why do you blog…part 2

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“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”…Brene Brown

Dear Monday…why do you blog? was a post that had a lot of feedback causing me to continue to dig deeper for my blogging purpose.  I am sharing three.

3 reasons I blog…right now

One

Community

a foundation of flesh…a support system.

God is raising up a foundation of women for me as I step onto the battle field to go hand to hand combat with the enemy on my own.  Beth Moore said that no one can fight the battle for you in the end.  They can help us on the way there but in the end…it is us.

Two

Calling

Rom 8:30 says….Bring them into the calling that You have predestined for them.  I feel that blogging is Him bringing me into my calling. I’ve wanted to write since I was a little girl and never did.  Just a dream.  Now I can.  It is helping me grow in the art of writing and sharing.

Three

Compassion

In my ” mid-life”;) God has opened my eyes to see women more uniquely and not so much as competition.  Each of us has an authentic calling, genetic makeup, learned behavior, wounds from lies believed, personalities and what we do looks different from everyone else.  We so often put ourselves in a box that is supposed to look like everyone else and when it doesn’t, we automatically think it is us and questions ourselves as to whether we are ok?

I learn a lot from other women who are different from me.

Women are scary. We are not easy to be real and authentic with.  We don’t trust easily.  We put on masks of perfection and in reality, it is the imperfection that we all so need from one another.  Inside we are ate up with trying to be like them and losing ourselves in the process.

Bottom line for me  is …I have some goals for my blog but I am learning to enjoy them as part of  this journey.  Enjoy the art of creating. I am learning to love finding ME.   Just be YOU!

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world…Mother Teresa

We never know what He is using our story for. Whether you have 20 followers or 2000 followers your story is just as imperative to share as anyone’s. Let us be encourager’s of each others art or calling today.

One’s reason for blogging is not another’s…it doesn’t make you wrong and them right…and it is His blog anyway;)

I get up every morning excited to be with you all..to share my heart as God is healing it..to sit before each of you and learn..I couldn’t be more complete in THIS area of my life.  the rest….well….TIME:) I wish I could give you all a big HUG…thank you for your outpouring of love to Gabi yesterday.  My heart was over the moon as I’m sure theirs was as well.

XO,

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Word woman Wednesday & Linkup is tomorrow…a sneak peak coming your way.  Be sure to come back and share in my happy ok?

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Nikki is working on a button for Gabi so you can grab one to put on your blog if you’d like…

Please come meet the women God has brought into my life…I love them all…every unique one of them…@ Jen’s Finding Heaven..

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Pam Balla - What a wonderful post so full of the strong beautiful women you are
and so full of Love for GOD
I enjoyed every word and agree the journey of everyday is a Blessing
This post is a Blessing for us all
xo
Pam

Amy Sullivan - I love your words. I always have. I remember the first post I ever read by you. It was about your giving jar. Ever since then, I've been hooked on the way you easily connect with readers you don't even know.

You know how I was talking about words that parade through our heads? Yours should be bright, bright future.

Jen - Oh, man. You did it again. Your post has left me wordless — all there is is feeling and emotion and … the best of all…love.

I see you as just this amazing, beautiful flower. Just opening. Precious!

Melissa Lewis - Midw - This is such a great and thoughtful post. I'm glad you chose to follow your passion and write.

Christy - I love that we can all blog for different reasons yet our central reason can still remain the same…. Him.

(that quote at the top of your post is amazing…and the Mother Theresa one is a long time favorite)

I love your reasons for blogging as they are quite similar to my own. I was so pleasantly surprised by the community of blogging…I had no idea when I started how very beautiful it was!

jenny - "We never know what He is using our story for."

Thank you for this, Tiffini. You are one amazing lady. I am praying hard for you.

Rachel - I love this post! It's amazing how God uses everything we do, isn't it?

Pamela - The quote from Mother Teresa is one of my favorites. Your "Why I blog" list echos in my own heart. I have a friend who signs everything she writes FFG — for God's glory. Your ministry of blogging has touched my life and, I'm sure, people around the world.

Blessings,

Pamela

Andrea - i don't always know why i blog, and some days i wake up and think, "i'm done." but this was good – and encouraging. so glad to be a part of your community here :)

paige - beautiful post…

too funny, i think you were visiting me while i was visiting you…
prayign for sweet gabi & her beautiful family too

♥ Carrie Shan - Thanks you so much for this post. I am going to bookmark this to look at everytime I forget why I blog or am feeling a little unsure about it. Thanks you.

Paula - You make me want to blog. Right now I'm just a stalker. I am so inspired by your blog and open it like a new present each day. It brings me JOY!!

LLH Designs - Great reasons to blog, Tiff.

A quote I like: "God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called."

I love how He is qualifying you as a writer here in this place.

xo,
Linsey

Nancy - I laughed when I read this line: "Women are scary." So true, isn't it? I do love the women I've met through blogging though. There is real community here. And you're right–each of us may have different reasons for blogging, different goals. How God chooses to use us really is up to Him!

Lynn Mosher - I so enjoyed your reasons for blogging. I so understand being called…even though I didn't know I could write! I love the quote LLH used, “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.” So true! Great post!

Stephanie - Oh Tif, I love this post…as I always do your posts. I will fight with you anyday, just not naked. LOLOLOLOLOL! You know this is one of those jokes that I hope if we still know eachother when we are 80, we will still laugh about! HA!!!!

BIg Fat Mama - Oh, I am praying for sweet Gabi.

And I think of blogging as just an outward reflection of what's going on inside. Always changing and transforming as I myself change and transform.

Dear Monday…meet my friend Gabi

This is Gabi.  She is 9.  Through an ice skating injury causing a trip to the Dr. for a MRI, what was thought to be a stress fracture…showed that she has osteosarcoma. Our daughter’s went to the same gym for competitive gymnastics for over two years.

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Cancer effects the whole family.  It doesn’t come as a choice as to whether we want it or not.  and it is scary.  I felt my heart wrung out for this family.  I’ve known them for over two years.  I think of each one.  I think of mom,who has 3 other girls.
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I just want to share their story so we can wrap arms of flesh prayer around them.  I want them to know they will never walk alone.  That they are in the Shelter of Him and His people.  We are His people.  We are a called people. Called to love that is in deed and truth, not just in word and speech.

Sometimes we don’t know what to say or do when cancer comes into our lives in one form or another.

We all have a DEEP need to know we are not alone.  relationship with God or not.  human need.  and we can committ to walking the whole journey with someone.

Please don’t say: “I don’t know how you handle it, I just couldn’t do it!” What are we supposed to do, shrivel up and die because our child has cancer? We aren’t “handling” it because we are superior people, we simply have no choice. We have to protect our children. In fact maybe we are not “handling” it at all, it may be that we are a total emotional mess, but we have to save our kids so in the haze of hospital rooms and surgeries and toxic drugs put in our children’s veins we focus on the important facts that we have to know – like focussing on the taillights of the car in front of you as you drive through the fog. And we may have a smile on our face as we talk to you, but that doesn’t mean we don’t cry in the nights, it only means that we are trying to make you comfortable so that you will keep talking to us.

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Click here to visit Gabi’s site. You may have to register first. Her mom tells me she loves reading her guest book. Gabi goes to the hospital on Tuesday for her first round of chemo. She will be in for four days. Would you please join us in lifting this family up in prayer as they begin this journey? this is hard eucharisteo…thanking Him for blogging and the way God knits hearts and lives together and that we can pray for one another. Let us, today, attempt great things for God; take His faith and believe for them and His strength to accomplish them…from Days of Heaven on Earth.

 XO,

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Laurie Ashbach - Amen. I am so thankful to have found this community of online Christian women bloggers, able to lift up one another in prayer. Praying for Gabi and her beautiful family.

Laurie

Jen - I will be praying — how heart-wrenching. Praying for healing and hope and peace.

mandy - my prayers are going up for that sweet girl and her family.

Heavenly Father,

You know Gabi, you created her and formed her in detail. we pray now Jesus, that Your divine healing power would do an incredible work in her body. That Your hand would stay on her, and on her family, that the peace that passes all understanding would be theirs. We pray Lord, that you heal her completely and fully. That her life would go on to be an incredible testimony to You and for You, and that this sweet little girl would grow into a woman who is head over heels in love with You Jesus. Give her family strength, may they draw closer to You and closer to each other through this, that one day they would say that this was a disguised blessing to bring them to a level of joy they have never known before. We pray this in You mighty name Lord, Amen

tia - I don't know this beautiful family, but my prayers are with them. God is something extraordinary who does the extraordinary and Can't wait to hear Gabi's praise report!

Hank Shull - Thank you very much from a grateful Grandfather.

Poppy Shull

jeana - Amen. Lifting this beautiful girl and her family up in prayer.

Rachel - Praying for that beautiful little girl and her strong family.

LLH Designs - What a precious child of God. Thank you for sharing (and to her mom for letting you share with us). God is writing her on my heart.

xo,
Linsey

what to do when you don’t feel pretty?

 

I got my hair colored and I had long side bangs cut in…yikes!


before the  ” moon face ” comes picture.  When your on long term steroids your face turns round… Grace took this for me yesterday for me to capture my subtle ” bangs”….

here is Grace..

 

The gray showing 3/4 in when my hair was pulled back and then a week or so ago… thinking I had something white in my hair …and it was gray …well enough said!  some of you get what I’m saying:)

I always color my hair..the darker I’ve gone.. the quicker the gray shows…ugh!   This time of year, with the fluctuating cold and warm weather, school almost out, summer just teasing us…I wanted a fun change. While I dont’ make big decisions with my hair lightly .. today I did.  and I like it.  I wanted to give myself the gift of change today..to make myself feel prettier when I don’t ” feel “ that way right now.

What I  really need to get done is my eyebrows!  I usually maintain them myself but after being sick for several weeks and then the hospital I came home and looked in the mirror and thought…holy cow!  so I might be doing that today:)

The kids and I are ready to embark on a journey…kinda like our old friend Abram.  Remember? In Genesis 11 and on God called him and instead of going to Canaan he settled in Ur?  well..my story has come full circle 3 times…I am thinking obedience is not my forte and that it is in the

belief – not the understanding

and I am one who always has to understand…

moral of the story? go do something to make you feel pretty today…maybe a new cut or color?  or go to Victorias secret and grab a bra & panties…just sayin;)


XO & Happy Weekend,


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Cindy - I didn't know YOU have been not well! And I AM due for highlights and a trim, but had talked myself out of doing it this weekend for the way I am still drained…

But, I can at least SCHEDULE it!

LLH Designs - You and Grace have the most beautiful eyes! Windows to your beautiful soul!

I'm overdue for a highlight, but I hate sitting there for vanity. And yet I don't feel pretty with dirty blonde hair…so I guess I'll be sitting there soon!

Ahhhh…the weekend!
Xo,
Linsey

P.S. Glad you're loving the red bush tea!

Robyn Q - I adore your hair! Good for you breaking out of the box! And those eyes…Lindsey said it…I'm just nodding to that. :)I can relate(especially the brow thing. Such a good thing to love ourselves enough to keep up with the little stuff when we can. My color is fresh, my panty basket is stocked, and my makeup case got an update this week. I'm set!

Oh, and I'm hearing you loud and clear on the "…it is in the belief not the understanding." OUCH. Inhale – Exhale.

Blessings & grace to you. Love seeing your smile.

Shari - I love your new hair style! It's perfect for your face… and I think you look beautiful. Beauty shines from within. You're shining from inside and out! Your daughter is gorgeous!

I need to get my hair done, too… last time was when I still lived in LA… yikes! That was last year! It's been growing and out of control. I hear you on the brows, too. Mine take standard upkeep, which I haven't been doing professionally, as I am chicken to try new people when it comes to my hair and my brows! Still… I probably should do SOMETHING.

Feel better, Tiffini. xoxo

Stephanie - You look ahhhhmazing! I have always thought that though! I too have side bangs, n love em!

When I got my pics done for my blog, I did them as part of a friend of mine's "beauty campaign" Her website is http://www.janadpix.com. She "requires" that you get someone to do your hair and makeup and get something new and pretty – not because you need it to make you beautiful – but because sometimes women just need to take some time for themeselves. I love this idea! And I do think all of us need a little something every now and then to make us feel beautiful. Even if it's just a princess tiara from the $1.00 store :)

Jen - I love, love, love the hair. And I am so with you – sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do! I think that God wants us to feel confident about ourselves, which is why He gave some people the talent to be hairdressers, yes?

I heard the Genesis story at church on Sunday, too. It really resonated with me with the whole speaking thing — in a figurative sense. Praying for your journey…

Marci - Very Pretty! I love getting a new hair style.

Becky @ Farmgirl Pai - You look very pretty!! The next step will be full blown bangs! You'll never go back. It drops 10 years I swear:) I had to highlight my hair because of the gray. Sometimes it's hard to feel pretty and then you add a little something different like a feather or bangs and it just gives a little skip in your step…just sayin;)

Paula - You look beautiful inside and out!! Prayers coming your way!!

Tara - loved this post….

got my hair cut and colored and my lip and eyebrows waxed today and my toenails done, and it feels so good!!!

hope you are doing well….can't wait to hear more about your journey!

Abby - Oh T, love the hair and you! You are on my heart and I am praying FOR YOU…always Grace and redemption and this is Where HE IS! and He wants to bathe you in it…so sorry about the sickness and so praying for you…love, seriously, SMILED WIDE AND FULL that you and Dakota listened to 'Go Hard' together…if he doesn't have any Lecrae and it's possible, get him some and if it's not, let me know, k? xoxo sister:-)

kerrie - Your Grace is just pure beauty. I remember when my Grace was that age with her natural brown hair straight down to her waste. My Grace is still beautiful but when they reach a certain age they begin cutting and dying their hair and changing their look…I miss the natural innocence of her youth. Your hair is beautiful too and you do not look like you have been sick or in the hospital. I just cut two inches off of mine, which is similar in style as yours, and it feels pretty. Sometimes just painting my toe nails makes me feel beautiful! Hugs to you beautiful one ox Thank you for always caring and giving so much.

for homeschool mommies and (even if your not)

when sickness comes..time is given.

TIME has taken me back to the days of curriculum, field trips, lesson plans, crazy messy house, chalkboards rooms turned into ” schoolrooms” and I want to stay.  HERE.  in this place that I used to wish would hurry.  hurry and grow.  I want more me time.  and I wander what story my kids were reading of me that day.

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Rainbow color has my spirits lifted this week. I ran across this little project and  it captivated my home school heart.  If you still have kids young enough – I hope you take some time to paint a color story into their little hearts todaycolor words that strengthen the person they are becoming….come color with us?

If I home schooled I would be all over Pink and Green Mama.  Her art projects are precious.  Make some time to go visit will you?

Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking

Ezekiel 1:28

 

we can ALWAYS rewrite the story

what story are you reading to them today? take time…I just had a real heart to heart with my son..he’s 16.  In my memory he is 5 running around outside shirtless in the dirt with his matchbox cars.  It goes fast.  I’m encouraged to keep lifting them up and praying truth over them.

when they are to old for matchbox and crayons…spend time talking with them about their world.  Today.


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Our randomly selected “Word woman sign” giveaway winner is comment # 1!

STEPHANIE - MARCH 15, 2011 – 8:31 PM

Tiffini! I had no idea you were so artistically inclined! Would love to win this! You are so talented, in so very many ways!!!

 

 

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hersheys moma - This is an adorable idea! Thanks for the link-
"we can always rewrite the story" [beautiful]

Jen - You know, I really wanted to win that. Perhaps that is incentive to keep making more. Perhaps we could buy them??

And your post is good confirmation for me that I need to be more mindful of the time I have with my kids.

Lisa Smith - This is such a beautiful and colorful post!! Sick days do give us time. A slowing down is good for the soul.

I just linked up below… I lost Wednesday somewhere this week!

Robyn Q - Loved the reflection today. So true! I committed to the 21 Days of Prayer for Sons. Printed my book, punched the holes and asked for prayer from a friend to stay on track. Good for me, but if I'm not careful I will forget to grab the moments to make the relationship with my teens and focus on the doing for them instead.

Hope you're feeling a tiny bit better. Keeping up the prayers and thoughts for you. :0)

RQ

LLH Designs - I love the quote on that bookmark! So inspiring! I want to read to them more.

Xo,
Linsey

word women wednesday w/ farmgirl paints & linkup

I’d pretty much sworn off guest posting.  It’s a lot of extra work and it feels like no one really reads them.  When I go to someone’s blog honestly I go to read what they have to say.  So when I was asked recently to write something for Tiffani’s Word-Women Wednesday’s I was surprised at how quickly I said YES.  There has been something on my heart for a long time now and it just seemed a good fit.

This is kind of a touchy topic.  Have you noticed lately a complete gray area with right and wrong? No one seems willing to stand up for what they believe in anymore.  I’m not really sure people even know what they believe in.  If you are a Christian you are Christ’s follower.  We follow his example.  He didn’t just choose to be around godly people, actually he picked some pretty flawed men to be in his posse, BUT that didn’t mean that he became like them.  We are supposed to stand apart, to be different.  We are called as his followers to be salt and light.  There should be something so unique and special about our walk that people are drawn to us and ultimately to HIM.  This doesn’t mean we walk around like religious zealots pushing our views down people’s throats.  It just means that we do as he taught us in his word and know what we believe as believers.  Our lives might be the only Bible others ever read, but do we know what the actual Bible says?  It’s very clear, very straight to the point…no gray.

I’ve just been saddened lately.  It seems that everywhere I look sin has become the norm…accepted, applauded even.  At church a few weeks ago our pastor showed a youtube video of a middle eastern leader proclaiming his love for the Lord.  He was boldly declaring that Jesus was the way, the only way and that he was willing to die for his faith.  Recently he did die.  He gave his life to proclaim his faith.

As I watched that video anger started to build in me.  This man actually died for standing apart,  for declaring what’s right and we can’t even chance a cold shoulder or risk losing a blog follower for fear of rejection.  We’ve become afraid to speak truth.  We’ve become gray.  Where’s the black and white??  I want absolutes.  I want to boldly declare my faith and not care if someone agrees with me or not.  It’s not a popularity contest.  We do have enemies.  The enemy is out to steal, kill and destroy.  Are you willing to pick a side and defend what the Bible says?  Do you know even know which side of the fence you are on in this monotone world??  There are sides.  This is a fallen world.  When I actually stand before him someday (and we ALL will) I want him to say well done thou good and faithful servant.  I know I’m not perfect.  I’m so very flawed just like those disciples, but with all my heart I hope to hear those words.  The Apostle Paul said it best in 2 Timothy 4…

1 I give you a command in the sight of God and Christ Jesus. Christ will judge the living and the dead. Because he and his kingdom are coming, here is the command I give you.
2 Preach the word. Be ready to serve God in good times and bad. Correct people’s mistakes. Warn them. Cheer them up with words of hope. Be very patient as you do these things. Teach them carefully.
3 The time will come when people won’t put up with true teaching. Instead, they will try to satisfy their own longings. They will gather a large number of teachers around them. The teachers will say what the people want to hear.
4 The people will turn their ears away from the truth. They will turn to stories that aren’t completely true.
5 But I want you to keep your head no matter what happens. Don’t give up when times are hard. Work to spread the good news. Do everything God has given you to do.
6 I am already being poured out like a drink offering. The time has come for me to leave.
7 I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.
8 Now there is a crown waiting for me. It is given to those who are right with God. The Lord, who judges fairly, will give it to me on the day he returns. He will not give it only to me. He will also give it to all those who are longing for him to return.

 

 

Becky Strahle
www.farmgirlpaints.blogspot.com
www.etsy.com/shop/farmgirlpaints

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ending with this…this is a charge from His word I feel…how about you.  Time to examine my heart.

Lord of immortality, before whom angels bow and archangels veil their faces, enable me to serve Thee with reverence and godly fear. Thou who art Spirit and requirest truth in the inward parts, help me to worship Thee in spirit and in truth. Thou who art righteous, let me not harbour sin in my heart, or indulge a worldly temper, or seek satisfaction in things that perish.

I hasten towards an hour when earthly pursuits and possessions will appear vain, when it will be indifferent whether I have been rich or poor, successful or disappointed, admired or despised. But it will be of eternal moment that I have mourned for sin, hungered and thirsted after righteousness, loved the Lord Jesus in sincerity, gloried in His cross. May these objects engross my chief solicitude! Produce in me those principles and dispositions that make Thy service perfect freedom.

Expel from my mind all sinful fear and shame, so that with firmness and courage I may confess the Redeemer before men, go forth with Him hearing His reproach, be zealous with His knowledge, be filled with His wisdom, walk with His circumspection, ask counsel of Him in all things, repair to the Scriptures for His orders, stay my mind on His peace, knowing that nothing can befall me without His permission, appointment and administration.

.. from puritan prayers

Please share a button and linkup the exact URL. I will leave the linkup open until  3/25/2011 11:59 PM and as we visit today let’s think upon the words shared by Becki and from those who have faithfully run the race and won by standing firm in their faith.  May we seek to emulate them. I love you all and a deep thank you to Becki for her bravery and sharing her own struggle and desire to stand firm and follow Him in a country that is much like 2 Timothy.  May our hearts break to be the carriers of living seed to all who are hurting.


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carissa - Came over from Becky's… What an adorable blog this is!

Amen to this post, Becky! I'm so sick of political correctness and relativism. We must stand for Truth!

LeAnna - Excellent, Becky! I applaud you for sharing your heart here. I am a black and white girl, and see no gray in many areas. Holiness has lost it's importance, and it just that, so important. There are so many scriptures…be in the world, not of. Abstain from all appearances of evil. Be holy as He is holy. And while we cannot attain it in and through ourselves, Christ has made it so that we can. Those who make sin out to be less than it is are doing such a disservice to others, and while they live as self proclaimed free spirits, they are in the deepest bondage yet. So…amen, sister, amen!

Flower Patch Farmgir - Thanks for laying it down in such a truthful way, Becks. I always read what you've got to say. And I'm more excited than ever to talk to you IN PERSON. :) xo

Life with Kaishon - Dying for his faith. That is commitment. How honorable.

Jen - I think you express your thoughts very well, and I agree with you that we are set apart and we should act as such. But more than act, we must have a heart that overflows with His love for the people of this world.

paige - my prayer is that i continue to be saddened by what saddens HIm.
i do not want to be tolerant of the sin, yet i want to be able to love the sinner.
beautiful blog, it's my first visit :)

paige - my prayer is that i continue to be saddened by what saddens HIm.

i do not want to be tolerant of the sin, yet i want to be able to love the sinner.

beautiful blog, it's my first visit :)

Isabel - Very well said!!!Thank You for sharing your beautiful heart!!!:O)~ Isabel

alison - i came over from becky's blog to read her guest post and am so glad i did…i'm really enjoying reading your blog and finding it uplifting…now a follower and i linked up a post…i didn't see a specific subject for the the linky, so i hope mine is relevant.

blessings,

alison
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Becky @ Farmgirl Pai - Hi Tiffini…Thanks again for letting me share my heart on your blog. It was an honor.

Wendy - Thank you for standing apart, Becky. And for the boldness in your faith. We women want to be liked so much, we lose sight of our walk with Jesus and being like Him.

Pam Balla - Wonderful Post
I read it several times agreeing with everything you said
Grateful to have found you today
xo
Pam

LLH Designs - I'm so glad you took the extra time to guest post today, Becky. Your passion for truth is contagious. Thanks for stepping out and being bold with your heart!

Blessings,
Linsey

terri sue - oh becky, how well said! it is just how i have been feeling recently. it culminated last thursday when i had a new wheelchair delivered. the gentleman who delivered it was so nice taking the time to show me exactly how to take the wheelchair apart to easily get it into the car by myself. he rejoiced with me as i wheeled around the house so easily. this wheelchair is a different design then i have ever had before and it takes corners great. he asked if i wanted him to take my old wheelchair or if i had something in mind to do with it. i said i was going to donate it to joni and friends. that they take any wheelchair they can get, refurbish them, and then take them to third world countries where they hand them out with a bible. these people a lot of them children would spend there lives in one spot otherwise because wheelchairs just aren't available. he got quite excited and asked me to send him the contact information as he had a whole load of wheelchairs just sitting back at the company and handed me his business card. but then as he was leaving he said something sad that i hear from Christians quite a bit. "you know the way things are these days it's scary. it's like revelations is coming to pass." well i looked at him and said, what's to be scared of if you're a Christian? wouldn't it be glorious to see the sky roll back as a scroll and see our Lord and Savior coming through. he looked at me and said, "i never thought of it that way, but your right there is nothing to be scared of." that's another area where Christians tend to be of the world.

melody - Becky,
I love your writing…just beautiful as always it shows your heart and I love that about you!!!

Privet and Holly - I think the "p-c-ness"
of our country has eroded
the firm beliefs that the
majority of citizens used
to espouse….Much as was
predicted in 2 Timothy.
Thank you for being a true
Christian solider and taking
the risk to remind us of
what is good and pure and
right.
Love you, friend.
xx Suzanne

Mel @ Trailing After - AMEN! I have also seen some serious sinning going on lately with Christian bloggers attacking one another. That is the fastest way for me to stop reading and I have. I don't understand that at all. I have no problem saying what I believe and I have had family unfriend me on Facebook. Oh well. It makes me sad but I won't hide who I am. What really hurt was seeing that one family member who unfriended me, is friends with my molester. I had to pray HARD for that to not trigger me into depression. Thank you for being BOLD.

Blessings,

Mel

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Joybird - This a great and challenging post Becky. I believe that there are a lot of areas in the world and in my dealings with people where the world is shades of grey. Especially as I am not always the best judge of black/white. At least I am not unbiased. But the Bible is not a grey area for me. When in doubt, I seek scripture and declare it. The Bible is far more reliable than I am. It is risky, emotionally. And it is risky to be real about who I am including where I fail. I love what you said here. "It just means that we do as he taught us in his word and know what we believe as believers." That's the sticky point. I have to do what I say, before I say it, or I will not be believed. No saltiness. No tang. I want to be loved and accepted, but not without being tangy. And taste has to be experienced not just described. I have to live tangy not just talk tangy.

Mikal - Beautiful words Becky! I think many of us feel this same way – I appreciate you putting it out on the table for conversation today. It definitely makes me think that I need to be more vocal about my thoughts!

Have a GREAT time with your sweet chicks this week!!

Michele - Thanks for the encouraging message Becki.

Michele

Michele - Becki what is th exact reference from 2 Tim? What version did you take this from? Thanks.