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Glory is the supernatural signature where God has been at work. ~James MacDonald~ (click to tweet)

Photo Backstory: This is how a small stream on my school campus looks now that Fall has arrived in upstate NY. What beauty have you soaked in this week, friends?  Continue Reading…

Last year’s words

Renee Ann Smith —  January 2, 2013 — 18 Comments

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Do not call to mind the former things,
Or ponder things of the past.
Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert

~Isaiah 43:18&19~

With God’s help, I’m striving to put away last year’s words of defeat and claim God’s words of hope for the future. How about you, friends? What words will you put behind you? What words of promise will you claim for 2013? Be assured, whenever I see your comment, I lift you up in prayer—even if I don’t get to visit your blog or respond right away. Blessings!

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Have you ever found yourself longing for answers but somewhere along the way you lost track of the questions? This poem reminds me that the answer to every question, doubt, and longing can be summed up in one phrase . . .

Just Give Me Jesus

He is enduringly strong.
He is entirely sincere.
He is eternally steadfast.
He is immortally gracious.
He is imperially powerful.
He is impartially merciful.
He is the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizons of the globe.

Just give me Jesus.

He is God’s Son.
He is the sinner’s Savior.
He is the captive’s Ransom.
He is the Breath of Life.
He is the centerpiece of civilization.
He stands in the solitude of Himself.
He is august and He is unique.
He is unparalleled and He is unprecedented.
He is undisputed and He is undefiled.
He is unsurpassed and He is unshakable.
Just give me Jesus.

He is the lofty idea in philosophy.
He is the highest personality in psychology.
He is the supreme subject in literature.
He is the unavoidable problem in higher criticism.
He is the fundamental doctrine of theology.
He is the Cornerstone, the Capstone, and the stumbling Stone of all religion.

He is the miracle of the ages.

He is the God of the Second Chance,
The Fat Chance,
The Slim Chance,
The No Chance.

No means of measure can define His limitless love.

Just give me Jesus.

I was not able to find an author for this poem, but you can listen to Anne Graham Lotz eloquently reciting it to the background of Fernando Ortega’s piano playing here.

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How big is small?

Renee Ann Smith —  May 17, 2011 — 28 Comments

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.”~Corrie ten Boom~

Luke 17:6: Jesus replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”

Luke 21:1-4: As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

From I Kings 18: And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant.

And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. The power of the LORD came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

I’m thankful that “little is much when God is in it.” How about you?

How do you view the world? Are you the cynic who sees only sadness, sickness, and sorrow? Or are you the ostrich who can only be happy by refusing to acknowledge any shadow of ugliness? I’m convinced that through Christ we can see the world as it really is and yet still focus on joy, hope, and love. For we know that Christ came to make all things new, and someday He will finish the work He began on the Cross. Until then, we catch glimpses of His beauty in the miracles which surround us every day.

Be encouraged by Romans 1:20 as interpreted by the Message: “But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of His divine being.”

And soak in this poetry from the Old Testament book of Job . . .

“God stretches out the north over empty space
And hangs the earth on nothing.
He wraps up the waters in His clouds,
And the cloud does not burst under them.
He obscures the face of the full moon
And spreads His cloud over it.
He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters
At the boundary of light and darkness.
The pillars of heaven tremble
And are amazed at His rebuke.
He quieted the sea with His power,
And by His understanding He shattered Rahab.
By His breath the heavens are cleared;
His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.
Behold, these are the fringes of His ways!”

I’m thankful God shares with us what He sees in the world! How about you?