Monthly Archives: May 2010

Remember/Forget

Don’t you hate walking from one end of the house to the other and realizing you forgot why you were there?

Webster’s Dictionary defines remember this way: to bring to mind or think of again.

I also struggle with things I would like to forget, but find they pop into my mind with uninvited frequency.

Forget is defined: to be unable to think of or recall.

Our minds are miraculously complicated. I have so many things I would like to remember in detail, and just as many details that I wish I could forget. Since the clock continues to move ahead and I am not getting any younger, I’m afraid that this dilemma is not going to improve.

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A Guest Post – Praying Moms

**Please welcome Esther Feng of For Such a Time as This who is guest posting here today.

Praying Moms

by Esther Feng

As moms, we pray for our kids. We pray in the car, we pray while we’re changing diapers, we pray over sleeping babies.

Some days, we’ve used every parenting tool in our tool belt and there’s nothing more to do but ask for some divine intervention. We pray when the big issues of life stretch us beyond what we can bear. We’d give anything for tangible assurance that God is listening to us.
But, there are lonely times when there’s no evidence that God hears our prayers.

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Everything is Meaningless?

I needed a word from the Lord about my writing, my relationships, my life. When I cracked the Bible, the book fell open to Ecclesiastes 1:1 and I started reading.

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”

Okaaay… Not the answer I was expecting so I read on.

“What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever…All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

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Celebrate

I read recently in Ladies Home Journal, that “the happiest husbands and wives were those who made the biggest deal out of good things that happened to them.” The lesson in this is: “it’s not enough that your spouse knows that you’re proud of his/her accomplishments. Making a fuss over the small, good things that happen every day can boost the health of your marriage.”

I completely agree! My dear husband and I have been together a little over forty years. (Yes, we were three and a half when we began dating. LOL) We love to rejoice over each other’s successes.

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Right of Way

There’s a little town next door to ours that lays claim to “the highest per capita income” in the state. Now I’m not really sure of that statistic–I can think of a few other places with just as few “shoddy” neighborhoods and just as many chic inhabitants–but that’s what they believe of themselves to some extent.

We like visiting the downtown area because there are cute shops and wide, tree-lined walks with lots of street-side dining. It’s a relaxing place to spend an afternoon or get an ice cream after dinner.

One aspect I am less impressed with though, is the driving.

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Why We Grow Weary in the Journey

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9”

I started on my writing journey enthusiastic, bright-eyed and hopeful. That was six years ago. Now, at times I’m weary, blurry-eyed, and discouraged. Why?

What takes a determined person and zaps the life from her dreams? Is it the struggles we face along the way? The obstacles we must overcome? Or is it the lack of results?

While I’ve had successes in my writing career, I’m starting to wonder if it’s enough to sustain me.

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The Great I Am

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ “God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation. Exodus 3:14-15

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with life or with what God has called you to do? If so, you are not alone. When Moses encountered God in the burning bush and God revealed to him his assignment, Moses was overwhelmed too.

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A Guest Post: “Because of My Story”

** Please welcome Sharon at fathiesgramma@msn.com, who is guest posting here today.

Because of My Story
by Sharon

My husband has often said, “I wish I had a testimony–a story–like yours.”

And I’ve said back to him, “I would rather to have had a family like yours and no testimony to share.”

When I was five years old, my dad left me and my sisters. When he did, our mother left us emotionally. Their divorce was devastating and from then on, emptiness and questions would follow me all the way into my adult years.

I heard a speaker once say, “Instead of writing off our past, or discounting it, we should authenticate the role it has played in our life.” Though my past has been a journey of broken stories and relationships, I’ve realized over time that I am who I am today because of it.

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