Thursday, April 30, 2009
Silly kids. Science experiment showing the water cycle lies baking out in the hot "is there any other kind?" Phoenix sun. They come in, swing by the computer to dispense and retrieve a quick hug and kiss. Then they continue their game of trading! Yes, trading! While outside, Bethany discovered the Panda Daniel hid for her in the tree. Oh, the thorny one, I might add. Then they delightfully tromp up the steps in all the glee two kiddos could accumulate..... as Bethany says in her typical animated fashion, "You're just not going to believe what I'm going to give you!" Daniel, in his monotone and matter of fact way says, "Am I going to pass out???" Music is indeed composed in the conversation of delightful moments such as these. Notes are words and sounds of words, and feet. Oh, and the lyric of joy. I love music!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
The best part about it is I am under no contractual obligation to post a picture, before OR after, plus I can now write a guilt-free post! Thanks to Traci at Country Wife, Country Life for the inspiration. Just trying to keep another short account! (Besides that, I'm all caught up on ALL the laundry, and Traci and friends know what I mean.) And I smile as I publish!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Just a bit over thirteen years ago, I asked the Lord a question I'll never forget, and the weight of His answer is still with me today. "Lord, is it okay if I marry Danny?" It was not a casual question as the language may imply, nor was His answer. He answered me with 1 Peter 1:22. I think in my mind I thought I would hear a simple "yes", or perhaps a "no." It was, as it usually is with the Lord, much deeper than that. "Love one another with a sincere heart." (A "yes" heavily laden with instruction!) The New American Standard Bible reads, "Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,"
Wesley's Notes say: 1:22 Having purified your souls by obeying the truth through the Spirit, who bestows upon you freely, both obedience and purity of heart, and unfeigned love of the brethren, go on to still higher degrees of love. Love one another fervently - With the most strong and tender affection; and yet with a pure heart - Pure from any spot of unholy desire or inordinate passion.
The night of my question was a face to face with my Father- my Heavenly one. I felt the seriousness of the matter settle in on me. As I write I recall joy after joy after joy of Danny and I's life together. Yet, as another year begins my eyes well up with tears when I think of my careless, thoughtless, selfish habits and tendencies. Then I remember the Covenant! God's Covenant! The Covenant of all covenants that gives me hope and grace to embrace and enjoy the years yet to come. The Covenant that rings loudly with forgiveness! The Covenant that sealed the deal- His own sacrifice! His promise to me. His promise to us. He has demonstrated what He requires!
Danny, because of Jesus, because of His great love for us, because He is resident in me and in you, I go before Him again, and ask Him to help me fulfill 1 Peter 1:22 for the rest of our lives. My beloved, this day, April 26, is our Anniversary! Happy Anniversary! Heaven applauds and the great cloud of witnesses cheers us on in our walk as husband and wife before the world, each other, and before the Lord. I dearly cherish this day. I cherish you.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
תהילים 24:1 Hebrew Bible
לדוד מזמור ליהוה הארץ ומלואה תבל וישבי בה׃
Whoever their artist is can only do this because our Creator God has given said person life, breath, and a representation of His creativity - resident within him.
Salmos 24:1 Spanish: La Biblia de las Américas (©1997)
Del SEÑOR es la tierra y todo lo que hay en ella; el mundo y los que en él habitan.
In Genesis God says it first, "And it was good!"
Psalm 24:1 German: Luther (1912)
Ein Psalm Davids. Die Erde ist des HERRN und was darinnen ist, der Erdboden und was darauf wohnt.
Psaume 24:1 French: Louis Segond (1910)
Psaume de David. A l'Eternel la terre et ce qu'elle renferme, Le monde et ceux qui l'habitent!
詩 篇 24:1 Chinese Bible: Union (Traditional)
（ 大 衛 的 詩 。 ） 地 和 其 中 所 充 滿 的 ， 世 界 和 住 在 其 間 的 ， 都 屬 耶 和 華 。
Psalm 24:1 serves as His underscore, "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness therein."
Here is a wonderful video of Worship Leader Brian Doerkson, "Creation Calls."
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I stand corrected, and I stand convicted. I'm busy cleaning out my closet. The heap of "bargains" is growing on the floor of my closet. I'm ashamed. Really. The waste both of time and money. In the background, as my own frustration with myself is growing, the words of the Gospel of Matthew are heard on my CD player. "Lay not up for yourselves treasures where moth and rust destroy....", he reads while I clean. What can we say when we hear the truth? We can either shut off the CD player, or respond. (The timing was amazing!) The sin of materialism isn't just a waste of time and money, it's a "waste of the heart"- the one God created as a home for His presence. The pure heart He longs for me to have. While God loves me, He still desires to change me. Returning now to complete the job!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
v.17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.
v. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints,
v.19 and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength,
v.20 which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms,
v.21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
v.22 And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church,
v.23 which is His body, the fullness of HIm who fills everything in every way.
I love the picture, I love this passage of scripture. I want to know Him more-Lamb and Lion. He lives! A blessed hope-filled resurrection!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
For me, however, Easter takes on an even deeper meaning because it's about the Resurrection. It's a celebration. It's about everything that gives me hope, joy, peace, and assurance of eternal life with Jesus in Heaven. So what I'm saying is, "I can't wait!" I have to open this one up now. I love music that shouts our hope in Christ outloud. We're doing this one on Sunday. Take a peek for yourself.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
He thinks he's reading the classic children's novel, Robinson Crusoe. I like to think he's reading A Memory, the book he writes as he reads. She'll remember this. She'll remember his devotion to her, to us. She'll remember countless hours he has spent reading more than a handful of novels that have become the springboard to hours of child's play: Narnia in the backyard, treasure hunts spawned by Treasure Island. The sound of tonight's story, its words to his voice are the map to tomorrow's fun, I just know it! Oh, adventure. Oh, joy and memory. Oh, a devoted father. Invisible ink is writing a beautiful story.