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IMG_0785A Portrait of Feminine Dress, Part 1-I thoroughly enjoyed this series which begins at this link.  It has inspired me to dust off my sewing machine and spruce up my wardrobe a little.

The Little Shack on the Prairie-I am a Fixer Upper addict.  This one is one you have to see!!!!  Unbelievable!!!

Faithful in Obscurity-“But probably the great majority of us are like those few disciples in the background. Our name isn’t meant for the spotlight. Maybe we couldn’t handle it. Maybe that’s just not where God wants us to be. People might not ever see or know what we do. But God does. Faithfulness to Him and whatever ministry He has called us to are what matters.”

 

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Behind on Bible Reading?

“Don’t give up, friends! Find time. Make your reading a priority. Don’t worry about getting behind or doing it the wrong way. Reading Scripture is an eternal investment with immeasurable rewards.”

Bible Memory Resources from Do Not Depart

This web page is a list of links to their resources for different passages.  It’s a wonderful resource if you are memorizing Scripture or want to start.

5 Things Every Missionary Wants You to Know About Culture Shock

“We all love to hear about missionaries preparing and going to the field, don’t we? But the truth is, just as many families going are also coming back due to burnout, health issues, and relationship struggles.  We don’t hear much about that. For the most part, they come off the field and no one really knows what happened. This is sad, because I really believe that some of their struggles on the field would be softened by caring people reaching out consistently. More than ever, we as individuals and churches need to work at understanding our missionaries–  Work at knowing how they think, what they are going through, and how we can be actively involved in their care.”

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I try to avoid controversy on my blog.  I realize that I am probably stepping it in when I post the following links.  You will know how I feel about observing Lent when you read the posts below.  I do not understand the fascination of Protestants with this observance…and I am not alone.  I have converted Catholics as friends that just shake their heads.  If you have an opposing view and choose to comment, please be kind. 

Why I’m not giving up cupcakes for Lent?

“God doesn’t want you to give up chocolate, meat, or cupcakes in His name. He wants you to totally give your all on a daily basis in for Him.”

5 Reasons to Not Observe Lent

“Carl Trueman said it well when he wrote, ‘…just as celebrating July the Fourth makes sense for Americans but not for the English, the Chinese or the Lapps, so Ash Wednesday and Lent really make no sense to those who are Presbyterians, Baptists, or free church evangelicals.'”

photo credit:  Tim Melton

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IMG_2544When the Straight & Narrow Isn’t-“God deals in dimensions we know nothing about. And I believe he will sometimes lead us along paths that look wrong, that look out of alignment, that, get this, require faith.  If God leads you “off target” or out of alignment, will you follow Him?”

Scripture Memory as a Way of Life“Even if it takes you one verse, and it takes you a whole year to memorize it, that’s one more verse than you had last year—and you have no clue how God will use it.”

Two Methods of Bible Study, what it means to study the Bible by plow & by trowel-“As you agonize over a passage of Scripture and pray for God to give you understanding, all of it will come together. The “aha” moment will come. And I have to confess it is rather addictive. You will never forget the truth you have labored hard to understand! You will love the truth and you will feel it deeply, and you will want more of it! You will glow with the glory God has shown you.”

Humble Roots Book Review-I am almost finished reading this book and it is a good one!  I am not a book reviewer.  I knew the author when she was a child.  Her mother was my Sunday School teacher way back in the day.  Tim Challies has written a great review here.  I hope you will check it out.  “Humble Roots is well-written. Anderson is a skilled writer and her book is a joy to read. It is a great length in an era in which far too many books are just a little too long and it is beautifully integrated with her own life and experiences. This gives it an enjoyable authenticity and a ‘rootsy’ feel. Each chapter is structured around something she has experienced in the natural world and this serves as a helpful and interesting ‘hook’ to hold the book together.”

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Another personal tradition I have is to read Christmas stories or Christmas devotionals.  Here are a few quotes to think about…

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“Christmas is so much more than a holiday. So much more than buying and wrapping and cooking and eating and trimming with tinsel and mailing out cards. It’s a season for reflection, for preparation, for renewal.” ~Liz Curtis Higgs, The Women of Christmas 

Tree Festival 2014
Tree Festival 2014

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Let Your Light Shine-“Whatever happens… God is still on the throne.”

10 Lies That Keep Us From Renewing Our Minds-“Do you ever feel like you want to change, but you just can’t seem to make it happen? Often the reason we can’t change is because we’re trying to change in our own strength–and we’re not strong in that area of our lives.”

The Spiritual Battle with Weightless-“It is a sweet thing that God created a pleasurable world of food — but that pleasure of food is meant to be a finger that points me to God. It is not meant to be the thing that satisfies my heart.”

Searching for Selah-“I think what I need to confess is that I worship the god of productivity.”

Worth the Read as the New Year Approaches

I’ve read some worthy articles online that have me thinking about goals for 2016.  Thought I would share.

The Renewing of the Mind Project*

Writing Out Scripture Can Be Good for the Soul

Sweet Blessings posts Scripture Writing Plans

7 Benefits of Systematic Long-term Scripture Memory

Pray About Memorizing Scripture in 2016

Introducing the Book of Job**

*I highly recommend this book.  It’s free right now for kindle.  I will be talking more about it in the year to come.

**I don’t buy the journal, but the other tools are helpful with daily Bible reading.  I like using the SOAK method.

The SOAK Bible Study Method

S – The S stands for Scripture

O – The O stands for Observation

A – The A stands for Application

K – The K stands for Kneeling in Prayer

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img_24141-e1294944471955-27 Principles of Sabbath Rest-“Here are 7 principles about Sabbath rest that I am learning. I share them in hopes they might help others fighting the battle of busyness, fatigue, and endurance.”

7 Practical Prayer Tips-“Prayer allows us to come up close, to settle in for an intimate conversation with our closest Companion and Friend, but it is something that most of us struggle with.”

Are you fresh for everything?-“Are you drawing your life from any source other than God Himself? If you are depending on something else as your source of freshness and strength, you will not realize when His power is gone.”

Thoughts on Waiting Well {When You Hate to Wait}“Waiting should realign our will to God’s. It gives us time to grow, and is a necessary dormancy, a season of rest, like a God-given time to learn, take in, draw closer, and rejuvenate our spirit,  like the ground as it rests in winter tucked under a blanket of snow.”

Have you seen Dawn’s journaling Bible?  It takes my breath away.  I so wish I could draw.  =)