Monthly Archives: May 2012

And Be Thankful

THANKFUL THURSDAY

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. —Colossians 3:15

Thankful for all of you…

 

My GLORY and THE LIFTER OF MY HEAD

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY

MY GLORY AND THE LIFTER UP OF MY HEAD

“But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” —Psalm 3:3

That God is “glory”—or “excellence”—beyond our understanding, none can deny. But do our hearts look up to Him today in humble, earnest worship, and know the truth, and speak the truth—”Thou are MY GLORY“? Our safety lies in the fact that He possesses us. Our deepest, holiest joy comes only when we humbly say in the hour of secret worship: “Thou art mine.” Oh, Lord my Glory, be Thou my shield this day. Amen.

Oh, Thou who hast given
Thy glory to me,
Anoint my blind eyes
Till Thy glory I see.
Lift up my bowed head,
Be my shield and my light,
Till Thy radiant glory
Shall banish my night.

[Taken from Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, by Charles E. Hurlburt and T. C. Horton. Copyright © 2002 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.]

My thoughts

“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O LORD, make we dwell in safety.” —Psalm 4:8

According to Dr. J. Vernon McGee, Psalm 3 has been called a “morning psalm”: in other words, a good psalm with which to start the day.

He calls Psalm 4 “an evening prayer.”

I love the way Dr. McGee puts it: “In spite of all the problems and troubles that David had, he trusted in the Lord. He could sleep at night…He simply trusted in the Lord, pillowed his head on the promises of God, and went to sleep.”*

Imagine! David “pillowed his head on the promises of God, and went to sleep”! I love the visual imagery this conjures up.

A good night’s sleep is something our bodies need in order to regenerate. We all know that a good night’s sleep is something our bodies need to help us regenerate and get ready for the next day. But for many of us, sleep problems dominate our lives. When we don’t get the refreshing and restoring deep sleep we need, we suffer the physical, psychological and emotioal effects throughout the next day…and often beyond.

I’ve always been a very light sleeper. I will fall asleep almost immediately, but then wake up at the least bit of sound. After years of sleepless nights, I’ve learned to wear ear plugs. These do a great job of muffling the harsh sounds that jar me awake.  Certain sounds slip through anyway every so often, like the barking of neighbors’ dogs or the annoying beeps of a smoke detector that needs new batteries.

As I begin to fall asleep, there is usually a hymn going through my mind, one of several that I’ve somehow remembered from listening to Scripture songs over the years. I drift off while praising the Lord in my mind and heart and this, plus the silence that surrounds me, usually puts me right to sleep. And I notice that when I wake up during the night to change positions, that same song is still running through my mind.

But then there are the nights when I can’t sleep, no matter what I do or think about. That’s when I need to remind myself—like David did—to pillow my head on the promises of God, letting thoughts of anything else work their way out of my mind. I need to relax and allow Him to comfort and soothe me through any negative or unsettling thoughts, which only work against my desire and need for sleep.

Beloved, no matter how much or how little sleep we get, one thing should be a constant source of comfort to us: that the LORD is always with us while we sleep, keeping us safe in His care. And no matter if our night is sleepless or not, we can still rejoice in each new day and take comfort from the knowledge that the Lord is:

  • OUR SHIELD
  • OUR GLORY
  • THE LIFTER OF OUR HEADS

Now that’s something worth counting on!

*Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee. Copyright © 1982 by Thru the Bible Radio.

Where’s Your Treasure?

TREASURE TUESDAY

Memorial Day Mishmash

Sing Praise

HAPPY SUNDAY

I absolutely LOVE Karla Dornacher’s artwork and this piece is no exception. In fact, I’d have to say this is one of my favorites of hers. The combination of cheery colors, cute flowers and that sweet little bird just make me smile and want to sing. And I feel happy just looking at it!

So on this Happy Sunday I wanted to share it with you and invite you to visit Karla’s site. You won’t be disappointed—she is one very talented lady!

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. —Psalm 7:17

Sweet and Pink!

I have now had my Nook Color e-reader for over a year and I can honestly say I really love it. When e-readers first came out, I could not see myself with one because I love everything about books: the feel of a brand-new one; turning each page; even the smell of the ink and paper. So I scoffed at the idea of an electronic book and couldn’t believe such a thing would catch on.

Ah, silly me!

I love, love, love having almost my entire library—around 425 books right now—available at all times, no matter where I am. It wasn’t long before I realized I needed a cover to protect my Nook because I’m not teased for being clumsy for no reason. So I found this cute and retro looking cover and use it every day:

Isn’t it the cutest?

But here’s the real reason for today’s Sweet Saturday posting. Recently while shopping online for a dear friend’s birthday I saw a pillow made specifically to prop an e-reader (as well as “real” books) while reading. There were only two pink ones left, so I’m sure you can guess the rest: I bought both! One for my friend and one for me.

Sweet, huh? I’m not sure if there are any other brands available but this particular one is called a “Peeramid.” Here’s what it looks like with my closed Nook propped on it. And below you can see how it looks while I’m reading:

The pillow is very light and easy to hold in your lap or place on a table, the floor or on a footstool. Here’s a better look at it:

The rolled edges are perfect for propping any kind or size of book, e-book or tablet PC. You can see that there are two pockets that can hold bookmarks (if you’re reading a real book), pencils, pens or highlighters, or even reading glasses. Notice the braided rope with a tassel at the end—this can be used as a bookmark. Isn’t that clever?

The Peeramid can be found at Hog Wild Toys and Amazon.com as well as other retailers. They run between $25 – $35, depending on where you find it.

Repurposed Eyeglass Case

It’s Frugal Friday again!

I don’t remember where I read this tip but I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself. I’ve had to wear eyeglasses since I was about 12 or 13 years old. Which means I’ve accumulated many eyeglass cases over the years. So I was excited when I read about using one to store my iPod in and knew I had to share this frugal tip with all the frugalistas out there.

This eyeglass case works well to store my iPod and its accessories because it’s rather large. I really like the idea that it is sturdy so that it protects everything inside very well.

In case you didn’t know (and I did not until now), the word frugalista is in the Wiktionary:

Frugalista: A person who is fashionable while being thrifty.

Not too sure about the “fashionable” part, but thrifty? Yep, that’s me!

The Lord Does Not Change

THANKFUL THURSDAY

“I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?'” —Malachi 3:6-7

Here in our part of the Southwest, we don’t enjoy the same drastic change in seasons as those who live in the North. I was born and raised in New England and have many fond memories of crunching autumn leaves underfoot. Raking those leaves was a chore but jumping into piles of raked leaves was certainly fun. These days daytime temperatures in the autumn rarely fall below 70. And where I live in high desert of northern Arizona, we don’t have the privilege of viewing the brilliant autumn hues.

It doesn’t matter where we live though. We can always count on is the change of seasons. Hot summers are followed by warm autumns. Winters arrive amidst shivering cold and snow, but then spring ushers in the beginnings of warmer temperatures.

Another thing we can count on is that God never changes. He is the same yesterday as He is today and will be tomorrow. My pain levels ebb and flow, sometimes in tune with the change of seasons. I can be in despair one minute and joyful the next, but I can always be sure that God is unchangeable. What an assurance that is to me!

No matter how much things change in my life because of what I do or don’t do, I can rest on the promise that God will always be there for me, ready to listen to my praises, pleas and complaints.

How patient God is with us! Even though we constantly strive to do things on our own, He patiently waits for us to remember
that He is in control and will help us through our days. That part of His unchangeable personality soothes and reassures me as I struggle to understand and deal with the constant change going on around and inside of me.

I am so utterly thankful for my Lord of the past, the present and the future!

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” —1 John 3:1

My LIGHT OF THE MORNING

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY

THE LIGHT OF THE MORNING

“And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds.” —2 Samuel 23:4

No single name nor picture of our Lord could possibly reveal Him as the full supply of all our need. Our Lord is to His people not only “The Morning Star” but when the lights of night shall fade in dawning day, He becomes the “Light of the Morning.” When all of the earth has passed, when all earth’s visions fade and flee away, when the great glory of that morning of our eternal life in Heaven shall break upon us, we shall find that He who lighted all our earthly pilgrimage is still our source of life and guidance over there, and will be to those for whom He has prepared a place, the “Light of the Morning.”

“So shall we be forever with the Lord.”

[Taken from Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord, by Charles E. Hurlburt and T. C. Horton]

My thoughts

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” —Matthew 5:14-16

Lighthouses intrigue me. The stories of these fascinating beacons of light never cease to fill me with awe and delight. I love reading the accounts of how these tall pillars of illumination have guided sailors through treacherous seas over and over again through the years. But sadly many lighthouses are fast becoming extinct due to their age and the increased use of the GPS.

I like to compare a lighthouse to God’s love, His “Light of the Morning” for us. That Light goes before us, lighting our way so that we don’t stumble around in the darkness of frustration. Our responsibility then is to share that Light with others, no matter how we’re feeling or what’s going on in our lives each day.

That is God’s command to us—to “let your light shine before men.” It’s the way we can show the “Light of the Morning” to others who may not know or understand Him yet.

If my smile in the midst of my pain causes someone to question how I get through each pain-filled day, then I have left the door open to be able to share what I know about the God I love. That’s my privilege as a child of God: to be His shining Light for others.

I don’t believe the era of lighthouses will ever completely pass away. Electronics are handy to have around but can be prone to
failure. If a mariner’s GPS stops working (no matter the reason), the lighthouse beacon will still be there to light the way past rocky shorelines.

Isn’t that the way it is with God too? It doesn’t matter if in our pain and anxiety we ‘forget’ that God is there, because He doesn’t ‘forget’ us! Our “Light of the Morning” is always there, prodding us away from the rocky shoals of life and gently guiding us to His side.

The Treasure of the Cross

TREASURE TUESDAY

I saw this on Facebook recently and shared it as my status for awhile. Its message is definitely a treasure to me so I thought I’d share it with all of you too.

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” —Luke 9:23-24

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