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|Posted on May 15, 2013 at 9:10 AM||comments (0)|
I wonder what Mary was thinking, lying there in a stall for animals, about to give birth. No helping women around, no doula, no midwife. Just Joseph. And the smell of fresh hay mixed with the pungent aroma of the presence of cows.
No vacancy at the hotels. Not one! I wonder was she thinking back to the wonder of that angel's visit and how she held close the quiet secret he shared during the months afterward. Months where she endured the looks of her former friends, ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM||comments (2)|
"You are going to have a baby boy, he will be called the Son of the Highest, and he will reign over the house of David forever." The angel had just delivered this strange message to Mary. No mention of how it will happen, so like any practical young women, Mary asks for a hint. "Ah well, the Holy Spirit...And here's proof that nothing is impossible with God: Your aged relative, Elizabeth, is pregnant, and by the way, she's having a boy."
Nothing is impossible with God. Wh...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM||comments (34)|
I just looked at my last blog entry. May 29th!! My last podcast was quite a while ago as well. The time has come to " 'fess up" and share why I have dropped out of the blogosphere.
Some of you already know this, but early last summer I experienced troubling symptoms which ended up with my being unable to open my mouth more than a centimeter wide. Early on August 28th, I was sleeping peacefully on a table while a team o...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 29, 2012 at 3:20 PM||comments (3)|
If you have read much of my writing, you know I get really bothered when Bible translators apparently change wording or words that mess with the meaning of what is written. Today, in studying Psam 139 for my upcoming visit with Ruth Tatton Coghill on her radio program, Words to Inspire, I found another of those bothersome interferences with scripture. This one really shocked me, because after I researched the words, or tried to, I realized that what I had always thought it said wasn't so!... Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM||comments (2)|
Two weeks ago I had the privilege of seeing our granddaughter, Olivia Grace, come into the world. What a moment! To see that little face for the first time, and to watch our daughter's face as she first laid eyes on her own child ... well, inexpressible joy.
I thought today about how wonderful it is to see that "heritage of the Lord" manifested in front of our very eyes. Yes, it is something that happens many, many times every day, all over the world, and it is, therefore, ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 23, 2012 at 12:20 AM||comments (2)|
We are awaiting, with deliberately exercised patience, the arrival of our first grandchild. He or she is due in the second week of April, on the 10thish, and that date is on our mind continually. Recently, both Glenn and I have noticed a heightened interest in Baby's R Us, Carters, Osh Kosh, or any other store that carries baby clothes or paraphernalia, and whenever we pass them in a mall we turn in without even discussing it. We have a stash of goodies, as do our daughter and son-in-law and...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM||comments (1)|
Still talking about love!
Thanks to Peter for the comment yesterday. It helps us focus back on the fact that God's intention, at least part of the end game of God's love perfected in us, is that we give it out. Like he does.
Nothing that I say on this blog should be contrued as "God's love ends with me." God loves me as much as he does anyone else; of that I am convinced. And he loves you as ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM||comments (2)|
"By this we know love.." (1 John 2:16).
The beloved disciple and apostle John writes about love a lot, and in a very authoritative way. He walked with Jesus, talked with him, felt very relaxed with him and seems to consider he was special to Jesus. He saw love in action every day. Not just Jesus' love for John, but Jesus' love for "the masses" that followed Jesus and looked to him for his wonderful words and for healing. Masses whose names John never...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
I speak from a girl's perspective, undeniably, but remember when you were in love in grade school? Remember the furtive looks, the notes to your friends about the heart throb du jour, the deliberate manipulation of desk arrangments and lunch time activities? And all those phone calls with your BFF where all you talk about it what MW did, said, looked like, today? Not to mention the inevitable cajoling, "Ask his friend if he likes me."
I didn't do that; my f...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 9, 2012 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
How wonderful to be cherished by someone! To be held dear, to be treated with love and affection, to be kept deeply in someone's mind. All of those, Mr. Webster says, is the result of being cherished.
Ephesians tells husbands to cherish their wives. In saying that the husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church, it tells me that Christ holds the church dear, treats her with love and affection, and keeps her deeply within his mind. He made it obvious. Christ GAVE ...Read Full Post »