Friday, July 7, 2017
It is like the Lord to fasten a world upon nothing, and make it stay in place. Here He takes that wonderful, mysterious microcosm we call the human soul and makes its future weal or woe to rest upon a single word--if. If any man, He says, and teaches at once the universal inclusiveness of His invitation, and the freedom of the human will. Everyone may come; no one need come, and whoever does come, comes because he chooses to. Every man holds his future in his hand. Not the dominant world leader only, but the inarticulate man lost in anonymity is a man of destiny. He decides which way his soul shall go. He chooses, and destiny waits on the nod of his head. He decides, and hell enlarges herself, or heaven prepares another mansion. So much of Himself has God given to men. There is a strange beauty in the ways of God with men. He sends salvation to the world in the person of a Man and sends that Man to walk the busy ways saying, If any man will come after me. No drama, no fanfare, no tramp of marching feet or tumult of shouting. A kindly Stranger walks through the earth, and so quiet is His voice that it is sometimes lost in the hurly-burly; but it is the last voice of God, and until we become quiet to hear it we have no authentic message. He bears good tidings from afar but He compels no man to listen. If any man will, He says, and passes on. Friendly, courteous, unobtrusive, He yet bears the signet of the King. His word is divine authority, His eyes a tribunal, His face a last judgment.
A. W. Tozer Sermon: The Quiet Call of Christ
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Some days are just about catching up
Busy summer sometimes requires a forced slow down day here and there
Slowing down, pausing, taking it in and enjoying my moments. All these moments are a gift from God.
The daily news that I'm enjoying and fully taking in is the Good News of Jesus Christ!
The world can have their news channels but mine is tuned into the good news channel of the holy pages of Gods word.
Jesus conquered death so that you and I could live.
He did it all.
The people cried out in Act 2, what shall we do?
Peter told them:
be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins so that you may receive HIS gift of HIS Holy Spirit within us.
And on that day about 3000 souls were added to that beautiful book of life.
I love being HIS child.
I love the security of his holy seal over my life.
Dear Heavenly Father,
it's just me.
I want my life to honor and bring glory to you
In Jesus name,
Trusting in God to see me through it all.
~ejoying the moments
Monday, June 26, 2017
For just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there's nothing else. It is here and you'd better decide to enjoy it or you're gong to be miserable where ever you go, for the rest of your life, forever. --Lev Grossman
Things I am thankful for this past weekend:
A busy weekend helping the daughter and her husband move into their new place.
Uhaul truck in front of the house Saturday morning (snickering as neighbors driving by thinking that we were moving)
Box of donuts on counter
cups of coffee all along the counter
Daughters things are now with her...big smile
Trip over to Tukwila for a new mattress
The husband brings back amazing sandwiches from Great Harvest in West Seattle
Cleaning out new place while the daughter and her hubby pack up old place
Unpack Uhaul truck into the wee hours of the night/morning
Hit the bed hard and thankful for a good night sleep
Sunday morning church...I slept through it all and husband was faithful
Drive over to West Seattle again to help daughter and her hubby
back over to the old place for last few items
Helped move some furniture at the new place
Happy for this daughter and her hubby and their new adventures
Oh and a great bar-b-q place right down the street from them...bonus points
we will be back... < snicker >
I think today is going to be a slow catch-up kind of day.
Starting this day out with some JOY just thinking of the fun weekend with this family.
Happy Monday blessings...
~enjoying the moments
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
"GOD'S MERCY, LOVE AND GRACE"
Sometimes my mind wanders,
all over the place . . .
but, it always comes back
to God’s amazing grace.
Some days I try to make it,
on my very own . . .
but, I’m always lead back
to God’s loving throne.
Sometimes my faith,
begins to doubt and waiver
but, I’m always brought back
to God’s abundant favor.
Sometimes for my wrongs,
I still feel I am guilty
but, it always comes around
to God’s tender mercy.
Sometimes my feet roam,
as I run the faithful race . . .
but, they always return
to God’s mercy, love and grace!
~ Poem by Deborah Ann Belka
Friday, June 23, 2017
The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do?'
This past year my garden was prolific. At the peak of its output of beans, squash, peppers, tomatoes, and more, we could not eat and preserve the produce fast enough. Secretly I took pride in the fruits of my hard work. And, strangely, the more I did that, the more possessive I became.
My father-in-law, who taught me most of what I know about gardening, has always been a wonderful corrective to my pride and perverse possessiveness. From time to time, he will say something like “You have good dirt.”
The parable told by Jesus about greed has an even greater impact. Did you notice that “the ground” is the star of the show? The ground of an already rich man “yielded an abundant harvest.” This is a humbling reminder for all farmers and gardeners.
An abundant harvest depends on good ground and so much more. Blinded by pride in our own efforts, we lose sight of God, others, and the delight of being generous with God’s gifts. In a word, we become fools in the sight of God, the good and perfect giver of life and of all that is needed for our lives. The person who is “rich toward God” is ever learning to be grateful and generous with the produce from God’s garden. --Don Byker