mind photos…heart treasures

greetings family and friends!  hope you all
had a wonderful, love filled holiday.  i think i speak for my little covey when
i say we had our best Thanksgiving to date, praise the Lord!  the spirit of the
time together was truly ‘a time set apart for love’. we had Mom in her
wheelchair out on the porch with us and we sat at the old picnic table together
to eat.  we were all laughing and reliving old memories and eating delicious
food the Lord had provided in abundance for us.  in the Bible there are several
passages where Mary ‘treasured these things in her heart’.  and for a moment, it
was as if time stood still…suspended there in this precious gift of us
together as a family.  i felt like God was whispering to me to cherish this
picture in my heart- my overflowing heart- and it would warm me for years to
come…so the encouragement to all of you out there is to take many mind photos
this holiday to store up for the  years ahead.  stop, be still, drink it in.
oh, how the Lord has so blessed us with these loved ones of ours….
there lies
our truest treasure.

…dying to self.

from the Calvary Road by Roy and Revel Hession

‘We want to be very simple in this matter of revival.  Revival is just the life of the Lord Jesus poured into human hearts.  Jesus is always victorious.  In heaven they are praising Him all the time for His victory!  Whatever may be our experience of failure and barrenness, He is never defeated.  His power is boundless And we, on our part, have only to get into a right relationship with Him, and we shall see His power being demonstrated in our hearts and lives and service, and His victorious life will fill us and overflow through us to others.  And that is revival in its essence.

If, however, we are to come into this right relationship with Him, the first thing we must learn is that our wills must be broken to His will.  To be broken is the beginning of revival.  It is painful, it is humiliating, but it is the only way.  It is being ‘Not I, but Christ,’ and the ‘C’ is a bent ‘I’. The Lord Jesus cannot live in us fully and reveal Himself through us until the proud self within us is broken.  This simply means that the hard unyielding self, which justifies itself, wants its own way, stands up for its rights, and seeks its own glory, at last bows its head to God’s will, admits its wrong, gives up its own way to Christ, surrenders its rights and discards its own glory – that the Lord Jesus might have all and be all. In other words it is dying to self.’

Made-Up Mind

True hope, the kind you can build a life on and see a future in only comes from God.  He designed this old world that way so that in the end, come what may, He would be the only unfailing answer to all our questions- every time, no matter what.  He made us so that His love would be the only love big enough to fill our emptyness.  He is always more than enough for our individual ‘life crisis’ that comes along, as it always does to each one of us.  then the choice is ours-  do I trust Him this time to guide me through this?  No one is ever going to love us deeper, never leave us or be our Rock no matter the circumstance but Jesus Christ.  Ask Him to be that big in your life today….to be your only hope.   then rock on.

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thankful for the beauty of fall….

greetings and praise the Lord for outside fall days! excuse this encouragement if it sounds rather scattered but there are few important things to cover. one is the obvious awesomeness of Outside in all it’s glory and the ability to be out there and moving with no excuses. in the early morning or the evening, remember even if we make up our mind to step outside and walk briskly (maybe with weights) up and down the road for 5 minutes then come back in and continue what we were doing it will refresh us- guaranteed. or just go stand out on the porch or sidewalk at work and jog in place or do a couple of squats or lunges then stretch our arms overhead and breathe deeply a few times. or put a stationary bike or track outside to jump on now and then. doable :).
last but never least, Anna read where soft drinks can really frustrate our attempts to achieve flat abs. some of us (me) used to drink diet drinks all day. the bubbles stretch the stomach and besides making it pooch out also leave the stomach a bit bigger and so harder to feel full after a regular serving of food. to which we all say ‘bummer!’. so, good to cut down some on any carbonated drinks plus try drinking a bottle of water before the ones we do drink and it will slow us way down on feeling like we ‘need’ to have one. this comes from personal experience. i actually feel better from the extra water and haven’t felt cheated from the absence of diet coke. thanks Anna!