Monthly Archives: October 2010

Unexpected Grace

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Hi!

I am back in “my” blue mountains-right where I belong!   I have been blessed by a week full of the grace of God.   I like to think of God’s grace like a river. Sometimes it is gentle and calm and you float smoothly along.  Other times it is like a raging river after a hard rain-it washes over you, flooding your soul – smoothing any  rough edges or getting rid of  debris that may be caught in a tight place.   You never know when it might show up.  Grace has come in unexpected places…keep your eyes open your heart ready!   

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Praying

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Father God, Creator of all,

This morning I am praying for everyone who has been touched by cancer.  Patients, Doctors, Nurses, Caregivers, Families, children, animals, Pastors, congregations, EMT workers, you name it. May God give you strength for the journey, may He be your refuge when you need it most, may He always be the guiding Light in the darkness and may you always see the Light- no matter how dim it may get.  It’s always there.   May He give you healing, hope and peace.  You are precious and loved by the One who gave you life.

Sometimes Lord, it takes one to have faith for another. May you increase my faith so that I may have it, know it and share it for those who are weak.  May I share it in compassion, in love, in LIFE and with GRACE.  May you strengthen my hands, my heart, my mind, body and soul to do this work that you have called me to do.  You have shown me many ways to do it this week and I am learning that GRACE is the key to success.  Thank you Lord, for pouring it on me and those around me.  May you be with us all, in all things.  I love you Lord and I lift these things up to you this morning.

Thank you for your presence here and in my life this week.  Thank you for giving us your Grace- your own flesh and blood- Jesus Christ- your one and only Son.  I’ll never be able to comprehend the depth or width of your love, so just let me humbly say, “thank you.”

It’s in your Holy and Precious Name I pray,

Amen

Rise, love, laugh, LIVE!

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Good Morning Friends!

I am on my last day here in Georgia.  I will be heading back to those beautiful blue mountains in the morning.  I can’t wait!  I am not a city gal-I love those country roads!  I’ve driven everywhere this week-but mostly back and forth to the hospital.  It’s funny how I can’t remember all the turns it takes to get there-even after a week of doing it- but then-maybe I don’t want to remember them or why we are going there.

I’ve seen a lot of things this week, have experienced all emotions in some form or another.  I can’t wait to get home and rest in the arms of my family.  I want to soak up their love like a sponge and pour my own over them like sticky maple syrup.  You know the kind- when it gets on your fingers you lick it off and your hands are still sticky!  That kind of love.

The one thing that God keeps showing me this week is that sweet bond of love.  When God created the world he did it out of love for us.  He wanted us to have the very best of Him-that’s why He breathed His life into us.  A friend of mine says when we inhale we are taking God in and when we exhale we should exhale God out into the world.   I have taken God in this week through the sweet, loving breaths of those around me and I hope and pray that I have done the same for them.  Life is short folks.  We don’t have a minute to spare.  We might think we do- but do we really?  It is full of surprises!  Mama Gump always said, ” Life’s a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you’re gonna get.”  and I say that God is the center-sweet, sticky and full of surprises!  You don’t ever know what you’re “gonna” get-but God does.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Our future is in God.

God is love.

Love.

Sweet.

Sticky.

Soothing to the soul.

Grab onto it and never let go.

Blessings for your journey,

d.

The Broken Road that leads to Grace

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Hi!

God is so good!  As I sit here this morning, I am reflecting over the last year or so of my own journey towards God.  It is hard to put into words.  As I look back I see how God has continually filled me with grace.  At the beginning of this year I remember how God pointed my judging heart to a new direction-toward Him.  He did that through our bible study “Experiencing God.”  It seems so long ago that we took this study- but it really was this year.  A lot of things have happened since that study and my own heart has become de-cluttered and filled with an unconditional love that only comes from God.

God has recently put me in a place where I have been able to experience that unconditional love more fully.  I feel like the “Prodigal Son” who has finally come home from his long journey.  He ran into the outstretched arms of his waiting father, a father who set the past behind and lived in the present and for the future.  Always looking over the horizon, always seeking to see his son’s face.  He anxiously awaited the arrival of his long lost son.   Finally.  He came.  The father never gave up hope.  Our Father doesn’t either.

I have spent this week at the cancer center.   It has been a difficult week to process.  I still cannot put it all into words and that’s okay.  As I go to the center everyday, with my friend, I see life, pain, sadness, healing, recovery and love.  Oh…the love….it is indescribable.  I see husbands and wives rallying around each other, encouraging one another, and helping each other cling to life and hope.  I see tubes nourishing bodies back to life, I see bodies recovering in sleep, I see pain slipping out the back door and I see life entering in again.  But the thing that covers it all is LOVE.  The love is all consuming, patient, kind, humble, gentle, and oh so sweet.   It is a love that only comes from God.  It comes in many forms.  A kind word, a touch, a deed, adjusting a pillow, getting someone a drink, wiping their brow, cooking, cleaning and just being quiet.  It also comes in laughter, silliness, togetherness, and just being goofy.  Love covers us like a gentle rain-it soothes our aching souls and it brings relief from the struggles of life.

It has been raining here this week and God has drenched my soul with His love through situations, people and circumstances.   My cup is full and overflowing and quite honestly I am finding it hard to write.  The words come slowly, carefully and even painfully.  I have seen love in a new light.  One that cannot be explained in words…only felt and lived.

A dear sweet friend gave me some advice before I left…

“LIVE”  just “LIVE.”

So as I close- I pray that when you read this you will live the life that God has planned for you-live it to it’s fullest and always, always, always reflect the Light that is inside – to the outside.   You are precious and loved,

d.

This journey…

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Hi!

This has been a day of contemplation, prayer and thanksgiving for life.   I am on yet another leg of my journey toward God’s Grace.  Sometimes it comes in waves, sometimes it’s where I least expect it and  yet others it comes like a soft whisper in the wind….  “I’m over here…walk a little closer…here I am…let me envelope you with love…”

wow.

Today I have been embraced by Grace.  My heart is flowing like a  raging river.

My emotions are running high and my heart is overwhelmed.  My words are few because I can’t find any to describe my current state of being.  That’s probably a good thing.   I have seen love at it’s purest form.  I have experienced unconditional love between two people and I have felt the  the power of God at work in the world.

It’s been a good day.  Live life to it’s fullest.  Put grudges behind you.  Love like it’s your last day on earth and place your heart in the hands of God.

Don’t wait.

 

Rise! Go! Do!

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Genesis 12:1-3

Abram Journeys to Egypt

1Now the LORD said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
2And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
3And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Aaahhhhh…..Abram!  I love this man and his obedience!  His love for God overwhelms my being and makes my heart sing new songs!  I have learned much from this old man-who was what,  75 years old by now?  Just a youngster back then when folks lived to be hundreds and hundreds of years old!  The bible says ” so Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him…” what? no if’s, an’s or but’s?  I don’t see any in the scriptures.  Not only did he go-he took Sarai, Lot and all their possessions-herds, herdsmen, livestock, etc..    Oh how I wish I could be more like Abram.  His faith was  great and his obedience was even greater!  You can’t have one without the other.  Where there is faith there MUST be obedience.

Our lives can only be changed by our willingness to live a life of obedience to God.  Abram did this.  I didn’t say he was perfect-because he wasn’t.  But he was obedient!  We have to pray, seek, act and do the will of God. God yearns for us to put Him first.  Did you know that?  When we do this God sets us on a new path-HIS.  Sometimes we don’t know the way, but we must trust in God because He does!  He knows everything from beginning to end.  Being faithful requires commitment and service to God first and foremost.  We are asked to put off our selfish desires.  Sometimes there is selfishness inside of you  that you aren’t even aware of until God asks you to do something.  I recently wrestled with some of my own.  It wasn’t fun but it was necessary!  When we wrestle with things I think that means that God is transforming us from the inside out.  He knows what is best for us and we need to listen, trust and obey.   Sometimes these wrestlings are small and seem insignificant, but like a car engine that has one tiny part out of place- it won’t run properly, and neither will we.   God and I have spent the last several weeks putting my small parts back into place!    Today I feel all shiny and new, like I have had a tune up.  Thank you Lord-for never putting down your toolbox!

So, today, whatever you are wrestling with, I am praying for you to head to your prayer closet and seek out the will of God Almighty.  He has all the answers.  While you’re there,  give thanks for Abram and his obedience.    In order to do what God says we must “rise” when He calls us…

Genesis 15: 17

God said to Abram:  “ARISE, walk about the land through it’s length and breadth; for I WILL give it to you.”

Isaiah 40:31

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

God keeps His promises when we keep ours!

You have been blessed to be a blessing!





Love, Peace, and Grace

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Love.

God created us out of love.

He created us to love one another.

He breathed that love into each of us.

We were made to inhale God…

and to exhale love.

Love.

God gave us the union of marriage.

A Holy and precious covenant between God and husband and wife.

 

We have been blessed with three beautiful daughters!

(One of whom is not here with us. )

Ecclesiastes 4: 12

“A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.”

Our cord is the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

We stand together under His grace.

We are blessed.

We are family.

Love.

 

Love, peace, faith and grace.

FAMILY

 

 

My Love

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Hi!

This past weekend we went to Rocky Creek Farm for a family photo shoot with Cindy Loggins.  We had a lot of fun hopping on hay bale rounds and traipsing up and down the farm.  I love Rocky Creek Farm but even better I love the people who live there.  I know that “Mr. Marvin” was looking down from the heavenlies just grinning as the girls, Cort, Trouble and I were giggling and fooling around that day.  How we miss you Marvin!  I am so thankful that God brought us to Mitchell’s Crossroads.

Trouble, our black lab, was not cooperating with the camera that day.  But that’s okay because he got to play and romp on the farm for awhile.  Lynn is his “other mother” and I know she enjoyed seeing Trouble there, no matter what he was doing!  She took this picture of Cort and Trouble.  I love both of these guys, but especially the balding fellow!  He is the love of my life, my best friend, my riding partner, my hubby, the father of our children and my soul mate.  He puts up with a lot from me-the Free Spirit!  haha!  I thank God for Cort, for his friendship, wisdom, love, and his faith in God.   Love you honey!

 

What is HOPE?

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Yesterday morning during Sunday School, one of my friends was talking about the “Hostel of the Good Shepherd” in Galax.  She explained that the hostel was much, much more than a place to stay for a night.  She said it was a place that brings people the love of Christ through it’s many services.   She said that all who enter there are covered by the wings of God.

So those few words led to this drawing.  As Jerry taught the class I was busy sketching.  I know he must get tired of me “not paying attention” but when God gives me an idea I’ve got to get on it!

This is pretty simple- a house with a doorway that looks like a cross.  Follow the path, enter in and you are covered by the wings of God.  Our refuge and strength in times of trouble.

I love you Lord and today I lift up the Hostel of the Good Shepherd to you.  May your wing covering provide many with warmth, grace and love.  You are doing a mighty work there and I thank you for providing a place of shelter for those who find themselves needing a hand up.  You, God Almighty, Father in Heaven ARE the hand up we all need.    I thank you, praise you and lift this ministry and it’s workers up to you today.  May all who enter here receive your blessings over their lives.   It’s in your Holy and precious name I pray,

Amen