Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Monday Morning! ~ I Dare You.......

Hi friend!!!


Happy Monday Morning! 

photo via photobucket (snide2004)

"Faith is a 
living, daring confidence 
in God's grace."
~ Martin Luther


When you're full of worry and consumed by fear it feels like you're ....
..... standing on a cliff's ledge with no where to go as you peer at the raging river far below.
..... in the middle of a very high bridge on a windy day with absolutely no end in sight.
..... on a dock in the middle of a lake and the water looks dark, cold and who knows how deep. 

Today I'm daring you to take a leap.....
..... jump off that ledge of fear.
..... keep going until you get to the other end.
..... don't just stand there - dive in!

Take a leap of faith. 

Let your faith be daring and even reckless in the confidence of God's goodness, love and faithfulness.

Know that He is big enough to catch you.

So go ahead.... I dare you. Let your faith come alive.

Ready? 
Set?  
Go!

"God is a safe place to hide,  
ready to help when we need him.
We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,  
courageous in seastorm and earthquake,
Before the rush and roar of oceans,  
the tremors that shift mountains.
Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,  
God-of-Angel-Armies protects us."
 Psalm 46: 1-3
Now JUMP!

Love ya,  

Friday, March 14, 2014

5 Minute Friday Fun: Crowd

Hi friend!

What day is it? It's five-minute-Friday! Well at least in blog land it is.

Every Friday for over four years, writers have gathered over at Lisa-Jo's place in blog land for something she calls 5 Minute Friday. It's a linky party / blogger flash mob / free writing exercise. Whatever you want to call it, I say it's just plain fun - blog land style.

Everyone spends just five minutes writing on the same topic. If they have a blog, they link up to Lisa-Jo's post on that week's topic. No blog? No problem! Just leave your five minutes of writing in the comments section at Lisa Jo's place. 

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and GO!

CROWD

It was so crowded that Wednesday evening at church. My T.J. had traveled the hour and a half from college to come speak to the youth.

After the service I made my way through the crowded hallway to the youth chapel. Fighting against the flow of youth exiting I looked for my son. He's 6'3" so he's always easy to spot in a crowd.

Ah! There's my boy!

He was up front talking with a few friends.

I'll never forget him turning and spotting me. He simply stood there, grinned and spread his arms open wide.

Oh yea! He knows him mom. {{HUGS}} is what I love. And if they're from either of my sons I love it better than chocolate.

I remember telling him I was sorry I interrupted his conversation with his friends. He said not to worry. He was waiting for me to find him. He knew I'd come looking for him before I headed home and he headed back to the dorm.

Even in the crowd ...... I was drawn to him and he was waiting for me.

I wonder how crowded heaven will be when I finally get there.

I'll be looking for Jesus. And I do believe when He sees I'm there - He'll smile and open His arms wide.

Oh yea! He knows His daughter and how much I love {{HUGS}}.


and STOP!

Five Minute Friday

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So friend - what do you prefer?
Chocolate?
or
{{HUGS}}?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Good Stuff

Hi there friend!

I'm in a fun and lighthearted mood today. Enjoying the weekend and beautiful weather. Hope you are having a good weekend as well.

Recently, I had an A-ha! moment that I've been wanting to share with you. And since I'm in this great mood, I've been able to relate it to yummy sweet stuff. Or maybe it's because I just ate a dark chocolate candy bar.

Yep! The whole thing.
All by myself. {Don't judge.... makes Jesus sad when we judge others.}

So, moving right along here......


My wise words to you today are -
 "Don't overlook the good stuff by skipping to the dessert."


photo by Abbey_SarahDouglass via photobucket

 

Pop quiz -  
What is the first thing you turn to on a restaurant's menu?
Appetizers?
Drinks?
Prices?
Burgers?
Desserts?

Nine times out of ten I turn right to the dessert menu. And I've done this for as long as I can remember. I bet before I could even read I'd look at the menu's pictures of ice cream sundaes, cupcakes and pies.

Well, my recent A-ha! moment didn't come in a restaurant while drooling over looking at the dessert menu. It came while reading a Bible verse someone shared on Facebook.


"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. 
They are plans for good and not for evil, 
to give you a future and a hope." 
Jeremiah 29:11(TLB)

I love this verse. I've read it like a million times. It's very encouraging and filled with hope and God's love for me. 

However, as I read it this time, I realized I had pretty much skipped over the first sentence.
  
Once again I went right to the yummy stuff - "dessert". Yay!
As in the the yummy goodness of things to prosper me, give a future and a hope.  
And the promise of no bad stuff - "vegetables". 
No yucky bad things to harm or evil to overcome me. 

But, then I reread that first sentence - the main menu so to speak.  
That was the truly nourishing part to my spirit. The meat and potatoes portion.

You see friend, there's a situation with some dear ones in our life that we're praying for the Lord to reveal His will and plan. I had been praying for Him to figure out a plan to help them out. I wanted to know what He was going to decide would be the best plan to prosper, bring hope, and bless their future with good. 

But then there was the A-ha!
Followed by a Wait just a minute here!

And a little light bulb went off over my head - God already has a plan. 

He's not trying to figure one out.
He already knows.

He's not waiting to see what happens next week.
The plan is already done.

And He doesn't have to decide on the best scenario.
Nope, He already knows any possible scenario and has it all planned out.

He's not worried about the deadlines.
He has the plan ready to meet any deadline that is coming up. 

And guess what?!  I went from A-ha! to Ahhhhhh!
I just relaxed, smiled and was filled with peace.
No need for trying to figure out what God's plan is.
No worrying He won't have it all in place and ready on time.

Because  God already has a plan.

So now whenever I read this verse, I'll read the whole thing and not skip the good stuff to get to the dessert. 

Ahhhhhh!
 
Photo by ~ Hubby /  Wall hanging by ~ me

 
Relaxing, eating chocolate and enjoying life here in sunny Florida .... knowing He has His plan set and ready. 


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I love linky parties in bloggy land!

Today I'm linking up over at   
My Freshly Brewed Life 
for The Weekend Brew






Love ya,