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Friday, March 28, 2014

Inspired by . . . sweetness found

Some things just can't help but make you smile.

 

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Hmmm, what could be in this sweet little package?

 

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Prepare to be charmed. . . .

 

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"Hello." {blush} "My name is Percy."

 

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"This sweet lady adopted me from Sugar Crumbs.

She says she's fostering me until her niece is old enough to care for me property."

 

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"I'm not so sure she'll be able to give me up when the time comes, though."

 

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"'Cause I make her smile – all.the.time."

{blush}

"I hope I made you smile today, too."

 

Have a wonder-filled day,

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Inspired by . . . birdsong

 

Many of us charge through life devouring one task after another.

"Got that done," we barely take time to say as we're already halfway through the next item on our, ever increasing, "to do" list.

Of course there are some tasks that we want to get through as soon as possible. But these days that hardly seems to matter.

Menial tasks, leisure tasks, pleasure tasks, tasks of service and hospitality – we rush through them all.

The title of a newly published book by Dr. Mark Eckel (ThM PhD) recently caught my eye. "I Just Need Time To Think!" Written primarily for his students, it teaches the Hebraic concept of selah to encourage reflection.

I think we can all use a little selah in our lives.

 

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Once you get on the hamster wheel, it is really hard to get off. You have to be intentional about getting off.

One of the things that has helped me is to build reminders into my life. Just like actors use cues to remember their lines, I use visible or audible reminders to help me slow down and re focus on who and what is important.

Laura gave me a long, cool drink of water the other day at The Wellspring when she posted this:

“…we have a very discreet bandwidth of supersensitive hearing and that's between 2.5 and 5 kilohertz in the resident frequencies of the auditory canal,” he tells host Krista Tippett. “Is there something in our ancestors' environment that matches our peak hearing human sensitivity? Because most of what I'm saying right now, except for the "s" sounds and the high-pitched sounds, falls well below that range. And, indeed, there's a perfect match: birdsong. Birdsong.” - Gordon Hempton, a self-proclaimed acoustic ecologist

The sound of birds singing has always brought me JOY. But to know that God specifically fashioned my ear to hear this sound brings me wonder and leaves me breathless!

 

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Birds are everywhere in our world. Chances are, wherever you spend your day, you'll have the opportunity to hear them.

Birdsong is my newest cue. My newest reminder to . . .

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Now whenever I hear a bird sing I pause and remember that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. God has a purpose and a plan for my life. Nothing escapes His notice – not even the pitch of a bird's song!

Have a wonder-filled day,

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Inspired by . . . the quiet Truth

 

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light,

and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. 

Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.  ~Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”  John 18:38

 

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Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.

No one comes to the Father except through me.   John 14:6

 

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Shalom,

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Inspired by . . . hope

 

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame,

because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5

 

This verse has comforted many Believers through many trials.

Does it comfort you?

 

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If you are in the midst of a great suffering these words may not be enough to bring you comfort. You may not yet have come to a place where knowing that God has an intended purpose for your struggles is a comfort. I understand, I've been there.

Even knowing that these assurance were written by Paul, a man who endured great physical suffering may not be enough. The desire to be humbled and made more like Christ is drown out by the physical or emotional pain of what you're experiencing.

Perhaps you feel that you have passed beyond that hope. You have come to a place of dry, cracked, barren land where you feel utterly alone and bereft.

Take comfort in this:

Our heavenly Father is never absent from our pain. It is by His design that His Son willingly suffered so that He can sympathize with our weaknesses.

 

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities;

but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy,

and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16

 

At some point in your suffering a tide will turn. If you have grown numb, you will begin to feel again. If you have grown angry, you will begin to calm. If things have grown dark, you will begin to see.

And you will realize that:

His love kept your heart from growing cold.

His arms kept you from loosing control.

He is the Light that pierces the deepest darkness.

 

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The hope remains . . .

. . . it waits, as an anchor to our soul,

until we are, once again, able to embrace it.

 

Embrace the Hope.

 

Blessings,

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Inspired by . . . color

Spring temperatures inspire a trip to the nursery. . . .

 

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To hope and dream . . . .

 

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And plan.

 

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What's inspiring you today?

 

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