Have I loved You Enough?

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The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

Psalm 145:9

 

 

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I’m Fascinated By His Love

"This Is My Body - The Passion Of The Christ"by C.M. Dudash

“This Is My Body – The Passion Of The Christ”by C.M. Dudash

 

Happy, Sunday Friends.  During this 31 Day Planning with Purpose Series we have been a bit more contemplative, deviating from the normal format in posts on Sundays. Today I want to share something I wrote a while back. May this Sunday refresh you, bring you the reminder of God’s Love and Faithfulness. May you find the balance between busy and blessed as you plan your upcoming week.

 

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. ~Ephesians 5:15-17

 

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It’s Got To Be The Monday After…

It’s got to be the morning after…see my pasty, white complexion,
beady eyes and dazed expression?

Well, if it isn’t the morning after Christmas day and of course, this is my favorite day to blog and link up with Carissa at Lowercase Letters! So, hoping you all had a wonderful weekend, grab a cup of Joe and join in my Monday morning madness, will you? We’re off!

“Re-calclating” direction…

So last Monday, late afternoon, I got “The Phone Call”. Oh, I am so relieved, even though disappointed. I did not get that coveted position and it was confirmed through the lovely voice on my voice mail. They even had an offer ready, but due to a technicality… OK, in reality 6 years experience working with a specific group of people required which I don’t have AND a tiny grant stipulation (not so tiny, really) it seems that the light went from green, to yellow to red and that is the end of that. For now. Swallowing hard and trusting Him who knows best. Here is an excerpt form my personal journal (Brave, aren’t I?) : So, Lord. Being honest here. It’s disappointing. Not so much because they did not “pick me” but because I thought I heard you. . . again. Because I saw possibility and opportunity and because I wonder if I will ever know when you are directing my path.  I want to honor you. I don’t understand the things you choose for me. Or withhold from me. – 12/19/2011

A week is not complete without coffee with a friend so I had a lovely coffee chat with a sweet sister at one of my fave places for such ~ Cool Beans Cafe on Wednesday!

Library find of the week:  

I really enjoyed reading this fictional account by Lois Untermeyer  about the holy family
one year later living as refugees in a foreign land with a tiny babe. 

New England Christmastide
Every year I get one  new Christmas CD and this year was a beautiful  instrumental
which both my daughter and I adored! Hub prefers more contemporary stuff!

Christmas Eve service was beautiful and the reading of Isaiah 53 brought me to tears- as it always does. Our  patient Pastor competed with a bleating lamb but she was silent at just the right time! The children loved it very well, and I consider myself as one! When that little lamb was placed before us, it stirred within my heart such deep grief, pain and joy. All of the prophecy came alive within me. It is beyond words to describe. 

The reading of Isaiah over a bleating sheep stirred the heart.

“Flower” safe in the arms of her very own good shepherd!
She is just 10 days old and has made her acting debut to
 glorify the Lord!
A morning visit to a certain special Grandparent brought forth a new family member 
to my future Fashion Designer (?) daughter and much fun ensued. 
Introducing Mary Kate – Barbara!

But more importantly the most precious of all coveted gifts …
The packaging!
After Christmas Eve service, we had a quiet night together
 which included laughter, and Charades. 
Miraculously, sweet daughter was happy to open one gift 
and we all hunkered down before midnight
for good night’s rest. 
Christmas Day we visited family and I had an epiphany which
 I will share in a post later this week.
Did anyone read Daily Bread’s perfect portion that day? I really liked that share!
  Now IS the time to worship! Yes! 

Don’t forget, there is time to enter for a chance
(Winner  to be drawn New Years Eve!)

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!

Now, we prepare for the new year and say goodbye to the old.
What are your hopes and dreams for the New Year, friends? 

               Have a great last week of 2011! 
Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

Peace Through Blood

Since we have now been justified by his blood,
how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
Romans 5:9
We don’t like messiness, do we?  We want everything to fit into our nicely fabricated compartments.
Pristine. Shiny. Perfect. We don’t like suffering, do we? We want happily ever afters, promises kept, rainbows and peace.
For those who know Christ and accept His message, on His terms, these realities hold true. They have been gained through tears, pain, suffering and blood. Peace comes at a price after all. Peace costs. There is peace that the world promises and then there is a peace that goes beyond the here and now. It is a peace that costs and has been secured by The Blood of Christ.
Today I wanted to share my thanksgiving for the peace that passes all understanding. But as I considered the peace that I have gained through my relationship with Christ, is all I could think about was the blood. The blood  He shed for me.  I was hoping to write one of those sweet Sunday posts. I was feeling blessed. I am blessed. I have peace. It took blood. Costly, messy and bloody. A sacrifice that causes me to rejoice and stand in awe.
A wisdom beyond my understanding, yet,
understanding has been given to me.
Peace.
Blood.
Intertwined.
Eternity gained for those who believe. A truth that will NOT compromise. I enter in, humbly, cautiously and gratefully.
I am a partaker and recipient of this great mystery.
Because of the blood of the One
plus nothing.
No blood, no peace.
Peace comes through His blood. Don’t be deceived. Any other peace is shaky, at best. Incomprehensible, at worst. This is not a peace that the world has promised but a peace that is unshakably, held by the  One who is unchanging.

Peace I leave with youmy peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives…
John 14:27
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Romans 5:1-11
I think it is interesting to note that blood is the central theme of the most popular books and movies at this time. Intertwining sensuality with blood, blood sucking vampire stories and books claim the theatres and bookshelves.
Old and young are held captive by these supernatural tales. The power of blood for immortality and souls in peril tweak the interest of the masses. Does the enemy of the Christian’s soul recognize the cleverness of the assault? Usurp the power of the blood. Cloak it in darkness, make it macabre. Soil the meaning beyond recognition. What blood is it that gives eternal life, hope and peace? Not so subtle; yet oh, so clever. 
The more we immerse ourselves in the false concepts that mimic truth, the less value and significance the truth actually holds us. 
It gets kind of messy when more time is spent in the imaginary realm than reality.
In lies than truth.
Being entertained, rather than trained.
Indulged instead of disciplined.
We have to be so careful to choose well, that we don’t lose sight of the the goal.
What would you trade for the peace that has been been gained for your soul? 
Where are you investing your focus?
Today I am thankful for the power of the Blood of Christ. 
It is by this blood, that life eternal is possible.
Without His shed blood, we are captive to sin, hostage to hell, and slaves to self. 
We are puppets of the prince of the power of the air. (Ephesians 2:2)
BUT, by the power of the blood we are born into an Eternal Kingdom where The Prince Of Peace himself, reigns forever. True children of the One True Living God. 
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
Ephesians 2:14-16

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:10-11



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