Friday, December 3, 2010

She's Back!

Sweet friends, it's been a bit since I've splashed around here. Glad to be back. A time of focussing on the most importants in my life. A time of speaking to certain mountains and by faith believing that they are moved. A time of joy, washed in thankfulness for all that God has done and is doing in me. It's kinda like this ...

Sometimes you have to take time to move things out of the picture of your life.
"Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it - he will be blessed in what he does." - James 1:23

And you gotta know when and where to stand.
"Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come."
- 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

Then, you laugh when at times you realize you have no idea what you are doing.
"But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." - 2 Corinthians 12:9

Of course, there is always time for a bit more refinement.
"My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do note lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves .." - Hebrews 12:5-6

A must to open your eyes
"Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly." - Mark 8:25

The final outcome ... worth the process.
"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
- 2 Cor 3:18

And friends, we have much to celebrate. When God looks at the picture of our lives, what a wonder that He sees us through the lens of Jesus.


Denise said...

Yes my Dear,you go girl,right on,Praise God!

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are doing good and I love the scriputres you shared as well as the photos that was too cute.

Intentional Living Homestead said...

Yes, I too think it's time to take a break to focus on other things in my life.

Loved the scripture you chose. You also are a beautiful family.


Unknown said...

As I prayed along side of you the last few months God constantly reminded me, "It was I that caused the seas to roar and it is I who will calm the storms around them."

God brings victory in our lives as we trust in Him, hope in Him, believe in Him, rest in Him, find joy in Him, and peace in Him...and ultimately fall in love with Him more and more each day!

I love you Sarah and your beautiful family! Awesome to see a new photo!

Leah Adams said...

Welcome back. Love the photos and the narrative/Scriptures that go with them.



Linda said...

You have been on mind and in my prayers. Welcome back!!

Stephanie M. Page said...

I love love love it alL!

Debbie Petras said...

I loved seeing each one of your photos! And Sarah you look happy; love your smile. May your days be joyful through this season of your life.

Much love to you,

Glenda said...

Thanks, Sarah, for splashing over to my blog!! Come again! I enjoyed this post; the pics are wonderful!

I like what you said about God seeing us through Jesus' lens; I'm so glad that's true . . . and I want to see others through His eyes, too!

The Pastoor Family said...

Thanks for stopping by today. Welcome back...I missed your sweet notes. Still in need of that chat....
Wendy <3

Rick said...

Hi Sarah - thanks for 'messing' around on my blog ;-)

Lovely family you have - and a beautiful sequence of photos !

Wonderful scriptures in this post - they spoke to me more than you'll know. Thank you !

Ginny Hartzler said...

Nice to meet you, Sarah. Thanks for visiting my blog! When I came to yours, I was stunned by the designs and pretty color! And this post is so neat!! I love the way you have correlated the pictures to the bible verses, very inventive! I'm glad you have come out the other side of the hard time you were facing, and are back posting, you do have a talent for outreach!

Missie said...

my life feels like that sometimes too! glad you got a great photo and some calm in the end!

Louise Gallagher said...

Hello Sarah, one of the many things I love about blogging is I get to meet wonderful, amazing people -- like you -- by visiting their sites and being splashed with their joy.

Thanks so much for dropping by my place. I look forward to many more visits here!



Miss Janet said...

Get your praise on!

Missed you.

Just stopped by to say, have a blessed day!


Alicia The Snowflake said...

Cute post! But you guys did eventually get a great family picture.

Glad to see you splashing around again. Hope you had a great weekend!

Wanda said...

Hi Sara, welcome back.

Alison said...

Glad you're back! James 1:23 has been a theme of my last couple of weeks - so refreshing and refining!

Unknown said...

It is so nice to take time out and really concentrate on what matters most! I love all the pictures. You have a beautiful family!

lioneagle said...

Hi Sarah -

Yes, I agree with what you have expressed here. Especially I zoned on - that His grace is sufficient, and that we indeed need His discipline. He is such a great Father and knows that without discipline certainly we would be wayward. Praise GOD for Who He is and for all that He does!

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

You mentioned that you found me based on the name of my blog, "LIONS SHARE MAJESTY." How did you find me?

MTJ said...

Hi Sarah,

This is my first visit to your blog. Thank you for allowing me a glimpse of your family; photos that convey both the love and joy each of you has for one another.

This scripture from James (1:23) reminds me of a passage I read this morning in Daniel (Chapter 4). King Nebuchadnezzar has a dream that Daniel reveals what will happen to the king. Daniel goes on to warn the king, "Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.” (v27)

Twelve months later, king Nebuchadnezzar forgets the warning from Daniel and says, "Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” (v30)

He hears a voice from heaven that says, "...Your royal authority has been taken from you." (v31)

Perhaps it's human nature to take life for granted; to assume things will go unchecked and unchanged. It is a foolish notion when all life depends upon the Sovereign God.

There is encouragement in your words, "...what a wonder that He sees us through the lens of Jesus."

Don't take God, my life, or others for granted; appreciate the grace I have received. For this I am most grateful to our Lord.

Blessings and peace.