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RATIONS 100 DAYS! #26

I have come to depend on these RATIONS. As I started to read about the downed plane, I found myself thinking about recent plane crashes – as if this wasn’t written in the 1940’s.

It is the same when I am reading the Bible. Linear time seems to circle into a bubble that bobs up and down on the truthful water that keeps us from ever thirsting again.

“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”~Jn 4:14

It is good to remember prayer. It is good to spend time drinking the water and eating the manna that Christ brought to us from His well. The important thing is that we remember to drink and eat – in remembrance of Him– our eternal truth.

1942 DAILY RATION: “But I give myself unto prayer,”~Ps 109:4

READ: Luke 11:1-13

“Not long ago a large plane went down in the Pacific Ocean. Something was wrong with the wireless equipment, and all passengers were lost because of failure to contact a rescue ship.

“Such disasters are tragic, but there is one that is worse than plane crashing. That is a life crashing because of failure to keep in contact with the Eternal God. For such contact, there is nothing that can take the place of prayer. There can be no faith, no high and holy living, no real sense of truth, beauty, goodness, no ideal of service, no hope in this life or for the life to come, without the constant outreach of our lives to God.

“The Psalmist was in extreme need when he spoke these words; ‘But I give myself unto prayer…’. But he did not wait till he was faced with this extremity. He had always prayed. And he fills this difficult moment with the most powerful experience possible in life — – -prayer. God never lets a man down who does this thing.

PRAYER: Dear God, teach me to pray with complete trust in thy infinite love, thy unfailing providence. In Christ’s name. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “So may we send our little timid thought —                         Across the void, out to God’s reaching hands – – –
Send out our love and faith to thread the deep – – –
Thought after thought, until the little cord
Has greatened to a chain no chance can break,
And we are anchored to the Infinite.~Markham.

The Main Thing

Peter Lord said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

I like this quote. Did you have to read it more than once? I did. Repetition of words make a sentence unusual and those are the things that often catch my attention. I’ve run into this quote before in some of my friends’ statuses and/or devotional blogs that I read. However today when this quote popped up, I decided to do a little research – who was Peter Lord? I guess I wasn’t surprised to learn that he was a minister, and that he will be in NC in November as a speaker for a conference. Then Steven Covey’s name started cropping up with this quote. So I’m not sure who originated the quote. Maybe they both heard or read it and were just quoting it in their writings as well.

“THE MAIN THING…” Time goes pretty fast these days. Hump day is already here and I haven’t accomplished half of the things I planned on finishing. Social media play time probably doesn’t help when I end up putting jigsaw puzzles together instead of actually doing something that sends me in the direction of my goals. “…IS TO KEEP THE MAIN THING…” Our society has gotten into the habit of throwing quotes into our discussion like chocolate chips in a cookie. As if that somehow legitimizes an opinion or validates a point..even when we have no idea where that quote originated or who that person really is that said it. It is on a cute picture that we like. It says what we are thinking. It expresses an emotion. But – is that enough? “…THE MAIN THING.”

“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord endures forever.” 1 Peter 1:24-25

I throw Bible verses into my statuses all the time because I believe that it does validate a thought, feeling or emotion that I may be trying to convey. To those people who do not believe in the WORD, it doesn’t mean much. To me, it holds value beyond words even when little discrepancies crop up. Translating anything from one language to another causes problems. Which is an excuse that many people use to discard the words and intent of the Bible. What they don’t understand is that – even little discrepancies can help us grow in our faith because God uses those same discrepancies to His glory.

“Then Eleazar the priest said to the soldiers who HAD GONE into battle, “This is what is required by the law that the LORD gave Moses: Gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, lead and anything else that can withstand fire must be put through the fire, and then it will be clean. But it must also be purified with the water of cleansing. And whatever cannot withstand fire must be put through that water.” — Num 31:21–23

The original word in Hebrew actually says:: “…the soldiers who WERE GOING into battle.” When you read the verse it seems like the Hebrew must have been wrong. Check point for the nay-sayers. However, Jewish Sages say that the Hebrew word was totally correct because God had already told about the soldiers returning from battle in an earlier verse. This verse was instead talking about the spiritual battle they were entering. God was talking about every day life. Every day. all our choices – our actions – our words – must go through the the test – the “fire” of life according to His standards and then be purified by water. Sounds almost Messianic, doesn’t it? Daily, when we choose a course or say a word, we should always be thinking if it falls within His standards and then re-thinking it so that it is purified by the WORD (water).

“.In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jn 1:1

The more I read Jewish wisdom and traditions, the more I am convinced that every word and story of the OT which points to the NT which points to the “main thing”…SALVATION.. Salvation of our Father’s creation is the “main thing”. He repeats it over and over and over again. Now – if only we can “…keep the main thing the main thing.”

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Just a “Water” Type of Day

“Wade in the water
Wade in the water, children,
Wade in the water
God’s a-going to trouble the water”

What a way to wake up in the morning.  “Wade in the Water” flowing through my mind and into my toes.  Just makes me want to go to the beach. If I was richer than Midas, I would have my husband build me a “Stanley K” house on the ocean. A house where the music of the wind and waves would lull me to sleep every night (I don’t think I would ever watch TV again). The best part would be walking on the beach with the water just covering my feet – during the day – the night… Can you tell I’m day dreaming? In fact – whenever we do go to the ocean – that is the best part of the trip. Well – I do like to walk out even further when the waves are crashing, and the wind is whipping at my face. Ooooo – and when it is stormy, I am fascinated by the power that makes anything I do look puny and helpless.Brown-Pelicans-Holden-Beach-NC

Sometimes it is good to feel that way. It makes you wonder at everything around you from the tiniest piece of sand to the massive clouds drifting over your head. In the old days, I could just plop on the sand and enjoy. Now a days, I have to think twice about that since getting up is not quiet as easy as it used to be…sigh…but I am working on it. Physical therapy, stretches and more exercise may bring plopping back down in the sand reality once more.

“When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.” Joshua 3:8b

Joshua is one of my favorite books in the Bible (which is a story for another day because today seems to be a water issue). While the Grands jordan01played in the water this afternoon, I wished for the umpteenth hundred time that I could reach my feet over the side of the pool and just dangle my feet in it. However, it’s just not that kind of pool. Next – my Bible readings followed Moses and the Israelites as they crossed the sea on dry ground. Old story and yet, like always, sucks me right into the miracle. Finally, my devotional book led me to Joshua’s crossing of the Jordan another miracle that wraps around my mind. do you see what I mean about this water thing?red sea

“…I am the LORD, who heals you.” Ex 15:26b

By this stage of my life, I have figured out that there is a reason why Our Father brings things together in a certain way. I’m sure that I am only picking up on a tenth of what I’m supposed to be figuring out when He does this, but I’m getting better. Water in Jewish tradition often refers to purification or repristination.(Re`pris`ti`na´tion. n. 1. Restoration to an original state; renewal of purity). So it made me wonder – what am I supposed to be figuring out about the two times the Israelites crossed two bodies of water? Guess what – I’m still wondering, but at least – I have figured out I’m supposed to be wondering.

“Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Lk 7:22-23

The Jewish people walked through water twice before getting to the promise land. John the Baptist baptized many, and then baptized Jesus with water before He began His ministry. My mind continues to turn these things around in my head. It is still hard for me to be “still” – to listen to the faint words of my Father’s teachings. Someday, I may become a wise woman – for now – I’m just struggling through each day. Trying to make my body stronger with physical therapy, a much better diet and a daily walk along the beach where I can get my feet wet in the ocean of His WORD.

Southern Ocean

Habitat Building

A couple of thoughts have roamed through my mind today (within the chaos that usually scuttles about in there). Most of it centering around children. I often think that watching children is a reflection of watching Our Father in action. They love so easily. They forgive even faster. They create. They teach.

The granddaughter was playing with her habitats today. You see – she builds habitats for the creatures she wants to have (someday)…a small horse, a baby goat, a turtle (today’s focus) and a bat (not sure how she will do that one). Her mommy and daddy are pretty wonderful about helping her research whatever animal has caught her attention. Last weekend, it was a sea mollusk (and a lot of tears when we had to release him back into the ocean); this week a turtle. Then she starts to build them a habitat. She knows that her animals must have a place of their own to live, food to eat, and someone who will love them. Sound familiar?

Abba knew, that before He created humans, they would need a place of their own, Ever notice that the creation story doesn’t start with man? However, I don’t think that man was an afterthought…I may be a little biased here. I think God just is a much better planer then most of us…He was building a habitat for His sons and daughters. A vast array of universes. An orbiting world with its own sun and moon. A world subdividing into large areas of land.and crystal waters. A Garden full of plants and trees yielding fruit of every kind. Tiny creatures, big creatures, river creatures, flying creatures. Infinite in design, color, voice, skeletons…on and on and on. Until finally, it was time for something that He created in His own image…man…woman.garden

A child building a habitat.

Secondly, an older former student worried on-line today about losing contact with Our Father. Amid the business of day-to-day life, the angst of teenage years, the push to always succeed, the pressure to deny or – at least – ignore, media constantly humming in the ears. Is it any wonder he worries? I do – every minute of every day. I read a devotional today about how the Jewish people came to be the people of God. First, there Tornado of fire - Edm Airport Trng 08was Abraham. His faith led him through fire unharmed. Second, the people he taught stepped out in their faith to walk through water. Third, they traveled through a desert for 40 years learning to depend upon their Father God for food, shelter, and protection. A single person who made a choice; became the father of a nation as he taught others about God; leading generations to a belief so strong that they stepped into a river where Wall-of-Watertheir faith became a wind strong enough to dry the ground in front of them; and finally,…a looooonnnnnnggggg stroll through a desert that must have seemed unending and yet – so freeing – no limitations – no expectations – just trusting their Father to lead them, support them and love them.

Sound familiar? Don’t we all go through fiery times? Times when we see water totally over our heads? Dry, unending landscapes of nothingness, lack of visible supports, an empty feeling?

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Ps 23:423-wilderness_of_ziphjpg

David wrote this Psalm during one of His runs from Saul in the forest of Hereth (Sam 22:5) Jewish tradition teach that Hereth was not really a “forest” but a desert. Hereth means barrenness, harsh place. In Hebrew, it has the same letters as Heruth. Heruth means freedom. Strange combination of meanings – or is it? Jewish sages teach that when words share the same letters, it is because God wants us to notice the tie between the two words. Whether it is a whole nation or just one person, when we walk through that barren spot – that dark forest – we are freed of our day-to-day limitations, worries, etc. We are free to experience fully relying on the love of Our Father instead.

I try to rely on Our Father every day. I don’t always have the faith I should. I don’t always trust Him totally like I should. Yet – when I watch the Grands at play or listen to a former students trying to walk a life of faith, it reminds me that we are building our own habitat. We have (or are) walking through fire. Testing our faith by stepping into the water. And hopefully, walking through Hereth where we are free to experience the true love and sustenance of a Father who loves us enough to build a habitat just for us.

I’m just glad He lets us have a little time in the garden between all that fire, water and desert. I need my rest time, Father, and You always seem to know just when I need a little garden time. =P

Water Power

“I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt…I will go with you…” Gen 46:3-4

first spring flowersApril showers bring May flowers. Well – actually – our first flowers appeared at the end of April. People down here tell me that was a little late. However, I’ve decided that spring flowers in NC are just as beautiful and wonderful as the spring flowers I left behind in OH. After a long winter (and yes – it was long here as well) their bright colors and sweet fragrance permeate the air, and you just want to spend all your time outside soaking it into the memory banks. This year has probably been a little more special since it is the first one we’ve experienced. Seeing the bushes bloom with color and bees, watching the birds build nests, and establishing our gardens has been a blessing beyond any expectations.

Of course, it isn’t all fun. There are all the changes that the husband and I have been working on implementing…most of them to accommodate 2 trucks, 1 stump grinder, 1 fishing boat, 1 motorcycle, 1 scooter, 1 four wheeler (which the dogs love more than anything), 2 kayaks, and 1 aging Murano named “Adam”. Adam is, of course, is not so lonely now and much happier to share his one-car driveway as he did in OH, but it is sometimes a an interesting journey to back down the driveway to the cul-de-sac on which we live. However, that is what stewardship is all about…sharing in the act of creation with what Our Father has given us.

“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 41:12

Do you notice how often God or His angels or His Son say – “Be not afraid…do not be afraid…do not fear”. I read somewhere that phrase was one of the most oft repeated set of words in the whole Bible. They are also almost always followed by the simpler words – “I am with you…I will go with you…I am with you ALWAYS…”

graavelWalking a new path is always difficult. Leaving a home that you built from scratch inside and out to come to a strange land and start all over is rather…hmmmmmm….crazy??? In any case, here we are – building new fences – hauling loadwalking stones after load of mulch and gravel, sinking stones into the red clay for walking paths or interesting designs – painting rooms – transplanting and planting new bushes, flowers and veggies – and thanking God every morning and every night for His promises to be with us.

There was a Rabbi named Akiva. He was not a very learned man and did not pay much attention to his faith until he was 40. It was during this year that he happened to pass a well and noticed a rock with a hole carved in it. He inquired who had shaped such a wonderful rock and was told that the dripping water from the well had, over the years, worn away the rock until it looked the way it did. That is when His life changed. He reasoned that if water could wear away the hardness of stone, than surely the Torah could penetrate any hardness within his own heart, and God would fill that hole with love.

I thought about this story today as I watched it rain all afternoon (3 1/2 in). Some of the mulch washed down the hill. The red clay softened as it soaked up the wetness coming from the sky. Small gullies appeared in the garden. If I remember correctly, in Jewish tradition, water is often a metaphor for the WORD. Is it any wonder that softness overcomes hardness? Love overcomes hate? It was His message throughout His three year ministry. All we have to do is watch the rain..be it in April or May or any other month…and remember: Love in all things – for God is walking beside us…softening the ground, carving out a space for His love to bloom into gorgeous bouquets and plentiful food for all His creation.

Baruch Ashem, Adonai. Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is One.

ryndi and koay

Lenten Journal #18

WEEPING PUSSY WILLOWSpring has hit NC. The pussy willow is fuzzy and soft. Many of the trees are breaking out in flower or leaf. Purples, yellows and pinks are pushing up through the brown earth. There is something so special about watching nature wake up, stretch and open its eyes for the next few months. It is my favorite time of year and it seems like I’m always jumping from one foot to another waiting for it to get here. I may be impatient, but Our Father always knows the perfect time.

“…when the fullness of time came…” Gal 4:4

For centuries the vineyard had been growing. Some years were good years, and the fruit of the vineyard produced a marvelous crop of fruit. Other years the people who tended the vineyard lost their focus, and the vineyard withered of drought and disease. Over and over, caretakers rejected those who came and offered water and healing from the Source of Life. Until finally – in the fullness of time – the Source sent a part of Himself to the vineyard – bearing more water and healing blessings for the dying vineyard. Even so, many of the caretakers howled and drove the Blessed Bearer into the ground.

“From the LORD comes deliverance…” Ps 3:8

But this time, Blessed Bearer rose from the ground, sharing His water with all that would drink and gave healing blessings to all who would seek. Once again, new vineyards began to blossom in the deserts of the world. Some caretakers pulled the wax from their ears, removed their blinders, filled their buckets with water and called out:

“Deliver me, my God!” Ps 3:7

Lucky for all the vineyards of the world, “in the fullness of time”, the Blessed Bearer will return. Spring will erupt in all of its glory, water will flow through the deserts and …

“…everything is possible for one who believes.” Mk 9:23images