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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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Matthew 25:44-45 (NIV)

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

With each passing year, words to songs heard as children keep resurfacing and becoming meaningful and relevant to my own life.  Life experiences cause us to understand the stories behind those songs.  Songs of overcoming, rejoicing and making a difference.   The lyrics  to this particular song caused me to search my own heart and question if my life has meaning and question, if my life is vain.

When Christ returns, I do not want to have, “I coulda, shoulda , woulda” on my lips.  It is my desire to maintain a sense of urgency so that I am able to hear the words “Well done…”

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

Lyrics to If I Can Help Somebody :

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, how they’re travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.Chorus:
My living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain
If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.If I can do my duty, as a good man ought,
If I can bring back beauty, to a world up wrought,
If I can spread love’s message, as the Master taught,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

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Banana bread loaves from above.

Banana bread loaves from above. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)

3 Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.

My father-in-law is coming for a visit and like Martha, I wanted everything to be just right.

The house received  a much-needed, Fall cleaning, dust bunnies banished, clutter cleared. As I sat waiting and knitting I thought some apple oatmeal raisin bread would make for a nice welcome! So I got to work grating apples and pulling everything together. The preparation got so good to me I decided to make banana nut bread too!

The house smelled amazing! The loaves perfect in every way! There are no pictures. All good cooks sample their food and sample it we did and it was declared,delicious!  I wrapped the loaves and put them in the sealed cake saver, believing them safe.

In the morning I awoke with my mouth propped up to have a healthy slice with my coffee but when I went to grab the cake saver,  both loaves were invaded by ants. Crestfallen, the loaves were dumped and invaders immediately and successfully dispatched.

Sin has a way of creeping in and overtaking our lives even when we do all that we know to be right to protect and cover ourselves.  I can bake more bread and plan to, as soon as this evening!  This lesson taught me that the protection of life and bread can only come from the permeating covering of the Blood of Jesus!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Rear-view mirror showing cars parked behind the vehicle containing the mirror (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 43:18 (NIV)

18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

 

There is a malady that causes people to live their lives eyes fixed and staring through the rear view mirrors.

Hearing and being a witness to this caused me to ponder, what really is the purpose of a rear-view mirror?

Wikipedia states, “A rear-view mirror is a mirror in automobiles and other vehicles, designed to allow the driver to see rearward through the vehicle’s backlight (rear windshield or windscreen).” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rear-view_mirror)”

Hmmmm, so this tool is in place to give a quick backward glance to the rear while moving forward.  In this  lifetime I have seen cars driving along that contained side mirrors but clearly the spot where the rear-view mirror was supposed to be affixed was absolutely vacant.

Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)  17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!

Once we surrender our lives to the Lord we become new creatures, all of our sins, secret and confessed lovingly covered by the blood if Jesus!  This new creation is free to move ahead! Rear view mirror living should only provide a brief look back so there is a reference point to enable us to see where God has brought us from and not hinder us from rolling forward and toward His purpose for our lives!

Today let us vow to only glance in those mirrors gain perspective and focus our eyes on God!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Sunset at Lake Success

Sunset at Lake Success (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Hebrews 11:1 (ASV)

 

11  Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.

 

suc·cess  (sk-ss)  (Free Dictionary.com)

 

n.

1. The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted: attributed their success in business to hard work.

2.

a. The gaining of fame or prosperity: an artist spoiled by success.
b. The extent of such gain.
3. One that is successful: The plan was a success.
4. Obsolete A result or an outcome.
A popular interview question.   How do you define success?  What makes you feel successful? Then we are tasked with making it personal,  meaningful, relevant and relatable.   The response reminded me of who I am in God and the purpose and renewed aim of my life.
I do not consider myself successful!  There are far too many things I have not seen and just as many that remain undone.  Success for me clearly  hinges upon things that I cannot predict , plot or plan.  Any idea of Earthly success bears little or no weight.  Faithful success for me means doing as directed by God with the understanding that there will be future rewards.   Rewards that have little to do with what is eaten, worn,  held or visible right now.
Tangible visible victories  appear  in the smiles on faces where recent tear tracks are still evidenced.  A hat warmed  head where moments before cold air raised bumps and a neck now wrapped in warmth.   Proud grins on the faces of  young people who have exceeded what they believe they could do encouraged by a kind word and  interested spirit.

Each and every one of us is able to define success in ways that either appease the world or that please God!  As for me, Lord I await my heavenly jewel encrusted crown and the words “Well done!”

Making His praise glorious!
Ree

 

 

 

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James 1:21 (MSG)

 

Act on What You Hear

 

19-21 Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow-up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.

 

In truth, the verdict was not totally unexpected, yet there was still a moment of disappointment.  Watching and listening my heart continues to cry out to the Lord.  Comfort came as I read James 1:21.  God’s righteousness will prevail.  In every situation, for every child lost or harmed, family broken and disasters, God has the final say.  Like many in this country, I paid attention to the Trayvon Martin case.

 

I  am humbly grateful for the freedoms that I enjoy, said freedoms that have been paid for on the backs, bones and efforts of others.  My heart aches for every family that will never again wrap their arms around their loved ones.  I weep because the world seems to be careening so horribly out of kilter and I pray.    Prayers  for the peace of God to move this country and world forward.  I pray for hearts to open and recognize that God has the final say and that  He is always just.    There is solace in repeating and meditating on Psalm 30:5  (KJ21) 5 For His anger endureth but a moment, and in His favor is life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

 

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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An almost burnt-down lit candle on a candle holder. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

11 The light of his favor shines on those who do what is right.
Joy comes to those whose hearts are honest. Psalm 97:11 (NIRV)

Growing up I was always be amazed while watching pioneer or any period (old)  movie, how one little candle fragment held aloft in a holder, touched by a piece of tinder illuminated the entire cabin. Every corner bathed in fingers of light from that one candle nub.

That simple vision fascinated and cheered me. Rooms awash in the flickering glow of warmth, soon to be filled with family and overflowing with love.

To be that little light, shining in corners of darkness and hopelessness. As a child I sang “Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam” and “This little Light of Mine”.  I sang from the depths of my little heart because I so wanted to be that sunbeam.  There have been  moments when the candle flickered and sputtered and was nearly extinguished, yet God breaths on us encouraging us to shine on and to brighten the hearts of those around us.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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John 8:12 (NIRV)

12 Jesus spoke to the people again. He said, “I am the light of the world. Those who follow me will never walk in darkness. They will have the light that leads to life.”

The sky  over the last few days has been a conflagration of colors. Painted with broad strokes of mostly light and dark grays, hints of pewter with pockets of periwinkle shyly peeking through.

This morning I was greeted by a sky showcasing several lighter shades as the lower clouds seem to have sought higher elevations. These seemingly drab hued skies have been the perfect backdrop for God’s vivid handiwork.  These cloudy skies  have been the perfect for setting off the splendid colors of red, gold and orange of the still changing leaves.

Moments arise when life through our eyes appears void, colorless and downright unappealing, yet cast as one of God’s masterpieces  when we allow His light to shine through He is able to reveal the beauty hidden within.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Jesus

Psalm 27:14 (CEB)

14 Hope in the Lord!   Be strong! Let your heart take courage!   Hope in the Lord!

Every single day we have the opportunity to walk beside, behind or in front of someone who needs to hear a word.  Today I thank God for the word HOPE!

My hope comes from the Lord.  When there are moments of doubt or fear my hope is in Him.  He  saved me, cleansed me and most of all allowed His precious son, Jesus, to shed his blood for me.   Thank you Father for your messages of  Love and Hope.   Thank you for the opportunities to point, direct and lead others to You!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

 

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