Wednesday, June 26, 2013

And The Winner Is...

Hey, I usually don't post on Wed, but forgot to pick a winner for the Imagination Station books.

Here goes....the winner is

Comment number 5-Jennifer Dougan!! Congratulations!!!!

I will email you later to get your info and get the books mailed out to you!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kitchen Stove As Pulpit (A Simple Lesson In Grace)

to put off your old self which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,  and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:22-24 (ESV)

'Axiom Apartments Fake Fruit' photo (c) 2009, Mr. T in DC - license:

I walked past my fruit bowl looking guiltily at the pears. They sat on the sideboard forgotten and once beautiful. The last time I ate one my system was a little off. I hadn’t been back and they'd quickly moved well past prime. I just didn’t want to throw them away. Purposefully, I walked them into the kitchen.  Truthfully, I walked the bowl into the kitchen. I intended to use it for something else.

Lesson One…we often pray (wish/hope/beg) when we feel we have nothing else. Sometimes we return to worship, return to God as part of a bargain. I don’t think He cares. He is expert at taking broken, misshapen, mistakenly deployed resources and putting them to right use. It’s what He does. He is God. 

Once I washed and redeployed the bowl, I melted butter into a saucepan. 

Lesson Twoprofound change often means taking the heat. I peeled and sliced the pears, or more accurately what was left of them into the sizzle and pop of melting butter. An idea was forming, and more than a recipe, it was a simple lesson in Grace.

sermon preached at my kitchen stove?
"let go and believe." there is nothing we can
do to become something new
and better without God’s Grace.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

You Can Come Out Of Your Box Now

I love boxes I have a ton of them in my garage right now. They are good for storing items that you want to use for later or for just getting out of the way, like when you need to stage your house to sell it. They are really useful for moving-and Lord knows I have used my share of them for that.

They keep things neat and tidy until you are ready to open them up.

Do you know what else boxes are good for? Memories. Specifically those of people.

I have a tendency to keep people in tidy little boxes in my mind. It's the place where I hold my memory of you captive. Do you do this? Have a memory of someone or a perception of them and it never changes. In my mind that is who they are for infinity.

It's kinda like seeing a child and then not seeing them again for, say, 10 years. And when you see the older version of them you can't believe that all this time has passed and they are now older.  In your mind you still see them as the child, the baby that they were. No way can they be this older person standing in front of you now!

I only recently realized how I was keeping people in my virtual mind boxes. Like in their own little time warp.

I don't like the fact that I keep people stuck in my time machine box, but it's always been this way.

I know I am not who I was one year ago much less 10, so why do I hold other's captive?   I was struck with this realization some time ago and it surprised even me.

But, yet there they are.

This problem has made me wonder, Do I have trouble forgiving and giving grace? yuck.

When I see or hear of  someone from the past I still think of the same person they were way back when, what what they said or did, still feels like it just happened yesterday. I don't give them the chance to show me they have changed because I'm convinced way down they are the same person.

You're in my box. You're trapped.

I would like to think people can change. I want to extend the same grace that I've been given.

If you prove me wrong you are the only fool for not knowing the wrong in your ways.

So, I guess this means it's time to clean house and get rid of the little boxes I have stored up in my memory. I'm ready to let go of my boxes.

You can come out of your box now. Out you go.

I can't hold people captive in my mind anymore. It's not fair to assume that people never change, grow, or mature. Or aren't even sorry for the ways they've hurt you in the past.

I'm going to allow you to grow and be the older and wiser version of yourself. your welcome.

There may be things about your personality that I don't ever like or agree with. But no one stays the same.

Most of us are sorry for things we have done in the past even if we don't get the opportunity to say the words to the person we offended.

With grace, and by the grace of God, I'm letting you out because I don't have any more room in my head for things that don't really matter.

I'm filling that space with things that do and with things that count.

So, there you go, I'm opening the boxes, and flinging them wide open. You are free. Free to grow and be who you are, no longer my little captive. I wish you the best.

And I'm going to try and keep my head box- free from now on :)

Do you have any old perceptions of people that maybe it's time to let go of?

Linking with #TellHisStory, Imperfect Prose, Thought Provoking Thurs, Fellowship Fri, Faith Filled Friday, A Little R&R Wed

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


This is the second part to my series on serving with your kids this summer, the first part can be found here,
When You Serve Everybody Wins

Are you looking for some fun new things to do with your kids this summer? I know I always am. And A Call To Service (ACTS) will not only will give you some fun things to do together but it will also instill a love of serving, bonus!

If you want to join in the fun, I have some freebies for you (look below)!! And a giveaway of Imagination Station books #1-3 !!

So far we have sent love to a friend in the military with a box of her favorite things.My daughter loves to send her cards as well.

This past weekend, we worked on a day care in a low income part of town that caters to low income families. We painted, cleaned, organized, and built things all so that this daycare can better take care of it's precious students.

My kids missed out on this one because they are at grandparent's house at the moment, but they would have been there if they were here.

Now, I'd like you to meet Matthew: He has a super inspiring story.

Fourteen-year-old Matthew, a dedicated Adventures in Odyssey fan and natural tech whiz, was inspired by a trip to the Apple store to create a smartphone app for his church. Since then, he has created 21 apps for different ministries, including his local pregnancy resource center, Joni and Friends (an international ministry for people with disabilities), and even an “Adventures in Odyssey Fan News” app! Matthew used his God-given talents and imagination to bless others through technology. Which of your kid’s unique gifts are waiting to be unleashed for God’s use?

Matthew's story is a great example that age has nothing to do with our abilities, we can do and serve no matter our age!

Adventures in Odyssey is all about great stories—and the power of the imagination. The beloved audio dramas are heard on over 700 radio stations, and AIO has recently expanded to books and devotionals—including The Imagination Station series, a fast-growing line of early chapter readers, to give you a preview check out the link below to find the first book!

FREE e-book of Imagination Station #1, Voyage with the Vikings :Voyage with the Vikings

 ***An ACTS “Summer of Service” kit, available for download here:Summer of Service Kit

To be entered into the giveaway of Imagination Station books 1-3, leave me a comment, even better, is a comment on some suggestions for serving. I'm always looking for new ways to get the kids involved.

I'll let choose a winner on Mon 24th.and will contact the winner.

Linking with Soli deo Gloria, Titus 2sdays, Women Helping Women, The Better Mom Mondays, Winsome Wed, Works For Me Wed

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

These Dry Bones

'IMG_1459' photo (c) 2009, Andrew Ratto - license:

The Valley of Dry Bones. Ezekiel 37

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, "Son of man, can these bones live?"
I said,  "O Sovereign Lord, you alone know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones:  I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that  I am Lord. '"
... They say, "our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.
 Therefore prophesy and say to them:  "This is what the Sovereign Lord says" O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.
Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord. ' "

Never have I read scripture that gives such amazing imagery. I can see Ezekiel standing in this field of dry- dead bones, and God taking him back and forth across the field. He's probably thinking, what in the world?

Can you imagine being asked to bring bones, bones, back to life?!

God gives life to the dried up places in our life, the places where we feel have no hope.

Like these dry bones that he brought back to life, he can do the same for us. When we are feeling weak he is our strength.

When we are feeling out of hope and down on our luck, he is faithful to show us a new way.

I know what it's like to feel like a dried up sack of bones, with nothing good to offer anyone, because you feel like nothing good lives in you.

I know what it's like to just make it through the day and crumple into to bed at night knowing you have to do it all over again tomorrow.

The weariness and aches from this life try to bring us so low, that we lose our hope.

But don't!

God brings the dead back to life!
'Free Daddy and His Little Shadow Girls at The Skate Park Creative Commons' photo (c) 2006, D. Sharon Pruitt - license:

He will and can breath new life back into your weary dried up places, right now. It may feel like it takes too much strength and energy to even ask. But try anyways. The devil wants you to stay weak and weary, he doesn't want you to be set free.

Even if you can only utter the words "help" He will be there, rest in Him.

He loves you, He cherishes you, You are adored and loved beyond measure. You are his priceless jewel that can never be replaced.

Lord Jesus, breathe life into our dried up dead bones today and renew our hope, we know that your spirit is in us and the plans for our lives are good and not bad. Settle us in our land today, so that we will know that it is you Lord that has saved us. Amen.

 If He is for us, than who can be against us?

Linking with #TellHisStory, Imperfect Prose

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I'm Not Here Today

Hi friends! Today I am guest posting at Hello Mornings! Come over as I share a little about my early quiet time mornings and why I do it?

Thanks! You guys are as sweet as the honey in my tea :)


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