Great Things?

Great ThingsThe Lord has done great things for us, really?  He does great things for us everyday of our life, but we just look for the big things.  That is a common problem with many who call themselves His.  Those who don’t know him don’t acknowledge him for any thing he does.  Every breath that we take is a great thing that he has done.  Every step that we take is a great thing.  He created us so we can walk.  Those eyes that are always looking for the great big things are one of Gods greatest things.  Many small things are great too, and we can tend to overlook them.  In my world a robin pair decided to make her nest on our front porch near the top.  They worked and they worked, and the wind would blow it away, or we would walk out the door and scare them away.   They never gave up and much to our delight, the nest is complete and mom is sitting in it.  I feel honored that they chose our porch, and I thank the Lord for that Great Thing, It has made me glad.  Look for all the great things that he is doing for you, and I am sure you too will be glad!

Our Help Comes From The Lord

White Dahlia doneWe are helpless without you Lord.  You supply all of our needs and fill us with Joy.  But so often when a need is before us we look elsewhere for our help. What is that about us, that we so quickly forget where our help comes from.  Today, many people need jobs, their help is in the name of the Lord.  People have health problems,  their help is in the name of the Lord.  There are those who have relationship problems, their help is in the name of the Lord.  Depression is a huge problem, Our help is in the name of the Lord.  We need to let the Lord take us by the right hand and help us.  When the scripture hit home in my heart, I picture the Lord always on my right side, holding my hand.  It does bring a wonderful peace knowing that.  He says fear not about those problems that are looming about you.  “I will help you”.  Help me today dear Lord, I need your help  everyday for every thing.  I can do nothing without you.  “Our help is in the name o the Lord who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 124:8

I’m A Butterfly

Swallowtail on Flower doneOh Lord, how awesome are your ways!  When we give our lives to you, we are transformed into a new creation.  Our old life is gone and we become brand new.  We start all over again with the Lords forgiveness, and don’t have to wallow in the past, no matter what it may have been.  It truly is being Born Again.  The caterpillar who crawls along on the ground and eats on the leaves for its sustenance, lives its life very meagerly.  But then it is transformed into a butterfly who flies freely thru the air landing on the flowers and drinking the nectar for its sustenance.  Thank you Lord that we can become new creations by following you. I’m a butterfly!

Don’t Give Up

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I love trees, and the life of a tree.They have so many stories to tell.  We know the age of a tree by the rings in the trunk.  At a park in northern California, a trunk is displayed that has each ring labeled. I could have read for the longest time as the tree was 500 years old. It told of many presidents, inventions, such as electricity, wars and treaty’s, and so much more.  A tree in Sequoia National Park called the Grizzly Giant was a sprout in 1500 BC.  I believe the oldest known tree is 5000 years old.  The tree in the sand todays featured photo is one I am sure I played around as a child at the beach at Lahonton Lake in Nevada.  I returned as a grandma and found this twisted and still living tree.  It adapted no matter what its situation was.  It was far from the water at this time as the lake was nearly dry, but the tree lives on.  The other pictured tree is one near Lake Tahoe, erosion has exposed almost all of the roots, and the tree holds on.  In life we will go thru many changes.  Good years ,and bad.  The winds of change might try to blow us over,  or wash us away but we have to stay steadfast , always abounding in the work of the Lord.  Doing this will keep us standing straight and waiting until that glorias day when we go to meet the Lord.

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David’s Morning Prayer

Watercolor moon 3There is great value in morning prayer.  The world is quiet, the head is clear,a wonderful time to be alone with the Lord.  I find it is the best time for me to pray, and even write.  David also thought it was a perfect time as he wrote this Psalm.  “Give ear to my words oh Lord, consider my meditation.  Hearken unto the voice of my  cry, my King, and my God; For unto thee will I pray.  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up”. Psalm 5:1-3  You can almost hear David himself singing that prayer.  I once went to a Church where the whole choir walked in down the middle aisle singing that song to start our service.  A wonderful way to start a sunday morning worship  service.  More than that it is a wonderful  way to start all of our days.  Look up, and pray to the Lord.  He is waiting for your voice!

Resting Places

Resting doneI am learning many things on the journey that I am on. I have cancer, but I don’t want it to be a downer. I like to say my name is Darlene,not cancer.  I am  now experiencing exhaustion .  I am one who really never sat down too much, and now I find my self getting so weak, I have to lay down and rest.  I fought it and had fear about it, and finally went to the Lord about it.  Throughout the Bible there is teaching on REST.  There are so many things that steal our rest,  and it seems its one of the first things man gives up in stressful times.    The Lord says in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour & are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my  burden is light” many of us are carrying heavy burdens.  Whats heavy to one person might not be heavy to another.   No matter wat we are carrying the Lord is there to give rest to our soul.  Take the yoke that the Lord provides and learn from him.  His yoke is easy and his burden is light. Don’t try to figure it all out or try to do it yourself.  Rest and wait patiently  for Him.  He has it all under control.  Don’t ever fight taking a rest.  It is good for your soul!

God, Or The World

We are of GodNo one ever said life would be a bed of roses, I think we can give that a big Amen!  But being a Christian and walking with the Lord sheds a different light on the lives we live.  We are living for Him and in love with the Lord no matter what the hardships may be.  We are very often not understood.  It is hard to wrap your mind around how difficult it is for non-believers to believe.  We are Christians and people who are not of God don’t hear us.  Some times it may feel like the only persons that listen are Christians.  The people of the World,(not Christians) talk about the world, and can’t hear what we have to say, often times calling us an offence.  These people also find the Lord to be an offence.  The scripture for today, is very clear about these very things.  I’m proud to say that I am of God, and I know the spirit of truth ,and the spirit of error.