Intermission

Chapter One
What does this all mean?
What does it?
Really?
Mean?

We all get caught up in “life” but the irony is that the life we live sucks us dry!

Chapter Two
The stage is empty
The chairs are
resting on wobbly legs

Do you dare
to
sit
down?

Chapter Three
How did I get
here?
I never
finished
yesterday!

©jeannelizabeth

The fading sunset

The fading sunset
Set upon the hill
Shines brighter
Later

The snow melting
Runs through a creek
Carried toward
Eternity

Burned into my memory
is your smile
long
lasting.

Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

©jeannelizabeth (I tried to add a photograph taken during a visit to the Atlantic Ocean, near Plymouth, MA, but the system seems to be ill today…will try later! Ah, the irony!)

Then sings my soul!

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body
but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One
who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Hebrews 10:31

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful,
unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.

Hebrews 3:12

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy,
which depends on human tradition
and the elemental spiritual forces
of this world rather than on Christ.

Colossians 2:8

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself
unblemished to God,
cleanse our consciences from
acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Hebrews 9:14

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling,
fix your thoughts on Jesus,

whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.
Hebrews 3:1

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Matthew 16:16

To all those in Boston and around the world, who are rocked by yet another act of terrorism…
may you be comforted by the prayers that are being lifted to God.

John 14:16 And I will ask the Father,
and He will give you another advocate to help you
and be with you forever–

John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

We are not alone

Sand footprints

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

Psalm 139:17

If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.

Psalm 139:18

The Harvest is Plentiful vs Sometime in the Future?

August 5, 2011

What am I talking about?  Picking tomatoes? No, I am referring to the harvest of souls that are ready and willing to hear the message of salvation through our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Promised Messiah to Israel.  I am ready to be a servant of the King and rescue those drowning in their tears.  Life is hard, but GOD is good and His promises last forever.  I am reminded daily that my life is not my own, that I should use my energy, time and talents for the Kingdom.   I strive to make every day count for HIM!

Whether you are wandering in the desert or wilderness, walking by a quiet brook, working in your garden, scaling a mountain peak, treading water, or sitting at the Master’s feet, will you please consider taking up your cross and living as Jesus asks us to…humbly and in prayer!

Luke 10:2  He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

John 4:35  Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’?
I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

April 13, 2013

Sometime in the future?

I have knocked down doors in hopes that I could save lost souls. The harvest is plentiful, I have found, but I am certainly not equipped to harvest anyone from destruction. I am missing some vital tools. Instruction. To be a vessel of God’s love to the lost and hurting I need to know who I am in Christ. It is not I but Christ who lives in me and all the glory belongs to God. I can have a prideful spirit. I do not mean to step on toes, I am just so excited to tell the story of how Jesus saves, lives and loves. Looking forward to the day I am led to a place I have been called to minister.

Matthew 5:16In the same way, let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  

Peace,

©jeannelizabeth

Dry as a desert.

September 7, 2011

One of my dreams is to camp a few days in the desert.   It intrigues me.    The desert invites you to completely remove obstacles that trap you and see life in its starkest image…

Oh, someone will inevitably say to me, “Have you forgotten all about the wildlife and plants that inhabit the desert?”   Yes, I understand that.  I agree, the desert is not completely barren since life can exist in the harshest of conditions, such as lack of water and extreme heat during the noonday sun, but that is the same for cold climates that freeze, or the vast difference between summer and fall in a four season climate.   Living things adapt to the environment.  What I am reflecting on is my ability to  throw away  thoughts that clog my veins and keep my blood from reaching  the corners of my body.  Some of us struggle with cholesterol.  Others struggle with shame, guilt and the myriad of emotions they bring to your life. My life is dependent on throwing away some of my thoughts and the desert makes that possible for me.  I am not wrapped up in my surroundings, which are apparently there, but rather I am free to focus on my inner life.

True freedom in our belief that Jesus was the Son of God is allowing ourselves to be refined and molded in the heat of the noon sun and as the evening sets us with the cool air, we find peace in knowing that we have been loved and cared for despite the conditions of our lives.  Perhaps living in a desert for a time in our walk as a Christian can honestly help us assess our purpose.  Are we truly walking in the footsteps of the one who came to save us from ourselves or are we following a shadow of a false prophet?  Who do you seek for advice in times of trouble?  If you are avoiding the heat of G-D you are missing out of the love as well.  We cannot know peace without having gone through trials.

4/11/2013 My chance to witness life in the desert for a week is actually going to happen. As a preparation, I am reading three books on my Goodreads page (see the link to your right) and I will blog about them sometime this summer/fall. The books selected are a Thomas Merton classic, “The Wisdom of the Desert”, a modern classic bridging off Merton’s work by Henri Nouwen “The Way of the Heart” and then “On the Mountain with God” by Mark W. Hamilton. The house we are renting (I probably will not be camping!) is directly behind a park in Phoenix, a desert with mountains to hike. I am eagerly anticipating this adventure and am preparing myself spiritually to be fed by God.

Isaiah 43:19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun!

Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Peace,

©jeannelizabeth

To tell or keep quiet?

John 3:20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.

How many people in your life know you fully? Have you examined your life lately? What needs to change? How can it be changed? Will you change?

Will you take the challenge to get deeper into God’s Word and let it, as it states in Hebrews 4:12 “…cut between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. (God’s Word)… exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”

Perhaps find a trusted friend who can walk beside you through the remaining days of this year and watch the miraculous happen. Pray together and praise the Lord. Are you suffering? In despair and needing hope? Looking for direction and tired of the path you are on?

I will be praying for you and myself for the remainder of 2013 in the hopes that doors will be opened for us and that a million voices could be heard singing His praises. Let the world hear of His wonderful deeds!

©jeannelizabeth

Trust

TRUST…a hard word to hear and act on! Who in your life do you trust? How do we learn to trust? Have you ever felt let down and how did you react to such a disappointment? How do we become comfortable in our shoes when we often feel compelled to compare ourselves to others who seem to be more intelligent, wealthy, beautiful or successful? How does God see us? Why should we trust Him, when we cannot see, touch or hear Him? How does that trust look and act out in our lives?

Psalm 71:5 “For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.”

FAITH and TRUST do seem to go hand-in-hand. It may take time, a long time, before anything manifests in our lives. Oh, but what Glory awaits those that put their trust in the Living God. The waves will surrender, the mountains will crumble, the heavens will open, and all the angels will sing “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty…”

Look what Job 13:15 says Though he slay me, yet will I trust in  him:
but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”

And then these words of encouragement from the Son of God…

John 14:1- 4 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Prayer
Prayer: Teach us to trust, to know you better, to be ever watchful for the coming days. Teach us your ways, Oh Lord, that we might not stumble but walk courageously with you all our days. Let our minds be ever grateful, our hearts be content and our souls flourish in Your love for us. Amen.

©jeannelizabeth

To Life in 2013!

Is your life complicated? Do you have power over your circumstances?  Do you feel as if you are floating on the water, waiting for the crashing waves and the rains to begin to fall?  Or have you found a solution to the mounting despair, loneliness and despondancy.   

Isaiah 6:1-3To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. NLT2007

What a promise! This is certainly what my blog is all about. Finding the promises of God, applying them to our personal lives, and finding true peace in our hearts and minds, regardless of the circumstances surrounding us.

Navigating the waters, whether they be rolling rivers, choppy lakes or vast bodies of open water with no sign of land for days, we have a Book to take with us, to give us counsel and guidance. Applying the Word from that Book will prove enormously fruitful. Be patient. Take heart. Have faith. ©Jeannelizabeth