Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Jesus I am resting, resting

Jesus, I am resting, resting
In the joy of what thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon thee,
As thy beauty fills my soul,
For by thy transforming power,
Thou hast made me whole.

Circumstances abound in our daily lives that prompt us as Christians to face our need to trust in our Lord and Saviour more. Sometimes it is the need to have patience with our children as they try our patience or trouble our souls.

O how great thy lovingkindness,
Vaster, broader than the sea!
O how marvelous thy goodness
Lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in thee, Beloved,
Know what wealth of grace is thine,
Know thy certainty of promise
And have made it mine.

But have we considered how marvelous His goodness is and how it is so very much lavished all on me? The mavelous goodness to embrace us in His loving arms and to shelter us from the fiery darts of troubles and trials and even the evil one. All His goodness - the actual goodness of Him - is lavished on us.

Simply trusting thee, Lord Jesus,
I behold thee as thou art,
And thy love, so pure, so changeless,
Satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings,
Meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings:
Thine is love indeed.

And we can find that our every need is met in Him. His love so pure, so changeless completes us and satisfies us even in our deepest longings. Even in the moments of our greatest need, He compasses us round with blessings.

Ever lift thy face upon me
As I work and wait for thee;
Resting 'neath thy smile, Lord Jesus,
Earth's dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father's glory,
Sunshine of my Father's face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting,
Fill me with thy grace.

Facing our deepest, darkest trials we can rest in our Lord. We can savor His goodness. We can experience His love and His grace to keep us trusting, and resting. May you love and trust Him and rest in Him completely.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Interview with God

Interview with God borrowed from

I am in awe at the beauty and majesty of God's creation captured in these photographs.  The "interview" is real food for thought and each of us should pause and ponder.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Blogging as a past time is far reaching

When I started blogging, it was an exercise in "Can I do this?", "Can I learn this?", "Can I keep it going?," etc. Well, I just blog about whatever pops into this gray topped head of mine. It might be deals at a store or web site. It might be nifty coupons for the thrifty amongst us. It might be something on my heart that bubbles up that I wish to share with someone. It might be my frustration at the political scene. Who knows? Now I just checked the number of hits it has received, and there are now over 4,000. That is in about 2 years. Not many, but it is reaching out.

Recently I added a widget that would track who visits (doesn't identify visitor, just locale). I really find this to be interesting. There are people all over the USA that somehow have found Chat With Vera. In fact, I have found from time to time that Australians, Brits, Scots, Russians, Chinese, etc. have visited. It confounds and humbles me. Here is the latest listing:
  • A visitor from Greensboro, North Carolina arrived from and viewed "Chat With Vera" 0 secs ago
  • A visitor from Walnut, California viewed "Chat With Vera: Vera is quoted online......" 2 hours 23 mins ago
  • A visitor from Woodstock, Illinois viewed "Chat With Vera: Vera is quoted online......" 2 hours 26 mins ago
  • A visitor from Van Buren, Arkansas left "Chat With Vera: Tidings of Comfort and Joy" via 6 hours 11 mins ago
  • A visitor from Van Buren, Arkansas arrived from and viewed "Chat With Vera: Tidings of Comfort and Joy" 6 hours 12 mins ago
  • A visitor from Walnut, California viewed "Chat With Vera: Vera is quoted online......" 15 hours 55 mins ago
  • A visitor from Dallas, Texas viewed "Chat With Vera: Vera is quoted online......" 17 hours 26 mins ago
  • A visitor from Kuala Belait arrived from and viewed "Chat With Vera" 18 hours 54 mins ago
  • A visitor from Streator, Illinois arrived from and viewed "Chat With Vera: Tidings of Comfort and Joy" 19 hours 59 mins ago
  • A visitor from San Francisco, California viewed "Chat With Vera: Vera is quoted online......" 23 hours 46 mins ago
Now, if you are as geographically challenged as I, you are wondering where in the world is Kuala Belait? So for your information and mine, I looked it up:
Kuala Belait is located close to the western border of Brunei with the Malaysian State of Sarawak at 114.18ºE longtitude and 4.59ºN latitude. The town center is bounded by the South China Sea to the north, the Belait River to the west and south and the suburbs of Kampong Sungai Pandan and Kampong Mumong to the east and south-east respectively.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Vera is quoted online......

Vera (that's me, folks) was quoted on -  the blog for Mindfield Online Internet Panels. 
Vera says: Greetings, friends. Mindfield Online is a good company to participate as a survey opinion member. You have the opportunity to share your opinion about various products before they hit the market (or even after they are already on the shelves). You also get paid to share your opinions. Now you won’t get rich this way or earn enough to feed the family or pay the electric bill, but you will see a few extra dollars come your way. Enjoy.
Have you quoted Vera anywhere?  Have you shared information you read here on Chat With Vera?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

My daughter who is fighting breast cancer recently sent this email message to me.  It puts into proper perspective good news and joy.
Recently I had my students do a vocabulary assignment using winter words that are familiar to us but foreign them.  (Remember I teach special ed.)  They were surprised that tidings simply meant "good news."  This morning I was mulling over what we consider good news (negative results on Dad's bone marrow test, a new job, being cancer-free, graduation) and how that compares to the good news brought by the angels.  My thoughts were that while it would be awesome to hear that I am cancer-free, that pales in comparison to the news that I have a home in Heaven should cancer decide to take over.  Definitely tidings of comfort and joy!  Merry Christmas! 
Doesn't that perspective bring tears of joy to your heart?  So when you sing about "Tidings of comfort and joy" remember the source of true joy in you own life.  Focus on the certainty of having a home in Heaven in relation to the sorrows you face here on Earth.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

So great

There is nothing so great nor so wonderful as the prayers of friends on one's behalf and for your loved ones.