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...

...my 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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

God of All Comfort...

...and the Father of compassion.  May we seek to model our Father in Heaven while here on earth.
God of All Comfort - Ellie Holcomb

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

It's Good and Necessary To Count

Psalm 103:2 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,

Count Them All (Radio Version) - JJ Weeks Band
Count your blessings name them one by one
Count your blessings see what god has done
Count your blessings ‘til all is well with your soul
Count your blessings move on past your doubt
Count your blessings when fear is screaming loud
Count your blessings until your heart overflows

Every blessing great and small
Every breath every step we walk
Is a gift we don’t deserve from a love we cannot earn
There’s still a song to sing even in our deepest need
The valley’s low and the mountains tall
Take a breath and count them all count them count them all

[Verse 1]
Count your blessings even when it seems dark
Count your blessings even with a hurting heart
Count your blessings and remember whose you are
You gotta remember whose you are

Every blessing great and small
Every breath every step we walk
Is a gift we don’t deserve from a love we cannot earn
There’s still a song to sing even in our deepest need
The valley’s low and the mountains tall
Take a breath and count them all count them count them all

[Verse 2]
Oh count them all count them all
Oh the power that's realist
When you know what you received
Oh the strength that you will gain
With every whisper then
Oh the joy that comes alive
Oh the peace that won't subside
And everything around you fades
And still you say

Every blessing great and small
Every breath every step we walk
Is a gift we don’t deserve from a love we cannot earn
There’s still a song to sing even in our deepest need
The valley’s low and the mountains tall
Take a breath and count them all count them count them all

Go ahead and try to count them all
Go ahead and try to count them all

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Because Sometimes a Good Cowboy Song...

...best expresses what's on a heart.  And oh how I need His hand!

I Can't Even Walk (Without You Holding My Hand) - Cody Johnson
I thought number one would surely be me
I thought I could be what I wanted to be 
I thought I could build on life's sinking sand 
But now I can't even walk without you holding my hand 

I thought I could do a lot on my own
I thought I could make it all day long
I thought of myself as a mighty big man 
But Lord I can't even walk without you holding my hand 

Oh Lord, I can't even walk without you holding my hand 
The mountains too high and the valleys too wide 
Down on my knees that's where I learned to stand 
Oh Lord, I can't even walk without you holding my hand 

I think I'll make Jesus my all and all
And if I'm in trouble on his name I'll call 
If I didn't trust him I'd be less of a man 
'Cause Lord I can't even walk without you holding my hand 

Oh Lord, I can't even walk without you holding my hand 
The mountains too high and the valleys too wide 
Down on my knees that's where I learned to stand 
'Cause Lord I can't even walk without you holding my hand 

Oh Lord, I can't even walk without you holding my hand

Written by Colbert Croft, Joyce Croft • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Zach Williams - Old Church Choir (Official Music Video)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Greg Sykes - Reverse (Official Music Video)

Longing For Zion

1 Chronicles 29:15 New Living Translation (NLT)

15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.

Hebrews 11:13 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

1 John 3:2 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears[a] we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

Psalm 137:1-4  New King James Version (NKJV)
Longing for Zion in a Foreign Land
137 By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down, yea, we wept
When we remembered Zion.
2 We hung our harps
Upon the willows in the midst of it.
3 For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song,
And those who plundered us requested mirth,
Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song
In a foreign land?

Our granddog is continuing his quest to get back to the university where his master resides.   Last night he stood at our front door with an open can of dog food in his mouth waiting to be let out.  "What's he doing?" my husband asked.

"I think he's packing his bags," I answered.  Sure enough, when my husband took him outside, he went straight to the car and climbed in waiting for his ride.  We all have a longing for Zion.  It may be for my granddog a dorm room, but for the rest of us it is that place where Christ reigns. 

Isaiah 35:10 English Standard Version (ESV)

10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
    and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
    they shall obtain gladness and joy,
    and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Rivers of Babylon - Bill & Gloria Gaither 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

He's a Good Dog

Ephesians 1:16 New English Translation (NET Bible)

16 I do not cease to give thanks for you when I remember you in my prayers.

Genesis 31:49 English Standard Version (ESV)

49 and Mizpah,[a] for he said, “The Lord watch between you and me, when we are out of one another's sight.

Our Easter weekend was spent with the young man who used to live at our house but now lives at the university, and it was a lovely Easter.  This Sunday I found myself spending a great deal of couch time time wrapped up in heavy fur collar, my granddog so to speak, seems to be missing his master.  He asked to be let out the door leading outside from my son's room and didn't return.  I searched and found him on the steps to the garage staring at the door as if to will my son to walk through (my son being the one who parks his car in that garage).  I considered crying, but instead scooped him up and carried him to the couch where he snuggled up just as close as he could, hence the fur collar.  We might as well be missing him together, out of sight but never out of mind.  He's a good dog.

A Southern Gospel Revival: Courtney Patton - Take Your Shoes Off Moses

It's Sunday!

What's my only one thing?  
Forgive me, Father, for all the foolish things I want and lead me to You and You only.  
I Confess - Tenth Avenue North

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

He Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed!

Edward Middleton Manigault : Christ Appearing to Mary 1910

John 20:1-18 New International Version (NIV)

The Empty Tomb
20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Easter Medley | Anthem Lights

"Oh Mercy" Lyric Video - Stu Garrard, Matt Maher and Audrey Assad

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Phil Wickham - My All In All (Official Lyric Video)

We Are the Never Shaken...

...and the never forgotten

And So I Shall Go to Work

Colossians 3:23-24 New English Translation (NET Bible)

23 Whatever you are doing, work at it with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not for people, 24 because you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as the reward. Serve the Lord Christ.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Look Forward, Keep Walking

Lot's wife

Ecclesiastes 7:10 New English Translation (NET Bible)

10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these days?”
for it is not wise to ask that.

Luke 17:32 English Standard Version (ESV)

32 Remember Lot's wife.

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.

Philippians 3:14 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 New English Translation (NET Bible)

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Like Lot's wife I can long for the good old days forgetting that those days weren't always good.  Yes, there is suffering that comes simply from living in a fallen world; but there is also suffering that comes from self-inflicted pain, the consequences of my own sins.  I can look back on many "if only's" and "should have's" in my life and long for "do over's" of past regrets, when I should be looking forward to the transforming power of my Lord and Savior.  I've been redeemed, my sins forgiven at the cross!   Look forward, child of the King!
Desire to look more like Jesus and less like the world and always walk with God.

Dear Younger Me - MercyMe

HOSANNA - Phil Driscoll

Sunday, April 9, 2017

It's Palm Sunday!

The Way, The Truth, and the Life, by Ralph Pallen Coleman

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Never Old Enough...

Romans 11:33-34 English Standard Version (ESV)

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
    or who has been his counselor?”

Job 5:9New English Translation (NET Bible)

9 He does great and unsearchable things,
marvelous things without number;

But we'll understand it better by and by.

By and By - Selah

Friday, March 31, 2017

Born of The Spirit

A difficult day today had me turning to my Comforter, the Holy Spirit.  It's the reason for the song I uploaded this evening.

Ghost - MercyMe

Monday, March 27, 2017

Not Going Back

Not Going Back - Brenton Brown

"I Will Be Here" Live from Sweetwater Studios Sessions

Rend My Heart

Hosea 6:6 New English Translation (NET Bible)
6 For I delight in faithfulness, not simply in sacrifice;
I delight in acknowledging God, not simply in whole burnt offerings.

Psalm 51:16-17New English Translation (NET Bible)
16 Certainly you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it;
you do not desire a burnt sacrifice.
17 The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit—
O God, a humble and repentant heart you will not reject.

I was disappointed today when I couldn't upload a lovely new song by Selah, "Broken Ladders."  Sometimes that happens with copyright laws and it really is okay; but I was still disappointed that my efforts were for naught, or so I thought.  Sometimes the process is what is important to God not the result.  What is it that he wants to do in me?  What does He want me to learn?  It needed to be something more than a time filler, while my husband was deep into watching "March Madness" on the television, and in the making it did become so.  I spent time with God, and that's never a waste.  So I shall rend my heart and not my garments and turn to the Lord my God.