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Write 31 Days of Coffee and Amazing Moments

30 Sep

 

 

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The countdown has begun for the 31 day write project.  Crystal Stine is leading this years 31-days write.  When I think about writing for 31 days this year it is a bit overwhelming and picking a subject well how do I do that again?  The last two years I’ve blogged about Fall.  Yes, I love Fall, but can I really write for 31 days again about Fall?  I think NOT, but I can write some about the amazing days of Fall.

I am really questioning this decision because who really wants to read my posts for 31 days, much less see 31 emails from me this month.  Really, it is hard to get one post done a week much less seven, and in this hectic life I am going to try but………….

It all starts this Saturday.  Really, Saturday is October 1.  How did that happen?  Starting this Saturday I’ll be writing AGAIN for hopefully 31 days and I’ll be choosing free writes and see how much I can write about coffee and all that is amazing in my life.

 

You can join us here.  Click to join Crystal and the gang or scroll on down and join me in Five-Minute Free Writes here:

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Join us here in some free-writes – a whole lot of thingys to write about.  Learn more here:

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Day 1 – God Painted The Skies For My Walk This Morning

Day 2 – God Paints Masterpieces

Day 3 – Wardrobe, Baby Cribs/Beds, Infant Items – Ideas/Necessities?

Day 4 – Brew – Jehovah, Java and Tea

Day 5- Silence

Day 6 – You Living Life Fully and Abundantly

Day 7 – Tests Into Testimonies

Day 8 – Sometimes Life Seems Like A Muddled Mess

Day 9 – Post-It Sticky Notes to Self and My Man

Day 10 – Unknown Twins Revealed

Day 11 – Thanks and Reveal of our Fifth Grand Baby

Day 12 – Sky

Day 13 – Aware of Amazing Moments

Day – 14 – We’ve Got Mail

Day 15 – Moving Forward Into The Seasons of Life

Day 16 – Finding Joy In The Little Things – 100 Little Things

Day 17 – Bible Studies I Love

Day 18 – Neighborhood Coffee/Tea, Be A Gift To Your Neighbors

Day 19 – He Notices Me – El Roi

Day 20 -Weekend

Day 21 – Park

Day 22 – 66 Ways God Loves You {Giveaway}

Day 23 – Blowout – What To Do

Day 24 – Simple Ways to Share God’s Love and Locally

Day 25 – Sign

Day 26 – Confronting Trials

Day 27 – Bouquet

Day 28 – Eat

Day 29 – Yes – Yes Today

 

 

 

Day 30 – Cut Salads

Day 31 – If Only I Could Give Away A Copy to Each of You

 

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Uninvited Bible Study Notes – Chapters 4 and 5, Conversation Starters and Blessing Others

26 Sep

Week 2 of this study and each chapter gets better.  To think before I started this study I did not think any of it would be applicable to me, but I should have known better.  I have yet to do a Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study and it not punch me some place.

Chapter 4 – Alone in a Crowded Room

Have you ever walked in a crowded room and felt alone?  I have and it takes a whole lot of Jesus to get me through.

Lysa reminded us the problem is not the people in the crowded room, and that we need to prepare in advance with a fullness from God, and that we have to respect ourselves so that we can be able to break our pattern of unlacing unrealistic expectations on others.  Ouch!  Why do I place those expectations on others?  How do I prepare in advance?  This was an eye opener for me as she shared the secret shift we have to make and that is:

“Do I walk into situations prepared with the fullness of God in me, free to look for ways to bless others?”

Or…….

Do I walk into situations empty and dependent on others to look for ways to bless me?”

I have been guilty of walking into a room and expecting others to seek me out.  I am an introvert, and it is hard for me to start a conversation. Here are some ways you and I can start a conversation at an event:

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I’m printing out a smaller version of this and tucking it in my wallet until I get them imprinted in my mind.

Share some ways you start a conversation.  I would love to hear your ideas.

Lysa shared Paul’s prayer to the Ephesians about the fullness of God in Ephesians 3:14-19:

Oh that when we walk in a room of people that we might grasp that fullness of our Lord so that we might bless others.

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Chapter 5 – Hello My Name Is Trust Issues

One of my favorite take aways from this chapter was that “the peace of our souls does not rise and fall with unpredictable people or situations.  Our feelings will shift, of course. People do affect us.  But the peace of our souls is tethered to all that God is.”

Here are the notes from Chapters 1 through 2.

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FIVE – Yes FIVE Grandchildren

23 Sep

 

i-prayed-for-this-child-and-the-lord-has-granted-what-i-asked-of-himWhat a fun prompt today at Kate Motaung’s Five-Minute Friday!!  I thought what am I going to write about with today’s prompt.  Well, we will be welcoming three new grandchildren next March.  Say WHAT?  We will have five ages three and two and three the same age.

I don’t even have to write any further because I shared all about it earlier this week in this post  “We’re Expecting More Grandchildren Soon“.  Grandchildren have not come easy for us.  Children did not come easy for us either with miscarriages, toxemia, two breach babies – one of which was nine weeks early.  I wrote about my Trust Fund babies here.

YES, we’ve prayed just like Hannah did and God is granting our requests.  I’ve prayed He would bless us just as He did Abraham with future generations just like the stars in the sky.

Trying to think of something funny to go with my five.  I’m calling the three due in March triplets – even though they are a set of twins and one.  What’s something cute I could use with Five?  Any thoughts?

So there you go #FMF friends the latest about how God has blessed our family even when there was no hope with my children’s miscarriages, infertility and disease.

 

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Uninvited Bible Study Notes- Chapters 1-3

20 Sep

Uninvited Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa Terkeurst

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We all experience rejections, insecurities and fears.

When I first read the title, as always with these studies, I thought I don’t remember ever feeling uninvited, but as I really sit down and began to dive into this book in these first three chapters I can see where I have felt less than, left out and even lonely during my sixty plus years. If we are honest and ponder back we can see how those lies have impacted us from school years into the golden years.

Chapter 1 –  I’d Rather Ignore Honesty

“Come out, come out, wherever you are” – Those were some of Lysa’s first words in chapter 1 reminding us that “honesty wants to speak to the least tidy version of the woman I’ve become.”  I’ll never play hide and seek with my grandsons again and not remember those words.  We try to make things seem better than they actually are.

In becoming honest with ourselves she reminds us that “no matter how saved, sanctified, mature, and free we are, there are misalignments embedded in our souls.”

In Chapter 1, Lysa talks about lines of rejection.  Lines of rejection can be lines that have stayed with us from childhood, from the school years, dating years, marriage years and even all those career years.  Can you remember a time you were rejected by someone in school or even bullied?  Can you remember things that your parents did at a tender age?  These can be simple things that we take personally like unkind or hurtful words, or they can be staggering things like Lysa shared where a parent left and made you feel rejected.  Perhaps a marriage has failed, or a spouse has had an affair and you still carry lines of rejection or thoughts of rejection whispering to you, and you find yourself agreeing with those lies.  How about being laid off or fired from a job?  Lines of lies that linger and linger and begin to define who we are NOT.

Lisa told us to really sit quietly with the Lord and ask what are some of the statements that are still affecting you?  She told us to write just one down and watch how that lie has become a label that sticks with us.  They becomes lies, then labels, then liabilities in our future relationships.  These labels can make us become suspicious of everyone else.

One of my favorite quotes from this chapter was when Lysa was at the airport, had forgotten her luggage and she said, “I’m just such an idiot.  I invite so much unnecessary drama and complication in my life, because my pace and my brain aren’t in sync.  I mean, seriously, what is wrong with my brain?!”  The luggage man then extended his arm, held up his hand and said, “Not in my presence will you talk about yourself this way.  Absolutely not.”  That’s one statement I needed to hear because I’ve called myself stupid so many times, or a failure – failure as a Mom, failure as a housekeeper, failure as a wife – failure, failure, failure.  I remember the last time I did that my husband reminded me I am not now nor ever have been a failure. I can imagine my Father looking down at me and saying “Not in my presence will you talk about yourself this way.  Absolutely not.”  I don’t think I’ll ever call myself a failure again.

I am not a gossiper.  I can keep a truth if you ask me to, but I have talked about me in ways that I would not knowingly let another person talk to me that way.  Lysa calls it “self-rejection.”  “Not in my presence will you talk about yourself this way.  Absolutely not.”

“Rejection steals the best of who I am by reinforcing the worst of what’s been said to me.” That’s a truth reminding us of the nagging feelings we can have when we are rejected – not invited – lines said to us – all those whatevers it is that have caused deep hurts in deep places in your heart.  We forget God is telling us we are good and we are ALWAYS loved.   Have you ever not been invited?  I know I have, but honestly it doesn’t bother me now.  I hope I’ve never made anyone feel that way.  Have you ever invited someone to something, and they called at the last minute and could not come?  Ever felt a pang of rejection?

Chapter 2 – Three Questions We Must Consider

In this chapter we learned about anchors, and not the anchor that my son throws to anchor his boat, but rather things of this world and how they are incapable of being anchors.

Lysa reminded us that “the beliefs we hold should hold us up even when life feels like it’s falling apart.”  That’s a sentence I believe every single one of us can cling to today and every day.  The beliefs we hold should be an anchor that grounds us when we are shaken to the core, and believe me I have been, and I bet you have to.  God’s goodness is not based on how we feel, but rather His truth, and we have to be aligned with His truths in order to be anchored.

So what were the three questions Lysa shared?

  1. Is God good?
  2. Is God good to me?
  3. Do I trust God to be God?

THINGS of this world can not be our anchors.  Our anchor is Jesus Christ.  Our identities must be in Him.  We are His.  Lysa reminded us that “what consumes my thinking will be the making or the breaking of my identity.”  Oh that stinkin’ thinking.  You know you’ve done it.  We need to STOP it.

“NO PERSON’S REJECTION CAN EVER EXEMPT ME FROM GOD’S LOVE FOR ME.  PERIOD.  NO QUESTION MARK.”  Lysa TerKeurst

CHAPTER 3 – There’s a Lady at The Gym Who Hates Me

This chapter got me.   Not that a lady in the gym hates me, but the way I can assign thoughts to others that they are not even thinking.  Have you found yourself doing that?  I have, but I’ve gotten better at it.  I could so used to think I knew exactly what my husband was thinking, and bless his heart he didn’t have a clue and you know what nor did I.  Lysa says, “we own a rejection from them they never gave me.”

Lysa had a perceived rejection with a lady at the gym, and she thought she knew what that lady was thinking.

Don’t do it.  Don’t let your mind even wander there.  You don’t know what another person is thinking.  Satan is putting lies in your headWe need to remember to “Lived loved” as Lysa called it.  She reminded us some days she just does not feel it.  Honestly, don’t we all have days like that.  She called it “life karate chops” that come and someone smirks at us we don’t feel loved but we have to tell ourselves we aren’t picking up that negative vibe because we are loved and we need to feel loved and live loved.

I loved the verse she shared.  How many times have I read this?  Only God knows, but it never made the impact it did this week.  This is the kind of emotional stability that Lysa wants no matter who might reject us today:

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It’s never too late to join.  I love Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies.  Check it out right here.

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We’re Expecting MORE Grandchildren soon

17 Sep

Say WHAT!  We are expecting MORE grandchildren.  YES, it’s TRUE.

What a story God is writing in our family.  This precious little boy is my grandson, Colt and he is holding two pictures which are twins.   My son, daughter-in-love and grandson, Colt and all of us are anxiously awaiting next March.  If this isn’t a big enough story, God added a sequel and that is  our daughter is also expecting a baby in March.

We are so stinkin’ excited.  So, so many prayers, some heart-break and tears this past year, and now THIS!  God’s plan is perfect.

My daughter-in-love wrote the below blog about their journey to have more children.  Colt was born with a rare skin disease which prevented them from having another baby.  Their journey has been a lot  of heartbreak for us, and now a whole lot of JOY!

If you know someone who is walking through infertility,  or is carrying a rare genetic disorder and cannot have children there is HOPE!

Read and be BLESSED!

My husband and I met online in the summer of 2008. While we were busy “cyber-smooching” (as his dad liked to call it), God was busy creating two of our future children for us—literally. (Mind. Blown.) Here’s how it all went down: In the summer of 2008 (while my husband and I were first getting […]

via God’s plan for our clan — Frozen love

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