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Thursday, September 5, 2013

ID in Christ: Child


Identity in Christ:  I am a Child of God

1 John 3:1-3

1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. (NIV)


1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears[a] we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.  (ESV)


1 See what [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him.
Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.
And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).  (Amplified)

Concentrating on verse 1:
Lavished – poured out to overflowing, extra, lots and lots

Children – we share the same DNA, His genetic material, we belong to him by blood, the blood of Christ

Unknown by the world – we no longer share DNA with the world, we are now different

Now – now means now, not just the future, but now.

I am a greatly loved child of my Father in heaven.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

"Impulse Shopping" at Home Depot

My sweet husband came home last evening lamenting his latest "impulse" buy at Home Depot.  He went in for a $1.99 hinge and came home with these, too.

He also got these for me a few weeks ago because I was posting tulip pictures all over Facebook.

I do LOVE tulips!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Isaiah 40:27-31


27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
    and complain, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint. 

We saw this young eagle fly up into a tree on the edge of Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Rim in Arizona.

We waited around a long time for him to take off again.  When we gave up and headed back toward the car, he took off.  Of course, we missed it with our cameras.

But the glimpses we got of him flying over the lake were stunning.  The contrast of his beautiful white tail against the blue/green lake water was so beautiful.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Pondering the Works of the Lord

I learned a new Scripture a week or so ago, and I just love it.  Here it is in two different versions.

Psalm 11:2

Great are the works of the Lord;
they are pondered by all who delight in them. (NIV 84)

God's works are so great, worth a lifetime of study—endless enjoyment! (Msg)

Bee in Poppy

I love pondering the works of the Lord, pondering nature and all the wonders therein.

Bees are so amazing, they work so hard collecting pollen for their hives.  And they go around pollinating the flowers that make our garden grow.  "Busy as a bee" is an apt description.  Another thing we've noticed about the bees is that they tend to immerse themselves in their work.

Bee in Night Blooming Cactus

We went on a hike last week, and there were some cute little kids along, and it was so fun to point out to them all the ways God is so protective of his creatures by designing their camouflage.

My son helping the little one hold the frog.

We saw frogs, tad poles, and some unusual bugs in the stream.  It was wonderful to just sit and contemplate nature as God intended it.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sweet Peas

I love, love, LOVE sweet peas!  Can you tell that I really like sweet peas?  I love their delicate colors.  But even more, I love their scent.  I'm sure heaven will have a sweet pea garden.

This is the first year that I've planted them in the garden and out front.  It's been a very cool, and rainy, spring here in Southern California.

I'm sure this weather has something to do with how well they're doing.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

God is in the Details

I just love looking at the details of flowers.  In fact, on the morning I took the nasturtium picture, I remember just sitting there and staring at them.  Part of that may have also had to do with the fact that I was only just starting on my morning coffee.  :)  But I'm entranced the intricate details in the middle of a flower, the designs, the similarities and differences.





If God cares for the details in these transient plants, we can be sure He cares about the details in our lives.  In fact, Jesus used the lilies of the field to illustrate God's care for us in Matthew 6, beginning in verse 28:

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Cilantro, Part 2

Remember this post from a couple months ago in which I showed how to plant Cilantro in egg cartons?

It's great to see that 6 of the 8 planted are doing well.

Two of the little guys are thriving under the sorrel.

I did cut off the sorrel leaves that were directly blocking the cilantro.  But since cilantro likes cooler weather, I'm hoping that growing them under other plants (like tomatoes) this year will keep them from going to seed so soon.

This one, which I planted last fall, still hasn't bolted.  I'm learning that many of the tender-leaved herbs like it a bit cooler, with dappled or less full sunlight. 

HUGE Cilantro

The dill and basil are also very happy in this environment.