Posts made in June 2012

June’s Food-of-the-Month: To the Land of Milk and Honey!

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 in Food and Fitness | 0 comments

After the week we’ve had here in Colorado Springs, I’m tired!  In the aftermath of the wildfires that burned down almost 350 homes and 17,000 acres, I think it’s time for some “comfort food” for our heart, mind, body and soul.  The following Scripture seems especially appropriate:  “The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people…. I have heard them crying out… and I am concerned about their suffering.  So I have come down to rescue them… and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey….’” (Exodus 3:7-8).  Mmm… sounds wonderful!

To the evacuees temporarily living in cramped quarters I imagine “good and spacious” sounds sublime.  But to all of us–even those who haven’t spent much time in the Bible–“a land flowing with milk and honey” conjures up something utterly delightful in every way.  Pleasing to all of our senses, the land is fertile, abundantly alive and overflowing with blessings… a reward of complete comfort and satisfaction after an arduous journey.  For those who have suffered this week, I pray peace and joy will be found in this land in a personal relationship with God.  And on a much smaller scale, I hope that as we look at some of the foods in “the land of milk and honey,” we will find not only comfort but strength.

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A Prayer for My Hometown of Colorado Springs–on Fire

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 in Faith | 16 comments

Dear Heavenly Father,

People are scared.  Our city’s freaking out.  When I turned on national news today I saw the same mountains I see from my front porch.  The fires are spreading.  I smell smoke in my house; I feel its burn in my eyes.  I hear sirens, and I see floating ash… in my kitchen.

Hotels housing yesterday’s evacuees are being evacuated.  The cloud in the sky today looked like pictures I’ve seen of atomic bombs.  My own high school, just minutes away, is a Red Cross Shelter.  I heard a reporter say we should leave the city if we can.  I heard “national emergency.”

Lord, You know just hours ago I read the children’s version of “Jesus Calling” with Joey.  You know how much Your words in the adult and children’s versions mean to me daily.  I wish everyone in my city–every elderly person being evacuated from their nursing home, every father trying to get home to his family, every person whose house is burning down–could be comforted by Jesus’ words today:

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“Faith Found a Garden” by Sheila Gosney

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 in Faith | 0 comments

When I first read Sheila Gosney’s poem, I cried so hard I shook.  Having just met this beautiful person online, I wrote back in response:  “How did you know my life story?”  In her words–my first Guest Post–I pray you will find Love unlike any other.  No matter our pain, we have a God who holds us in the palm of His hand.  Oh, how He loves you and me….

Faith Found a Garden

I’ve learned a few things in the course of hardship that are priceless, steadfast and true.

I’ve learned no matter how hard this life gets the Lord won’t forget about you.

I’ve learned that at hard times your spirit gets tired and your faith can get low and depleted.

But the faithfulness of God never gets exhausted and comes in to supply what is needed.

I’ve learned you can live through enormous crisis that doesn’t seem to have reason or rhyme.

But somehow and some way God turns them to riches through His wisdom and passage of time.

I’ve learned that the deficits & shortages of life were not meant to cause heartache or shame.

For they made me look up to God’s well of provision and trust in the strength of His name.

I’ve learned it’s the hard times that teach us the most about God and His character of old.

For it’s during those seasons I clung to His Word and every promise that He’s ever told.

I’ve been refined in my heart and my mind because He tendered me through difficult years.

And faith found a garden in the soil of my heart that was watered by all of my tears.

From Acquainted with Autism, copyright © Sheila Gosney.  All rights reserved.  Used by permission of Warner Press, Inc.

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Seeking God’s Kingdom & Finding a Garden

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 in Faith | 2 comments

If you follow my blog you know I recently started looking “at the birds of the air,” trying to “seek first his kingdom” instead of worrying about my life and “tomorrow” (Matthew 6:25-34).  What began as a morning devotional time in my backyard quickly became an overwhelming recognition that no matter where I am, birds are there.

I would wake to their heavenly singing before my 5 a.m. alarm.  I started noticing the delicate, fascinating winged creatures continually throughout my days–in the parking lot of the grocery store, on the golf course, at Danny’s football games.  And at night, as I drifted off to sleep, I would listen to what I can only describe as a symphony of another world.  Through the birds’ constant and glorious presence, I sensed God’s nearness to me.  “Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8).  Could my King and His kingdom really be that close?

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