Saturday, August 30, 2014

Annointed for Jesus

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The Lord gave me a vision for these 3 photos the other day.  I prayed for His Presence to show me His beauty and what was to be captured for His Glory.  I pray they will bless you as they have us.  She was really praying in the top one through the lights and in the (BOTTOM LEFT) one.  Ahava has such an amazing heart and she truly knows her Savior.  I am so thankful to the Lord for this incredible blessing.  She brings so much joy into my life.  I am forever thankful.  He has given me what He has Promised and so much much richer and deeper.  Thank you FATHER!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Opposite

I've always loved snow.  Growing up in Massachusetts, my sister and I would wait anxiously for the snow to arrive, trudging our snow sculpting apparatus out into the cold winter air, we'd sport our marshmallow clothing and play the day away in it's bountiful possibilities before us.  We'd shed our layers as the sun faded all too quickly leaving a sopping puddle below, and hover over our heat vent that was on the floor and await as our toes, fingers and limbs tingled back into existence from our near frostbitten experience.  As I grew older, I still appreciated the anticipation of the beautiful white flakes falling from the sky, covering all below it as if it were trying to simply show us what God does with His Love.  How wonder the reminders God sets before us, if only we understood how many there truly are!  Seek and you shall find. Still today, I LOVE SNOW.  When I moved to Texas I never thought that I would continue my love for it with personal experiences.  Having never traveled to Texas, my only thoughts were of desert waste lands full of cacti, rattle snakes and overwhelming heat.  But, soon I understood that Texas had it's own way of winter...ICE mixed with snow.  It still offered the comfort my heart longed for and I would catch myself desperately waiting for those, well...let's just say perhaps 6 weeks of winter (everything else is summer! Ha-ha!!) that I could watch the weather and pray that God would somehow sneeze or blow that snow cloud directly over my house and side of the city.  I don't remember a winter without the snow!  Isn't God so sweet?  Texans, do however need a good lesson or two about DRIVING IN the snow, but that is a whole other post!  Now that we are no longer in Texas, I feel as though my heart will certainly have to adjust.  What will I do when December and January roll around and I look upon my oh so beloved weather channel site and see a constant array of stable numbers that do not elicit any possibility of snow?  This will definitely be something to get used to.  Ahava had several experiences with snow in Texas.  But now that she is older, I know she would be so intrigued! Oh my!  She would seriously just burst out of her skin!!!!  It makes me sad.  We can however, travel I heard, not far from here and be in the midst of snow.  I really hope for those opportunities.  I can see Ahava skiing right by me doing flips and all sorts of acrobatic tricks.  She is such a fearless little creature!  I can't wait to see what she will enjoy as she grows and takes on to conquer. 

But it wasn't until the other day that I truly understood why I love it so much.  I was reading Ahava a book for the umph-millionth time called "Night Light."  It is a creative book that appeals to the toddler in that it has little holes that display a "light" and you can stick your fingers through it, but only when you turn the page, you find out what truck it belongs to.  It's cute.  One page reveals a snowplow!  There is white on the ground and snowmen, amongst a backdrop of snow falling from the heavens!!!!  I stared at the page and longed to be in the picture.  I heard the muted sounds of the world, how close everything feels with the snow upon the ground, I felt the appreciative heart of the cold one as they approach their house and warmth, I imagined houses filled with loved ones as they are forced inside together to "wait out" the weather....such a blessing in disguise.  But what made me stop and think that day was the fact that snow creates an opposite.  It is as though the sky is the earth and the earth is the sky.  The bright reflective white covers the earth like an eraser making it all uniformly one, all the same.  And the sky is now what is dark and busy. It is flip-flopped.  Everything so predictable is turned around.  It just sunk it deep that day to be what draws me so deeply into its beauty because that is exactly what God does.  He covers, renews, erases, and flip-flops what we think is beautiful, into something that is so peaceful, unique and rare.  He takes our life, thoughts, actions and flips it all over so that He can shine.  When we accept Jesus into our lives, this is an example of what it looks like.  The snow.  Maybe it comes down flake by flake, or perhaps it is a blizzard and accumulates fast, but God says that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us it is everlasting life.  Just as the snow flipping everything around doesn't make sense, so does God do with renewing our lives to the unbeliever!  God has such an amazing creative and fun mind.  I mean, think of all the really neat things He has created JUST FOR THE SAKE OF BEAUTY AND ENJOYMENT.  All of this reflects His heart, every little bit and the really amazingly awesome thing about it is, that even when we see these treasures here on earth, we are still only seeing a MERE GLIMPSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I MEAN COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Think about this...chew on it, and then take another bite and chew again my friends!  Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!!!!!!!!!!!

What things do you see that bring you to this place?  What little jewel does He place in your life to show you Who He is?  They are all around you waiting for you to see them.  The *nemy doesn't want you to see them.  But God tells us to seek Him and you will find Him.  He wants us to seek Him because the things we desire and deliberately set out to find are much more appreciated and rejoiced over when you do.  A child who gets everything and anything they want does not know how to appreciate what he has.  It is in the wanting and taking responsibility to find it and then doing so that makes the fact that we find it SO MUCH MORE.  It makes it our own.  It makes it personal.  It makes it real.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I Always Will

It took at least an hour this morning to unload the dishwasher. I couldn't help seeing that bright-eyed little bushel of joy beckoning me to play, teasing me with her giggles as she repeatedly ran down the hallway shouting my name and not melt.  My name is Mama now, just in case you didn't know.  I am no longer Olivia as I was once. The expectation she had as she kept insisting on stealing my dish towel that I would abruptly begin frantically looking for it and run after her to "get" it is another treasured sight and sound I will add to my vault of Thankfulness.  Who cares about the dishwasher.  One plate, one fork made it to its place slowly.  All that I needed to appreciate at that moment was before me.  Her world was me, was me chasing her, and was knowing that I would.