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Coucher Soleil d’automne 3ème lac by Halleymario

Good morning, beloved,

Our sunrise this morning is very similar. How often do we sit and ponder the beauty that surrounds us? We get all tied up in our stuff and forget to stop, sit and breathe. To listen for the variety of birds to begin their morning songs, the wind rustling through the trees, moving them as if in a dance.  The crickets salute the Creator. When we sit and listen, watch and allow, the Creator can teach. He can whisper to our needy hearts, when we are still.

I made my plans for this upcoming year. I gave my “yes, I will helps” to many a willing. All of a sudden I was crammed with busyness and not enough silence. They were all good things. Slowly, but surely, God is taking each and every one (leaving a few) and saying no for me. I keep trying to hold on, saying I can do this yet God in His knowledge and all wisdom, pries open my grubby paws and says no. I must listen.

Are you willing to listen? God has done this to me before, He does it every year. This year He got my attention with my jaw.  How will He get your attention?

Rest. Silence. Quiet. Watching the sun set…do you have time to do this? Do I?

We have been, for the past six months, living with one car. Now, there have been times when that has been a true challenge. Yet, the Lord and I agreed I needed three days a week of being home this year. So Joshua will take the car three days a week and I am home. What a wonderful thought! I have been praying for another car and we hope but I know the Lord just knows what is best for His children.

We know this verse, don’t we?

Psalm 46:10 Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!

How can we be still? How can we let be? Won’t the ministries, the soccer teams, the schools be lost without us? Ahem.

Read on…

Psalm 46:

God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very presentand well-proved help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas,

Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling andtumult. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her right early [at the dawn of the morning].

The nations raged, the kingdoms tottered and were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our Fortress and High Tower).Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has wrought desolations and wonders in the earth.

He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow into pieces and snaps the spear in two; He burns the chariots in the fire.

10 Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Pray on, beloved. Pray on.


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Lion yawning. Taken on safari in Tanzania. by John Storr

Good morning, beloved,

Well, yesterday was a day close to the roaring lion’s mouth. I knew that I was in the midst of kingdom work by 7:30pm last night as I sat in the doctor’s office for my silly toe. I think through my little children in my group in my VBS, asking for Bible’s…not having a home church, wanting to know more, coming in for hugs, asking questions. Annabelle, Audrey, Ella, Emma, Gracie, Jonah, Kenner, Olivia, Sean, Sam…oh, beloved, the kingdom of heaven belongs to these! So precious! Watching them worship, listen to the Word taught, I imagine the Lord seated on High with His hands clasped in joy…the Spirit was falling fresh.

My niece and nephew took off on their bikes yesterday. So exciting. My son, only the last weekend had done the same. I was waiting for a phone call to come in to go get an xray on my foot when the kids came screaming in for me. Luke had been injured. It turns out Luke took off his helmet, ran into the car, scraped his knee, fell to the ground, then his poor cousin didn’t realize (in his fervor of learning to ride a bike just that day), ran over Luke’s head with the bike and then the whole bike fell on top of him. As I walked over, okay, ran (yes, ran with my foot..) the blood was pouring out of his mouth, I just took him to the ER. It scared me. He’s had concussions before with trying to learn to ride. Thankfully, a mild head injury, but to lumps to the head, cut inside the mouth, multiple cuts on the legs…and yet what did he want to do when he came home? Get back on. My mother’s heart was a bit raw.  Pour cousin Max was cut up too with emotion and with bruises..and yet he got back on as well.

I think for me, along with waiting for my xray order for 2 hours, and then for my doctor to come in for my appointment, I hit a wall. And yet the Lord brought me back to some of His verses that He gave me a very long time ago…and all of the tension, anxiety (I had my blood pressure up to 140/84) Ahem. diffused. Entirely. I felt like a balloon deflating. It was a gift. The setting sun was setting into my doctor’s room and He gave me verses and reminded me.

Psalm 46: 10 Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. (Except in the NASB, in the footnotes it says Cease striving and know that I am God). And I realized, I was so riled and so worked up and had to just stop and get my priorities back. Luke was fine. Praise Him! My foot was fine. Then, I didn’t even remember this verse but it makes me tear up this morning, look at this, if you read yesterday’s: verse 11: 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! (I taught my kids what Selah meant in my group yesterday..lol)

Then the other verses He gave me:

Isaiah 43:  Fear not, for I have redeemed you [ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives]; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.

2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.

3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

4 Because you are precious in My sight and honored, and because I love you, I will give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life.

5 Fear not, for I am with you;

The doctor called me late last night. The toe is not broken! It is bruised badly. WOOHOO! So glad.

So today, in the camp the kids are learning about Daniel (not my son, he loves when I do that…) and the lions den. Now, before you all say, oh, I know that story, I’m skipping the rest. WAIT! WAIT! Sheesh.

I’m not going to tell you that story. I’m not even going to give you those verses. SO aren’t you glad you stayed with me?

Daniel 2

19 Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night, and Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

20 Daniel answered, Blessed be the name of God forever and ever! For wisdom and might are His!

21 He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding!

22 He reveals the deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him!

23 I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers, Who has given me wisdom and might and has made known to me now what we desired of You, for You have made known to us the solution to the king’s problem.

What do we learn here?

Earlier in Daniel 1, we learned Daniel was given the gift of visions and dream interpretation. As soon as Daniel got up the next morning, he knew what to do first:

Daniel blessed the God of heaven. (Now, I don’t know about you, but if your neck was on the line, and the answer was in your head, how easy would it be rush off to the king and THEN, praise?) Oh, but Daniel understood the right order! He knew. Take note.

To bless:

1) to bless, kneel

1) kneeling (participle)

2) to be blessed

b) (Pael) to bless, praise

Alright, to understand the more about the nature of God through the praise and worship of Daniel:

  1. Wisdom and might-He’s the source
  2. Author of times and seasons
  3. King of kings: removes and sets kings
  4. Revealer of the deep and secret things

Here’s some more truth, I need it today:

2 Chronicles 20:21 When he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers to sing to the Lord and praise Him in their holy [priestly] garments as they went out before the army, saying, Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!

Psalm 72: 18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone does wondrous things!

1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and Yours it is to be exalted as Head over all.

12 Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hands are power and might; in Your hands it is to make great and to give strength to all.

Oh, beloved. Hold tight to Him today. Don’t let go. No matter what your circumstances appear. God gives strength. He does wondrous things. Pray on. Pray on!




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Ao Nang beach in Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand by kallerna

Good morning, beloved,

So good to be in His presence this morning, a quiet, still morning, here is the Biblegateway‘s verses of the day:

Jeremiah 23:23 Am I a God at hand, says the Lord, and not a God afar off?24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? says the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.

This morning, I begin a new adventure. 🙂 We are all going to my parents’ church to take part in their VBS. My son, Daniel, my niece Macey, my son, Noah and I will all be guides. The rest of the fam will be in the VBS as participants. In years past they have given the guides 15 minutes or more in guide time with their kids and now it is cut short. I understand. Yet, I get all excited about talking to them about the verses, the background, the context, the (well, imagine me in person…on caffeine..)and  me wanting you in heaven with me. 😉 I love this VBS, watching the kids praise the Lord with the hand motions, I cry every day…in fact my sweet niece Macey watches me…are you going to cry Aunt Cara? She is always my helper. I LOVE THAT! So we worship together. We pray together. She has no clue how much I pray over her life during our prayer time. I love that kid so much. Her heart to be there with me and help me. Daniel with be our other helper this year. So basically, we’ll be set. 😉 And I’d better not cry this year, or else.

Yet, in this, somehow, I broke my middle toe. Ahem. On Friday night…not good. Very painful. I’m not sure how I’m doing all this…I’m doing it, people. This is kingdom work. Will you pray with me?

This week, tho, to prep myself in the morning, I am going to show you all the verses they are going to learn and give the context. So brief break from Sermon on the Mount…we’ll be back on Saturday. 🙂

First day, is Jeremiah 32:

17 Alas, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You

18 You Who show loving-kindness to thousands but recompense the iniquity of the fathers into the bosoms of their children after them. The great, the mighty God; the Lord of hosts is His name

19 Great [are You] in counsel and mighty in deeds, Whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to rewardorrepay each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings,

20 Who wrought signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and even to this day [continues to do so], both in Israel and among other men, and made for Yourself a name, as at this day.

What can we learn from this passage and draw away? There is so much…

First, the names Creator God: You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm!

Then…the great, the mighty God: the Lord of hosts! Friends, I love this name and I hope after I define it you will too..

Hosts:  that which goes forth, army, war, warfare, host

a) army, host, 1) host (of organised army),2) host (of angels),3) of sun, moon, and stars,4) of whole creation

So from this definition, what do we learn? We learn God is warrior God. He is the leader of the army of angels. He is over all of creation. Read what Chuck Smith says:

1. Some people have gods that are not so great. Gods(small g) that bring them into captivity and bondage to things that destroy.
2. Whatever ambition, desire, or ideal that rules your life is your god.
a. Some are ruled by money.
b. Others are ruled by the desire for sex.
c. Some are ruled by the desire for fame.
d. None of these are wrong in their place, but to be a slave to them is sad.
3. He is a mighty God. In fact He introduced Himself to Abraham as the Almighty God. El Shaddai.
4. Lord of hosts. We are told in the scriptures of the vast hosts of angels in heaven. In one place they are numbered at over a hundred million, plus millions of millions.
5. They are there to do His bidding and will.
6. When Peter drew his sword to try to defend Jesus in the garden as they were arresting Him, Jesus said, “Put away your sword, do you not realize that I could order 10,000 angels to come to My defense if I so pleased?”
Let’s now look at another word in this set of verses which we tend to overlook but an old, but wonderful Precepts teacher taught me…
Lovingkindness: checed the grace, favor, mercy of our God towards men, a constant and abiding favor, abiding sure mercies of our God. This is a covenant ( In theology, the covenant of works, is that implied in the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that mans perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die.) word. God cannot stop being lovingkindness towards us.
One more list to pull today and then I must get moving. 🙂
As you move through your day, ponder this:
We serve God who is:
Great [are You] in counsel:
 Deutronomy 7:21 You shall not dread them, for the Lord your God is among you, a mighty and terrible God.
Nehemiah 1:5 And I said, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, Who keeps covenant, loving-kindness, and mercy for those who love Him and keep His commandments,
Mighty in deeds:
Deuteronomy 10:17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, the terrible God, Who is not partial and takes no bribe.18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger or temporary resident and gives him food and clothing.
Psalm 50: 1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and calls the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Hold Him today, beloved. Pray on. Pray on.

They did not thirst when He led them…Isaiah 48:21

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Crepuscular rays at sunset near Waterberg Plateau (Wabi Game Ranch) in Namibia. by Alchemist-hp (talk) (www.pse-mendelejew.de)

Good morningish, beloved,

My apologies for the late start today, I was ambushed by a crusher of a migraine around 2am and have felt the effects until recently. So very grateful to be in my parents’ house overnight, as you can imagine this is making my achy head more bearable.  We came to help with the garden yesterday.  Some good things came yesterday and today, we have Danny’s MEG date (Magnetic Electroencephalogram) and EEG in hospital all scheduled for the second week of July. Also, we are very close to the family out-of-pocket maximum for our insurance. So, we are thinking of all that we should carry out medically…before the end of the year! My brother, who just got his Master’s, got the job he was hoping for today in his town! My nieces and nephew are coming into town in three wake-ups as my kids like to say. 🙂 So good things to focus my eyes on, all gifts from the King of Kings…you are reading these thoughts, this is His blog. He is teaching, I am learning.  And I get to share His Word, it’s all good. So rich.

Last night, in the middle of the night, God gave me a precious song I haven’t heard in a very long time. A must share with all of you…

Here are the words:

To the King who gave everything for me
Who’s body crucified high on Calvary’s tree
Who’s redemptive blood makes way for me
I now give everything

To the King who came in the form of a child
All-powerful God, and yet, so mild
Who’s obedience shows the way for me
I humbly come to Thee

To the King alone I will give my life
To the King I will sing both day and night
To the lamb of God who has paid the price
To the King alone I will give my life

To the King, the one true royalty
Though King, He has befriended me
But greater still! He lives in me!
I give Him everything

Repeat Chorus

I mean seriously…Greater still, He lives in me! I give Him everything!

Well, day two in the teachings of the Word on righteousness, ready to dive in with me? (BTW, have you seen that Steven Curtis Chapman has a new CD out and he remade Dive?  My husband missed the beat…I kinda liked it with a nautical feel..)

Anyway, back at it, sorry,

Jeremiah 9:1 Oh, that my head were waters and my eyes a reservoir of tears…(boy do I know how he feels…but that’s not the verses…ok, that was heretical..)

9: 23 Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise and skillful person glory and boast in his wisdom and skill; let not the mighty and powerful person glory and boast in his strength and power; let not the person who is rich [in physical gratification and earthly wealth] glory and boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] riches;

24 But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.

Let’s glory in this:

  1. That he understands and knows Me (personally, practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character)..
  2. That I AM the Lord: who practices loving-kindness (covenant word!), judgement, righteousness in the earth..
  3. In these things I delight (of God, to delight in, have pleasure in, to be pleased to do)..

Don’t glory in this:

  1. Your wisdom
  2. Your skill as a person
  3. Your might
  4. Your power
  5. Your riches (physical gratification and earthly wealth) (temporal satisfactions..)

Let’s look through some of the men of Scripture:

David:Psalm 27: 

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to beholdand gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider,and inquire in His temple.

For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.

And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Psalm 63:1 O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is.

Psalm 143: 

I spread forth my hands to You; my soul thirsts after You like a thirsty land [for water]. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Answer me speedily, O Lord, for my spirit fails; hide not Your face from me, lest I become like those who go down into the pit (the grave)

IsaiahIsaiah 6:

In the year that King Uzziah died, [in a vision] I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the skirts of His train filled the [most holy part of the] temple.

Above Him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two [each] covered his [own] face, and with two [each] covered his feet, and with two [each] flew.

And one cried to another and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!

Then flew one of the seraphim [heavenly beings] to me, having a live coal in his hand which he had taken with tongs from off the altar;

And with it he touched my mouth and said, Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity and guilt are taken away, and your sin is completely atoned for and forgiven.

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Isaiah 55:

Seek, inquire for, and require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near.

Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

10 For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

11 So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please andpurpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Moses: Exodus 33: 

Now Moses used to take [his own] tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting [of God with His own people]. And everyone who sought the Lord went out to [that temporary] tent of meeting which was outside the camp.

When Moses went out to the tent of meeting, all the people rose and stood, every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses until he had gone into the tent.

When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the door of the tent, and the Lord would talk with Moses.

10 And all the people saw the pillar of cloud stand at the tent door, and all the people rose up and worshiped, every man at his tent door.

11 And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Moses returned to the camp, but his minister Joshua son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the [temporary prayer] tent.

12 Moses said to the Lord, See, You say to me, Bring up this people, but You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You said, I know you by name and you have also found favor in My sight.

13 Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You [progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding more strongly and clearly] and that I may find favor in Your sight. And [Lord, do] consider that this nation is Your people.

14 And the Lord said, My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.

15 And Moses said to the Lord, If Your Presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here!

16 For by what shall it be known that I and Your people have found favor in Your sight? Is it not in Your going with us so that we are distinguished, I and Your people, from all the other people upon the face of the earth?

Paul: Philippians 3:7-14

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.

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),

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) andmake 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.

How about that for a spiritual punch in the arm today? Amen. Amen. Amen. 🙂 Well, beloved of God as my study so aptly says today, “what makes you different? What is it about you that brings pleasure and glory to God?” (p.43 SOTM)

Memory verse practice: Matthew 5:6 Blessed and fortunate and happy and [g]spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God [h]enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be [i]completely satisfied!

Pray on, friends. Pray on.