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Powerful Words

He could have brought me a beautiful bouquet, baked my favorite cheesecake, or any number of gifts, yet none would be as special as the e-card he sent. His message was not one of empty words. It was powerful, filled with love, straight from his heart.

I didn’t even know my husband knew where to find, nor how to send an e-card. I send e-cards frequently and show him what I’m sending, but I cannot recall a time when he sent one himself. For a first time visitor to bluemountain.com or other such e-card sites, the task of selecting, personalizing and sending a card can become quite time consuming.

Before reading the personal message or opening the card, I was touched by the gesture of love and surprise I found in my “In Box”. However, a big lump closed my throat as I read his sweet, personal sentiment. Then tears welled up in my eyes as I read and watched  the slideshow card play.

My husband of 30 years is not a man of frivolous words. Rather, he says what he means and means what he says. He is not usually the first in a group to speak, but listens intently, ponders awhile, and then speaks. That’s why I treasure notes from him. I know he doesn’t scribble something hastily, and he probably read and viewed a dozen e-cards before making his selection.

Can you tell this made me feel loved and cherished? In our society, cutting and sarcastic words seem to be the norm. However, such words, even if intended as jest, often emotionally hurt and tear down. Words are very powerful, and once they leave our mouth they cannot be taken back.

 “Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.” Proverbs 12:28 NLT

 “Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:24 NLT

 The Bible is full of instruction of how we should and should not talk to one another. Quickly scan through the book of Proverbs for the key words: tongue, words or speak. There is verse after verse pertaining to what we say whether good or bad, uplifting or deflating, encouraging or insulting. A wise woman often said:

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!”

Words are powerful! Choose words that encourage rather than tear down.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”  Psalms 19:14 NLT

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Praying for Haiti

Oh what a Saturday! Hubby is in Haiti so I’ve been holding down the fort. I thought I was getting a good start by heading out to chore before 8:00 this morning. However, by the time I hauled bales for cows and heifers; loaded the water tank, filled it and then emptied into the bulls’ tank, and got the cows off the stubble field it was nearly noon. For some reason these tasks take me longer than for Hubby. I didn’t mind though. It was such a beautiful morning, and I thoroughly enjoyed the serenade of birdsong.

When I got back inside, I was delighted to find an email from my Dear Husband. He and 3 others arrived in Haiti Tuesday evening. The primary job is helping some Haitians build a roof for one of their churches. Wednesday they assessed the church and put together a materials list. The following is a portion of Hubby’s email this morning:

They got the metal to build roof trusses, but had nothing to cut it with.  We looked for a metal blade for  a circular saw but could not find any, I’m not sure there is such a thing, but we were hoping so.  We ended up getting some hacksaws and cutting the metal by hand.  Maybe next time we’ll bring a sawzall and a bunch of metal blades.  There were several men from the church there helping so it really was not too bad.  They said they will have a welder there today.  At least that is how we understood them.  If so we should be able to get some trusses built.  I keep reminding myself we are here to help work WITH the local people , not do it For them. 

Sounds like they are off to a good start. I’ll be eager to hear how much can be done before Hubby comes home.

Over the next several days, I’ll continue to feed the cattle, but more importantly I’ll be praying for my brothers and sisters in Haiti.

I fall to my knees and pray to you, Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from your glorious, unlimited resources you will empower these dear people with inner strength through your Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in their hearts as they trust in him. May their roots  grow down into your love and keep them strong. And may they have the power to understand how wide, how long, how high, and how deep your love is. May they experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then they will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from you. Now all glory to God, who is able, through your mighty power at work within them, to accomplish infinitely more than they might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (Taken from Ephesians 3:14-21)

 

To God be the Glory

Counting? What IS all this counting about? Counting One Thousand Gifts in 2013? Counting gifts of blessing from God, but NOT just to count. It is not all about me; rather it is all about GOD from whom all blessings flow. It’s looking closer, intentionally, seeking, expanding  my focus so I may see God in all things and glorify Him.

In her book, Jesus Calling, Sarah Young has compiled personal notes from Jesus for each day of the year. The message for January 19 sums up what this counting is all about.

“Seek my face, and you will find more than you ever dreamed possible.  Let Me displace worry at the center of your being.  I am like a supersaturated cloud, showering Peace into the pool of your mind.  My Nature is to bless.  Your nature is to receive with thanksgiving.  This is a true fit, designed before the foundation of the world.  Glorify Me by receiving My blessings gratefully.

I am the goal of all your searching.  When you seek Me, you find Me and are satisfied.  When lesser goals capture your attention, I fade into the background of your life.  I am still there, watching and waiting; but you function as if you were alone.  actually, My Light shines on every situation you will ever face.  Live radiantly by expanding your focus to include Me in all your moments.  Let nothing dampen your search for Me. 

Psalm 17:8; Philippians 4:7; Jeremiah 29:13″

It is usually quite easy to look around and see God’s blessings on the surface. However, I want to go beyond the surface. The tool that helps me is Ann Voskamp’s monthly list of gifts to look for.  With this list I must think outside the box and look beyond the obvious. Matthew 7:7 promises that if I seek I will find. Therefore, I am seeking. Seeking God’s face in things only seen up close, in a reflection or in the shadow.  Seeking God’s face when my life is calm as well as during the most turbulent times. Seeking God’s face so I may give Him all glory and praise.

If you would like a ready made list to help you start looking beyond the surface for God’s blessings click on this LINK.  It will take you to Ann Voskamp’s JoyDare list. Remember, it is not all about what God has done for me, but rather me giving God glory, honor, praise and thanksgiving for the many blessings I may never have noticed before.

To God be the Glory!

On the Horizon

Sunrise
Beautiful array of colors melting into one another.
Muted purples- amethyst, magenta, periwinkle
Pastel pinks- roseate, blush, coral
Creamy yellows- canary, blond, primrose
Spilling into radiant oranges- tangerine, apricot, bittersweet
Vibrant starburst pierces pallet sending rays through the sky
Causing thousands of tiny sparkly sunbeams to happy dance in my car.

And my heart begins to sing the old hymn “For The Beauty of the Earth” by Folliott S. Pierpoint.

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our  hymn of grateful praise.

As my horizons broaden throughout the day the canvas takes knew form.

Boys and girls, little tykes
Wiggles, Squiggles, Restlessness
Ready to be up from desk
Brown hair, curled hair, newly buzzed hair too
Brown eyes, green eyes,  and baby blues
Ornery twinkle, mischievous smile, angelic faces
Laughter and unexpected hugs
Rays of sunshine warm my soul.

And my heart continues to sing the old hymn.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
Pleasures pure and undefiled,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our  hymn of grateful praise.

As my day draws to close, the horizon is transformed yet again.

Sunset
Beauteous coloration wash the boundary where land meets sky
And darkness prepares to engulf
Silhouettes- windmill, cows and gnarly tree
And night becomes alive
Dashing coyote, scampering bunny, swooping great horned owl
Midnight blue, deep smokey purple and a wisp of orange
The sinking, setting sun

And I continue to sing.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our  hymn of grateful  praise.