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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.

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Tokens of Love 2

You are invited!

Join us this week in recognizing and celebrating Jesus’ tokens of love.

Date:  Every day.

Time: From rising in the morning to bedtime and in between.

No gifts necessary.
(However a prayer of thanks would be greatly appreciated.)

Just read the Tokens of Love post, then  join us in the celebration!
Who knows?  It may even become something we do all year long!

 

Tokens of Love

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The Power of Our Words

This morning I emptied the dishwasher very quickly. Unexpected tasks had caused me to get a later start on the day than I had intended. While hurriedly gathering the coffee cups from the bottom rack, I dangled each one from a different finger on my left hand.  I then grabbed the blender we had used for breakfast in my right.  I was planning next to add the coffee carafe to my load (however, where I am not sure), because all of the items went into the same cupboard over our coffee pot.  Until, that is, an image of the carafe shattering onto the floor came into my mind.  I might have stubbornly tried to grab it anyway, but I remembered some words spoken to me many years ago.

While attending college as an adult, I was hurrying through the hallways with a stack of books loaded on my arms.  They were piled precariously until their balance reached the tipping point and they tumbled to the floor.  A professor  behind me was walking toward the nearby door.  As I scrambled to pick the books up again I heard him say without missing a step, “That’s what you get for being so lazy”.  As I finished restacking my load I realized he was right.  It would have been better to make two trips.

Those simple words, spoken by a stranger, have stayed with me every since they were spoken.  What power there is in our tongue!  For good or for evil.  Even words casually spoken can have a huge impact on the one who speaks them, or on the one who hears what was said.  Words are so very important that one day we will be accountable to Jesus for every single one that comes out of our mouths.   The ability to speak is both an awesome responsibility and an amazing privilege.

Now, if I may ask?

What is the last thing you said about yourself?  Your husband?  Your wife?  A family member?  Your friend or an acquaintance at work? The checker at the grocery counter?  The computer expert from another country at the other end of the phone line?  Did it bring forth life or death?

It is never too late to determine to set a watch over our tongue.  May The Lord help us to speak words that are pleasing to Him.  May we not be embarrassed by what we have said when one day we stand in His presence.

Matthew 12:36-37  (KJV)
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Colossians 4:6 (KJV)
6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Proverbs 15:28 (KJV)
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Psalm 141:3 (KJV)
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.