November 23, 2015

Something to be thankful for.

People are fickle. They constantly change their minds. They are easily deceived and easily provoked. Aren't you thankful that God is not like that? He is Rock Solid and Unchanging.

He is a sure place to stand that will never shake, sink or fail. Shout with me! Hooray!

I believe the greatest evidence for this is in His Forgiveness.

So many people believe God forgives us because He loves us. What a wobbly faith! Love is measured, judged, even misinterpreted. No, God does not forgive us because He loves us.

We are sinners, all. The wages of sin is death. It must be paid for. No amount of money or works will pay the debt, only death.

God so loved us that He sent His Son; God became flesh, a person like us, to pay the debt that we owe. His perfect sinless life given freely pays the price and NOW, now God forgives.

Jesus Christ opens the door to the Father and we are FREE to come and go as joint heirs with Him.

What a Savior! What a Friend! No God is like unto our God! Join me in giving thanks.

I am comforted (you should be too) that no terrorist, financial crisis, health issue, or struggling relationship can rob us of this great freedom.

We are free, FREE because of Jesus to live in the kingdom of God, to have a relationship with Him that surpasses the deepest love of another human.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
 
How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom


~ Stuart Townsend

November 10, 2015

Long nights and short days

FOR TODAY...

Tuesday November 10, 2015

Outside our window...

It is dark too early.

Only 3:45 p.m. yet I need to turn on the lamps, light the candles, and close the blinds.

The birds are still flitting about...that's nice.

I am thankful...

For so much; life is good even with its hardships.

Simple pleasures are abundant:
walks in nature
pretty candles
polite manners
great music
blue jays in the trees
mascara and lipstick
red scarves

I am wearing...

An old shawl. Can you believe it is coming back in style?
 I gave this one to my mom one Christmas long ago, but
now, it is mine. I like to wear it at the boutique where I work.

It's very..."boutique-ish"

From the kitchen..

Chicken noodle casserole.

Too many carrots, I thought,
 but it passed the Naomi test...which is hard.

I am learning...

How to parent teenagers. Nah, maybe learning is too generous a word.
Perhaps I'm surviving parenting teenagers...How's that?

I am creating...

plans for the holidays.
I am going... 

for a walk tomorrow with a friend.

Some friends are for seasons, but most of my friends have been with me through the years. How good of them, and how blessed I am!

I am remembering...

Crying while driving in California several years back.
I was terrified of the fast moving traffic and the poor road conditions.

I know! It's a silly reason for tears, but I was scared and very inexperienced.

What a difference today! I laugh at the memory.

On our monthly trek into Seattle, I maneuvered through fast, thick traffic with no problem. Dare I say it was fun? No, let's not get crazy, I hate traffic.

Also, a few weeks ago I had to squeeze my bus through a pin hole...easy peasy.
I am reading...

Not much. Sometimes I'll read World Mag, or pick up some poetry.
The other day I read a short novel for fun.

I read the Bible, of course.

But...

The kids and I have enjoyed some movies recently:

The Chorus
Foreign Letters
and
Tomorrowland
Around the house...

It is warm. The laundry is caught up...wait, it was...that lasted five minutes.
 Outside the house a new layer of leaves is piling up in the yard.
The gardeners were here last week. What a pleasure it was to come home to a clean deck and driveway. That lasted all of five minutes too. Well, it is FALL.

Recent thoughts...

Christians (including me) like to put God in a box.
It's not our intention, but if He could fit into our boxes, we could lean on our own understanding, we could even glory in it.

But don't you think those boxes limit our growth? That they limit our relationship with God?
What is a box for anyway but to contain...to control...to trap?

Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty perfection? It is as high as heaven; what can you do? deeper than hell, what can you know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. Job 11:7-9

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. Psalm 145:3

Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. Isaiah 40:28

Some of my favorite things...

quiet, kindness, flowers, sunshine coming through Autumn leaves.

A few plans for the month:


Veteran's Day (off work)
Thanksgiving Day
My birthday
My sister's birthday

A picture thought to share:


My sister and me forty years ago.