Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Treasure Verse Tuesday - Psalm 147:11-15

"The LORD delights in those who fear Him,
who put their hope in His unfailing love.
Extol the LORD, O Jerusalem;
praise your God, O Zion,
for He strengthens the bars of your gates
and blesses your people within you.
He grants peace to your borders
and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.
He sends His command to the earth;
His word runs swiftly."
Psalm 147:11-15
Oh, how I love that He delights in those who revere Him.
We can put our trust and hope in His unfailing love.
He strengthens the bars of our gates.
He grants peace to our borders.
He blesses us and satisfies us.
May His Word satisfy you today.
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

An Autumnal Afternoon

Joshua - #48
(yellow jersey - in the middle)
We'll be spending this autumnal afternoon cheering Joshua and his teammates on!
Let's just say, the team needs lots of encouragement!
Will you say a little prayer for them?

Thank you!

Go New Hope-Solebury Lions!

"...if you have a message of encouragement for the people, please speak."
Acts 13:15

"...encourage and strengthen Joshua..."
Deut. 3:28

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I Finally Found My Sport

"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15:5

An athlete, I am not. I've never been much of a competitor. Athletic talent and competitive gumption? I don't possess much of either. And I am OK with that. I am very thankful the Lord did not give me one gift without the other (i.e. "competitive gumption" without "athletic ability"). Eeek...the thought!

I am more the cheerleader type. Literally. I was a cheerleader "back in the day" and find I still love cheer leading. I like when everyone wins. I like when everyone gets the opportunity to use their gifts and talents. I like when everyone crosses the finish line to victory.

Though I am not an athlete, this past summer during our vacation at Camp of The Woods, I do believe I found my "sport". That is, if shuffleboard really is considered a sport! (No disrespect intended to shuffleboarders.) I didn't break a sweat. My heart rate did not increase. I didn't even need a hydration break. But it was fun! Plain old fun! Being together with my family and having a great time.

We played shuffleboard every day, and much to everyone's surprise (including mine), mommy was quite the player. It was downright funny to find myself "excelling" in any sort of athletic game (I use the word "excelling" very lightly!). I spent much of the time giggling and knee-slapping in shear amazement that I actually won just about every game I played. All of us enjoyed hardy belly laughs as wifey, mommy and sista here seemed to be in a groove. Silliness overcame me, and I found myself making up funny victory dances while twirling the thingy-ma-jiggy that you use to shuffle the disc across the board. (The kids didn't know mommy could twirl anything!) My stomach muscles got more of a work-out from laughing than they have gotten in years. (I guess that makes shuffleboard a sport, hunh?)

Playing shuffleboard with my family was delightful. We laughed so much together, and our cherubs saw mommy in a different light, which put ear-to-ear grins on their sweet faces. It was a family affair, and the memories are precious.

Shuffling through life, I delight in seeing how others ("teammates") use their gifts and talents to serve and glorify God. Although I may have finally found "my sport" on vacation this year (I'm grinning), I am still a cheerleader at heart.

This life can be hard. It's even harder when you feel beaten down by your own team. As Christians, why can we be so hard on each other? May God purify our hearts and give us sincere love for each other such that we truly rejoice with one another and spur one another one. We're all on the same team...all in the same family. And our team needs more cheerleaders.

Let's encourage one another, want God's best for each other and rejoice when our teammates score one for the team with a pure heart. Let's let prayers be our pom poms. Let's have God's Word resound in our megaphones. Let's rejoice with others as God blesses them with the privilege and responsibility to let their lights shine for His glory.
There is a place for healthy competition, I know. But honestly, as we run this race with perseverance in such a way to finish well and get the eternal prize, I think we need more cheerleaders. "...so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15:5

Now, I need to go find those pom poms......

"His pleasure is not in the strength of the horses,
nor His delight in the legs of a man;
for the Lord delights in those who fear Him,
who put their hope in His unfailing love."
Psalm 147:10-11
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
2 Timothy 4:7

Treasure Verse Tuesday - Psalm 107:29-31

"He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men."
Psalm 107:29-31

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Unveiling Our Blind Spots

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored. As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man."
Proverbs 27:17-19
In Nancy Leigh DeMoss' book "Brokenness", she challenges her readers to "practice letting the walls down". As we open our hearts to others, it gives us an opportunity to humble ourselves. I love that...opportunities to humble ourselves, not exalt ourselves. Opportunites to let the Lord shine and for Him to be exalted as we humble our hearts before Him.
Our Proverbs 31 Gather and Grow group has just started this study on "Brokenness". One of the homework items for next time is both challenging and exciting. We are inviting someone we trust for honest input into our lives. This can be scary. But I believe when we give the Lord our offering of vulnerability and a teachable heart, He will bless it one-hundred fold.
I'd like to share this heart "assignment" with you, too. See if this is something the Lord would have you do.
Excerpt Taken From "Brokenness, Surrender, Holiness" (page 116)
by Nancy Leigh Demoss
Go to a close friend or family member that you trust -- a spouse, accountability partner, roommate, etc. -- and do one (or both!) of the following:
>Share a specific area of spiritual need, sin or area of recurring defeat in your life, and ask that person to pray for you.
>Ask your friend to share any specific area(s) of concern that she has about your life -- perhaps a "blind spot" she may have observed. If you've not done this before, you may want to do two things: (a) Ask God for the grace to receive the person's input with humility; (b) Assure the person you ask that you really desire to know the truth and will not become offended at her remarks.
Grace Note
Generally, it's a lot easier to see areas of weakness or pride in others than to see them in ourselves! If you've never asked anyone close to you for observations about your character or areas that need change, you may be reluctant to do so. But remember that spiritual blindness is usually unilateral. Others can see clearly those things we may not recognize about ourselves or may be unwilling to address.
Asking for honest input into our lives is a way to demonstrate the horizontal dimension of brokenness and usually strengthens our relationships with others.
Hard as it may be to open our hearts to others or receive candid feedback, it provides an opportunity to humble ourselves. Remember...you can never go wrong on the pathway of humility, because God promises to pour out His grace on the humble!
Psalm 139:23 -24 -- "Search me, O God, and know my heart...see if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting."
You may be surprised to find the Holy Spirit showing you areas of your life or certain motivations or heart attitudes that you had not considered before. Remember that the Great Physician does not uncover or expose us without intending to heal and restore us. It is a Father's loving correction that is at the heart of any "diagnosis" you may receive.
"Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the LORD '— and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah"
Psalm 32:5

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Treasure Verse Tuesday - Zechariah 14:9

"The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and His name the only name."
Zechariah 14:9 (NIV)
King. One Lord. His Name. Only Name.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Among The Multitude of 5,000!

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
When Jesus heard what had happened, He withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed Him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them and healed their sick.
As evening approached, the disciples came to Him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food." Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."
"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.
"Bring them here to Me," He said. And He directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. Matthew 14:13-21

The day before my surgical procedure, I reached out for prayer. I didn't want to make a big deal out of it or draw unnecessary attention to myself, but the Lord led me in humility and wisdom to ask for prayer. While my family doctor had told me that he believed the lump to be an unharmful "fatty cyst", the subsequent notification of the necessity to have it removed for pathology testing and the "what ifs" in my mind needed to be covered in prayer.

In our family and home, no name calling is tolerated. And any derivative of the adjective "fat" toward anyone anywhere is not permitted. Suddenly, my prayer request was that the lump would indeed be a fatty cyst. "Fatty" had suddenly become a desired description and a reassuring word.

My dear friend Lucille gently reminded me of my own recent words that His goodness and love are following me. Surely, He was also going before me.

The surgeon's first opening for the procedure was the same day as our cherubs' first day of school. The scheduling secretary asked me "How is 11 AM?" Perfect! Thank you, Lord! I was so thankful that I could still take the children to school on the first day and be back in car line to pick them up at the end of the day. Jim, as he always does on the first day of school, joined me in taking the children in. He then worked from home before and after the procedure so he could be with me. My heart wells up with thanks for Jim. He truly is a man of honor.

We arrived at the surgical center and awaited my turn. I was feeling very calm until we were called into the room and the surgical tools were in plain view. My stomach started to get queasy, and I gently mentioned to the Lord it would be great to have this procedure completed quickly and be out of there in 20 minutes.

The surgeon introduced himself to us and got right to business. After receiving a shot to numb my left thigh, he made the incision. Trying to distract myself from what was going on in my leg, I encouraged conversation as I stared at the ceiling and held Jim's hand. The doctor was very interested to learn from me that Jim works for Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal. While sculpting through my left thigh, doc happily chatted with Jim financial markets and print publishing.

I didn't feel anything, except for one very sharp cut, which Jim said was when he was removing part of the growth. Having told the surgeon I wanted to see the "specimen" before he sent it off to the lab, he graciously lined up several pieces on the tray for my viewing. (too much information?) If it was inside of me and coming out, I wanted to see it!

The surgeon worked efficiently and had a calming bed-side manner. As he stitched up the small incision, he spoke words that I feel certain were from the Lord. He said, "In all my years, I have only ever seen three or four growths that were malignant. Yours Sharon? I have seen 5,000 of these. You are one of the 5,000. We will send it to the lab to be sure, but I feel confident this is just a fatty cyst."

I looked at Jim and my jaw dropped as if to say, "Did you hear that? I am one of the 5,000." I am one of the 5,000! This was one "large crowd" in which I was happy to be!

Jesus showed me His amazing compassion.

Jesus called me to Himself and invited me to sit down on the grass so He could nourish me and take care of me.

I was fed by the Bread of Life and was satisfied. Just like the 5,000. Thank you, Lord. I was even rejoicing for being a "fatty" (ah-hem....momentarily, that is).

As Jim escorted me back to our car, I looked at my watch. We were in and out of the procedure in 20 minutes. Thank you, Lord.

As I shared via e-mail with one of my sweet praying friends how the procedure went and how I was so happy to be among the multitude of 5,000, this is what she wrote back to me:

Oh Sharon I am so glad. It is funny you used the words "happy to be in the multitude". When I was praying for you, this was on my heart and I prayed this way for you.... The Lord put on my heart how in the gospels He always had compassion for THE MULTITUDE and healed whoever was brought to Him. So when I prayed I asked Him to heal you like how He always healed the multitudes. He never sent one away without being healed then. I reminded Him of that and asked Him to heal you and let there be no cancer there. So, it is funny you used those words. Amen! The Lord is so compassionate and gracious to us. Praise His name!!!

Isn't that just like God? The Lord put on my friend's heart to pray that He would heal me like He healed the MULTITUDE. I believe the Lord also had the surgeon speak the words he did so I knew for sure that the Lord was there. I am so completely humbled and beyond grateful for His compassion and care.

As I think of those struggling with serious medical conditions, I am moved to pray more fervently for them. I am stirred with a greater compassion for them. My offering of thanks is more time on my knees praying for those needing the healing touch of the Great Physician. He is faithful.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

"Uncertain Etiology"? Not With Him!

"For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding." Ephesians 1:4-8

I noticed the lump in my left leg on a Friday a few weeks ago and called the doctor's office on the following Monday for an appointment. After a brief exam by the doctor, he gave me a script for an ultrasound, which was performed the following morning (Tuesday).
On Wednesday morning, a nurse from my doctor's office called me. Although I thought it would be a short conversation wherein I was told the lump was nothing and I could just ignore it, I had a paper and pen to write everything down that she said.
After giving me the exact dimensions, she said, "Sharon, you have a palpable mass of uncertain etiology." Uncertain etiology? Although I wasn't exactly sure what "etiology" meant at that point, my heart sank and tears welled up in my eyes.
"Uncertain etiology? Can you please spell etiology for me?"
"E-T-I-O-L-O-G-Y. The doctor said you can either have an MRI or just go directly to a general surgeon to have the mass removed and biopsied."
"You mean I can't just ignore this? The doctor told me it is probably nothing."
"You can't ignore this, Sharon."
The nurse gave me the names of a few general surgeons, and I quickly prayed and trusted the Lord that He would have me contact the right one. While I dialed the phone to call the first general surgeon on the list given to me, my mind was racing and my heart was praying, "Lord, I want to grow old with Jim. I want to do life together my family...for a very long time. I want to be the mommy to Joshua and Gabrielle. I love our cherubs so much. I want to be their mommy their whole lives. Please, Lord, be gracious to me. Forgive me, Lord. I was having such a difficult time the other day and uttered things to You that I didn't mean at all. You know that. You know my heart. Please let me be OK. Please let this mass be nothing consequential. Please, Jesus."
After hanging up the phone with the general surgeon's scheduling secretary, the words "uncertain etiology" were like a dark cloud hovering above my head. I looked up "etiology" at www.dictionary.com. In short, etiology is a medical term used for "origin". The origin of the mass in my leg was uncertain, so they had to remove it and biopsy it. The pathology had to be tested, so the mass had to be excised.
After an unexpected whirlwind of a morning from when the nurse called, I sat down to quietly seek and listen for the Lord. I felt Him quiet me with His love so softly. (Zeph. 3:17) Sharon, your origin is certain. I am your Origin. I am your Maker. And your eternity is secure. You know Who made you. You know from where you came. I am holding you tightly. Do not be afraid. I am with you. Your origin is certain.
As the days passed until the morning of the excision of the mass, those words of truth quieted my heart with certainty. My origin is certain. Before the creation of the world, I was His. My Maker holds my eternity in His precious hands because of redemption through Him. He has lavished His grace on me. Thank you, Lord. Thank you that there is no uncertain etiology as Your child. I am sure. I am Yours. There is no uncertainty. He created my inmost being. All the days He has ordained for me are written in His book. I am certain of all these things. Security never felt so good.
(I'll be sharing about the surgical procedure and the relieving results in an upcoming post.)

"For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be." Psalm 139:13-16

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Gift of "Brokenness, Surrender and Holiness"

"I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word."
Psalm 119:16
As promised for today, the gift recipients of the Bible study trilogy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss are:
Betty Jo and Danielle!
Congratulations, Ladies! May you be blessed richly through these amazing Bible studies by Nancy Leigh DeMoss!

Our Young Shoots Are Growing

"...his young shoots will grow."
Hosea 14:6


Joshua - 4th Grade; Gabrielle - 2nd Grade

First Day of School - Surprises and Love Notes at Breakfast

Daddy always comes with us to take us to our classes on the First Day of School. Daddy is the best!

The cherubs are safely and peacefully at their first day of school 2009! Praise the Lord!
We had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to a great school year.
Indeed, our young shoots are growing! May they abide in Him every moment of every day!
May He produce His fruit in and through them for His glory and splendor!
May they continually yield their hearts to the Lord!
May He blesses their lives and relationships!
Thank you, Lord! We love you!
"Watch over this vine, the root Your right hand has planted..."
Psalm 80:14,15

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Treasure Verse Tuesday - Psalm 91:14-16

"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation." Psalm 91:14-16

Drinking in His Truth. Satisfied and full in this truth today.
Thankful for the Living Word.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Brokenness, Surrender, Holiness

Oh, oh, oh...I am sooooooo excited about the book our Proverbs 31 Gather & Grow group will be studying this year: the Bible study "trilogy" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss - "Brokenness, Surrender, Holiness"! As one of the girls in our group said, "We are a strange group of women indeed who would get excited about 'brokenness'." Well, the Bible does say we are a peculiar people. 1 Peter 2:9 "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light..."

Just the words "Brokenness, Surrender, Holiness" leave me breathless (they are some serious, fruit-flowing postures of the heart!) and excited at the work the Lord will do in our lives as we yield our hearts to Him. May our hearts always be postured in humility and teachability toward Him. "... yield your hearts to the LORD..." Joshua 24:23

This study by Nancy Leigh DeMoss is rich and deep. I am so excited about it that I would like to give a gift to one of you of this Bible study trilogy. If you are desiring a rich and deep Bible study, please leave a comment (with contact information if you don't have a Blogger Profile). The recipient of the gift will announced on Wednesday 9/9.

My heart's passion is to encourage women to daily soak in His Word. Not because I have arrived in any way, but because I know my own need for Him and His Word every moment. I know His Word brings life. He arrived. He came. He has taken up residence and lavishes His grace, mercy and love on us. My motivation and heart's joy in giving the gift of "Brokenness, Surrender, Holiness" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss is that a precious soul would grow closer to the Lord through this Bible study trilogy. Have I mentioned that I am so excited?

Here is a small excerpt of Chapter 2 of "Brokenness":
"Our idea of brokenness and God's idea of brokenness are usually quite different. Some people think of brokenness as always being sad or gloomy. They assume it means having a downcast countenance. They imagine people who never smile or laugh. How could a broken person possibly be happy or at peace? In reality, brokenness brings a release, which produces a deep sense of joy and peace.
So, what is true brokenness? Someone has said that brokenness, like a fragrance, is easier to detect than to define. How is brokenness to be recognized in our lives?
Brokenness is not a feeling or an emotion. Rather, it requires a choice, an act of the will. True brokenness is an on-going, constant way of life. True brokenness is a lifestyle -- a moment by moment lifestyle of agreeing with God about the true condition of my heart and life -- not as everyone else thinks it is but as He knows it to be.
Brokenness is a shattering of my self-will--the absolute surrender of my will to the will of God. It is saying 'Yes, Lord!'--no resistance, no chafing, no stubbornness--simply submitting myself to His direction and will in my life.
True brokenness is the breaking of my self-will, so that the life and spirit of the Lord Jesus may be released through me. It is my humble and obedient response to the conviction of God's Word and His Holy Spirit.
Brokenness is the stripping of my self-reliance...the softening of the soil of my heart. Believers with broken, contrite hearts are receptive and responsive to the Word. The broken, contrite heart is easily molded by the hand of God."
Wow! Isn't that beautiful? This small excerpt whets the appetite for more. This book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss puts you into God's Word, the best place to be. Whoooeeee!
Visit Nancy Leigh DeMoss at: Revive Our Hearts
Learn more about Proverbs 31 "Forever 31 Gather & Grow" Groups by contacting Wendy Pope at: Proverbs 31 Gather & Grow

"I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect Your word."
Psalm 119:16

Friday, September 4, 2009

Annual "All-Fun No-Chores Day"!

Me and My Cherubs on the beach of Lake Pleasant
(Camp of The Woods)
August 2009

"And on that day they offered great sacrifices, 
rejoicing because God had given them great joy. 
The women and children also rejoiced." 
Nehemiah 12:43

I started an end-of-summer tradition with our cherubs called "All-Fun No-Chores Day" in 2005 when Joshua and Gabrielle were both of school age. One day near the end of summer break, Mommy has an entire day of fun with the kids. ALL FUN! NO CHORES! Josh and Brie make our agenda for the entire day. Today is our All-Fun No-Chores Day! Here are some of the things on our agenda for today:

1. Play the "Huggie Game" (This is a game we started when they were just toddlers. I run around chasing them. If I hug them, they are caught and I get to squeeze lots of love into them. They love this game, and so do I!)
2. Go the Park/Playground.
3. Lunch at Jule's Organic Thin Crust Pizza, then ice cream at "Sweet Pea".
4. Swimming.
5. Play Mancala.
This are just a few of the items on their "All Fun" agenda!

Now, the "No Chores" part is actually hard. Imagine, wives and moms, not doing one chore all day. Sounds delightful, I know. But it is hard not to straighten up, throw a load of laundry in or wash some dishes...because it is what we do routinely every day. My best strategy is to get OUT of the house! I want to honor my cherubs by not sneaking in some chores when they are not looking. The weather is supposed to be lovely today, so we will be outside and away from the house a lot.

As part of All-Fun Day, to honor my cherubs, I will be having an Internet Cyber Fast today. So, I'll see you all tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by! Please share a fun tradition you have!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dear Trader Joe's

My beloved Trader Joe's, I beseech you on behalf of all of us Buck Countians who ADORE you. I have called your corporate office, e-mailed you and chatted with your managers in the closest stores to me.
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, needs a Trader Joe's. Seriously! Trader Joe's customers from all over Bucks County have to travel to neighboring counties (Montgomery County) or states (New Jersey) to enjoy the pleasure of shopping at Trader Joe's. A minimum of 40 minutes of driving is required from my home town of Newtown, PA, to get to the closest Trader Joe's. It's worth the drive for sure. We love Trader Joe's ( as evidenced by my shameless begging herein). But I only make the journey every few months due to distance.
You have whet our appetites with your fabulous food and smart prices, now please satisfy us with the honor of your presence here in Bucks County!

Your wonderful website states your slogan: "Your Neighborhood Grocery Store". Hmmm...haven't seen ya 'round these parts. Please come to our neighborhood! Our county at least. This is a GREAT DEMOGRAPHIC for you!

I searched your site for the closest Trader Joe's....oh the heaviness that filled my heart to see it's automated response:
Trader Joe's Locations No matching city found (Newtown, Pennsylvania).Search Again

Many a friend and I have bemoaned the sad fact that nary a Trader Joe's can be found in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. My girlfriends and I have piled into minivans and pilgrimaged together to Trader Joe's with insulated bags for your Organic Frozen Broccoli Florets and other items requiring refrigeration. In one shopping trip, we've stocked up on a dozen bags of your Soy and Flax Seed Tortilla Chips just to get us through until our next grown-up play date at Trader Joe's. Marinated legs of lamb have been seen jumping into my shopping cart (hubbies favorite!). Your sesame-coated almonds are beckoning even as I write this. Please, Trader Joe's, come!

Now, I have taken the initiative of doing a little retail research for you. Please note the pictures above. The perfect retail space is available to you right here in Newtown. I stopped with my children (who were mortified) and took a few pictures. The phone number for the leasing real estate company is right there on the sign: 215/925-4600. Call right now. Please. It's a great location. Terrific town. Friendly people. Dynamic demographic!

We will welcome you with open arms and shopping carts just waiting to be filled to overflowing!
Trader Joe's, your favor of a reply is requested!
Sincerely and with great hope,
Sharon (Joy In The Truth)
Friends: To contact Trader Joe's with a location request, click here: http://www.traderjoes.com/contact_us_selection_f.html

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Treasure Verse Tuesday - Jeremiah 17:7-8

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." Jeremiah 17:7-8

I know today is Wednesday and I am a day late with Treasure Verse Tuesday. I am enjoying the last full week of summer break with my cherubs. They are back to school next week.

This week I wanted to share one of my life verses: Jeremiah 17:7-8 (above). This is a treasure verse. My trust and confidence is in HIM. I necessarily and desperately plant myself by the Living Water. Amazingly, He brings forth fruit as I abide in Him and His Word. When we are those trees planted by the stream, our leaves stay GREEN even in the heat. Even in a drought, we will always bear fruit. By Him and for Him. That is just awesome as I soak in that truth time and time again.

And look at this BEAUTIFUL scripture from Ezekial 47. I love this!

"...so where the river flows everything will live...Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing." Ezekial 47:9, 12

That scriptural truth is just breathtaking. Wherever the river flows, everything will live. Continual fruit is promised because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. WATER FROM THE SANCTUARY. Oh, let the River flow! May our roots always soak up the Living Water.
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Thanks for stopping by. Share a verse that has recently spoken to you personally!