On His Palms

Great quotes!

That fence is a moral abomination, for it keeps rich people from observing the problems of the poor, and believe me, whenever that happens, anywhere in the world, trouble is brewing.  — James A. Michener, Caribbean, pg. 762

Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.  — Isaiah 49:16 (KJV)

“I have graven thee!  It does not say, “Thy name.”  The name is there, but that is not all:  “I have graven thee.”  See the fulness of this!  I have graven thy person, thine image, thy case, thy circumstances, thy sins, thy temptations, thy weaknesses, thy wants, that works.  I have graven thee, everything about thee, all that concerns thee;  I have put thee altogether there.” — Charles H. Spurgeon

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.  — St. Augustine

The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith.  — 1 John 5:4 (MSG)



Small Things

More great quotes from my journals.  All the small things mentioned below seem small, but end up being very big and powerful–wisdom, sleep, prayer, love, worship.  Mountains look tiny until you get up close enough to climb them.  It all depends upon your perspective.

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.  She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.  Proverbs 3:13-15 (ESV)

Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God…I conclude that God made sleep as a continual reminder that we should not be anxious but should rest in Him.  — John Piper

The restraint of God’s discipline (Eph. 6:4), the demonstration of God’s love (Col. 3:21), and the power of prayer (Job 1:5), God has ordained, regularly and normally, to work through these means for the salvation of the children of believers.  For this Chris died.  Christian parents honor the blood of Jesus when they follow His ways for the sake of their children.  — John Piper

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.  — Mother Teresa

Worship is the act of magnifying God.  Enlarging our vision of Him.  Stepping into the cockpit to see where He sits and observe how He works.  Of course, His size doesn’t change, but our perception of Him does.  As we draw nearer, He seems larger.  Isn’t that what we need?  A big view of God?  — Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment




Clear Creek Walk

Another great walk in the Big Horn Mountains is the walking trail along Clear Creek.  You can start in town and hike several miles into the mountains.  But in this case, I just started at Turkey Lane and went up only a little over a mile.  It was absolutely beautiful!  I love paying attention to the details.

The floor of the forest here is soft and comfy on the feet!  Pine needles make a great carpet.

The trail follows Clear Creek, which eventually goes right through the middle of town.

Here is the 1914 hydro-electric power plant.

Thankful for another beautiful fall day!



All Eyes On Me

The walking path I usually take each morning and evening is very close to our home.  It’s a good way to observe the changing colors in the Big Horn Mountains.  The cattle always seem interested in me, and I often greet them on my way by.

All eyes on me!



Compassion Quotes

Here are some quotes from my journals that relate to giving to others in need:

James 1:17 tells us our Father is the giver of all good gifts.  Throughout all of eternity, we will be lavished in the limitless wealth of the CEO of the universe.  Until then, we show ourselves to be sons and daughters of the one true God when we give, give, and give.  Let’s keep shoving that abundance out the door to help others in need, and God will lay up treasures for us in His own divine storage lot.  — Beth Moore, Portraits of Devotion, pg. 237

Don’t be afraid, you tiny flock!  Your Father plans to give you the Kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give the money away.  Get yourselves purses that never grow old, inexhaustible treasure in Heaven, where no thief can ever reach it, or moth ruin it.  For wherever your treasure is, you may be certain that your heart will be there too!  Luke 12:33-34 (PHI)

I decided not to run away from the massive effect that my mother had on my life.  At that point, the lyrics and ideas began to flow more easily.  With all my records, I’m just regurgitating what she put in me.  For example, “Don’t Lose Your Steam” was a message I got from my mother…I was thinking about how she always helped the homeless, the hungry, the handicapped, anybody who needed some elevation.  Thought about it for years.  But how do I get that out in a song?  “Oh, they build their houses in preparation for the King/ and they line the sidewalks with every sort of shiny thing/ They will be surprised when they hear Him say/ Take me to the alley/ Take me to the afflicted ones.”  That is how my mother operated–she would go to the alleys, to Skid Row, and try to help people.  –Gregory Porter regarding his tunes, “Don’t Lose Your Steam” and “Take Me to the Alley”

If the bottom falls out, if the bridges fall down/Don’t lose your head of steam, don’t lose your dreams.  — Gregory Porter

Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless.  Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.  Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal.  — Isaiah 58:7-8a (NLT)

Compassion and Disabilities

This video from Compassion International reveals some powerful truths!  I know that watching it will impact your life in a positive way.