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We Have No Idea

Recently I was having a conversation with someone I do business with.  Things had not gone as smoothly as anticipated for either one of us in our dealings.  As we were discussing our situation she said, “you have no idea” in regards to the troubles that she had experienced in the last several months.  She recounted a couple of incidences about which I was unaware.  She was right.  I had had no idea.  My heart was filled with compassion.  I had a new understanding of her circumstance.  Yet, I could not help but think about her comment and reply silently to myself; “and you have no idea about mine.”

Every day we interact with people.  Family.  Friends.  Those  we walk by on the street, or with whom we share the highway as we drive our cars…and we have no idea.  We cannot see the trials and tribulations, the joys and the triumphs that they are going through.  We cannot know all of the factors that give them their perspective.  Neither can they know and see all of ours.  But Jesus can.

Jesus sees the reason behind anger, impatience on the freeway, or the cause of a fallen tear.  He sees past wounds causing current behaviors.  He has heard words that have been spoken, some harsh and others kind.  He sees beyond a person’s emotions and behaviors.  He sees the person’s heart.

“Lord thank You that You do not see as we see, but that You see into our hearts. Please help us not to judge others, but grant us grace to understand.  May we not be easily offended, but able to see another’s point of view.  Help us to bless and pray for one another, for we really ‘have no idea’.”

1 Samuel 16:7b…for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

Colossians 3:12 (NKJV)Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

1 Peter 3:8 8Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

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The “Crabby Cloud”

My husband and I work many weekends at The Ranch House, but when possible we watch our favorite professional football team on television.  It is something we enjoy doing together.   Lately we have begun watching his college alma mater as well.  While my interest doesn’t extend to college sports, I have decided to join in to help root the team on.

While watching the game last weekend I found myself feeling particularly restless.  I began grumbling to myself about being bored.  I started thinking of the other things I could be doing, when in reality I really didn’t want to be doing them either.  I was a crabby mess.  Then The Lord in His goodness reminded me that He was there with us, and that He had some important things I could be doing  for Him.  I could be thankful.  I could pray for someone in need.

So I started expressing my thanks to Jesus.  I thanked Him for a husband who actually likes my company and wants me to be near him during football.  I gave thanks to Jesus for His kindness and provision; for His Presence in my life.  I remembered a baby having surgery this week, and the woman whose husband had just died.  I was reminded of the son of a friend who was going through a tough time, and the grandson of another who needed help.  Jesus reminded me of His Love for them, and that I have been given the privilege of prayer.  Soon my “crabby cloud” lifted, and I was content to be right where I was.  Peace began to surround me.  I was no longer bored.

Jesus has a call and a purpose for each one of us.  One of the most important pieces of our call is to pray.  Our prayers are powerful.  Our prayers make a difference.  They can even make a crabby cloud disappear!

Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV) 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 2:1 (KJV) 1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men;

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV) Pray without ceasing.

Revelation 8:4 (KJV) 4And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

James 5:16 (KJV) 16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

 

 

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Chew On This!

I am reposting the following article because I need to read it myself!!!  This week I goofed.  I didn’t trust God.  I allowed fear to step in.

Now I have a choice.  What am I going to think about?  Will I think upon the goodness of The Lord, no matter how big my mistake?   Or am I going to think on my mistake, playing it over and over in my mind?

I am choosing to think on The Goodness of God.  I am going to trust Jesus to help me to do better next time.  I am going to remember He loves me no matter what.  I am going to release my mistake to Him.

Chew On This!

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Jesus Does Not Change

Lately, while working at The Ranch House I have noticed that something is missing.  In the past when I was driving tractor and staying there alone at night, there were three lights across the canyons.  These lights that provided comfort in the still of the darkened night.  At the end of the day before going to bed I would look at them, each spaced far from the other, and smile as I imagined the people who must live inside.

Two years later, there is only one light shining in the distance.  Now my husband now sits next to me at the end of the day.   I miss the lights that are no longer there, and yet the light that remains is a fond reminder of days gone by.  It reminds me that nothing stays the same.  Our children grow.  Our bodies age as we get older.  Relationships come and go and transform.  Yet there is One who stays the same forever.  His Name is Jesus.

Today, if you are facing good times, remember to cherish them.  Give thanks to The Lord for His goodness.  If this is a season filled with challenges,  know that they will pass.  Cling to The Lord and ask Him to give you His strength.  Know that His power to save will never wane.  His offer of forgiveness is ever be present.  His love for you does not falter.  While others may fail you rest assured; Jesus never will.  He is wise and sees your beginning and your end.  He is faithful.  You can trust Him.  Jesus will not change.

Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 

Malachi 3:6  (KJV)  For I am the Lord, I change not;

Revelation 22:13 (KJV) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

 

 

 

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The Plank

There has been so much strife around  lately.  One person saying this about someone, another saying that.  That is not what Jesus wants from us.  He would have us remember that we are all so very human, and asks us to see the best in one another.  He asks us to forgive.  He asks us to love because of His great Love for us.

Following is an article I wrote in 2011 about this very topic.  This week may we have vision that comes from a heavenly point of view.

 

The Plank In My Eye

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The Wicker Basket

I have a wicker basket.  It was left at The Ranch House by the previous owners when they moved.  While it’s too pretty to throw away, the basket isn’t quite big enough to serve as a dirty clothes hamper.  It hasn’t worked for storage, nor for any other purpose I have tried.  Not knowing quite what to do with it or where to put it, I brought it home and placed it in our storage room.  It has been there, out of the way and at rest, for more than a year.

Like so many people, my life has been filled with numerous “cares” as of late.  Cares that I have unknowingly been allowing to steal the peace I walk in when I remember to give my troubles to Jesus.  Cares that there is really nothing I am able to do anything about.  Cares that have been running over and over in my mind for far too long.  Until last week, that is, when The Lord graciously helped me to recognize what was happening.   It is not His will  that we should be weighted down by worries that rob us of our joy.

As I pondered this revelation, a picture of the wicker basket came to me.  In my mind I could see myself walking over to the basket, lifting the lid and throwing my cares inside.  I slammed the lid back down and walked away.  I then determined to leave them with Jesus to deal with instead of endlessly trying to fix them on my own.

The wicker basket is out of the store room now.  It is in my office, available for me to go to when I realize I have need.  Sometimes I write my cares down on paper.  Other times I just use my imagination.  Either way, I talk them over with Jesus and pray, then I toss them on in. When troubling thoughts try to revisit me, I refuse them.  Instead, I remember that I have placed those things in the wicker basket for Jesus to manage.  I have given them to Him.

Today I would like to offer to share my basket with you.  May The Lord bring it to mind when you find yourself ruminating on those things that are troubling you.  Perhaps you already have something that you would like to set out and use as your own “care container”.   Either way, cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.  He can handle them.  He will help.  He is worthy of the Trust you place in Him.

1 Peter 5:7 KJV Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Philippians KJV 4:6-7 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

Psalm 138:3 NKJV  In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.  

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Reflections of God

From the Summit of Lone Mountain in Big Sky Montana


I love nature.  It reveals the wisdom and care, the power and might of Our Lord.  He is awesome.  He is mighty.  He is the maker of heaven and earth.

This week I would like to share  several pictures from our recent trip through Montana and Yellowstone.  September 2 was our 40th wedding anniversary so we extended my husband’s business trip  a few days to enjoy the surrounding area.  I was in awe of the magnificence around me.  It was a true a reflection of the Power and Majesty of Our God.

Beehive Trail Near Big Sky Montana




Yellowstone Park, Wyoming

                                                                    

After I started posting pictures, I couldn’t resist sharing the following from our ranch and home as well.

Beauty At The Ranch



Beauty At Home



                Have a wonderful week as you enjoy creation around you!

***Note-  If you would like to see any of the images larger, you can click on them and they will open in another page.  🙂

Jeremiah 32:17  (KJV). 17 Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

Psalm 19:1 (KJV)  The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Romans 1:20 (NKJV) 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and [a]Godhead

Psalm 146:6  (KJV)  6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:

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He Knows Us, Each One

One of the blessings in my life is having a husband who periodically travels for his work and when possible, invites me to go along.  His last meeting was in Big Sky Montana, about 9 hours driving distance from home.  Our journey took us through beautiful  Montana scenery which included lakes and rivers, boulders, trees and meadows, and a small town called Ovando.

Ovando is not visible from the highway that runs past it. Had we not inquired of a good place to find breakfast when we fueled up our vehicle, we would have driven right by.  The clerk working in the store at the fuel station however, enthusiastically recommended the Stray Bullet in Ovando just 14 miles up the road and 1/4 mile to the right.  “Best homemade breakfast you can have” she reported, “only you don’t have to do the dishes”.  Gotta say, I have to agree.

The restaurant was bustling when we arrived. It was bright and cheerful and you felt right at home when you walked in.  There was alot of talking and laughing and hugging going on.  The owner’s mother had hosted a 40 cousin family get together over the weekend. Everyone there seemed to be having a joyous time!

As I sat at the table waiting for my breakfast and watching the people in this wonderful place, the thought struck me; Jesus knows them, each one. He knows the man with the booming voice telling fishing stories. He deeply loves the older lady in the wheelchair who looked so very pleased to be there when she arrived. He cares for the young men and women who were hugging and shaking hands with the elders as they got reacquainted.  He watches over those of us there having breakfast, even though we were not part of the reunion clan. Yes, He is intimately acquainted with the life of every person who was in that room, whether they know Him or not.

I left the Stray Bullet humbled by Our Loving God.  There is absolutely no one who is unimportant to Him.  There is no detail of our lives about which He doesn’t care.

How amazing it is to be loved by Jesus!  No matter who or how or where you are, you can rest assured you are loved by God.  Whether you feel close to Him or have strayed far away, nothing can separate you from His love.

Romans 8:38,39 (KJV) – [38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, norpowers, nor things present, nor things to come, [39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 8:4 (KJV) – What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?

1 John 4:19 (KJV) – We love him, because he first loved us.

1 John 4:10 (KJV) – Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.

 

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See Three With Me!

Years ago when our family was on a mushroom hunting adventure, my son in law pointed out the above tree.  You will note that it has three main portions making up its trunk.  While I hadn’t noticed it, my son in law said that it reminded him of Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit.   What a wonderful gift!  Ever since that time I have had fun when I see three.  Three, three, three on my clock.  Three of any of the same number.  Three red cars in a row.  Three moose.  Three deer.  Three bees in my daisies.  All kinds of threes!

This week I would like to invite you to see three with me.  It is sure to make you smile as it reminds you of the presence of the Lord.  Remember, He is watching over you every day and every step of your way.




Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Matthew 28:20 – Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.