Monday, August 21, 2017

The Sky Proclaims His Handiwork

Psalm 19:1 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Law of the Lord Is Perfect
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

19 The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.

Nehemiah 9:6 English Standard Version (ESV)

6 [a] “You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

One Light in a Million

Isaiah 40:26 New International Version (NIV)

26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
    Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
    and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
    not one of them is missing.

I'm pretty sure there's no one in America who doesn't know a solar eclipse is coming tomorrow.  I won't be looking, though, because I don't have the glasses!  That's okay, I'm sure I'll see the coverage of it.  I wonder what God thinks of all the excitement over one star in his creation.   I pray that we will be considering the Creator tomorrow as well as his creation.  Dominion and awe belong to Him.

A Million Lights - Michael W. Smith 

It's Sunday!

Bacon, Henry (b,1839)- Pay Attention
Pay attention!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

He Will Return

Luke 21:34-36 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Be Ready!
34 “But be on your guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day close down upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will overtake all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Revelation 19:6-9 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult
    and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
    and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

9 And the angel said[a] to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

What will be left on earth after Christ calls His Bride, the church, to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb?  That thought was the inspiration for my latest Youtube upload.  Christ will return.  Are you ready?

Gather Round Now - Third Day 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

It's Sunday!

Art and Design Blog: Desert Realty: Photos by Ed Freeman

Even in the desert, church can be found.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Nobody Loves Like Jesus

Ephesians 3:18-19 New English Translation (NET Bible)

18 you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Nobody Loves Me Like Jesus

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Because We Have a Big, Big God

John 16:33 New English Translation (NET Bible)

33 I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage—I have conquered the world.”

1 Corinthians 15:57-58 New English Translation (NET Bible)

57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 58 So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Romans 8:37 New English Translation (NET Bible)

37 No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!

Philippians 4:13New English Translation (NET Bible)

13 I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.

I had to go to physical therapy again today.  I don't like to think of myself as a weenie but weenie I am.  I needed some overcoming Bible verses and thankfully God supplies.  It's a big mountain but God is bigger.

Great God Almighty - Third Day 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

It's Sunday!

Harmony Community, Putnam County, Georgia.... The Jefferson Baptist Church is the heart of the Negro community. (28 May 1941 - 1 June 1941) Irving Rusinow, Photographer.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Free As a Bird

I truly love my house of the level path and remain grateful for it; however, today I would have loved it more if it had air conditioning.  We're having a heat wave here and post surgical recovery means too much time in a very warm home.  So I uploaded a song that reminded me that I've escaped my chains through Christ and am as free as a bird on a wing.  Thank you, Rend Collective, for your many songs of celebration.  My soul if not my body is soaring, and the wind cools my spirit.

Free As a Bird - Rend Collective

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Renewed Strength

John 15:16 New English Translation (NET Bible)

16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.

Proverbs 3:5-6 New English Translation (NET Bible)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding.
6 Acknowledge him in all your ways,
and he will make your paths straight.

Isaiah 40:31 New English Translation (NET Bible)

31 But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength;
they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings,
they run without growing weary,
they walk without getting tired.

I can tell my creeping age when a common point of discussions is, "What hurts more, a hip replacement or a knee replacement?"  (Although I'm pretty sure right now it has to be a knee replacement.)  Just because I'm no longer a young warrior, doesn't mean I'm not still a warrior.  Physical therapy is tough!  It hurts!    And I've come to realize that physical therapy, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia don't play well together.  So I pray for strength to carry on.   I've got miles to go and pounds to lose before I'm done.
This song by Unspoken is speaking to me now.
Lift My Life Up (Acoustic ) - Unspoken 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Worrier Warrior, A Bit of A Fixer Upper

Philippians 1:6 English Standard Version (ESV)
6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

It's another Sunday spent recovering from knee replacement surgery.  God remains with me and remains good.  I've been filling probably too much of my time watching home improvement, fixer-upper TV shows.  Maybe it's because I'm still a fixer-upper. I thought I'd further along in my recovery, but surprise!  God must have his reasons.  I'm not yet where I can spend a full day at a computer terminal, a full half-hour maybe, but not even close to a full day; so, I'm inclined to worry because my sick leave won't last forever and I do need to return to work.  Another surprise came this week with an audit of my pay leading to some extra funds in my pay slip.  Yes, God remains good even to an impatient, worrier warrior.  Still all prayers on my behalf would be greatly appreciated.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Matthew West - All In (Audio)

It's Sunday!

This is my second missed Sunday church post surgery, and I do admit that I miss it!
Psalm 122 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Psalm 122
A song of ascents, by David.

1 I was glad because they said to me,
“We will go to the Lord’s temple.”
2 Our feet are standing
inside your gates, O Jerusalem.
3 Jerusalem is a city designed
to accommodate an assembly.
4 The tribes go up there,
the tribes of the Lord,
where it is required that Israel
give thanks to the name of the Lord.
5 Indeed, the leaders sit there on thrones and make legal decisions,
on the thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
May those who love her prosper!
7 May there be peace inside your defenses,
and prosperity inside your fortresses!
8 For the sake of my brothers and my neighbors
I will say, “May there be peace in you!”
9 For the sake of the temple of the Lord our God
I will pray for you to prosper.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

It's Sunday!

And some Sundays you will be missed.  This week I'm recovering from surgery, so both of my guys are home to help.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Instead of Me

1 Timothy 1:15-16 New Living Translation (NLT)

15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.

Galatians 2:20 New English Translation (NET Bible)

20 I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Instead - Ricky Skaggs

Saturday, July 1, 2017

If You're Waiting Until the Cows Come Home...

...they're here.

2 Corinthians 6:2 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 For he says,

“In a favorable time I listened to you,
    and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Story From the Land of Uz...

Job 1:1 English Standard Version (ESV)

Job's Character and Wealth
1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.

Job 1:21English Standard Version (ESV)

21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

...for all who are feeling like they may also be from Uz.  Hang on, child of God, hang on.

Job 8:21English Standard Version (ESV)

21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter,
    and your lips with shouting.

A Man Named Job (Lyric Video)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

God Gave His Word

A woman in China receiving her copy of the Scripture

John 1:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.

Because my mother kept it, I still have my first Bible, coverless but with the presentation page intact.  It was given to me on my 11th birthday.  It once had a black zipper cover and my name embossed in gold.  At least I think it did.  Because it seems now like I've always had a Bible my memory may be flawed.  In church this morning, I read from my Bible app on my phone.  I've been blessed.  This photo of the woman in China moves my heart to cherish the Holy Word of God, a most precious gift, the very breath of God. 

The Word - Sara Groves

It's Sunday!

Big and little sisters go to church.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Go Out and Shine

Matthew 5:16 English Standard Version (ESV)

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

It's morning and I must ready myself for work.  I'm not feeling very bright.  Will I shine today for my Lord?  I pray that it may be so.  May my life reflect His in all that I do.  It's time to shine.

You Are the Sun - Sara Groves

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Because Sometimes I Still Miss My Dad... Heavenly becomes ever dearer.  And, Dad, I will be seeing you again, by and by.
So Good to Me - Zach Williams 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

It's Sunday!

Old Church of God, Red Boiling Springs, TN

Take hold of His hand.

Take the Hand of Jesus (with Doug Seegers) - Buddy Miller 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017

It's Sunday!

Psalm 96:1 English Standard Version (ESV)

Worship in the Splendor of Holiness
96 Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth!

Go and sing your heart out.  You're in his holy dwelling. 

Song That the Angels Can't Sing - Casting Crowns

Monday, May 29, 2017

Some Give All

And some hearts break.

Psalm 68:5 English Standard Version (ESV)

5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
    is God in his holy habitation.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Running The Race

1913 Indianapolis 500

2 Timothy 4:7-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

May 30 has been an important date in my husband's, therefore my family's, history, because it's the running of the Indianapolis 500.  It stretches back to his childhood experience of going with his father to watch the race in a Tacoma theater making it a much watch event ever after.  So last night I attended the Saturday church service with my husband and this morning the early service with my son so they could watch the race together.  They don't even know that I got my shower at an early morning hour so the bathroom would be clear for both of them.  Sometimes a mom has to do what a mom has to do.  
Gentlemen, start your engines.

Don't Let the Devil Ride - Julie Miller

Unspoken - Broken Man - Unplugged (Lyric Video)

It's Sunday!

Trinity Baptist Church Christiansburg, Va 
Memorial Day

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Leggings, The Zoo, The Circus

My niece, a lovely woman, is now selling a line of clothing, LuLaroe, that brings a childhood book to mind, Put me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire, because among other things, they sell patterned, colorful leggings that resemble the creature in the book; and yesterday I was wearing a most colorful pair under a casual spring dress.  Because two of our three cars were down, the young man who lives in a dorm but is now home for summer, offered to pick me up from work for lunch.  Then his car wouldn't start; so forgetting my age and infirmities, and in spite of his cautioning me not to push, I offered to help push start his car.  It worked!  Unfortunately, when I push I don't know how to stop. I lost my balance when his car started and fell forward onto my hands on the parking lot pavement.  A number of questions immediately flashed into my mind before I picked myself up:  Did anyone see that?  (I was in front of the conference room windows.)  Did I hurt myself...permanently?  Did my dress fly up?  Did I tear my leggings?  Again, did my dress fly up?  (I was worried about that one.)
When I told my coworkers, one did wish she had been there to record it on her phone, but two others said in unison, "Well at least you had brightly colored leggings!"
When I told my husband I fell, he asked, "Did you damage your leggings?"  (Fortunately he was just walking out the door, and when he came back in he was full of concern and had an apology on his lips; so he does still live here.)
Such is the power of leggings.
I truly believe that leggings are not pants and that they don't really feel like butter, but what great leggings was that pair! No, I didn't rip, tear or damage them and they laundered beautifully, still as bright as ever.  So put me in the zoo or the circus because I do plan to wear them again!

I know this is a stretch, but I may have found a nearly appropriate Bible verse.
Exodus 28:42 English Standard Version (ESV)

42 You shall make for them linen undergarments to cover their naked flesh. They shall reach from the hips to the thighs;

Put Me In The Zoo - Animated Children's Book

for KING & COUNTRY - O God Forgive Us (feat. KB) [Official Music Video]

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Really Great Read!

I just reread this book and expect I'll probably read it again.  I can't recommend it highly enough.  

Luke 10:25-37 New English Translation (NET Bible)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 Now an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you understand it?” 27 The expert answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” 28 Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

29 But the expert, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him up, and went off, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, but when he saw the injured man he passed by on the other side. 32 So too a Levite, when he came up to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan who was traveling came to where the injured man was, and when he saw him, he felt compassion for him. 34 He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever else you spend, I will repay you when I come back this way.’ 36 Which of these three do you think became a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 The expert in religious law said, “The one who showed mercy to him.” So Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”

Rhiannon Giddens - Wayfaring Stranger