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Moon and Stars

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Just a fun quote to start the week.

Last week I traveled to Iowa with two girlfriends to do some antiquing/junking/treasure hunting.  We stayed with my family and I got the chance to show them some of the beautiful side of Iowa.  The one night my dad encouraged us to go out and see the clear sky full of stars.  If it had not been so darn chilly that night, I think we would have stayed out there gazing at them for hours.  It is so dark with no city lights, crisp and clear with no pollution and the sky is polka-dotted with millions of pricks of light.  It is gorgeous and awe-inspiring.

I originally found this quote when I was looking for inspiration for a bride.  I loved the concept that we don’t need the material stuff in a marriage.  It is the commitment to standing and enjoying the light and awe of love.  And sometimes that is hard–life gets clouded with pollution and swamped with light that drowns out the simple things.  It is about stopping to be together and just enjoy.  It is about keeping a promise to shine for each other.  It is about that forever quality of being in a very special relationship, especially when it is grounded by faith and the knowledge it can go on for eternity.

So tonight, find the light of a star–outside or the inside the one you love and enjoy it.

 

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The Benediction–Go in Peace

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Numbers 6 Benediction Go In Peace by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

 

As you we end this week–as you stay home or travel this weekend–may you remember this verse.

In the ELCA Lutheran church we end every service with this. And then the pastor will say:  Go in peace, serve the Lord.  And the people respond with:  Thanks be to God.

It gives me peace, I hope it does for you also.

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Remember to Quiet

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes it is hard to quiet–my thoughts, the world, everything.  Especially on vacation.  I have thought before how I needed a vacation time to recoup from my vacation!  If only I would take time for quiet, time to sit and listen for God, for stories of his children, for the beauty of creation–I wouldn’t feel the rush and the push and the vacation would be more rejuvenating.

So as you move into the weekend, take time to be quiet–to quiet the yelling, the traffic, the roaring of whatever.  Sit and listen to what is pulsing underneath and hear God’s voice in that.  And may it bless you in ways you never imagined.

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Wherever You Go

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Wherever You Go by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

One of the things I love about being a Christian is that we believe that God is in us–that the Holy Spirit is in our hearts and souls all the time.  Constantly with us.  Loved, protected, led.  All we must do, is acknowledge that, accept it, and allow the Spirit to work in us.

This made me think about gas–what kinds we put in our cars–ethanol, basic, premium.  Or what can happen when junk contaminates the fuel and the subsequent damage that can happen.  When we are traveling we are that much more conscious of caring for our vehicles.  We maybe even get extra maintenance done before we leave.  Do we do that for ourselves?  Do we prime our souls for vacation?  Our minds and hearts?  What about while we are gone–are we filling ourselves with the best possible fuel?

Just something to think about…especially if you have long car ride ahead.  🙂

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Stand Up and Walk

 

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John 5:8 Walk by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

So many of us are leaving on vacations this time of year.  Or have already been on one.  Or maybe you are contemplating one.  Maybe you are there already.  It is so easy when we are away from home to neglect our faith.  We are out of our regular routines, away from our churches and the communities that support our Christianity.  Jesus calls us to get up and walk, to take His gospel everywhere we can, at all times.

In this passage He is talking to a lame man who is ill.  Jesus heals him and sends him on his way.   Jesus heals him on a Sabbath and the Pharisees are outraged that he would break the law.  But Jesus proclaims that, “My father is still working, and I also am working.”

Jesus never stopped because it was going to be hard, going to be a nuisance, going to make him stand out, or make other people uncomfortable.  Why should we?  Our nation is supposed to be a place where we are FREE to openly practice our faith.  Openly free to worship and spread LOVE–not judgement–but PEACE.

So…do you take advantage of that ALL the time, in ALL places?  For example, do you visit other churches while traveling?  Do you take time to read the Bible or a devotion (maybe this blog on your mobile device hint hint)?  Do you pray before meals in restaurants?  Do you spread love and peace to the tourism workers (who deal with some pretty cranky people)?  Are you standing up, walking, and being a light?

I am going to try harder.  Some of those I do, some I don’t.  Let’s make a pact to do better at spreading Christianity is positive way no matter where we go.

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