Monday, November 24, 2014

MORE

We taught our young grandson American Sign language before he could talk. One of the words he learned first was, “more”.

As he ate his last puffed snack, he quickly signed, “more”. When the last drop of milk trickled from his sippy cup, he placed his cup on his tray and signed, “more”.

One summer day I took Bolton on an outing to Tanglewood park to see the horses in the barn. We stood in front of the first stall while a grey horse lumbered to the door to investigate us. After a short rub on his forehead, we walked to the next stall. My grandson quickly signed, “more”. This happened at every stall door until he was signing, “more” before we were finished visiting with each horse.

I wanted him to fully enjoy each visit. He was intent on “more”.

I am no different. Often I rush through my day to complete my “To Do” list barely enjoying the journey. Or I start dreaming of a bigger, nicer, more up to date home, before I know it, I’m grumbling about what I have and consumed with “more”.

Have you ever sat in church and wished, “so and so” were there because they “really needed to hear the sermon”. No one was missing yesterday because that sermon was directed totally at me, felt like it anyway.

Oh my goodness, I have SO much to be thankful for. God has been my God of providence all my life. He has given me all I need and SO much “more”!

I’ve been thinking a lot about that word, “more”.

When I can quiet my stinking flesh, what I really want “more” of is Jesus. To know Him “more”, to love Him “more”, to follow Him “more” closely, to obey HIm “more” quickly and fully.

 

Philippians 3:7-14Amplified Bible (AMP)

7 But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [[a]one combined] loss for Christ’s sake.

8 Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One),

9 And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.

10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [[b]which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]

11 That if possible I may attain to the [[c]spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].

12 Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.

13 I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.

 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

IN JOY

IN JOY   Psalm 89:15 & 16 (NLT) “Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of Your presence, Lord. They rejoice all day long in Your glorious reputation. They exult in Your righteousness.”   Shhh…do you hear that? Above the busyness and noise of life, [...]

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Deck Sittin’ Day

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  Some might argue that today is not a “Deck – Sittin’ Day”, but I beg to differ. Yes, it’s 30 something degrees, and yes, the wind is kicking up but…it’s snowing! The day before Thanksgiving and it’s snowing. I came out to gather the cushions for their hibernation in the basement this winter, but [...]

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Praise & Judgement Meet

The view from my deck is so beautiful today I don’t want to go inside to finish working in the basement den. We have been opening the door and chunking stuff in there for two years, now its time to “pay up”. I’m cleaning up and cleaning out! How can I leave this chair on [...]

Monday, January 21, 2013

That They Might Be With Him

The ornaments and lights are boxed away in the basement as Christmas fades into the new year. The hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking and family gatherings around the Christmas table are behind us and stored away in our memories.   Some see January as a let down to all the previous festivities and have [...]

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

He is here! The Savior has been born!

He is here! Our Savior has been born!

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn. Luke 2:6,7 NLT Hallelujah! A King is [...]

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Journey

The Journey

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. All returned to their own towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village [...]

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Full Bloom

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My Christmas Cactus is blooming! I wait all year for this beauty to bloom just like I wait for Christmas. Around Thanksgiving, I put it in a room in our basement that has little light and I deprive it of water for about 2 weeks. Then, I bring it back upstairs and place it in [...]

Saturday, November 17, 2012

He is The Publisher

“The sovereign God of the universe has committed Himself to write the history of earth. But He has willed to do it through people, and He invites you and me to respond with chapters of bold accomplishments done in His name. You probably feel as I do when such an enormous truth dawns upon you. [...]

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pearls Threaded on the Strand of My Today

I’m reading A.W. Tozer’s, “The Pursuit of God”. Chapter five’s “The Universal Presence” this morning, slid the first pearl on my thanksgiving strand. God’s amazing presence here with us! Tozer’s writes,”and He is always trying to get our attention, to reveal Himself to us, to communicate with us. We have within us the ability to [...]