Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Quicksilver Days

The years tumble by like colored blocks from a toy box. The green ones of youth, white of innocence, the blue of maturity, red of passion, and yellow of mellow age. The thirties turn like a square on a Rubik cube and, click, it’s the sixties.

Now, see the bright flashes of light that tiptoe across the lake in the late morning light of October. Stop and savor; when the wind shifts, all is gone except the dark shadows of the pine trees.

Late summer roses burst forth in an annual celebration of Indian summer days. Lean over, inhale slowly, feel the fragile pink petals which spill into my hand on your wedding day.

Come to the window, can you hear it too? Holding my breath in the winter air, I listen to the music of the wild geese until it fades away in the black velvet night.

Tiny fingers close around my large extended finger, then they release. I count all ten little piggies and marvel at the miracle which is my step daughter’s child. And I recall the sweetness of other babies’ necks.

It seems just last year that Mother was in her kitchen, making her navel orange holiday cake. Full of oranges from Dad’s grove, raisins, and nuts, the cake’s rich, dark, color was highlighted by the crystallized sugar glaze over the top. Now her hands are folded, still and cold. Yet I remember the brief hours, oft repeated, around the festive family table.

Only now can I realize how precious and singular are the days that remain. I reach - to fill my soul with the beauty of God’s world and the joy of family affections. Even as I try to grasp each moment, it slips through my fingers like the water of a mountain stream, quicksilver and cool.

Psalm 121:8 New Living Translation - "The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever."

May you always have the Lord's peace and joy!

Margaret
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

For the Children

May your world be so large that all your words won’t fill it up.

Words are magic, I’ve been told-
Little treasures, pots of gold.

They can take you anywhere-
Over the moon or under the stair.

In your brain they make an itch.
Follow your doggie over the ditch.

Words can be both sharp or kind.
Make the pictures in your mind.

Words are sticky, smooth or sweet.
Run in the tall grass with bare feet.

In a silver airplane I shall fly
With my Daddy through the sky!

Moon comes after the sunbeams yellow.
Mommie’s lullaby; I feel mellow.

Luke 18:16 New American Standard - But Jesus called to them, saying, “Permit the children to come to me, and do not hinder t hem, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Who is He?


Luke 2:25, 27-32 (New American Standard Bible)

There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, "Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation, Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, A light of revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel."

Simeon confirmed the identity of Jesus when he was 8 days old. In his life, Jesus fulfilled all the law and the prophets and took upon himself the wrath of God against all sin of all people. He finished the task on the cross, was resurrected by God and will return to gather unto himself all those who believe that Jesus is Lord.

We celebrate in this season the glorious love that God has for all humanity. He sent his very Son to make a way for each person to have fellowship with Himself. I don’t know why he loves me, I just know that he does. It is equally true that He loves you. Who can deny such a love that sacrificed so much for you and me to have a relationship with Him and for you and me to spend time (eternity) together with Him?

In this season, let us praise God for his gift of love---Jesus.

Blessings to all during this season!

Margaret

 






Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Walk with Me

Abba, Father, teach me;
My spirit is quiet before your throne.
All my words strung together from all my years have come to nothing.
Give me, Father, your words to speak,
Your words to inspire,
Your words to guide me.

And it came to pass that the Word became flesh and lived among us.
Jesus alone was clean and pure, without sin.
How humbled I am, knowing deep in my soul that Jesus loves me.
Because of His finished work on the cross,
Now I am clothed with the righteousness of Christ.

His love has become the light to my path.
It is His light that glows within me.
His love teaches me to trust Him implicitly.
Jesus comforts me with His peace.
It is as if He puts His strong arm around my shoulder and walks beside me.

Galatians 6:10 - So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

Proverbs 22:1 - A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.

Margaret
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Tale of Two Trees

Once upon a time there were two trees in a magical garden. No people had found this place and so the trees and plants grew undisturbed. One cool, breezy morning the taller tree, El, began moving his leaves in such a way that he began to speak. The other tree, Si, understood and he also began to communicate.

Both trees were quite stately and beautiful with luscious fruit hanging low on strong branches. Each tree took pride in producing perfect fruit. And so it was that they began to proclaim the astonishing qualities of the fruit they each bore. Si, feeling most confident, declared that his fruit would produce superior knowledge in anyone who ate of it. With knowledge, he reasoned, one could choose wisely between the good and the bad.

El listened patiently and thoughtfully replied that his fruit had a radical, supernatural power to give life to those who partake of his fruit. And so the matter stood. Each tree had fruit with incredible power for those who ate from it.

Epilogue. The tree El is the tree of life who is Jesus. He has within his power to give eternal life to all who believe in Him.

Si is the tree of knowledge, both natural and scientific. One can have extraordinary knowledge and wisdom and still miss the gift of life everlasting.

It remains a choice for each human to this very day.

Romans 10:9, 13 - Because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Margaret
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Six AM in Edinburgh

How excited I was on my first trip to Europe in 1986. I had joined a small group of teachers and students, and we had experienced a tiny bit of London & Bath, England. Thursday night we left London on a train bound for Edinburgh and haggis and other delights of Scotland. Someone had procured a small bottle of wine, and after much ado the bottle was opened and paper cups materialized. All the adults received a bit more than a sniff as the train roared out of the city and across the inky landscape. Before dawn the train attendant knocked on our door and thrust a tray holding 2 cups of Hot coffee into my hand. Now, I’m awake, still lying on the bunk. Ruth clambered down from the upper bunk, took her coffee, and started down the hall. I elected to brush my teeth first using the lavatory in the compartment. All my toiletries and first aid supplies were in plastic bags so they were easy to find in the semi-dark. Shaking my head from the cobwebs, (maybe a little wine) I squeezed an ample amount of toothpaste on my brush. Only after 2 seconds did I realize, “Something’s wrong here!” I had brushed my teeth with Ben Gay!

At this Thanksgiving time, we can all find some reason to be happy.

Proverbs 17:22 - A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Margaret
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit and Self An Imaginary Dialogue


H I’m starving! Growing weaker every day. Won’t you help me?

S If I can. Who are you? What do you need?

H I need the Bread of Life.

S Is that wheat, Italian or rye? Chuckle

H Not exactly. Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life.” Feed on the Word.

S Wait a minute. Explain yourself.

H I am the Holy Spirit of God. I have been given to you to help you in this life and to bring resurrection to your body at the last day.

S Oh! My! Oh! Humbled

H Because I live in you-I see through your eyes, walk in your shoes, hear through you and sometimes speak through you.

S You see what I’m looking at? You read what I am reading? Hum

H Yes. I need for you to read the scriptures; that is the Bread of Life.

That is how I gain my strength, my power to move in your life. (voice grows weaker) Forgive me; I grow weaker every day that you neglect to feed me that Bread.

S Oh, no. Forgive me! Father, forgive me. I did not realize that I was quenching the Holy Spirit.

(Starts reading a Psalm)

H Do you have any wine for me?

S I don’t understand.

H Do you have new wine in new wineskins?

S I don’t know. I suppose not. Should I?

H Let me put this another way. Do you love the Lord?

S YES!

H How do you express that love to him?

S Well, I go to church. I appreciate earth’s beauty. and His blessings.

H Good. But how do you really show that you love God? It is the first commandment, you know. Do you praise and thank Him for the things you just mentioned?

S Uh. Sometimes.

H Would you like to do that just now? Practice a little?

S (bowed head, reverently) I praise you, most holy God for out of your beautiful perfection, you have created a world full of great beauty, in infinite variety- on land, sea, and air. Thank you!

H That is the wine that nourishes me. The praise of the Father that glorifies Him. Now I can pray for you with greater power through my utterance, not your language.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Letting Go

Very gently the breeze rounds the corner of the cabin; softly, quietly the fading yellow leaves turn loose and glide--ever downward. They journey from the only home they have known, the tree that nourished them, toward the unknown. The ground, still warm from the day’s sunshine provides a soft landing on this Indian summer afternoon. The incremental layers of yellow, gold, red and brown leaves form a carpet under my feet on y walk. Watching the natural process of the seasons in the flight of the leaves, I am caught by the thought that my leaving this life w ill be as easy and natural as the leaves falling.

Secure in my identity as a joint heir with Christ, I have no more worries about my actual transition from this life to my eternal life, than the leaves I admire. I imagine there will be magnificent beauty in that world of love, peace and harmony. Just looking at the beauty God created on this earth is enough to convince me that heaven is even more beautiful.

Psalm 8:3-4 - When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Variety

Oh yes, they come in a wide variety-
As befits the infinite capacity of the Creator.

Some are almost closed, compressed with the “petals” wound tightly together.
The inside is obscured from all except the most astute observer-
One who takes the time to come close, pay attention,
and finally marvel at the beauty.

Then there is the flamboyant extrovert.
All his petals are spread out wide to the sun.
Each petal is a work of art, perfectly shaped and curved.
No mystery there, but in the casual glance anyone can see
a striking, independent individualist.

Finally, a dark miniature cone catches my eye.
Each petal is carefully molded on a tiny scale
making it distinctive, precise-
It is neither too broad nor too narrow, being well balanced,
each part clearly in harmony with the whole design.

All have their place in my collection.
Lord, help me appreciate the differences in your people - your world.

Revelation 7:9-10 - After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Friends

Click-

Welcome! My friends are here!
I hear their familiar voices;
I watch them as they walk, laugh, cuddle or fight.
I so look forward to their visits. Then-

Click-

Now they are gone for another week:
7 days, 6 days, 5 days, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Get ready- finish dinner- watch the clock.
My friends are coming-
But I don’t need to dress for them,
Prepare snacks for them,
Tidy up the house for them;
They really won’t notice.


Click-
Welcome! My friends are here!

In times past I had friends who came for longer visits, even for the weekend. We would talk together, get our meals together, cry over sad movies together. Now they have all gone away.

Click-
Welcome! My friends are here!
I hear their familiar voices. .


Hebrews 10:24-25 portions

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together…but encouraging one another.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It’s Supernatural, Silly! by Margi Everett

Lord, I don’t know how you do it!!!

My bank account does not run dry even though expenses exceed my
     income.

My kitchen always has nutritious food even when I don’t go to the
     grocery.

The drops for my eyes lasts and lasts, even beyond the expected \
     date.

The gas gauge in my car drops slowly, even though I am on
     Interstate 4 almost every day.

The clock slows time as I get ready to drive to church or the doctor.
     Even if I get up late, I arrive on time.

My finances are improving steadily even though I am tithing to the
     Lord’s work.

My use of the computer is more efficient even though I am using a
     new program.

My fear of loneliness has almost disappeared even though I have no
     regular contact with people.

My anxiety over health problems has diminished hugely even though
     I have some issues I deal with.

My trust in the Lord is being magnified daily as I recognize how He is 
     working in my life.

Jesus Christ is engaged with me in supplying all my needs.

To God be the Glory, Praise and Honor forever.

Matthew 6:32-33 portions

…"Indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Country Girl’s Day

Waking up to jays and mockingbirds singing the praises of the ripe, purple-black mulberries too profuse to hide under the verdant thicket of leaves as large as plates.

Gathering yellow and gold nasturtiums from Mother's garden to take inside and arrange in a cut glass dish on the polished wooden table.

Sitting by the goldfish pond in the afternoon heat to look for the golden fish hiding under the water lettuce, listening to the sound of the katydids.

Washing dishes in a sink full of warm suds, watching the green lizards crawl lazily across the screened window and happily daydreaming

Stretching out on the cushioned swing, shaded by enormous twin camphor trees, reading a book about far away places like Ireland.

Padding barefoot to the porch through open French doors on a moonlight night, just to see the moon and the jigsaw pattern of light and dark on the freshly cut lawn.

Lifting soft, quiet prayers for peace on earth, then going inside to bed.

Proverbs 23:26 - My child, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.



* Growing up in the late forties in the country was a blessing.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Trust

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Several years ago I thought of Indiana Jones standing on a narrow ledge looking across a chasm toward another granite mountainside. It was perhaps 20 feet across and no Tarzan rope in sight. As the movie continued, he threw a handful of pebbles into the abyss. Many fell far below, but some landed on an invisible bridge to the other side.

As I sat daydreaming, I felt the presence of my Lord. He extended his arms in an invitation to dance a waltz. I moved with him to music I did not hear. Then he stepped off the edge of the mountain into nothingness. I didn’t fall because he was holding me. Then I looked down. Imagine what I saw! Very large angels were holding large slabs of marble above their heads forming a large surface where I could feel secure. Of course, Jesus did not need anything. It was all for me!

It is incredible how Jesus leads us to safety in His arms. Otherwise, we would fall into the great abyss.

Psalm 25:5 - Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Let it Shine

As a believer, I received God’s light at the time I believed in my heart and declared with my mouth that Jesus is Lord of my life. There is nothing else that I or any other person can do to improve upon what God has already completed. Jesus clearly said on the cross, “It is finished.”

The light of God, the Holy Spirit, guides my understanding. He directs the renewing of my mind, day after day. That is the process.

The process may be compared to an illustration that James Barron shared at Grace Church one Sunday. We believers are like a lamp with the light of God with us. Some lamps, however, are covered with heavy cloths; some are covered with several layers of cloth; some are covered with only a sheer cloth. The coverings are symbolic of many things.

My goal is to be receptive and receive God’s grace as he renews my mind and removes misunderstandings and allows more and more of His light to shine through me. Today I have been singing a little tune from my childhood. “God gave me a little light, I’m gonna’ let it shine; let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!”

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world…Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16 portions

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for choosing me, loving me and forgiving me. I trust you now to meet all my needs; to be my advocate before the courts; to rescue me from any evil.

I thank you that you are my strong tower; you shelter me under your wings until the fierce storm passes by. You are my comfort and strength. In my weakness your power is made perfect.

You alone are worthy of worship, O Lord. Your majesty and holiness are unsurpassed; your creative power is unlimited. You spoke the words and the universe was formed. You exist outside of time and space (human concepts). Your love for humanity is unfathomable. You sent Jesus, your only begotten Son, to live, suffer and die for us who believe. His love and obedience are perfect, and now He reigns with you while your Holy Spirit dwells inside me and all other believers.

O, help me, dear Lord, that I not quench your Spirit but rather that my discernment of your leading will increase steadily. Help me to “hear’ your voice. You are always with me.

Praise, honor, and glory- all belong to you, O God.

All my love,

Margi
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Do You Have a Charger?

A cell phone charger, you know, the device that plugs into an electric socket and replenishes the battery power to keep the phone working for another day.

I have a very special charger that I carry everywhere I go. He is the Holy Spirit of God. When I focus my heart on Him, then He connects to the limitless power of Jehovah God. (Just as we cannot see electricity, but only the effects of it, so it is with God. Our human eyes do not” see” God, but His presence manifests His power in our lives.)

As the Spirit receives from God, He who knows the mind of God also lives inside me. (Isn’t that just incredible?) The Spirit supernaturally imparts to my spirit the message that I need for the crisis of the moment. My need may be for strength over a longer period of time. Then I need to focus on the Word of God and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to me the building blocks of faith that I may be strengthened through Christ in order that I can do all things that please the Father.

Today, God blessed me with this metaphor-God is my “charger.” He enables me to function effectively day by day.

Enjoy your weekend!
 
Margaret
 
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I AM BROKEN

I am broken into a hundred pieces.
Who shall be able to put me back together? asked Self.
“Not I,” said Self.
“Not I,” said husband.
“Not I,” said daughter.
“Not I,” said son
“Not I,” said sister
“Not I,” said the church body.
“Not I,” said all my possessions.
“Not I,” said the bank account.
“Not I,” said the medical doctor.

“I can!” said the Holy Spirit.
“Hooray!” said Self. “Where do you want to start?”
“First, the cleaning of all the pieces.-
Thoughts that were rotten, deeds that were sour,
Faith that was only half baked. All unforgiveness.
All these must go into the fire of cleansing for they have defiled The Lord’s temple. That’s you, you know.
It is necessary for you to let go of all those things.
Washing them with tears of repentance
As you hand over each one into the cleansing fire.”

“This is not an instantaneous action but rather, a process.
You have asked the Father for the truth.
The truth is seldom a pretty sight when one looks into one’s soul.
All the miserable wretchedness of our puny little lives rises up Before our eyes until we cannot stand to look any more. Somewhat like old Scrooge.”

“Ah, but the Word says that the truth will set us free. What does that mean?”
“Free of guilt, false burdens, feeling rejected.”
“So, then…the truth is that Christ died to set Me free. Christ promised never to leave me or forsake me.”
“Yes. Come now, lift up your face to the Lord,” said the Holy Spirit. Strengthen your weak knees. God has come in his creative power to restore you to wholeness as a vessel fit for Him. Beginning today, you belong to Him entirely, and He will transform you by the renewing of your mind.
Feed on the Scriptures and grow strong. Pray in the Spirit and I, God’s Holy Spirit within you, will pray also to the Father to help you and guide you.
See, the glory of God shines down upon you. You are chosen. He loves you. Be made whole. Serve Him. LOVE HIM!”

Margaret

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Love is Like . . .

by Margaret Everett

Love is like a plant-
  Some will flourish and die in a season.
  Some will continue to grow under all conditions
  through the years.

It needs the sunshine of joy shared together,
  the environment of many experiences,
  the nourishment of mutual trust.

Love is like the sky-changing faces rapidly-
  White puffs beaten to a froth and then spun out
  by the fierce, cold wind across the glassy blue sky.
  Minutes later at the edge of the sky, the clouds melt
  together, dripping gold into the black trees on the horizon.

Love is like peering into the Wekiva River near the edge-
  to see simultaneously the white rippled sand bottom,
  brown through the tannic acid of the water
  and also see the cypress trees and the blue sky above.
  I perceive that love exists on many levels at the same time.

Love is like a mountain stream-
  It begins out of sight in a hidden place of the heart.
  It pulses with energy over the rocks, wearing them smooth.
  It increases, divides, and ultimately goes into the great blue ocean of time where all loves change   after death.

Love cannot be caged, trampled, or ignored
  and keep its essence and beauty.
  It must run free to sparkle in the sun, bubble in the shadows, refreshing those who partake tenderly   without destroying.


I John 4:7 - Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Protection

Lifting up my eyes, I see the very tall trees lifting their branches toward the light. I think of God, creator of all earth’s beauty. The stronger trees graze the sky while the smaller ones such as the dogwoods are sheltered beneath. Then I realize that I am like the smaller trees because I walk in the grace and protection of my Lord Jesus. He loves me and when I stumble, I will not fall headlong to destruction. It is as though I am under the shadow of his wings, covered in the cleft of the rock. Dear Jesus, I give to you my love and adoration out of the wealth of love you shower into my life every day.


Psalm 91:2 NIV - I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Joy, Joy, Joy

In my heart there is welling up the spirit of praise - praise for Jehovah Shalom. God has many glorious names that depict some of his magnificent qualities. Today I feel the peace of God and I praise Him. When I cease the struggle to perform, to “sanctify” myself, I begin to realize that I am powerless to do that or to make myself righteous in God’s eyes. Then my soul explodes with Joy! Why? Because Jesus has already done all the work, everything, for me. It is finished. I accept and relish the perfect love of Jesus, the true lover of my soul. Now I simply lift my hands and my voice and give praise to my Lord and my God.

I Peter 2:9 NIV - But you are a chosen people…belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

BE

I’ve not called you to do,
But I’ve called you into being.
When you are being you’re not doing;
And when you’re being I can be…Me.

When you’re doing, they don’t see Me;
When you’re being I can rest.
When you’re being you’ll worship Me;
And when you’re being, people will be blessed.

I’ve not called you into doing
For doing only makes you weary.
I’ve called you into being,
So when I speak or work through you
It can be Me, and I get the glory.

Being gives you my identity,
It makes you equal with Me.
Your doing makes you work;
Your being represents Me.

So make a decision today,
To BE and not DO
For in your being…
People will see Me!

© Kathleen Schubitz

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Reaching...

How beautiful are your features, Jesus.
I dare not reach to touch you. But I know you reach out to touch me - every day.
My eyes cannot behold your beauty; it is too glorious and bright.
My ears do not perceive the melody of your voice singing- more grand than a symphony.
I cannot inhale the precious aroma of your skin and your golden raiment.
I would surely melt were your tears to fall on my upturned face.

Oh, how marvelous you are, My Lord.
I find that I can only see in the little ruts of life.
Others see the hills sometimes. But Your vision extends beyond the mountains and rolls under the bottom of the sea and stretches out around the edge of time and shimmers across the glassy plains toward eternity.

And seeing all, you reach back to take my hand
and lead me across the slippery places lest I fall.

Thank you Lord, for choosing me.
Thank you Lord, for loving me.
Thank you Lord, for forgiving me.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pick up your Mat

John 5:6 Paraphrased with Margi’s Commentary

Jesus asked the paralyzed man at the pool,
“Do you want to be made well?”
He didn’t answer directly, but Jesus said,
“Stand up, take your mat and walk.”

Sometimes we are in a similar situation. We have a problem that we have had so long it seems natural. We have suppressed the anger for so long, that we have forgotten what it was all about. In fact, we would rather complain about it and be a martyr than have it go away. We feel that we are in control of our situation and feel no need to change.

Nevertheless, Jesus is standing there beside each believer, asking that same question,

“Do you want to be made well?“
What is required is that we ask Jesus to take control,
and then we obey his command.

We make a conscious choice to surrender to the Lord.

It is an act of the will. It may require a change in attitude to be able to turn it over to Jesus.

ps. Jesus later the same day reminded that man, “Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.” The man then went and told the Jews that it was Jesus who healed him.

Note: the mat in the story is a symbol of the problem.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

God is Love

Love is not just feelings; love is a choice. God, who is love, chose to make it possible for everyone to be reconciled to Himself. His Son, Jesus, suffered, died and rose from the dead to provide the Way. Jesus paid the entire price to redeem us.

When we believe God’s Word about His Son, we have salvation. That means that our sins- past, present, and future are forgiven and forgotten. We also receive Eternal Life at the same time. It is not something that we must wait for until our mortal bodies die. It begins “here and now.” God’s love is unconditional, and we are not dependent on our own efforts to make ourselves worthy. Because Christ did everything required, we receive His righteousness. Therefore, God loves us, and He does not change His mind or leave us forsaken.

Romans 5:8 - But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6:14 - For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Margaret
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Needs

As we live our days we sometimes find ourselves in the midst of trouble and turmoil that results in great pain and intense suffering. It is among those tears (shed or unshed) that growth is born. If we have needed courage, then power to embrace the future is born. If we have needed faith, then confidence to battle the fear is born. If we have needed healing, then hope for ultimate wellness is born. If we have needed to show mercy, then compassion for the hurts of others is born. God knows our needs and moves to provide them. If we have needed direction, then the Word of God speaks; either a logos or rhema word from God.

Isaiah 30:21 …Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”

Matthew 6:33 - But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Choices

Everyone is born with a physical, and I believe, a spiritual self.

While none of us consider that we live in a Garden of Eden, we do, however, have the same choice to make as in the Biblical account of Adam and Eve.

There are two very special trees in everyone’s garden of life. One is the tree of knowledge (of good and evil) and the other is the tree of life. In modern society, it can be clearly seen that many people have chosen the fruit of the tree of knowledge to find answers to life’s questions. Many philanthropic organizations support research and compassionate endeavors. Certainly, I would not criticize those efforts.

On the other hand, there is the fruit from the tree of life. This I choose. I believe that Jesus is God’s Son and because I believe in Him, I have received eternal Life. This is the result of choosing, freely, to have faith in Jesus Christ. When I believed, my spiritual self was born into the kingdom of God, and it is perfect because of what Christ did for me on the cross. In my human life, I am not perfect, but I am forgiven. I am loved by Almighty God, the Father, because I believe in His Son.

Now, it is your choice.

Romans 10:9, 13 Revelation 2:7

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pain - Birth - Joy

Some choose paths that lead inexorably to pain… the pain described by T. S. Eliot as “blind men groping.” There lies the rock strewn mountainside of devastation. There in the deepest pain, blind eyes, deaf ears, arms reach to escape until finally, I cease struggling. Like the fly in the spider’s web that expends all its life force in the hopeless effort to escape.

Then---God!!!

When the pain has seared my senses and the mind and the spirit lie still, the Holy Spirit of God in His unlimited grace, reaches into that secret place only He knows in order to breathe a new life- a new birth- into my spirit, my soul, my psyche- that unseen essence of who I truly am- vibrant and eternal.

I rise and dance, twirling, smiling, singing praise to my dear Lord Jesus Christ. While I move with rhythm and grace in the natural world, God, even God, dances over me as the angelic chorus echoes my tiny sounds of praise. Heaven throbs with joy over my birth into the kingdom of joys and pleasures evermore- in communion with God.  Zephaniah 3:17

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wedding

It is no mystery why David, Paul and other writers of the scriptures speak of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Consider all the other metaphors of human marriage and the believer’s union with God. Very simply, the believer’s union with Christ is oneness with God. Believers (both men and women) are called the Bride of Christ. When the Groom (who is Jesus) comes for the Bride of Christ, she will have no spot or wrinkle. The bride is made perfect, not by her efforts, not by any works she may perform, but by the sacrificial love of the Groom.

God himself seeks out every person, desiring to give that individual faith to believe in Jesus who is the Christ; He is the only way to God. Each person has the opportunity to choose whether or not to believe.

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Revelation 19:9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Journey

My soul’s journey has been etched with encounters that were fired by deep love, but then frozen by hate.

Holy Spirit, I give to you the keys to my heart and ask you to cleanse your temple. Tidy up the clutter of wasteful activities. Pick up the broken pieces of dreams and put them in the Father’s hands. My Father loves me dearly, and He will heal the deep wounds- even those of childhood. By the blood of Christ, remove my iniquities. By the stripes of Jesus, make my body whole and healed.

Dear Spirit, as you wash away the layers of life’s detritus, the shimmering gifts you gave me so long, long ago are being revealed. Now, I walk alone and the cleansing becomes a renewal – a renewal of life, hope, and purpose. I put my heart, all my heart, into your hands, Father. I trust Your love, and I depend upon your grace.

Psalm 103:5 (The Lord) who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Rest of Passion by Barbara Watts

Do you know deep, soul-searing grief?

I lost my marvelous husband in a moment; that was 8 years ago. The journey back has been challenging, but God has been faithful every day, and every night.

Just a few weeks ago, the Lord awoke me saying that there is a place of rest, a place of love, comfort, and security. A place of acceptance, peace and joy in experiencing true intimacy with Him. Not entirely physical; it is primarily a spiritual experience of oneness with a loving Father. It is a knowing that I am truly and completely loved, and in that place I have the freedom to respond with unfettered love for Him. I am in Him and He is in me in a union of pure glory. Love is a circle, after all. This place is a place similar to that of the Shekinah Glory of God. I sense that my body is enveloped in this light although I do not see it with my natural eyes. The glory is so strong that my spirit knows total security, love, acceptance, and completeness in Him. It is as though my spirit has come home. I finally believe that I am beloved, and I can live exuberantly in the security of knowing who I am in Christ.

I am reminded of the time when Jesus said, Come unto me, and I will give you rest. This rest is indescribable, but I have been blessed with what Jesus promised. I call it the Rest of Passion.

The Heavenly Father’s presence actually touches every cell of my physical body, making me complete in His love. A beautiful manifestation of this being so totally loved by God, is that now I can, on a deeper level, truly embrace and love my Christian brothers and sisters. My spirit begins to have the compassion of Christ in reaching out to those who are seeking.

The other amazing result of dwelling in this place with Him, is that unfulfilled longings leave, and I have a wholeness and soundness of personality.

This experience is not for me alone He can and will supply all your needs, satisfaction guaranteed. May I encourage you to seek that new and living way that we have never before known. Find this place of beauty, joy, and love by loving Him. Find Him for yourself.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Cross

What is the meaning of the cross? Simply stated, Jesus, the Christ, took upon himself, all the sins of the entire human race. My sins died or were wiped away when he died on the cross. There is a mystery as to how this happened, but I realize that there is a spiritual world that is eternal, and someday I will understand. While Christ died for me, it remained for me to decide, on my own, that Jesus is the Son of God, and He did rise from the dead, and I truly accept and embrace Him as my Lord and Savior. The only sin that was not forgiven on the cross is the sin of not believing in Jesus as the one and only way to the Father, Almighty God, sovereign creator of the universe, who lives forever. Halleluiah!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Praise Him!

As music and praise filled the air, I began to visualize my thoughts thus: Beams of light came down from above and spotlighted various individuals where I was; one even touched me. Then the lights began pulsing with different colors, all the colors of the rainbow and even more colors, but gentle, not glaring, light. Then the lights began to arc over the group of people. As my perspective changed, I could see the arc of lights, like many rainbows, crossing the United States, Then it bounced to Africa, then beyond, At once I was further away, and I could see the rainbow lights encircling the earth, bright against the blackness of space. Instantly I was back in the group of people singing. I could see the words of praise coming forth from the mouths of each, and the Holy Spirit touched each word of praise which strengthened that word, and it rose, high and strong. Each word empowered the hosts of heaven; the words were the weapons of warfare used by God’s mighty angels against man’s ancient foe, Lucifer. We can continually offer up our praise and defeat the enemy. It is for such as this that each of us is called. Praise Him.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I Am that I Am

God is infinite. He exists with no limitations, fills all in all.
God is spirit. Though invisible to human eyes, He is omnipotent.
God is holy. Therefore, He cannot tolerate sin in His presence.
God is glory. He dwells in perfect, unapproachable light.
God is grace. He showers grace and mercy on His people.
God is forgiving. When he forgives, He keeps no record.
God is love. His love is perfect, sacrificial and extends to all people who accept His love.

Margaret
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Spring Rain

by Margaret Everett

O Lord, your love is like the rain from heaven.
Giving life, refreshment and satisfying our thirst.

It may come upon us like a soft sunshine shower-
Or with the gusty, chill wind out of the west.

Sometimes punctuated by thunder from the clouds which blanket
all the trees and houses in monochromatic gray.

Your blessings nourish us as the drops of water awaken the leaves and buds of all things growing in the world of your creation.

Your power stirs us like the wind moving on the face of the pond.
We see not the wind, only the effect of it.

In some, the effect is shallow, almost superficial.
In others, it pulses strong as the currents in the deepest ocean.

How gracious, how merciful, how perceptive;
you know our innermost being better than we know ourselves.

Yet, you love us all and build up each one of your children
as we are able to grasp the reality of your presence in our lives.

I would no more want to be without your love, O Lord,
than this parched land wants to be denied the life giving rain.

All praise, honor and adoration belong to you, O Lord,
for the love with which you first loved us.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Did you know?

Just now I have arrived at the end of myself: my strength, my abilities, my understanding. I am empty. Come and fill me, Lord Jesus. You have surely held my hand as I struggled through troubled waters and sheltered me through the raging fires. I have stumbled, but I did not fall headlong because You are holding me by your righteous right hand. You are faithful even when I am not. You know me. You gave to me a new heart. You love me!

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands (Isaiah 49:16).

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

You Showed the Way

We know, Lord, how gently you treated friends and even strangers who asked for mercy and truth.

We also know, Lord, of your anger toward those hypocrites who twisted the truth for their own selfish motives.

Thank you Lord, that you see our hearts and know our innermost thoughts- and still You love us .That in your mercy toward us, you accept our infantile efforts to grope through the darkness searching for your light, your guidance. And you - You do not hide from us. You encourage us to stretch our faith, increase our love toward each other., and learn to Love You Best.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).

Margaret

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sufficient Grace

I have been abandoned and abused, but I am not alone.
I have sinned, but I am not condemned.
I have repeatedly failed, but, praise the Lord, I am not defeated.
I have been broken, but only to fulfill God’s purpose in me.

I can forgive because I have been forgiven.
I can smile because I have hope.
I can sing because I have faith.
I can embrace others because I am loved.

Jesus, who is the lover of my soul, is my constant companion
And the one who provides all the things that I need.
He is also my advocate before the Father.
His grace is sufficient for me.

by Margaret Everett - 2009

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pelicans

We have such strong desire to be connected to others. We want to be acknowledged as important. Look at all the cell phones, emails, facebook, twitter, etc. When this natural desire is thwarted, some even turn to crime; even that is a kind of recognition. Dear ones, do you know that God is always with you, everywhere, all the time? His eyes are upon you, and he knows you by name.

"See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands." (Isaiah 49:16 NRSV)

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Trials

According to Dr. Charles Stanley, trials will continue as long as it takes to accomplish God’s purpose. We can remember Joseph who suffered many years before he emerged in Egypt, serving God and the people. God seeks to conform us to the likeness of Jesus. Dear Father, please assist me in surrendering my will to yours.

" …God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength… "
(I Corinthians 10:13 NRSV)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sun Kisses

Come, let us walk to the edge of the shore and watch the sunset. The sounds grow quieter; the wind and waves seem to soften. The sand is cool under our bare feet as we move easily, holding hands. It’s sinking. In the hush, all eyes watch as the sun kisses the ocean. Good night. All is at peace. For a moment, we silently reflect on God’s lovely creation, and marvel.

"Righteousness and peace will kiss each other." (Psalm 85:10 NRSV)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dazzling

White Azalea Blossoms

Dazzling thoughts dance in my mind as I turn the corner and see the bank of white azaleas. God’s gift of sight, illuminated by His light, may be sharpened to see beyond the natural world into the reality of the spiritual world where God lives. My spirit longs to live in that harmony and beauty where love is complete. Touching the fragile petals, I cannot resist breaking a twig with three blossoms to carry home with me. They are silent reminders of the transience of life and the everlasting love of God.

I Corinthians 2:9 - What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Children

Loving grandchildren comes close to being perfect love.

The brightness of their eyes, that insatiable curiosity, the exuberant joy of the moment—all these and more weave unbreakable threads of love around our hearts. And we? We respond to them with delight in their childish expressions (cupid becomes Q-tip); we seek to answer the unknowable.

And, in spite of aching joints, we dance a step or three with them, sharing their glee of the moment. That is how God wants us to love Him.

"Jesus said, except you become as little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven." Paraphrased. - Matthew 18:3

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Clouds


Part of the canvas of the master artist God uses clouds, the sky and the sun to capture our imaginations, if only for a few seconds. Because He desires our attention, He gives us, in infinite variety, beautiful scenes every day. Give us eyes to see, O Lord. We give you praise for the works of your hands.

Psalm 102:25 - Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.  Romans 1:20 - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

To behold His majesty!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cut Away

O Lord, circumcise my heart! From it come thoughts from you and other thoughts not from you. It is only you, Holy Spirit, who can discern what is needed. Remove that which is evil in your sight. Allow my heart to rest in you, unafraid of past guilt, present surroundings, or future challenges.

Isaiah 30:15 - …In returning (to the Lord) and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Washing


After a dip in the briny ocean and lounging on the scorching sand, I come up to the condo’s outside shower. Standing under the cool water, I feel cleansed and refreshed. After we have been in the stressful situations of life, we may come to the Lord and the washing of His Word for cleansing and refreshing.

Psalm 51:10 - Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Birds


All creatures need regular food/sustenance that the Father provides. Our human needs go beyond the physical necessities to include both emotional and spiritual needs. The Father is able- no, anxious- to meet the real needs of all His children. It is our part to first seek after Him.

Matthew 6:33-34 - "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil therof."

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Believe


All of us believe that the sun will come up tomorrow and that spring will follow winter. We plant a seed and believe that the flower will come forth. When we hear of Jesus, the Christ, we are free to believe or not believe. I choose to believe; therefore, I bloom for God.

John 6:29 - This is the work of God, that you believe in Jesus whom He has sent.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rivers

Out of the hearts of believers flow rivers of living water. Not unlike the river flowing from the throne of God, the water nourishes and refreshes those who come near. Spiritual food and drink are supplied in the water. Without natural water, humans die. Without God, the human spirit never lives.

Jeremiah 17:8 - For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.  John 7:38 - He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wind, Water and Fire

Bitter winds off the North Sea shape and bend the trees just as harsh experiences can twist our lives. With Christ as our rock, whether our trials are few or many, the result is simple beauty, molded by God’s own hand.

Do not fear, He is just molding His much-loved child.

Isaiah 43:2-3 - When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Power

Irresistible, unharnessed, unending- these words might describe the powerful waves of the ocean breaking upon the shore. God is like that. His holiness is so perfect in its power. Creator of the universe, He holds it all together, harnessed to His thoughts. Eternal is the kingdom of love and joy that He has prepared for all who love and believe in Him.

Exodus 15:11, Psalm 16:11

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Look Up


December 2009

With a brief look back at the past as in a reflection, we must now look up and embrace the present reality. God knows both our past and our future, and He loves us with a steadfast love. He is not a mere reflection of the truth, Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. John 14:6

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