Monday, March 3, 2014

Captivate Us

I am easily drawn to some things ~
 
the aroma of fresh-baked cookies,
the delicate bloom of the tulips on my dining table,
the sun streaming through my window with its warm, yellow rays,
and even the snow seen everywhere outside,
heaped in abundance, all white and glistening.
 
I am also easily drawn to things that are more personal to me ~
a baby's sweet smell and soft voice,
the smiles and laughter of my grandchildren,
a hug and warm look from my husband,
and the friendships and family I hold dear.
 
You might say that I am captivate by some of these things, being drawn to them by an irresistible charm that works its way into my mind, heart and soul. I imagine of you were to write a list of what you are drawn to or captivated by, you would have a list that is unique and personal to you as well as a few things many of us would list.
 
On the other hand, there are a few other things I am drawn to, such as ~
 
chocolate and sweets in general,
tv shows, movies, Facebook, Pinterest, and blogs,
 that are not necessarily bad, but I allow them to take up a lot of my time.
You might say that I also get captivated with them at times, and my time can get swallowed up by them,
and they can take the place of the things I listed earlier.
 
I do not have grandkids today, the house is quiet, and I am taking time to actually write a blog post from my heart,
 for my heart has been captivated by three things this morning:
 
  • God's word, especially a few verses I am concentrating on in prayer for a person who is struggling with cancer
  • Prayer for this person as well as others God has put on my heart
  • and music that is playing to draw me near to Him
One of the verses that came to mind is from 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
 
It is a pleasure to have a day when I can meditate on the word of God, renew my strength in Him and allow my mind to be captivated by Him. When I take time to do so, I am renewed for the days ahead when my time is filled by the activities that come my way and my time to read the word, pray and listen to Him is a little shorter. Even then, He continues to captivate me.
 
I remembered this song as I was thinking on these things this morning, and I hope it will be a joy for you to listen to. It is by Charlie Hall and Nathan and Chrisy Nockels (Watermark). I found the video on You Tube, but it is the words that will speak to you.

 
 

Captivate Us
By Charlie Hall and Watermark
 
 Your face is beautiful
And Your eyes are like the stars
Your gentle hands have healing
There inside the scars
Your loving arms they draw me near
And Your smile it brings me peace
Draw me closer oh my Lord
Draw me closer Lord to Thee

Captivate us Lord Jesus set our eyes on You
Devastate us with your presence falling down
And rushing river draw us nearer
Holy fountain consume us with You
Captivate us Lord Jesus with You
 
Your voice is powerful
And Your words are radiant bright
In Your breath and shadow
I will come close and abide
You whisper love and life divine
And Your fellowship is free
Draw us closer oh my Lord
Draw me closer Lord to thee

Captivate us Lord Jesus set our eyes on You
Devastate us with Your presence falling down
And rushing river draw us nearer
Holy fountain consume us with You
Captivate us Lord Jesus with You

And let everything be lost in the shadows
Of the light of your face
And let every chain be broken from me
As I'm bound in Your grace
For Your yoke is easy Your burden is light
You're full of wisdom power and might
And every eye will see You
And captivate captivate us Lord Jesus with You
Captivate us
 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Cup of Tea? and Storytelling

I was trying to change toddler's diaper, which I do on our bed,
 when he wiggled away from me, crawled under a throw blanket that was on the bed,
 leaned against the pile of pillows and said,
 
"Read a book?
Cup of tea?"
 
Toddler says most things in his little voice as if it is a question. In this case, he was quite pleased with himself, and I just had to laugh at his antic, although I have no idea where the "Cup of tea?' question came from!
 
He invited me to join him, so I did, and we spent the next several minutes snuggling together as I told him several "once upon a time" stories about a little boy and his family. He loves these stories as much as his sister and cousins did when they were tucked into bed for a nap. The telling of stories is such a wonderful way for me to incorporate real-life events with a bit of whimsy and imagination, and if I get it right, a story gets asked for over and over, such as lost puppies or kitties rescued or some kind of adventure with our golden retriever, Lucy.
 
Do you like to tell stories to the little ones in your life,
or do you remember being told stories when you were a child?
Quotes: "People are hungry for stories. It's part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one gerneation to another." Studs Terkel #quotes #genealogy

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Eternity's Mirror

 
I tend to view the circumstances in my life in the here and now,
but when I stop and listen to the Holy Spirit,
He breaks through the window of my life and shows me
how to see things through His eyes.
 
I do not want to minimize the circumstances you or I may be in,
for we all have moments, days, even long periods of times when circumstances
seem to be too much. These circumstances may change or stay with us the rest of our lives.
Perhaps like me, you have a physical disability that may not change.
Perhaps a relationship is tearing at your heart.
Perhaps you do not feel God's presence and wonder if you ever will again.
These and other circumstances are very real, I know.
 
But just for now,
stop and read the prayer below.
You may want to make it your heart's prayer...
 
 

 You may want these words to be your heart's words...
 
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen,
since what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18
 
 
It is my heart's desire that I may learn to take each circumstance in my life and hold it up to the mirror of eternity. I know I have a long ways to go to remember to do this, but perhaps by writing this, I will be reminded to do just that. Perhaps by reading this, you, too, may choose to join me.
 
 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Let the Little Children...


 
Toddler sits on my lap as we read
David and Goliath in the beloved Beginner’s Bible.
He loves this story.
Then he turns the pages and names the people
he knows from our readings.
As he turns and turns, he says, “I need God. Where is God?”
 
Talk about a teachable moment.

 
 
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me,
and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Matthew 19:14
 
 

Monday, December 30, 2013

A Happy Anniversary with My Best Friend

 
December was our 38th anniversary, and we celebrated by going for a drive to Red Lodge, a small mountain town that sits at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains and is only 60 miles from our home. It had been a while since we had been there; in fact, it has been a long while since we had gone anywhere, and Lauren recognized my need to get out of the house, out of town, and out in the open, where the sun was shining on the snow and the air was fresh with a bit of chill.
 
We didn't bring our camera, but I found a few photos online that represent our drive. There are quite a few farms and ranches as well as homes dotted here and there. The roads were clear, and the snow made the scenery magical.
 
This photo shows the hills and fields we saw as we got closer to Red Lodge.
 
 
This is a photo of the Beartooth Mountains. You can see the "bear's tooth" for which the mountains are named.
 
 
We were only able to drive a few miles south of Red Lodge on the Beartooth Highway, as it is closed all winter due to the high snowfalls. This photo does not show the winter snows, but you can see that when there is lots of snow, driving the switchbacks that climb the mountains would be impossible.
 
We had lunch at our favorite restaurant and did a little shopping, but it was taking in the beauty and majesty of God's creation with my best earthly friend that made it the specially day that it was. What a blessing the Lord gave to me so many years ago, and I know that we both are looking forward to many more years together.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(all pictures are from the web)
 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Kindergartener's Surprise for Her Parents


Five-year-old Claire was born to two deaf parents, and American Sign Language was her first language. So while 60 of her peers used generic hand motions during their Christmas concert, Claire chose to use ASL, much to her parents’ surprise.



This brought such wonderful memories back to me, as I grew up around deaf relatives
 and I loved reading their expressions as well as their signing.
Little Claire is just delightful, especially as she acts as a typical little girl with her expressions as the program gets longer. 
I hope you enjoy this video  as she surprises her parents and delights the audience!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Ode to Joy

In lieu of the fact that my post-writing days are few,
you may have noticed I have been posting
little tidbits that come my way.
This is one of those posts,
and I think you will be blessed by it.
 
Ode to Joy