Saturday Share with Brad Milford – A Rested Soul

This room is stained in some way with a constant reminder of loneliness. while in the same exact place, a few short months later, I feel at home. I feel at peace, the kind that makes those bad memory’s feel not so bad after all. I prayed for this. Long hard hours, sometimes i would stay up till the sunlight broke through the window or my eyes finally refused to stay open. I prayed for my family, and now I’m laying next to you and mommy. … More Saturday Share with Brad Milford – A Rested Soul

What happened 30 years ago today?

So, as the weekend approached in the middle of the month, there was a usual Friday night date night planned.  Co-workers wondered and giggled with delight.  This had to be IT!  He was taking her to the Bubble Room in Orlando.  This was THE place where engagements happened in 1987.  The ring would be in the Bubble Room cake brought out at the end of the meal.  And he would be on his knee while she tried to figure out how to wear a diamond covered in cake and icing??? … More What happened 30 years ago today?

Book Review: Walking on Water by Jennifer A. Miskov, Ph.D.

The title intrigued me first – Walking on Water – in reference to Peter’s bold request to walk out on the stormy sea to meet Jesus in the darkness. The subtitle also caught my attention – experiencing a life of miracles, courageous faith, and union with God – because this is where I’m walking in my real life. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need a miracle or courageous faith or union with God. Certainly, I need all of the above.

Jennifer A. Miskov did not disappoint as she boldly and honestly shares her journey with Jesus into deeper water and stormy seas resulting in a more intimate trusting and productive walk of faith.

In addition to the power of scripture combined with Jennifer’s real-life testimony, she offers activation exercises at the end of each chapter. These life applications of scripture caused me to pause and ask Holy Spirit for deeper application of God’s word in my life. My journey through Jennifer’s book has been interactive and life-changing. I can’t wait to pass this book to a friend and recommend it to many others. Most likely, Walking on Water will be a Christmas present or birthday gift for family and friends in the near future. … More Book Review: Walking on Water by Jennifer A. Miskov, Ph.D.

FMF: Silence is golden

Welcome to this week’s Five Minute Friday writing opportunity!  I’m thrilled with Kate’s word selection this week because I’ve actually been pondering much on {silence} this whole week.  So much have I been challenged by this idea of seeking silence that I committed to obtain 15 minutes of this precious commodity each day for 21 days. … More FMF: Silence is golden

FMF: Father of bottom-less pockets You supply my every {need}…

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19 Father of bottomless pockets, will you reach down and place in my hands exactly the thing I need – just place it there in my open … More FMF: Father of bottom-less pockets You supply my every {need}…

Day 31: What if {rest} is a place to be rather than something to do?

But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.  The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!”  Ruth 1:8-9 esv Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, … More Day 31: What if {rest} is a place to be rather than something to do?

Day 28: {Connect} some of the dots for me, won’t You, Lord?

…my parents’ dining room table covered with individual pieces of a 1500 piece jigsaw puzzle with just the beginnings of connected pieces.  It will be a recognizable and beautiful picture when all the pieces are connected, however, in the process, it can be frustrating and difficult to grasp.  Individual pieces can be fun and pretty to look at, but where and with what does this piece connect?  How does this piece relate to all these other pieces to form the whole?  And finally, what is this big picture? … More Day 28: {Connect} some of the dots for me, won’t You, Lord?

Day 24: Do you ever wish you could {revise} a chapter from your life?

“Remember not the former things,     nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing;     now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness     and rivers in the desert.  Isaiah 43:18-19 esv {Revise} – make corrections, change, or edit.  A do-over. Who, if offered, … More Day 24: Do you ever wish you could {revise} a chapter from your life?

Day 23: Is my life’s {work} defined by what I do or whom I serve?

The current work drought for my man feels much like the farmers’ in the time of the Judges who had land, seed, skill, and knowledge to grow crops in their fields, and yet they could not control the weather.  For all their effort, working hard to bring a harvest, the stuff of life beyond their control overwhelmed and a famine season was the result. … More Day 23: Is my life’s {work} defined by what I do or whom I serve?

Day 22: Is not your yoke easy and your burden {light}?

This scripture is sure to raise an eyebrow and cause our modern day skin to crawl and a shudder to run down our spines as we are justified in rejecting the idea of women being purchased as a bride.  I’m in full agreement.  Not at all should we think it’s ok in any way shape or form for another human being to be purchased by another. … More Day 22: Is not your yoke easy and your burden {light}?

Day 20: How can we {discover} streams in the desert?

  Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God!  How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways!  Romans 11:33 hcsb {Discover} What does it mean to discover? To search out. To seek to find.  I think of Christopher Columbus.  With Thanksgiving coming soon, I think of the Pilgrims.  A people … More Day 20: How can we {discover} streams in the desert?

Day 19: How {brave} are you, dear sojourner, seeking a better life in a foreign land.

As I interact with precious sojourners learning their way in southern America, I am reminded of my childhood in South Miami.  My friends, from 2nd grade on, were most often 2nd generation Cuban.  Their parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles fled from Cuba to find freedom in America.  I enjoy rich childhood memories of visiting in their homes, listening to their fluid Spanish with dramatic tones and gestures and I delighted in their delicious native foods. … More Day 19: How {brave} are you, dear sojourner, seeking a better life in a foreign land.

Day 17: Women, to {grow} and bear good fruit, don’t you see we need each other?

“I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered.  So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.  Ruth 3:5-6 niv Afterwards, Naomi said to Ruth:  “How did it go, my daughter?”  Then (Ruth) told (Naomi) everything Boaz had done for her and added, “He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, ‘Don’t … More Day 17: Women, to {grow} and bear good fruit, don’t you see we need each other?

Day 15: If I have found favor in Your eyes, Lord, why wouldn’t I {remain}?

“Remain tonight, and in the morning, if he will redeem you, good; let him do it.  But if he is not willing to redeem you, then, as the LORD lives, I will redeem you.  Lie down until the morning.”  Ruth 3:13 esv   {Remain}  Also abide.  Stay in.  Attached to. From my study of Ruth so … More Day 15: If I have found favor in Your eyes, Lord, why wouldn’t I {remain}?

Day 14: If at first I don’t succeed, will I {try, try} again?

I need this life-giving lesson for my own famine season as I {try} my best to do what I can do day in and day out.  I need to recognize that my {trying}, my persevering under trying circumstances might just be breathing life into the one beside me who is having difficulty finding hope for our future. … More Day 14: If at first I don’t succeed, will I {try, try} again?

Day 12: Before I was formed, did you {write} my story?

Your eyes saw my unformed body;     all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God!     How vast is the sum of them!   Psalm 139:16-17 I was pondering the word for today {write} from Kate’s list of 31 Five-Minute Friday prompts, … More Day 12: Before I was formed, did you {write} my story?

Day 8: {truth} or dare? A dangerous game of name calling

I refuse to be judgmental of Naomi.  I’ve participated in this dangerous game of name calling more times than I care to admit.  My name Lisa holds beautiful meaning:  Oath of God, God is satisfaction and in an English translation – My God is bountiful.  When I choose the truth of my name, I love my name.  Who wouldn’t want to be called ‘My God is bountiful’? … More Day 8: {truth} or dare? A dangerous game of name calling

Day 7: To what do I {hold} when my hands feel empty?

Funnier when Jerry Seinfeld says it for sure, but the exchange makes a good point I think.  Especially as concerns spiritual matters.  It’s easy to take the word of God – to read it, to hear it, and to know it intellectually.  However, the most important aspect is {hold}ing to the Word of God.   … More Day 7: To what do I {hold} when my hands feel empty?

Day 4 – What if {hope} is the light leading us back home?

 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest. Ruth 1:6 & 22 {hope} desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment ~ Merriam-Webster It … More Day 4 – What if {hope} is the light leading us back home?

Day 3 – Why do I ever doubt God will {create} a way where there seems to be nothing?

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so … More Day 3 – Why do I ever doubt God will {create} a way where there seems to be nothing?

FMF: {depend}

So far, my conclusion is {depend}ency has to do with perfection.  It feels to me that someone {depend}ent on me expects me to be perfectly available and all-sufficient, all knowing and all present for their every need, all the time.  And I reject that – wholeheartedly I say “NO!” to that kind of expectation placed on me.  I fear that type of suffocating {depend}ency.  I run from it. … More FMF: {depend}

FMF {Accept}

It is the acceptance of one another as followers of Christ, in all our variations, simply because Christ accepted each of us, we boldly rise up in our community an effective, loving and unified family ready to offer the Good News of salvation to all who will receive. … More FMF {Accept}

Saturday Share: Daily Bread with Jordan Headlee

So why does daily bread hit home you might think?  It wasn’t because the grocery shelves were empty.  It wasn’t because of price gouging what was left.  Driving US 41 most of the way – back country roads, singing with the radio, windows down, with my 4 favorite people in our tiny Ford Escape; it was stress-free and kind of fun.  Realizing if I had to start again with just my children and my wife we’d be ok.  They are my daily bread.  A house, stuff, toys, everything left behind could be done without or replaced. … More Saturday Share: Daily Bread with Jordan Headlee

FMF: {support}

With his degree, he became a construction manager with Habitat for Humanity for a number of years before he retired.  He certainly helped to support families with affordable housing, but through Habitat, there was more support offered than just providing a roof over people’s heads. … More FMF: {support}