For The Beloved

28/05/2010 § 2 Comments


In all honesty my head has been swimming from allergies this week. I have been in the Word as much as my symptoms have allowed and I have been listening to our Pastors sermons online for my ‘daily dose’.

This week I’ve been meditating a lot on the importance of the Word in our lives and how it is ABSOLUTELY VITAL to the life of a believer. I have not always been a devourer of the Word, many years have gone by where the dust collects more than cracks in the leather or binding. I’m guilty. I repent. I’m changing my direction and RUNNING to the Word. I thank the Lord for this deep rooted conviction.

While there’s ‘nothing new under the sun’, it seems to me the voices of heresy and blasphemy in the church are shouting louder and louder and the average believer is being tossed to and fro by every wave of ‘doctrine’. I have friends swallowing these falsehoods hook, line and sinker, and not only that, they have become ones who are ‘violently’ opposing wisdom and correction from their brothers and sisters in the Lord. This is so grievous to me, I can only imagine how it affects the heart of the Father. 

The only way we can spot a wolf among the flock is if we know what we’re looking for. The only way to know what we are looking for is if we study what the true Shepherd looks and sounds like. Even the FBI studies real currency and knows its every detail in order to tell the real bill from a fake. How much more important is it then, brothers and sisters, that we study the real Shepherd in intimate detail so we can tell when there is a wolf in sheep’s clothing among us?  

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. 
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.
 

~John 10

 

Learning the Voice of My Shepherd,
Traci

I Like…Lilacs

14/04/2010 § Leave a comment

We have a fenced in yard and our neighbors have some lilac bushes on their side of the fence. The last 2 years said lilac bushes have made their way to OUR side of the fence and have been flourishing. This makes me very excited.

Not only do I get to photograph its growth, I get to reap the rewards of picking my own flowers when they bloom.

This year is looking very promising. Don’t you think?

~traci

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

I Like…Flowers

18/03/2010 § 4 Comments

Do you?
~traci

Peek-A-Blue

03/11/2008 § 1 Comment

I see you!

my last post reminded me of these pics I took of a one Mr. Bluejay who decided to come over and play. he was a bit shy at first, as you can see, but it didn’t take long for him to get over that. he dove into the piles of leaves making crunching noises as he went. i’m pretty sure he had a good time, even if he’s not showing it readily!

even though we live ‘in town’ we still get our fair share of ‘wildlife’ (other than the neighbors). as much as we want to get some land some day, I must admit I am having a great time while we’re here!

Goodbye Summer, Goodbye Green…

30/10/2008 § Leave a comment

Hello Autumn, Hello Yellow, Red, Orange and Brown!

I looked outside the picture window (last week) to discover this busy little tree throwing its leaves up for a crisp breeze to blow them away. (it had actually been doing this for awhile but i am just now documenting it as i was in grave denial and have now decided to embrace the changing weather) It was once so very green. It’s lush, leaf-filled branches concealed birds and bugs. Now, that is but a happy memory. *sigh*

Time to break out the long sleeves, heavy denim, leg warmers and hand warmers and ear warmers and big, thick socks! This year will be a very special year for those sorts of things. this year, I will be knitting them! Hats and scarves all around, have a pair of mittens on me! Warm cozy, knit things for everyone! This is going to be an easier transition into the cooler weather than I thought.

Where Am I?

You are currently browsing the Nature category at .