Jul 16

July 16, 2014

letter

Words of grace

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.   (Proverbs 27:9) Words of grace arrived in my mailbox. The dreams you dream aren’t for yourself; they are for the Kingdom.  Don’t get discouraged if things aren’t happening the way you imagined they would.  God is at work.  He is up to something bigger, and you will be amazed at…

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Jul 9

July 9, 2014

black poodle

Signs of love

Signs of love abound in our house these days. My husband and I returned Sunday from a wonderful anniversary trip.  For the second year in a row, we ventured to the hill country to enjoy simply being with one another.  It was extraordinary. Throughout the weekend, I had received texts concerning a miniature poodle my niece had gotten.  The dog was too docile, not playful enough for my precious niece.  While sweet as she can be, this dog was not…

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Jul 1

July 1, 2014

swimming

Summer fun and healing

Summer is truly in full swing, and I am happy to report we have survived the first month.  June was filled with a dance recital, art camp, a visit from a dear friend, piano lessons, and sadly, the passing of another friend.  June also led us to obtaining a pool membership and we are loving it (except for today as we are getting much needed rain).  While my child has mastered the art of asking 1000 questions in a matter…

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Jun 25

June 25, 2014

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Powerful Message on parenting

The following is a powerful message on parenting presented by my friend, Rick Theule at the Launch Out Conference in Tulsa, OK.  I admire his honesty, the way he shares lessons he’s learned on his journey.  Sit back, it will not take long, but the lesson will be incredible.

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Jun 16

June 16, 2014

Obedience

Obedience is not always easy

“Obedience is not always easy.  We seem to think if we are obedient then the road will be easy.  That is just not true.” His eyes were focused on mine as he spoke these words.  I nodded, knowing the ache in his heart, and his desire to obey.  I looked into the eyes of this man, a mentor and friend, and grew in admiration. In the years I have known him, I have learned to pay attention when he speaks. …

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Jun 10

June 10, 2014

hephzibah

You will be called

No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah (Isaiah 62:4). You will be called Hephzibah, “my delight is in her.” You, you are the one in whom He delights in.  You are the one He calls, Hephzibah.  He finds delight in you.  As you are.  Where you are.  And He is calling you to draw near to Him. His love for you covers a multitude of sin.  No action of your…

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Jun 4

June 4, 2014

growing up

I’ve Asked Her Not To

Repeatedly, I’ve asked her not to.  I beg her to stop.  But no, she is defiant.  She will not listen.  As I repeat my question once again, she simply looks at me and says, “Mom, I have to grow up.  How many times do I have to tell you?” I smile and laugh along with her.  Alas, she is right. She and I are spending quite a bit of time together this summer.  I find myself simply watching her.  I…

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May 28

May 28, 2014

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Hope Restored

Three days.  For three days it rained, bringing hope and a much needed drink for the dry land.  Three days, thunderstorms rolled though.  Our lights flickered, twice our power went out.  Twice our power was restored. Darkness was always followed by the light. With our daughter spending the night with her grandparents, my husband and I enjoyed a much needed date.  A movie, dinner, and time to sit face to face, to listen, to speak, to be together without interruption. …

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May 26

May 26, 2014

pharaohs daughter

Pharaoh’s Daughter

Photo Credit Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it.  She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.  Exodus 2:5-6 A new king sits on the throne.  Seeing the number of Israelites, he is threatened.  Their number is…

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May 23

May 23, 2014

rain

Gentle rhythms

Photo Credit Rain is falling this morning.  Gentle rhythms play as one drop chases another.  The beat speeds up then begins to slow, providing a much needed reprieve from our current drought.  Each drop, an answer to a prayer.  Yes Lord, send the rain.  Each drop, a reminder: For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.  (Isaiah 44:3)…

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