Archives for May 2012

A Winner and a Wish

It’s Mother’s Day today and that can only mean one thing. Well, okay, it can actually mean several things :) But here on my blog, it means it’s time to announce the winner of the This One’s for the Girls Giveaway. Yes, someone’s skin is about to be pampered! :)

The winner of the Bath & Body Works gift card is . . . Robbie! Congrats, Robbie, and many sweet-smelling days to you! Hope you enjoy!

And now for the wish—and it’s one for all of you. I hope you’ll remember it always. It’s my ongoing desire for each and every one of you.

I wish for you, dear friends, an ever-closer communion with our loving Lord.

May you always long to spend time in His presence, delighting in Him and sensing His delight in you as well. May you worship Him each day and always freely pour your heart out to Him, knowing that He loves you better and deeper than any earthly parent ever could. May you ever hear His voice within your spirit and through His Word and always trust Him to lead you in the way that is best for you. In short, may He be your dearest friend and constant companion every day of your life.

I wish you all of this and more. Blessings to you this week!

“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4

*What do you treasure most about your friendship with Jesus?

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*Flickr photo by kelsey_lovefusionphoto

Outfits of Beauty

Outfits of Beauty

Beauty dresses in countless ways
With outfits never the same.
Sometimes she sweeps across the skies
With heaven’s own hues unfurled,
Other times she drapes the landscape
In breath-taking mountains majestic.
But sometimes beauty comes up close
Approaching on butterfly wings,
Granting a glance at her delicate side
Displaying miraculous design.
No end can be found
To the outfits of beauty
They’re as infinite as their Creator,
And He shares them all
With all of us—
His gift dressed in countless ways.

“How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all . . .” Psalm 104:24a

*What outfits of beauty have you noticed lately?

*Photo by me! :)

*Don’t miss out on the “This One’s for the Girls Giveaway”! Deadline to enter is noon on Mother’s Day.

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Kindness Works

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’ve got a competitive streak. Just ask my family.

The latest evidence of my drive to win (aka my cutthroat tendencies :)) occurred during our Easter visit to Mom and Dad’s. Yes, I indulged in cutthroat behavior on Easter weekend. It seems my desire to conquer knows no bounds. Good grief :)

This time the game was Mexican Train Dominoes. You know—that nice little game that almost anyone can play. Nice, that is, until I implement my Mexican train policy. Yes, I have a policy :)

In this version of dominoes, after everyone has their first turn and plays on the double in the middle, someone can start the Mexican train off to the side (using another of the same number as the double in the middle). This is a neat, wild-card feature to the game that allows players to get rid of dominoes that don’t fit into their own train somewhere.

Now, if a player can’t play on their own train, he has to draw from the pile until he can play on his spot. Since that can get super depressing real fast, someone usually has pity on that poor person and plays on his train to try to help get him started. But me? I have a policy—a policy to start the Mexican train first. In other words, I do what’s best for me in the long-run instead of helping someone from my very own family. I told you I was bloodthirsty :)

Of course, my family gives me trouble about this little policy, but as I said to them Easter weekend, “What good’s a policy if you don’t live by it?” We all laughed, and it immediately became an ongoing joke.

You’d think my fellow players would pay me back big-time when I didn’t have the right domino to start my own trains, but believe it or not, they didn’t. Someone would take pity on me right away instead of starting the Mexican train like I would if given the chance. I humbly thanked each benefactor and then next round, I’d go right back to playing by my notorious policy.

In the days after we returned home, I kept thinking of the kindness and compassion shown to me—not only by my family but by my Heavenly Father as well. My competitive heart began to soften. I decided that maybe it’s time to change my policy. Kindness looks more attractive than winning. (At least that’s how it looks when I’m not in the throes of a game :))

If kindness can work to change my cutthroat behavior, I wonder what else kindness can change? When we are faced with someone’s hard-hearted or even downright mean behavior toward us or our loved ones, I wonder what would happen if we implemented a kindness policy?

It might take awhile. We might not see immediate results. But there’s a good chance kindness will soften that hard heart. For you see, kindness works. I’m living proof.

“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.’” Jeremiah 31:3

*How have you seen kindness work before?

*Don’t miss out on the “This One’s for the Girls Giveaway”! Deadline to enter is noon on Mother’s Day.

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*Flickr photo by Earl-Wilkerson

Exalting God

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

Every now and then, I like to look at a verse of scripture and focus on one tiny word. In the past, I’ve urged you to consider the words us and let in specific verses. Today, let’s turn our attention to the word will in the verse above.

Most often when we read Psalm 46:10, we focus on the first half of the verse. The last time I read it, however, the last two phrases jumped out at me—probably because of the way I read it. Take a moment and read it aloud and emphasize the word will both times it’s used.

This verse is not only a proclamation that God is God, but it’s a proclamation and a promise by God Himself that He will be exalted among the nations. And then, as if to emphasize the certainty of it, He repeats that He will be exalted in the earth. No question about it, no room for doubt. God is going to be exalted.

What a day that will be, huh? Sometimes we forget what’s on the horizon. We get discouraged and distressed by the godlessness that permeates so many aspects of our present day world, and we forget that God is God and that He will one day be seen by all for who He is. Yes, God will be exalted. He will be triumphant.

I don’t know about you, but I want to be among those who exalt Him now. I want to be among those who proclaim Him today, who give the world a taste of the glory that’s to come. Maybe in our doing so, some will come to know and exalt Him with us. Maybe some will become part of the promise today.

So how about it? Let’s do our part. Let’s exalt Him now!

“Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:3

*What can you exalt the Lord about today?

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*Don’t miss out on the “This One’s for the Girl’s Giveaway.” See post below!