Wednesday, January 4, 2012


This morning at my kitchen table...I was a little later...a little slower...I was taking a sick day...but I came after the shepherd had headed off (and yes he is shepherding)   We began on Monday once Lance got here and I guess gave them the memo that it was time to begin!!   We are now at four ewes...there is a betting pool for the week...I have chose the highest number 7 so WE WILL SEE!   I am really not sure what I win...Lance said something about if I win I can come out of my bedroom and take pictures or something...I kind of didn't pay too close attention because as my friend Debbie would say, "Ya'll are just being ugly!"  

But like I had said earlier that this year the new devotional Mary and I are doing is "Jesus Calling ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE" by Sarah Young.   And I look back at what I had just written and I see that it says that Mary and I are "doing"...and I start to change to reading...and I think NO there was a reason...we should be DOING and not just reading about it!   Anyway I must say I have enjoyed the short and sweet writings that take me off to a variety of places...I am sure many say...SHORT SWEET hmmm take note Penny...I try really I do!!   So anyway this mornings “reading” I thought was a good one with good food for thought!

It starts out, "I WANT YOU TO LEARN A NEW HABIT" to which I wonder hmmm I seem to have plenty of habits already...should I really have a new one...but I read on:

"Try saying, "I trust you Jesus" in response to whatever happens to you.  If there is time, think about who I am in all My Power and Glory; ponder also the depth and breadth of My Love for you.

This simple practice will help you see Me in every situation, acknowledging My sovereign control over the universe.  When you view events from this perspective--through the Light of My universal Presence--fear loses its grip on you.  Adverse circumstances become growth opportunities when you affirm your trust in Me no matter what.  You receive blessings gratefully, realizing they flow directly from My hand of grace.  Your continual assertion of trusting Me will strengthen our relationship and keep you close to Me."
I go and read each of the references...

Psalm 63:2;   And though I read it I am caught instead by 63:1 "O God.  You are my God.  Early will I seek You, My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water."    And I think of early in the morning...a time I love coming to my kitchen table...and I give thanks for the puddles around many of us understand the dry and thirsty I give thanks for mud...for puddles...

Then I came to  Isaiah 40:10-11;  Again I would encourage you to go read each because sometimes there is always so much more to show you...this morning I went to Isaiah 40...I know I have read it part of it contains one of my MOST FAVORITE of all Isaiah 40:31.   But I include in here the whole thing if you want to read it makes me smile thinking of Mary telling me a story yesterday of a guy going into this planetarium...and seeing this display of the whole universe and of it clicking to him...of him getting IT!  Mary of course told the story much better to me as I do better having something in writing so I can read it and reread it...but the point is there...and so I include Isaiah 40 that I copy from which is pretty cool in how easy it is to find:
Isaiah 40
New King James Version (NKJV)
Isaiah 40
God’s People Are Comforted
 1 “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!”
      Says your God.
2 “ Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her,
      That her warfare is ended,
      That her iniquity is pardoned;
      For she has received from the LORD’s hand
      Double for all her sins.”
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

      “ Prepare the way of the LORD;
      Make straight in the desert
      A highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted
      And every mountain and hill brought low;
      The crooked places shall be made straight
      And the rough places smooth;
5 The glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
      And all flesh shall see it together;
      For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
6 The voice said, “Cry out!”
      And he
[b] said, “What shall I cry?”

      “ All flesh is grass,
      And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades,
      Because the breath of the LORD blows upon it;
      Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
      But the word of our God stands forever.”
9 O Zion,
      You who bring good tidings,
      Get up into the high mountain;
      O Jerusalem,
      You who bring good tidings,
      Lift up your voice with strength,
      Lift it up, be not afraid;
      Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
10 Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand,
      And His arm shall rule for Him;
      Behold, His reward is with Him,
      And His work before Him.
11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
      He will gather the lambs with His arm,
      And carry them in His bosom,
      And gently lead those who are with young.
       12 Who has measured the waters[c] in the hollow of His hand,
      Measured heaven with a span
      And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure?
      Weighed the mountains in scales
      And the hills in a balance?
13 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
      Or as His counselor has taught Him?
14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him,
      And taught Him in the path of justice?
      Who taught Him knowledge,
      And showed Him the way of understanding?
15 Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket,
      And are counted as the small dust on the scales;
      Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing.
16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn,
      Nor its beasts sufficient for a burnt offering.
17 All nations before Him are as nothing,
      And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless.
18 To whom then will you liken God?
      Or what likeness will you compare to Him?
19 The workman molds an image,
      The goldsmith overspreads it with gold,
      And the silversmith casts silver chains.
20 Whoever is too impoverished for such a contribution
      Chooses a tree that will not rot;
      He seeks for himself a skillful workman
      To prepare a carved image that will not totter.
21 Have you not known?
      Have you not heard?
      Has it not been told you from the beginning?
      Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
      And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
      Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
      And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
23 He brings the princes to nothing;
      He makes the judges of the earth useless.
24 Scarcely shall they be planted,
      Scarcely shall they be sown,
      Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth,
      When He will also blow on them,
      And they will wither,
      And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble.
25 “ To whom then will you liken Me,
      Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high,
      And see who has created these things,
      Who brings out their host by number;
      He calls them all by name,
      By the greatness of His might
      And the strength of His power;
      Not one is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
      And speak, O Israel:

      “ My way is hidden from the LORD,
      And my just claim is passed over by my God”?
28 Have you not known?
      Have you not heard?
      The everlasting God, the LORD,
      The Creator of the ends of the earth,
      Neither faints nor is weary.
      His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
      And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
      And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the LORD
      Shall renew their strength;
      They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
      They shall run and not be weary,
      They shall walk and not faint.
And I decided I wanted to copy this in my journal...I put it in the back so that I can find it easily and I start writing and end up having to go backwards…you see it is always a bike ride...and as I start writing, I note that I usually write in black...unless I have used up all resources of pens...but today I had this urge to pull out one of my colorful pens to highlight the two verses that I had put up above in purple.   Well I grabbed from my whole collection of "INK JOY" pens I got for Christmas.   You see I am not really one who makes lists for Christmas...I like the surprise...the thought that goes into the gift.   HOWEVER, this year I had been asked several times what I wanted for Christmas to which each time I would reply, "pens".   See since I have been writing seems that I go through pens fairly quickly and so I was so excited when Tyler gave me a whole collection of PaperMate InkJoy pens...and on the back of the package...which makes it all the more cooler it reads:

Paper (two hearts here) Mate
The InkJoy Story

"Our mission was simple: To develop a revolutionary ink system that would give you the best in effortless writing.  We wanted to give you a pen that starts quickly without dragging, requires minimal pressure from your hand, and delivers crisp, clean lines every time.  but most of all, we wanted to bring back the joy to writing, so it felt right to call it InkJoy.  We hope that you feel the joy whenever you write with and InkJoy pen.
And I copy from my journal "And I have changed to a purple "InkJoy" pen from my Tyler collection...I had thought I only needed to write in black but it brings a brightness, a color, a joy!   Though there are times to write in black (in darkness) there are also times to write in JOY! 
And so I say thank you Tyler...because I am sure most of us know...we ain't just talking pens...but I have so enjoyed the whole writing experience and while it has helped me through dark times...I also am thankful for it being there in joyful times!!   And I would hope these pens would keep me from dragging…crisp clean line…minimal pressure…and above all…feel the “Joy” when you are writing.

So I come to the last scripture in the group...Psalm 139:7-10.   But because it is so easy I include the whole chapter:
Psalm 139
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
 1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
         You understand my thought afar off.
3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
         And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
         But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.
5 You have hedged me behind and before,
         And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
         It is high, I cannot attain it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
         Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
         If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
         And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
         And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall[a] on me,”
         Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
         But the night shines as the day;
         The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
13 For You formed my inward parts;
         You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[b]
         Marvelous are Your works,
         And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
         When I was made in secret,
         And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
         And in Your book they all were written,
         The days fashioned for me,
         When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
         How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
         When I awake, I am still with You.
19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
         Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly;
         Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You?
         And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
         I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
         Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
         And lead me in the way everlasting.

And the last part...Search Me...Know My heart...boy these are ones to think on and so I give thanks for the color in my day...and I share another one of my gifts...taken from my Christmas camera an amazing gift from my kids…but it is of a sunrise the other morning out my kitchen window...I love the old cottonwoods...even though they are showing the age of time...they seem to have such a distinctness and in this season of their life...without leaves...still give hope that spring is coming...and there is some mud puddles to help it...

May you have a day of color...


Mary sent me the story...worth the read... epiphany at the alder


  1. I just started "Jesus Calling" too (and I think my Mom did too).

  2. We got so much out of the God Calling...