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pausing…

spending a few days pausing

I have made our trail to the tree devotional and weekly gratitude journal’s

Enjoying bubbles

slowly growing…our giving jar we started here ( this post is blurry from switching to WordPress from Blogger)

Engaging life…my girlies feet…ballet feet they are.

Giving my body some grace…praying to regain some strength.  It is just not happening on my timetable..lol.  eucharisteo yes?  If I’m feeling up to it we are going to the Farmer’s Market for Earth Day on Saturday and I am hoping to get some pictures to share with you.

21 days of prayer for sons … I am pushing forward.

Do you ever have times when He’s calling and you must go? want to go more than anything in the world?  I want to run and never leave.  I wonder if that is how Moses felt when he was up on the mountain with God?  those are the high moments…the hills..mostly we walk in the valleys and it is the hill time that pushes the soul.  The lover pursues…

 

until Monday,

 

 

 

If ever you have something God has placed on your heart to share with others on a Word Woman Wednesday please feel open to shoot me an email at tiffkilgore@live.com OK?

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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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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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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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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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