This driftwood has some great ideas.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Nevertheless I am continually with Thee.
-Psalm lxxiii. 23
"Neverthelss,"- As if, notwithstanding all the foolishness and ignorance which David had just been confessing to God, not one atom the less was it true and certain that David was saved and accepted, and that the blessing of being constantly in God's presence was undoubtedly his... Believer, you are forced to enter into Asaph's confession and acknowledgment, endeavor in like spirit to say "nevertheless since I belong to Christ I am continually with God."
By this is meant continually upon His mind, He is always thinking of me for my good. Continually before His eye;- the eye of the Lord never sleepeth, but is perpetually watching over my welfare. Continually in His hand, so that none shall be able to pluck me thence. Continually on His heart, worn there as a memorial;... thy love is strong as death, many waters cannot quench it; neither can the floods drown it.
Surprising grace! Thou seest me in Christ, and though in myself abhorred, Thou beholdest me as wearing Christ's garments, and washed in His blood, and thus I stand accepted in Thy presence. I am thus continually in Thy favour- "continually with Thee." Here is comfort for the tried and afflicted soul; vexed with the tempest within... "Nevertheless"- O say it in thy heart, and take the peace it gives. "Nevertheless I am continually with Thee."
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
RM by Roland Mouret Circe zip dress with belt
Portobello Saddle Bag
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Exceeding great and precious promises.
-2 Peter i. 4
If you would know experimentally the preciousness of the promises, and enjoy them in your own heart, meditate much upon them. There are promises which are like grapes in the wine press; if you will tread them the juice will flow...
But besides meditating upon the promises, seek in thy soul to receive them as being the very words of God. Speak to thy soul thus, "If I were dealing with a man's promise, I should carefully consider the ability and the character of the man who had covenanted with me. So with the promise of God; my eye must not be so much fixed upon the greatness of the mercy- that may stagger me; as upon the greatness of the promiser- that will cheer me. My soul, it is God, even thy God, God that cannot lie, who speaks to thee... He has not altered the thing which has gone out of His mouth, nor called back one single consolatory sentence. Nor doth He lack any power; it is that God that made the heavens ad the earth who has spoken thus. Nor can He fail in wisdom as to the time when He will bestow the favours, for He knoweth when it is best to give and when better to withhold. Therefore, seeing that it is the word of a God so true, so immutable, so powerful, so wise, I will and must believe the promise. If we thus meditate upon the promises, and consider the Promiser, we shall experience their sweetness, and obtain their fulfillment.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge, & c.
-2 Peter i. 5,6
If thou wouldest enjoy the eminent grace of the full assurance of faith, under the blessed Spirit's influence, and assistance, do what the Scripture tells thee, "Give diligence." Take care that thy faith is of the right kind- that it is not a mere belief of doctrine, but a simple faith, depending on Christ, and on Christ alone... Study well the Scriptures, and get knowledge; for a knowledge of doctrine will tend very much to confirm faith. Try to understand God's word; let it dwell in thy heart richly.
When thou hast done this, "Add to thy knowledge temperance." Take heed to thy body: be temperate without. Take heed to thy soul: be temperate within... Add to this, by God's Holy Spirit, patience; ask Him to give thee that patience which endureth affliction, which, when it is tried, shall come forth as gold... When that grace is won look to godliness... Make God's glory your object in life; live in His sight; dwell close to Him... and thou hast godliness; and to that add brotherly love... When you are adorned with these jewels, and just in proportion as you practise these heavenly virtues, will you come to know by clearest evidence "your calling and election." "Give diligence," if you would get assurance, for lukewarmness and doubting very naturally go hand in hand.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
A mini ampatheater in Pasadena,
a cool summer evening,
a cute french band called "Paris Loves LA" playing music reminiscent of Serge Gainsbourg and Bridgette Bardot in the 60's,
wine, motradella, tomatoes from my moms garden, homemade french macarons,
and a best friend.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
They have healed the wound of my people lightly saying, "Peace, peace," when there is no peace.
Because of Israel's continual and impenitent disobedience, the Lord gave His people over to foreign enemies and exile. He would no tolerate and leave unpunished such blatant evil, especially amongst those who were set apart as His representative people. The Israelites had much to fear. Yet false prophets and leaders did not head the warnings of Jeremiah who brought news of these tragic events, in fact they falsely proclaimed "peace" is Israel and claimed that such impending destruction was unwarranted, their God would not bring judgment upon them. But there was no peace! judgment was coming. But Israel, just like most of us today, loved to believe these false claims of security (5:31) and ignore the fact that they would be held responsible for their actions and their disobedience to their God. Today so many things too blind us to the fact that we will be held responsible, and not all of those things are bad in and of themselves, but they blind us nonetheless, giving us a sense of peace in our lives when there is, in fact, no peace. Only God can offer true peace, but we must first recognize our disobedience to God demands a pure apology and payment that we can not offer. But there is good news! There is one who offers it on our behalf, Jesus Christ. He stands with His hands outstretched offering forgiveness, full payment, restored relationship with God and, for the first time, peace when there is peace.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
Is. xxxvii. 22
Reassured by the Word of the Lord, the poor trembling citizens of Zion grew bold, and shook their heads at Sennacherib's boastful threats. Strong faith enables the servants of God to look with calm contempt upon their most haughty foes. We know that our enemies are attempting impossibilities. They seek to destroy the eternal life, which cannot die while Jesus lives; to overthrow the citadel, against which the gates of hell shall not prevail...
Above all, we know that the Most High is with us, and when He dresses Himself in arms, where are His enemies?... His rod of iron shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel, and their very remembrance shall perish from the earth. Away, then, all fears, the kingdom is safe in the King's hands. Let us shout for joy, for the Lord reigneth, and his foes shall be as straw for the dunghill...
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I went to our local garden store, Potted, the other day and found some amazingly creative potted plants. In fact, there are no actual "pots" involved; enjoy :)
Cacti in an old John Deer toy.
More cacti in an old tool box. You could so do that yourself!
A local artist knits these hanging pods which house real growing plants! plus cute nick-knacks like a crystal rock...
or a pair of love birds.
The earnest of our inheritence.
Eph. i. 14
Oh! what enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart is experienced by the man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone. Yet the realization which we have of Christ's preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at the best. As an old writer says, "Tis but a taste!" We have tasted "that the Lord is gracious," but we do not yet know how good and gracious He is, although what we know of His sweetness makes us long for more... We groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption... Here we see the manna falling small, like coriander seed, but there shall we eat the bread of heaven...
O Christian, antedate heaven for a few years. Within very little time thou shalt be rid of all thy trials and thy troubles. Thine eyes suffused with tears shall weep no longer... The triumph of His glory shall be shared by thee; His crown, His joy, His paradise, these shall be thine, and thou shalt be co-heir with Him who is the heir of all things.
Monday, July 19, 2010
The Lord our God hath shewed us His glory.
-Deut. v. 24
God's great design in all His works is the manifestation of His own glory... But how shall the glory of God be manifested to such fallen creatures as we are? Man's eye is not single, he has ever a side glance towards his own honour... and so is not qualified to behold the glory of the Lord. It is clear, then, that self must stand out of the way, that there may be room for God to be exalted; and this is the reason why He bringeth His people ofttimes into straits and difficulties, that, being made conscience of their own folly and weakness, they may be fitted to behold the majesty of God when He comes forth to work their deliverance...
They who navigate little streams and shallow creeks, know but little of the God of tempests; but they who "do business in great waters," these see His "wonders in the deep." Among the huge Atlantic-waves of bereavement, poverty, temptation, and reproach, we learn the power of Jehovah, because we feel the littleness of man... Praise God that you have not been left to the darkness and ignorance which continued prosperity might have you involved, but that in the great fight of affliction, you have been capacitated for the outshinings of His glory in His wonderful dealings with you.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sanctified by God the Father.- Jude 1
Sanctified in Christ Jesus.- 1 Corinthians i. 2
Through sanctification of the Spirit.- 1 Peter i. 2
Mark the union of the Three Divine Persons in all their gracious acts. How unwisely do those believers talk who make preferences in the Persons of the Trinity... In the deeds of grace none of the Persons of the Trinity act apart from the rest. They are united in their deeds and in their essence. In their love towards the chosen they are one, and in the actions which flow from that great central source they are still undivided. Specially notice this in the matter of sanctification... It is correct to speak of sanctification as the work of the Father, of the Son, and of the Spirit... See the value which God sets upon real holiness, since the Three Persons in the Trinity are represented as co-working to produce a Church without "spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing." And you, believer,... must also set a high value on holiness... This day let us so live as to manifest the work of the Triune God in us.