Saturday, August 11, 2018
Many have written and sung songs about the marvelous gift of a woman. Women are unique and individual. We are not the same as men and I have to say, I'm glad to be a woman.
I am thankful for these women as well as many who have crossed my paths and come into my life.
When I think of the gift of being a woman and the women I have observed and learned much from through the years, there are some key qualities that set us apart.
ATTITUDE- We can set the tone. Everyone knows, if mama ain't happy, nobody is. We add color to everything.
HOSPITALITY-The gift of serving others and making them feel comfortable in one's home, is the meat that feeds many.
INDUSTRIOUSNESS- We sacrifice for the sake of others. Sometimes at the expense of our well being, but we love to give. We have determination that accomplishes much, even if or especially when done on our knees.
"It is better to live in a corner of a roof than in a house with a contentious woman."
(Proverbs 21:9 NASB)
"An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain....Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her saying:'Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all.'"
(Proverbs 31:10,11, 28,29 NASB)
Some of the great women authors and speakers I have learned from include Elizabeth Elliot, Ann Kimel Anderson, Ruth Bell Graham, Amy Carmichael, and Joni Eareckson Tada. Check them out! You can learn much!
The women I have observed first hand through the years who have taught me life skills and helped to shape who I am today include my grandmother, mother, a second mom(Linda), Grandma Betty, and Aunt B, along with many wonderful women I've met through work or church and have the privilege of being their friend.
Both young and old, frail and strong.
Tall, or short, thin or plump.
Graying or not.
Single, widowed, divorced, or married.
Living life debt free or indebted.
Keeping house, raising kids, working, or finding a new way.
Talking or doing and doing while talking.
Watching and listening, while sometimes deciding.
Wanting and needing, never is enough.
Worrying while comparing.
Bearing good news or bad.
Healing or hurting.
We are women and we are complex!
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Saturday, August 4, 2018
I dedicate this to the man I have come to love and appreciate as my pastor, Jay Cookingham.
Thank you for your courage and example! Happy, happy anniversary!
Thank you for your courage and example! Happy, happy anniversary!
Hopeful. Fun. Clarifying and a confidence builder.
He (Jay) left his job of thirty years at a small company doing graphic design to jump into a full time pastorship with a congregation of no more than forty people. Putting his hope and future needs in God's great providence, he took a chance one year ago this month. Not knowing how the finances would work out nor the health insurance nor everything else that hangs like a dark cloud over many, he grabbed hold of the opportunity and hasn't looked back.
I really hate the timer! There was more I wanted to share. When I spoke with Christine, my pastor's wife, this morning she recounted, what an amazingly thrilling year it has been for their family. We celebrate this anniversary of their first year serving us and our community.
The biggest lesson Chris said their family learned was to always "worship God as a first response no matter what the circumstances are." I have witnessed first hand while Christine has faced a recurrence of stage four melanoma, both she and Jay have not ceased to declare God's goodness and greatness.
God has faithfully provided for their needs this year as they have reaped even more opportunities to see God work and serve.
If you would like to read more about them check out www.soulfari.blogspot.com or Jay's ministry www.strategicfathering.com
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Sunday, July 29, 2018
Greetings everyone! This is the first time we have had a number for our one word prompt. It stirred a lot of different emotions in me. Wondering what other's experience is with this. Here's mine.
It's the day I was born on. To celebrate one of my BIG birthdays several years ago, there were thirteen of us.
It's a birthday I will always remember as it was the last one my dad was able to celebrate with me. He died the following month. It was also the day when some family members whom had not spoken in years put their differences aside to come and celebrate with me. It got them talking again until the next rift tore everything apart.
It was the party my best friend missed because she was hospitalized due to complications during her almost sixth month of pregnancy.
It was very bittersweet.
Ecclesiastes 9:7 " Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works" (NASB)
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Sunday, July 22, 2018
Hope you have all enjoyed your weekend. To find a verse for this week's prompt, I typed in the word and scanned until something caught my eye. It's probably not the first verse any of us think of when it comes to the word "way", but one I'm sure we can all relate to at some point in our walk with God. Hope you are encouraged.
Exodus 14:11- Then they said to Moses, "Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt ?"
My friend, Dee was leading by at least 4,000 points. I hadn't even rolled the 500 I needed to get on the board. Roll after roll, I'd get a one or a couple of fives, but then kept losing it all. She commented to me, "It's no fun if I'm here playing by myself." I just couldn't get on the board until I rolled at least 1,000 points with three pairs. I had a long way to go to catch up to her, but staying in and finishing the course meant me winning in the end by 4,000 points.
Each time you roll the dice, you don't know what you'll get. I not only rolled a set of three pairs at least one or two more times, but also a set of triplets, yielding 2,500 points. Farkle and life are funny that way.
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Friday, July 13, 2018
I'm early today. I couldn't help but chuckle when I read the prompt for this week with all the wrestling I did over a BIG decision to be made. I hope you can find some encouragement and relief even after something is a done deal.
"You just gotta pull the trigger and let the chips fall where they may," my friend Matt said to me.
Easier said then done because there's no "undo" button for some of the choices we make. I hate making BIG decisions because I don't want to make the wrong one and have to live with the consequences.
Yet I think back to my younger days when I was applying for college. I was a candidate for a special HEOP grant program which meant more financial aid for college, BUT I would've needed to give up my summer after high school to attend an intensive prep program before beginning classes in the fall. I didn't want to do that and so I passed on the opportunity.
Sometimes I hate that timer! I wanted to finish the story, so here's what happened.
After having second thoughts, I changed my mind and went for another interview with the program directors. It was too late. The door was now closed. They did not accept me into the program. I got to have my final summer before college to do what I wanted to do, but I also paid more money in the long run and had a harder time transitioning to college life in the fall.
What encourages me though, is that God's plan for my life was still fulfilled. I was able to graduate from college and become a teacher. I chose a harder route, albeit I still arrived at my final destination.
With a BIG decision I needed to make this week, my Pastor said to me, "Whatever you decide, the kingdom of God is not going to fall because of it."
I would so prefer that God opens or closes a door to make decisions clear as crystal, but He does not always do that. Sometimes it is up to us and we just have to let the chips fall where they may because none know what the future holds. Once it's done, it's done.
Romans 8:28:And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (NIV)
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