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The Word Became Flesh

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The Time to Let Go

My daughter, this is a time in your life when you must learn to let go: of loved ones, of possessions, of control. In order to let go of something that is precious to you, you need to rest in My presence, where you are complete. Take time to bask in the Light of My Love. As you rely more and more, your grasping hand gradually opens up, releasing your prized possession into My care.

You can fee secure, even in the midst of cataclysmic changes, through awareness of My continual Presence. The One who never leaves you is the same One who never changes: I am the same yesterday, today and forever. As you release more and more things into My care, remember that I never let go of your hand. Herein lies your security, which no one and no circumstance can take from you.

Hebrews 13:8

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6 Impossible Things

“Sometimes I believe in as many as 6 impossible things before breakfast.”

-Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland

Interestingly enough, I can name at least 6 things I did this morning that are impossible for 783 million people… (UNICEF)

783 million. Let that sink in.

My list of impossibilities:

1. I took a shower without worrying about my health.

2. I drank a cup of water without getting a parasite.

3. I ordered a latte without having to consider if it would make me sick.

4. I brushed my teeth and didn’t have to choose between that and my health.

5. I washed dishes and didn’t have to worry about contaminating those I love.

6. I came to work, because unsafe water doesn’t stop me from having a successful career.

How many impossible things did you do before breakfast today?

Photo by Esther Havens

 Today is World Water Day, and because of a little organization called The Adventure Project and a campaign called typeTAP, last year’s World Water Day changed these lives.

They can do impossible things now too.

This year we’re hoping, praying, believing that the vision we have for seeing the water crisis end will be greatly impacted by the next 12 hours.

Every donation made here before midnight will be doubled by The Prem Rawat Foundation! What an opportunity!

Last year the Adventure Project community (that includes you) raised $23k in one day… (add that as impossible thing number 7). And this year the opportunity has doubled in size. We have a $25k matching gift from TPRF…

$50,000

In 24 hours.

Don’t miss this opportunity.

Think of all those impossible things you did this morning… impressive? Go ahead and turn yourself into a superhero too…

Donate here

Blog about it, get your resources here

Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter: @Ad_VenturePro, #WorldWaterDay, #WWD, #typeTAP

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Seeing and Savoring

Two weeks ago, life hit a brick wall.

Not because of some sort of dramatic instance or due to a life-changing circumstance, but because I simply decided I was too tired of disappointment to continue doing life the way I was doing it.

So.. I took a mental health day, pulled out a new book and started journaling… the Lord is teaching me a lot, many things about grace, too many things to handle about forgiveness and an insurmountable heap of lessons on trust.

I wanted to share a portion of what I’m walking through right now, please don’t correct my grammar, or look for a strong content flow… I can’t guarantee there really is one, however there’s a fairly decent portion or my heart…:

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“Please… please stir my heart. Show me what true love and devotion to you and your Word looks like. Cultivate this in me now- in the midst of my despair and do not let me waver from it. My prayer is simple… show me how to delight in you.”

Seeing and Savoring– “If you don’t savor Christ, you haven’t seen Christ for who he is. If you don’t prize him above all things, you haven’t apprehended his true worth.” (10) No truer words can be said to marry the appearance of WHO God is in our lives with the understanding of WHY he is in our lives. We must start seeing the reality of God’s character, love and desire for us to be able to truly understand His purpose for us. To savor we must see. To live abundantly and in His presence, we must first engage him.

Our finite minds grasp desperately at an understanding of our “smallness” in comparison to the greatness of creation and the vastness of the surrounding world. Creation was the beginning of the glorification of God amidst humanity and we can only see ourselves in an insignificant light when forced to face the reality of a God-glorifying creation. However, this diminutive life we are given is not so much about us and our being… it is ultimately about the Lord. “The reason for “wasting” so much space on a universe to house a speck of humanity is to make a point about our Maker, not us. “Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these [stars]? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing” (Isaiah 40:26).” (14)

Why do we see the world in disrepair? Why do we see our lives in great despair? Because we have chosen, we have consciously made a decision to trade the purpose of our lives and of creation, being the glory of God, for other things.

Guidepost– we were created for glorification of the Father, the entire universe was. With that in mind, when we are half-heartedly “seeking” Him, why do we struggle with feeling fulfilled, or led, or being completely satisfied when we’re trying to fit together the puzzle of our lives? Because our simplest, most basic desire in life is going unmet… our innate longing for intimacy with God through glorifying Him. We were made for this. (14) Is. 43:6-7

“The physical eye is meant to say to the spiritual eye, “Not this, but the Maker of this, is the Desire of your soul.” “

Healing has to have a starting place… brokenness, hatred of duplicity, hopelessness… it all must come to a culmination where we say- “Enough is enough, you selfish woman!” and we approach the healing process. The healing of the soul then begins by restoration of glorification in our hearts, where we realize that the glory of God must have its rightful center in our lives and that nothing else can begin to mirror is captivation of our spirits and purpose.

P.S. Don’t look for a conclusion, I don’t have one. 🙂

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$1 Treasures

My favorite month of the year has arrived and along with it my favorite season.

Honestly, who doesn’t enjoy Autumn and everything it brings with it? Cider, fires, pumpkins, the colors…

I found these two crates at a yard sale yesterday, only a dollar a piece… I’d say I was the winner in this situation, the lady was no match for my haggling skills.

I decided to bring a little Autumn spirit to the house. I carved a pumpkin earlier this weekend with friends and I thought it would go perfectly with my Autumn crate vision…

A little elbow grease, a scrub brush, some mums, a few nails and a $1 copper tea kettle later… Fall is in full swing on Paulette Circle.

Perfect.

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“Take Me Home, Country Roads”

Story has it that John Denver wrote that song about the Blue Ridge Mountains, and while he may talk about West Virginia prominently in the song, everyone knows western Virginia is really where the Blue Ridge shines.

I drove a few hours around the mountains today, it most likely would have taken half the time if I didn’t keep stopping. It may have been the most beautiful drive I’ve been on since Ireland.

Enjoy the pictures, I took them with my neat-o camera phone, so they are obviously…. impeccable quality.

Clarence

Edgar

love. love. love.

Strategic product placement? Absolutely.

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