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The King of Kings Friendship Award

I was given the Friendship King of Kings Friendship from Ann & Ron at Freedomborn.   “We would like  to offer you our Brother or Sister in The Lord… The King of Kings  Friendship Award…some call it a Blessing instead of an Award, you can accept it as you feel in your heart to or not.

And if you feel you would like  to pass it on to encourage others in the Body of Christ and in the Family of God..there are no rules or set requirements, you are under no obligation in any way, it’s just our way  of offering thankfulness for the blessing  you  are by willingly choosing from the heart to walk fully  in the beauty of the person God is conforming you to be by the empowering of The Holy Spirit, which is the image of His Awesome Son…

Jesus Christ whose Name is above all Names.

If you would like a welcome as part of God’s family, then please add a short response, or just Click Like but it is also your choice to do so… God knows your heart.

Of all the blog awards I have received this one truly fills me with joy!  As a member of the Body of Christ it is a wonderful thing to be entrusted and humbly recognized when sharing my Love for God!  Lord, I am grateful for each day and to be able to share You with others!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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An early 20th century candlestick phone being used for a phone call. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 121:3 (NIV)

3 He will not let your foot slip—  He who watches over you will not slumber;

He Never Sleeps  – Don Moen

Last evening I was so busy reading and knitting I neglected to notice how close my phone battery was to dying.  Most of the time I pop it on the charger before the little icon goes dark, fearing a missed text or my turn to move on my “Words by Text” game.  Alas,  not this time, it died. Not just a little, it was totally and completely, now it is a paperweight dead.

Plugged  and tethered to the socket all night and this morning… dead not a flicker, no flash of color or logo, just cold and dark nothing.  Ten years ago, it would not have made one whit of difference that my phone didn’t work, life as I knew it went without hiccup or pause.

Not so today.  In this decade, everything is done with or on my phone.  I write this blog, read other blogs and start my day with several different devotionals from several different email accounts, all from my phone.  Having a few phone numbers stored in my head, I know what a novel idea,  I waas able contact my frequent callers to inform them my current phone/non-phone status.  What has been most surprising is my calm and almost giddy excitement at being unplugged.  Althought what I truly missed most this morning was being able to read those devotionals.   I am fully prepared to be off the tower for a week or two.

This “radio silence”  helps me adjust my attitude, so what the phone is dead, there are more than enough Bibles in varied versions and languages around the house that I can pick up read and fortify myself.  Most important is my acceptance and understanding that while gadgets may fail, batteries die and people occasionally disappoint, God never sleeps.  He is always on the job, always listening and always on time in handling even the most mundane things in my life.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

P.S. Well, fancy that, the phone just popped on and started charging!

 

 

 

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Luke 1:14 (NIV)

14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,

When I completed my most recent scarf/cowl there was a problem well before the last stitch was knit.  No question there was not going to be enough yarn.  So what, I finished it anyway and upon holding it up realized that all it needed was just the right button.  There were buttons in my button baggie, but not “THE” button.  In truth, there are a quite few projects lying about in need of buttons.

I jumped online and longingly perused the buttons at www.woodenbuttons.com.  The button array had be salivating!  This was the place where I would find that gorgeous button that I  could picture finish that piece perfectly.  Knowing my budget limitations I said a prayer and did a little button shopping.

There were toggles, long and short, rounds, ducks, flowers and domes it was almost overwhelming, almost.  I selected a, pretty on the monitor, dark brown wood toggle and a large black disc shell button for a future project.  Then it was time to wait.

Arriving at home on yesterday, I flew to the mailbox, not caring that it was hot and humid; I just knew the buttons had arrived.  Opening the envelope I was not disappointed!  Nestled inside were my buttons, lovely dark chocolate in color, smooth to the touch and just the right size.  My surprise was that there were more buttons in the bag than I thought, it would seem that I neglected to read the fine print (ok it wasn’t fine it was at the end of the sentence! )  These buttons were sold in dozens, so there was definitely more bang for the buck.

We are God’s masterpieces!  He carefully selected everything about us, our eyes, just the right color, that unique edge or speck of color here or there.  He knew that our teeth would set off our smiles perfectly.  The joy that I found in a button for a project, He finds in all of us.

Father, thank you for loving me, one of your unique, flawed and imperfect creations and for allowing the beauty of Your grace, mercy and love to show through and be shared with others.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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English: Rocky Mountains, Colorado

English: Rocky Mountains, Colorado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 119:76 (NIV)

76 May your unfailing love  be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.

12 In that day   you will say: “I will praise  you, Lord.   Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.

Jeremiah 8:18 (NIV)

8 You who are my Comforter[a] in sorrow,  my heart is faint within me

The reports from Aurora, Colorado have been replayed repeatedly through the past weekend.  With each new bit of insight and the trickles of information revealing of the identities of the victims and acts of heroism the pool of pain for some continually deepened and the sorrow or pride increased.

Physically removed from the vicinity, my eyes and spirit assailed by the images and stories, I prayed for comfort and words.  Having no understanding because for some acts there nothing that can be said that will provide acceptable clarity.

This was a quiet weekend.  I ran to the Word, I sought the comfort that only knowing the Savior provides.  Seeking the peace and serenity that only knowing Jesus brings.  The comfort of wrapping myself in the inspired words of the Lord.  Allowing Him to hold my heart and mind as we try to make sense of another example of man’s inhumanity to man.

Dr. David Jeremiah  wrote “Christians have a resource the world knows nothing about, a representative whose attention never falters. Therefore “fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess” (Hebrews 3:1 NIV 1984).”  Jesus said ” 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate  to help you and be with you forever—”John 14:16 (NIV)  In times like these we truly do need Jesus.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

 

 

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Just After Midnight

20 and teaching  them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you  always, to the very end of the age.”

We awakened to the terrible the news of senseless violence, just after midnight.

Innocence stolen at the hands of another .   Watching the news this morning I thought about the times that I,  or a member of my family, attended those midnight movie premiers. The excitement at the opportunity to see it first.  The chance to see ” The Dark Knight Rises”  for some a first chance to be up and out later than usual.  In Aurora, Colorado they were already  inside and the show had begun, it was just after midnight.

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families, loved ones and friends of all touched by the tragedy.

I pray that for many they have the knowledge that no matter where they go, and whatever happens,  the Lord is with us.

Prayerfully,

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Joakim Nätterqvist as Arn Magnusson (promotional wallpaper) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Numbers 10:9 (NIV)

9 When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you,  sound a blast on the trumpets.  Then you will be remembered  by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies.

I love a good action movie and I especially appreciate the movies from which I can glean a lesson. This weekend’s movie was “Arn The Knight Templar” based on the trilogy by Jan Oskar Sverre Lucien Henri Guillou.  It was an unexpected cinematic nugget that, for me, provided more than just a history lesson.

In one pivotal scene showed the two opposing combatants.  One side of the battlefield was  filled with craftsmen, builders and farmers visibly out numbered, unmatched,  and seemingly facing certain death.  Their leader, a knight who had fought battles in the name of the Lord extolled them to believe.  Believe in their training and most of all that to believe God was with them in the battle.   They were victorious, though not without losses, they followed the instructions of a leader who had been battle tested.

As warriors in the Lord’s army we are not to focus upon our limitations, lack of skill or perceived ignorance.  Our battles when prayerfully placed in God’s hands are assured of victory. The battle against the devil cannot nor will not be won without divine direction and intervention.

Dedicating the battlefield in life to the Lord allows us to become vessels wielded by Him.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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gratitude

gratitude (Photo credit: nathalie booth)

Matthew 4:4 (NIV)4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[a]

This has started out as  humdinger of a Summer!  Goodness, every time I turn around something seems to be going on with this body of mine.  Hmmm, is this because I’m getting older?   The fun of this week was a rollicking romp with pink eye and admittedly though the color pink is my favorite color, it is not my preferred eye color.  As I type, my left eye is blurry and itchy but I am so filled with gratitude that I will blink the blog through to completion.

It could be so easy to whine, cry and lament “why me? what next?” but in truth all I can say is “Thank You, Lord”!  Thank you for allowing me to be able to see the doctor and get a diagnosis and medicine.   Thank you for the clarity and acceptance that the pains, disappointments and discomforts are so incredibly temporary as hiccups in Your great plan.  What can I do to lead someone else to the Lord?  What words of comfort and encouragement can I provide?    I am sustained and filled with joy knowing that even this was part of the plan to do more for you.

Today, I am grateful for the stillness various illnesses bring, because they afford me the time to sit and quietly reflect on the unmeasurable goodness of my loving Father!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

 

 

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Sometimes, ok more often than not, the words of others can remind and inspire us of the importance of writing and spending more time with God when it seems the page or screen have remained blank far longer than we deem necessary. Thanking the Writing Sisters for this on time word.

Writing Sisters

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

LOUIS L’AMOUR

How is your writing flowing today?  Is it coming in a strong, steady stream? A slow drip?  Or is your faucet stone dry?

Nothing can happen in my writing if I don’t sit down and begin.  There are a million things to do besides writing.  Today I am at my desk and one chapter is here that did not exist when I woke up this morning!

Madeleine L’Engle said,  “Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it.”  I have found that to be true in my writing. I don’t get much done if I wait for inspiration.

What about your spiritual life?  Is it flowing? Dripping? Dry?

When I make time to sit still and pray and reflect on scripture I find a connection to God that I would have missed…

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  7/9/2012

 Purely by the grace of God and the kindness of Paulette at “Paulette’s Blog“,  I was nominated for the “Illuminating Bloggers Award.”    Upon visiting Paulette’s blog, immediately it is apparent that  she passionately and genuinely loves the Lord and has a true heart for worship.  Each time I read her blog I feel that God has provided a wonderful place of worship in this chaotic world!   I thank God for her and her inspiring words of encouragement, love and worship!  Thank you, Paulette  for nominating me for this award.  I pray to keep on striving to Make His praise glorious!  

Renee

The guidelines for this award highlighted in blue are as follows: 
1. Share seven things about yourself.

1.  God directs and inspires the words I write and prayer infuses my knitting projects; 2. I am extremely shy, though not when writing or sharing the love of God; 3. I started blogging because a friend insisted to the point of sending me a link; 4. I married one of my elementary schoolmates after reconnecting with him on Facebook ; 5. I learned to knit thanks to YouTube, other internet sites and patient co-workers; 6. I feel blessed that God saw fit to rekindle my love of words and the courage to share them;  and  7.  I love the Lord far more than I love chocolate!!

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.   Paulette’s Blog
3. Place the award on your blog. 
4. Pass the award on to at least 5 bloggers.

Drumroll please! The nominees for this award are:

1.  Christi   2. Anne 3.  Deb  4 Liz Mason  5. Rachel

I thank each of you for the inspiration and blessings you  have been to me!  Do continue to let God use you mightily!   Be blessed!

Renee

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Holy Cross Church – east window – geograph.org.uk – 1352094 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

6 being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion  until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

Born many years ago, yet not done.

Life lived for me caused destruction, pain and heartache, yet not done.

Fell, got up, fell, contemplated staying down, got up, yet not done.

Gave up, gave in, threw open the doors of my heart, still not done

Until Christ comes, I’ll remain undone, yet living for Him and praying to be molded and fashioned as He sees fit, walking humbly, yet not done.

 

7/10/2012

Renee

 

 

 

 

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