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Grains of Summertime Faith
Sep 25, 2016

How precious are your thoughts ,O God! How vast is the sum of them.

Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of  sand… Psalm 139: 17-18a

 

Time at the beach in the summer is a truly an  experience of  release and renewal.

The constancy of the ocean roar punctuates the ever present wave movements every day whether sunny or stormy.

The voices of children remind us that we are like them — looking for a break …for some daydreaming time.

Riding the waves is exhilarating but also exhausting for  the ocean is a force that demands our constant attention.

The picnic  lunch is always  delicious  for no matter what  it is –the salt air makes us hungry.

An umbrella at high noon is a welcomed respite.

A good book  to read as  the afternoon  unfolds  provides an inner sanctuary to  somewhere untraveled.

BUT….IT IS THE SAND under your feet between your toes, a cushioned freedom that draws out the weary tension from your body and invites your mind to open the door to fresh perspective.

Countless  grains of sand  pillow our feet  restoring  to us a new rhythm  as we walk .

Liberated  from  our daily ritual  we breathe in fresh creativity.

SAND is amazing… tiny particles with shapes representing something that was broken.

Castles can be sculpted from it, forts, holes can be dug and one can be buried in it.

It is a warm, pleasurable  summertime phenomenon.

And   YET..the scripture tells us that God’s thoughts to us are as numerous as the grains of sand!!!!

What a concept!

Take time to think upon this  personal word to you from the Word of God!

HE  vigilantly, purposely  thinks about you and me  MORE profusely than the grains of sand!

Be reminded  of His love for you as you walk upon the sand this summer.

Take in His Love as you ” take in” the beach.

Love Him back with gratitude and thanksgiving as you live your life… aware that HE is present, watching and waiting to give  you More.

Ask for His Dreams.

They are bigger than yours.

Grow your faith.

” I led them with chords of human kindness with ties of love.”  Hosea 11:4b

Have a “Sandsational” Summer in Him!

Billie

Time in the Shade
Jun 22, 2016

” My times are in Your Hands” Psalm 31:15

Time for work…
Time for play…
Time for God?

“Summertime and the living is easy…”
Is it?
Or is it a conscious juggling of activities , a frenzied striving for all who fear it will slip away.
It’s time to take time–on purpose

Activity or offering,
Lord,which will it be?
More time to do or more time to be…
My life needs Love knocking at its front door.
I need YOUR beauty, YOUR strength — I NEED MORE!
Unclutter my heart
Create a new space for YOUR life in me to flourish with grace.

Sitting in the shade of God’s Love takes time.

” Trust in Him at all times.” Psalm 62:8

When you take time, trust grows, faith blooms, hope is renewed.
Do you need it?
I do.

Be blessed,

Billie

CELEBRATING WOMEN– -MOTHER’S DAY 2016
May 06, 2016

HOLY FATHER;

MOTHERS BIRTH US.
MOTHERS KNIT OUR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES INTO THEIR HEARTS.
MOTHERS FRAME OUR LIVES WITH EXPECTANCY.
THIS IS THE WAY OF LOVE.

” LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.” JOHN 15:12

YOUR LOVE IS THE SUREST POSSESSION I HAVE.
WHEN I MEET THOSE WHO ARE BROKEN BY LIFE, MY HEART YEARNS FOR THEM TO KNOW YOUR LOVE.
YOU CHOSE TO SEND JESUS TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH YOU LOVE US.
HE CAME OUT OF LOVE.
HE STILL DOES.

AS WE CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF WOMEN ON THIS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, SPEAK YOUR LOVE TO EVERY WOMAN WHO READS THIS PRAYER.
YOU KNOW ALL THE MOMENTS OF HER LIFE.
YOU KNOW HER PARENTING.
YOU KNOW HER STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES.
YOU KNOW HER CHOICES.

MOTHERING IS A PROCESS IN WHICH WE ALL PARTICIPATE WHETHER WE BIRTH CHILDREN AND RAISE
THEM OR MENTOR OTHERS WHOM WE ENCOUNTER.
SET BACKS SET US BACK AND IN CRISIS WE MOTHER ONE ANOTHER.
GODLY WOMEN TURN TO YOUR WORD AND ON THEIR KNEES FIND THE STRENGTH TO KEEP WATCH AND GIVE .
EVEN THOUGH DISAPPOINTMENTS AND DOUBTS ATTEMPT TO DERAIL US… TRUE MOTHER LOVE IS ” STEADFAST, IMMOVABLE ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN GRACE.” 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58

THIS IS THE FAMILY OF GOD.

WE PRAY TODAY THAT AS WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER THE SISTERHOOD OF FAITH WILL GROW WITH COMPASSION AND CONFIDENCE.

THE BIBLE IS FULL OF STORIES OF WOMEN WHO FOUND THEIR WAY HOME TO YOU THROUGH DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES.

MARY, THE MOTHER OF JESUS, WAS A TEEN CHOSEN TO TRUST GOD WITH IMPOSSIBILITY.
ELIZABETH, MOTHER OF JOHN, WAS OLD AND BEYOND CHILD BEARING, BUT FILLED WITH FAITH.
HANNAH, MOTHER OF SAMUEL, BATTLED BARRENNESS, BUT BELIEVED GOD FOR A MIRACLE.
ANNA,SINGLE, THEN MARRIED, CHILDLESS, THEN WIDOWED, WAS AN ELDERLY WOMAN WHO LIVED IN THE TEMPLE AS AN INTERCESSOR AND ONE DAY IN A LONG AWAITED MOMENT OF GLORY SHE ENCOUNTERED THE KING OF KINGS IN THE ARMS OF HIS EARTHLY PARENTS.
LYDIA WAS A MERCHANT DEALING IN PURPLE GOODS WHO FOUND HER WAY TO A PRAYER MEETING WHICH CHANGED HER LIFE.
DEBORAH WAS A JUDGE, WARRIOR, COUNSELOR KNOWN FOR DECISION MAKING AND WISDOM.
ESTHER WAS A QUEEN WHO STOOD IN COURAGE FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

THESE WERE WOMEN WHO FOLLOWED AFTER YOU.
YOU KNEW THEM AND YOU KNOW US.

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY IN OUR SEARCH FOR SIGNIFICANCE WE BEGAN TO YEARN TO BELONG TO YOUR FOREVER FAMILY.

TODAY WE PAUSE TO CELEBRATE AND THANK YOU FOR MOTHERS–AND OTHERS– WHO HAVE BROUGHT PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL LIFE TO US.
BLESS THEM TODAY WITH HOPE.
SEEKING, PLEADING, REAPING OR LEADING WE LIFT EACH ONE TO YOU IN THANKSGIVING.
JESUS CAME ” THAT WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY.” JOHN 10:10

MOTHERING MATTERS.
IT ALWAYS WILL.

IN JESUS’ NAME WE BOW DOWN, REMEMBER AND HONOR THESE BELOVED WOMEN OF WORTH.

BILLIE

MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, FRIEND, INTERCESSOR

Moving on to Elim
Apr 09, 2016

” The Lord made a decree and a law for them and there he tested them.  ‘If you listen carefully  to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians for I am the Lord who heals you.'” Exodus 15:26

The children of Israel  had experienced GREAT Victory in Chapter 15 of Exodus.

What was it?

THE RED SEA had parted.. The Israelites began to sing with Moses praises to the God who delivers -” The Lord Will reign forever and ever”… ” Your right hand ,O Lord shattered the enemy…  Who is like YOU– Majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”…Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and the rider he has hurled into the sea.. Exodus 15: 6b,18, 21

For 21 verses they gave honor and worship to the  God who does Reign in all things.  There was dancing with tambourines and a recounting of what God did when he saved them from their enemies.

They were remembering their God…

THIS was a MIGHTY VICTORY– dramatic, conclusive, supernatural.

Mighty Victory calls for Encompassing Praise… BUT  following spiritual triumph  ALWAYS…. is VULNERABILITY.

The enemy of the soul searched for a way to turn enCOURAGEment into disCOURAGEment.

As you can see COURAGE is a part  of both words.

When they begin to look at Monday morning life in all its uneven challenges, their God focus changed.

Traveling  from the Red Sea  encounter– Moses led them through the Desert of Shur  3 days without water.  When they came to Marah( which means Bitter),  the water was bitter, undrinkable..

Grumbling dissatifaction claimed their hearts once again and they complained to Moses, ” What are we to drink?”

The “Intervention of the God of the Impossible” was forgotten in the moment of expedient desire.

Why did they not stop and pray for  water?

Why did they not think about God’s recent manifestation of power?

Why did they depend on Moses alone?

No wondered they wondered 40 years…. and yet  God always provided…in spite of their adolescent fickle  faith.

Moses  did know what  to do and he did it– He “cried out to the  Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood.  He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.”v.25

Do we?

Be SURE you will find yourself in Shur after great  break through.

Why?

Because you cannot camp out there. The air is too rich.

Basking in any victory too long stokes ego and self- adulation.

BEWARE!

God had directed Moses to take them to the desert and into Marah. He knew the water would be bitter and they would have to turn their focus back to their MAKER for provision.

He knew Moses would come to Him with the need and HE ANSWERED MOSES!

How many times are we guilty of complaining to  every one else when the God of the Universe is waiting and watching to see if we will REMEMBER HIM.

In the desert of Shur when they arrived at Marah,  if they had  gathered in prayer with their petition accompanied by thanksgiving  and gratitude praising the God who delivers–  who has never failed them– perhaps their 40 year sojourn could have been shortened  …for the character of ” Life with God “requires worship on every day in any situation.– forever!   In  fact the scripture tells us he was ” testing them.”

He still does for we too forget.

How His heart must  yearn for his children today to seek Him.

Most of the of the time it is through scripture that we  hear His voice speaking to us–guiding us down the road..

Does our  daily dependency rest upon Him?

Does He still enter calamity and deliver?

Is He the  Consummate  Provider?

HE was for Moses.

He will be for you and me.

The obedience of one Godly man changed the day…continued to do so day after day.

It still does.

Look what happened:

If they had sat down in the desert and comped there,discontented and and disappointed in God– they would NEVER have experienced the  next miracle– the plenty God had planned  ahead for them down the road to ELIM where there were  12 springs and 70 palm trees.

Moses kept them moving through the desert.

Moses obeyed God and the water became sweet.

Moses’ prayer reached heaven.

God delivered… again.

We must live in a relationship to God steeped with expectancy  found through His Word and in His presence daily.

When we do– we will know His provision, grace and goodness.  Then our hearts will live with a conscious ongoing praise unto the ONE who hears and provides. Psalm 4:3

This chapter begins with  praise , descends into a pit and arrives at the promises of God with the benefit of an oasis of MORE ahead to be enjoyed.

Discontent could have kept them in Shur but Moses moved them on to Elim.

The Red Sea, Shur, Marah and Elim are places within our journey and God is present in all of them.

What  will we do after the next victory in our lives?

How will we live when we become anxious or fearful?

Can we make it to the destination of ABUNDANCE known as ” MORE WITH GOD?”

DisCOURAGEment and enCOURAGEment  are real.

Both require courage : courage to be and courage to move on.

As the old hymn reminds us, “Trust and obey for there ‘s no other way to be happy Jesus than to trust and obey.”

Move on down the road  to Elim where Gods’ blessing for obedience awaits.

Along the journey with you,

Billie

WOMEN ON WATCH AT THE CROSS
Mar 26, 2016

He is not here. He is Risen. Matthew 28:6

The crowd  that gathered before the CROSS of CHRIST  was a microcosm of  true humanity.

Believers were trembling.

Scoffers were insulting.

Bystanders were gawking.

Soldiers were gambling.

There was revelry, shouting, weeping and  skepticism.

AND His mother was there…    Near the CROSS of Jesus stood his mother. John 19:25

The apostle John was with her … only John.

Where were the disciples?

Were they in hiding?

Where was their allegiance to the ONE they followed?

They should have been there.

CHRIST WAS BORN TO DIE.

HE DIED TO LIVE AGAIN –eternally!

The scene played out personally with anguish, suffering , isolation and finality.

HE UTTERED THESE WORDS,  “It is finished.” Romans 3:26

DARKNESS FELL.

THE HEAVENS SHOOK.

THE EARTH  QUAKED.

Standing near by was Joseph of Arimethea.

He provided the tomb in which the body of Jesus would be placed.

Imagine the significance of this provision.

He had it.

He gave it.

He is remembered  forever for it.

And  now once more we remember the mother of Christ.   Mary’s heart  had experienced  the  marvel of his  conception and birth , the memories of his childhood and now the manifested grace given at his death.

She was on watch.

Early in the morning  women came with spices to anoint the body of Christ for it  it was customary to do so.

How were they chosen?

Did they want to go?

Were they anxious?

They were women on watch.

WHAT A  MORNING THIS WAS TO BE!

BORN TO DIE FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD, HE WAS.

RESURRECTED TO LIVE SO THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD  MIGHT FIND LIFE ETERNALLY, HE WAS.

The stone was rolled away. The grave clothes were intact..

An angel spoke these words,  He is not here. He is Risen.”

When the soldiers guarding the tomb awoke and saw what had happened they ran away with fear for their lives.

THE STONE WAS A MIGHTY BOULDER!

The women ran with joy to share the good news with  the disciples.

From Death to Resurrection, women were on watch.

And so we are today… over families and nations because of the Sacrifice of the CROSS and the power of the  Resurrection, we can say, “HE IS RISEN”!!!!

The Christ of scripture can live in your life.

Seek Him.

Find Him.

Keep vigil.

BE ON WATCH!

A Blessed Easter to you,

Billie

 

 

 

The Unfolding Light of Easter
Mar 23, 2016

The unfolding of Your Word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple…

 Righteous are YOU, O Lord…

 Your promises have been thoroughly tested and Your servant loves them… YOU ARE NEAR.

Psalm 119: 130, 137a, 140, 151a

 

Flowers unfold in sunlight.

Birds sing their hearts out  in early  morning light.

Star shine emerges in  moonlight.

Clouds are ribbons framing our days.

Winds roam about rustling the trees of the earth.

Rains and waters replenish the soil.

The heavens declare God’s  Glory… But in one dark night long ago…. there was an agony so profound that  CREATION must have groaned helplessly until dawn.

It was a night of shadows and shattered dreams and the earth quaked with fear.

The Jesus of scripture was crucified on a CROSS for the sins of the world, all people, all generations, all races … ALL.

A borrowed tomb, a broken people were hopeless.

The disciples ran.

Three days passed.

Did flowers bloom?

Did birds sing?

Did anyone care?

Beloved women came to the Tomb in early light  to bring spices to anoint Jesus’ Body.

The mammoth stone had been rolled away. Surprised  by a  holy light as they entered the sepulchre, a luminous angel on watch said; He is not here. He is risen… Go quickly and tell His disciples He is risen from the dead and behold He goes before you into Galilee. There you shall see Him.  Matthew 28:6-8

With great amazement and  joy, they ran to tell the disciples this incredible news.  Along the way they encountered  Jesus. With awe they touched His feet and worshiped Him before they continued the journey to Galilee.( v9-10)

DARKNESS MET UNFOLDING LIGHT!

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD CAME FORTH STREAMING FROM  A BORROWED TOMB .

THE WORLD CHANGED.

CREATION  CLAPPED THEIR HANDS IN RENEWAL.

MAN COULD BE DELIVERED FROM THE DARKNESS OF SIN.

The Resurrection of Christ is the cornerstone of Christianity.

Even Josephus, a Jewish historian wrote convincingly about the evidence he investigated supporting this miracle.

Those who follow Christ learn to live in His Light.

For with you is the fountain of light; In your light we see light. Psalm 36:9

We have relationship.

We have the Word of God.

We can ask for His guidance.

Blessed are those who acclaim you; who have learned to walk in the light of your presence, O LORD. Psalm 89:15

The Righteous Light of Christ leads the simple to understanding.

We are simple and need understanding.

Conquering death, HE became the UNFOLDING LIGHT OF EASTER.

As we embrace this LIGHT, we discover that HIS PROMISES are thoroughly tested and we grow to love them.

We hold on them.

We proclaim them.

We live them out.

We create through them.

We rest in them.

We die in them.

Light dispels darkness.

Truth uncovers deception.

A cleansed heart knows light.

Sin fears discovery.

THE CROSS BRINGS PARDON, FORGIVENESS…  HEALING LIGHT THROUGH THE LOVE OF GOD!

Have you experienced the UNFOLDING LIGHT of EASTER?

It is incredibly life giving, glorious, gracious and grace filled.

It is a a Finished work.

What then should we do?

Open your heart to Christ.

Ask Him to come and be YOUR LORD.

Confess all the ugliness you know.

Take your time.

His Light will make you brand new.

If you do, welcome to the family of God.

A Blessed Easter  will be yours.

HE IS NEAR…

Acts 17:28

Billie

 

 

 

Starting Over
Feb 24, 2016

January has come and gone.

February is not long.

A year records our time,

As bells of memory chime.

Are we older, bolder, blessed?

Did we leave behind a mess?

Is the answer yes, Yes, YES?

It is…our hearts confess… but God is with us… YES, once more.

Starting over is not a chore for One whose promises are true.

 Behold a new thing I’ll do.

I’ll make a way for you…

In snow and ice, in rain and sleet, my love will hover as you sleep.

In desert places hope will rise.

And springtime joy will find blue skies.

Storms also will appear… but remember He is near.

Starting over is the way… for faith to bloom in us each day.

Embrace this moment.

The past is past.

The future awaits.

His Love will last.

He watches all with plans galore.

Breathe in His Love and ask for more.

As winter leaves, spring will  call ” Our God Reigns over all.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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