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ANTICIPATION DAYS

Ya know how you wait and you wait and you wait for special days? Anticipation takes over almost every waiting minute? Lists of things to accomplish before the event occurs? While the pit of your stomach aches just to go to sleep, so you can wake up before it arrives and get more done?

That’s what it has been like in NC this week.

Switching between the weather channel and local news. Walking outside to recheck what might need to be stashed or tied down or chucked in the trash. Checking on friends living close to the coast. Answering notes of messages of concern from friends in other states. Checking on older neighbors. Praying for, not just our coast, but all the other coasts, states and countries that are battling their own natural disasters.
The workers that stand in the gap.
The uncertainty.
The loss of stuff.
The worry.
The prayer.

‘We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act!”~Dan 9:18b-19a

As always – knowing me well and my constant need for reassurance – my many devotions centered on the power of prayer and a merciful and loving Father who not only hears but anticipates our every need – even before we voice it. Oh but He loves to hear our voices cry out to Him, so He waits. Like us – whom He created in His own image – 
waiting – 
anticipating – 
loving – 
completely knowing us to depths of ourselves that even we don’t know.

These are the nights and the days of anticipation. The days of the shofar. Jewish tradition says that every night when sleep comes, the souls rise to heaven and record what they did that day in a book- the real good, the good, the bad, the ugly bad – and then attest to it with their signature.

A part of me likes this idea. Being accountable for my actions was drilled into me over and over as I grew up. Recording them while they are still fresh with joy or heavy with dread – in my soul seems like good parenting. Signing my name in full to the real good, the good, the bad, the ugly bad helps me face what I have done with my day. But in my mind I see something more – something so full of love that my breath catches in anticipation.

When the shofar blows at sunrise, I see a cross stamped – – – completely blotting out my deeds and signature. My tear-filled eyes blink to see His nailed-scared hand holding mine, easing the eternal back into the temporal. Our eyes meet in that silver cord second, and His smile remains within me for the rest of the day. His song singing in my soul as the sun rises above the horizon, and I swing my feet over the side of the bed to start anew.

I am fully known, fully forgiven and fully loved..

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”~Ps 32:1a

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BREADCRUMBS: Blessed Day

Whoop!Whoop! Shadow-Spooky-Sparkle caught a full-sized mouse last night. She left it smack-dab in the middle of the hallway and was curled into a ball at the foot of our bed just waiting to be proud when we woke up. 

Annnnnnddddddd…we were. Nature when left alone works very well, and SSS got tuna for breakfast. Who knew we needed a cat? I think you know how I would answer that one.

Today was a totally God blessed day from start to finish. I spent a lot of time being “churched” today. This is a saying I picked up when I was in our small gospel choir in Saxapahaw. The ladies and the choir leaders would use it when they were feeling the Spirit moving among us as we prayed at the start of choir – sang in the Spirit – and at the end of choir when we prayed in the Spirit again.

“O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands.”~Dan 9:4

While it was still sort of windy outside, the Spirit inside was so much stronger. He reminded me to circle Daniel 9 in prayer again- – – ALAT – As Long Asit Takes (which is an acronym that Mark Batterson used in “The Circle Maker”). With my Gemini nature, I have to work really hard not to flit hither and yon. So I wrote it down in my prayer journal and circled it. Hopefully, I will stick at it ALAT in the days to come.

“But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. We have not obeyed the LORD our God, for we have not followed the instructions he gave us through his servants the prophets.”~Dan 9:9-10

Other than that, didn’t really do much. Read devotions. Spent time catching up with some of my favorite TV ministers. Worked on our front deck for a few hours – stain/painting. (Do you realize arthritis really doesn’t like that chore – especially those individual picket thingies that seemed to have multiplied today?). Played with the dogs and kitty as we walked around the yard. Read some more. Cooked a chicken, potatoes and gravy. (yum) Carried on some conversations with friends that make me smile. And just finished up watching: “Let There Be Light”.

“Yet we have refused to seek mercy from the LORD our God by turning from our sins and recognizing his truth.”~Dan 9:13b

Great movie. Reminded me how much I loved Dionne Warwick back in the day, so I ordered some CD’s. Perfect ending to a perfect day. Kitty curled in my side. Puppies looking at me ready to walk outside one last time and then get a toothbrush treat which they love. Hubby snoring. Me? Yawning big time and ready for saying goodnight to God before I close my eyes for the night.

Breadcrumbs have been dropping hinting at new things, but for today, I was given peace, blessings, and many, many God-winks. And for that, I am oh-so thankful. I needed a day like today. Who knew? I guess you know the answer to that one again.

God is in the world. The Spirit is blowing – sometimes pretty hard. The Son stands beside us with grace in His hand. Who could ask for more? So my wish for all of you is to “have a blessed day” for yourselves some time this week.

“O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.”~Dan 9:19

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2017 #5

“On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…”

5 golden promises.

“So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”~Num 22:27

“Do not be afraid…since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard…”~Dan 10:12

“In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.”~Ps 4:8

“Your faith has given you life, go in peace.”~Lk 7:50

“The grace of Our Lord Yeshua The Messiah be with all of his Holy Ones. Amen.”~Rev 22:21

“On the 5th Day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me, 5 gold rings.”

Gold rings often symbolize a covenant. A vow to be kept between two parties. A promise. Many believe the five golden rings in this song are the 4 written gospels and the existence of the Jewish people. Old Testament covenant blended with the New Testament covenant.

Just a song. A children’s song. A song sung in the backseats of cars. A song knocked off so many times in so many ways. And yet – perhaps – it is so much more.

12 Days to ponder the true Gift of Christmas. 12 Days to honor the True Love who sent the Gift. 12 Days to remember to whom all honor should be given.

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow…”

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FOLDED HANDS

Hurricanes are like people. They have a mind of their own and respond to pressures that surround it. sigh. People pressure – air pressures often change the course of humans and the things that operate in this temporary world as a part of our habitat.

Needless to say, this is one of those weeks when the Weather channel has been set semi-permanently on the remote. While most Carolinians are breathing somewhat easier, my friends and family in FL are taking deeper breaths as they try to decide what to do.

Leave? Ride it out? Go to work? Stay home? Kids safe? Elderly parents safe? Buy the right stuff to make it through a week – 2 weeks – 1 month of no electric???

One thing nice about this extended hurricane warning, people have had time to contemplate every day as it draws closer and closer. I often wonder how the people prior to technology dealt with the surprise of waking up to a 15 foot wave surge coming ashore? Of course, there were probably fewer people who were silly enough to live so close to the ocean back then. Personally, I like to think they were just that much smarter than us.

That being said, I gotta admit – there is nothing I like more than falling asleep to the sound of the ocean – or reading a book while listening to the sea birds AND the ocean. It is like classical music to me. Perhaps it is because I am made up of three-fourths water and the sea calls to me as the Sirens called to the sailors in the Greek mythology. Or perhaps, it is just the ocean carrying the imprint of My Father’s voice when He spoke it into being that I long to hear over and over.

Natural disasters change the thought processes of us mortals. We seek reasons. We seek answers. We seek hope in times of testing. And – like the disciples – we sometimes seek a hiding place.

Testing times in rain – or in fire – or in shaking are never fun times. They are time to change the thought process. Perhaps – that is what the month of Ehul has always been about. The word repentance in Hebrew means more than just saying, “Sorry”. Rather it means to “Change your path – change the course you choose for your feet walk”. “…and Yeshua said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on, sin no more.”~Jn 8:11

So tonight, before I close my eyes – I will think about all of those who are watching fire and water approach their homes, those who have lost their homes to fire and water, those who have been shaken to their core by all that they see around them. I will pray that they seek Your face, that they find Your peace, and I will center my prayer around this part of the Daniel prayer:

“Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant, and his pleas for mercy…O LORD hear; O LORD, forgive, O LORD, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”~Dan 9:17-19  

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INAUGURATION 2017

Old habits die hard.

Patriotic habits die even harder.

Teacher habits die hardest of all.

Today is a red, white and blue kind of day. Put on my flag earrings. Looked for my mom’s flag pin – even though I knew it wasn’t there. Debated on pulling out her red, white and blue sweater vest, but opted for my warmer red vest instead. Tossed scarves around on the floor until I found my flag one and away I went to pick up the Grand.

Inauguration Days have always been on my radar. The first one I really remember is President Kennedy’s. Probably because there was about the same amount of tension in the country then as there has been this past year. Not only Republican vs Democrat, but catholic vs protestant and cold war vs hot war.

No one in our house was happy after that election and yet.. Mom shrugged her shoulders and said she knew some “good Catholics” (you have to understand, she had this teensy bias thing passed on to her  from her parents since her father had been kicked out of the Catholic church for marrying a protestant which by-the-way – made it very hard for me to date a neighboring Catholic boy in high school). Dad said Kennedy was a war hero, so how bad could he be? They didn’t like the change, but they didn’t fear it either. They had faith in God and faith in the American process.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”~Is 41:10

Hope.

When Moshe spoke to the Israelites – hope grew.

When the angel spoke to Mary – hope blossomed.

When John sat on an isolated island – hope resurrected.

Hope.

After kinda listening to the inauguration and catching the Grand as he launches himself in mid-air to my arms, chattering with the Grand, hugging on the Grand and reading Pete the Cat with the Grand, I at least got to hear – somewhat – the transfer of power. Nothing new under the sun, but I listened.

Protests and destruction.

Presidents and statuaries.

Parades and pomp.

I did my teacher thing when I got home as if I was still finishing up my speech unit for the umpteenth time. When one starts a speech unit in November, it usually winds up around the end of January because of all the holydays. I love technology on days like this. Come home and – on demand – watch President Trump’s speech as I hold his printed transcript in my hand – just like I did for President Obama 8 years ago…and President Bush…and President Clinton (although – I had to wait a little longer in those days to get the video and the transcript).

Repetition. Allusions. Quotes. Alliteration. Compare and Contrast.

President Trump is not the greatest orator. Compared to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr – he is not even in the same ball park, but he brought his vision of hope to the people he will serve. Easy to say the words – not so easy to do – but then – even Christ had trouble with the last part of His “to-do” list.

But tonight, I have hope. Hope in the prayers that have circled our country from the beginning, and in God’s timelessness continue to petition Him for our country. Hope in the prayers that are circling a man I didn’t vote for in November, but am praying for daily now. Hope in the man who used the Bible given to him in 1955 by his mother and President Lincoln’s Bible as he repeated his oath of office. Hope from the blessing of the WORD that My Father nudged rather forcefully into my consciousness tonight as I prayed for our leaders, for the service of the families of leaders that now get to rest, for the service of those who stand the thin line between hate and love, for those who seek peace, for those who are lost and for those who are found.

Hope and not fear.

Joy and not tears.

Love and not hate.

“He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.”~Dan 2:21  [google images]

RATIONS 100 DAYS! #39 & #40

“I know it is right to do right.’ Goethe remarked on reading some memoirs, ‘We learn from this what a splendid thing truth is when anyone has the courage to speak it.”~Goethe

We will be caught up after today’s Ration. I thought a lot about how to do these Rations this week. They are such a look into an American culture that has been slowly sinking beyond the horizon like a beautiful sunset. Today’s generation can’t imagine – it is hard for me to remember. And yet – — –

Maybe that is the way the world flows. My parents had come through a very turbulent youth and early adult decades but were able to end their years in a quasi-peaceful manner – after all small town life then was a lot different than small town life now. Technology has shared the shaking world’s presence into even its smallest corners, and people shake with it.

It is my hope that a few shaking people have time to read these Daily Rations. Maybe not at one time because there is a lot to read here. However, there is a place where things don’t shake and rattle beneath the feet. It is merely a matter to remember the path back to that place.

1942 Daily Ration: “I have lived before God in all good conscience until this day.’ ~Acts 23:1

Read: Psalm 15

“A good conscience is a great joy. One may suffer materially for the course that he has conscientiously taken; public opinion may not approve and friends may criticize; but the heart is filled with an incomparable peace. There is no greater source of inner satisfaction than to be able to say, ‘I have done what I think is right.’ Truth and right reward their faithful followers by the sense of inward peace. Out of experience came the familiar simple creed of a distinguished man, ‘I know it is right to do right.’ Goethe remarked on reading some memoirs, ‘We learn from this what a splendid thing truth is when anyone has the courage to speak it.’

“Prayer: ‘Our God of Truth, may we be loyal to the truth we know ad faithfully follow the way which commends itself i our conscience, so that we may find our wills in harmony wit thine ad know the peace that passeth understanding. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

1942 Daily Ration: “My soul thirsteth for God…Deep calleth unto deep.’~Ps 42:2,7

“Prayer is not the act of a weak man, but of a strong man at his best. The deep places of the human spirit and the deeps of the Spirit of God have something in common, and man is at his best when he feels the tug of the Infinite within him.

“One of the race’s giants was found on his knees in the snow at Valley Forge praying to the Almighty Father for strength to shoulder his responsibilities. We honor George Washington for the wisdom and courage and perseverance with which he led our nation in its infancy. We honor him, too, for knowing where to turn for direction and sustaining power.

“Read: Daniel 6:4-11.

“Prayer: God, I need thee- –
When morning crowds the night away
And tasks of waking seize my mind;
I need thy poise.
God, I need thee – –
When clashes come with those
Who walk the way with me,
I need thy smile.
God, I need thee – –
When the path to take before me lies
I see it…courage flies…
I need thy faith.
God, I need thee – –
When the days’ work is done,
Tired, discouraged, wasted;
I need thy rest. Amen.”~Howard Thurman

PRISIM

Star of BethlehemAfter two nights of restless dreams, today was a blessings of small things. An hour gyrokenesis (https://www.gyrotonic.com/gyrokinesis.aspx) class that turned into a discussion of meditative philosophy. An unexpected day with the Grands laughing as we read our “new” old books, and one drowsy, sweaty little one curled tightly in my lap. Dogs knocking me sideways and almost down as they race for the elusive ball on the wooden floor under my chair. Friendly banter with a policeman as he directed traffic at a newly opened Popeyes in our area….unbelievable line of people waiting for a little taste of Cajun. Prayers answered, yet more to add to the list. I’m glad I keep a journal these days.

However, June 30, 2015, brings a couple extra blessings. First: we get .002 extra 11232227_839892132763342_6769764443596886690_nseconds of life in our year. Isn’t it amazing that someone keeps such an exact accounting of how long it takes for our earth to spin in its orbit? I don’t deal well with numbers, so for me this is almost miraculous. And then I wonder, if any of us would notice if someone hadn’t told us? After all, in the scheme of this immense universe and all our important busyness and thoughts, how do we even notice .002 seconds extra? Stay up and extra .002 seconds? Go to bed .002 seconds earlier? Play Jigsaw puzzle just a little longer?

“And some of the teachers do stumble for refining by them, and for purifying, and for making white — till the end of the time, for [it is] yet for a time appointed.” Dan 11:35 [YLT]

download (1)Second: the “Star of Bethlehem” is visible for the first time in 2000+ years. Another interesting blessing that I wasn’t counting on today. How did I miss this one? I’ve known about the Blood Moons and Solar Eclipse tied to the Jewish holy days for several years. I’ve known about the Jewish Shemitah and the Jubliee years for awhile. But this one – this one – I missed. So I read the article. Double check with another article, and sure enough – I found out something else I didn’t know until today.

I love learning something new. I ponder new things. Toss them around like I used to toss my babydoll when I was little. Catching it in my hands. Examining it from the front…back…sides. Comparing how it feels in my hands. How it feels when I close my eyes and rub my face in its softness. Tossing it again until I am satisfied that I have observed every possible angle. I love blessings that beg me to understand the wisdom that lies within them..

“And God saith, ‘Let luminaries be in the expanse of the heavens, to make a separation between the day and the night, then they have been for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years, 15and they have been for luminaries in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth:’ and it is so.” Gen 1:14 [YLT]

Today, in my devotions, Living Free by Beth Moore, she stated: “Since the day sin damaged all areas of human life, we have been re-making the Creator in our own image. We think He acts, feels and thinks the way we do.” p16 I’ve been tossing this little gem around in my mind with all the other blessings. I’ve decided we do treat God much like we treat those around us. After all, weren’t we made in the image of God? So we see people and The LORD through the prism of our own experiences, emotions, thoughts. “wisdom”. If you need an analogy – just look at the pictures on FB with the rainbow superimposed upon them.

We see through the glass darkly.

A Prism.

I think I need to change the way I am approaching prayer and My Father. I need to ACT like Him. FEEL as He does. THINK the way He thinks. I know that I won’t be very good at it. I know that I probably won’t even come close. But I want to strip the prism off my eyes and try to actually look into the blessing of Light that has been given unto me.rainbow_prism_by_elflordtim