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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Inspired by . . . a challenge

I try really hard not to set myself up for failure. I know myself well enough to admit that there are some things that I am just not going to do. Instead of continually setting a standard that I know I won’t reach, I accept the fact that it’s not going to happen – and move on.

Getting up early to exercise is a good example. I stopped beating myself up over that one a long time ago. It’s just not who I am.

And that’s okay.

But sometimes a challenge can be a good thing. Especially when it helps to grow and stretch you in positive ways.

I’ve been circling around The Nester’s 31 Day writing challenge for awhile now. It’s difficult for me to do anything consistently for five days, let alone thirty-one, and I was leery of adding additional stress to my already stressful life.

I can do this!

God has shown me a way and what!

So, beginning October 1st, for the next 31 days, when you visit me here you’ll find me talking about JOY!

 

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Intentional may be my one word for 2014, but JOY is my life word! I’m so excited to be sharing insights about JOY, from God’s word, with you through the month of October! My thoughts are inspired by the Oswald Chambers devotional, JOY: Strength In the Lord, available through You Version and I’d love it if you followed along!

 

The Joy of the Lord

is my strength!

 

Blessings,

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Day One

Day Two

Day Three

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Day Six

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Day Nine

Day Ten

Day Eleven

Day Twelve

Day Thirteen

Day Fourteen

Day Fifteen

Day Sixteen

Day Seventeen

Day Eighteen

Day Nineteen

Day Twenty

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Inspired by . . . road trip

 

Here’s some eye-candy from our recent road trip through Wyoming and Colorado.  Enjoy!

 

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Lincoln Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary)

 

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Engine 499 parked at the Royal Gorge in CaƱon City, Colorado

 

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"Oh, my dear, dear aunt," she rapturously cried, "what delight! what felicity! You give me fresh life and vigour.

Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are young men to rocks and mountains?

Jane Austen. Pride & Prejudice (p. 80). Amazon Digital Services, Inc..

 

 

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Monarch Pass, CO

 

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When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained;
What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? Psalm 8:3-4

 

Blessings,

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Inspired by . . . the cost

 

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 Satan is so much more in

earnest than we are -

he buys up the

opportunity while we are

wondering

how much it will cost.

~ Amy Carmichael

 

 

Amy Carmichael didn’t waste time counting the cost. Neither did Corrie Ten Boom. I haven’t read Michelle DeRusha’s new book, 50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Heroines of the Faith, but I can pretty much guarantee both these women are in there. I can also pretty much guarantee the other 48 women that Michelle included in her book, didn’t waste their time counting the cost either.

But there is a cost.

And sometimes, it’s huge.

I’ve been reading The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom.

Be warned. This book reaches out, grabs on to every piece of you, and pulls you in.

“All of Haarlem seemed to know what we were up to. We knew we should stop the work, but how could we? Who would keep open the network of supplies and information on which the safety of hundreds depended? If a hideaway had to be abandoned, as happened all the time, who would coordinate the move to another address? We had to go on, but we knew that disaster could not be long in coming.”

“That night Father and Betsie and I prayed long after the others had gone to bed. We knew that in spite of daily mounting risks we had no choice but to move forward. This was evil’s hour: we could not run away from it. Perhaps only when human effort had done its best and failed, would God’s power alone be free to work.”

Excerpts from: Boom, Corrie Ten; Elizabeth Sherrill; John Sherrill (2006-01-01). The Hiding Place.  Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

 

This side of heaven, there will always be a cost for doing God’s will.

 

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

If you were of the world, the world would love its own.

Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world,

therefore the world hates you. (John 15:18-19)

 

Read what Ms. Ten Boom’s father said, the day after he was arrested, when given the offer to return home “{and not} cause any more trouble.”

“If I go home today,” he said evenly and clearly, “tomorrow I will open my door again to any man in need who knocks.”

Mr. Ten Boom died eight days later. Corrie scratched this on the wall of her cell: MARCH 9, 1944 Father. Released.

He was not a senile old man. He could say what he said with conviction because, “for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” (2 Tim 1:12) God had proved His faithfulness time and again.

I don’t know about you, but one of Satan’s most effective wiles in my life is that of inaction.

Amy Carmichael’s quote convicts me. The Ten Boom’s give passion to that conviction.

I pray that when the knock sounds at my door,  that my response will be based on the invisible, rather than the visible.

 

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,

is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,

while we do not look at the things which are seen,

but at the things which are not seen.

For the things which are seen are temporary,

but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

 

Paul could say this, despite the beatings, the shipwrecks and the prison cells.

I know that Corrie Ten Boom believed the same.

Do we?

Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!

 

Shalom,

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Inspired by . . . splish splash

 

I can’t tell you how much JOY this little Lesser Goldfinch brought me the other day! I hope her antics bring some JOY into your life today.

 

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This little one reminds me to be present in the Now.

And that a random look out your kitchen window can result in

JOYful worship.

 

Shalom,

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Inspired by . . . 2doz roses

 

He buys me flowers simply because . . .

 

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. . . he knows they bring me JOY.

 

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He is the sweetest man in the world.

 

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An example of a man who, “love{s with} sincere, a pure, an ardent, and constant affection, and that notwithstanding the imperfections and failures that she {his wife} is guilty of.”**

 

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Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; Eph 5:22-25

 

This is one of the most misunderstood, often flat out rejected, passages of scripture. Some of the biggest spiritual battles are fought over these two little words, “Wives, submit.” And every time a woman rejects them, the devil wins a victory.  Because it is not about us.

 

This passage holds the key to life.

 

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Won’t you take some time, today, to read these scriptures, in context with an open heart and an open mind?

Paul’s exhortation does not begin with v. 22. Read what comes before.

Read what comes after.

Ask God to speak to your heart. To reveal the mystery.

And, most importantly, ask Him to give you the desire

to obey.

 

Blessings,

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**taken from Matthew Henry’s commentary on Ephesians 5:25

 

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