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Friday, January 29, 2016

Blessed Life: Because of LOVE

Blessed Life: Because of LOVE: My Friday Morning, January 29, 2016 prayer... Lord, let the words from my mouth uplift and show others You. That love will flow. C...

Because of LOVE

My Friday Morning, January 29, 2016 prayer...

Lord, let the words from my mouth uplift and show others You.

That love will flow.

Compassion, understanding, grace and mercy.

It is so important that as an ambassador of You, I am loving and gracious, kind and generous-Speaking truth in love...at all times.

Strength with Humility

Guidance with Compassion

Knowledge with Understanding

Vision with Wisdom

Instruction with Grace

Discipline with Mercy

Ephesians 4:1-3 NLT
Therefore, I, a prisoner for serving the LORD, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.
Always be humble and gentle.  Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love.
Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together in peace.

 So many times in my hurt, angry, selfishness, I want to lash out.  I have had to type out my blog only to delete it all because my words were nothing but angry, hurtful, pointless dribble.  I can't put that stuff out there.  Do nothing in anger. This has to be drilled into me, day after day.  It is a lesson that I have had to learn over and over again.  So I pray the prayer above...many different ways but the desire is the same.

Let the Your vision/mission for me and those around me be greater than my selfish desires.  Ignite this passion in me for others.  Let it drive me to get up in the morning, dressed and out the door.  Let my love for You, Father, compel me to reach out and love better than the day before. 

It's not about how people treat us.  It's about how we love God.  It's all for Him and He is so gracious that He allows us to reap the blessings.  

Monday, January 18, 2016

It Is Well

Isn't Hope a good thing?

I am thankful for the gift of Hope.

Lamentations 3:22-23 says:

The faithful love of the LORD never ends!  His mercies never cease.Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

What great Hope is that!!!  Each morning we can awake to a new Hope that God is in control.  

So many I know are going through such difficult days.  But each day is a new opportunity to see God's hand move and a new joy to be birthed in us. 

The pains being felt are real and deep.  From emotions to physical sickness to loss of loved ones...real, deep pain.  But we are not without hope of a new day...a new morning...healing, renewal, new life.  

Jeremiah 32:40  And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them.  I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me.

James 1:17  Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.  He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.  

I love this video and song by Kristene DiMarco and Bethel Music. I hope it blesses you.  You can only see it when you go onto the computer.  At least it doesn't work for me on my cell.  

I pray you have a renewed hope that God is with you each day.   

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Love The Art of God

Some days I just have a desire to get away with my camera and take photos of what I see.  Nothing spectacular but to spend time with my husband or daughter(s) and walk in nature, snapping pictures.  I think it is a desire to be present in God's beautiful creation, enjoying each season that I get to be a part of.  It is one thing I love about living in Maryland, each season is unique and set apart (usually).

Ocracoke Island, NC
My mother told me that she likes pictures with people in them...not just nature. I can take hundreds of photos with just nature and play with the light and colors.  To me that is fun and exciting.  To feel like I have captured a fraction of the beauty God has so lovingly created...brings me great joy-like I am a part of the creation process.  

Hatteras, NC
I am looking forward to a day off when Bo and I can go out with my camera in hand.  Either to the city or country, it doesn't matter to me.  Each has it's own uniqueness and draw.  For right now, I will enjoy some old photos I  have taken over the years.  I hope you enjoy them too.  Each has a story, a place in my history.  

A barn in Lancaster, PA

I am amazed by God's creative side.  From the oceans to the mountains to the acorn on the tree...He amazes me.  

As the sun began to set at CeCe's sprinkle...the sky gave us a beautiful painting 

I hope you have a way to enjoy God's goodness today.  Looking beyond where you are to where He was, is and always will be.  He fingerprint is all around us.  He has left His DNA on every area of creation...including YOU!!  Man can only mimic the creative genius of God.  Every artist and aspiring artist at their best can only imitate God.  Even the creative, off balance, abstract artists who feel like they have done something new and exciting is still just an imitator of what God has already done.  Blows my mind just thinking about it.  


Hatteras, NC

Cheryl's birthday party

Easter Sunday...VanDyke's (some)

Bo in the rain

Park in Belair, MD

Cathedral in Uganda where Jake and Scovia were married

Winter from our window

Just think this is cool...took this on a surprise winter storm 

Can you tell I love Hatteras??

Jacob and Pete in the waves

Lead me to the ocean

Looks like Henry is flying...his shadow looks like a cat

View from our window in Cortona, Italy

My baby girl on one of our Photo Days in 2015

I love the sky here...my baby Julie, my sister Cheryl and our CeCe
it was her baby sprinkle

Love the colors in this photo of my big sis, Christian

The Promenade in Havre de Grace, MD

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

It's In My Worship

There is so many I know right now who are going through some very difficult days.  Some are sick in body...some are sick emotionally...some are sick spiritually.  As I sat down this morning to pray over them, to spend some time with God, sharing my heart, I just kept thinking, "Lord, make everything okay right now!!".  I want the people I love to be okay, right now!  I don't want to wait, I don't want them to go through any pain or discomfort at all.  I just want everyone to be A-Okay!!  

But as all of us know, life doesn't work that way.  Pain comes...heartache comes...difficult days arise out of the blue.  That's life in this world.  We can not escape it.  Some say that they just try to get by during these days of turmoil. Some try and escape the uncomfortable with drugs, alcohol, habits that only hurt in the long run and really are not an escape but a different prison.  

To tell the truth, I don't want to just get by.  I want relief and freedom from the pain, heartache and difficulties.  Can I find joy, peace, love during these times? Is there peace and fulfillment even in the wars going on around me?  Is there a moment to regroup and find a little refreshment for my war battled body?  

I can only tell you and remind myself of what to do during this time...WORSHIP! I must worship.  I must remember who God is.  I must remind myself that through it all...God is God.  He has not changed.  Circumstances change, people change, needs and wants change, goals change, lives change but GOD DOES NOT CHANGE!!!  

Not only does He not change but all good things come from Him.  Every good thing was birthed in the goodness of God's heart.  God does not corrupt...sin does.  Love is of God...fear is not.  Peace is of God...hate is not.  Patience is of God...anxiety is not.  Healing is of God...sickness is not.  It is not God who needs to change, it is me.

So I will praise Him...I will worship Him through it all.  Worship will transform you.  Change will happen through worship.  Worship may not change your situation but it will change you.  

In Living Worship, the author said, "Change could be called the fruit of worship."  He also said, "Something will happen because the heart of worship is less of me and more of God."

I may not know what you are going through, I do not need to know.  I do know who can get you through to the other side, GOD CAN!!  As you worship, truly worship Him, you will see light come into your life again.  

Jeremiah 29:13
If you look for me wholeheartedly,
you will find me.

That is a great promise.  When I worship, I truly expect God to show up.  He never lets me down.  There is my port in the storm, my moment of rest, my refreshment and renewal...it's in my worship.