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My quick search of the New International Version of the Bible revealed 27 verses that mention the word window.  Windows were for looking down from and through (Genesis 26:8) , escaping from on a scarlet rope (Joshua 2:15),  fleeing from in order to preserve life (1 Samuel 19:12) or opening after 40 days and nights of rain on the ark (Genesis 8:6).   Windows let in fresh cleansing air or  provide frames to display for our eyes the beauty of God.   Windows provide brief passing slices into our lives for others.   On this the 29th day of February, I am acutely aware that my life and how I speak, interact and behave may be the only view of God someone may see.  Today, Father I ask that you shine brightly through so only You are seen  and glorified in this day!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18 (NIV)

There are people weaving in and out of our lives daily who bring out the best or worst in us.  You have met or been around them,  without a dust mite of doubt I know have. That person whose very presence brightens the entire room just because they walked in or the one who always seems to have a crowd of dissimilar folks around them. To the casual eye they may not stand out but to those in the know, they have it! Jesus had it! The Son of God, who chose to be made flesh had the quiet charisma that drew crowds to him, just to be close to him, to dine with him or merely touch the hem of his garment. Being in His presence changed lives, careers and destinies. In many ways I want to be like Jesus, especially in that peaceful, loving way speaking comfort, confirmation and compassion, that gently and solidly leads others to the Father.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,  and in His word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5

The last weather event began with so many warnings, I almost hoped it would amount to another big nothing. Ahhhh but  that was not to be, we got snow! Just enough to be pretty and treacherous. Upon waking this past Monday morning I ran to the window to see the latest masterpiece created by God.  I will also admit to looking for a delayed start to the day.  Texas driving skills and vehicle gave me pause and moments to pray for wisdom.  So, I waited, watched news and waited.

Grateful was I for wisdom of the day’s delay as it permitted a cup of coffee in a house mug rather than the usual travel mug and most importantly, additional time for morning worship.  Waiting slowed me down enough to offer longer prayers, read more verses and give a few extra moments of praise.   Children enjoy snow days as a break from the scholastic schedule, never taking into consideration that delay will be tacked on to the end of the school year, when the sun shines brightest and days for playing in the sun are longer.   Waiting on the Lord is never time wasted, waiting permits His good and perfect work and will do be completed, in His time.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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For the leader. A Psalm of David.
I seek refuge in You, O LORD; may I never be disappointed; as you are righteous to rescue me. Incline Your ear to me; be quick to rescue me; be a rock, a stronghold for me, a citadel, for my deliverance. Psalms 31:1-3 Tanakh (the new JPS translation according to the traditional Hebrew Text)

I absolutely love the beauty of the Psalms as translated in the Tanakh. The words flow gracefully, lyrically and are so musically delightful in their poetic flow that I am left, speechless. As I sit and read the words I feel the ache of my missing harp, the silence of the absent babbling brooks and cheerfully singing birds. My soul and spirit yearn for the presence of the God who inspires such wonderful heart lifting words. LORD, may the words that flow from my heart inspire worship and praise for who you are and all you do.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Portable Typewriters29 And the shining greatness of Israel will not lie or change His mind. For He is not a man that He should change His mind.”   1 Samuel 15:29 (NLT)

I was asked if I had, as a result of having a birthday, considered my 50 years and without hesitation or pause I answered “Nope”!  Thus, began the reluctant, slowly grinding gears of consideration and in truth, probably not for the first time. I was forced to confront my reality and the dawning that an incredible number of discoveries, inventions, technological and sociological changes have occurred. In a brief, lots, no tons of stuff  has happened during my lifetime.  There it has been said, tongue planted firmly in cheek. I remember my glee at receiving a Kodak pocket camera and the sadness upon recently hearing they are no more. I recall my pounding away on manual typewriters in typing class and how my fingers slid between the keys tearing my cuticles and cracking fingernails as I learned to type without watching my fingers.  Fondly I recall the pride when my fingers flew over the keys of the “cutting edge” IBM correcting electric typewriters.  Typing this on my smart phone I marvel at how many things changed over so many years, yet the steadfastness of some very basic fundamentals.

Through the ages, season after season the truth is this, God’s love has never changed.  From 8-tracks, Iphones, Ipads and space shuttles, God’s love and presence remain the same.  I thank God again for the time He has spent working on me during these years and for His continued hand to stay on me.  Though technology, ecology and sociology may change, grateful am I for the unchanging love of God!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Before the mountains were settled in place,  before the hills, I was given birth, 26 before he made the world or its fields  or any of the dust of the earth.  Proverbs 8:25-26 (NIV)

As I stand with my toe poised to dip into the pool of this next chapter of my life, I am beyond excited and elated!  God planned who I was going to be and the journey my life would take long before I was born.  This reality washes over me in waves at different times, that He had a plan just for me gives me a reason to smile and share.

So often as the number of our years creep up, we can become mournful about what was, what didn’t happen, the wrong roads taken,speed bumps, disasters and detours along the way.  I am encouraged to know that those twists, turns and bumps were all part of God’s grand design for my life.  So today, I am thanking God for another year of life, and the opportunities to b at His command. So fortunate and aware am I that He is holding the map!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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1 Corinthians 13 – The Way of Love  (MSG) 

A  gentle reminder of all the things love is not on this day when we are overflowing with love for all mankind!  Love truly is the most important thing!  

 1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

   Love never gives up.
   Love cares more for others than for self.
   Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
   Love doesn’t strut,
   Doesn’t have a swelled head,
   Doesn’t force itself on others,
   Isn’t always “me first,”
   Doesn’t fly off the handle,
   Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
   Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
   Puts up with anything,
   Trusts God always,
   Always looks for the best,
   Never looks back,
   But keeps going to the end.

 8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

 11When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

 12We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

 13But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

 

 

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Ree

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