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we feast

We feast on the abundance of your house;
you give us drink from your
river of delights.
Psalm 36:8
 
 
~ Gracious God ~
Please show us how to feast on your abundance.
Please give us drinks from your river of delights.
In a time of fasting help us to grow closer to you
and to be more aware of your presence.
Help us to see this time not as a time of self-denial,
but as a time of celebrating you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen
 
 
Last year while I was fasting, I read an article by Leslie Royalty from  Christian Healing Ministries.  She introduced me to the idea of viewing a fast as a time to feast on the word of God.
~ Daniel Fast

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Shine like stars

 
You shine like stars in the universe
 
As you hold out the word of life …
 
Philippians 2:15-16
 
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Recently, our very dear family friend, Liz LaVelle, was in a fatal car wreck.  She turned twenty-years-old in June.  Liz knew how to “cultivate inner beauty”.  She had a passion for helping foster children and convinced her parents to be relief foster parents. My sister Elizabeth wrote this poem to honor Liz, and I wanted to share it with you. 
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For She is Shiny

is death final?
i say no.
it is a period.
at the end of a beautiful run on sentence.
in the midst of a beautiful novel.
a novel where there is, written between the lines,
a message
a secret message
not one bottled up at sea
never plainly seen
but sung so clearly
no, death is not the end

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it’s a springboard for life
for her to unveil her love
to shine on
and to shine in
to her precious family here
she knows that love is eternal
that it lives
alive in our souls

it is good to remember
to read again the lines
to read again between them
because there
you will find her
for she is shiny
her truth in life
her love in death
is shiny
~

Elizabeth Smith Kendrick

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Liz’s grandmother is my “Mama Sherrill”  Click here to read about her

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Cultivate inner beauty
 
The gentle, gracious kind
 
That God delights in.
 
1 Peter 3:4
 
 
My friend Steena is “face blind” which means she has extreme difficulty identifying faces.  (Prosopagnosia is the medical term.)  Steena sees beauty differently than the average person.  Her “face blindness” helps her to see inner beauty clearly.  Outward appearance in not important to Steena compared to recognizing internal depth, strength, and dignity.
 
God also evaluates beauty differently than we do.  “Men and women look at the face: God looks into the heart” (1Samuel 16:7).  God delights in gracious and gentle inner beauty (1 Peter 3:4).  Although it takes time and effort to cultivate this type of beauty, everyone has an equal opportunity to be astonishingly beautiful. 
 
“Our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is being renewed day after day ….  What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever” (2 Corinthians 4:16 & 18).
 
Beauty that is eternal is not physical.
 

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Glory

… the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
1 Peter 4:14
 
  
One of the gifts that Jesus gives us is His glory.  Jesus gives us the glory that God gave Him (John 17:22).  As with any gift, this gift has to be accepted.  Jesus’ glory is accepted by believing with all of our hearts, souls, and minds that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31).  When we believe in this way and accept Jesus’ glory, we act differently and our lives become radically transformed.
 
How do you define the word glory?  My favorite definition for glory is “majestic beauty”.  The dictionary definition of glory is:
  
glo·ry (glôr, glr)  
n. pl. glo·ries
1. Great honor, praise, or distinction accorded by common consent; renown.
2. Something conferring honor or renown.
3. A highly praiseworthy asset.
4. Adoration, praise, and thanksgiving offered in worship.
5. Majestic beauty and splendor; resplendence.
6. The splendor and bliss of heaven; perfect happiness.
7. A height of achievement, enjoyment, or prosperity.
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May the glory we have been given draw many people to have life in Jesus’ name (John 22:31). 
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For my family and friends in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The Rock

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 61:2

 

The recent flooding in Nashville, Tennessee and the surrounding communities has been devastating to many people.  I no longer live in Nashville, but it still feels like home.  My parents, three sisters, and many friends live in the Nashville area, so I have been receiving frequent updates.  The damage for my family was minimal, but “so MANY people have lost everything. Prayers are needed” (Missy Gaw).

As I have seen pictures of the flood destruction, I have thought of these words of Jesus: 

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash (Matthew 7:24-27).

 

For ways to help with Flood Relief for Nashville see the comment section.

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Radiance

The Son is the radiance
of God’s glory …
Hebrews 1:3
 
 
Jesus,
You are the radiance of God’s glory, 
Through You God made the universe.
You were anointed with the oil of joy.
You love righteousness and hate wickedness. 
You remain the same, and Your years will never end. 
You are crowned with glory and honor. 
You were made perfect through suffering. 
I put my trust in You.
 
Jesus,
Please help us to radiate Your glory.
Please anoint us with the oil of joy.
Please help us to see the gifts the Holy Spirit has given us.
As Your priests, please help us to be merciful and faithful.
Please make us holy, and make us people who bring glory to God.
Amen.
 
 
This prayer is based on Hebrews 1 and 2.  It was written during a devotional experience led by Dianne Dodge.
 

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time to laugh

 
 
A Time To
 
Laugh
 
Ecclesiastes 3:4
 
 
When one is living with physical or emotional pain (or both), it is important to have many coping skills.  I look at these skills as tools that help me sculpt a meaningful life.  One of my best tools, which I use on a regular basis, is humor.
 
My children are an endless source of fun and laughter.  Since today is my forty-first birthday, and the past few posts have been so serious, I would like to share some funny things my sons Sterling and Preston have said. 
 
Sterling (age 3):  I don’t like it when you call me honey.
Sara:  What do you want me to say?
Sterling:  You can call me “hunk-of-burning-love” or “Sterling”.
 
Sterling:  Do I have to be handsome?
  
Sterling:  How does a baby get in a mommy’s belly?
Preston (age 5):  Nobody knows!
  
 
Sara:  Why did you put these stickers in my Bible? (4 large stickers)
Sterling:  I was decorating it; I thought you would like it.
My husband assured me I would think this was funny when we are old.
 ~
Preston:  It is hard for me to give my girlfriend things she likes.  She likes it when I give her money. 
Sara: Do you actually give her money?
Preston: Yes.
Sara: What is her name?
Preston:  I don’t know.
 
Click here to read sweet things that my children have said about God:

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