June 14, 2019

Our Weekend Goal... A Five Minute Friday post.

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Oh, Friends!  I don't know about where you live, but here in my little corner of the PNW:

Summer is
HERE big time and, let me tell you, I am so FOR it!

I'm talking forego the hot cuppa and go for the iced coffee in the morning instead because it's
already sunny and warm but the patio is calling my name! You know how it is with me! #patiolife

Let's just get to it! This is a Five Minute Friday post... which simply means I set a timer and free write for five minutes flat on the one-word prompt: GOAL


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Last week we nearly hit triple digits.
It's not that this is unusual, really!
After all - we live in a desert land...
where the sun beats hot and the heat is dry.
It's all I've ever really known. 
I grew up in this town and never left. 
I'm assured I would know the difference
between humid and dry heat and I'm sure it's true. 
Still... as long as I have access to my beloved A/C,
I'm good with long summer days that
start out warm and never fully cool off.

But again, it is desert land
so once the sun goes down,
it usually DOES cool off
--at least a bit!

Listen, while not all things are meant for the interwebs, 
and we have played many cards close to our hearts
over the past year or so, many of you have walked with
and prayed for us in this long, hard season
of living in the in-between! 

Many of you have traveled these
parched 'desert lands' with us...

June 10, 2019

It Is Well... A Five Minute Friday post.

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Hey there, Sweet Readers! My, have I missed you! Something about when it rains, it pours... and yet, we're still here! This community is consistently where I run in good times and in hard times, and even though I haven't sat in this chair or tapped out words in a while I've been longing to carve out time and space to sit with you once again! 

So let's dig in... This is a Five Minute Friday post... which simply means I set a timer and free write for five minutes flat on the one-word prompt: WELL


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I see the Word Prompt and my mind (and heart and soul) goes to:
"It Is Well..."
And it is... even (or especially!) when it doesn't look or feel like it! 

It IS well...  we know this to be true but even still, we find we need the reminder over and over and over again!


Because --as with many things... many truths...-- we tend to forget what we already know!

It's easy to allow this world... the enemy who roams around seeking whom he may devour... --it's easy to accidentally listen to the lies and let them slither right on in to our hearts and heads and before we know it, we are letting our emotions (or the manipulation of our emotions due to above-mentioned enemies' lies!) boss us around and dictate what we believe!

Yeah... 
Let's stop doing that!  
It does no good and bears fruit we do not want!

June 4, 2019

Now Live Him - The Colossians Series.

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Welcome back to the Colossians series! I know doing a series is somewhat new to the blog --especially doing a Bible series (that will last all year long!) and I realize I keep saying this, but it's so true! I really DO hope you're enjoying this as much as I am! Life has come at us hard and heavy for a couple of years now and sitting in this chair isn't as consistent as I'd like --but the schedule for this series? Well --we're trying our best to stick with it so here we are! We're going to simply read a couple of verses slowly and make room for the Spirit to unpack it for us today!

As I mentioned earlier, we are going slow on purpose for two reasons: 

1. Colossians is SO FULL of goodness!
2. We are spreading these posts out, so there are two per month and by the end of the year we will have really Saturated ourselves in His goodness found in the book of Colossians! (Ya see what I did there?)

Today, we will read through Col 2:6-8 in a few different translations!


{If you are new, the basic layout of each post in this series includes the text in several translations, a few of my thoughts on the passage, possibly a deeper truth or root word meaning found there, and then we close with prayer! This is a new type of series here and I can't tell you how honored I am to have you here, reading through the Book of Colossians with me!}

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COLOSSIANS 2:6-8:

Let's dig in, starting with the full passage from The Passion Translation Bible:
"In the same way you received Jesus our Lord and Messiah by faith, continue your journey of faith, progressing further into your union with him! Your spiritual roots go deeply into his life as you are continually infused with strength, encouraged in every way. For you are established in the faith you have absorbed and enriched by your devotion to him!

Beware that no one distracts you or intimidates you in their attempt to lead you away from Christ’s fullness by pretending to be full of wisdom when they’re filled with endless arguments of human logic. For they operate with humanistic and clouded judgments based on the mindset of this world system, and not the anointed truths of the Anointed One." (The Passion Translation)
Listen... I'm gonna get real and share a scene from my real life with you that may seemingly have nothing to do with this verse --but stick with me! 

It has something to do with 'continue your journey of faith...' and 'you are established in the faith you have absorbed and enriched by your devotion to him!' 

The other night, after a particularly long, hard day that attacked both our bodies physically, My Honey and I were maneuvering ourselves into bed trying to find a comfortable --or rather, less painful- position. His lower back has been out for a week and he was moaning a bit trying to settle in for sleep. My head was seemingly being stabbed repetitively and lying down caused the pain to intensify while at the same time, stirring up this persistent cough.  In the dark, we lay side by side on our backs and our hands reach and find each other, fingers intertwined, grasping on to not only the O/one we love but clinging to the foundation we have built in Him, side by side together... over all these years!

May 21, 2019

Hidden Treasure - The Colossians Series.

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Hey there, Sweet Friends! Welcome back to the Colossians series that we are doing throughout this year! This is something new... something we have never done together on the blog --but I hope you are loving it as much as I am! We are simply reading a couple of verses at a time and really soaking in them... letting the Word speak to us today!

As I mentioned earlier, we are going slow on purpose for two reasons: 

1. Colossians is SO FULL of goodness!
2. We are spreading these posts out, so there are two per month and by the end of the year we will have really Saturated ourselves in His goodness found in the book of Colossians! (Ya see what I did there?)

Today, we will read through Col 2:3-5 in a few different translations!



{If you are new, the basic layout of each post in this series includes the text in several translations, a few of my thoughts on the passage, possibly a deeper truth or root word meaning found there, and then we close with prayer! This is a new type of series here and I can't tell you how honored I am to have you here, reading through the Book of Colossians with me!}

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COLOSSIANS 2:3-5:

Let's dig in, starting with the full passage from The Passion Translation Bible:
"For our spiritual wealth is in him, like hidden treasure waiting to be discovered—heaven’s wisdom and endless riches of revelation knowledge.

I want you to know this so that no one will come and lead you into error through their persuasive arguments and clever words. Even though I’m separated from you geographically, my spirit is present there with you. And I’m overjoyed to see how disciplined and deeply committed you are because you have such a solid faith in Christ, the Anointed One.." (The Passion Translation)
Let's remember that Paul was writing to real people.
Real believers who lived in a culture surrounded by Gnostics. The Gnostics boasted of secret knowledge... of gaining some sort of hidden information or something Extra! But Paul reminds the Christians in Colosse that everything we need is in Jesus! 

Anything secret or hidden and extra is available to all of us... and it comes only from leaning in, pressing in, and discovering more and more of Jesus --not out there, but in Him

He is like Hidden Treasure just waiting to be discovered!

He is like a good, good Father playing Hide-n-Seek! He 'hides' with half His body in view behind the curtain because 
He wants us to seek --but He also wants us to find Him!

May 19, 2019

Promises... A Five Minute Friday post.

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Hello, Friends! Life is full --busy! Let's just be real... it's busy and it's busy with all kinds of bossy and not so fun things to deal with --and yet... His Peace is Present and we remind ourselves and each other to Just Breathe... and to --well... you'll see!

This is a Five Minute Friday post... which simply means I set a timer and free write for five minutes flat on the one-word prompt: PROMISE


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My immediate thought?
"All God's Promises are Yes & Amen!"
I don't know about you... but for me? I needed that reminder this week!


To be honest... I need it more often than I'd care to admit! I mean... I am, after all, the one who wrote an entire series/book on Truths I know but sometimes forget!

I belong to a great group on facebook for writers and every Tuesday there is a prayer thread... I shared some of what was going on over the last week or so on that thread and was reminded that I am not the only Crazy Faith girl over there!

Man, you guys... we NEED each other! 


We need the Word and the Lord
and the Body all at the same time! 

May 13, 2019

Practice what you Preach... A Five Minute Friday.

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Hey there, Sweet Readers! This is a big weekend around here because we have my Dad's birthday, my girlies' birthday, and Mother's Day all within a couple of days! This, of course, means at some point: Cake! This week we also dealt with a big move and some (more) unwanted news... which brings us to the One Word Prompt this week!  This is a Five Minute Friday post... which simply means I set a timer and free write for five minutes flat on the one-word prompt: PRACTICE


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My first thought --especially after this week, Y'all-- comes on the heels of last weeks' 'Opportunity' and it is this:
"Practice what you Preach!"  

I mean, last week we talked about counting it all joy and then this week -Y'all... our family got slammed! 

So, of course --of COURSE the word prompt is Practice! Because it's so much easier to talk about than it is to do, right? It's so much easier to say something or encourage others to do something than it is to actually follow through and put it into practice ourselves!

For the last couple of years, it seems we've been preaching to ourselves more so than to anyone else! 

May 7, 2019

A Tapestry of Love... The Colossians Series.

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Welcome back to our Colossians series! Today, we are jumping into Chapter Two!  We are going slow on purpose for two reasons: 
1. Colossians is SO FULL of goodness!
2. We are spreading these posts out, so there are two per month and by the end of the year we will have really Saturated ourselves in His goodness found in the book of Colossians! (Ya see what I did there?)

Today, we will read through Col 2:1-2 in a few different translations!



{If you are new, the basic layout of each post in this series includes the text in several translations, a few of my thoughts on the passage, possibly a deeper truth or root word meaning found there, and then we close with prayer! This is a new type of series here and I can't tell you how honored I am to have you here, reading through the Book of Colossians with me!}

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COLOSSIANS 2:1-2:

Let's dig in! We like to start things off by reading the full passage from The Passion Translation Bible:

"I wish you could know how much I have struggled for you and for the church in Laodicea, and for the many other friends I’ve yet to meet. I am contending for you that your hearts will be wrapped in the comfort of heaven and woven together into love’s fabric. This will give you access to all the riches of God as you experience the revelation of God’s great mystery—Christ." (The Passion Translation)
So, Y'all know my heart for prayer and intercession and Paul starts right in with language that any intercessor recognizes and feels down deep. 

How many know that sometimes we DO struggle in prayer? We battle and persist... we do warfare on our knees and in the middle of the night and in the car --whenever or wherever He lays a person or a people on our hearts, we press in!

When was the last time you struggled for someone or something in prayer?


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