Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Final Pic for 2014!!!

No matter how the notes were played this year - count it all joy!  You are still here - keep moving forward and keep writing your song.  Do the next thing!  Happy New Year's Eve!

Day 365 ---- Made it again!!!!

New Calendar, New Pens, New Word and Verse for 2015.  
Happy New Years EVE!!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Day 364

Do you pick a "One Word" for your year?  This will be my 3rd year and mine is "ENOUGH"

I am ENOUGH through Jesus!
I have ENOUGH!
His grace is ENOUGH! 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Day 359

Santa Came...Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus!  *section of lights out due to the Elf.*  ;)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Day 350 Part 2

In the hustle and bustle of the season - slow and remember that it's not about all the presents under the tree...BUT about THE Gift God has given all of us.  Peace is a Person.  "Make space in the pace for P E A C E" ~Ann Voskamp

Day 350

Day 16 of Advent: "Go...and deliver the message I have given you." ~Jonah 3:2 "Advent can feel like an advent of crises. A whole string of Jonah-days brazenly begging you to head in the opposite direction, to get away from the dark underbelly of people and agendas and loving the unlovely and loud. Jonah finds a boat and buys a one-way ticket and sails due west, as if a man can ever escape the grace of God. As if finding your ship isn't sometimes more like jumping ship...You aren't equipped for life until you're in need of grace." ~Ann Voskamp

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 349

Day 15 of Advent:  "How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him!"  1 Kings 18:21  "Jesus, the Gift, comes to give you freely through His passion what every other god forces you to get through your performance."  ~Ann Voskamp

Day 348

Day 14 of Advent:  "The people who walk in darkness will see a great light." ~Isaiah 9:2 "The message of Christmas is that this world's a mess and we can never save ourselves from ourselves and we need a Messiah." ~Ann Voskamp

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Day 347

Day 13 of Advent:  "People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." ~ 1 Samuel 16:7  "You only begin to change your life when you begin to change the way you see...When my priorities aren't the things seen - when my priorities are rather all things unseen - it's only then that my life begins to have substance and weight."  ~Ann Voskamp

Friday, December 12, 2014

Day 346

Day 12 of Advent: "Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God." ~Ruth 1:16 "When we have an agenda for God, we can't see the gifts from God....God comes through mangers. The mundane holds miracles...and every little thing is going to be okay because God is working good through every little thing. Gifts always come out of the unseen and hidden places." ~Ann Voskamp

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Day 345

Day 11 of Advent: "You must leave this scarlet rope hanging from the window." ~Joshua 2:18 "Great faith is the greatest equalizer, the greatest eraser, and the greatest definer...No personal choice that muddied your life can ever trump the divine choice to wash your life clean...That scarlet cord Rahab threw out the window? That same word in Hebrew means "hope." You think about that as you tie string around Christmas gifts...The scarlet lifeline of Christ." ~Ann Voskamp

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day 344

Day 10 of Advent: "Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!" ~Deuteronomy 5:29 "God knows how we say I do - but don't...God gives the Law - because He wants there to be love...and it's because of Jesus, whose love makes it possible for you to approach a holy God" ~Ann Voskamp

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Day 343

Day 9 of Advent: "You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good." ~Gen. 50:20 "No matter what intends to harm you, God's arms have you...If God can transfigure the greatest evil into the greatest Gift, then He intends to turn whatever you're experiencing now into a gift." ~Ann Voskamp

Monday, December 8, 2014

Day 342

Day 8 of Advent: "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn't even aware of it!" ~Gen 28:16 "You can feel it in your bones sometimes when you stop for a moment - like life's this stairway that you just never stop climbing, this ladder that goes on forever without end...there are no ladders to climb up, because Christ came down one to get you." ~Ann Voskamp

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Day 341

Day 7 of Advent: "Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide." ~Gen. 22:14 "You don't need to climb mountains named I Will Perform. You don't need to climb mountains named I Will Produce. Every mountain that every Christian ever faces, the Lord levels with sufficient grace: The Lord Will Provide...He always has a ram in the thicket...He always provides." ~Ann Voskamp

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Day 340

Day 6 of Advent: "God has brought me laughter." ~Gen 21:6 Laugh today - smile and bring joy to someone else today! "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly." ~G.K. Chesterton. Let go of the weight and laugh.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Day 339

Day 5 of Advent: I will bless you...and you will be a blessing to others. ~Gen. 12:2 "In the heaviness of your day...God comes to you. The weight of everything melts like thinning snow in the heat of His words: 'I will bless you.'" ~Ann Voskamp

"Faith is the gift of God. So is the air, but you have to breathe it; so is bread, but you have to eat it; so is water, but you have to drink it." ~D.L. Moody

Unwrap His gift of blessing to you today.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

part 2 - day 338

Day 4 of Advent: "Noah found favor with the Lord." ~Gen 6:8 "Christ comes like an ark, like a cradle over floods."
~Ann Voskamp

PRACTICE ---- Day 338

So after breakfast she sits at the piano and begins to play.  She plays a song that I taught her and if I close my eyes I can see myself as a child playing the same song.  She has gotten so good at this song that she could play it with her eyes closed.  She knows where each finger goes…where each note is…and what notes come next.  What she once struggled with or messed up on the melody…she now knows like the back of her hand.  Practice…this is what it does.  It makes us better and more comfortable with whatever we are practicing on.

I’m practicing my prayer life with God because I want to be in His presence and to be more like Him.  I’m practicing how to walk with God daily.  I want to know Him and know when He is speaking to me.  I want to run to Him when there is a problem instead of running my mouth or thinking I can fix it.  I want to pause instead of jump. I want to be able to close my eyes and lean into Him as easy as breath comes into my lungs.  SO…in order to change I need to practice.  

“We cannot trust who we do not know.” ~Wendy Blight

To practice all of this – to practice walking with God daily – requires being present in His presence.  It requires me to open my hands and let go of control.  It requires me to trust in Him and to see the world through Kingdom Eyes. 

We lit the first Advent candle this past Sunday…the Hope candle.  Lighting the candle brings a beautiful light into our home.  Jesus is our constant light and when I practice being in His presence – no matter when that candle is blown out – the light still shines. 

There is a lot of darkness in this world and it could use a bit more twinkle.  One of the things I love about this season…are all of the Christmas lights…the twinkle…spread all over the world.  If only we could keep the lights shining all year long.  In order to shine the light…we need to know the Light of Him.  

So yeah…I’m practicing a lot these days.  Because I want the light to shine constantly in my home…my family…and everywhere.  Practicing His presence, the present moment, and leaning in to His gift…Jesus.

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matt. 5:16 (MSG) 

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