October 31, Today’s thought – I AM THE LORD

This building is known as the Stash Shed.
(Thank you, again, Dan)
The Stash shed received a long over due cleaning and straightening on Monday,
which included a trip to the Goodwill drop off center.

Good Morning

Exodus 5:22-23
And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people?
why is it that thou hast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name,
he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.

Exodus 6:1-8
Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh:
for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.
And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:
And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob,
by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
And I have also established my covenant with them,
to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.
And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel,
whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD,
and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians,
and I will rid you out of their bondage,
and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
And I will take you to me for a people,
and I will be to you a God:and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God,
which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
And I will bring you in unto the land,
concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob;
and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD. (bold mine)

Abraham didn’t ask to be chosen of God, at least I haven’t read of his asking.
God wanted a people.
God had a plan.
One important part of the plan was that the people would worship and trust the Lord.
How comforting to read in chapter 6, God’s reassurance to the people.

I appeared…
I have established…
I have heard…
I have remembered…
I will bring…
I will rid…
I will redeem…
I will take…
I will be…
I will bring…
I will give…

What are our problems today?
Is God any less able?

I AM THE LORD has said:

I appeared…to you
I have established…you
I have heard…you
I have remembered…you
I will bring…you
I will rid…you of
I will redeem…you
I will take…you
I will be…with you
I will bring…you
I will give…to you

Are our problems greater than I AM THE LORD?

Trust God your you day…Today.
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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October 30, Here I Am

My Autumn hanging, when I look at this fabric panel
I rearranged and sewed together, I think of early fall.
Just as the crops are beginning frozen, canned and stored
and just before the trees begin to turn colors

Good Afternoon,

With one of the cat’s help my computer took a nose dive off the desk.
The computer landed flat on its back, with the monitor hanging on by a wire.
Time for new computer says the Farmer.
You can have my old one that was A’s old one says the daughter.

For over a week –
transfers have been made;
passwords found;
authorizations completed;
and frustration abounded.

Most of my programs are loaded and working.
I am trying to get use to where the delete key is
and trying to keep any part of my hands away from the touch pad –
or I find I have to find where I’m typing this time.

Little by little I’m hoping to get back to some kind of normal,
realizing that ‘normal’ is just a setting on the dryer.

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October 24, Today’s thought, Watch your doorway!

the Farmer showed me this – Japanese Anemone,
I thought it didn’t survive,
but look it is blooming and loving it’s new home.

Good Morning

If people’s thinking is controlled by the sinful self, there is death. But if their thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace. Romans 8:6 New Century Version Bible

Your heart is a fertile greenhouse ready to produce goo fruit.
Your mind is the doorway to your heart–the strategic place where you determine which seeds are sown and which seeds are discarded.The Holy Spirit is ready to help you manage and filter the thoughts that try to enter. He can help you guard your heart.

He stands with you on the threshold. A thought approaches, a questionable thought. Do you throw open the door and let it enter?
Of course not. You “fight to capture every thought until it acknowledges the authority of Christ.” (2Corinthians 10:5 Phillips).
You don’t leave the door unguarded. You stand equipped with handcuffs and leg irons, ready to capture any thought not fit to enter. Max Lucado Just Like Jesus

Romans 8:6-7 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (7) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. KJV

2Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; KJV

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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October 22, Today’s thought — Enlarged in Distress

“And you are doing what?”

“Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress.” (Psalm 4:1, KJV).

The poetry of this verse is too beautiful to overlook. David is deliberately placing two extremes side by side to demonstrate the profound difference that God’s power makes in our lives when we call out to Him for mercy.

Distress means “a tight spot.” Enlarged means “a spacious place.”
From the very moment of our birth we have known that in order to get to a spacious place, we must first pass through a tight spot. Our mother’s labor pains pushed us through the distress of delivery and ushered us into the largeness of Life itself.

Is it not the same when we are born again? Wasn’t it some pressing weight of sorrow, some overbearing load of guilt and shame, some driving fear, or suffocating loneliness that distressed your soul sufficient enough for you to call upon the Name of the Lord? And didn’t He answer in the day of your trouble and deliver you into a large place?

It is a law in the Kingdom of Heaven — God always enlarges us when we are in distress.

Therefore, when God wants to make us larger than we have settled for being, what do you suppose He does? He introduces distress into our comfortable lives, and thereby invites us to ascend to a larger place.

Charles Spurgeon wrote, “I must confess that all the grace I have got out of my comfortable and easy times and happy hours might almost lie on a penny. But the good that I have received from my sorrows and pains and griefs is altogether incalculable. What do I not owe to the hammer and the anvil, the fire and the file!”

If you are in a tight spot — God is enlarging you my friend, and the best you can do right now is to thank Him for it.  Rylie

Trust God for your day. . .Today.
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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October 21, Sunday Bible Reading, Psalm 4

Remembering my favorite cat, Seymore Toes

Psalms 4:1-8
A Psalm of David.
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness:
thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress;
have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?
how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
in awe, and sin not:
commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. There be many that say,
Who will shew us any good? LORD,
lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
Thou hast put gladness in my heart,
more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:
for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

A Psalm of David.
ANSWER ME when I call, O God of my righteousness
(uprightness, justice, and right standing with You)!
You have freed me when I was hemmed in
and enlarged me when I was in distress;
have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.
Psalms 4:1 Amplified Bible

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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October 16, Today’s thought — Counting

Good Morning

James 1:2-4
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work,
that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. KJV

Fall corn

James 1:2-4
Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. Amplified Bible

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October 15, Today’s thought — Silent; Watching and Waiting

Grocery store violet – I like.

Good Morning

“Friends, when life gets really difficult,
don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job.
Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what
Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process,
with glory just around the corner.”
(1 Peter 4:12-13. The Message).

Sometimes things can get so difficult that even the most ardent believers look heavenward with serious questions about whether or not God is involved in our affairs anymore. Even Jesus Himself cried out on the cross, “My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Sometimes God pulls just far enough away to awaken and alarm us by His absence. Perhaps we may have grown so accustomed to His blessings and benefits, that we inadvertently began taking them for granted; failing to humbly acknowledge His presence and His provisions in our daily lives. Living presumptuously, without showing our gratitude to God for who He is and what He does.
Nothing snaps us out of that indifferent daze more quickly that a good dose of real difficulty, with a side order of God’s perceived absence. When all hell breaks loose, and heaven is no where to be found — that will get your attention!
But, God is not absent, nor is He distant. He’s just silent; watching and waiting for how we handle the situation. Will be bellow in unbelief like those who know not God at all? Or will we, like Job of old, trust Him though He slay us.
The truth is that the difficulty you are facing is a spiritual refining process; God is separating the gold from the dross in your life. And if you will quietly trust Him through the ordeal you will soon discover it was worth it all — for glory is just around the corner.  ~~Rylie

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you,as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1Peter 4:12-13 KJV

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October 13, Today’s thought — Prayer

Good Morning

Faith, reverence, and prayer… {J.C. Ryle}

It is not enough that we go to Church and hear sermons. We may do so for fifty years, and be nothing better, but rather worse. “Take heed,” says our Lord, “how you hear.”

Would any one know how to hear properly? Then let them lay to heart three simple rules.

We must hear with FAITH, believing implicitly that every word of God is true, and shall stand. The word in old time did not profit the Jews, since it was “not mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Heb. 4:2).

We must hear with REVERENCE, remembering constantly that the Bible is the book of God. This was the habit of the Thessalonians. They received Paul’s message, “not as the word of men, but the word of God” (1 Thess. 2:13).

We must bear with PRAYER, praying for God’s blessing before the sermon is preached, praying for God’s blessing again when the sermon is over. Here lies the grand defect of the hearing of many. They ask no blessing, and so they have none. The sermon passes through their minds like water through a leaky vessel, and leaves nothing behind.

Summary: Let us bear these rules in mind every Sunday morning, before we go to hear the Word of God preached. Let us not rush into God’s presence careless, reckless, and unprepared, as if it mattered not in what way such work was done. Let us carry with us faith, reverence, and prayer. If these three are our companions, we will hear with profit, and return with praise.

Faith, reverence, and prayer…

Trust God for your day . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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October 11, Today’s thought – Without Any Limit

Wild sunflowers,my sign that fall is near

Good Morning

“If we believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the only begotten Son of God…

And that He came into this world
and went to the cross of Calvary
and died for our sins
and rose again in order to justify us
and to give us life anew and prepare us for heaven —

If you really believe that, there is only one inevitable deduction:

Namely that He is entitled to the whole of our lives

– without any limit whatsoever.”

~Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

Romans 12:1-2
I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren,
and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God,
to make a decisive dedication of your bodies
[presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God,
which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service
and spiritual worship.
Do not be conformed to this world (this age),
[fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude],
so that you may prove [for yourselves]
what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God,
even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect
[in His sight for you]. Amplified Bible

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Yarn Along — To Grandmother’s House I Go Knitting

On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s and Tami’s and share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. they also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.

Again I went to Grandma’s house;
I packed WIP’s with full intentions of working diligently.
BUT. . . . . . . .
I also grabbed some yarn on the way out the door. (giggle)

This is the rest of the story

Using leftover yarn
(that’s good, right?)
from Hope’s Shawl,
Begun September 24 – finished October 4,
Now to the blocker.
Ravelry link

Oaklet has been on my list of shawls to do…..
It’s good to check things off my list, right?

This unidentified yarn

came from the stash shed
now it will have a home
of it’s own. Good, huh?
Started September 25 –Finished October 5,Yep,to the blocker.

Zuni’s construction has captivated me,
ever since I first say it.
I just had to try to knit the shawl.
Challenges are good, right?
I bought this yarn while at Grandma’s; I have a certain young lady in mind.
Started September 26

I’m blaming the yarn on this one!
This yarn is so soft and silky and sneaky
that when I got to Grandma’s there it was!
First Down is being knit and knit and knit
because I want something bigger than a scarf
This yarn was also in the stash shed.
Started September 25

All of these will have their own project page in Ravelry as soon as I take a break from knitting.

I’ve posted pictures of this one before. I took it off its needles because I wanted to try that size on one of the above shawls. I love this shawl, everything about it I love. Kinda sad I keep getting side tracked, cuz’ it would be nice to have it finished. 🙂

My trusty I-Pod is full of stories. Play On!

October 10, Today’s thought — Fervent Prayer

Good Morning

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James 5:16

Napoleon quickly observed where the strategic position for a battle field lay. He would then thrust all his forces and resources into the conquering and keeping that position, no matter what the sacrifice to his troops.
To claim spiritual conquests, soldiers in the army of God must be prepared and alert to do the same. Gordon B. Watt once said:
“The point of obstruction must be found out, and prayer focused upon it. The mind must be convicted. The will must be stirred into right action. On the obstruction whatever it may be as it is revealed through waiting upon God, prayer must be concentrated.

Oh, the wonders of prayer!
Abraham’s servant prays. . .Rebekah appears.
Jacob wrestles and prays and prevails with Christ. . .Esau’s mind is wonderfully turned from the revengeful purpose he has harbored for twenty years.
Moses cries to God. . .the sea divides.
Moses prays. . .Amalek is discomfited.
Joshua prays. . .Achan is discovered.
Hannah prays. . .Samuel is born.
David prays. . .Ahithophel hangs himself.
Asa prays. . .a victory is gained.
Jehoshaphat cries to God. . .God turns away his foes.
Isaiah prays. . .the dream is revealed.
Daniel prays. . .the lions are muzzled.
Daniel prays. . .the seventy weeks are revealed.
Ezra prays at Ahava. . .God answers.
Nehemiah starts a prayer. . .the king’s heart is softened in a minute.
Elijah prays. . .a drought of three years succeeds.
Elijah prays. . .rain descends apace.
Elisha prays. . .Jordon is divided.
The Church prays ardently. . .Peter is delivered by an angel.”

The weapon of prayer against the forces fo evil prevails.
It brings power.
It brings fire.
It brings rain.
It brings life.
It brings God!
There is on power like that of prevailing prayer.
Dare to be definite with God;
dare to lay hold of the promises
and to wait with faith until the answer comes.
Victory is through Calvary!

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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October 9, Today’s thought — Commit Thy Way

Waiting for a visit. . .

Good Morning

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him;
and He shall bring it to pass Psalm 37:5

“Commit thy way unto the Lord and trust!
Ah, it is here we fail! We give the wheel
Of our small bark to Him; but then we trust
Our hand upon His hand,
And dare to stand
Beside our Master, lest He wreck our keel.

“Commit thy way unto the Lord and trust!”
Leave all to Him; believe He knows thy course,
Thy dangers, and thy safety–all–then just
Abandon all to Him;
So shalt thou skim,
Borne briskly on before the Spirit’s force.

“Commit thy way unto the Lord and trust!”
There is an “also” we too oft forget,
And so are plagued and worried. Oh, we must
“Trust also,” then our soul
Shall cease to roll
In restlessness and reason and regret!

Commit! and then, committed, trust His Word!
Has He not said that He will bring thee through?
Trust His strong arm; and when wild storms are heard.
Believe He holds them still
By His strong will.
Trust Him., the Wise, the Faithful, and the True.

Trust Him to manage all that thou dost now
Commit to Him–the ship–the sails–the sea–
The sailors, thy strange crew. And ask not how
He will do for thee.
But trustful be.
Lie down and rest from anxious worry free.

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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October 8, Today’s thought — Christ’s Presence

Yarn and Pearl

Good Morning

My presence shall go with thee. . . Exodus 33:14

Christ’s presence does not keep the storms away;
but He is with us in the storms,
We are safer in danger with Christ than in quietness without Him.
We do not place our hopes in the sinking sands of time,
rather is our confidence in the steadfast Rock of Ages.
But we must be like our Master;
it is the spirit of sacrifice
and yielding to the cross that invests our lives with value. . .
Amid the wildest tumult,
Christ was never too weary to listen to the cry of human distress.
Then why fear the tempest,
when it is under the control of our Heavenly Father?
He was never so engrossed in one case of need
that He could not stop to give attention to another.
The restoration of a sick child to her parents
represents how He will restore friend to friend.
Some who most needed His help
took no notice of His desire to help them,
like drowning men,
amazed at the beauty of the lifeboat,
might stay in the waves to perish.
The ways that seemed to take their Lord away from the disciples
really brought Him nearer to the boat.
The fishermen had come to their wit’s end
before they came to their journey’s end.
How often has the Savior intervened
when the strength of man is exhausted!

G.G.Cawston, from Living Waters leaflet
printed by Christian Progress Scripture Union, London

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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October 4, Today’s thought — Crumbs

Wild sunflowers in the morning sun.

Good Morning

The dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table  Matthew 15:27

While Jesus was ministering Tyre and Sidon a woman came to Him asking that He heal her daughter. According to His wisdom He hesitated until her persistent pleading drew from Him these words.
“It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and cast it to dogs.”
Both the humility and the quick eager faith of this woman appear in her response.
“Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
She was not offended by the figure our Lord used.
She was willing to be as a little dog under the Master’s table.
The children were first served, and then the pieces they let fall belonged to the dogs. All she asked was the portion that ordinarily went to the dogs. And even the crumbs from that table were enough for her, more than the richest dainties from any other table.
Thus both humility and faith were shown in her answer; and in both she is an example to us. We should come to Christ with a deep sense of our unworthiness, ready to take the lowest place. It is such a precious thing to be permitted to take even the crumbs from the Master’s table, that we should exult in the privilege. The crumbs of His grace and love are better than the richest feasts of this world.
Yet we are not fed with crumbs;
we are seated at the full table.
with the richest provisions before us.
The prodigal, returning, asked only to be made a servant,
as he felt unworthy to be restored to a son’s place.
But the father-love knew no such halfway restoration as that.
The white robe, the shoes, the ring were given to him, insignia of sonship. God puts the lowliest and unworthiest at once into the children’s place, and feeds them abundantly.
~~J, R, Miller, from Come Ye Apart

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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October 2, Today’s thought –Be Alive

February 21, 2012 Star Jasmine – newly planted
October 2, 2012 Star Jasmine – climbed to the top of the trellis

Good Morning

I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly
John 10:10

Life is back of love,
back of believing,
back of hoping,
back of everything.
Ezekiel in his vision of the “River of Life” understood life;
he knew what it meant–
at first a little stream to the ankles,
then, as he went farther on, it came to the knees,
and then to the loins,
and finally a wide, mighty river.
That is life.
Do you know what life is?
No; neither does anybody else.
Life is indefinable;
life is an ultimate; live is God;
life is effectiveness; life is power.
Adjustment to the things around you–
correspondence to environment–that is life.
The plodding man does not live.
He goes out in the morning and hears the birds,
the heralds of the spring, sweetly singing in the trees.
The flowers are blooming in the fields,
the whole world is full of music,
it id everywhere;
but the sweet primrose growing on the bank does not for him contain life and beauty and music–
it remains a primrose still.
Love is measured by the humbler of things you are alive to.
~~M. D. Babcock

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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