Saturday, October 16, 2021

The Only Reasons I Would Commit Social Media Suicide




"A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me." ---John 16:32

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Wow, these last 19 months, right? Oh, what we've all witnessed, felt, experienced. 

And what a testing of our faith! Whether for decades we followed God's Holy Spirit and His empowering lessons--or--a joyless, it's-all-about-rules religious spirit.

The difference is huge. And in difficult times? Telling. Revealing. Humbling.

Anyway. 

While I watch various Christian friends committing social media suicide (vanishing altogether or just silently sideline-watching), I shake my head. Now you retreat? Now in the middle of our warned-about battle? Seriously, it's all 'just politics' and meant to be ignored?

That all saddens, but will never stop me. No, only 2 reasons could force me to walk away.

1.) If the fight literally killed me.
2.) If, very clearly, God whispered, "For you, the battle is finished."

Would anything else chase me away? Any cruel words or losses of old friends? Any standing alone or a wounding of my spirit? Any fear/threats/cancellation?

Nope!

Not gonna bail out for any of those trifles. Eternity is way too long to live with memories of running away.

Okay, one more thing: Just as I'm not called to lead every single soul on Earth to Christ, neither am I called to fight in all battles out there. God only asks that I confront those for which He's equipped me.

It's rather like this:




Our part may not be huge, but the responsibility of obedience certainly is!

But thank God for this, right?



(May He) equip you with everything good that you may do his will ... Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called..."   --- Hebrews 13:21, 1 Timothy 6:12



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Still needing help discovering your specific God-given callings? I can guarantee you'll find them if you keep the search this simple:

What do you enjoy doing? What are you good at? 

Writers write.
Singers sing.
Seamstresses sew.
Encouragers encourage.
Artists create art.
Videographers create videos.
Gardeners garden.
Bakers bake.
Hairdressers dress hair.
Speakers speak.
Pray-ers pray.
Preppers prepare.
Servers serve.
Knitters knit.
Photographers take photos.
Comforters comfort.
Teachers teach.
Babysitters sit babies.
Encouragers encourage.
Musicians make music.
Bloggers blog.
Animal lovers love animals.
Cleaners clean.
Personal trainers train.
Decorators decorate.



The sad thing? Some will read down this list and scoff, not even imagining all the places Life will take them--and all the people they'll meet-- once they step into their calling and determine to serve God there.

Take that first step! See it through! Don't quit early or you'll never experience the adventures God created specifically for you so to change the lives of the hurting ones.


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Ever outgrown some of your Youtube favorite folks? There's no shame in that. We all grow and change at different rates and God provides folks who'll help us in each season--

--and then we move on to people who'll aid us in our later seasons. This happened to me recently so I asked God for someone who more closely reflects where I am now and He sent me Inspired By Nikki.

Move on with grace, not guilt!








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Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be. 

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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Checking-In From a Quiet Place


"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him."   ---Psalm 34:8


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I'm back! Well, almost.  

Isn't it wild how having company can, after they leave, require several days in which to slip into your old groove? You know, rather like coming off the high of Christmas or--for me at this age-- crashing because I used bits of natural adrenaline to keep going. シ

I've known God's wanted this to be another restful, meditative time for me--and I've felt much peace!--but I've too often spoiled it by thinking, "Shouldn't I be blogging right now?" or "Shouldn't I be decluttering/weeding/cleaning out the basement or ?"

A few times I tried writing posts, but felt no Grace so I deleted them. (Since the beginning of this blog I've refused to sit here without the Holy Spirit. Long story.)

You'd think I'd know better by now that when God says, "Rest," He means, well, "Rest."

Anyway.

We're having a gorgeous Autumn! Sunny with warmish temperatures (I would mention the words 'Indian Summer', but they're probably politically incorrect.) Outside on our front porch I'm rereading By The Shores of Silver Lake (15th time perhaps?) surrounded by the large potted mums and pumpkins Naomi and I bought before my nephew and his wife arrived.

Autumn! I'm thinking my house in Heaven will be in the Autumn section. Yep, constant Autumn would truly be heaven for me.

Mostly, I'm just checking-in here today. 

I've spent much time alone, though never feeling alone-alone because of God's constant presence. (Which always reassures me I'll be fine, even if I lose scads of friends over what's become politics-invading-our-home-life.) Probably I've thought a million thoughts and also felt giddy to be alive during this time in History.

Remember! Each of us was created for such a time as this. We were born because of now times. Each of us was meant to make a one-of-a-kind difference. 

And each of us will, for all eternity, live with what we did during this time of upheaval.




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Our nephew and his wife at the Buffalo Harbor with Shark Girl  シ


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Oh! Another lovely, small apartment. (Gee, this woman is creative!)



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What I've shared at Facebook lately:


















This is not the time to say, "Lord, take us." Rather, it's the time to say, "Lord, use us."

---Hank Kuuneman






Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be. 

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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

Monday, October 04, 2021

Leaving Some Older Octobers For You

                                           Guess where we visited again on Saturday?

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Still here! It's just that, since Friday, we've had company from California and we're enjoying our time visiting and sightseeing with them. How lovely to reconnect with family!

So in the meantime, here are posts from other long-gone Octobers. (I tried to choose ones which might encourage you during our Country's current wild days.) Feel free to choose a couple to peruse.

Wishing each of you a glorious Autumn!



The Rampant Crime In My Community (just for fun! 2006 at Autumn Cottage, though technically September 30th.)  シ

When God Asks That We Pause (2007 at Autumn Cottage)

Of Wishers And Such  (2008 out at the farm)

The Saving Money Game (2010 out at the farm)


What If This Is It? (2014 here at Hobbit Cottage)











Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be. 

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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15