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Monday, March 2, 2015

Primed For Praise

What a time we had at Christ The King Church yesterday.  Amazing worship...I was so happy to be back into full voice, it's been a long time. When we entered into the building, everyone was primed to enter into the presence of God.  When the Communion service started, it was like water to my thirsty soul.  There truly isn't anything like being in the presence of God.  

The Ice Storm

The fellowship after was the icing on the cake.  Sure, it was messy outside but the warmth of love inside was pure joy.  It was so good to see everyone helping clean up after the meal.  Marvin Jackson said that the traffic jam to the sink was worse than the beltway in Baltimore.  

Ice is beautiful and dangerous.

Let me encourage you today, if you don't have a local church, find one.  You will find strength there.  It's more than just a building, it's a community.  TV preachers and bible study books are good but there is something about walking into a place, knowing that you belong there, knowing that you are a part of that house (God's house and family), they know you and love you anyway.  You can't get that from books and TV.  

Bo and I on our way to church Sunday Morning.
We were sending kisses to Kelcie (our baby girl) in Ireland. 

That is what CTK is for me.  We love God and people. We encourage one another, we recognize that we are all flawed and we love each others flaws.  Truthfully, what some see as flaws we see as strengths. We are crazy that way.  The more flaws, the more we love you.  That's why they love me so much...lol.
  
Grammy and Baby Bo getting some loves between the
Communion service and Worship service.

I love my church and all who walk through those doors.  I hope you feel the same about yours.  

Our "Giving Church Banks" that the preschoolers and
babies made in nursery.
Teaching them about LENT and giving of yourself.
They are a part no matter the age.  

Friday, February 27, 2015

AHHHH, The Face Of LOVE

I started out writing today about being lonely, feeling rejected...things that cause depression and hurts.  I have been journaling some about it and this morning, I even put them on my blog but quickly deleted them. To tell the truth, I don't want to start my weekend off with gloomy words.  Now, to be honest, the journal post did end with praise to the LORD for His provision and love. But, I wanted to leave you with some things that will make you smile.  

Throughout the week, we are surrounded by things that can depress us or bog down our spirits.  Instead of telling you how much God loves you today, I want to show you the face of Love...


Grammy and Henry

Pop and Henry


Henry and Parker


Parker

Lukie (standing) and Bo

Lukie

Baby Bo

These amazing faces always make me smile.  As we welcome in the month of March, I am reminded of school time, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb".  I am looking forward to some spring like days mixed in with the last of the winter days.  

Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Flip Side Of The Coin


A gift from my niece that I have hanging in my office.

While I was getting dressed yesterday, ready for my hair appointment that will take the gray away, I started thinking about how we see ourselves.  I am not talking about the outer self but how we see ourselves as a whole.  

Most of us look at ourselves everyday in the mirror. We see our outward flaws, our imperfections or you may see your outward beauty, your complexion perfection.  But when you think about yourself beyond what is visible, in the hidden parts of your heart and soul, what do you see?


Only you and God know, truly know all your thoughts and desires.  Only you and God know all the hidden hurts, shame, sin...etc.  

This is what I started writing down in the few seconds I had yesterday morning and kept writing down this morning.

We are not our sin
We are not our pain
We are not our short comings
We are not our habits
We are not our mistakes
We are not our insecurities
We are not our shame
We are not our want
We are not our need
We are not our shattered dream
We are not our past
We are not our curse
We are not our hurts
We are not discarded
We are not forgotten
We are not alone

In turn there has to be a flip side to this coin of who we are not, telling us who we are.  

We are forgiven
We are healed
We are complete
We are renewed
We are rich
We are strong
We are the future
We are a promise
We are full
We are restored
We are beautiful
We are joy
We are fearless
We are loved
We are BRAVE


How do we flip the coin from focusing on who we think we are to who God says we are?  How do we train our minds to think this way?  We have to fill it with the good and starve the bad.  

Philippians 4:8The Message (MSG)

8-9 Summing it all up, friends, 
I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds 
and meditating on things 
true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, 
gracious
—the best, not the worst; 
the beautiful, not the ugly; 
things to praise, not things to curse. 
Put into practice what you learned from me, 
what you heard and saw and realized. 
Do that, and God, 
who makes everything work together, 
will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Henry was saying KACK KACK KACK
(quack quack quack)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Short and Sweet

I cannot write a whole lot today because my mind is full of stuff that my writing just seems to be getting all mixed up.  Too many thoughts, I just need to let them settle before I start talking in circles and we all become confused...lol.  

Don't know where I found this but I love it.

I will share this scripture with you and I will get on with my day and let you do the same.

"...For the LORD your God 
will be with you wherever you go."
-Joshua 1:9b

Don't be afraid...when you are connected to Him, He will give you peace.  

Okay, here's one more that I love.

"Wait patiently for the LORD.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the LORD."
-Psalms 27:14 NLT

When I am fearful, He makes me BRAVE.  When I can't see around the corner, He sees it all!  

I hope you have a wonderful day, knowing that Jesus loves you.
I do think it would be easier if I were at the beach...lol

Friday, February 20, 2015

Something Is Happening



The more I seek you
The more I find you
The more I find you
The more I love you

I love this song.  Every time I sing it, I feel like I am looking at the face of Jesus.  

I wanna sit at your feet
Drink from the cup in your hand
Lay back against you and breathe
Feel your heartbeat
This love is so deep
It's more than I can stand
I melt in your peace
It's overwhelming

Happy 1st Birthday Landon!!
It reminds me of being a little girl, sitting on my Daddy's lap and listening to his heartbeat.  Counting the beats, finding the rhythm.  When I was hurt, running into the peace giving arms of my Mom or Dad, I feel that when I sing this song.  


There are so many who are looking for someone or something to fill the empty spots in their souls.  They are searching, seeking, yearning for a moment of joy, peace, fulfillment.  

Jeremiah 29:13..."And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."

Matthew 7:7..."Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.  Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you."

Look for Him in the moments when you feel alone, seek out His presence.  How?  Through praise, prayer and the WORD.  You have the tools you need for this Joy.  The Joy of the LORD is your strength. 


We have all been stuck inside since December because of the super cold weather.  Everyday seems to get a little colder.  Winter time looks bleak and everything looks dead or close to death.  But what we cannot see is that life is happening all around us. Under the ground, things are happening.  Regrowth is ignited.  New birth is forming.  Before we know it, we will see the buds on the trees, crocus shoots out of the ground, the sun will shine brighter and will feel warmer.  What gets us through the winter...THE HOPE OF SPRING!!  


As you seek something that will give you joy, something to take the blues away...know that you have HOPE of Spring.  Just keep seeking Jesus, in Him is fullness of joy.  I know that something is happening deep inside.  I can feel the regrowth, new birth...SPRING!!!!