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No cream or sugar here!

Posted by Shelley on Mar 27, 2008 in Real Life Stories

thanks to Sherry over at Party of Five for this highly scientific test.

I am between delusions of Godhood and near death… and really, I do take it black. Very black.

 
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Tomorrow

Posted by Shelley on Mar 26, 2008 in bible study

~It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.~

I found this quote and really liked it.  I hope you do too!

 
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Yesterday

Posted by Shelley on Mar 26, 2008 in Real Life Stories

Somewhere between Easter and two important April birthdays is my wedding anniversary.  It was yesterday and we found a few stolen moments among the current demands at work and home.  Along with lots of great memories of the last 13 years I’m also admiring 4 dozen red roses!  Yes, yesterday was a good day!

And just for your information, if I were a smurf, I would have to say I am married to the smurfiest guy I know.

 
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Today

Posted by Shelley on Mar 26, 2008 in Real Life Stories

Today I saw a Christmas tree still displayed in someone’s front window.   This was on a nice street with a good zip code… among the blooming azaleas and dogwoods there it was… a fully decorated tree.

Sort of made me feel better about all the stuff I haven’t gotten done around here!

 
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The Beauty of Easter

Posted by Shelley on Mar 23, 2008 in bible study

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus… Romans 8:1

Jude 24-25… To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen

Okay, these are not the traditional Easter verses you might hear today. But… have you ever had two left feet? Big mistakes? Big regrets? Are you more than a beautiful mess? ROMANS 8:1

I keep thinking, where would I be without someone to save me? Someone who won’t let me fall? Someone who sees what I am meant to be? JUDE 24, 25

Because of His resurrection everyday is filled with hope. Accept this and be in agreement with me that without the ugliness of the crucifixion we could never be presented without condemnation, without fault. Realizing this truth for myself has been a big step in my walk of faith. Matthew West’s song captures it for me perfectly. Please take a moment to watch it, read the words and believe the beauty of Easter can be true for you too (click here).


 
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Shout Out

Posted by Shelley on Mar 20, 2008 in Real Life Stories

To my good friend Shannon Johnson. She started a blog and is on a roll! Way to go girl! It is lots of fun to read and she is always my “go to” person when I’ve got parenting questions. She is right on! Take a look and bookmark her page. If you’ve got kids, then http://youvegottoknowthis.blogspot.com/.

 
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I don’t know what to call this…

Posted by Shelley on Mar 6, 2008 in bible study

In the Bible much reference is made to tents. These folks went on many journeys, often living out of tents for quite some time. I can’t even think of putting together what I need for a trip and throwing it in backpack along with a tent and hitting the road. It gives me an anxiety attack just thinking about it. Although with my new iphone (courtesy of Mike’s gracious gift-giving abilities) I might could hack it. That thing will do just about anything plus it has google maps right on the dashboard. So in the event I did pitch a tent and got lost I would know my exact location. But I digress….

Back to my devotional today. It started out with a verse from Deuteronomy, stating that “God would go before me, to search out a place for me to pitch my tent” (chap. 1, v. 32-33). Which absolutely made me laugh because the thought of me setting up a tent is hilarious. Regardless of Bible times or the 21st century, I would be the one having trouble with that tent. I began having quite a time relating to this illustration.

Then my tent became a place… a situation… a relationship… an illness. The tent is a place where God will put you and He’ll show you where to go from there. To those of us who believe, He is going before us in everything. When we want to point and click (or in my case, lightly tap the keypad) all he’s really looking for is for his believers to acknowledge Him wherever it is he has brought us to camp. To trust Him for the places, the situations, the illnesses; and to trust that he will show us the way to go.

This really sounds too easy and hard all at the same time. Which tells me that you know you are at a spot God would have you when you simply can’t do it on your own accord. When I’m in a tough place and the only way “out” or the only way “in” is because of him then I know He has me right where He wants me to be. God is far more interest in my character than my comfort level! And I am sure that if it really were a real tent the Holy Spirit would have me setting that thing up til I got it right. Same thing applies here. Trust in Jesus, outside of what you think you can.  Set up camp, go where He leads because I know for sure that the one who created it all will get it right.

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