Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Well, it's Thankful Thursday again, and I have SO much to be thankful for that it's going to be hard just picking a few. Here's my list this week:

1. I'm so thankful for my many good friends and their love and thoughtfulness. I have the most awesome friends, I really do!

2. My new digital camera. I absolutely love it! It has macro capabilities and 18X zoom. Yahoo!!

3. The song my youngest son just wrote. It's just incredible!The music is beautiful and memorable, and the lyrics are just amazing! It's all about Jesus' love and sacrifice for us. I'm humbled, truly humbled by his talent.

4. The deep pink and burgundy blossoms all over the tree in our backyard. I have no idea what kind of tree it is, but it's gorgeous this time of year.

5. My husband. Okay, seemingly lame, but this man bought me Alaskan King Crab for my birthday (which I haven't enjoyed in over 25 years), and then proceeded to crack them all open for me so I didn't have to. I don't know about you, but I was impressed! Oh YA!

Okay that's it! What are you thankful for?

Carmen

Thankful Thursday at Truth 4 the Journey

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Resting In My Father's Arms

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Life certainly isn’t as simple as it used to be, and in this high tech world where life was supposed to be easier, it's getting harder all the time! My father-in-law loves to reminisce about the good old days. “I only made $25 a week back then, you know” he would say. That’s quite a revelation until you consider that rent was only $7 a month! Can we truly compare those days with today, or are things just different now? He lived in the beginning of the age of knowledge. However, today we live in a world that is full of knowledge but completely out of control.

Mortgages can now go forty years, gas prices are forcing people to find more cost effective means, and food prices are soaring with no end in sight. Service providers have added creatively titled fees in place of price hikes, as if to fool us. Many have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. Crime looms in every major city, and “because the sentence against and evil work is not executed speedily, it is fully set in the hearts of men to do evil.” According to the world’s experts, the future outlook isn’t encouraging either. This is further confirmed by the Bible.

Through all this craziness, we need a place of solace where things can begin to make sense again; a place where the world becomes a distant memory and words are not necessary…because we are known. A place we can rest our heads and sigh deeply, knowing we are safe, knowing there is hope.

More than ever before, we need someone to turn to that understands and can ease our hearts and minds. We long for someone who can tell us there is a light at the end of this dark future and can make it all right again. Our current temporary world will find its temporary answers in a mere man.

This man will promise them a brave new world order…but he will fail.

Can a man save the world without sacrificing himself!

Rest assured, there is such a Person. He has met these criteria long ago and can therefore meet our needs. He is always available and always, always anticipates our time with Him. He knows us better than we know ourselves, for it was He who created us.

So I ask, won’t you come and rest with me in my Father’s arms? He is the way, the truth, and the life. He will never fail you nor let go His hold of you, no never. He is faithful and trustworthy. He is love.

Come... rest with me in my Father’s arms.

He longs to hold you, restore you, and give you hope in your final outcome!

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Landscape

The landscape was comforting and familiar. She looked it over once again, this time with a critical eye, inspecting each bump and spot while lightly running her fingers over the canvas. She cringed as she noticed some unsightly crevices where once it was uniform and flawless. It used to be such an appealing piece. At one time the canvas had been taut and smooth, emanating a gentle warmth and clarity of style. The colors had been strong and fresh; the form, pleasing to the eye. It had brought some compliments over the years which she'd shyly dismissed as friendliness. To her the landscape told a simple story. It reminded her of life and its diversities. Yet, with each passing year the beauty of the piece had faded and each of the flaws she now beheld had slowly become more prominent. So much so, that sometimes the appeal of the object would escape her as she focused on its imperfections.

Lately it seemed more challenging to repair. The canvas was not as tight as it used to be. She learned to work with different colors and new tools to cover the blotches and lines that appeared over time. Determinedly she'd worked to make the old look new. It was that time once again. She pulled out her palette, ensured the right amount of light was in the room, and began the work. Carefully she applied the colors using just the right strokes. Every so often she stopped, backed away and took a broader look, so she could get it as close to the original as possible. Just another stroke here, a line and a dot there, and finally she was happy.

Looking intently, she decided there was still some beauty in the landscape, though it was gently fading and still showing some defects. It didn't have the same loveliness it once held, but it looked fresh and new, better than when she'd started. Satisfied, she put away her toolkit, took another quick look in her mirror, and also put it away. It would have to do. Time was moving on...


This post addresses something we all deal with on a daily basis. It was not meant to be self indulgent. In fact, it's okay to get older...the hoary head is a crown of glory! More important than outer beauty is the inner beauty of the heart. Perhaps we all need to focus more on the inner beauty which will eventually reflect gloriously from the outer canvas we possess.

Go easy on yourselves, and embrace every day God has given!

Carmen