Sunday, August 31, 2014

Grace and Beauty Bits All Strung Together

Dear Ones...
Come and take a Sunday stroll with me. There is a rustic wooden bench across the road and around the pond's curve from here. We would find it nestled in tall prairie grasses but sitting along a mown pathway perfect for slipping off our sandals and relaxing bare toes in the soft green. 
The butterflies and grasshoppers of late August would join us. 
There is already the water-whooshing sounds of geese landing nearbye. Somehow they know these muggy 80s will not last. 
Autumn hinges on the horizon. 

I want you to drink with me in the beauty of this day, this season right in front of us; 
Engaging the worship muscles of our souls and feeding on the LORD's goodness surrounding us!

We will both meet with Monday's newly-birthed motion and demand in the morning, but join me in face-forward entering of the rigorous with our identity in Christ first. 

Let us enter filled, alive, soul-fed, enabled, chosen, surrounded and overflowing! 
His word all around us, His Spirit within us, covering these days ahead; covering all of their aching, rushing, not-enough, waiting, needing, flat out failing with the capstone of grace. 
"Grace, Grace. Too much grace." 
We will shout it loud at the end!

Just look all around us. Grace and beauty bits are gathered in bundles at our feet; floating in from this past week.
{ I will string some of mine together in a bunting of links for you. }
Scraps of His truth and steadfast love whispered in the words and photos captured and put down by others. 

Feast your soul and rest your heart!
Welcome Monday with huge faith and worship!
This wise perspective timely in seasons of reorienting home-life rhythms. 

Is your communion with Abba this way?

So that they believe in their Creator not through catechized brains alone, but from souls enlarged with wonder at the signs of Him all around. 

Heard of this one yet? 
Seriously the MOST FUN challenge you and your spouse will ever take. 
If 15 seconds is already a norm for you, take and add the 15 sec to your "norm" like Mr Favorite and I did... 
{We guarantee you won't regret this experiment...}
Single? Tuck this away for the future, then forward it to a married couple that you love.

Do you know Kara? I wish we could all be her besties as her amazing journey and platform of faith unfold. Grab some fresh coffee and do a little back reading of her blog. Catch her story and her heart. Watch for and order her book.  Pray for her strength and for her people. We will see this woman in glory all wrapped in His embrace, and we will be different here for knowing her story. 
I will leave you with this image. I do not recall where I stumbled across it, but I saved and have returned to it several times.

At first glance it stirred something in my soul; like a pixelated reflection of Abba's beckoning welcome over me. 
His rescue and choosing grace beautifying my heart and drawing my approach through courts of absolute beauty. 

{Zephaniah 3}
Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!
The LORD has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil.
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: "Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak.
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing."

What are some of your grace and beauty bits from the past week?
I would love to hear you share in this place. 

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