Tuesday, November 25, 2014

False Gods

"Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods." 
~ 2 Kings 17 38

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This verse stuck with me the other day.  I kept coming back to in my mind throughout the day.  Wondering...

What are my "other gods"? 

False gods aren't always golden calves.  Or mythical beings from past civilizations.  

Anything that comes between us and the one TRUE God.

Anything that distracts us from pursuing Him and His best for us. 

Anything - anywhere - we focus all of our time, attention and adoration. 

The things of this world that take our eyes off the Father and His Son.  Away from His Truth.  Away from His promises. 

These are our "other gods". 

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday's Inspiration: Be Grateful

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Friday, November 21, 2014

A Spirit of Gratitude - November 21

Today the Man of the House and I celebrate 22 years of marriage.  This week's "A Spirit of Gratitude" post was inspired by him and our marriage ...

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I Am Thankful for 22 Years Filled With

 Bad puns (and a few good ones)
Parenting together
Shared joys
Shared losses
Vacations in Charleston
Family holidays
Naval Reserve weekends
A trip to New Orleans
 New jobs
Lost jobs
New houses
Facial hair and not
A Disney World trip
Home brewing
Finding the perfect Christmas tree
Vacations at the Outer Banks
Long drives to Ohio and Florida
Becoming grandparents
Trips to Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge
Home Makeovers
Hiking Trips 
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 
~ 1 Corinthians 13 13

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Are You Living In Fear?

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
 ~ Joshua 1 9

How much of what we do - or don't do - in life in driven by fear?
Fear of discomfort.  Fear of stepping outside our comfort zones.  Fear of not having enough.  Not being enoughFear of failure.  Being found lacking in some way.  Fear of disapproval.  Rejection.  Embarrassment.  Of being hurt.  
Do we let these fears control us?  Distract us?  Dictate to us?  

I timidly raise my hand and truthfully admit that I do.  (Timidly... there's that fear again.  Fear that all of you reading this will judge me for this and find me lacking.)

When I should be allowing only God - His truth, His promises, what He has to say about me and what he wants for me - to guide me and lead me.

Not the fear.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

He Was Bigger Than The Imagination

He grew up in Texas.He may have left the state, but the Texas never left him.

When he married his bride, he also married her 5 (count 'em FIVE) children. And then had 4 more with her.

I was never sure what he did exactly, but it had something to do with computers - back before computers were common.  Back when they filled a room.  So I was sure he must be very smart.

He would serenade little girls with songs like "You are my sunshine"

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He smoked constantly.   I remember him tearing the filters off his cigarettes when he couldn't buy them without any more.

He was tall and thin and always wore a cowboy hat. 

Because of both the above things - my sisters and I used to say he was like the real life Marlboro Man.

He lived in exotic places like... New Mexico!

And took me to see new places... like White Sands and across the border to Mexico.

And then he lived in an RV, traveling the country.  How cool was that?!?

He always seemed bigger than life.  Until today.  It's hard to believe that now he is gone.

RIP Grand-daddy. You'll always be my sunshine. 

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Spirit of Gratitude - November 13


Texts with my sisters
Lunch at Oyster House
Football Sundays
Seeing a bright red Autumn tree while pumping gas
Gas prices are down
Those who serve(d) our country
The Man of the House rubbing my back before I fall asleep
New Christmas tree
Colder weather
Crockpot recipes
Starting Christmas shopping online
Knowing the weekend is close
Piles of laundry to fold
Making Thanksgiving plans

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