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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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1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIRV)

18 Give thanks no matter  what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.

 

In all things give thanks! This year, ok so the last few months, have been full of so many reasons for me to be thankful. Yet no matter what good or bad with each day I found a reason to tell God “Thank you!”

What an awesome gift gratitude can be!  To recognize those splendid moments and to be able to whisper or shout to God our thanks.

Thankfully making His praise glorious today and everyday!

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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Psalm 27:13 (CEB)

13 But I have sure faith that I will experience the Lord’s goodness   in the land of the living!

Some months ago I embarked upon this incredible quest to consciously and more actively help others.  Being able to spend copious amounts time doing something I enjoy such as the of changing balls of yarn into hats and scarves  was and is an added blessing.

Wait, now how exactly does that translate into stitches in faith?  Well, I believe that God blesses us when we help those in need, as listed in Matthew 25:40  –  ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’   I was already knitting, a lot, but it lacked a truer more useful  purpose.  With the realization of purpose came the growth and testing of my faith.  I believed God would send yarn and knitted goods so I opened  a post office box and put out the word!  Admittedly, self-promotion or promotion in general is NOT my gift, after all for the most part, I am shy.

Imagine my sheer delight when I received not one, but two separate donations!  My glee was barely controlled.  The needles never stopped. I prayed for eager helpers and found two sitting right under my nose!  Bored students with time on their hands have been my angels.

Last night digging through the  slowly dwindling yarn stash trying to cobble together enough yarn colors to make even more items, my prayers began anew,  “Lord, please send more yarn and soon!  The nights are getting colder and the need to meet the need of others has not diminished!!!  I thank God daily for the heart of a servant who desires nothing more than to do the will of my Master and lead others into glorious relationship with Him!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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Psalm 3:5 (CEB)

I lie down, sleep, and wake up  because the Lord helps me.

It seemed that leading up to and including the one year blog anniversary a quiet has dropped like a heavy drape, not only covering this blog but my life.

I post and comment less on Facebook and my tweets are barely rippling enough to qualify as a chirp.

When God is working on and through us there are times when silence is the wisest choice.  As my fingers have been diligently working my heart and mind have also been busy.  During this silence I have been blessed by and with visits from loved ones and felt the Hand of God move repeatedly and steadily in our lives.

Today I released myself from the pressure of creating 200 knitted items. The frenetic pressure to attain that number was born from my desire to help others but help we shall.  December is not here, yet  and I have again turned  the matter to the Lord!   Joyfully, I honestly  have no idea what God has planned and I look forward with less pressure and heightened expectation!  Ultimately, my desire is  for God’s will to be done.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

P.S. An angel dropped off 20 hats this morning!!   Thank you, Lord!!!

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Public Broadcasting Service

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Psalm 71:16 (CEB)

 

16 I will dwell on your mighty acts, my Lord.   Lord, I will help others remember nothing but your righteous deeds.

 

The evening’s last comedy ended, yet my eyes were not yet heavy with sleep. Sleep Monday night was delayed in coming, so the surfing for something to watch until my eyes surrendered to sleep began.  Dancing and singing did not appeal to me, on I flipped until I hit PBS.

 

There on the screen was a pretty woman with a heavy accent and Meg Ryan, I was riveted.  The woman was discussing the Cambodian trafficking of little girls I saw on the screen, the youngest was three.

 

http://video.pbs.org/video/2283557115 – Half the Sky

 

I watched people who though oppressed  and having almost nothing partnered with others who understood that for the future girls and young ladies, education is the springboard to a better life and that any sacrifice is worth the hope it provides.

 

As the last image left the screen and I turned the television off the tears flowed as the Holy Spirit spoke to me.  He reminded me that I knit for hope, I knit so that in some small way someone is encouraged and able to feel the warmth and love from a sister, cities or even countries away.  I was reminded that any contribution no matter how small to the welfare of others does make a difference.

 

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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