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DIRT / CLEAN   Leave a comment

I got my car washed last weekend.  My white car.  (her name is Shadowfax).  My white car that hasn’t been washed in months.  Yes, she was pretty dirty.

For the past week it is like I have a new view on life.  I can see!  My windows are clear!  Clean!  And my backup camera is showing such a clear, sharp picture now!

I truly had no idea 1) how dirty my windows had gotten or 2) how it had affected how I saw things outside the car.  I had grown used to the dirt.  I thought it was normal.  It was something I accepted and just kind of worked around or ignored.

Kind of like sin.  It seeps in.  It grows slowly.  We let a little in, and don’t confess it.  And more gets attracted to the first part.  And before we even know it, we are used to the way things are in sin.  They seem normal.  We can’t see how dirty we are, we just think everything is fine and pretty much the way things have always been.

Until we confess our sin(s) to God.  And we ask Him to cleanse us and free us.  And suddenly we can see how dirty we were.  We can see how clean we are now that the sin has been forgiven.

 

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”  James 5:16

Posted July 14, 2017 by Maureen in Christian, Randomness

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What You Can   Leave a comment

There are so many things I don’t know how to do.  There are things I can’t do.  And sure, there are things I don’t want to do.  Currently it is vacuuming.  I have always believed that if there is something we see needs doing and we are able to do it, then we should.

When I was called to go on my first missions trip, it was a different experience for me.  I was sitting in the morning service, listening to the missionary.  I always love listening to missionaries talk about their mission field and the stories they have to tell.  As I was sitting there, I thought to myself, “I could do that.”  As the missionary talked on, I thought to myself, “I should do that.”  And by the time the missionary was done, I was saying to myself, “I will do that.”

What do you see needing to be done around you?  Can you do it?  Are you able?  Then do it, if you can.  Not for recognition or praise.  But because it needs doing.

Posted June 24, 2017 by Maureen in Christian, Randomness

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Greet Me Moon   1 comment

I returned last night from a conference in Long Beach.  As tired as I was, as anxious to get home as I was, as excited to see my kitties — I just had to stop and take a picture of this moon over San Francisco Bay.

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Posted February 11, 2017 by Maureen in Randomness

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DEEP POOL   Leave a comment

I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions, as I’ve posted here before.  But this year I seem led to seek God’s will and plan and purpose for my life to a level I have not experienced before.  I want to live the way He wants me to live, and be the kind of light that He wants me to be, where He has placed me.

As I was praying today I thought about a deep pool.  Picture a tall hillside.  It is rocky, but covered densely in trees and brush.  There is a tall waterfall, seeming to come down from heaven.  It is falling straight into a natural pool.  The pool is wide and deep, and at the far end where it narrows a bit, the water spills out into another waterfall that falls into another pool, which falls into another pool, and so on.

The first waterfall is the presence of God, His blessings, the empowerment of God to me.  He pours down His wisdom, his discernment, his knowledge.  His blessings flow, and His peace, and His grace.  The water is His love and patience (oh, so much patience!) flowing down, pouring into the pool.  The water is the presence of the Holy Spirit, the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.  The pool holds the water, swirls all of it around, and embraces it between the banks.  But it does not keep all this.  No, all those things make their way to the far end of the pool, where they find an opening, an outlet, and flow and splash down to others.

As I was praying today I saw the pool, and the waterfall, and the other waterfalls flowing down.  And I pictured myself in the pool.  I’m not a good swimmer, but in my prayer I was swimming down, deeper in the pool.  I embraced the water all around me, going deeper.  I could feel the water pressing in and the purity of it as I went deeper.  Though I was deep, I wasn’t afraid.  Though I was deep, it wasn’t too dark.  I could look up, and through the grace and love and peace and wisdom and blessings I was surrounded by, and I could see the light above.

And I wanted to go deeper still.  I think I will get there.  Maybe not this year, but someday.  In the Narnia series of books that C.S. Lewis wrote, in the last book, after the characters have entered Aslan’s land (though they don’t know it yet), one of them states “Further up and further in!”  I have always remembered that phrase. It is what I feel led to do.  Go further up in my walk; go further in, closer to God.

Posted January 24, 2017 by Maureen in Christian, Musings, Randomness

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Feelin’ what I’m feelin’   Leave a comment

A couple of Sundays ago we had a real move of the Holy Spirit at church, and I came away feeling just a tiny bit better as far as my grief goes.

By the grace of God (which I do not deserve) and His blessing (which I also do not deserve) I will be moving to a smaller apartment next month.  It is in the same complex I’m in now — in fact, it is 10 steps away from where I live now.  My rent will go down $800 a month, which is a HUGE help here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Have I said yet that I don’t deserve this?

When people ask how I am my standard response is “I’m still breathing in and out.”  I know, as a Christian, I’m supposed to be saying something like, “Oh, I feel blessed!” or, “I feel good in the Lord today!” or something like that.  And I may get there some day.  But not today.  And probably not tomorrow.

So until then, I keep breathing in and out.

Posted August 13, 2016 by Maureen in Christian, Married Musings, Randomness

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HYMNS WE WON’T SING   Leave a comment

When you are singing a worship chorus or hymn in church, or in a group, or just by yourself, do you ever think to yourself, “We won’t be singing THAT in heaven!”  No?  Is that just me that does that?

I try not to be “so heavenly minded that I am no earthly good”, but I do think about my final home.  People who adopt pets talk about bringing them to their “forever home”.  My husband and I just adopted two cats, so I have recent experience with that phrase.  This earth is not my home.  I do my best while I am here, but I am looking forward to my forever home – to be with God in heaven, to see Jesus face to face, to see my mansion, to watch and listen to the angels and heavenly creatures worshiping God.  So many things to look forward to!

I am sure there will be singing in heaven.  That’s not in the Bible – that is just me talking.  So whenever I sing a worship chorus or hear a hymn, I can’t help thinking, “Yup – that will be one we can sing in heaven”.  Or, “I love this song, but I’m looking forward to the day when we won’t be singing it anymore”.

I started to make a list of hymns we would sing in heaven, but actually the list of hymns we won’t sing is easier to compile.  How many can you guess without looking?  How many do you think are on my list – the hymns we won’t sing once we get to heaven?  10?  20?  30?  I chose from a list I found, and I didn’t pick every one – just the most popular and/or ones I have sung or heard.  So how many do you think?  Go ahead – Google it and take a guess.  I’ll wait.

[Humming and tapping my foot]

Back?  Ready?  Scroll down and take a look at my list.  Did you get the same ones?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abide With Me

Are You Washed In The Blood?

Be Thou My Vision

Christ The Lord Is Risen Today

Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

Count Your Blessings

Day By Day

Faith Of Our Fathers

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

He Hideth My Soul

He Is Coming Again

He Lives!

His Eye Is On The Sparrow

I Love To Tell The Story

I Need thee Every Hour

I’ll Fly Away

In The Garden

In The Sweet By And By

It Is Well

Jesus, Lover Of My Soul

Jesus Paid It All

Just As I Am

Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

Lord I’m Coming Home

Nearer My God, To Thee

Now We Thank All Our God

Old Time Religion

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior

Peace, Perfect Peace

Precious Lord Take My Hand

Rock Of Ages

Safe In The Arms Of Jesus

Softly And Tenderly Jesus Is Calling

Standing On The Promises

Take My Life And Let It Be

The Old Rugged Cross

There Is A Fountain

There Is Power In The Blood

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Trust And Obey

Victory In Jesus

What A Day That Will Be

What A Friend We Have In Jesus

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

When We All Get To Heaven

This list (which, as I said, is not exhaustive) has 47 hymns on it that, while marvelous and truly wonderful to sing, we will never sing again once we are in heaven!

And just for fun – here is a list of hymns I think we will sing in heaven.  Just according to me – there is no Biblical backing for this list or my thinking we will sing in heaven.

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Alas And Did My Savior Bleed

Amazing Grace

Before The Throne Of God Above

Blessed Assurance

Crown Him With Many Crowns

Fairest Lord Jesus

Holy, Holy, Holy

How Great Thou Art

Love Lifted Me

O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing

O Worship The King

Posted November 24, 2015 by Maureen in Christian, Randomness

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ADJUSTMENTS   Leave a comment

My husband has several long-term chronic health problems.  He has developed two more since we started dating (we just had our 4th anniversary!).  The latest one started 10 months ago.

I knew well before I married him that his chronic health problems would only worsen.  Aside from a miracle healing from God, one thing or the other would finally kill him in the end.  We had expected things to start worsening 3-5 years from now.

We did not expect them to worsen immediately after we married.  It has been an adjustment for us.  Gradually, I have to take over all the duties.  Cooking and cleaning and taking care of him and our cat.  He has to stay close to home, or not go too far from it.  Going on a honeymoon is out the question.  Even going away for the weekend is out of the question.  I have a big family gathering coming up soon at a cousin’s house, and we don’t think he will be able to go to that.

We have talked about it a lot, and continue to talk about it.  Neither of us is very happy with this development, but we strive to adjust as best we can.

Life never really turns out the way you want it, or plan for it, or think it will, does it?  God alone is eternal and never-changing.  THIS is something to count on.

Posted July 6, 2015 by Maureen in Christian, Randomness

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