“fearfully and wonderfully made”

Psalms 139:14
I will praise thee;
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

How would you answer this multiple-choice question?

  • a coincidental collision of particles.
  • an accidental evolution of molecules.
  • soulless flotsam in the universe,
  • “fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Don’t dull your life by missing this point:
You are more than statistical chance,
more than a marriage of heredity and society,
more than a confluence of inherited chromosomes
and childhood trauma.
More than a walking weather vane whipped about
by the cold winds of fate.
Thanks to God you have been
“sculpted from nothing into something”
(Psalms 139:15MSG)
Cure for the Common Life, Max Lucado

Psalms 139:15-18
My substance was not hid from thee,
when I was made in secret,
and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect;
and in thy book all my members were written,
which in continuance were fashioned,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them,
they are more in number than the sand:
when I awake,
I am still with thee.

God Is What He Is

. . . Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,
I AM hath sent me unto you.
Exodus 3:14b

Do you know anyone who goes around saying, “I am”?
Neither do I.
When we say “I am,”
we always add another word,
“I am happy.”
“I am sad.”
“I am strong.”
“I am Max.”
God however starkly states, “I AM”
and adds nothing else.

“You are what?”
we want to ask.
“I AM,” he replies.
God needs no descriptive word
because He never changes.
God is what He is.
He is what He has always been.
His immutability motivated
the psalmist to declare,
“But thou are the same” Psalm 102:27
the writer is saying,
“You are the One who is.
You never change.”
. . . . Traveling light, Max Lucado

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Today’s thought – Our View of God

may25 017God knows even in the nighttime.

Good Morning

Psalm 138:7-8
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me:
thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies,
and thy right hand shall save me.
The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me:
thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever:
forsake not the works of thine own hands.

There is a window in your heart
through which you can see God.
Once upon a time that window was clear.
Your view of God was crisp.
You could see God as vividly
as you could see a gentle valley or hillside.

Then, suddenly, the window cracked.
A pebble broke the window.
A pebble of pain.

And suddenly God was not so easy to see.
The view that had been so crisp had changed.

You were puzzled.
God wouldn’t allow something like this to happen,
would He?

When you can’t see Him, trust Him . . .
Jesus is closer than you’ve ever dreamed.
In the Eye of the Storm, Max Lucado

Trust Him . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie.

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Today’s thought – Praise Him!

july 23 004Pineapple blossom, looks like a lily to me.

Good Morning

1Timothy 1:17
To the King that rules forever,
who will never die,
who cannot be see,
the only God,
be honor and glory forever and ever.NCV

The whole purpose of coming before the King is to praise Him,
to live in recognition of his splendor.
Praise —
lifting up our hearts and hands,
exulting with our voices,
singing his praises —
is the occupation of those who dwell in the kingdom.

Praise is the highest occupation of any being.
What happens when we praise the Father?
We reestablish the proper chain of command;
we recognize that the King is on the throne and
that He has saved His people.

Walking with the Savior, Max Lucado

1Timothy 1:17
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

july 23 002Busy background, gorgeous blossom!

Lift up praise to the Father . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Living in God’s Presence


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;

How do I live in God’s presence?
How do I detect his unseen hand on my shoulder and his inaudible voice in my ear? . . .
How can you and I grow familiar wit the voice of God?
Here are a few ideas:

Give God your waking thoughts.
Before you face the day, face the Father.
Before you step out of bed, step into his presence.

Give God your waiting thoughts.
Spend time with him in silence.

Give God your whispering thoughts.
Imagine considering every moment as a potential time of communion with God.

Give God your waning thoughts.
At the end of the day; let your mind settle on him.
Conclude the day as you began it: talking to God.

Just Like Jesus – Max Lucado

Give God . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Remember Jesus, Today

apr5 005I love these little violas.
Oh, Look, an oak tree sprout the Farmer hasn’t found.

Good Morning

When times get hard, remember Jesus . . .
When tears come, remember Jesus . . .
When fear pitches his tent in your front yard.
When death looms,
when anger sings,
when shame weighs heavily.
Remember Jesus.
Max Lucado

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help and he will say, Here am I. Isaiah 58:9 NIV

There is a place of comfort sweet
Near to the heart of God
A place where we our Saviour meet,
Near to the heart of God . .
Hold us who wait before Thee
Near to the heart of God.
Cleland B.McAfee

With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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February 25, Today’s thought – What God Has Done

feb24 007Our tulips live in these cans.
Most of the time they rest in the Farmer’s nursery
doing whatever tulips do to prepare to bloom.
When the weather gets warmer
we see the leaves poke out of the dirt
and the Farmer moves them here.
We watch them grow and wait for the blossoms

Good Morning

You have been saved by God’s grace
Ephesians 2:5

Read slowly and carefully
Paul’s description of what God has done for you:

“When you were spiritually dead
because of your sins and
because you were not free
from the power of your sinful self,
God made you alive with Christ,
and he forgave all our sins.
He cancelled the debt,
which listed all the rules
we failed to follow.
He took away that record with its rules
and nailed it to the cross.
God stripped the spiritual rulers
and powers of their authority.
With the cross,
he won victory
and showed the world
that they were powerless.”
Colossians 2:13-15 New Century Version

As you look at the words above,
answer this question.
Who is doing the work?
You or God?
Who is active?
You or God?
Who is doing the saving?
You or God?

He Still Moves Stones, Max Lucado

Colossians 2:13-15
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. King James Version

I am thankful for ‘God’s doing’ . . .Today
With my prayers desiring yours, Leslie

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October 1, Today’s thought – Your Mess

IMG_5297Grandma Crain made this star from seeds and cones and berries she found in the yard and along the road.

Good Morning

Deuteronomy 11:1-7
Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway. And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm, And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land; And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day; And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came into this place; And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel: But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.

Your Mess Can Be Your Message

I like the conversation Bob Benson recounts in his book, See You at the House,
about his friend who’d had a heart attack.
For a while it seemed his friend wouldn’t make it. But he recovered.

Months later Bob asked him, “How did you like your heart attack?”

“It scared me to death, almost.”
“Would you do it again?”
“Would you recommend it?” Bob asked.
“Definitely not.”
Then Bob asked him, “Does your life mean more to you now than it did before?”
“Well, yes.”
“You and your wife always had a beautiful marriage, but are you closer now than ever?” “Yes.”
“Do you have a new compassion for people—a deeper understanding and sympathy?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Do you know the Lord in a richer fellowship than you’d ever realized?”

Then Bob said, “So, how’d you like your heart attack?”

Deuteronomy 11:2 reminds us to remember what you’ve learned about the Lord through your experience with Him. Do that, my friend, and your mess will become your message!

From You’ll Get Through This~~Max Lucado

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

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August 5, Today’s thought – Chose to See

P1000026Lift off at Reno Hot Air Balloon Show, 2007

Good Morning

On the wall of a concentration camp, are carved these words:

I believe in the sun, even though it doesn’t shine.
I believe in love, even when it isn’t shown.
I believe in God, even when He doesn’t speak.

I try to envision a skeletal hand gripping broken glass or stone to cut into that wall; eyes squinting through the darkness as he carved each letter. Whose hand cut such a conviction? Whose eyes saw good in such horror? There’s only one answer: eyes that chose to see the unseen.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever.”

When tragedy strikes, we too, are left to choose what we see: the hurt or the Healer. The choice is ours!

From He Still Moves Stones, Max Lucado

Looking to Jesus . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 29, Today’s thought – the Least

May 28 - tending 002Tending the garden – much is done on his knees.

May 28 - tending 001

Good Afternoon

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

You don’t have to lower your standards. Or saddle a high horse. Just be nice. Normal and nice. Discipleship is sometimes defined by being normal! You don’t have to be weird to follow Jesus. You don’t have to stop liking your friends to follow Him. Just the opposite. A few introductions would be nice. Do you know how to grill a steak?

A woman in a small Arkansas community was a single mom with a frail baby. Her neighbor would stop by every few days and keep the child so she could do her shopping. After some weeks her neighbor shared more than time; she shared her faith, and the woman followed Christ. The friends of the young mother objected. “Do you know what those people teach?” they contested. “Here is what I know,” she told them. “They held my baby.”

I think Jesus likes that kind of answer, don’t you?

Max Lucado from Next Door Savior

Seek God’s direction . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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March 26, Today’s thought –Figured Out?

Mar 22 13 mt shastaOur view of Mt Shasta, March 22, 2013

Good Morning

Have you got God figured out?
Get ready, you may be in for a surprise.
Hear the rocks meant
for the body of the adulterous woman drop to the ground.
Listen as Jesus invites
a death-row convict to ride with Him to the Kingdom
in the front seat of the limo.
Listen as the Messiah whispers to the Samaritan woman,
“I who speak to you am He.”
And listen to the surprise
as Mary’s name is spoken by a man she had buried.

God appearing in the strangest of places.
Doing the strangest of things.
Stretching smiles where there had hung only frowns.
Hanging a bright star in a dark sky.
Many more knees will bow.
And many more seekers will celebrate.

“For no eye has seen, no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived what God
has prepared for those who love Him!”
1 Corinthians 2:9

Max Lucado ~~ Six Hours One Friday

Accept God’s Preparation . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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