HAND in HAND with GOD...WE CAN HELP END HUMAN TRAFFICKING + SLAVERY

HAND in HAND with GOD...WE CAN HELP END HUMAN TRAFFICKING + SLAVERY
Order your copy today!(all profits from sale of the book go to the International Justice Mission(www.ijm.org) Click the book!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Rock

I love You O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock,
my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold.

Psalm 18: 1-2

Friday, July 29, 2011

The World Outside



Perched upon her stand

peering at world grand

Wondering eyes

Wagging tail

Ears peaked

Attuned to the world outside.


Seeming perfectly content

But wasn't she meant

for free

for roaming

for experiencing

What's on windows other side?


We are much the same

Trapped within lifes game

Longing to feel

Things seen

From inside out

Throw open window wide.


Leaping from it's sash

Exilaration fuels the dash

Wind on face

Grass tickle feet

Pure sun soaks

Joy rolls in like ocean's tide.





Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shining Light

Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world...Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in Heaven."


Monday, July 11, 2011

An Island Stand of Trees





An island is the home to these gangly looking trees.

An ugly mess to some, but beautiful to me.

Their roots sunk deep into the earth, sipping water every day.

Free to grow in all directions creating this display.

They've stood the test of time, with flood and wind and storm.

They've been shed bare in winter, and in spring they've been reborn.

Drawing all their nourishment from the river they call home,

They've become a sanctuary, a refuge all their own.

Shade for weary visitors, shelter from the sky.

Their branches shield from predators, providing ample place to hide.

Trunks have made a fortress, surrounding lapping shores;

To sit and watch the world outside, till minds becomes restored.

I never would've found this place, had I not explored,

The island full of tree's with my kayak and my oar.

These trees are an example of how God wants us to be

Planted by His living water, sipping continually.

Then we too will grow in righteousness and strength

Proving a place of rest for the lonely lost, going to great length.

Growing with endurance as we lift the lost towards light,

Branching out God's kingdom, bringing it to sight.

Thank You Lord for speaking through an island stand of trees...

Had I never known You, it wouldn't mean that much to me.


Psalm 1 (reference)





















































Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bloom where You're Planted



Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me....This picture speaks volumes...About God...About circumstances...About will. What does it speak to your heart?

Days of Summer



Slipping through the waters

Free to roam...

Explore,

The mighty Susquehanna

With my kayak and oar.

I glide upon the surface

Eyes and ears attuned,

To the detail of the landscape

And creations lilting tune.

Thank You God for days away

Warm sun

Time to play

Good friends to share with,

On a perfect summer's day.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cardinal Calling



Graced by his presence this regal bird looks on

Perched atop the wire, stretched across my lawn.

Chirping periodically, in his sweet singular note.

Letting me know he's watching in his red feathered coat.

Thank You God for the detail, and creative fashioning

Of every living creature, that upon this earth You bring.

May we just enjoy the beauty and revel in the prize

Of experiencing Your artistry that's right before our eyes.

Summer Treat

Watermelon...

Fresh, pink, drenched with juicy drops of sweetness.

Thank You Lord God for this yummy summer treat!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Life Speeds

Photographing out the car window really captured the picture of what my life often feels like.

How do we slow it? How do things get to this fast pace to begin with?

After looking at this picture a while I noticed something. Maybe you will notice too. Outside the window life is racing by as the car moves, but inside all is still. I think God revealed this to me as one of those aha moments when things of His Kingdom become clear.

Though our lives become crazy, chaotic, fast paced and running at warp speed, if we are attuned to God, inside we too will feel still, at peace and OK to deal with our fast paced life.

Let's face it, life happens and we don't always have control...but God does, everything is in His control and when we trust Him with that...He works things out for our good so His purposes will be fulfilled.

Thank You Dear Lord for Your revelations through Your Holy Spirit.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Nothing Wasted



Unknowingly, I dropped a crumb of a chip on the ground. A few minutes later I looked to find this team of ants taking the spoils back to their nest. I watched them work for a long time. these little creatures pulled and nudged this large feast with all they had.


This display of strength and perseverance reminded me that God is our provider and in Christ nothing is ever wasted. Like the ants we need to keep our eyes on the prize(Jesus, eternal life) and never give up. Things may look impossible but with God's help and perspective we can make it through.

The Long Arm of Our God

I love water, any kind. Trees too. The branch in this picture reminds me that God's arm is long and always ready to reach, rescue, and lift us from trouble. We are never too far from His reach. Even when we're running in the opposite direction...He taps us on the shoulder and redirects our path. Thanks God for the way you show yourself to us through your creation.



Independence Day

All across America flags are flying, speckling and dotting front door posts of houses, town squares and government buildings. July the 4th, Independence day, a day of celebration and commemoration of the birth of our country's religious freedom.

We love to celebrate. We love our freedom. But do we remember how it came about? How we achieved it? The sacrifice our first settlers made and why?

God...The desire to worship and serve God Almighty was the driving force behind the Declaration of Independence.

I often think of the saying that freedom isn't free...and that's the truth. Our country started with nothing but a faith in God, they didn't know where they were going, when they'd get there, or even if they'd get there. But in faith they went.

Jesus Christ, too paid a dear price for our freedom. For us to take that for granted with Jesus, with our forefathers, our service men...etc...is in itself a tragedy. Let's take this day to remember all that it cost for our freedom...and stand up for those who paid it...Especially Jesus, who began it all.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Branches

Sometimes it's hard to see the forest from the trees.



Till we step back from the thick of the branches,

Then we can finally see

There's alot more going on in there,

Than the tangled limbs and leaves.












.














The Bridge

I'm a bridge kind of person. Making connections, creating a way for people to get from one side to the other. Carrying them safely along the way till they are established on the other side.



Thinking about it, isn't that what Jesus was? He was our bridge to restored relationship with our Heavenly Father. He was the greatest, strongest bridge I know and I am thankful for His example of true humility and love for us to follow.


Thank you Jesus for being our bridge to eternity.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Ugly Beautiful


God can make beauty from ashes and make good come from bad. In His upside down from this world Kingdom it's the mystery of opposites that are captivatingly beautiful! Thank You God for your wonders...
Posted by Picasa

Buried Deep




My friend and I were walking by a pond and spotted these curious bubbles making their way to the surface. Being a photogragh fanatic I saw opportunity...and siezed it! We watched the bubbles for quite a while to see if anything recognizable surfaced...to no avail.

Later when downloading the pictures from our walk, this one got me thinking. Isn't it so in our lives too, that all the things buried under the surface must eventually bubble up? Sometimes these bubbles take the form of things like anger, stress, worry, guilt, poor self image, withdraw all evidence of what ever it is thats underneath the surface.

My point is when the bubbles come, don't ignore them. Name them for what they are and explore the deep. Investigate what's causing the bubbles...and bring it to the light. My friend and I never found out what was causing these bubbles in the pond, but I'm sure had we more time and patience we would have.

When our life bubbles surface...remember to take time, be patient and you will discover and uncover what lies below.

Once exposed you'll be able to see it for what it is. work through it and breath the fresh air above once again.

There is a River...Strong and Mighty





Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.



Psalm 46 is a song of victory and triumph for those who know Him. It's a testimony of His power over all and who we are in Him. I have read through this psalm many times, and the old familiar promises always stand out, such as "God is our refuge and strength, an ever- present help in times of trouble.", "We will not fear.", and "Be still and know that I am God."

Take heart today, that though the world around us appears in ruin and the news is inundated with tragedy, brokeness and heart ache, Go, our mighty strong and sovereing God, Is there and watching and rescuing and waiting for you and me to come to Him, making us as a rushing river with whom He dwells.