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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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Worldview


I live in a city where streetlights drown out the beauty of the stars in the sky on a clear night.  I have to drive to an open field if I want to watch the full moon rise and to the beach for an unobstructed view of the sunset.  On warm summer afternoons, I would sit on a blanket in the grass and observe a simple one-inch square of space in the grass and admire all the little things going on that I usually step on and take for granted.  I am thankful for the opportunities to view the majestic handiwork of God however big or small.  He is to be praised for all he has created as it was created in love and for our enjoyment.

Looking in the mirror, I can see God’s handiwork in me.

I told my husband, a three-time kidney transplant recipient, that the fingerprints of God are all over him.  He never thought he would live past the age of twenty and not to reveal his age, he is well past twenty and very blessed to still be here.  He is God’s handiwork.

What is mankind that you, God, are so mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

I love watching videos where they point the camera at some random street corner in some random city and pan the camera back to reveal the neighborhood, the city, the state, the globe, all the way to the universe where earth looks like a tiny star as if we were looking up at the night sky away from city lights. At that farthest pan out, I realize how small I am in the scheme of things.  How small we all really are. At this moment I realize we are all the same; we are the handiwork of God.  I wish people everywhere could expand their worldview and see the handiwork of God.

As God sits on His throne in the heavenly realm, he knows the number of hairs on our head and he hears the prayers we whisper.  We are not minuscule to Him.  He loves his creation and is mindful of the human beings he created.

Look for opportunities to view the stars on a clear night, watch the moon rise from a field, and head over to a beach to watch the sunset.  Know that God is wading through all the obstacles we place in His view from us just to get a good view of His creation too.

God loves you, friend.  May God’s blessings be more noticeable to you in this new year.

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory in the heavens.  Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?            Psalm 8:1-4

 

 

Late Night Visitor – Missing Someone I Never Met


I get to know people more by observing them because I believe their actions speak louder than words. When all someone has are words, then the consistency of the words speak to their character.

In the 10+ years I have been blogging, I realized early on that there is a blogging etiquette. One doesn’t write a blog, hit send and go on with their day. No, they search out topics of interest and find other bloggers that inspire them and subscribe to their site so they can keep up with the postings and comment on the writing.

Early on, I was impressed with a group of bloggers who were taking a “Post a Day Challenge”. I was too far into the year to begin the year-long challenge so I read and subscribed to some Christian bloggers that touched my heart-center with their words.

Butch Dean, Wordsmith’s Desk, is one such blogger that hit my sweet spot talking about the love of the Lord and many well-written stories of his past. His wife, Bonnie, also blogs and her site is called Memory Bears by Bonnie. When Butch hit send, Bonnie was right after him and their blogs showed up in succession in my inbox.

A post from Butch came on Thursday, October 22, 2020 and strangely one from Bonnie did not follow in my inbox. When I read the post titled, I’ve Changed My Address, it made me cry. Butch had his son send out his very last post that was beautifully and creatively written. He let his readers know that he is now face-to-face with the God he so lovingly had been writing about.

I get to know people more by observing them because I believe their actions speak louder than words. When all someone has are words, then the consistency of the words speak to their character.

Godspeed Butch. May the peace of God fill the hearts of Bonnie and all who loved Butch.

Motherhood


I could only imagine what motherhood was like so I planted a garden.

I dug into the earth with my shovel and pushed it as deep as I could with the help of my foot buried inside a steel-toed shoe. Mindfully in the moment, I heard the melodious crunching sound the shovel made as it sliced into the dirt hitting buried rocks and matured roots from past plantings. The sound exhumed memories of watching my dad dig up space for a garden in the backyard when I was a kid. I dug shovelful after shovelful of earth and flipped it upon itself and worked the soil into a place of new beginnings.

Backyard nesting and oh, that fresh dirt smell.

As I made my way down the aisles at the garden store, I found a large selection of Knockout Roses. I felt like I was peering into the hospital newborn nursery window as I looked at rows and rows of rose bushes. Each rose similar in species had a unique look. I reached down and gently pulled out the one from the group that resembled me and put it on my cart. As a new mom, I was sure to gather together the potting soil and nutrients my budding plant would need to flourish in the space I had prepared.

I dug out a space to fit the rootball and added weed-killing plant food to the hole. I talked to the new rose bush, attempting to ease its fear of change leaving the pot it was grown in and introduced it to my yard. I loosened its roots so it could feel its way into the new space and feel at home too. I filled new soil around the root and pressed it into the earth. Wearing a new mother’s glow, I knelt down next to the rose and said, “Welcome to my yard; welcome to my life! Enjoy your first refreshing drink of water from the garden hose.”

This was a process repeated five more times.

I observed mothers who put their all into raising their offspring. That selfless act was revealed in the maturity of their children at an early age. In a similar fashion, I put in a lot of time and energy into warding off weeds so they would not interfere with the growth of my roses.

My garden was spoiled.

I fertilized and watered and the sun was my daycare provider. Here they are a year later! Oh, how my babies have grown!!

1st Birthday

I could only imagine what motherhood was like, so I planted a garden.

Psalm 144:9-14 (NIV)

I will sing a new song to you, my God;
    on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,
10 to the One who gives victory to kings,
    who delivers his servant David.

From the deadly sword 11 deliver me;
    rescue me from the hands of foreigners
whose mouths are full of lies,
    whose right hands are deceitful.

12 Then our sons in their youth
    will be like well-nurtured plants,
and our daughters will be like pillars
    carved to adorn a palace.
13 Our barns will be filled
    with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
    by tens of thousands in our fields;
14     our oxen will draw heavy loads.[a]
There will be no breaching of walls,
    no going into captivity,
    no cry of distress in our streets.

 

Late Night Visitor – Grief is Like…


See the first grief post here.

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Tears


I shed tears. Read more…

Stuck In the Middle


I attended an Advent By Candlelight service at my church this past Sunday evening. Read more…

Eternity Under Construction


via Daily Prompt: Partake

John 14:2-3 (NIV)

Jesus said this to his believers,

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

I am living for Him so I can partake in His promise.

Who’s with me?

 

 

When God’s People Pray


via Daily Prompt: Thwart

The ugliest thing in this world is evil.  Its snarl, when it looks at you, raises the hairs on the back of your neck.  Its smell is more repugnant than a garbage dump full of raw meat on a hot and humid day.   It is colder than the high ridge between Dome Argus and Dome Fuji in the East Antarctic Plateau.

As I drive to work in the morning, I pray for my great nieces and nephews heading to school.  The only fear I had in school was a tornado siren going off in the middle of the day.  There have been so many news reports of school shootings that I have to lift my great nieces and nephews up in prayer each day.  Not only do I pray that they are safe, but I especially pray that anyone who is attempting to shoot up a school will have their plans thwarted.  My mind knows that evil has no bounds so I extend the prayer to my family and friends in their workplaces.

Evil has kicked God out of our schools and public spaces and evil has crept into our deepest interior places, the heart.

So many people scream about gun control.  However, I believe that prayer is the antidote to eradicate evil in the world.  God sees the bigger picture and he sees the evil hearts of his creation.  I humbly ask my followers of this blog, who are all around the world, to pray each morning for the safety of children in school, as well as family and friends in the workplace.  Pray that all evil intent will be thwarted.  I know God answers prayers.  Read this short article from the Washington Post that proves evil can be held at bay.

I think it would be awesome to be one of many who are in continuous prayer for those we love to remain safe throughout the day as well as for those who have evil in their heart that their heart can be changed.  With God, anything is possible.

Evil is the ugliest thing in the world, but God is bigger.  God is so much bigger.  God, please save your people.

1 Thessalonians 5:17  pray without ceasing

 

 

Wrong Way!


via Daily Prompt: Warning

Driving home the other day, I was on a highway overpass waiting for the red light to turn green so I could get onto the entrance ramp toward home.  While waiting, I looked around at my surroundings.  There have been many news reports about people driving the wrong way on the highway causing fatal accidents.  I scratch my head and wonder how this happens as at each off ramp big signs are posted that read, “DO NOT ENTER, WRONG WAY”.

From the news reports, the people who enter the wrong way on the highway are either drunk drivers, or people with dementia who lose comprehension of their surroundings.

But going the wrong way can kill.

I think back to life decisions I have made.  I know I should not have married my ex-husband; red flags were waving all around me.  But I was young and figured things would change in time.  They didn’t change; they got worse.  The sad thing about that marriage is others saw the red flags too before the “I Do”, but nobody pulled me aside to talk about them.  We all let them flap in the breeze.  However, I take full responsibility for my decision to marry, and learned that wrong decisions can kill  who we are and what we believe in.  By the Grace of God, my life got back on track.

At the last supper, Jesus warned the twelve disciples, “One of you will betray me”.  They looked around at one another each murmuring, “Surely it is not I”.   Judas, like the wrong way drivers, may not have comprehended the direction he was headed, but went ahead with full gusto.  His decision killed Jesus.

God created the world and everyone in it to be interwoven.  Our very own decisions to go the wrong way in a situation can affect many more people than we could ever imagine.  But check this out!

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

With this verse in mind, I have been trying to follow some advice that was presented to me one day during my morning devotions.  Before each activity you begin, no matter what it is, ask God to direct your way.  That way, we ensure that we will not go the wrong way.  God knows the repercussions of our actions before we do, so why not ask the one who knows best?

 

Death to Life


Daily Word Prompt – SwallowWhich short sentence is harder to swallow than the others?  Read more…

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