Thursday, July 23, 2009

By God...For God

God gave each of us unique characteristics. We are unlike anyone else in this entire world. Each of us is different and exclusive in the eyes of our Creator. The way we love. The way we walk, talk, smile, and write…the way we praise, worship, and adore our Immanuel is special and unequal to each other. Only you can give back to Jesus the unique traits He blessed you with. If we could only understand, this is why He created us! We were created by God…for God! He longs to hear from each and everyone of us; because… what He gave you… can only be given back to Him by you!

Please take the time to sit at the feet of Jesus. Give back to your Savior in response to His great love! In this precious time spent with Him, you will taste the victory of Heaven’s home and enter His presence in moments of solitude. He longs to be adored with the sweetness you can only give. He waits to lavish His grace and love upon you if only you will sit awhile with Him and breathe in God and exhale Jesus!

May we praise our Lord and say as Job…

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and
the Lord has taken away; may the
name of the Lord be praised.”
~Job 1:21

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Kindled Light

I’ve got this candle in my kitchen which I purchased from Cocalico Creek while shopping with a great friend of mine. I fell in love with the smell…oatmeal raisin cookie. I brought it home, put the big cake candle in a primitive candle holder, and decorated it with a berry wreath. I placed it in the kitchen at the small round cafĂ© table at the bay window.

I hardly ever light the candle since the purchase…usually only when I know company is coming because I want to save the beauty of the lit candle for special occasions. As I cleaned up the kitchen the other evening, I moved the candle to wipe beneath the place it sat. I had a thought, why not light the candle. Several minutes passed. No one was coming over for a visit, but I decided to light the candle and admire the beauty of the flickering flame and take in the sweet smell.

I stared quietly at the candle with a warm cup of java warming my hands. Why do I wait for guests to light the wick? The glow of the candle brought a tranquil moment to my otherwise busy day. It was peaceful and soon became a God moment as my eyes glazed over in a day dream state staring at the illumination of kindled light. It was a sweet time between me and my Lord and I thank Him for the inspiration to light the flame and spend some precious time with Him!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Who Am I by Casting Crowns