Ash Wednesday 2017, March 1

Makes me pause, think and face truths as I will hear the words, “repent and believe in the gospel”

So often I have  had opportunity to evaluate myself. Have you? Seemly, all to often I am reading about or having this conversation with others.   What is the difference between ‘privilege and entitlement’? I love the way Brené Brown, acclaimed author and life coach explains the difference;  “The difference between privilege and entitlement is gratitude.” Then Todd Brown responds;   “Whenever someone does something nice for you, your response should always be appreciation. Go the extra mile to show that you are grateful and honored by what others do for you.” Todd also calls to my attention these words:

“Look at your interactions with your coworkers, leaders, and even your friends. Do you sometimes feel as though you are not getting what is owed to you? Analyze the situation. Is this a result of an unhealthy relationship, where you’re not being seen or appreciated, or is it because of prideful expectation?”

The Apostle Paul writes; “You will shine among [a warped and crooked generation] like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.”- Philippians 2:15-16 (NIV)

Join me as we  approach ASH Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and see just how bright we are shining to give light to the world.  If need be take joy and;  “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” Much ❤️

Lets light up the SKY! 🌕🌚🌔🌗🌘🌕🌏🌛💫⭐️🌟✨

Enjoy the OWLS🦉🦉🦉

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“Owls are some of the most intelligent and strikingly beautiful birds in the world. Perhaps it’s these features that make them alternate between being incredibly cute and remarkably human-like in their behavior. This clip is the ultimate proof!”

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https://brightside.me/wonder-animals/here-are-owls-like-youve-never-seen-them-before-get-ready-to-laugh-out-loud-278410/

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True or False

Honey bees navigate by the position of the sun. True or False?🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

If true. What happens at dark?🌑

If false, how do bees navigate? ⚡️

Jesus spoke . . . to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”- John 8:12 (NIV) True or False?

If true, explain the mystery of this truth?

If false, tell us what you know as truth?

 

As a deer pants for water….

The psalmist wrote, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.” – Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

Is The Lord your strength? 💪🏋🏾‍♀️ Shield?

Does your 💟 trust him?

Does the Lord help you? 🤺🥊

I heard about a ‘deer sports hunter’ that served jail time for taking his sport fight in the wrong direction. The story goes that this man was deer hunting and running his dogs and they spotted a  perfect deer. Another hunter was hanging from a limb of a tree and decided to take the deer that was not his according to ‘deer hunter rules.’

The spot on hunter didn’t like this ‘tree hanger’ killing his deer so he turned and shot the limb holding the man. Can you imagine the ego of the man that took a Humpty Dumpty fall in front of all his hunting buddies?

The writer of our scripture, shepherd boy, king of Israel, father, grandfather, a beloved man of God,  and people.  Our deer hunter, beloved of God, wife, children and grandchildren. For his grandchildren  would deny that such an honorable man that walks in great wisdom would have done such a thing. Others, like Mr. Trump,  thought so dishonorable  by many with his lifestyle and foul mouth. Yet, a president and beloved by his children and grandchildren.

Yet, David, The psalmist wrote, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.” – Psalm 28:7 (NIV)1380581_243043305844644_422283741_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of the Righteous

Read Psalm 92:6-15

[The righteous] will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”- Psalm 92:12, 14-15 (NIV)

I have many questions that stream through my mind about many things. I visited a home recently that specializes in dementia. I left with questions. I still have questions. ❓❓❓

I would like to share a story about a man in his late 80’s still in his home named; Archie. I was told  he was diagnosed with Alzheimers. I spoke with him a few times and he did seem rather confused. His wife a younger woman being his caretaker became ill and died shortly thereafter. Later in conversation he was driving again and going out on his own. He has minimum care in his home as he continues to live there and enjoy his family, friends and church.

I asked him, what happened? He said; “I prayed 🙏🏻to be better and God heard.”

I still have many questions as I ponder how to pray for those older and suffering with dementia. But, if I pause and meditate on this scripture I read, “the righteous.”

Wrestling with Unbelief

Sara’s musings;

“Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”- Genesis 32:28 (NIV)

Have you ever daydreamed about a name change? If my name was this and not that I would be afforded this position and live there and not here and, and, and the knots got tighter and tighter around the brain 💆🏽🤦‍♀️💆🏽‍♂️until it felt like it was a twisted pretzel?

I love reading the story of Jacob especially this often quoted verse and claiming it as my own. But, I don’t like much about the lead in or lead out of his struggles to acclaim a nation’s name.

Jacob-Israel even had an angel speak to him announcing his name change. In remembering the story not much changed about his circumstances of those around him. But, it seems clear something inside Jacob changed to Israel?

Having gone through my own struggles wanting evil around me to change and not getting the results I wanted I am reminded my name seems to be a mood ring. 💍 My daydreaming HATS are often in motion 👒🎩🎓⛑👑👩🏻‍✈️👰🏼

But, when I hear the voice of the spirit with an open mind and ❤️ I know I have a name change!  The real question is how will I live up to my name in 2017?

I would like to invite you to a wrestling match? Calling all with names;  Prince Doubter, Ms Fear, King Unbeliever, Mademn Rejection,  Father Confusion, among others….Win a wrestling match 🀄️and claim your trophy NAME…belief, certainty, confidence, faith, reliance, trust❗️

Don’t be afraid of imagination just fear not imagining. ❤️ Sara

 

HOO Cares? 🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉

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WE Do! Thanks Rena for the selfie. As we pause and think on our year 2016 and our outreach to many our new sweatshirts from Customink has given us a Hoo🦉 to help us celebrate with many others in 2017. 

John 13:34-35 (NIV) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35) By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Yes, it’s that time on our calendars to give ourselves a 👏🏻! Let’s join in the bond of ❤️  in old and new ways so we can continue to CARE and hopefully be JOY bearers in 2017! Be peacemaker and hope givers.

Hoo Cares? We Do!

 

 

You are the picture

When we start a new year we often have new thoughts, new hopes and new dreams. Yet, time and time again the walkway seems unlite, cracked and often times not even there.  We read, pray, toss and turn to no avail to see the way. I have found the haunting field glasses of Hebrews 12:1,2 to give me an awareness that eyes are upon me and beckons me to walk forward by faith. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

I am a great admirer of C.S.  Lewis and see him as one of those witnesses that surround me with great cheers to keep running toward my goals.  I would like to share my friends words! 

“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Remember He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can’t see it. So quietly submit to be painted—i.e., keep fulfilling all the obvious duties of your station (you really know quite well enough what they are!), asking forgiveness for each failure and then leaving it alone.You are in the right way. Walk—don’t keep on looking at it.” ―The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volume lll: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963

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