FAREWELL.........

FAREWELL.........

.....minus 9 DEGREES & 14" OF FRESH GLORIOUS SNOW...

.....minus 9 DEGREES & 14" OF FRESH GLORIOUS SNOW...

......& ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH!

......& ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

MY ONE WORD #3

Choose. (2017) Consider (2018) ????? (2019)

I have been mulling over my 2019 choice for My One Word since last June's "Summer Refreshment" book study. I was pretty sure "seek" was going to be the right "choice." A word of focus. A right focus. An action word. The right action. A transitive verb. A "doing" word for a "do-er".
A word for prioritizing my life. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God..." (Matthew 6:33) A word with 100 individual Bible references in multiple verses in both the Old and New Testaments.

"But God in his love and mercy".....brought another word to my attention---more than once. I gave pause to his leading. Gentle nudges. A son's sermon. Being vs Doing debate. Not one or the other but intertwined. Hubby's suggestion about my "packed" schedule. An intransitive verb---now that would be a first.
I did an acrostic on both words---many similarities found.
Put                   Set aside superfluous
Aside                Enjoy moments God gives
Unnecessary     Embrace eternal truth
Selections         Keep on keeping on
Everyday
I think I was looking for a skywriter to show me the right word. Instead God gave me 3 words to reflect on---in stone. At least painted on concrete. That seemed to seal the deal.
When one takes time to "pause" the 3 Rs come forth. one can linger long enough to relax, which brings about refreshing of both mind and soul so that she is able to refuel with God's truth and then take action. "Seeking" is a doing word. (Think transitive.)
"Pausing" is a being word for one who needs to practice "being" a be-er. Are you confused yet.
 
76 times in 3 versions of the Bible was "pause" found---all but 5 of those were in Psalms as Selah--reminds one to pause and calmly think of that. Hmmm....only 6 different verses.
I am joyful expectant to see how ow God will use this word in my life.
Decision made. Break out of the mold. Go outside the box. "Pause" for the first 1/2 of the year or until the Lord guides to transition to "seek".
Wow that's a biggie for me, a rule follower! I'm considering ('18) choosing ('17) 2 words for My One Word! YIKES!


**Remembering 2009---10 years ago today, Heard the word biopsy, as it pertained to me, for the very first time. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!!

RE-CONSIDER-ING 2018: A blog retrospective. Lessons encountered. Some learned.

Monday, December 31, 2018

"SNOW" BEAUTIFUL!!!

4 + NEW INCHES & STILL FALLING!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

PICTURE WITH A PUNCH

December 26, 2018
Wordsmith's have a passion for words. Well crafted text excites them.
They appreciate the power of words to inform and inspire. Often it's difficult to add a needed emotional punch with just words. That's where photography provides the picture that is worth a thousand words.
How does one describe two 51/2 month olds talking with "words"? Their garble and squeals have no "letters."
When the female participant in the conversation reaches for the other, how do words capture the emotions of the male participant as he's been punched in the eye, (albeit unintentionally), when he takes it very personally?
Hopefully, by the end of the day tomorrow, I will be able to reveal the identity of this little guy with words that will punch you in the stomach and tug at your heartstrings.
Tomorrow is his "Adoption Day".
****12/27/18
A Fine Family of Four----FINALLY!!!

Monday, December 24, 2018

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS!

A focus on Faith, Family and Friends.
Pix to follow "eventually.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

THANKFUL THURSDAY - SERENE SUNDAY!

Rolling along from Tennessee (early Christmas) to Missouri and onto Kansas (w/ friends, yummy greasy hamburgers and Toto at start of the yellow brick road in"OZ" to an outdoor nativity, Monument Rocks on a private farm, and a giant Van Gogh) to Colorado (w/ friends and SNOW to come)--it was a great ride!
Blessings galore and an abundance of gratitude!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

"DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?" A REPRISE

For me, once I start looking for the Lord, I see His hand all over the place.
This week, I've focused on Listening for the Lord and I have "heard" his "song" everywhere!
My Sunday morning cuppa included time scanning the "funnies"which many households refer to as the comics.
Then, I "heard" an affirmation from the Lord---loud & clear. I just love "Family Circus". So real and it always makes me laugh. This morning's Sunday School lesson, quoted Ann Voskamp. 
"Oxygenated grace is laughter." Something most of us need more of. 
As I began typing this entry, the melody of "Do You Hear What I hear" drifted in from the den.
Hubby was watching Tennessee Crossroads on PBS featuring a visit to "Sunny Side Lights" in Brentwood, TN. 
He was watching......
I was listening to the melody but the lyrics spoke inside my head..........
Do you hear what I hear
A song, a song
High above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea.

.....and I heard my "spiritual" song as my week ended. (James 4:8) A song from the Lord.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?"

Last Tuesday's In Touch devotional gave a great analogy of one's response, in today's culture, to God's inspired, inerrant word compared with the response of the Israelites as they heard God's Word for the first time since their exile. (Nehemiah 8:1-9)
  • WITH EAGER ATTENTIVENESS--as Ezra read scripture from "daybreak till noon". (Neh. 8:3) 
  • WITH REVERENCE AND WORSHIP ----all stood in reverence and then bowed down to worship the Lord (Neh. 8:5-6) 
  • WITH UNDERSTANDING--they helped others understand what they heard, (Neh. 8:7-8)
  •  WITH REPENTANCE--after hearing God's word they were convicted of sin and repented with mourning and weeping. (Nehemiah 8:9)
The entry has been in the forefront of my mind. 
I started today listening to Him as I meditated on His word. Throughout the day, I thought of hearing God in many ways these last five days. 
  • Rain splashing against the window as I fell asleep last night. For one who struggles with insomnia, that was  music to my ears.
  • Hubby "duck-talking" to Lucy. A song, a song, through the air waves of FaceTime.
  • A nervous Owen's solo of the 3rd verse of Silent Night at "Winter Celebration" at school. 
    Radiant beams for sure with baby Jack's infectious smile as he saw his big brother.
  • Radio" voice of "The Old Coach" waiting for him to mention, "Liles splits left."
Awareness of God in the daily.....had me "hearing" in a spiritual way.  
"Do you hear what I hear" throughout your day. 
Awareness is key to "hearing.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

NATIVITY SCENES: REVISITED

The elegant nativity in the hallway of the fellowship area is a constant reminder of the "reason for the season." The display never changes but it has lots of "lookers" enjoying its beauty.
Turn the corner and head to the children's area and another eye catching nativity appears. A display of change. A nativity that has yet to be the same any time I have passed it. It provides joy every time I pass it .
Today, the sheep appeared for the first time and one of the wise men has given up tumbling and appears to be talking to and angel. Another wise man is either napping or "lost" the battle. Regardless, the rearrangement reminds me that children are enjoying the nativity in their own, using their hands as part of the experience. Such a thought warms my heart and makes me smile!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

NATIVITY SCENES FOR ALL AGES

Nothing says Christmas at our house like nativity scenes---whether terra cotta figures, snow globes, ornaments or a wall hangings of a simple "Babe in a manger".
At First Evangelical Church beautiful nativities adorn the hallways and even at off campus functions. 
This year the one that has brought me unique joy has been the cloth one in the children's area. Every time I walk by the characters seem to be in a different positions.
Once it looked like the Wise Men had been practicing their somersaults! Today the 3 Wise Men appear to be in a huddle.I'm not sure where the shepherds were or why the angel found repose on a near-by pillow. I just know I like the ideas of "little hands" finding joy there.