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Catalan: Tower Mir (Prats de Mollo and Pay) by Jordiipa

Good morning, beloved,

I woke up this morning to a clean first floor. My Noah cleaned his zone and kitchen. Wow, what a blessing! We decided to go to see Steven Curtis Chapman last night at Willow Creek. He kept saying he was feeling flustered by a bunch of mistakes…he thought the service started an hour later, a guitar string broke during the first song…yet as the night wore on, the blessing was two fold, I hope. He began to get teary as he spoke of his daughter who died, as we gave him a standing ovation in the middle of the concert…he was very real. His heart’s cry was that we would encounter the Living God. I can’t speak for the rest of the audience, but it was so good to be worshiping the Risen Lord last night! As the kids became fidgety, I put Daniel on my lap and held my hands over Luke and Ella…and they were peaceful. All of our family was touched and our conversation last night in the car ride home, was, well, holy. We scraped together 10 bucks and bought his greatest hits. I sat in the back seat to hand out food and was able to talk with my girl.  Joshua was very touched by a few songs..i.e., Cinderella and I Will Be Here. Our family is chatting this morning as I type and it’s good to hear.

Now, today we go and worship with our church. Will you?

I sure hope so. The local church needs you.

Pray on, pray on.



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Light by motolaura

Good morning, beloved,

This picture is a perfect example of where I left off with my last blog. I love how the light illuminates all that it touches. Not a blazing torch, this little light shines in the encroaching darkness. Outside of the ring of light, darkness falls. This light stands proudly.

I typed out that blog last night and then the darkness fell around us. Luke had struggled with this terrible headache and when we asked more questions, the dog ran into him full speed. Every time he turned his neck the pain was worse. Blurry vision, not good in my book. And friends, as I look back at the experience, my sadness was all of this wonder and light I had mined earlier,  I left it behind.  Then I felt a lump in his neck and my worry was off to the races.  All day had been a struggle of my mind and my family took the brunt of my frustration. Everyone else has a clean house. Everyone else can get their kids to help. Good mercies, as I type it out its sludge. And when I had taken the time to write the blog in the afternoon, my spirits lifted. Then we came down to find that the dog had eaten all the chicken off the counter. One of the kid’s salads was gone.  And Luke most certainly had not eaten it. I still don’t have a phone. Sludge. Sludge. Thinking about this upcoming week..SLAM!

Thankfully, Luke has muscles pulled in his neck and no spinal or bone injuries. It was necessary to get ice cream at 10pm. You know it. Ahem. Once the turtle sundae and  reading truth had run its course, bed.

I begin my blog today saying, even with all the best study of the Word, Satan‘s attacks come when we feeling weakest. I am a child of the King. I love His Word. Satan knows my weaknesses. When my neighbor, who is a nurse, looked at Luke’s neck gave me a look, my fear shot through the roof. Neurological issues and me family seem to walk hand in hand. Normally, I can deal when I am ready. Ahh, there’s the ticket. Right? In warfare, preparation is having His Word in hand all the time. And if I look back through my day, my fear and worry began with money worries (looking ahead? what?). Then continued as I compared my house to others. Then I would think about the week ahead with Daniel in the hospital and home run! Now, what if instead, I had talked with Joshua and prayed together.

And then had…Psalm 119: 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Ah.

Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle by Tom Harpel from Seattle, Washington

Well, let’s finish this day of light in my study together and then take it with us. 🙂

Isaiah 49: 6 He says, It is too light a thing that you should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors [of the judgments] of Israel; I will also give you for a light to the nations, that My salvation may extend to the end of the earth.

Isaiah 60: 19 The sun shall no more be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you, but the Lord shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory and your beauty.

20 Your sun shall no more go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself, for the Lord shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.

Think of the promises loaded into these verses. God is timeless. We are set in a certain time. The sun and moon will no longer be needed. God will be our light forever and ever and ever. 🙂

Everlasting: long duration, antiquity, futurity, for ever, ever, everlasting, evermore, perpetual, old, ancient, world LIGHT.

Matthew 4: 16 The people who sat (dwelt enveloped) in darkness have seen a great Light, and for those who sat in the land and shadow of death Light has dawned.

A powerful light shining in the dark. by Zouavman Le Zouave

Matthew 6:22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light.23 But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!

John 1:4 In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.

And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].

There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.

This man came to witness, that he might testify of the Light, that all men might believe in it [adhere to it, trust it, and rely upon it] through him.

He was not the Light himself, but came that he might bear witness regarding the Light.

There it was—the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person.

Jesus shines in the darkness. In the properties of light, one only needs to look at the first picture in this blog and you see the next sentence: truth. Darkness does not envelope this light. The light is not overpowered. Put out. Or absorbed. Jesus shines brighter.

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a placeand portion among those who are consecrated and purified by faith in Me.

Ephesians 5:8 For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light].

1 John 1: 5 And this is the message [the message of promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way].[So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live andmove and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live andpractice the Truth [which the Gospel presents].But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

Revelation 21:23 And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the splendor and radiance (glory) of God illuminate it, and the Lamb is its lamp.

Friends, if we are children of the Light then we can not play in the darkness. We have been release from our sins and given a place and been purified by faith! We have light because of the Lord! Look at what gifts we have when we walk in the LIGHT…

  1. fellowship with Him
  2. fellowship with one another
  3. the blood of Jesus cleanses REMOVES all sin and guilt and keeps us cleansed from sin in all forms and manifestations…

Can I get an amen? Friends, the blood of Jesus never will lose power!

Pray on, friends. 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

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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Surfer at the beach of Costa da Caparica, Portugal by Alvesgaspar

Good morning, beloved,

“Sing to God, sing praises to His name, cast up a highway for Him Who rides through the deserts—His name is the Lord—be in high spirits and glory before Him! A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows is God in His holy habitation.” Psalm 68:4-5 AMP

I’m sitting here in awe. We had rain last night. I’m shocked. We stayed home from the beach in the late afternoon because of the threat of thunderstorms and when do they come? Overnight. Sigh.

It had been an overwhelming week for kids with a VBS in the morning and a soccer camp in the evening, I suppose.  🙂 Yesterday, we caught up on life around here and got stuff done. I had a list. Danny pretended he was a scientist with helping me with the refrigerator…ahem. Keepin’ it real here.  Ella helped wipe all the surfaces down in the kitchen all the while singing a happy little working song. Luke wanted to help with putting slices of mango in the dehydrator. (I had a different job for him and he didn’t like it..)  Then they caught up on their favorite shows with Daddy and a neighbor stopped by,  blessing…friends, God is revealing to me how to show Himself to those who don’t know Him His way through me. How do I explain…it’s a revelation. Huge.

I spent much of my life so anxious when I would meet a “non-Christian”. When do I share the gospel? How? Should I write out my story? Maybe read it to them and hand them a copy for posterity?  When they were dear friends, especially during my college days …God began to teach me how to be an example of love. I didn’t do that very well…it was a beginning. Now come to today, and now, as God brings encounters in my life, He leads it. And I want to tell you, whenever I hear people say that I want to roll my eyes, what does that mean?

God uses your gifts. God uses who you are and blesses those around you if you open your hands and say yes. Allow me to say, you may never know your light’s impact. Never. You may never get a chance. In past years, at other houses, we have walked away and I felt as though I let the Lord down. Yet, those people are pursued by holy God. Not my people, their journey is not your journey. As you walk into an interaction with someone, ask for the Lord’s guidance. In one relationship I have, the Spirit has been asking me to give a book away and I keep forgetting to bring the book.

I didn’t forget Friday. I gave it away. And she cried. Her father had just died, and he had always spoken highly of Jesus and she was so interested in Jesus..(the book was Jesus Calling a devotional..) Now, this was the Lord’s guidance…

And when I talked with my neighbor and she was so afraid for her son, I told her I would be praying for her, for her son, for the Lord to give her peace and I quoted Scripture to her. And she wept..It’s so beautiful, Cara. Those aren’t my words, friends. Do you see? To God be the glory.

He leads and we follow. He is calling for people. And I am finally understanding the relationship…

Speaking of relationship…

One father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters-George Herbert

God bless you, fathers.  You do kingdom work in raising up the next generation. May this day be a blessing to you.

Pray on, pray on.

Seas…part 2

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Sea Storm in Pacifica, California by Brocken Inaglory

Good morning,

If you haven’t read part one, I wrote that late in the afternoon yesterday. 🙂 Read that first. 🙂

Today is my Luke’s birthday. We went out last night with the hope of getting him a birthday gift. Nothing like waiting until the last minute…I figured I could get the Bible I wanted for him at the Christian book store. Silly me. The sales lady looked at me blankly and said she had never heard of the study Bible for which I searching.  So online today I go and he gets his favorite Perry the Platypus t-shirt and shorts with gear…Mercy.  The shirt is very cute…but it most certainly was not the intended purchase. 😉 Of course, to my Luker, the Bible is a gift that, well, to a nine year old is a bit difficult to thrill over. As, well, me, I’d thrill..but…:) God knows how to care for my little guy in big and small ways.

As we pray for our toe headed boy today,  we dedicate this precious to the Lord. Yet, Luke must bow his knee. He must take a stance of presenting (as we talked about yesterday, wouldn’t it be wonderful to sit over a cuppa and talk about the Word? one word..heaven!) his body. He needs to remember as do I, as do you that we would do well to lay our bodies down daily. Remember, dying to ourselves (Luke 9:23).

Romans 12

as a living sacrifice, holy…

living:  live, breathe, be among the living (not lifeless, not dead),  a sacrifice, symbolic of the believer, Rom 12:1;

holy:  a most holy calling, saint. This sainthood….it is a state into which God in grace calls men; yet believers are called to sanctify themselves (consistently with their calling, 2Ti 1:9), cleansing themselves from all defilement, forsaking sin, living a “holy” manner of life, 1Pe 1:152Pe 3:11, and experiencing fellowship with God in His holiness.

sacrifice: primarily denotes “the act of offering;” then, objectively, “that which is offered”, of the body of the believer, presented to God as a living “sacrifice

So the Greek gives us so much more depth and understanding to just this phrase..we are called to be among the living, yet willing to lay down our lives which is a most holy calling. Sainthood:

Process–We are called by God HIS GRACE—called to sanctify ourselves (set ourselves apart)—cleansing ourselves from defilement (um, as a work of the Holy Spirit and because of the blood of Jesus!)—forsaking sin (keeping in mind, cleaving steadfastly to Jesus, right? LUKE 9:23)—living in a holy manner of life (Peter’s words in those two links above talk about this very thing!)—which leads to praise be! experiencing the wonder of fellowship with God in His holiness..then, the idea of sacrifice, that which is offered is offered in love. Experience a moment in the presence and the sacrifice is a gift.

Well, birthday boy is awake. The day has begun.

Calm Seas in Boyndie Bay Compare this peaceful scene with [[[743927]]], which was taken only a few weeks earlier in the year (not the same year, however) by Anne Burgess
Pray on, pray on. I’ll continue tomorrow. I’m changing the title tho…;)