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living life out of a bucket of dreams & grace

Goals that are not written down are just wishes.….unknown

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I love a challenge. I have some friends who have a bucket list or 40 before 40 lists and it inspired me to do my own at the beginning of the year. I am finally getting around to doing a post on it.  One thing He is teaching me is we need each other.  I have a big list and upon looking at it I almost want to not even try.  Sharing my goals and dreams with others opens the door for words of affirmation, encouragement and words that build up.  I figured sharing my bucket list here on my blog was a good place to start. Posting my goals will help me to stay on track and be a catalyst to getting stuff done and it keeps me accountable to my word too. The enemy of our soul..dreams.. and callings likes to whisper words that cause us to doubt ourselves and God and the goodness He desires for our lives. I was reading Isaiah this morning and I love what Hezekiah told the people…” But they were silent and answered him not a word; for the king’s commandment was, ” Do not answer him.” { Isaiah 36:21} I am going to think on this when I’m whispered to…I’m not even going to answer a word back.  Just turn away and believe God.

I’m going to come back to this list whenever I complete one and mark it off and put the date beside it.  Have you made a Bucket List and if so how do you stay on track with checking things off?   I would love to hear your Bucket List:)

My Bucket List

  1. take a girl trip
  2. laser hair removal – upper lip/chin…I know:)
  3. letting my hair grow until it reaches my bra strap!
  4. go to the mountains and camp
  5. go to Italy
  6. be self sufficient
  7. make a list of 15 books to read by the end of the  year {I am working on compiling this list to post}
  8. go to a ballet
  9. go to an opera
  10. take at least one photography class
  11. take at least one Photoshop class
  12. take more than one writing class
  13. be more spontaneous
  14. be more intentional in my inner circle
  15. practice making it a habit to be present in my relationships
  16. practice gratitude…1000 gifts list
  17. wear high heels somewhere
  18. spend a week alone somewhere where I can be inspired…all by myself…prefer somewhere sunny:)
  19. visit a winery
  20. run a 5k, 10k and a half marathon in 2011
  21. write a children’s book
  22. continue exercising
  23. get a job – only one that evokes joy and that I want to get up everyday and do!
  24. put more things into my life that bring me joy and inspire my creativity and further my calling
  25. spend more time talking with God throughout my day
  26. continue to learn how to live loved…and then write about it
  27. learn how to operate all of my electronics..blog without Nikki
  28. make family album of pictures
  29. fly…don’t know about this one
  30. broken relationships mended
  31. take more pictures…
  32. go to 5 new restaurants downtown..that I’ve never been to
  33. write an e-book

living life out of a bucket of grace & dreams…..

XO,


 

Linking up with Jen today over @ Finding Heaven will you come?

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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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dear monday…2 series & a project…a winner


Plough deep in us, great Lord, heavenly husbandman, that our being may be a tilled field, the roots of grace spreading far and wide, until Thou alone art seen in us, Thy beauty golden like summer harvest, Thy fruitfulness as autumn plenty…from valley of vision puritan prayers


a-ladys-findings:

 

As I lay here being receptive to His grace I am asking “how do I begin to weave this together in story so that I can pick beauty from the harvest for myself and even more so… for others?” O Daddy we come with buckets in hands swinging to pick the first fruits from your fields. Ever so humbly I step and share the ground layout with you..as our husbandman takes us from this crossroad to the end of our journey time.

I am going to introduce two series & one Project here at The House of Belonging.

  • The first series I will introduce tomorrow. It will be once a week.  It will have some helpful printable’s and such along the way.  As we learn to live in the depths but see You in the heights as we seek You for whole-souled-ness.

  • Not all marriages are or can be… restored …then what? It maybe a once a month or bi/weekly to start out.  It will start out with personal history, books and people giving a little ground work to the present day.  With as much privacy as I can so it will mostly be from my perspective.  Much of the whole-souled-ness work will then go into the marriage series.

  • The third project…not so much a series, will be placed however God leads.  I am a little girl who has a secret that I can’t wait to share.  I will spill the beans next Wednesday:)

This will also benefit women who yearn for the deep waters of whole-souled-ness.

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Word women Wednesday with Becky@Farmgirl Paints.  Have you checked out her cuffs?  I keep thinking when I can I’d like to have one that says Word woman or jumping naked…what would you like yours to say? Don’t forget we will also have a linkup.  A place to share your heart and art in the form of a post ( maybe a hint for a writing prompt?) that will light a fire under the souls of women to walk in their calling.  I think Miss Becky’s words will light a fire in your heart!

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**I will attach the winner of the Word women sign later this afternoon.  I’m still in the hospital and my daughter is the smart one so she is going to do it for me on her lunch hour**

a prayer for us…May our desires be enlarged and our hopes emboldened, that we may honour Thee by our entire dependency and the greatness of our expectation…valley of vision

XO,

 

 

 

photo source here

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Dear Monday…how to get out of a funk

Our dreams become real by building

God has given me a path to follow…He has spoken through His Word to my heart but lately… I’m in a funk. Really?

I’ll let you in on something. I am inclined to think my “funk” is lack of doing what He has already shown me.


I think the ” funk ” is me not picking up and building!

I am still up on the hill looking over the dream. Now is the time to prayerfully dissect all He has spoken to me and do it. I pray to share all of these ways as I do them … with you.
God has been showing me my life through a wide angle lens.  I put the camera to my eye…squint…and turn the lens.  I see more detail now.

the dream becomes something I want…

You see – I’ve only lived with half a heart. I’ve lived 16 years in a relationship that has literally made me sick and almost crazy. There have been many rocks overturned in attempts to mend things. You can’t fix what doesn’t want to be fixed so what is one to do?

I’ve been sitting and looking at this question for at least 10 years.

Here…today…pen meets the paper. Where it starts. The journaling .

If I can allow change in circumstances that aren’t what one would dream…that when one’s WHOLEHEART is changed it will change everything else.

I haven’t lived what I’ve loved. For many reasons but one reason that immediately comes to mind is that I didn’t KNOW what I loved and I didn’t love myself so I didn’t set boundaries for anyone else to treat me well.

God keeps bringing me back to my dreams. Dreams I had as a child. Things that give me pleasure .. bring me contentment.

One REAL SIMPLE thing I did this weekend from reading Lissa’s post was to intentionally buy fresh flowers for my home. I’ve always enjoyed flowers but could never bring myself to spend the money on something that dies. Silly right? for me I’m learning that is wrong. This simple money that was spent gave me immense joy just looking at them…with gratitude at our Creator for making something so exquisite it brought praise to my lips.

I hope you will humbly allow me to share what is to come.  First and foremost this is for me. Secondly- for others.  I need to get all of this out. Sort through. Let go of what isn’t beneficial to me and to the children. I don’t have the big picture…at all. But it is time. I am ready to stick around this story awhile. Explore it with the zoom lens…close up. Taking the tangible things He is teaching me and put them into my life. See what it would look like for a woman to live wholehearted and how that would infuse change in life as she knows it.

Have you ever been in a place..a funk… that could be traced back to not doing what God has told you to do?

beginning the re-write

XO,


 

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I‘m still working on a big project that I am just so excited about. I am in the middle of a flair which has caused me to slow down even more so soon…soon.

This Wenesday we will have Lissa from Humble Pie speaking words of life to us, a Linkup and something little I’ve been working on that I will be offering as a giveaway. So – please come and enjoy some wrapped in love words from Lissa and join in our Word women by linking up a post that would encourage our journey together AND get ready for a fun giveaway…would you?:)

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You all inspire me in so many ways. Getting out of a life long rut is so much easier to grasp when you have others who are genuine hearts who share, encourage..to  just journey with you. thankyou…I often am so overwhelmed by your words that I wish I could visit each one of you everyday and hug you and we could visit over coffee for hours on end.

Linking up with Graceful for Hear it on Sunday.  Use it on Monday

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it is in the exchanging

moving toward simplicity of surroundings …content without a lot of possessions to distract me.  That is what I am being pulled towards.  What about you?

cleaning out my life…opening my heart to change.

exchanging feeling progressively more alive for progressively more dead.  Because if I tell the truth that is where I’m heading.  Death of Life…of living. I have, as far back as I can  remember, been miserable with what I am doing.  Always having this dream but no time or not making any time for things that I have passion for.  It is called life.  It happens.  You get married have children and wake up decades later only to find that life has happened but life has not been lived.

Sometimes, we cannot change our circumstances but we CAN add things into our live that bring us joy.  That is within our power.

I can no longer sit back and watch my life fade into eternity and not give the dreams He placed within me the opportunity to develop.

I can sense all the heart opening..I can see it all blurry out in front of me.  Anticipation dancing all around.  I just don’t know what it will look like. Faith is believing without seeing right?  so I whisper … Father help my unbelief..I pray for Giant Faith.

I have read ” only put into your life those things you cannot possibly live without ”  I have been thinking lots about these words…lately.

What makes you burn to live? if you could do one thing … anything… what would it be?  If you can’t do that now -what is one thing you could add into your life that would make that dream one step closer to being reality?  That one real piece of joy that you could put on everyday?

Maybe it would be taking a class, volunteering at a homeless shelter or your child’s school, striking up a conversation with that person that has been on your heart for a year, baking cookies and taking them to people, learning to paint or photography, a writing class;) swimming, starting your own business, going to counseling for yourself this time, making a new friend, start gardening, singing, a dance class maybe?

Philippians 4:13

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

it is in the exchanging.

sharing these words with Emily @ Imperfect Prose


Happy Weekend:)

XO,

 

 

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