God sightings

Being Still (part 2)

Thanks again to Dina Sleiman for being my guest blogger on Wednesday, and to all of you who stopped by to visit. Reading Dina’s experience reminded me that God is truly in control of all things and that if I’ll slow down and stop when He tells me to I get some much-needed rest and He gets to work without my interference.

Anytime I hear the phrase “be still” in relation to God it immediately reminds me of an incredible song by Steven Curtis Chapman called “Be Still and Know That He Is God.” It was released on his “Speechless” CD several years ago, but has such a powerful message. The first two verses are:

Be still and know that He is God

Be still and know that He is holy

Be still, o restless soul of mine

Bow before the Prince of Peace

Let the noise and clamor cease …

 

Be still and know that He is God

Be still and know that He is faithful

Consider all that He has done

Stand in awe and be amazed

And know that He will never change

Be still …

So now that the song has been echoing in my mind for a couple of weeks, I went on a You Tube search to find something I could share. Lots of people have made videos or slide shows using the song, but this one is my favorite (granted, I didn’t listen to all the videos, but you know what I mean 🙂 ). It was apparently made to use during a youth retreat a few years ago, and has the most amazing photography. Take a few minutes to enjoy it and soak up some stillness to start your weekend. And if you watch the video, come back to share which of the photos is your favorite. I think mine is the one of the tremendous waves that remind me of God’s absolute power. What about you?

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Our God Is With Us

Earlier this year I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. I’d heard many good things about it, but you never exactly know what a conference is like until you experience it firsthand. The three days in Philly were a wonderful time of learning, growing, and meeting God that I won’t soon forget.

The director, Marlene Bagnull, emailed us regularly before the conference to share last-minute updates, encouragement, and prayers. She still emails attendees periodically and shared one of her poems with us this week. I loved how it balanced simplicity with the most powerful message of all, and asked if I could share it here. She agreed, so … Merry Christmas.

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Sunset Beauty

The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting (Psalm 50:1).

 

We camped at the beach in St. Augustine, Florida when the kids were on fall break a couple of weeks ago. I adore getting away to both the mountains and the beach, but must say that there’s just something about a beach sunset that thrills my soul and makes me appreciate God and His splendor. I’m sure sunrises fall in the same category, but I wouldn’t know from personal experience since I’m not up that early when I’m on vacation. 🙂

Here are a few sunset shots of the week …

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Isn’t it amazing how one night it seems mostly electric pink, another every shade of  purple, another neon-glow orange? God is just so cool that way.

 

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What’s Outside Your Door?

My husband went outside one morning last week to crank up his truck for a few minutes before heading to work. He came back in shaking his head and smiling. Apparently, when he stepped outside a big doe was standing in our front yard.

Now it’s not like we live on umpteen acres by ourselves — we’re in the middle of a neighborhood. And we do see deer pass through occasionally or even wander out from the patch of woods behind our house, but we don’t expect to come face-to-face with them when we walk out the door.

We were snug in the house going through our early morning routines and had no idea the doe was right there.  If my husband had gone outside even a couple of minutes sooner or later, the deer might not have been there — and we would never had known she was.

It made me think about how many other things are going on around me that I don’t necessarily notice. A sunrise or sunset. A squirrel doing gymnastics through the trees. A flower pushing through the earth to bloom and grow.

A God who whispers to me every day and night but that I don’t always hear through the other noise and busyness.

I don’t want to be like that, do you? I don’t want to get so wrapped up in the everyday workings of life that I miss the magic of miracles. Like the old song says, “Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus — to reach out and touch Him — and show that we love Him. Open our ears, Lord — and help us to listen. Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus.”

Yes, sweet Lord, open our eyes to see you — and whatever else happens to be outside our door.

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