Monthly Archives: October 2013

How Small a Whisper…

By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, And how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?  Job 26:13-14

All creation speaks of a Creator.

Just look around you at the complexity of nature and ask yourself, do you really believe this was by chance or is it indicative of a designer?

In the Bible it declares creation speaking of a Creator to be true in Romans 1:20-

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky.

Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—

His eternal power and divine nature…

So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

moon and stars

Our little miniature schnauzer, Watson, is a delightful pint-sized dog. More than once, his Creator has used him as an object lesson to speak to me.  While I was in Moldova, Watson stayed next to Danny as much as possible….to the point of Danny tripping on him! I think Watson feared that Danny might also disappear.

I’ve had to “lay down the law” with my puppy since I have been home. I am training Watson to be a hearing service dog for me. He still wants to stay extra close to Danny. It makes sense since I left them for three weeks.  I am sure that during that time being near Danny made Watson feel safe.

dog park

This past Monday will be four months since my dear husband was laid off of his job, a direct result of the government sequestration that was implemented on March 1, 2013. What an adventure we have had! Our Heavenly Father has been faithful to provide for us in many ways….one of those has been our fun little “Country Cottage” we are advertising on Vacation Rentals by Owner.

So on our four month “adventure anniversary”, we worked together most of the day preparing for our next guest coming in that evening.  Our work includes laundering towels / bedding, cleaning to Danny’s high standard (he’s worse than my mother!) and mowing the yard.

During our lunch break, I realized that the animals hadn’t been fed yet. I filled everyone’s dishes and called Watson from where I stood by our garage. He was near Danny at the cottage patio table. Watson then proceeded to do something he had never done.

He refused to trust me.

He had it in his head that I was going to require him to do something he did not want to do.

Since he is in serious training, I purposed he needed to obey me. I did everything the trainers had instructed me to do, I moved closer to him, calling “Come”. I made sure my tone was inviting.

Nothing would move him.

Being near Danny made Watson feel safe; I had left him for three weeks, so could I still be trusted?

I still moved closer to him, calling “Come”. I still made sure my tone was inviting.

Still nothing would move him.

By the time I was a few feet away from him, I was quite frustrated. I had Danny scoop him up and place him on a time-out in the crate in the garage until I was in the right frame of mind to deal with him. He stayed there for quite some time.

Today I realized something. My Heavenly Father has been calling Danny and me to “come” to something new. It doesn’t necessarily feel safe. It’s taken us four months of prayer and confirmations to be able to start to trust Him and move in these new ways. It’s a whisper we are hearing.

One thing we do know is He is worthy of our trust.

He is the epitome of trustworthy. He has always been faithful.

On this day, forty-two years ago, Jesus called to me “Come”.

In the mystery of salvation, I was able to respond to that invitation and move toward Him.

Many in their own limited wisdom, much like Watson, think that their Creator has something intended for them that will make them miserable.

Nothing is farther from the truth. Let me tell you that He has only good intended for you if you will simply trust Him.

Let me remind myself that my Creator has only had good intended for Danny and me if we will simply continue to trust Him.

“Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, And how small a whisper we hear of Him!”

Romania sky

Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning?
And who told the ocean you can only come this far?
And who showed the moon where to hide till evening?
Whose words alone can catch a falling star?

Well I know my Redeemer lives, I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testifies, This life within me cries, I know my Redeemer lives

The very same God that spins things in orbit
Runs to the weary, the worn and the weak
And the same gentle hands that hold me when I’m broken
They conquered death to bring me victory

Well I know my Redeemer lives, I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testifies, This life within me cries, I know my Redeemer lives

He lives to take away my shame and He lives forever I’ll proclaim
That the payment for my sins was the precious life He gave
And now He’s alive and there’s an empty grave!

Well I know my Redeemer lives, I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testifies, This life within me cries, I know my Redeemer lives

Lyrics to “My Redeemer Lives”; listen to it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj-pZQ_XjyU

Check out our cottage if you haven’t already:

http://www.vrbo.com/472934

cottage

Are you a Strong Woman?

In Munich on my layover traveling home from Moldova, I was honored to find this Facebook post by my daughter Marie:

“she is one of the reasons I am a strong Christian woman today. love you, mama. miss you already. ♥”

Marie & me 2013

Still jet-lagged from 20 hours of traveling my mind swirls with thoughts, “How can that be true when I feel so weak?” I realize that my feelings aren’t reality. I am also a strong woman.

I have been blessed with three daughters; Marie, Sarah and Isadora.

Did I really raise them to be strong women? I hope so now. There was a time when I thought that would not be a positive trait.

I have had the privilege to come along side some women who have been told that being a strong woman is a terrible, sinful thing. There is nothing new with that lie.

So my mind swirls with thoughts and I want to define the term. I safe-search Google images for a strong woman image for this post….can you guess what I find?

Large breasts, more breasts…hmmm that really struck a nerve after just watching the award winning documentary “Nefarious – Merchant of Souls”.

Take two minutes to watch the preview link. This is about the enslavement of women, even right here in the states, not just across the world. Sweden has come up with a solution that is working. It’s amazing.

http://nefariousdocumentary.com/

These enslaved women featured in this film didn’t know they could be strong.

These are women that have been emotionally and physically used by selfish men.

These are women not too different than the women I have come along side of.

They too have been used by selfish men and told for years by the church that it is wrong to be strong. I would like to say that is a LIE.

I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT WE RAISE STRONG DAUGHTERS WHO KNOW WHO THEY ARE.

Out of hundreds of Google images, I finally found one that is Biblical:

strong woman

This is from Proverbs 31. How can she laugh without fear of the future?

It’s because she is clothed in strength and dignity. She knows who she is.

So I challenge you- Do you really know who you are?

Please take 3 minutes and watch this video:

Who you are: A Message to All Women

And ask yourself, “Do I really believe this?”

It is true simply because of JESUS.

Here is the link: http://youtu.be/uWi5iXnguTU

Stand with God and His truth. Be like the midwives in Egypt.

Read about these awesome women here: http://bible.com/111/exo.1.17-21.niv

Be strong and glorify God with your strength!