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He is the radiance of the glory of God & the exact imprint of His nature. ~Hebrews 1:3~

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This seemed a fitting Scripture for the first day of Advent, the season where we celebrate God sending us His beautiful Son!

Here’s how Hebrews 1 sounds from The Message:

By his Son, God created the world in the beginning,
And it will all belong to the Son at the end.
This Son perfectly mirrors God,
  And is stamped with God’s nature.
He holds everything together by what He says—
Powerful words!

And I love these words from the folks at Desiring God about His Radiance:

“The glory of God is the holiness of God put on display. That is, it is the infinite worth of God made manifest.

When the holiness of God fills the earth for people to see, it is called glory. God’s glory is the radiance of his holiness.

It is the out-streaming of his infinite value. And when it streams out, it is seen as beautiful and great.

It separates God from all that is common—like the rarest and most perfect diamond in the world.”

What can I add to those words but —Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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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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Heart Lessons

Renee Ann Smith —  September 3, 2014 — 20 Comments

Corrie ten Boom quote

“God never measures the mind. He always puts His tape measure in the heart.” ~Corrie ten Boom~

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“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ~Aristotle~

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“We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider everything as moonshine, compared to the education of the heart. “ ~Sir Walter Scott~

I start school TODAY—if you’re reading this on Wednesday—and I’m excited and hopeful and just a little bit overwhelmed because I don’t feel ready. So I dug out this quote from a great woman of God to remind me where my focus needs to be. I’m privileged to be a small part in guiding the hearts of my precious students. May God bless our time together & never let me take that for granted.

And may Corrie’s words encourage you in whatever your day brings. Though things may not go as perfectly as you planned, it’s the heart lessons learned that matter.

Thank you for spending a few moments of your day here. Blessings, friends!

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C. S. Lewis quote lunatic sun

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him
than a lunatic can put out the sun
by scribbling the word darkness
on the walls of his cell.

~C. S. Lewis~

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Words of wisdom to inspire you, brave ones, as you shine for Christ in every corner of our world.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

***Photo Backstory: I made this graphic from an iPhone pic of the pond on my school campus.
I love how the touch of the sun beautifies every twig, leaf & pebble in the landscape.
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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!

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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…

Guiding Us Home

Renee Ann Smith —  July 9, 2014 — 14 Comments

Kinderhook KraftyKash Atlas GirlIt’s this being known that is the compass that guides us home.

~Emily Wierenga~

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These insightful words come from Emily Wierenga’s memoir, Atlas Girl. I was privileged to be part of Emily’s launch team and won the map necklace pictured above with my grandfather’s clock & photos of my grandmother, father, mother and aunt. This lovely piece was created by Kashoan Ward at KraftyKash.

Kinderhook KraftyKashKashoan can fashion special words, letters, Bible verses, quotes or vintage maps into necklaces and bracelets. (Click on the photo below left for a close up view of my necklace.)

Kinderhook KraftyKashRenee Ann Smith Kinderhook

 

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For the subject of my map necklace, I chose my hometown—Kinderhook, New York, in the Hudson River Valley.

  • Kinderhook’s the kind of place that still holds band concerts in the village green on hot summer nights.
  • On Christmas Eve, the village Santas (volunteer firemen dressed in Santa suits) deliver gifts to every child in town.
  • At one point during my childhood, every aunt, uncle and cousin on both sides of my family lived in Kinderhook.
  • And I can’t say enough about our beautiful Catskill Mountains. They’re a heart-lifting view even on the gloomiest of days!

Renee Ann Smith Kinderhook

  • Plus, Kinderhook is historic. It was named by Hendrick Hudson—it’s Dutch for children’s corner.
  • And it’s the birthplace of Martin Van Buren, 8th Pres of the USA.
  • The story goes that MVB coined the phrase OK from Old Kinderhook.
  • Washington Irving was also a frequent visitor back in the day.
  • So the name of the school from which I graduated is Ichabod Crane High School & the mascot is the Rider.

I left home & stayed away for about ten years before something drew me back. Now I live just south of my hometown but attend church there very Sunday.

If you’re ever up this way, be sure to stop by for real. I’d love to give you a tour!

Thanks for the blog visit! Blessings, friends!

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Emily Wierenga Atlas Girl

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