{ Love is Like Water }

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Love is like water

Flowing free

Or scarce —

Sourced in Someone.

Gushing past you

Sometimes sprinkling its spray

On passers-by.

Ignore it —

Or drink up,

Bottle and

Redistribute.

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 

--I John 4:10

Photo credit: didin emelu

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{ God’s Valentine }

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He who created you, O Jacob,
    He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine!

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When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

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Isaiah 43:1-3

photo credits:

rapids:James Mertz

fire:Matt Howard

hearts:Renee Fisher

{ Tending Life’s Garden }

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Picture and poem by Beatrix Potter

 

We have a little garden

A garden of our own

And every day we water there

The seeds that we have sown.

We love our little garden,

And tend it with such care,

You will not find a faded leaf

Or blighted blossom there.

 

When I sow pumpkin seeds, I harvest pumpkins.  When I cover the garden with dandelion-infested mulch, I find lots of dandelions growing later in July.

We know this about gardens, but sometimes forget about the law of sowing and reaping in life. When I sow bad seeds, I will reap bad fruit:

  1. When I gorge on chocolates, I will reap extra pounds.
  2. When I harbor bitterness against someone, I will reap an injured relationship and stifle forgiveness.
  3. When I allow my children to read or watch foolish things, we will reap more foolishness.

And then there are weeds….

  • Weeds grow faster than anything else.  Pull, uproot and destroy before they get so big you need an ax to chop them down.
  • Weeds are tricky.  They can grow and network underground where you can’t see them.  Little sins in the thoughts left unchecked turn into big problems later.
  • Weeds rob the good stuff.  Weeds in a relationship drain us.  We cannot enjoy each other when the annoying, prickly weeds of bad habits are bugging us.

 

Gracious God,
We want to have good soil in our souls,
show us how to tend to our spiritual gardens.
Thank you for the Master Gardener!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds.  The harvest will bring either flowers or weeds.”

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” –Robert Louis Stevenson

Prayer from http://www.flowingfaith.com/2013/03/tending-your-spiritual-garden.html

 

 

{ My Bio }

I am collecting information on how to write a creative, professional bio.

I thought I’d start by writing my own…

Lisa Luciano is a wife, mother of eleven and licensed educator.

Besides the obvious, she has spent the last 30 years learning how to cook, craft, and juggle words with her ears.

Her first journal was a five-year diary.  Here she chronicled her numerous daily snacks and boy crushes.

Though she still snacks often, Lisa now prefers penning witty poems and thoughtful devotionals.

Lisa says, “I became inspired to write poetry when a family friend invited me to collaborate on a book of limericks. It didn’t get published, but the process was exciting.”

Lisa’s talented younger sister, Sara Matson, has also inspired her to pursue freelance writing.

“Sara and I work as unofficial members of the apostrophe police.  We snap photos of misplaced apostrophes and send them to each other.”

A graduate of Wheaton College, Lisa holds a B.A. in elementary education.  This has taken her to an Asian refugee camp, the St. Paul Public Schools, and back home again. As a homeschool educator, she is finally learning world history and can locate Qatar on a map.  She enjoys creating her own unit studies, spelling lists and worksheets.

Among other things, Lisa writes blog posts, rewrites articles, and adapts stories for young readers.

“A writer is just someone who writes.  I am learning what I can do. I may never master certain types of writing, but I just want to enjoy writing and keep learning.”

 

 

 

 

{ Brave Listener }

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Like a tightrope walker,

I slide on a narrow line–

Listening,

Balancing…

Now here’s a quick move:

squeezinginawordortwo — TADAH!

As a chronic listener,

It feels dangerous —

Everyone is waiting

And watching.

Will I utter words that simply fall and crash?

Or will there be

Someone to catch my words

And care?

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/bewildered/

{ Creatures Shout! }

God has made Himself known

He’s sovereign and sits on the throne

Tiny atoms, bright flowers

Shout out all His powers

Even snowflakes, they haven’t a clone.

~ ~ ~

Are you teenaged…or aged and gray?

Live in Tampa, Tegau, or Taipei?

If you look with your eyes,

And ignore Big Bang lies,

You’ll see God in creation today.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.  For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Romans 1:20-23

Photo credits:

Tavin Dotson — flower

Rodion Kutsaev — leaf

Krzysztof Niewolny–moth

James Lee–sea creatures

{ Children & Grownups }

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Children cry, laugh, and rage;

Grownups stifle feelings.

Children express thoughts.

Grownups suppress them.

Children dance.

Grownups sit.

Children hug their best friends.

Grownups sip coffee across tables, asking polite questions.

Children love without fear and believe what seems impossible.

Grownups love guardedly, and believe only what they see.

Children embrace life,

And grownups fear death.

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 18:3-4

{ The Inscrutable, Intimate God }

“I want to know God’s thoughts — the rest are mere details.” 

–Albert Einstein

People of every generation have loved to learn, invent and explore, but it seems as if there is always more to discover.

Here are some quotes found in the recent news:

  • “The size of the universe is unknown.”
  • “Scientists have discovered 1,451 new species in our oceans this past year.”
  • “Until recently, no one knew that the smaller-than-microscopic pentaquark existed.”

When it comes to knowing God, He is deeper than we can imagine. His ways are inscrutable, meaning impossible to understand or interpret. When we think have God’s ways figured out, Isaiah 55:8 reminds us: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.”

And the paradox is this: the eternal, infinite, inscrutable God wants to be known!

James 4:8 says that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. Paul prays in Ephesians 1:17 “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.”

We discover who God is through the written word He has given; the Holy Bible.

We can never know the depth of God.  But in the search, we are changed forever.

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor?”
Or who has given a gift to Him that He might be repaid? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever.” 
Romans 11:33-36

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photo credit:

unsplash-logoJeremy Bishop

{ Year of the Tooth }

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Root canal, anklyose, braces,

The evidence shows on our faces.

Our teeth have been busy,

The bills make us dizzy,

(But we’d rather have teeth than blank spaces.)

 

I guess it’s worth a few tears

To maintain these choppers for years,

A quality smile

Should last for a while,

Ignore teeth and they’ll disappear.

 

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”

~Mother Teresa

 

Photo Credit: unsplash-logoErick Tang

{ Owl Lesson }

Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work. ~Peter Marshall

Yesterday, a Great Horned Owl found a perch on a dead tree in our backyard.

Hanna discovered his huge, bulky shape at 9:00 a.m. and gasped, “What is that?”

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Snow started to fall.  The owl sat there, barely moving.  His wind-puffed feathers ruffled occasionally and once he turned his formidable head our way. But he kept sitting, intently focused on the snowy lawn.

Marco updated us hourly on the owl:

Sitting there.  Still sitting there.

At 2:00 p.m., he was still sitting on the same hefty branch as a gentle snow kept falling.

We speculated about why this rare visitor was there. Was he watching for mice scurrying across the snowflakes? Most likely, he was just resting — or digesting– as owls do.

Scripture tells us to learn from God’s creation.  Job 12:7 says to “…ask the animals and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you…”

And the owl taught me a lesson today.  He waited on that snowy branch for five hours. We didn’t see him strike prey, or even move much. He was incredibly stoic and calm.

It’s hard to wait — especially in the current fast-paced world. It’s challenging to stand in a long line without feeling antsy.  I talk impatiently to pokey cars in stalled traffic.

These ending verses are a reminder to me.  When I wait on God, I know that He is never slow, distracted or tardy.  His timing is perfect.

  • Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day. –Psalm 25:5
  • In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. –Psalm 5:3
  • But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation My God will hear me. –Micah 7:7

Owl photo credit:  unsplash-logoCaroline Ebinger