The LORD has done great things

Just a few quick thoughts on Psalm 126:2 for today.

The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

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James 4:8 – Draw Near to God

I recently was reading a passage in the book of James and lingered on

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8a)

When I first read the verse, it brought a very clear memory into view. [Read more…]

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Romans 12:9 | really love them

I’ve been looking at what the bible has to say about authenticity and just had to linger on Romans 12:9

Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. (HCSB)

(I’ve also lingered on 1 Peters 2:1 where it says “So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander.”  It’s been an interesting few days.)

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Encouragement – Psalm 90:12

Good Sunday morning friends! Since this verse gives me encouragement, I wanted to share it with you.

Encouragement from Psalm 90:12

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

 

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MOMtor Monday – Cookie Dough and Self Control

It’s MOMtor Monday and I’m over at Mothering from Scratch with a guest post.

I’ve adored their series on the fruits of the spirit this summer.  I love fresh fruit in the summer time, and their series really satisfied!

Because I’m a regular contributor to Mothering from Scratch (and because they actually plan their posts out weeks in advance) I actually had this writing assignment since last May.

For three months, I’ve been staring at “self control” as a writing topic.

When I first got it, I immediately told my husband.   His response was not exactly the loving and supportive one that I was looking for! [Read more…]

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Drinking from the Firehose

I admit – I’d never heard the expression “drinking from the firehose” until the past 10 years.

But the instant I heard it, I knew what it meant.

I have fond memories of drinking from the garden hose as a child.  I remember the secret forbidden thrill of tasting as the water switched from warm and plastic tasting to cool and clean.

I also have fond memories of the few times I managed to prank my older brother by turning the water volume up to full while he was drinking.  The look on his face was… priceless.  I have a few not-so-fond memories of him returning the favor.  The water gets up your nose and it’s almost impossible to drink.

If you’ve ever drunk from a garden hose, you know there’s this magical water pressure where the water arcs gently out from the end of the hose by just a few inches.  It’s perfect for drinking.  Any lower, and you find yourself sucking on the metal hose bib.  Any higher and you’re gasping for breath as the water streams out of your mouth, across your face, into your hair, and down your shirt.

Remember?

(to the best of my knowledge, my kids have never drunk from the garden hose.  somehow, it’s just never come up.)

So when I heard the phrase “drinking from the firehose” for the first time, I had this mental image of someone standing there trying to swallow a single sip of water as they were drowning.  I saw them standing there, drenched from head to toe, unable to drink a single drop of the water that rushed by.

Yesterday I wrote about my summer of dry.

I wrote about a spiritual thirst, a longing for a stream in the desert.

Today I marvel that God never asks us to drink from the firehose.   He doesn’t respond to a season of drought with a torrential river or a tidal wave.  Time after time, He responds with a stream.   He gives us just the right amount of water for it to run cool and clear (so we aren’t sucking on the end of the garden hose) but not so much that it gets up our nose and runs down the shirt.

But streams came up from the ground and watered the earth. Genesis 2:6

Your help came from the God
your father worshiped,
from God All-Powerful.
God will bless you with rain
and streams from the earth;
he will bless you
with many descendants.  Genesis 49:25

You let me rest in fields
of green grass.
You lead me to streams
of peaceful water, Psalm 23:2

I will bless the thirsty land
by sending streams of water;
I will bless your descendants
by giving them my Spirit. Isaiah 44:3

As my summer of dry comes to a close, I’m thankful for the streams God has placed in my path.  I am thankful for the living water He provides me.

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Care to share your favorite verse on the theme of water and streams?  I’m all ears.

 

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The Summer of Dry

Three years ago, I watched in horror as Texas burned.

Not the whole state. Just selected parts of it. It was…

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Unkindness – A true story

Monday, I shared a post on Mothering From Scratch on Kindness.

It seems only right that I share a true story about unkindness too.

(actually, this is one of those painful to share posts that i didn’t want to write.  but i have to.  honest.)

I am not always kind.   As I’ve previously observed, balancing a snarky sense of humor with kindness is a difficult feat.   Sometimes, what I intend to be funny comes out hurtful.

I am not always kind.  Sometimes, I’m just too busy and self centered to remember to take the effort to gentle my words and soften my tongue.

I am not always kind.  On rare instances, I’m flat out unkind.  No, make that UNKIND.  It deserves the emphasis.

Last week, unkindness happened. [Read more…]

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MOMtor Monday – Kindness

It’s MOMtor Monday and I’m guest posting at Mothering From Scratch on the subject of Kindness.  It’s part of their 8 week long series on the Fruits of the Spirit.

(it’s been an awesome series, i’m secretly hoping they turn it into an ebook.  hint hint.)

Go on over – be sure and leave a comment and tell me hello.

The Healing Power of Kindness

 

 

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MOMtor Monday – Cookies and Momma Love

It’s my MOMtor Monday and I’m thrilled about it.

First, I always love guesting at Mothering From Scratch and interacting with their awesome community of ladies.

Second, This is the start of an amazing series they are doing called “A Fruity Look at Mothering.”  I can’t wait to see what they will share this summer.

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Today I’m sharing a post titled HOW MOMMA LOVE MADE ME LOSE MY COOKIES.

Go read it.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a story of how my kids make me laugh.

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