Saturday, October 1, 2016

Walk




Over the years I have acquired a little extra poundage.  I've tried various things to lose weight but my favorite one is to "walk away the pounds."

Often my husband and I will try walking the track. He always gets ahead of me because I cannot walk as fast as he does. His stride is longer!



I will get frustrated and quit.


Recently, I joined the Fit-bit craze. Finally, a doable exercise program. All that really matters is that I get in my 10,000 steps. How fast I do it is not really important. What is important is that I just keep putting one foot in front of the other.


It makes me think of our Christian walk. It doesn't really matter how fast we each mature in Christ. The important thing is we start our journey and keep putting one foot in front of the other until we make it Home.


Oh yeah, we might stumble, fall down, even backtrack or veer off the path. The vital thing is to pick ourselves up, shake off the dust and get back on that path!



The enemy would love to derail us or at least delay us but we have to forget those things that are behind and press on.


Nothing, and I mean nothing, should keep us from our appointment with destiny and our arrival at our forever Home.


Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. You don't have to be the best, the smartest or the strongest. You just have to be faithful and keep walking.




The Journey is our way Home. There is nothing more important than making that final destination. Jesus paid my ticket there, but I have to walk it out. In October, I will be observing the things that happen while traveling the Journey and writing a daily post about my observations.




Because I like to stretch myself, I will also do a challenge within a challenge - 31 days of 5 minute free writes. I will take a topic and run with it, writing furiously for 5 minutes, tailoring it to relate to my theme of examining life along the Journey.

If you are a subscriber, you will receive my #31Day posts each day. If you're not a subscriber, why not? Please go up to the Follow By Email box in the very top of the right column and enter in your email address. I don't want you to miss a thing!

You can also click here each day and look at the bottom of this post. The link to the newest post will be there.

If you would like to join in on the 31 Day Challenge, either as a writer or a reader, go here.


If you would also like to do the 31 Day challenge by doing it in a 5 Minute Free Write format, go here.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Examining the Journey



Fall is here! Fall means cooler temps, gorgeous leaves, boots, sweaters and cozy evenings snuggled on the couch with a warm cuppa.

For me, Fall also means October and the 31 Day Challenge. For the next 31 days I will be posting everyday. I will be examining the Journey.

The Journey is our way Home. There is nothing more important than making that final destination. Jesus paid my ticket there, but I have to walk it out. In October, I will be observing the things that happen while traveling the Journey.


Because I like to stretch myself, I will also do a challenge within a challenge - 31 days of 5 minute free writes. I will take a topic and run with it, writing furiously for 5 minutes, tailoring it to relate to my theme of examining life along the Journey.

If you are a subscriber, you will receive my #31Day posts each day. If you're not a subscriber, why not? Please go up to the Follow By Email box in the very top of the right column and enter in your email address. I don't want you to miss a thing!

You can also visit this page each day and look at the bottom of this post. The link to the newest post will be there.

If you would like to join in on the 31 Day Challenge, either as a writer or a reader, go here.


If you would also like to do the 31 Day challenge by doing it in a 5 Minute Free Write format, go here

Let me know if you are doing the challenge. I'd love to read what is on your heart!




Day 1 - Walk

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

It's Not Easy



I, and some of my friends, have been through a lot of challenges, lately.

You, too?

Maybe it's just me, but I often get to thinking since I love and serve God as best I can life should treat me kindly. You know, perhaps I could get a free pass and have everything go smoothly.

Sigh. Not gonna happen.

I find many times when I'm going through something, God speaks to me when I'm doing my daily scripture writing.

Yesterday, I was feeling pretty down. I had had a slight fender-bender with a deer (!) and also was kind of smarting over a dressing-down I received over a mistake I'd made. I try so hard, yet somehow instead of moving forward, I find I slipped back a couple steps.

Can you relate?

Lunch hour came and I retreated to my "secret place." Every day, I eat my lunch in the church library. It's a great secret place. No one is in the building and I can shut the doors and breathe a sigh of relief. Nobody but me and God for the next hour. This is when I will do my scripture writing, pray, read - why I even will get some steps in walking round the library table. (Oh yeah, there is eating involved as well ...) 

On this day, my portion of scripture to copy was Matthew 7:13-20 ESV. This passage is about the path of life and choosing the broad gate or the narrow one. Verse 14 jumped out at me. 


"... the way is hard that leads to life ..."

Of course, I already knew God's children are not promised a rosy path. What we are promised is a traveling companion, a Savior who will never leave us or forsake us. He is more than enough to help us through each obstacle we come across.

Sometimes, I just need to be reminded. Yes, the way is hard, but I'm on the path that leads to an everlasting life filled with all manner of good things.

Yeah, the easy path is filled with lots of people. Because we all love easy.

When hard things come, I need to always come back to what I know. Romans 8:28. God only allows hard things to come to work out something better in my life.

It's all good.


~~~


I'm linking this post to the community at The Loft. Today is Pot Luck, the day we share whatever is on our hearts ...




October is fast upon us. Every October, I join in the 31 Day Challenge. This challenge is open to all bloggers and encourages us to post something daily for 31 days.

Write something. Every. Day.




Because I like to stretch myself, I will also do a challenge within a challenge - 31 days of 5 minute free writes. I will take a topic and run with it, writing furiously for 5 minutes.


Just to make it more interesting, I will take the topic list and relate everything to one of my favorite topics... the Journey.

The Journey is our way Home. There is nothing more important than making that final destination. Jesus paid my ticket there, but I have to walk it out. In October, I will be observing the things that happen while traveling the Journey.

Won't you join me? It all starts October 1 at 7 a.m. CST. 




Pot Luck is Served!

The Loft

Welcome to the table! Today, our community at The Loft will be serving up posts on a variety of topics because ... well, Pot Luck! It's always interesting to see what our wonderful writers post.

We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.
 
We will offer a month's worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation.

Here are the topics for the next month:

  • September 28 ~ Pot Luck 
  • October 5 ~ Table 
  • October 12 ~ Autumn/Fall 
  • October 19 ~ A Day in My Life 


Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. and will stay live until the following Monday at 5 p.m.

If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today's link-up. Our prompt today is POT LUCK. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.  
     

#TheLoft

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Now it is time to linkup!



Friday, September 23, 2016

Wrapping the Week Up With Praise

It's Friday, lovely Friday!

I like to end the week with praising God for the good things. I've not been able to make the time the last couple of weeks to do so in a post, and that makes me sad. Because there is always, always, always something I can find to give God praise. I do make sure to praise Him in my prayer time everyday, but I want to write about His goodness as well, hoping to encourage others with His goodness to me. He is not partial to anyone, so His gifts are for all who would want to be His child.

1. I don't think I had shared about my mom, sister and brother-in-law's visit. For the first time in years and years, my Mom was actually here on her birthday and we were able to celebrate together. We went to Lambert's, a restaurant famous for "throwed rolls". We had a wonderful time and discovered the awesome fact that Brody is in love with fried okra!

Mom Looking Good at 81!



2. While the family was here we made connections with extended family and visited with them at restaurants. (My kind of gathering - I love to eat out! No dishes!)

3. Our ladies went out last Saturday to a quaint boutique / tea room and had lunch together. I enjoyed it so much! I found a cute animal print scarf that also has shades of blue in it, so it went home with me. I've been dreaming about the jewelry I saw there, and a certain hounds-tooth print bag ... I think a return trip might be in order.

4. I just want to say, although we are having high temps still, the air is beginning to feel fabulous! Mornings are cooler, and next week the forecast says highs will be 79-81. Yay!

5. Quote of the week:


How do we rest from adulting? We remember that we are children in God’s capable hands. -Shelly Miller, Rhythms of Rest.


Don't forget her fabulous book comes out NEXT week!

A couple of bonuses:

We are learning this song on our worship team. Of course, we won't sound like this video, but I'm thinking it will be good. I'm ending my week listening to this:



We finished up James 3 at my last teaching session Wednesday night. James is so hard core, I'm always hoping that people are willing to listen. Things went well (as least from my perspective). Now, it's on to James 4.

I've finished up the Annual Church Profile so things are easier at work currently. I'm thankful - it gives my brain breathing room.

I'm anticipating some time at the lake tomorrow. Here in the Midwest, there won't be too many more good weekends to be out and about. I'm hoping to take advantage of the beautiful Saturday forecast for us.

I will need a little R and R, because I'm gearing up for the 31 day Challenge come October 1.

And so wraps up recent weeks on the Journey. What about you? Are you enjoying and savoring this one beautiful life you've been given? I'd love to hear all about it!

Leave a comment and share, or consider linking up and sharing 5 of your most recent faves at Susanne's space, Living to Tell the Story.

Because we need to hear each other's story.

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I'm also sharing this post at the Grace and Truth linkup and at #FreshMarketFriday. Lots of good reading to be found there!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Foods

Fall is a time to make ready for those wintry days where we hunker down and recharge our batteries. I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of fall's cooler weather for several reasons:


  • Break out the boots!
  • Comfy cardigans
  • Cozy Candlelight; and, my favorite ...
  • Fall Foods


I am in love with chili, soups and stews. Bring on the cooler temps and the soup pot!

In 2015, I wrote a series of posts for the A-Z Challenge called Feasting Body and Soul from A-ZI believe family dinner is important and I also believe food for the soul is just as important. Each day of the series I explored feeding both. 

Today, I'm sharing with you one of the fabulous slow-cooked soups featured in my series, and a word on "slow".

This recipe's full name is Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Spinach and Chicken Soup. That's a mouthful, but a tasty mouthful!

I found the recipe on Pinterest, but you can click here and go directly to 365 Days of Slow Cooking to see the recipe.


My girls and I loved it. The only thing I would change the next time I make it would be to decrease the amount of tortellini - I think 3 cups would be just right - because the star of this recipe is the tasty broth.

It. Is. So. Good.

I love slow cooking some dishes because it really brings out the flavor, but I sometimes have a hard time waiting when it seems that God is slow on answers to prayer.  I need to remember that God sees the big picture and I don't. He is always on time and things work out in the end. I just need to be patient.



"The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. " 2 Peter 3:9 ESV

He has a purpose for being slow. His timetable is ultimately better than mine!
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This recipe is being shared at The Loft where the topic this week is "fall recipes." Come by and savor!

Favorite Fall Recipes at The Loft

THEWelcome to The Loft! Today's topic is one I think will be useful to everyone - Fall Recipes. Even if we may not enjoy cooking, we all need to eat! So why not find new tasty things to add to our menu? Please visit the links below and let me know which ones you might try.

First, a little "Loft"-keeping:


We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.
We will offer a month's worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation.

Here are the topics for the next month:
September 21 ~ Fall Recipes
September 28 ~ Pot Luck

October 5 ~ Table 
October 12 ~ Autumn/Fall 


The Loft

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. and will stay live until the following Monday at 5 p.m.

If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

Now, it is time to get to today's link-up. Our prompt today is FALL RECIPES. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.

         

#TheLoft

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Now it is time to linkup!