My Island Hideaway

When I attended high school, one of the “creative class activities” I remember engaging in was a situational ethics exercise.  The instructor would pose tough questions, and we answered honestly and then defended our responses.  For example: “If you are on a sinking boat with only one life jacket, who would you give the jacket to if you had to choose between a 10-year-old boy, a rocket scientist, an Episcopal priest, or a stay at home mom?  Another question I remember fondly was “If you were shipwrecked on a deserted Island and could only carry three of your possessions on to land, what items would you choose?

Now that I am an adult, I must admit that on really tough days, it feels as if I am getting thrashed around by gigantic waves while I cling for dear life in a tiny dinghy with a gaping hole in it.  The water is rushing in all around me, and I am sinking down, down, down.

On difficult days that deserted island sounds like a really good idea.

I think my 3 items would be a beach chair, some sun screen, and a juicy novel.  Yeah, I would like a little island getaway.  How about you?

Yesterday, I read Psalms 32 in The Message translation, and God grabbed my attention when I hit verse 7:  “God’s my island hideaway,  keeps danger far from the shore…”  Yes!

Let me share with you in this VLOG how the Psalmist’s words have soothed my weary soul this week:

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“You are my hiding place;
You will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

Psalms 32:7, NIV

Today, I stopped by a co-worker’s office to drop off some paperwork.  As I stood waiting for him, I turned to face the door.  There over the door jamb, I discovered a beautiful framed portrait hanging on the wall.  The picture captured a beautiful sanctuary, and the caption underneath filled me with comfort:

“The will of God will never take you

where the grace of God cannot protect you.”

God is my hiding place.  His grace will cover me no matter where this life may take me.  I am resting in that promise tonight.

Q4U:  How has God delivered you?

My one-word focus for the year is “fruitilicious.”  Find out what that means here.

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French Cafe Therapy

Last night I celebrated my best friend’s birthday at a French Cafe in town.  We had reservations for five at 6:45 PM.   We gathered at a big round table by the window and enjoyed chatting about everything and about nothing.   An artsy black chandelier provided muted lighting, and a talented pianist tickled the ivories in the background.  For appetizers, we ordered a yummy brie pastry and a pistachio encrusted brie.  We decided to ask the waitress to bring us extra plates, and we passed them around the table adding a sample of our main course for each friend.   I ordered the seafood crêpe, but after sampling my “goodie plate,” I declared that Ellie’s beef bourguignon was “the winner.”  For dessert, we shared chocolate decadence, bananas foster, and some gooey eclair thing that melted in your mouth.  Before the night was over, we pulled out our phones and started sharing horrifying 80’s pictures of ourselves from our Facebook pages (I used to have a mullet, so I won the prize for “scariest hair.”)

On Monday nights, I am a member of a sisterhood of bloggers called Soli Deo Gloria.  Jen, our fabulously fun leader, encouraged us to VLOG this week on the theme of “fun.”  My girls’ night out definitely provided the inspiration I needed for the following video:

   “…those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

Proverbs 11:25b, NLT

Q4U:  How do you have fun and refresh your spirit?

My one-word focus for the year is “fruitilicious.”  Find out what that means here.

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Joining like-minded sisters today at Faith-Filled Friday, Thought-Provoking Thursday, Tell His Story, Playdates with God, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday, and Soli Deo Gloria.

Wonder Woman

As a child, I lived a very sheltered life.   I sat at home closeted in my bedroom on most Saturdays.  What did I do while my parents held me captive, you ask?  Well, I watched cartoons, of course.  My absolute favorite for several years had to be Super Friends.   I so desperately wanted to be a member of the Justice League of America.  I mean, who doesn’t want to possess super power?

If I had to pick a super hero to emulate, it would definitely be Wonder Woman.   First of all, she had the ability to make others tell the truth with that cool lasso.  That would come in mighty handy.  Plus, she looked amazing in a bathing suit.

This Easter weekend, I was reminded about my foolish childhood Super Hero fantasies after we got home from the Easter service.  I had a resurrection revelation of sorts, and I wanted to share it with you through this VLOG.

 “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead

is living in you,

He who raised Christ from the dead

will also give life to your mortal bodies

because of His Spirit who lives in you.”

Romans 8:11, NIV

Q4U:  How do you tap into your super power, Wonder Woman?

My one-word focus for the year is “fruitilicious.”  Find out what that means here.

Thanks for stopping by!  I would love to connect with you on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.

Joining like-minded sisters today at Faith-Filled Friday, Thought-Provoking Thursday, Tell His Story, Playdates with God, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday, and Soli Deo Gloria.
 

The Limp

Every day, around 5:30 PM or so, I see the Fed Ex delivery truck pull up in our driveway, and I turn to prayer.  Why do you ask?  Well, my husband likes to scour E-bay looking for good deals on medical equipment — which he purchases and then re-sells to clients.  The problem is that when you buy something online, you are taking a risk.  So, every time he opens a box, I am praying, “Lord, please let the microscope be in one piece.”  Sometimes, a scope will arrive in a damaged box that got tossed around, and my husband will go into “meltdown mode” over his purchase.  He will then sulk around the house for a couple of hours.  He has purchased damaged goods.

Sometimes, this crazy life tosses us around, and we become damaged.  Can you relate?  Well, I sure can.  You see I walk with a limp.  When I enter a room, everyone notices my irregular step.  Here’s a word for all who trod through this life dragging a damaged limb behind them:

“…God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction”

(Genesis 41:52b, ESV).

Q4U:  Do you have a limp?  How has God made you fruitful in the land of your affliction?  I would love to hear your story….

My one-word focus for the year is “fruitilicious.”  Find out what that means here.

Joining like-minded sisters today at Faith-Filled Friday, Thought-Provoking Thursday, Tell His Story, Playdates with God, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday, and Soli Deo Gloria.

Nobody’s Home

Sometimes God puts people and circumstances into my life to challenge me and push you me of my comfort zone.  He is knocking on the door.  Opening wide and saying yes to God means greater growth. On days like this, I wish I could hide under the covers though.  I know it’s going to be uncomfortable.  I hate uncomfortable.  Don’t you?

On Monday nights, I am part of a Sisterhood hosted by Jen.  Last week, Jen suggested that we vlog.  Seriously?  A video?  Not me.  No, sir.  No way.

But today, in my car at a red light on the way home from work, I had a God moment.  You know, those moments when God says, “Hey you, I have something to say.  Think about this.”  Yep. And, then, my Abba had a “p.s.” — psst…. you need to share it… on a video…. like the crazy girl told you to.

Really, God?  Are you serious?   Sigh.

Ok, here is the vlog.  I had to pull my husband out of the garage to film it on my iPhone before I lost my nerve.  You may notice his thumb passing through in the middle of your screen if you pay close attention (Sorry about that, we are amateurs at this vlogging business.)

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.

Honor one another above yourselves.”

Romans 12:10, NIV

Q4U:  Do you have pesky people in your life that are hard to love?  How do you answer the call to honor them? How do you “say yes to God”?

For 2013, my one-word focus is “Fruitilicious.”  Check out what that means here.

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Joining like-minded sisters today at Proverbs 31 Ministries, Faith-Filled Friday, Playdates with God, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday, and Soli Deo Gloria.

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