Saturday, October 25, 2014

Staying in Step with the Spirit Via God's Creation, Week 4

Chimney Rock, NC

by Cathy Baker
{ Day 25 } 

during our 31 Day Challenge.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Breath of Prayer

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 24 } 

"I drove away from my mind everything capable of spoiling the sense of the presence of God. I just make it my business to persevere in His holy presence. My soul has had an habitual, silent, secret conversation with God." -Brother Lawrence

The habitual, silent, secret conversation is a stealth weapon residing in the soul of a believer, wielding power with but one breath. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Staying in Step with the Spirit Via The Book

 { Day 23 }

My name is Cathy Baker and I am a Book O' Holic. 

Slender binding
Threadbare spines
Fresh printed ink
Crisp white pages, and
Well worn ones too. 

They're all there - residing on my bookshelves, side by side, rubbing spine on spine.

Some have yet to be read
Some are on a perpetual rotation
Some left an indelible impression 
Some simply left a mental ✔ by their title 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Knock at the Door

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 22 } 

A Syrian father gathered up his two young children, both under the age of 12. He told them there would soon come a day when they would hear a knock at the door, and that those people (ISIS) would be there to harm their family.

He told them that when they open the door, they will say to the men Jesus is King and I forgive you. The father assured them that even though the pain would hurt for a little while, they would all be together again in heaven for an eternity. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Staying in Step with the Spirit Via Piped Icing

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 21 } 

Lovely, isn't it? 

Everything about my birthday cake exceeded my expectations, minus one thing. Do you see it in the picture? 

McFarlan's Bakery, Hendersonville NC

When we picked up the cake at McFarlan's Bakery (which is awesome!) they peeled back the box top, especially proud of the beautifully fall-themed design they'd created for me. 

We were all delighted until Brian said,"It's beautiful...except her name isn't Cindy."

We all laughed but they felt terrible about the mistaken name and wanted to fix it. I insisted I knew my name and it was perfectly fine. (I also thought of this post idea so I wasn't about to ruin it by having them correct it!) 

I had a flashback to my childhood when both grandmothers would sometimes do what felt like a roll call when trying to get my attention. They called out at least three other names of people in our family before getting to mine. (Oh, how I miss this!)

In the big scheme of things, though, aren't you thankful God doesn't mistake us for anyone else? When He calls our name, He gets it right the first time for He is keenly aware of every detail concerning our lives:

To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. John 10:3

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.  Psalm 139

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. Isaiah 43:1

Birthday getaway in Saluda, NC
Our God never skips a beat. We'll never catch Him calling us by another sheep's name or confusing our strengths/weaknesses with a sibling-in-Christ. It's almost as if each of us is His "only" child.

The LORD formed us, chose us, redeemed us, and He calls us by name

Staying in Step with the Spirit: We draw near to God with a grateful heart, confident in His knowledge of us, and His love for us. How could such knowledge escape our praise? 

Heavenly Father, everything within us bows at Your name. We praise You for choosing to be a Father we can draw near to, not one that shuns us when we fall. Thank You for being such an intimate heavenly Father.

{ Day 15 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Paper Bookmark
{ Day 16 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Fresh Start
{ Day 17 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via Spontaneous Service
{ Day 18 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via God's Creation, Wk. 3
{ Sunday } 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Mini-Getaway

by Cathy Baker 

{ Day 20 } 

When's the last time you packed an overnight bag, loaded up your car and escaped for a mini-getaway?
Chimney Rock, NC

Brian and I did just that this past weekend as we wound our way up the mountains to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary (which is actually today!) Our first couple of days were spent walking the bustling streets of Hendersonville and Chimney Rock, sipping down handcrafted coffee, and scoping out new antique stores.