Squeezed In A Visit To Atlanta!

My baby sister had her 50th birthday last weekend. Her husband decided to give her a very big bash and so many friends and family joined in the celebration. 

We arrived on Wednesday so that I could lunch with my younger daughter who has her wedding to an awesome young man happening Labor Day weekend. She had a list of things for me to complete/find for her still as well as getting to go to her dress fitting and alterations. So thrilled!

On Friday, we met my sisters for mani/pedis and massages and lunch! It was so awesome because Laurel needed commitments from each of them for help for the wedding day set up. Of course she got it, but she had been anxious. I am so excited that she is seeing that adoption has nothing on blood when it comes to times like these. We are family!! (for more information refer to my blog post Child of My Heart)

Friday night we had a big family dinner at my first-born daughter’s home. Even my nephew/his wife/children and my niece were there. I couldn’t help but be euphoric the whole night at everyone in one place, celebrating Holly, my sister, but also my daughter’s wedding to come. Just enjoying being together as family.

I realize that so many families do not celebrate each other. They are not close at all. If you are one of those, then know that you are part of God’s forever family. WE would have welcomed you in that Friday night or Saturday night at the official celebration. Because of my brother-in-law’s careful investigation into our family genealogy, we found out that our family history goes back quite a ways and some people might consider it quite stellar. I on the other hand, could only continue to say “thank you God that I am in YOUR family, no other family matters!”  Because in truth, that is so! All that is really important is who we are in Christ Jesus. WE ARE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, He says. I don’t think I am sour grapes on this, just looking at heaven, because the things of this earth are a whisp of smoke. I believe I’ve written that before too! I do believe it!

So scriptures tonight are abundant as many spoke to me during this time.

Psalm 42:1-2  As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 

Philippians 2:15  So that you many become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

Proverbs 3:5  Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.     

Isaiah 30:15  For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not.

God says “Remember, I made you in My Image, and I hid heaven in your heart. When you yearn for Me, it’s a form of homesickness, as heaven is your true home. Seek ME and you will find me. (Jeremiah 29:13) 

G’night

Cindy

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Back Home!

We were gone for 12 days! I can’t remember being gone so long from my home before! Yet, it was a renewal in so many ways for us as a couple, for me to see God’s continued faithfulness, for me to expand my abilities physically. 

When I last stopped writing (because I was having trouble with posting on my IPad), we were to visit Chimney Rock the next day. Still on oxygen and my walker, we were told I would have to walk almost 2 complete football field lengths to get the elevator from where the shuttle had dropped us off.  All I knew was that I had to try!  So very slowly and carefully, across uneven terrain, I finally made it to the area where they had built an elevator shaft into the mountain to take us up to Chimney Rock…as we went out to the site and I saw the river below and all of God’s great abundance of creation, I was almost brought to my knees! It was so beautiful! And how Chimney Rock is carefully placed upon another smaller rock and balanced can only be something God did! My husband was able to climb the stairs to the top of the Rock and see everything. Still, when he came down, he told me that what I had seen was the same view as he had!!

As we slowly made our way back to the shuttle, another couple with children who had apparently watched my progress up and down with interest, asked me, “Was it worth it?”  “Of course it was,” I answered, so proud of myself that I had accomplished so much (for me) and that meant I could have future goals too. (We’ve already begun to set them by the way–I intend to live a while, the Lord willing)

So my devotional that day was about self-pity!!  This little bit I will add to this post: from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Your only hope is to look up and see the Light of my Presence shining down upon you…You can reach up and grasp My hand. I will pull you out into the Light again. I will gently cleanse you, washing off the clinging mire. I will cover you with My righteousness and walk with you down the path of Life.

 Scriptures:  Psalm 40:2-3 he lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.

Psalm 147:11 The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

More coming,

Cindy

SEEING GOD’S GLORIOUS AMERICA

I am traveling on a trip that God has been so gracious to give us. I have to admit the first couple of days were hard. My husband was so very tired that except for going to the top of Lookout Mt. we cancelled our other plans. We did have a fabulous dinner last night downtown in a little Bistro I found online. Fresh trout grilled smoky with some grape tomatoes and herbs. Probably the best way I’ve ever had trout!

Today we traveled through the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. Everywhere I looked I could see our Lord’s creative hand! For the next 3 days we are staying in Asheville. There are so many places to see! Tonight we were referred to a Grill  to too far away. Dennis had a 14 oz prime rib! I haven’t seen him eat that much meat since before his heart surgery 11 years ago! And I had really great lamb chops! I ate more meat than I ever do. It was like we were starved for meat.  Great meal.

Today we go to the Biltmore Estate. Sometimes I guess it’s good to be disabled and senior. Our tickets were so much more affordable. A blessing! Looking forward to our day!

Today my scripture is from Psalm 89:8  “0 Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto Thee? or to Thy faithfulness round about Thee?”  See everywhere in scripture it speaks of our faithful God. I am living proof of that as are so many, many others.

Have a great day!

Cindy

A BROKEN WRIST…

…Is all I suffered when I fell almost 2 weeks ago! I was on a short step-ladder, hanging my beloved pictures we have collected from our travels. I was coming down and got my foot tangled in the second step! Back, I went on the tile. I hit hard on my tailbone and my left wrist and arm. Just glanced my head! Off we went to the hospital. I was so protected in this fall. I could have broken my neck, my spine, or damaged my arm worse. 

When I can see past the pain of the wrist, I am reminded of all the service people in our armed forces who come home permanently without a limb. Being left-handed, it has been extremely difficult to fix my hair, do my makeup, take notes for my job, just being on the phone and trying to type at the same time! But at least my wrist will heal, my tail bone will eventually heal, our wounded warriors sometimes never do.

The apostle Paul said in writing Romans 8:18 “I consider our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” I am trying to remember that.

Cindy

In Light of the Recent Planned Parenthood Videos…

There has been a lot of questions, comments from both the “Christian” and secular world. Before anyone reads what I have written, please understand, I am not condemning anyone for an action they may have taken. God is always there to forgive. He says that He forgives all sin even your rejection of Him right up until you die-then it’s too late. I know that’s why Jesus came, because God is love and mercy and grace. But He also requires repentance and acceptance of His Son’s sacrifice, not so that you have to obey a bunch of rules and regulations and “conform.” But so that HE alone, who loves you so much, comes inside that body, that spirit-regardless of what you’ve done, where you’ve been, what you’ve said–and makes you clean and pure again. It’s really a miracle in and of itself. So understand please, I am not holding myself up as a paragon of virtue, but a sinner who found a savior.

I wrote this paragraph below in response to someone’s query of God help us…in response to the videos. He gets a lot of readers to his posts. then I thought I could do no less.

In Psalm 139, it says that God is there when our innermost parts are knit together. Why in the world does no one think that abortion is not murder for convenience? Now that they can sell body parts, it has become about that too. No wonder God has taken His Hand of protection off of America. How can He bear looking down upon our world today?
The disciples asked Jesus when they could look for His coming again. He said, “When it is like the days of Noah.” I would challenge anyone to go back and read about the wickedness on the earth when God was grieved that He had even created man. Yet found one good man, Noah. Noah and his family were saved because Noah listened and believed.
If we were to look around today at the wickedness in our world, I am sure that those in Noah’s world, could not have even imagined such evil! And yet the Lord delays. I am sure it is for that last one to come to know Him in a personal way. They say that thousands in China and across Asia come to Jesus everyday. People in India, and in so many Muslim countries are seeing visions of Jesus or dreaming of Him because that is the only way they might hear of Him, but they want to know the TRUE GOD.
The TRUE GOD says in the book of Isaiah, Seek me, and you will find me.
God is not a liar. Try Him, anyone who reads this and doesn’t know Him.

Something Happened Today

Something marvelous happened today to me through work and I thought I would share it quickly. I do share my faith often with people who I am working with as you may know. In this particular case, a brand new firm that I hope to do business with, the Managing Partner told me last night that unfortunately she would be out today as her daughter was having surgery. I simply remarked that I would pray for her daughter, which I did. What was amazing was the email conversation that started as a result.  That Managing Partner is a fellow believer in Christ. I asked when the surgery was taking place and it was happening as we were emailing. I had already been praying in my spirit, but I stopped everything and began to pray in earnest for this precious daughter. The Lord indicated to me that it was a tumor before I was even told it was a tumor. So I did know how to pray. I wasn’t positive, but I thought I knew what the leading was. When I wrote back and asked “how are things now?” I was told the daughter was out surgery and the tumor looks to be benign. Of course, I was praising God, my amazing, wonderful God for answering our prayers. Two mothers praying together for a daughter. Then I thought, how terrible of me, to not have expected this of my Lord. He answers prayers all the time. The problem is we don’t pray together, believing Him. He who put the stars and the sun and the moon in their places! He can do anything!

I read from Sarah Young and her Jesus Calling devotional. Today it says, TRUST ME IN EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR LIFE. nothing is random in My kingdom. Everything that happens first into a pattern for good, to those who love Me. Instead of trying to analyze the intricacies of the pattern, focus your energy on trusting Me and thanking Me at all times. Nothing is wasted when you walk close to Me. Even your mistakes and sins can be recycled into something good through My transforming grace.

While you were living in darkness, I began to shine the Light of My Presence into your sin-stained life. Finally I lifted you up out of the mire into My marvelous Light. Having sacrificed My very Life for you, I can be trusted in very facet of your life.

But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”  Jeremiah 17:7

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 AMP

“he drew me up out of a horrible pit {a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings.” Psalm 40:2

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” I Peter 2:9

God is so great and so good to us. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

EVERLASTING LOVE

Isaiah 64: 8 says Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are the work of your hand.

Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands?’

Psalm 139: 13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

His love cannot be separated from us, His family and He allows events, health, our families, our jobs, affect/effect, knowing what His overall plan is. Wow that was a mouth full!

What our Lord wants us to do, He says is whenever anything happens, even if we aren’t already right in tune with Him, all we have to do is call out His name! Jesus!

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!