Invitation to a Selah Moment

sunset extreme “The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth

from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.

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From Zion, perfect in beauty,

God shines forth.

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Our God comes and will not be silent;

a fire devours before him,

fire devours before him

and around him a tempest rages.

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He summons the heavens above,

and the earth, that he may

judge his people.

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Gather to me my consecrated ones,

who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.A covenantal relationship

And the heavens proclaim his righteousness,

for God himself is judge.”

Selah

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Photos by Marlee Huber for YOUR FLOURISHING LIFE.

Scripture Passage:  Psalm 50:1-6 NIV

Photo 1, 4-9 Naomi Carlson, Flagger at Destiny Life Church, Everett, WA during worship at the May, 10, 2016 Women of Destiny Experience

Photo 2: Grand Avenue Park, Everett, WA, May 10, 2016

Photo 3:  Calla Lily, Private Garden, Everett, WA

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Making That Cell Camera Practical

We are checking into a busy RV campground on our bicycle adventure across America and the clerk asks for the license number of our truck which is parked quite some distance away. Another person in line suggests that we take a photo of the plate and carry it in our cell phone. Duh! Why didn’t we think of that?

Head out to any public place and observe how many phones are being used as cameras? It will astound you.

Now observe what people are photographing? Is it a selfie? A Sunset? Kids at play? Your meal at an Irish pub? Or do you notice people using their camera like a notebook to refer to later?

There are many fun applications for cell phone usage, but that camera can save you a lot of time and make life a whole lot easier. Here are some ways to use your cell camera to save time later.

Photograph your

  • License plate for checking into hotels and RV campgrounds.
  • Recipes so you can purchase all the ingredients.
  • Recipes so you can make it at your cabin or campsite where there is no internet and you don’t want to carry a bulky book along
  • An envelope for sending a thank you note later
  • A website that you notice when out and about and want to check out later
  • A gray arm chair at IKEA to see how it will go in your own sunny sitting room
  • The cover of a book your friend is reading and highly recommends
  • Notes from a class for studying without dragging along your notebook
  • Favorite quotes you see hanging on the wall at your favorite coffee shop.
  • Model numbers from a broken appliance so you can take the photo to the parts store and secure the replacement part.
  • A broken piece that needs replacing. Match it up at the hardware store
  • Your chandelier so you can go to the lighting store and buy additional lighting to match the finish and style.
  • Picture frames that you have at home so you can buy the same style at Hobby Lobby
  • A wild flower in the forest so you can identify it later
  • A photo of a home construction project so you can send it to the handyman to see if he’ll take on your project.

Recently at a dear cousin’s memorial, the family passed around his well-marked Bible. I grabbed my cell and began snapping pictures of page after page to ponder at a later time what touched him at a deeper level.

While writing this, I was talking with my daughter about a small remodeling job needed for her craft room in the garage. She is replacing a small high window with beautiful french doors salvaged from an interior designer’s current project. We found a connection to a remodeling hotline. I suggested my daughter snap a photo of the project that needs to be done inside and outside and send it to the hotline. That way hopefully a handyman match can be made sooner rather than later.

Consider your cell camera a tool to make your life easier. It will save you time and frustration.

And if you have some other applications not mentioned above, please leave them in a comment below.

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It’s a Mystery!

Recently, I sat in my friend’s beautifully appointed living room while she made a buying decision.  She was ready to add some fine art to her home. She wanted one of my landscapes to hang above her mantle.

She pulled up www.marleehuber.com and connected her laptop to this huge flat screen TV. You know, like the one at your house. From the choices, she selected a photo gallery and clicked the almost invisible ‘slide show’ button on the top right. Suddenly the tiny thumbnails burst forth filling the room with grand landscapes and intimate close-ups, bold color and decisive compositions. It was like we were right there—back on that icy mountain, standing before that rushing waterfall, taking in all that moist greenery.

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Her house is eye candy, this room especially—cozy, warm, inviting. My eyes traveled from the sofa to the arm chairs, from the lamp on the side table to the basket holding a soft green Aran Island quilt. Each piece had been chosen with care. I found her landscape-selection process both humbling and daunting. I was trying to imagine my landscape resting on her mantle. Would she choose a photo from our recent trip to Ireland, where we had become fast friends? Or would she select a Northwest scene for her Alabama home?

I’ll keep you guessing.

Just let me say, I would never have thought to do this, but she did. What a brilliant way to make a choice. Look at the options in your own room—with your colors, with your light, with the ambience you are crafting. Make it big! Ease into the scene before your eyes from the comfort of the room where it will hold a commanding presence.

The photos slid past in four second intervals. One after another.

Suddenly, a distinctively NW image played across the flat screen. I remember the evening well. Swirling fog greeted our group of Washington State photographers as we attempted to show our Southern California friend our mountain paradise. We would drive up the mountain, even if it wasn’t visible. Maybe just maybe, we would get a peek. After our picnic lunch by Glacier Creek,  we grabbed coats and headed up Highway 542 arriving in a swirl of fog and light mist.

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Peering out from beneath my hooded raincoat and an old umbrella, I put a silly grin on my face and aimed my camera in the general direction of Mt. Baker. Nothing. After a few large gestures flailing our arms toward the general direction of where on a clear day one might ooh- and ahh- over Mt. Shuksan or Mt Baker, we grabbed cover in our car. Disappointed we started down the narrow mountain road. Fog swirled. It was probably just as well our guests could not see the sheer drop off at the edge of the road. No heart failure. Please! Coming around a hairpin turn someone jabbed their finger towards a teasing promise of blue overhead. Easing into a pull off, we stopped, grabbed our cameras and caught a couple shots before the fog absorbed the whole scene in a combative shade of gray.

This was that photo.

I love this photo. I love its mystery. I love trying to trace the road up the rocky face of the cliff. I love guiding my eye along the highway. Even though I have traveled this road countless times, I tremble when peering in the general direction of that sheer drop off. I love the swirling clouds, the fog, and the almost heart-shaped bit of blue sky dancing overhead.

My friend stopped the slide show. This was it.

She had chosen her landscape. Apparently the mystery of that moment got her as well. A 24” by 36” canvas landscape is on its way to her southern home. 

What a way to make a choice! What a selection to add some mystery to her mantle. Remember this–every room needs a little mystery.

In the spirit of mystery pop on over to my website. Open up the Photo Gallery and select the one called “Land and Sea.” Can you find the landscape that she chose for her lovely sitting room? Would it work in your room? Leave me a comment. Let me know your favorite.

Marlee Huber ~ For YOUR FLOURISHING LIFE.

Thanks to Donna Edman for the photo of the drenched photographer. She did make it down the mountain without mishap. Go check out her stunning and surprising photography at www.donnaedmanphotography.com

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Something Wonderful is About to Happen!

Wednesday morning found me winding my way down Mukilteo Boulevard toward a favorite trailhead. It is mostly a residential neighborhood except for one cluster of commercial buildings. J-Lee Floors has been there for years. In front of this store is a signboard that read, “Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”

I like that. Just home from vacation, I had to face some business issues that did not make my heart sing. In fact, the approaching end of the month filled me with dread. I had a choice—throw in the towel or rise up and pursue possibility.

These words replayed in my mind, “always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.” My husband has been reading Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book Switch on your Brain and told me that the Think and Grow Rich book is right on target with the way our minds work.

Hmmm. What if I daily practiced this recommendation? What might happen both in my business and in other areas of my life? What if I could find a few people to join me in this experiment? We could do a thirty day trial. Think about it.

Reflecting some more, I noted that the outcome of receiving the Wonderful involves a critical component—belief. 

A gratitude jar sits on my counter. You probably have one, too. It had been quite some time since I put anything into it. How about yours? It’s not that I’m not thankful, I am. Gratitude is great, but belief followed by results, that is wonderful! It reminds me of faith.

Faith pleases God.

Faith works by love.

Faith is setting your mind, your heart, your intentions on an expectation for good and not for evil.

What if I renamed the Gratitude Jar? I’ll call it, uh, the Something ‘Wonder’ Full jar?

Why will I spell it that way? Because it spotlights the word “wonder.” Wonder is that element that little children possess when they run to show mommy a first-time discovery. 

Recently I read that the Fear of the Lord is more about wonder than dread. Most people think dark thoughts about God when they hear this phrase. It inspires fear, so they recoil.

What if the fear of the Lord really is ALL about wonder?

I sure like wonder more than dread. Don’t you? I like hiking the woods and discovering hidden treasures like blooming trillium or giant back-lit leaves or rushing waterfalls.

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North Carolina’s Glen Falls

I like to be plumb full of wonder at the lovely surprises my Heavenly Father has tucked away for me to discover.

So I have renamed my Gratitude Jar. It is now the Something “Wonder” Full Jar. Today, I sat down and began to write out the wonder-filled experiences and opportunities that have come my way since I decided to “Believe that something wonderful is about to happen.” I have even had some business wins!

Would you like to join me? Try it for 30 days. Re-label your gratitude jar. Let’s see what exciting opportunities and warm affirmations begin to emerge as we apply belief—that old fashioned faith—to possibility.

Something Wonderful IS About to Happen!

Let me know if you are up for this experiment because wonder has far more to do with experiences and opportunities and insights than does dread.

I don’t need more dread; I need more wonder!

How about you?

Marlee Huber ~ For YOUR FLOURISHING LIFE!

To view more Wonder-Inspired Photography by Marlee Huber go to www.marleehuber.com

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Discovered in the National Arboretum, Washington, DC

 

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Who Am I?

Have you ever been around someone who is so secure in their identity that the more you are with them the more they affirm who you are?

My Uncle Gene Horton was like that. Physically, he was one of the biggest men I have ever known with large hands, a big smile, and the curliest hair I had ever seen. He knew who he was and everyone who came near him knew that he loved them and saw possibility in them. He flourished as an elementary school principal. I think in his school, “Go to the principal’s office” had a different connotation. One look at this big man and you knew he had the hands and heart to pull destiny out you. Eloquent with words, he would make you a believer in yourself and your future. He made you look at yourself and everyone around you with fresh eyes–eyes focused on possibilty. My only regret is that he lived in Chattanooga, TN and I lived in Washington State. I simply did not get enough time with this incredible man.

I think my Uncle Gene was a bit like the Father of Glory. Both pull glory out of those who get near them. Both know their identity. When you know your identity, it is easy to pull identity out of another. There is no insecurity! God knows who He is. He identified himself as “I AM THAT I AM.” If you need to know more about Him go read the list of synonyms for the word good. Remember, scripture tells us “God is good!”

So what? Our culture is in an identity crisis. The biggest question in the hearts and minds of the current generation is “Who am I?” From Bruce Jenner to the kid in the church youth group down the street, this generation is desperate to identify their true identity.

For starters, they don’t know if they are male, female, heterosexual, bi-sexual, or a-sexual. All they know is their hearts are empty; there is no joy; there is no peace. Their life is a puzzle and they have no clue where to find the missing pieces.

May I submit to you that the Possibility Prayer is the most important prayer you will ever pray for your loved ones?

May I suggest that if you are a parent or grandparent you begin today to pray that your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up with a strong sense of personal identity?

We have so minimized the knowledge of God thinking it was of no practical purpose. We thought God was only good for being religious and going to church and not doing this or that and calling everything a sin. We have little working knowledge of his true identity.

I want to get intimate with the One who knows who He is so he can show me how to be a full expression of who I am. How about you?

Join me in this daily prayer:

Mind! Awaken to Possibility!

Heart! Arise in Expectancy!

Soul! Rest in Tranquility!

Strength! Be Anchored in Humility

until I come into the Full Expression of my Christ-formed Identity!

Who am I?

Marlee Huber ~ For Your Flourishing Life!

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And the meaning of good is…?

Many years ago as a twelve year old girl, I accompanied my father to a nearby city where he had been asked to preach. Before the service, we were invited to dinner at a parishioner’s home.

While my dad and the host visited and I sat and listened, the man’s wife prepared the dinner. I do not remember the conversation except that a man by the name of John G. Lake was mentioned. If you don’t know this name, this will mean nothing to you. If you do know who John G. Lake was, then you will know that I remember this event because John G. Lake’s daughter served us burned liver and onions.

It was a quiet meal, even awkward, as we navigated around blackened breading. An occasional chair scraped against the wood floor, throats were cleared, and no thank yous softly spoken at the prospect of seconds.

What I do remember is that Wilford Reidt presented my dad with Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to the King James Bible. As daddy was pretty much a walking Bible encyclopedia anyway, he gave it to me.

I loved this huge volume, as big as a desk dictionary. It delved into Hebrew and Greek words journeying deeply into the memory of each meaning.

Keeping my promise, I will tell you what Strong says about good as in “God is Good.” Psalm 136:1

The word good in the Hebrew is towb. Towb means good in the widest sense. It can be an adjective or a noun and it is used both in the masculine and the feminine, singular and plural. It is quite an encompassing word.

What you need to know about towb is that it can be translated into a variety of English words. This is where I invite you to focus. Read through this list and now picture a Good God! 

  • What do you notice?
  • Are these the characteristics of a dog?
  • Are these the characteristics of someone who is only good and not better and best?

Meditate on this list for 24 hours or 24 days and then tell me you don’t want your mind to Awaken to Possibility so you can receive revelation of this Glorious God.

Here’s the list. You might read through the list substituting each of the following words for the word good as in God is Beautiful! God is Best!

Beautiful

Best

Better

Bountiful

Cheerful

At ease

Fair

In favor

Fine

Glad

Good

Gracious

Joyful

Kindly

Kindness

Likes best

Loving

Merry

Most

Pleasant

Pleases

Pleasure

Precious

Prosperity

Ready

Sweet

Wealth

Welfare

Well favored.

By the time you finish, I hope you will be grabbing your head and declaring at the top of your lungs~

Mind! Awaken to Possibility!

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Marlee Huber ~ For Your Flourishing Life!

 

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Who is Good?

Yesterday as I parked my car in the downtown corridor, I saw it on the car in the next stall. Right there starring straight at me with a halo over its floppy ears was the graphic design of a dog with a caption proclaiming the goodness of the dog. It is a registered trademark so I will let you draw the conclusions of this play on words.

Seriously, have they ever had a dog? I have. Our  dog was seriously not good most of the time. In fact, I truly believe he had a sin problem.

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Once upon a time, I took our golden retriever with an attitude, as the breeder told the innocents with the checkbook, for a walk. On said walk, we passed by the house where the small bark-y dog, confined to an upper deck always barked and danced thumping his professionally trimmed nails like chalk on the deck.

This time, Cash had had enough. That barking establishment was going to receive retribution for all the times we had walked through the valley of the dogs–the only way out of our troll-guarded neighborhood. Cash leaned into the leash and started pulling me up the steep driveway. Once he identified the most advantageous spot for the wind to carry the noxious smell, he backed up and squatted his behind down on their concrete pad. Here, like a bank customer, he made a deposit. In your face little bark-y dog with the chalk board dance.

I knew straight away Cash was a fallen creature.

So you think dogs are good do you?  Are they good in the sense that God is good?

I maintain these people have no sense of the meaning of good; neither do they have a sense about this Glorious God who is altogether good!

I’ve gone long enough today. Come back tomorrow and I will give you a list of characteristics that simply defy dog, but glorify God who is most certainly Good!

Marlee Huber ~ For Your Flourishing Life!

 

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