A Thought

“Many plans are in a person’s mind, but the Lord’s purpose will succeed.”—Proverbs 19:21 (CEB)

A lot to unpack in this short sentence. The first glimpse of this shirt I think I will wear today, choices matter, and seems to be the art pattern. Aweee color always my favorite to ponder on, choice? Maybe a deep rose on sheer fabric where the ‘Grace of God’ springs into action to encourage. Why yes I saw the full pattern of your thought and I knew just where to cut the fabric for the perfect match in your seams.

The pattern is a mixture of modern art showing hope to be while I glimpse into a heart of choices I made yesterday that might reflect some longing thoughts I’m having today.

“So He (Jesus) called out to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6) He told them, “Cast the net on the right sideof the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it there, and they were unable to haul it in because of the great number of fish. 7) Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it) and jumped into the sea.…“ (John 21:5-7)

There is plenty

Fill our cup Lord

Fill my Cup

🎼Like the woman at the well
I was seeking for things that could not satisfy
But then I heard the Savior calling
Draw from this well that shall never run dry

Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up, Lord
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole

There are millions in this world who are craving
The pleasures earthly things afford
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ, my Lord

Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up, Lord
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me wholeFill my cup, fill it up and make me whole

Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up, Lord
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole🎼

Healing is Splendid

Healing is ours

A Christian young lady sent me this banner (Healing is ours my words) today saying she is struggling with tongue issues. She was wondering about cause. Could a bitter heart cause one to say things they didn’t think about before a deluge of spite became her photo I wondered?

“Make sure that no one misses out on God’s wonderful kindness. Don’t let anyone become bitter and cause trouble for the rest of you.” (Hebrews 12:15)
Pastor John Piper wrote on this issue, “…the book of Hebrews deals with repeatedly — professing Christians who think they are secure because of some past spiritual experience or some present association with Christian people. The aim of Hebrews is to cure Christians of presumption, and to cultivate earnest perseverance in faith and holiness. At least four times it warns that we must not neglect our great salvation but be vigilant to fight the fight of faith every day lest we become hardened and fall away and prove that we had no share in Christ (Hebrews 2:33:12–146:4–710:23–29).

It’s summer time and maybe vacation time for some. As I pack my daily leisure bag I’m wondering what tools have I packed to travel with? Do I have angry, grudges plus size? Have I packed poisonous and foul deodorant left in bag from years passed? Deuteronomy 29:18 gave me this thought and check?
Flowers are beautifully blooming, birds of various colors and sizes birthing and singing and showing their beauty. Butterflies and bees galore dancing and fluttering about. All saying to me the Creator of all has splendid healing for YOU and YOU!

Old and New

“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined” (Luke 5:37, NIV)

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”

Heavenly Father, grant us wisdom to discern the seasons of our lives and teach us to embrace the new things You have for each of us.

Goodness will pursue you

“Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the LORD’s house as long as I live.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:6‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Gracie

I wonder a lot these days about nature and it’s inhabitants. My sister, a psychologist said to me this week? “As we age I imagine most of us turn to nature.”

I had an unusual experience this am. I decided to trim my hair a bit which I have been doing this past year due to the Covid pandemic.
My inner voice said, “throw your cut hair in the wind.” I opened the door and let the gentle breeze take the cut hair. I sat a few minutes on my porch rocking and looked to see what I might see. Awee! This little Gracie was less than 2 ft away from me gathering the curly matted cut hair and taking it under the hedge within inches. Why? I wondered!

I don’t really know why? I could google but I haven’t. Why? Because nature is teaching me to listen more closely to the Holy Spirit which is a lesson my Mother taught me. I heard a scripture that also makes me wonder!
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”—Proverbs 3:27 (NRSV)

Prayers for Borders:

“Dr. Edith Eger was just 16 years old when she was taken to Auschwitz with her family. She lost her mother and father to the gas chambers the very day they arrived, and she survived with the help and companionship of her sister. Decades later, when she began a university education in the United States, a young man handed her a copy of Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. She reflects that:

[Frankl] is speaking to me. He is speaking for me. . . . I read this, which is at the very heart of Frankl’s teaching: Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. [1] Each moment is a choice. No matter how frustrating or boring or constraining or painful or oppressive our experience, we can always choose how we respond. And I finally begin to understand that I, too, have a choice. This realization will change my life.

In time Viktor Frankl and Edith Eger developed a friendship and he mentored her as she became a therapist, specializing in treating those suffering from PTSD. At one point, Dr. Eger was invited to return to teach in Germany, where she spent time at both a former mountain retreat of the Nazis, and the labor camp where she was held. Here she reflects on her choice to forgive Reality by forgiving herself: 

The choice to accept myself as I am: human, imperfect. And the choice to be responsible for my own happiness. To forgive my flaws and reclaim my innocence. To stop asking why I deserved to survive. To function as well as I can, to commit myself to serve others, to do everything in my power to honor my parents, to see to it that they did not die in vain. To do my best, in my limited capacity, so future generations don’t experience what I did. To be useful, to be used up, to survive and to thrive so I can use every moment to make the world a better place. And to finally, finally stop running from the past. To do everything possible to redeem it, and then let it go. I can make the choice that all of us can make. I can’t ever change the past. But there is a life I can save: It is mine. The one I am living right now, this precious moment. . . .

And to the vast campus of death that consumed my parents and so very many others, to the classroom of horror that still had something sacred to teach me about how to live—that I was victimized but I’m not a victim, that I was hurt but not broken, that the soul never dies, that meaning and purpose can come from deep in the heart of what hurts us the most—I utter my final words. Goodbye, I say. And, Thank you. Thank you for life, and for the ability to finally accept the life that is.”

Reading this heart rending story in a devotional today I was reminded to pause and embrace those that suffered in this horrific time in history. It also reminded me today to remember the sufferings of the “border crises” America is now facing.

Former President Bush spoke this am on this very issue, “Bush added that the “people who are guilty, really guilty, are the people who exploit human misery, and charge money to desperate people, and bring them to the border with no plan to get them into the country.” Read article, https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bush-border-crisis-broken-immigration-system

One of our contributors, Debi Chaves, has a son with the Peace Corp, Chris, that is being transferred to the Border to help with the children. Please pray for him and all that are contributing to help at our borders. And, borders in crises around the world.

“The apostles] saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” Acts 2:3 (NIV)

Holy Spirit, come and turn our lives into a deep well that will spring up from within each of us flowing toward others that are in need of thee.

Tammy’s Empty Nest

Thanks my friends for joining in the full nest to empty nest. Our Baby Robins have left the nest. I can only imagine now! Until next time, Tammy
A Prayer of David
“LORD, listen closely to me and answer me, because I am poor and in need. Guard my life because I am faithful. Save your servant who trusts in you—you! My God! Have mercy on me, Lord, because I cry out to you all day long. Make your servant’s life happy again because, my Lord, I offer my life to you, because, my Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of faithful love for all those who cry out to you. Listen closely to my prayer, LORD; pay close attention to the sound of my requests for mercy. Whenever I am in trouble, I cry out to you, because you will answer me. My Lord! There is no one like you among the gods! There is nothing that can compare to your works! All the nations that you’ve made will come and bow down before you, Lord; they will glorify your name, because you are awesome and a wonder-worker. You are God. Just you. Teach me your way, LORD, so that I can walk in your truth. Make my heart focused only on honoring your name. I give thanks to you, my Lord, my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify your name forever, because your faithful love toward me is awesome and because you’ve rescued my life from the lowest part of hell. The arrogant rise up against me, God. A gang of violent people want me dead. They don’t give a thought for you. But you, my Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy; you are very patient and full of faithful love. Come back to me! Have mercy on me! Give your servant your strength; save this child of your servant! Show me a sign of your goodness so that those who hate me will see it and be put to shame— show a sign that you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭86:1-17‬ ‭CEB‬‬
https://www.bible.com/37/psa.86.1-17.ceb