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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Seasons

Summer is here!  I don't know about you but it's hotter than hades in my neck of the woods!  Just yesterday my car registered a temp of 127 *F after sitting in the sun and only cooled down to 123 *F once I had the A/C running and car moving. I don't know about you but I'll gladly pay my electric bill to keep my house cooled to 70 *F and run the A/C in my car with frequent gas fills to keep my car cool!  I am already singing the 'I wish it were Fall Blues' and quietly wait for the change of seasons only 3 days into Summer!

With the change of seasons I have decided to take a long-term Facebook hiatus so that I can spend that time updating this blog, writing, more time in Bible study as well as time with friends and family. If you're looking for me these days you'll find me here or on Twitter.  Tweet me @cizon_sauceda or follow me to keep in touch.

Looking forward to a wonderfully sunny season of hope, inspiration, and joy as I share with you what God puts on my heart.  Have a beautiful summer!

I leave you with delightful words of wisdom from life's learning manual:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NABRE)

There is an appointed time for everything,
    and a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to give birth, and a time to die;
    a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
    a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
    a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
    a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
    a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
    a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
    a time of war, and a time of peace.


(From www.biblegateway.com)




Tuesday, September 8, 2015

How Do You Communicate With God?

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Pursue and Cry Out - You Are My Glorious God!

I LOVE MUSIC, I love music!  Hymns, southern gospel, praise and worship, classical, classic rock and little bit of good old country (from back when it was western/country).

Music is communication.  It speaks to the depths of my soul.  God and I converse a lot when music abounds - and music is always around, even as I sing and hum old favorites.

I've wondered in the past, as others have I'm sure, why we can't just stick to hymns in church or older praise melodies.  I'm guilty.  It's not a new issue as I learned today.

Back in 1948, A.W. Tozer's thoughts were along the same line.  I'm currently reading his book, "The Pursuit of God", and it is inspiring, instructive and uplifting.

The following caused my heart to ponder this afternoon (from the book):  "'His track I see and I'll pursue,' sang our fathers only a short generation ago, but that song is heard no more in the great congregation.  How tragic that we in this dark day have had our seeking done for us by our teachers.  Everything is made to center upon the initial act of 'accepting' Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls.  We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him we need no more seek Him."

A few sentences later he goes on with: "In the midst of this great chill there are some, I rejoice to acknowledge, who will not be content with shallow logic.  They will admit the force of the argument, and then turn away with tears to hunt some lonely place and pray,'O God, show me thy glory.'  They want to taste, to touch with their hearts, to see with their inner eyes the wonder that is God."

As I am pursuing my saviour and treasuring this study I want to encourage you to cry out and pray "Oh God, show me thy glory."  What joy to learn that there are still hymns and melodies I have yet hear.  Poetry so refined.  I have older hymnals but these hymns predate my treasures.

Blessings to you my friends.

Share your thoughts with me.  I would love to hear from you.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lent 2015: Hope

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HOPE

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As I prepared to read Wednesday, the first day of Lent 2015, my iPad Bible was opened to 1st Peter ~ Chapter 1 and so this is where I begin my journey.  Hope is paramount in my mind as I read this scripture.  Back when my children were young I had a cassette tape (remember those?) that had music / song set to scripture.  I loved this tape.  One of the verses / songs that I enjoyed and remember most was 1st Peter 1:3 and part of 4 (NIV): 
'Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade...'

Isn't this great news!  GREAT NEWS!!!! 

It's our hope, it's my hope.  

The Cross is My Hope.  

The Empty Tomb is My Hope.  

Christ is My Hope.

1st Peter 1:13 (NIV) advises that '...with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.'

It is the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the child ~ Immanuel, born and foretold of in the scriptures in Isaiah, announced in Luke and crucified in John who is my risen King as described in John and who ascended into Heaven as we are told in Acts.  This Hope.  This Grace.  It anoints my soul and encourages my spirit.

This season of Lent begins a journey to Easter as we celebrate with hope and anticipation of the coming of Christ.  Yes, it is a joyful celebration.  My Saviour Lives!  I am a child of the King.

As I digested scripture this first day of Lent I was impressed to research what there is regarding the days leading to the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension unto Heaven through the eyes of Peter.  I will share what I learn as I glean.

I share this HOPE with you:  

He Is Risen...He Is Risen Indeed

Do you know my blessed Saviour?


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lent 2015: New Beginning

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Lent 2015 begins my journey to focus on growing closer to God, Christ my King and allowing the Holy Spirit to fully work in my life.  This season will draw me nearer to Jesus and open my heart so that it hears the still small voice, strengthen my mind so that it understands and grows in knowledge and wisdom plus this season I will take steps that allow my body to become the temple that will glorify God in all I am and do.  In this hope and period of growth I am eliminating FaceBook and Netflix from my routine as these take away from life producing opportunities. This will be a period of prayer, communion, praise, worship, thanksgiving and study.  My best friend, Jesus, and I have some much needed one on one time to share.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Keeping It Real: I'm Working On It!

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Keeping It Real:  I'm Working On It!

Yesterday, 1/26/15, I finally did it.  I kept my carbs at 10% of the days calories.  Now today was a different story however.  It is a delicate line to walk to get the appropriate nutrients and balance of carbs, fat and protein.  It's a tight rope I walk but one I will continue to try.  I fell off the rope today but that makes me stronger for tomorrow because in less than an hour its a new day with a clean slate and a chance to try to make my mark again!  


Goals for Keeping It Real for the next week:

  • Daily:   1500 calories;  10% carbs = 38 g;   25% protein = 94g;   65% fat = 108 g
  • Wednesday - 1/28/15:  30 minutes of either bike,treadmill,elliptical or zumba video routine plus strength training routine
  • Thursday - 1/29/15:  weigh-in day; Aqua Aerobics hour and 1 hour water jogging
  • Friday - 1/30/15:  30 minutes of either bike,treadmill,elliptical or zumba video routine plus strength training routine
  • Saturday - 1/31/15:  1 hour water jogging
  • Sunday - 2/1/15:  1 hour water jogging
  • Monday - 2/2/15:  30 minutes of either bike,treadmill,elliptical or zumba video routine plus strength training routine
  • Tuesday - 2/3/15:  call Phillip for his birthday; Aqua Aerobics hour and 1 hour water jogging
  • Wednesday - 2/4/15:  30 minutes of either bike,treadmill,elliptical or zumba video routine plus strength training routine

What's Your 'Selfie' Saying?

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Portrait of Myself

There were a couple of things I read recently that caused me to pause and reflect.  The first was a statement made on FaceBook by a gal I went to junior high with and the second was a poem attributed to Teresa of Avila entitled Christ Has No Body.

My former classmate and Facebook friend, Shawn Garner, suggested:  

"If you could take a selfie of your soul, would you find it attractive enough to post?"

A little bit later I came across the poem Christ Has No Body:

Christ has no body but yours, 
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks 
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

What a pause.  Am I living righteously?  I don’t necessarily mean upright and moral here, of course that is implied; however I do mean righteous living as in – Do I fear God?  To Fear God is to Live Right.  Am I living a life so exemplified that when a person looks at me that they don’t see me but see Jesus?  

I have always told my kids ‘be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little ears what you hear, be careful little mouth what you say, be careful little feet where you go, be careful little hands what you do’.  These words are from a children’s song sung long ago in Sunday School and one I sang to my own children (and still do although they are grown).

Stop. Read that again and let it sink in:

Be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little ears what you hear, be careful little mouth what you say, be careful little feet where you go, be careful little hands what you do:  for the Father up above is looking down in love so be careful little …eyes, ears, mouth, feet, hands.  


I am a servant.  Where I go, what I do, what I say, why I say or believe what I do, what I listen to all impact my witness which equals my ‘selfie’.  I serve a living Saviour whom I love and worship with all my being.  The Holy Spirit guides me closer daily as I seek Him and as I walk closer, as I draw nearer, as I live daily He lives in me.  The King is who I want my ‘selfie’ to portray.  I want others to see Jesus, to know Jesus, to want to know Jesus and desire to seek him and serve him too.

Each day I awaken to a fresh beginning full of grace and mercy that my God provides.  In Romans it tells me that I am a sinner, that I have fallen short of his glory but it also tells me that I am loved.  Christ loves me.  He loves me so much he gave his life for me and I believe, yes, I believe he rose and set me apart so that my sins are washed.  And the Word of God tells me that because Christ is in me I am dead yet my spirit is alive and it is because of righteousness.  See, my right living is a healthy dose of striving to be careful, to daily see that my hands, feet, eyes, ears and tongue honour God.  I am not perfect by any means.  I am a sinner.  Always a sinner saved by Grace.  It is that grace and that love and that outpouring of the Holy Spirit that I want to shine through me so that my ‘selfie’ is a reflection of the King of Kings.

One of my favorite verses, if not the most favorite is Philippians 1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you.  I love my friends and family near and far and those I do not know yet as friend.  I want these friends to know Jesus too because then they also will understand Philippians 1:4-6 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  

I want you my friend to know my friend, Jesus.  I want his light that glows in my heart and in my life to shine so bright that when you look at me you see him instead.  There is no other like him and I pray my ‘selfie’, my self-portrait is the image of Christ because he loves you that much and I do too.

If you seek him, you will find him.   Leave me a comment if you want prayer and I will thank my God every time for you.  If you want this selfie of Jesus let me know and I'll introduce him to you if you don't know him.  He's waiting for you too.