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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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It had been a couple of years since I had been to an Open House at the kids school.  I really did not expect it to be a really big deal.  The longer I was there, the more my mind (and emotions) collected stuff.

It was fun to see the kids classrooms and teachers, their desks and all the things they made.  They are talented and smart little buggers and I could not be prouder of them.

We went in to see Zion’s class room for next year.  He begins Kindergarten and will have the same teacher and classroom as Noah and Trinity had.  This was by Erin’s design and I think it’s great.  It was just when I walked in, my thoughts immediately went to ” wasn’t I just here for Noah?” and “this is where Trinity did her first play?” How can it be?  I felt older and of course a little sad..I want them to be smart and grow and be independant, but sooo fast???

Noah’s class was quiet, I felt that was approriate.  He works better in the quiet and organized atomsphere.  His teacher seems that way..  His state report was on Tennessee ( seems right to me).

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Oops, may have made that too big…I don’t know how to change that.  Noah seemed comfortable in his class and proud of what he had completed.

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This one was a little harder for me.  That is my Mom.  The grands call her “Mammo Mammo”, because she was Mammo to their Mom and Dad I’m Mammo to them,  it just distinguishes us.  Trinity had to make a report on a family member, she choose Mom.  I was proud of her.  Sad though, only because I was wishing so much she had been able to see Erin and Brody’s children.  I can see her laughing with them and at them.  Hugging and loving them the way she did with her grands.

The pillow top behind her picture there was lovingly made by Rhoda at church.  I have written about her before.  *(little story to follow)  Erin had placed a pair of her glasses, her Memorial Service bulletin, Trinity had interviewed my a couple of times, so her report was there, a blouse she had made for me that Erin now wears and a basket of one of her favorite candies (orange slices).  I looked at that for a while and the same thought arose.  “Mom, “how I wish you could see how your great granddaughter has honored you.”  So I asked the Lord to tell her.  We sampled other food from other relatives.  It was a very enjoyable, thought provoking time.

I love living here, in a small place.  I was able to run into friends, other parents I have met through Little League, Pageants, church, Bible Studies, etc.  I loved it and I am very grateful for the kids inviting me to go along.

All of this to say, Lord, you are  the controller of all.  You give and You take away,  Blessed be the Lord.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of all the kids lives, that we can openly speak of You and Your ways, and thank You so much for the blessings we each receive from Your hand.

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I felt this for a while.  I am a people person, and I truly love most people.  I cannot say all people,  but most.

Once again, I find myself going way out here.  There are some things I just do not understand…

1.  Cruelty to people. (Adults and children)

2. Cruelty to animals.

3. Dangerous tricks. (Jumping the Grand Canyon and setting yourself on fire.

4. Ridiculous pride to belittle someone else.

5. Taking from others, and showing no appreciation and then walking away.

6. Tofu.

6.  Blaming others for not giving enough.

7. Being content with strife and hurt.

8. People forgetting what we celebrate on Easter.

That is just on my mind today.  I don’t get it.  Jesus came that we might have life and life abundantly.  He came that we may know love and acceptance of one another.  He gave us hearts and voices to communicate and work things out.  The enemy wants us to hurt and devour one another.  We must forgive, and communicate and not call each other names and hurt each other and other things.  Why does that have to be?  It’s Easter Week.  Should we be content with hurtful things…? That’s not what the celebration is about. No Tofu, Kristin, please.

Lord, please forgive me for the hurt I cause.  Let my family and I celebrate this holiday with love and appreciation.  Thank you.

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