Monday, February 18, 2008

Monday Morning Cover to Cover

There are twenty or so of us who are reading the Bible chronologically together. You can join us at any time. The reading plan is listed on my sidebar. We'll pray for you and walk with you. If you are here just for today, read Exodus 33: 11-23 and see how God favors you and is calling your name. He is saying to all of us on this Monday morning a phrase that makes courage rise up in our hearts. "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." Wonder what it will take today to find His rest, His Presence in our lives?

As I read this week Exodus 28 through 40 and Leviticus 1-7, there is a phrase that kept coming back to my mind that has been meaningful to me in this reading. My husband and I have talked much this week about having a disturbed heart and what that means. Too many people live undisturbed by the happenings of their heart, by what transpires in their lives. How are we processing life today? The phrase that I recalled written by a psychologist in a magazine article put it this way:

"The more we are disturbed
by the presence and power of our flesh,
The more we become excited and empowered
by the deeper presence and greater power of the Spirit,

And that releases the Spirit's power to change
the way we relate,
the way we think,
and the way we feel
in the middle of any life circumstance."

Ten truths pressed in on me as I read my Bible and my Bible read me this week. Here they are:

BEAR the NAMES of MY FRIENDS on MY HEART….Exodus 28:29 “Whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place, he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breastpiece of decision as a continuing memorial before the Lord. The breastpiece worn over the heart protected the precious place of their heart and its desires. Whose name do I bear over my heart this morning?

GOD IS KNOCKING ON your DOOR TO SPEAK with YOU….Exodus 29:42 “For the generations to come, this burnt offering is to be made regularly at the entrance…there I will meet you and speak to you.” Where is it that we go to find our God and meet with Him and speak with Him and He with us? Revelations 3:20 He is knocking on the door of our heart. Will we open that door this moment and let Him in?

OUR BEAUTIFUL GOD DWELLS AMONG US…..Exodus 29: 45, 46 “I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the Lord, their God, who brought them out of Egypt, so that I might dwell among them.” I was reading C.S. Lewis today and he talked about “Am I living for the 72 plus years of this life or am I living for forever?” If I am living for “forever,” I look inside of my own heart and look to see what God expects of me this night. I remember what God has brought me out of. And I believe He dwells in me. He dwells among all of us and that is simply awestruck awesome. What can you tell us that your God has brought you out of so that He might dwell among you?

THE FINGERPRINTS of GOD are ON MY LIFE ...Exodus 31:18 God gave to Moses two tablets inscribed by the finger of God. It was the finger of God Who would trace out the course of our actions into ten commands. How do I obey my God? In the New Tesatment, all power has been given to us to fulfill what God has commanded. Ephesians 1:4 says He chose you, He adopted you, and He freely gave you the One he loves. You have redemption and forgiveness and incomparably great power it says in 1:19, working in you. Now it is the finger of God in you pointing to the world, working out His mighty strength in you and through you. What will I do with His Ten Commandments?

YOUR FORGIVING GOD LONGS to HAVE COMPASSION on YOU...Moses sought the favor of the Lord in 32:11, sought his God asking Him not to be upset against the people He brought out of Egypt with great power. And, in 32:14, the Lord relented and did not bring on His people the disaster He threatened. Scripture interprets Scripture. Isaiah 30:18 "The Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion for the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him." Who are you waiting for today, God or man?

DEALING with THE FRIGHTFUL FRAY of OUR HEART…Do we daily take a look at what’s inside the fray of our own heart? Aaron didn’t. He blamed it on the people he led. Blameshifting. Verse 32:22 “Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil. They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’ So what did Aaron do to stand in the way of the people building idols? What do I do to stand in the way of my friends, my family when they want to stay in the paths of sin. Do I look the other way? But what would it look like to love those who stand in sin? First, I must always look at the log in my own eye. Only then can I move in to love them. So who does God bring to my mind or my path this day who is walking the way of sinners that I may move in to love and not judge them?

WHERE AM I in MY WALK with GOD---is HE my FRIEND?...Exodus 33:11 “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face as a man speaks with his friend.” John Eldredge writes about the stages we go through with our God. First, our lives are shaped by the Potter and we are the clay. We also move to feeling provided for, watched over by the Shepherd caring for His sheep. Then, Eldredge says, many get stuck in the Master and Servant stage where they are committed to obey orders and carry them out. But there’s more intimacy…Father and child--- and children get the run of the house. Then, there is this stage found in 33:11 Friends as we walk together with God in which he says we are companions in a shared mission. We know what is on his heart and He knows ours. There’s another stage to describe the intimacy, Lovers----Bridegroom and Bride. “Teach me your ways so I may know You and continue to find favor with you.” Exodus 33:13. Is God my friend or my judge?

AM I AT REST in DEEP PLACES in MY HEART?....Exodus 33:14 says “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Whenever I see someone who is experiencing God’s Presence in their lives, I want to fall all over them. A couple of years ago, disaster struck and my God so showed up in my life. I can’t tell you how the calamity He brought so came with His Presence as I cried out for Him. It’s been two of the hardest best years of my life. I still long every day for His Presence and rest that only He can give. And every day, He is showing up in ways I could have never imagined. I have a taste and I want so much more. Apart from the Power of God, this could never happen. We can’t conjure up this one. What am I doing that can only be explained in terms of---God did it?

GOD KNOWS your NAME and ADDRESS…..Moses replied in 33:15 that if God’s Presence didn’t go with him, then don’t move them from that spot. How will Moses know that God is pleased with him? Yes, how will we know? To which God replied, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Fast forward to this very day…God knows you by name. He is pleased with your life---is He?--- and so He will do the very things you ask in line with His will, His purposes. What pleasures do I want more than the pleasures of my God?

GOD’S HAND COVERS my LIFE and IT’S DARK….Exodus 33:17 The Lord said, there is a place near me where you may stand. I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my Hand. Our beautiful LORD may have His Hand covering our lives, and it may be real dark from His Hand over us shutting out any light, and that makes me weep this morning for that’s where I am. And, one day, we will see His Glory again. In whatever ways He chooses. That’s up to Him. Can’t make it happen in relationships, can’t make it happen in life, but I can hide in the cleft of the Rock. For the mighty waters rise, but we are safe. He is my Hiding Place. Psalm 32: 6, 7 And one day His beauty will pour out of me. Will I let Him pour out on whomever He wants to bless, even my enemies?

It is such privilege, promise, and power to walk and wonder through the pages of the Word of God with you... and to be read by a holy God and found by HIM.


Angela Baylis 2/18/2008  

Hey, Bev and the girls! I can’t believe another week has gone by. They are going so quickly! I’m sorry I don’t get a chance to do my own post on Mondays since I work. I hope you don’t mind if I just tell you what lingers for me…

Exodus 33: 18 Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory."19 And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen." We will see Him one day!

I loved how Moses’ face was radiant after he came down from Mount Sinai because he had spoken with the Lord.
Also, it was so interesting to me how the Israelites did everything to follow the exact guidelines the Lord commanded as far as setting up the tabernacle.

I have a question about something I probably missed. As far as burnt offerings go… Why did the Lord enjoy the aroma of an offering made by fire? Leviticus 1: 9 “He is to wash the…It is a burnt offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.” I understand the concept of burnt offerings but I just don’t completely understand why the aroma was pleasing to Him?? I love the smell of burning leaves in the Fall and it always makes me think of new beginnings. I just wonder... Have a great week and I’ll be praying for all of you and I look forward to reading your insights!
Love, Angie

annette 2/18/2008  

Bev, your thoughts lead to some tough questions in examining my own life. I want tangible evidence of His presence--His rest and deep peace. I feel your heart as I read where He leads you so sweetly. Thanks for forging ahead with Him and sharing your walk. It blesses many.

And Angie, I love that God loves smells. That was one of my thoughts this week as well. "a pleasing aroma" as the incense represent the prayers of the saints, but more in the spices He chose for His own incense to be offered. His senses are delighted as are ours in His presence.

There is so much detail to God. He is a God of order and will tell us exactly how He wants us to go if we will listen. Every detail of the temple, of the priests garments, of the anointing oil right down to the reason why, God provides a way for His people to access a holy God.

As we read through Moses getting the tablets of stone and the instruction straight from God this week, we find Moses a changed man from the reluctant, slow of speech wimp God chose. He’s seen God. What lingers with me this week are several points: how God listened to Moses, and He knew him by name, and He was pleased with him. When Moses, in his forlorn state for the sinful Israelites, says if You don’t go with us, even with providing every provision—if You are not there, don’t even send us. We can have everything we want, but if we don’t have God’s presence, it is all worthless.

Right on the heels of this conversation, Moses begs God to see Him. “Show me Your glory.” In fine array, we see God’s glory, too, as He sets up His dwelling place to be able to fellowship with the people of Israel. Oh for the eyes to see His Glory, too, for now as Moses saw Him, hidden in clefts of rocks, dimly as in a mirror. But one day, we shall behold Him, face to Face.

I so enjoy each of your comments as it adds dimension to my reading, and food for thought for me as we sojourn together. And thank you Bev, for all of the beautiful insight you have given me on this journey. I love Mondays. If you want to read a little more about a few things that stood out to me this week, join me here.

Angela Baylis 2/18/2008  

p.s. Thank you again, sweet Bev for doing this. Your insights are always a joy to read. You are one amazing woman and God speaks to you so clearly. Thank you for your obedience! I am blessed!
Love you,
Angie xoxo

Mary Lou 2/18/2008  

Bev, may you see His face this week or feel His very presence today. What spoke to me over and over was that God was in the details. He gave very specific instructions on how to make and build everything with the tabernacle. He provided all that they needed to make it before they ever got there. He gave very specific instructions on how to offer the sacrifices and what to offer in each one. He is truly a God of order and beauty. This spoke to my heart that He is in the details of my heart and that He has gone before me and planned for the details that I have no clue of and am fearful of. We are looking at major changes career wise for my husband. God knows and we are seeking Him. Winding down a career and changing things when you are older is very scary. I am trusting God more, since I know now by the example in the wilderness that He is in the details of my life and He has gone before us and He's already in tomorrow, so I should have no fear. I will hide in the cleft of the Rock and hold tightly to His hand...Blessings on all of you who share what God spoke to your heart.

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/18/2008  

Hi Sweet Angie, Annette told me that you are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. Your humble heart shows up once again. I have a tear in my eye as I read "We will see Him one day" from your typing fingers. Isn't it something how a thought like that just grabs you and takes away our breath for a second. We are going to live forever with Him in His Presence enjoying Him, did I say F O R E V E R. Angie, you can always post one thought that lingers here or many. You don't have to post anything on your blog unless you just want to and can get to it. I started working fulltime two weeks ago and it is a challenge of what will I let go. Always enjoy a visit from your humble self! Love you girl!
PS I'll be back to answer your question---McDonald's is calling my son's name

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/18/2008  

Annette, God may be silent but He is so not absent in you!!!!!! He is pouring His beauty through you and how do I know? I am the recipient! Gotta take Britt to McDonald's on this holiday for McGriddles whatever they are---will be back soon. He hasn't asked for Mickey D's since he was a child so.....we're off.

Anonymous 2/18/2008  

As always, your thoughts are so heartfelt and show the cries of your heart for Him...I look forward to Mondays...I could comment on each section but I also loved that part about the names being close to the priests heart on the breastpiece...don't think I ever saw that before.

There was so much in this week...I think if I covered it would have been a short just lingered on one verse and wrote about like God that only a few sentences can be packed with meaning...His I love it and how I pray that each week I am changed by it...

I love reading all of the posts on the blogs...God has given each of you such deep and rich insights.

If you want to read my thoughts click here: A Work of Heart!

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/18/2008  

And you heard to McDonald's we must go, Mary Lou...I'll be back cause your thought about God being in the "details" is so intriguing to me. I find myself wanting to remind him of a few details I think He has missed in my life---imagine that???? I want to explore that with you and hear your beautiful wise heart. I'll be back for sure.

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/18/2008  

Helen, I absolutely cannot wait to get these mcgriddle things and come to your post. I'll be there as soon as I can for I so LOVE anything you have to say. Everybody contributes from their story, their suffering, their season of life. Can't wait!!!

Laura 2/18/2008  

Hi, Bev! I am so enjoying reading your insights in scripture! I love the way you look at the Word, so personally. But it is personal, isn't it? God's love letter to each one of us.

Nise' 2/18/2008  

Bev, your thought/question ("Who are you waiting for today, God or man?" really spoke to me today. Actually, God spoke to me and made me realize that in a certain situation I am waitng for so and so to do such and such when I need to be waiting on God to move in that person's life where He designs. Though I am praying to God about it, my eyes are on what I think needs to happen in this persons life and not on God ALONE where they belong! The my thoughts on this week's reading is here.

Julie 2/18/2008  

Bev. I am not reading along right now but wanted to pop in and read what all of you have written. It is beautiful to see God's revelations to each of the heart's here. I love how He takes things in a group and spreads them out to where each person is.

Angie, I was thinking about your question, why is the burnt offering a fragrant aroma to God? Maybe because it represents the sacrifice of death and out of the death comes new life. Could God have seen the sacrifice of the burnt offering as a representation of what was to come, the offering of the one true death that would bring everlasting life? Just thinking out loud here.

It is good to read all of your thoughts. Though I am not able to do the "read through" each week I am familiar with the scriptures you are discussing. It is beautiful to see how each one is being blessed by God's living and active Word.


Fran 2/18/2008  

Hey everybody!!
It is Monday afternoon and I'm just now getting over here.....and with a confession to make....

I didn't get through all my reading....

But, thank you for loving me anyway. :)

Being out of school today (see blog) I've been busy with my adorable boys and am now in the midst of fixing snacks, putting movies in, washing clothes, thinking about dinner, etc. etc.

So....I first of all AMEN all that you said. Since I just finished the Tabenacle study by Beth Moore, I'm so in love with this weeks readings.

I want His presence more than anything. When I have those mountaintop experiences with Him and see that its coming to an end....I just want to say "Hey, don't go God, please don't leave me!" He is real, tangible sometimes, and can seem like He's just right here.

The good news is....He is right within my heart. He is right here with me. I just ask Him to come forth. I love Him dearly. I desperately want to hear from Him.

Blessings girls. I hope to do better next week! :)

Love you all!

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/18/2008  

Annette, when you talked about how God listened to Moses, it so made me weep. I think partly it is because you know my story and I am so humbled to know that my beautiful God is listening to me right now, in the depths of my heart, in the frightful fray of such aloneness, and He hears me. It's so comforting to me Annette, like the hand of my God placed on my head and I am so humbled. Can't thank you enough as I drown in my tears over here. God hasn't missed one detail of all that is going on. You have so touched me in your post Annette!

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/18/2008  

Hey Laura, thanks so much for stopping by---I am desperate for the Word of my God. Desperate for HIM, the Living Word. Psalm 119:71 "it was good for me to be afflicted that I may learn His Word."

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/18/2008  

Denise - just posted a couple of comments on your blog about how I believe God showed up for me when you showed up one day in my comment section and said you wanted to do this with us. It's all about Him living His Life through us, His fingers, His arms, His Voice, His words...and I think His words just came out of you again!

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/18/2008  

Julie, I'm always blessed by your showing up for it's the God in you that is so powerful. Please feel free to comment on any of the Scriptures. You don't have to be reading along with us to jump right in and speak the very words God lays on your heart. I think it would touch us all pretty deeply. So feel free to share from these verses or any at all. It's an open forum. And we'd love to hear from you.

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/18/2008  

Fran, you have so much on your plate...don't even whisper that you missed a moment. We just LOVE YOU and love your showing up cause anything you say to all of us will be heartfelt and humble and honor HIM and us. You so bring God to me Fran!!!

Denise 2/18/2008  

I have not read all the scriptures for this week yet but reading down your blog I came acoross this...

BEAR the NAMES of MY FRIENDS on MY HEART….Exodus 28:29 “Whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place, he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breastpiece of decision as a continuing memorial before the Lord. The breastpiece worn over the heart protected the precious place of their heart and its desires. Whose name do I bear over my heart this morning?

We as believers are held accountable for what we know ...... We are to walk in the light as He brings light to us......... Our sin is sin of omission more than sin of commission...... What we do not do............ We sit and read blogs and visit with ladies around this what has become a small world........ We read of prayer requests and we read of sorrow and loneliness....... We laugh at the funny pictures and can almost smell the wonderful cookies, and casseroles, and soup and stew and such... How can we possible not understand that the door to these women have been opened by the Hand of God....... How can we not understand that what the enemy meant for evil God can use for good.......... The www.... is a harvest field that calls us to be a friend....... Prayer knows no distance or time.......God knows exactly who Edge of Design is or Shortybears Place........ We are not called to be scholars or proficient in fancy prayer....... He just asks us to bear the names of these ladies and gents on the breast plate of our armor........... I am so moved at times when I read the blogs........ and yes we cannot read them all or can we go and interact with them all.......but if we believe that God is sovereign and if we believe that He knows exactly where to send us then we are responsible to carry those few names into the Holy of Holies and pray....... I have realized for the past few months that there is more going on here than just friends........ God is going on here and we need to keep our ears open........ The body of Christ needs each of us ...... and He will let us know who's names we wear today.....

I am so moved by this verse.......... God is so in love with His church and His people that He has moved into the Blogs so that we might minister......................


Shonda 2/18/2008  

I am always blessed by the insights you share and how God has spoke to you through His word.

I truly love how God's word reaches deep within and works in me from the inside out.

I'm going through a cleansing process and I'm being cleaned out right now in many ways.

Oh, how I wanted time today to write a post on my blog about the things the Lord is working in me through reading His word. I still hope to write about it later this week. I've just been overwhelmed with situations that have definitely taken the focus off me.

Any how-- from my notes:
Exodus 39-40
As as I read through the Bible Chronologically in Exodus 39-40, I noted that 18 times it said, “as the LORD commanded” in these two chapters.

Exodus 39:42-43
42 The Israelites had done all the work just as the LORD had commanded Moses. 43 Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the LORD had commanded. So Moses blessed them.

Now the Israelites are doing as the Lord commanded. There are specific things the Lord has commanded me to do and I lost focus of those things. Well He is orchestrating my circumstances so that I will focus on the things He wants me to focus on. He's got my attention now. I must do as the Lord commands.

I ask you to pray for me as the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. One of the things I'll share is to break the food addiction to sweets. The Lord has placed upon me more than many times to abstain from foods with sugar. This sounds like a simple thing, but yet is hard. Breaking the food addiction is harder for me that tobacco or alcohol. But I know nothing is too difficult for my Lord. And He is with me and I'm taking this step day by day and moment by moment.

Thank so much to you Bev and all of you ladies sharing this journey.

Love & blessings in Christ--

Holly 2/18/2008  

OK, what I gleaned from this week for me was that God has specifics things for me to do to prepare me for the ministry (whether that be a ministry as a wife, mother, or any other area He has in mind) He has for me. There are details that need attention. And He also showed me that when I walk in the ministry He has for me, I should walk reverently, not forgetting His standards--for He is Holy.

I love that God is specific with me. He has some details in my life that are minute that He cares about, as much as He cares about the big details. I feel safe and secure knowing that God is involved in the details...and that in worship everyday, I bring honor to Him in the place of His choosing and His design. Colorado is a lovely place for that!
Love you, Bev!

Alana 2/19/2008  

Hello, I'm still here. Have had sick kiddos this week. Actually we've had someone sick for about three weeks now. I'm still hanging in with the reading, but have not caught up yet. I may never catch up at this point, but I will finish the race...eventually!

Thanks for all the time and effort you put into this Bev.

Anonymous 2/19/2008  

Hey, Bev. How are things?

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/19/2008  

Thank you Denise for your heartfelt words. When you spoke of sins of omission rather than commision, my heart perked up that I go before my Father for what I am not doing to fulfill His mandate, His mission. Thank you for such a word to move in love toward others whether it is bloggers or beachcomers or beauty consultants. How am I moving in love toward my world? I must look inside to see what God is prompting me to do and to be. Be holy. Make disciples. Two things my God keeps saying to me. How's your friend? Love your heart of care and compassion for her.

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/19/2008  

Shonda, Let us know when you do post and we'll come. You are always welcome to add a comment or more here. Loved hearing your heart wanting so much to please Him. You are in a good place for you know that you cannot break the addiction on your own and only He can give you the strength to do it. He is detaching you from dependence on anything that brings you satisfaction, like sweets, other than Him and finding Him in this. I think you will walk through this as a sweet fragrance to Him!

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/19/2008  

Humble Holly, d e t a i l s ... that so speaks to me. Satan deals with me in generalities---you are not a good mom, you are not a good friend, you are not ... yada yada yada....but my God speaks with me in details and whom He loves He disciplines and it is not punitive but transforming. Always love your comments!

Lisa 2/19/2008  

Your heart has been heard!

Thank you for your very transparent comment on my last blog post. You know how I love an honest heart! I am praying for you and will not stop. Count on that!

Lisa :)

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/19/2008  

Alana, I don't know what happened to my comment---probably put it on someone else's post...LOL. Maybe I put it on yours...really LOL. I did get your hilarious email about my memo.

You were so close to getting caught up and now...I am so sorry about Richie and Will, oh no! Hope it is shortlived! And you don't have to ever feel that you have to catch up, just jump in anytime. For we so LOVE hearing from you any words at all. They are always heartfelt and humble. So, comment when you can in midst of being Florence Nightingale. Sounds little more noble than what's probably happening over there. Sure do love you!

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/19/2008  

Josh, glad you're back. Hope your wife is doing well! Lost touch same time as lost with Cowboys, oh no. Your paper comes every day and we think of you often! Smile! How's the baby???? I'll be by to comment soon. Working fulltime now and it's a challenge.

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/19/2008  

Lisa, I had to go back to read my comment on your blog hoping that I really had been transparent!! LOL. Thank you so much for such tender words and timely prayer for me. I am in the throes of being detached from dependence on anything, A N Y T H I N G, any source of joy and happiness other than HIM. Really appreciate your prayers as I have struggled this past week more than usual. And the kindness of my wise and beautiful God continues to lead me to repentance. Romans 2:4

Shonda 2/19/2008  

Bev, Thank you for your kind words. I have posted about my makeover process and being obedient on My Blog.

Blessings in Christ-

Denise 2/20/2008  

Bev.... Have not seen friend this week...... Monday she was at hospital when I called and Tuesday was my first shot for my back at 11:00 in the City... hoped to come home and at least spend a few minutes with her but ended up at ER with my Mother when I was supposed to be in my chair. Today Dr's appointments for me...... I feel so bad some days that I am not over there more often....... but she knows that I love her..... I will see her tomorrow...... She has chemo container around her neck,, and radiation every day and she wants to know what she can do for me.... she is a precious soul.....

Thanks for your encouraging words,,,,,

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/20/2008  

Shonda, Loved your honest heartfelt post that endeared me to you all the more.
Childlike faith,
childlike honesty,
childlike humility....
just simply beautiful.
And He will make you stand, and stand you will!

Bev Brandon @ The Fray 2/20/2008  

Denise, You are a loyal faithful friend. Praying that God give you His Words Psalm 81:10 for your friend who is so alive in HIM. May you draw Him out all the more.

Unknown 2/21/2008  


I was reading through your cover to cover this AM and realized that one of the things God taught me in January is part of tuning into HIM is quieting down my life. I remember the day I heard it loud and clear. I talk to God a lot, based on the volume of words in my posts - I would say I talk a lot (period)!! One day as I was listening to a teaching on a lifestyle of fasting and prayer, I realized that what I needed to do was be quiet before Him. Silent was actually the word I received about it. Now that I think of it - silence and quiet are two different things - when you ask for quiet you don't want loud noises, but some noise or sound is acceptable in low volumes. Silence is the absence of noise at all - no sound. I sat silently before Him, vacuuming is not a sound in this regard because God knew what had to be done, but I so silenced my mind and my heart and for four precious hours I laid down my burdens and all the head talk my mind does everyday and just was silent. Before I knew it I could hear and see things I never realized before. What does it take to experience His presence - simply tuning in! God is so good that way - we move in His direction and He just closes the gap between us! I studied about the radiance of God's glory on the face of Moses last night - and I realized, I had so been consumed with the deadline that I almost missed the connection - I am so glad God showed up anyway! Be Blessed Friend.

Praise and Coffee 2/21/2008  

Hey friend,
I talked about you today on my blog!
Love ya,

Toknowhim 2/22/2008  


Just stopped by to tell you I miss you... We have not been able to comment lately as much as we have been, but I never forget about you... You are one special Siesta!!

Blessings and love!!!

Jenn 2/23/2008  

amen, amen and amen!

Praying for Our Friend Joanne Psalm 131:3 Waiting on God. Hope Now. Hope Always.

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Britt, Blair, Bev, Bob, Brooke, Barrett


I've met some amazing women through blogging. I would love to hear from you. My personal e-mail is:
I have another blog where I blog daily as a small group of us read through the New Testament this year. It's called A String of Pearls. We carry each other on mats (when we just can't walk anymore) to Jesus and sweet things like that.


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