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Undaunted Painting by Davis Maho

Undaunted
Painting by Davis Maho

It seems that my life is full of “I Can’ts. I can’t go backpacking with my family. I can’t eat certain foods because they make me ill. ¬†I can’t travel easily right now due to food intolerance issues. I can’t function like I want to because of chronic fatigue syndrome. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t. I hate it.

Perhaps you have some “I can’ts” in your life too. They aren’t fun. In fact they are awful.

But God reminds me that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13) That doesn’t mean that I will be able to backpack or run races or even function like I want to, but it does mean that what God wants me to do I will be able to do. He will give me the strength to persevere and accomplish what He has planned for me.

I went to a Hopi show at our local museum recently and met my son’s friend Davis there. He is a painter and had several of his paintings displayed. One painting, of a warrior maiden named He’e’e’, spoke to me. The title of the painting is Undaunted.

That is what I need to be. Undaunted by my circumstances. Full of I cans instead of I can’ts.

I can do what God asks me to do. He has allowed the awfulness of chronic fatigue syndrome and food intolerance in my life for a reason and I will do the best to serve Him and accomplish what He wishes for me to accomplish while I’m in this state.

I will be undaunted.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

And so can you….

(To see more of Davis’s work see this link.)

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ipod June 2014 001I had a hard day recently and as a result tears were forming in my eyes and running down my cheeks. As my heart was crying out to God a song randomly came on to my iPod. The song was entitled El Me Conoce which means He knows me. (I have Spanish songs on my iPod because I’m trying to learn Spanish…. ūüôā )

The words to the song go on to say “He sees each tear that falls and hears me when I call.” I really needed to hear that right then, and I was so grateful that God provided those encouraging words!

Yes, God does see our tears. He even collects and records them!¬†Psalm 56:8 says: “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”¬† I don’t know why He takes special note of our tears…perhaps someday He will replace each one with a special hug or measure of joy.

God also hears us when we cry out to Him. “The Lord hears His people when they call to Him for help…..” (Psalm 34:17-18)

I was so encouraged that God knew where I was emotionally and He responded with a song. (Isn’t it amazing that God can use an iPod to reach us?) If you need to be encouraged that God knows your name, knows your troubles, sees your tears and hears your cry, then take a moment to listen to either the English or Spanish version of this song. He loves you and He does care for you!

He Knows My Name

El Me Conoce 

 

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Believe 2 December 2013 002It seems what we all want for the New Year is for things to be better. Better health, better job, better weather, better garden, better behaved kids, better behaved pets, better behaved spouse, better behaved self…..you name it, we want it to be better.

And it seems, that what keeps us going, is the faith, the hope, and the belief that things can get better.

This past Christmas Day was hard for me for various reasons. I was discouraged so I decided to take a walk. On that walk I passed a store that was open. I don’t normally go into stores (I dislike shopping) and it just seemed weird to go into a store on Christmas Day, but there was a friendly, beckoning air to this particular store so I went in.

The store seemed full of love and good cheer. A woman (who turned out to be the store owner) came over to see if I needed any assistance. As we began to talk, she sensed that I needed encouragement. She promptly encouraged me, prayed with me, hugged me and gave me the Believe ornament you see here.

Yes, the New Year will be better. How can we possibly have a bad year (or even a bad day) when God is right there for us? He sees our tears, our pain and our struggles. And when we are hurting He sends someone along to help us. In my case he sent Anita, who will forever be my Christmas Angel.

God is there for you too. He wants to love you and help you. He wants to encourage you, support you and guide you. He wants to be with you for every moment of 2014; and every moment in every year thereafter.¬†Believe it; it’s true. (Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 28:18-20, Isaiah 30:18)

With love and hugs,

Tina

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2009 Leonid Meteor

2009 Leonid Meteor (Photo credit: Navicore)

While out driving early one morning, I saw a huge meteor streak across the sky right in front of me. ¬†The song about the Wise Men came to my mind, for it was truly a “Star of Wonder” that appeared in front of me. ¬†I learned later that it was the Geminid Meteor Shower that I been fortunate enough to see a part of. ¬†If I had known it was going on, I would have gotten outside earlier!

The following devotion is what I heard God say to me as a result of that spectacular ball of light streaking across the sky.

I wish you all a blessed Christmas season!

My Dear Child~

I want you to know that I am always leading and guiding you. I know what you seek and I am lighting your path so you can find the way.

Remember the Wise Men and their desire to see The King? They studied the prophecies and were willing to make the long trek from their home to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem. It took effort to study the prophecies and make the arduous journey from their home. You might imagine that their trip was full of unexpected troubles.

Likewise, your journey will take effort too and it may also be fraught with problems. That doesn’t mean I am not with you and guiding you. I am always guiding you, just as I guided the Wise Men with a star to where the Child was. (Matthew 2:1-12)

I never want you to lose heart, My Child. So when times are tough, look up to Me. You will find encouragement, and it just might come in the form of a star.

Photo Credit: Navicore

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O Come Let Us Adore Him Whispers From the Father

O Come Let Us Adore Him
Whispers From the Father

While singing the words¬†“O Come Let Us Adore Him” these bible verses came to mind:

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

I love it that our God invites us to come to Him. Not so we can adore Him. That will come later. He wants us to come to Him so He can love us and restore our broken lives.  (Luke 15:11-32) He wants us just as we are. Messy. Confused. Broken. Overburdened. Harried. Worried. Proud. Selfish. Ashamed. Not having our lives even close to together.

And in spite of all our mistakes, He loves us. When we realize that….when we truly realize that He loved us enough to wrap Himself in human flesh and enter our world….and He now invites us to come to Him so He can love us, restore us, and give us eternal life……when that sinks in to our being, we will adore Him.

Listen carefully. I hear him whispering “Come.” Do you hear it too? Let us go to Him for He is waiting with His arms open wide.

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Fallen Apples West Fork Oak Creek Canyon Whispers From the Father

Fallen Apples
West Fork Oak Creek Canyon
Whispers From the Father

These apples reminded me of the bible verse “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11)

And while these aren’t golden apples, and there is no silver in Oak Creek Canyon, I was reminded that words have the power to heal or to harm a person.

Here is what I heard the Father say to me….

My Child~

Words are powerful. They can heal and encourage a person or they can break their spirit. (Proverbs 15:4, Proverbs 12:18)¬†You know that don’t you? I bet right now you can bring to mind those who have cut you through, and those who have encouraged you….all by the words that they spoke.

May I suggest that you always speak kindly to others? The right word spoken at the right time can be a huge blessing to someone. (Proverbs 25:11)

You have no idea what another person might be going through in their life. Even if they are rude, mean, spiteful, hostile or spewing garbage in your face, respond with love and kindness.  A kind and gentle word from you can quiet their spirit. (Proverbs 15:1) And when you bring peace to others you are demonstrating that you are My Child. (Matthew 5:9)

Choose to speak kind and encouraging words to someone today. (Ephesians 4:29) It will make their day, and yours too!

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