January 31, Today’s thought – Shake Well Before Using

Good Morning

1Thessalonians 2:4
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel,
even so we speak;
not as pleasing men,
but God, which trieth our hearts.

Someone once said,
“God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.”
And the process of qualification can be quite exasperating,
for it essentially involves the full execution of selfish desires,
impure motives, hidden agendas, deceitful practices, vain ambitions,
and, uh — let’s see — oh yeah, greed, lust, and anger.
And a whole bunch of other things, too.
Did I mention whining?
Most people want God to use them in some way or another,
but not many appreciate that His motto for every minister is,
“shake well before using.”
Now you may be thinking, “Thank God I’m not a minister!”
But hold on there, junior.
The fact of the matter is undeniably certain —
every man is a minister.
Indeed, each and every member
of the mysterious “Body of Christ” is called into ministry
one way, or the other.
Paul spells it out in his Ephesian epistle:
“for the equipping of the saints,” he says,
“for works of ministry”(ch.4:12).
This means you. So while you may not be a preacher or a priest,
you nevertheless are a minister;
a life-agent in a dying world;
a royal ambassador for Christ.
Think of it this way.
Every member is a minister;
every minister has a ministry;
every ministry has a mission;
and every mission matters!
In other words, God has a specific purpose for you,
and it makes a difference whether or not you respond.
It not only matters to you;
but it matters to all the rest of us as well.
This is why the Lord spares no expense in working us over,
and wearing us out with a shake-shake here,
and a shake-shake there.
He wants each one of us to be thoroughly qualified,
so that every one of us can be fully trusted with the Message —
everywhere we go, each and everyday.
Then it will be said of us,
even as it was said of those first believers —
“And the disciples went everywhere preaching,
the Master working right with them,
validating the Message with indisputable evidence.”
(Mark 16:20, The Message) Rylie

Mark 16:20
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.KJV

Feeling all shook up. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

I have a few pictures from here in Az, but I forgot to load them on my computer. Next time. 🙂

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January 29 – Today’s thought – Comforting Staffs

Good Morning

Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

At my father’s house in the country
there is a little closet in the chimney corner
where are kept the canes and walking-sticks
of several generations of our family.
In my visits to the old house,
when my father and I are going out for a walk,
we often to go to the cane closet,
and pick out our sticks
to suit the fancy of the occasion.
In this I have frequently been reminded
that the Word of God is a staff.

During the war, when the season of discouragement
and impending danger was upon us, the verse,
“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings;
his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord,” Psalm 112:7
was a staff to walk with many dark days.

When death took away our child
and left us almost heart-broken.
I found another staff in the promise that
“weeping may endure for the night,
but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

When in impaired health, I was exiled for a year,
not knowing whether I should be permitted
to return to my home and work again,
I took with me this staff which never failed,
“He knoweth the thoughts that he thinketh toward me,
thought s of peace and not of evil.” Jeremiah 29:11

In times of special danger or doubt,
when human judgement has seemed to be set at naught,
I have found it easy to go forward with this staff,
“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

And in emergencies,
when there has seemed to be no adequate time
for deliberation or for action,
I have never hound this staff has failed me.
“He that believeth shall not make haste.” Isaiah 28:16
~~Benjamin Vaughn Abott, in The Outlook.

“I had never known,” said Martin Luther’s wife, “what such and such things meant, in such and such
psalms, such and such complaints and workings of spirit; I had never understood the practice of Christian duties , had not God brought me under some affliction.”

Leaning on the staff . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Sunday Bible Reading – Psalm 13

Psalm 13

How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord?
for ever?
how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?

How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
having sorrow in my heart daily?
how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God:
lighten mine eyes,
lest I sleep the sleep of death;

Lest mine enemy say,
I have prevailed against him;
and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

But I have trusted in thy mercy;
my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

I will sing unto the Lord,
because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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I’m enjoying our quiet vacation.
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January 25, Today’s thought – Pray

Good Morning

Ephesians 6:18
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

The people who are so greatly needed
in this age of the church are those
who have learned the business of praying—
learned it on their knees,
learned it in the need and agony of their own hearts.
Praying people are the one commanding need of this day,
as of all other days,
if God is to intervene in the world.
In doing God’s work there is no substitute for praying.
People of prayer cannot be replaced
with other kinds of people.
People of financial skill,
people of education,
people of worldly influence –-
none of these can possibly substitute
for people of prayer.
The people to whom Jesus Christ
committed the fortunes and destiny of His church
were people of prayer.
To no other kind of people
has God ever committed Himself. ~~~M. Bounds

With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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January 23 – Today’s thought – Too busy?

Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

We live in a fast-paced, busy,
media-saturated, noisy world.
Is it any wonder
that we really do need a quiet time every day?
A time for prayer and God’s Word?
Because it is too easy
to let the noise and activity of modern life
cloud and obscure the reality
that God is present and in our midst.
How different our lives would be
if we walked each step and
breathed each breath
with the knowledge
that God is right beside us.
Rejoicing with us.
Correcting us.
Encouraging us.
Loving us.
Do you slow down long enough
to sense God’s nearness to you? from A Day Book of Grace

Take time . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Sunday Bible Reading – Philippians 4:4-9

DSC_0035the Farmer’s Mother celebrated her 101st birthday Saturday,
she just finished singing ‘To God Be the Glory’

Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always:
and again I say,

Let your moderation be known unto all men.
The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.

Those things,
which ye have both learned,
and received,
and heard,
and seen in me,
and the God of peace shall be with you.

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January 17, Today’s thought – For God

Good Morning

For God [the greatest lover]
so loved [the greatest degree]
the world [the greatest number]
that He gave [the greatest act]
His only begotten Son [the greatest gift]
that whosoever [the greatest invitation]
believeth [the greatest simplicity]
in Him [the greatest person]
should not perish [the greatest deliverance],
but [the greatest difference]
have [the greatest certainty]
everlasting life [the greatest possession].
John 3 :16

Full of thanks . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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January 15, Today’s thought – Impossible?

jan 13 laceBeautiful yarn found in the stash shed.
Waiting to become a shawl,
joining “Follow your Arrow” a Mystery Knit A Long.

Good Morning

With God—all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26).

Consider Abram.
Pushing a century of years,
his wife, Sarai, ninety.
The wallpaper in the nursery faded,
baby furniture out of date.
The topic of a promised child brings sighs and tears. . .
and God tells them
they’d better select a name for their new son.
They laugh!
Partly because it’s too good to happen
and partly because it might.
They’ve given up hope,
and hope born anew is always funny
before it’s real.
They laugh a little at God,
and a lot with God—
for God is laughing too.

With the smile still on His face,
He gets busy doing what He does the best—
the unbelievable.
Abram, the father of one,
will now be Abraham,
the father of a promised multitude.
Sarai, the barren one,
will now be Sarah,
the mother.

Their names aren’t the only thing God changes.
He changes the way
they define the word impossible!

From The Applause of Heaven–Max Lucado

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January 14, Today’s thought – Offering

Moffat profile pic

Good Morning

Psalm 62:5-8
My soul, wait thou only upon God;
for my expectation is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation:
he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory:
the rock of my strength,
and my refuge, is in God.
Trust in him at all times;
ye people, pour out your heart before him:
God is a refuge for us.

Years ago in a rural, Scottish village,
the pastor of a small church was asked to resign.
The ruling board of his congregation had evaluated
the fruit of his ministry and
could find nothing that seemed significant.
No baptisms had been held the previous year,
no conversions had been recorded,
and only one response to a sermon could even be remembered.

That single response had taken place on Sunday
when the offering plate had been passed.
A small boy had put the plate on the floor
and then stepped into it.
When asked for an explanation, he had replied
that since he had no money to give God,
he wanted to give himself.

The small boy who had stepped in the offering plate. . .
became a great pioneer missionary–statesman
used of God to change the course
of individual lives, tribes and nations in southern Africa.
His name was Bobby Moffat.
He was a man who overcame the smallness of his life
by giving himself totally to God,
keeping his focus on Christ.
~~~The Vision of His Glory, Anne Lotz

To read more about Robert Moffat, click here

What am I offering . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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January 13, Today’s thought – Learning to Wait

jan8 007 Blue Ajuga doesn’t mind the cold.

Good Morning

Learning to Wait for God’s Best

Psalm 84:11-12
For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

Children can be impulsive and often want everything “now”!
(So can grownups!)
It is the wise parent who does not give in to every demand,
but rather keeps some things on hold until the time is right.

God deals with us the same way.
He makes every good thing available to His children–
but only in the right time.
As our Father, He love to prepare us
for all that He has for us to know and enjoy.
But out of fatherly wisdom,
He trains us to trust Him–
even when we want something right now–
so that we will become mature,
Chirst-like adults,
who are better able to appreciate and enjoy His blessings.
He also keeps us from greedy self-centeredness
by answering some of our requests with a firm “no.”

To try and move ahead of God’s perfect plan for us
is to deny Him the privilege of teaching us
and watching us grow to be like Him.
~~from A Day Book of Grace

Psalm 84:11-12 Amplified Bible
For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, and that without fear or misgiving]!

Learning . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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January 11 – Today’s thought – Lead on Softly

jan8 003White Violets don’t mind the cold.

Good Morning

This morning I am thinking of some who have suffered losses and are learning to walk a new way alone, and some who are starting on a new journey together. No matter where we are in our walk with the Lord — in the valley –on the mountain top.   He said, “I will never leave thee or forsake thee.” Go with God, Today

Genesis 33:12-14
And he (Esau) said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.

And he (Jacob) said unto him,(Esau) My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die. Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.

What a beautiful picture of Jacob’s thoughtfulness
for the cattle and the children!
He would not allow them to be over driven even for one day.
He would not lead on according to what a strong man
like Esau could do and expected them to do,
but only according to what they were able to endure.
He knew exactly how far they could go in a day;
and he made that his only consideration
in arranging the marches.
He had gone the same wilderness journey years before,
and knew all about the roughness and heat and length,
by personal experience.
And so he said,
“I will lead on softly.”
“For ye have not passed this way heretofore.” Joshua 3:4

We have not passed this way heretofore,
but the Lord Jesus has.
It is all untrodden and unknown ground to us,
but He knows it all by personal experience.
The steep bits that take away our breath,
the stony bits that make our feet ache so,
the hot shadeless stretches that make us feel so exhausted,
the rushing rivers that we have to pass through–
Jesus has gone through it all before us.
“He was wearied with his journey>”
Not some, but all the many waters went over Him,
and yet did not quench His love.
He was made a perfect Leader by the things which He suffered.
“He knoweth our frame, He remembereth that we are dust.”
Think of that when you are tempted to question
the gentleness of His leading.

He is remembering all the time;

and not one step will He make you take beyond
what your foot is able to endure.
Never mind if you think it will not be able
for the step that seems to come next;
either He will so strengthen it that it shall be able ,
or He will call a sudden halt,
and you shall not have to take it at all.
~~Frances Ridley Havergal.

Taking it slow. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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January 10, Today’s thought – Light

jan8 004 Jonquils tell of coming Spring.

Good Morning

Let There Be Light

And God said, “Let there be light.” (Genesis 1:3)

The first words we have on record of God speaking
are highly instructive.
“Let there be light”
means far, far more than mere sunshine.
In fact, the sun and moon were not made
until the 4th day of Creation,
yet Light was already so.
What, then,
did God mean when He said, “Let there be light”?
To find the answer,
we need to look elsewhere in the Bible
to see if there is any “light” shed upon this mystery.
The first thing we discover is that the Bible tells us —
“God is light” (1John 1:5).
The same author later writes twice that “God is love”
(ch. 4:8, and 4:16).
Thus we can surmise that “light” and “love”
are spiritual synonyms;
interchangeable with one another
without compromising the express meaning of either.
With this in mind,
we look back at the Genesis declaration
and conclude that when God said,
“Let there be Light,”
He was in fact saying —
“Let there be a revelation of My love!”
And there was.
In fact,
everything that occurs in creation and in the Bible
from that moment forward is in complete compliance
with that unalterable decree.
And the implications of this for us today are profound.
What would each day hold in store for us
if we walked through every situation
looking for how this or that could reveal
something of God’s love to us.
And just maybe, once we began to see this,
we ourselves could learn to reveal God’s love to others around us.
Let there be light! —
the single most powerful sentence you could ever say.

Walk in God’s Light and Love . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Write ALM – persist(ence)

Joining  Write ALM  with a writing prompt, persist(ence)

I have inherited my daughter’s cats.
this one is Grissabelle,
persistent, personified

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cats and compter 001Now it is my turn to use the computer.

6g6vDon’t touch that mouse!

And this most recent,
trying to get a picture of my Yarn Ends jar of 2013;
who shows up  .  .  .

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And she came closer to make sure I knew she was really there,
but , oh so cool about it

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Yep, I love her!

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Write ALM – guilty pleasure(s)

First time  I’ve joined Write ALM  with a writing prompt, guilty pleasure.

I always feel a little guilty
when I go to the grocery store or bank or post office.
You see, that is not my main purpose.
I will go to the grocery store or bank or post office,
but I’ll fit those errands around
a quiet, peaceful, solitary time
of dining out with a book.

jan9 subMy chariot takes me to quiet moments.

Breakfast, my favorite,
or coffee and donuts,
or maybe, Baskin-Robbins.
As long as
it is a quiet, peaceful, solitary time.

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January 9 – Today’s thought – Pressing On

jan8 006Bulb leaves breaking through tells me ‘Spring is coming’

Good Morning

Philippians 3:13-14
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark
for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Seventeenth-century hymnist Paul Gerhardt penned the following hymn
to celebrate the New Year:

Above all else, Lord,
send us Thy Spirit to attend us,
With in our hearts abiding,
To heaven our footsteps guiding,
All this Thy had bestoweth,
Thou Life, whence our life floweth.
To all Thy name confessing
Grant, Lord, Thy New Year’s blessing.

God is all knowing and able to direct our steps
so we can press forward confidently–
even when the future is uncertain.
Since we are assured of HIs constant presence
and help every day throughout the year,
we should embrace the New Year–
and each day–
with a spirit of perseverance
and confidence in our Heavenly Father.
~~from A Daybood of Grace

Look forward . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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