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Just In Time

Renee Ann Smith —  September 10, 2014 — 18 Comments

Beautiful in its time“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
~Ecclesiastes 3:11~

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This sweet family grew up in my garage. The local cat caused them much fear and anguish. Yet they stretched their wings and—using my driveway as a landing strip—practiced soaring & one by one flew away.

Now even the “empty-nester” Mama bird has moved on.

But a trace of their beauty remains.

I’m thankful for the simple beauty God sprinkles through our days & that you stopped by today. Blessings, friends!

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***Photo Backstory: I made this graphic from an iPhone pic, which I tweaked with PicMonkey. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share. Continue Reading…

Not One Square Inch

Renee Ann Smith —  August 27, 2014 — 11 Comments

Christ is in control “There’s not a square inch in the whole of our human existence over which Christ does not cry, ‘Mine!’”

~Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) Dutch prime minister, journalist, statesman & theologian~

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“For from Him & through Him & to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” ~Romans 11:36~

“For everything, absolutely everything, above & below—everything got started in Him & finds its purpose in Him. He was there before any of it came into existence & holds it all together right up to this moment.” ~Colossians 1:16&17, The Message~

May these ancient words remind you that—
Even when it doesn’t feel like it—
God holds us, our loved ones & our world in His hands.
Blessings, friends!

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***Photo Backstory: I just had to share this view of our gorgeous Catskills, which I enjoy every day on my way to & from school. Isn’t God’s creation amazing? I snapped this iPhone pic last year. Now that school has begun, I can’t wait until the leaves begin putting on their fall colors! Of course, PicMonkey is my tool of choice for tweaking the pic & adding the quote!

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A Life So Small

Renee Ann Smith —  August 25, 2014 — 22 Comments

Growing older doesn’t discourage me. But sometimes looking back does.

My birthday was last week. I turned 53. And on that day I asked myself, what have I to show for my half a century on earth?

I’ve seen some of my personal dreams come true, and some die. But other than that, I’m pretty empty-handed.

  • I don’t own anything that’s worth anything.
  • I haven’t seen the wonderful places in the world around me.
  • I can’t claim any impressive accomplishments.

Mostly I’ve lived my life at school, giving my time and energy and heart to other people’s kids.

Twenty of those years were spent sacrificing to help start a Christian high school, spending day after day, talking about the grammar rules no one remembers and trying to drum up enthusiasm for authors long gone and coaxing . . . bribing . . . prodding reluctant students to channel their thoughts into words.

Working in the summers. Doing without. Eking the last bit of life out of everything I own. So I could teach at a ministry school.

Watching cars break down and clothes fray and fall apart and my body grow worn.

And losing some of my best friends and loved family because they moved on to Heaven ahead of me.

Watching the school I loved and gave so much fall victim a shaky economy and oppressive culture and struggle and weaken and eventually die.

Now being the new teacher on the block, starting all over again to build a program and a ministry and a life . . . at my age.

Easily overlooked . . . disdained . . . forgotten . . . 

Even now, when I say the words aloud, they pierce my heart.

I’ve lived small . . . my life is so small.

And immediately, I hear ancient words reassuring me . . .

“He must increase. I must decrease.” ~John 3:30~

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He must increase

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.“ ~I Corinthians 1:27~

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I am chosen.God’s words remind me that I don’t need to be noticed here, when I’m remembered, watched over, and cherished by Heavenly eyes. 

I find myself turning to Psalm 73 to commiserate with the guy who lost all hope—until He let God give him a new perspective.

Here’s Psalm 73 from The Message . . .

“What’s going on here? Is God out to lunch?
Nobody’s tending the store.
The wicked get by with everything.
They have it made, piling up riches.

I’ve been stupid to play by the rules.
What has it gotten me?
A long run of bad luck, that’s what—
A slap in the face every time I walk out the door.
Still, when I tried to figure it out,

All I got was a splitting headache . . .

Until I entered the sanctuary of God.
Then I saw the whole picture.

You’re all I want in heaven!
You’re all I want on earth!

When my skin sags and my bones get brittle,
GOD is rock-firm and faithful.

Look! Those who left you are falling apart!
Deserters, they’ll never be heard from again.

But I’m in the very presence of GOD—
Oh, how refreshing it is!
I’ve made Lord GOD my home.
GOD, I’m telling the world what you do!”

I think that guy’s got the right idea! So I’m telling the world—

What I’ve learned in half a century is that  . . .

Christ’s hand in mine makes letting go of everything else

So very worth it!

Thanks for encouraging me with a visit! Blessings, friends!

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***Photo Backstory: I made these graphics from iPhone pics of my niece’s beautiful garden. Of course, PicMonkey is my tool of choice for tweaking the pic & adding the quote!

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Man’s Best Dreams

Renee Ann Smith —  August 13, 2014 — 14 Comments

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quote

God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning~

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) was one of the most prominent English poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both Britain & the United States during her lifetime.

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Warning: Nostalgia Day Re-post!

This iPhone pic shows the beach at Ocean City from two summers ago.
It’s raining here today. But when I look at this photo, I can almost feel that sun . . .


Of course, PicMonkey is my tool of choice for tweaking the pic & adding the quote!

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Two Empty Hands

Renee Ann Smith —  July 30, 2014 — 19 Comments

 Faith is two empty hands

“Faith is two empty hands held open to receive all of the Lord.”
~Alan Redpath~

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So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith
And that you, being rooted & grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all the saints
What is the breadth & length & height & depth,
And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge,
That you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
~Philippians 3:17-19~

***Alan Redpath was a British evangelist, pastor & author, 1907-1989.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

***Photo Backstory: I made this graphic from an iPhone pic I snapped of my little niece & then posterized with PicMonkey. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share. (Follow this link for more Free Graphics.) Continue Reading…

From a Distance

Renee Ann Smith —  July 23, 2014 — 25 Comments

Ann Voskamp Quote“God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors.”
~Ann Voskamp~

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This quote caught my attention this week. Let it sink in . . . 

Sometimes we don’t see God working in our lives & might even think He doesn’t care about our struggles.

It’s not until we look back from a distance that we see His hand in our days.

So let’s trust that time’s perspective will make much clear

And take a moment to thank Him for never letting us go. 

(Warning: Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear!)

Here’s a bit more of the context . . . 

“God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors. And I’ve an inkling that there are times when we need to drive a long, long distance, before we can look back and see God’s back in the rearview mirror. Maybe sometimes about as far as heaven—that kind of distance.” ~Ann Voskamp~

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

***Photo Backstory: I snapped this iPhone pic of the Hudson River & our city shoreline from my brother-in-law’s boat and tweaked it with PicMonkey. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share. (Follow this link for more Free Graphics.) Continue Reading…

Done by Hope

Renee Ann Smith —  July 16, 2014 — 9 Comments

HOPE Martin Luther

Everything that is done in this world is done by Hope.
~Martin Luther~

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The Lord delights in those who fear Him,
Who put their HOPE in his unfailing love.
~Psalm 147:11~

For I know the plans I have for you,
Declares the Lord,
Plans for welfare and not for evil,
To give you a future and a HOPE.
~Jeremiah 29:11~

I hope these words encourage you today! Blessings, friends!

***Photo Backstory: A few weeks back, I snapped this iPhone pic of HOPE—one bright blue egg resting in a nest on my niece’s swingset, waiting to be hatched—and tweaked it with PicMonkey. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share. (Follow this link for more Free Graphics.) Continue Reading…

Easy to speak

Renee Ann Smith —  June 4, 2014 — 17 Comments

Mother Teresa life quotes PIicMonkey

Kind words can be short & easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. ~Mother Teresa~

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Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ~Proverbs 16:24~

Photo Backstory: I made this graphic by downloading an image from my account at RGB Stock Photos and tweaking it & adding words with PicMonkey. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share. (Follow this link for more Free Graphics.)

***Did you miss my latest book review about a wonderful novel based on the book of Esther—but updated to Nazi Germany & the Holocaust? Follow this link to check out the amazing story!

Waving hello from the midst of our ending-the-school-year-well chaos. Have a lovely day, friends!

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