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Archive for January, 2012

Spring Fever

Today I needed a touch of spring.

spring fever

is it too early for spring fever?

I don’t think so

so I bought these lovely tulips

a good reminder that spring is coming

a reminder that there is hope

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such a little word that holds such a big promise

the promise of forgiveness

the promise of heaven

the promise of being with Jesus forever

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some say that hope floats

i suppose that’s true

when i think about the hope we have in Christ

it keeps me from being totally overwhelmed with life

my head is still above the water (even though I’m paddling furiously underneath)

because the hope Jesus offers is my life preserver

Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5

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i find that i’m drawn more to the picture painted in Hebrews 6:19:

“we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

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when something shakes our world and turns it upside down

hope is that anchor that steadies us

it  calms our soul

it keeps us grounded

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and best of all  . . .

” . . .  hope does not disappoint us,

because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” 

Romans 5:5

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like the first crocus holds the promise that spring isn’t far off

Jesus holds the promise of hope

reach out

and share it with someone who needs it

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if that person is you

i’m praying for you

4. the first flowers of spring

5. tulips in the middle of winter

6. days getting longer

7. 50 degree days in January

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Shabby Boots

what is it about these boots that makes me love them so much?

they’re shabby

scuffed up

and so comfortable

something about these boots makes me feel good when i wear them

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but i have to admit that i feel a little embarrassed when i wear them in public

sometimes i wish i hadn’t worn them

i wonder what people think about them

about me

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i guess my shabby boots say alot about me

i’m far from perfect

i fall short of God’s expectations all the time

even when i think i’m doing good . . .

“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” Romans 7:18

yep, that’s me

it’s all shabbiness compared to Jesus’ perfect life

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i’m so thankful that God doesn’t judge me by what i wear or what i do

he looks past my imperfections

forgives my sinful heart

and loves me for who i am in Christ

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redeemed

forgiven

his child

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 God’s endless mercy and amazing grace covers me

 like a fresh blanket of snow

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so i’ll keep wearing these shabby boots

striving to walk in his footsteps.

things i’m thankful for:

1. a fresh blanket of snow

2. shabby boots

3. perfect footsteps to follow

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Letting Go

Sometimes when we hold on to something too tight,

we miss seeing the beauty of being free.

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I took my daughter to college last fall.

She was ready –

I wasn’t.

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I wanted to hold on to her,

like she used to hold on to me when she was little.

I tried really hard not to cry

but it’s hard to let go

it’s hard to see things change

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But through my tears, I could see her

Spreading her wings

Flying

Free

It was beautiful

I would have missed that if I had held onto her too tight

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I’m also learning to let go of my dreams

 

Dreams are good,

but sometimes I forget to consider God’s will for my life

Trying too hard to blaze my own path

I forget to take God’s hand

And let him lead me

Down the path that he has made

Just for me

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What are you holding on to?

the past?

a grudge?

control?

guilt?

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It may be holding you back

keeping you from the special things God has planned for you

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Maybe it’s time to let go

You can do it

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God will give you the strength to do

What you think you can’t

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He has a plan – a special one just for you

He wants you to be free

So take his hand

 

It’s time

To be free

To fly

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Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate] the Lord’s glory,

are being transformed into his image

with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  

– 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

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Artwork

Isn’t God’s artwork beautiful?

a summer sunset

the delicate petals of a flower

the painted wings of a butterfly

and . . .

you, sweet friend. . .

no matter what you think of yourself

your creator loves you

he is working something beautiful in you

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healing the scars

covering your mistakes

& feelings of inadequacy

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weaving all the pieces of your not-so-perfect life

with his perfect artistic eye

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and making you a

beautiful masterpiece!

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He who began a good work in you, will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 1:6

Live today knowing you are

God’s work of art.

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A Line in the Sand

Starting something new begins with leaving the old

sometimes that’s not easy –

sometimes it’s hard

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

See I am doing a new thing!

Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

Isaiah 43:18-19

 

God tells us not to dwell on the past

It’s like drawing a line in the sand and

leaving behind the past –

leave behind the attitude

the pride

the control

the mistakes

be determined to step forward

over that line

Standing at the brink of a new year can be exciting for some

 What will the new year bring?

What possibilities lay ahead?

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For others, standing on the brink of something new

can make us feel uneasy;

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Perhaps you hesitate

Perhaps you are afraid

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But you are not alone

God is right there

He will not leave you

 

Go ahead

Take that first step

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Leave the past behind

Don’t look back

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Keep your eyes on Jesus

Trust him

“I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut”

Revelation 3:8

Happy New Year, brave girl.

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Happy New Year!

Something new for the new year!

I’m so excited about sharing little notes of God’s grace with you.

I pray you find them refreshing, meaningful, and encouraging.

I also pray that you will be moved to share these grace notes with others, and respond with comments so we all can learn, grow, and be enheartened together.

Here’s an encouraging word to start off the new year:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;

the old has gone, the new has come!” 

2 Corinthians 5:17

Happy New Year!

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