August 23, 2014

Quiet Time

I spend time with Charles Spurgeon every morning and evening. He has become a good friend over the years. I love his poetic way of sharing truths about my Lord. If you don't already know him well, I encourage you to also spend time with him. You can find his devotional online, but I prefer to have it as a book. The pages of my book have become curled and dogeared over the years.

This particular reading is such a beautiful picture of our Savior. If you only know Jesus intellectually, or your Christianity is a religion and not a relationship, you will miss most of the beauty and awe of his description. However, if you know Jesus personally, you will with me say, "Oh, yes, that is so true!" You will smile, you may laugh and you will be encouraged to remember all the good things about our Lord.

"The unsearchable riches of Christ" 
Ephesians 3:8

My Master has riches beyond the count of arithmetic, the measurement of reason, the dream of imagination, or the eloquence of words. They are unsearchable! You may look, and study, and weigh, but Jesus is a greater Saviour than you think Him to be when your thoughts are at the greatest. My Lord is more ready to pardon than you to sin, more able to forgive than you to transgress. My Master is more willing to supply your wants than you are to confess them. Never tolerate low thoughts of my Lord Jesus. When you put the crown on His head, you will only crown Him with silver when He deserves gold. My Master has riches of happiness to bestow upon you now. He can make you to lie down in green pastures, and lead you beside still waters. There is no music like the music of His pipe, when He is the Shepherd and you are the sheep, and you lie down at His feet. There is no love like His, neither earth nor heaven can match it. To know Christ and to be found in Him-oh! this is life, this is joy, this is marrow and fatness, wine on the lees well refined. My Master does not treat His servants churlishly; He gives to them as a king giveth to a king; He gives them two heavens-a heaven below in serving Him here, and a heaven above in delighting in Him for ever. His unsearchable riches will be best known in eternity. He will give you on the way to heaven all you need; your place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks, your bread shall be given you, and your waters shall be sure; but it is there, THERE, where you shall hear the song of them that triumph, the shout of them that feast, and shall have a face-to-face view of the glorious and beloved One. The unsearchable riches of Christ! This is the tune for the minstrels of earth, and the song for the harpers of heaven. Lord, teach us more and more of Jesus, and we will tell out the good news to others.

Spurgeon, Aug 22, Evening

Perhaps you don't agree with Spurgeon. Perhaps you have endured great hardship or you are heavy with guilt or shame. Perhaps you have an offense against God, blaming Him for your hard life or the hard life of a friend.

In this world you will have tribulation... (John 16:33)

What do you think about that? We may acknowledge this fact, but when we live it we are still amazed. We are confused when tribulation comes into our life. We are confused because what we really believe is "In this world THEY will have tribulation..."

Nope. It says YOU will, I will. Then it continues, "BUT be of good cheer! I have overcome the world." Take time out with me and consider what good cheer is. I think of people giving toasts, of smiling, of patting one another on the back. What do you think of? Have you ever given a toast when tribulation has come into your life? I laugh out loud at the idea. Good cheer is that last thing I experience. But the Bible doesn't say feel good cheer, it says BE of good cheer. Choose it. Decide it. Why? Because the tribulation is so wonderful? No, because HE has overcome the world, tribulation and all.

August 19, 2014

August Daybook


Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Outside my window...

Lemony sunshine on emerald green grass despite 
the forecast for clouds and rain. I'm so glad they were wrong.

I am thankful...

For my church family!!

Several of the men (and two lovely ladies)
spent their weekend chopping and stacking wood
 to put into MY garage for the winter.

I am blessed and thankful!!

In the kitchen...

blackberry this, blackberry that.
zucchini fritters, fresh tomatoes, ripe peaches.

Don't you love summertime produce?

I see the apples ripening with visions of
apple this and apple that in the future.

I am wearing...

Something withOUT polka dots.

Aren't you proud of me?

But it IS blue...sorry...and red.
You wouldn't recognize me if there wasn't some sort of red about.

I am hearing...

the quiet of a lazy summer afternoon.

The kids are outside kicking rocks, swinging sticks, staring at know, all the productive things we do towards the end of the summer.

I am going...

to continue training this week to be a School Bus Driver.

Turning right is the toughest for me.
I chant to myself "I own the road, I own the road, I own the road."

Wouldn't ya know, all the other drivers get out of my way?

On my mind...

The changes in our family. I am now working outside of the home, the children are becoming more independent, I am not there for every conflict, fear, or happy joy. I don't like it, and yet, it is good.

Painful, Necessary, Stretching.

I am reading...

My CDL book and pre-trip check list, getting ready for the test.

I am hoping...

To find "my reference point" for turning that school bus.

It's amazing how a driver can trust that reference point. It LOOKS like the bus will knock everything over and come off the road, but it doesn't!

So it is in life. When we hear the voice of God and do what He says, He will, He does direct our paths. It may look foolish, but it is always right. We can trust Him.

I am remembering...

I need to go shopping.
My sister's birthday is coming
and I have two weddings to attend soon...

Around the house...

All is clean and orderly for the annual inspection by our landlord,
 that is if you don't count the two loads of laundry waiting to be washed.

A quote for today...

We may make mistakes, we may be caught on an impulse, we may be precipitate, but provided our hearts are utterly for God, as utterly for God as was Paul's, the Lord can look after our mistakes and overrule our blunders.

~ T. Austin Sparks

One of my favorite things...

Cracking jokes with my children, especially if they laugh!
Sometimes they groan, that's not good.

A few plans for the rest of the month:

The wheels on the bus go round and round all over town!

Some picture thoughts to share...

Not everyone is accounted for, but these are some of the angels that blessed my family!!

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August 1, 2014

A full life!

Did your mother ever tell you, “Life doesn’t revolve around you?”

At times we are the supporting cast, hardly noticed in the story except for the fact that the drama wouldn’t make any sense, wouldn’t reach its climax without our part.

I am reminded of Job’s story. The servants who watched over his flocks were killed. Job’s wife, who encouraged him to curse God and die, lost all of her children. Their personal stories are dramatic, but they are not the Hero, at least not in that story, only the supporting cast. God wants us to learn from Job’s story, to learn from his tragedy and subsequent blessings. Yet, his story meant suffering for the supporting characters.

What’s your story right now? Are you, like me, in a supporting role?

Right now, it’s someone you love with a disease…

Your child on the road to destruction…

Your friend living a lie…

A neighbor being abused…

These are the main characters, and it is their story you are living at the moment. You, like Epaphras, labor fervently in prayer for them that they might stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. You wake with them on your heart; you go to bed with their name on your lips. For, just like Paul and Timothy felt for the Thessalonians, they are your crown of rejoicing, your glory and joy.

So what do I blog about when I am living someone else’s story? The weather has been gorgeous, blue skies and sparkly seas. I made fish tacos for lunch…fantastic as usual. I begin training for a new job next week, the beginning of a new season at The Santos Times. But, I don’t blog about my sleepless nights, the tears, the hopes and fears, the long walks and talks with God, because all of that belongs to another person’s story.

1Co 12:26  If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

the view from my kayak in Gig Harbor. I told you the weather has been gorgeous!