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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. 

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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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Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.Psalm 100:2 

This was a slooooooooow morning!  I got up and started moving with a purpose, but was just a little off-balance.  All systems were performing sluggishly and with the symphony of alternating creaks and groans, but performing.   Yet, something was amiss.   Thinking over conversations from  the last evening a smile crept across my face.  As I recalled the conversation about  my Dad asking for his Ipod my heart swelled with gratitude and praise.

How like God help me to focus and  remind me that four short weeks ago that this is the same Daddy to whose hospital bedside I rushed to stand next to because the doctors did not expect him to make it, wanted his Ipod.   Such a small request but it means the world to me.  The love of music that permeates my daily life is because of my parents.  For us music is the soundtrack that pushes our lives forward on a daily basis.    The simple request for music let me know that God is rewriting a new musical masterpiece and testimony in Dad’s life!  Glory to God for all the things He has done!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

 

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11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11 (NIV)

God has generously given each of us a talent/gift and for a fortunate few, multiple gifts. We are to use those gifts to His glory and honor. Yet, some are not happy with our gifts, we complain, compare, and question why we cannot write like Shakespeare, don’t have the ability to sing better than a stepped on dog and cannot knit as fast as Hazel Tindall http://youtu.be/GfRZnN2rL4Y (World’s fastest knitter) who  by the wayhappens to be crazy fast! 

The incredible thing is that whatever your God-given gift gratitude and humble appreciation of that gift returned back to God will transform it, enhance it, enlarge it and through it draw others to God, the greatest gift giver of all.

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Ree

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7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;   my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy,   and with my song I praise him.  Psalm 28:7

This morning and on many others I need to sing “Jesus Loves Me“!  This morning I felt the need for additional words and did a quick search for the lyrics.  No I did not forget the verses I learned long ago, but felt the burning desire for more and God knew exactly what I needed.   There are moments when being a child in the sight of God is the most comforting feeling, when seeking the shelter of  His love we are protected from the rocks, barbs and arrows life hurls at us.   When understanding dawns clearly that in our weakness, His strength is beyond sufficient we are elevated.  Around dark corners He illuminates and banishes the shadows.  As a shepherd he clears our paths and pushes away those who would do us harm and away our fears.   Today, I have no fear because I know that He is with me and where I am weak, He is strong! 

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

The Lord is my Good Shepherd

Jesus loves me! this I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
they are weak but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! loves me still,
‘tho I’m very weak and ill,
that I might from sin be free,
bled and died upon the tree.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He who died
heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
let His little child come in.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He will stay
close beside me all the way.
Thou hast bled and died for me,
I will henceforth live for Thee.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me when I’m good. 
When I do the things I should. 
Jesus loves me when I’m bad, 
but it makes him oh so sad.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

(Thanks to the viewer who recently sent us this verse!)

I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus likes to hear me say,
That I love Him every day!

Yes, I love Jesus!
Yes, I love Jesus!
Yes, I love Jesus!
In prayer I tell Him so.

(Thanks to Lois & Lee for suggesting this verse!)

Now you’ve heard the true story,
How Jesus died for you and me.
Accept Him in your heart today,
Then in heaven with Him you’ll stay!

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

(Thanks to Ruth for sharing this verse with us!)  

Jesus loves me this I know
And I pray to Him alone.
And His light shines through in me
For God’s people to all see!

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

(Thanks to Nyasha for sharing this verse with us!)  

Jesus knows me, this I love, 
All great things are from above; 
Though I sin, the Lord forgives, 
That is why I’m glad He lives!

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

(Thanks to Eric L. Zancanella 2001 for creating these verses and sharing them with us!)  

Jesus hears the prayers I groan, 
Speaks for me at our God’s throne; 
His love helps me to comply, 
Yes, the Lord is my supply. 

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus love me!
The Bible tells me so.

(Thanks to Eric L. Zancanella 2001 for creating these verses and sharing them with us!)  

Jesus loves me this I know.
It’s thicker than a sheet of snow.
He loves me, that’s why he died.
If I was there I would cry.

Yes Jesus loves me,
Yes Jesus loves me,
Yes Jesus loves me,
So much, he died for me.

(Thanks to a viewer for sending this in!)  

Jesus loves me, this I know. 
For he died His love to show. 
When I know he took my sin, 
He forgives and saves me then. 

Yes, Jesus loves me. 
Yes, Jesus loves me. 
Yes, Jesus love me.
He took away my sin.

(Thanks to Janice for sending this verse in!)   

Jesus, take this heart of mine,
Make it pure and holy thine;
On the cross you died for me,
I will try to live for Thee.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

(Thanks to Carlos for sending this verse in!)

Jesus died upon the tree
Yes He died for you and me
But he did not stay that way
No, He rose again this day!

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

(Thanks to Tina for sharing her verse with us!)

Jesus loves me He who lives
Through His blood salvation gives
Praise His name to all you know
Let The Holy Spirit show.

Yes Jesus loves me!
Yes Jesus loves me!
Yes Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Thanks to Esther for sharing her verse with us!)

Jesus loves me this I know
As he loved so long ago
Taking children on his knee
Saying let them come to me.

Yes Jesus loves me!
Yes Jesus loves me!
Yes Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Thanks to Jesse for sharing this verse with us!

Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow.
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in him.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in his I’ll go.
On through life, let come what may,
He’ll be there to lead the way.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Though I am no longer young,
I have much which He’s begun.
Let me serve Christ with a smile,
Go with other’s the extra mile.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song.
Telling me in words so clear,
“Have no fear, for I am near.”

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

When my work on earth is done,
And life’s victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I’ll understand his love.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

I love Jesus, does he know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love him every day.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

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