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Refreshment in Cape May

The voice of the LORD is upon the waters:
the God of glory thunders:
the LORD is upon many waters.
(Psalm 29:3)

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I cannot tell you how excited I was to spend a weekend in Cape May, NJ
with some 20 women from our Tuesday Tea group at church.

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It was a wonderful mix of time alone on the beach in the early morning,
both walking, running, and sitting still to read the Word.
Sunning & reading on the top deck in the afternoons with friends.
Or shopping and enjoying delightful coffee and seaside cuisine throughout the day.

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Getting to know these friends a little better was so much fun!
Barb H. always has a kind word and encourages us to get to know one another.
Joyce delights in God’s gifts to her and is still biking at 70 years old!
Janice is a joyful, serving woman with tricks up her sleeve.
Kim and Nicole are usually found hanging out together and make me laugh with their drama.
Erin is a testimony to God’s redeeming power. And she likes owls. :)
Theresa has a kind heart and enjoys bird watching and early mornings.
Liz has gone parasailing in her sixties and challenges me to be more adventurous.
Sue is so soft spoken and challenges me with her faith and life testimony.
Claudia has recently lost a son, but continues to love and worship the Lord.
Catherina comes from Holland and was brave to come on her first retreat ever.
In an attempt to break the monotony of being the 15th person to say she was born in Lancaster Co,
Nancy began her story with, “I was born in Savannah Georgia . . . ”
and at least a few of us believed her and were disappointed that it wasn’t true. :)
I can finally remember names & faces for Jane & Barb A. and Faye ~ what dear ladies they are~
with wise and encouraging words to share with we younger women.
Audrey’s constant smile brightens the day.
Sheryl shared amazing stories of God’s bringing she and her family into our lives.
Janice M kept me in stitches most of the way home ~ she has rockin’ story-telling abilities!
Renee is full of energy and can articulate her thoughts well.
Oooh, did I miss anyone? I am blessed with these dear souls in my life!
Oh yes, Michelle. How could I forget? {I didn’t. I just saved her for last.}
She is a sweet friend who helps me shop, encourages me,
does my hair, and makes me try crazy accessories.

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Cape May is full of historic seaside homes, restaurants, and shops.
Though our little family has been there twice before,
this weekend was really fun for me as I got to do more shopping
and enjoying of “girly” things that you just can’t do as easily
when you have a husband “on the move” and little ones in tow. :)

Laughter and conversation flowed freely
with no deadlines or usual responsibilities to interfere.

It was a sweet time with the Lord
and with beautiful daughters of His.

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 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east:
and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.
{Ezekial 43:2}

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The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
{Psalm 24:1}

His beautiful creation in the world of nature
and His work of redemption and love in the lives of women,
causes me to give thanks to my Creator God
and Jesus Christ our Lord & Savior.

It was a blessed, refreshing time,
and I thank Him for it!
{As well as my dear husband who kept
the children safe and happy while I was gone!}
:)

 

Snow Falling. Prayers Rising.

Outside the sky is dark & gloomy.
But it’s not the sky that worries me.
It’s the dark and gloomy attitudes
right here within that trouble me most.

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The predicted storm has some in a stir,
but all I want it to be stirred to love Him more.
To see the selfish and sinful in my heart
blown away by a mighty rushing wind!

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And though nature around me
speaks of cold winds
and harsh existence
and things that have died
and covered over,
I know that life,
though dormant now,
lies just beneath that layer of cold.

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So I hold to that knowledge
and hold to the hope
that just beneath the layer
of hard cold in my life,
there is a heart He is waiting to revive.

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Nature has to wait for Spring,
But I can, right now,
turn to the only Life that I know . . .

I pick up the Word,
allowing ancient words to speak for this day.
I rehearse again the Roman words
I’m attempting to hide in my heart.
And we sing the faith in beautiful hymns . . .
and hold on to the hope
that He who promised is Faithful . . .
That His words never fail,
That He will perfect the things that concern us,
That even in my imperfection, He will shine through.
To my neighbors, my friends, and miracle of miracles,
perhaps even to my own family!


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So I whisper to Him this morning . . .
“Father,
My eyes are dry
My faith is old
My heart is hard
My prayers are cold.

And I know how
I ought to be
Alive to You
and dead to me.

Oh what can be done
to an old heart like mine?
Soften it up
with oil and wine.

The oil is You,
Your Spirit of Love.
Please wash me anew
in the wine of your blood.”

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do want the fresh faith,
the deep desire for His presence,
the soft heart that He can use to love
the ones around me,
especially the ones I step on
and trip over every day
because they’re literally hanging out
so close to me!!

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He is the Source. And so I ask Him.
How glorious it would be to
really see His light blazing through my life today!

As my friend Barb so often quotes
from one of her sources,
“CHRISTIANS ADVERTISE DEITY”

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Advertise Deity.

What a thought.
What a sobering thought!
What a goal for this day!
To know that my little ones,
and my neighbor,
might not bump into Christ
in any other way,
except when they are with me.

Am I a good advertisement for Deity?

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These are a few of the truth words
that align my heart with His today,
that thaw out the cold
and allow His warmth to shine through.

“Set your mind on things above,

not on things on the earth.”

“Do not love the world or the things in the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth no rust destroys
and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.”

“We walk by faith, not by sight.”

“We do not lose heart.
Even though our outward man is perishing,
yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”

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“For our light affliction, which is
but for a moment,
is working for us a far more exceeding
and eternal weight of glory,
while we do not look at the things
which are seen,
but at the things which are not seen.

For the things which are seen are temporary,
but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

“An inheritance incorruptible and undefiled
and that does not fade away is reserved in heaven for you.”

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Last month during those beautiful snow days that we had back to back,
I was again amazed at the mystery and quiet and beauty of snow.
A couple of “snow” verses from Scripture came to mind,
and I wondered how many times snow is mentioned in Scripture.

Quite a few times, actually!
And not only is it mentioned,
but like most everything,
God uses the various aspects of His creation
as symbolism and word pictures
for greater truths He wants us to remember.

This link had a list of all the verses.
And here are just a few thoughts that I want to share
from christianshepherd.org

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HAST THOU ENTERED INTO THE TREASURES OF THE SNOW?
(Job 38:22)

As a symbol snow in scripture seems to speak of “whiteness” and “purity”.
In this way it is used  to describe the raiment of the Lord at His transfiguration (only in Mark 9:3),
the hair and the garment of  Him as a Judge in Dan. 7:9 and Rev. 1:14,
as well as the raiment of the angel at His resurrection (only in Matt. 28:3).

It is used, also, to show His cleansed people as pure and white when
their sins are washed in Jesus’ precious blood. (Isa. 1:18, Eph. 5:27, Rev. 1:5)

When we think of snow, it falls from Heaven pure and white (our new life).
There are no two flakes alike (like our fingerprints or D N A)
but they are all six sided figures or hexagons (six symbolizes man at his best).
A snowflake starts by forming on a piece of dust in the air and once it becomes heavy
enough it falls to the ground. When the snowflake melts the dust is left on the ground
and the ice evaporates into the atmosphere. Does this not make us think of ourselves?
Our Adam nature was created by God from dust and it will return to dust (Gen. 3:19),
but our new nature is eternal and we will all be changed at the rapture (I Cor. 15:51-55).

When snowflakes land on the earth,
they become one and form a blanket of snow (the one 
body, the church).
After snow settles on the ground it becomes contaminated and loses its whiteness.
It 
becomes contaminated both from above and below [wickedness in heavenly places (Eph. 6:12)
and the 
Church taking the character of the world (Rev. 2:13)].
Today the church has settled down and is not in 
keeping with its Heavenly character,
but in the end both His Heavenly and Earthly people will be made 
spotless. (Eph. 5:27) 

Would this be a little of what scripture means by the treasures of snow? Is it another part of
creation that is a pattern of Heavenly things (Rom. 1:20)?

~Christianshepherd.org~

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O to be like Thee! blessed Redeemer;
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
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O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee!
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
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O to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand’ring sinners to find.
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O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.
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O to be like Thee! Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive th’ anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing;
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.
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O to be like Thee! While I am pleading
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love.
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit for a life which Thou wouldst approve.
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 This is my prayer ascending today.
To love Him and to be like Him.
Amen.

Jesus Calling {Book Review & Giveaway}

And the winner of these two Jesus Calling books is . . .
Judy


who said,
” I’ve really benefited from journaling as well…
to apply the Word to my life, to pray it to God,
and also to remember what I’m learning!
I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve heard good things from friends.”

You should have received an email from me, Judy.
Please contact me with your mailing information.

Thank you all, once again, for your interest in reading & good books.
It’s always a pleasure to hear from you!

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I had been hearing frequently from friends in various parts of the country, that this book has been a great source of comfort and inspiration to them in daily life, as well as in their grief as they walked through valleys of great loss and sorrow.  So when the opportunity came to review this book, I jumped for it!

 

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Jesus calling~Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young and published by Thomas Nelson Publishers is a daily devotional book written as though Jesus were speaking to you in first person. Here is one day’s entry:

“Seek My Face, and you will find not only My Presence but also My Peace.
To receive My Peace, you must change your grasping,
controlling stance to one of openness and trust.
The only thing you can grasp without damaging your soul is My hand.
Ask My Spirit within you to order you day and control your thoughts,
for the mind controlled by the Spirit is Life and Peace.

You can have as much of Me and My Peace as you want,
through thousands of correct choices each day.
The most persistant choice you face is whether to trust Me or to worry.
You will ever run out of things to worry about,
but you can choose to trust Me no matter what.
I am an ever-present help in trouble.
Trust Me, through the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.

Romans 8:6; Psalm 46:1-2

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Since this is a daily devotional book, I have not had the time to read each entry, but what I have read has been a blessed call to trust and rest in the Lord! The words are not direct Scriptural quotes, but thoughts derived from Scripture that is listed at the bottom of each devotional reading.

It’s easy to fall into the routine of reading the Word, but failing to receive the Words of Life from the heart of God to me personally. Journaling as I read has been a great help in this over the years {a way to pray and speak God’s Words back to Him}, and I find this book, Jesus Calling, to be another helpful tool in reminding me of the personal nature of my relationship to Jesus and how He wants His words to impact my daily walk.

 

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If you would like a chance to read this book for yourself {as well as a copy of the children’s edition, Jesus Calling~365 Devotions for Kids}, please leave a comment with as little as a smiley face or a word or two . . . just to let me know you’ve entered. :) {US Mailing addresses only please}. This giveaway will close  February 15th and your books will ship shortly thereafter. Thank you.

 

{PS. Also come back later this week for another giveaway that I am quite excited about! If you have a little person in your life or need a great baby gift, I know you will be pleased!}

 

 

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