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Strength

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I am not one to pray for specific things or answers.  I pray more for what I know God can provide for sure:  strength, patience, peace, vision, love, all that good stuff.  Because I have come to understand over the years that I am not going to get what I want right away, but in His time.  But I can get immediately what God wants for my soul, the things only He can provide, the things that are always with me if I only recognize that He is by my side standing with me.  Do you understand this?  Let’s all take just a minute today to pray that we can feel God standing beside us feeling His power work in our souls to help us cope with the ways of humans, the truth that we are on Earth and out of control, and that we need only trust in Jesus and His plan.

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Blessed Under Trial

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This is one of my favorites from this year’s calendar.

Sometimes when we are in the midst of trials, feel jailed in our own world, locked up in stress, sadness, chaos, anxiety–whatever it is–it is really hard to feel blessed and feel God.  Those are the times when we might be questioning the most.  And in those times we must remember God never promised to save us from trials here on Earth.  Our blessings in faith will come later–we will spend this very short time on Earth in trial, but we will spend eternity in His loving arms, in peace.

We just have to look for the peace, and the little reminders from God in the midst of it all.

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Friends and wine

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How perfect is this at this time in my life????  I am writing this during one of my last weeks in Illinois (working ahead so there are posts when I am away from computers).  And I am enjoying wine with a lot of old friends.    Many times this year I enjoyed the opportunity to break bread and share drinks with old friends from other states, other seasons.  Each time, we sat and talked like we had never been separated.  Not only did it make me cherish those friends more, but it comforted me as I readied to leave friends in Illinois.  For I knew, I will never abandon them, I just won’t see them as often.   And I knew I would be returning to friends in Iowa.

This verse comforts me as I prepare to make new friends as well.  When we moved to Illinois I had this crazy notion that I needed to make friends immediately, ones that I could share everything with.  I don’t feel that way this time.  I understand what the writer means–it is okay to let new friendships ripen on the vine and let them age until they can be fully enjoyed.  I can’t expect too much too soon.  And I shouldn’t forsake the old while waiting on the new.

Hopefully this comforts some of my old friends as well.  You will always have places in my heart, and in my home wherever that may be.

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Remember the end

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I think this is pretty darn true.  If I would stop and consider how my actions are going to impact the future, I might make some different decisions.  Too often, I think we as humans only consider the here and now, and we forget to consider how sins of today might change our tomorrows.  How they might affect our eternity.

I do believe that God has plans for us on a day to day basis.  I do think He affects the minutae of our days.  But more so, I know that His plans are for the end of our lives.  He wants us in the here and now, but He really wants us to plan for the end– when we have the chance, and the choice, to be with Him.  Our life on earth is so tiny in comparison to the option of spending eternity with Jesus.

How is what we are doing today affecting that future?

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Wisdom

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If you can’t read my chicken scratch here are the words of Sirach 6:14-17 on wisdom–

Come to her with all your soul and keep her ways with all your might.  Search out and seek and she will become known to you and when you get a hold of her do not let go for at last you will find the rest she gives and she will be changed into joy for you.  She will become a strong defense and her collar a glorious robe.  her yoke a golden ornament and her bonds a purple cord.  you will wear her like a glorious robe.  

I already had this sketch with the long skirt covered in a garden, and when I read these verses I knew that they belonged with her.  Each of the flowers reminded me of a different bit of wisdom, a memory, an opportunity, whether good or bad, to learn and grow.  To turn the bad ones into beautiful  chances to grow in joy.

I want to wear wisdom as a glorious robe.  I want to seek out wisdom and let it hold me until it fills me with joy.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  How different would our world be if everyone looked at wisdom this way?  If we let learning change our hearts for good, instead of bitterness and anger?  If we all cloaked ourselves in the gloriousness of love?

I am praying for that.  For all of us.

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Wisdom

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Oh people.  What is happening in our nation?  And what is making the news is only the tip of the iceberg.  We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

While the media covers everything going on in other countries, sensationalizes our election process, and glorifies silly celebrities–our citizens are starting internal civil wars.  Our cities are ravaged by people shooting each other for reasons of race, religion, gender, and career.  My heart is breaking.

As Christians now is our time to turn to God even more, to Jesus, and what the Bible teaches us.  Love, forgiveness, gratitude, hope.  Not blaming, not judging, not hate.  Please, please, please do not spew the hatred of these other people, please do not let the devil turn us and make us sin right along with them.

Open your heart to the wisdom of God.  Let it warm your body from your very heart and radiate through every pore.  His is the only true wisdom.

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He will hear

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I had to do a lot of waiting to hear what God was going to reply this spring.  And really my whole life.  But isn’t that the way of God?  We ask everyday, He hears, we wait, He answers.  It is the waiting part that is so hard, but also so worth it.  We must just look to God.  Continually look to God.  Continually wait.  He does hear our calls.

Our new house sat on the market, empty, for a year and a half.  Those poor people.  I am sure their waiting was horrid.  But…for me, I am glad it was available.  I almost feel like the house has been waiting for me.  There was just something when I walked through the door.  It needs a lot of TLC and a good deep cleaning, some new paint, and God knows it needs new bathrooms stat.  But none of that mattered to me.  I walked around and saw what it could be.  And God had answered my prayers.  For years I have been wandering realtor.com looking at old houses, just waiting until the day came when I could have one.

I think God looks at us the same way.  He sees what we can be.  Not what we are right now.  He hears us, and He wants us to be more than we imagine.  Sometimes what we ask for isn’t the bigger and better thing He has planned.  So He must wait on us.  Ever thought of it that way?  He hears.  He waits for us.  He knows what wonderful things could be.

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Fight because it is worth it

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This is what I want:  I want people to know that faith is not easy.  It takes work.  It takes committment.  It takes reaching out and taking hold of that water everyday.  It takes feeling Jesus when I am alone, or with a group.  It takes grabbing on to God’s hand and having hope in Him that He will lead me through the steps of life.  It takes sharing, and caring.  It takes fighting.  Every single day.

And I want them to know it is WORTH it.  Every little fight is worth it.  To reach out and obtain that inheritance.  It is worth it.  Hallelujah.  It is worth it.

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Live by Faith

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Not a fan of that word righteous.  Ick.  Sounds kind of pompous to me.  I like these synonyms better:  good, virtuous, upright, upstanding, decent.  It’s funny how a word can take on different meanings and feelings.

Because it is good to be righteous.  I want to be upright, upstanding, decent.  I want people to look at me and know I live by faith in Jesus–and those are all the things He stands for.  I just want to make sure I live in virtuous humility.

Yeah, virtuous.  Much better word.  And humility–takes out all of that pompous Pharisee-ness.  I want people to look at me and say, “–Wow, she is a HOT MESS.  But at least she has got her faith and is holding tight!”

How about you?

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HOPEscotch

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And just when you don’t think you have it in you to hop to that next square, to move forward, God is there.  He steps in and leads you to go where you never thought you could.

With faith like children, He calls us.

Joyfully like children, He calls us.

Like the simplicity of a childhood game, He calls us.

And like His good children, we need only take His hand, and let Him lead us to the next box.

We can do it.

 

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He is there

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I just love watching birds up on a wire–gossiping.  Just jabbering away with each other.  Telling everyone who listen how it is.    I have often wondered, are they talking to each other?  To us?  To worms?  To themselves?

What if they were proclaiming about Jesus?

What if we did that?

Jesus is with us always.  When we are alone.  When there are just a couple.  When there is a crowd.  He is there.  Providing what we need to live in His promises and to share them with all people.

Join a flock.  Hop on a wire. Get out there.  Be confident He is with you.  And communicate His love how ever you can.

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Share it with ALL God’s chilluns

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So how are you going to share that gift?  And with who?

Or should that be whom?

Anyhoo…:)…grammar doesn’t matter.  It’s the fact that you share.  That you get out there and give as many people a drink as you can.  That you help them see that today is a good day–and God is the reason behind it.

We are blessed that someone shared the message of Jesus with someone who shared it who shared it, who shared it again.  For 2000 years worth of sharing.

Who knows if we have another 2000 years.  But just in case, we better be sharing. With ALL God’s chilluns.

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Thirsty?

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I get super thirsty just watching my kids play sports.  I drink as much water as they do and I am just sitting and watching.  But I want what they have.

I hope that I live a life that shows that I have accepted the gift God gives.  I hope that others get so thirsty watching me live this life in Him that they get thirsty–that they want what I have–that they will see they can have as much living water as they want.  I hope everyone wants more water.  I hope they don’t just sit there and watch, but they reach out and want it, and take some of that water for themselves.

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Obtained the Inheritance

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Just focus on that.  Pray over your inheritance.  That you are destined to receive.

I know a lot of families, individuals, that worry and worry over what they assume will be theirs.  What if we spent that much time worrying about THIS inheritance?

And this one we get FO’ SHO’ people!  God has this purpose for us.  Just gotta take it.  Accept our destiny.  To live in HIS glory.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty stinkin’ good to me!

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by DIVINE power

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It is by His divine and wonderful powers that He does all of this for us.  He grants us those free samples and gifts, not because we stand in line.  It’s free, so obviously we didn’t pay money for it.  We didn’t have to do a bunch of works.  His DIVINE power.  No one else has that or can grant it.  And He gives it to us freely.

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