This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Stop Watering the Weeds

stop watering the weeds

Just wondering…while getting ready for a challenge…

is getting offended another way to water the weeds?
is it best to move on and “accept the things I cannot change?”

I’ve been told even more frequently lately to “take care of yourself”

is taking care of myself (and you taking care of yourself) a way to water the flowers?

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Go out and Do

Taking a plane flight today to a new adventure…

Go Out and Do

Mid-Week Question: Is Spirituality a 7th sense?

Dear God 5 Senses

A Mid-Week Question to Consider:

Is spirituality a 7th sense? Is gratitude an 8th sense?

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Other Questions to Consider

Throw Paint

Danny Kaye quote

Monday Words for the Soul~August 27

Back to School


Dear God, today I lift up all teachers to you. I pray for your anointing upon their lives, their work, their ministry. I pray you will give them wisdom, knowledge, guidance, patience, love, protection, understanding, insight and everything they need to be a positive life-changing influence upon those they teach. I pray you will keep them safe from all harm and evil. I pray you will bring to their minds the lessons and information they need to teach and the ability and skills to do what is good, right, and best in every situation. I pray that each one will not see their profession and standing as just a job, but as an opportunity to make a difference in lives and show your love to others. May they be salt and light in this world. May they rely on your strength and grace each and every day to accomplish that which you would have them do. Bless them, father, as your servants and children. And may they be a blessing to others with whom they work and teach. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen. A Prayer by Os Hillman for teachers~

Would you pray for a teacher today (and slow down in crosswalks?)

Other posts featuring Os Hillman

A Word from The Sponsor~August 26

Ephesians 2:8

The only One who can truly satisfy the human heart is the One who made it

More Words from The Sponsor

Focus Word: Belong

focus word belongMost of the last few months I’ve wondered where I belong and to whom I belong. I always knew before.

Before.

I thought I belonged to vows of marital belonging. These are said with concrete intentions. They are explicit.

I thought I belonged to contractual-type, implicit vows of occupational belonging.

I thought I belonged to health and nutrition.

When these vows break, unfaithfulness enters, jobs end, malignancy then surgury intrudes, the question blares with Neon insistence, blinking incessantly:
Where do I belong? And to who?

The books of Numbers and Leviticus address in minute detail, over and over, about where people and things belong. Where was I in those passages? I read the question of Boaz asked about Ruth and shuddered that I had no answer for myself. Ruth 2:4-6

“Who does that young woman belong to?”

Have you ever felt the same way?

I took forays and trips to places I thought I might belong, I could belong. Should I belong? There were ascensions to ideas and practices to which I thought would be good to belong.

i must belong somewhere

Slowly, very slowly, I received great comfort in The One power that never changed. Never wavered. Never accused. Never blamed. Never rescinded an offer. Never was unfaithful. Never lied, but offered the embrace of Belongingness. To me, who belonged.

The Belong. In the end, the nurturing came from God’s belonging invitation.

All of this did not fall into place for me in a linear progression. When I write that slowly I received great comfort, it was not the comfort that came slowly but my realization of the comfort.

I am nurtured by The Belongingness that is God. This is not boasting but realizing that what I received has always been there and never left in blaming abandon.

Posts on Belonging: April 29

Bible Verses that spoke to me of Belonging:

Ephesians 1:4 God chose us to belong to Christ before the world was created. He chose us to be holy and without blame in his eyes. He loved us.

Isaiah 44:5 Some will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’

Ezekiel 18:4 For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me

Malachi 2:15 Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit.

Romans 14:8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Hebrews 10:39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

This video: Jason Gray – Remind Me Who I Am

This blog: Grit and Glory

These books: Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.

sometimes right back where you started from is right where you belong

Most of the last few months I’ve wondered where I belong and to whom I belong. I always knew before.

Before.

I thought I belonged to vows of marital belonging. These are said with concrete intentions. They are explicit.

I thought I belonged to contractual-type, implicit vows of occupational belonging.

I thought I belonged to health and nutrition.

When these vows break, unfaithfulness enters, jobs end, cancer intrudes, the question blares with Neon insistence, blinking incessantly:
Where do I belong? And to who?

The books of Numbers and Leviticus address in minute detail, over and over, about where people and things belong. Where was I in those passages? I read the question of Boaz asked about Ruth and shuddered that I had no answer for myself. Ruth 2:4-6 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ruth+2:4-6&version=NIV

“Who does that young woman belong to?”

Have you ever felt the same way?

I took forays and trips to places I thought I might belong, I could belong. Should I belong? There were ascensions to ideas and practices to which I thought would be good to belong.

Slowly, very slowly, I received great comfort in The One power that never changed. Never wavered. Never accused. Never blamed. Never rescinded an offer. Never was unfaithful. Never lied, but offered the embrace of Belongingness. To me, who belonged.

The Belong. In the end, the nurturing came from God’s belonging invitation.

All of this did not fall into place for me in a linear progression. When I write that slowly I received great comfort, it was not the comfort that came slowly but my realization of the comfort.

I am nurtured by The Belongingness that is God. This is not boasting but realizing that what I received has always been there and never left in blaming abandon.

Posts on Belonging: April 29 https://becauseofgrace.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/a-word-from-the-sponsorapril-29/

Bible Verses that spoke to me of Belonging:

God chose us to belongto Christ before the world was created. He chose us to be holy and without blame in his eyes. He loved us.
~Ephesians 1:4 New International Reader’s Version

Isaiah 44:5 Some will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’

Ezekiel 18:4 For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me

Malachi 2:15 Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit.

Romans 14:8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Hebrews 10:39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

This video: Jason Gray – Remind Me Who I Am  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSIVjjY8Ou8&feature=youtu.be

This blog: Grit and Glory http://gritandglory.com/

These books: Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.

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What to BE

What to Be

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Mid-week Question of the Week~Darkness

What unchartered places call to you?
Are you afraid of the dark?

The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. ~ Exodus 20:21

We do not need to fear entering the presence of God even if it means entering through a period of darkness. Above all else we must believe that God is a God of love. If He calls us into darkness in order to enter His presence, then that darkness will become an entry to new levels of relationship with a God who longs for fellowship with you and me. ~Os Hillman

brilliant moon

When you’re confronted by a difficult task, what are the effects of considering it an opportunity for God to stretch your faith? ~Jon Walker

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Previous Questions to Consider
Other thoughts from Os Hillman
Other thoughts from Jon Walker

Image Source: VegaStar Carpentier

A Word from The Sponsor~August 19

…”Everything is all right”…. 2 Kings 4:26

Faith looks at situations through God’s eyes, not the eyes of our limited understanding.
~Os Hillman

book by the sea

Smile by faith when you can’t smile by feelings. You have a future full of hope. Promise. ~Tony Evans

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Additional Words from The Sponsor

This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Stay

Everything is converging. It is very important that you not let your mind wander
off the variety of events happening with all the paths coming together. ~Bev Robinson

sun rays on the path

you cannot travel the path until you become the path

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Additional Weekend Activities

Faith During Life’s Sutures

Faith is not believing in a false promise of prosperity, but in the abiding presence of Christ.

In this life, you’ve got to write it down sometimes to remember what you believe — not just in frosting, but on hearts. We believe that God has got it. All of it. This is not just a theological catch-phrase, but an actual way to habitually remember that there is a King in Heaven who holds all things together — even when life isn’t a piece of cake.

And we repeat it to ourselves, on the hot and cloudless days, and when the diagnoses come, and when we’ve gathered in hospice rooms, and over hospital beds, and in ugly days of wild uncertainty. It’s true: What we say to ourselves, and to one another, can  determine whether we will live imprisoned or free. Because dark days will come. In this world we will have trouble, but what did Jesus say? “Take heart, for I have overcome the world.” ~Jennifer Dukes Lee

Perhaps today is the perfect day to take five and read “When Life Isn’t A Piece of Cake, God Has Still Got ItandFaith, Miracles and Modern-Day Fools” both posts by Jennifer Dukes Lee

 

Monday Words for the Soul~Detours

You may think that taking a detour in life is a waste of time and energy, but you can also see the detour as a means of learning more about who you are and where you are heading in your life. Being off the beaten path may be disorienting and confusing at times, yet it challenges your creative spirit to discover new ways to build a stronger YOU. In the end, it’s usually the tough situations that feel like your tomb that actually become your cocoon. Hang in there. You’re coming out of this stronger and wiser. via: www.marcandangel.com

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A Word from The Sponsor~August 12

1 Peter 5:10

Out of Difficulties Grow Miracles… (one of the miracles is you!)
~1 Peter 5:10

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or
tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not
fail you or forsake you. ~Deuteronomy 31:6

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Additional Words from the Sponsor

This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Grab Spines

Consider a creative break this weekend.

Create a spine poem. Spine poems are word-filled expressions connected by the titles of books as seen on their spines.

Survey your books. Gather them. Arrange them. Express a tiny poem with them.

It’s fun. A mini vacation.

Here is my humble attempt but there are glorious examples at this link and this one.
The second link I found, in splendid synchronicity, is for a spine poetry content at LibraryThing.

Happiness Is
Eternal Echoes
Forward From Here
On the blue shore of silence
The band that played on
Emily and Einstein

Look Homeward, Angel

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Additional Weekend Activities

God never intended

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This is an important issue to understand, because God never intended for you to figure out
the steps of your journey without Him. In truth, how you get on mission and how
you succeed at your mission are God’s responsibilities. Your responsibility is
to seek His guidance and obey His directions. ~Jon Walker

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Additional thoughts by Jon Walker

Monday Words for the Soul~August 6

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and
don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless
immensity of the sea.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Would you like to take a virtual beach walk? Gently Click here

More Words for the Soul

A Word from The Sponsor~August 5

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for Him!” ~
Isaiah. 30:18

Isaiah 30:18

His grace sustains.

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Additional Words from The Sponsor

This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Celebrate Your Story

This Weekend

Remember your story

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This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~Dance

Whether it is a little toe-tappin’, a little swirl, a sway, or a boundless jive, this weekend…Remember

“You make God happy simply by being yourself, just as you are, before Him. Let it
stagger you daily so that you rejoice before Him with praise and dance.” ~Ras Robinson, Fullness on Line

dancing

{You are humming the Charlie Brown song right now, aren’t you?}

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