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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Taking My First Step...


“The human body is wonderfully crafted, but gravity and the inevitable effects of aging weigh it down. …Do not be anxious about the weakness of your body. Instead, view it as the prelude to My infusing energy into your being. …Though the process of aging continues, inwardly you grow stronger with the passing years.  Those who live close to Me develop an inner aliveness that makes them seem youthful in spite of their years… 
Jesus Calling Oct. 20th.

I love reading this promise the day before I turned 55…a sweet gift from God…
and how this dovetails with what  He was already speaking to my heart.

So many times the Lord takes me from the physical to the spiritual…
 to teach me His ways.
So last week, I turned 55 years young.
I can now eat at I-HOP with a senior citizen discountJ
Turning 50 did not rattle me…but 55…yes…
 maybe because it is my first step…
 into the population known as senior citizens…
a group not too long ago I viewed as old.

Reaching this passage in life…
I can more clearly see there are two paths to travel toward aging.
One path leads down a narrow way…a way that constricts and tightens its grip…

A way that funnels us smaller and smaller…
restricting us tighter and tighter…physically and spiritually.
The second path leads to wide open spaces…

one that calls us to stretch…to grow…to continue to mature
…to move with more freedom.

As we physically age…our muscles and joints lose their natural flexibility…
as we lose our flexibility… we lose our range of motion…
our necks become stiff.
(funny…“stiff-necked”…that’s what God called rebellious Israel)…
Our muscles become tight… keeping our movements small…
and if we don’t stretch…
our muscles grow tighter and any sudden movement can snap a muscle.
 To remain physically strong and flexible…stretching must become a way of life.

Stretching spiritually must also become a way of life. 
Without stretching… our necks will become stiff…
restricting our ability to see around us.
Our spiritual muscles become tight 
our movements become small…
and the pressures of this world will snap us. 
So just as we need to daily stretch our physical bodies…
so it is for us spiritually....
daily we must allow the slow but steady stretching…
this stretching will keep us spiritually flexible…
more pliable and bendable to the will of God…
like soft clay in the potter’s hands...
our spiritual muscles will be loose…so we can run hard after God.

 So no matter our age…let’s allow God’s loving hands to stretch us…
keeping us flexible…so we can move whenever and wherever He leads…
Today and each day of our lives.


I continue to count with words and pictures...all His gifts...all His grace...

Sweet gift from a dear friend...the first person I met in Nashville about 35 yrs ago!

I love cool days with the beautiful Fall blue skies.

~4386~4403~

~empty to be filled
~87yr. parents who don’t fear death
~bringing a meal to friends who just brought 2 boys home from Ghana
~the difference on day can make
~my dad calling me his friendJ
~grace and hope that accompanies conviction
~God who gives vision to the blind
~continued birthday celebrations…lunch with a dear friend
~3 great- nephews born this week
~good night sleep
~son bringing roommate home for dinner
~Saturday morning breakfast with hubby…11yr tradition and counting
~watching son play in his first college scrimmage…where does the time go?
~hubby and I drinking coffee as we watch Ann’s keynote speech…such a giftJ
~sweatshirt weather
~feeling freedom bubbling up from deep within
~God’s love 

    Join me here.... @Ann's,  Playdates, and Soli Deo GloriaGraceful,

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Five Minute Friday Voice


“For the tongue is a pen, which pressing deeply enough…whether for good or for evil…will write upon the heart. “ Mystery of Marriage


The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. James 3:6

Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.
Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. James 3:5

“Only speak words that make a soul stronger.” Ann Voskamp

We are made in His image…and He gave us the power to create…
With His voice He spoke this world into existence
With His voice He called forth beauty…
With His voice He called forth life.

We too have power with our voice…
Will we use it to speak hope into hopeless situations…
Speak beauty where there are ashes…
Speak life into lifeless circumstances
Will we use our voice to tear down or build up
Will we use our voice to speak of His Majesty
To speak of His Truth…
But most importantly
Will we use our voice to speak words that bring healing
Words that speak in His language of Love.


The winner of the book…is Brenna who writes at Chicago Mama.
Let me know your mailing address and I will get this out to you.

I pray you are as blessed by this book as I was. 





Five Minute Friday


Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Let’s Keep This Garden Beautiful




This place we call “the blog world” has become like a beautiful garden to me…
a garden of sharing…a garden of teaching…
a garden where I am learning and unlearning so much…
a garden so full of beauty…
a garden filled with a variety of blooming flowers...
each flower sharing its unique aroma…the aroma of Christ.

In my past, I spent too much time in a patch.
Like a cabbage patch…patches are planted with the same plants…
I was planted where all the flowers seem to look the same…smell the same…
But this sameness depletes the soil of vital minerals needed for the next crop…
where sameness provided a false sense of security…
where sameness became necessary to be able to stay alive in the garden.

So, what nourishment did I take in from my blog garden today?…cross-pollination
If cross-pollination did not happen in God’s creation,
we would not have the brilliant array of beauty all reflecting who He is. 
Well, we too need cross pollination in His Body…
taking in the beauty…sharing one to another. 
Just today, I saw more clearly the beauty of this cross-pollination…
how to visit and share with those who we may think alike…
how to grow and glean from those who might think differently than us.

Today at A Deeper Story…
the site received two beautiful posts from two wonderful ladies…
two ladies coming from different sides of the coin…
for me the topic wasn’t the most important thing…
yes, both ladies spoke clearly and from a sincere heart.
I learned…I gleaned from what was shared.
But ultimately, the most important lesson learned was
Humility, Grace and Love should trump all…
As I “watched” these two ladies share with one another…
and speak to others with Humility and Grace…
I watched Love win!

I would like to thank Emily and Diana for fostering healthy conversation…
for allowing us to cross-pollenate. 
For providing a safe place…a place where agreement was not their focus
 because when we have to agree…love is usually sacrificed and lost along the way. 
But these two ladies …walked this out in Love
giving space, but not license…giving grace to one another…and to others as well.

I have found for me…
this blog garden has allowed me to fly from one flower to another…
drinking the sweet nectar I find there.
Some places I drink more deeply…
some places I might just pass by…
while others stay longer and find sweet nectar for their soul.
In this garden, I have found a safe place…
a safe place that provides a bit of a buffer.
I have learned to practice new ways of interacting…
I have learned to practice dialogue with those not in “agreement” with me.
 And maybe…just maybe…
this love and grace will be walked out more freely when I am face to face.

Honestly, it has taken me over a year and a half to become comfortable here…
but I am growing more thankful each day…
for each flower that has fed me along the way.
Let’s continue to keep this garden beautiful!!

Let me recommend another flower, Deidra,
she is providing a sweet place to cross –pollinate too.

I did not plan on writing a second post this week...
so I want to extend my give-away here too...
So to celebrate …and just to say thanks for this blog community and to each of you for all your kindness you have shown to me...I want to share a gift with you~
 Mike Mason has been one of my “spiritual mentors”.  He and Ann are deep thinkers and gifted writers…writers that can reach into the deepest places in our souls and call those desires forth.
So to a random commenter I would love to share the richness found in this book…
               Practicing the Presence of People.  
                I will announce the winner on Friday.

Come to some of these gardens...Ann’sGod-bumps. Duane WLWW,Life in BloomWIP