July 7, 2015

Love at first sight

There are some people you just click with. You don't even know their name but there is a connection, a unity of spirit or soul, or whatever it is that unifies one human being to another.

That's how it was for me and Ghislaine. (sounds like jis len)

From Haiti, her native tongue French, yet on our initial meeting we embraced as if long lost relatives. She was instantly my friend, my sister, my mother, my aunt all in one. I knew that as the details of her life were revealed I would find a kindred spirit, a mutual understanding, and she would find it in me.

So it is.

We are of one heart and mind. What a blessing and picture of what it means to be a part of the body of Christ. I know that unbelievers experience this same thing, however, death is their enemy. For us, death is our entrance into eternal fellowship.

"Mek shoo you get da flawu in pikchu!"

Of course! I was just going to say that!

I hope to visit her in Haiti and offer what I can to her people soon.

Unto the pure all things are pure

Noah holds an invisible microphone and sings with authority. The girls and I sing back-ground vocals. We dance to the rhythm, taken in by sound, the masters of our own world when He unexpectedly calls me. My heart immediately turns to Him. 

What one minute was just for fun takes on depth and seriousness. I am transported, filled with satisfaction yet also left with a deep longing. I empty myself worshiping the Lover of my soul. 

The lyrics become His voice to me.

So take it all
So take it all,
the city's yours,
the city's mine,
it's worth fighting for
it's worth fighting for,
it's all mine
it's all mine

He calls me to pray for my city and to take it. I receive it with joy.

Then, the lyrics become my voice. I offer him my life. He can take it all, what is mine is His.

Finally, the lyrics become a reminder. Satan offered Jesus the whole world if He would only bow down to worship him...but NO. Jesus would not take it that way. He would purchase us His way. It would cost everything--His blood--but that was, the only way.

God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. He is Lord of all. He can take even a worldly song and turn it into something Holy. Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God almighty.

July 3, 2015

July fly by


Friday July 3rd, 2015

Outside my window...

A trimmed laurel hedge...finally...thank you gardeners!

I am thankful...

For a clear mind.
For a solid footing.
For understanding.
For Truth.

In the kitchen...

there is food.
Open the fridge and have whatever you want.
Personally, I am too hot to eat.

If you will be patient, I'll throw something together that doesn't have to be cooked.
Perhaps some cold cuts with fruit/veggies??

I am wearing...

A brown and white polka dot tank dress.
flip flops

I am hearing...

blessed silence, buzzing flies, an occasional flutter of the curtains from a hot breeze.

The constant humming of the hedge trimmers has stopped.

I am going...

to pour some cold lemonade. Do you want some too?

On my mind...

Life as a Christian.

It is not about our FRUIT.

The legalistic conservative and the liberal humanitarian are looking for the same thing: Fruit from their labors, their good choices, their lofty ideas.

This is the wrong train on the wrong track.

Being a Christian is about knowing and following Christ.
The fruit in our life is the fruit of the SPIRIT...not us, not our efforts.

I am reading...

Pilgrims Progress

I am hoping...

to sleep well despite the mosquito bites

I am remembering...

A very personalized tour of our state capitol a few days ago.

Bob, our guide, giving the history and details of the architecture.

An excellent and thorough lesson on government right in the House of Representatives.

All the lamps and chandeliers made by Tiffany & Co.

I'd make a good governor don't you think? 
First item of business: a much smaller chair.

Can you see the kids (so tiny) on the steps?
Washington's state capitol is the third largest mason dome in the world.

Looking up at the dome

A more beautiful ceiling where we picnicked after the tour.

Around the house...

It is too clean and quiet.
The children are camping with their dad.
 I don't like an empty house.
Give me my rascals over silent cleanliness any day.

One of my favorite things...

A starry sky.

A few plans for the rest of the month:

Blueberry picking.
A picnic with a special family.
Noah's birthday.

A quote to share...

"One of the most liberating declarations in the New Testament is this: 'The true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.' Here the nature of worship is shown to be wholly spiritual. True religion is removed from diet and days, from garments and ceremonies, and placed where it belongs-in the union of the spirit of man with the Spirit of God!"

~ A.W. Tozer

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