Messy Beautiful Friendship

I’m excited to announce that I am a member of the launch team for the new Christine Hoover book, Messy Beautiful Friendship.  It’s available for pre-order and includes lots of perks that you can enjoy now!  Pre-Order

It will officially be available in April but if you pre-order now, you can read the first two chapters.

To find out more about Christine, please check out her website at Grace Covers Me.

Kindness

For months now whenever I get on Facebook, I would feel agitated.  I didn’t know why but because of it I’ve really cut back on social media.  Yesterday, I finally figured it out.  Kindness!

No one (well, not every one!) seems to be kind any more or give people the benefit of the doubt.  Earlier in the week Meryl Streep made some comments at the Golden Globe Awards about Donald Trump.  This unleashed such harsh words from friends on Facebook, either from themselves or postings that they shared.

So she said some things that people don’t like.  Is that an excuse to call her names like “idiot” and “stupid”?  I saw several posts saying that she didn’t have a real job because she was an actress.  Really?  How is acting not a real job?  Isn’t going to work every day and getting paid what constitutes a job?

I can remember when people would disagree on a topic but still be civil and kind to each other; they would have respect for the other’s opinion but I fear that that time is long gone.

I was reading today in Proverbs 31:26, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”  I thought that while I can’t control if others are kind, I can clothe myself with kindness (Col. 3:12) and allow the Spirit to work in me to show kindness to others.  

 

ESG: My Favourite Picture of the Month October

These are my favorite pictures for the month of October.

This is from the 29th and it was the evening that my youngest daughter was leaving to drive across country to live in Colorado.  Lots of smiles but also some tears thrown in.  I already miss her very much!!img_9325

Random cloud picture.  I love taking pictures of clouds.  They are always beautiful.img_9293

This is from our annual ladies’ retreat.  These ladies are my sisters in Christ and I love them dearly!  I love forward to this retreat every year.  Good fellowship, good teaching, good food and great friends!dsc_1127-1

Sunday Hymn

“Look, Ye Saints, the Sight Is Glorious”
by Thomas Kelly, 1769-1854

1. Look, ye saints, the sight is glorious;
See the Man of Sorrows now!
From the fight returned victorious,
Every knee to Him shall bow.
Crown Him! Crown Him!
Crowns become the Victor’s brow.

2. Crown the Savior! Angels, crown Him!
Rich the trophies Jesus brings;
On the seat of power enthrone Him
While the vault of heaven rings.
Crown Him! Crown Him!
Crown the Savior King of kings.

3. Sinners in derision crowned Him,
Mocking thus the Savior’s claim;
Saints and angels crowd around Him,
Own His title, praise His name.
Crown Him! Crown Him!
Spread abroad the Victor’s fame!

4. Hark, those bursts of acclamation!
Hark, those loud triumphant chords!
Jesus takes the highest station;
Oh, what joy the sight affords!
Crown Him! Crown Him!
King of kings and Lord of lords!

ESG: My favourite picture of the month September

I’m doing my Swap this month as a blog post.  My favorite picture of the month is actually a series of pictures.  One evening when I was leaving a nearby craft store (where else??), I stepped out into the parking lot and was greeted with this magnificent sunset.  I stood in the parking lot and took this series.  There was another person taking pictures also but there were also many who were not even looking up!

These were taken with my phone and I have not edited them in any way.  I think this is one of those “once in a lifetime” moments and I’m glad I was able to witness it.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork–Psalm 19:1 

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Last week my friend and I went to The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference in Indianapolis.  This was our third time and it was such a blessing to me.  The first conference in Orlando was in 2012 and had 3000 women; the second, also in Orlando, had 4000.  This one had 7200.  It was amazing to hear 7200 women worshiping the Lord in song lead by the Gettys and Sandra McCracken.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Resurrection Life in a World of Suffering” and all the plenary talks were on 1 Peter.  You can watch them here.  At a conference this size and with so many speakers and workshops it’s hard to take it all in.  I’m thankful I can re-watch and re-listen to the talks and workshops.

As I’ve reviewed my notes, there are a couple of stand out thoughts for me:

  •  “What do I think about when I’m not thinking?  Where does my brain go?  This exposes what I love.”  These three sentences have impacted me the most.  Does my mind go to prayer?  Does my mind think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely or admirable (Phil. 4:8)?  Do I set my mind on things above, not on earthly things (Col. 3:2)?  Do I take captive every thought to make make it obedient to Christ? (2 Cor. 10:5)?  The Holy Spirit has been bringing to mind these and other scriptures as I ponder what my thought life is like and how He wants it to be.
  • “There is nothing better we could spend our lives on than going deeper with the Lord.  When we go deeper with Him, when our lives are rooted in Him, we overflow and display His glory.  You will never waste your life spending it on Jesus.”
  • “It is ok to do less than other people in order to abide in the Lord–because you choose to spend time with the Lord.”  This and the quote above have caused me to deeply look at how I spend my time.

There’s much to think about and much to put into practice.  I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit’s work in my life and His enabling power to obey the things I’ve learned.