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Yesterday’s post was a little heavy heart-ed; and since I usually post something light on Mondays, I thought I’d post it today instead. For anyone who was a fan of the movie Taken or is a fan of the TV show Taken, this meme is for you. Share it with someone you missed this Sunday. But, don’t forget to write a light heart-ed message. Don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea.

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Several months ago I lost the diamonds (all of them) from my wedding band. The center cracked out leaving just the sides of the band and a huge hole. I’ve been wearing this silver ring in its place because I kept feeling my finger for my missing ring. First anxiety would feel me thinking I had lost it, then sadness filled me as I remembered that it was gone for good.

I took this picture wearing my Thankful shirt because I’d rather have a broken wedding ring than a broken marriage. And because of God, my marriage is amazing. For that, I am truly thankful.

What are you thankful for? Please let us know in the comments.

BTW, my husband surprised me by taking me ring shopping. My new ring should be in soon.

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On September 11, 2001, I was walking down my college walkways headed to class. At the time, I like my Cd’s more than the radio and had no clue as to what had happened. I walked into one of the foyers of a building that had a few TV’s in the sitting areas. There were several students glued to the screen so I went to see what had happened. That’s when I saw the horrifying events unfold. I will never forget that day. My heart broke for the thousands who were hurting and scared. I was scared too. And praying, lots of praying as I continuously ran to God asking for help, understanding and protection.

This last year I visited the Flight 93 crash site and memorial in Pennsylvania. It was an emotional visit and one that brought back all the events and feelings from that day.

A lot of people ask questions of God when events like 9.11 happen. I know I did too. After a school shooting Relevant Magazine posted an article by Sarah Sumner called “Where Is God In Tragedy?” She says, “Even when tragedies happen, God can still be trusted. God is. And God is faithful. He has given us many gifts as we entrust ourselves to Him in our pain and in our empathy for others. Perhaps the three most visible gifts are the gift of people, the gift of joy and the gift of God Himself.” We saw many people jump into action and become heroes that day and in the weeks and months ahead. We saw the good side of our country as we banded together to help each other and fight terrorism. People who would never darken the door of a church were racing to them seeking God.

I will never forget those who suffered and are still suffering and those who sacrificed to help their fellow man. May God bless the hurting with peace and comfort and bless the heroes for their amazing efforts.

POST WHERE YOU WERE WHEN YOU FIRST HEARD ABOUT THE EVENTS OF 9.11.

Tragedy has once again struck America when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Irma hit Florida and the wildfires spread in Washington, Oregon, Montana and California. Keep praying for those who lost their homes, jobs and family. They have a long recovery time ahead of them.

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I’m just going to say it…there are people in my world that are almost impossible to love. I try, I really do try, but sometimes I imagine myself punching them. It’s only a sin if you act on it right? Ok. I see the fallacy in my thinking, but I know I am not alone in this. I bet every one of you can think of someone who might benefit from a good upper cut. However, when I stop and think about how many people might just get in line to punch me, things begin to feel a little different. I’m sure I am on more lists then I think.

1 John 4:8 and 19 says, “God is love… We love because He first loved us.” Praise God that He loves us just because He is love. There is nothing we could do or not do to make Him love us any less. He is the ultimate source of love.

Pray with me today a prayer of “help me love those I want to punch. Help me see them as you do Lord.” Hopefully someone who wants to punch you will be praying the same thing!

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As I am driving in town, there seems to be a person on every corner with a sign saying something like, “will work for food” or “need money to get home”.  I look at those people and think how hopeless their situation must be.  However, a few minutes later I see a well-dressed man in a store and think nothing about his condition.  The truth is, he may be more desperate then the one on the street.  We never know anyone’s spiritual condition by looking at them.  I know a lot of well dressed, fancy car, big house people who are headed straight to hell and don’t even know it.  That is a hopeless situation if I have ever seen one.

It is easy to dismiss someone’s spiritual condition when they look so good on the outside.  I wonder how interesting this world would be if we looked like the sin we carry around.  As a Christian of course, one sincere “please forgive me” and we have the King of Kings making us pure again.  But no amount of make up or jewels would be able to cover up the ugliness of sin on those who do not know the Lord. Let us always be on the lookout for opportunities to share Jesus especially if the person LOOKS just fine.

Who do you know today that is beautiful on the outside but needs Jesus on the inside?

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The Bible teaches that man was created with the ability to make moral choices and that he is responsible for those choices. God’s word is full of historical examples and scripture that point to this idea. For example, Proverbs 22:8a says, “Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity”. Often, when the Bible speaks of destiny, it’s in reference to a destiny people have brought upon themselves: “Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction” (Philippians 3:18-19).

We know that many people in the Bible were called by God. Many obeyed the call (like John the Baptist) while others ran from it (Jonah). Some even began in obedience and then veered from their calling causing them, and those after them, all sorts of problems (King Solomon). God could make us do this or that, but He gave us the free will to choose to do this or that. He loves us and wants us to follow Him because we want to follow Him; not because we are forced to do so.

So, do I believe in destiny? I don’t think that I do. I believe that God created me and has called me to do amazing things for Him. And I choose if I will follow that calling or not, thus reaping the benefits or consequences of my choices. Will following His calling always be easy? Nope. Neither Jesus, nor any of His earlier followers had it easy. Why should I think I’d be any different. Will it be worth it? Yes. I’ve never met a Christian who regret living for Jesus. Doesn’t mean you couldn’t find a few, but I’ve never met any.

So, stop trying to find your destiny and start following God and find you calling! (Raise your hand if you’ve ever taken a Spiritual Gift test! I know I’ve taken quite a few.)

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I have awesome friends. God has created each of us different and that’s what makes getting together with them so much fun. We use our talents and abilities to complement one another. For example, we get together every few months and have a Pinterest night. We choose a project, get the supplies needed and meet at someone’s house to work on our projects, eat and help each other. I am almost always the one whose Pinterest project fails. (I wish I had pictures of all my fails to show you. But, there’d be a lot of photos.) I’ve tried many things and they almost always go wrong. I’ve gotten to the point that I just bring food and paint my nails, because I can do that. However, my friends don’t stop inviting me. They’ve stated preparing for my arrival and how they can help me. And when I do fail, I am surrounded by encouragement and some laughter depending on how bad my outcome was.

However, no matter how great these group of women are, they pale in comparison to my friend Jesus Christ. And they know this. They would never assume that I would put them before my Jesus. They’d probably be offended if I did because they would never put me before Jesus either.

Jesus Christ is the full friendship package. He will never fail me. He is always there for me. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” That’s exactly what Christ did for me. He laid His life down so that I might live. If you are searching for a true friend, stop looking around for someone to fill the void and start looking toward Jesus. Work on this relationship first.

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Here is a picture of just a few of my Pinterest gals on a girl’s night out.

 

Encourage one another and build each other up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

My mom has a best friend. She is the kind of person who knows her, the real her, and still loves her.  This friend is what my mom likes to call the other half of her brain.  They cry together and laugh together and share struggles and joys.  There are times when her friend must “talk her off the ledge” and there are times when my mom does the same for her.  The best part is, they are good enough friends that they can tell each other what they do not want to hear.

The truth hurts sometimes but who can make you see it better than a friend who cares for you.  God has given my mom a true blessing putting her friend in her life.  She encourages my mom and builds her up. She is a sister in Christ. If you have someone like that, TAG HER IN THE COMMENTS and thank God for them and let them know how much you care about them.

If you do not, pray that the Lord will bless you with someone who will be there for you and encourage you in the Lord.  This world is hard, but it gets a little easier when you have a good friend.  Go find the other half of your brain!

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Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”

Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…”

Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

I can always hear God better when I am still. Sometimes, when I pray, I get on my knees and put my face to the ground. It looks like a posture of humility, and it is; but, for me it helps me be still. Being on my knees tells everyone in my house that I’m spending time with God and their requests can wait. And with my face to the ground it keeps everything that might try to distract me from my conversation with God out of visual range. In this position, I am able to be still (until I lay down because my legs have fallen asleep). And I have learned that when I am still I can hear that still small voice of God (1 Kings 19:12) much clearer.

How or where do you find you can be still and hear God’s voice much clearer? If you don’t have a place or way of being still, try mine and ask God to speak to you. Be patient and still.

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