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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
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Elizabeth Smith Kendrick

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

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How GREAT is the love
the Father has
LAVISHED
on us.
1 John 3:1
 
 
Do you know, on an emotional level, that God passionately loves you? 
 
When we are facing difficult circumstances, it is tempting to think the difficulties indicate an absence of God’s love.  Equating circumstances with the quality or quantity of God’s love is damaging to our hearts.  God’s love remains the same, regardless of life being painful or comfortable.
  
“God has an intense love for us, and He wants our love in return.”   My friend Catrina A.
  
 
Dedicated to Cindy W. for inspiring this post. 
 

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Religion that God our Father
accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows ….
James 1:27
 
 
For the past few years, I have been hearing about an Advent Conspiracy, which is a holistic approach to Christmas.  I would like to propose a Valentine’s Day Conspiracy:  let’s turn Valentine’s Day into a day where we reach out to and comfort those who suffer from a relationship void.  This year, consider how you might love and care for:
–  single parents 
–  those who have lost a spouse or parent
–  those who live with loneliness 
 
Valentine’s Day must surely be an even lonelier time for these literal or figurative widows and orphans.  I invite you to join in this conspiracy to help them feel the passion of God’s love on this day.
 
 
Adapted from my Valentine’s Day post 2009.

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your beauty

 
The King is enthralled with
Your Beauty
Honor Him
For He is your Lord.
Psalm 45:11
 
 
 
Your Beauty 
 
Your story is wonderful
Your familiarity
Blinds you to your own beauty
You must look closer
 
It takes a paradigm shift
A change of lenses to see
Pain as being a part of
Beauty in your life
 
It is in the silent night
There is a whisper of love
Heard only in the stillness
A quiet thunder
 
The chaos was a great gift
Looking back I clearly see
The pain caused me to search out
Love searching for me
 
Terry S. Smith
My sweet Dad
 

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the desert

 
Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her into the desert and speak
tenderly to her.  There I will give her
back her vineyards, and will make the
Valley of Achor a Door of Hope.
Hosea 2:14-15
 
 
Imagine standing in a valley named “Trouble” (Achor means trouble) and in the far distance you see a doorway labeled “Hope”.  What do you hope is on the other side of that door?  From where you stand in the valley, what lies between you and the door?  What steps must you take to go through the Valley of Trouble and walk through the door into renewal?  How can focusing on God’s intimate, committed love deliver, heal and transform you?

 

For Piotr, Michelle, and Dana, who work with those who are in the desert of chronic pain. 

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you will see

 
“Come and you will see.”
 
Jesus

 

Jesus still invites us to “come and see” (John 1:39) what He has to offer.  As “the Author of life” (Acts 3:15), Jesus wants us to come and see His plan for our lives.  He then wants us to show God’s passionate love to others. 
 
There are those who are in a spiritual desert, longing for a cool drink of water.  Will we take the time to see them and to lead them to the place of abundant life?   
  
The first thing he did, after finding Jesus, was find his own brother telling him, “We have found the Christ.”  He immediately led him to Jesus (based on John 1:41-42, The Message).

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“Rivers of living water will flow
from the heart of anyone
who believes in me.”
Jesus
 
 
Recently, one of my close friends had an experience that I found inspiring.  I asked her to write about it so that I could share her story with you;  I pray that it challenges you like it has challenged me.
 
 My Friend’s Story 
 
After a long day at a home with my children, my husband gave me a much-needed break.  I went to a restaurant with my Bible and journal in hopes of being rejuvenated.  When I got there, I saw a nice booth by the window in the bar section.  I decided to do my reading and journaling there, though it seemed funny to me to have my “quiet time” in a bar.  While I was there, I ordered something to eat.  When the bartender delivered my food, I struck up a conversation with her.  After chatting for a few minutes, I asked her if there were anything I could pray for her about.  She looked somewhat surprised and sat down across from me.  Then she said, “No one has ever asked me that before.”  She seemed genuinely touched.  She then proceeded to tell me about some financial struggles she and her husband were having.  I asked, “Would it be OK if I prayed for you right now?”  “Sure” she replied, so I prayed specifically about the things she had mentioned.  
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In the months that followed, I continued to think about the bartender.  Gradually, I started to feel that the Lord was leading me to give her one thousand dollars, money that I had been saving (for a long) time in my benevolence fund.  I decided I would visit her at the bar and give her the money.  It had been eight months since our first encounter, so I wondered if she would remember me.  I decided to enclose the cash inside a card so I could write her a note.  In the card, I told her what my life was like because I knew the Lord.  I also enclosed a short essay that I had written, explaining how much God loves us, along with my phone number.  I wrote that I would be happy to answer any questions she might have, but that there was no pressure to contact me.

I was very nervous about going to see her, but I went anyway.  When I arrived, I sat down and waited while she was with other customers.  When she got to me, I asked, “Do you remember me?  I was here several months ago.”  At first she gave me a blank look, but then she said, “Oh yes, you were my angel who prayed for me.”  I was really surprised by this, but I was pleased that she remembered me.  I gave her the card and asked her to open it on her way home.

I left the bar feeling exhilarated.  It was so wonderful to follow through on what I felt the Lord was asking me to do.  I never did hear from my bartender friend, but I know that her life (and mine) is different because of how the Lord used me.
 
Good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.  1 Timothy 5:25  

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