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Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

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Daily Highlight


My Bible is old, a bit tattered and worn. Some pages at the very beginning have pulled away from the binding, but remain in their original space. Pages are dog-eared, sticky notes are stuck and bookmarks of all shapes and sizes lie in waiting within.

Aspects I love about my Bible are the previous yellow highlights. What God spoke to me in the past has been so important, I wanted to be sure not to miss it in the future.

A yellow highlight that jumps out at me from my time alone with God this weekend is from John 1:12-13 which says: “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–children not born of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”

Membership in God’s family is by Grace alone–the gift of God.

My Plan


Courage is the shovel that I am  using to exhume my desires that have been buried under mountains of fear.

Luke 11:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.

Secret Stash


 

Five-thirty in the morning or in the evening, it doesn’t matter.  My cats know it is time to eat their wet food.  Before Mojo was adopted into the family, it was never a concern to leave a half-finished bowl of food on the floor for the cats to snack on if they had not finished it all in one sitting.  With Mojo, it is a different story.

 

The morning feeding scenario:  My alarm (from across the room) rings and I get out of bed, hit the snooze once and crawl back into bed.  The cats understand that it is not time to wake up yet.  The second time the alarm rings, the cats may stretch and move their position on the bed.  By the third time the alarm rings, I make it my official wakeup call and I head for the kitchen where 16 paws, 8 eyes, and 4 hungry tummies follow me.  As a herd, we make our way to the unopened can of food and food bowls waiting on the counter.  One can of food is evenly divided into 4 servings.  Each cat is given their bowl in an order determined by Mojo. 

 

Mojo’s background is purely street-cat.  In fact, he came from our very own neighborhood.  Being a street-cat, Mojo had to fend for himself and he tends to eat like he may never eat again.  He does not chew his food, he inhales it.  He has been known to push the other cats out of their food bowls and help himself to seconds, thirds and fourths.  This is new behavior to the other three cats.  However, Zoe has a secret stash of nourishment.

 

Zoe is small enough to sit on top of our round, stainless-steel kitchen trash can.  She has indicated to us a while back that she would like her meals there.  She realized that Mojo does not comprehend she dines there and she can leave her food and come back to it at her leisure.  She manages her nourishment without having to be concerned with Mojo and his feeding frenzy. 

 

Do you have a secret stash of nourishment?  I am not talking about hiding food for snacking on when nobody is looking.  I am talking about Biblical nourishment.  Hide the Word of God in your heart for those moments in life when sinful temptations over-shadow you or when satan thinks he can have a feeding frenzy on your soul.  God wants to reside in your heart; it is the closest one-on-one contact He can have with you.     

 

Zoe can be fed from her secret stash any time of day she chooses because she knows where it is hidden. When God’s word is hidden in your heart, you too can be nourished any time of the day you choose. God will always be there.

 

Psalm 119:11

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

 

Proverbs 3:3

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

 

Proverbs 4:20-22

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.

I Sit Listening: An Autumnal Equinox Experience for Women 9-22-2010


I attended this session with about 28 other women. We put our busy lives on hold to take in, through our senses, all the beauty of the changing seasons that we may otherwise overlook.

Sitting outside on blankets and mats, we were led into meditation by Jan Lundy. Our senses were awakened to the environment around us. After a short reading by Jan, we were encouraged to take 30 minutes to discover what the seasonal change means to us. We were allowed to do this in any way we wanted. Women wrote in journals, walked, explored the pond, or took a nature walk in the nearby wooded area.

I sat for a little while and enjoyed listening to a bird call to other birds as it sat high up in a tree. The leaves danced in the breeze as I gravitated to the pond. The scent of the pond made me reminiscent of childhood days spent at my family’s waterfront cottage playing in the shallow part of the lake and exploring a nearby swamp. As I looked more closely into the water, I saw minnows racing in unison to the top to snack on the unsuspecting bugs that landed on the water. I stood silently hoping to see a frog before it jumped in the water to hide from me. I stepped away to walk the nature trail, but found the muddy ground unappealing and I made my way back to the edge of the pond. Standing where I had been moments earlier, I was surprised to notice some very pretty yellow flowers at the water’s edge. I started walking around the pond and I saw more fish and more bugs. Then I spotted the two inch fish that stopped me in my tracks. This little fish was dead and lying on its side, washed up to the shore. I said a little prayer for the fish in case it was all by itself when it passed away and it had its own change of season.

Seasons change inside and outside of us. Embrace every change and give God the glory for the good changes and even the bad changes as he is in the center of each of them, holding us up.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

Take the time to meditate on the seasons of your life and look for God in each of them. He has been, is, and will be there with you.

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