Monthly Archives: July 2014

Ruthie

It has been said, “Curiosity killed the cat.” 

This morning our cat, Ruthie, was curious. Actually, Ruthie is curious every morning but this morning I got pictures. 🙂

As often as weather permits I go out to our deck to enjoy my Bible Study time; right now I am continuing with Hebrews a Better Blend by Leah Adams and Ruthie is often near by. This morning she decided to get an up close and personal look at what occupies me in the mornings.  It is also said a picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s two. But never fear the words are coming as well – just not two thousand, not today anyway. 🙂

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Curiosity. It’s not always deadly. There is a curiosity that leads to life. 

Like Ruthie wouldn’t it be thrilling for our morning routines to pique the curiosity of our family and friends, intriguing them enough they would examine the WORD of GOD for themselves? To peek in on what He has to say, to come closer to the Holy Scriptures and there learn they could have better than nine lives they can have Eternal Life trusting the One and Only Savior clearly revealed within the pages of Holy Writ? 

After Yeshua had said these things, he looked up toward heaven and said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, so that the Son may glorify you — 2 just as you gave him authority over all mankind, so that he might give eternal life to all those whom you have given him. 3 And eternal life is this: to know you, the one true God, and him whom you sent, Yeshua the Messiah.
via John 17 KJV;CJB – These words spake Jesus, and lifted up – Bible Gateway.

Well. That’s it. That’s what came to mind. Aren’t you glad I shared it with you? 🙂

Day 212 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.

Kathie

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Yellow Specks

If I had known they were going to give me such a poignant lesson I would have taken pictures.

There were two of them.

Very green with specks of yellow.

I was so excited. 

Two tomato plants fresh from the store with blossoms already on them! Yippee! 

I didn’t pluck them off. And the longer I waited — well, I just couldn’t. You know what I mean? 

And so the yellow blossoms in time became tiny, tiny green tomatoes. I sure couldn’t pull them off then!

And so they grew. But the plants didn’t grow much, hardly any at all the truth be told. Poor little things. They were putting all they had into growing fruit on little stems and branches starving for nutrients themselves. Spindly little things they were. Sad but valiant. 

And today because the plants look so flat-out worn out, I plucked the fruit. wpid-img_20140721_121042_990.jpg

Yep! that’s it. The whole crop!

Short-sighted, sentimental, whatever label to give my reasoning, (or lack of reasoning) my harvest is way limited. And why? It’s simple really. The plants were too immature to support the fruit. The stem, the root system, the plant as a whole needed more growing of its own before it tackled growing a crop.

If we want a future harvest of plenty, be it tomatoes or life, sometimes we have to cut off even some things that look good to give strength and nourishment for better things. Even things we are excited about and would really like to keep – good things — we have to be brave enough to pinch ’em off!

If I had plucked off the specks of yellow, cultivated some organic bone meal in the soil, watered well and patiently waited — well, we won’t know that now, not this go round. But I am already planning for next season.

So do you have some yellow specks that need pinching off? You just might get a bumper crop later if you do the brave thing today.

. . . and every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit.
3 Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned.
4 Stay united with me, as I will with you — for just as the branch can’t put forth fruit by itself apart from the vine, so you can’t bear fruit apart from me.
5 “I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who stay united with me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from me you can’t do a thing.
via John 15 KJV;CJB – I am the true vine, and my Father is – Bible Gateway.

Day 203 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.

Kathie

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Praying for Friends, Janet & Steve, Sheila and others. 

A Nugget

for today.

8 The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
9 The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
via Ps 145 KJV;CJB – I will extol thee, my God, O king; and – Bible Gateway.

GOD is always good and we are always loved. — Ann Voskamp via her book One Thousand Gifts.

Remembering and leaning hard on this one truth will get us through any dark cloud and over any hurdle. 

Praying for Sheila. Praying for Anna – a baby boy is due to brighten the world today. And Others.  Thank You, ABBA, for hearing our prayers and always, always answering with Your Best.  

Day 197 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.

Kathie

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A No-Brainer

I am still eating up my copy of HeBrews-Cover1-796x1024

and today I’d like to share a portion of my study time notes as we read from Deuteronomy chapter 11 🙂 yes studying Hebrews leads to other nourishing passages of ABBA’s Word.

18 Therefore, you are to store up these words of mine in your heart and in all your being; tie them on your hand as a sign; put them at the front of a headband around your forehead; 19 teach them carefully to your children, talking about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up; 20 and write them on the door-frames of your house and on your gates — 21 so that you and your children will live long on the land Adonai swore to your ancestors that he would give them for as long as there is sky above the earth.
via Deuteronomy 11 NIV;CJB – Love and Obey the LORD – Love the LORD – Bible Gateway.

My notes, what I understand this to mean: Remember, keep, store up, teach The Word of GOD, always and wherever you go. Keep His Word in your heart, on your mind and coming from your lips, especially to your children – do this and you and they will live, really live – here and eternally.

Don’t do this and you are inviting rebellion, bad attitudes, smart mouths, disobedience and eternal death to come and claim them and perhaps even you. 

22 “For if you will take care to obey all these mitzvot I am giving you, to do them, to love Adonai your God, to follow all his ways and to cling to him, 23 then Adonai will expel all these nations ahead of you; and you will dispossess nations bigger and stronger than you are.
via Deuteronomy 11 NIV;CJB – Love and Obey the LORD – Love the LORD – Bible Gateway.

Oh I love this! Obey ABBA and your enemies will fail and fall in their attacks against you. Even those bigger and stronger than you!

And the only requirement is obedience! Folks, this is a no-brainer! Now to just keep telling myself! Because I am as guilty as the next to forget!

Day 196 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.

Kathie

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Black and White

Love necessitated that I put myself in the truck early this morning; whenever I drive, Christian music sings. And this morning I found myself smiling. I heard “when the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why – speak life”

That is fine theology!

Ephesians 4:29 Let no harmful language come from your mouth, only good words that are helpful in meeting the need, words that will benefit those who hear them. via Ephesians 4:28-30 CJB – The thief must stop stealing; instead, – Bible Gateway.
 Deuteronomy 30:19 . . . I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  via Deuteronomy 30:18-20 KJV;CJB – I denounce unto you this day, that ye – Bible Gateway.

Here’s the song. Sing along and smile.

Day 195 of 2014, a day to give Thanks.

Kathie

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