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34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Today begins my birthday week.  Every day that I awake, I have a reason to be thankful.  With each breath taken, with or without difficulty, I am grateful.  In the grand scheme of things, God cares about me so much that He touches and wakes me up everyday, for these 50+ years.

Grateful I am to serve in His vineyard, delighted to do as He bids. With joy, I thank God for this hour, this day and this week in which He gave me life!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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2012828204417.jpgMark 9:35 (NIV)

35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.

Today, I chose to lay my needles down.  If you know anything about me and this journey, you know that was a huge but very necessary deal.  For several weeks now, I have been under the weather, multiple doctor and specialist visits, prednisone, antibiotics, coughing, headaches, and all that being sick without seeing the light at the end of the tunnel entail.  Through it all I kept knitting because the caress of the yarny goodness was not for me, but for others.

There is a fire in my belly to create items that a deserving military service member, past, present or future will hold, carry, hug or be wrapped with the knowledge that their special piece was made by loving hands.   But last night I was working on a piece, feeling lousy, just trying to complete it. I pushed and pulled and yanked stitches right off the needles.

When the yank happened, I knew I wasn’t feeling well,  it had been a long physically challenging day, I was tired and had no business touching that scarf or those needles.  Packing away the yarn and needles for the evening, I fully planned to wake up today and repair the  damage.

Then I woke up, picked up my e-reader, read this text and realized that I needed to rest, to take care of myself to listen to the Spirit.  When I feel better, the yarn and needles will be here and God will give me the strength and direction to complete the scarf.

Each day we there are subtle reminders that we truly are powerless without God.  There is not one aspect of my life in which I do not submit to His will. We cannot ask to be healed yet not do all we are instructed to aid in our healing.  My fingers yearned to pull out a ball of  truly yummy yarn and imagine a new hat or cowl, to caress my new needles and dream about the possibilities of what warm love they would hold, but not this day.

Lord, I thank you for opportunity to heal, to get better and to know that in your time, Father, Your perfect will be done!  Today and everyday!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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English: Man Made in the Image of God, as in G...

English: Man Made in the Image of God, as in Genesis 1:26 to 2:3, illustration from a Bible card published 1906 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

Reading the above text, it struck me that God is highly in favor of work!  Not only is He in favor of it, He put Adam in the garden to “work and take care” of it.  In other words God told Adam to “Get to work!”

This holiday break has been an absolute blessing but it is over and now and time to go back to work.  Time to be about completing and undertaking tasks purposed by God for me.  These periods of respite away from the daily grind have a way of providing more than just physical and emotional rest.  Ok, so maybe I did a bit more knitting than actual resting, but those long uninterrupted periods of knitting provided quiet moments of reflection and contemplation.

Rested, ready, reliable and responsive,  let us go into the next phase of our tasks, whatever work we do, give glory to God while working!  Be grateful to be employed and understand that God employs us to be emissaries on behalf of the Kingdom!  Now, it is time to get back to work!  

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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The Return of the Prodigal Son

The Return of the Prodigal Son (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 15:19-20 (NIV)

19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.  “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

The prodigal son returned home with more than a small measure of apprehension. After all he had taken his inheritance and squandered it on what amounted to a whole lot of nothing. Yet upon his return his father ran to greet him, enveloping his filthy, pig pen stench wafting son in the most welcoming embrace as tears flowed from his eyes.   I was dressed in a dress, face made up and smelling good but the hug and tears from my mother reminded me of this story.  As I was wrapped in her arms listening to her tears of joy I imagined how unworthy but how truly loved that prodigal son must have felt.   To be welcomed with unquestioned,  undiminished unconditional love after the shameful way he had behaved was humbling.

This experience and picture for me is a glimpse of our homecoming with God. He already knows our stories, our failures, triumphs, missteps, and wrongs yet His arms are wide open excitedly waiting to wrap us in His all-consuming love and forgiveness.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Psalm 68:5 (NIV)

5 A father to the fatherless,  a defender of widows,  is God in his holy dwelling.

Psalm 89:26 (NIV)

26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,     my God, the Rock  my Savior.’

Psalm 103:13 (NIV)

13 As a father has compassion  on his children,  so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

 Proverbs 3:12 (NIV)

12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,  as a father the son he delights in.

Father’s Day is a day set aside to honor those men who have contributed to our gene pool, gave us our senses of humor and in some cases constantly and consistently pointed us toward God.

Our earthly fathers are human, some made mistakes from which we doubted we would ever recover, embarrassed us beyond belief (i.e. polyester leisure suits, socks and sandals – together) or other events that left indelible marks upon our memories and psyches.

For those of us blessed to still have these wonderful men in our lives on this day appreciate them!   I thank God for the love and forgiveness often provided/received as a result of growing up and older.   Most of all I am grateful to God, my Father because of His love I am able to laugh about some embarrassing moment and reflect on others that shaped me into the person I have become.

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, be it by blood or heart!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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17 Whatever you say or do, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus. Give thanks to God the Father through the Lord Jesus.  Colossians 3:17 (NLV)

I have no doubt that a great deal of thought went into the most recent “Dave” commercial for Staples. Dave is everyone in his office, from receptionist, copy repairman, assistant and CEO every person is Dave.  Dave wears many hats, and is very cheerfully busy and in every instance shares a word and a smile.

http://youtu.be/c1efxG2ak_k (Staples Commercial)

Throughout my life I have worn a variety of hats, not titles, but hats. Granted, unlike Dave, I may have groused and grumbled when a particular hat landed on my head. I mean, really who wants to gleefully carry buckets of mail in sweltering heat not wearing a postal uniform or the act of pouring vinegar into the office coffeemaker to clean it after the painfully slowest dripping pot before a large meeting? Professing to dedicate each day and each activity to the Lord means, I am to take pride in even the most menial tasks. I do not have to wait for housekeeping to pick up that piece of paper I see on the ground or take a second to push in a chair, just because.  Each act is an opportunity to serve, not only God but those around me. Lord, help me this and everyday to be cheerful in my service to You and others.

Making His praise glorious!

Renee

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