When Worlds Collide

Many of my blogging friends (or should I say friends that blog?) are participating in 31 days of... the brain child of popular blogger, Nester Smith.  I had every intention of participating via In Be'Tween Moms, even had a cute little graphic made. But real life happened. My husband and I went on a 10 day vacation to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary! Then my daughter got married (I didn't plan those things to happen in such quick succession on purpose!)   Then I had the baby while they were on their honeymoon.  Then we went househunting for their first place.  God allowed a few doors to close so we could find the perfect little house for them. Now, we are packing and painting and planning for their move-in date of November 10th. I also squeezed in a trip to the EWomen … [Read more...]

Living Your Priorities

I hinted in my last post that I have had some surrendering to do lately. But, first let me tell you a story about a king named Saul and a time when he did what he thought was good, rather than what God had asked him to do. {That is not a recipe for success, my friends!} In I Samuel 15, God commands King Saul to punish the Amalekites for what they had done to God's people.  His instructions were specific.  Spare no life, including livestock. Saul rounded up his army and attacked the Amalekites just as God had commanded him to do.  In the middle of the bloodshed, Saul and his army were impressed by the quality of some of the sheep and cattle that belonged to the Amalekites.  The Bible says "these they were unwilling to destroy completely" I Samuel 15:9 In verse 11, God tells Samuel "I am … [Read more...]

Remaining Relevant

The Lord has reminded me {through circumstances and great friends that hold me accountable} that I am gifted to teach and write.  Sometimes I let good things get in the way and to be honest and transparent, I have not written {nary a word} in my personal journal or for my manuscript in almost three months!!!!!!!!  Teri Lynne is going to get me =) But God! He knew months ago when I bought my ticket that I would be headed to a place of refreshing and renewal for my writer's heart this very weekend. He knew when I bought my ticket that I would be in this place of competing commitments and neglecting my gift. He knew when I bought my ticket that my soul is thirsty for the water that writing provides. And, so I am headed to Relevant.  At exactly the right time.  Isn't God cool like … [Read more...]

Simplify simply

Serve the Lord with all your heart; and do not turn aside after useless things that cannot profit or save. -- I Samuel 12: 20-21 For some reason, this verse really struck me today during my quiet time.  Do not turn aside after useless things than cannot profit or save... What could those useless things look like? ~ambition ~too many activities ~too many distractions (Facebook, Twitter) ~wrong motives ~selfishness ~discontent I could go on and on.  It is just like the apostle Paul wrote- I do what I don't want to do and what I know I should do I don't (my paraphrase of course). I appreciated the straightforwardness of this verse this morning. A barometer for my actions, my choices, my decisions. Cutting through the clutter of life is a passion of mine, a passion I know the Lord … [Read more...]

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