Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Spacious Place

The back of our new house faces an empty field to the west,
 and beyond the field is a cemetery with a beautiful chapel.
It is a peaceful and spacious view, and I appreciate it all the more
because we have houses on both sides of us and in the streets beyond us to the east.
The only thing keeping Lucy, our Golden Retriever, from running in the field
is this gate in our picket fence. Lucy loves to go out into the field to run and sniff
where rabbits, pheasants and deer may have been.
Our yard is quite small, so this "spacious place" is a sweet place for her to run
and for me to gaze at out my kitchen window.
I grew up on a farm, and I love spacious places.
The Lord brough my husband and me out to Montana many years ago
and I especially love the spacious places here.
But that is not the "spacious place" the Word speaks of in Psalm 18.
This "spacious place" I truly love is where He has forever set me free,
where He has rescued me from the enemy and from my sinful life.
His love broke through the gate of sin in my heart and set me free.
And to think that He did this because He delights in me!
And He delights in you.
What a wonderful place to be!
He brought me out into a spacious place;
He rescued me because He delighted in me.
Psalm 18:19 (also 2 Samuel 22:20)

This post is linked up with Word Filled Wednesday


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Perspective of Light

Everyday events usually seem uneventful,
but when my granddaughter asked to use my camera and went around our house
taking pictures, she snapped this  photo of a lamp in our living room.
I was struck by the perspective as well as the lighting,
almost as if it was done in sepia.
I share it here and will show it to her when she comes on our day together,
and we will talk about Matthew 5:14-16.
Sometimes a 4-year-old's perspective is best!

You are the light of the world.
A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16

The Everyday Word ~ Far from Ordinary!

So often I go about my day doing the everyday tasks that must be done without thinking about how God's Word relates even to these ordinary, everyday moments. As I was doing laundry yesterday, I thought about how I could connect the everyday moments of my life with the Word of God using photos of these moments and sharing them.
The Everyday Word does not mean that the Word of God is everyday,
for it is powerful and sovereign, far from everyday.
Nor does The Everyday Word mean that I will post every day,
although I might.
 The Everyday part means the commonplace, ordinary, or normal things we do,
and the Word part means connecting these things with the Word of God.
I'm not a good photographer and my photos will not be perfect,
but that isn't the point here.
My purpose is to point and shoot my little camera as I do the ordinary
and combine it with the extraordinary Word of God.

I'm so glad you have joined me!

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sinsand blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvationand grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 51:7-12