Thursday, July 24, 2014

When Hope Comes in Fluorescent Blue

I was off to get my toes painted bright fluorescent eggshell blue this morning.  And this song came over the car's airwaves clean and bright and true. 
It was just for me. 
And then I knew, without a doubt, that it was meant to be shared. 
With you.

'Cause I can't for the life of me think of one single soul that doesn't need at least a glimmer of hope. 

And my mind fast forwarded 12 hours to the time the gang at Lisa-Jo's would share.  And I knew deep in my bones that the 300+ second word she'd gift us with would somehow fit like a hand in a glove.
Or feet in the uncut grass.
It's a song of confident hope.  For those darkest nights.  When you want to finish off your fear or dread or sadness.  Or whatever keeps you from focusing on who God truly is.
So up on those tired ol' feet, dear friend.
And raise your weary hands high. 
Sing with me.

Dance with me.

Praise with me.

Pray with me.

'and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out
within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.'
Romans 5:5

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Gift of Enough

The winner of a copy of Kate Conner's ENOUGH ~ 10 things we should be telling teenage girls
 is the lovely and creative Yuko Jones of Northfield Gate

Congrats to you, my friend! 
And thanks to all who took a minute or two to leave a kind, thought-filled word this past week.

Need the warm hug of some encouraging words by other mamas who've been there ...
and survived to tell the story?  Click here for a must-see video.  And grab your tissues on the way.

I bet you don't know these 3 words your teen longs to hear.

And head over there to read the 4 choices you must make if your teen / young adult doesn't share your faith.  

Didn't win?  You can buy ENOUGH right here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sharing Their Gorgeous Manes

They've been growing out their beautifully thick heads of hair for months years. 
Just for Locks of LoveAnd today was the day to finally say good-bye . . .

When all was said and done, the energetic, joy-filled blonde prayed
for the little girl who'd be 'wearing her hair' in a couple of months . . .

And when they returned home, the other two sweethearts just had to join in the fun. 
So dad cheerfully wielded the scissors in the driveway.
Like mother, like daughters.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Intimacies & Knowledge

"Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer:

'Thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth.  You've concealed Your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people.  Yes, Father, that's the way You like to work.'

Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly.  'The Father has given me all these things to do and say.  This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge.  No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does.  But I'm not keeping it to Myself; I'm ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.

Are you tired?  Worn out?  Burned out on religion?  Come to Me.  Get away with Me and you'll recover your life.  I'll show you how to take a real rest.

Walk with Me and work with Me - watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with Me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.'"
- Matthew 11:25-30 {The Message}

Tired, worn out, burned out?  Yeah, that would just about sum it up for way too many of us, Lord.  We come to You believing that You are able to show us how to live with a greater lightness in our spirits and a more vibrant freedom in Your service.  We're more than ready for that to happen! 
Revive us by Your priceless amazing grace.
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~   keeping company with Lisha   ~

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On Fetching the Hoarded Seeds

It's like we're sitting around waiting for the perfect time or the ideal place.  We've got a vision going on and it's grand and it sparkles bright.  We keep our eye on it and hope and plan and dream that someday it's going to burst out big and large and oh so radiant.

But what might we be missing when our present has become all about the future?

What might our world look like if we bloom where we're planted right here, right now.  In this very spot we find ourselves in, no matter how disappointing or scary or desolate it may be.  What if that future and that hope that God promises us begins now and not later.  Here right in this very minute and not out there on some nebulous magical distant shore.

Maybe we should be pulling out the yard tools, digging up the rich compost, getting our hands dirty in the deep dark soil.  And fetch the precious seeds we've been hoarding close to the vest for some distant day.

Grab hold of the rusty watering can.  'Cause those blooms are just begging to spring forth.  All your beautiful gifts, talents, creative juices, energy, imagination.  And we have no idea what color, aroma, shape, or form they'll take as they emerge glorious and bright.

Not to worry.  The Master Designer's got it all figured out.

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~   300+ fast moving seconds with Lisa-Jo  .  Kelli  .  Holley   ~

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ENOUGH ~ 10 things we should be telling teenage girls . . . A Giveaway
I'm all about being pro-active.  So when a book's sub-title is 10 things we should be telling teenage girls, I'm thinking that maybe this is a good reason for parents of tweens {10 - 12 year olds} as well as parents of the 13+ crowd to grab hold of this important little guidebook.
The title is, simply put, ENOUGH.  Facebook.  Tanning beds.  Modesty.  Flirtation.  All the drama.  You know what I'm talking about.  Youth minister / blogger Kate Connor serves as your own personal translator in navigating potentially stormy waters.  {I'm jotting down her 9 ways How Not To Be a Twit for myself!}  She's biblical.  Smart.  Practical.  And she speaks to where this next generation is today
And I sure would rather that your girls {and mine} hear what they need to hear from their parents and not on the back of the school bus or at one of those infamous sleepovers.  And that those conversations start long before something comes up that could have been discussed with much less drama or trauma along the way.
But don't panic.  It's never too late for a fresh start.  Truly.  Even for those young women who've made some poor choices along the way.
I've got a copy of ENOUGH for one of our readers.  Just leave a comment on any post until Wednesday, July 23rd at noon {Eastern}, and you'll be in the running for this relevant parenting tool.  {US and Canada only, limit one comment per post!} Don't have a tween / teen / young adult daughter?  I bet you know someone who does.  Or have a library to donate to. 
For every young woman is beautiful.  Valuable.  And enough. 
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising"):
Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. 
Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
/   spreading the news of ENOUGH at Kristen's  /

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