To everything there is a season

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Are you in the middle of changes and you can’t wait to get to the other side?

It seems renovation is an endless process.  There is so much take down and demolition that has to take place even before starting.   Everything has a time and a purpose.   It’s back breaking, heartbreaking, mind boggling,  overwhelming work.  Thank God  we have a wise builder,  my husband,  who sees the big picture and plans for each next phase of this project.   For me I just want it over so there can be no more dust, working shower and tub, a functioning kitchen, time to get on a with life!

God looks at the big picture too.  He says,  He has plans, amazing and glorious plans for our lives that are good and acceptable and perfect.   These are plans to bless us not curse us.  Plans to restore the years that were robbed from us.   When we were wounded He will heal.  When we were abandoned He vows to never leave but provide a constant Comforter and Guide.  When we were dead He calls LIVE!  Jesus said I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me shall never die the second death.  He said “Come to me all you who are weary with heavy burdens and I will give you rest.  Take My harness on you for I am humble and gentle of heart and you will find rest for your souls.”  It’s when we hook up with Jesus we can begin the transformation.   He views us, as the One who redeemed us from the curse of the law by paying our debt, as totally cool.   He freed us from the systems that require our time,  commitment,  passion, devotion with strings but cannot enable or secure our future with love and purpose.  He has provided His Word,  the Bible, as the method for straightening our thoughts and attitudes.  When we accept God’s Redemption plan through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus,  for our life, Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit.   Without the Holy Spirit the truths of God are undeciferable, reading the Bible just doesn’t make sense.  All Scripture from the Bible, is God breathed, and God uses it to build His values into us, show us when we are wrong or off base, how to get us back on track, and to equip us completely for every good work.   The Holy Spirit Is our Mentor.   He uses the Bible,  our circumstances,  and other Christians to inspire to change and become who we long to be: free from fear, envy, violence, confusion,  anxiety, worry.  As we press into Jesus and wait on the guidance of  the Holy Spirit we slowly shed those hang ups and values that keep us from true freedom,  from real rest of heart and mind.  We become whole.   This is a neverendng process this side of heaven. Until God says “it is finished!” we  will always be a work in progress. 

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Quiet Your Mind: Just saying.

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Living in a world with deadlines and time fences it’s easy to get distracted and exhausted and fretful like the disciples in the boat with Jesus asleep in the storm while they were bailing furiously lest they drown. Here is just a few words to help you smile and gain a fresh perspective. I hope you share the refreshment, encouragement and comfort I experienced as I saw these scenes.

Outside the door there is a whole lot of wonderful going on.
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No matter what is going on in our lives each new day brings a chance to start over.
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The end of the road just means carry on by foot.
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Sure you’re quirky but then aren’t we all? And that’s the beauty of it!
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Don’t get distracted and you won’t sink.
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Even if you can’t walk on water you can look great trying! Enthusiasm and faith will lift you up!
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Others may say you’re all wet. Don’t let it get you down. Shake it off
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Surround yourself with people who believe in you and will help you improve. Don’t be afraid to take chances. We learn best by our mistakes.
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Preparation is the best cure for anxiety. Don’t be caught unprepared for whatever may happen next.
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A merry heart is good medicine!
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Just ‘cus it feels right doesn’t mean you should make that your final answer.
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What inspires you? How about the Code of the West? How about Art?

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I visited the museum and firehouse in Franktown, Colorado, with my daughter and her children.  The first thing that caught my eye was the Code of the West hanging in the entry just inside the front door.  I thought it worth passing on.

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The firemen at the station became the glue to transform a motto into a real hero.  These guys totally threw themselves into sharing their tools and adventures with our little band.

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I can’t help but think the Code of the West tugs at each of our hearts.  It sets the bar high for honor and faithfulness and endurance and giving promises and commitments that require personal sacrifice and a hero’s heart.  Don’t we want to be all that?  Don’t we want to see the ones we love most to have the heart of a lion that will risk heaven and hell for our safety?  That’s what Jesus did for us.  And that is the bar my grandfather aspired to when he fell in love with my grandmother.  Here I share with you his heart in a precious letter he wrote to his beloved O so many years ago.  Enjoy and be inspired!

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