The Silence of Love!

The silence of snow.  It was a Thursday.  The loud part of the storm had already come and the gentle part still remained.  The snow started to fall, and the flakes got larger and more robust.  I dressed for the occasion, and went for a walk.  There is a silence in the snow.  A silence like no other.  The world has slowed down, and what sound is left, is absorbed by the white frozen water.  In this silence you can hear God.  You can so easily… just be.  The beauty is overwhelming, but when you add the contemplative silence, a rush of emotion floods your soul.  The thought of sitting in silence, with Christ, enters my mind.  “Be still and know that I am God”.  Maybe when we sit with our Savior, more is said in our silence than in our words. Our mind has time to relax, and our heart has time to fully love.  It is hard to find that silence in most days. However, the rewards it brings are worth looking for it.  Most times I find it in the early morning.  Sometimes I find it with my animals.  Other times it shows up when I least expect it. Sometimes even in a crowd of people, silence comes, and God is present.  One thing is for sure.  No matter when, or how the silence happens, I always find God there.  Nothing is said.  I simply listen and so does he.  BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD!  

Matthew 6:6 (MSG)

I Love You!

Perry

Teach Me Patience!

Do you ever have those days when you are fed up with Gods’ children?  As I drive, I sense anger at the person driving to slow, because they are texting.  I get honked at by a girl, who came into my turn lane, because she didn’t pay attention to the sign. She was texting.  The day progressed and it seemed to get worse.  People not showing up for work.  Products not on shelves. It seems integrity has left on a train.  Common sense has taken a vacation.  Then he talks to my heart.  He shows himself in certain people… in certain places.  He says wait… I am still here.  I know my children have issues.  I know my children, including you, fall so very short, but they are my children and I love them.“ Father teach me patience with those around me.  Give me compassion.  Grant me wisdom to look past the irritation and see Christ in everyone. To look beyond the people and notice you in everything around me.  Father allow me to take the log out of my eye, before noticing the splinter in the eye of others.  Keep me focused on you and not the tribulations of this world”.  I want to add “please teach people to drive and not use their cell phone”.  But God grabs my heart and says do not judge.  I answer “but its hard”.  Again he says, believe me I know.  What a friend our God is!

Matthew 7:1-5 (MSG)

I Love You!

Perry

Being Gods’ Child!

You say you love me, but I don’t know how to be your child.  You say you have grace untold for me, but I don’t deserve it.  You fill my life with favor, with blessings too numerous to count, but I don’t know why. You lead me down paths that lead to you, but so many times I do not follow. You speak to me with love and understanding, and so many days I do not listen. I read your words… your wisdom… your instruction… but I do not always heed them. You anoint my head with compassion, with empathy, but I don’t take the time to say “Thank You”.  I try each day to make you proud.  To be your hands… your feet… your love.  I try with unwavering devotion to put a smile on your face, but I fall so pitifully short.  My sin makes me want to hide.  Then you wrap me in your love.  You fill my soul with the warmth of your embrace.  You peer into my heart, and without hesitation, you tell me that I don’t have to know how to be your child.  All I have to do is accept and love you.  What an amazing Father.  What an amazing Savior you are!  Father guide me down the path you would have me to follow.  The path that leads straight to you. 

Ephesians 2:8 & 9 (MSG)

I love You!

Perry

The Joy Of Grace!

As I stand in the wind of a cold front, it feels as though it’s coming from all directions.  It whips and turns, gusts and slows.  It refreshes one minute, and brings shivers the next.  As I feel it coming from this way, then that way.  I think of the spirit of Jesus, and the way it feels the same.  We have to live in a spirit place, in order to understand the love, and true joy, of our Savior.  Joy should be a constant companion.  When we find ourselves living, in the grace of one day, joy shows up through the spirit of Christ.  We had the chance to keep my nephews recently, and to watch children play brings an awareness of the spirit of God.  They have no agenda.  They simply live in the grace of one day.  No five year plan, no worry of tomorrow. Just grace of the moment… of the day. They go one way… then the other. They dance. Then they run. Then they sit. No thought of rules, or what’s right and wrong.  Just grace for a moment.  When we take the time to contemplate our father, and his spirit, we find joy coming first one way… then the other.  As we grow we get so caught up by rules, regulations, and the need to please. We forget Gods grace, is part of our lives… every minute… every day.  Father, teach me to look for your spirit… your grace… no matter what direction it comes from. Romans 8 (MSG)

I Love You!

Perry

Amazing Love!

I stand at the window of my warm home, and I cry at the amazing world our father made for us.  The beauty of the snow coming down.  As I listen to John Denver, on the Alexa, I cry at the amazing gift of sight, sound and senses, to experience such a magnificent view and the white wonder, that is a winter storm.  I cry at the gifts, and I cry for the compassion I have for those that can not see, those that cannot hear, and those that are lost, out in this bitter cold day.  I cry for a little girl, Savvy, that has a special place in my heart. She has lost her sight due to tumors.  How I would give anything, if she could see this snow and the glory that it brings to the day.  I cry as I ask for forgiveness, for the times when I take for granted the life he has blessed me with.  The health he has given.  The eyes he has placed in my head, and the ears he has made.  I praise him for the home, and the land he so richly blessed me with.  It’s days like this that God says “slow down and enjoy the wonders I have placed before you”.  Father help me on most days, to stop and enjoy the blessings you give so freely because you love so deeply.  Thank you for loving us the way you do! 

I Love You!

Perry

Knowing God!

True knowledge of God doesn’t come from a book… a degree.  True knowledge of our father, comes from an intimate relationship with him.  Lorna and I have been married for 38 years.  During that time we have been intimate so many times I can’t count.  We know each other from every detail,  every angle.  We move as one. The more time we spend together, the deeper that intimacy becomes.  I could read two hundred books about my wife, and still not truly know her.  I could take many courses in Lorna 101,  and still not be aware of her heart.  It is not until I spend time talking to her.  Time listening to her.  Time being intimate with her, that I come to know her soul… her spirit… her heart.  Spending time in God’s word is very important.  I have spent my life reading his scripture.  It wasn’t until I also spent time in contemplation, time in deep prayer, and time in intimacy with him, that I came to truly understand his heart, his spirit, his soul.  Just like marriage, God doesn’t want knowledge, he wants relationship.  He wants intimacy.  He wants your love… your heart.  He wants us to spend time in prayer.  When he talks to our heart, he wants us to pause and listen.  When he leads our life, he wants us to contemplate his direction and heed his desires.  Your heart… your soul… your mind… can know him intimately.  You simply have to listen.    

Matthew 11:28 (MSG)

I Love You!

Perry