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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

deeper still

The deeper I crave to go in my relationship with my Lord, the deeper He digs into my heart and soul  and reveals those things that don't belong there. He lovingly reveals wrong attitudes. Improper motives. Critical spirits. He reveals those ungodly behaviors that are serving only to hinder my walk. Those things that are keeping me from going deeper still.

As much as those revelations hurt, they also feel good. It feels good to confess those things to a loving God and then to rest in the assurance of His forgiveness due to His amazing mercy and grace. I'm at the point now that I desire for ALL things unrighteous and unholy in my life to be revealed so they can be repented of, removed and replaced with godliness.

I begin each day with this prayer:

"Search me, O God, and know
my heart; try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, 
and lead me in the way everlasting"
(Psalm 139:23-24)

Thank you, Lord, for sweet mercy and grace. Thank you for being a loving God who desires good things for your children. Thank you for your patience with me and for continuing to draw me to a deeper and more intimate relationship with You.
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My daughter called me Thursday night and said that Eli had just come running into the kitchen saying "Mama, it's an emergency. Mercie is cutting her hair!" Sure enough, the sweet thing had found a pair of children's scissors and cut her hair. I mean really cut her hair. Like she had half of a bad mullet. She had to take her the next morning to the beauty shop so they could try and fix it and wound up having to really cut it short. Her hair had gotten so long and wavy, but I have to admit that her hair cut looks really cute! 

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Ashlie and the boys had spent the week down in south Louisiana where Cody is working and I missed them so much. It was nice to see them drive up Saturday and get some much needed baby sugar! 
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Bryton really missed Mikaela and they had a good time at the park on Tuesday. I am so thankful that my girls children are close and love each other so much!
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Silas doesn't look to sure about being on this ride between his 2 cousins!

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It's so hard to believe that Silas will be 1 year old in less than 2 weeks! He has grown up so fast. He has the sweetest little personality - much like his sweet mama did.  I can't get enough of him. 
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Eli loves to get his picture taken and he is quick to pose for me. He is such a precious boy. He was so upset when Mercie cut her hair and was trying to clean it up so Megan wouldn't be upset. He has a loving heart and there is nothing that melts me quicker than him telling me, "I just love you Nana". (I'm ready for his curls to grow back out...)
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My sweet granddaughter Mikaela. My first grandchild. She fills me such joy that I can't even stand it! She has a loving heart and every time I tell her that I love her, she tells me she loves me more. I tell her that isn't possible and she smiles and says, "I have my ways". Oh, how I love her!
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God gave me a glimpse of His glory with this beautiful sunset earlier this week. Jimbo and I had gone for a walk and as we came back home and walked into the back yard of our house, this was our view.

"O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name
in all the earth! who has set thy glory above the heavens."
(Psalm 8:1)
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I pray that God ministers deeply to everyone that reads this! May His lavish love engulf you and overwhelm you and draw you nearer to His heart. He is holy and majestic. He is so worthy of all our praise. He is God!

8 comments:

Denise said...

Happy happy happy joy joy joy!!

Nana Jul said...

What a gorgeous sunset! Our God is so creative!! Beth you capture the sweetest pictures! You have a great eye and your photography just keeps getting better and better. I believe the more we keep our eyes on Jesus, and the more He shows us what we need to repent of the more he shows us His goodness and beauty here on earth as it is in heaven. He gives us our daily bread, and we capture more with our God glasses on...we just need to keep those lenses clean!
Love ya sista!
Julie

Longmeadow Mama said...

Those are some of the most adorable kids I've ever seen! You must be so proud of them, scissors and all! So happy to meet you via facebook. Look forward to getting to know you better!
Kelli

Nancy said...

Thank you for your closing remark. You always have some little thing to take away. I love the new haircut. What a funy story that turned out so well.

Stacey Dawn said...

Great way to start the day!

RonJoe 'Geezer' said...

Beautiful grandchildren and a beautiful sunset. Who could ask for any thing more? You are truly One Blessed Nana :-)

Lynda R Young said...

I love Psalm 139:23-24
And those photos are adorable.

Rebecca said...

Beth, I've been experiencing some of the same "revelations" you shared at the beginning of this post. And you're right. They hurt. Kind of like when you first put iodine on a cut. But then they heal.

The pictures are precious - all of them. The sweetness of your grands sines through.

And God DID minister to my spirit through your words today. Thank you for being His spokesperson.