I love how God zeros in on the target for the lessons He’s sharing…

One of my favorite card designers CurlyGirlDesign

artist Leigh

artist Leigh

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heart and soul

A friend shared today, “Many know about God, but they don’t know Him.”

What would your response be?

I think we frequently know about God with our MIND but not fully with our HEART and SOUL.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-4 NIV

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In Deuteronomy 4:29 it says But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

These words are repeated in many verses including heart, soul, mind and strength…
the heart coming first.

What do you think?

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a grand entrance

chalk during worship

chalk during worship

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100

Do you dare to SHOUT for joy to the Lord?
Can others see your joyful singing?

Many will give something up for the Lenten season, but I suggest getting something…
more JOY
more SONGS
Is God more attracted to our problems or our praise?

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

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have confidence



I remember hearing Priests of old would have a rope around their foot when they entered the Most Holy Place. Maybe it’s like the fruit of the tree being an apple. We hear many things that come from analogies, legends, and assumptions that often stick more than words of the Bible.

My favorite Bible separated at the spine so I am enjoying one that “WAS” unmarked. It brings a fresh perspective. Verses I haven’t noticed much before are speaking even louder!

Have confidence!
Enter in!
Draw near!
Be assured!

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:19-22

A book with LIFE makes everything worthwhile.

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Waiting at the Gate Called Beautiful

When giving UP takes on new meaning…
Waiting at the Gate Called Beautiful.

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Five-Minute Friday {gone}


Grace – grace…
He gives freely if we just come…

Originally posted on Living In Grace{land}:

This is not part of the FMF link-up, the weekly round-up of bloggers waiting for Kate to give us the word prompt which signals “GO” for free-style-no-editing-writing-for-5-minutes-comment-on-the-blog-before-you frenzy. I like this community and have developed favorites I search for to read their take on the word of the week.

But this week, we’re gone. Away. On a plane. Outta here. No time to check the Twitter feed at 10PM Thursday night to let the word drift in and out of my thoughts til morning. Just can’t do it this time but I don’t want to miss writing something.


The Pyramid was featured in the Tom Cruise movie, The Firm. The Pyramid was featured in the Tom Cruise movie, The Firm.

So we’re gone to Memphis on a business trip. Required attendance to the city we lived for three years, to the city we left our son. Bonus for us to see him and his wife on this trip.

Buffalo were an unexpected sight in Memphis. Shelby Farms…

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be still

STOP one way

one way

How often are you still?

It is not a normal pattern for our culture or our brains. We seem to thrive on time management, figuring it all out, AND having the perfect “human” answer.

Be still and know that I am God…
Psalm 46:10a NIV

Stillness isn’t something we do – it is a big STOP sign we need to actually obey.
Brain STOP

A recent message from God to me about stillness…

I seem to keep finding reasons to avoid stillness. What is keeping me from that Lord?

You think it is useless but it is not, it is your most valuable weapon.

Surrender your anxiety!
Be silent and stop your striving
And you will see that I am God…
Psalm 46:10a TPT

Are you ready to try it His way?

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Lakey Sunset

Lakey Sunset

Psalm 8

For the Pure and Shining One
Set to the melody of “For the Feast of Harvest”
by King David

Lord, your name is so great and powerful!
People everywhere see your splendor.
Your glorious majesty streams from the heavens,
Filling the earth with the fame of your name!
You have built a stronghold by the songs of babies.
Strength rises up
With the chorus of singing children.
This kind of praise
Has the power to shut Satan’s mouth.
Childlike worship will silence
The madness of those who oppose you.
Look at the splendor of your skies,
Your creative genius glowing in the heavens.
When I gaze at your moon and your stars
Mounted like jewels in their settings,
I know you are the Fascinating Artist
Who fashioned it all!
But when I look up and see
Such wonder and workmanship above,
I have to ask you this question:
Compared to all this cosmic glory
Why would you bother with puny, mortal man
Or be infatuated with Adam’s sons?
Yet what honor you have given to man!
Created only a little lower than Elohim,
Crowned like kings and queens
With glory and magnificence.
As lords of creation you have delegated to them
Mastery over all you have made.
Making everything subservient to their authority,
Placing earth itself under the feet of your image-bearers.
All the created order and every living thing
Of the earth, sky, and see –
The wildest beasts and all the sea creatures,
Everything is in submission to Adam’s sons.
Lord, your name is so great and powerful.
People everywhere see your majesty!
What glory streams from the heavens,
Filling the earth with the fame of your name!

The Passion Translation
“The Psalms – Poetry on Fire”

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unexpected goodness

Glory Filled

Glory Filled

A grand surprise for me was a long distance friend who blessed me with several of The Passion Translation books of the Bible. I’ve gone into hibernation with them!

The words are like adding honey to what is already so very sweet.
Taste and see…

Psalm 34

A song by King David composed after his escape from the king when he pretended to be insane

Lord! I’m bursting with joy over what you’ve done for me!
My lips are full of perpetual praise.
I’m boasting of you and all your works,
So let all who are discouraged take heart.
Join me everyone! Let’s praise the Lord together.
Let’s make him famous!
Let’s make his name glorious to all.
So listen to my testimony: I cried to God in my distress
And he answered me! He freed me from all my fears!
Gaze upon him, join your life with his, and joy will come.
Your faces will glisten with glory.
You’ll never wear that shame-face again.
When I had nothing – desperate and defeated,
I cried out to the Lord and he heard me,
Bringing his miracle-deliverance when I needed it most.
The angels stooped down to listen as I prayed,
Encircling me, empowering me, and showing me how to escape.
They will do this for everyone who fears God.
Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God.
Experience for yourself the joyous mercies he gives
To all who turn to hide themselves in him.
Worship in awe and wonder, all you who’ve been made holy!
For all who fear him will feast with plenty.
Even the strong and the wealthy grow weak and hungry,
But those who passionately pursue the Lord
Will never lack any good thing.

verses 1-10

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gifts for a king

travel from afar...

travel from afar…

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Luke 2:1-20 ESV

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