Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday's Inspiration: Anything and Everything



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Spirit of Gratitude: September 18



I AM THANKFUL FOR:

Cinnamon raisin bagels
Coming home to the smell of dinner in the crock pot
Donuts and coffee
The Man of the House taking the family out for dinner
Looking at Halloween costumes with the grand baby 
Feeling God's presence
Dinner at PF Chang's
Bedroom primed and ready for paint

Lunch with friends
Panthers are 2-0!
Surprising the male offspring with a box of Jaffa Cakes
New inspiration
Time by myself for grocery shopping
The sound of geese calling to each other early in the morning
Breakfast for dinner
Ibuprofen
Quick and easy Amazon returns
Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches
The Man of the House helping with new ideas for Etsy shop
Honey Lemon cough drops 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dropping Your Nets

"At once they left their nets and followed him." ~ Matthew 4:20
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Maybe you're familiar with the story.  Maybe not.  Jesus is walking along the shore.  He sees Simon (Peter) and Andrew hard at work.  He calls to them to follow Him and He will make them fishers of men.  Then scripture tells us that "At once they left their nets and followed him".  

At once - they left their nets.  They didn't say "Sure, but first we've got to get all this cleaned up" or "just  as soon as we're finished with what we're doing here" or  "what will people think?"  Nope.  They dropped the nets at once. 

What is a net?  A device meant to capture.  A trap.  It binds you.  Burdens you.  Ties you down.  Holds you back.  Inhibits you from moving forward.  

I believe Jesus calls all of us to follow the example of Simon (Peter) and Andrew.  

To leave our nets.  The burdens.  The things that are holding us back.  Keeping us captive.  

Let go of the past.  Let go of guilt and shame.  Let go of the need to please others.  The need for approval from the people around us.  Let go of feeling less than, not enough.  Let go of the emptiness.  The loneliness.  

Leave the nets holding you captive.  And follow Him.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Three Things: I WIll Never Do

You know the old saying right?  About never saying never.  (if you're not familiar - that's about it... "Never say never") 

And there are some things that is very true about.  In parenting for example.  NEVER day "I will never let my kids..."  or "As a mother I will never..."  Because sure as the sun rises - you'll find yourself doing it at some point! 

However, there are a few things I feel pretty confident saying "Never" about.  For example:

1) I will NEVER willingly jump out of an airplane.  Never.  If you ever hear that I did jump out of an airplane, you can be pretty sure that plane was going down at the time and that was my only possible chance of survival.
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2) I will NEVER own a pet spider.  Just won't.  Don't like spiders.  They creep me out with their long skinny legs and they way they lurk in corners, watching and waiting.   We've had too many of the nasty things in our house recently.  BIG ones.  No way I would ever invite one in to live!  Ugh... I'm feeling all creepy crawly just thinking about spiders.  I mean, if you have a pet spider - that's great.  For you.  It's just that I hope you'll understand if I turn down any invitations to visit you.
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3)  I will NEVER stop reading.  If something ever happens to my eyesight, I'll resort to audio books. But I can never give up reading.  It's just too much of who I am!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Because It's Friday

This week has flown by!  I can't believe it's already Friday!  I am looking forward to a weekend filled with painting in the master bedroom. And hopefully being ready very soon to start putting in the new flooring.  (yah!)

But today, simply because it's Friday...
  • I'm going to have one more cup of coffee.  With chocolate caramel flavored creamer and plenty of sugar. 
  • Tonight's dinner is going to involve bacon somehow.  Because... bacon! (maybe in some sort of salad, so we can pretend it's healthy)
  • I think I might stay up late tonight. (late being anything past 9:30 or 10:00 - I am such an old lady about my bedtime!) 
  • If I get a few chores done this morning, I might spend the whole afternoon playing with the grand baby and crocheting!
  • I'm spending too much time online looking at hotel deals so the Man of the House and I can plan a night or two away soon.
What are your big plans today... just because it's Friday? 


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