Jan 23

January 23, 2015

Nature's Sabbath is found in winter.

Nature’s Sabbath

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Nature’s Sabbath is found in winter. Peace. Quiet. There is a stillness in the air not present in the other seasons. As I looked out over the snow covered ground, I saw for the first time, winter is Nature’s Sabbath. There is no hurry to grow. There is no flurry of activity. The ground lays dormant. The animals hibernate. Dropping temperatures and falling snowflakes bid…

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Jan 21

January 21, 2015

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Gather stones

Gather stones and remember. Remember what God has done. A sore throat, a minor inconvenience. She had complained a little, but with no fever, I opted to send her to school. Driving home from my morning’s errands, I past her school and had one fleeting thought I am going to hear from the school to pick her up today. Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5) Walking through the…

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Jan 19

January 19, 2015

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Missions await

Missions await. Missions have been calling my name for well over twenty years. My heart has longed to go, yet the timing never seemed right. Enjoying the warmth of our home on a cold evening two weeks ago, I scrolled through Twitter. One caused me to pause. One had me following the listed link. One tweet had me reading about an opportunity to go and to serve. A week long mission trip to Guatemala to serve children. Yes Lord, this…

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Jan 16

January 16, 2015

be still and know

Be still

Be still. Can you? For 30 seconds? How about 60 seconds? No screens, no noise, be still. Breathe. Inhale deeply, fill your lungs. Exhale slowly, relax your shoulders. Release. Do not hurry, do not check the time. Sit and be still. In this hurried life it is rare for us to be still. We strain and struggle until we have nothing left. Every single day. We are tired. We are worn. We are being torn in multiple directions. Stretched so…

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Jan 14

January 14, 2015

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Disguises

Disguises. Concealing our identity, our feelings, our fears, we wear them. Masking what we believe others may find repulsive, we fit our disguises securely on our faces. Like actors on a stage, we begin to fulfill the roles others cast us in. The comedian. The genius. The leader. The perpetual failure. We don our costumes and cascade through life, disguised, never truly known. The disguises begin to pull and lay heavy on our brows. We long to remove them, yet…

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Jan 12

January 12, 2015

unexpected

The unexpected

The unexpected. It happens, causing quickened pulses and a loss of words. We dream. We wonder. We consider the possibility. Somewhere in the corners of our thoughts, we believe these moments will come to fruition in our lives. And yet, when the unexpected begins to unfold, we are left surprised, mouths agape, attempting to maintain some semblance of composure. I crave the unexpected. I imagine you do too. I long to see the impossible become possible. I want to see…

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Jan 9

January 9, 2015

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A quest for wisdom

When on a quest for wisdom, it is not uncommon for me to walk into my husband’s office and rattle off my questions. He has an insane ability to retain every bit of information he has ever read. By the measure of intelligence tests, he ranks somewhere in the genius range. Me? I consider myself a genius because I know who to ask. While Solomon ruled, many were keenly aware of the wisdom he possessed. He had grown in fame…

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Jan 7

January 7, 2015

mothers love

A mother’s love

There are few forces more powerful than a mother’s love. The moment my child was placed in my arms, everything changed. My priorities shifted. My protective nature heightened. Never had I felt such fierce love for another. I knew in that moment I would go to the ends of the Earth for her. I would gladly give my life for hers. No sacrifice was, or is too much, when it comes to the one God gave me to raise. In…

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Jan 5

January 5, 2015

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Celebrate the little things

Photo Credit Celebrate the little things. On time flights. Fun in spite of crowds. Safety of travel. Delicious meals. A room filled with laughter. These are a few things I have been celebrating recently. Two days after Christmas, we boarded a plane destined for Florida. Snow fell as we departed. Roads were spotted with ice. We looked forward to the warmer temperatures, but feared our travel plans may be interrupted. Not one delay. Not a single one. In spite of…

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Jan 2

January 2, 2015

resolve

No more resolutions

No more resolutions. Let us begin the new year there. Forget them. Leave them behind. Do not bother. We don’t need another resolution. Read most blogs on the topic and you will see mention of research telling resolutions do not work. They are not kept. They are the beginning of failure. No, we do not need more resolutions. I think we need greater resolve. Merriam-Webster defines resolve as: : to find an answer or solution to (something) : to settle…

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