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“… dominion…”

What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen— Even the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas. Psalms 8:4‭-‬8 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/psa.8.4-8.NKJV

These words struck me this morning.

Have I pondered this truth?

What does it mean to have dominion over the works of God’s hands?

Strong’s Definitions: מָשַׁל mâshal, maw-shal’; a primitive root; to rule:—(have, make to have) dominion, governor, × indeed, reign, (bear, cause to, have) rule(-ing, -r), have power. (Copied from The Blue Letter Bible app.)

He gave mankind the job of ruling over His creation.

We are God’s stewards.

What He has given doesn’t belong to us, but is in our care.

I had to stop.

Do I handle my every day as if caring for the Lord’s things?

Do I even think about this truth?

Sometimes, I do not.

But as the sun climbed higher in the sky, the Lord encouraged me.

Today is a new opportunity to live with the proper mindset.

Today is open, a chance to be a wise caretaker.

Today, is all I have and I want to live it well.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for showing me these verses this morning. Thank You that all I think of as “mine” is really Yours and You will guide me as to what You want me to do. Lord, please continue to teach me how to view life and this world. Lord, help my heart to be filled with compassion and love. Lord, please help me to be wise and to use the things You have placed in my care well. Lord, teach me to be a good steward, that I might hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant”. Thank You, Lord. I love You. Amen.

Each day is a blessing

As the checker scanned the new dresses we were getting for Anne at the Goodwill she mentioned the beautiful day.

I responded back and in my heart wondered if this older woman would be finished with her shift in time to enjoy the sunshine.

It took me back to the first summer I had a job.

I remember feeling a bit envious of those whose time allowed them to get out and enjoy the sunshine instead of merely appreciating it from indoors.

With this memory came a thankful heart for the ability to enjoy a beautiful day no matter where I am.

Because everyday is a gift from God.

His creation is a blessing and I never want to miss an opportunity to praise Him for it.

Psalm 96:4 NKJV — For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.

Psalm 95:3 NKJV — For the LORD is the great God, And the great King above all gods.

Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV — Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

Psalm 118:24 NKJV — This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your creation. Thank You for the beauty of plants, and flowers, mountains, beaches, deserts, lakes, oceans, prairie,… Thank You for the beauty in each individual carefully crafted by You. The unique finger print, the family resemblance, or lack there of. All the beauty how You made mankind from dust. The very hairs of our head numbered. Lord, too often I grow callous to the beauty around me, numb to the incredible creation of man, beast, bird, and creeping thing. Lord, please help me to return to thankfulness when I grow numb. Bring me a fresh wonder at all the intricate details, just like a small child whose seeing it for the first time. Lord, please help me to remember all that creation speaks so loudly about: You. Let my heart never grow dim and begin to worship the creation rather than You, the Creator. Lord Jesus, thank You for all Your wonderous works. I love You. Amen.

In the past week

Our latest furniture project.

I knew of some items on our schedule, which I wanted to pray for, but I didn’t expect our week to be what it was.

In the past seven days, our family has experienced some big things.

(Some of them I will share with you in a later post.)

It’s been a blessing to give extra time to prayer, because we’ve needed it!

My husband’s grandmother had a heart attack and at 93, we thought we were going to loss her.

I am praising the Lord for continuing to sustain her and she’s recovering.

Our truck was in the shop the entire week due to a part not coming in.

This really threw a wrench in our plans as my hubby took time off from work to get it down to the shop and spend time with his parents while in that area.

He did end up spending one night with them after all, but we had to call in a favor to get him back home.

God worked it out perfectly and we were thankful.

Our homeschool schedule has changed and Jase is finding it difficult.

I have peace that he will adjust and although it’s challenging, it will get easier with the passage of time.

Hubby was able to make some changes to our veggie garden and get the pea plant stakes up.

Jase planted the peas.

Once he turns over the soil, we will plant the beans and tomatoes.

I thank God every time I look out the bedroom window for how He’s blessed me with the back garden.

We had a furniture “moment” which we thought was going to equal days of work to sand off and start over.

But God stepped in and it turned out our expectations were off, the piece is turning out exactly as hoped, praise God!

Our friends had their baby!

We’ve been praying for this baby from the beginning.

His parents are thrilled and so are we.

We are so thankful for God’s gift and walking with them through this.

Children are such blessings, a heritage from the Lord.

A newborn baby is such a beautiful testimony of God, our Creator.

Our week has been such a testament to His faithfulness.

My heart can say with the Psalmist:

Psalm 139:13-14 NKJV — For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for all Your blessings and Your faithfulness. Lord, thank You for Your wonderous works are not one week or even one lifetime, but throughout all eternity! My mind can not even grasp that. Lord, You have again reaffirmed to me that no matter what is occurring or how things seem to be difficult or trying, You are God and I should place my trust in You and allow You to direct my steps. For great is Your faithfulness! I can’t always see it at the moment, but I know it is true. You see far more then I shall ever understand and I choose to trust You and Your Word. Thank You for this week. Lord, please continue to guide, direct, and teach me in Your ways and Your truth. Thank You. Amen.

Inspiring

I saw this as I was walking down the driveway.

I had to stop and take a picture.

This sweet little lawn daisy is growing surrounded by pavement.

Obviously, not the best conditions.

God used it to inspire me.

I’ve been reading through the prophets in scripture.

First, Jeremiah and now Ezekiel.

Neither of them are what you might call warm and fuzzy.

Jeremiah 1:15-17 NKJV — “For behold, I am calling All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the LORD; “They shall come and each one set his throne At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, Against all its walls all around, And against all the cities of Judah. I will utter My judgments Against them concerning all their wickedness, Because they have forsaken Me, Burned incense to other gods, And worshiped the works of their own hands. Therefore prepare yourself and arise, And speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest I dismay you before them.”

Wow!

That’s heavy.

Both Jeremiah and Ezekiel did exactly as God commanded.

They were faithful to the Lord and in the most difficult of times, when many all around them were not.

Jeremiah 6:10 NKJV — To whom shall I speak and give warning, That they may hear? Indeed their ear is uncircumcised, And they cannot give heed. Behold, the word of the LORD is a reproach to them; They have no delight in it.

Being a prophet of God was a serious and difficult calling.

Ezekiel 2:3 NKJV — And He said to me: “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.”

These men were living unto the Lord, no matter how difficult.

The lawn daisy blooming in the stubborn and unyielding concrete reminds me of these men who spoke God’s Word to a stubborn and unyielding people.

Those who persevere for Christ should inspire all of us to do the same.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your prophets and the people of the Bible. Their stories inspire and encourage. Thank You for showing how great You are through these people. Please continue to help me to be reminded of Your Word and Your truth. Lord, each day is a new opportunity to live for You. Thank You. Amen.

Family first

It took me by surprise.

My emotions welled up and then tipped over…

Tears were in my eyes as I related to my husband my concerns.

“My health restricts me. I’m not able to serve others like I have in the past.”

“It’s difficult, I don’t know if I’ll ever travel again.”

“I’m just sad about not being able to help people like. I want to be a blessing.”

Before my husband could respond, the Lord did.

Serve those you can.

I brightened and wiped my eyes.

“As long as I have you, darling, I have a ministry.”

“I can serve you.”

I hugged him.

In that one moment the Lord reminded me that He doesn’t compare.

He’s concerned with today.

Not what I can or can not do, but whether or not I submit myself daily to Him.

He’s the Author of it all anyway and there’s nothing He doesn’t see.

His will for me is to trust Him and to serve as I’m able in today.

And scripture shows that our family is to come first.

1 Timothy 3:5 NKJV — (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);

This verse is specific to the husband, but as a wife I can support him in his management of our family.

The Lord gave me to my husband and my husband to me, in that is a blessing and service daily.

1 Timothy 3:11 NKJV — Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

I can always honor the Lord by serving my husband.

Colossians 3:18 KJV — Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

Because it’s an every day thing, sometimes I forget just how valuable it is.

But yesterday, God reminded me.

Along with this reminder, He blessed me incredibly.

My husband had waited for me to finish before responding.

Then his eyes held mine while his hand brushed a lock of my hair away.

“Honey, that’s how I feel about you. As long as I have you, I have a ministry.”

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your gift of marriage. It was Your idea from the beginning and it’s such a blessing. Lord, I often forget what a ministry I have by simply serving my husband and children. I know each one of them is a treasure. Please help me never to forget that, but instead to love and serve them as You. Lord, I want my life to be used by You and I want to be obedient to You in all things. Please help me to live unto You today and to love as You do. Thank You for the reminder. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Yard sale stories

Yesterday was an adventure.

It was one of the fastest mornings I’ve had in a while.

People showed up over an hour early.

Loads of chit-chat happened.

I had people show me pictures on their phone of their “prize” items.

I met more neighbors than I have since we moved here.

One of whom, kindly posted our Yard Sale on a local events app I’d never heard of.

We had moments of embarrassment.

Near the beginning, when I was feeling stressed, I tried to give change to a lady, who still owed me money.

She was very sweet about it, and I took money off her bill since she could have taken advantage of my error and didn’t.

I thanked her for her honesty.

One gentleman seemed to be rather rough with things, caught me looking at him.

He apologized.

When he came over to make a purchase I realized why he seemed to be rough.

His hands shook a as he handed me the money.

I felt bad.

There were a few moments of connection.

A retired couple were purchasing some toys.

The lady explained how they had four children, 13 grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Then she began to tell us about her granddaughter who was scheduled for an early c-section due to problems with the baby.

My heart just hurt as I listened to the details.

Sis was sitting next to me listening as well.

When she finished, no words came, I just felt blank with the pain this woman was obviously feeling.

The pain in her eyes was deep.

God didn’t give me anything to say.

Instead, He spoke through our oldest.

“We will be praying for her and the baby!”

I seconded that and the woman walked away.

There were other people God put in our path.

A gentleman who was recovering from hip surgery and his wife came.

They bought a library table.

Our son helped them load it.

As they drove off we noticed a tote with a bungee cord holding down the lid, sitting in the road.

They’d taken it out of the truck to put in the table and forgot to put it back.

I had our son move it next to the house.

I prayed for them to realize what had occurred.

And He answered.

They returned in the late afternoon.

There was another couple who wanted to purchase Sis’s hide-a-bed couch.

They asked questions, looked it over, opened it up.

They decided to “think about it” but wanted my number.

Later, I noticed two missed calls from the same number.

It was them and they wanted the couch, but…

“We don’t have any way to get it to our house and we don’t have the space ready for it yet. Can you deliver it?”

I assured them we could.

They came back later to pay for it and I heard her telling Sis:

“I was just saying this morning to my husband, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we found a hide-a-bed?’.”

She smiled and finished with, “Well, be careful what you pray for.”

I had to smile.

It’s true, we should be careful what we pray for.

Careful because God deserves our attention, our thoughtful requests, our love and devotion.

Not careful because He might give us something we actually don’t want.

Matthew 7:11 NKJV — “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

God is trustworthy.

Let us be careful to ask for things which are truly valuable.

James 1:5 NKJV — If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your Word. Please continue to help us be a blessing while we move things on to new owners. Lord, You alone know what each one needs. Please speak to us about trusting You and not forging ahead in our own wisdom. Please shine Your truth upon our hearts and minds. Thank You for another beautiful day. Thank You for Your love. We praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

Dealing with the stuff

With these days of prep for the yard sale, I’ve been stretched.

Something I struggle with is holding on to things.

Even as a child, I struggled with this.

As long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with this “stuff”.

God has been so gracious and patient with me.

He has taken me through times of extreme need.

He has walked me through downsizing, multiple times.

He has proven in miraculous ways.

He has taught me that things are never going to fix anything.

Currently, we are in a new season.

Last fall my husband started a small furniture business.

But with the furniture came other things as well.

Used items which were still in good condition.

We donated a bunch straight off, but some other things needed to be sorted out.

That took a while.

Now, with the good weather, we are selling all kinds of stuff.

And this new season of things is a little baffling to me.

Because God hasn’t had me follow my past ways of handling things.

This requires a lot of time, prayer, and patience.

Instead, I’m learning a new way to deal with stuff.

And it’s brought me back to realizing two things:

1st my flesh is greedy and I need to be on my guard against this.

2nd God can use anything or many things to teach me to cling to Him and nothing else.

Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV — And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for this command. Thank You that You are giving us the gift of life, contentment, peace, and true joy in these words. When I focus upon You and Your truth with every part of me, I find all I need and all I want. Lord, it is when I leave off following You with a whole heart that I get into trouble and become confused or depressed or discouraged. Lord, thank You for telling us how to live, that we might not pierce ourselves through with many sorrows. Lord Jesus, following You is not easy, it goes against my flesh, against the culture, and against the enemy, but great is Your faithfulness! I know You chose that which was difficult, to be our Savior. Please help me to choose it as well, each day, to walk in Your ways and to love You with all of me. Thank You for Your faithfulness, truth, protection, wisdom, understanding, justice, goodness, righteousness, and salvation. I could continue speaking Your praises day and night and never come to the end! I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

Yard sale!

Literally.

We are having one tomorrow and Saturday.

It’s been a plan for a while now, but being this close to the reality is a bit disturbing.

Mostly to my house.

Dragging things out of the closets, out of storage in totes, it out of the hutch and cabinets means stuff everywhere!

I don’t like it.

But it needs to happen.

Because to go through our stuff and move it on is both wise and generous.

It keeps us from becoming over whelmed by the “things”.

Helps us keep our priorities straight and it places items out for others.

As I’ve been going through all this stuff it’s caused me to reflect.

Going through “stuff” shouldn’t be kept to the physical, but it’s important for me to allow the Lord to do this in my heart as well.

To take time to open the closet and drawers and cabinets of my life to Him and be sure there’s nothing I’m treasuring which doesn’t belong there.

Just like the items accumulate, so can bitterness.

Even more important than cleaning out old clothes I don’t wear, is cleaning out old habits or unhealthy thoughts.

But it takes time, effort, and attention to deal with stuff, physical or internal.

I praise God for His Word.

Daily, reading, and prayer sustain the soul.

Study, teaching, and time away from the regular routine give the Lord opportunity to “deep clean”.

So, as we prepare for our yard sale, I’m praying.

I’m expectant that the Lord will use this activity.

I’m also seeking Him for a “deep cleaning” within.

Matthew 23:25-26 NKJV — “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

I want to be clean, everywhere.

John 13:8-10 NKJV — Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for reminding me how important it is to get rid of things. To let go of stuff, both inwardly and outwardly. Lord, I know You have washed me completely in Your blood and redeemed me. Lord, please continue to cleanse my heart and mind for living in a sinful world with a sinful nature means I get dirty and sometimes I don’t even notice. Lord, I don’t want to sin. I want to be set apart for You. Please continue to help me hear Your voice and walk in Your ways. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Planting…

What crop do you want?

Scripture makes it clear, we choose the produce by the seeds we plant.

Job 4:8 NKJV — Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity And sow trouble reap the same.

Life isn’t a vending machine, where you put in your money, press a button, and get out whatever you want.

Instead, it is a continual choice and in the choosing is where the seeds are planted.

Following the Lord is costly, but it holds enormous promise.

Psalm 126:5 NKJV — Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy.

No amount of sacrifice can compare to the joy of eternity.

Hosea 10:12 NKJV — Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.

What joy and gladness to know we can choose today to plant seeds for tomorrow!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your truth. Please continue to teach me what to do each day, as I want to sow seeds of righteousness. Lord, only in You can I find wisdom and truth. Only in You can I understand how to walk correctly. I want righteousness to rain down upon me and my family. Please help me to plant honorably. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Some changes…

…are sad.

I came into the office this morning to get my shots.

And found, they are closing our branch.

My shot nurse is retiring.

The remaining staff is moving to the other office.

I feel like crying.

I know that sounds silly.

But these four ladies (shot nurse, doctor, nurse, and receptionist) I care about.

They were the encouraging smiles and gentle listening hearts as I began this journey with my allergy shots.

We had just moved to a new city, didn’t know anyone, didn’t have a clue where anything was and we were fairly ignorant about a great deal in this area

I remember the nurse taking my blood pressure and telling how to find Walmart.

The doctor (before the virus) telling me it was okay to bring both my kids and our grandbaby to my appointment, because I just didn’t feel comfortable leaving them home.

I remember the ladies’ sweet comments about our baby granddaughter, as we all came to the office for my shots.

Then, after the virus, the care continued in asking to see pictures of our granddaughter, then of our grandson.

Discussions with the receptionist as we both had highschool children.

One time I shared my favorite Youtube link about crocheting.

And many other little moments which have been a blessing.

They have made this time a joy and something to look forward to.

Especially nice, as I rarely go anywhere.

I’m praying for each of these ladies and the changes they are all making.

Although, I’m sad, I know change is part of life and oftentimes a blessing.

Change helps us to value the things we have.

Like today, I am so thankful for the past year and a half with these ladies.

I’m praising God for His provision of what I have had.

No matter what this change brings, I’m thankful.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your blessings. Thank You for the medical professionals who step beyond treatment and into caring for each individual. Thank You for the courage to continue to get up each day and work to help others. Please bless those who are serving. Please shine Your love to them and through them. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.