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Simply Celebrate

Simply CelebratePhoto Credit / Quote:  Emily Freeman

 

These are the days of….

      • Cuddling in bed on a lazy Saturday morning
      • Watching through the window for the squirrels to steal a peanut
      • Hoarding a stockpile of free orange cranberry muffins
      • Floating together in the pool under blue skies
      • Holding hands and singing 80’s karaoke on a drive to nowhere special
      • Stealing a coconut shrimp off mom’s plate and splitting a key lime pie
      • Sitting quietly next to the blind man who taught you to see
      • Worshipping side by side in the back left corner
      • Invading the Moonlite diner after the service with stories to tell
      • Playing peekaboo with a blond little sprite
      • Pigging out on date night queso and chips at a tall table by the window
      • Praying big and believing God’s going to move a mountain
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What gives moments meaning is not the moments themselves but the presence of Christ with us in the midst of them.

~Emily Freeman, Simply Tuesday

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Let’s Talk:  Where do you see evidence of God’s kingdom in your everyday ordinary?

 

This journaling activity was inpsired by Emily Freeman’s wonderful book Simply Tuesday.
I am sharing “Simply Celebrate” and joining like-minded sisters at incourageGive Me Grace, Still Saturday, The Weekend Brew, Spiritual Sundays, Faith-Filled Friday, Blessing Counters, Live Free Thursday, Tell His Story, Coffee for Your HeartTestimony Tuesday, Purposeful Faith’s RaRaLinkup, Rich-Faith Rising, Sharing His Beauty, and Playdates with God.

 

 

 

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5 Ways to Get out of a Rut in Your Quiet Time

Quiet Time Rut

 

 

This week, I realized that “spiritual funk” was starting to set in. My quiet time was turning into a ritual again. I was reading to check off something on my list, but my heart and spirit were not connecting with the mystery and the glory of the page.

God’s Word is not something to be glossed over. I am not reading for information. I am engaging in relationship. My Abba Father has something important to say to me, and I don’t want to miss it because I am not fully present when I come to break bread at His table.

I have the Word of God in my hands. He speaks to me. I need to wake up and come before Him with a hungry heart.

Lord, give me ears to hear.

Have you been there? Do you find yourself in a rut during your quiet time? Maybe you need to shake things up and do things differently. Let go of your “usual” and ask God to do a new thing in your heart when you open up the Word of Life…

I am sharing over at Missional Women today.

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5 Tips for Reading Through the Bible in a Year

Reading through the Bible

For years, I made the commitment and failed miserably over and over.  I can’t tell you how many consecutive Januarys I made the resolution to read my Bible from cover to cover.  I was an enthusiastic starter, but a terrible finisher.

I had great intentions.  I love the Bible, and I love Jesus.  But, somewhere in the middle of March, I would get lost in Old Testament genealogies and determine that I was more of a “New Testament Girl.”

I changed my ways after a little inspiration. I attended a workshop at a women’s conference where a passionate sister shared her heart on the importance of reading and knowing the whole counsel of God.  Her enthusiasm for the subject inspired me to try once again – plus she gave me some practical advice that helped me to do so with greater success.

As a “New Testament Girl,” I want to share 5 tips that will help you complete the goal of reading through the entire Bible…

I’m sharing over at Missional Women today.  Head on over here to read the rest of this post.

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4 Habits that Prevent Burnout

Prevent Burnout

 

Are you tired?  Are there some days when you’d like to disappear, rather than get out of bed to deal with your to-do list?   I must confess that I almost burned out on ministry.  I lost my passion and joy.  For a long time, I thought I had it all together.  I was juggling many responsibilities and doing it with flair.  But, one day those tasks started to get heavy – the weight of all that I was carrying became too much, but I still struggled to let go.  Everything seemed too important to surrender over to someone else, so I trudged on burdened down by own self-imposed expectations for ministry.

Looking back now, I see where I failed to make healthy choices about how I would use my time, talents, and treasure.  I invested in Kingdom business, but I did not invest in myself.  I forgot that I am important to the kingdom as well.  I am God’s holy temple, and I am called to be a steward of my physical, social, mental, and spiritual well-being.

If I could sit down with 20 year old me, I would tell her that there are essential habits that will prevent ministry burn out.

I am so honored to be sharing over at Rebekah Hughes blog as part of her weekly Titus 2 Tips Series.

To read the rest of this post, head on over here.

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Fighting On Your Knees

He pulled it out and tossed it in the garbage.  The colorful Bird of Paradise plant in front of the house had become infested with ants.  We had not noticed, but our landlord did.  He got on his hands and knees and pulled out the corrupted plant, its beauty destroyed by a silent invader.  In its place stood a big, gaping hole.  I was sad to see it go….
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I am sharing over at Missional Women this week.  Head on over here to read the rest of this post. 
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Photo Credit:  Angel Lopez
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