Saturday, July 11, 2020

Be Still and Know That I Am God



Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! 
Psalm 46:10


In Charles Spurgeon's Treasury of David, he called Psalm 46 "The Song of Holy Confidence." Let's take a journey through this Psalm and see if we can see why Spurgeon gave it this title.

We can be confident that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. In the original language that means that God is wholly, speedily, diligently, mightily, able, sufficient and present to help us whenever we need Him. (Psalm 46:1)  (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, July 12th, at Woman to Woman Ministries, where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Weekly Gratitude Journal


God is in control. God is good. God is faithful. God is trustworthy. 
Disease, racial tension, civil unrest and violence still rage in our nation, But no matter the circumstances, God has not left us alone or let go of His grasp on us. He is still caring for us watchfully and affectionately. It's up to us to take notice.
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Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.

(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
#13,441-#13,465

6-29-2020-
-the encouragement found in this passage- 2 Corinthians 7:10-13 - " Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets. And now, isn’t it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You’re more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible."

-Such a restorative walk! So much beauty and such a good prayer time as I walked.





- the smell of dinner simmering in the crockpot

6-30-2020-
-a sweet time of prayer on my drive to babysit the grandgirlies
-a special day with the girls

-a good conversation with my daughter

7-1-2020-
-it's July!
-facetiming with our daughter, grandson and granddaughter who are on a cross country road trip
-a powerful time with our church leadership team

7-2-2020-
-our yard
-prayer and worship albums the are helping me so much during this season
-new sunglasses
-a powerful evening of prayer

7-3-2020-
 -singing together in the car
-kayaking for the first time this summer
-our grandson "fishing"
-holding our sleepy little youngest grandson
-our oldest grands having fun with their friends

7-4-2020-
-our nation
-a fun bbq/birthday/4th of July party with friends
-going to our daughter's house to do fireworks



7-5-2020-
-worshipping together
-answered prayer
-God at work in lives
-a faeetime call with my grandson

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Praying For Our Nation - Part Two

For Part One click here.
See also Sarah Geringer's timely prayer for our republic. Click here.

Last week with the Fourth of July holiday approaching I posted some scriptures and prayer points for our nation.  I am continuing on that theme this Fourth of July weekend. I believe that our prayers are critical at this time in our nation's history. I believe that God hears and answers the prayers of His people. I believe that prayers prayed in agreement with others are especially powerful. Will you join us and commit to praying together for our country?   (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, July 5th, at Woman to Woman Ministries, where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Weekly Gratitude Journal

Let's be honest. It's a daily challenge to wade through all of the fear, negativity, strife, chaos and confusion going on in our world right now and to stay focused on Jesus and to stay filled with His peace. I have to make a daily choice to turn off the negative noise and to fill my mind and heart with the things that are true and lovely and excellent in God's eyes. Giving God thanks is an indispensably valuable tool in times like these.
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Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.

(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
#13,419-#13,440

6-22-2020-
-Jesus' care and provision for us
-a brief encounter with the cheeriest little girl and her mama on my walk today
-big yellow butterflies

6-23-2020-
-God's help when I feel stuck in my prayers
-holding my youngest grandson while the older grands enjoy time in the pool



-s'mores around the backyard fire pit

6-24-2020-
-sweet time with our two middle grandgirlies
-finding two five dollar bills in the road on our walk to the park 
(two grandgirlies so excited to spend their find!)
-a huge answer to prayer for a physical healing for our great nephew
-God doing a deep work in our church leadership

6-25-2020-
-Psalm 139
-new glasses ordered
-an encouraging Zoom meeting

6-26-2020-
-a sweet Friday date day
-the most beautiful drive to the beach


-a walk, (and a talk with Jesus),  by the sea

6-27-2020-
-loving my new glasses
-listening to encouraging worship, prayers and messages when I feel heavy hearted for our nation
-holding my grandson

6-28-2020-
-a trip to look forward to
-God working in hearts and lives
-knowing that we can trust God in these chaotic and uncertain times

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Praying For Our Nation



Next Saturday, July 4th, 2020, here in the United States we will celebrate our 244th year as a nation. I'm not sure that in all of the years that I've been alive that there's ever been a more tumultuous time in our land. Because of that, I felt led to focus on some scripture based prayer points that we could all use in intercession for our land.  (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, June 28th, at Woman to Woman Ministries, where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Weekly Gratitude Journal


Restaurants and stores are open in our county now-a bit of life returning to "normal."  But things still feel surreal as we don our masks to go out in public and as we see the rise of violence and unrest in our nation. I want to be aware of what is happening in our world, obedient to what God would have me to do and I want to also live with His peace ruling my heart and mind in the midst of the chaos. It doesn't always come easy. I have to keep my mind filled with God's word and worship and also remember to notice His blessings and take time to thank Him-all of which remind me that God is in control and can be trusted with all that concerns me.
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Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.

(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
#13,396-#13,418

6-15-2020-
-the comfort of God's Word during these trying times
-the promise that all things work together for good to those that love God and are called according to His purpose
-ministry friends 
-a sweet time with our three year old grandson

6-16-2020-
-talking to my friend who's been out of state 
-God's care and provision for us
-a quiet evening in a week when every other night is full

6-17-2020-
-phone conversations with my siblings
-oldest daughter and two middle granddaughters finally getting to see their youngest nephew/cousin


-walking and praying with my friend

6-18-2020-
-a really good night's sleep
-dinner IN our favorite mexican restaurant
-powerful presence of God in prayer meeting

6-19-2020-
-a beautiful day to walk around Lake Sacajawea
-good news about a loved one
-dinner with friends 

6-20-2020-
-encouraging prayers
-hanging out with our oldest granddaughter
-the first day of summer

6-21-2020-
-God at work in us and our church
-a fun Father's Day gathering with our family
-our awesome grandkids

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