Happy Thanksgiving

I love the fact that here in the States our holiday season begins with a Thanksgiving! It just seems right somehow that celebration should begin with a “Thank You!”

Wherever you are at, whatever you are facing look up! Even in our most desperate hour there is power in recognizing God is with us through thanks!

May you be overwhelmed with a sense of His presence as we march forward to the celebration of Jesus’ birth!

To all my friends in the U.S. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Share Your World With Cee Cee Pt. 30

I absolutely love the questions this week Cee!  By the way I have heard from some of my readers that this weekly post is their favorite bit of my writing. Thanks for being such a blessing! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  • Would you accept $10,000 to shave your head and continue your normal activities without a hat or wig while not explaining the reason for your haircut? I would absolutely shave my head for $10,oo0.oo. As far as not telling anybody the reason… sure that would be almost fun. I would just tell people they have to keep guessing. 🙂
  • Which of the following restrictions could you best tolerate:  leaving your country permanently, or never leaving the state or area in which you live now? I think leaving the country permanently would be a great adventure!
  • If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick? I like Cee’s idea of a furniture store. We have one nearby that also sports a restaurant and an IMAX. So Jordan’s furniture would be my choice.
  • If you could have a servant come to your house every day for one hour, what would you have them do? Light carpentry. You did say it was skilled labor right? 🙂

 

Resurfacing!

Have you ever had one of those months?

I think I have just come through one of the busiest falls of my entire life! I finally hit the writer’s- block -wall this last weekend and got thrown right out of the blogging truck. You know it’s bad when you can’t even come up with a decent photo blog on the theme “green”.

Anyway, as I was laying there on the literary pavement trying desperately to come up with something witty to say to y’all, I realized I was going to miss a few days. I can’t tell you how hard it was to just stay silent  so my thoughts could catch up with me. I hate setting goals (like daily blogging) and not meeting them but now I am resurfacing!

I think this song says it all!

Have you ever been here?

Oh BTW how do you like the new look?

Heaven Pt. 84

“then hear from heaven and forgive the sins of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them to follow the right path, and send rain on your land that you have given to your people as their special possession.” I Kings 8:36 NLT

Our nation is in a cultural battle concerning the source of life. Our schools and government agencies teach us that man is the center of the universe, with the right to decide morality and to pursue his own glory. The message of the church is the same as it has been throughout the ages: God is the center of the universe and He is the source of all forgiveness, right thinking, provision and glory. The call of the world is self-indulgence. The call of God’s kingdom is repentance. Our verse today tells us that only through repentance can we know God’s goodness, provision and presence.

Oh how we need a change!

 

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 126

When I started writing “Reinventing the We’ll”  I was walking through a valley of great change. At first I thought the blog would be all about the changes themselves; But as I wrote what was in my heart I found that I was not writing much about the actual changes (although pieces of them have made their way into certain blogs and comments), rather I was writing about the concepts and methods that anchored me through those changes.  Everyone needs a solid rock to stand on when the rest of the world liquefies. Jesus is my Solid Rock. His Bible has been the chain holding me onto the Rock as the waves of change crashed down upon me.

I love the chapter charts because they have been intentional exercises which have strengthened the effectiveness of God’s Word in my life.

If you are struggling today let me encourage you, trust Jesus with the struggle. Don’t just read His word study it and gather His divine strength for the battle.

Here’s what I see in today’s chapters!

I Samuel chapter 9 sermon topics/ titles:

1. Head And Shoulders: I Sam. 9:1,2

2. A Place Of Ministry a Place Of Honor: I Sam. 9: 5-13

3. God Focuses On the Smallest: I Sam. 9: 15-24

I Samuel chapter 10 sermon topics/ titles:

1. The After Effects of the Oil: 1 Sam. 10:1-13

2. The Private Made Public: 1 Sam. 10: 17-24

3. Ignore the Scoundrels: I Sam 10: 27

Now tell me what you see in these chapters. 🙂

Prisoners of War

I was so blessed by this article I just had to share it with you!

Two Minutes of Grace

A group of Navy SEALs were performing a covert operation, freeing hostages from a building is some dark part of the world. They stormed into the room where the hostages had been imprisoned for months. The room was filthy and dark. The hostages were curled up in a corner, terrified. When the SEALs entered the room, they heard the gasps of the hostages. They stood at the door and called to the prisoners, telling them they were Americans. The SEALS asked the hostages to follow them, but the hostages wouldn’t. They sat there on the floor and hid their eyes in fear. ~ Donald Miller

Miller goes on to describe the events that followed. The SEALs were at a loss. The ones they came to rescue didn’t trust them until one of the men put down his weapon, took off his helmet, and curled up tightly next to the prisoners…

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Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 125

The key to getting closer to God is moving farther and farther away from the ways of the world. We are called to be holy because our Father is holy. You won’t find God wrapped up in the sinful fashions of the world order. So if we are to pursue the relationship He greatly desires we need to come away from the sins which so easily beset us.

Here is what I see in today’s chapters:

I Samuel chapter 7 sermon topics/ titles:

1.  Repent To Return: I Sam 7:1-3

2. Pouring Out the Precious Possession: I Sam. 7:6

3. God Has Helped Us So Far: I Sam. 7: 7-12

I Samuel chapter 8 sermon topics/ titles:

1. A King Of Our Choosing: I Sam. 8: 1-5

2. Rejecting God As King: I Sam. 8:6-18

3. Wanting To Fit In With the World: I Sam. 8:20

Now tell me what you see in these chapters! 🙂

Share Your World With Cee Cee Pt. 29

Well while Cee’s autumn seems to be starting, ours  is ending. Our nights are beginning to get that wintry feel and snow fly was last week. Here’s what I saw on my walk the other night.

 

the autumn shine is being replaced with winter’s stark beauty.

Here are this week’s questions and answers:

  1. Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cake or the cupcake first? Who needs cake? If it wasn’t wrapped around the frosting in the middle I would probably discard the cake altogether!
  2. What is your favorite cheese? I love mozzarella, but on spaghetti you can’t beat a good parmesan! 
  3. What is your biggest fear or phobia? (no photos please) Failure. You would think by this point in my life I would be over that but nope.
  4. Would you dare to sleep in haunted house overnight? Probably not by choice. I figure why expose yourself to dark spirit powers unnecessarily? If you’ve got to stay in a “haunted” location I think the spirit should be dealt with first.

Thanks Cee! Great questions.