the cup

“If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace.  If He has made it bitter, drink it in communion with Him.” ~ Oswald Chambers Reading “My Utmost for His Highest” never gets old for me…  I’ve read it since I was in high school, and that’s been quite a long time. But some days, as I read the devotional, the words jump off the page in a whole new way. Today was one of those days. I wantRead more

the great need

“The great need is not to do things, but to believe things.” ~ Oswald Chambers This quote sure offered a lot of food for thought in my devotion this morning… I thought about it throughout the day… Oswald Chambers is not saying that it’s important to slow down and “Just be”, as we often hear these days. (Even though, yeah, I’m sure that’s necessary sometimes.) But no this quote says so much more. It says the great need  <for theRead more

…a few thoughts on certainty…

I love morning. It’s like a fresh start. Sometimes it comes a lot sooner than I’d like and I’m the queen of the snooze button, but I still love mornings. I read some good things this morning. Some mornings, it’s just a quick devotion. Other  mornings, I get to linger a bit over coffee and music, and some mornings, like this morning, even though I was running a little bit behind, I decided to skimp on other things–not to skimpRead more

each moment

“God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now… If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.” ~ Oswald Chambers Gonna repeat that one line again and again to myself…“if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment asRead more

Lofty

So, I read this quote by Oswald Chambers just a little bit ago and my heart so got it, and …well, out poured the song.  Here’s the quote, then the song. “We must stop using religion as if it were some type of lofty lifestyle – we must be spiritually real.” ~ Oswald Chambers   Manger, cross, crown of thorns washing feet, enduring scorn Almighty God to earth in human form How can it be?   Seeing through the grandRead more

…a few thoughts on mountains and molehills…

“Pray with your eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” ~Oswald Chambers Yep.  This is a reminder to myself. I hate to be a broken record, but here goes… we have lots of transitions going on in our home with one son going to college on the coast, one daughter moving to the mountains, and one son moving to Sweden…all within a 2 week window (which occurs simultaneously with me going back to teaching after a nice long summer.  InRead more

Thankful Thursday

Even when I can’t lie down in a green pasture, sometimes just driving by makes me feel restored. Thankful. “He makes me lie down in green pastures, He restores my soul…” Psalm23:2 “The questions that truly matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words–‘Come to Me.’ Our Lord’s words are not, ‘Do this, or don’t do that,’ but–‘Come to me.’ If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought intoRead more

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ ‘Intricate’

This morning, I woke up with a start.  For some reason, the alarm hadn’t gone off.  The clock said 6:46 a.m. “Oh No!” I’m late for bus duty already!  Second day in and I was going to be late.  I jumped in for a quick shower and my mind was rushing.  Wait a minute, didn’t I test the students yesterday (a Friday ritual), and didn’t we have a baseball game?  And weren’t we scheduled to have a baseball game onRead more