Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Today . . .

. . . today would be a very nice day to stumble into Narnia.

I would love to enjoy a summer day in Narnia. To see the tall emerald trees glistening from the last recent rain, and to run through the green, green grass. Maybe I would meet a fawn, after splashing my feet in a happy brook, who would invite me to tea.

Painting by Pamela Goodman

Of course there would be plenty of tea, and a good amount of toast with butter or honey. Maybe he would bring out sardines and even some cake. But without doubt, plenty of cups full of tea.

I would like to stay in his little cave, he would tell me of how winter is gone from these mountains, rejoicing that the White Witch has been defeated. And we would both talk of how wonderful Aslan is.

I suppose the only thing I can do to make this possible is ignore that little thing some like to call reality, and stick close to my good friend Imagination.

But, then again, maybe that isn't necessary.

Wouldn't today be a wonderful day to steal away some time and view the creation of our great King with a vision unobstructed from sinful flesh. To stop and be immersed in His glory.

Thank You, Lord, for the glory that can be found in Your Word, in Your creation, and in the sweet fellowship with You and other believers.

Some days, there is no better thing to do then stop and tell yourself,
Life is beautiful.

Sure, life is hard. Sometimes I feel like. . . well, I've got this head cold, and I have no idea why things are going the way they're going or why things aren't going the way I think they should be going. I have no idea which way my life is going, and see that life will only be less and less predictable as I go on (and realize that I can't [and maybe shouldn't] predict any outcome in the first place.)

Having Jesus - no, Jesus having me, having called me before the foundations of the world to Himself, it is beyond comprehension. It is beyond belief. And yet I do believe, I know it is true. And if Jesus has you, you know He can never leave you, never let you go. And having Him (or, rather, Him having you) doesn't mean life will not hurt any less. But it does mean you will have joy so much more!

". . . I [Jesus] am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." -John 10:10b

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Just Some Quotes (Work)

If monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery: if people fret me and the little things of life set me on edge; if I make much of the trifles of life, then I know nothing of Calvary's love." ~ Amy Carmichael

 "Proverbs tells us that a virtuous woman "works with her hands with delight" and "does not eat the bread of idleness." A godly woman is one who sees her life as mission of service. What others view as a burden, she views as a blessing and opportunity." -Christine Russell

Keeping the house in order is a beautiful way for women to serve their families. It demonstrates love and respect for our husbands and children in that we think that they are important enough to provide them with a clean, welcoming and beautiful environment. It also enables us to be available to serve others by opening our homes at a moment's notice or being able to temporarily drop the home routines without things falling into chaos in order to go help those who need us."-Kimberly {Raising Olives}

“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” -Proverbs 31:27

To a Young Lady Sweet stream,
that winds through yonder glade,
Apt emblem of a virtuous maid--
Silent and chaste, she steals along,
Far from the world's gay, busy throng:
With gentle yet prevailing force,
Intent upon her destined course;
Graceful and useful all she does,
Blessing and blest where'er she goes;
Pure-bosom'd as that watery glass,
And Heaven reflected in her face.
 ~ William Cowper

"A good many are kept out of the service of Christ, deprived of the luxury of working for God, because they are trying to do some great thing. Let us be willing to do little things. And let us remember that nothing is small in which God is the source." ~ D. L. Moody

"She... worketh willingly with her hands."-Proverbs 31:13

Have you ever realized that you can give things to God that are of value to Him? Or are you just sitting around daydreaming about the greatness of His redemption, while neglecting all the things you could be doing for Him? I'm not referring to works which could be regarded as divine and miraculous, but ordinary, simple human things - things which would be evidence to God that you are totally surrendered to Him. -Oswald Chambers