Archive for the ‘Just Life’ Category

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Living in God’s House

May 27, 2013

A friend of mine gave me this verse to ponder.  “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”  -Psalm 91

Essentially, it is saying, “he who lives in God’s house will find rest & protection there.”

That is so comforting!

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Wait on the Lord

October 26, 2008

As the U.S. presidential election draws ever nearer, the anxiety within me grows as well.  If I vote for Candidate A, the demise of our country is certain.  But… if I vote for Candidate B, the demise of our country is also certain, perhaps just by a different method or tactic.  No matter what I choose, the outcome – the demise of our country (in the long run) – will be the same.  I fear for the future of our country.

But a friend of mine sent me this verse…

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord;  Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD”  -Psalm 27:13,14

No matter what happens, this I know…  Jesus is still Lord, Grace will still abound, Forgiveness will still be available to those who repent, Our treasures are still in heaven, God will still supply our needs…  and so I will wait on the Lord.

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Rumpelstiltskin

October 21, 2008

I’m afraid this blog has gone on a long, deep sleep. Meanwhile, the rest of life has continued on. I’m not sure when it will awake.  Maybe when the words come back.

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” –Ephesians 3:17-19

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Hold Unswervingly to the Hope

August 22, 2008

Awhile ago I was listening to a message given by Alistair Begg on Caleb from Joshua 14 called Climbing on Track.  When I can, I download the podcasts from Truth for Life. They are free.  But they are only around for about a month.  Then they are for purchase.

My husband and I were talking about this just the other day.  These stories in the Bible – like Caleb, Joseph, Moses, Gideon and so many more are SO encouraging to me.  They are such great examples of people who followed God in spite of their circumstances. And in the end we see how God used their circumstances to glorify himself and bring blessings to them.

If you can recall, Caleb and Joshua were two of the 12 men that Moses sent into Canaan to explore the land and see what it was like.  Was the land good or bad? Were the inhabitants strong or weak?  Ten men came back and reported that the people were strong, the cities were fortified, there were giants in the land, and there was no way the Israelites could take the land.

But Caleb and Joshua reported that the land was good and that the Lord wanted them to take possession of the land. Yes, there were giant men and strong cities.  But the Lord was their God and would lead them and protect them.  God’s mighty power was greater than these giant men and strong cities.

Numbers 14 goes on to say that the whole Israelite assembly believed the ten men instead of Caleb and Joshua.  They doubted that God would lead them and protect them. All they could see were the giants of the land and not the strength of the Lord.

And so, the Lord said that none of the grumblers and complainers, those of this Israelite generation who disobeyed and did not believe, would enter into the land of Canaan.  All would die in the desert.

This is what gets to me.  Joshua and Caleb believed. Yet they had to wander in the desert for 40 years too.  They had to bear the punishment of those who disobeyed and did not believe.  If I had been in that situation, I would have thought it was terribly unfair that I had to live in the desert for 40 years too!  Yet, Joshua 14 said that Caleb still followed the Lord wholeheartedly through those 40 years. It says that he was 40 when they all were sent away from Canaan to the desert and 85 when he finally received his due inheritance in the land of Canaan.  Wow.

How many times do we today have to bear the punishment of someone else’s sin?  Is it fair? No.  But Caleb didn’t grumble before the Lord for wandering in the desert for 40 more years.  Or what about Joseph being sold as a slave by his brothers and thrown in prison because of a lie told by Potipher’s wife?  Joseph too, in the end says “What man meant for evil, God meant for good”.

Alistair Begg in his message talks about how many people lose their spiritual fervency as they go through life. They are surrounded by disgruntled people and before they know it, they become like them. How much better it is to be like Caleb and Joseph and all those who in spite of their circumstances chose to be confident in the power of God, committed in following him and triumphant in the end.

This is why Hebrews 12:2 has made such an impact on my life.  “Fix our eyes on Jesus, who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, scorning it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus also paid a price for disobedience that wasn’t his.  Yet it was for the glory of God that he did it.

Therefore, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess. For he who promised is faithful!”  -Hebrews 10:23

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A Month Later

July 2, 2008

In short, list format. I’m not feeling especially wordy these days.

  1. Living. It is finally warming up to normal summer weather this week. What is that bright globe in the sky? The sun? Oh, yeah, I remember. Deficiencies in Vitamin D may be thwarted.
  2. Reading. Three Cups of Tea, The Chronicles of Narnia with my husband, aloud, in bed, one chapter a night. And the books of the Minor Prophets in the Bible.
  3. Learning. How to love my husband in practical and encouraging ways. This is not based on emotions but obedience.
  4. Making. Strawberry rhubarb jam. Dried apples. Bread.
  5. Sewing. Quilts. Thinking about how to sell my quilt patterns.
  6. Knitting. Socks for Gary. Socks for myself. A summer sweater.
  7. Exercising. Trying to get into a running schedule but my knees are protesting. Working towards my next level in karate – Hachi Kyu (8th level, yellow belt).
  8. Snacking. And gaining weight. I snack too much. And I don’t like being even a little bit hungry.
  9. Looking forward. To the Sister’s, Oregon quilt show. I like fabric. And quilts.
  10. Happy Independence Day! Praying for independence from the sinful nature and dependence on the Holy Spirit.
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Where’s Summer?

June 3, 2008

It’s 52 degrees and raining.

It’s June 3rd and the furnace is still running.

Where’s summer?

P.S. I made another “Pray” campaign image that can be printed out on a sheet of paper and placed in your windows – like other candidates are doing. Use at your own discretion.

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In Need of Transformation

May 26, 2008

Every time I sit down to write something for this blog, it feels stupid and I just can’t find the words. Each day feels like we are just plodding along in life.  Here are just the stats of what has been going on:

  • My parents-in-law have moved into a double room together at the assisted living home and it seems to be working out.
  • Gary starts a new contract job next week.  Praise God!
  • I’ve been spending a lot of time quilting. It’s keeping me from going completely crazy.
  • The dreary, rainy days have been getting to me and making me crabby and discontent.
  • I’ve gained 4 pounds since getting home from vacation in March. That’s making me a little crabby too.

On the plus side, I think that life at the moment is supposed to be teaching me patience and perseverance. There is nothing that can be done about many of the current situations in life. But I can lean on the Lord with every ounce of strength I can muster.

Last night was the second to last sermon in the series of the 7 Vital Beliefs of Christian faith and covered the topic of the transforming work of the Holy Spirit.

If there is one thing I need, it is for the Holy Spirit to transform me. It’s been hard to be an encouraging wife. It’s been hard to count the blessings God has given us. And it’s been hard to be content in every situation.

I looked up the word content at the Blue Letter Bible and this definition from Philippians 4:11 stopped me for a moment.

autarkēs

1) sufficient for one’s self  2) independent of external circumstances 3) contented with one’s lot, with one’s means

It really is only be the transforming work of the Holy Spirit that I can find contentment in spite of my circumstances.  And how can we be transformed?  The answer is very simple really… summed up at the end of the service… found in John 11:22…  just ask. First, ask Jesus to come into you heart.  He will send the Holy Spirit to live within you.  Then, ask the Holy Spirit to walk beside you, give you wisdom and strength.  And lastly, ask the Holy Spirit to come upon you.  It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can live transformed lives, lives independent of our external circumstances and being content with our lot.

Come, Holy Spirit, come.