Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year Blessings~








 
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Resolution or A REVOLUTION?~

A new beginning.

A fresh start.

A new page.

A clean slate.

As I head into 2015, I have been thinking about how I want to live this new year of my life.

Resolution. This is a word we hear a lot this time of year.

Resolution*:
a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner; 
the act of making up your mind about something

Obviously, a resolution starts in the mind with a decision to do something different. This year, I am going to lose those extra pounds. This year, I am going to get out of debt. This year, I am going to drink more water. A resolution begins with a decision to make a change.

But, is a resolution what you and I are really wanting?

Each year, I make resolutions. Each year I sit down and decide what I am going to do (or not do). And, each year I usually end up living life in the exact same way as I did the year before.

This year, the Lord has been bringing a new word to my mind - REVOLUTION.

Revolution*:
a single complete turn; 
a movement in a new direction; 
a far-reaching and drastic change

This is what I want in my life. I have a feeling this is what you want, too.

We don't simply want to decide to make a change, we want the change!
We want to make a complete turn and head in a new direction.
We want far-reaching and drastic change.

So, the question begs to be asked. How do we turn our resolution into a true revolution?

By being intentional.
By keeping our goals forever in front of us, always in view.
By doing something each day to bring this goal to a reality.

Change starts in our mind, but comes to fruition in our actions.

If I want to lose weight, I have to do more than simply decide to drop those extra pounds, I have to start monitoring what I eat. I have to start practicing portion control. I have to swap non-healthy choices for choices that are nutritional powerhouses with fewer calories. To lose weight, I will need to start exercising more, or for the first time. For my resolution to become a revolution, I will need to intentionally make choices EVERY DAY to support this change.

Our resolution will never become a revolution unless we daily choose to make the change.

It's the same spiritually.

The most important resolutions we can make are those that draw us closer to the heart of God. How many times have you resolved to spend more time reading God's Word? How many times have you decided, THIS year, you are going to spend more time in prayer? Are you still waiting for a revolution in your spiritual life?

The victory is found in our daily choices.

Jesus said to all of them, 
"If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. 
They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow me."
~ Luke 9:23, NCV

A true revolution will only come when we are daily committed to making it happen.

It's not enough to decide one time.
We must keep deciding and keep choosing and keep resolving each and every day.

So, what kind of revolution do you want in your life?

Start by planning out your strategy. Write down the necessary steps you will have to take, then keep these goals and this game plan in front of you. Each and every day take action to make it happen. Call on the power of the Holy Spirit to help you be faithful to become all that you want to become in and through Christ Jesus.

Remember,
anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. 
The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

make it happen!
{Photo Credit}


Are you ready for a revolution?


Me, too!



It CAN HAPPEN.



Let's choose to do it today!

And, tomorrow!

And, the next day!

And, the day after that!

All. year. long.

All. our. life. long.


Let's not settle for a simple resolution when God desires to bring about a complete revolution in our life!

* TheFreeDictionary.com









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Friday, December 26, 2014

His Destiny: To Change Ours~

Several years ago while shopping an after-Christmas sale, I stumbled onto a priceless treasure. I was digging through a huge bin of marked down T-shirts when I saw a navy blue one peeking out from near the bottom of the pile. Since blue has always been my color of choice, I decided this shirt was worth going after. After several minutes of elbowing my way through a sea of shirts, the one that caught my eye was finally within my reach. As I picked it up, I turned it over and looked at the front.

To my surprise, the design on this T-shirt was that of the manger scene. Little baby Jesus was fast asleep in his small cradle, with Mary tenderly seated as his side. As beautiful as this was, more beautiful yet, were the six words printed boldly in white above the picture.

His Destiny was to Change Ours


Here was the true meaning of Christmas spelled out for all to see and yet up until now, this T-shirt had slipped by totally unnoticed and completely unseen, buried at the bottom of a clearance bin! As I stood there, surrounded by a crowd of noisy, energetic shoppers, I felt a hush come over my soul.

Day in and day out we elbow our way through life in an effort to reach our goals, get ahead, succeed, and find true happiness. Digging through the bin of life, we proudly grab these surface level bargains, settling for the leftovers of this world, all the while missing out on our true destiny.

We go to church and accept the surface level truth of Christ's birth, yet never realize that the very essence of Christ and the purpose of his arrival as a tiny baby may still remain buried under piles of ill-fitting religion and theology. How we need to dig deeper, to search more, to grasp the almost incomprehensible ......His destiny was to change ours!

Yes, Christ came to earth as a baby to ultimately die on the cross, making a way of forgiveness, atonement and salvation for us. There is no denying this life-giving truth. Our final and ultimate destiny is to be with him in Heaven through out all eternity. But what about here? What about now?

One of my favorite verses is John 10:10b:
 "I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly." KJV

If ever a verse described the destiny of Jesus as it relates to our own, this is it. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Life eternal is most definitely part of the abundant part, but our destiny doesn't begin once our time on this earth is over. NO! Our destiny changes the moment we turn our life over to Christ.

Our can'ts become cans.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Our defeats become victories.

We are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us. Romans 8:37

Our trials become treasures.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Our desires become reality.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4

I'm so glad I caught a glimpse of blue peeking out from the bottom of that bin of marked down T-shirts. Yet no happiness in the world will ever begin to match the joy I now feel since I caught a glimpse of my true destiny in Christ.

When it comes to shopping, you will still find me searching through clearance bins in hopes of finding a bargain, but thanks be to God, you will never, ever find me digging through the bargain bins of life or poking through the discounted racks of religion and theology. I have discovered my true destiny and I'm not settling for anything less than God's best for me! I am not going to wait until I die to truly start to live. I am going to live the abundant life now! I am going to reach out with every bit of my heart, mind and soul and grab onto the treasure I have in Christ. I am going to start living out my Christ-given destiny.

How about you?

And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all of your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13







 
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Feliz Navidad~

From my home to yours,
 from New Mexico to every corner of the world - 
Merry, Blessed Christmas to you and your loves.~♥



Fear not, for behold, 
I bring you good tidings of great joy, 
which shall be to all people. 
For unto you is born this day
 in the City of David a Savior, 
who is Christ the Lord.
~Luke 2:10,11






 
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Because of Jesus~

 Maybe, it was because the messenger was an angel.

Maybe, it was because the message was beyond all human comprehension.

Maybe, it was both.

But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
~Luke 1:30-32

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
~Luke 2:10

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
~Matthew 28:5-6

Mary.

The shepherds.

The women at the empty tomb.

All, greeted with the words "Do not be afraid".


As I ponder these three particular angelic encounters, I see something I've never noticed before.

There it is -
in each heavenly message,
the gift of salvation.

Conception.
Birth.
Death and resurrection.


Maybe, it was because the messenger was an angel.

Maybe, it was because the message was beyond all human comprehension.

Maybe, it was both.


Or  maybe,
maybe,
it was because of Jesus.

Because of Jesus, we don't have to be afraid.

Do not be afraid, you have found favor with God.
Do not be afraid, this is God's way of sharing the Good news of peace and joy with the world around you.
Do not be afraid, not even death can hold you back or separate you from what God is doing.

 Because of Jesus, we don't have to be afraid.

When God places a seed of destiny inside us, we don't have to be afraid.
When God is birthing something new in us and through us or around us, we don't have to be afraid.
When God has closed a door, buried a dream, or taken our very last breath, we don't have to be afraid.

The angel spoke it to Mary, the shepherds, and the women at the tomb.

God speaks it to you and I today.

Do not be afraid.

Whatever God is doing, we can trust Him.
Wherever God is leading, we can follow Him.
Whenever God is calling, we can answer Him with a resounding, "Yes, Lord!" -
because of Jesus.

Because Jesus was conceived in a young virgin,
because His birth was announced to shepherds on a hillside,
because He is no longer is in the tomb,
but in Heaven,
sitting on the right side of God the Father,
we do not have to be afraid!

Maybe this is the message of the angel:
the gospel of the Good News, proclaimed to the world.

Immanuel.

God is with us.

Jesus has come.

We have nothing to fear.

"Do not be afraid."











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Friday, December 19, 2014

What I've Learned in 49 Years of Life~ (A Birthday Post)

1.  Listening isn't always hearing.  Hearing isn't always listening.

2.  God will always bless us with that which matters most.

3.  Suffering can be an excellent teacher if we choose to embrace it and allow it to teach us.

4.  "Me, too."  What comfort is found in these two words.

5.  To pray for another, what a privilege . To be prayed for, what a gift.

6. Children teach us more than we can ever hope to teach them.

7. In times of silence and stillness, God is still there, still moving, still working out His plan.

8. God's plans are perfectly perfect.

9.  Asking for help doesn't mean you're weak, it means you're wise.

10.  God's timing is not our timing, but it is the right timing, every time.

11. Words matter. 

12. God is all-loving, all-knowing - a beautiful combination,
wise (and happy!) is the one who remembers this.

13.  Some of the most satisfying moments of life are found beyond your comfort zone.

14.  When God speaks, the only appropriate response is to obey. (Thank you, Priscilla Shirer)

15.  Seeing the world through the lens of a camera is like seeing the world for the very first time.

16.  It doesn't take much time to go from being 9 years old to 49 years old.

17.  When we're willing to say "yes" to God, our life takes on a brand new meaning
       that often takes us in a brand new direction.

18.  Wherever we go, God goes, too.

19.  Taking time for yourself does not mean your selfish, it means you are mindful of the gift of life
       God has given you.

20.  Each day is filled with opportunities to touch a life with the love of Jesus. Don't miss them.

21.  Sunsets never get old.  The moon, always something to look forward to each month.

22.  Holding a cup of hot coffee in your hands warms more than just your fingertips.

23.  The golden rule, do to others what you would have them do to you, is worth its weight in gold.

24.  Our life has a far greater impact on those around us than we are often aware of.

25.  A day at the beach can make up for all the other days spent away from the beach.

26.  Not everything is black and white, that's why God made color.

27.  Impressing others is hard work and rarely successful.  Just be you.

28.  Time alone with God is a necessity, not an "if I have an extra minute".

29.  God. can. do. anything.  Absolutely. anything.

30. How others see you is not important. How others see God in you is.
      
31.  Fear steals and paralyzes; faith frees and propels.

32.  Peas are still peas no matter how you fix them.

33.  As followers of Jesus, kind shouldn't be what we do, 
kind should be who we are.

34.  You can't get through life without some scrapes and bruises, so play hard, work hard, love hard.

35.  Love isn't something God does; love is who God is.

36.  A compliment, which takes only a moment to give, 
may last a lifetime in the heart of the one who receives it.

37.  A random act of kindness blesses twice; first the giver, then the recipient.

38.  Attention to detail should never trump attention to people.

39. The more tired (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually) we are, the more vulnerable we become.

40.  Patience is a gift you give yourself.

41.  To play a role in the life of a child, what an honor.

42.  Saying "I do" to the love of your life isn't a one time promise; it's a lifetime response.

43.  People aren't perfect. Don't expect them to be.

44.  Dwelling on what you don't have makes you feel poor. 
Dwelling on what you do have makes you  feel rich.

45.  Erring on the side of kindness seldom turns out to be an error.

46. God is so overwhelming that sometimes, 
the thought of who He is and the beauty of all that He is,
       can take your breath away.

47.   Knowing about Jesus is not the same as knowing Jesus.

48. Sometimes, the Holy Spirit prompts our heart to talk to someone about God. 
And sometimes, the Holy Spirit prompts our heart to talk to God about someone.

49.  I am loved, oh so very loved. (and so are you.)




                                                                Gracious Heavenly Father, 
On this day, 
the day you introduced me to the world 49 years ago,
I praise You.
Thank you for the gift of life.
Thank you for MY life.
Thank you for all of Your blessings - the happy, the sad, the good, the bad.
In each and all, YOU ARE and I praise You.
May I live for you, Father God.
Every moment of every day,
may You be seen in me.
In Jesus' precious name, I pray.
Amen








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Thursday, December 18, 2014

On Astronauts, Mary, and A God Who Knows~


If it would have been left up to me, moon travel never would have happened.




Let's face it.
Prior to these brave men leaving their footprints on this far away wonder in the sky,
there were too many unknowns.



How will ---?
What happens if ---?
What about ---?



And the biggest question of all -
at least in my mind:
Are you sure???



Before we step out,
we want to know what we are stepping out in to.
Before we buckle our rocket seat belt and jet into space,
we want to know all about our destination,
and we want some kind of guarantee that we will arrive there (and if need be, back!) in good condition.

We want to know about then, now.

Take me to the moon?  I don't think so. 

And yet, God wants to take me (and you!) to the moon and beyond.

Now to Him Who,
 by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, 
is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, 
far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think 
[infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—

To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. 
Amen (so be it).
~Ephesians 3:20-21 (AMP) 

God longs to take us beyond our 
highest prayers,
our dearest desires,
our grandest thoughts,
our mightiest hopes,
our wildest dreams.

His plans for us leave the moon in the dust and because they do, 
we often find ourself asking

How will ---?
What happens if ---?
What about ---?

And - time and time again-
Are you sure???

Honestly, if it would have been left up to me, the birth of our Saviour might not have happened either.

Let's face it.
Prior to the wise men following the far away wonder in the sky,
prior to the shepherds worshiping a baby in the manager,
prior to a trip to Bethlehem,
there were the obvious questions.

How will ---?
What happens if---?
What about ---?
And, most likely the biggest question of all -
Are you sure???

Only Mary didn't let the questions stand in the way of God's desire to take her above and beyond her
highest prayers,
dearest desires,
grandest thoughts,
mightiest hopes,
or wildest dreams.

She didn't need to know how.
She didn't wait to find out what would happen if.
She didn't worry about.

And, instead of making sure God was sure, she simply replied that she was sure,
and then, she stepped out into the known.

Because what you and I don't always remember,
what you and I don't always see,
what you and I don't always understand is this:
NOTHING IS UNKNOWN TO GOD.

While we may not know, He does.
While we may wonder, He longs to fill us with wonder.
While we wrestle with the what ifs and the how wills, God already is and already has.
And, while we wonder if God is sure, God is simply waiting for us to be sure and say "yes".

Take me to the moon?
Thankfully, astronauts took this great step for mankind.

Birth the Saviour of the world?
Thankfully, Mary, the one chosen to be blessed among all women,
birthed The One, Jesus Christ, who came to save mankind.

Fulfill our God-given destiny?
Amazingly, God has entrusted THIS to you and me.

This same God who spoke the moon into existence,
and sent His only begotten Son into our very existence,
has a purpose and a plan for us, too.

No doubt it is beyond our
highest prayers,
our dearest desires,
our grandest thoughts,
our mightiest hopes,
our wildest dreams.

No doubt it will have us asking
How will ---?
What happens if ---?
What about ---?

But, when it comes to the biggest question of all,
Are you sure???
May we never let the uncertainty keep us from what is most certainly true:
GOD KNOWS.

Now to Him Who,
 by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, 
is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, 
far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think 
[infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—



 May you and I be willing to take our Saviour's hand and step out into the known.

To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. 
Amen (so be it).








 
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Following in His Footsteps~


As a little girl, 
I loved stepping into the snowy footprints
my father would leave behind
as he made his way around the 10 acres of pastureland surrounding our home. 

Naturally, his stride was longer than mine,
so I had to stretch to place my foot in the same spot where his had been. 
 At first, I would miss the mark a little and mar the perfect impression in the snow.

 Little by little,
 though,
as I kept striving to step where he had stepped,
my own footprints would start to be hidden completely inside his. 

As I looked back at my progress,
I would smile when only his footsteps could be seen. 

 My Jesus has gone before me, too.
He walked this journey of life
leaving behind footprints of
love,
forgiveness,
compassion
and mercy.

As I daily try to walk in His steps,
 I find myself having to stretch,
 to intentionally choose to bend and place myself in places
that so often feel awkward and out of stride for me.

Sometimes, I miss the mark a little
and mar the impression He has left behind.
But sometimes....
sometimes when I look back over my progress,
I discover the footprints of my life completely hidden in His,
 and I smile.

 
I have a feeling He does, too.~♥







 
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Beautiful Design~







 
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HIS Peace~







 
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Heavenly Invitation~

As I sat in a small room, waiting to be seen by a doctor, I could see the elderly gentleman sitting in a small room, waiting to be seen by a doctor, across the hall from me. His eyes, dim. His head, hung low. His spirit, weak. His eyes met mine, and when they did, I smiled. In his weakened conditioned, he smiled back, but only with his eyes.

As I turned my gaze to the bare white walls, I heard the voice of another patient, sitting in a small room, being seen by the doctor, down the hall from me. The conversation not mine to hear, drifted into my heart anyway. His progress, slow. His diagnosis, dismal.

I looked up at the ceiling, and soon found myself listening in to a one-sided phone conversation. A lady, sitting in a small room, waiting to be seen by a doctor, next door to me, was checking in on her child. Left home alone, this mother's heart was there with her child as she sat on the other side of the wall from me.

And right then and there,            

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God showed me why I was here, 
in this small room, 
waiting to be seen by a doctor.

I was here for him, 
and him, 
and her. 

I was here for every single person who, 
today, tomorrow, or all the days after, 
will find his or herself sitting in one of these small rooms. 

I was here to intercede on their behalf. 

I was sitting in this room, 
so that while I was waiting to be seen by a doctor, 
I could lift these precious people up to the Great Physician
who is always and forever sitting on the right hand of God 
waiting to hear and answer our petitions.

This wasn't about me.
It was about them.
This wasn't simply a routine doctor appointment.
This was a heavenly invitation, a divine appointment. 


One, of God only knows how many,
that are given to you and I each and every single day of our life.

May our eyes, see.
May our ears, hear.
May our hearts, respond.
May our spirit, intercede.

Each and every time God places a heavenly invitation,
a divine appointment in our midst,
may we never fail to accomplish His mission.~♥








 
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Light~











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Monday, December 1, 2014

Through You~

What did the Lord call you to do today?

Are you feeling as though the task is much greater than your ability to accomplish it?

If so, be encouraged, my friend.
God will never ask of you what He is not wiling or able to do through you.
Simply trust in Him,
allow Him to work out His plan,
and through you,
the world will see the great I AM.

This is the theme of the following lyrics by one of my all time favorite Christian artists, Ginny Owens,
and my thought for you today.


I Am
No Lord, he said, you've got the wrong guy
Simple conversation gets me tongue-tied
And you're telling me to speak with a maniac king
Or could it be I've lost my mind

Besides, I am weak, don't you want someone strong      
 To lead them out of Egypt when they've been there so long
And anyway, they won’t believe You ever spoke to me
It's not your problem, God replied
And the rest is history’

Cause there's a bigger picture you can't see
You don't have to change the world, just trust in Me
'Cause I am your creator, I am working out my plan
And through you I will show them, I Am

Now Lord, are you sure?
He's just a shepherd boy
Too small for battle gear with a giant to destroy
What on earth can he do with five stones and a sling
It's not your problem, God replied
'Cause I can do anything

There's a bigger picture you can't see
You don't have to change the world, just trust in me
'Cause I am your creator,
I am working out my plan
And through you, I will show them 
 
I am the first, I am the last    
                                       I am the present and the past                                          
I am tomorrow and today
I am the only way

Great Lord, she said, I'm just a simple girl
You say that I will bring your son into the world
How can I understand this thing You're gonna do
It's not your problem, God replied

'Cause, there's a bigger picture
And you don't have to change the world (oh no)
I'm your creator, I am working out my plan
And through you, I will show them
I AM


"O God, let me make a difference for You that is utterly disproportionate to who I am."
- David Brainerd








 
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

That Which Matters Most~










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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Always on Our Lips~









 
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Serving of Grace~

 "That's what I need to do.  I know it is."

She places a plate of eggplant parmigiana on our table.  Then, turning to the tray, she picks up a plate of lemon rosemary chicken. 

"I need to get back to church."

As she positions the plate in front of my husband,
she looks at us with a look that pleads, "please don't judge me."

Making small talk while she delivered our meal,
our waitress had asked what my husband and I do for a living.

"My wife is in ministry.  She is a Children's Minister at a church here in town. She also leads out in Women's Ministry."

Upon hearing this, her eyes lit up and looked deep into the center of mine.

"Oh, that's nice.  That really is.  That's so neat that you do that."

Then, her eyes dimmed as she mentioned her own need to return to church.

"It's been hard.  Really hard.  I'm not going to lie."

She twists the towel in her hand.  I can tell her turmoil runs deep.

"I know it's not God's fault.  I know that.  It's just a lot of things have happened. You know how life goes.  And well, I just got discouraged, that's all.  Yeah, I'm just discouraged.  But, I know I need to go back.  I really do. I need to go back to church."

A thirsty customer, sitting in the booth behind us, begs for her attention.

"Enjoy your meal."

She reaches for the tray and heads to the next booth.

I reach out and take the hand of my husband, and he prays. 
A prayer for grace -
grace which will flow from the throne room of Heaven and heal this wounded heart.

Before I have finished twirling my first taste of spaghetti, she is back.

"I''m sorry.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm not one to unload my problems on other people. But, it's just so unfair.  I gave him everything, you know.  I tried my best to make him happy.  I did.  He just took me for granted.  Finally, I knew what I had to do and I moved back here."

We nod, and listen, and silently pray.

"My mom tells me to just keep the faith.  That other women have gone through this, too.  That I'm not the only one.  She tells me to take care of me and let God take care of bringing a man into my life.  It just hurts, you know?"

She reaches for a napkin tucked deep in a pocket on her apron.  Her tears fall freely now, no longer hidden behind her smiling face and upbeat personality.

"I'm sorry.  I need to check on my other customers."

When she returns, my husband speaks the words her heart is longing to hear. 

Late night dinner
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"God loves you. 
He loves you more than you know.
He'll never take you for granted. 
He loves you,
not for what you do or don't do,
but just because He loves you.

It's not "a church" you need to get back to,- it's God. 

He understands your heart and your hurt.

He's still there, you know,
waiting for you with open arms."

A smile peeks out of tears, and a tiny sparkle shines from her eyes.

"Thank you. 
Thank you so much.
 I really appreciate those words.
 I do. 
They mean a lot to me. 
Thank you for listening. 
Thank you for caring."

"We'll pray for you.  And you pray, too, ok?"

She nods her head, wipes another tear and sets our bill on the table. Then, she turns around and begins to wipe off the table across the aisle. 

I reach in my wallet and take out my "business" card.
On the back, I write this simple truth:

God loves you.  Always and forever. ♥

As we walk to the exit, we spot her in a small alcove, leaned up against a counter, looking through her orders.

"For you. If ever you'd like to talk, or to stop by the church and visit."

She looks at the card, then turns it over
.
As she reads the words I have written there,
she stumbles heart first into God's grace. 

I know.

I see it in her eyes. 

She hugs me.  Then,  she hugs my husband.

She wipes away a another tear.
So do I.
And, so does my husband.

We all seem to know this isn't the end.  This is just the beginning.

For God's grace has no end.

And this precious heart,
has just found her way back home.~

 (Re-posting from June, 2012)





 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Covered in Forgiveness~









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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Always Right Beside~








 
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Prayer for Today~

As the moon sets in the West,
and the sun rises in the East,
we praise You, Lord.
You are the Master Designer 
and Your ways are perfect.
Without even lifting Your hands,
You guide planets in orbit
and orchestrate the entire universe.

How then can we not trust You

to guide us through this day?

How then can we not trust You

will be faithful to orchestrate
even the tiniest details of our life?

You are God.
The Holy One.

Lord, we praise You.
Lord, we trust You.
Lord, we give You our lives and we trust Your design.

Thank you, Father.
In Jesus' precious name, Amen.~








 
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Friday, November 7, 2014

God Does~








 
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Little Things~








 
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Rain Down, Lord~

Lord,



Rain down Your love, 
Rain down Your favor,
Rain down Your blessings -




And may all those reading this be caught without an umbrella -
     



 

Completely drenched in Your love,
Soaked in Your goodness,
Overwhelmed by Your Faithfulness.~♥








 
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Never Alone~

Gracious Heavenly Father,
Thank you for choosing to abide with us.

With the presence of Your precious Holy Spirit,
we are never alone -
never alone in our weakness,
never alone in our fear,
never alone in our sorrow,
never alone in our suffering,
never alone in our thoughts,
never alone in our abilities,
never alone in our tasks,
never alone in our responsibilities,
never alone in our decision making,
never alone in our coming and going,
never alone in our calling,
never alone in our self.

You are here.
You are with us.
You are before us.
You are behind us.
You are beside us.
You are among us.
You are WITHIN us.

Thank you, Father.
To be indwelled with Your Spirit,
to never be out of Your care, out of your sight, out of Your presence -
what a precious gift,
what amazing peace,
what a beautiful God You are.

We praise You, Father.
We rejoice in Your companionship.
We delight in Your love.
We marvel at such a God as You.

In Jesus' name we pray, Amen~♥







 
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Have You Seen Him?

My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.
~Job 42:5

Maybe, like Job, your ears have heard of God.
But, have you eyes seen God?

It wasn't until calamity struck,
and well-meaning friends spoke,
and Job found himself in the seat of affliction,
that his eyes were opened to truly see God.

As humans,
we can't possibly begin to understand what God is up to in our lives.

How can we, who only live in the here and now,
ever begin to understand our God,
who lives in the beginning and the end and all points in between?

How can we, who only see bits and pieces of our life,
ever begin to understand our God,
who with His voice, spoke the world into existence,
and who with His hand, scooped up dust,
and who with His breathe, breathed life into you and me?

How can we, who judge this and judge that,
ever begin to understand our God,
who in The Judge and The Ruler of all things?

And, yet, we try, don't we?

With no more than a glimpse here,
and an incidence there,
and a word we have heard there,
we think we understand our God.

With only human reason to stand on,
we stand up
and dare to
speak for God,
speak about God,
speak as God.

From the beginning of time,
God has had a purpose in mind.
From the first moment of creation,
God has been creating with intentionality.
From the time you took your first breath,
to right now as you are reading this,
God has been,
God is,
and God will forever be
working all things for your good and His glory.

Maybe, like Job, you have heard about God.
But, have you seen Him?

Have you truly seen Him?

The next time you find yourself caught up in a whirlwind of affliction,
don't try to reason it through,
don't try to explain it away,
don't try to
understand it,
debate it,
rationalize it,
rebuke it,
fight it.

Simply, look for God in it.
He is there,
waiting to be seen.

My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you. 
~Job 42:5

 





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Friday, October 24, 2014

Can't Even Compare~

Sometimes, we have to look past the thorns to see the rose. 








 
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