This was week 4 of meeting with some women and talking about living God’s dreams. The outline created several years ago is getting enhanced as we share and discuss. It’s been beautiful!
This week we listened to a message and went through magazines. Yes – using both sides of our brain at one time! Extreme multi-tasking!
We cut out pictures and words that caught our attention. After the message, we shared fabulous AHA & WOW thoughts. Then we let God lead us to the words and pictures for our collages. This was mine.
There is always more to the story when we create something. Each of us will study our piece for awhile and see what more God says through it.
A God moment as I was uploading the photo – I thought, “Maybe this is the cover design for the book that is to come.” As I did a drag and drop to the photo…it ended up in my “writings” folder. He definitely has a sense of humor.
I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart,
I’m writing the book on your wonders.
I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy;
I’m singing your song, High God.
Categories: adventure, anticipation, encouragement, future dreams, God first, God is faithful, inspiration, relationships, seeing beyond, trust
Tags: laughter, living God's dreams
Are you ever confused?
We expect so much to be predictable. People, the weather, the plans for the day. Things don’t always turn out as we wanted. There always seems to be something or someone that disrupts our “normal” flow.
I was thinking of the “never quit” post and praying through some things. Sometimes we do need to quit before we can move forward on the road He has called us to travel.
The verses lately say, “study how He did it” and “learn to think like Him.” That is the renewing of our minds, isn’t it?
Instead of OUR expectations – HIS expectations.
To Him – 2 fish and a loaf might be enough instead of us trying to take over the whole event. If we’re doing all the planning – where is HE?
Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. Gal 3:2-3
Thank You Lord that You give such grace. Help us to give ourselves grace too.
Categories: comfort zone, confused, confusion, expectations, follow God, future dreams, God is faithful, meeting needs, pleasing others, relax, self help, trust
Tags: finish, grace, quit
Are you tired of how your life is going?
Do circumstances seem to overwhelm you?
Is hope a distant word?
I remember many years of those feelings. BUT NOW…such a difference knowing God goes before me. He has better steps than those I can imagine. With Him all things are possible.
Jesus is leading those who have gone before us.
The team is cheering us on.
We are never alone! (Heb 12)
The race is not over.
See the light in that tunnel?
Keep looking – it’s shining!
Paul tells us, “In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.
But that doesn’t mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift. Ephesians 4:1-7
Categories: adventure, anticipation, being yourself, comfort zone, encouragement, follow God, God is faithful, hope, inspiration, living in fear, love, outreach, ponderings, relationships, seeing beyond, trust
Did you make the big SPLASH you want?
How do you measure your IMPACT?
What is SUCCESS to you?
All valid questions but underlying each answer is, “Who are you doing it for?”
A great message at church where Pastor Ken was asking us, “Are you willing to do ANYTHING…ANYTIME…ANYWHERE for God?”
We’ll often do anything, anytime and anywhere for family or money or work or ministry or _________. But today I ponder and wonder what others might say.
We all have some limits – don’t we?
Is that always to our benefit?
“Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.” Matthew 7:13-14 Message
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 NIV
Do you need encouragement?
Are you feeling you don’t measure up?
Is fear, lack, or something else holding you back?
Seeking the best that God has for our lives is not without a cost.
But you don’t have to cut the trail yourself.
God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry. Deuteronomy 31:8
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
Categories: anticipation, attitude, comfort zone, expectations, faith, follow God, God is faithful, hope, living in fear, relationships, renewal, seeing beyond, self help, trust
When is your favorite time of the day to journal or write?
Many would say in the morning with coffee.
My preference is the end of the day – with tea.
My journal used to be a very messy thing. Rehashing tough topics seemed to plant them in my brain. Somewhere the pages became a safe place to leave them in God’s hands.
A time to unwind, leave my cares behind, process feelings and questions from the day, and bring my prayers and focus to Papa.
Extra joy to hear this as I finish, “Sleep child.”
I know the day is complete.
We finish with these verses…
“This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!” John 16:23-24
Categories: anticipation, attitude, blessings, God first, inspiration, living in the past, peace, prayer, renewal, rest
Tags: journal, overflowing, pages
It has certainly been a different kind of year. Thanking God for mom doing so well after her treatments, surgery and so many ups and downs. We were talking this weekend about the many ways God brought goodness in what seemed hopeless times.
Back to full-time at the nursery/farm through November. I was glad to clean out my little neglected garden between sprinkles this weekend. The therapy of planting was fabulous but I didn’t get to maintain for the best harvest. Learn – adjust and do again!
Aren’t you glad things are redeemable?
More changes as I process through the workshop I wrote a few years ago. Wonderful to have a couple women who will journey through it with me. As I was preparing for this week 1 Peter 4 brought great encouragement.
Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want. Verses 1-2
Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. Verses 12-13
Looking forward to what He has in store. We never fully know but with Him – it will be amazing!
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My writing is taking different form as I prep for facilitating a discovery group next week.
Thoughts today begged to be put somewhere….here seemed the place.
“Life and death are in the power of the tongue.”
If we didn’t believe in the power of words – we wouldn’t be out here in blog world. But how much do we really monitor what comes out of our mouths?
As a kid you would probably say I was bullied. I didn’t find it very fun. I unfortunately thought I needed to give back what was given. Those sticks and stones always hurt and retaliation does not bring peace.
Do you ever think about the words you use for yourself?
The thought that kept running through my head…. “Life and death are in the power of the tongue – why are we self-sabotaging?”
Love others as you love yourself. You might be doing a good job with others…but take care with yourself too.
Blessings to all – I hope to be back soon.
What does REVIVE mean to you?
Can you draw it, paint it, write it?
A couple weeks ago, I painted live at a street fair. Great fun with wonderful people there to share about their church plant and pray for people. I was displaying paintings and encouraging others to paint with me. My blog friend Kris “happened” to stop by and saw the painting she had asked about. You can read her Speechless response to the day. I’m still filled with awe and laughter at how God brought that together.
With the extra dynamics of multiple jobs and helping mom, I needed to get some REVIVE time. I found pastors I enjoy at a conference in PA and took a road trip retreat. One night I returned to the hotel with my jaw hanging there the message was so good for where I’m at and where I feel God leading.
And holy laughter….that was reviving!!
And it will be said:
“Build up, build up, prepare the road!
Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”
For this is what the high and exalted One says—
he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
…then my search only found revive in OT and I wonder why? Is it because Jesus makes all things NEW? There is always more to ponder…
There are so many ways to capture a story. Usually I am sharing art along with words but yesterday was a road trip to Pennsylvania. I snap lots of out of focus photos as I go and hope a few will remind me of what was.
My photos and buggy windshield will never show the fullness of the color or the grandeur of the mountain roads. You will only see a hint that I hope will lead your imagination to even more!
Dense fog – only revealing as I was ready to see…
Circles of hay scattered around the field…
Sun sparkles shimmering in the corn silk…
Wheat fields looking like millions of fine hairs…
Trees and sky sharing a kaleidoscope of colors…
This is definitely going to be a heavenly retreat!
Where did you find beauty in your day?