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Unto us a Child is born...GRATEFUL !

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" For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."  Isaiah 9:6 My favorite time of the day is very early in the morning, I don't know, just seems like in the quietness in between night and day, I can sense God's presence more. Everyone is different, but for me that is my time to hear what He has to say to me and I can spill my "guts" out to Him.  :-) It is even more special this morning because it is Christmas...a time when even the world celebrates. All may not acknowledge Him as the "Reason for the Season", but I believe that God in His Love for mankind, the One that can see beyond all the crazy, silly and what some may call "paganistic" ways that some people may celebrate...and He stills yearns for all to understand and receive the true Gift. God searches the heart and offers th

The Solid Rock

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Jesus said...“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:    and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:   and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” Matthew 7:24-27 On a recent trip to Georgia , I had the opportunity to visit Stone Mountain. We had reservations to eat at the restaurant in  the  Stone Mountain Park that overlooked the mountain surrounded by a beautiful lake.  The scenery was awesome and something to behold. I kept thinking as we were driving up to our destination and looking around at the trees, rocks and lake, how beautifully God had made all of this for us to enjoy. We had a deli

Body Parts...

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  " For by the grace given me  I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.   For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,   so in Christ we, though many, form one body,  and each member belongs to all the others.   We have different gifts,  according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying,  then prophesy in accordance with your  faith;   if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;   if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;  if it is giving, then give generously;  if it is to lead,  do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully." Romans 12: 3-8 Whenever I venture out to go on a trip to another state or as close as the store around the corner, I usually say a quick prayer not only for safety but that the Lo

My Peace I give to you...

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"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27  Peace... a valuable state of being, something that many people have lost their lives for throughout the years of war. And yet I believe that the greatest battlefield is in our minds and thoughts. If everyone would apply God's peace to their minds and their way of thinking I do believe wars would cease. And before you even go there, yes... God has the power and ability to  supernaturally stop all wars BUT, He has given us a free will remember? If we, throughout time have chosen to settle things OUR way then war it is and at that point necessary. I have this thing that I have done most of my adult life...and it is called TRYING TO FIGURE OUT AND FIX OTHER FOLKS PROBLEMS...there I've said it. Hey don't look at me like I'm crazy, you have probably done it too.  I am just now finding out that when so

Changed from Glory to Glory...

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" And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s  glory , are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing  glory , which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."  II Corinthians 3:18 Back in December 2008 while on one of many visits to California, the Lord dropped the idea for this blog in my heart. There was no great revelation, just an urge to write down what I felt that He was teaching me. I am not a person big on being "deep", in fact it sort of irritates me when someone tries to come off as being "deep" by acting so spiritually profound; saying big words and statements that are actually rambling and confusing.  Yep, just give me plain 'ol words that make sense.  So while praying about what the theme of this blog would be, I felt in my heart that it would be about how I experience God's wisdom in His Word through everyday experiences. Isn't that how God works?  I mean, why would He desire that we get to know Hi

"...But David encouraged himself..."

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I will never forget the Christmas when I received my first bicycle, it was blue and silver with a basket on the front and colorful streamers on the handlebars! It also had training wheels attached for safe learning, but they didn't stay on there long.  My Dad taught me to ride my bike and I remember how patient he was when weaning me off the training wheels. It seemed like it was so hard to keep that bike in balance and to stop it from wobbling after my Dad released me; but after a time (and after many skinned knees and elbows from falling) I was able to keep my balance and ride a short distance unaccompanied, with him cheering me on! There was an incline on the street that I lived on, we actually called it a "hill".  To me as a small child the "hill" looked like Mount Everest. My cousins and I have sacrificed a whole lot of skin from our knees at the altar of that "hill" while trying to run down it at a high speed.  I still can't figure out why

The Treadmill of Life...

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But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 Funny how things come to mind while you're doing just regular stuff...at least that how it happens to me.  While at the gym on the treadmill doing my regular routine it came to me how similar it is with traveling the journey of life.... I would love to paint a picture of me in a cute and matching gym outfit (preferably in fuchsia and turquoise) oh! and with a matching headband, socks and shoes. No visible perspiration on my face or armpits and of course perfectly coiffed hair and full makeup in the vision that I would like to see of me on the treadmill.  But honey, first of all I have to fight to get to the gym to get ON the treadmill, so most times that means a T-shirt with a faded logos, oversized gym pants, my gym shoes that I have broken in and don't care if they match my outfit, no socks, hair combed back from my face in prep for all that swea

Jesus Loves me...this I know.

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One of, if not THEE most profound, liberating Truth ever to be spoken.  Jesus LOVES ME...can you say it with me..."Jesus LOVES ME". It sometimes gives me goose bumps when I say that, mainly because I know the things that I've done, the things that I have said...I know the Real me...and yet there is One who knows me even better than me. He sees beyond my faults and sees my needs, He sees past the rejections, heartbrokenness, and confident fa├žade and sees...ME and He STILL loves me, without restraint, without condition. The little song "Jesus Loves Me", author unknown: Jesus Loves Me, this I know For the Bible tells me so. Little one to Him belong, They are weak, but He is Strong. Chorus: Yes Jesus Loves me, Yes Jesus loves me Yes Jesus Loves me, for the Bible tells me so. I sang this song for the first time when I was a tot in Sunday school and today many years later it still rings true in my heart. In the midst of chaotic situations, the singing of th

Early in the morning...

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"But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress. " Psalms 59:16 There is something about the early morning and "meeting" with the Lord.  It has always been my most favorite time to sit in His presence. I think what started it was many years ago when my late husband got up his usual time (around 6:00 AM) to get ready for work and he saw our son, who was a teenager by then in his room praying and reading scriptures at that early hour. My husband was an avid Bible reader, but would do his devotional time usually after dinner; and let's face it , how much can you really get out of reading the scriptures when you're tired with a full tummy? But what he saw our son doing that wee hour in the morning inspired and encouraged him to get up an hour earlier each morning and spend time not only reading the Bible, but really allowing G

Are we really free?

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July 4th, declared a day of Independence from Britain's rule over what was to become the United States of America. Freedom indeed...free from Britain's tyranny, a real reason to celebrate, especially with  all the lives that were sacrificed to attain that freedom. I wonder sometimes if people think of the sacrifices that were made so many years ago, while they crank up the barbecue, enjoy the beach, family picnics, etc, etc.? Of course there is nothing wrong with celebration, but why do we really celebrate this holiday? To be honest I think that the farthest thing from our minds are the young soldiers that willingly left their homes to fight in the war, or the older soldiers that left wives and children. I think that basically to us nowadays it means a day off of work, family reunions and cookouts. How do we get so far from celebrating the real meaning of the holiday? Well on a more personal level, what about me? Have I allowed the day to day activities of life to dimin

His loving kindness and faithfulness...

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This will be a different kind of post. One not so much about learning more about God through my everyday experiences; but more about reminding myself of what I already know about Him... I don't know if it was the news of the recent passing of a longtime friend, or the beautiful memorial for another dear friend that went to be with the Lord several months ago...or maybe it is that Father's Day is approaching, but I am missing my late husband.  Maybe it is a combination of all three of these things, but at any rate it has all affected me with a sharp reality of my husband's absence from my life.  Many of you will understand what I mean.  Even though it has been over 13 years since he has passed and through God's comfort and healing of my soul,  there are still times when there comes a sharp reality of the absence of a loved one that has passed. I am not depressed, nor do I feel sorry for myself. I am just experiencing a grief moment as I process the sad news (local