I'm feeling very whimsical this week...
I generally don't use unnatural objects in my photos but this colorful, little twirl of ribbons seemed to speak to me of March. Do you know what it's saying?
It's saying, "Rejoice! Rejoice! Spring is on its way!"
It's laughing, too. Can you hear it? I can.
I love to laugh! I can't help it!
I also think that this little twirl is dancing in God's sun and wind.
The other night as I was drifting off to sleep, I asked the Lord if He would dance with me. I awoke with a start of joy when I heard Him say "Yes, and not only that but I will teach you how!"
You see, I've always had a secret little wish to know how to gracefully dance. In the natural, I'm not graceful at all. I have very poor balance and one little twirl can be dangerous for me! But now I know that some day, whether spiritually or naturally, I'm going to be able to dance in God's sun and wind, just like that little twist of ribbon.
God is good, my friends. Never doubt it!
It's my desire that this month as you come here and read that your knowledge of God's goodness will increase and that you will desire to know Him more.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Well, it's pretending to be Winter this morning instead of Spring!
It's 29 degrees (that's COLD) and my right hand is COLD as I type.
But- no worries! The birds are singing outside today and so will I!
The birds can't help it! They must sing for that is what birds do!
So must I sing. I must sing for joy unto my Lord for that is what Holly does!
Have a great day!
Everything is going to be alright.
It really is!
Just look at the daffodils.
Who would think that they would dare to go on in the cold bare facts of life?
Life which can seem so hard and unyielding like the frozen ground.
It might look dark right now.
It might feel dark right now.
But everything is going to be alright.
I'm praying for you.
Recently, someone who doesn't know God, asked me to tell him about the God that I know. How does one fit a 28 year relationship into a discussion board thread or a blog post? I must admit that it proved to be a challenge but it was certainly a delightful one. Here is an excerpt of what I eventually wrote but if I know me, I'll add more to it!
My relationship with God doesn't involve rules of do and don't. It's a friendship. He speaks to me and we talk. We do things together and laugh. We share secrets and He holds me when I cry. He is the perfect friend. But He's also a very powerful friend and He has changed me, too. I feel Him inside me and around me and I can see Him working in my life and I see Him in others as well . So, with all that in perspective, I also look to Him as Lord.
Those of you who have read my history, know that I was once a drug dealer and a thief who was filled with all kinds of destructive thoughts and outward harm toward others. I was addicted to illegal drugs, alcohol and promiscuous sex, but He delivered me from all these things in a twinkling of an eye! I was then filled with love, light and joy! (A great exchange if you ask me!) Everything then looked brighter and my heart sang with hope! He then He began to talk to me and we've been talking ever since. It's been an incredible 28 year friendship where He lives in and through me! Me!? Whew! Amazing!
God is also very nurturing toward me- the only nurturing I can remember, so in that sense I hold Him respectfully, lovingly and with honor as a parent. I ask a lot from Him without ever having to worry about over burdening Him. He's supernatural, so He never runs out of strength, energy or power! As I grow older, He asks a lot from me, too. But it's never a burden because I'm kind of like Him- when He lives through me. I still have an earthly body, but with Him living through, I can do seemingly impossible things!
His love toward me is something I feel even more powerfully than the love other people show toward me. His love is more real to me than anything! He is my reason for living. He is my all in all. I don't need anything or anyone else.
This is my God.
This is the God that I know and I want each and everyone of you to know Him, too!
by Don Francisco
All the synagogue was there and more from miles around
So I asked him home to dinner just to see what I could see
Of this famous local prophet from here in Galilee
But you couldn't miss her gaudy clothes and her strong and sweet perfume
She went straight to Jesus' feet and stopped and stood right there
Then cried and wet His feet with tears and dried them with her hair
For the fragrant sin she'd lived in and the wickedness she'd sown
But He didn't move to stop her - seemed this phophet couldn't tell
That the woman who was touching Him was the kind they buy and sell
When he said "Simon, there's something I need to say to you."
So I said "Teacher, if it's on your mind then tell me what you will."
But as He began to speak to me the room grew quickly still
She's kissed me and anointed me and washed my feet with tears
She's honored me and you've been only rude to me instead
You gave no kiss of greeting, no anointing for my head."
The love and faith she's shown is all the price she has to pay
For the depth of God's forgiveness, it's more than you can see
And in spite of what you think of her, she's beautiful to me
Than to take this prophet by the throat and throw Him out the door!
To act like God, forgiving sins, and then speak so to me
This itinerant from Nazareth in backwards Galilee
The woman still was weeping as she knelt there on the floor
Jesus turned to her and said, "Your chains have been released
Your faith has saved you from your sins, rise - walk in peace."
The love and faith you've shown is all the price you have to pay
For the depth of God's forgiveness, it's deeper than the sea
And no matter what the world may think, you're beautiful to me
When I first started writing these little devotionals it was for the purpose of encouraging other sisters in the Lord. Everyone can always use a little encouragement right? It's not always easy to reach out to others when you feel in need of help yourself, but that's one of the beauties of the Christian life. You can, through Him, do all He asks of you because He does it through you! Cry out to Him for strength this morning and He will enable you to do the impossible. He'll enable you to press on in spite of insurmountable difficulties and painful, uphill tasks. Don't be afraid. There is life even during the cold, dark nights of the soul, if we'll but dare to push up through all the obstacles and grow.