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Wednesday…almost the end of May…<3

Seems like a good day for randoms since my brain is flying in many directions so here we go…

<3 We are full on in the birthday season and started today with this little dude turning six.

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His brother has decided to keep growing up too, so we are staring eight years young in the face this week as well. 

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I remember being these ages. I remember our own kiddos being these ages. Surreal.

<3 As May is ending and we are officially entering summer, I am sitting back and taking stock of my goals from the past month and season and trying to focus on what I hope and dream to accomplish this summer. 

Do you goal plan? 

I am a list maker but can get sidetracked studying the HOW TO of making goals and then never really doing it. 

I found a great exhortation on a post this week that talked about perfectionism and how if you are waiting to do something perfectly it will never get done – so just dive in and do it. 

This is a truth I have been applying to my goal-planning. I bought a calendar this year with a section at the beginning of each month where I just brainstorm what I would like to have happen and then try (emphasis on TRY) to outline a few steps I can follow to actually accomplish some things. 

It’s not perfect…but it’s working. 

<3 I told you this would be random

<3 Do you have a summer study in mind? 

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I am planning to participate in the free one offered by Lifeway. And by “free” I mean the videos will be provided free and, of course, they would like you to purchase the workbook through their website. 

When you register, they send you a weekly email with a link to the video and you have until mid-August to watch them. 

It is a good one – Kelly Minter’s “No Other Gods” – which I have done before so will be revisiting with my old workbook (sorry Lifeway)

Would you like to join me? I am “planning” to use one day a week to recap and touch base on the study/video…haven’t decided the day…stay tuned.

You can register here ——> https://onlinestudy.smallgroup.com/v/NoOtherGodsOBS?ecid=PDM177769&bid=1085667250

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<3 This summer I am plan to hold a VBS for grownups again and am working on that theme. If you have participated and enjoyed these in the past…would you stop, drop and pray for me as I get my thoughts organized???

<3 Prepping the house for a new season means we have a steady stream of technical people to come spray, set up the AC, make all the stuff needed to survive summer in the Midwest doable and then we have added several maintenance issues and am I the only one that finds it difficult and somewhat disruptive to try and be available at 7:30 A.M. and share my morning space with people who are seeing the innards of our closets and such? 

It makes me grouchy…and yet…everywhere I turn the word that keeps popping up is “kindness.” 

This morning I flipped my desk calendar to May 29 and this stares back at me…

“When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule for everything she says.” Proverbs 31:26 TLB

I don’t know about you, but I need some space to operate in “kindness.” 

I feel like if people would give me ample space and time to adjust to things, I stand a better chance of meeting that description. But most days, life doesn’t give me that option. 

So I am finding the need to apply the main lesson from the Fruits of the Spirit series. 

When I feel pressed hard and “kindness” is not my go to response, I am recognizing the symptoms of struggle as they rise in my heart. Tightening of the chest…increased pulse in my temple…clenching of the jaw and fists….and instead of trying to be kind in this state….I am taking in deeper breaths and surrendering. 

Mentally I tell myself that this is the current situation and I cannot change it. But I can lean hard into God and not allow what is going on around me to steal my peace. I imagine setting up a large fence between my soul and the storm that is raging inside of me and I continue to breathe as if God, Himself, were giving me CPR. 

And you know, in the midst of that struggle, I see things from a different perspective and the Spirit operates within me to enable me to be kind. 

I am not a failure because I struggle. 

I am not a hypocrite when I choose to act on the kindness He places in me when my natural self is fighting fiercely to maintain my rights or go for the snarky laugh…or appear smarter than that which is challenging me. 

I am a child of God who is being transformed…slowly but surely…day by day. 

Ok…I’m done…

time to gather stuff and head out into the real world for the day. 

Be blessed…you are loved <3

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