Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
"Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love."
Be watchful: be vigilant, and aware of the devil's schemes. Be alert!
Stand firm in your faith: don't be easily swayed by the tides of change in the world.
Be courageous: don't let Satan or his forces bully you into a corner, cowering in fear.
Be strong: know that you have the mightiest Warrior of all on your side!
Let all that you do be done in love: what are your motives?
"Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord."
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
I received an e-mail today, telling of a recipe book a friend is putting together for people in Greensburg. If you would like to contribute, send recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that she would like to have this ready before Christmas, so needs recipes ASAP.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
A friend recently said she likes to pray through the Psalms. I haven't done that in quite a long time. I do like to read a Psalm, or a portion of one, every day, though. They are really ministering to my spirit.
Today I read this one:
"I will lift up my eyes to the hill--from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore."
Rest in the peace of these words today, my friends!
*mountain photo by Craig Hiller
Monday, October 08, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
At one point in the ceremony, a group of three people came forward to give prophetic words over the couple. I grew up in a Pentecostal church, and have been involved in many Charismatic services. Still, I have to admit, I am often skeptical of such things. Too often, the "words" are just generic, nice things. Which isn't really wrong, but also isn't prophetic.
As one "word" was given over them, I got this spiritual sense of God saying something so powerful, though. I can't remember the exact words, but the essence of it was that they were to be a Kingdom couple. A couple to show God's Kingdom to the world, and to spread His Kingdom. Even as the words were being spoken, I looked up above the gazebo. And there, fluttering its wings ever so gracefully, was a beautiful symbol of God's royalty: a monarch butterfly. It flew back and forth over the gazebo several times, then fluttered away.
You can call it what you will. I saw it simply as God confirming the spoken word. God's Kingdom being lived out through this young couple, who were devoting themselves to each other, and to God, as man and wife.
I'm not sure what God has for Kim and Randall. I just know it's going to be a fulfillment of those very words. I'll never look at a monarch butterfly the same again...
Isn't God amazing???
Monday, October 01, 2007
Hubby was sick a couple of weeks ago. After a couple of days of waiting it out, he asked me to call the doctor and make an appointment. Turns out our dr. isn't in the office past noon on Fridays. And he was going to be gone all week the next week. We called a local "quick clinic", and got him in there. He was examined, given a strep test, and handed a couple of prescriptions to have filled. Later, when we were discussing it, he told me how much they charged him at the clinic, and handed me the receipt. When I went to record it in our checkbook, I mentioned that the receipt was for $20 less than what he had said he was charged. He found the printout he was given, and the amount on there was the higher amount, too. I called today to straighten it out. Between our original phone call, the message she left on the machine, and another return call, the gal at the clinic thanked me no less than 7-9 times (I stopped counting!) for calling them to point out the error and make it right. I could tell she was surprised that someone would do this.
I've had similar experiences when I've handed a clerk back an extra dime when I was given too much change. Or when I've offered to pay for something I inadvertently knocked off a store shelf. They are amazed that someone would do such a thing.
Why is that??? I'm saddened as I realize how far downhill society has gone when store clerks are shocked at my honesty.
Any thoughts from blog land?