Shall we bow our heads?

Unless God reveals to me some purpose that He has hidden thus far, I have no moral to the following story.

It is simply a slice of my life, which for some reason is always stranger than fiction, and seems to give a lot of you a good laugh.

And as I look around, I can’t think of a better gift to give you than a good laugh….so here goes….

On Monday, I decided to take an old fashioned Prayer Walk.

I had a lot of things on my mind and so, without a cell phone or iPod shuffle – I headed out for a “walking and talking” with God in the beauty and warmth of a perfect Autumn afternoon.

With arms waving and mouth going, anyone who passed must have assumed I had a blue tooth connected to my ear…or an imaginary friend.

On my return home; as I walked in the front door, the phone was ringing.

The Red Cross. Of course. Reminding me that I was due for a blood donation. Anybody remember last week’s note? How they had canceled the drive but didn’t tell me?

As I was letting the caller know that I HAD gone to my appointment, blah, blah, blah….I felt this THING in the back of my hair.

I could feel it crawling, most likely trying to free itself from the web of product that gives me the illusion of hair.

So mid-explanation to the Red Cross representative, I began yowling that I have something in my HAIR!!!! and yes…of course…explaining how I had been for a walk and something must have followed me in the house, and I hope it’s not a wasp, and …. other panic driven words as I frantically danced around the kitchen swatting the back of my head.

And then. Calm. It seemed my hair was free of the intruder and, yet, as I tried to recover my dignity over the phone, I couldn’t see ANYTHING flying around.

OK. Yes, I also reported this to Phone-Guy as well.

He was politely sympathetic in a distant sort of way. I think he may have been busy jotting notes on my file.

I hastily made a new appointment for a donation and hung up. Still no sign of anything flying around. Weird.

Then on Tuesday night, Russ and I were at the table getting ready to eat our dinner. He said our thanks and we began to eat.

As I lifted the first fork of food to my mouth, my eyes rested on the chair across the table from me.

Perched on the top of it, looking back at me was….I kid you not…. a praying mantis.

A PRAYING mantis…..

I am pretty sure that is what rode in on the back of my head following my prayer walk AND showed up visibly, finally, as Russ said our dinner prayers.

I found this hilarious.

Russ calmly evicted my prayer partner from the premises and looked at me with that “How did I not notice this about you when we were dating?” look.

That look tends to make me laugh even harder.

I wish I had some wise and poignant message to tie this up with, but I will leave that to you today.

However, I do PRAY that God shows up at your table or gets in your hair or does whatever it takes to let you know today…..

He loves YOU <3 He hears YOU <3 He is for YOU <3 He is with YOU <3

Sorry there isn’t a picture, but I was laughing too hard and well, dinner was getting cold….

God bless you all!!

 

You are my best….fill in the blank

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He says it all the time….wraps those chubby arms as tight as he can around my neck (and my heart); looks straight in my eyes and declares ….

“You are my BEST Lola in the whole wide world!”

And it’s true….

I’m also his only Lola.

Those arms wrap around every single person in his sphere of living…each one of us has our own name and our own place in his heart….

And he declares fervent and undying devotion to his favorite….mommy, daddy, Emmy, Papi, Gammy, Papa; each one by name….

None of us are Number One over another.

In our category, we are the BEST of the exact person we are to him.

I hear God’s voice in that declaration…

“You are My best Laura. No one else can be YOU the way I made you to be. No one else can do what you do the way I made you to do it.”

That is one of the lessons I am learning through the Children of the Day study by Beth Moore.

It is a resounding theme in much of what I am studying in other areas, as well.

I pray you are hearing His voice in your life TODAY!

I pray you are hearing Him declare….

You are My best ______________(fill in your name) in the whole wide world   <3

May God bless each one of you, by the name He has given you!

We do not need to compete. We have already won in our own category if we will rest in the fullness of His perfect love, as His love perfects us <3

Fall Favorites

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Fall is winding down…you could feel it in the wind  blowing yesterday, the unseasonal and humid warmth as if summer was making it’s last attempt to remind us what the Midwest is like in August.

Just as the temperature reminded me of summer, the falling leaves spoke of soon-to-come snowfall…

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increasingly….

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I thought it a good day to remember some of my favorite moments of this season so far…. which seem to revolve somewhat around food, pumpkins and people I love….

like….

pumpkin spice latte…

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and reasons to eat tiny candy bars….IMG_3101

and….the view from our patio…

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and…. the way the sun just makes shadows so unique to the season…

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and…watching people rake leaves

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and jump in leaves….

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and just people and leaves….

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and….pumpkin patches and little boys….

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and family ….

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and …. well…. pumpkin tea and pumpkin cake….

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What are your favorites of the season?

I pray you are taking time to enjoy the moments. They pass so quickly.

Each is a gift from God….like you are to me <3

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I pray God blesses you and delights you today with something that expresses His love to you in a way you can understand!

 

 

 

 

Harvest thoughts

Just in case you had forgotten or don’t live in the Midwest…this is how the seasons go around here….and I love them…every single one of them….I see God’s beauty and He speaks in and through His creation.

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So today, I am thinking of a farmer friend of ours.  A special thanks to his wife, and my dear friend, Cindie for sharing the following pictures ….

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I am thinking of how we have had several warm and sunny days in a row but tonight the rain is coming….here’s what’s going on today at a fast and furious pace….

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As they have for several weeks, they are working to get the harvest in…

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Loaded into waiting trucks….

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that roll on out to be emptied and return to be filled with more of the in-gathering….

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watching the sky as the clouds will begin to gather later today signaling the on-coming rain that will halt their work….

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This morning I read about a different kind of rain coming…a different kind of harvest…but the same urgency.

The same need to respond quickly and work diligently.

The same idea that time is of the essence and we don’t want to waste a moment of it….

              Come, and let us return to the LORD, For He has torn….BUT He WILL heal us, He has          stricken us…. BUT He WILL bind us up….After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight.

           Let us KNOW….Let us PURSUE the knowledge of the LORD….HIs going forth is established as the morning….He WILL come to us like the rain….like the latter and former rain to the earth……         Hosea 6: 1- 3 NKJV

As surely as the farmer knows the rhythm of the seasons; the signs of the weather and the pattern of planting to harvest…we who follow Christ must see….the time is now for us to KNOW God….to PURSUE the knowledge of God….to look for the coming of his rain….His Reign….

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Thank you Miss Cindie and Farmer Dave for sharing the beauty of your labor with us <3

God bless all of you who are laboring in the Harvest of the LORD!

Prayer for the Body of Christ <3

IMG_0390In rearranging our house this past week, I have come across a number of treasures…one being this prayer I wrote in January of 2007. It strikes me that it is much needed for the Church as we approach January 2015…ok….I need a moment to take in how it’s almost 2015….ok…I’m good….

So….based on Mark 11:22-25

A Believing Prayer for Healing and Restoration in the Body of Christ

Heavenly Father, Almighty and Awesome God; Jehovah – I AM. IMG_3197

Raise my eyes above the circumstances that threaten to consume my passion for You. Father God, I confess my tendency to become distracted away from pure devotion to You.

Relationships are so vital to me – having them and keeping them. Preserving relationships with others becomes my passion and obsession.

Lord, I agree with Your Word that says You are a jealous God, that there can be no other god in my heart and mind and life and spirit.

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I agree with Your Word that says I can make an idol of relationships. Lord, I want nothing to do with idolatry.

I know and agree that any worship other than the worship of the One True God is idol worship and even more detestable, it is worship of Satan. I take this warning today to heart.

In all the conflicts and struggles, contentions and strife of our relationships, Lord, may I be like Paul and Silas. May my heart continually be in worship before Your throne – day and night, without ceasing until I close my eyes on this earth. Thanks ever be to God that when I open them in Heaven, I will worship before the Throne of the Living God for all eternity!

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Lord, I do not desire to rise above these circumstances, but for my praise to rise above them.

Be exalted in my heart! Be exalted in my mind! Be exalted in my spirit! Be exalted in my life!

Be exalted O God of my Praise!

I do pray, O LORD, for Your intervention where relationships are contentious and strained. I pray for the divisions and conflicts that run rampant in the Body of Christ. The real and perceived offenses and affronts that have taken a toll on our hearts and minds and spirits.

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These situations have been extremely painful and distracting. I do lift each and every one of them to You, Lord. I am helpless to change one stroke of the story. But Lord, I look to You.

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I know You are the Restorer and Redeemer; the Forgiver of all our sins and oversights.

You know the whole story for each of us, surely I look to You to bring about Your perfect will for each of us and for Your Church.

Thank You that these battles are already won in Jesus Christ. Please help us and empower us to love well the Body of Christ. IMG_0614

I ask in Jesus’ Name and asking, I believe I receive. Amen <3