Sunday, July 30, 2017

the glories and wonders

Riding to church this morning, we, as usual, were searching for some wonderful music to enjoy. Failing to find anything on the radio, we popped in our Sunday morning mix and Big Daddy Weave's Joy to the World spilled out all over us :) You know what I mean, yeah? There's just something about that banjo and the way Mike Weaver sings "glaw-ry." So sweet!

Well, as the last verse was sung (and good gracious how many times have I sung and heard that verse?), I was then and am still this minute as I write --blown away. Prepare yourself, I pray you will see it, too...

"He rules the world with truth and grace and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness and wonders of His love."

Now if you sang that (lol - it's hard not to!), go back and read it again and don't pause after prove.

Boom! Right? I'm not going to connect the dots much more, but when I read that for what it really says, peace! Such peace! I don't have to worry, because of Who He IS.

Happy Christmas, friends, right here in the very last hours of July ♥

Quoting text from Isaac Watts' "Joy to the World"

Friday, July 21, 2017

a gift to share

Our littlest sweetling received a belated birthday gift the other day, a bracelet making kit.  What joy to her because she had already finished all of her summer craft kits! She was so excited to get started with it (oh, what a crafting heart she has), but she has been quite busy on projects with Jamie this summer. Today was the first day she had extra time in which to just be, so of course, she opened it up. She spent the better part of this very warm summer afternoon happily tucked away in her room making bracelets.

I have a lovely red and purple one (my fav color & hers), Meredith has a beautiful rainbow one, and Samuel's is a super-cool yellow and blue. We were all delighted and are wearing them proudly. She has plans for bracelets for Jamie and many others of her family and friends, too, but there has been no mention of the one she will make for herself --no plan, no saving of a certain color or particular pieces "just for me." 

She has always loved to share, and it has always been a joy. But today, she has put everyone she can think of on a list before herself, and it was such a picture (such a picture!!) of the kind of heart I long to have. One day I will share what a blessing the lesson she lived before me on this sweet together Friday has been ♥

Monday, July 10, 2017

the moment just before

"There is a moment, a simple moment before history gets recorded, before it goes in the books, before it appears as a question on a game show or on a mid-term exam. A moment right before the headline is written. There is a moment when history lives in the present. When we can watch it unfold in real time right before our very eyes and we can all assume our place in it. Some people live for history. We live for the moment just before."

The moment just before.

Follower of Christ, you who love Jesus, know this. We also live for the moment just before. The moment before making a decision of any kind: the words we speak, the actions we take, each thought, each attitude, the choices we make about priorities, absolutely everything. God has made us a promise - that He is in those moments with us, and that He will give us a way to avoid temptation and sin.

We stop in the moment just before. We pray, asking for His help. He will be found if we seek Him, you know that full well. He will help us with each decision, with the words we choose in any and every situation, the way we act and respond, the way we think, the attitudes we wear, the choice about the priorities in our lives, our moments, our days. Every single thing. And then we can watch with joy and thankfulness beyond expression as our history is written in Him.

Be glad! It is such a thankful thing, that moment just before ♥

The quote above came from a CNN newscast, the network speaking of itself. I thank them for that.
Oh, it spoke to me of myself as well - for it calls me to remember just who He is, who it is that I am,

and what He has put in place for me - for every moment just before ♥