Got weakness??? Looking for a power source??

Strength and power Isaiah 40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes, I act like I’ve never heard or understood that God always was, is, and always will be GOD. That He is the Creator of all the earth. His God-ness never lessens or weakens or isn’t enough. That He and all He is – and all that He knows fully – cannot be measured. He is everlasting, infinitely strong, endlessly knowing and understanding – and He is incomprehensibly generous in making all of Who He is a gift to us.

Feeling powerless? Weak? Don’t give up. Don’t worry. He gives HIS power to the weak and HIS strength to the powerless.

He’s got us covered. God is good & He adores us!!!

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Be still…

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One of the toughest things to do in tough times is to be still. To be still and know that He is God. No matter how we feel. No matter how it looks. No matter what. He is God. He is good. He adores us.

And it was very good…

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I’m by no means a professional photographer; but, I am pretty passionate about taking pictures. It’s deepening my wonder and awe at the extraordinary detail and beauty in all of God’s creation.

Stunning. Truly. As in, I am stunned.

Someone we know and love dearly and deeply is a gifted photographer. He’s won awards and has been an art photographer for over 40 years. He made a decision in his 20’s that it was what he would do. No safety net. So, his love and livelihood are the same. His photography. He’s not just a photographer. He’s an artist with a gift and an eye for beauty that could only come from God.

He and his wife (and their very special dog) are in our hearts in a way that defies the short time we’ve known them. Just a few months.We love him. Deeply. We enjoy him. Immensely. He’s brilliant and talented and wonderful. 

Yet, somehow, he looks through that lens and sees overwhelming beauty and doesn’t seem to realize that it isn’t accidental and didn’t just happen through a sequence of scientific events. Really, my beloved friend? REALLY? You take amazing pictures of mountains and lakes and flowers and animals and skylines and architecture and miss the hand of God in it all? In sunsets and sunrises and trees and birds? In clouds and stars and lightening and rain?

I send our friend a picture I’ve taken every day. I occasionally show him the scriptures I put on them for posting online. He critiques my “work” and we have an opportunity to discuss what I see when the pictures are taken. I can sense the softening of his view of all of my “faith crap.”

It’s amazing how God is revealed in the work of His hands. See it. Share it. Show it.

God is good & He adores you. He adores our friend, too. And that makes me smile.

Don’t quit fishing…

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The led life…

Led life  Galatians 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every. Part. There’s nothing too personal, too small, too insignificant, too important, too simple, too complex…too anything – to be led by the Spirit. A reminder for me.

How’s your hearing? Your sight?

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Proverbs 20:12 (NLT)
Ears to hear and eyes to see—both are gifts from the LORD.

I can see a beautiful, early morning snowfall outside my window. Steady. No wind. Blanketing the ground and accumulating perfectly on the trees and rooftops. Stunning. I am grateful today for my eyes and the ability to see all that surrounds me.

Yesterday, I was listening to a new worship project. It was really, really good. I get to do that as part of the work I do. It’s a privilege and I am so thankful to be able to hear good music and occasionally even great music. And, I am even grateful for the ability to hear and not enjoy music that isn’t so wonderful!

Yes. Ears to hear and eyes to see are both tremendous gifts and blessings from God. Today, I am encouraged to ramp up my awareness of these simple, significant gifts. To acknowledge the Giver and His goodness. More consistently.

There’s another dimension of hearing and seeing that is ours, too. An amazing gift from our Father…part of our new life in Christ. Beyond the physical. Beyond the obvious. A progression over time. Things changing, being made new, and renewed in us begin to change us. One of the best indicators is how we see and hear things differently than we did before. [Read more…]

Psalm 91

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God is good & He adores you!

Go for wisdom…

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Proverbs 19:8 (NLT)
To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; 
people who cherish understanding will prosper.

ACQUIRE: to get as one’s own: to come into possession or control of: to come to have as a new or added characteristic, trait, or ability: to locate and hold a desired object: develop, cultivate (according to various dictionaries)

CHERISH: to hold dear: feel or show affection for: to keep or cultivate with care and affection: nurture: to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely (according to Merriam-Webster)

PROSPER: to succeed in an enterprise or activity; especially: to achieve economic success: to become strong and flourishing: to burgeon (according to various dictionaries)

FLOURISH: to grow luxuriantly: thrive: to achieve success: prosper: to be in a state of activity or production: to reach a height of development or influence (according to Merriam-Webster)

BURGEON: to send forth new growth: bloom: to grow and expand rapidly: accelerate, accumulate, build up, increase, multiply, proliferate, rise, expand, gain, escalate, mount (according to Merriam-Webster)

Burgeoning sounds good to me! Flourishing is pretty spiffy, too!

I want to – acquire – get as my own, come into possession of, and have as a new and added characteristic, trait and ability…wisdom. I want to hold wisdom dear and precious, nurture it, cultivate it, entertain and keep wisdom in my thoughts purposely, and to have wisdom make its home in me.

When wisdom’s home is in me, I will succeed in a special and unique way and will become strong and will flourish. I will grow and thrive and flourish and be productive, fruitful and succeed richly (don’t just think money and things) at what I do. I will develop and grow and become large and strong in my purpose and calling and God will multiply the results of my efforts. This will influence others and point them to Him because my life will represent His goodness and His grace and is a witness and demonstration of Who He is and how He loves and blesses.

Wisdom prospers.

James 1:5 (NLT)
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

I need wisdom. Every day. In everything. More and more. I can so see where not accessing guidance and wisdom from God and leaning to my own strengths and ideas led to failures and less than His best in my life.

So, I am asking…

“Father God, You ARE generous. You ARE good. Your Word is true. I am asking for wisdom and according to James 1:5, You promise to give it to me. I will take it as my own and receive it from You as an added God-like and God given characteristic. I hold it dear and will nurture it and listen and take it deep…purposely and actively. I will put Your wisdom first and deep in my mind as I make choices and face each situation.”

“Father, I love how You love me. Your wisdom is for me and You are generous with it. You will never, ever keep it from me. Your Word says so. And, with it comes success and growth and strength and wholeness – prosperity – in every aspect of my life. You said so. With Your wisdom alive in me, others will see Your goodness working in my life and want You, too. What a gift, honor and privilege. I have You.”

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Simple things…

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We are surrounded by beauty and so much to truly be in awe of. Don’t let the desire for the spectacular deprive you of the appreciation and wonder in the presence of the ordinary. Because the ordinary is actually pretty spectacular.

God is good & He adores you!

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God is good & He adores you!

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God is good & He adores you!

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