February 27, 2009

Singing in His Shadow

With my husband's upcoming procedure and two weeks in University of Cincinnati Hospital, it's been tough. This week as Iwas praying for encouragement, I was reminded to sing and praise ALWAYS. Then at prayer meeting, our pastor re-imphasized this important truth - it was so timely. This morning this was the devotional in my in-box from Joni and Friends. It was so good I wanted to share it with you.

Singing In His Shadow

Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. --Psalm 63:7

Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.
Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.
Yesterday's devotional reminds me of the words to this old Gospel song, "Under His Wings." I often sing it as a prayer in the middle of the night when I am unable to sleep. During dark hours when my mind is tired or my thoughts are scattered, I "pray" the safe, reliable words from a time-honored hymn (I'll sing quietly so as to not wake my husband). One of two things usually happens: my worrisome thoughts disappear, or I fall asleep! In more than a dozen places in Scripture, God bids us to draw close to him and find shelter - in most places, it says refuge. Or in his wings. Psalm 91:4 says, "He will cover you with his feathers, under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." That God describes himself so often as a powerful and beautiful bird arching his protective wing over us for our refuge, should tell us something. It should assure us that we can always find shelter, refuge and safety. That's reason enough to sing.
May you be blessed with a special song today!

February 15, 2009


Shadows. Scary sometimes aren't they? Kind of like life - scary sometimes. Forty-six year old husband is in the advanced stages of a painful totally disabling disease, child has a potentially life threatening diagnosis with who-knows-how-many-more surgeries, sometimes crushing financial responsiblities, children to raise through it all and on and on the list goes. "How do you do it?" I'm often asked. Good question. Walk in my moccassins for a mile. How would you do it?

We're human. We hurt. We have questions. You know, there's a lot I've learned about my Heavenly Father from my youngest son. I never get upset with him when he hurts or questions why he has to go through surgery after surgery and live for a year in a body cast while all of his friends go "Scot free". I just hold him closer and assure him of my love. My heavenly Father does the same thing for me - He holds me closer and reminds me over and over that He loves me.

Recently,these three songs stood out - they were all about shadows. The first one was on a record my daughter was playing of the Cathedrals. George Younce sings, "I'm in the Shadow". It goes like this:
I'm in the shadow of Somebody bigger,
And all the worlds power can't pull us apart.
Jesus stands firm between me and my Father
And only my Father can look on the heart.
Looks like I'm down for the very last time
No one to turn to - my life's on the line.
Then I remember, "I'm a child of the King
With Jesus beside me, I can do anything!"

You may accuse me when you see me fall
But Jesus will hear me whenever I call.
My failures were set at the foot of the cross.
I'm in the Lord's shadow - to Him I belong.
I'm in the shadow of Somebody bigger
And all the world's power can't pull us apart.
Jesus stands firm between me and my Father
And only my Father can look on the heart!

Then while listening in on Hobe Sound Bible Church's service the special song included this:
"Then I heard footsteps walking in the shadows and a Hand reaching down to show me He's still there.
Oh, I heard footsteps walking in the shadows and a Hand reaching out to show me He still cares!"


"Standing somewhere in the shadows you'll find Jesus. He's a Friend who always cares and understands. Standing somewhere in the shadows you will find him and you'll know Him by the nail prints in His hands."

Puts a different light on shadows, doesn't it? They aren't scary if there's Somebody bigger there! That's how I do it - me and every other victorious Christian going through scary situations ~ Hiding in the shadow of His Wings!
"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and from the noise of the pestilence.
He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon day.
For he shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him on high, because he hath known My Name.
He shall call upon Me and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him."
Psalm 91:1-6, 11-12, 14-15

February 12, 2009

Thursday Thirteen ~ "P"~

Well, this little fella has a whole cart load of my favorite flowers - PINK ROSES! Just in time to help us celebrate a whole bunch of blessings beginning with the letter "P" !
"P" must be my letter - as there are LOTS of things I enjoy that start with this purposeful letter!

1. Pretty PINK! - my very favorite pastel or any other shade for that matter! I'm pleased as punch with this pleasant color.

2. Patent leather-whether a purse with pockets (preferably black), shoes, or whatever, I really like it.

3.Porches - there's nothing like a porch. Little ones are adequate but a wrap-around would be my favorite. I just know my heavenly palace has a perfecly pretty one with hanging baskets of pink petunias hanging around it and big bushes of pink peonies with precious pansies planted all around! "Eye has not seen neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those that love Him!" - but it sure is fun to try imagining, isn't it? . . .Palladian windows, real stone patios beside a pond, pink parlor - a perfectly pleasant place to have tea! Oh! I can hardly wait!

4.Peaches, pecans, pepper jam, pimentoes, pistachios, pineapples, pears, plantains, peas, preserves, pepperoni, pies, petit fours, pancakes, parfaits, pasta,... mmm! Love 'em all!

5. Patchwork quilts - pastel ones from the past in the double wedding ring pattern would be m favorite. They show patient persistence with their pleasant patterns.

6. Polka dots - any shape any color. Love 'em! Pink polka dot pillows . . . ;). Now that's a good project idea!

7. Play the piano - I'm not good but it's a wonderful way to worship, de-stress and re-focus. I have a lovely portrait of my precious family hanging over mine.

8. Pennsylvanian by birth. My Papa, whose favorite restaurant happened to be Perkins, my cousin, who happens to be a Park Ranger, and a host of others - all from PA!

9.Patriotic Parades - LOVE to go to parades. The bands playing, flags waving and all the old cars are my favorites.

10. Preacher - I'm proud of my Preacher-Daddy. The best one ever and most young people that ever heard him whole heartedly agree. He was a GOOD one!

11. Plates, place settings, placecards, placemats . . . Ooo, la, la! Happiness is!

12. Picturesque places like Pike's Peak and Plymouth Plantation and Plymouth Rock. I've been blessed to photograph both places!

and the best for last . . .

13.PRAYER! Purposeful, precious, patient, preserving, peaceful prayer! One of the most wonderful benefits of being a child of the King. I could not live without it. It pleases the Father when we pray! Psalms and Proverbs provide pearls of purpose and promises for prayer. Mighty miracles are performed because PRAYER CHANGES THINGS! (This pink chair in my living room is my favorite place to pray).

Have a lovely day!