Friday, December 25, 2009

HE has arrived!!

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them,

"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
(Luke 2:8-15)

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

There He is... the newborn King.
The Savior.
Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Shhhhh.... I think He's sleeping!)

...with the Shepherds...
...with the angels...
...with all of heaven and earth...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Today I was at work enjoying a snack of raspberries and almonds.
I was happily munching along when this little character showed up...
Who, on earth, was this?
A strange little "person" whom I could possibly call
Mr. Raspberry...
or, perhaps, Little Orphan Almondine?
What a silly, happy little face--
I couldn't help but giggle every time I looked at it...
and, yes, even laugh out loud!
Yes, I do realize I have yet to grow up...
and to stop playing with my food...
but, tell me, what fun would THAT be?!
I like to think it's just a bit of that
"created in God's image" piece called
...yes, this is one of those
Things That Make Me Smile...
(go can laugh at it, too!)

Monday, December 7, 2009

let it rain!

Today it rained!!

In Southern California, that's not a common occurrence, but most times it is a very welcome one. It seems we are always in a drought anymore...never seeming to get quite enough rain...lakes and rivers and reservoirs growing ever lower.
We need the rain for drinking and for crops--for sustenance.
We need the rain for cleansing--for washing away the dirt and grime that builds up on everything.
We need the rain for growth-- for new life and renewed life.
Whenever we get a good cleansing, drenching, thirst-quenching rain, I think of how we need God in such a similar pour out Himself upon us like the rain pours from the clouds. In much the same way that the land thirsts for the rain, our souls thirst for the rain of God... and for the same reasons-- for sustenance, for cleansing, for growth... for LIFE.
Lord, pour upon us this day...
Wash us clean.
Quench our thirst.
Help us to grow.
Give us LIFE...
We are grateful for Your rain...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

to God be the glory...

For some reason this song keeps running through my mind today...

Truly, great things He has done...for us... and highest on the list is sending His Son... for us...because He loves us so very much. What better song to sing this Sabbath day?! As we begin to prepare ourselves for Christmas--for the very coming to earth of our Savior-- may we sing loudly and from the depths of our hearts in praise of Who He is and what He has done!

To God Be The Glory
by Fanny Crosby

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,

And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

it's time...

it's time
to get back to this blogging about living a heart rock life.

it's time
to get back to living a heart rock life.

it's time
to remember why i started this in the first place... share thoughts about everyday life--
with its joys and sorrows and oh, so many mysteries--
about opening our eyes
to see God's hand and HEART in the details of daily life
and about learning to hear His whispers of love
in the midst of a shouting world...

it's time...

i've missed you whom i've met and become friends with here in this little place in cyberspace.

i've missed me here --
who i am when i'm here: grateful, thinking, looking, searching...

it's time... for me to be here again...

i hope you'll join me...

(and, if you've never left...thank you...)