Life Verses...Psalm 63:3-5

Psalm 63:3-5
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live.
I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied...and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Psalm 103 ... How Will I Spend My Dash????

   The girls and I have been memorizing Psalm 103. Today we came to the following verses, so I spent the quiet of my morning thinking about these words....
...As for man, his days are like grass;
...As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
...For the wind passes over it and it is gone. and it's place remembers it no more.

Simple right??...we're born, we live a short life, and then we are gone....
...But God never seems to teach me things so simply..He always makes me think!!My references led me to this passage, and I am always soooo amazed at how God weaves all of life together!
1 Peter 1:22-25..."so see to it that you really do love each other warmly, with all your hearts. For you have a new life. It was not passed on to you from your parents, for the life they gave you will fade away. This new one will last forever!! for it comes from Christ, God's ever-living message to men. Yes, our natural lives will fade as grass does when it becomes all brown and dry. All our greatness is like a flower that droops and falls, but the Word of the Lord will last forever!!"

Ohhhh how that ties in with so many things I have been thinking about and discussing recently!
1. Discussions with friends about building our lives on the foundation of Christ..and so much of what we build on top of that will not last!
2. The thot that only 2 things in this world are eternal...people..and Gods where should my focus be??
3.  A book the girls and I have been reading The Jesus Creed,, ..based on the greatest commandment of Loving God with all your heart, mind and soul, and loving others as much as you love yourself!!

... Last night as I was reading the book, it asked me to consider my "Top Four". What are the top four desired things in my life??? in other words, what is REALLY important to me..what do I spend my time and energy on..what drives me in life??? honest answers were these...
1...God's Word...intimacy with God
2. Wanting to raise children who know and love God
3. Relationships...the desire, need, longing to be loved, accepted, approved of , and enjoy life with others (and lets be honest, dont we all desire this?)
4. Independence...I need my own space, dont like to be controlled, and need lots and  lots of alone and quiet time
5. Physical Fitness

Ok...I gave 5..but these are the things that I find drive I spend my time and energy revolves around these things! This all made me think of this...How will I spend my dash?  August 8, 1962 - ? know, the time between when I was born and when I dash!! What do I REALLY want my priorities to be and what should my life be about??

   Life continually keeps coming down to this for me. Live generously! Love God > love others!  

Lord, show me how that should look in every day life....
1.  Love God..spend time in His Word, spend intimate time with Him...breathe life in and out all day long to please Him and to walk with Him
2.  Love life so others are dazzled by Christ...Christ should shine through, not my works
3.  Do that by loving in this order....God > My Family > those who God has given me intimate, close relationships with -who I love deeply > others God nudges me to love in some way
.... AS for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it and it is gone. And its place is remembered no more. Psalm 103:15,16
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of the Lord stands forever!!..Is 40:8

* Thank you Mikayla Autumn Amick, for your beautiful photography!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Who is on the Throne???

   I logged onto my blog and realized I needed to do some updating!!!  I have a new grandson...Charles Luke Amick! Born on December 24, 2011!  It is one of the greatest joys in my life to see Amber enjoy being a big sister!!

   I was reading something this morning that has stuck with me all simple little line of scripture!!  I was reading in 1Samuel, and the children of Israel wanted a they got Saul. It talked about Israel whining because they wanted a king, and in The Message it said these 6 little words...."And God was already your King."

   I have thot about those 6 words all day today. I looked up a few verses about God being my King....

Psalm 10:16...The Lord is King forever and ever!!

Psalm 29:10...the Lord sat as King at the flood; Yes, the Lord is King forever and ever!

.....Hmmmmm, isnt something missing.... somewhere between the flood and eternity?????  God was King of ALL in between!! It got me thinking about my own life. God IS King of everything in between....He is King, the One Who reigns, the One Who is in control of ALL that I am concerned about in life!!!

     I am like Israel when I whine about life, when I worry...when I wish for something other than what He has given me!  Soooooooo...what exactly am I worried about, angry over, discouraged about, discontent with, afraid of, fretting over ???????  The Lord is my God...and my God is KING! He is in control, He loves me and loves these people that I love dearly! He will reign forever and ever...and one day I will be with Him..... so in the meantime I can just trust Him!!!!

Matthew 6:13...For Yours in the KINGdom and the power and the glory forever and ever! Amen!