Monday, October 23, 2017

That Moment I Wanted to Cry Uncle...



As I'm pretty sure I've shared on my blog in the past, my husband and I enjoy fresh water, catch and release fishing.  We've probably been at it in earnest for about seven years.   Early into our new found hobby, we bought a Scanoe which is basically a canoe/row boat, as it is a bit wider and less tipsy than a canoe.  Which is a good thing for these two middle-aged anglers.   lol.  And I am proud to say we have never flipped the boat.  Haha.

When we first started fishing years ago, we had a small local pond that we would fish at most weeknights after dinner and also on weekends.  The smallness of the pond was convenient since we were using oars to scanoe around.  We could always count on catching at least three good sized large mouth bass every trip, but as the years went by, the weeds began to overtake the pond, making it very frustrating to cast without pulling up large amounts of "sea lettuce".

We then moved up in the Scanoe world and got a trolling motor which opened up more opportunities for larger bodies of water to fish in.   One such pond is quite big - so much so, that white caps can form on a windy day making it quite intimidating to be out on the open water.  The fishing typically is quite good here, but to my husband's chagrin, very rocky.  As a result, he can be heard saying on any given fishing trip, "lost another lure to Stafford"...   I actually prefer the rocks because I don't like touching slimy seaweed. lol

Over the years, our fishing season seems to get cut shorter and shorter, either because it's too windy to be out on the water or because the ponds and lakes are closed to fishing due to blue green algae blooms.  I already don't like slimy seaweed, but a blue green algae bloom is just creepy looking.  What do YOU think??





And not only is blue green algae, which is scientifically known as a cyanobacteria, creepy looking, it's downright dangerous...

"Cyanobacteria occur naturally in lakes, typically at low concentrations that are not harmful and not visible. But when levels of key nutrients -- particularly phosphorus -- in a water body soar and combine with hot temperatures and stagnant water, the organisms thrive. Under these conditions, they outpace growth of other types of algae and streak or coat the water with bright, sometimes iridescent, blooms of green or blue-green cells."  Jessica Marshall, The Atlantic

Humans can be adversely effected by exposure, but usually not too serious, although some cases have been reported when the person had significant contact with the bacteria.

Animals suffer the most from exposure to blue green algae since they are more likely to actually ingest the lake or pond water.  Most animals will die as a result because of a neurotoxin that is released through the algae.

So my healthy fear of blue green algae is indeed justified.

Our Christian walk can sometimes suffer from a blue green algae bloom...

When the heat of trials assail or we feel as though we are stagnating in our circumstances, we can become bogged down, unrecognizable to friends, family and even ourselves.




Or when we find ourselves, like John Bunyan's Pilgrim in the "Slough of  Despond",  not living in the freedom of our redemption in Christ Jesus, but instead believing Satan's lies that we are not "good enough", becoming consumed with the guilt of past sin.

One of the components that must be present in pond or lake water in order for the high summer temperatures and stagnation to cause the blue green algae bloom, is run off of manure into the water which contains high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen.

When we allow our trials or circumstances to spread manure (Satan's lies) into our thoughts and mind-set, the blue green algae of self will rear it's ugly head.  All of our energy will be focused on the issues we are plagued with rather than the One whose loving hands have ordained everything that touches us.

I want you to know that I am preaching to myself here.  For even as I type this blog post, I am suffering with three separate health issues, all equally disconcerting and frustrating.  It seems that since August, I have been revisited with health issues that haven't been a problem for decades, including a cavity!

As a result, I have allowed the manure of self-pity, resentment and at times anger to turn the heat of my trials into blue green algae.  If I'm going to be brutally honest, the thought has popped into my head to back off from ministry to find relief from what I believe has been full-on spiritual warfare.   And isn't that the goal of Satan.  He wants us to cry "UNCLE!"  God, in His mercy, caused me to recognize this immediately, and reminded me that HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR ME.

I am still struggling under the weight of these health issues, but the Lord continues to minister to me as He did with this excerpt from last night's reading in Streams in the Desert...

"Let us remember that if self-pity is allowed to set in, that is the end of us—until it is cast utterly from us. Joseph just turned over everything in joyous trust to God, and so the keeper of the prison turned over everything to Joseph. Lord Jesus, when the prison doors close in on me, keep me trusting, and keep my joy full and abounding. Prosper Thy work through me in prison: even there, make me free indeed.
—Selected

A little bird I am,
Shut from the fields of air,
And in my cage I sit and sing
To Him who placed me there;
Well pleased a prisoner to be,
Because, my God, it pleaseth Thee.

My cage confines me round,
Abroad I cannot fly,
But though my wing is closely bound,
My soul is at liberty;
For prison walls cannot control
The flight, the freedom of the soul.

I have learnt to love the darkness of sorrow; there you see the brightness of His face."—Madame Guyon


May we all walk through every vale, in the freedom and joy of Christ Jesus, as the shiny new creations we are,  cleansed in His blood and ever in His care...   








"I will open rivers on the bare heights And springs in the midst of the valleys;
 I will make the wilderness a pool of water And the dry land fountains of water. 
"I will put the cedar in the wilderness, The acacia and the myrtle and the olive tree; 
I will place the juniper in the desert together with the box tree and the cypress, That they may see and recognize, And consider and gain insight as well, That the hand of the LORD has done this, And the Holy One of Israel has created it.
Isaiah 41:18-20




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Monday, October 16, 2017

Let the Leaves Fall



As most of you know, I have a granddaughter, Lexi.  She is already two-and-a-half years old!  I don't know where the time has gone, but it has flown by!

Lexi is an absolute delight, and a beauty at that with long golden banana curls, long lashes that shield striking gray blue eyes, an adorable button nose and the cutest lisp.  To look at her, you would think she would be a girly girl who loved to wear dresses and hair bows.  I may be typecasting here, but you know what I mean.  ;-)

Lexi is anything but a girly girl.  I always tease my son-in-law that Lexi may be the son he'll never have.  lol. 

Lexi LOVES the outdoors and all that God's creation has to offer under His great canopy.   On walks, she stops to inspect everything whether it be plant-life or bug-life.  From the time she could walk, her favorite past time is stopping to smell every flower that she happens upon.   But then, she can't resist the urge to pick them.  We are working on letting the flowers stay happy, rooted in the ground.   One such teachable moment, Lexi looked perplexed, showing me the wilted dandelion that she had picked earlier.  I told her that the flower was sad now because it wasn't in the ground anymore.  Now, whenever she sees a wilted flower, she tells me, "Mimi, that flower is sad."  I just love her!!

Aren't Pansies just the happiest looking flowers?  :-)


And flowers aren't the only things Lexi likes to pick up.  She has no problem picking up bugs!  I hide my squeamishness as much as I can.  Eeeek!!  This Mimi does not like bugs!  lol.  Lexi is just fascinated with them.  She gets that from her daddy who at a very young age just loved bugs.  So much so that everyone thought he was going to grow up to be an entomologist.  lol

I love to watch Lexi study anything new.  Her brows furrow and you can see the little wheels in her head turning as she processes and learns all she can from her experience.

And Lexi is sooo observant!  I am always amazed by what she takes away from her observations. 

For example, a couple of weeks ago, my daughter and I were out in my front yard with Lexi near my apple tree which had already shed most of it's leaves.  {My granddaughter has been obsessed with our apple tree.   Whenever she comes over she will yell from the car, "Apples!  Apples!"  lol.}  All that covered the ground beneath the apple tree this particular day were the dried up leaves that had fallen to the ground prematurely; the animals already having feasted on the apples that once lay there.

This is not our yard, by the way, but an orchard.  ;-)

My daughter and I were chatting away when Gabrielle noticed that Lexi was underneath the apple tree very carefully picking up a fallen leaf and trying to reattach it to the tree!  She patiently tried several times, and managed to get the leaf to stick on to the end of the branch.

Do you ever find yourself trying to attach the dead leaves of your life back on again?  Is there an emotional hurt that you keep replaying over and over again?  Are there insecurities that you ascribe to yourself again and again?  Are there fears that you have given over to the Lord, only to pick them back up again?  Is there an area where you have died to self, but end up walking in the flesh once again?

I think we can all have a tendency to reaffix a dead leaf or two back into our lives.

Or, like the Oak tree, we carry our dead leaves for a long time... 

Early cold weather and early frosts interrupt the process by which oak leaves die and fall from their branches.  Their leaves hold fast to the branches and shield the new buds which will eventually come in the Springtime.

We wear our dead leaves like a shield, don't we?   When we find ourselves in harsh circumstances, be it emotional, physical or spiritual, we tend to stop the process of letting go or dying to self.   Instead, we carry our hurts, and prevent new growth.

Let us learn from the deciduous tree whose leaf drop benefits the tree by reducing water loss, and allows the tree to develop leaves that efficiently use available sunlight during warmer seasons.

When we cast our cares upon our Savior or when we die to self out of obedience and gratitude to the Lord, we will continually drink from the Streams of Living Water and will soak up the Sonlight efficiently, making our joy complete and our fruit abundant.


Truly, truly, I say to you, 
unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, 
it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
John 12:24



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Monday, October 9, 2017

Conversations with God



I've recently begun an in-depth study of Genesis, a study I am thoroughly enjoying.  The Lord is showing me so many new and wonderful insights that I had not realized in prior studies of Genesis.

Don't you just love when He does that!  No one could ever say the Bible is boring!  It is anything but!

The Holy Writ of old is as new, relevant and exciting today as it was when God inspired men of God to record His words thousands of years ago.

Through this particular study of Genesis, I have been struck by God's face to face conversations with man.  Conversations whose very content showcases how personal our God.


And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, 
and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees 
of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”  He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”  The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Genesis 3:8-13

In this passage, God's conversation with Adam and Eve reflect words from the Father.  God is not asking them questions because He does not know the answers.  He is asking these particular questions to speak to their hearts.  Adam and Eve's responses unfortunately demonstrated disobedience.

Yet, in His love,  despite the harsh and just punishments, the Father made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.  Genesis 3:21


The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.  And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.”  The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.”  The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.
Genesis 16:7-10

In this passage, the Lord's conversation with Hagar reflect words of the Shepherd.  God did not ask Hagar where she came from or where she was going because He did not know.  He asked her those questions in order to draw her into conversation and to redirect her paths according to His will, and His blessing for her.

In Hagar's own words, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me." Genesis 16:13

And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day...   They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.”  The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him.  Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah.  So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?”  The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’  Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.”  But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”
Genesis 18: 1, 9-15

In this passage, the Lord's conversation with Abraham reflect words from the Provider.  God did not ask where Sarah was because He did not know.  He asked in order to draw Abraham into conversation about His great and mighty provision of a son through his wife Sarah in her old age.

The Lord's conversation with Sarah reflect words from the Teacher.  God asks Sarah a pointed question to draw her into conversation that would reveal her heart.  She unfortunately denied laughing, indicating that her laughter was not from joy in the Lord, but from lack of faith.  The Lord very pointedly and calmly responds to her lying with "No, but you did laugh."  God's power and omniscience flowing through such a simple statement which would ultimately increase her faith.


but Abraham still stood before the Lord.  Then Abraham drew near and said, 
“Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?  Suppose there are 
fifty righteous within the city. Will you then sweep away the place and not spare it
for the fifty righteous who are in it?  Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put
 the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be
 that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”  And the Lord said,
“If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.  Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”  Again he spoke to him and said, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.”  Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.”  He said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.”  Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”  And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.
Genesis 18:22-33

In this passage, the Lord's conversation with Abraham reflect words from a Friend.   I realize that Abraham humbly approached the Lord and knew where He stood positionaly before Him, yet God patiently answered all of His questions and did not go His way until Abraham was satisfied with the final response.  


And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.  
When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, 
and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.  Then he said, “Let me go, 
for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”  And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”  Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”  Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him.  So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”
Genesis 32:24-30

In this passage, the Lord's conversation with Jacob reflects words from the Deliverer.  God did not ask Jacob his name because He did not know, He asked his name to draw Jacob into conversation in order to ultimately reveal to Jacob his new name, Israel, and to tell Jacob that he had striven with God and with Men and prevailed.


Through these face to face conversations of God with man, it drove home, for me, that indeed we are made in God's image.  God is the creator of conversation.  As we saw in these examples, He spoke in conversations like we do with our parents, our spouses, our children, our schoolmates and our co-workers. 

Speaking for myself, I would say, God's conversations are much more intentional then mine are.  When He converses, He is focused on the other person, caring for them, drawing them out, wanting what is best for them.  I have much to learn from God about conversations.

Unless Jesus returns during our lifetime, we will not have a literal face to face conversation with Him.  But that does not mean we can't talk face to face with Him.   God's conversations with us are recorded throughout the Bible! 

His Conversations, when read with a changed heart, speak to us as Father, Shepherd, Provider, Savior,  Friend and Deliverer.

Father who has compassion on us when we fail.

Provider  who gives us that which is best.

A Teacher who increases our Faith.

Friend who encourages us.

A Deliverer who preserves us.


We can never exhaust our conversations with God.

He is as close as our breathing.  He lives inside of us.

Call to me and I will answer you, 
and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
Jeremiah 33:3

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me...
John 10:27

He speaks through His creation.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:1-4)

Let the Lord draw you out in conversation.  Speak to Him about anything and everything.  Ask Him questions.  Confess.  Listen and respond to Him. 

Our conversations with the Lord will  convict us, direct our paths, show us great and mighty things, and bathe us in His love.

I never cease to be in awe that our Great God and Father desires to converse with us right where we are.   He is a relational God who delights to spend time with His creation.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. 
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, 
I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Revelation 3:20


May way all enjoy blessed conversations with the Lord.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

A Love that Believes All Things




 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; 
it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way;
 it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 
 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:7

We've all read these verses, memorized these verses, heard these verses recited at weddings, and some, I'm sure, have even embroidered these verses.   Chapter 13, from the book of 1 Corinthians, is known as the "love" chapter; it's root expounds upon what love truly looks like in action.

But if your like me, you can jump to conclusions pretty quickly regarding how a person's actions may appear, ascribing malicious motive, before really knowing the full story let alone the intent of their hearts.  

The admonitions listed throughout these love verses, when put into practice, would remove much angst from our thoughts, especially when we choose to believe all things...

The examples of a strained marriage or a wayward child come to mind.  A wife may have caught their husband in a lie a time or two and trust has been compromised making it hard to believe all things when he comes home late.  Or a child who breaks curfew, when your waiting yet another night to hear their car pull up in the driveway.

In those two scenarios, it definitely would be hard to believe all things, to think the best of a loved one, without jumping to conclusions because of past precedent.

But isn't that what we are called to do?

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked,
 “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 
 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy-seven times! 
Matthew 18:22

It could be that a son or daughter came upon a late night car accident and stopped to aid those who were injured, causing them to "break curfew".

Or a husband may have stopped to go grocery shopping to surprise his wife so she wouldn't have to go out later.

In both of these cases, the motives were honorable, yet, on the part of the person waiting, instead of praying and believing all things about those who were late, the time was spent imagining all kinds of disobedient or sketchy plans on their part.  

I truly believe that the love verses are just as much for our own benefit and mental health as they are for those we love.

When we continually put into practice God's design for love, we will be at peace...

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

When tumultuous emotions take the day because of a loved one, we are laboring in negative thoughts, and heavy ladened with self!   Instead of unburdening to the Lord, the ugly burden gets dumped onto the loved one.

When we believe the worst rather than believe the best of someone, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.  The loved one may think to themself, he/she believes I'll do this anyway, so I might as well.   

Our Lord and Savior set the ultimate example of what it means to love wholly, unconditionally, perfectly.  He took the penalty of our sin upon Himself and died for us so that we would be forgiven.   
And for that very reason, it's okay when we struggle to love someone...  When we fail at loving...   But we don't have to remain in that struggle...

Humble yourselves, therefore, 
under God’s mighty hand, 
so that in due time He may exalt you.
 Cast all your anxiety on Him, 
because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7

The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Psalm 138:8


There is another application for a love that believes all things...  and that is in our love toward God.

When we fret, worry and complain, are we believing ALL things about God?  

God is not man, that he should lie, 
or a son of man, that he should change his mind. 
Has he said, and will he not do it? 
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Numbers 23:19

And there is A LOT to believe God for.  The entire Word of God!

Here, through the Blue Letter Bible online study tool, you will find an exhaustive list of facts about God with accompanying Scripture references showcasing that {Our God is___________} and that {We are___________}

H.W. Webb Peploe said...

Never turn God's facts into hopes or prayers, 
but simply use them as realities;
 and you will find them powerful as you believe them.
{excerpt from Streams in the Desert}

I would venture to say that every one of God's promises contains some form of the word "is" and "are".  

Definitions:
"Is" is the 3rd person singular present of "be",
"Are" is the 2nd person singular present, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd person plural present of "be".

The first definition of "be" is "exist" and the second definition of "be" is "occur, take place"

As Beth Moore would say, "You can take that to the Spiritual Bank!"  :-)

Oh that we would live in the reality of God's promises.

And may our love express itself to both man and God in a manner that believes all things.   For truly then the Joy of the Lord will be our strength, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.



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