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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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Dove of the Holy Spirit (ca. 1660, alabaster, ...

 

Isaiah 41:10 (KJ21)

 

10 fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.

 

 

The Holy Spirit has been gently thumping me upside the head for a few days.   A door has been opened, plans percolating and forming and I have been standing  flat-footed, rooted and immobile.

Changes need to be made, new vistas explored yet there has been catatonic  hesitancy, shrouded in fear.   The whisper began, “fear not, for I am with you”.   The Message translation of this text resonated, hitting the nail solidly on the head,

Isaiah 41:10 (MSG)    10 “ ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side.  I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you.   There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.  I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.  I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.   Truly my heart has been flooded by comfort and peace and understanding that whatever it is that God desires for you to do, He is right there, supporting and encouraging.

There are moments when the dream or vision is so gigantic and out our normal comfort zones,  yet we must always remember that God provided visions are backed by the knowledge that He will equip us to not only take on the endeavor but to succeed, in the name of Jesus.  So here, I am poised to jump into the unknown, willing to fulfill the destiny God has for me and as always in all ways giving Him Glory.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

 

 

 

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Luke 15:4 (ESV)

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?

 

The behavior was tantamount to stalking!  Honest, what innocently began as my routine daily call to my Mommy morphed into slow building frantic behavior when I did not reach her.  Every few minutes for hours, I dialed, then dialed again and again, oh and again!

With each unanswered call my anxiety and blood pressure  levels climbed.  Call after call, my overly creative imagination formulated a plethora of  “what if’s”, I was a wreck.  Then I called in the big guns, my daughter, who just so happened to be walking through the door of the house and was able to witness the picture of  mom sitting quietly and innocentlyon the couch.  Blissfully, safe, sound, relaxed and unaware that I was a basket case.  Confession, I broke down and cried like a child lost in the mall surrounded by well-meaning adults, none of whom were my beloved and I just wanted my mommy.

Occupying a much calmer place in my mind while meditating,  I felt the tap of the Shepherd’s staff on my brain!  Hey, that is how God loves us!  Granted,  He is infinitely more patient and definitely calmer yet He continually and consistently seeks to have a relationship with us.   He knocks.  He sends the Holy Spirit to whisper, entreating us to come, to feel His Love and trust in Him.  This morning I am grateful for the Love of my Savior who hunts those who are lost, offering not only unconditional love but the promises of eternal life and a heavenly home!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Smith’s later theology described Jesus and God the Father as two distinct physical beings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Romans 6:4 (NIV)

 

We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

 

I woke up this morning with a happy prayer on my lips!  Joyfully thanking God for the breath flowing through my lungs.  Brushing  my teeth and washing my face I was able to see the gray hairs and etching of life thereon and what a blessing, I have sight.

 

By all accounts I am healthy, yet I know that without the steady life-sustaining presence of God in my life I would surely perish. I am on life support.

 

My life support team works on me daily, providing necessary infusions to keep me going!  The Holy Spirit whispers to direct me on the right path and causes me to prayerfully and patiently think about the choices I make each moment of every day.

 

Jesus, my friend and example provides an active model of living a supported life.  Our Father, God carries me when it seems I just cannot move one inch more and bids me to ” Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV).   Humbly and gratefully, I chose to remain on life support!

 

Making His praise glorious!

 

Ree

 

 

 

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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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Over half-way… (Photo credit: Brett Jordan)

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

14 if my people, who are called by my name,  will humble  themselves and pray and seek my face  and turn  from their wicked ways, then I will hear  from heaven, and I will forgive  their sin and will heal  their land.

There has been so much going on in my life in the last couple weeks!  All I have been able to muster the energy to do is repeatedly and constantly call on the Lord.  As this day got underway today this song, that I have loved for a long time touched and moved me in ways it hadn’t before.

http://youtu.be/rq-5UjgtiYA – (Fred Hammond) Thank You Lord for being There for Me.

When I couldn’t find a voice to ask for help, He heard.

When my eyes shined with unshed tears, He heard.

When it seemed that hope was fading, He shored me up and renewed that hope.

When it seemed that one door had slammed shut, another opened.

It is so easy to wallow in what is not right, but the reality is that there are so many other little blessings along the way that deserve my abundant thanks and gratitude.

Thank you Lord, for always being there, for hearing and answering my unspoken prayers and for sending angels to minister to me, when I need it most.

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood…”

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Temple de Liber Pater, Sàbrata

Temple de Liber Pater, Sàbrata (Photo credit: Sebastià Giralt)

19 Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don’t belong to yourselves? 1 Corinthians 6:19 (CEB)

How is it possible that a temple constantly under construction has fallen into disrepair?  I mean really, after 50 years, it is still not finished and now the foundation has apparent cracks, walls previously solid have crumbled and been removed, brick by brick.  This temple is a mess, yet God keeps working to ensure that His temple is habitable.   The word on the street may be that it should have been condemned, torn down to make way for something new and solid, but God!  Windows still have not been installed, however, there again God shines through and illuminates that wreck of a temple.   Granted, it may be surrounded by tall gleaming, pristine temples, with members streaming to and through its doors.  What an incredible God, to send the Holy Spirit to live within this and all other less than pristine temples in a world with so many updated, state-of-the-art models.   For it is those seemingly broken down, ramshackle temples that have a wealth of stories to share.  I pray this construction is never complete, that the walls be built and rebuilt as often as long as it permits me to be continually in service to the God who loved me when I could not love myself.

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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What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Matthew 10:27 (NIV)

There have been no words from my Dad during the last four weeks as he lay in ICU fighting for his life. The only sounds heard were the beeps, chirps and occasional alarms of the machines connected to and sustaining him. While I was at the hospital, I held, kissed and rubbed his hands.  In the wee, still and dark hours of the morning I babbled on about how much I love him, reading devotionals and the Bible to him. In that cold hospital room I sang, prayed and worshipped God with my Daddy. I chuckle now as I recall reading to him  using voices much like he had done when reading “Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories” to us when we were little.

Believing and claiming again the promises of God read during my life, the news of Dad being more alert and trying to talk did not come as a surprise, a miracle, yes but not a surprise. I delighted in the relaying of his whispered responses to questions. The Holy Spirit does not scream at us. It is that still small voice that confirms, comforts and guides us, so to me whispers are wonderful. Today I am quietly rejoicing for the whispered words of a man who I know is fighting to get better so that he can once again give the glory of his healing to God!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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 4 Even when the way goes through  Death Valley,   I’m not afraid
      when You walk at my side.   Your trusty shepherd’s crook   makes me feel secure. Psalm 23:4 (MSG)

The 23rd Psalm has been oft-repeated by me in the last four weeks.  Each time I said a prayer or put Dad in God’s hands rather than worry, it would pop to the forefront of my mind.  I woke up today praying and planning to write an incredible blog, but no words came.    Riding in to work I was literally searching the sky for a word, any word.   

Yet, when I received word that the surgery scheduled for today was beginning several hours early, my first knee-jerk, daughter impulse was to panic.  “What, huh, wait it’s early, why??”  these and other valid questions assailed my thoughts as I kept tryng to call my sister.  Finger hovering over the buttons, the Holy Spirit spoke and I was commanded to calm down and pray.   As I closed my eyes and offered up a prayer,  a blanket of c

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omfort and calm washed over me.   “Yes, even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of anything, because You are with me. You have a walking stick with which to guide and one with which to help. These comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 (NLV)   God is in control and for that reason alone, I am at peace.  His comforting hands are over every situation and that alone allows my spirit to soar in praise.  Dad is truly in the best possible hands and I also praise God for the skill and talent of his doctors as exhibited over these weeks.  To God be the glory!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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