June 26, 2019

When Questions Still Linger... A Five Minute Friday post.

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Hey there, Sweet Readers! Can you even believe that July is almost upon us? Slow Down Summer... Gah! We need to savor all of your long days and warm nights and the slower way of unwinding!

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: QUESTION


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Oye, with the Questions, right? 

I mean... they can seem to be on an endless loop
that never slows to a stop
or gives room for answers!


Listen, I think we are all 'prone to wander...' 
and we are all prone to wonder... 
to question and ask over and over...
to overthink or second-guess or obsess...
to fear and worry and doubt... 
to forget that God --as He likes to remind me
from time to time-- doesn't actually answer to us!

June 18, 2019

His Power Extends Over Everything - The Colossians Series.

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Welcome back to another post in our Colossians series! As has become our routine during this Bible Study series, we're going to simply read a few verses slowly and make room for the Holy Spirit to unpack them for us today!

I wanted to restate the truth of why we are going slow on purpose:

1. Colossians is SO FULL of goodness! And
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 Colossians 2:9-11
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 2:9-11:
Let's dig in, starting with the full passage from The Passion Translation Bible:
"For he is the complete fullness of deity living in human form. And our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us. He is the Head of every kingdom and authority in the universe! Through our union with him we have experienced circumcision of heart. All of the guilt and power of sin has been cut away and is now extinct because of what Christ, the Anointed One, has accomplished for us." (The Passion Translation)
I was tempted to jump into verse 10 but, you guys, don't miss verse 9! He is the COMPLETE FULLNESS of God, living in human form! This is our Jesus... but that's not all! "Our own completeness is now found in him."  I mean... come on!?
Anything that feels like we are lacking or running short of...
Anything that we think we need to make us our best selves --it's all hidden in and found in Jesus!
All of it. All of us... in Him!

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!

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