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i went back home this past weekend

although i didn’t make it up this time, one of my favorite places to stop is the tower

this observation tower overlooks the small town where i grew up

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climbing to the top is somewhat of a workout

but well worth it when you finally reach the top

and you see the incredible view

ok, maybe not the best picture, and obviously not taken in February, but trust me, the view is beautiful

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seeing things from up so high is such a different perspective

everything looks so small and insignificant

so different from seeing things at ground level

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it’s easy to get wrapped up in the day to day busyness of life

getting lost in the have-to’s of the day

rushing through the list of urgent to-do’s

and not quite getting to the important  things

sometimes we just need to step back from our busy lives and look at it with new eyes

from a new perspective

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what are those important things?

how about:

what kind of friend am I

what kind of sister am I

what kind of spouse am I

what kind of mom

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am I using my gifts to bless others

am I making time for myself

am I making time for my Savior

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

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take some time to be by yourself

step back and see the important things

pray about them

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“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”      Mark 1:35

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do something this week to change your perspective

blessings cont. 

15. girls’ getaway weekend

16. visiting my hometown

17. time spent with the wonderful women in my family

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love letters ~ part one

don’t you just love getting letters?

they make me feel so special

especially in this age of texting and emails

handwritten letters have become a lost art

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today, being valentine’s day, reminds me of love letters

and my favorite love letter of all is one that we each have received

yet it seems so personal – like it was written just for me

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it’s the love letter from our loving God which was written ages ago, and yet it speaks to my heart today

like it was written just for me

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all those beautiful words that he uses to tell me how much he loves me

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 He is jealous for me

he wants my whole heart

because he loves me with all of his

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, 
   so great is his love for those who fear him; Psalm 103:11

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his love for me is so strong and powerful

 like a hurricane

flooding me with waves of grace and mercy

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Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; 
for love is as strong as death, 
   its jealousy unyielding as the grave. 
It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. –  Song of Songs 8:6

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his love for me runs so deep

so deep that he willingly gave his life for me

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

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he loves you SO much, too

he loves you just as you are

only his love can fill all the empty places in your heart

only his love is everlasting

and never fails

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39 

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revel in his great love for you today

happy valentine’s day

blessings (cont)

11. handmade valentines

12. conversation hearts

13. loveliness in everyday things

14. hearts in nature

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Take a Load Off

i had the chance to sneak away over the weekend for a couple hours. i went to my favorite antique store

it’s an old building, the floor creaks, and it smells a little musty

but I love to poke around and discover treasures that will find their way home with me

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i especially like to think about the stories behind all these old things

when i saw some old suitcases, i wondered who had carried them

what did they put in them

where did they travel to

i imagine a young girl off to visit her grandmother barely managing but insistent on carrying her own heavy suitcase

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sometimes i carry around too much

going  from day to day, not taking the time to unload most of it

stubbornly thinking that i can manage it all by myself

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raising teenagers

the never-ending financial worries

things going on at work

things going on at home

even the burdens of others that i willingly take on

and then add my favorite question of the day – “what’s for supper?”

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maybe you are raising toddlers

or worrying about something you have no control over

perhaps it’s the responsibility of carrying for a loved one who can no longer care for themselves

or maybe it’s words that you said that you wish you could take back

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worry

guilt

the past

juggling, balancing, and carrying all that stuff around gets to be too much

it’s stressful, and it can  be unhealthy

it can be tiring

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and then i hear Jesus say “come”

“Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

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“come”

it’s a command

it’s an invitation

Jesus wants us to go to him and give it all to him

all of it

he welcomes it

sometimes he carries it for us and we don’t have to worry about it anymore

and sometimes he helps us carry it

 he’s always there – all the time – 24/7

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rest

close your eyes

take a deep breath

whisper a prayer

imagine Jesus with his arms open wide

he is there for us and he offers rest & peace

isn’t it a relief to know that we don’t have to do this alone?

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so girls, let’s rest

rest in Jesus a little more this week

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My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:1-2

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do you find yourself putting things in that overstuffed suitcase?

I’d love to hear from you so we can pray & encourage each other to leave it with Jesus and find rest

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8. an afternoon antiquing

9. a good night’s sleep

10. traveling light

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