For The Beloved

09/04/2010 § 1 Comment

 Beloved,
I hope you and your family had an amazing, life-changing time remembering the sufferings of our Lord and celebrating  His glorious Resurrection!

As I look back on barely a week ago my reflections contain joyous fellowship, sweetness of family, filling foods, deep contemplation, great revelation and of course, chocolate.
 
Time will continue to tick by and life is returning to a routine. The seeds we planted are starting to sprout and my strawberry and rhubarb plants are flourishing. School is back in session with Algebra being figured and Biology tests being readied to take. We are looking forward to the weather becoming warmer, the birds singing stronger and the chill in the air subsiding.

I don’t want to forget the memories made with family and friends. I don’t want my life to be the same. I don’t want to forget the cross. I am purposing to remember to cherish these things more and more each day.

Every breath the Lord gives us is a gift. Every day we awake and realize we have another opportunity to give glory to Him should be seen as precious. I can only humbly bow at the feet of Jesus, pour myself out before Him. Here is where I ask for His love to consume me, His grace to cover me and His Spirit to guide me.

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

“O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!


O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!


O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
‘Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!”

Remembering My Days,
Traci

For The Beloved

02/04/2010 § 1 Comment

Continued from last week…   

Beloved,

That man, Jesus, His last words were these:
“It is finished”, and He was gone.

The most powerful three word phrase in human history was uttered that very terrible moment. It has lingered on the winds of time and still speaks to us today. Can you hear it?

And then…

Silence. For three entire, arduous and painful days. Nothing.

Then, all of a sudden…

A mighty earthquake and an angel of the Lord appeared! The intensely heavy stone sealing the entrance was rolled away! The brutish Roman soldiers guarding the tomb entrance were dead! The sepulchre was miraculously empty save for the burial cloths and prayer shawl neatly folded to signify this:

I am nearby and I HAVE RISEN FROM THE GRAVE! Death has not conquered ME, but I have conquered death! Sin has no more hold for I have broken its curse! I have completed the earthly task my Father has sent me to do and through Me, all who believe and call upon the name of the Lord, shall be SAVED from the penalties of sin and death!

Christ the Lord has risen today! Hallelujah! He’s ALIVE!!

It never fails. Again, even now.  As I write these words, I am reduced to a mess of tears and heartache. As each one falls silently down my cheek, each one represents so many things.

The first ones shed are from guilt, shame, awareness of my depraved state, keen awareness I am an unworthy sinner. I am alone, separated, condemned. The next wave is born out of repentance, admitting I am wrong and fully deserving of any punishment I have incurred, no less than the wrath of God Himself, the very One I have sinned against. The saltiness stings my lips between sobs. I try to breathe.

A bit calmer now, the flow begins to relent. A sweet peace and joy unexplainable begin to flow from my heart. I sniffle and realize I ‘feel’ lighter, as if a weighty burden has been lifted from my weary shoulders. Comfort finds me in the forgiveness of my Savior. There is nothing like knowing you have been reconciled to your Father. I am at peace with God Himself.
He has stayed His wrath.

O happy day! When Jesus washed, He washed my sins away!!

Praying fervently and earnestly hoping you will find Him today,

~a blind, wretched sinner, forgiven and restored, by the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, Y’shua HaMashiach.

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

For The Beloved

04/03/2010 § 5 Comments

Every Friday I send out an e-newsletter for our church. Each week I find something new to express that’s on my heart to engage my readers. It’s really just a snapshot of a thought as I don’t want to detract from the other content. It’s more tricky than one would think as it would be very easy, for me anyway, to run away with my thoughts. I’m actually fairly shy and reserved (nervous and afraid is more like it) when it comes to my writing, (hence the long silence) but that story could be for another time. I’ve been receiving a lot of positive responses to my greetings and that has boosted my confidence so I thought I’d share last week’s with you.
Dear (your name here), 

With Spring starting to make its appearance I’m starting to get the ‘Spring Cleaning bug’. I can hardly wait to fling open my windows so clean, crisp air can blow through my home, exchanging old and stale for fresh and new. I close my eyes and I can picture a cool, gentle breeze dancing with my curtains, twirling them into perfect pirouettes. A smile takes over my face. It will be the ideal setting for the deep cleaning that needs to take place after months of everything being frozen, closed up and honestly, a bit neglected.

This sentiment can be applied to our spiritual lives as well, though, we shouldn’t only wait for a specific time in our lives to let the Lord open our ‘windows’ and ‘doors’ so He can ‘deep clean’ the dirty clutter that has been lying dormant. Life gets busy, time flies by and sometimes it’s only when something catches our attention or we slow down long enough to realize we could use some spiritual ‘Spring Cleaning’ of our own.

This year I am purposing to more regularly allow the Lord to wash me with His merciful love in my spiritual life as I, in the natural, will be washing my windows. I want to encourage you to join me.

“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near…” ~Isaiah 55

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” ~Psalm 51

Preparing for ‘Spring Cleaning’ in my Heart and Home,
~Traci

Have you been bitten by the Spring cleaning bug yet? Are you avoiding it altogether or are you holding out for the absolute, very last, no more cold left at all sign of winter to be officially proclaimed passed?

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