A Thrill of Hope


Charis shares from a humble heart attuned to the Lord. I think you will be blessed…

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Long lay the world
In sin and error pining
‘Til he appeared
And the soul felt it’s worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

(From Oh Holy Night by Adam Adolphe)

I wonder if a thrill can be a quantity, like a pride of lions or a murder of crows. A thrill of hope. I like that.

My prayer for the past year is to be able to comprehend in some small manner how God sees me. It’s been an adventure, and sorry, much too personal (and embarrassing) to tell here.  So many people are searching for their true identity. I think that’s why things like which-Disney-princess or which movie-character-are-you quizzes are so popular. While none of us like to think we are just like anyone else we read the information that assigns our butts to labeled personality boxes with…

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In the Distance I

In the Distance I

What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
a son of man that you care for him?
You made them a little lower than the angels;
you crowned them with glory and honor
and put everything under their feet.”
In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. Hebrews 2:6-8

Nancy Dufresne – “When you meditate on God’s Word (to mutter to yourself, to think deeply into, to ponder), it puts you in that verse and it puts that verse in you. The Word becomes real to you; it becomes alive. Meditating on God’s Word helps you to “own” it, and you know that you can’t spend something you don’t own. Many people have learned to confess God’s Word, but sometimes with little results, because they haven’t taken the time to meditate on it first and to make it real to their own hearts.”

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another world

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Where's Your Focus?

Where’s Your Focus?

Now I’m returning to you.
I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing
So my people can experience
My joy completed in them.
I gave them your word;
The godless world hated them because of it,
Because they didn’t join the world’s ways,
Just as I didn’t join the world’s ways.
I’m not asking that you take them out of the world
But that you guard them from the Evil One.
They are no more defined by the world
Than I am defined by the world.
Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth;
Your word is consecrating truth.
In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world,
I give them a mission in the world.
I’m consecrating myself for their sakes
So they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission.
John 17:13-19 MSG

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measure of love

In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone.

St John of the Cross

Matter of the Heart

Matter of the Heart

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
1 Corinthians 13:1-7 MSG

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We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Spirit Dance

Spirit Dance

The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:14-16 MSG

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new eyes

The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust

New Discovery

New Discovery

We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text:

No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—
What God has arranged for those who love him.
But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.
1 Corinthians 2:6-10 MSG

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giving thanks

Beyond the Shore

Beyond the Shore

Life brings ups and downs. Most of the time we focus on what life brings instead of the unchanging steadiness of God. Even though we are ONE with HIM, we look at things as if we are the only one.

I pray this Thanksgiving and the coming weeks will show you how much HE is really longing for you to let Him walk WITH you, to LOVE you, to HOLD you, to BE a part of ALL that you are.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100

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human wisdom

side by side - a rarity

side by side – a rarity

Cats may have nine-lives but that doesn’t give them extra wisdom. Unless you need advice on sleeping or staying warm. (They usually fight over this space.)

Have you ever listened to the advice of friends and taken some wrong turns?

I certainly have. When listening to the Lord, even if steps are difficult or a bit unsure, they feel more confident. Having people who challenge you can be better than having multiple advisers or a rah-rah section.

I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
1 Corinthians 2:3-5

Test the advice. Don’t fear a challenge. Whether big or small decisions, put your trust in His leading. A powerful support team is the best way to go!

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best shot

2007 in Haiti

2007 in Haiti

Friday was a dental appointment. Not a big deal to me. I love clean teeth and have been going there almost 40 years. They are like family.

The background music that day was older rock and brought some memories to both my technician and myself. (not old…just seasoned!)

She questioned my spurts of laughter while hands were in my mouth. One was while the dentist was poking at the tooth he feels needs a crown, I was thinking, “You break it, you buy it!” I didn’t say that to him but shared with her later for a good laugh. (and I thought my comedian days were done!)

Next was hearing Pat Benetar, Hit me with Your Best Shot remembering the lyrics to come that “I’m a real tough cookie”, laughing again. The lyrics have stayed with me as prayer.

NO weapon formed against me will prosper. I am a daughter of the King and I know the battle is not against things of this world…and my weapons are mighty, to break down ALL strongholds the enemy tries to use against me.

So go ahead – hit me but I AM more than a conqueror through Christ!!!

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listen up

"Experiencing God" author Henry Blackaby

“Experiencing God”
author Henry Blackaby

‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’
Jeremiah 33:3 MSG

A theme of discussion lately is “recognizing” the Voice, the Presence of God.

While working on a collage, I saw this picture in a magazine. I recognized the face from the book Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. As a newbie – this was life changing. Somewhere in our church study, I started to hear His voice.

Others didn’t hear Him – am I delusional?

Hundreds of journal pages later…I still wonder why some things He doesn’t answer.

Relationships should include listening, TWO ears – ONE mouth.
Let us have ears to hear You clearly and regularly Lord.

My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
John 10:27 MSG

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