My Cup of Tea

31/03/2010 § 4 Comments

Today I walked around the house and took some quick pics of places and things that have been cold and dormant. After some labor of constructing…

clearing and raking…
turning of soil, planting of seeds…
 
trimming of thorns and pulling of weeds…

these barren places will be ready for life to spring forth! Then, I’ll have to keep it watered. Yep, maintenance. Not a strong point of mine. I am endeavoring to make this year, a year of change. Just like dirt starts out cracked, dry and lifeless but can be watered and revived to produce wonderful fruit, I am hoping my life will be like that this year.

I can not even begin to express how excited that makes my heart (not necessarily the watering part)! There’s nothing like good, honest labor and taking care of the blessings the Lord has given us. It’s so satisfying and the rewards are well worth waiting for and the effort put into them.

How do your gardens grow? Do you have patches of earth awakening and waiting for life to be given to them? Are you perfectly content with not being a ‘green thumb’?  What’s your ‘cup of tea’ when it comes to plants and gardening?

~traci

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O Sacred Head Now Wounded

28/03/2010 § 1 Comment

(This video is somewhat graphic in nature. The images are used from the movie ‘The Passion of the Christ’ and I neither endorse nor denounce it. I chose this because I feel we shouldn’t hide nor be ignorant from the reality of the suffering Jesus Christ bore on our behalf. It was real. It should move and effect us deeply. ~traci)

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
How pale Thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn;
How does that visage languish, which once was bright as morn.
What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, t’was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ’Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace.
What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love for Thee.

For The Beloved

26/03/2010 § 2 Comments

Beloved,

It never fails. I always tear up. Sometimes silently, deeply, I weep. When I hear the words, it seems so surreal. Each and every time. You’d think after all these years and after all the sermons and conversations I’ve heard and had the story would get ‘old’. It hasn’t, and I hope it never will.

Like the sunrise in the morning and its setting in the evening it awakens me and reminds me to rest. The reality of its truth is mind boggling, yet, the power of its message is my comfort. There’s nothing else I can think of that touches my heart quite like it. At times, I can barely believe it’s real, though I know, that I know, that I know, THAT I KNOW it has to be, else, there would be no me. 


A simple carpenter’s son was betrayed to the local religious authorities. With a kiss. By a dear, close friend. He was falsely accused, mocked, sentenced to death. Brutally beaten, he no longer resembled a man. His blood dripping, his flesh torn. He bore the weight of a cross beam down a long, rock strewn road riddled with scorners throwing out shame and hurling curses like candy at a parade. An innocent man, they crucified him, nailing his hands and feet to a wooden beam that day, at the place of the skull. For you. For me. For humankind. He breathed every breath, to the last. For us.

…to be continued…
~Traci

For The Beloved

19/03/2010 § 2 Comments

Beloved,

Revive my slumbering soul, O Lord, with the sound of Your gentle whisper.
Refresh my weak and weary spirit, O God, with the power of Your Holy one.
Restore my aching body, O Healer, with the bruises of Your very own.
Renew my innermost parts, O Father, with the sweetness of Your tender mercies.
Rekindle my heart’s flame, O Great Jehovah, with the fire of Your passion.

O, Precious Jesus, meet me at the Cross.

 
Most Humbly Yours,

~Traci

I Like…Flowers

18/03/2010 § 4 Comments

Do you?
~traci

Kitchen Safari and Confessions

12/03/2010 § 3 Comments

(Thank You Amanda and Bridget for being so inspiring to me!!)
(For greater effect, read this with an Australian accent a la Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter. Trust me.)
Shhhhhh….here she is mates! Ain’t she a beaut? The elusive homemade cake in her natural environment. Check out the rounded, quasi-symmetry of the shape of her protective shell and the calmness she displays in her quiet habitat. Now, we want to have a look but we don’t want to frighten her, so we need to stay calm and pretend like we’re part of her surroundings. Having our aprons on will help us blend in and make her feel safe and at ease. You don’t want to get too close or she’ll feel threatened and not come out. So, we need to be still and calm and wait for the perfect time to grab her. There we go. That’s it. Nice and easy…and…NOW! Crikey! We got her! There she is! Isn’t she FANTASTIC?!
 
Ok, for serious now. I’d like to introduce you to my very first cake made entirely from scratch! (That is such an odd term…from scratch. Makes me think of chickens…) I named her Beatty. Beatty here is a double layer chocolate chocolate chip cake w/vanilla cream cheese frosting!! YUM huh? It was as a matter of fact. I was so elated. Seriously. I even took pics of the car ride to our friends house. See?

I told ya. Makes me think of that saying I just made up, “To know me, is to know I’m a nerd”. I’m totally fine with that ’cause I have the most fun in life when I’m being myself!
So why haven’t I accomplished this sooner you may ask? Confession time:
In my life I put things off because I get scared it won’t turn out right, as in PERFECT. It is a character flaw I deal with constantly and at times it can be debilitating. I have sabotaged my life many times and therefore denied myself and others of the blessing of my giftings that God picked out just for me when He formed me in my mother’s womb. He created me, each and every part and quirk. Nothing was done on accident or by mistake. I need to partner with Him to share myself with ‘the rest of the class’. 
 
I fail. Most of the time. I try again. Some of the time. I’m working on coming to a place where that is flip flopped. I know it will take time, perseverance, deliberate choices and patience. Lord help me! 
I receive encouragement and take refuge in Psalm 139:
“I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in Thy book all  my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was non of them. How precious also are Your thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake I am still with Thee.” ~Verses 14-18
 
So are you a procrastinator w/perfectionist tendencies too? Are you gripped by a fear that holds you back from accomplishing things in life? 
Search the Word of God and you will find a treasure trove of encouragement and stories of real people who had the same problems. What did they do to make it through? Over and over God is described by the words refuge, help, faithful, rock, shield, fortress, strong tower, shelter, hiding place, deliverer. We are continually told to wait, hope, seek, obey, trust, lean, rely, take courage, believe. He is faithful and when we DO these things, He is faithful to BE these things for us. 
 
In all honesty, I’m still trying to work this out. I take each day as it comes. I face each hurdle as I get to it and all the while I try to stay connected to my constant companion, Jesus Christ. I seek Him in His Word. I seek Him in His people. I seek Him wherever He may be found. I call upon His name, He hears my cries and He is faithful to respond.  
I took a very nervous, heart-pounding-so-loud step forward and made a cake, from scratch, all by myself and I fully intend to make another one…and another one, and another one…
Love,
~traci

Be Unto Your Name

09/03/2010 § 1 Comment

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