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Romans 3:25 (CEV)

25-26 God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life’s blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God. And God did this to show that in the past he was right to be patient and forgive sinners. This also shows that God is right when he accepts people who have faith in Jesus.

 

Yesterday morning I saw a license plate on a little red car that has stayed with me for more than 24 hours. Those few letters said:

“I SHD RED”

The possibilities of what the driver meant when requesting that particular plate are endless. Could it be support for a college or professional sporting team? A school or lifelong favorite color? Acknowledgement of being a blood donor or purely a personal sign of being a Christian.

I imagine the joy of riding around with a plate that causes others pause and  ponder, as with a flash of a blinker and lane change who I am or might be has been presented and sailed by in the blink of  seven letters.  What could it be?  The chance declaration of social community, humanity and understanding that all blood is red, filled me with pride as a blood donor.

As a follower of Christ Jesus, I am humbled because the sacrifice of His love and shed blood I was able to experience the life-cleansing, grace and mercy properties of Hs precious gift. I may not ever know what that license plate meant but I am grateful for the God who allowed me to see the possibilities.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Hearth and Home

Hearth and Home (Photo credit: wanderingnome)

Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

3 You will keep in perfect peace  those whose minds are steadfast,  because they trust   in you.

I was thinking about going out into the yard to pick up sticks, twigs that really are no more than kindling.  Those who know or believed that I was more “city” girl than country/yard girl can definitely insert a giggle here!  Watching the wind from the window, I knew that  those twigs and branches were not going to remove themselves.

Standing there I was reminded of the days when it was necessary to gather wood for baths, cooking and heating. No rip-roaring fire could be produced from stacks of twigs.  Larger pieces of dry logs  were required to build fires that could get the job done.  Small twigs are good to get things started but would not produce the fire needed to cook a meal or warm feet.

Lately it seems that I have been so busy gathering sticks that I have not properly and consistently tended my heart  fire which was sputtering quietly. The Bible contains the logs of truth and power needed to keep my heart fire dancing merrily with necessary warmth and flames to encourage and uplift others.  Trying to complete all tasks that I believe were necessary caused a shorting of time in Bible study, which  caused those flames to flicker a little dimly, dying down, just a little.

Today I thank God for being the provider of the ever-burning log in my life, for always being there to tend my sparks, tossing on an extra log instead of kindling, especially in those moments when I distractedly glance away.

Making His praise glorious!

Renee

 

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Psalm 116 (NIV)

1 I love the Lord,   for he heard my voice;  He heard my cry  for mercy. 2 Because He turned his ear   to me,   I will call on him as long as I live.

What have I gotten myself into?  For those who don’t know or cannot imagine it, I am a little shy!  Now, stop laughing, it is true, really I am!!!  Yet, I refuse to be a victim of the debilitating feelings that can wash over me when I need to ask for something.  When doing so for someone else, it is so much easier.  When it is not for me.

This desire/need to help has opened me up to opening my mouth on behalf of others.  Ree’s Needle Arts for Hope Initiative  is up and running and my fingers have been flying!   Lately, my choked silent prayer has been “Lord, I cannot do this by myself, I need help! ” I have been moving in faith, P.O. box opened in anticipation of donations pouring in and posting and passing out flyers.  With these small acts and prayer,  He heard and answered!

There will be warm necks, heads, laps and hands this Winter thanks to the efforts of those of us who believe we truly are our brother and sister’s keepers!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

 

 

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English: Autumn Red peach. Français : Pêches E...

English: Autumn Red peach. Français : Pêches Español: Durazno cortado por la mitad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Proverbs 12:14 (NIV)14

From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things,   and the work of their hands brings them reward.

Repeatedly this Summer the nightly news has reported about the dire drought conditions plaguing the country. The images of brown, shriveled corn stalks and cracked, sun-baked ground have been repeated from coast to coast.

The impending rise of the cost of food looms for all of us, yet in the middle of this depressing news came a sweetness in the form of a peach.  Earlier in the season I experienced my first fresh peach in a long time. It was tasteless, mealy and dry nothing like the peaches of my childhood. Then there were the cherries, so tart and bitter my mouth puckered and my eyes watered.

Walking past the fruit bowl the other day I noticed more peaches, dare I tempt myself and again only to be disappointed? Would I walk away remembering the previous less than wonderful

experience?  No, I took a chance and that first bite of that peach transported me back to the days when I enjoyed the feeling of juice running down my arms and my nose being prickled by the sweet scent as my lips smacked with glee.   That peach was so good!

In life we have periods of painful dryness,  days and months when the rain of words and thoughts just do not materialize.  Seasons of promise seeming to remain unfulfilled.  In awe we watch the rains of promise  fall everywhere but upon us.   God, always right on time, sends the sweetest fruit we could ever experience to remind us that even in drought and difficulty He provides the sweetest fruit.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Genesis 30:35-36 (NIV)

35 That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs,  and he placed them in the care of his sons. 36 Then he put a three-day journey   between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban’s flocks.

I love re-reading old Bible stories. No matter how many times I open the Bible there is always something new revealed to me.

I was reading about hardworking, diligent Jacob who finally and honestly expressed a desire to “have something for his household”. His final offered suggestion on the outside did not look or sound like a good deal.

Laban readily agreed, yet he proceeded to attempt to slow the process by removing the very animals Jacob asked to have as salary. But, God!  Jacob listened to the whisperings of the Lord and asked for a flock of misfits.  Spotted, speckled, streaked and dark coated, possibly not the most desirable but still in the  hands of the Lord and with proper, simple genetic machinations, the seemingly weak, defective livestock became the foundation of a great flock of walking wealth. God blessed him with the skill and knowledge to turn apparent damage into wealth.

Oft told are stories of people who have seemingly gone from “rags to riches” yet, what may be unseen is how the hand of God moved and worked in those lives.  Being damaged, broken and seemingly appearing weak are often just the foundation God needs to turn tragedy into triumph or misfortune into gold.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Description: Photo of knitted hat, yarn, and k...

Description: Photo of knitted hat, yarn, and knitting needles Source: Photograph taken by Jared C. Benedict on 06 March 2004. Copyright: © Jared C. Benedict. Other versions: larger version (Info Page) nl:Afbeelding:Breiwerk.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 8:3 (NIV

Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s   household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

I have been following Emily’s Hats for Hope for  months.  Viewing the pictures of the pile of hats arriving in New Jersey,  I knew that I wanted to do something to assist in this mission begun by a very thoughtful young lady.

Then as God would have it, I  read a post recently that touched and moved me to actions when it asked if there was interest in chapters in other areas of the country.

Lord, once again you provided an opportunity and an outlet!  I’ve been knitting for family and friends for months, yet I needed to do more, give more make an impact in this community I call home.  So I contacted the organization and am in the process of starting the Virginia Chapter of Emily’s Hats for Hope.    The mission is simple “Creating knitted (hats, etc.)  for the homeless and working poor in the United States.”

It is my desire to do what I can to assist in fulfilling this need, “36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me,  I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Matthew 25:36 (NIV)  While I may not have all the resources in the world, I have a voice and can ask for assistance in this mission!

Anyone willing to knit/crochet hats, gloves, scarves baby blankets to keep others warm, please let me know.  I am a knitting soldier in the Lord’s army and with Him as General the mission of Emily’s Hats for Hope Initiative will spread to keep those in need wrapped in warmth created by our hands!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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"I've been meditating on scriptures sayin...

“I’ve been meditating on scriptures saying be confident in this. And, you know, the bible really helps me so I was very confident.” -Gabby Douglas, photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images (Photo credit: On Being)

1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance,   but the Lord looks at the heart.”

The media and internet have been all abuzz about Gabby Douglas winning the gold.   What a truly proud moment for a nation!  What an incredibly moving witness for God!  Tears brimmed but did not spill from my eyes as I watched her lips in prayer  and I prayed along as she was competing, even thought the outcome was known to me.  When it was all over and the results were in, she gave all glory to God!

I watched an athlete who with dedication trained, sacrificed and was clearly touched and held in God’s hands compete strongly, beautifully and confidently.  The beauty of her smile that of someone who knows and bathes in the Love of God!

    This young lady provided an example and witness that most certainly caused God to smile.  As the Bible states, …The wolf will live with the lamb,     the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together; and a little child will lead them. (Isaiah 11:6 NIV)
Making His praise glorious!
Ree

 

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Stylized drawing of a maid on a WPA poster.

Stylized drawing of a maid on a WPA poster. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nehemiah 1:11 (NLV)

11 O Lord, hear the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who are happy to fear Your name. Make Your servant do well today, and give him loving-pity in front of this man.”

Now I was the one who carried the cup for the king.

Reading  the words of Nehemiah last night before closing my eyes for the day I was struck over and over by the power of this simple servant’s prayer.  A cup-bearer, rather than a food taster or valet.  Fearing the Lord yet desiring to do well.

Employee, employer or someone looking for employment it is imperative that we remember that in all things fearing and reverencing God is our most important task of every single day.  So what if somehow during that day something requires stepping outside of our typical comfort zone or even requires more of than we were prepared to invest into that day.  31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God..  1 Corinthians 10:31.   Selectively choosing what fits or does not fit into the day does reflect favorably upon God.

Being a servant there will be times we are required to pick up, serve or look after someone else. Extending our hands and hearts our fellow-man provides to many the only glimpse of God that they may see.   My Lord and Savior knelt to wash nasty stinky feet providing an example that translates through generations.

Today and everyday, Lord  hear the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who are happy to fear Your name.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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