Thankful Thursday! October 17, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Lunch with Whitty

My sweet hubby tells me he likes how I look...even when (maybe especially when) I look goofy!💘💖

Nice visit with my dad💜

A beautiful, heartwarming wedding

All my precious family being together!

Spending time with Ren & Tru!💙

“When you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

JOHN 1:48

    Worshiping in Everyday Occasions. We presume that we would be ready for battle if confronted with a great crisis, but it is not the crisis that builds something within us—it simply reveals what we are made of already. Do you find yourself saying, “If God calls me to battle, of course I will rise to the occasion”? Yet you won’t rise to the occasion unless you have done so on God’s training ground. If you are not doing the task that is closest to you now, which God has engineered into your life, when the crisis comes, instead of being fit for battle, you will be revealed as being unfit. Crises always reveal a person’s true character.

    A private relationship of worshiping God is the greatest essential element of spiritual fitness. The time will come, as Nathaniel experienced in this passage, that a private “fig-tree” life will no longer be possible. Everything will be out in the open, and you will find yourself to be of no value there if you have not been worshiping in everyday occasions in your own home. If your worship is right in your private relationship with God, then when He sets you free, you will be ready. It is in the unseen life, which only God saw, that you have become perfectly fit. And when the strain of the crisis comes, you can be relied upon by God.

    Are you saying, “But I can’t be expected to live a sanctified life in my present circumstances; I have no time for prayer or Bible study right now; besides, my opportunity for battle hasn’t come yet, but when it does, of course I will be ready”? No, you will not. If you have not been worshiping in everyday occasions, when you get involved in God’s work, you will not only be useless yourself but also a hindrance to those around you.

    God’s training ground, where the missionary weapons are found, is the hidden, personal, worshiping life of the saint.”

Excerpt From

My Utmost for His Highest

Oswald Chambers

Thankful Thursday! October 10, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for…

Lunch with Pres and Tru. 

Spending the day with Raquel!   Such a beautiful young woman; inside and out!

Sweet text from Stacey💗

Great hilly walk! I love our OCF class!🤗. Thanks, ladies!

Sweet Alina’s 9 today!

…”the two points I wanted to make. First, that human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it. Secondly, that they do not in fact behave in that way. They know the Law of Nature [the Moral Law]; they break it. These two facts are the foundation of all clear thinking about ourselves and the universe we live in.

…we know that men find themselves under a moral law, which they did not make, and cannot quite forget even when they try, and which they know they ought to obey.

…If there was a controlling power outside the universe, it could not show itself to us as one of the facts inside the universe—no more than the architect of a house could actually be a wall or staircase or fireplace in that house. The only way in which we could expect it to show itself would be inside ourselves as an influence or a command trying to get us to behave in a certain way. And that is just what we do find inside ourselves.”

Excerpt from “Mere Christianity” by C. S. Lewis

Thankful Thursday! October 3, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

My sweet Hubby!  He’s kind, accepting, he loves me and is my closest friend!

A new chair for my gym and morning quiet times. 

The Bible!   

Listening to an audio book while cleaning the floors😀

Chatting with Lexi!

“The Work of God

Years ago, I read that the average woman today has the equivalent of fifty full-time servants, in the form of modern, timesaving devices and equipment. That figure may or may not be accurate, but we certainly have many conveniences available to us that were unknown to women of past generations. Imagine going back to the days when there were no dishwashers, microwaves, washing machines, dryers, or automobiles. . . .

So why are our lives more harried and hurried than ever? Why are we so stressed out? . . .

In Jesus’ words, we find a clue—a powerful Truth that sets us free from the bondage of hurry and frustration about all we have to do. Notice what work Jesus completed in the thirty-three years He was here on the earth:

“I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” (John 17:4 KJV). That is the secret. Jesus didn’t finish everything His disciples wanted Him to do. . . . He didn’t finish everything the multitudes wanted Him to do. . . . But He did finish the work that God gave Him to do.”

NANCY LEIGH DEMOSS

Lies Women Believe”

Excerpt From

Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening

Thankful Thursday! September 26, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Mike & Michelle staying with us!

Ruby Women  

Getting to see Whitty.    Walking back to his dorm and the library together, !

A quick drive home. 

Rendon and Tru spending the day here💜💜💜

Preston is so cute with his nephew

“May God Himself surround you with His tender mercies and grace today.

May He heal your soul so you can live by faith.

Where you once reacted out of your insecurities, may you respond in faith knowing you possess all in Christ.

Where you once white-knuckled your worries, may you release every care to Him and lift your hands in praise.

You are not made for this world. You are only passing through.

Live as the divinely loved and called soul you are!

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,

but on what is unseen,

since what is seen is temporary,

but what is unseen is eternal.

2 CORINTHIANS 4:18”

Excerpt From

Blessings for the Morning

Susie Larson

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Thankful Thursday! September 19, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Alina and Jessica, always brighten my day!☀️

Incredibowls with LaMarr 😋mmmmm!

Great group of ladies in Zumba last night!

Long chat on the phone with Whitt 💗

Lunch with JoAnne

 

 “the old word “glory.” Much of the meaning of this word has been lost in our century. When Jews of the ancient Near East spoke of “glory” (or kavod, as they would say in Hebrew) they spoke of weightiness, fullness, and substance….

While kavod meant heaviness —the opposite of light —the ancients also used “glory” almost synonymously with “light.” The Hebrew prophet Ezekiel saw God’s temple “filled with the brightness of the glory of the LORD,” and Isaiah looked forward to a day when “the sun shall be no more your light by day … but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.”  For the Bible’s authors, God was not a distant flickering idea, but someone very real, luminous, and beaming.

How can this old word —kavod —help us understand the different ways in which deities shape identities today? Think of something both weighty and radiant that roughly half of the earth’s population can observe at this very moment —the sun. The sun has enough kavod, enough weightiness and radiance, to be the center point of our solar system. It has enough gravitas to keep earth and the other planets spinning on their proper orbits. It is also luminous enough to keep our tiny blue planet teeming with warmth, beauty, and life.

What would happen, however, if Pluto, disgruntled and embittered by the 2006 International Astronomical Union vote that stripped him of planetary rights, took revenge on our solar system with a plot to overthrow and replace the sun? Pluto’s cosmic coup would prove catastrophic. With a surface that is 98% frozen nitrogen and a mass less than a quarter of Earth’s, Pluto is no match for the sun’s kavod. The shift from a heliocentric to a plutocentric system would send the eight remaining planets spinning off their trajectories into chaos. The icy ex-planet’s lack of mass and radiance would soon turn earth into a cold, lifeless sphere drifting through lonesome space.

The insight becomes clear if we move from astronomy to psychology, from the space around us to the space inside us. If we place something too small and too dim at the center of our lives, something that lacks kavod, then the planets in our soul’s solar system —our creativity, intellect, emotions, moral sense, relationships, and so on —will tend toward a state of chaos and lifelessness. The lack of weight will cause many of those planets to drift into empty space, while the lack of light will turn any beauty on those planets into withered leaves.

If, however, the center of our souls, that which we glorify the most is, in reality, glorious, then our object of worship is massive enough to pull all the diverse spheres of human nature into a balanced orbit. There is also enough light to turn those different spheres inside us —our creativity, intellect, emotions, moral sense, relationality, and so on —into planets teeming with gardens, full of life and color.”

excerpt from: 

REFLECT: Becoming Yourself by Mirroring the Greatest Person in History” by Thaddeus Williams

Thankful Thursday! September 12, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Spending time with sweet Raquel

Hanging out with Tru Tru!💗

Cooler weather!

Being outside

Having Pres home!

True Happiness

When we believe ultimate happiness is found only in God, then we will shut out distractions and open His Word.

If we buy into the lie that happiness is to be found in wealth, beauty, fame, or any number of endless pursuits besides Christ, we’re doomed to unhappiness because we’re pursuing the wrong things.

But when we believe that ultimate happiness and transcendent joy are to be found only in God, then we will, for a time, turn off all our screens—all texts and social media and movies and TV—and open the Word of God, asking His Spirit to speak joy into our lives.

It takes discipline and conscious effort to keep the Lord front and center and to find happiness in Him. But when we do, the payoff is huge.

Perspectives from God’s Word:  “You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy” (Psalm 63: 5, NLT).

“Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!” (Psalm 119: 40).

Perspectives from God’s People:  “To be truly happy a man must have sources of gladness which are not dependent on anything in this world.”—J. C. Ryle

“If you hope for happiness in the world, hope for it from God, and not from the world.”—David Brainerd For more: Read the blog post “Longing for Happiness: Perspectives from Blaise Pascal”: epm.org/ happinesspascal

excerpy from “Seeing the Unseen” by Randy Alcorn

Thankful Thursday! September 5, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Rendon and Preston arriving safely home from NY.  

Lunch with Whitt

Hanging out with Ren & Tru!

A house full of people I love!

Spending time with Alyssa.  

Walking hills with the girls on Tues😛

“Seeing God as the Source

We should see God as the Source of all good and our Sustainer through everything bad. God alone is the Fountain of Life.

As Romans 1: 20 suggests, God’s fingerprints can be seen everywhere in His creation: on the friendships we enjoy, the food we eat, and the pleasures of family, work, and hobbies. But we should never let these secondary pleasures eclipse our love for God. In fact, sometimes we must forgo them to focus more fully on Him. We should thank Him for all of life’s joys and allow them to draw us closer to Him.

God welcomes prayers of thanksgiving for a simple meal, a lively conversation, a captivating book, and every other good thing. When we fail to acknowledge God as the Source of all good things, we fail to give Him the recognition and glory He deserves. We separate God from joy, which is like trying to separate heat from fire or wetness from rain.

God is the Source of all good and our Sustainer through everything bad. Consider the perspective of one accustomed to suffering who can still say, “They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life” (Psalm 36: 8–9). God alone is the Fountain of Life. Without Him there could be neither life nor joy, neither abundance nor delights.

“My heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him” (Psalm 28: 7).

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” (James 1: 17).

“There are but two lessons for Christians to learn: the one is, to enjoy God in every thing; the other is, to enjoy every thing in God.”—Charles Simeon

Excerpt from “Seeing the Unseen” by Randy Alcorn

Thankful Thursday! August 22, 2019

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Thank you, Lord, for:

Seeing my ladies get stronger😀

Maovie and popcorn!

Seeing improvement in flexibility!

Spending time with this little love💕

Beach house with some sweet friends!☀️

“We can rest knowing that God assumes the best in us because we are told in His word that, “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Jesus sees us as we could be and not how we are. When we belong to Him, we want to live up to His expectations because we love Him so much. In His strength, we can become the person He created us to be. 

Since our thoughts will become words and our words have power, may we always think the best, assume the best, and believe the best in others. We are our own worst critiques, so when someone speaks words of life over us, it’s medicine for the soul.  

Assuming the best is not easy, but the good news is that we have plenty of opportunities to practice every single day. Let’s live holy lives in an unholy world and then maybe, just maybe we’ll see Him more clearly than ever before♥️“

Jade Wenrich 💗

Thankful Thursday! August 15, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Dear friends💜

Stretching with Whitt

Hanging out with Gil.  

Chuck E Cheese with Tru for the first time!

Chatting with Preston about his leg, walking again, rehab,...🎊

1 Corinthians 4:18

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. (NIV)

Life on Earth matters, not because it’s the only life we have but precisely because it isn’t—it’s the beginning of a life that will continue without end. It’s the precursor of life on the New Earth. Eternal life doesn’t begin when we die; it has already begun. With eternity in view, nearly any honest activity—whether building a shed, driving a bus, pruning trees, changing diapers, or caring for a patient—can be an investment in God’s kingdom.

God is eternal. His Place is eternal. His Word is eternal. His people are eternal. Center your life around God, His Place, His Word, and His people, and reach out to those eternal souls who desperately long for His person and His place. Then no matter what you do for a living, your days here will make a profound difference for eternity and you will be fulfilling the biblical admonition to fix your eyes on what is unseen”

excerpt from: “Seeing the Unseen” by Randy Alcorn

Thankful Thursday! August 8, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Bumping into Laurie and Jess!

Listening to my husband work,...he listens to people, caring about them, solving problems,...all stress free!!   How does he do that?!?😀

A great summer of Aqua Zumba class!   I always look forward to it!

Being a wife, mom & grandma💗💗

Sweet gift (grandparents day gift💜)from Vicki...so thoughtful!

 

 “Your rest is not to be found in figuring your life out, but in trusting the One who has it all figured out for your good and his glory.

Human beings have a deep desire to know and understand. We spend much of our daily mental time trying to figure things out. We don’t live by instinct. We don’t leave our lives alone. We are all theologians. We are all philosophers. We are all archaeologists who dig into the mounds of our lives to try to make sense of the civilization that is our story. This God-designed mental motivation is accompanied by wonderful and mysterious analytical gifts. This drive and those gifts set us apart from the rest of creation. They are holy, created by God to draw us to him, so that we can know him and understand ourselves in light of his existence and will.

But sin makes this drive and these gifts dangerous. They tempt us to think that we can find our hearts by figuring it all out. It’s the “If only I could understand this or that, then I’d be secure” way of living. But it never works. In your most brilliant moment, you will still be left with mystery in your life; sometimes even painful mystery. We all face things that appear to make little sense and don’t seem to serve any good purpose. So rest is never found in the quest to understand it all. No, rest is found in trusting the One who understands it all and rules it all for his glory and our good.

Few passages capture that rest better than Psalm 62: 5–7: “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.”

In moments when you wish you knew what you can’t know, there is rest to be found. There is One who knows. He loves you and rules what you don’t understand with your good in mind.

For further study and encouragement: 2 Corinthians 5: 1–10”

New Morning Mercies, by Paul David Tripp

Thankful Thursday! August 1, 2019

I thank the Lord, for:

 Rearranging/organizing my gym😃

Whitty helping me re-hang all the pictures and new bulletin boards in the gym.  

Getting up early to go rebound for Whitt at the park ...making it in perfect time to Pilates class

Quiet house.  

Having sweet Ren, Lex and Tru home.💗

A full house!💜💜

“I held onto the thought that our lives were not out of control. We were comforted again and again with the thought that when it came to ____, God was neither surprised nor afraid. You see, there is no mystery with God. He is never caught off guard. He never wonders how he is going to deal with the unexpected thing. I love the words of Daniel 2: 22: “He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with him.”

God is with you in your moments of darkness because he will never leave you. But your darkness isn’t dark to him. Your mysteries aren’t mysterious to him. Your surprises don’t surprise him. He understands all the things that confuse you the most. Not only are your mysteries not mysterious to him, but he is in complete charge of all that is mysterious to you and me.

Remember today that there is One who looks at what you see as dark and sees light. And as you remember that, remember, too, that he is the ultimate definition of everything that is wise, good, true, loving, and faithful. He holds both you and your mysteries in his gracious hands, and because he does, you can find rest even when the darkness of mystery has entered your door.

For further study and encouragement: Isaiah 40: 12–31”

Excerpt from: 

New Morning Mercies , by Paul David Tripp

Thankful Thursday! July 11, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

4th of July with dear friends and family!

Picking up Lex and Tru. Such a treat to spend time with them.  💗💗

Cool nights!

Carrots and hummus

Long talk with my sweet son💜

Ride Out Your Storm

There are many people who have not realized their potential because they are so beaten down by the storms of life. A friend once asked Stradivarius, who perfected the violin, how long it took to make a violin. Stradivarius said, “A thousand years.” He went on to say that a violin can be made only from a tree that is tempered by the wind, beaten by sleet, scorched by summer, and blasted by the ice of winter—a thousand years. In other words, it takes a very strong, weather-worn tree to make a violin. A protected tree would never do.

Likewise, it’s often the people who have experienced failure who can realize the gold in their life. Failure may seem like an enemy, but if we respond to it with renewed determination to persevere, it can be beneficial. Handel said, “Our antagonist is our greatest helper.” Only those who have learned how to bear their burdens and keep going can help lift the burdens of others.“

Choosing Happiness Even When Life is Hard

by Frank Minirth

Thankful Thursday! June 27, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Baking zucchini bread.

Pedicure with Sienna

June gloom...feels so beachy. 

Prayer

Rebounding for Whitty

 

 “Stars are made from explosions and collisions of elements. Stars are made from a breaking at their center. Which allows for a process called nuclear fusion, a process that releases an enormous amount of energy, of light.”

I murmur it again, because how have I never seen the stars quite like that? Stars are made from a continuous breaking. And it’s the gravitational friction of this breaking that makes them bright.

Breaking—then blazing.

This is always the abundant way of the universe.

Brokenness multiplies into abundance. This seems impossible—unlikely. And this is the unfailing way of God. Multiplication happens out of brokenness. And the sum is abundant life.

Stars are the scars of the sky—made into the light of the world.

What would happen if the scars you carry are what God uses to carry Christ to a scarred and broken world?

Weak is the real strong. Brokenness is the real abundance.

Breaking—then blazing.

Dying—then rising.

Trust the abundant...ways of Almighty God.”

 The Way of Abundance

by Ann Voskamp

Thankful Thursday! June 20, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Tru’s birthday!  He’s 1💖

Playing Taboo with Pres and Whitt

Gil making us popcorn

Sweet watermelon


 “Suffering ... turns our hearts toward the future, like a mother turning the face of her child, insisting, “Look this way!” The apostle Paul said as much to his friends as the first waves of persecution were sweeping through the church:

 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)

Once heaven has our attention, a fervid anticipation for God’s ultimate reality—appearing with him in glory—begins to glow, making everything earthly pale in comparison. Earth’s pain keeps crushing our hopes, reminding us this world can never satisfy; only heaven can. And every time we begin to nestle too comfortably on this planet, God cracks open the locks of the dam to allow an ice-cold splash of suffering to wake us from our spiritual slumber”


Excerpt From

When God Weeps

Joni Eareckson Tada

 

Thankful Thursday! June 13, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Incredible pink sunrise!

New Pilates machine!

Practicing new Zumba songs💃🏻

Ripening apricots on my tree

Sitting outside in the mornings!☀️

31 years of marriage!💖💖💖

 

 “The chief end not only of man, but of everything—waterfalls, education, subatomic particles, romance, art, science, food, sleep, golfing, mountains, humor, and tears—is to glorify God. Driven by the conviction that “the aim and final end of all music is none other than the glory of God,” Johann Sebastian Bach created some of the most original, powerful, and beautiful music ever composed. Imagine, however, if he saw the “aim and final end of all music” as being relevant to a culture that likes music. What if the primary factor determining where Bach’s dots fell on the score sheet was not glorifying an infinite God, but merely making something that people would like? Do you think that his music would have been as powerful? Me neither. There is a profound difference between the art motivated by adoration for God and that motivated by the approval of people. Shouldn’t worship be the deepest motive behind every thought we think, word we speak, and sound we make?”

 

Excerpt from: Reflect, by Thaddeus Williams  

Thankful Thursday! June 6, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

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Dinner with Pres and Gil. 

My parents coming over

My son’s positive outlook

God’s guidance and good work when it doesn’t even look like it!

Two of my sons home again (even if just for a bit💜)

 

“HOW CAN THERE BE THREE PERSONS IN ONE GOD? How can God be three and yet one? Isn’t this a contradiction? It would seem that God could be one and not three, or three and not one. But he cannot be both three and one at the same time. It would be a violation of the most fundamental law of thought, namely, the law of noncontradiction.

First of all, the Christian belief in a Trinity of three persons in one God is not a contradiction. A contradiction occurs only when something is both A and non-A at the same time and in the same sense. God is both three and one at the same time but not in the same sense. He is three persons but one in essence. He is three persons but only one in nature.

It would be a contradiction to say that God had three natures in one nature or three persons in one person. But it is not a contradiction to claim that God has three persons in one nature.

God is like a triangle. At the same time it has three corners and yet it is only one triangle. Each corner is not the same as the whole triangle. Or, God is like one to the third power (13). 1 x 1 x 1 = 1. God is not 1 + 1 + 1 = 3, which is tritheism or polytheism. God is one God, manifested eternally and simultaneously in three distinct persons. God is love (1 John 4: 16). But to have love, there must be a lover (Father), a loved one (Son), and a spirit of love (Holy Spirit). So, love itself is a tri-unity.

Another illustration of the Trinity is that God is like my mind, ideas, and words. There is a unity between them, yet they are distinct from each other.

Of course, the Trinity is a mystery. It goes beyond reason without going against reason. We can apprehend it, but we cannot completely comprehend it. As someone wisely said, “If we try to understand God completely, we may lose our mind, but if we do not believe in the Trinity sincerely, we will lose our soul!”

Who made God?  By Ravi Zaccharius & Norman Geisler

Thankful Thursday! May 20, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Vacation with some of my dear family!!!!

Jumping off the rocks at the Cenotes!  SO fun!

Dinner our last night with Gil and Pamela at the buffet - “Mexican Night”.   Listening to the Mariachi band!

Both Rendon and Preston calling me on my birthday!

Zip lining in the dark with Gil and Whitt!!!

Lexi taking such good care of Preston

Kaiser taking care of Preston right away!

 

 

 “So why do bad things happen to good people? The more basic question is: Why is hell awaiting good people? The Bible’s sobering answer is that we are not good. God is just to send his rebellious creatures to hell—thus, he is fair to start that hell in this life.

But there’s a hidden mercy here. By tasting hell in this life we are driven to ponder what may face us in the next. In this way, our trials may be our greatest mercies. For some of us, they become God’s roadblocks on our headlong rush to hell....

... Human suffering in this life is merely the splashover from hell. Yes, you would think Christians would be exempt. But this whole book has tried to show why God allows the splashover anyway. God’s plan for us in this life is to give us the benefits of heaven only gradually. By letting us struggle with the remnants of a sinful nature, and by letting us know pain, he reminds us of the hell we are being saved from.

If we had an easy life, we would soon forget that we are eternal creatures. But hell’s splashover won’t allow that. It persistently reminds us that something immense and cosmic is at stake—a heaven to be reached, a hell to be avoided. Human souls are the battle ground on which massive spiritual battles are being waged. The stakes are enormous. The winner takes all and the loser loses everything. Every day of our short lives has eternal consequences for good or ill. Eternity is being affected. Right now counts forever. Thus, it is only fitting that God should give us some sense of the stakes involved, some sense of the war’s magnitude. He does this by giving us foretastes of hell in our sufferings.”


Excerpt From

When God Weeps

Joni Eareck Tada

Thankful Thursday! July 18, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Peaceful (and cool) day at the beach with Hona!  

Whitty offered to change Fiona’s tire. 

Pres and Whitt spent the day together yesterday.  I love that!

Peaceful Sundays with Gil, Pres, Whitt, church, family lunch,…

 ““In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa. 6: 1–3).

We might draw near to God with awe. Even the holy seraphim covered their faces and their feet in His presence. They have four wings for worship, but two for service.

(2) “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar” (Isa. 6: 5–6).

The pure light of God’s holiness reveals the blackness of our sin.  Compare Job 42: 5–6: “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

If any man thinks well of himself, he has never met God. Nothing will demolish self-righteousness like one real sight of God.

The wonderfulness of God’s love! It would be no wonder if an unholy God could love unholy men; but that the God whose name is Holy, the Infinitely Holy God, could love beings so utterly sinful as we are, is the wonder of the eternities. There are many deep mysteries in the Bible, but no other as profound as this.”

What the Bible Teaches , by R. A. Torrey

Thankful Thursday! May 23, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Breakfast with my Pilates class

Baking cookies for my kids. 

Getting ready for a vacation

Sweet Vicki’s friendship and thoughtful gift!

Dear Linda’s sweet gift for Tru!  I loved Wee Sing when my kids were little. 

My mom and dad’s fun and thoughtful gift. 

Flowers from my hubby💐 


 “Filled to Overflowing

May you experience increase in every way.

May your capacity to know the heights of God’s love grow exponentially.

May your understanding of the depths of His faithfulness grow continually.

May your belief in your divine value deepen tremendously.

And, in the days ahead, may your willingness to trust God with every detail of your life change profoundly.

You are deeply loved, deeply called, and profoundly cared for. May you live out of this truth!

Walk in humble confidence today.



I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

EPHESIANS 3:17–19”


Excerpt From

Blessings for the Morning

Susie Larson

 

Thankful Thursday! May 16, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Spending the day with Max and Michelle

New session of classes and new choreography 🤗

Pilates Chair Workout

Spending time with Gil

Whitty getting home safely!   He’s home for the summer!🎉💜

New nutrition client.

My mom, mom-in-law/love☺️ & sweet Raquel

 

 “Brokenness Has Its Blessings

Our lives aren’t just random, unconnected collections of scenes without meaning. They have purpose, and as we become more and more tuned in to who God is, we can have peace in the plot’s strange twists and turns. . . .

Many of us have chapters that we would prefer had never been written. . . . But the hard chapters show God’s power in a way that the happy ones do not. Brokenness moves my story forward in a way that peaceful times do not. It’s in the difficulties that I became desperate to really know God, to cry out to Him.

When everything is going well, we often can’t hear God, because the music all around us is turned up too loud. But when the party stops—in those moments of crashing pain, sorry, and sudden silence—we begin to hear His voice. . . .

God is with you no matter what. He is stronger than the challenges in front of you. You can trust Him. Even though you can’t see how your story will turn out, know that the end is in His hands.

DENISE JACKSON

The Road Home”

 

 “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

PSALM 34:17–19


“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

REVELATION 1:8”


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Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening