Playtime With The Devil

Playtime With The Devil

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 I stood among a patch of newly blossomed flowers. Spring was finally here. Enjoying the warmth of the sun, I picked a few to take back to the room. Poppy red, carnation pink, sky blue, deep purple, and golden yellow buds formed a beautiful bouquet. As I turned to go, a form I can only describe as the face from the painting, The Scream¹, by Edvard Munch rose before me. Screaming, I dropped the flowers and ran as fast as I could. But nothing. Absolutely nothing. Could have prepared me for the next moment. The room, decorated in beige and turquoise tones, was lined with dolls. All kinds of dolls. Everywhere I looked dolls of all shapes, sizes, and faces greeted me. “Oh how lovely!” I thought. Picking one up, I admired her, touching her sweet pageant dress of blue with white flowers on it. Suddenly, her left hand grasped my thumb and her face turned ashen. Her smile formed a grin of rotten teeth as she began cackling... Do we really know the power of Jesus in our lives? Do we really understand that just the mention of His name sends Satan and his cohorts fleeing? This isn’t just something Frank Peretti² made up to write his novels. It’s real! This is real!
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Be Still My Soul ~ A Prayer For Peace

Be Still My Soul ~ A Prayer For Peace

Be still my soul before the Lord In the quiet, in the secret place Find the One who calls your name Listen to His song of praise As it fills your heart your inner being Know He is God in everything. “We never know when a storm will suddenly surround us. Financial situations. A runaway child. A terminal illness. It's so important that we never doubt the assurances of God. In Mark 4:35, Jesus said to His disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." In this simple statement, Jesus was assuring them a successful voyage across the lake. He didn't promise the disciple there wouldn't be a storm; He just said we would make it. No matter what trouble rises up around us, God promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) He might choose to say "Quiet! Be still" to the storm or "Quiet! Be still" to our souls. Whether He calms the storm or our souls, He's with us.” ~Wendy Pope¹
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Refreshment for the Disquieted Soul

Refreshment for the Disquieted Soul

I wish I could tell you that the peace I felt on our trip to the beach was still embracing me. But life has this queer way of turning the tides on us. Sending us back out into the tumultuous sea. I also wish I could tell you I took it to the Lord and I laid it at His feet each time I felt my feet lifting out from under me—the current whisking me away. I wish I could. But I can’t. I let my thoughts wander around. I let my heart be consumed with negative ideas and instead of surrendering, I continued to drift out to sea. Until today. I realized I’d had enough of all of this stupidity and turned my heart to seek the Lord. He lead me to Psalms 38-43.
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Hidden Treasures of Wisdom

Hidden Treasures of Wisdom

Wisdom becomes the treasure. I don’t want to just dream a dream. I want to fulfill that dream. I don’t want to know about God. I want to seek Him with my whole heart. I don’t want to write about God. I want to inspire and encourage others to seek after Him. Wisdom goes deeper. It whispers. It waits to be spoken. Wisdom is the thoughts that come after agonizing prayer. Through much counsel. It comes in the quiet.
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Oh How Excellent!

Oh How Excellent!

I stand amazed. God’s creation overwhelming me. Its vibrant, brilliant colors the way rivers flow and ocean’s billow I cannot comprehend their depth or width how the waters meet sky creating a horizon of endless sight. And I wonder how does He make it all just...so? So eye-catching breath-taking mesmerizing I can feel my lungs evaporating hyper venting... I wanted to pocket it. I tried to savor each moment of each day. Especially the times out on that balcony. Don’t get me wrong. I got my feet sandy and wet. I walked with my hubby along the shoreline at sunset. (And sunsets are sooooooo spectacular at the beach!) But that quiet time sitting on the balcony in the breeze was just the thing I needed to recharge, renew, and rest.
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Thanksgiving in July

Thanksgiving in July

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:15-17 So for this week, I want to begin with a poem of thanksgiving to our Lord. I want to begin this time with Him in gratitude. For in all we do, we should and need to do it with a heart of thankfulness. Won’t your heart join mine today in thanksgiving to the Lord?
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The Art of Paying Attention

The Art of Paying Attention

She walks each day at least 3 times maybe more with or without the dog through countryside and to the river with ease she sits under an apple tree sometimes she spies the horse or cow sometimes it’s just the rustling of leaves somehow that causes her to stop and ponder look to the sky and hear each word He whispers to her. I want to learn this art of stopping to smell the flowers like she does... I wish I knew her secret. But then again, I do know her secret. I just don’t know how to stop and pay attention like she does... Next week I’ll be at the beach. I wonder. What will He have for me to see? What will I hear? What will I write? Will I find time to stop, pay attention, and listen for His whispers? Or will I get too caught up in the adventure?
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Dance of the Leaves

Dance of the Leaves

@Marcie_Bridges For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13     The breeze plays with the leaves whispering, “Come, follow me.”   But the leaves hang on for dear life afraid to take flight and they whisper back,...

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The Darkest Hours

The Darkest Hours

“It’s such a hard and holy thing (in our minds), when Jesus took it (every sin) by Himself, all the lights went out.” ¹ Perhaps it’s too deep to think on. Perhaps this part of it all, is too much for us as humans to comprehend. Perhaps it’s why we fixate on the physical part of the crucifixion—His death—but we can’t stare at the spiritual part of it. Beaten. Ridiculed. Spat upon. Nailed to a cross. Unrecognizable. They continued to mock Him as He hung there for everyone to stare at. Still...there is one agony remaining I think we truly miss.
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