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Prayer

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Ever have an instance that catches your breath? Reading this prayer did that. Then I prayed it.

Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of You, let my first impulse be to worship You, let my first speech be Your name, let my first action be to kneel before You in prayer~

For Your perfect wisdom and perfect goodness:

For the love with which You love mankind:

For the love with which You love me:

For the great and mysterious opportunity of my life:

For the indwelling of your Spirit in my heart:

For the sevenfold gifts of your Spirit:

I praise and worship You, O Lord.

Yet let me not, when this morning prayer is said, think my worship ended and spend the day in forgetfulness of You. Rather from these moments of quietness let light go forth, and joy, and power, that will remain with me through all the hours of the day;

Keeping me chaste in thought:

Keeping me temperate and truthful in speech:

Keeping me faithful and diligent…

Unforgettable

When it all comes down to it, none of us wants to be forgettable. Hannah went to visit our friends in Bend and help them with their youngin's. She loves babies and so we thought it would be a great opportunity for her to get some babysitting experience. She is a natural. However, after only being gone for hardly 24 hours she said quite sadly to me on the phone, "You have probably already forgotten all about me". Seriously? I said. NO WAY.......and of course went on to encourage her and let her know how proud we were of her and how much we loved her. Despite the fact that I knew it was her 11 almost 12 year old drama speaking.
Frankly, I was stunned she would say that. And didn't think about it again until I heard today about a dear women and friend of ours who went to be with the Lord yesterday. She was a wonderful woman of God and we served with her husband in ministry in Colorado. Was she forgettable? Never. Always a beautiful smile. Always a word to …

Strange

I a desperately trying to live fully right where I am. The rooms are still strange here, even with new color. Windows open to a fresh terrain, different climate. Nothing is familiar. I kept thinking that once we get our furniture "set" it will feel more like home. Guess it doesn't happen as quickly as I anticipated.
Making such a change uproots not only your furniture, the kids schools, your surroundings, but it uproots you. And I thought all the undoing was the 9 months waiting on direction.

For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
~Isa. 43:19

I have clung on to this scripture. This promise of the new. Here we are in a strange land- it is new alright. I didn't expect the strange feelings. The loneliness. The what now? God. Unnerving really these emotions of the strange. I am refusing to give into the feelings though. Oka…

Inspired

After my post yesterday, I ventured on to reading some of my favorite authors/bloggers. Read this from Donald Miller-
"We don’t normally face our fears willingly. Usually, God has to woo us into the desert. We are either chasing love or some other desire, and we find ourselves in the midst of a situation in which we have very little control. And when we lose control, we go into a mild form of trauma. But the good news is the greatest stories are lived in the desert. The great lives are lived in the places we most fear. If we fear being rejected, the great story has us standing at the door with flowers in our hands, if we fear losing love, the great stories have us letting that person go rather than clinging to them. If we fear taking a chance on a dream, the great stories have us quitting our jobs."
uuummmm...... greatest stories are lived in the desert. Seeing as we are coming out of a desert time, I can attest to some stories. Great? Not sure yet. I do know that I le…

Bend

Never been to Bend before......at least not the town here in Oregon. Last weekend we got the opportunity to make the 2.5 hour gorgeous journey through the Cascades to Bend. My best friend along with another recent grad, just opened Hope Rising- a counseling center and the open house was Friday evening. First of all......Congratulations Charity and Joy! What an accomplishment already and you are just getting started. You went after your dream. I am impressed. Inspired really.

I was cleaning out my purse- yes, must do that every so often! And I found their brochure. On the front a verse was included. Great Word for today-
"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassion never fails. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." from Lamentations 3:22-23
Lamentations from the Bible says that? Really? I did a little research into the book of Lamentations. Did you know that it really is a book of wailings that are read annua…