This Weekend~August 30~Listen for His Voice

Perhaps you have an extra day in your weekend. If not, or if so…pause to listen for His Voice.
How do you know when you hear His Voice?
Perhaps these suggestions will help:

Listen to His Voice

    The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The LORD thunders over the mighty sea. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic. ~Psalm 29:3-4

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Mid-week Question of the Week~August 28

Sometimes doing the most important thing eternally – doesn’t look like you are doing anything noticeably. ~Ann Voskamp in this post

What are you doing?

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Something I need to remember when my to-do list becomes a to-don’t list:

We all are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” ~Ephesians 2:10

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Monday words for the Soul~August 26

Sometimes doing the most important thing eternally – doesn’t look like you are doing anything noticeably. ~Ann Voskamp in this post

christopher robin in the swingToday is the start of school for many…lots of adjectives to fill this day. One adjective to remember, Because of Grace:

You are beloved.

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a word from The Sponsor~August 25

the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:23

Psalm 118:23

Source: Candy Goldie, “I Am The Witness” http://pinterest.com/pin/97320041917919938/

For many folks, this is the last Sunday before school starts.

For many more folks, this is back-to-school time.

Please remember, especially today, that God’s got this.

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Psalm 118:23 featured in this book, Building a Culture of Faith

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For you, if detours are a way of life

It is time for you to read this short blog passage.

If life has not turned liked you were certain it should

or thought it would

earnestly prayed it might.

It is time for you to read this.

And, then, would you leave a comment?

Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley.

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a word from The Sponsor~August 18

God paid a ransom to save you…and the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. ~ 1 Peter 1:18-19, NLT

1 Peter 1:18

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This Weekend~Do Something Small

do small things with great love

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Mid week question of the week~Unanswered Questions

Can you carry within yourself an unanswered question?

As a young girl, locking up the church building with my dad gave me time to ask him important questions.

“Important questions” such as what was the use of having more than one pair of uncomfortable shiny, patent-leather Mary Jane shoes. Or why Mr. So-and-So was such a know-it-all?

Usually, Dad was circumspect and diplomatic, but my second question must have reminded him of a few grouchy curmudgeons because he said, “Well, darlin’ it sure does seem as if he has no unanswered questions.”

My memory of these conversations was spurred when I read Jennifer Dukes Lee’s post, “When Waiting is Hard.” In this post Lee describes a patient, worshipful believer-in-waiting as one who espouses Elisabeth Elliott belief that waiting on God is a “willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question.

Can you carry within your heart an unanswered question?

an unanswered question

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Monday Words for the Soul~August 12

let God's forgiveness in

I’ve been having some push back with the concept of “forgiving myself.” It felt oddly out of order and slightly arrogant. You see, I think only God has the power to forgive me. Surely I can forgive others and I should do this before resentment sets in… but for my sins, it is only in God’s power to forgive.

“The Bible says that when God forgives us, He ‘remembers our sins no more'” (Jeremiah 31:34).              ~S. Michael Houdmann

If I do not accept God’s forgiveness, have I put myself in God’s position? Have I chosen to wallow in my guilt and shame instead of accept His gift of forgiveness?

“It seems such good advice doesn’t it, ‘You just have to forgive yourself and move on, have a fresh start’.
Who says it is up to us to do this anyway? Never once can it be found in scripture that this is ours to do, yet it is a persistent belief. It is God’s right to say how we have messed up, he is the one who is the perfect standard and measures us by himself, only he knows just how much we miss that standard.
If he is willing to see that Jesus paid for our selfishness, meanness, laziness, etc. and consequently to declare us absolutely not guilty, it seems arrogant to say ‘that isn’t good enough’ and to believe only forgiving ourselves will satisfy and set us free.” ~Hazel Flood in this post

 

Since I love the sentiment expressed in the picture above, perhaps my semantic self will replace “forgive yourself” with “Accept God’s forgiveness.”

Always in receipt of His grace …

a word from The Sponsor~August 11

Colossians 3:15

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Additional words from The Sponsor

a word from The Sponsor~August 4

Now you have something to hope for.
I am telling you now,
I am coming back to you. ~ Zechariah 9:12

Zechariah 9:12

The translation of this verse in The Voice uses the phrase, “Hostages of Hope.”

Return to your walled cities, safe and secure,
O hostages of hope.
I announce today that I will restore to you twice as much as what was taken.
Zechariah 9:12

Are you a hostage of hope?

This Weekend~Throw a Party

To love myself through the challenges that came when I didn’t know how to move through what felt like cement walls. When we take shame out of the equation, getting back up and adjusting our path takes on an ease we never knew before. We don’t have to be embarrassed. We can just do different next time. … Failure isn’t always so bad. There are things I am happy to have failed at: Hiding. Playing small. Staying stuck. Being alone. Feeling lonely. Feeling uninspired. If I can celebrate those then I can celebrate them all.” ~Jo Anna Rothman

Read More here: Throw a Party for Failure

Wholehearted Living~Maria Mitchell

Maria Mitchell would have been 195 years old today. Or we might have announced at the church social that she was “195 years young.”

Any recognition for Maria would most definitely have to have been at night, since that is when she did her best work.

Maria was the first professional woman astronomer. A rare accomplishment in Puritan Massachusetts.  Maria Mitchell was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1818. She was the third child of 10 born and she was taught at first by her father but then she intrinsically motivated herself with further studies. Google’s logo today honors Maria Mitchell.

Maria Mitchell at the telescope

There is a quote attributed to motivational speaker Les Brown that advises ““Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Maria did this very thing, a very rare thing for the times, and maybe even today too.

Using a telescope in 1847, she was the first to discover a comet, now known today as comet C/1847 T1.

Mitchell was also the first woman admitted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As a faculty member at Vassar College, she taught astronomy. There is a crater on the moon named for Maria Mitchell.

And she must have felt God’s grace. Like the stars, her life reflected praise.

She said, “Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.”

When you look at the night sky tonight, remember to whisper a Happy Birthday wish to Maria Mitchell.

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Read more about Maria Mitchell at the Writer’s Almanac

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