friday high five “this”

Here are a few things on this Friday that make my top five,
call it a “this” edition.

Oh…this is also my 400th post…wow!

THIS BOOK

 Craving Grace by Lisa Velthouse: Book Cover

Check out  my reading tab  for the link

If I were a hermit, I would have read this book in

a few hours.  But since that is not my reality,

it took me parts of two days.

Lisa’s writing is so engaging, honest, vulnerable,

and humorous.  I love reading about how people

grapple with faith and God, as it is not

easy to grasp at all times how much we are loved

and to add grace to the equation is just plain

baffling.  I knew I was a goner after perhaps the

third page of the introduction when she describes

heavy fleeced sheep that topple over because of their

great top-heavy weight, needing someone to set

them upright…oh how the tears flowed.

GRACE!

THIS QUOTE

A holy life will produce the deepest impression.

Lighthouses blow no horns;

they only shine.

**D.L. Moody

THIS QUOTE

If the mercy is true, you therefore bear the true,

not an imaginary sin.

God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners.

Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong [sin boldly],

but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in

Christ who is the victor over sin, death and the world.

**Martin Luther

THIS FIGHT?

I took down one of my hanging baskets of nasturtiums

last night to assess  all the half eaten leaves.

I wish I had taken a picture of all the little and big

caterpillars on the top side of the leaves.  A perfect

camouflage, matching color and veins.

Sometimes I marvel at God’s creation and creativity.

Truly this caterpillar is doing what it was created to

do.  I would say it is doing it with abandon.

But I desire big lily pad like leaves among bright

blooms and not the jagged remains of what used

to be a leaf.

It is a fight.

Will I win?

I am not counting on it…heavy sigh.

I wonder what resides in my life that has

assimilated itself, hard to detect from a distance or casual glance

but if viewed from close range has left destruction

marring the beauty?

I have removed the culprit but I know there are miniscule

eggs that I cannot extract.

How careful we must be to not let anything attach to

us that even when removed still leaves a lasting residue.

THIS VERSE AND WORD

My lifelong friend Maria and I lived together during our senior

year of college.  For whatever reason, at that time, the word

“feeble” was very popular.  We used to toss it out to one another

to express a lame attempt at something.  Perhaps it was having

the energy to study late into the night or write a paper or clean

up the dirty dishes in the sink.  We were seniors and at times the

urge to stay in bed tried to win out over going to class.  You guessed

we were feeble.

Imagine Maria’s surprise when one such example of feebleness occurred

and instead of calling her by our favorite overused adjective but I

declared Hebrews 12: 12!

That morning in particular I had read:

Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not
be disabled but rather healed. 

If Maria had been present when I read this verse, she

would have witnessed all manners of laughing and falling

out on the floor.

It became a bit of an inside joke when we would say

Hebrews 12:12 to one another.

Okay, perhaps we were dorks of which I was the president.

But this verse emphasized

what we were telling one another…get some strength.

Don’t be feeble.  Who wants to be feeble or be called feeble?

Hebrews 11 provides an extensive list of heroes of the faith

that persevered and believed.  There were not feeble in their

pursuits.  They were not perfect.  They had discipline.

Hebrews 12 speaks about finishing the race and to do that,

it will take plenty of discipline as well.

There are areas in my life that look a bit feeble.

It’s time to grow up a bit and amass some strength.

QUITE SIMPLY THIS VERSE

O send out your light and your truth;

let them lead me;

let them bring me to your holy hill

and to your dwelling.

Then I will go to the altar of God,

to God, my exceeding joy

and I will praise you with the harp,

O God, my God.


Psalm 43: 3,4

May you revel in grace today.

May you see beauty even if it is notched

with imperfection.

May strength be your description and not feeble.

May you resemble a lighthouse.

May you know God as your exceeding joy!

Have a blessed Friday!

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