Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Reflections at Patriot Lake by Nancy Webb, photographer

Reflections

It's January...a time of reflecting back and looking forward to what a new year holds. 
It's January...a time of renewal as we await Spring. 
It's January...a time of quietness if we listen for it.
It's January...a time of examining my heart. 

As I gaze upon this lovely photograph, I notice first the trees. Their image reflects in the water but so different from their true color and shape. 
I notice the sky which reflects almost identical to its true appearance. 

I ponder my reflection to the world around me. 
What do I reflect to others? 
Is my reflection a true picture of who I am like the sky? 
Or is my reflection different like the trees. 

My reflection depends on my heart. 
What is truly in my heart is reflected in my life.

It's January...take time to let God examine your heart so you may reflect Him to the world around you.

 As in water face reflects face,
    so the heart of man reflects the man.

Proverbs 27:19English Standard Version (ESV)


     

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A movie to watch for The Song

Movies have a way, like books, of inspiring me.

Therefore I am careful what I read and what I watch because I am moved by media.

Here is a movie I look forward to seeing: The Song!







Enjoy the trailer. And mark your calendars for Sept. 26!



To read a review from someone who has seen a preview of this movie, Click here http://www.rochellefrazier.com/rochelle-frazier-aheavenlyaroma/2014/8/could-a-movie-save-your-marriage

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Years' Prayer

New Years' Prayer Church of Scotland 1952



 Almighty Father, we pray Thee 

graciously to lead us through the uncertainties of this new year of our earthly pilgrimage.

Protect us from the dangers of the way, 

prepare us for the duties, 
                                      the trials,
                                                     the joys and 
                                                                       sorrows that await us;

 and grant that each change the year brings with it may bring us nearer to Thyself,

 and to the eternal joy and rest that await the faithful

 in Thy blessed and glorious presence;

 though Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Ice Storm





As I sat in my warm house
 looking out at the glistening branches covered with ice,
 it all looked so beautiful!


Yet, a closer look showed
amidst the beauty and sparkle
of the ice covered branches,
 trouble lurked.








The younger, more pliable branches
 bent slightly with their burden of ice.









However, the older branches,



and especially the evergreens,
almost touched the ground under this burden.





 Further still,
 I saw a few branches simply fell off under the weight of the ice burden and lay upon the ground.

They could not endure.





What about me? 

      When burdens come, am I the young branch,
                                                                                the older branch or
                                                                                                       
                                               am I the branch that falls off?


I have had seasons of being each of these branches. I prefer to be the young branch who endures under the weight of the burden without bowing low or falling off!

How do you carry your burdens? Do you know the One who wants to carry those burdens for you?

Here is his invitation:

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest. 
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,
 for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
 and you will find rest for your souls. 
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30


English Standard Version (ESV)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Twists and Turns of Forgiveness

As with most things in life, forgiveness is learned as we journey and grow. Early experiences with forgiveness usually include being told "Say you are sorry" as a child. Honestly, don't most of us wonder why we are saying "Sorry" when the other kid was mean to us?

Further along in life, we begin to seriously wrestle with our hurts. In the twists and turns of trying to understand forgiveness, we learn there are choices to be made. Here are a few:



We can ignore them.

We can bury them deep.

We can be angry.

We can seek revenge.




Eventually we discover that none of these choices comfort our soul.
Only one choice does that...forgiveness!
But how exactly does one forgive a hurt and especially a hurt that no one said "I am sorry for..."?

Here is what I have learned over the decades of my life:

  • Forgiveness is something I choose.
  • Forgiveness is between me and God.
  • Forgiveness brings freedom.
  • Forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation.
  • Forgiveness is only possible because I have been forgiven. 

Remembering how much (like ALL of my sins from the past, present and even the future!) I have been forgiven by God through His son, Jesus....enables me to grant forgiveness to others even if they do not say
"I am sorry."

And then, my soul is comforted and I am free. 

See Matthew 18:21-35





Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Where are you?

After a 6 month break from blogging in which I served in Bible Study Fellowship, an International inter-denominational Bible study where we spent 9 months in the book of Genesis, I want to share nuggets from the "book of beginnings', as Genesis is called. It is "where I have been".

A phrase from Genesis 3 grabbed me this morning. It is "they (Adam and Eve) heard the sound of the LORD GOD walking in the garden" [Genesis 3:8 NASB].

Adam and Eve lived together in this wonderful garden God had created for them. It was their home. They had probably heard God walking there daily. He lived with them. What was different this time? Why did the "sound" matter this time?

It mattered because this time they had done the unthinkable...they had eaten from the one tree God had forbidden and they felt SHAME for the first time.

SHAME that they were naked.

                SHAME that they had disobeyed God.

So they hid from God....or they attempted to do so. I understand. I try to hide too!

Things would never be the same and they knew it! This would be an incredibly sad story BUT GOD!

GOD who loves so much who rather than SHAMING them asks a question "Where are you?" Did He ask because He did not know? He asked because He wanted Adam and Eve to come to Him, to share with Him what had happened. He gave them a chance to confess and they did! God listens, answers, disciplines and then provides a covering for them. BUT GOD!

As I ponder this verse....I ask myself....
   Do I listen for God walking in my life?
   Do I talk with Him when I feel SHAME?
   Do I let Him remind me that He has covered me too?

 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness

1 John 1:9

New International Version (NIV)


Monday, December 24, 2012

Just One



Last Christmas my Christmas Cactus bloomed in late winter....after Christmas. Disappointing.

Imagine my delight when I saw a bloom forming in early November! 
Yes! It's going to bloom at Christmas. And it did.......one wonderful red bloom.

Just one. 

As I've watered and cared for the plant, I've wondered.......
why only one bloom? What happened to the rest? Why did they never form? 

Slowly, a truth long planted in my heart began to surface. 
Just one....
Just one came from heaven to earth
Just one lived a perfect life
Just one shed His blood on a cross
Just one paid the price for my sin
Just one died and rose again so I might have eternal life with God.
Just one baby that we celebrate at Christmas........
Just one  Jesus, Prince of Peace, Emmanuel... God with us! 

Merry Christmas!

Matthew 1:21
She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Isaiah 9:6
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace