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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Standing Isn’t Always An Upright Posture



There are just times on this journey that we have to just stand…
Stand on the truth we know….

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever Hebrews 13:8

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you…2 Peter 3:9

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, ‘Destroy him! Deuteronomy 33:27

But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. Psalms 94:22

The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.  Psalms 116:5

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
 Romans 5:5

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
 2 Corinthians 9:8

                                                          We stand…
When life presses in from every side…
When we have more questions than answers…
When we are waiting for a moment of break through…
When we have to watch others suffer through trials…

This standing isn’t always an upright posture…
This standing can take place on our knees…
This standing can take place on our face…
This standing can come through tears…
But we stand…in the depths of our souls…
On the Rock…Who is our God.

 Continuing to count all God’s gifts and graces with words and pictures.


  

~4240~4258~

~opportunities for my heart to be stretched
~looking at reality through the eyes of God
~God’s presence
~Wisdom and Grace that only He can bring
~a tender heart
~someone who holds on in the darkest of moments
~the honor of seeing one yield their hurting heart
~love of siblings
~family …all under one roof J
~healing and grace to go where there was once pain
~Ellie…Ellie…Ellie
~bonding with her
~her falling asleep on me
~morning snuggles
~more babies…a niece sharing her news
~beautiful weather
~beautiful Grace
~God’s beautiful Love

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

In Which I Tumble Like A Snowball


It’s what we do daily…
Hubby calls as he heads home on his long commute…
he asks how the day went…I share a bit…then he shares about his day.
But this day was different…
As soon as he asks…the tears come…
All the angst came tumbling out of my heart…
I have been like a snowball tumbling down a hill…
gaining more speed as I go…gathering “stuff” as I roll.
The faster I descend the more stuff attaches itself to me…
I become heavier and heavier…rolling faster and faster…
my emotions can’t keep up any longer…my mind way ahead of reality…
and finally ….I crash into the wall.

With love and patience, my Husbands , both heavenly and earthly scoop me up…
hold me…let me cry…so I can find Grace again…
hold me…let me cry…reminding me how Loved I am…
because only with the presence of Grace and Love can we lay it all down…
can we find the abiding love of Christ…a love that can hold it all.

One by one I let go of the tight grip of guilt and shame and performance…
I let go of the expectations I held over myself…
in letting go, my vision starts to clear…
 Soon, my lack does not consume me…it no longer is all I can see.
I leave some failings at the foot of the cross…

But I must also eat some bitter fruit because of what I have planted.
Only now I see…this fruit is not God’s punishment…this is His love…
because in His love, He gives us freedom to choose …
We have the freedom to choose what we will plant…
and we have the freedom to choose to harvest from the planting.
Some harvesting is sweet…some is bitter…
but all can be eaten and digested to nourish us to greater strength.

I come again to the foot of the cross…where my spiritual amnesia is cured…
my vision is cleared…
the remedy is in the retina (Ann Voskamp)
No, many of the circumstances have not changed…
answer to burdens still wait…
but once again I am yoked with Christ…
burdens are lighter…He promises so…
and I continue to count…
all His graces to me.

“The practice of giving thanks...eucharisteo...this is the way we practice the presence of God, stay present to His presence, and it is always a practice of the eyes. We don't have to change what we see. Only the way we see.” Ann Voskamp

I continue counting....giving thanks...changing the way I see...not what I see.
Sweet gift of love...He even arranged them himself:)
“new brother”...son’s teammate taking the dish challenge...everyone who comes
has to guess the plate each child made for me a number of years ago.
Very few get it right:)
Sweet time with new and old friends...family fun together.

~4204~4218~
~new grandlove’s heartbeat
~daughter and I babysitting for a women’s bible study
~lunch with Dad
~YouTube…my gateway to the world…learning to jump a car.
~working through emotions…getting ironing done...God does redeem all things.
~a hubby who leaves a game to come home to be with me
~a hubby who listens with compassion
~beautiful flowers
~son bringing teammate home for dinner
~”adopting” him as part of the family
~friends…family…laughter together
~finding our new gear as a family of 3
~beautiful weather
~just days until I see Ellie…and of course her parents


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