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brief update….

Thank you for prayer.  Truly, I believe it’s how she got any sleep, through her pain.  As a mom, I appreciate you more than words can say!  Interestingly, I felt a real conviction to pray specifically for protection over her in my prayers with her before she left for work yesterday.  We joked about “well, what happened to that?!”  In all seriousness, the LORD protected her!  We found out this morning that if her break had been 1/2″ closer to her toe, she would have had to have surgery!  One half inch.  dude.  We are so very thankful, and grateful, and YES, believing He protected her!  She has a beautiful blue cast on, and when I left to run to the office real quick, she was asleep.  I had fixed her a little lunch, and she was worn out.  So thankful for rest for her.

AND, hopefully, her cast will be off, and she will be completely healed, for our next wedding. 

oh!  And her daddy told her it was “no chore weekend” for her.  So, she’s got that going for her!  🙂

enjoy your weekend!

hi.  Today my girl broke her foot.  I feel so bad for her.  She was at work, playing with children.  basketball.  Quickly it happened.  Apparently, the kids all “heard” the break.  yikes!  I got to her as soon as I could.  We went to the doctor’s office, got the x-rays, and headed home to wait for the call.  So totally did NOT expect that when our doctor called, he would tell us it was broken.  it broke. was broken.  I couldn’t believe it.  Since our home in the last couple of years, has been a home for healing tendons, I was convinced it was something of that nature.

So, tonight would you please pray that her pain would lessen, and she could sleep?  And for quick and complete healing?  I’ve moved her things downstairs to make it easier for her.  We hope to head off tomorrow for the orthopedist’s office.  Then we will have a better idea of what’s ahead for her.  Thanks for prayers.  I know she appreciates them too.  blessings to you.

n.

Wednesday devo

from Jesus Calling………

“I want you to experience the riches of your salvation: the Joy of being loved constantly and perfectly.  You make a practice of judging yourself, based on how you look or behave or feel.  If you like what you see in the mirror, you feel a bit more worthy of My Love.  When things are going smoothly and your performance seems adequate, you find it easier to believe you are My beloved child.  When you feel discouraged, you tend to look inward so you can correct whatever is wrong.

Instead of trying to “fix” yourself, fix your gaze on Me, the Lover of your soul.  Rather than using your energy to judge yourself, redirect it to praising Me.  Remember that I see you clothed in My righteousness, radiant in My perfect Love.”

Ephesians 2:7-10 “Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.”

Hebrews 3:1 “So, my dear Christian friends, companions in following this call to the heights, take a good hard look at Jesus. He’s the centerpiece of everything we believe, faithful in everything God gave him to do.”

Psalm 34:5 “Look at him; give him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings from him.”

amen.  Go, radiant in His perfect Love today……..

We have celebrated this day, each year, for the last 20 years!  What a day it has been for our family!!! 7-3-91. Because, 20 years ago today, the Lord blessed us with a tiny bundle of Sara!!!  We welcomed her to the world, into our family of all boys and a mom.  even the dog was a boy.  all. boys.  Now, don’t get me wrong at all – I. LOVE. MY. BOYS.  so so much.  butthiswasagirl.  and little did we know how she would rock our world!  (mostly in the good way.) 🙂

With all the very big family moments we’ve had lately, one might be tempted to let this day go with little fanfare.  Just kinda cruise past it, focusing on the next big family rejoicing to come in 9 weeks.  NO WAY!!!  This girl will be celebrated today!!!  We may even have a surprise or two up our sleeves!

We have loved her for these 20 years, we have been blessed by all her giftedness, been in awe of her passion, her joy, her tenderness for others.  We’ve fought hard with her, and stayed on our knees because of her.  She has been complicated, and simple all at the same time.  This girlness entering our world 20 years ago came to show off the glory of God in so many ways.  She was a miracle from Him from the very start.  She still is.  I find myself just watching her at times, still not truly believing God let us participate in her life.  I am so very grateful.  To Him be the glory, for all that He is doing in her and through her.  She is a blessing to so many who know her.  And she has so many who love her.  Sometimes it’s hard to share.  I admit it.  But, oh, how I love to see how God blesses others through her.  And how she just glows when she is serving others.  She is a joy.  She is our joy.  She is 20 today.  (ohmygoshthatmakesmesoveryold………)  Sara, your momma loves you so so much.  May your next two decades be fruitful, and marked by the Spirit of the Lord. Happy happy birthday, to my favorite daughter!

1 Samuel 1:27
“I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.”

Summer is here!  We are full in the grip of heat, drought, and summer activities.  Our travels just recently took us to a cooler land, for a very special wedding!  I will delight in sharing all the fun with you – complete with pictures, soon.  Unfortunately, am experiencing computer issues that have kept me from downloading my pictures.  I’m being patient.  thanks for being patient with me.

I also have a most special occasion coming up Sunday, that I will also have to tell you about……hope i get some time to write in the next couple of days…….

Have a great weekend!

love,

n.

Good morning.  I have thought and thought about it.  The last thing I want is to get on here, this blog thing, and just chatter away about things that don’t really matter.  I would like to clarify after my blog post yesterday, where I shared my great savings while shopping……..and hopefully you realize this if you have read anything on this blog……life is not about the “stuff”.  Life is Christ. It’s all about Him, and glorifying Him.  For me, anyway.  I want to reflect that.  I want to be about that.  about Him.  And to encourage you to be about Him too.  ok? Forgive me if that’s not what I reflected in the post from yesterday.  Yes, I had a fun, wonderful, out of the ordinary day yesterday, and I shared it with you.  But, the joy wells up from my relationship with God, and always will.

Thanks.  And with that said, here is my Jesus Calling devotional for today.  enjoy.  Enjoy your day, and the surprises the Lord gives you along the way.

“I am creating something new in you: a bubbling spring of Joy that spills over into others’ lives.  Do not mistake this Joy for your own or try to take credit for it in any way.  Instead, watch in delight as My Spirit flows through you to bless others.  Let yourself become a reservoir of the Spirit’s fruit.

Your part is to live close to Me, open to all that I am doing in you.  Don’t try to control the streaming of My Spirit through you.   Just keep focusing on Me as we walk through this day together.  Enjoy My Presence, which permeates you with Love, Joy, and Peace.”  

“So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.” John 3:7-8 message

“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” Galatians 5:22 message

so. much. fun.

Ok, so here’s the deal.  It’s been a quiet weekend before some craziness, so I have loved it. Finished a great book.  Started another.  Great times of running, and riding my bike.  Ordered Chinese food, and enjoyed with my girl.  while watching a movie. Got some things done ahead of time.  (bonus) And in my organization, realized I had a skirt to return to one of my favorite stores. anthropologie.  (small sigh for the loveliness of that place.)  And in an extra-fun discovery, didn’t realize until really late Saturday night that I had friends coming to Faithbridge to preach/lead worship, but made plans to go……

Excellent morning at Faithbridge – great great sermon by Ben Stuart, and glorious worship by Jeff and Jourdan Johnson.  I. loved. it.  SO, it had already been a great Sunday.  We talked a little with Jeff and Jourdan, I love them so much.  they just constantly glow with love for each other and for Christ. so happy to share a Sunday morning with them.

So then, I felt the timing was right to take back that skirt.  yes, on a Sunday.  I really try not to do errands, shopping, etc. on a Sunday for the most part (giving the Lord’s day my attention, with rest, and worship, and staying home), but felt really the pull to go today.  So, I did.  They were having a bonus sale. an extra 25% off all sale items. Listen, people, I have this great joy in saving money.  But today, my joy was multiplying with each moment……..as I was returning the skirt, I asked about the bonus sale.  like, if I could do a price adjustment on a few things I had bought about 10 days ago.  The sweet darling girl, (who is now my best friend, btw), said yes, I could indeed get a price adjustment, if it had been within 2 weeks……my mind is just swirling! I ask her “ok,how do I do this – go home and get my receipt and come back with it?”  Yes, she said, or with your anthro card, I can just do it now.  (my mouth just gaping open with great and exceeding joy)

As I stood there, she brought up my last transaction on the register, took off an additional 25%, and handed me a nice little handful of cash.  with a smile.  oh. my.  The beauty of it all.  Of course, I had to just glance at the racks to see what I might just need to buy with that little handful of cash……..

In one hour, I had run my errand, gotten bonus money back (making that previous purchase all the sweeter, since none of those items were available anymore), and bought a couple other things with the bonus 25%off.  I practically flew home on my joy.

Now I know, in the midst of really troubled times for some people I know, in the midst of really hard struggles with illnesses, family problems, and other issues for many I love, this is frivolous.  certainly not essential.  not life-changing.  I am praying for these needs, and take them very seriously.

But sometimes, our God surprises me just out of the blue, with a little pocket of fun, of joy, of times like these – a huge savings in one of my favorite places. totally unexpected.  I am so grateful. thankful. appreciative of this gift.  And just so you know, I regularly purge my closet.  and when I buy something I make sure I go in there, and take other things out – to donate, or sell. So, I hope to bless others, as I’ve been blessed.

And now?  I get to look forward to our regular church service at my home church, HFBC.  So thankful for this little Sunday sandwich of church, shopping joy, church.  I pray in all I do, I glorify God.  But I also want to thank Him for all He does for me.  Because truly, every good and perfect gift comes from above……

Psalm 118:29
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

*added after another great church service – and my joy in this day continues to grow!  Just got a tweet, complete with a picture, from my favorite brother (grin – my one and only sibling).  The picture? He and my sister-in-law, with my dear friends Aaron and Jamie Ivey!!!  I have wanted them to meet for so long, and now they have.  I don’t know what it is about that picture I love the most – but it sure blesses me.  oh,my heart.  what a wonderful day……..