Tonight’s the Night!

I didn’t realize until today that my Baby Girl shares her birthday date with Billy Graham. What fine day to be born! Please watch this video. And offer a prayer for tonight’s telecast, Billy Graham and my Baby Girl.
Thank you and may your blessings be more abundant!!



This excerpt from my You Version Reading Plan prompts this post.

Two puppies were thrown into a backyard wading pool by their playful master. One yelped hysterically while the other romped and played in the cool water. The master observed that the difference was not in the pool but in the pups.

via Day 348 – Draw Near – 365 Guides to Greater Intimacy with God |

Same pool. Same water temperature. Same environment, but what a difference!

Lets say we are pups.  How will we respond when we hit the water today? How have we already responded thus far?

The pups’ master in our little story we assume loved his pups; he is characterized as playful; meaning throwing them into the pool was a benevolent act. An act not to harm them but to give them an opportunity to enjoy being a puppy. Perhaps he had a plan; a plan to take them on a journey that included a much larger body of water – the pool was preparatory.

We have a Benevolent Master and He has a plan: that we enjoy being a human AND He definitely has us on a journey and He definitely prepares us for the next large body of water. Question is . . .

Which pup am I? Which pup are you?

The MASTER speaks:

John 10:10 The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.

via John 10:9-11 KJV;CJB – I am the door: by me if any man enter – Bible Gateway.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

via Jer 29:11 NASB;CJB – For I know the plans that I have for – Bible Gateway.

Be Hidden in CHRIST,

ABBA, thank You for this story, thank You for the prompt, thank You for the lesson; thank You for forgiveness since I already messed up BUT in this moment I can begin again and not only me but all of us; thank You for being more than benevolent toward us! I pray for each person who comes here to read and pray or just to read for whatever reason; I pray, HOLY SPIRIT, all will experience You as a benevolent, playful, serious, all-wise, loving, kind, perfect Master, Savior, Friend and ABBA.  And with our praises and our thankfulness we come with our petitions for Others and as we bring their names and faces before You we trust You to do all things well concerning them. {Jamie, Terri, Jill, Nicole, Dori, Kerri, Lance, Anna, John, Valerie, Perry, ________} And we pray for Others to receive strength to repent and believe on and in JESUS name. 


Paint on the Wall

I saw two pictures today.  Splotches of paint on a wall. From picture one I thought that’s a huge paint sample to throw on a wall; there will be some wall painting going on right quick.

And then I saw picture two.

Picture two changed my mind about picture one. A lot.


So important!

The first swatch of paint looked like a brush stroke made by a woman taller than me, or perhaps, an adventurous preschooler with a chair; but when compared to the light switch plate in picture two – well that swatch of paint was not nearly so large.

Here’s my thought.

When life throws paint on our walls it can seem overwhelming. It’s just too much!  A touch up will never do. But …

A little perspective will bring abundant relief.

A little comparing of the circumstance; a little pulling back of that camera eye to get a glimpse of our ABBA’s resources and strength and that wall is not going to take near the work we thought at first blush.

13 Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the Lord do what is good in His sight.”

via 1 Chronicles 19:12-14 NASB – He said, “If the Arameans are too – Bible Gateway.


2013 is on its way!

Blessings of Joy and Peace,

A Nutshell of Filters

The study I told you about on Monday (click HERE if you missed it) is proving to be a most needed study for me. Not only what Mariel had to say but what the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD is personally saying to me.

13 For You formed my inward parts;

You wove me in my mother’s womb.

14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Wonderful are Your works,

And my soul knows it very well.

via Psalm 139 NASB – God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience. – Bible Gateway.

I am grateful for my NASB translation as it gave me incentive to go looking for the Hebrew meaning for inward parts.  Inward parts equals kidneys.  And oh my goodness! take a look at kidneys and the word picture that forms is HUGE! (And I have not even read all the materials!) Too huge for me to fully develop here for you so I’ll give you a nutshell.

We know already kidneys are filters. Right? Right. And we know what filters do. They filter. They filter out harmful wastes and toxins. But that’s not all they do. They also produce necessary, most helpful hormones.

In addition to removing wastes, the kidneys release three important hormones:

 Now look at verse 14. Verse 14 says we know very well that we are fearfully and wonderfully made; that we know very well that we are precious and treasured by GOD; that we give thanks to Him; that we believe all His works are wonderful; that we value the precious ones in our wombs.

Look around. Who do you know who has fully embraced ALL this? Look in the mirror. Have you?  Have I? By faith, today I say I am beginning too!

So what’s our problem?  Spiritually speaking, you understand. Verse 13 gives us a clue I believe.

Our kidneys (filters) have been corrupted. They don’t filter out the waste and toxins and they don’t produce the life-sustaining ‘hormones’ in quantities needed. By the way, you know hormones are for balancing the body and emotions, don’t you?

Are you getting the picture?  Sin has corrupted our kidneys. Our filters. Our hormones.

But the GREAT NEWS is that JESUS has come to set our filters and our hormones in proper working order again! As we yield to the HOLY SPIRIT, He is restoring our filters and our balance. One day we will be fully restored! But for now, the more we yield to the HOLY SPIRIT in obedience, in prayer, in HIS WORD, the better our filters, filter and produce. And the healthier we get! And the safer are the precious ones in the wombs of women.

I am loving this study! Thanks for listening.  Happy Wednesday blessings to you, my Friends.

Remember YOU have the God-given RIGHT to do right in this wrong world!