“These Walls”

 

 

Psalm 40:1-3a

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.

 

 

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Grace to That

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“…Grace to that. Can you say that to yourself? Step back and take a good look at yourself in the mirror, ignoring the pimples or wrinkles or hair that won’t behave and say grace to that. Ignore the job you hate, the relationship status that’s lacking, and say grace to that. The sin that has you reeling? Grace to that. The habits that stick, the ones that both show on your exterior or quietly lurk in your conscience? Grace to that. The unmet hopes and desires that drive you to despondency, anger, to distrust God. Grace to that. You know what needs grace, even right now.

 

 
Grace is what God is good at. The Message tell us from Ephesians; “Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.” All the time in the world. There’s oceans of grace to be had, and its got our names on it.

 

 
Regardless of our vanity or self-deprecation, our lack of grace with others or even our hobo-blow in the middle of conversation, we need that grace. Sometimes we listen to the myriad of voices that get piped at high volume into our hearts and minds that say “there’s no hope for you. You’re not worth much. You’re a lost cause. You’ve made a mess of things. You have nothing to offer. You’ll never be enough,” among other soul-crushing garbage. And, just like love covers a multitude of sins, love made us alive with Christ, and love is the greatest, love says “grace to that.” Grace to that.

 

 
Say it with me. Grace to that.”

 

–Kate Merrick

 

Today, as “stuff and such” comes up, let’s  remember that freeing truth that is ours because of Him, so that we can say,”Grace to that”.

 

Ephesians 2:7 (AMP)

[and He did this] so that in the ages to come He might [clearly] show the immeasurable and unsurpassed riches of His grace in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus [by providing for our redemption].

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Article: “What Your Friends With Cancer Want You to Know”

 

 

 

“I Shall Not Want” -Audrey Assad

From the love of my own comfort
From the fear of having nothing
From a life of worldly passions
Deliver me O God From the need to be understood
From the need to be accepted
From the fear of being lonely
Deliver me O God
Deliver me O God

And I shall not want, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness I shall not want

 

From the fear of serving others
From the fear of death or trial
From the fear of humility
Deliver me O God
Deliver me O God

 

 

And I shall not want, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness I shall not want

 

No, I shall not want, I shall not want
When I taste Your goodness I shall not want

 

When I taste Your goodness I shall not want


 

What your friends with cancer want you to know (but are afraid to say)

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Be Still and Know That He is God

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This morning I am meditating on Psalm 46:10…a great place to hang my hat and think about awhile.  This is a beautiful song referring to that verse:

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

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

God calls me:

To “Be still” (   from רפה râphâh in Hebrew –  it means  to cast down; to let fall; to let hang down; then, to be relaxed, slackened, especially the hands)

-To be at a place of quiet rest in my heart, letting go, releasing, being at peace, calm, tranquil, it is to stop my striving and settle down and rest and trust

-It’s a  a ceasing of my own striving, a setting to rest all frantic activity, submitting myself to God, to allow God to quiet my noisy soul

-It’s chilling out and relaxing, letting go and dropping the stuff and such at His Feet that weigh me down

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…and KNOW that He is God

-To Know in this context means “to properly ascertain by seeing” and “acknowledge, be aware.”

-Taking ownership that He is who He says He is, believing it, applying it

-It’s being calmly confident in Him, His character, who He is, what He can do…not just “head knowledge” but way down deep in my heart

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He is exalted, lifted up, valued honored, glorified among the nations in all the earth as well as in my own life.

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It looks like there was a glitch and  some people who are subscribed to this blog did not get the one that was posted yesterday.  It is here if you missed getting it and you’d like to read it:

He Does the Holding, We do the Trusting.

 

Paula



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He Does the Holding, We do the Trusting.

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing *right now,* and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” – Matthew 6:34 (The Message):

 

Where in the Bible does it say that men do the dishes?
2 Kings 21:13 “…and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down to dry.”

There’s also a whole book verifying  who should make the coffee–“Hebrews” 🙂

 

 

 

 

Isaiah 41:13(NIV)

13 For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you.

Isaiah 41:13 (MSG)

That’s right. Because I, your God,
    have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go.
I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic.
    I’m right here to help you.’

Isaiah 41:13 (NLT)

13 For I hold you by your right hand—
    I, the Lord your God.
And I say to you,
    ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.

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Don’t try to hold God’s hand; let Him hold yours. Let Him do the holding, and you do the trusting.
H. W. Webb-Peploe

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Sooooooo…

The way it’s supposed to work is that He does the holding  and we do the trusting. He’s got a firm grip on us and He won’t let go.  No need to ever to be a scaredy- cat about anything. He’s told us in His Word not to fear or panic.  He guarantees us that He’s right here with us and will  help us through everything.

Paula

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Trusting the Same God Who Parted the Red Sea

A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!” he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not.

A man came along who had recently completed some studies at a local university. Feeling himself very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his joy.

“Hey” asked the boy in return with a bright laugh, “Don’t you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation of Israel right through the middle.”

The “enlightened” man, (not!), foolishly trying to negate a miracle in the Bible,  laughed lightly, sat down next to the boy, and began speaking. “That can all be very easily explained. Modern scholarship has shown that the Red Sea in that area was only 10-inches deep at that time. It was no problem for the Israelites to wade across.”

The boy was stumped. His eyes wandered from the man back to the Bible laying open in his lap. The man, content that he had opened the eyes of a poor, naive young person to the finer points of scientific insight, turned to go. Scarcely had he taken two steps when the boy began to rejoice and praise louder than before. The man turned to ask the reason for this resumed jubilation.

“Wow!” exclaimed the boy happily, “God is greater than I thought! Not only did He lead the whole nation of Israel through the Red Sea, He topped it off by drowning the whole Egyptian army in only 10 inches of water!”

😉

“And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and Jehovah caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left” (Exodus 14:21-22).

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“The floods stood upright as a heap; the deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea” (Ex. 15:8).

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“He clave the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as a heap” (Psa. 78:13).

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Article discussing this topic: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/612-parting-of-the-red-sea-miracle-or-natural-event-the


 

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It was even way better than Hollywood’s portrayal I’m sure.  It’s amazing and faith building  to think about what that must have been like for God to part the Red Sea.  He cares about every detail of our lives too and is still capable of “parting the waters” and making a way for us even when there seems to be no way which reminds me of this old song that I love:

 

Have a great day!

 

Paula

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“Worry is Practicing the Absence of God’s Presence”

 

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Last week  my precious Hannah Banana turned 18…my youngest chickadee is now an adult.  WOWZA!  How’s that happen so fast?! 🙂 I would have loved to have given her and each of my children the gift shared  in the link below. I wish we had thought of it!  I’m passing along this great idea for all you with little ones:

 

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Here are some quotes by Ann Voscamp:

 

“…so, here’s the thing, God — just thank You for spreading
Your protecting shield over us at the end of this day.
Shielding us from the worry that keeps on pressing in,
from the fear that creeps in from behind,
from the dark that seeps up the edges. 
Thank you that right now, even now, You “spread Your protection over … You cover with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5
Just, really — thank You for shielding us tonight, so we can rest 
and not be worriers — 
because You are our protecting Warrior.
For we know that worry is practicing the absence of Your presence. 

 

 

And that might just be the best secret to a good night sleep:
lay all those fears & worries to rest in Him.”

 

“Go slow. Be God-struck. Grant grace. Live Truth.

Give Thanks. Love well. Re – joy, re- joy, ‘re- joys’ again

Share Whatever Is Good. “

 

 

Philippians 4:6-7The Message 

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

 

Philippians 4:6-7J.B. Phillips 

6-7 Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.

 

Philippians 4:6-7Contemporary English Version 

Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

 

Philippians 4:6-7New Living Translation 

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 

Philippians 4:6-7New King James Version 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

This morning I was worrying about some things.  Here’s my take-away on Phil 4:6-7 a la Paula:

 

Do not: worry, fret, be anxious or allow my mind  the uneasiness of dwelling on real or imagined or anticipated troubles and difficulties.  If worry is practicing the absence of God’s presence which is sheer crazy, false nonsense and I know the truth that God is ever and always present, then knock it off.   Quit it. Decide to stop worrying when anxious thoughts creep in and choose to replace it with something far better.

 

 

Instead: pray.  Do it with thanksgiving and praise.  Tell God about every thing.  Thank Him for all He’s done and will do.  Let Him know what I am concerned about.  He already knows everything about everything but get it off my chest and out in the open and  talk to God all about it anyway. Praise Him.

 

 

God’s peace which is beyond mine or anybody’s comprehension will guard,keep, and protect my heart and mind through Jesus.  His peace will rule what and how I think and feel and do.

 

 

 

Thank You, Lord for the truth of Phil 4: 6-7 for me to grab a hold of and apply!

 

 

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“Finding I Am”

“The Swiss have an interesting army. Five hundred years without a war. Pretty impressive. Also, pretty lucky for them. Ever see that little Swiss Army knife they have to fight with? Not much of a weapon there. Corkscrews. Bottle openers. “Come on, buddy, let’s go. You get past me, the guy in back of me, he’s got a spoon. Back off. I’ve got the toe clippers right here.” 
—Jerry Seinfeld



The photo below reminds me of my dear Mom’s fridge with her re-purposed margarine containers.  How I miss her!
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“Jesus, You are the satisfaction for every deep longing in my heart.

 

When I’m hungry for quick fixes or starving for affection or craving lesser things, Jesus, You are my Bread of life.

 

When I’m confused and anxious and exhausted from all my fragile efforts incapable of fixing my struggles, Your light brings clarity. Your light chases away my darkness. Your light of hope dispels the shadows of hurt.

 

You are the Good Shepherd who will find me no matter how lost or off course I wander. You speak tenderly my name and whisper wisdom I need. And then You encamp at the gate of my heart. You are the Sheep Gate, always there during my coming and going, protecting and providing for me.

 

When I get afraid of the daunting things that feel impossibly dead to me I will not be consumed with anguish or grief. Jesus, You are my Resurrection and my Life.

 

You are the Way when there is no way. You are the Truth in my life that silences the lies that scream in deafening tones. You are Life, certain and secure.

 

You are the true Vine I cling to and receive from all that’s needed to not just survive but to thrive. What I am facing today may be a delay or a distraction or even a devastation for a season, but it is not a final destination. For You, The Great I AM, will have the final say. You will write the final words to my story. And because they come from You-the source of all that is good and right and true-the words of my life will be glorious.

 

This was never about finding my answer. This was about finding You, the Great I AM.

 

 

(excerpt taken from “Finding I AM” by Lysa TerKeurst, LifeWay Press)

http://s7d9.scene7.com/is/content/LifeWayChristianResources/FIA_Declarationpdf.pdf

 

I am nearing the end of a ladies Bible study at church,  “Finding I Am” by Lisa Tykerst.    Here is the intro and first chapter free on line if any one is interested in checking it out: https://s3.amazonaws.com/p31obs/Finding+I+AM/Reading.pdf, A big kudos to my friend Karen who does such an awesome job facilitating the study. She’s is such a fun, funny, loving, kind, caring, and thoughtful person who keeps us laughing. Thanks for being wonderful you,  Karen! It’s been a great time of fellowship with other women and I’ve learned some neat things about God in the study: a blessing to me. 

 

 

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Do you Know About Chemo Angels?

 Everything you have on your car has a very specific function with the exception of one thing: the instrument panel dimmer switch. Why was this invented? Are people’s eyes too sensitive for the five-watt bulb behind the speedometer? It’s like, “Oh, don’t worry about those oncoming headlights, but this odometer light — it’s burning my retina.”
—Wayne Federman
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Below is some info about a wonderful organization that I am sharing here in hopes that it’ll be a blessing to others reading this.  I have received so much encouragement and support from two women who were assigned to me as my “Chemo Angels”.  If you or anyone you know is going through chemo, I highly recommend using the link below to apply.

   “The Chemo Angels program offers support to

those who find themselves in one of the most

challenging situations of their lives – receiving a

cancer diagnosis and beginning IV chemo

treatment. 

     Our angels support their “buddy” throughout

their IV chemotherapy journey with cards,

uplifting messages, supportive words and lots of

positive energy. The encouragement our Angels

provide helps give patients the comfort and

confidence of knowing they are not alone in

their fight.” 

For more information and to apply

online, please visit our website at:

www.chemoangels.com

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Perspective on the Hard Temporary Stuff This Side of Heaven

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As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a
funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless
man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a
pauper’s cemetery in the back country. As I was not familiar
with the backwoods, I got lost and
I didn’t take time to stop for directions.
I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently
gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the
diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.
I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the
side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in
place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around.
I played
out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends.
I played like
I’ve never played before for this homeless man.
And as I played ‘Amazing Grace,’ the workers began to weep. They wept,
I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes
and started for my car.
Though my head hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say,
“I never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in
septic tanks for twenty years.”

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“No matter how devastating our struggles, disappointments, and troubles are, they are only temporary. No matter what happens to you, no matter the depth of tragedy or pain you face, no matter how death stalks you and your loved ones, the Resurrection promises you a future of immeasurable good. “- Josh McDowell

 

Great reminder, huh?! None of the temporary stuff that bugs us here will be an issue whatsoever in Heaven.
Praising God from whom all blessings flow,
 
Paula (I love the quote below)

Attitude
By Charles Swindoll

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of
attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important
than facts. It is more important than the past, than
education, than money, than circumstances, than
failures, than successes, than what other people think
or say or do. It is more important than appearance,
giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a
company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is
we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we
will embrace for that day. We cannot change our
past… we cannot change the fact that people will act
in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is
10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And
so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

 

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