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Top five takeaways from the Intentional Church Conference off the top of my head <3

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Top Five Takeaways from the Intentional Church Conference (for me)

This is being typed quickly because I have an appointment this morning and I can.not.be.late.

So our church held something called the annual “Intentional Church Conference” last Saturday. 

Two keynote speakers presented in the morning sessions and I jotted notes, because…that’s what I do, as my numerous journals and spiral notebooks scattered hither and yon can attest to.

I am quickly sharing the top five that jump out at me this morning and then I am outta here.

#1 “The Church is an extension of the Incarnation. We are Plan A.” – Ben Cachiaras

#2 “When the Lord looks at my church (or even just at my life) and what we are doing, does it look like what He wanted us (me) to do?” – Ben Cachiaras

#3 “Radical changes in culture require radical changes in the Church” – Ben Cachiaras

#4 We are no longer the “home team.” The Church and Christ followers are now considered the “away team” in Culture. And this is a good thing because now we can really focus on following Christ. When the early Church faced opposition, disfavor with the culture, persecution..they did not withdraw, attempt to fight the culture or crumble in despair. They went on mission.  – Ben Cachiaras

and 

#5 “Who will you be while you do what you do?” – Nancy Beach

There is more and it was good material. 

We may dig into it here on the blog tomorrow…but that is for tomorrow. 

For today I have to scoot. 

Be blessed. 

Be intentional in sharing the Good News.

Be the hope of Christ personified in your sphere of influence today <3

Before they haul me off to the hooskow….<3

Good morning!

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and are entering into summer with a tummy full of grad cake, grilled food and a heart full of new treasures for your memory bank <3

Have you been getting a ton of emails regarding these intials….GDPR?

It has to do with the backlash of people getting fed up with their personal data flying around the world wide web, helter-skelter because of the “privacy agreements” that read like Ursula’s contract with Ariel right before she sold her soul and traded her fin for a pair of legs.

To break it down for you, the gist I am getting is that it has to do with anyone doing business with European Union and since this particular website could actually fall under that….God only  knows how…I am trying to be compliant and let you know what I know.

Which is precious little, trust me.

So I am working to develop some sort of privacy policy, but in case the EU feds drop in today and bust me, I want to have at least made an attempt to comply so…

Here is what I can control of your personal data on my website.

When you submit a comment or subscribe by email, your name and email address are safe with me. I always erase your last name off of the comment if I post it and if you ask me not to share it, I don’t.

That being said, if you own a business or host your own website I do leave your full name so that people can find you!

I am not using anyone’s name or email for anything in the marketplace.

I make  no money on this site. I do not use affiliates to pay for anything.

Russ Reimer pays my annual renewal fee to own this tiny place in cyberspace.

However; because I use something called plugins to share this directly to Facebook and some other plugins that help keep spam off my site, there is the potential that your email is collected by one of those plugins.

I know the ones I have received notice on are not plugins I use.

The email subscription service I am using now is through WordPress as is my Facebook service.

I don’t use any data collection sites to see how many people are reading this so that eliminates some of this problem.

Just like anything else on Facebook, if you like or comment … your email is probably being tracked by some gizmo somewhere.

Confused?

Welcome to my world.

Like everything else in 2018 life as I know it…this is just one more reason I bow my head and ask God….Really???

Wouldn’t it be easier to just shut this thing down and call it a good run?

Because the technology side of this pulls me into a fetal position more often than you would care to know.

But then I get a message from one of you…someone I didn’t even know read this stuff…and I think of how God left the 99 for that one…and it’s totally worth it.

So we will keep “plug-in’ away”…

My prayer is to continue to bring you hope and encouragement, a laugh every now and then…and a reminder that you are not alone on this journey.

We are blessed to be in fellowship, however you decide to find your way here…I hope you will always find it a safe place <3

 

 

 

 

Five randoms and then it’s off to the races because it’s fRiDaY…YAY!!!!

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1….if you all prayed for God to send me help with the website…well Praise Him! He did! So thank you, thank you and don’t stop.

A ray of sunshine and hope dropped by yesterday in the shape of a talented young woman named Robin.

Thankfully my chameleons and fake nest didn’t frighten her away from the front door…because she sat with me on this side of the screen and in a short while made a big difference in my life.

As we all may have suspected…most of my problems with maintenance of this site were operator based…

including the fact that I seem to have broken a new record for data storage on account of pixel ignorance. Yes, yes..once again my love of all things photographic and ignorance of all things digital have taken up a vast portion of space.

Who knew?

But all of that is going to change and my anxiety level over the tech part of this site decreased considerably.

Which leads us to ….

2. My battle after she left with alternating between moments of uncontrollable, adrenaline fueled mania and a stream of negative self-talk as to how could someone be so ignorant and yet plunge herself into actually attempting to run a website….

So I did what I always do when the two sides of my brain and heart are at war…

I deputized the sane portion of my brain and commanded it to repeatedly remind the rest of me to breathe deeply and stop freaking out…to turn all of this exhilaration and new-found energy over to the Lord and stick to the To Do list that I had formulated earlier in the day when I was still living in pixel-overload-ignorance.

Which reminds me of ….

3. In an effort to overcome a tendency to procrastination and addiction to list-making, I have come up with yet another new way of inspiring myself to stay on task.

This week I have written the following motivational message at the top of my To Do’s….

At the end of today, here is what I would like to have accomplished…..

So far it is working for me, although by next week I am sure I will have figured out how to dodge being inspired by that challenge and will have to come up with something new…any ideas??

Please do share <3

and…

4. After all my complaints about snow and overcast days…this burst of sunshine is showing forth the extreme need for windows to be cleaned and places the dust cloth has missed and well…

whew…

someone has her work cut out for her…

However…

5. We have booked the weekend full ….

and somebody, named me, has to downsize about a thousand photos here on this little slice of the internet…

so….

Spring Cleaning…you just got bumped to next week’s list.

Hope your weekend is full of fun things and times for resting and refreshing and may all your pixels fit where you need them to…and if anyone can actually tell me what the heck a pixel is…that would be awesome <3

 

 

Race to end slavery 2018 <3

 

It’s that time of year again…but Team Reimer is short a runner.

Seems the older of the two…and that’d be me…is out with plantar fasciitis and some kind of back mess o’pain that is forcing me to be a spectator this year while my sweet husband…

will carry the burden on April 27th at the U of I for the Illinois marathon.

He won’t be toting wiggly boys and he will be doing the 5K and he is my hero.

Would certainly love if you would click on this link here and donate to his page….or donate to WBGL directly and support the fight against human trafficking.

I just did a search of the IJM website and there is an estimated 40 million PLUS people around the world who are enslaved today.

Young children…men…women…crying out or just hopelessly silent.

In remote areas of countries around the world and people, wake up…right in our own big progressive cities and our little all-American towns.

Some organization and people I know who are making a difference, whether through legal help and rescue or through love, support and ministry to the vulnerable in populations include:

IJM      click here   http://facts about human trafficking ijm

She is Safe      click here https://sheissafe.org

Global Servants House of Grace    click here http://globalservants.org/index.php/ministries/house-of-grace

New Life Pregnancy Center   click here   http://www.newlifepregnancycenter.com/programs-and-services/

There are so many others and of course….my current place of choice for donation today is….

that donation page for my sweetie again is…. https://give.ijm.org/fundraiser/1343315

I heard a comedian recently say that he doesn’t understand people sending their thoughts and prayers to those in need.

The prayers he can understand because they do something but our thoughts…hmmmm….our thoughts only benefit someone if they prompt us to act.

It is our prayers and our response in action that brings change to this world.

So pray for those who are victims of the greed and lust of others and then ask God what He would have you do…whether it is to give to one of these organizations or to find a place to volunteer your time…pray that our eyes would not turn away from those who need people of influence to speak out for them.

Blessings on you <3

 

 

 

 

As we wrap up the week….

It’s just so very strange to move through the motions of switching seasons, enjoying one of the most incredible runs of beautifully perfect September weather I can remember in a long time here in the Midwest and know the devastation so many are dealing with.

Even as large numbers of people make a mass exodus from Florida, we hear reports of  many supplies and convoys heading to Texas with much needed help for those who have lost their homes.

Our beautiful Pacific Northwest is engulfed in flames, while families make their way through the rubble of their island homes in the Caribbean.

I cannot imagine being in any one of these situations and my heart goes out to those who are making their way through.

Besides the havoc from storms and fires, several posts from church friends in the last few days have expressed sorrows over losses.

And then there are the private grieving’s that many are dealing with.

We can become so overwhelmed with empathy and compassion that we actually find it necessary to shut down…look the other way…every man for himself….and other such thinking.

This is where the heart becomes tempted to grow cold and hard.

God has warned us through His Word that when hard things come on with greater intensity and frequency, it will be tempting to become lovers of ourselves.

In an effort to self-preserve, we will cease to persevere.

But we are not powerless to help those in need.

Prayer is powerful as we ask God to intervene in settings and circumstances…anywhere from a personal matter, to the broken heart of a loved one, to the diverting of a storm and a calming of the winds.

Financial help and physical help is also a way we show God’s love to those in need.

There are so many trustworthy organizations that are able to provide for the needs of people displaced by the storm.

Local churches and individuals are sending help, as well as national ministries like the Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse.

As we watch the news and read the paper, let’s do it with pleas raised to God to show mercy for those who are in danger and eyes to see where we can share what we have with others.

For as the heavens are high above the earth…

so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him…

as far as the east is from the west…so far has He removed our sins from us…

as a loving father looks with compassion on his own children…

so does the LORD take to heart those who fear Him…

for He knows how we are made…has He not made us?…

He remembers we are but frail humans…

but He calls us His beloved.

We pass through this world…but He is eternal…

And we, who are in Christ, are eternally with Him.  

 Based on Psalm 103