Heavenly Arithmetic

“David began his arithmetic, in the 14th verse (of Psalm 71) with addition:
“I will yet praise Thee more and more”;
but he is fairly beaten in this first rule of sacred mathematics.
His calculation fails him; 
the mere enumeration of the Lord’s mercies
overwhelms his mind; he owns his inadequacy.
Reckon either by time, by place, or by value,
and the salvation of God baffles all powers of estimation.”
Charles Spurgeon on Psalm 71, Treasury of David
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He Will Feed You Too

The other morning I was lamenting to the Lord–
accounting to Him the dearth of any time set aside to
feed myself
emotionally, mentally, spiritually–
(forgetting that He already knows)
and glanced out the window at the birds.
(not these birds…….this is snow from a few years back…)
but birds ignoring the rain,
balancing on the fence,
swooping from the roof to the feeders,
hopping on the grass,
pecking the ground
all about my yard.
In the rain.
Pouring rain.
Cold. Dark. Sopping ground. Wet.
(Did I mention the rain?) It matched my dark mood.
Then God spoke very clearly and simply to my heart…..
“I feed the birds; don’t worry, I’ll feed you.”
“I will feed you.”
“Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow nor reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  
Are you not much more valuable than they?”
The Gospel of Matthew
Chapter 6, verse 26
I am clinging to those words.
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Linking with Sandy for Still Saturday 
and with the friends at The Sunday Community
(hosted by Laura this week).
More lovely photos and encouragement there.

For the Weekend…Thirst

We recently almost broke a 60 year record for the most consecutive days without rain–49.
That’s a very long time for us Seattlites.
 
I took these photos** the last time we had a good soaking–in July.
  
 
“When one is thirsty, one quenches one’s thirst by drinking,
not by reading books which treat of this condition.”
 
Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Quoted in 1,000 Gifts, Ann Voskamp
 
 Father, keep me thirsting for you and the living water only you can bring….
 
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**at my brother’s house
 
Sandy for Still Saturday and Deidra for The Sunday Community.
More lovely words and pictures there–go see for yourself!

Magnify……..for the Weekend

Lake Sawyer Sky, Black Diamond WA  July 2012  by the Author
(thank you, Holly)

 
“Never is God’s omnipotence and omniscience diminuitive.
 
God is not in need of magnifying by us so small, but the reverse.
 
It’s our lives that are little and we have falsely inflated self,
 
and in thanks we decrease and the world returns right.
 
I say thanks and I swell with Him,
 
and I swell the world and He stirs me, joy all afoot.”
 
(From One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp p. 59)

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More beautiful words and pictures here:
Friday FlorilegiumStill Saturday


and here……….The Sunday Community
 

Still Saturday–Shadows/Reality

“It is very easy to quench the Spirit;
we do it by despising the chastening of the Lord,
by fainting when we are rebuked by Him.
If we have only a shallow experience of sanctification,
we mistake the shadow for the reality,
and when the Spirit of God begins to check, we say –
oh, that must be the devil.
Never quench the Spirit,
 and do not despise Him when He says to you –
“Don’t be blind on this point any more;
you are not where you thought you were.
Up to the present I have not been able to reveal it to you,
but I reveal it now.”
When the Lord chastens you like that, let Him have His way.”

Oswald Chambers, August 14th
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Tulips in vase, LM Johnson, Used by Permission

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