Monthly Archives: August 2012

Christian Marriage

I was confident that with water and sunshine, the sedum would bloom in late August.   It did not disappoint me.

We can be confident that he who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion.  (Philippians 1:6) God’s part is to begin and complete that good work in us.  Our part is to believe, trust, and cooperate with the process.  I think this is true for the salvation of each individual and for the salvation of each Christian Marriage.

My husband and I have clung to God during the rough patches in our marriage.   God was faithful.   He did not disappoint us.   We have shared our story on the book page of this website.   How have you found God faithful in your marriage?  How has your confidence in him grown?

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Doors of Christian Faith

We recently had company.  We opened our door and welcomed them into our home.  They came because we invited them.  The open door followed their acceptance of our invitation.

Doors of Christian Faith open  when people respond to the invitations issued by Jesus: ” Come, follow me…” Matthew 4: 19  –  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 – “Come! Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”  Revelation 23: 17.   I am so thankful that Jesus invites and welcomes all of us who are weary and thirsty into his kingdom!   Have you accepted his invitation and followed him into his home?

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One Thing

Does thriving depend on a few central, organizing, and unifying values?  I think so.   Here are two that have helped to simplify my life.

One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”   Psalm 27:4

One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

Father God,  let me remember my one desire  and my one goal.  Empower me to seek you, leave the past behind, and strain toward what is ahead and upward.

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Strength

Long ago, I decided that verses 23-26 from Psalms 73 were my life verses.  They perfectly summarized where my strength came from, the path I was traveling on, and my final destination – my destiny.  Over a lifetime these verses have been my comfort and my hope.

Yet I am always with you;  you hold me by the right hand.” –  In spite of my sins, my failures, my doubts, my fears, my complaints, the Father holds my hand tightly – He has my hand in his –  I am so glad our journey together didn’t hinge on my never letting go of him.   “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”  –  The one who holds me, guides and counsels me – The one who guides me will lead me into glory by his wisdom and goodness, not mine – What sweet relief and freedom.   “Whom have I in heaven but you?  And earth has nothing I desire besides you.” – If my only loved one in heaven was Jesus, I would leave everyone behind for all eternity to be with him – Nothing this world has to offer can compare to the joy and fulfillment of knowing him – May earth lose its allure for me, its grip on me.  “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” –  My flesh and my heart are weak – they are unreliable – the strength God gives is trustworthy – he is my everlasting strength and portion.

Oh my God, I praise you for holding my hand, for guiding me, for taking me to glory and for being my strength and my portion forever.

 

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The Power of Vitality

We had pointed Lake Superior out to Alyse and Miah from a distance, from high up on a bluff looking down on the blue waters while eating a picnic lunch.   Recently we introduced them up close and personal.   The strong wind that day created white caps.  The sound of the waves crashing against the shore made hearing the speech of the person next to you difficult.   The girls seized the joy of the moment and began jumping waves with abandonment.

Is the power of vitality ours when we choose to live in the here and now – when we engage fully in each day’s offerings with gratitude and enthusiasm?

Father God, enable me, like my granddaughters, to seize the joy of each day with full abandonment.

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Spiritual Healing

We took our son Jim, his wife Heather and their children to a pottery studio.   Alyse, Miah, and Isaac decided to do mosaic birds.   Mary Kay, the owner and former art teacher gathered all the supplies, gave them instructions, and then kept returning to our table to make suggestions, check on the progress, and give encouragement.  I loved watching the children pick out their broken chips of pottery and glue them on their birds.   The project and the teacher called forth the creativity in each child.

In Psalm 31 David said, “I have become like broken pottery…”   I, too, have been like broken pottery.  The spiritual healing I experienced was the work of  The Divine Artist who took the broken pieces of my marriage and made it new and beautiful.   The One who said all things work for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28),  cared to pick up the many colored chips of my heartaches and used them to make me a songbird.

Weeping may last for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5).  When that morning of restored joy arrives with the sunrise, I  sing the new song He gives me.

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