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The Palm Tree

Do you see a palm tree strong and tall that has not withstood the storms?

The palm tree blows and sways in the wind . . .

Yet it cannot have strength without depth . . .

And it cannot have depth without roots . . .

All the while, it cannot grow deep roots without storms to strengthen.

I was reading from Springs in the Valley the other day about the story of a submarine that came to surface after a terrible storm. When asked in utter amazement how they did not know of the storm, the crew replied they really had no effects of the waves above because of the depth the submarine went.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:5-7

GO DEEP! Go deeper with your God until your identity is so wrapped up in His that you forget who yo…

Just one Taste

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8

My friend brought me some much needed coffee the other morning. This was not just any coffee either! It was flavored with the most delicious creamer I have ever tasted: Belgian White Chocolate Macadamia. She told me how wonderful it was, but of course I would have to taste it to believe it. And one taste just wasn't enough.

Just one taste and you can't stop thinking about it. Just one taste and you're craving more. Just one taste and nothing else compares. Oh, I tried MY flavored coffee with MY flavored creamer the next day and the next but it didn't do justice to that ONE.

So that's got me thinking. Coffee and Jesus. Quite a correlation, but hang with me. Isn't that what He said? Taste and see. I have tasted (tried, experienced) and I have seen (understood, learned, have knowledge of). But what gets at me is how often I try to fill that longing with something else. Not necessarily "bad" things either - thi…

Choose Life whatever the Cost

My sense of efficiency costs me. I THINK it just irritates me, but today I realize again and more, that it costs me. In the natural today, it would have "cost" me my iPod. But what might my sense of efficiency cost me in the kingdom of God - the spiritual realm.

Here's the story. You see, I had mistakenly thrown my iPod away. The tiny little iPod shuffle that is a great size for running, had gotten stuck to some duct tape I was throwing away. And my mind was elsewhere. I didn't realize it was missing until this morning when I sat down to listen to a worship song. Throughout the morning, retracing my steps, I looked everywhere! Since it was not in the usual place, I realized I must have mistakenly put it down somewhere with something else - but it was nowhere to be found.

Where was the last place I had seen it or when had I last used it? On the table outside by the wadded up duct tape . . . OH NO . . . the duct tape that I threw in the trash. The trash that was filling…

With my Song

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart trusted in Him and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices and with my song, I will praise Him.

I come
because you are God
and I am man
I simply come
bringing you all that I am

You alone are holy
You alone are worthy
You alone are all that I need

I come
because You are God
and I am man
I simply come
bringing you all that I am

And I bow before the One
who sits upon the throne
Through you alone
I can overcome

Bringing you myself
seems not so much to give
To the one who gave His only son,
so that I may truly live

I come
because You are God
and I am man
I simply come
bringing you all that I am

The Gift

We were sitting in the pool last weekend, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, enjoying some time with the kids. I was watching the waves come in, pounding on the reef, mesmerized by the beauty and awe. And for a moment, it was if time slowed down.
It's a gift. This (time here) is a gift.
There was no mistaking the clarity, but it was that still small voice.
And I pondered what He meant. This is a gift. So many meanings, like peeling back layer upon layer of an onion. The gift that keeps on giving.

A gift. It can be something you have been waiting for and are so excited as you receive it because you know exactly what it is. Then there are some gifts just don't seem to be for you. So you hold on to them and bless someone else with the gift that someone gave you. Some you save for later - and though they don't seem to make any sense at the moment, in time you realize: this is perfect for me - this was a great gift.

Was that what He was trying to get me to see? He wasn't talking abo…

Divine Touch

My youngest child brought me a box to close. He couldn't get the latch to close and not for lack of trying. He had tried and tried, but it wasn't moving. And, more importantly, he could see what needed to be accomplished, but no matter how much he tried, he was not going to get it closed.

So he did what any child would do.

He ran to Mom (picture Dad though, it makes the story connections better)

He handed it over . . .

To the one, who could secure the latch, without trouble, without strain

He simply gave it over

He wasn't grabbing it back

Or giving me his input on how to do it better

There was full release on his part

Oh - so much to realize in one simple exchange. I'm blown away. That still small voice that I could push away. But this was too obvious when I stopped my thoughts to listen.

While my heavenly Father may not always seem quick to solve my dilemma, I must have full release. Especially when I see what "it" is supposed to look like, but doesn't, yet. Whate…

A Great Must

A great must dominated the life of the son of man.

We might sin with our mouth but when we are silent, we rob Him of His glory.

When you put these two quotes by Francis J Roberts together, they make a pretty strong message about the importance of praising the Lord. Not just in worship music, a singing voice, dance, or writing, but in everything I say and do. Including every opportunity to share with someone that a particular situation in my life has no explanation other than God.

Yet, how often I have forgotten what I have been delivered from? How often I have robbed Him of His glory by my silence? Too often, I'm afraid to say.

Recently my friend wrote a message about serenading the Lord. A serenade means a complimentary performance given to honor or express love for someone. This was the same day God impressed this upon my heart from Psalm 54: Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate my by Your strength. . . . Behold, God is my helper . . . I will freely sacrifice to you. I will …

Deep Excavation

The morning jog - outside.

I couldn't escape the yearning to be outside this morning. You have to know that I usually wouldn't go running outside at 8:30 a.m. this time of year. This is the land of too humid, too much sun beating on you and that sick to your stomach feeling from getting overheated. Not for this girl. But today it was overcast and didn't feel too bad. So out I went.

Because I had a feeling . . . He was calling.

I had a feeling . . . He had a message that He wanted to speak to me.

The clouds were becoming darker, this is why it was overcast and cooler :-) and the rain was imminent. And so was the message:

As I hit the turnaround point, I again passed by this mess of construction alongside the road. The ground by the beautiful golf course is all dug up for new pipes. The sign reads: "Deep Excavation."

Hmmmmmmm . . .

I ponder the "Deep Excavation" in my life . . . lately I've been responding to things in a very emotional manner, which is not …

The Precipice

Prec-i-pice (pres-uh-pis) n. 1. An overhanging or extremely steep mass of rock, such as a crag or the face of a cliff. 2. The brink of a dangerous or disastrous situation

We went for a walk the other night. Searching for a new path, a different view of this massive ocean that surrounds us. This is what we found! We walked through what appeared to be the crater of an ancient volcano and followed the path. Right up to the edge. Standing on the edge, the precipice - it felt like the edge of the world . . . one more step and I'm gone.

And the thought, the question of the day, the prompting and searching of the Holy Spirit: how often it FEELS that way. "I'm on the edge ... Lord, don't you see me here? If I take one more step I'm gone. I'm going off the 'deep end' never to be found again."

And He says incredulously, "REALLY?!" (You're going with what you FEEL on this - not what you KNOW?)
Because this is what I KNOW:The One who says I know all…

I Cry Out . . . ONCE AGAIN

The words of the song by Kim Walker might be coming to your mind . . . "O God, we cry out for your mercy . . . once again." It's all a part of this message that God is writing on my heart.

"He never tires of your coming to Him and your cry is welcome to His ears however frequent"- MEB in Springs in the Valley

This is what plagues me - why is it so terrible to cry out . . . ONCE AGAIN? "Selah that" as Pastor Dave would say, which means to pause and think about, reflect on that.

Saturate yourself in the oil of the Holy Spirit and keep your channel of communication always open to your heaven father - His desire is toward you and He will be your strong habitation.-F. Roberts in Come Away My Beloved

I have put my Spirit upon you that you should cry and not keep silent . . . I love my people ... but they have not cried, called . . . they have filled the place that belongs only to me.-F. Roberts in Come Away

Have I been trying to fill the place that belongs only …

But as for me . . .

But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might. MICAH 3:8a

But as for me . . . once again I was out jogging on a beautiful sunny but humid already Saturday morning. There is another gal out jogging too - pushing a stroller, and younger than me by at least 15 years . . . hmmm, this sounds like the beginning of a blog entry from a couple years ago - this one's a little different, but it is comical how God will use the same type of scenario to remind me of something - think He is trying to make a point :-)

But as for me . . . I don't think of myself as a competitive person - but oh how I compare! That is the message of this morning jogging story . . . so back to the story - the jogger is keeping pace with me or should I say I was keeping pace with her . . . I remember those days - of pushing the jogger stroller - how much more work than being out alone now, and then she passes me . . . and I'm thinking "She is pushing a strol…

Lessons learned in yardwork . . .

A beautiful sunny day ... it was not too humid yet so went out to work on a few things - weeding, trimming bushes. So here are the three thoughts that were revealed to me as I worked and allowed the Holy Spirit to speak - to teach and guide and to remind me just like He came to do. . . it helps that I had my "listening ears" on as we so often tell our children or as adults would say "I was tuned into" Him.

First, weeds come up easier when soil is wet. There was a whole patch of them and it just looked ugly! I hadn't looked in this spot in awhile. Not long ago there were a few, but now - boy, was it overrun! The weeds weren't coming up at all, unless they had shallow roots. They needed to be watered, to let the water seep down into the soil and loosen the roots. And isn't that what the Lord does with us when He shines the spotlight (His water) on an area of your life or heart and allows time for the soil to get ready for the roots to be pulled up. He does…

The Blank Check . . .

The kids recently watched a movie with this title. It caught my attention as it reminded me of this quoet about prayer and God's word:

There is hardly an position more utterly beautiful, strong or safe, than to put the finger upon some promise of the divine word and claim it.There need be no anguish or struggle or wrestling; we simply present the check and ask for cash, produce the promise and claim its fulfillment; nor can there be any doubt as to the issue. It would give much interest to prayer, if we were more definite.STREAMS IN THE DESERT

1 Chronicles 17:23-24 do as thou has said...that Thy name may be magnified forever.

Walk with Me - Seek Me

...not only have I come to guide you; lead and teach you, but I have come to walk with you ... allow Me to walk with you. Understand that even though you do not deem yourself perfected I will still walk with you ... So come and enjoy the journey for it will be a great adventure in these days...But determine that you will experience it with great joy and with great peace; for this is My kingdom within you, says the Lord God Almighty.-M. BURNS

My Father God, has been speaking with me about seeking Him . . . it has been a really strong theme the past few weeks. Just this morning I felt the urge to go down to the beach . . . so many other things I could be doing/needed to catch up on, but they will still be there - didn't have any appointments except apparently one I didn't know about ... the one that was not on MY calendar -- spending an hour at the beach with my Lord. I have to share that the practical and logical in me has won the battle for so many years . . . and this is what …

Being trained to wait . . .

Blessed is he that waiteth. Daniel 12:12

A different season of waiting . . . last spring I was waiting, but it was because everything was out of my hands - there was nothing I could do about things to make life progress in the natural (it was moving time). Again I find myself waiting, but with so many opportunities, so many needs, so many things I could be doing . . . yet no peace about jumping into most of them. And that is why this quote rings so true: "It may seem an easy thing to wait, but it is one of the postures which a Christian soldier learns not without years of teaching. Marching and quick marching are much easier to God's warrior than standing still." MORNING BY MORNING

How I don't want to be found making sandwiches (doing something) when Jesus didn't ask for any - remember the story in Luke 10 where Martha (the human doing) was so worried about not having any help and Mary (the human being) was "busy" loving on Jesus, pouring out expensive pe…


The image of a YIELD sign keeps coming up repeatedly in my mind's eye. . . verses here and there about yielding and finding it in the chapter of this week's bible study lesson. It reminds me of the lack of a YIELD sign at a crazy intersection in northern California. My husband and I would talk often about our amazement that we didn't see any wrecks there without that yield sign. The YIELD sign . . . there is a cross point in the road and something has got to give or there will be a big nasty wreck . . . what is that something going to be? And on a spiritual level, am I going to yield before there is a big nasty wreck?

YIELD - what does that mean? A YIELD sign means "give way." A YIELD sign indicates that a driver must prepare to stop if necessary to let a driver on another approach proceed (but has no need to stop if his way is clear). A driver who stops has yielded his right of way to another. And that got me thinking . . . because I often find myself not wanting…

My desire . . .

What a man desires is unfailing love. Proverbs 19:22

Sometimes I bounce from thing to thing, trying to complete something that will satisfy me. And I end up thinking "I don't even know what it is I want, but something is missing here" and I know that I keep "looking for love in all the wrong places." Don't we all think the things of this life will satisfy, whether it's a good book, getting the house in perfect order, finally caught up on laundry, the workout is completed or even time with a precious friend?

Yesterday, I read that verse and wrote it down in my journal ... and today as was sitting on the beach, I turned to Proverbs and there it was highlighted, in another bible ... I read this translation as I was sitting on the beach.

What a man desires is unfailing love. The KJV says The desire of a man is his kindness and "his kindness" is the Hebrew word checed, meaning zeal; ardour; kindness; an eager and ardent desire.

It was and still is a be…

Immeasurably more . . . Pizza?

Interesting title . . . and what's even more funny is the correlation between these two things.

Last night I made a quick order for a Pizza Mia for my hubby and the kids. I had one pizza already made, but knew it wouldn't feed a hungry teenager plus his two younger siblings, not to mention my hubby, hence the order. A Pizza Mia is a great deal - medium one topping for a great price. They got my phone number, verified the last name, repeated the order, gave me the total and off I went to a class. My hubby went to pick it up on his way home. Got it covered.

And this is where it gets funny . . . I came home to see a Big New Yorker box on the counter AND leftover pizza and bread sticks in the fridge . . . what happened I asked? Did you change the order? What was the total - way more than what it should have been?

The answer I got was: I don't know. No, I didn't change the order - it took awhile, but they were busy. They called our name and handed me the big pizza & bread …

Humble King song

God Most High,
sent His son to earth
yet born a humble birth
such amazing worth

You are my shelter
and under your wings will I dwell
You are my portion
and my soul declares "It is well"

You are my refuge
You are my fortress
and You are my humble King

Fighting the Good Fight

1 Timothy 6 says to FIGHT the GOOD fight and 1 Peter 2:20-21 says to THIS you were called. 1 & 2 Timothy speaks of unfeigned faith: not pretended, but genuine. What ... to FIGHT?!?! Seriously?!?!? Do you know what fight means? To consume, to battle, to make war, to destroy, to devour, to overcome, and to prevail.

To make war. It IS a fight - like it or not! I really don't care to watch fighting, but as my husband and son would attest, what fun is watching the fight or what's the point if it was one sided - the other guy didn't fight back, didn't defend, didn't attack?

To battle. And I think about this walk with Christ . . . What a fight it is! Fighting all the distractions, fighting the lies of the enemy, fighting the soul (mind, will, emotions) to be with Him, to chose Him, to honor Him, above all, in all.

To consume. "Never let the toils and cares of the day rob you of this sweet fellowship with Me," says Francis J. Roberts in Come Away my Beloved. &qu…