Friday, August 31, 2012

Practicing For Eternity

                               ~ Grace Gift ~
                          The Language Of Time

Psalm 39:4-5
"Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath.

Iv'e written before about time....He must want me to think about it yet, again.

The language of time fills my sentences and flexes my verbs:
one day, then, now, will, had.
But time is not the tyrant I make him out to be.
Come, look with me and see the rhythm of Time . . .

. . . patterned sunlight moving across the wall . . .

  waves crashing  on the shore . . .
. . .ocean waves inhaling and exhaling another . . .

. . .a bare branch, an unfurling leaf, autumn glory . . .

. . .youthful heart below a wrinkling face  . . .

. . . first steps, first kiss, first times . . .

. . . last look, last words, last breath. . .

His gift of time to me is a metronome to set my days to the meter of His song.
Time is . . .
Soothing in its constancy.
Alluring in its rhythm.
Healing in its passing.
Wise in its perspective.
Heart breaking in its partings.
Delicate in its rounding seasons.
Breathtaking in its demands.
And cradled in eternity

Time is a cocoon . . .silken threads wound about us as we take form, but we will not be bound by time forever.

Rightly understood, time becomes His discipline for me
to live in the "here"
to live in the "now,"
to be prepared for the release into eternity.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sweeter Than Honey

                                   ~ Grace Gift ~

Psalm 119:103, "How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"
I woke up thinking about honey and honey bees today.

Perhaps channeling my inner Pooh (bear, that is).

The search is on for honey-bear recipes.
If you stop by, won't you be so kind as to leave a clue? Thank you.

Great Writers, Great Books, & Great Films

                                  ~ Grace Gifts ~
                    great writers, great books & great films

Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer’s day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps,and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum."~ Harper Lee

The events of the story are filtered through the point of view of the lawyer’s children, primarily his daughter.
“There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ‘em all away from ya, but that’s never possible.”
"Thank you, Arthur. Thank you for my children." 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

All Creation Declares

                                  ~ Grace Gifts ~


Messages In The Sky

~ Grace Gift ~
 His messages in the sky.

The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 19:1-6 that the heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. Day after day they pour out speech and night after night they communicate knowledge. There is no speech and there is no language where their voice is not heard. Their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.

Amos 5:8
8 The One who made the Pleiades and Orion,
Who turns darkness into dawn
and darkens day into night,
Who summons the waters of the sea
and pours them out over the face of the earth —
Yahweh is His name.



Into Dawn
                                     Day Into Night

                                The Waters Of The Sea

                            Over The Face Of The Earth

                                 Yahweh is His name.

Why not take the time to go outside at night and just look up?
                              Thank You, Yahweh

Friday, August 24, 2012


                                    ~ Grace Gift ~
                                 * freedom to chose *

John 8:32 ~ Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.

Don't deny it, what your heart truly wants is Love... a Love that is real and eternal.
He wants to set us free. Choose to be.

Luke 4:18-19
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, 
because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. 
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners 
and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Jesus is all about redeeming His creation...returning freedom to a broken world that chose slavery. You have been blessed enough to experience that freedom...

What will you do with it??

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

In The Presence Of Many

                          ~ Grace Gifts ~
My laptop and the internet are valuable tools for me to praise Him in the presence of many.
Thank You, Lord.

Psalm 109:30
30: I will fervently thank the Lord with my mouth;
I will praise Him in the presence of many.


Something Pretty To Make You Smile

Nothing profound here... just a pretty picture.
Enjoy today.

Who's I Am

                                    ~ Grace Gift ~
                     A Heart That Remembers Who's I am.

“Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.” Psalm 149:1-5

Frustrated by my feelings of restlessness, worry, and discouragement with life, I stop..... and sit down with God.
 I open to the Psalms, where I know the words will reflect and mirror the feelings of my heart. But more than that, I know the prose penned so long ago will guide my thoughts and feelings back to Him.

These Psalms (147-150) remind me that I was created to love and glorify my Maker. I was made to live a life of praise, not one of stress, doubt, and confusion. With my heart so focused and distracted by my self-imposed goals and plans, I had developed heart amnesia. I forgot who I was and why I am here. My plans, goals, and dreams, while all good, had become a barrier, a cloudy haze, making it hard to remember who I was made to be.

Like a person with amnesia, sometimes I need my memory triggered to remind me who I am:

completely known (Psalm 139)
a treasured possession (Ephesians 1:14)
a dearly loved child (Ephesians 5:1)
a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
a possession of God (Isaiah 43:1)
an heir of God (Galatians 4:7)
pure and holy (1 Corinthians 1:30)
free! (John 8:26)

The more I remember who I am in Christ, the more my heart responds with praise. Living a life of praise is a heart posture, a habit, a way of life. It’s the only way to truly live. And it’s what I was created for.