words to ponder

As you may know, Steve Jobs resigned as Apple CEO.  Thought you might enjoy his 2005 Stanford University Commencement speech.  His is an amazing story. So much of what he says here is thought provoking.  And, although he doesn’t necessarily acknowledge God as sovereign over his life [how sad] , we know Who has connected the dots!

Hanging on for dear life

 

After seeing the Green Lemonade recipe I shared in my last post, my friend, Jackie, asked me to share more juice ideas with her.  I thought others might like that too, so I thought I would tell you what I had for breakfast this morning.  Yummy and rejuvenating!

Drink this at least a half hour before leaving home. Because, after all, Natalia Rose in her book, Raw Food Life Force Energy, calls it the Great Eliminator!

I’ve enjoyed some of the recipes in this book, and I do believe raw living foods are good for the body.  A couple of years ago I ate a 90% raw food diet for about 8 months and felt great.  I no longer eat, high raw, but I do try to include raw food, in some form, in my diet everyday.

As I was preparing my veggies to juice today, I was thinking about how sad it is that we can spend hours pouring over diet books and healthy recipes and working out, but give the average of 10 minutes, or less, a day to taking care of our spiritual condition.  The fact is, that even though it is honorable to spend thought and effort to maintaining my body, my body–your body–is continually wasting away.  We go to great lengths to defy aging, but the truth is, we will ALL eventually undergo physical death!

Every time I juice, I am reminded that it is even more essential to spend time feeding my spirit through exposing myself to God’s Word….and not just reading, but listening and meditating continually on small portions of it until it infuses my soul. That is TRUE life force energy.  And think of it…..it’s a diet that allows me to eat all day long!

I wonder what would happen if the media began to address our eternal destiny and the urgent need to feed our souls with Truth in order to enter into REAL LIFE instead of constantly bombarding us with ads, commercials, and infomercials centered around ways to hang on to and shore up these sagging, earthly, decaying vessels.

I believe, modern day marketing has become a crippling distraction that is sucking LIFE 1 out of us.

Lord, please help us find the balance between heaven and earth.

Linking up today with Jen and Soli Deo Gloria friends over at Finding Heaven.

screams of solitude

It’s been a really quiet around here after the whirl of last week, when we had to leave our home for 2 nights while it was being tented for termites.  I packed 10 large boxes of items that I didn’t want to be subjected to the poisonous gases used to kill the termites and left them at Jenna’s when I dropped Chloe there.  It was almost like moving; I missed my little home while we were gone.  I drove by a couple of times to make sure all was safe, and it was.
Inspired by Susan, I decided to juice today.  It’s been a while.  So I made one of my favorites– green lemonade.

It will be even quieter tonight, as Leah is out of town on a business trip and won’t be back until Saturday evening.  Life is different with her working now, but we still manage to squeeze in girlfriend time once in a while with a stop at Starbucks on our way to a drive along the beach.  It took me many years to appreciate where I live.  But I am happy to say, I can find beauty in the diversity of the place I have [sometimes reluctantly] called home for over 35 years now.  The ocean is such a lovely part of creation that holds many lessons for a searching heart.

The picture above is the scene I see every morning, as my husband pours a bowl full of milk and cereal and retires to his office to answer emails, while it gets a bit soggy before he eats it.  yuck.  Each to his own.  It is a comforting sight to me though, because it silently speaks of the patterned rhythm of an ordered life.   His morning routine is  like clockwork, much like his sure and steady, nearly unflappable, nature.

I have a few projects that still need to be wrapped up.  My curtains.  My picture wall.  They both got put on hold as I readied our house for de-termiting, and I haven’t picked them back up.

In fact,  this week has been much too quiet for my flesh.  No online work, no photos to edit, not many telephone calls, no outside appointments.  It has been an extended quiet time [well, sometimes quiet] between just Him and me.  I’ve been pretty much a mess. Feeling like Jacob must have felt– wrestling the angel. Experiencing some degree of brokenness, but probably not nearly enough, because I still find myself screaming on the inside [and sometimes out].  Longing to break through and feeling so far away from the threshold.  But I press on believing, because He promises to be  faithful. 1

Listening in Luke


Most people tend to be “hard of listening” rather than “hard of hearing.”  1

Today, I’ve been spending time listening with childlike faith to what He has to say to me through these words:

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years.  Luke 1:5-7

Just so you know:
According to JB Jackson’s Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names

Herod means heroic 2

Zacharias means remembered by Jehovah
Abijah means my father is Jah [used in the sense of Victor]
Elizabeth means God of the Oath
Aaron means light bringer

What I heard:
The day you asked me to become King of your life, I dethroned Herod [see footnote above].  I began to strip you of your natural strength and abilities so that you would learn to walk by faith.  A faith walk looks like this:  I say something will be and it is, in my way, in my time. The eye of faith is not a seeing eye but a believing eye.  I know you have have had some problems with your “eyesight”; the process of brokenness can sometimes take us to a place of doubt and questioning.   But now I want you to look closely at the meaning of the names of God’s chosen people in this passage.  Each person’s identity is embodied in my promises.  They all refer to an attribute of  Me…Who I am, What I will do.  Like Zacharias and Elizabeth, you have been a faithful follower for a very long time–almost half of your living years– but there are still pockets of barrenness in your life.  By now, you are looking more at the impossibility of change than at my promises—for you, too, are advanced in years without seeing fruit in certain areas.  But I am not concerned with measurement of time in the sense that man is. My interest lies in spiritual growth, and I have an eternity to accomplish that within you.  Keep listening and keep believing!

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