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Waiting…   4 comments

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Going through a serious time of waiting on God right now.  In the midst of this waiting, I received an e-mail from my brother and he shared a quote that reached out and grabbed me.  He was not sure who the author of the quote was; he thought it might be Paul Tripp.  Here’s the quote:

“Waiting on God isn’t about the suspension of meaning and purpose. It’s part of the meaning and purpose that God has brought into my life. Waiting on God isn’t to be viewed as an obstruction in the way of the plan. Waiting is an essential part of the plan. For the child of God, waiting isn’t simply about what I’ll receive at the end of my wait. No, waiting is much more purposeful, efficient, and practical than that. Waiting is fundamentally about what I’ll become as I wait. God is using the wait to do in and through me exactly what He’s promised. Through the wait He’s changing me. By means of the wait He’s altering the fabric of my thoughts and desires. Through the wait He’s causing me to see and experience new things about Him and His kingdom. And all of this sharpens me, enabling me to be a more useful tool in His redemptive hands.”

Micah 7:7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

Posted September 28, 2007 by Lana G! in God, hope, Life, Photo, Quotes, Wilderness Wandering

Ruth Part 8 – Noble Character   2 comments

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10″The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. 11And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.

We ended the last study with Ruth proposing to Boaz and now she is waiting for his answer, wondering what kind of response she will get.  Will Boaz think she is crazy or childish. Will he be angry or embarrassed and scold her? Did Ruth second guess this whole plan now that her spoken words are left hanging in midair waiting to see what type of landing they will have.  Will her words crash and burn or will they land safely and softly in the refuge of a compassionate listener?

Boaz, shines through again with his true character and discernment.  He addresses Ruth with kindness and praise.  The man has a way with words and knows what to say to build up rather than tear down. “The Lord bless you, my daughter,” I am sure this one line caused Ruth to breathe easier and I bet you could probably see the relief in her posture.    This line also gives us a hint that Boaz is quite a bit older than Ruth and is confirmed in Boaz’s next statement:

“This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.

This statement also seems like Ruth passed the final test; like her character was in question when she first came to town.  Would she really stay and help Naomi?  Would she really adopt the lifestyle, religion and customs of the Jewish people?  Would she go after the younger men as her biological clock ticked away?  Ruth passed the test with flying colors!  Check out what Boaz says next:

11And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.

Wow, how is that for confirmation! Ruth was a woman of character and trusted God. She trusted the God of Naomi and Boaz: the One True God.   She was a woman of noble character and there was no way of hiding it!  Iain M. Duguid in his book Esther and Ruth brings up an interesting fact:

“It is noteworthy that Proverbs 31, which in the ordering of the Hebrew Bible comes right before Ruth,  describes a woman of character whose ‘works praise her in the gates’ (Proverbs 31:31).  Using similar language, Boaz says, ‘And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.’ (Ruth 3:11). What we see in Ruth is precisely a ‘Proverbs 31’ woman in the flesh: her deeds have indeed been praised in the city gates!”

What Ruth teaches us is that she gained this reputation in quiet and humble service. She didn’t toot her own horn or cry for attention.  She went about her business with honor and devotion and that is what made her the shining star. Boaz was impressed and so were the people in her community. This reminds me of a couple of scripture verses in the New Testament:

1 Thessalonians 4:11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 12 Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.

1 Peter 3:3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

Ruth is truly a role model and her noble character appears to be paying off.  Now, I wish I could say that Boaz and Ruth go riding off into the sunrise.  But, I can’t, because there is yet another complication in this story and we will have to wait till next time to see what happens next!

My goal is to live a quiet life, minding my own business clothed with a gentle and quiet spirit.  This will be quite the challenge but worth the reward of having a reputation of being a woman of noble character. 

Posted September 20, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible Study, Faith, Geneology, God, hope

WFMW – From Rags With a Few Stitches   15 comments

Was ironing some of my linens on Sunday and noticed that a pillow sham was yellowing in a strange way.   The applique and embroidery portion of the fabric was still in good shape, but the rest of the pillow sham was ready for the rag pile.  I was torn: To save or not to save? – That was the question.  The answer: Both!  Here’s what I did:

Turned this:

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Into this:

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I carefully cut this off the pillow sham and then hand stitched it onto the kitchen towel. 

Isn’t it pretty! Salvaged the best part of the pillow sham and now have a classy kitchen towel!

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 Works for Me! 

Now head on over to Rocks in My Dryer for more tips and tricks!

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Posted August 22, 2007 by Lana G! in Decorating, Homemaking, hope, Lyrics

WFMW-File Your Cookie Sheets   6 comments

Use a Desk Organizer in the Kitchen

Use a Desk Organizer in the Kitchen 

Original Purpose: Keeping files orderly.
Aha! Use: Sorting cookie sheets, cutting boards, and jelly-roll pans in the kitchen.
Reward: No more cymbal-crashing sounds from your overstuffed cupboard.

Written by Elizabeth Wells – Real Simple Magazine

Real Simple Magazine is a wonderful source for simple ideas to make your life easier and it Works for Me!

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Head on over to Rocks in My Dryer for more Works for Me Wednesday Tips!

There’s More   3 comments

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THERE’S MORE

We can only see a little of the ocean,
Just a few miles distance from the rocky shore,
But out there – far beyond our eyes horizon,
There’s more, immeasurably more.

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We can only see a little of God’s loving,
A few rich treasures from His mighty store,
But out there – far beyond the eyes horizon,
There’s more, immeasurably more.

Author Unknown

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I Cor. 13:12

For now we see in a mirror dimly,
but then face to face.
Now I know in part;
then I shall know fully,
even as I have been fully known.

Posted June 23, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Faith, God, Heaven, hope, Jesus, Life, Poetry, Quotes

Tuesdays – In “other” Words   9 comments

What used to make us stumble, God can use to make us stand. 
What once made us bow our heads in shame, He can use for His glory.
~ JoAnna Weaver ~
Having a Mary Spirit

I am participating in Tuesdays In “other” Words hosted this week by Loni at Joy in the Morning and sponsored by Christian Women Online.  Loni has chosen the above quote and here is what you are supposed to do:

Think about the quote, and write about it on your blog on Tuesday.  Then leave your link on Loni’s blog and read what other women have written on it as well.  If you would like to participate feel free.  Here are my thoughts on the above quote:

The following verses came to mind when I read this quote:

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20Where are the wise? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 26Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: “Let those who boast, boast in the Lord.”

God chose me – My past.  My weakness. My sin.  My stumbling blocks.  He chose me despite of all my failures to glorify him and to be used by him. Why would He do such a thing? Because in my weakness, in my shame, in my failures, HE IS GLORIFIED and I can only boast in the Lord. 

His grace is truly AMAZING! His mercies are new every morning and I stand in awe because God is a God of justice and mercy. I deserve nothing, yet he chose to bless me with salvation and I am eternally grateful.

Sunday Hymn – Beyond the Sunset   10 comments

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Virgil P. Brock told how he wrote this favorite hymn about heaven:

This song was born during a conversation at the dinner table, one evening in 1936, after watching a very unusual sunset at Winona Lake, Indiana, with my blind cousin Horace Burr and his wife, Grace.  My blind cousin excitedly remarked that he had never seen a more beautiful sunset.

“People are always amazed when you talk about seeing,” I told him. “I can see,” Horace replied. “I see through other people’s eyes, and I think I often see more;  I see beyond the sunset.”

The phrase “beyond the sunset” and the striking inflection of his voice struck me so forcibly, I began singing the first few measures.  “That’s beautiful!” his wife interrupted. “Please go to the piano and sing it.”

We went to the piano nearby and completed the first verse.  Before the evening meal was finished, all four stanzas had been written and we sang the entire song together.

Beyond the Sunset

Beyond the sunset, O blissful morning, when with our Saviour heav’n is begun.
Earth’s toiling ended, O glorious dawning; beyond the sunset when day is done.

Beyond the sunset, no clouds will gather; no storms will threaten, no fears annoy;
O day of gladness, O day unending, beyond the sunset, eternal joy!

Beyond the sunset, a hand will guide me to God the Father, whom I adore;
His glorious presence, His words of welcome,will be my portion on that fair shore.

Beyond the sunset, O glad reunion with our dear loved ones who’ve gone before.
In that fair homeland we’ll know no parting-beyond the sunset for evermore!