Large flakes spaced far apart drifted down from the heavenly night sky creating a sense of newness. The Old Year was passing away. The slate was being purified and created for a New Year. As hubby and I looked at our unusual desert wonderland, we were as excited as little kids. The heart that Jesus wants coming to Him. We joked with our neighbors out in this barren wilderness a little before midnight they engaged in a snowball fight.
Then a hush fell over our scene. A pristine blanket of white thickly layered over our lawn spoke of possibilities with God. His sense of humor. His heart to delight us. And we drank deeply of the intoxicating scene. As we closed the door on snow we hoped would still be there tomorrow, we closed the door on last year. Its trials, its joys. The splendor of its love. A love experienced deep within our souls. Continue reading
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This is Part II of a story about God’s dream and plan for my writing. Part I appeared two days ago here.
It began last year with the American Christian Writers Conference. I was dragging my feet about going as my writing was a ringer for the round file. Then I heard that another blogger Janis Cox had arrived in Phoenix to spend her winter months away from the depths of snow in Canada. We began chatting online, and I mentioned the writers conference. Enthusiastically, she said she would pray about going as she would love to go and bring her book, “Tadeo Turtle.” I knew that cinched it. I would be going to the conference.
Graciously, Janis invited me to stay at their home to save me a three-hour round trip trek to home and back. I’d never met her and we’d only connected a few times through our blogs. It seemed out of the ordinary and quite generous. I accepted.
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October rolled around and I had forgotten about the 31-day challenge to write every day on one particular topic. I’m late to the party but hoping I can add a little something here each day until the end of October. Even that will be a challenge for me. My topic will revolve around “Linking with Jesus.”
Aren’t there so many things on the internet that ask us to link up with them? Everything from the “Linked-In” site itself to people on social media and even to our blogs. But how often do I link up with Jesus? Connect with Him, one-on-one, listen for His heartbeat, meditate on His words of love? For me, not often enough. I can find a million other distractions that draw me to listen and act on what I’ve heard or seen.
The idea for this topic came to me the other day while I was digging in the dirt, making mud pies out of my fresh potting soil so that my new mums would have a moist, welcoming home. While separating the dirt to make a hole for the deepest purple mum, strains of familiar music from a nearby parked car reached my ears.
A smile broke across my face as I recognized the tune from my early teen years. My first inclination was to wonder why the young boys across the street were listening to such “Oldies” music. Then I thought perhaps it was a remake of the original song and something that might be popular again these days.
As I listened, I felt transported to those times. The mood I felt when I heard the song, the crush on had on some young guy at the time, the place I had been, and yes, almost feeling young again. I couldn’t stand the curiosity. So groaning I raise myself up from the kneeling position in front of my plants to see where the music was originating. Another smile as I recognized an older neighbor stepping out of his car.
“Ah,” I thought to myself.” He’s got an “Oldies” station on. Wishing he’d kept the music on, I went back to my planting and thought about how much music moves me. It enlivens my emotions and creates images in my mind.
If secular music can carry me away to a place I remember fondly–although some can strike melancholy or sad notes in my memory–how much more should I be listening to praise music which carries me to throne of Christ where I can experience His forever love? It leaves the sweet taste of the Lord like honey on my lips and in my heart.
I want to link up with His words set to melodious rhythms and to see His face, remembering the joys of when we first met and the many times He has blessed my life. Such sweet memories on which to dwell.
“As the deer panteth for the water So my soul longeth after thee You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship thee