Thursday, October 24, 2013

Don't Let Life Pass You By

Today, we celebrated a very special woman's life. Von Rogers. She was Jesus with skin on to so many people. I personally haven't had the joy of knowing her closely in recent years, yet the years I was close to her and her husband Mike, are memorable in so many ways. They were a special part of my wedding, years ago. As I walked down the aisle they sang an amazing song called "Lady in White" by Larry Stockstill. It speaks of the bride of Christ.

Moments shared with Mike and Von were focused on worship and fellowship. Those kind of moments make imprints on souls. I'm so thankful that Von and Mike's imprint is still there, in my heart. (and so many others that I saw today at Von's memorial service that I recognized from past years. 
I found myself saying, I know that smile, but having to ask their name. Precious people that I've worshiped with and enjoyed sweet fellowship with way back in the 70's.)  

Such mixed feelings were experienced today as we spoke of Von and together, we remembered her, together we sang "It is well with my soul" though through tears of realization that we don't understand why Von left earth for heaven's realm, before we were ready to see her go... 

There were so many things I took away from today. I guess what stands out now, before I lay head to pillow, is to not let life pass me by. To live fully. Live. Every. Moment. 
To be Jesus with skin on to those around me: to family, friends and strangers. To pursue Jesus with fiery passion. To pursue my calling and gifts with total focus, leaning totally on Jesus' strength. To love others fully and passionately.
To walk on water when necessary. 

Don't let life pass you by!

© 2013 Marie Nease ~ Wingdreamer


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sunrise to Sunset

From sunrise to sunset,
    let the Lord’s name be praised!

Psalm 113:3

 From sunrise to sunset, today was an incredibly gorgeous autumn day! I feel the sun, still warm on my skin, pink from hours out in the bright sunshine. May we sense the warmth of the Son, Jesus, from hours spent in His presence...

May we praise His sweet name from the moment the sun rises until we watch the sunset colors spread across the sky, painting another sunset that is beautiful, beyond words. 

We are all facing challenges, physical, emotional, financial... may we think on this scripture and find hope for the future. 

"The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.

Isaiah 60:19.   

 Wow... I can't comprehend this. Not really. Not with my earthly mind. May my spirit, your spirit, catch this hope that Jesus will be our everlasting light, our God will be our glory and our days of sorrow will end. Be gone. Over. We won't experience sorrow. Wow! Can you imagine this? 

No more sorrow. 


Jesus, everlasting light, Morning Star, your splendor is like the sunrise, in Your light we see light...  as we fear Your name, may the sun of righteousness rise with healing in His rays. May we "go out" from all the places we've been wounded and may we frolic like well-fed calves. Please, remind us that as we put on Your righteousness, we will shine like the sun in the kingdom of our Father. 

May we see You, Your face, like the sun, shining in all it's brilliance!

© 2013 Wingdreamer

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Life Itself Is Grace

I NEED Grace! Every Day! Life itself is grace!

I am finally at a place where I recognize I must walk in God's grace. Without HIM, I really can do nothing. 

Years ago, I read this scripture and said, yes, I agree. Now, it is reality. In daily life, I "get it." Without Him, Jesus, I truly cannot get things right every time. Whether it is something I say or do, in all things I need Jesus to do "it" through me! 

What a place of rest this is for me. I don't have to perform. I can relax into His grace and allow Him to move in and through me. 
In Him I live and move and have my being. 
This is a mystery. 

Acts 17:28

2 Corinthians 12:8-9

“Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Father, may we be always sufficient only in You. May we feel the absolute necessity of your redeeming and preserving grace. May we never be too proud to cry out and long for the God who made us! 

    © 2013 Marie Nease

Monday, October 7, 2013


 Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.
Psalm 65:8
The New Living Translation 

I am in awe of His wonders. A friend told me of a new place near me to enjoy a sunset. Wow! I am twitterpated... the sunset tonight left me breathless and almost speechless, yet full of praise and wonder at my Father God's creation. 

“If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.”
G.K. Chesterton

 “In silence the three of them looked at the sunset and thought about God.”
Maud Hart Lovelace,
Betsy-Tacy and Tib
© 2013 

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Place of Stillness

This life we are walking through can be chaotic and stressful. We all need to find a place in our world to get away and breathe and be still and know that HE is God. 

I encourage you to escape from the "daily grind" and find a place of peace where you can still yourself. Listen to the quiet. Listen to crickets and frogs singing their song. Listen to the breeze moving the trees. Watch as afternoon turns into evening on another day. Offer up thanksgiving for the simple things that life brings. Joy. Laughter. Bird songs. Hummingbirds flying by your window. Sunset colors painted across the sky. Unexpected provision. Love and friendship unfolding. Breathe in God's gift of peace in your place of stillness. Look up, expectantly. 

Where do you find your place of stillness?