Friday, December 06, 2019

When We Remove 'Little' From Our Vocabulary

"Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."   ... Ephesians 5:15,16

"Do small things with great love."   ... Mother Theresa


Last November I sat at my usual cafe table sipping coffee, reading, and half-listening to Amy, one of the owners, chat with her uncle.

Yet when she told him, "Our first year ended last month and turns out we made around _____ dollars. Now, that wasn't much, but at least we finished in the black. Lots of businesses lose money their first year." --

--I stopped mid-bite of my muffin and my eyes grew wide. I did some math inside my head (no easy feat) and the crazy thing? I'd contributed nearly half of their first year's profit.

Oh my! Suddenly I understood why God had nudged me to walk there even through the snow, ice and 5 degrees, often after talking myself out of melting upon my cozy red couch. I remembered sitting often at the cafe table praying-in customers from off the street and also for Amy's encouragement when no one else stepped inside.

Little things. Do they even exist? That November morning I accepted, with finality, that every detail in God's plans is huge. Important. Go dismissing, ignoring, the details and what God meant to happen? It just may get tweaked into something less-than.

You know, something folks will have to settle for and an unfinished obedience we, ourselves, will have to live with for all eternity in Heaven. 

But oh, to see God's original ideas through to completion just the way He asked!

So today I'll meditate more upon the importance of-- 

--holding doors open for folks. 
--wishing others happy birthday (going beyond just the basic, "Happy birthday.").
--asking God to make me a blessing wherever I go, even if that journey is online.
--watching all eagle-eye-like for those who need encouragement. Then speaking/doing what the Holy Spirit whispers.
--asking God, "Who needs a gift today?"
--visiting neighbors, waving, smiling at everyone around my town.
--answering (not neglecting) emails, blog comments, phone calls.
--sharing my food, my blessings, my testimony.

--and whatever else He asks of me. Not for the sake of numbers, of course, but simply because God's ideas for kindness are endless and may I leave none of His plans for me, undone.

I've heard there are books of remembrance in Heaven where our deeds of loving obedience are listed and oh my! May our book not be just a skinny paperback, but rather, a thick, heavy (heavy!) volume, instead.

"And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint."  ... Galations 6:9

"Then those who feared the Lord [with awe-filled reverence] spoke to one another; and the Lord paid attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who fear the Lord [with an attitude of reverence and respect] and who esteem His name."   ... Malachi 3:16

It all matters. Nothing in God's economy is unimportant.

"We live Life forward, but understand it backward."   ... Joyce Meyer


Okay, these 2 abandoned mansions were just too cool. Too. Cool.


And oh! Found another fun show on Youtube: Huckabee. His talk show studio is probably the nicest one I've ever seen. Love the design and colors.


"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

My Crazy-Early Morning Season

"He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding..."   ... Daniel 2:21


Oh my! For two weeks God's been pulling me out of bed around 2:30. Yes, in the morning

(Oh and don't worry. I go to bed before 8:00 p.m., or try, and this is an anticipation, not a burden.)

I creep down the stairs, switch on the tiny electric wood stove then quietly (since Tom's sleeping) comb my hair, plug in the window heart lights and check the Internet to make certain the world didn't collapse while I wasn't awake to manage it. ツ

And then? I make hot chocolate, grab my headphones, settle on the couch beneath blankets and a cat and then oh! The places I go with God and Youtube on the big tv: 

We visit folks in their tiny houses. Listen to their we-grew-tired-of-stuff stories.

Or we meet so-cool Christians like Todd White who shares Jesus and healing literally wherever he goes.

We listen to peoples' I-went-to-Heaven stories. Or to Joyce Meyer's practical teaching. Or watch It's A Miracle. Or Sid Roth's It's Supernatural. Joni Table Talk. Or whatever else interests me that morning.

Jesus points at things to notice, remember, pray about. When I became a Christian at 11 I turned into a ponderer and oh Honey, these past 2 weeks my pondering stays on overdrive. It's as though I'm preparing for an exciting future.

And I love it all. I'm remembering grown-hazy truths, finding confirmation about uncertain things and learning that which I did not know. 

One must stay open in order to grow. Venture out of the old Land 'o Goshen denomination's same ol' rehashed, let's-not-be-too-bold teachings and shriveled-up souls. Leave fear and choose discernment (not the counterfeit, suspicion), instead.

I am loving this wee-hours season, but I realize it'll not last forever. No season stays exactly the same. Yet all God's plans for me are sweet:

My marriage. Our daughter. 
Our family, friends, churches.
Moving to New York.
Experiencing renewal in the 90's (it's never left me).
Teaching. Encouraging, blessing others.
This blog.
The farm (with its perfect timing).
This little Hobbit Cottage.
Our neighbors. My coffee shop.

--and many remarkable gifts/times/chapters not mentioned.

Oh, the adventure, the growth, the joy when we obey and cooperate with God! 

"My times are in your hand..."   .... Psalm 31:15

"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."  ... Luke 2:19

If God seems boring, something is wrong somewhere. (Hint: it's never His fault).

Been mulling this over since yesterday: Satan can use suspicion to keep us far from our help. God will use discernment to take us exactly to what we need.


Okay, now this was just too cool! These 4 minutes may change your life forever.

Oh, and my Thanksgiving was awesome. I hope yours was, also!


"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!"...Psalm 107:1


Happy Thanksgiving to all my faithful readers! Upon my Gratitude List is each of your names and I especially thank those who take the time to encourage me. 

May each of you be especially blessed with much peace today!


Oh! And anyone have an extra 5 hours to spend? シ 

You may also absolutely love this audible book --and I don't even like audible books! (I've never read every single word of a book in my life. I skip any portions I find not-interesting.)

But this book? Oh my. I didn't fast-forward any of it. Marvelous detailing of Heaven. Simply marvelous.


And guess who had another anniversary this past Monday? Yes, Tom and I have officially been married 41 years. Oh my--it doesn't seem possible all those years have sailed past.

But then, our yesterdays never seem all that far away.

Speaking of being married a long time, have you seen the new Dolly Parton episode on Netflix with Gerald McRaney and Delta Burke? It's the only episode so far that I can recommend (I've started a few) and my, my, my. I do recommend it. (There is a small smattering of 'language', though.)

Otherwise? Very special. Indeed. Like watching a book rather than reading one.

(Look up 'Dolly Parton's Heartstrings' at Netflix. Click on the episode titled, 'If I Had Wings'.)

"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15