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Beautiful Feet

After trekking through the mountains of Papua New Guinea to bring the Gospel - good tidings of reconciliation between God and man through Jesus Christ - to the tribes there, Russell Deibler developed an advanced case of jungle rot in his feet. His young wife Darlene had to clean and care for his feet while he recuperated. In her book 'Evidence Not Seen' Darlene Deibler Rose writes about this and Dr. Robert Jaffray...

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One morning after Russell had told the final episode of his story, Dr. Jaffray walked into the bedroom and saw me tearing the dead tissue off Russell's feet, the blood and pus running. A wave of nausea passed over his face; then he turned and without a word abruptly left the room. He closeted himself in his bedroom...

About four that afternoon, he walked out and laid a manuscript on the table in front of me. I picked it up and read the editorial for our field magazine, The Pioneer: 'This morning I looked at the bleeding feet of a missionary, saw his wife tending them, saw the blood and pus running from them and thought to myself, "What a nauseating sight that is!" But, as I walked from the room... I remembered - "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of them that bring good tidings" - good tidings to men and women like those in New Guinea...'

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It is true. We are enabled to see beauty! in some of the most difficult things when viewed through the lens of our Lord's Word and His eternal perspective.

A Mighty and Big God!


LORD GOD, we have seriously underestimated You!


...He made the stars also. (Genesis 1:16c)


We know You to be a sovereign, all powerful, and all wise God. And we think the very highest thoughts of You we are capable of and believe we understand Who You are! Ha! Then we catch a glimpse of a tiny portion of Your creation and we are floored at how much BIGGER You are than we can comprehend.

Blessings - Benedictions

(Equip 4) Blessings - Benedictions

are well speaking (bene [as in beneficial] = well + diction = speaking)

pronouncing or asking good things to be upon, or for, someone

formal:
it is a pronouncement, usually by clergy
for, or over, the congregation
at the end of public worship
and on other occasions (weddings, sending missionaries out, etc.)
invoking God's Name (asking God to put His Name upon His people)
and asking a specific blessing to be given to His people
(grace, mercy, faith, unity, protection, comfort, empowering, etc.)

simple:
it is a prayer aloud or written out, done by anyone
for, or over, someone else (family member, friends, those in need, etc.)
asking God's blessing to be upon them
by way of His help and care for them and their specific need
in general (for spiritual growth, etc.)
on special occasions (marriage, birth, travel, new job, etc.)

the usual formula is 'May the Lord...' (do this for you)

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May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (2 Pt 1:2)

May the God of our salvation keep you steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. (1 Cor 15:58)

May the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another and for all people. (1 Ths 3:12a)

May the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Pt 5:10)

Fernando

Fernando Ortega continues to bless us greatly with his worship music.


We saw him (via the internet - live streamed) at a concert he gave at Calvary of Albuquerque this past Christmas season. He and the musicians accompanying him (all from his home church at Hope Evangelical Free Church in Abq) are quite gifted.

We loved Fernando's unique and gentle sense of humor, too, seen best in the stories of his sweet little daughter Ruby. We thoroughly enjoyed this concert!

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Here's one of our all-time favorite worship songs of his - sung here in a tribute to Billy Graham's wife - Ruth Bell Graham...



Refresh - God's Attributes

We are refreshing ourselves with these truths about some of God's non-communicable attributes.


Lord, we are in awe that You are...

eternal  (without any beginning or end)  (Ps 90:2; Is 40:28; Rm 16:26)

foreknowing  (knowing everything perfectly beforehand)  (1 Pt 1:2; Mt 6:8)

immortal  (possessing deathlessness)  (1 Tim 6:16a)

immutable  (unchanging)  (Mal 3:6a; Js 1:17)

infinite  (limitless, uncontainable)  (1 Kng 8:27)

inscrutable  (past being known completely)  (Is 55:9; Rm 11:33)

invisible  (not seen [the Father, Holy Spirit])  (Col 1:15; 1 Tim 1:17)
(yet seen in Jesus)  (Col 1:15)

omnipotent  (all powerful)  (Job 42:2; Ps 115:3; Mt 19:26)

omnipresent  (present everywhere)  (Ps 139:7[-10]; Pr 15:3)

omniscient  (all knowing)  (Ps 147:5b; Ps 44:21; 1 Jn 3:20b)

self-existent  (uncreated, having life in and of Yourself)  (Ex 3:14; Jn 5:26)

self-sufficient  (having no need of anything)  (Ps 50:10-12; Acts 17:25)

sovereign  (having absolute rule)  (Ps 103:19; Dan 4:32b; 1 Tim 6:15)

transcendent  (other than Your creation)  (Gen 1:1a; Jn 1:1,3; Col 1:16)
(yet imminent - You are near)  (Ps 34:18; Ps 145:18

Rehearse - God's Attributes

We are rehearsing these non-communicable attributes of God.


Lord, You are...


eternal

foreknowing

immortal
immutable
infinite
inscrutable
invisible (yet seen in Jesus)

omnipotent
omnipresent
omniscient

self-existent
self-sufficient
sovereign

transcendent (yet imminent)

Yummy Winter Soup


We love to make a variety of soups in the winter and almost always make enough of each one to have 2 to 3 meals of it for John and I over the course of a couple of days. We're fine with eating the same thing a few times in a row, but the extra could easily be frozen for meals later in the month. :)

Most of our soups are from scratch, but occasionally we appreciate using a few things to jump start the process. This soup is one of our favorites using a couple of things that cut the prep time down.


Saute in olive oil (in a Dutch oven on the stove top) peeled and sliced carrots (1 pkg raw / 9-10 carrots), bite-size celery chunks (1 bunch raw / 9-10 stalks), bite-size green bell pepper chunks (3 to 4 raw), and one minced pearl onion.

Once these vegetables are softened (but still a little crunchy) add water to cover the veggies and add 2 low-sodium beef bouillon cubes that have been crushed. Stir gently and add a large can of drained green beans and bring the soup to a medium boil.

While the soup comes to a boil, thaw 1 frozen package of 'Slow Simmered Hormel Beef Roast Au Jus' for about 2 minutes in the microwave (on a microwave safe plate - not in the plastic container it came in). Then separate the beef into bite-size chunks and add it and all its juice to the soup and add a pinch of salt and pepper and a little dried sweet basil to taste (the basil is the yummy ingredient for this soup). Bring the soup to a medium simmer and cook until the vegetables are to your desired softness / firmness. We like our veggies a bit crunchy.

We love to put some of this yummy winter soup into our 2 soup mugs, and sometimes top it off with a tablespoon of heavy cream. This soup tastes so good and is so good for our bodies! :)

Beauty Set in the Common

This beauty greets me every day on the desktop of my laptop! I love the bright colors set in this plain brown box frame. The flowers are like the beauty I find amidst a plain and ordinary life.

'Tulip Jar Box' by Randy Dana

His Fingerprints

My eyesight has smudges (places that look like an eraser was used on a picture), and also a host of other anomalies I might talk about and try to illustrate on here one day. These smudges are from an eye disease I have and also from the many eye treatments I've had for it.

God is all powerful and the sovereign Ruler over everything, and He could easily heal my eyes. We've asked Him to... and He might someday while I'm still walking around here on this earth. I trust He will when I see Him face to face one day.

But as of this moment, He has not healed my eyes. And my sight continues to diminish.

Therefore, I see these smudges as His choice for me right now. So I've come to see them as His fingerprints on my sight... His gentle, sovereign, and loving touch.