Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Haven't you ever wondered what others first see when they meet us?
I truly believe that the saying, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" can only be taken so far - and this definitely has passed the limits of any reasoning. Seeing this creature is like ramping up for Trick or Treat three days early.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thanks Barbara for the great pictures.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
There is a river that flows from God above
There is a fountain that is filled with His great love
Come to the water, there is a vast supply
There is a river that never shall run dry
The Fountain shown is located in the Han River, Seoul, and has an off/on switch to elect when to let water spout into the river. Hopefully our spiritual fountain isn't set up that way; and if it is, Sunday is the perfect day to wade out into the water for repair at your local assembly.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
The scripture keeps entering my mind, "Everything that can be shaken, will be shaken". I believe this scripture is God's way of saying, hold on with all your might. It is obvious when looking round and about that I'm being shaken, you're being shaken, most everybody is being shaken. So here's my thoughts in verse, The Shaking of the Olive Tree. (Actually, it was a poem I wrote quite awhile back but seems to fit my thought process today).
protrude from natural surroundings.
Unveiling a grove,
a symbol of times past, the Old World.
Its spiked leathery leaves
outline the perimeter of each tree.
Clusters of small, oval bodies
peek from among the branches.
Soon the fruit will be ready,
and then will come the shaking.
formatted as convulsive shudders.
Each stark movement seems bent
on arresting the ripened beauties.
a shaking not being meant without resistance.
For this is the season of
The Shaking of the Olive Tree.
We must trust in the Shaker, our Lord, like never before. We can't let our harvest's offerings be ruined by the shaker of this world, our enemy. Truly, there's a whole lot of shaking going on - but we can overcome by holding strongly to the Tree (the Tree of Life).
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Why did I mention PINS !!??!! Well, there was an occasion when my girls, Kellee and Alisha, were getting ready to go to a senior youth camp. Both had a couple of favorites they wanted to take but were in need of repair. All went well until I got to a certain black skirt. Before I could sew the hem back in, the safety pins had to be removed. Would you believe there were enough pins in that skirt’s hem to fill a whole pin cushion? Plus, there was a ruler's length of scotch tape and a couple of staples to extract too. No wonder every time my daughter wore the skirt, it glistened brightly at the bottom. I still chuckle to this day, and have the hardest time ever using safety pins on anything – emergency or not. LOL
Now I said all that to say this - for us to be usable jewels, we must keep our garment mended. Don’t pin it, scotch tape it, or staple it. Use needle and thread (i.e., prayer and fasting) removed from our pin cushion (i.e., the Bible) to do the job right. In order to please Him, we can’t let our garment unravel or fall apart, and surely not be weighed down with pins (i.e., cares of this life).
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
An old Chinese proverb says, "The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones." That's a pretty powerful statement because mountains come in many sizes - some tower mightily overhead, some are mid-sized, while others look like ant hills. However, with each mountain comes a challenge - a challenge that each of us face every day.
I can't speak as to when your mountains will be removed. That is up to you. And I don't know when my mountains will either - but everyday I intend to pick up a small pebble of hurt, discouragement, failure, and list goes on, that has lodged in my heart, and place put it in God's wheelbarrow to be carried away. Some days, I will notice a boulder or two has been placed inside the wheelbarrow, not of my doing. It will be the labor of an Unseen Hand who is helping make my load much lighter. Today I will continue my quest, laboring to remove one stone at a time - for in time, one of my mountains will be gone and victory will come. Then I will move to another of my mountains and begin the same process. Will I be defeated? No, I can't be...for when I fail to at least try, I am telling the world that there is no God.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Keep on catching 'em Pres, and I'll try to make it up to enjoy a fish fry one of these days. By the way, You Are the Man, and definitely are my favorite fisherman.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Why are we always trying to tell God how to handle the situations in our lives? Don't we realize that they would get resolved quicker if we would just present our petitions to Him and then LISTEN for His answers?
Side Note: Strange how we have "ears" to hear everything but His voice. On second thought, it's not strange, it's pitiful!