budding wood

 

I walked under and my eyes turned heavenward…and in that moment His handiwork drew a word picture on my heart… written in that budding tree.

wood…how does something so soft and pliable push through that seemingly unbending surface? It sits idle for the winter months…unseen activity  One would think was dead.  no life.  but with increasing Sonshine stimulating growth.

for all the seasons of my heart…that seem to go from Ur to Haran and down into Egypt storing up all the words…building altars only to come

to

a place that the words cannot be contained anymore…come budding forth culminating in a clump that needs constant care to form into real living sentences that breathe…that breathe life - valuejoydaughtershippraise …to be able to take the hardness of wandering in the wilderness for years to shape these into whole bites for the chewing and digesting…so that my soul no longer lives deaf to starving calls crying out around the world.

 

and Jesus said to herto meDid I not say to you, if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” Not just so I can speak but that

He can speak to me…to us from the heart of the fire…burning through the hardness of wood so that the harvestone little bud turns to 1000…so

How shall the soul in us longer live
Deaf to their starving call,
For whom the blood of the Lord was shed,
And His body broken to give them. bread,
If we eat our morsel alone!”

Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.— Henri J. M. Nouwen

I am so excited about She Speaks Conference!  It is a conference for women’s heart.  I think of Romans 8:30 says….Bring them into the calling that You have predestined for them.  He has a calling for each one of us and I am excited to begin this journey of creating the art that He has placed with my heart.  I also long to help others fulfill their calling as well. SO – please pray about coming.  Click here to find out more information on the She Speaks Conference to learn more about women connecting the hearts of women to the heart of our Father God and that your heart is to serve Him and His daughters, as He leads.
She Speaks Conference 2011

to ask people to play.
and if they deny you….
to wait a bit,
and then ask again.

 

and if they deny you again….
don’t take it personally.
wait.
and ask again….:)...lizsong


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Glenda Childers - I am so grateful, Tiffini, for your words "that cannot contain themselves anymore."

Are you feeling better?

Fondly,

Glenda

Stephanie - Tiffini!!!!! I just can't wait for She Speaks!!!!

Robyn Q - I've missed your words! This is it, the bloom begins! :)

word women wednesday & shelter of story linkup

We have been having technical issues with our theme so I am just going to give a little blurb on what God is doing in my heart and it involves all of you.  I don’t have all the kinks ironed out yet but here is the beginning…

shelter of story

Shelter of Story is going to be a traveling book that will come to you upon linking up here.

Guidelines are coming by the weekend.

Nikki has a button that you can put in your blog post when you linkup to receive the book.  The code is on the Shelter of Story

page.

 

I envision this book being used by God to help cheer women on to whole-souled-ness…real, raw, messy and vulnerable story told by brave women who have been there and back only by the grace of God there go I…kinda book.  written by You for them…

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I copied my Warrior Prayer book and am all set for Friday! are you?  If not, click here to join us in 21 Days of Praying for Sons .

 

Please email me if you have ANY questions. I know it is vague at the moment but I promise to work today and tomorrow and put more information out so we can get a move on OK?  love you much…

A linky is open if you would love to share any words today.  Just link up your exact URL to your post and link back to House of Belonging somewhere so we can find each other. Praying your day be filled with the child like wonder of Jesus.

XO,


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Jen - I'm really excited about this! Can't wait for more details!!

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?

21 Days of Prayer Warriors begins this Friday April 1….do you have your book copies and ready to go?  Click here to sign up.  Click here for the Prayer Warriors blog.

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..

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.