Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ubuntu



Truly, a child shall lead us. (Isaiah 11:6b)

What do you glean from this poster?

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Our Wounded Healer


"It takes one to know one!"  We have all heard those taunts when we were young. Someone would say something unkind to another, and that person would yell that reply.   

Only when we've walked in another's shoes, can we truly understand. 

         Our Wounded Healer

He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.


But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.   

All we, like sheep, have gone astray
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
      ~ Isaiah 53:3-7

Truly, Jesus was WOUNDED physically and emotionally for each and every one of us.

Truly, He understands our sufferings, afflictions, physical pain, sorrows, and emotional battles because He experienced them.

And truly, He is our Healer because He allowed man to rip His flesh to shreds. 

OUR Healer - yours and mine.

Truly, Jesus is our empathetic, Wounded Healer.  There is nothing you are going through that He cannot understand or relate to. 

He knows. 

He feels. 

He understands. 

May that bring you comfort and build your faith.

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Glorious and Triumphant State


...Unspeakable and full of Glory is placed within our hearts, 
but we must purposefully


on a daily basis.  

Have a joy-filled day!

(Joy) Because of Him and (Joy Back)Unto Him, 

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Tennesse Reunion

Together Again!
Michael, my first born, and Alece, my middle born, are alone together for the first time in about 20 years.  Michael flew to Nashville, TN to spend some much needed vacation time with his sister in her new life down south.

Reconnecting.

Right after high school, Michael went to Teen Mania's Internship and then headed out on the road to bring the Gospel to teens.

Right after high school (two years behind Michael), Alece did the same thing.  Only her destination after the internship was South Africa.

She stayed there for 12 years.

So, this will be ten days of brother and sister reconnecting.

Getting to know each other as adults.

Getting to know each other without the confines of parents and their third younger sibling.

Just adult brother and sister.

I have no idea what that must be like for them. My only sibling - a brother two years older than me - and I have not seen each other in about 30 years. Or spoken.

I am an orphan. In every sense of the word. So, I honestly cannot relate to what this visit must mean to my children. 

How does an adult sister interact with her adult brother?  I haven't a clue.

I wish I could be a fly on the wall. I wish I could feel what they are feeling toward each other. I wish I could understand a loving brother-sister relationship.

I don't. 

But, what I do understand is the need for family. The need to connect with family. And I am blessed that Michael and Alece have this time together.  

I'm blessed my children don't know what it is to be orphaned. 

I'm blessed they have each other to empathize with.  

Thank You, Jesus! Thank You!

Enjoy every moment with your families! P l e a s e.

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Tater Morning

I love lamb.

I love potatoes.

And I love cauliflower. 

Last night my sous chef son, Michael, visited and he cooked us rack of lamb, potatoes, and cauliflower. It was scrumptious!  He certainly didn't get this cooking skills - or his love to cook - from me!

No meat left over. 

Just a little bit of cauliflower left over.

But, because Michael knows how much I love potatoes, he made extra. So, I have a good portion of taters left over.

I'm going to make an egg-and-potato breakfast this morning before we head out on our trek to the airport.  Thank You, Father, for this blessing!

I'll be busy this morning getting ready for our drive, so I will miss the sunrise. But, as those sunrises are to my spirit, these taters will be to my soul this morning. 
This is the day The LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24
I'm rejoicing for this tater morning!

Have a wonderful day!

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Ta-da As Only God Can Do

To sit in the blind of darkness, is sit in a Heavenly realm.

In the blackness of night, I enter in.

In stillness of mind, I can hear; I can picture.

It's a magical time, where I can commune with the Companion of my soul. I take deep breaths in, letting all my cares and concerns out. 

In the stillness of these hours, before the pre-dawn light begins to shine into the room, I sit. 

No distractions. 

Nothing to whisk my thoughts away from my Beloved's tender, loving voice.

And then, ever so gradually, the pre-dawn sky emerges. Slowly my senses become aware. 

My living room picture window faces east. With no curtains or other houses to block my view, I sit and watch as the Creator paints a morning sky. 

Freehand.


I watch as the sun rises - delicate hues of gold, orange, yellow, pink, and purple slowly invades the ebony sky in slow motion - beckoning me to bow my heart.
  
Oh, I worship Your Majesty. 

As the tinged glow emerges, the bare trees are outlined. Like arms lifted high, they reach toward their Creator.

Whisper-ly slow, the colors become vibrant, bursting with energy...

and the horizon shouts, "Ta-da!"

It's a creation only The Master Designer can produce. 

And all for my enjoyment.

Just because I got myself out of my warm bed to rendezvous with my God.


...deep sigh...

...All is well with my soul...

Daybreak has been magical...

Thank You, Father of Lights, for this uplifting start to my day!  

It is my hope that you all had an equally uplifting start to your day today. How did your day begin?

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Friday, January 11, 2013

Oh, Hallelujah!

Music.

Music has been a part of my life since childhood. My mother always had music playing in our home. I'd come home from school to the melodious voices of her generation.

And I always had music from my generation playing in my room. I have testimonies how various songs in my life were a gift of God for that season, as I would sing and declare truths over my own life.



When I worship, I sing with all my heart; changing words where necessary to personalize the song. I sing to the Throne of my God. And since the music originally came from His own Heart, it cannot be anything but majestic as it flows back to Him.

My Heavenly Father has always used music to stir my soul to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.   



Have you ever heard the song Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen?  I have nine different renditions by various artists of his song in my music collection. The music stirs my heart like no other. 

Well...

Just the other day I came across this rendition by Cloverton. They have entitled it, A Hallelujah Christmas.  They wrote the whole Gospel into the score of Hallelujah. 

If you have not heard it or seen the video, it is my pleasure to share it with you! And it doesn't have to be Christmastime, to listen to the Truth about our Saviour. 

May it stir your heart to worship!




Because of Him and Unto Him,


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Birth of Friendship

Friendship.

As an child/teen/young adult introvert, I did not make friends easily. There were very few I felt safe with, so I was always on the outside looking in, keeping myself very protected.

As a healed, whole, delivered Child of the Most High God, I carefully make friends via The Spirit of God, as His Word urges us.

And here in blog world, we make the most precious of friendships, don't we? 

Friendships bonded by the outpouring of our hearts through our written words. We don't know each other via our natural lives, but via The Holy Spirit who draws us to each other and allows us to see each other's hearts. And what a precious gift that is. 

I love this thought by C.S. Lewis:
Friendship is born at that moment when one person 
                                               says to another, "What! You too? I thought I was the     
                                               only one.”
It is so true, isn't it? 

And that's what happens in our blogging communities. You write something that deeply touches my soul. I identify with it - I identify with you. Those heart-to-heart touches draw us close. Draw us together. Draw us into a friendship.

How blessed we are to be a part of this world-wide friendship community! God not only allows the gift of friendship but to utilize our writing gifts to forge these friendships! Truly, a double blessing to each of us!

From my heart to yours, thank you for being a writer, thank you for being a friend!

Because of Him and Unto Him, 


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Identity in the Red Letters

Any of you doing OneWord again this year? 




I am. I must humbly say that God really met me with my OneWord for 2012. The Holy Spirit really worked my EXTRAVAGANT LOVE word into my being and through me. I feel a little closer to Jesus' Heart as a result.

I've had a habit for many years of seeking The LORD for a Scripture at the beginning of a new year. A Scripture that would be my spiritual goal for that year. 2013 ushered in this verse for me:
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.  ~ John 15: 14-15
Jesus Christ calls me - me! - His friend...I bow my heart to such an awesome Truth. He has shared with me - all things He has heard from His Father - my Father!  May I truly have ears to hear...

...

My OneWord this year is FRIEND (TO JESUS).  I want to know what it truly means to be Jesus' friend. I want to be worthy of such an honorable title. 

If I must do whatever He commands, then I better know what those commands are. I'm committing to reading the red-lettered Words over and over this year, until His commands sink deep into my being and become part of my identity.

Surely those Words reflect His Character - His Love, His Virtues, His Passions, His Heartbeat. And surely, His Character will filter on down into my earthly friendships.  Surely, they will filter on down into my ministries. Surely, I will do great exploits in His Name because I will be doing what He commands.

...Ut oh...

Lord, I'm putting myself out there... 

...I can truly only rely on Your Grace.  Oh, my dear Jesus, pour out Your Spirit upon me that I may walk Your Walk, worthy of such an honorable title as YOUR FRIEND. I truly desire to be Your friend; I truly desire to hear Your Words said to me one day: Well done, my good and faithful FRIEND.  May it be possible.

...

What are your OneWord goals for 2013 or any goal for that matter? Please share with us and then link up to OneWord365.com.  
  
By the way, for those of you who shared your OneWords last year, I prayed for you during the year in regard to those goals.  I do hope that you feel somewhat successful in accomplishing your goal. And I will be praying for you throughout 2013. May you pray for me as well.


Because of Him and Unto Him,


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January Rest

Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.            ~ Jesus Christ, as recorded in Matthew 11:28

See His outstretched Hand? Our Jesus bids us to come. What a welcoming Scripture after all the busyness of this season; the weariness, horrors, and concerns 2012 left us with. 

"Come. Come. Come" is His loving offer. Our Master gives us the antidote for mind, soul, body fatigue. It's Him. 

But, do we hear Him calling to us?


Man seems run everywhere but to His lap. We carry our burdens like a trophy upon our shoulders.

Why is that? When all He wants to do is give us a reprieve? To refresh us, give rest to our weary souls, and revive us. 

We run to our friends, therapists, our step programs, and prescription bottles. Everywhere but to Jesus. 

Why is He not the first one we run to?

A new calendar is now up on our walls. A new day has dawned. A new year has begun, which will only hold more stressors - in one way or another - for us. 

May this January mark our decision to run to Jesus first.

Let us just come into the Everlasting Arms of Love; the Everlasting Arms that can actually do something about all that weighs us down. 




Snuggle in. Snuggle down. Get comfy. And REST. 

Allow yourself to physically, mentally, emotionally rest in the Bosom of our Lord. Picture yourself curled up and resting in His Hand. Picture His Wisdom and healing embrace enveloping you; His forgiving nature flowing over you, through you; His Love soothing your concerns; His comforting Voice speaking Words of Life to your weary soul. 



He, Alone, has the ability to restore and revive. He, Alone, can give us His peace when we need it most.  

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~ Jesus Christ, as recorded in John 14:27

Peace that can leave us as carefree as if floating. No striving, no panicking, just resting in the buoyancy of the Living Waters that flows from within.

May we all have a restful day. A restful January. A restful lifestyle.

Because of Him and Unto Him,