May 27, 2013

Cousins



May 26, 2013

Sunday Meditation


O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, "Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away." Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long. | A.W. Tozer

May 16, 2013

I ♥ Thursday {no. 4}





Lace tops are so delicate and feminine -- I need to find a few before it's summer


Woven Fedora... so cute!


Jenny Lee's style (Call the Midwife).  She looks so innocent, and beautiful. 

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If someone took an overhead shot of our family meal table, this is probably what it would look like.  Lots of arms reaching for yummy foods, plenty of chatter.  

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I'll leave you with something not so superfluous... How true, when I spend time with Jesus, listening to His voice, reading His words, praising Him, oh how my heart soars!

May 14, 2013

1000 Gifts

1116. Dad's job interview this Sunday
1117. Opportunities to pray for complete strangers in dire need of God's mercy
1118. Oats
1119. Family days packed with visiting, and adventures
1120. Mother's Day
1121. Owls
1122. Photo shoots
1123. Jaden's humor
1124. Phoebe-dee and how much she is missed when she is gone
1125. Encouraging conversations with Tanisha

1126. Mom's heart for Jesus, and how she wants so desperately to hear from him on a daily basis
1127. Three new books from Half Price Books
1128. Long walks
1129. Answered prayers
1130. Main Theme from Up - played by Johanna


My list will continue to grow as I praise the Lord each week here on my blog!

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May 3, 2013

Heart ponderings


{excerpts from Wed. April 24, 2013 journal entry}


"I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.  Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit."

John 15:1-3 


The essence of my life this past year, is probably a huge emptiness, sadness and confusion.  There have been so many times in the past 12 months I have asked God "what else do you want from me?"  And yet, I am blessed so abundantly, because sometimes God has to take a person to the end of their comfortability, in order to find out who He REALLY is!   And, even though the last year has been on the hardest and oddest for me, I can honestly say that I wouldn't trade it for anything.  The only thing I would change is my attitude and approach to all that has happened.

I have seen a hundred 'minor miracles' which at the time they occurred seemed huge!  The unexpected (but highly needed) gifts of money, which have been a tremendous blessing and boost as we've watched our finances decrease dramatically.  And yet, we have all learned to be content and thrive on far less!  I can say with Paul "I have learned in whatever state I am in, to be content."  (Philippians 4:11-13)

And my life has been enriched by the unique experiences I have been a part of.  Including my first home 'church' experience, where my family and two others, enjoyed deep, rich times of fellowship, Bible study, communal prayer, and mutual encouragement and challenge in our walks with Christ.  I changed, or re-adjusted more of my beliefs this year, than in my previous 21 years.  Rooting out dead or wrong thinking is tough and leaves one feeling raw and vulnerable.  Thankfully, God has bestowed upon me, and is continuing to bestow upon me, the grace and guidance to replace those "old" ways of thinking / believing, with new ones founded on Truth, alone.




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Jesus, may I never shrink back from Your divine pruning, no matter how painful it may be at the time.  For, to be truly fruitful in and for Your kingdom, requires frequent pruning in order to glorify You with the fruit of my life.