October 29, 2009

Fall You Are Welcome!


I was delighted to have my camera with me in order to capture the above photo. It was another one of those amazing demonstrations of fall beauty – leaves silently changing color – leaves silently drifting to the ground – leaves silently announcing the arrival of change.

Hundreds of leaves ... an explosion of colors ... silent ... yet saying so much to you, and to me! 








October 23, 2009

The Greatest Invitation


"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”1
“Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”2
“Cast all your anxiety on me because I care for you.”                                                 - Jesus
                                                                                                                                     R.S.V.P.
1. Matthew 11:28; 2. Jeremiah 33:3; 3. 1 Peter 5:7

October 21, 2009

Secrets



One of the definitions of the word secret given by Webster's Dictionary, is-'information kept hidden from others.' Some of the sins of my past, I would have loved to have 'kept hidden' from others for the rest of my life, especially my abortion. When I chose a relationship with Jesus Christ, I felt that I should have kept them hidden from Him also. Then, I discovered through the pages of Holy Scripture, that He knows "the secrets of every heart1" anyway, and in spite of my sin, He offered me the gift of love,2 forgiveness,3 and a brand new start.4 Now, that's good news .... that's information I refuse to keep hidden from others ... that's information worth sharing the secrets of my heart for! What do you think?
1. Psalms 44:21b; 2. Jeremiah 31:3b; 3. Hebrews 10:17; 4. Isaiah 1:18
 

No-More-A-Secret

October 18, 2009

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound-
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.
Somehow, singing or humming a song can change one's mood and turn a day or a situation around. The words of this hymn written in 1776 by John Newton, is one that I love to sing. These words lift me from a bed of tears and regret about the past, and the sweet sounds spark my heart and my feet to dance ... and dance ... and dance!
Are you experiencing sadness, doubt, or discouragement today? Why not sing a favorite song. It could turn the next 24 hours, and your future around, and cause your heart and your feet to dance ... and dance ... and dance!
Father, "I will sing to You all my life; I will sing praise to You as long as I live."1

1. Psalms 104:33 (NIV)

October 15, 2009

The Cross




The greatest symbol of love the world will ever see!1
The greatest demonstration of love the world will ever need!2
The greatest commitment of love you or I will ever make!3
Father, thank you for the cross, its love changing, love giving, and love sustaining power, In Jesus name, Amen.
1. John 15:13; 2. Romans 5:8; 3. 11 Corinthians 5:17

October 7, 2009


"There is enough water in the seas to cover the entire face of the earth with a mile and a half of water ... the average depth of the Pacific Ocean is 14,648 feet; of the Atlantic, 12,880 feet; of the Indian, 13,602 feet; and of the Arctic, 3,965 feet."1
Often, I visit the oceanfront for quiet and relaxing times. I am comforted as I look in wonder at another one of God's creations, which I captured on camera, and am reminded of the words of the Prophet Micah: "He will again have compassion upon us; He will subdue and tread underfoot our iniquities; You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea."2 I am amazed that God would cast my ugly sins into such dazzling beauty!
 

Father, for your offer of forgiveness, words are inadequate to thank you.. Please look into my heart, and see the gratefulness written there. In Jesus name, Amen!

1. The Wonders Of Creation - Alfred M. Rehwinkel
2. Micah 7:19 (MSG)
Photo - Ocean View - Va.

October 5, 2009

Forgiven



Our subconscious mind "has the ability to record and remember every incident that it experiences."
1 This may be one of the reasons why sometimes we have difficulty forgetting our sin. Whatever the past sin is that we are trying to forget, somehow, the memory not only lingers, but hinders our relationship with God. However, we do have a hope ... precious promises from the pages of Scripture: "For I am merciful. I will not be angry with you forever ... I will never again remember your sin."2 Those words have inbuilt thought changing power to help us move, and to live beyond guilt. I dared to believe them. Will you ?
1. studentstepstosuccess.com/index.php; 2. Jeremiah 3:12b/Hebrews 8:12b
Italics - Mine

October 1, 2009

The Bible




Patrick Henry : "The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed."1

George Washington: " It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."2

Napoleon: "The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it."3
Timothy: "All Scripture is inspired by God."4
The Bible ... a great source of hope ... a great source of inspiration. Have you read it today?
1/2/3 - Halley's Bible Handbook

4. 11 Timothy 3:16a