Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CAN YOU HEAR IT? CAN YOU SEE IT? IT'S ALL AROUND YOU!

Consider intently, the life all around you..... your neighborhood, your community,  your job, and yes, even your church... 
 One doesn't have to look far to see it or listen long to hear it.......
There's a hunger!  There's a need!  There's a passion!  
FOR MORE!
  MORE WHAT?  
Encouragement...  Strength....  Inspiration...  Understanding...  Depth...  Unity....
Fulfillment...   Joy...   Contentment...   Togetherness...    Hope...

I recently prepared and shared some scrolls with a group of beautiful women (and moms)  in my life. 
The scrolls held a three-fold purpose...

1.  To offer an intentional focus 
2.  To spur them on and encourage their hearts 
3.   To inspire them to read, to write and to pray....HIS WORD 
(and I'm leading the way) 

Writing Psalm 119: 90 this morning, reminds me that, "his faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth He created".  

This brings great comfort and peace to my heart as I prepare to celebrate my own daughter becoming a mama.  I hold onto this great truth for my precious first grandbaby.  

I'm so grateful for the things in our lives that bring us the "MORE" we all desire. 
But I want to encourage you today,  through all of the busy-ness, through all of the striving, 
Consider intently....
To Read His Word!  To Write His Word!  To Pray His Word!  

You'll be amazed at what you hear, at what you see....an how it will change your hunger, your needs and your passion.  




My child, keep my words and store up my commands within you, guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.  Bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart.  Proverbs 3:1-3

Crystal


Friday, May 12, 2017

BLESSED ARE YOU --- A MOTHER'S DAY TRIBUTE


The hallways of time hold dear a treasure chest of memories.  Each treasure and every memory, tell a story.   The rows and rows of neatly stacked, brilliantly colored boxes are filled with unfailing love, laughter and the warmth and comfort of togetherness.  These boxes by far outnumber the other boxes, but to be heartfelt, is to examine ALL of the   treasures.  There are some slightly tarnished silver tools in one corner.  They represent the values and lessons of hard work.  The
empty space over to the side represents the discipline of doing without or making the most of what little we did have.  Scattered throughout various places in my treasure chest are some grey looking boxes, tattered and worn from tears and struggles that adversity and heartache rendered.  
           A cracked and delicate teapot wrapped in a lace doily signifies to me the never ending pouring out of wisdom thru gentle words, and sometimes necessarily harsh words.  At the center of it all lies the most cherished treasure of all....a small leather bible.  This is a constant reminder to grow in faith and worship and praise, and to always know where to find "guidance in" or "shelter from" the storm.  Your example, your love and your encouragement have remained steady through the good and the bad, through doors opening, and yes, even some doors closing. Thru the ever changing seasons in our lives, you have given to me as a daughter.....as a friend.....as a wife.....and as a MOTHER, more than I could ever have asked for!
You have sacrificed much to give me tangible treasures!  But, the ones that are most precious go to the depth of my being and make me who I am today.  These are by far.....more precious than rubies. 


My daughter Sarah, My mother Julia, and Me

BLESSED ARE YOU! 
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY 
Love, 
Crystal 



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BASEBALL, FREE TACOS and THE BREAD OF LIFE

IN HONOR OF BASEBALL SEASON EVERYWHERE....
a never-before-shared, journal entry.

It is a blustery cold October evening and I am sitting in the parking lot of a local Taco Bell with my 12-year-old son.  The 2008 World Series has come to Philadelphia and there is a palpable excitement everywhere we go.  Taco Bell has partnered with MLB and is offering a free taco for every stolen base in the world series.

On this Tuesday night the 28th day of October 2008, between the hours of 2 pm and 6 pm, there is a never ending line of kids (and their adults) gathering for one thing and one thing only.....A FREE TACO.

Matt  2008  
Sure, today makes a fun moment and a great memory that I will always have to share with my boy, who is feverishly devoted to the game in his own right.   But, I cannot help but wonder, what it would take for the crowds to swarm after the gift of salvation.  After all, IT IS FREE!  Standing in line to get a free taco doesn't really require much of me. Maybe a few extra minutes of my day, but certainly nothing of lasting value, really.

Salvation is a free gift!  But first, we need to acknowledge our need before we can accept it.  Why is it so hard for us to acknowledge our need for a saviour, but we don't think twice about blowing 30 minutes to stand in line for a free taco (that we don't really need)?   There are no eternal rewards that come from eating a taco, but there certainly are rich and eternal rewards that come from accepting the free gift of salvation.  

in little less than a month, he'll be 21!  (time flies)



Jesus replied, "I am the bread of life.  No one who comes to me will ever be hungry again. Those who believe in me will never thirst.....For it is my Father's will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life."       JOHN 6: 35,40


Enjoy baseball! 
Eat a free taco! 
But do it all, acknowledging and accepting the Bread of Life! 



Crystal