Day 16: What if we could {read} the script in advance?

She replied, “Wait, my daughter until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today.”  Ruth 3:18 As I am spending these 31 days of October reading through the book of Ruth, I am using the word prompts for each day supplied by Kate Motaung … More Day 16: What if we could {read} the script in advance?

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   … 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}

Book Review: Living the Spirit Formed Life by Jack Hayford

Welcome to my first ever book review.  Wow, did I get off to a great start with this inspirational teaching on living a spirit formed life by getting back to the foundations of our Christian faith! This is the first book of Pastor Hayford’s I’ve ever read, and since I don’t believe in coincidence, this book … More Book Review: Living the Spirit Formed Life by Jack Hayford

FMF: {neighbor}

The last day of August 2017 – my husband is so happy watching The Ohio State on a Thursday night.  The temperature in North Georgia has decreased this week from highs in the 90’s to highs in the 80’s.  In the Southern US that all equals Fall. I’ve set my timer for 5:00… and write! … More FMF: {neighbor}

Self, you’re not really going to admit you’re afraid? – The Answer

I see the vessel containing, what appears to me, to be the last drops of faith-oil.  My life circumstances feel like a drought with no end in sight.  Without a trace of a rain cloud, the lack of opportunity threatens to last beyond what I feel sure I will be able to endure. … More Self, you’re not really going to admit you’re afraid? – The Answer

FMF: {guide}

I didn’t even realize my voice is a marker for her – a landmark of sorts.  Just like I look for landmarks to guide me as I travel about, she uses sounds and her walking cane – actually she is using every one of her other senses to develop landmarks – to guide her steps. … More FMF: {guide}

Saturday Share: Chuck Graham – Great with Encouragement

In this segment of Saturday Share, I’d like to introduce Chuck Graham.  He is the founder of a thriving encouragement ministry under the umbrella of CILOA – Christ is Lord of All.  First and foremost, he is a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, as well as husband, father and devoted grandfather.  Great to mention… he’s a … More Saturday Share: Chuck Graham – Great with Encouragement

Self, what does {try} look like through your filter of life experience? (continued)

Either way, I tend to be quick to jump out of the boat – just like Peter – right into the water two feet first.  My eyes are on Jesus, wanting to succeed in this new adventure, and make Him proud of me – a step and then another.  But the waves and the wind and the dark, scariness of the whole thing overwhelms my initial excitement and… … More Self, what does {try} look like through your filter of life experience? (continued)

Saturday Share: Nancy Parker – Encourager of the ‘Friday Dance’

Perhaps it’s because on the first day of school I’m equipped with a freshly-sharpened pencil ready to record my new plans, and hopes, and dreams. Or maybe it’s because my soft pink eraser stands ready to rub out all my past regrets and give me a new start. … More Saturday Share: Nancy Parker – Encourager of the ‘Friday Dance’

Self, when you’re tempted to think God doesn’t know your location…

Ahhh yes, God is good.  He is interactive. God, as our Good Father, takes delight in revealing details formerly unknown to us.  I believe God loves to watch His children’s faces as the cover of mystery is pulled back and we squeal with JOY over revelation! … More Self, when you’re tempted to think God doesn’t know your location…

Saturday Share: Randy Brittain, SunTanned Feet Man

Who is Randy Brittain? He is my husband of 29 years, best friend, and lifelong partner on our zig-zagging, adventurous journey with Jesus!  He’s also one of the most intelligent people I know, father of our two robust seeds and successful manager over our homestead.  He comes equipped with a generous heart, which he protects with … More Saturday Share: Randy Brittain, SunTanned Feet Man

…What I have I give you

Because we belong to Jesus (we are His and He is ours) we are able to meet overwhelming circumstances face to face with confidence and bold JOY.  Jesus is our example.  He encountered crowds of physically, emotionally and mentally broken and hurting people who pressed in on Him everywhere He traveled.  We carry God’s compassion, just as Jesus did; so we don’t have to duck from any person in distress. … More …What I have I give you

Saturday Share: Brad Milford – the miracle of a captive set free

Trying to control everything has been wearing me out. If you ever struggle with this you will know what I mean. It’s tiring. It sucks the life out of you. But Jesus came to give life, and every single day is a choice to accept the life he gives, every single day is a choice to follow. You don’t have to worry about it, you can always wait for it. You can always stop what your doing, you can always give it up, give it to god, and wait “patiently” for him. It restores your soul and builds a kind of faith and trust in the Lord that no one can ever take away from you, no matter what happens. … More Saturday Share: Brad Milford – the miracle of a captive set free

Drop what you hold…

And so with the limited vision of standing at the beginning of something new, I am determined to let go and follow Jesus wherever He leads.  I feel the security of remembering His past faithfulness.  And yet, I am fully aware of the ambivalence of knowing not the path nor the destination of His leading. … More Drop what you hold…

Saturday Share: Brad Milford – Dry Bones Come Alive

As you read Brad’s story you’ll grasp the depth of meaning this picture holds.  Even when his daddy-hands were empty and he had no human way of thinking he would get to {hold} his son like this, he prayed and begged God and he chose forgiveness and asked others to pray for him and asked Elias’ mom to relent.  He didn’t give up.

When all was dark and empty Brad was {hold}ing onto what he knew was true.  Love is right and God is good.  Period. … More Saturday Share: Brad Milford – Dry Bones Come Alive