The God of Compassion

I laugh at myself sometimes. Actually, if I am completely honest, I laugh at myself a lot! The other day I was at the grocery store buying a loaf of bread and the lady at the register said, ‘I like your coat.’ I responded by thanking her. But the conversation did not stop there! I went on to tell her how much I love my new coat. It’s perfect for those in between weather days! I told her where I bought it and I told her the price I paid for it (since it was a great deal!)

For some reason, I always feel the need to do that. When someone compliments what I am wearing, there is always a story behind it, and I always feel like I need to share it!   Continue reading “The God of Compassion”

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Seven Essential Items

‘Seven essential items you must have for your closet!’ How often I get emails from numerous stores with that in the subject line!   These emails suggest items the store feels are necessary for me to complete ‘the look’. There is usually something denim, a pair of black pants, a few short sleeved shirts and a white sweater for layering over it. Somewhere in the mix there is a pop of color to make the look more fun. You can’t wear them all at the same time, but they all coordinate so you can mix and match.

Funny how I get that email a lot, from different stores, for different seasons…

The same store may tell me that today I need these seven items for spring, but then in the summer…well….now I need these seven items. Come fall, there is another lot of seven items that I need. And then winter comes along, and so does another email with seven new, additional items that are also essential! Continue reading “Seven Essential Items”

Rise Up to Bow Down

Jonah 3:6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.

Jonah is a book with a lot of ups and downs!   When the Lord tells Jonah to rise up, he goes down. Down to Joppa, down to the bottom of the boat, down to the belly of a great fish. When God says rise up, Jonah goes down.

Jonah had some trouble obeying God the first time he was given the Word of the Lord. In chapter 3, when given a second chance, Jonah reluctantly obeyed and went to Ninevah. He delivered the Word of the Lord, a five word sermon warning of coming judgment.

When the Word of the Lord reached the king of Ninevah, it required a response.  As the greatest, strongest earthly king of his time, he could have announced his own judgement on the prophet.   Continue reading “Rise Up to Bow Down”

Repositioning

New things are on my agenda for this year, maybe they are for you, too. One of the new things I am diving into is an additional exercise class. I decided to challenge myself and attempt something I have never tried before…a barre class.

As a brand new member of this barre class, I am way behind the rest of my peers. Others around me know how to move, where to move, when to move, and when most importantly, when not to move!  I, on the other hand, have ‘never been this way before’…and so the instructor calls my name…a lot. Continue reading “Repositioning”

God Seekers

My daughter loves to run cross country. And while I do not love to run cross country, I do love my daughter!

One day this summer, Emily asked me to go to a park close by where her team often runs their meets. She told me we could walk the path.  I would not have to run, so I agreed.

As we started on our walk, I noticed that while the grass was high all around me and while there were tall bushes and trees scattered on the edge of the path, the path itself was unmistakingly clear. It was easy to spot.  Continue reading “God Seekers”