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Morning Sip

On of my treasured memories from my tweens and teens was walking down the hall in the morning to see my mom sitting in her favorite chair, Bible on her lap, and cup of coffee on the side table.

My next most treasured memory is the remembrance of her voice singing hymns in the kitchen as she worshiped her Lord and Savior while washing dishes.

It was late 1986 that we all drove up to visit my family in Oregon, and staying several nights with my mom. It felt so wonderful to walk down the hall again in the morning to see her reading her Bible while sipping coffee. It was so nurturing to my spirit to listen to her softly sing while cleaning house.

While out with my sisters, I found a small book in a consignment shop that reminded me of my mom. Published in 1889, the book is a collection of poems inspired by Scripture and is entitled “Fullness of Joy” by Cecilia Havergal and others. I gave the book to her as a thank you for letting us stay, and I wrote on the inside cover:

“Dear Mom,
Thank you for opening your house to “T” and I and the kids during our visit. You’re a wonderful mother, and an even better friend. I love you, your daughter, Jenny”

When my mom passed, this book was found amongst her things and returned to me as a remembrance.

But now when I hold it, I feel a tear in my heart … for not only does it remind me of the occasion when she loved me in 1986, but it also reminds me of the first time she disowned me as her daughter. I know that the onset of dementia was at least a contributing factor to her increasing mean-spiritedness in her later years. It’s as though in the fog of dementia, she lost her ability to “filter” out the venom in her heart when crossed or otherwise angered.

“So the LORD answers, ‘Can a woman forget her own baby and not love the child she bore? Even if a mother should forget her child, I will never forget you.'” ~Isaiah 49:15 (GNT)

For those of us who have had parents that have wounded us in word or in action, let us not ascribe their shortcomings and failures to the character of God, our Heavenly Father. Where human love fails, God’s love never fails and it never gives up (or abandons)!

And true to His Word, God brought people into my life who would fill those gaps in my soul and spirit – spiritual parents, mothers and fathers, I’ve many of them over the years. The love and nurture that my own parents were unable to give because of their own brokenness, others gave me – teaching and training me (healing me) so that in time I could be a better parent to my own children.

He will do the same for you!

“God places lonely people in families. He leads prisoners out of prison into productive lives..” ~Psalm 68:6 (God’s Word Translation)

Thank you Daddy-God, that Your love is unconditional and utterly unshakeable. You are a kind and loving Father to the parent-less (fatherless / motherless), and You place the orphaned into new families!

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Morning Sip

“Go take for yourself a wife of harlotry”…”for the land (Israel) has committed great harlotry by departing from the Lord.” ~Hosea 1:2

Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Nah, don’t bother. Because if you’re breathing I know you have the same problem I do. You are unfaithful. So am I.

My attention waivers.

My loyalties wear out.

I often like to do what I want more than I like to do what I ought.

I don’t keep my vows.

This morning while reading Hosea I see too much of myself and his Harlot bride. The Mirror of the Word reflects back to me a willful and undisciplined child, who hears the instruction of the Father yet thinks she can disobey with no consequences. Fool. There are always consequences.

But continue reading…

“And now, here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to start all over again. I’m taking her back out into the wilderness where we had our first date, and I’ll court her. I’ll give her bouquets of roses. I’ll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope. She’ll respond like she did as a young girl, those days when she was fresh out of Egypt. ~Hosea 2:14‭-‬15 MSG

Thank you, Father. Thank you that you are always calling me back to you, cleaning me up, and re-extending to me the promise of Hope contained in your love for me.

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New Blog Post Release Date – Thursdays

Good morning friends!   As you have probably noticed, I’ve not been keeping up with my Monday afternoon release date for the last several weeks.   Monday-Friday I’m a small business owner (OK, it’s more like Monday-Saturday,  since I’m self employed and wear all hats all the time) and my weekends have been slammed …. mostly in good and exciting ways … like playing with grandkids, and going on hikes, and lets not forget about groceries and laundry and paying bills. 🙂   All the every-day stuff of life that gets crammed into weekends.

This past weekend I attended a Captivate 2018, a women’s conference put on my church.  It was actually at Captivate 2014 that the Lord spoke to me, leading me to quit my day job (without having another job lined up) and step out onto the deep waters of faith with Him.   Before my two weeks notice was up, He had given me a dream and opened up the doors of opportunity for me to go into business for myself.  I write more about that here.

Anyways – I’m now working on the post that was supposed to be published on Monday.  And since this has already happened more than a few times, I’m going to move the release date for my blog posts from MONDAY afternoon to THURSDAY afternoon.

Whew!  I feel much better now!

“So it is impossible for God to lie for we know that his promise and his vow will never change!  And now we have run into his heart to hide ourselves in his faithfulness.  This is where we find his strength and comfort, for he empowers us to seize what has already been established ahead of time – an unshakable hope!  We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself.  Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat which sits in the heavenly realm beyond the sacred threshold, and where Jesus, our forerunner, has gone in before us.  He is now and forever our royal Priest like Melchizedek.”   ~Hebrews 6:18-20 (The Passion Translation)

 

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Words

The overflow from this mornings journaling:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)

How precious is Your word to me oh Lord, how unfathomable Your ways.

By Your word I receive instruction for the ways I should go.

In Your word I find hope and refreshment for my soul.

When trouble gathers near, it is in Your word that I take shelter, on Your word that I firmly stand.

And while the winds roar, my footing is secure.

Through Your word I obtain victory for every trial.

Out of my mouth I shall declare what You have said; my words for Your words, Your words as my words.

And the walls collapse, victims set free, and the glory is Yours alone.

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Vincent D’Onofrio preached a good sermon!

A few weeks ago I had the strangest dream. As best as I can remember it (because it was rather weird … you know, one of those dreams that seems to jump around a lot but “bits and pieces” remain with you upon waking. Yea, one of those.

In my dream, Vincent D’Onofrio was what some might call or think of as a Pentecostal preacher. Like his famous Law and Order character, he was animated in speech and a little on the quirky side.

He swayed while he preached. Or more accurately, he “flowed” around the pulpit, as though moving with the ebb and flow, rise and fall of the Holy Spirit speaking through Him.

Most of what he preached I don’t remember, but I recall the feeling of agreement. He was preaching the Bible.

Then unexpectedly he paused, looked right at me from the pulpit, and said “Don’t smell another man’s offering.”

A few minutes later, he asked me what that (all of what he had just preached) meant to me.

I thought for a moment, took a deep breath to answer, and … woke up.

DON’T SMELL ANOTHER MAN’S OFFERING

I have been thinking about this ever since. What do you think this means? Do any Scriptures come to mind?

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