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5 posts from August 2007

August 29, 2007

Follow Him...

Marthastrail

Hello, Dear Friends!
Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my goal is to bless you and nourish your soul along the way.

This morning I sat out on my deck on my favorite beat-up old swing and I watched the sun come up through the trees.

With my Bible in my lap and my journal at my side, I prayed about many things.

When I came to the end of my quiet time, I asked the Lord what my blog topic should be.

Instantly a picture came to my mind.

I envisioned a pond with irregular borders reaching this way and that. The edges of the pond were so shallow that it was hard to discern where the water ended and the land began.

In the center of the pond you could see the weeds stretching up from water's floor. You could see large rocks and old logs piled up just under the surface.

As I pondered this picture, another picture came to mind. I saw God take His mighty arms and shore up this little pond. He wrapped His arms around the water's edge and brought in its boundaries, causing the pond to appear smaller and go deeper.

Perhaps this is what God has for you in this next season of life...

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August 22, 2007

New Places...

Newplaces

Greetings, Dear Friends!
Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my goal is to nourish your soul and encourage you along the way.

You know, this journey of faith constantly beckons us onward. We are pilgrims, which means we are a group of people traveling to a sacred place. With our feet on the ground and our eyes fixed on Heaven, we walk the walk of faith; believing God is who He says He is, and counting on His Word to be our sustenance.

Certain seasons call us to camp for a while, to rest our weary legs, and to remind ourselves again why this journey is an important one.

Other seasons call us to run; to work, to gain ground, and to not relent until we reach the goal God has given us.

And still other seasons call us to change; to leave one place in order to attain another.

And this is where I am today.

Maybe you are too.

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August 15, 2007

Don't Settle...

Sepiaroad

Hi Friends!

Susie Larson here...

And to my visitors, I say welcome!

I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way.

My life verse is Psalm 116:9 - And so I walk in the Lord's presence as I live here on earth.

In the Psalms, King David also wrote, "Where can I go from your presence..."

God is always in our midst, we just miss Him when we don't acknowlege Him.

Imagine walking into a crowded room, knowing that your closest and dearest friend is somewhere in the crowd. No one compares to this friend because she knows you, she understands you, she has seen all of your warts and imperfections, and she has been more loyal than anyone else in your life. She rescued you from messes you've made for yourself. She borrowed you money when you were down and out. And she constantly challenges you to learn and grow and become all you were meant to be. What a friend.

You walk into the crowded room, but instead of seeking out your friend, you simply surrender to the pressure of the masses and allow yourself to be moved this way and that, being carried along by the events of the day. Finally when you leave the room, you are exhausted, you've accomplished nothing, and your ears ring from the countless conversations that swirled all around you.

Had you only pressed through the crowds to get to your friend, your time in the room would have meant something. Your encounter with your friend would have made all the difference in the world.

Jesus provides for you. Jesus has rescued you. No one can talk Jesus out of loving you! Jesus is that friend who makes sense of everything, every day.

Read on...

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August 08, 2007

Gratitude...

Stonewallwithsheep

Greetings, Everyone!

Susie Larson here...

And to my visitors, I say welcome. I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way.

Years ago during a holiday dinner, we went around the table and shared about the things we learned from God over the course of that year.

My son Luke was about fourteen at the time. He surprised me with these words, "I've learned that when you're thankful, life is better."

Once when Francis Frangipane was being interviewed on a radio program, he was asked what he thought was the most prevailing problem in our country today. He paused for a moment and then replied, "Ingratitude."

Today we are going to explore the power of thankfulness. God inhabits the praises of His people and we are His people. He draws near to the humbly thankful, and He distances Himself from the grumbly, prideful.

No matter what season life finds us in right now, we have reason for praise, reason to be grateful.

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August 01, 2007

Repentance...

Housethroughtherocks

Good Day, Friends!

And a warm welcome to my visitors. I post every Wednesday and my goal is to bless and nourish you along the way.

I've realized something about myself - actually, I already knew it - but now I am more sure of it.

I am a terrible gardener.

Maybe I just don't care enough.

When it was time to plant the seeds, I half-heartedly turned over the soil. Then I planted the seeds. And now I watch from my deck as our underground sprinkler waters the garden.

Every once in a while I walk over there to see how things are growing. I planted so many tomato plants that they don't need wire racks to hold them up. My pepper plants look pitiful but the weeds around them are thriving. Kevin was intent on having a few cornstalks in the garden which embarrasses me completely. I think that's why I am keeping a healthy distance from the garden. The stalks are now taller than I am and they look out of place in our suburban back yard. Ugh.

This morning as I spent time on my deck, praying and watching the sun rise, it occured to me how important it is to regularly and intentionally, dig deeper.

I want to talk about something that will greatly improve the quality of our lives - and the quality of the fruit that comes from us.

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