Archive | October 2014

Sometimes you feel like a nut


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Falling, falling everywhere

acorns take us by surprise

Surely they will hit our heads

When we’re not looking with our eyes.  

‘Tis the season to keep watch

Falling nuts are everywhere

So kindly proceed with caution…

Walkers, joggers- beware!

We have noticed that acorns are falling out of the trees like crazy lately.  Many times, the girls and I have barely missed being clonked on the head by a falling acorn.  On this particular day, all three of us just missed being hit. It’s just nuts, I tell you! Literally.

My youngest has a nut allergy- tree nuts, to be exact. Can you imagine a Thanksgiving without pecan pie?  No nutella?  Never a brownie garnished with walnuts? Those are the biggies for her. She knows exactly what to steer clear of, and surprisingly, it does not make her sad in the slightest to avoid any of…

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Why I am here


Highly esteemed abominations


I’m reminded of a question from our bible study last night… “What REALLY matters?!

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What is dear on Earth, is detestable before God. Arrogant fame, selfish ambition, destructive behavior come to mind.

While the world fawns over its winners, the Christians huddle in unseen prayer. The world ridicules, still we read our Bibles.

Then suddenly, what was all-important loses all its importance… when we die. And everything that we gave scant importance becomes suddenly and eternally consequent.

And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God — Luke 16:15 KJV.

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For He is Pleased with Me


Thank you reminding us that there is a balance in our life. That our focus should be on Him! In that focus He shows us where we should be moving to and how to gracefully say yes and no as He leads. How to live out His plan and will for our life all the while learning and growing as His plan unfolds. Great post January, you have me thinking this morning. Seeking His approval while living out Christ with compassion and grace. Learning what His boundaries for me will help guide my yeses and noes. ~R

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Recently as part of an exercise for training I have to do as a volunteer, I had to ask a few people about my strengths and weaknesses. While I wasn’t surprised by the responses (That is good, right?), I also learned that many of these strengths are also my greatest weaknesses.

Because while I am caring, passionate, and can handle multiple tasks, I am also too caring, too passionate, and find it hard to say “no.”

Because I care too much, I also care too much about what others think. I hate criticism, and in the process of being picked apart, I start picking at myself even more.

Because I am too passionate, I take on the burdens, worries, and struggles of the world around me. In the process I get worn down, beat up, broken, and used up.

Because I resist the urge to say “no” in the fear…

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Letting Go


By truly letting go we only allow more space for the Holy Spirit’s residence and the fullness of grace, awesome! Thank you for sharing this observation as God laid this on your heart. ~R

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An early fall day in Charlottesville, VA

Today the leaves fell down like rain 

I saw their loss as only gain 

letting go of all things old 

releasing grip of all they hold  

preparing for their dormant state 

for all the coming change they wait 

making room for all things new

making room for more of You 

we anticipate it patiently 

blazing colors we’ll soon see 

Every living thing brings glory 

to the One who writes our story

Driving home today, I saw one of the first tell-tale signs of fall.  Leaves were dancing, swirling around as I drove down a twisty road.  All these beautiful trees around us are preparing to bare their naked branches before the world.  Letting go for us is a process…but these beautiful, dancing leaves reminded me that letting go is also a beautiful thing.

And I thought of some of the things I hold on to… that I need…

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John, Peter, Paul…


“Which disciple do you think you are most like?”  This was the question I recall that started a conversation not long ago from my pastor.  Honestly, I returned the question to him knowing he’d say Peter.  I am a bit impulsive and can be more than just a little direct.

Being the first-born, most first-born children will agree, you find yourself in a leadership role at a very early age. In this position you necessarily feel those burdens of setting the example and the need at times to choose a course and stay with it, believing it will work out and that you have the unction to get it done and see it through.

Then, by God’s amazing grace you discover that you need redemption, salvation, a savior who you can trust and lean on. In accepting Christ there is relief and hope. Now, all of that energy you had as the first-born becomes focused on intentionally living out this new life. So you are still the example for younger siblings except, now you are not focused on setting an example for them. Now you are focused on Jesus and in that focus, brazen statements are made. Commitments are made that without the Holy Spirit’s power can never be kept.

Over the course of my life, I have found myself joining Paul in being content in all situations. “I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter that the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little. I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:12-13 (God’s Word) We have had plenty in our life and we have had very little and eaten what we could. Sometimes, having less has been the greater blessing.

The greater struggle is in learning to be content in my spiritual walk. Knowing that regardless of what I feel, faith is not about what we feel, Christ is with me in the trenches through His Holy Spirit. When I am seeking Him with all I have and He “seems” very far away, He is closer still than my own breath. Lord help me to know Your presence at all times and in all things—to be content in Your blessed presence when known and when unknown without any doubts!

I recently read a devotional and agree with the author that, God sets a grand tapestry before us for our pleasure to view. He also sets before us a field of harvest that needs workers. I pray in both that He will fit me for His use and that I will always be found faithful to be available and submissive to His call and will.

Blessings and Peace Always,

~Robert

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