Saturday, October 31, 2009

Past, Present, and Future



Always
wrapped in color
creator draws me
closer to center

with hope
all prayers
will be answered
in peace

no matter
what has
taken place,
is happening,
or what will be
in future days

my trust
is placed in
all power
of His Name
and Word.


Mediation from Philippians 1:3-11

Love to all,
Robin


Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Friday, October 30, 2009

hope



even when life
comes to a finish
there is still beauty
to be found

in endings

it is here

rhythms of hope
come alive
and new life begins

in under-ground
darkness of winter

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Soul Worships

How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder consider all the works thy Hand hath made, I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder, Thy pow'r throughout The universe displayed;


When through the woods and forest glades I wander I hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze;


Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great Thou art! How great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art! How great Thou art!


And when I think that God, His Son not sparing sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died o take away my sin.


When Christ shall come, with shouts of acclamation, and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow in humble adoration and there proclaim, "My God, how great Thou art!"


Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art! How great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

Love to all,
Robin


Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Pictures from our drive to B.C. and the lyrics I posted are the original words to the hymn written by: Carl Boberg, 1859 - 1940English Translation ~ Stuart K. Hine.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Potpourri of Thoughts


I usually post a thought for Spiritual Sundays early Saturday morning. However, this week I had a class in another city in my province, and did not have time to post before I left yesterday. My thoughts tonight are still focused on Church History. The class was totally satisfying for my faith and inquisitive mind.

All the way home, I was reflecting upon faith and reason and how it threads through church history. For those who enjoy history here is an interesting thought from Plato titled Plato's Cave on youtube. This video had me contemplating deeply what Plato was trying to say. If you would like to post thoughts on this video, I would enjoy reading comments.

Tonight, I have decided to post a link to Psalm 138 from Bible-gate-way. This Psalm spoke healing and hope into my life as I read through it this week. It is incrediable how God's word comes alive when I least expect it, and also brings transformation in my attitude. A complete mystery!

My musings on three verses in this Psalm that encouraged me this week:

Verse 3, when I, as the psalmist did, called out to God he answered and deepened my faith and trust in Him.

Verse 7, brought hope. No matter what I might encounter in this life, God is with me and will shelter me in His love.

And verse 8, I can trust God will finish in my life what He has begun even if I have no idea what that might be! I simply will trust and have faith. I guess faith and reason works into my musings this week.

And all is wrapped together with God's love that will endure forever, no matter what.

Here is a link for a youtube video on psalm 138 to contemplate upon.

As you read scripture how does or has God spoken to you?

The above picture was taken near Kamloops B.C. a few weeks ago. As I was driving home tonight from Regina to Saskatoon, there was a beautiful breath-taking scene of golden bails of hay on flat prairie with an amazing sunset that filled the sky. As usual, I did not have my camera. Lesson learned: Always take your camera.

Love to all,
Robin


Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Buttery Sweet


Today was one of those, you know, when your mind, body, soul, and strength are all in balance. Out of ten it was a nine kind of day. I enjoyed every moment of feeling like I was in balance with life. Totally refreshing! Most days I feel out of balance or something.

Tomorrow is my turn to prepare coffee for our Wednesday morning church staff meeting. I woke up today thinking about making muffins for tomorrow. I believe I was inspired by the movie Julie and Julia to put my baking skills to work. There is something soothing for the soul about baking delicious, buttery sweet, no good for your body baking, while listening to soft Jazz!

I have added a few pictures of my muffins: a while cooling picture, and ready to take in the morning picture. It is enjoyable to share my moment of baking homemade fresh blueberry strudel and apple strudel muffins with all of you. I know why there is a book titled the Joy of Baking…it is good for your soul.

My home smells sweet and I am content! I was thinking, (another inspiration from the J & J movie) it would be great to work through a cookbook, but a healthy one! I know how to make all of the not so good for your heart items. It would be encouraging to learn some new healthy recipes. Oh, in case you are thinking about watching the J & J movie, there are words in the content that they could have left out. The story line was slow but interesting and left me with a few ideas to ponder.

Love to all
Robin

P.S. I had tea today with a 92 year old lady today who went to this movie on her birthday last week, how cool is that. We talked about Julia Child and how she wore pearls. Pearls are old school, but still very stylish and classic. I would love to hear what you think about wearing pearls.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thoughts from Philippians 1:3-11



Blogger is losing my words today! It is good to be back into routine, however it was good to get away from the daily demands. I am posting a few points from the sermon I will be giving tomorrow night at a seniors service in my community. The title of my sermon is "Thanksgiving and Prayer"--It is Thanksgiving on Monday here in Canada.

Philippians 1:3-5 Point One:Paul viewed the past with a thankful heart to God.

In this passage, Paul demonstrates how to view the past by having a thankful heart towards God for all that he has been given. He was able to be content because when he looked at the past he did so with a thankful heart. He recognized that in Christ he was able to do all things and the key was to be thankful for God’s direction and the encouragement he received from other believers.

Philippians 1:6-8 Point Two: Paul viewed the present with confidence in what God is doing.

As Paul remembers and thinks about the Christians in Philippi, he was flooded with emotions for them. He longed for them with all of his heart, and he loved them with a love that is found in Christ. Paul had confidence in these believers and confidence that God would continue to lead them no matter what they faced on their journey.

Philippians 1: 9-11
Point Three: Paul’s outlook on the future is prepared with prayer to God for the Philippians.

For each of us to face the future and all that we might experience with the same confidence that these Christians from Philippi had, we too must live each day close to God. Thanking Him daily for all that he has done in our life.

What will your reactions and choices be concerning the circumstances you will experience in life? Will you look at the past with doubt or thanksgiving? Will you look at the present with fearfulness or confidence? Will you look at the future with anxiety or push forward with prayer? Will you rely on your own strength, or will you rely on the strength Christ freely gives as you look to Him? What will be true in your life story?

Father God, guide each person who reads these thoughts to turn to you seeking direction from your Spirit. Direct us into your love and help us Lord to persevere in Christ no matter what we might experience in this life. I pray we will learn to be thankful in all situations as Paul did. Christ in your name there is power to do the will of our Father. Amen.

With Love Robin

Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.

P.S Snow arrived in Saskatoon this week and the trees where not ready! Amazing that the picture above was taken only seven days before the snow hit Canada.