seeking the sun
It’s been fun few weeks with various house guests, shoreline excursions, AND garden time! These beautiful cone flowers were even allowed to keep their leaves this season!
Many blessings come our way. How often do we not notice them?
We can blame and make excuses but should that be where our heart and eyes are focusing?
The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
All your works praise you, Lord;
your faithful people extol you.
They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.
Categories: adventure, anticipation, blessings, change, expectations, God is faithful, inspiration, joy, negative words, praise, renewal, seeing beyond, worship
acai bowl in Kona
Great ideas are running across our paths everyday.
Ways to save time, conserve energy, re-purpose everything and eat better. We read and absorb the knowledge. We might even share it, but how often do we put it into practice?
(I was searching for where I could get ingredients for this yummy goodness. Some recipes here.)
Philippians is an encouraging yet challenging letter from Paul. An intellectual man who still felt he needed to forget what he had learned so he could understand more. He was willing to set aside all that was to attain all that might be.
It defies our normal logic…but so did the cross…
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9
Actions speak louder than words…right?
I can seldom sit in nature and not marvel at God’s creativity.
How do the leaves know when to uncurl, to bring the buds and seeds, then release them in the wind to dig their way to the dirt and begin again?
To walk the shore and think of what lies beyond? Stories, secrets, mysteries…will they ever be discovered?
There is so much we won’t be able to explain in life. Yet we often act like we understand it all. We become satisfied with where we are, what we know, and the wonder of it all is no longer embraced.
Yet…there is always so much more….
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
Categories: busy, faith, follow God, Holy Spirit, hope, inspiration, mystery, ponderings, prayer, seeing beyond, worship
A few weeks ago I took mom to the beach. She loves sand between her toes. It seemed fitting since we’ve done a variety of beaches this year. It was a beautiful day.
As we approached the beach she mentions smoke over the inland lake. I notice something but was paying attention to pedestrians. As we got closer she says there is more…
As we pulled in the parking area visibility soon disappeared.
Still a wonderful walk along the shore.
Sometimes we need to see in the distance but often the most important thing is the next step in front of us.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
Sometimes even a bad sunset is good.
Contemplating my errand, I noticed the sky was clear with a few wispy clouds. The beach was calling.
Toting camera, water, and journal I headed out thinking I had an hour before the sun would sink to the waters edge. The time was shortened as a dark cloud rolled up to meet the sun. But what a dance the kite boards were doing in the air and on the water as people were dodging the blowing sand.
I had a short bit of good light to continue my reading in Luke about Jesus sitting in a boat offshore to teach those around him…
Have you ever wondered how they could even hear him?
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. Luke 5:10-11
Sometimes the message is simple and straight forward and we still miss it.
Have you ever driven past a stop sign…
Totally missed your exit…
Gotten groceries but forget to pay…
We are not always the best at focusing and more keeps trying to grab our attention. Another reason for my hiatus.
The beginning of wisdom is this:
Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 NIV
Where can we buy this…
Maybe Walmart, Amazon, or Craig’s List has a deal…
But where can wisdom be found?
Where does understanding dwell?
No mortal comprehends its worth;
it cannot be found in the land of the living.
Job 28:12-13 Read more
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
SEEK – you will find.
Categories: anticipation, expectations, faith, God is faithful, Holy Spirit, meeting needs, ponderings, prayer, relationships, self help, trust, wisdom
Some return from a trip and are ready to get back to “normal” life. Somewhere in these past years I gave up on a normal return.
Maybe it was the anxiety attacks at the grocery store. Those are long gone but some extra processing is now a part of the return for me.
Editing photos and making a fb album was helpful. More of the moments not captured on film came out…those places where your heart feels impact.
Holding and praying with a crying woman and language doesn’t matter.
Sharing joy with a grandma who was able to get some piñata bounty.
Realizing another grandma wasn’t knocked down by the candy crowd…she’s actually in there fighting for it!
Holding an unknown mother’s child who falls asleep in your arms.
There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18 Message
Not all things are “clear as a bell”.
I’ve taken time away to tune my ears a bit. Definitely helpful even though I’m unsure how the next verse will go.
Last week a group of 31 returned from Guatemala. It’s always a time of learning flexibility, grace, love, and listening to God’s promptings. As we gathered for group worship and devo time each day, we would share some God moments and be in awe of how He can use us in little ways that bring BIG impact.
Many of those little moments…we’ll never know how they change the world, if He’s leading, do them anyway.
Sunday’s teaching was from Hebrews 11 on Abraham. He didn’t see the fulfillment of all God spoke but WE are part of that promise…
“descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.”
We often try to make results happen instead of leaving them to God, The Maker of Heaven and Earth.
He’s been telling me to do my part and let Him do His.
Categories: adventure, anticipation, comfort zone, expectations, God is faithful, hope, meeting needs, mystery, relationships, seeing beyond, trust
Think of those feelings you have with a new discovery?
A great recipe, a hidden beach, a new store, or a blossoming relationship. We have an excitement we want to share with others. Often we’re distracted by the bad things around us but let’s concentrate each day on the good.
The past few months have been such a treat with the ALPHA group at my church. Many years ago I was in one of these groups – meeting new people, discovering things about God, and feeling free to ask more questions. To discuss with people at all different places in there journey is refreshing and helps you rediscover the wonders of Jesus all over!
Don’t settle for a comfortable belief in our Heavenly Father. He wants to show us more things that will make us rejoice each day. He wants to lavish His love on us, sing over us and show His delight.
Rediscover your Savior. He wants to show you great and amazing things.
And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19 Message