Archive | September 2009

Turkey Talk

Turkey Hand” If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys.  There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastromi…Some one needs to tell the turkey, man, just be yourself.” ~~ Mitch Hedberg, comedian

We’ve  been seeing a lot of turkeys in our yard lately, but I like them.  Turkeys passing by

In fact, I just looked out the window and spied a group of them on the front lawn.   “Wow!” I commented whistfully, “We live in a nature preserve.  Aren’t we lucky?”  To which my son replied, “Wish I had a gun.”  😦 

Benjamin Franklin agreed with me, though, turkey-wise.  In fact, he wanted them for our national emblem —  “For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison [to the Bald Eagle] a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.” *

Why all this turkey-talk?  Because, although they eat bugs and roost in trees, there is something about the turkey that I particularly admire and want to imitate — they’re regular and dependable.  They eat at about the same time morning and afternoon every day and fly up into the trees to sleep at about the same time every night. I could use some of that (the regularity, that is, not the tree-sleeping, or the bug-eating.)

I can just hear Mr. Franklin again as I type this: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” 

 Hmmm, I would change that a bit (just a bit, Ben.  Don’t look so frowny.) —

 “Early to bed, early to rise, [and quick to read the Bible] makes a man [or woman] healthy, wealthy, and wise.”  And one should have the habit of doing what is read in the Bible, too, not just reading it.   Yup, that would chase the enemy of our souls out of the yard, red-coat and all!

turkey and deer

“Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.” Proverbs 8:24

The Gobbler’s Prayer:  (click on the verse references to read the verses)Thank you, Father, that you love me and want good things for me (Jeremiah 29:11).  Help me to love you, too,  and help me to have good habits, like  “roosting” at regular times and gobbling up your Word. (Jeremiah 15:16) Daily!  In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 *Famous Quotes/Famous Sayings

Fixated

Alison's eye“Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.” Proverbs 4:25

I just read another person’s blog.  It was amazing.  As I read, though, I got discouraged.  I thought, “Wow!  Why am I even doing Gloriadelia?  What’s the point when something this awesome’s available to encourage people?  My blog’s just a little drop compared to this splash.” 

 God whispered to me between the ears and said, “Me.”   As in, “Keep your eyes on Me (Jesus). Not on her or them, or you, but Me.”

Comparing our efforts to others is usually always discouraging. I need to focus on the uncomparable Christ, the author and perfector of my faith (Hebrews 12:2), who uses the weak and lowly of this world to shame the wise and polished (1 Corinthians 1:27), Who is strong when we are weak and is, in fact, exalted in our weaknesses ( 2 Corinthians 12:9-10).  Him, and Him alone…

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

Confessions of a Distracted Homemaker/Artist…

eggsOn the way to boil some eggs for lunch this morning, I noticed some towels that needed folding in the dryer… towelsOh, this’ll just take a sec…Then, I noticed the box of Swiffers next to the newly folded towels…I haven’t dusted in ages….On the way back to the kitchen, to boil the eggs, dust-filled swiffer in hand, I noticed my open journal on the counter…Oh, those acorns I’ve been painting could use a few more shades of brownacornsWhat’s my homeschooler doing?  He’s supposed to be doing World History….

distracted homeschooler  aargh..He’s headfirst into Harry Potter!  How do we get so distracted?!  I’m going to whip up some hot chocolate and think about this….

But first, I wanna point out, there’s one thing none of us can afford to get distracted from, and that’s reading our Bibles every day. The Bible isn’t fantasy, like my son’s book.  It’s true and WE NEED IT going through our eyes and into our hearts every day. 

This isn’t just some distracted homemaker/artist from the midwest talkin’ here, either.  An important gentleman from across the ocean in Africa has said pretty much the same thing:

Haile Selassie I (1891-1975)
Haile Selassie I (1891-1975)

Haile Selassie, the emperor of Ethipia from 1930-1974, had this to say about it, as recorded in my son’s “Bible Doctrines” book:

 “Today man sees all his hopes and aspirations crumbling before him.   

 He is perplexed and knows not whither he is drifting.

But he must realize that the Bible is his refuge, and the rallying point for all humanity.  It is here man will find the solution of his present difficulties and guidance for his future aciton, and unless he accepts with clear conscience the Bible and its great message, he cannot hope for salvation.  For my part, I glory in the Bible.” praying_hands_bible

Have you read your Bible today?  Don’t get distracted — READ!!! 

What’s that burning smell???….My hot chocolate!!!!

Friday Favorites!

Friday Favorites!Back by popular demand, it’s Friday Favorites(cheers, confetti, horns)

My sister suggested I share famous people’s favorite verses.  I thought that was a great idea.  We’ll start this week with Mr. Rogers…

Mr. Roger’s was an amazing human being. He was so calming and likeable.  Even gorillas could chat with him!  What was Fred Roger’s  favorite verse or passage?  1 Corinthians 1:20-31 (click to read entire passage)

Here’s some highlights: “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?…

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength” (:25)

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.” (:27-28)

Here’s what Mr. Rogers had to say about it: “Whenever I write a script or a song or walk into the studio for a taping, I pray, ‘Let some word that is heard be thine.’  That’s all that really matters.” **

I like that, “Let some word that is heard be thine.”  That’s what I pray for Gloriadelia.

Any thoughts on Mr. Roger’s favorite verses? What’s your favorite verse or passage?  Don’t be shy. Testify!

**http://www.lubbockonline.com/new/011897/christia.htm

Oh, the places you’ll go…

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” ~Dr. Seuss

“The Fire”, Pt. I:

“The Fire”, Pt. II:

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live…”  Deuteronomy 30:19

Stop! Drop! and Pray!

Detour!See that tree in the road?  Sometimes life hits us with detours like that.  What do you do?  Panic?  Bite your nails?  Whine? Down heavy doses of chocolate?chocolateNo! I’ll tellya whatcha do — You STOP! DROP! and PRAY!!!  Right where you are, before you mark off another To Do on your list — Pray!  Try it for a week.  Whenever you’re feeling anxious — STOP! DROP! and PRAY!!!!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Philippians 4:6-7

THE DETOUR PRAYER:  Father, You are and you are a rewarder of them that earnestly seek you.  (Hebrews 11:6)  I’m earnestly seeking you now!  Help!!  I don’t know what to do.  But I do know to turn to You.  Thank you for loving me and you promised to give me wisdom when I asked for it. (James 1:5)  Here’s what’s bothering me:__________________________. 

” Thank you that I can pour my heart out to You, all my complaints and woes. (1 Peter 5:7)  I DO believe You can guide me and show me what to do, but there’s a part of me that doesn’t.  Please help me, Father,  with my unbelief.  (Mark 9:24) Thankyou for loving me.  In Jesus’ name, amen.”

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Chocolate Souffle

Hot Chocolate SouffleI wanted to make a Hot Chocolate Souffle from my fancy cookbook, the one full of recipes from Europe.  I saw the movie, Julie & Julia the other day and felt inspired.

Souffles are complicated.  At least the ones from Europe.  Orange blossom water?  Scharffen Berger chocolate?  Creme Anglaise?

I gave up and made brownies.

Now, Julia Child would have all those ingredients in her cupboard. 

Just like when it comes to trying to whip together a proper attitude when things aren’t going my way, or  when I try to fold together some patience and genuine kindness for my husband and children.  My cupboard is bare.

But Jesus’ is full, and he’s got plenty to share — (that rhymes! 🙂  I’ll keep going…)

And He’ll give to me, when I come to Him in prayer! 

Dahlia's from BevJust like my friend was thrilled to give me flowers from her garden the other day, Jesus is thrilled to give good things to us.  We just have to ask.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”  Luke 11:9-10

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”  2 Corinthians 9:8

Jesus’ cupboards are full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  Galatians 5:22   The orange blossom water, you’ll have to get in Europe!

Friday Favorites (verses, that is)

It’s Friday!!!!!!  A great day to share our favorite verses. Yayyyy!!!! 

Ok, one of my all-time favorite psalms is Psalm 19.  “The heavens declare the glory of God.  The skies proclaim the work of His hands…”  Psalm 19, NIV  ‘Tis so true!  The sunset’s orange and purple glow seems to scream from the sky, “God is real!  he made me!  He loves you!  Yoo hoo!”

 At the end is this awesome prayer:  “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” 

What’s your favorite verse or passage?  Comment below to share and don’t forget to tell us why!!

Don’t be shy!

                                  Reply! 

Testify!  

Believing God

Quick note: I clarified some things in yesterday’s post.  I didn’t make it clear that you were to read Psalms 18 out loud to the Lord.  That’s why I inserted the You’s for His’s, etc.,  in the text. 

Someone said lament is a recurring theme in the psalms, illustrated most frequently by drowning.  You can see that in psalm 18 — “The cords of death entangled me, the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me…” 

Feeling overwhelmed?  Drowning?  Please take the time to pray through Psalm 18 in yesterday’s post.

Ok.  Now for today’s… 7_lightning_protection_1w475h3581Someone asked, “Will we love the Lord only for His stuff?”  His blessings, etc?  Will we still love Him when, like Job, it’s all been stripped away? 

Will we believe then?  — that He is who He says He is….that He can do what He says He can do…That we are who He says we are…that we can do all things through Christ …and that His Word is living and active and working in us?

That’s the list of core beliefs reinforced in this Beth Moore study,   I love on-line studies. You do them when you can in the comfort of my your own home, even in your pajamas if you want! 🙂  And, even though you’ll be meeting people from around the world (through the forums), you don’t have to fuss with your hair — Niiiiiiiice, as my son would say. 🙂

Check it out by clicking on the picture above.  I hope you’ll sign up for it.  Why? Because, the truths of the Bible, and the prayer support and discussions on the  forums will support your faith and help it grow.  Even in the storm….praying_hands_bible

p.s. Have you done this study before?  Please comment on your experience.  AND if anyone would like prayer for a particular struggle, please let me know.  I’d love to pray for you and so would others who read Gloriadelia. 

Dynamite! Psalm 18

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…” Acts 1:8  

Beth Moore, author, Bible teacher, and rock star in Christian women circles, has said that praying scripture is like strapping two sticks of dynamite together.  Kaboom!!   

 It causes an explosion in the spiritual realms and an explosion of faith for the Christian.  Why???  

Because Scripture is powerful —  “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12  

And so is prayer —“The effective, earnest prayer of a righteous man is powerfully effective.”  James 5:16b HNV  

Psalm 18 is one of my favorite psalms.  It shows God’s mighty power to save us out of deep despair. 

King David wrote Psalm 18 after God miraculously saved him from an enemy that had trapped and completely overwhelmed him — King Saul.   

  

  

Most of us don’t have King Sauls trying to kill us , but we have doubts,  

fears and  

anxieties breathing down our necks,   

threatening to destroy our faith — sometimes on a daily basis.  It can be a little overwhelming, and scare us into hiding, like David.   

This picture shows Engedi, in Israel, where David his from his enemy…  Where David hid from King SaulDo you find yourself hiding from yours?   

Well, get up and blast the enemy of your soul with these two sticks of dynamite — Prayer and Scripture…  

Helm's Deep

Read Psalm 18 out loud to the Lord — note:  I inserted You’s for He’s, etc   

  ” I love you, O Lord, my strength.  [You] are my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. [You] are my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call to [You] Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.  The cords of [fear] entangled me; the torrents of [worry] overwhelmed me.  The cords of the grave  coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.  In my distress I called to [You]; I cried to my God for help…[You] heard my voice; my cry [came] before [You], into [Your] ears.  The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because [You] were angry.  Smoke rose from [Your] nostrils; consuming fire came from [Your] mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.  [You] parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under [Your] feet.  [You] mounted the cherubim and flew; [You] soared on the wings of the wind.    

[You] made darkness [Your] covering, [Your] canopy around [You]– the dark rain clouds of the sky.  Out of the brightness of [Your] presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.    

The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.  [You] shot [Your] arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them.  [You] reached down from on high and took hold of me; [You] drew me out of deep waters.  [You] rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.  [You] brought me out into a spacious place; [You] rescued me because [You] delighted in me.  Psalm 18  

You brought me out into a spacious place.  You rescued me because You delighted in me.
You brought me out into a spacious place. You rescued me because You delighted in me.

Thank you, Father, for loving me and saving me.  In Jesus’ name, amen!”  

Here’s some great verses to pray for yourself and others:  

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  Ephesians 1:18-19  

And speaking of Beth Moore…  click on Book Recommendations on the right for more details about this awesome book of hers.