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On Fridays… we “shhhh” the inner critic and run freely with our words – allowing ourselves to exercise our free-flowing words with a one word prompt.  We write for 5 minutes flat.  No editing, no back-tracking. Then we join together and link up and encourage each other – kind of like a Flashmob for Writers.

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I’ve been stripped bare, down to my soul

There is nothing left to hide

But that’s ok

That’s where He wants me

A blank canvas where all I have left is my heart and my soul

A place that I can only groan my confessions and my longings

A place where all that can come from me is small whispers

Whispers that say

“You are in charge”

“You are God”

“I will praise you with whatever I have left”

She got accepted to nursing school

“Click”

She got into all her summer classes

“Click, click”

Like the tumblers of a lock

The pages being turned

The plan being shown

And no longer hidden

My heart and eyes are open

I’m ready to see what is ahead

The plan that is no longer being hidden

Trusting the plan that is unfolding is not easy though

Trusting has become a difficult thing

Because while You hid Your answer from me …

I grew weary and complacent and sinful

It’s time to come out from my hiding spot

It’s time to bathe in the Son and follow You again…

 

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Driving Back the Dark

Light

1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Tragedy, we are steeped in it.  It’s all around us whether it just makes the local news or the major world headlines.  It’s horror, near and far.  It can be the fodder for nightmares, for tears, for fear and worry.  That’s Satan’s desire… for tragedy to turn us inside out and upside down.  He revels in the sadness, in the grief, and in the loss of reasonable human behavior.  He delights in our upheaval during bad news whether it’s small or large.  He gains ground when we worry and when we forget to drop to our knees and pray.

God has a different plan.  He suffered a tragedy too.  Jesus, his son, paid the ultimate price for ALL our sin and died for us on a cross.  Even at that very moment, when Jesus took all the sin on himself, God had to turn away because He couldn’t look upon His son, ladened with sin.

But in God’s heart-wrenching loss, and in all tragedy, comes the opportunity for redemption.  It’s our opportunity to take back our God-given hope and give God glory for the great things He has done, is doing, and will continue to do.  Forever and eternity was promised to US, not Satan.  Forever is ours.  Forever belongs to victims, their families, and anyone who chooses to ask the LORD to give them forgiveness and salvation.

Satin is defeated.  We who love God know how the story of the world ends.  Those that put their trust in the LORD our God … they WIN!

Let us take back our light

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Life, in general

 

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A New Kitten

 

We adopted a new kitten this weekend and as we have done in the past, my husband is the “official cat tester.”  He tests them by holding them and seeing if they trust him enough to lie on their backs.  It’s a proven method, really…and I’m glad to let him be in charge of this because it pays off in the long run.  Right now she’s hiding under the bed trying to figure out if she trusts US!

8 years ago I had a huge lesson in trust.  Actually I’ve had many experiences with “trust issues”, but this was the one that concreted my trust in God and what He might have in store for me and my family.  This was on my mind all last week and wouldn’t you know … that kitten that was looking at me from under the bed like she was wondering if she could trust us and it propelled me to the journal to write it down.  Please allow me to share.

I didn’t know what trust really was until it was broken.  I didn’t know what trusting in God was until I was drowning in my own stress and far outside my own abilities to do or fix the situation.  It was all about a move…. Well, actually, it was about my husband’s impending Army retirement, job hunting, job finding, selling a house in under 2 years of ownership, picking and buying a new house, living simultaneously at either end of the state, taking care of the 3 kids, fixing a roof, etc.  Get the picture?

I have lots of experience in all those areas.  I knew how to do it all by myself because I learned as a military wife how to navigate the world of a fixed income, close on a house alone (well, ok, the kids WERE with me), how to fix stuff and how to call for HELP… but this move hit me like a ton of bricks.

One dear friend and fellow sister in Christ called me in the midst of my chaos and started blathering on about this scripture (blah blah blah) (roll my eyes) and I was absolutely not interested in what she offered.  (that, by the way, was a FIRST for me)  It was 2 Chronicles 20. 

Part of my stress at the time was that I was on a committee organizing a small retreat and you know…I was packing when she called and I thought “my ducks are in a row, I’m ready to roll” which means my childcare was covered and I was ready for a weekend at the beach with my lovely ladies before we all part ways for the summer moving season.  I did NOT have time to listen!

So, don’t you know, God shows up BIG TIME at the retreat.  By the end of the first night’s session with the speaker, we were in awe.  Trust was the topic and three-fourths of the ladies were dealing with that very issue.  Talk about thirsty, broken, soul-wrenched beings gathered together…

2 Chronicles 20 tells of the Moabites and the Ammonites  coming to make war with Jehoshaphat.  He was “alarmed.”  (I know, all I had was this big, looming relocation ahead)

VS 4  The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord.  (good time for a retreat – get together and seek help)

VS 6  The prayer Jehoshaphat spoke to God over them “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven”  (Yes, we felt very small in the presence of that big God who wanted us to ask for help)

VS 13  They all stood before the Lord with this prayer he spoke  (We women were also ready and willing)

VS 18  Jehoshaphat bowed and all the pople of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord  (Some ladies did that as well)

VS 24  The armies anhihilated each other… God did all the work and when the men of Judah came, they saw only dead bodies!  God took care of it all!!!

Ok, so I trusted God – mostly because it was a financial immpossiblity for me to do it – and He did it all instead.  Every time I turned around that weekend there was a penny in front of me, on the pool steps, falling out of my menu… I just kept telling God, “thanks, that’s a great reminder.”

He never leaves us or forsakes us… I believe in my heart that every cent that we needed, He provided.  He had done it before, (another amazing story years before), but I guess I needed a new reminder that no matter how hard I try, I have to give the task to Him first or I’ll struggle with it.

I know it won’t take long before our new kitty will be running wild and hanging from the curtains – trusting us completely for food and water and a clean litter box with no question in her little mind.

We humans?  We sometimes need a little reminding, a little prompting, a little encouraging… or just an opportunity to trust Him for the first time. ;

John 4:13, 14  Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2012 in Life, in general

 

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