning.” Baker Publishing Group. iBooks.

 

Thankful Thursday! April 6, 2017

 Thank you, my Lord and Savior, for:

Preston coming to church with us -- I love hearing him sing!

Gil and I taking Henry Marcus to lunch -- Gil's so sweet with him!  Warms my heart!

Jasmine flowers!!🌼🌸

Watching basketball (March Maddness) with the family

Making Saturday morning breakfast with Gil -- Gil on the eggs, me on the pancakes

 

“God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help

her, and that right early (Ps. 46:5).

 

“Shall not be moved”—what an inspiring declaration! Can it be possible that we, who are so easily moved by the things of earth, can arrive at a place where nothing can upset us or disturb our calm? Yes, it is possible; and the apostle Paul knew it. When he was on his way to Jerusalem where he foresaw that “bonds and afflictions” awaited him, he could say triumphantly, “But none of these things move me.” Everything in Paul’s life and experience that could be shaken had been shaken, and he no longer counted his life, or any of life’s possessions, dear to him. And we, if we will but let God have His way with us, may come to the same place, so that neither the fret and tear of little things of life, nor the great and heavy trials, can have power to move us from the peace that passeth understanding, which is declared to be the portion of those who have learned to rest only on God.

 

“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God; and he shall go no more out.” To be as immovable as a pillar in the house of our God, is an end for which one would gladly endure all the shakings that may be necessary to bring us there! HANNAH WHITALL SMITH

 

When God is in the midst of a kingdom or city He makes it as firm as Mount Zion, that cannot be removed. When He is in the midst of a soul, though calamities throng about it on all hands, and roar like the billows of the sea, yet there is a constant calm within, such a peace as the world can neither give nor take away. What is it but want of lodging God in the soul, and that in His stead the world is in men’s hearts, that make them shake like leaves at every blast of danger? ARCHBISHOP LEIGHTON”

 

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks.

 

Thankful Thursday! March 30, 2017

 Thank you, Lord, for the hope of eternity with You!!  

Thank you for: 

Coffee Bean and shopping...for wedding dress #1 with Tay!

Chatting in the kitchen with Lexi

Eating dinner in the kitchen with Gil, Ren, Lex and Whitt and Gil playing theme songs -- and us guessing!  Sweet times together!☺️

Coffee with Mo

Visiting with Tay and Meg....such great girls! 

 

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved,

we have a building of God, an house not made with

hands, eternal in the heavens (2 Cor. 5:1).

 

The owner of the tenement which I have occupied for many years has given notice that he will furnish but little or nothing more for repairs. I am advised to be ready to move.

 

At first this was not a very welcome notice. The surroundings here are in many respects very pleasant, and were it not for the evidence of decay, I should consider the house good enough. But even a light wind causes it to tremble and totter, and all the braces are not sufficient to make it secure. So I am getting ready to move.

 

It is strange how quickly one’s interest is transferred to the prospective home. I have been consulting maps of the new country and reading descriptions of its inhabitants. One who visited it has returned, and from him I learn that it is beautiful beyond description; language breaks down in attempting to tell of what he heard while there. He says that, in order to make an investment there, he has suffered the loss of all things that he owned here, and even rejoices in what others would call making a sacrifice. Another, whose love to me has been proven by the greatest possible test, is there. He has sent me several clusters of the most delicious fruits. After tasting them, all food here seems insipid.

 

Two or three times I have been down by the border of the river that forms the boundary, and have wished myself among the company of those who were singing praises to the King on the other side. Many of my friends have moved there. Before leaving they spoke of my coming later. I have seen the smile upon their faces as they passed out of sight. Often I am asked to make some new investments here, but my answer in every case is, “I am getting ready to move.” SELECTED

 

The words often on Jesus’ lips in His last days express vividly the idea, “going to the Father.” We, too, who are Christ’s people, have vision of something beyond the difficulties and disappointments of this life. We are journeying toward fulfillment, completion, expansion of life. We, too, are “going to the Father.” Much is dim concerning our home-country, but two things are clear. It is home, “the Father’s house.” It is the nearer presence of the Lord. We are all wayfarers, but the believer knows it and accepts it. He is a traveler, not a settler. R. C. GILLIE

The little birds trust God, for they go singing

From northern woods where autumn winds have blown,

With joyous faith their trackless pathway winging

To summer-lands of song, afar, unknown.

 

Let us go singing, then, and not go sighing:

Since we are sure our times are in His hand,

Why should we weep, and fear, and call it dying?

’Tis only flitting to a Summer-land.

 

SELECTED”

 

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks.