five minute friday: hide

by admin on April 24, 2015

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You know where to find me on Friday mornings! Over at Kate’s, nursing a mug of coffee, and doing a quick assessment of today’s word prompt. I try not to over-think it – I’ve been known to kick a few dead horses in my day –  in fact, this morning I saw the word HIDE but for some reason it registered REST in my brain. Yes, weird – but hey, I never claimed to be “all together!” Let’s get on with it…HIDE

Timer is set. 5 minutes begin NOW.

I can trust you, right? If I tell you something I’m not exactly proud of, you’ll keep it to yourself, yes? Then, good, because I am going to share with you the day I hid…

from myself.

FMF HIDE

It all happened about 20 or so years ago. My hubs and I had a rip-roaring fight. Words were exploding. Emotions flailing. IT WAS UGLY. I was so angry I had lost control – seriously. Remember, this is between you and me.

Suddenly during this discussion rampage, Holy Spirit shot an arrow through me. I ran upstairs into my craft room, slammed the door, and hid. I got down on the floor and cried out to the Lord, If You don’t do something IN me right now, I’m not sure what I am capable of doing. Just like Jacob, the Lord and I wrestled. On the floor. In hiding. I’m not sure how long I laid there but I can tell you this, I left that room a different person.

In my hiding, The Comforter came.

He always does.

xo

(finished with time to spare – )

 

 

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turning hearts

by admin on April 22, 2015

Don’t ever believe the lie that the Bible is boring and irrelevant for today. No matter how often I read it I remain amazed at the relevancy of it even in 2015! This morning I was reading in Ezra. Ezra was a priest, a scribe and expert in the words of the Lord’s commandments (Ezra 7.11). It is fairly safe to presume Ezra wrote the Old Testament account bearing his name – he documents the return to Jerusalem covering 120 years, including the end of captivity in Babylon, in two segments. The first being chapters 1 – 6 of the book. These chapters tell the story of the rebuilding of the Temple, and chapters 7 – 10 recount Ezra’s actual return to the City.  It is chapter six that got my attention this morning!

The Temple was near completion and  in Assyria, King Darius ordered a search for a document that outlined what exactly was to be done with the Temple treasures, which were taken into captivity the same time the people were taken out of Jerusalem and into Babylon. That particular scroll was found (read about it here) and every minute detail was carried out with diligence, under a death threat from Darius to anyone who would hinder it.

Ah! Their Temple was now complete – even the articles of the house of God were restored. The returned exiles celebrated The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy!

It is verse 22 that causes me great excitement!

The LORD made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

How do we apply that to our “right now?”

Yes, times have changed – but God has not. Have you been told by someone in authority that you can’t have that job? You can’t go to that school? You don’t qualify for that mortgage or lease?  I am here to remind us that God holds the heart and mind of the king (the authority) and He can turn it however He wants it to go. God can take no’s and turn them into yes’es – I’ve seen it happen. I’ve witnessed the change in a person’s decision – nothing can thwart God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will. Absolutely nothing. Don’t be shy with God. Be bold and brave. Go out on a limb. He will be there to catch you – the beauty of this? When we ask, in faith and trust, He is not going to give us something not-good for us. Remember, He sees the beginning from the end and all the in-between stuff. God is a game-changer.

He holds and turns hearts.

I thought perhaps we could all use a reminder!

xo

Linking today with:

Three Word Wednesday

Coffee for your Heart

Women with Intention Wednesday

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chicken fried rice

April 21, 2015




Tweet Email My blogging friend, Amanda Simkin, blogs over at Queen of the Land of Twigs ‘n’ Berries – she is a Mommy blogger in Chicago and her posts are always informative and entertaining. She posted ten recipes (here) a few weeks ago using one of my faves, rotisserie chicken – one of the recipes […]

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sonday blessing

April 19, 2015




Tweet Email   Have a blessed Sonday! xo

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five minute friday: tomorrow

April 17, 2015




Tweet Email   I’m reminded of the worship song “Pour Out My Heart” as I open another new post for Five Minute Friday over at Kate Motaung’s… ♫ Here I am once again ♫ I pour out my heart ♫ for I know that You hear ♫ every cry You are listening ♫ no matter […]

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make the connection

April 15, 2015




Tweet Email In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And He [God] who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with […]

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hummus among’us!

April 14, 2015




Tweet Email Therese Moma, this one’s for you! Red Pepper Hummus Makes 3-1/2 cups; prep time: 10 minutes 2 (15 oz) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup jarred roasted red bell peppers, drained 1/2 cup Tahini 1/4 cup water 2 T. olive oil 1-1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. ground cumin […]

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breaking the bread – guest post

April 13, 2015




Tweet Email Hope | Heart | Home welcomes Hannah, our 18-year old granddaughter, to the writer’s desk.  Oft times on Sonday afternoon, Hannah emails a “Sunday Writing” to me after being inspired or moved by the message at The Cove Church, Mooresville NC. Yesterday was such a moment. Unbeknownst to Hannah, I wrote about Cleopas […]

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five minute friday: relief

April 10, 2015




Tweet Email The writers have converged over at Kate’s and created masterful essays on this week’s one-word prompt, which happens to be RELIEF. When I saw the word the very first thing that popped in this 60-something brain was… Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is! Many of you are too young […]

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the emmaus road

April 8, 2015




Tweet Email What I love about Doctor Luke is that he always finds off-the-beaten-path stories to write about. Mark mentions this story but only slightly in Mark 16.12-13, whereas Luke gives a lot more detail here.  (Sidenote: Did you realize that Luke was the only Gentile inspired to write a Gospel account of Jesus? And, […]

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