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Earthworm Faith
Jul 01, 2014

Today a sudden summer shower brought respite to the parched earth and an army or earthworms came forth!

On my early morning walk I had to be careful not to step on them as they slithered, rolled and wiggled their way attempting to cross over to the other side of the walkway.
Obviously some were not going to make it but some did.
All to soon the emerging sun began to ” take its toll.”
The brief rain had presented enough moisture for traction , bringing them up to explore.
Time to surface,
Time for change,
Time to cross over,
And time to go back home again.
I have never been a worm lover but in observing this exodus my curiousity drove me to do a little research on the computer when I returned home .
Here is what I learned about earthworms:

1. They plow the earth by tunneling through the soil.
2. They create passageways in which air and water can be absorbed.
3. The root systems of plant life beceome compacted with out them.
4. They eat dirt
5. They stay underground most of the time because darkness keeps them from being dried out.
6. If they get dried out, they cannot breathe.
7. The wetness created by rain stirs them to come up and travel overland, breathing new vigor into their predictable existence.

So earthworms really do matter to ecology, to plant life.
They have purpose.
But once in a while they need to discover a new vista before returning to home, productivity and familiarity.
And so do we.

Summer showers also water a parched faith, encouraging us to come out and look up and cross over to see God in a fresh way.
We need to stay connected to HIM in a vital ongoing relationship.
We need refreshment for we too must return home and once we do the root of belief is strengthened.
God knows when to send the showers, when we need to cross over and when we need to tunnel in once again.

Thank YOU LORD for the earthworm.

Although he eats dirt, he makes a way for us to eat food and drink in beauty and understand once again the wonder of a God who executes creation with such detail that even the most humble organism is an intricate part of the life chain.

Nothing escapes YOUR EYE.
Nothing is without possibility.
Nothing is insignificant.
Nothing is without hope.

“Show me your ways Oh Lord teach me your paths… my hope is in you all day long” Psalm 25:4-5c

Breathe into us ” The love of God “today in a brand new way because of the example of YOUR provision for the earthworm.

May our faith increase in the Living God.
Love to you,
Billie

Grains of Summertime Faith
Jun 06, 2014

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

The Place Where You Are
May 17, 2014

It was God who sent me here, not you!” Genesis 45:8 TLB

How many times have we asked God to get us out of a situation?

How many times have we yearned to be in another place?

How many times have  we finally  recognized  that God chose  the place where we are?

The Joseph  of scripture had to learn this truth.

How he did he get beyond revenge and anger towards his brothers?

How did he move past the isolation and despair of abandonment?

How did he learn obedience to God in spite of great personal loss?

Life lessons matter.

Joseph was given a dream for his life and then given the ability to interpret others’ dreams.

His brothers did not understand  so they did away with him or… so they thought.

For nine years he had to learn to processs daily life from many places.

From  the  pit to the auction block  and from Potiphar’s  home to prison was his journey and yet…

“the Lord was with Joseph  and he was a prosperous man”… Genesis 39:2

I wonder what he wondered.

Integrity gave him a management position with Potiphar and integrity took  it away and placed him in prison.

He carried God’s favor where ever he was placed.

Could he always  trust the Hand of God?

He could and he did.

Prosperity came.

Joseph was promoted  to second in command over the land.

How did it affect him?

Prosperity and power tests character.

It is a true revelation of God dependency.

When famine came to the country side  and he was faced with the presence of  his brothers who were hungry and a beloved father  who had need, once again Joseph was broken  but this time with consuming compassion.

It was his holy privileged opportunity  to bring  restoration not revenge upon his family.

To forgive or to not to forgive?

To stay stuck in bitterness or to move towards liberty?

To redeem or destroy?

And God prospered him once more with reunion and reconciliation.

What a moment to dwell in!!

How powerful are the stories of the Bible.

They are our stories.

We can live in them and learn  how to navigate through dilemmas we did not choose.

Is  the “place where you are” one of deep disappointment, grave anxiety or searing conviction ?

Is the “place where you are” fraught with jealousy, constant strife or driven self effort ?

Remember –God is still with you.

He orchestrates your way.

He is in your midst. moving you forward, prospering your soul, establishing your character, making you fit to become the man or woman HE can use.

HE is the passion and creativity reflected in all you do.

” Every  word of God proves true;  He is  a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” Proverbs 30:5

The Life of Joseph proved God’s Word is true.

“…the Lord was with Joseph and he was a prosperous man..” Genesis 39:2

The place where you are is the place of God’s commission.

Trust in His unfailing goodness.

Be present to Him in the “place where you are.”

Blessings,

Billie

MORNING of JOY
Apr 18, 2014

It was a dawn that would change the world– forever.
” After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance looked like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, ” Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples. He has risen from the the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.” Matthew 28:1-7
Women who were devoted…
Women who came out of Love….
Women who came looking for Jesus.
Timing….
The right place at the right time.
Now they are women on mission.
What a wonder for their fluttering hearts!
What expectancy as they ran to tell the disciples!
What privilege to be chosen to be the Bearers of the Risen Lord!
In their rush to find their way, HE met them on the road.
Imagine the awe of encountering HIM on the road!
They “clasped his feet and worshiped him.” Matthew28:9b

When was the last time you went looking for Jesus?
Is your Stone of Circumstance too large for Him?
Can you believe He can give you a new beginning?
Do you understand that your sin can be forgiven– washed away by JESUS!

Nothing is impossible to him who believes.

Come to the Cross.
Visualize the Sacrifice.
Embrace HIS LOVE.
His Blood purchased our liberty.
A borrowed Tomb was only temporary.
Grave clothes were left behind.
HOPE was birthed.
Life was made brand new.
Possibility is ours forever– because HE AROSE!!

And it was the women who came looking for him that received the commission to tell the world!
Remember.
Think about what He has done for you when the suffocating darkness of life tries to settle in upon your soul.
It will for a time.
Disappointment, financial reversal, illness, brokenness, thwarted dreams– even death will attempt to swallow up your life
But morning comes for the one who believes in the Risen Lord!
JESUS brings break through, blessing and His beauty.
HE knows all about our lives because HE walks the path with us.
Today HE says, ” Come.”
Look for Him.
He’s looking for you.

” I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.”
HE is able.
He will keep you.
The Tomb is empty!
He Is Risen!
Come!
Easter is a state of mind.
Meditate
Trust and obey
What a morning of joy!

HE Reigns
Billie

Fort Hood: Prayer To Pierce The Darkness
Apr 03, 2014

 God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all.. 1John1:5

Holy Father;

Mourning has descended at Fort Hood…again.

We the people of faith relish the days of sunlight and ease in our lives and linger there… but we also KNOW the power of YOUR COMFORT when darkness enters… and it has.

Therefore we come as one voice in prayer to seek YOU as we bow down in our hearts and  lift up the deceased victims’ families and the wounded.

We love and cherish the military family for they live with sacrifice.  They hang on to faith when deployments come. Facing war and  dealing with risk are intrinsic to their training. How difficult when tragedy erupts on a base at home where families live the ordinary days of commissary shopping, going to school, work and chapel… just processing life.

Fort Hood has been brutalized… again… with senseless tragedy and we gather to grieve and pray because we can.

There is a place of refuge … YOUR WORD.

” God is our refuge our very present help in time of trouble.”

YOU ARE OUR REFUGE  ( Psalm 46: 1-3)

We pray for the wounded to be healed. We pray for the grieving to run into YOUR WORD. We pray for answers to questions and safety procedures to be reviewed once again. We know devastation comes. “I  have said these things to you that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation but take heart ;  I have over come the world.”  (John 16:13)

Tribulation has come again to Fort Hood.

Peace in the midst of darkness only comes from God.

It is a promise in YOUR WORD that we pray for the anguished and grieving, the fearful and desperate.

No, we do not understand many things but we the people of faith do understand how YOU comfort in tragedy.

Music comes to this prayer. ” Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost  but now am found. Was blind but now I see.”

We pray these words and sing them in our souls.

Draw us all back to faith… ” You are near to the brokenhearted” ( Psalm 34:18

We are broken once again… but YOU are our comfort.

Stir up random acts of kindness for these families.

Stir our nation to  purpose to honor the military where ever they serve.

Stir us to become more IN YOU so that we can be an ever present voice of prayer to pierce the darkness with the Light of Christ found in YOUR WORD.

HOPE will rise in prayer.

In Jesus’ Name we pray, the Name that brings Eternal light to the world.

 

 

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