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I also told them about
 The gracious hand of
My God upon me.
 
Nehemiah 2:18  
 
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Since September, I have been studying the Life of Moses with a lovely group of women.  Last Wednesday was our last day to be together, so we had a time of sharing.  It was a rich morning of feasting on the stories God has been writing in our lives.  Two women shared what they want the Lord to say to them when it comes time to be “gathered to their people”  (based on Deuteronomy 32:50).  Judy said she wants the Lord to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  Pat said she wants to hear, “She did as the Lord commanded.”
 
Both women talked about the legacy they want to leave behind.  We are all leaving a legacy, and as we live our story, we get to choose what that legacy will be…
 
I am reading the book To Be Told, by Dan Allender, Ph.D., and he highlights the importance of telling each other our stories.  The book jacket says, “By reading To Be Told, you will gain a clear sense of how God has written your life so far, and how God is leading you into the rest of your story.  God wants you to read your story from its beginning — every chapter, both the hope and the heartache.  He helps you understand the brokenness as well as the joy.”
 
 
My Dad has recently started a blog: Your Story Matters

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“Did I not tell you that if you believed
you would see the glory of God?” 
 John 11:40
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My Dad had the opportunity to speak at Woodmont Hills Church in the fall.  One thing he spoke about was John 11, the story of Lazarus’ death, and his sisters.  This poem is one of the fruits of his preparation. 

 
Hope 
Mary and Martha
Their hope did not come
When they wanted Him to come
They were grieving and broken
 
Jesus disappointed them
He did not come when they called
He did come with a surprise
With power and love
 
He came to them right on time
To teach them new things of God
They knew He was their good Friend
They knew He was God
 
“Your brother will rise to life”
His presence revealed this truth
He wept when He saw Mary
He knew her name well
 
Yes, He knows your name
He also weeps for you now
He knows your story and your grief
He is here for you
 
He asked for Mary
She heard Martha whispering
“The teacher is calling you”
To come and see Him
 
He is calling you
Do you hear His whispering
His voice can be heard
Use both heart and mind
And focus on His story
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© Terry S. Smith
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One Degree: Living a 212 Life
November 30, 2009
Nashville, Tennessee

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His word is in my heart like a fire…
Jeremiah 20:9
 
 
My Dad has started writing poetry; I love it when people surprise me.  His favorite style of poetry is haiku, and he has written over 2,000 since August 2008.  I asked him to write about fire and he sent me these two poems.
 
I can go no other place
And find the abiding peace
In quiet He comes with fire
Lighting up my soul
 
Come be the fire inside me
Your presence is what I need
To make Your presence real here
This is my desire
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© Terry S. Smith
 
 

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