Archive | November 2009

Deep calls to Deep

” Strange Beings found in the Deep”

That was a recent headline I read.  The article in the paper told about the “Census of Marine Life.”  It’s a group of scientists and marine biologists from around the world who get together, with expensive equipment,  and explore the depths of the deep blue sea.

They’ve been discovering thousands of amazing creatures for the first time.

Here’s a .SLIDE SHOW of their discoveries.  Click on each picture to advance to the next one.  Notice how most of  the creatures have  flashing lights or glow.   Very cool. When you get back from the show, click on the video to listen to Stuart Townsend sing about God’s deep love is for us.

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.”  Psalm 42:7

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:  all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,

the birds of the air,

AND THE FISH OF THE SEA, ALL THAT SWIM THE PATHS OF THE SEAS.”  Psalm 8:3-9

To read more about the “Census of Marine Life” and what they’ve found, read: The Deep is Full of Mysteries.

Quirky Turkeys!

A gang of  leaf shufflers caught my eye through the window this morning as I was heading for the kitchen to grab some grub. 

Which is what this “gang” of turkeys was doing, only they were looking for real grubs (and worms and tiny insects)

 As they kicked up the leaves, they filled the woods with their shuffling sounds.  shuffle, shuffle, shuffle.

Now, this “posse” knew (another name for a gang of turkeys) that to find the best food they’d have to dig for it.  The good stuff doesn’t just hang out on the surface.

We could learn a lesson from the turkey (Melegris Gallopavo).  To be properly fed, we need to dig.

How often do we try to fill up on surface stuff?  All we  end up with is an empty soul and skinny faith!

Sometimes we have to go deep, make some shuffling sounds flippin’ through the Bible for wisdom. 

Beth Moore

Beth Moore (Bible Teacher Excellentus) observed that one of her favorite sounds in church is flipping Bible pages.

She said it reminds her of what angels’ wings must sound like. 🙂

Well, speaking of flipping Bible pages, there’s another lesson we can learn from the turkey, and that is to hang with a posse. 

It’s not only funner to dig through the Bible with friends, sometimes it’s more effective.  Kicking through the leaves with a gang exposes worms for more than one turkey.  We can feed off each other’s finds.

So join a study group or, if you’d rather, an online group, and start digging deep.  Here’s one of Beth Moore’s online studies you might like:

Click on the picture below to get started filling your soul and fattening your faith!

“Oh the depths of the riches of both the wisdom and knowledge of God.  How unsearchable are his judgements and unfathomable His ways.”  Romans 11:33

Are YOU believing God?  He could use another quirky turkey in His posse. Click on the pic below to learn how to join! 

 

Stop, Drop, and Pray II

Feeling stressed?!  We all face it in no matter what our jobs or titles.  Do you see yourself in the lines below?:


“Your alarm interrupted a sweet dream.  You just want to stay where you lay.  WHAT DO YOU DO?!…  Stop, drop, and pray! 

 

Your sinks overflowing with dishes.  The baby’s been crying all day. WHAT DO YOU DO?!… Stop, drop and pray!

Your inbox is full and growing, yet the boss throws more work your way.  WHAT DO YOU DO?!… Stop, drop and pray!

 A paper’s due this morning, and a test is just hours away!  WHAT DO YOU DO?! … Stop, drop and pray!

No matter what stresses your facing, the solution is always the same.  Whenever you feel like screaming…. Stop! Drop! and Pray! ” ~Gloris Young

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

Do you know Christ Jesus?  Click on the alarm clock above for a brief introducion. It’s about time you did!

Sophia

“Sophia” means wisdom…interesting.  I’ve always liked the name, Sophia, but it sounds so pretty and light.  It would make more sense if it meant “flower”, or “puppy”.

But, come to think of it, there is a world of wisdom captured in the scent of a rose and in the soft, furry caress of a puppy.  Both share the wisdom that God is real, and good….that He is. 

The expanded definition of Sophia includes, “skill in the affairs of life, practical wisdom, wise management as shown in forming the best plans…”

Oh Father, may Sophia be my middle name?   Gloris Knows-the-Best-Plan.  It’s kinda long, but I like it. 🙂

“Get wisdom, get understanding…” Proverbs 4:5

The Sophia Prayer (click on highlighted phrases/sentences to read the verse we’re praying):  “Oh, Father, wisdom starts with you.  How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom You made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures.  Oh, Father, please give me wisdom.  May I make wise plans for how to spend my time and DO them.  “Teach me to number my days that I may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.”.  In Jesus’ name, amen!”

Do you know the Lord?  Click on the sunflower to be introduced:

Thanksgiving Prayer

A Kitchen prayer from the Glastonbury Abbey in England.  Here’s what it says, (imagine it written in beautiful calligraphy)

Give me a good digestion, Lord, and also something to digest.

Give me a healthy body, Lord, and also sense to keep it at its best.

Give me a healthy mind, Oh Lord, to keep the good and pure in sight.

Which seeing wrong, is not appalled, but finds a way to put it right.

Give me a mind that is not bored, that does not whimper, whine, or sigh.

Don’t let me worry overmuch about that fussy thing called, ‘I’.

Give me a sense of humour, Lord.  Give me the grace to see a joke,

To get some happiness from life, and pass it on to other folk.”

 

*To further explore the ancient ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, you can click HERE to my friend’s blog.  She took some pictures there recently.

**special thanks to fromoldbooks.org for the calligraphy.

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God…

The heavens declare the glory of God. 

The skies proclaim the work of His hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech. 

Night after night displays knowledge.

There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.”

Psalm 19

I love that Psalm.  Psalm means “song of praise” in Hebrew.  Oh, may the Lord put a new song in your heart, in my heart.  So much trouble under the heavens these days.  War, crime, poverty, Swine flu scares.  Easy to get bogged down with it all.  So, look up!  The skies remind us that God loves us, that He is powerful, that He is beautiful. 

As the sun faithfully rises every morning

 and sets again every evening,

He is faithful. 

And so generous, He give us these beautiful skies for free!  “…for He causes His sun to rise on {the} evil and {the} good, and sends rain on {the} righteous and {the} unrighteous.” Matthew 5:45b

 God IS good.  God IS powerful.  We CAN trust Him. 

Do you know Him?  Click on this leaf He made for a quick introduction:

Special thanks to these photographers: David B. Vernon (moon over bridge), Mulia Nurhasan (Aurora Borealis), Sarah Mack (hand under sunset, Kenya sunset, Kenya children),

Fish Faith

breathing underwater!

I used to have a recurring dream that I was underwater.  At first I’d panic–“I cant’ breathe!”  But then,  I could, somehow.

Real life can sweep us off our feet in a strong current of despair; flood us over, and over.

Well, today I discovered — again— that by reminding myself of what’s true,  what’s  good, what’s noble, and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8) I can, in fact,  breathe underwater!

And Fernando Ortega helped, too. 🙂

(If you can’t hear the music as you scroll down my post, just double click on Fernando to open him in a new window. Oh, don’t forget to pause the screenon my page first or you’ll be hearing two Fernando’s playing over each other. 🙂  ) 

Monster Goldfish!”  ‘Be still and know that I am God’…Be still and know that I am…Be still and know…Be still…”  ~ R. Rohr, from Psalm 46.

Did you catch that?  Richard Rohr distilled that awesome verse from Psalm 46 to an essential point — Be still…  God is in the stillness, in the quiet, behind the closed door.  That’s where we learn to see Him and know Him, and in His presence the darkness fades away, like in Fernando’s song.  “Till the sorrow and the darkness fade away…fade away.”

Joy awaits us there,  and peace… Hudson Taylor, missionary to China, said this about joy:

“It is the consciousness of the threefold joy of the Lord, [1.] His joy in ransoming us, [2.] His joy in dwelling within us as our Saviour and Power for fruitbearing and [3.]  His joy in possessing us, as His Bride and His delight; it is the consciousness of this joy which is our real strength. Our joy in Him may be a fluctuating thing: His joy in us knows no change.”  

Joy…“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for JOY and I will give thanks to him in song.”  Psalm 28:7

” Do not be grieved, for the JOY of the LORD is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10b NASBGiant Goldfish!

Real joy comes despite the pain, under the water.  John Calvin said, “…it seems David would glory in God in spite of seeming abondonment, and although there should be little outward appearance of help, David would rest contented with the simple security of God’s Word.” ~from “Suffering; Understanding the Love of God”

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39

Been underwater too long?  Getting wrinkly skin? Click on the fish face above for a lifeline.  It’s a site full of hope for those who are suffering.

 

Writer’s Block

For God...made his light shine in our hearts..." 2 Corintihians 4:6

Been having “writer’s block”  lately.  Wish I could take two aspirin and start writing in the morning.  Aren’t we lucky that God didn’t have writer’s block?   I mean, the “Word” filled His Word with lots of great stories, poetry, hope, warnings, and encouragement.  

Robin Watercolor, Gloris Young

"Open wide thy mouth and I will fill it." Psalm 81:10

Have you heard?  

 He counts every bird 

 and the hairs on your head.

  In the Word I have read

 He holds the oceans in His hand  

 The moon shines at His command.

  Have you heard?  

It’s all in God’s Word…    … the Biblelos Biblio (Spanish), Diyin God Bizaad (Navajo for “God’s Word), die Bibel (German), Би́блия (Russian).  

 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”  John 1:1,3NASB

  Pray with me (click on highlighted words/phrases for scripture references):

“Thank you, Father, for the Word, your Bible.  It’s so beautiful and rich and full of truth and love.  You are love.  Help me to treasure Your words in my heart, and to follow Your lead.  In Jesus’ name, amen!”

  There’s someone Who’d like to have word with you. Click on the door knob to let Him in.Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast, Keokuk     

Scrumpdily-itious Faith

Big Sur Bars

"Thy words were found and I ate them and they became for me a joy and the delight of my heart..." Jeremiah 15:16

See those yummy, scrumptious cookie bars on the plate there?  Highly addictive.  I just can’t stop shoving them in my mouth!  They’re “Big Sur Power Bars” and contain all kinds of good stuff, like coconut,  slivered almonds, oats, brown rice crispies (like rice crispies, but healthier), and the paste of resistance? –that’s French, ya know. 🙂  — Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chocolate!  Applause all around!!

And look at Papa Bear’s smug little grin. ( *frown*)  Not exactly fair.  He didn’t get that paunch eating porridge, ya know.

Ah, if only I could be so eager for the Word of God.  It’s a tasty morsel for the soul, and much, MUCH better for me than power bars. (See below for recipe.)

Well, here’s a yummy recipe for PEACE and JOY:

~1 part Bible reading, daily is best.

~mixed with 1 part prayer, make sure to pour your heart out here.

~combine with 2 parts obedience.

I got that recipe from a Master Chef.  🙂  See?

BIBLE READING: “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105

PRAYER: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

OBEDIENCE: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”  Matthew 7:24-25

praying_hands_bibleThe Power Bar Prayer: “ Oh, Father, you are a Master Chef and have cooked up all kinds of good things for me in the Bible.  Help me to love Your Word so much I want to eat it up like chocolate.  AND help me to DO IT, not just hear and ignore it.  And Lord, I want to pour my heart out to you now about this thing that’s really bothering/hurting/worrying me…(fill in the blank, take your time). 

Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.  Thank you, Father, for Your peace, which surpasses understanding.  In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Do you know the Master Chef?  Click on the pots and pans to cook up a relationship with him:

Big Sur Power Bars (I added the chocolate!) 

pots and pan clipart from: www.clipartguide.com

Abandoned?

Teresa Leach, photographer

Abandoned depot, Keokuk IA

Feeling abandoned?  Where-are-you-God-ish?  Feeling “… like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth….. desolation.” ? Isaiah 17:9

Well, I’ve been feeling that way.  Not for myself, but fretting that some loved ones are abandoned.

 Dying of cancer seems to be the newest fad.  Everybody’s doing it these days.

Why, Lord?

I pray that You would help them, Lord,  hold them — Why don’t You heal them?  That starts with an “h“, too…Why don’t You heal? 

How many have I seen die horrendous deaths?  So many prayers sent up…nothing, nada…no response…

Where’s the hope?  Where’s your honor?!!!!

Then, tenderly, these words from a movie I’ve seen recently, were whispered to my soul, “People pay attention at funerals.”  They pay attention to life and death.  They wake up to their own mortality, question more, are more open to answers.

Also read that in a book about a missionary in the Philippine rice terraces.

Rice Terraces, Philippines

  More villagers were impacted for Christ at funerals than at any other time.

Someone once said to me, “We’re all going to die, Gloris.”, when I was lamenting the untimely death of a loved one.

“Thank you, Father, that I’ve lived long enough to have a better understanding of You.  That I’ve had the time to feel closer to You.  And when I die I will be closer still — no more drawing near,

no more need to grow…

                                                 just knowing…Teresa Leach, photographer

                                                                                                being….

in Your presence…

                                               face-to-face…

Held. 

 

Do you know the Lord?  Click on the picture above to be introduced.