Did your 2012 go like this……?
…or more like this??
Mine was a blur…but each day started with God’s new mercies, and ended with His great faithfulness.
That’s what reallly matters.
To me remains nor place, nor time;
My country is in every clime;
I can be calm and free from care
On any shore, since God is there.
After settling back into our non-routine routine life, I finally
found made some time to compile a little photo log of our journey over the past several weeks; or, one might call it, “really great excuses as to why I haven’t been blogging.” I think my husband’s seven-year old Kodak 612Z camera still does a pretty good job capturing and highlighting our days.
After Easter, we moved out of our cute little spot in Ottawa.
Then we stayed on the “other” side of the Ottawa River a while with friends:
and moved our “schtuff” into their basement…
Then, it was time to say “See you later” (not goodbye), to some friends…
As we headed out of town, some colourful tulips peaking through the snow caught our eye.
Then we drove south, and south, and east a bit…to enjoy an extended stay in Virginia Beach for my mom’s 80th birthday celebration, shared with our daughters and grandkids! These are just a few pics of all that were taken from our blessed time together:
After spending time with our blessings, it was time to meet the road again.
As Bilbo sang in The Hobbit,
Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon.
So we return, for a bit, to our hollow in the hills, giving praise to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and seeking Him for whatever lies ahead.
While place we seek, or place we shun,
The soul finds happiness in none;
But with a God to guide our way,
“tis equal joy to go or stay.
Jeanne Marie Guyon, 1722
What have you been up to lately?
Is it not strange, the darkest hour
That ever dawned on sinful earth,
Should touch the heart with softer power,
For comfort, than an angel’s mirth?
That to the Cross the mourner’s eye should turn,
Sooner that where the stars of Bethlehem burn?
John Keble, Good Friday
As much as I LOVE Christmas, this season of Jesus’ death and resurrection brings me even greater tidings of comfort and joy! Jesus birth was a glorious and beautiful foretaste of what He actually Finished at Calvary and the surprising dawn of His Resurrection. And though there’s nothing quite like the all-cozy-inside feeling I have when I hear Christmas carols, the hymns and praise of Easter ring out assurances of Hope, Love, and eternal Life!
I serve a Risen Saviour! Christ the Lord is risen today!! Hallelujah!! Hallelujah!! Because He lives I can face tomorrow! He’s Alive! He’s Alive! Arise, My Soul, Arise!!
I shared the last song, by Charles Wesley, under a different post, melody and musicians. Today’s rendition is compliments of Sovereign Grace Music (where you can purchase their newest CD for only $5)! The tune is new, soulful, and brilliant! But the classic words and message remind us that we are ever inscribed on Christ’s hands and forever accepted in the Beloved!
by Charles Wesley
Love’s as warm as tears, Love is tears….
What special song or poem speaks to you about Christ’s love, Easter, and His Resurrection?
“Their love is the love of the table, not of the host; a love to the cupboard, not to the master of the house.” ~ Spurgeon
Jesus asked him the third time,
“Do you love me?”
“Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you!” (John 17:21)
Where are our affections? On the things the Lord provides?
Do we love the table?
Or the Host?
Do we love the cupboard…
…or the Master of the house?
“Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life….
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” from John 6:26-35
Here’s a little Post Script to What’s Your ___ for 2012?
The Psalmist reminds us that no matter what our goals, longings, or desires are, there is something Better!
“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” Psalm 63:1-3
“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Psalm 84:10
Happy Birthday to our wonderful youngest daughter, Grace Victoria!
Bono’s song, Grace, touches my heart on so many precious and personal levels.
First it speaks of “a girl”, not just a girl, but our lovely daughter, Grace Victoria, who turns 30 today!!
It defines her, as she “finds goodness and beauty in everything” even as Oncological Nurse, who sees pain and disappointment on a daily basis.
It addresses the very reason we gave her that name–because, God knew we were in desperate need of His Grace to ‘change our world.’
And ultimately, His Grace is what, or rather, WHO, “takes the blame…covers the shame, removes the stain.” That Grace is Jesus. Jesus is Grace, unmerited favour, an undeserved gift, full of unconditional love, Who “makes beauty out of ugly things.”
Thank you, Jesus, for Your Grace, God’s Grace, and our Grace Victoria!
Grace, she takes the blame
She covers the shame
Removes the stain
It could be her name
Grace, it’s a name for a girl
It’s also a thought that changed the world
And when she walks on the street
You can hear the strings
Grace finds goodness in everything
Grace, she’s got the walk
Not on a ramp or on chalk
She’s got the time to talk
She travels outside of karma, karma
She travels outside of karma
When she goes to work
You can hear the strings
Grace finds beauty in everything
Grace, she carries a world on her hips
No champagne flute for her lips
No twirls or skips between her fingertips
She carries a pearl in perfect condition
What once was hurt, what once was friction
What left a mark no longer stains
Because Grace makes beauty out of ugly things
Grace finds beauty in everything
Grace finds goodness in everything.
If you care to listen to this lovely song, just click away on the Music Box. The MP3 may be purchased Here.
A little change of pace for this week. Taking time to focus on our Lord, through creation, communion and the Cross.
John said that these butterflies literally posed for the camera! What glorious detail!
So often we are overwhelmed by the big and grand ways the Lord displays His grace towards us. But sometimes, the tiniest of flowers, a seed, or an insect, may speak of God’s wonder in a different way. May we learn that His love, compassion, and grace towards us is also found in the details.
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