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27 God wanted them to look for him and perhaps search all around for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us:  Acts 17:27 (NCV)

Miraculously and quite by accident I seem to have stepped into a world of mind-readers. Everyone anticipates my needs, wants and tastes.  Everything that I like and enjoy is ready for me, just when I want it, on time and in just the way I would have prepared them.  This is incredible, I never want to leave here, this is where I want to spend the rest of my life.

Buzz, buzz, ,buzz, what, wait, that was a dream, a fantasy, a distorted view of my reality, a glimpse through my very own distorted looking-glass?  It really would be so nice to live in a world where we are surrounded by never-ending, awe-inspiring, breathtaking beauty, where conversations would always have meat and merit.  Where running off to chat with Jesus never, ever got old.  In my considerations on this day I am thinking about  Heaven and  today I realize that I yearn and welcome the joy and delight of staying in God’s presence.   When life at times confuses and confounds me and lacks warmth, shine and patina of Heaven, but I am able to seek an audience with My Father, the King as a beloved, desired and cherished child,  I must just seek Him.

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Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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1-2 God claims Earth and everything in it, God claims World and all who live on it.     He built it on Ocean foundations,    laid it out on River girders.  Psalm 24:1  (MSG)

Just a couple days ago we were walking along the river marveling at the beauty in the gorgeous Winter day!  Again, humbly I thank God for allowing us to enjoy it!

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Ree

 

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 “Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” 2 Chronicles 6:40

How many times have we just wanted to be heard?  To get our requests and petitions out?  To be understood and impart  that singular tidbit to anyone?  The moments when we pray and we must catch ourselves because the prayerful petition has suddenly become so routine because we have made it so often?

This morning as I was thinking about prayer I read the Bible I was struck by the beauty of  the various prayers I quickly scanned.  I loved the flow of the prayer in Nehemiah 1:11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”   The earnest yearning of “let your ear be attentive”, struck such a chord.    Reading on I was again drawn to my favorite, David the simple shepherd boy who prayed so many beautiful prayers.   Psalm 17:1   A prayer of David. Hear me, LORD, my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer— it does not rise from deceitful lips.”   

Lord, as I continue to grow I continually desire to communicate with you in ways that do not sound trite, whining or droning. 

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Ree

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Silence is praise to you, Zion-dwelling God, And also obedience.  You hear the prayer in it all.  Psalm 65:1-2 (The Message)
 
Sometimes I am quiet.  Nothing wrong, yet I am struck dumb, wordless, mute but not without racing thoughts and juggling considerations.  There are just some days when I must seal my lips and give offerings of silent praise.  Many times I am silent because I am overwhelmed!  When I think about how incredibly awesome God has been to me, my loved ones and those I call friends, the paths He has led me down, the blessings sent my way and let me not forget the answered prayers… tears of gratitude, trickle then  flow, unchecked.  This praise offering must be silent because I have no adequate of words.  At those times,  I know nothing my simple mind could string together could convey all the feelings that I have for all that God has done, my gratitude and love.  This is one of those days and on this day it is with that spirit that I know God hears and accepts the silent praise offered!!!
 
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Ree

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14The blood of Christ, who had no defect, does even more. Through the eternal Spirit he offered himself to God and cleansed our consciences from the useless things we had done. Now we can serve the living God.  Hebrews 9:14 (GW)

 Since participation in my first high school blood drive I have strongly believed in the importance of being a donor. It has not always been easy to donate!  Weight restrictions of not weighing enough, improperly behaving blood droplets, surgery that required a transfusion and a few visits to the tattoo shop hindered my ability to donate regularly. In this current life chapter, weighing a tad more than enough and better diet allow regular donations.  through the years all of these donations have been voluntary and often repeated, yet recently I made a mistake.  I got up, grabbed my t-shirt, water and cookies,  walked back to my office, climbed the steps and sat down before I right before I would have fallen down.

My bad, clear  instructions were not adhered to, rules of donating conduct broken, voluntarily. All night I thought about Christ. He was beaten, paraded through jeering crowds, carrying, a cross, voluntarily to cleanse us of sins that had yet to be committed because of love.  Reviewing and replaying Christ’s sacrifice made the most recent donation more real than it has ever been. What I did was merely a drop in the humanity bucket compared to the cleansing, eternal life saving Blood gift of Jesus.

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Ree

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23 The fear of the LORD leads to life;
   then one rests content, untouched by trouble.  Proverbs 19:23

I have a confession that I may or may not have expressed before, I am an extremely nervous passenger. There it is out  and I still do not feel one bit better. It is not just cars, but planes and buses make me incredibly, break a sweat, out the window staring, angst filled, irrationally nervous. Cars factor heaviest into the equation as I am in one every single day.  (Note I said passenger! ) Some else at the wheel and in my mind they are always going too fast, following too closely and never stopping exactly as I think they should, oh the list of infractions could go on and on.  Yet, when I am driving  all is well, the squirrels and chipmunks are safe,  I do the speed limit, obey all the traffic rules and am always aware of my surroundings.  In my defense, a portion of my nervousness stems from the fact that  in every single vehicle accident I have been a party to in my life…I was a passenger.

Being a passenger requires willingness to confidently put myself in the hands of someone else.  To release  the control of where I am going, sit back , relax and enjoy the ride as another manuevers the mode of transportation.  In my Christian experience surrendering should make me a better passenger.   By allowing the Lord to rule and reign in my life,  freely I lift my hands from the wheel, take knitting needles in hand and go where God takes me.   I acknowledge that without God, I wandered aimlessly, without purpose, though I thought progress was being made.   The reality was that I was nowhere and not getting anywhere.  There is a calming humbleness and trust in learning to release the wheel.  Lord, please keep working on me to not be such a nervous passenger, to believe that when I ask You to protect the driver, conductor and engineer that Your covering of wisdom and protection covers us all. 

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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7 and must confess the sin they have committed. They must make full restitution for the wrong they have done, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the person they have wronged.  Numbers 5:7 (NIV) 

In October, those  individuals with Blackberry smartphones had their lives thrown for a no, tex, no email, communication-less

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void for several days when the systems failed.  Business men, women and even the President of the United States missed during that period of time.  I will admit,  I did not miss having my five year old Blackberry Pearl that had died and retired months earlier.  Unfortunately, my husband had just received his brand spanking new Torch and was touched by the international system outage.

To make amends the company offered free apps  to users in an effort to “make up” for difficulties suffered.   We made certain that any and every app offered that he might want was snagged.  This looked and sounded like an incredible deal, deep discounts, all were “free”. Very useful applications were his for the downloading as restitution for being isolated from the rest of the world during the communication blackout.  Ohhhhhh, but wait, there was must have been some obscure fine, teeny tiny, miniscule fine print.  What was free was only free for a limited time. In January he received a message that some of those apps were going to have future costs associated with them.  Hmmmm, the old bait and switch.  Free rewards with dteep hidden costs.

The enemy preys on our desire to get “something for nothing”, he offers this or that and hides the consequences and costs in pretty lights, colors or behind doors we chose not to open.   The price of my salvation was paid by Christ on the cross.  There will be no additional bills due or hidden, gotcha costs.    Skip the gimmicks, trick and apps just give me Jesus!!!

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Ree

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