March 28, 2019

A Desert Land Refreshing & Being Broken for a Purpose...

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We say it... and we hope we mean it...

We hope it will help lessen the pain
or bring meaning to it, anyway!  
We believe it is true...
even when we wish it wasn't!

Two Things I have discovered (again) in the last year or two:
Desert Land Refreshings and
Being Broken for a Purpose!

One thing I know for sure...
God wastes NOTHING!


It's just not in Him to sweep aside something
or to let a lesson learned stay with only me.  
He is not flippant or mean.
He is the opposite of that, 
I promise you!

So if you, too, find yourself in a season of brokenness...
if you find yourself bent down low, and wishing the pain away, 
can I just simply share a couple of flashes of visions
I saw the other day while in prayer?

I know they encouraged me... 

March 26, 2019

He bled Peace into the World... The Colossians Series.

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Hello there, friends! I hope wherever you are, Spring has begun to show up for you! We are enjoying signs of New Life everywhere we look and we are SO ON BOARD for it! Today, we're back with another post in our Colossians series! We are ever so slowly going through the Book of Colossians, verse by verse, throughout this year! Today, we offer up the sixth installment! If you are just joining us, or somehow missed a post or two, you can catch up by clicking HERE and scrolling down to the bottom to find the Landing Page listing of each installment!

Today, we are looking at Colossians 1:15-20!  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'll close with prayer! I can't tell you how excited and honored I am to have you here, reading through the Book of Colossians with me!
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Let's dig in!

COLOSSIANS 1:15-20:

We like to start things off by reading the full passage from The Passion Translation Bible:
"He is the divine portrait, the true likeness of the invisible God, and the first-born heir of all creation. For through the Son everything was created, both in the heavenly realm and on the earth, all that is seen and all that is unseen. Every seat of power, realm of government, principality, and authority—it was all created through him and for his purpose! He existed before anything was made, and now everything finds completion in him.

He is the Head of his body, which is the church. And since he is the beginning and the firstborn heir in resurrection, he is the most exalted One, holding first place in everything. For God is satisfied to have all his fullness dwelling in Christ. And by the blood of his cross, everything in heaven and earth is brought back to himself—back to its original intent, restored to innocence again!" (The Passion Translation)
Well - that's a beautiful and accurate description of Jesus, right? The Divine Portrait... The true likeness of the invisible God... The firstborn heir of all creation!

(Insert the excitement of "I KNOW Him!" à la the movie "Elf"/the Santa is coming scene!)

March 23, 2019

Rewards & Recognition... a Five Minute Friday post.

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Happy Spring, Sweet Readers! I hope you are at least getting glimpses of New Life springing forth wherever you are today! I know we have been experiencing near-70 degree days full of birds singing, sunshine, and wide-open doors to let fresh air in and chase away the remnant of winter! 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: REWARD

{GO!}

Oh, how we love
Rewards & Recognition!


My mind first wanders to all those rewards points offered through shopping at various stores. You know... the ones we get for doing nothing really other than spending money! 

But then I drift to the different kinds of rewards given for services rendered or jobs well-done. I think of all of the award ceremonies, raises, trophies, bonuses, etc. all given out in the open, in front of a podium, to give recognition and to help set us apart.

It's not that there's anything wrong with it... There's not! 
It's great and important to recognize and speak life into those around us! We all want to be special... to be acknowledged for how we finish well.  

We all want to belong and to be the best
-- at something... to someone... 

There's nothing wrong with that! 
The issue is when it breeds
Competition and Comparison... 
Backbiting and Bondage...
when it stirs up Striving and Stressing
and a longing for Approval and Acceptance 
that is not rooted in Love or Light!

But I see the word and I think back to a conversation last weekend and I reflect on Scripture and I remember --I remind myself!-- that as nice as rewards and recognition is when it comes from co-workers, bosses, friends, and family... it's BEST when it comes from the Father!

March 12, 2019

Rescued Completely... - The Colossians Series

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Hey there, sweet readers! We are back with another Colossians installment!
Welcome to the fifth installment of our Study through the Book of Colossians! 
If you missed our first few posts, you can read those by clicking HERE and scrolling down to the bottom to find the Landing Page listing of each installment!

Today, we are going through just a few more verses found in Colossians Chapter 1... (vs 12-14!)  As has become our norm here, 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'll close with prayer! I can't tell you how excited and honored I am to have you here, reading through the Book of Colossians with me!

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Here we go!

COLOSSIANS 1:12-14:

As has become our custom here, let us start with reading from The Passion Translation Bible (because, of course!):
"Your hearts can soar with joyful gratitude when you think of how God made you worthy to receive the glorious inheritance freely given to us by living in the light. He has rescued us completely from the tyrannical rule of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom realm of his beloved Son. For in the Son all our sins are canceled and we have the release of redemption through his very blood." (The Passion Translation)
Well, I don't know about you but I am game for letting my heart soar with joy! 

March 10, 2019

When You Long for More... A Five Minute Friday post.

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Hello, Friends! I'm happy to report that I'm sitting in this chair, ready to tap out some words --but YOU GUYS!?!!??! THE SUN IS SHINING AND I SEE ZERO CLOUDS (read: NO IMPENDING SNOW!) in the sky!

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: MORE.

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I see the word and I feel it down deep... 
the Longing for More... 
it's been a drawn-out season of waiting...
of hunkering down in the In Between.


For much of the past year or so, I've not really fought against the call to slow... to be silent... to give time and space to heal and to allow my soul room to breathe... as well as giving it room to re-focus, re-center, and re-emerge!

I've stated several times over the past couple of weeks that I feel as though I'm coming back to life again!

I see Hope around the Edges
and I hear the sing-songy-ness in my voice again
as I talk or speak or pray or laugh.  
I see a glimpse of myself and I think,
"Oh My! I have missed her!"

Over these days that turned to weeks,
and weeks that turned to months, 
(and months that turned to years!)
I've come to realize that an important part of the 
Waiting in the In-Between season
is meant to be a Gift!

March 6, 2019

Joy and Finding Saturated Goodness... A One Word post.

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Just the other day I was reflecting on the first couple of months of 2019 and how --even with all the surgeries and slow recoveries and difficulties in healing, this year is ALREADY so much better than 2018 and I was thinking it was probably time to check in with my OneWord365 and see how it has been showing up for me!

Do you guys have OneWord that you pick --or that picks you? If so, have you been intentional in finding it... in staying alert and aware in case it shows up for you in random ways or unexpected places? 



I only ask because I know how easy it can be to claim a word and then just move along with your living and forget to pay attention! (In fact, my OneWord is a Do-Over Do-BETTER Word! You can read about that here.)

Normally those New Years' Resolutions are fading away by March --at least for me. However, with my One Word --if I remember to look for it, it's usually all around me if I will just focus my eyes and expectations!

So I was already feeling the need to reflect back and take note of how (and where!) JOY has shown up for me this year when during my devotional time yesterday --the Lord whispered a specific Psalm to pray through.  He does this from time to time and I am never disappointed in following His lead.  

For much of the last couple of years, 
He has been quieter than usual. 
I'm not a fan of it... 
I much prefer His chattiness! 

March 3, 2019

Searching in the Wilderness... A Five Minute Friday post.

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Hello, Sweet Readers! I am happy to tell you that I'm finally beginning to feel a bit more like myself and believing that a return of energy and drive is following close behind! Here's to a New Season unfolding and Hope arising around the Edges!

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: SEARCH

{GO!}

I see the word and I let my mind drift...


It can feel like these seasons of
wandering in the wilderness
are all Search and Seeking
with no Finding... 
--with no Being Found.  

But as soon as I think this,
I can feel that this thought-- 
--it doesn't fit. It's not true.  

I can testify firsthand as we are Turning the Corner
and finding Hope around the Edges of a New Season...
All the searching for answers... for a glimpse of the future... 
for whatever is Next and Right and Good...
--Well, He didn't answer the way we wanted.
But He did answer the way we needed!

He's good like that!

But I promise you... 
it doesn't always feel good!

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