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  I have thought a lot about “the voice” of the Lord.  I really can say at times, “the Lord said…”.  Certainly, in the Word, the Lord said, but I mean, to me.  I know there is controversy about it.  Do I hear Him audibly?  Nope.  But I really “hear” Him in my heart and spirit.  Not all the time, never about anyone else.  Only to me, about me.  He does prick my spirit about things at times.  I will hear, ‘go give her a hug”, “stay away”, “don’t say that”  kind of stuff. 

I was reading Psalm 29 today.  It is so interesting and made me think.  Verses 3-9 talks strong words, big words, big voice.  Verse3, “the voiceof the Lord is upon the waters…”the God of glory thunders.  The balance of that passage mentions that the voice of the Lord is powerful, majestic, breaks the cedars.  Verse 7, “the voice the Lord hews the flames of fire, shakes the wilderness.  Verse 9 “makes deer to calve and strips the forest bare; in His temple EVERYTHING, says “Glory”.  Isn’t that amazing?  His voice alone can do all those things.  Incredible.  The strength and power is indecribable.  Yet, He can use that powerful, amazing voice, to calm us, to encourage us and to make us know we are loved.  The same voice can be soft and quiet, just to let us know He is there.

I remember one of the first times that happened to me.  Mike, Erin and Brody and I were at Disneyland.  It was when the Indiana Jones ride was brand new.  The line was all the way from Frontierland to Main Street, USA.  We went everywhere else until the end of the evening and then the line was 4 hours long.  Standing at the end of the line, a couple came up and asked us how many were in our party.  We told them 4.  I was a little skeptical, thinking that they were scamming us a little.  They said that there had been a mistake of some sort and “Town Hall” had given them a pass for 6 people to “go to the front” of the line.  They asked us if we would join them.  We could not believe it.  We walked right past all those folks to the head of the line.  The ride, of course, was very fun and exciting.  We got off the ride before we even realized what had happened.  The kids were thrilled.  It all happened so fast.  Weird, but I immediately had to go to the bathroom, (sorry, but true).  I really needed a minute alone.  In the stall, I could not help but say, “Thank You, Lord.  Only You could have orchestrated that.”  In that still, soft voice, but true, I could even hear a smile, My Father said, ” you are wecome.”   I was a little stunned, but I knew it was Him.  The voice that had the power to raise Jesus from the dead.  The voice that is powerful and majestic cares about telling me that I was welcome, just so in that minute I knew He heard me.  He was there and heard me in the bathroom stall in Disneyland, Anaheim, CA.

There are many things I pray about and for that I have not had that immediate response.  What I learned right then was that my Father hears me wherever I am, whatever I am doing and in His timing He aswers His way.  I am grateful.

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Wow, Christmas is rapidly approaching.  I can physically and emotionally feel the stress and the anxiety.  I really don’t believe this is what God intended.

For my today, I want to stop, in silence and listen, remember, recall and consider…You.

As I look outside it is, in my world, a perfect day.  It is cloudy, foggy, crisp and drippy.  The leaves cover the ground and my car in the beauty of the autumn colors.   Sookie and Tahoe are happy in it also.  This weather, the feel, the silence gives me peace.

Psalm 8:1 and 3-4:  “Oh Lord, Oh Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth.  Who have displayed Your splendor above the Heavens.”  Verses 3-4,”When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers which You ordained;  What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him.?”

“Your splendor”….that is today for me.  Sometimes, especially when I am driving and I am alone, I look around and see the beauty.  I have to tell the Lord, “What an amazing thing You did today.  the colors, the trees, the sky and clouds.”  To me it is artistry at its utmost finest.  In weather like this, there is also silence.  Nothing works better to clear my head.  Take a deep breath and really listen.  I have said this before, but I feel bares repeating…I tell the Lord, in silence, “I love You and He answers back, “I love you, too”  without a word.

Out my window right now, the wind is rustling the leaves on an old oak.  Immediately, my head hears that song from the Disney movie, “Pocahontas”. ” Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?”  and He answers back in silence…”Why yes, yes I can.”

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“The Generous Mr. Lovewell”

January 22, 2010 – 11:10 am 3 Comments

Mercy Me is in the process of creating their next album, entitled “The Generous Mr. Lovewell.” The idea behind it is that this fictional character, Mr. Lovewell, gets up every day and does random acts of kindness, and that kindness creates a ripple effect. I love all the videos, and ideas, that they have for the album and the tour, and the way they are visualy and creatively conveying the message.

Brody is the Art Director for the album, and he has been working so hard, and doing such an amazing job! The cover turned out awesome…

…Also, Brody asked me to paint a heart that they could use as a prop in the photo shoots. Now the heart is also on the cover of the album! It is so fun, and surreal for me to see something that I painted, on the cover of a Mercy Me album! I am grateful for the opportunity, and happy to help in a small way. Follow Mr. Lovewell on twitter, and stay tuned on MrLovewell.com for more videos, and also mercyme.org for details, songs, and information! Most importantly, Love- Well!

Okay, How proud am I ???  A sweet gal commented on this on Brody’s blog, about making it “wall art”.  I plan to do exactly that.  I am proud of Kristin for her artistic ability and equally proud of Brody for his creativity and abilities.  All of that to say……Once again, THANK YOU, LORD, FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW….

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Not that it doesn’t always, but sometimes more than others.

This picture was taken a while back of Trinity, and basically has nothing to do with what I want to say here, but I like it.

First, two songs we did today were songs Brody had sung when he was in the Worship Team here.  As I stood there I could see him, barefooted, playing his guitar and it always brought us joy.  I missed him greatly today.  Though, that again, was one thought I had…”oh, God let us be a generation that seeks, your face, oh God of Jacob.”

That brought peace to my heart, that my son and my children and grands were singing that.  It did again today.

What I pictured most today was this…. ” in Your arms of love.  Holding me still, holding me near  in Your arms of  love…”.  The picture God gave me today in this song was our dear friends, Jim and Kristi Galbraith.  Jim, having inoperable cancer, in the hospital with an infection and Kristi standing my his side.  They are holding fast to each other, but mostly to their Father, who loves them.  A loving Father who knows they are scared and hurting.  We are right there with them and their children and grands, holding fast to the hope set before us, holding fast to the love and comfort of a mighty God.

My prayer for them today….Psalm 61:1-4 —-“Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to  my prayer.  From the end of the earth I call to Thee, when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. v3 –For Thou hast been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy.  v4 – Let me dwell in Thy tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Thy wings.”

Thank You, Lord.  Jim and Kristi, and kids and grands…we love you….

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x11738307It’s been a really long time since I have been on here.  I miss writing and I miss my blog friends very much.  So the fact that I am writing right now is a surprise even to me.

I don’t get angry very often.  Usually when I do, it comes as a culmination of  a lot of things and takes time to bring me to this point.  It has been a difficult week.  That is  not the reason for this post.  The reason for this post right now, at 2:30 a.m. is this.  I am angry.

I am angry that I cannot sleep, I am angry that it’s still 82 degrees in mid-October.  I am angry that my grandchildren do not have the freedom I had as a child because lunatics lurk around and we have to be afraid.  I am angry that we have to censor television, because a lot of it is crap.  I am angry that there is a  woman I know that cannot treat their children right, and pretend she does.  I am angry at the selfishness I see daily and at men that won’t grow up.  I am angry that I cannot watch half of my grandchildren grow and learn and play because the economy is bad and can’t afford to see them.   I am agree at a generation of  young people at church, who will stand and watch 85 year old men tear down tables to put them away with no respect for the man or his age.   I am angry, probably at myself , because I feel like I must not deserve any praise from those close to me, because I have to  ask or sometimes feel like I must beg for a positive encouragement.

After saying all of this and getting it off my chest……I  am a dirty, rotten sinner and I am angry more because of that.  I confess, I do, to my Father and to you.  I am also grateful, grateful that God is still on the throne and gratefully I am not.

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Wow, it has been a very busy Spring.  We have had 3 birthdays, 1 college graduation, 2 High School graduations, traveling to Tahoe, Home Shows, and general family stuff.  Time gets by and I really miss connecting with my “blog Family”.  I miss you, Melody.  I miss you too, Scottie and all the other sweet people I have met here.  I am not far away.  You are always in my mind.  I miss communicating with my fam through pictures and words.

With the summer upon us, I am truly hoping for more time, to write and reflect on things.  Sometimes, I feel I was meant for a different time, a slower paced, quiet life.  Then again, I would not want to miss all the things that go on in the “right now”.  Guess, I’ll just trust the Lord that He knows best,  and go for it.

Noah, Trinity and Blue all did very well in school this year.  I am always and proud “Mammo”, so that just adds to it, since I was a very lower average student.  I cared more for “social” activity than academics.  I am still that way.   I truly want the kids to all do well though and be whatever the Lord has designed for them.   Zion will begin Kindergarten this year, he is quite ready and excited for that.

Grad.Spring2009 059These gorgeous things are blooming again in the back yard.  I try to take these pictures to send to our Kristin, I know she loves flowers as much as I do and will appreciate them like I do.  It always amazes me that God takes care of these things.  They come from sticks and climb and I do not have a green thumb at all, and yet “our Father takes care of these things”…like the lilies of the field,  I am so grateful.  How generous of Him to allow these for our pleasure.

Grad.Spring2009 073Honestly, I never see this lavender, and we have about a dozen of these in our yard without thinking of Kristin.  She loves the smell of lavender.  And we love her.  Zion actually took this picture for his Auntie.  He is a pretty good photographer for 5.  Quite the eye.  He gets it naturally.  Erin is a wonderful photographer and we all know Brody is.

When the Spring happens and the yard is in bloom, I really take some refuge there.  I can sit on the swing, water or just stand and look, the Lord is there.  We talk and usually there is a noise to distract me, but I do steal some time alone with Him here.  I am so grateful for this place He has provided for us.

Grad.Spring2009 016This is absolutely, the only thing that I can grow inside the house.  I put them in my kitchen window and enjoy them year round, every day.  As I look at these pictures, I realize I love purple flowers.  I love the look, the smell and the peace they give.

Thank you so much for allowing me this indulgence and taking this walk with me through what brings me peace in my busy world.  Thank you, Father for the creation of beauty in your world and allowing us to live here.

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