But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma
of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 (NASB)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Penny Raine's Orange-Silk Cream Giveaway

Here's a most excellent blog to bookmark, it is by Penny Raine.  At this particular posting, she is showing products by KIT Natural. So many times, we want items that are healthy and excellent for our skin. I've briefly read through the descriptions of these products. Plus read at KIT's web page that they "fuse," the products. Please click here, to view Penny Raine's Giveaway Offer.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Caution . . . Work Zone!

Isn't easy to take things for granted? Like being able to walk around without any assistance. Rejoicing in life's simple pleasures . . . having make up on for the first time since surgery; my hair looking great; and being content with the new normal that is just a temporary bump in the road right now in my life.

I'm reminded of the Apostle Paul when he wrote Philippians while in prison. Consider chapter 4 and verse 11 of this incredible epistle.

"Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am."

Has it been easy for me? No, I'm a rather stubborn and very independent person. I like to have things done my way. You may ask, "how is that working for you? Let's get honest, we all can be this way. It's when we have the interruptions in life, the unplanned moments where the rubber meets the road that we see what we're made of or what's in our hearts.

On the other hand, moments like these can be a time of allowing others to minister to you and it's okay to ask for help as well as accept help. Remember we're the body of Christ, not the island of Christ.

I'm listening to the classic book, "Stepping Heavenward." Just recently in this book, the author stated that sometimes it's the quiet moments that can be spiritual and a service to our Master. I know that I don't like this route but I'm choosing to enjoy the scenery and trust the Lord for what He has in mind.

All of us have moments in our lives that were unplanned or interrupted and these moments served to grow us up and into Christ. That's my prayer for myself as well as for each of you.

In conclusion, we are being conformed and transformed to the image of Christ, consider Romans 8:28-30:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

Happily to be a work in progress and confident He has the Master plan!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Introducing LibrioVox

One my favorite new sites to visit, click here. It's LibrioVox, acoustical liberation of books in the public domain. Recently discovered "Stepping Heavenward," by Elizabeth Prentiss (1818-1878). I've actually have a copy of this book. I have read the first two chapters, but have allowed the distractions of life to prevent me from completing it. Now I've downloaded it to my iPod and am listening to it as I'm writing this posting.

Click here for the particulars of "Stepping Heavenward." Enjoy the possibilities! The book is a must-read.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thursday, September 09, 2010

A Powerful Quote by James Denney!

Read this quote by James Denney,

a Scottish theologian (1856-1917),

"No man can at the same time prove

that he is clever and

that Jesus Christ is mighty to save."

The Hand of God

"Praise God for the hammer, the file and the furnace.

The hammer molds us, the file sharpens us,

and the fire tempers us."

Sam Rutherford

Sharing & Comparing

Earlier this summer was reading Job 16:1-5, it was a gentle reminder as to when to give advice to those who are suffering or growing through great difficulties in their lives. Job called his friends, "sorry comforters."

Then Job answered,

"I have heard many such things; Sorry comforters are you all.

"Is there no limit to windy words? Or what plagues you that you answer?

"I too could speak like you, If I were in your place. I could compose words against you And shake my head at you.

"I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

Sometime it's tempting when we share similar difficulties to think that our situation is a lot more difficult than the person we're having the conversation with. Personally I find this extremely annoying. Each situation, procedure, or difficulty is unique just as each individual is. There is no way anyone could fully understand what another person goes through. I realize that often times these statements are made because of anxieties that individual has and perhaps this is their only way of working through the trial. Regardless of the rationale they may give, I'm choosing to exercise grace and mercy.

As I ponder what Scripture teaches us, it doesn't teach us to put ourselves or our situations above another individuals. It clearly instructs us to bear one another's burdens. It tells us that in the body of Christ the part that seems more unseemly, we need to give greater honor.

So the next time, you're tempted to share and compare, watch over your heart with all diligence. Please make sure you don't minimize the other person's situation and think only of your situation.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Observations in My Garden

Late Saturday afternoon, I was out in our backyard watering some herbs . . . observed this beautiful butterfly and was blessed to capture it with my camera.

A vivid reminder of God's incredible and majestic creation! May it serve to remind you of the minute care our Heavenly Father has for His creation . . . how much more He cares for you and I.

(original photo by Kathy Lundberg, 08/21/10)
(Please do not copy or reproduce for any form of media. Thanks!)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Consider this quote by Corrie Ten Boom,
"Never be afraid to trust
an unknown future
to a known God."

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