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Holy Week ~ Saturday

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“It is no longer I who live, but it Christ who lives in me.”  Galatians 2:20Holy Week

We are, by the grace of God, equipped to be present for the others in our lives. Not just our friends and family, but the “others” who cross our path holding a sign in need of food, on the corner we pass each day.  God is present for us, may we let Him fill us so we can share His gift.  How is God present for you?

Pray with me:

Oh Holy of Holies,

“Truly this man was the Son of God!” were the words of the centurion as he stood in front of Jesus.  He was there and heard Your Son cry out to You, Father.  Open our hearts to let You live in us, so we can hear the cries of those around us who need Your love.  Help us to welcome Your presence and fill us, so we can share Your gift.


Wandering Through Psalms 1:1

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The Psalms are my  source of solace, strength, joy and peace. They are where I go each morning to sit at the feet of God and feel His presence. My reflections are not the result of research by a Biblical scholar, just those of a Texas girl with a heart for the Lord.  If you choose to wander with me, I would be honored if you would like to  share with me  any our your observations. Are you ready to mosey along with me?

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked…” Psalm 1:1

Who are my counselors? Who do I put my trust in? My friends love me and have my best interest at heart, but so does God.  He is the one with whom I should have coffee and complain.  He doesn’t mind.

As I give Him more of me, I can hear more from Him.

Stepping out,



Don’t Make Me Go!

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The Winner

“And he saith unto them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.”

Matthew 4:19-20

My husband, Mike, saith unto me, “We’re going to the Indianapolis 500.”  I saith unto him, “Why on earth would I want to perch myself in a grandstand while I endure the broiling heat and watch roaring little cars go around and around and around in a circle?  And if a fiery crash were to occur it would scar me for life and leave me quaking at the thought of driving on the toll road.  Besides, the Indianapolis 500 is not on my bucket list, so why on earth would I want to waste my valuable time going to a car race?”  He saith unto me, “Too bad, we have suite tickets, airplane flights, and a lovely place to stay, so put on your big girl panties, we’re going.”  He didn’t exactly say, “put on your big girl panties”, but after thirty-eight years of marriage I know the inflection of his voice, and that was the jest of our conversation.

Admittedly I was not my normal perky, cheerful self when the topic would arise during conservations with friends.  It was comforting to me when the girls would say, “Why are you going to the Indy when there are so many other wonderful places to visit?”  But then the guys would chime in, “Why wouldn’t she want to go?  It’s an amazing race.  It’s one of those things everyone needs to see in person once in their lives.”  So you guessed it.  I went.

While pondering the impending trip I began to equate this journey into the unknown with that of the disciples when Jesus called them to drop their nets and follow Him. They had a good life going for them.  A job, good food, families that loved them, a warm place to sleep and this man says, “Follow me.”  You know, these fearless men didn’t argue or pout, they just dropped their nets and followed Him.  The disciples had heard about our Savior’s miracles, felt His love and were honored by His invitation.  Being such a doubter sometimes, I wonder what I would have done if I had gotten “the call”.  Would I have questioned our accommodations along our journey?  Would I have told Jesus “no thanks” because following Him wasn’t on my bucket list?  Would I have told my joyous Leader I have better things to do?  I pray I would have been a willing follower like the disciples and joyfully dropped everything and walked beside Him.

Each time the fearless Indy drivers sped by, Jesus gave me a chance to pray for their safety and their families’ peace.  Each time a mention was made of the service men and women in the crowd in honor of Memorial Day, it was another time to give thanks for the freedom they have helped to secure for me.  Every moment was a joy and a blessing, because I ignored my desires and stepped out of my comfort zone into an opportunity to follow His plans for me.  The race, new friends, and the sense that God was in the midst teaching me a lesson, again, made the trip one of my most memorable experiences.  I just needed to gladly drop my net of inhibitions, fears, and pride and follow where He led me.  Even if I had to listen to Mike saith unto me, “I told you so.”

Points to Ponder:

1.   Has God called you to go fishing?  What was your response?

2.   Is it easy for you to see God as He works in your life?

3.   Be a witness for our Lord and share with others a time you felt God’s calling.

Pray with me: Dear Father of opportunities, Help me to be open and listen to your call.  Your plans are always the best.

Going fishing with You…

Red Shoes

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“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.”   1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Did I miss Thanksgiving?  As I drive through town, watch television, or go to a store all I see are Christmas decorations and hear Christmas music.  I’m almost embarrassed to still have pumpkins on my front porch!  I haven’t even cooked a pecan pie or turkey yet.  It seems that in our rush to celebrate Christmas, we have forgotten to be thankful.  How can this be?  But here I am whining that the world has fast-forwarded past Thanksgiving, instead of being thankful for today.

Being thankful in all circumstances should be a way of life, which causes us to pray without ceasing.  What if I really did have a problem?  I don’t know about you, but being thankful while in the midst of life’s challenges is a lot to ask.

A simplistic, yet dramatic allegory that all of us ladies can relate to would be going on a trip and only packing your red shoes, but the only outfit they match is the one you wore on the plane.  How can you be thankful about wearing those same shoes everyday for a week when they don’t coordinate with anything in your 40-pound suitcase?  Not easy, unless you delve a little deeper instead of whining to God about this major fashion faux pas.  If we are supposed to pray without ceasing and be thankful in all things, it becomes pretty embarrassing to even mention your red shoe dilemma to Him when you sit at His feet.  Considering the wisdom of King Solomon, your red shoe issue becomes “vanity and vexation”, and you can be thankful that you have shoes, be thankful that your shoes don’t have a hole in the sole, and also be thankful you have feet to put in those red shoes.  After a quiet reality-check with God, having only one pair of shoes to wear becomes something that is easy to be thankful for. It takes that time of being with Him, an experience that is indescribable and irreplaceable, to get you to the point of rejoicing always.

But do you want to know something else?  There are times in our lives when we become so burdened that we can’t truly be thankful, because that mountain just seems too high to climb — times where the only thing we can say is, “I’m tired and I don’t know what to pray.“  That’s when God sends friends to your rescue, and His Holy Spirit leads us and guides us as we pray for each other.  I am truly thankful and feel blessed for each and every one of the friends in my life.

Being thankful in all circumstances only comes when we remember that our Heavenly Father is watching over us every second of every day, and He promised He would never leave us or forsake us.  With that knowledge we can be thankful that we have Him to lean on.

I guess it’s time to confess.  Our Christmas lights are already up.  The Christmas Light Company gave me a 20% discount to install them last week but I’m not turning them on until after Thanksgiving.  Oh well, what’s a girl to do?  I’m thankful for the discount, and even more thankful for the beautiful lights that remind me of the birth of our precious Lord and Savior.

Happy Thanksgiving!!