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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!



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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!


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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!


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Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days shall you labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath to the LORD your God… Exodus 20:8-10

My beloved husband and I are Sabbath observing Christians. Every Sabbath is so special to us, our special time with God and each other. We get to spend everyday with God but this is the day when His presence is excitedly anticipated because He is coming to be with us. Our time spent studying together discussing God, His blessings, goodness and love and the beauty all around us makes this a special time.  when surrounded by family it a wonderful time  indeed!

This particular Sabbath is momentous on another level because we are celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary. The Sabbath candle is lit, the Bibles are out and I am rejoicing. Thanking God again for a husband who loves the Lord, encourages and prays with and for me. Our marriage is a marriage of three (him-God-me).

Today is yet another filled with gifts of love, praise, worship and gratitude! Thank you, Father!

Making His praise glorious!


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1 Corinthians 13 – The Way of Love  (MSG) 

A  gentle reminder of all the things love is not on this day when we are overflowing with love for all mankind!  Love truly is the most important thing!  

 1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

   Love never gives up.
   Love cares more for others than for self.
   Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
   Love doesn’t strut,
   Doesn’t have a swelled head,
   Doesn’t force itself on others,
   Isn’t always “me first,”
   Doesn’t fly off the handle,
   Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
   Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
   Puts up with anything,
   Trusts God always,
   Always looks for the best,
   Never looks back,
   But keeps going to the end.

 8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

 11When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

 12We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

 13But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.



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2Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”    “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.” 2 Kings 4:2

    I lift it up Lord, come and quench this thirsting of my soul….
Oh wow, it is finally Friday and I don’t know about you, but the energy tank has needed more than a shot or two of gogo juice several times this week.   The widow, cried out to Elisha that she had nothing, husband gone, creditors hounding and cupboards bare, zilch, zero, nada!  But she had faith and went to a true man of faith and did as she was told.  This week, while there may have been moments silence and seeming emptiness, I had the understanding that because of God, my love tank was very well maintained.  Many times this week I was reminded how much God loves me and how I am to share that Love.  What I have felt at the moments most needed was an overflowing of His love.  That love surrounded, infused and washed over and through me.  This total covering has been so amazing that it was just too good to keep to myself, it had to be shared!  God’s amazing grace, goodness and love are far too good to keep to myself. 
Just as God filled my tank every minute of every day in this week, I pray that the overflow drips, dribbles and spreads, adding to the tanks of others leaving their tanks not only filled to the brim, but miraculously overflowing and spilling out and over and over to others!  

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He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. Psalms 23:2

The last week has been filled with incredibly emotional ups and downs. The peaks and valleys from one moment to the next have been exhausting. Yet, through these times God has truly led and provided still waters. He has sent angels to minister to us by bringing food, spending time and offering to open their homes so that we could recharge close to the hospital. He placed others around for whom we were able to pray, comfort and encourage.

Because of His love we have been blessed and able to be a blessing to others. The road is long but we, as a family, know Jesus and that God designed the map!

Making His praise glorious!

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Going Outside

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

I must confess, lately I have limited my travel comfort zone since landing in Texas on Sunday night. While I did go to Walmart, more than once, a trip requiring freeway or further travel wasn’t happening. There was a self-attatched tether holding me close to the hospital. It was important to stay close, just in case my rudamentary first aid skills were needed. You know, in case God needed my assistance.

Newsflash, as I repeatedly professed that God is in charge my wobbly, little girl emotions alternated between fear and faith. It is critical that I stay plugged into the source of life and healing. So I accepted an angel’s kind offer of a shower and recharge on a soft sofa. Those brief hours renewed within me the knowledge that in all things, at all times God is taking care of us.

Making His praise glorious!


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Genesis 1:27  So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female,

Knitting, weaving, sewing, following a pattern or idea and creating. With each row and seam deepening the commitment toward completion. Some pieces finish quickly, their purposes simple, uncomplicated, yet quite serviceable.

Other pieces, like a skirt, sweater  or blanket done by hand can seemingly to take forever. The stitches and patterns repeated in precise order a rhythm, flow and cadence that can be picked up and laid aside, at creator’s will.  When the process begins we see the pattern and want that for our lives or to give as a gift to another. There is no thought, quibble or question regarding the commitment of time, resources and effort.  I am again humbled that God instilled that measure of time, care and more into each us. Each twist and turn in the fabric of who we are matter to Him. No stitch is unimportant and each has its own duty, we were created as complete and whole, a realization that dawns clearer with each day in The Master’s Hands.

Making His praise glorious!


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