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Counting The Cost

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The religious were so hard-hearted and blind that they didn't recognize Jesus. They looked into his eyes and didn't even see him.

Lord, they looked into your eyes. They heard your voice, how is it that they didn't see you?

I have to wonder, how many times have I looked and not seen? Looking for something or someone else - thinking I am looking for you.

They were sincere. They believed what they believed with their whole heart. They were sure they were right. They were sure of themselves. If they knew who you were, they, the pious, righteous, sold-out pharisees, they would have totally bowed their heads. But.....

The sold-out ones were sold out to a system, a structure, not a person. It was a set of rules that framed their lives. And they were secure in their rules.

The leading priests, scribes, pharisees and teachers of religious law prove that we can be directly in the center of God's will and not recognize it. They show us that leaders are very influential. They hav…

The Gospel According to Jesus

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"Where are your accusers? Did not even one of them condemn you?"
"No, Lord."
And Jesus said,
"Neither do I. Go and sin no more."
John 8:10-11

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.  Romans 3:22-23

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. Romans 3:23

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. Acts 16:31

God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8

God saved you by his grace when you believed. Ephesians 2:8

Believe.

It sounds simple.

Almost too easy. Just believe? That's all Lord?

Yes.

Believe that He knows the wickedness lurking in my heart. 
He knows every dishonorable thing I've ever done. 
He knows the truth behind the scars of my past, the scars that mar my heart like an unwan…

And Always be Thankful.........

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I'm still at it. Here are some recent excerpts from my Journal of Thanks:
237. Ocean waves...........ahhh......
238. Seagulls filling the sky white against blue.
239. Flowers and grass and sunshine, birds and bees and kiddie pools glistening in the sun.
240. Sun-tanned boys, sleeping.
241. Blueberries, huckleberries and bunchberries.
242. Sunny days upon sunny days.
243. Ferry boats on blue sky days.
244. Vacation Bible School for the kids and for the (mom). wow!
245. Kittens!
246. Cotton candy for the first time and sticky fingers sharing.
247. Family, Mama, Papa, brothers and sisters, and being in the center of them all.
248. Discovery of a nest of baby birds hidden in the berry bushes.
246. Thank you for a 'real' summer.247. Life
Thank you.....With Love,Renee
p.s For those of you wondering what a 'real' summer is, it is a summer with sunshine and warm weather. I live in a rainforest in a cool climate. We often see very cool wet rainy summers with hardly a peak at the sun.

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Five Minute Friday 'Small'

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It's been a few weeks since I have participated in a FiveMinuteFriday. The word this week is 'small'. Five minutes to write what my heart thinks about the word small.
GO Grains of Sand

Ocean waves tumbling over tiny grains of sand and I feel small.

Looking at pictures today, thinking about you. Yesterday you were small like the children in the pictures. Now you are planning a wedding and I am realizing that it was over before it even started. I wish I could awaken these moments and gather them up into my bosom and live them again and again. Small moments, snatches of time frozen forever in these photos. Moments, they come in and go out, one small wave, one small breath. Breathe in, and I am cradling a newborn baby in my arms, so awkward and foreign it feels, breathe out and I am gasping to have just one more moment with the little girl vanished forever.

Waves crashing over sand castles unable to stop time I feel small.

STOP

A bit reflective today.
Love,
Renee
p.s.  I'm…