Category Archives: love

“you got this” ~ thank you, Dad

The Hallmark reminder popped up on my computer’s calendar ~ “Father’s Day is today.”  Not that I needed a reminder  … in fact, I don’t need Hallmark to remind me to celebrate my dad!   Each and every day, my dad is one of the very special people in my life that I thank God for allowing to be part of my journey.  My dad is the one who has guided me, pointing me to Him every step of the way from the very beginning.

 

A Father is the seed of your beginning, he is the catalyst of your being, the genesis of your becoming.
~Ann Voskamp

 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
Psalms 103:13

 

What better legacy can a daughter ask for?

Dad, I’ve got it . . .  because our Father has you!

 


Love has the last word

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The Word came as a baby in a lowly, dark manger.  His birth was announced by a great company of the heavenly host who lit up the night sky.  He came as a baby, grew as a boy, became man to bring Light to everyone.

The baby Jesus was tenderly wrapped in swaddling clothes by his mother.  The Lord Jesus left behind the grave linens He was wrapped in.

The Light of the world became the final Word that saves.

Love has the last Word.


do ~ love ~ walk

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Another day begins . . .

Does your day start off with the “short-list” and “long-list” of things to do?  Typically mine does!

Yet, how simple is it what God requires of us each day?

Three things . . . easy to understand.  But so often we make the daily living extremely difficult for ourselves by willfully forgetting a step or even thinking one or all of these actions don’t necessarily apply to a particular aspect or circumstance in our life.  Either way, we’re not walking in obedience or righteousness.  

Three simple verbs.

  • Do justly.  In every thing we do – every action, every decision we are to act honorably, morally upright, and fair.
  • Love mercy. Embrace and shower compassion, kindness, and forgiveness on everyone, even those who have hurt us.  Remember, usually mercy is undeserved.
  • Walk humbly. Lifting up Him whom has shown me mercy. Walking with Him, without pride and arrogance because without Him, I am nothing but emptiness and brokenness.  It’s not what I bring to HIM, it is how I interact with HIM.  

My daily “to do” list – is to be the Walk we share.  Not just on Sunday mornings, or in those dark times of pain and hurt.  Or when I “need” something.  Instead, every day He desires these close and intimate times with me ~ listening and talking and praying.

  Three things to do each and every day 

DO justly
LOVE mercy
WALK humbly

. . . and at the end of your day, no matter what your “short-list” or your “long-list” had on it, HIS list become the longings of your heart.


when my arms can’t reach . . .

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When my arms can’t reach out to you. . .

because of the busyness of our lives . . .
because of an emotional disconnect . . .
because of the lack of forgiveness . . .
because of disagreement . . .
because of the miles of distance
{be it just across the city, across the state, across the country} . . .

. . . know my arms reach up in prayer

for you . . .

each and every day.

Because I love you as He loves you. 


peace beyond understanding

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photo from Ann Voskamp ~ a holy experience

 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4: 6-7

Shalom – Hebrew for Peace.
A study of Hebrew words reveals meaning beyond their spoken pronunciation. Each Hebrew word conveys feeling, intent and emotion.
Shalom is more than just simply peace.
It is complete Peace – contentment, completeness, wholeness, well-being and harmony.

The Shalom that can only come from Him who created and put all things into place.

Experiencing this peace – this Shalom – came this past weekend.  It was more than just the intimate, serene outdoor wedding setting.  Even more than the beautiful sun-filled, blue skies that filled the Austin Hill Country.  Yes, it was even more than friends and family that gathered to share in the Joy of the joining of the oldest son, C and his bride as one in marriage.

This Shalom was the Peace that could only come from fervent prayers asking for the Peace of God that goes beyond my mind and heart’s understanding.  

During the weeks before the wedding, many nights of sleep were interrupted by a bad dream night after night. Only this wasn’t really a dream, it was like a movie replaying in my mind the deep wounds from venomous words and divisive actions at another such wedding scene eight years ago.  There was no Shalom.

Knowing that unlike at the beautiful wedding of daughter K a little more than a year ago, this time the wall of space and people would not be there to protect the Joy my heart desired for this occasion.  With each replaying of this late night “movie,” an overwhelming sense of unrest would stir in my heart because I did not want anything to take the Joy away from this wedding day either.

In the dark of those nights, I would call out in my heart to my Abba Father, Yahweh.  His Peace was always present with me there in the dark, night after night after night.  And peaceful sleep would soon return.

Each morning after, I would wake wondering,
Was this some sort of spiritual attack? 
A portent of possible pending drama? 
Something designed to take the joy from this time?

Sharing these thoughts with my dear friend L, the weeks and days before the wedding found us praying together.  We prayed for Peace that would transcend, that would eclipse, that would go so far beyond what my mind and heart could understand.  We prayed for that Complete Peace, His Shalom.

Last Saturday, the big day had finally arrived!  The venue was absolutely serene.  Despite earlier reports of rain coming in with our first “big” cool front, the weather was beautiful.  Skies were blue and the sun was shining through the shadows of the massive oak trees.  There was even a herd of Longhorns nonchalantly greeting the guests as we drove through the ranch gates.  Was this the peace I had prayed for?  No.

As we were walking up the stone walk towards the early arriving family members and a few other guests, I heard a still, small voice say to me . . .

“The Peace you’ve prayed for is here, He goes before you.”

It was in that moment, I understood.  That movie that had been playing over and over in my head in the nights before had been a reminder to me that in the dark, in those uncertain times of my life, His Shalom, His Complete Peace has never been absent from me. 

Now instead of those anxious thoughts, an overwhelming sense of Peace washed over me – the assurance His Presence walks every step of the way with me.  I have that Peace that surpassed all my understanding.  The Prince of Peace is guarding my mind and my heart!


sunset with you

Some beautiful Colorado sunsets shots taken by my husband on his recent bow hunting adventure . . .

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Sunset is a very, very special time we delight in sharing  . . . even when we’re not together!

When I opened up my email and found these beautiful shots with the caption . . .

‘Sunset with you ~ created by God’

my heart smiled with joy because the pictures remind me of the Journey we share.

Falling in love in a Christian way is to say, ’I am excited about your future and I want to be part of getting you there. I’m signing up for the journey with you. Would you sign up for the journey to my true self with me? It’s going to be hard, but I want to get there.’
(Tim Keller – The Meaning of Marriage)


best friend

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“Friendship is a deep oneness that develops when two people,
speaking the truth in love to one another,
journey together to the same horizon.”
Tim Keller~ The Meaning of Marriage

I was blessed to marry my best friend!!  Divine Appointment definitely brought us here.

What a joy to daily share that deep Oneness with my best friend as he leads us on this journey.  This is our shared adventure as we diligently help each other know, love, serve, and reflect God in deeper and deeper ways.

Our adventure is teaching us what it means to fall in love.

We look at the other person and get a glimpse of what God is creating.

To say, “I see who God is making you, and it excites me!

I want to be part of that!  I want to partner with you and God in the journey you are taking to His throne.

And when we get there. . .

I will look at your magnificence and say, “I always knew you could be like this.

I got glimpses of it on earth, but now look at you!
[Keller].


one spirit, one flesh

One spirit and one flesh

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When over the years someone has seen you at your worst, and knows you with all your strengths and flaws, yet commits him- or herself to you wholly, it is a consummate experience.

To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial.

To be known and not loved is our greatest fear.

But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God.

It is what we need more than anything.

It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.

-Timothy Keller

Do for your spouse what God did for you in Jesus, and the rest will follow.

So very grateful and blessed to be fully known and loved by my sweet man.


I believe

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We live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7

This bumper sticker was on my July son’s guitar case for many years.  While helping clean out the garage up at my folks’ place, we came across his guitar case and Sweet Man thought it would be a great idea to put the sticker up on the wall.   So for anyone who walks into the house this bumper sticker declares to all Who is the Foundation of the family in this home and the legacy their hearts and prayers desire for their heirs.  But what makes this bumper sticker even more special, it serves as a reminder of the one who put it on the guitar case in the first place . . . the boy, the young man I now call Prodigal.

I believe, Father.
I believe that you want me to pray for my child because my prayers will make a profound difference for good in his life.
I believe that you gave him to me for a reason that has more to do with Your vision for his eternity than my wishes for him on this earth.
I believe that you want me to be wrestling in prayer for him so that through prayer, things will change for the better.
No matter what the situation looks like now or what other people may say,
no matter what conventional, earthly wisdom may forecast for his future, I will believe in You.

I will seek You above all others because You have the words of eternal life.

I will live by faith, not by sight and always hold on to hope.

Hope does not disappoint us because You have poured out Your love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom you have given us.
Like Jacob wrestling, “I will not let You go unless You bless me,”
and I praise You that You will never let me go,
You have said,
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.
I will persevere for my son with prayer after prayer until he realizes how much You love him.
I want my son to love you, Lord and I believe that one day he will —
fully, freely, joyfully.

I believe, Lord, because your Word tells me that without faith it is impossible to please You,
because anyone who comes to You must believe that You exist and that You reward those who earnestly seek You.

I believe You hear the prayers of this mother as I seek You with all my heart,
and I believe You will bless my son as he turns and returns to You.
I believe that the future You have planned for him is beautiful, filled with grace and peace.
I believe because in your great Mercy You have give me new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Because You are the hope of glory Jesus, and You are in me,
my hope will live always: today, tomorrow, and forevermore!

taken from Prayers for Prodigals


happy anniversary

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It is not your love that sustains the marriage —

but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.” 

“In a word, live together in the forgiveness of your sins, for without it no human fellowship, least of all a marriage, can survive. Don’t insist on your rights, don’t blame each other, don’t judge or condemn each other, don’t find fault with each other, but accept each other as you are, and forgive each other every day from the bottom of your hearts…”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

it doesn’t matter how our love started or has stumbled – only that it keeps growing. This, by grace, we can do everyday. ~ ann voskamp

we have so much to be thankful for!  happy anniversary!


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