Our Spiritual 2 X 4 #EverydayJesus

Welcome to another week of our Everyday Jesus link-up. Be sure to link-up below this post, comment on your neighbor’s blog and share with your friends… Because Jesus is everywhere, every day! 

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It seems as if our life is just one big puzzle. We are constantly on a mission to find out “What’s next?” and how we can get there.

If you are a Jesus-follower like me, we are so blessed to have an advantage. Although if you are also like me in the realm of sometimes-a-not-so-incredible-listener, we also need, um, a little wake-up call to action every now and then.

I like to call it our spiritual 2 X 4 to the face. Fortunately, it is slightly less violent than it sounds.  Check out today’s Video Blog for even more “enlightenment.” [Read more…]

Overlooked by God #WilcoWednesday

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Welcome to Wilco Wednesday! If you are a new around these parts, “Wilco” is Army-speak for “Will Comply.” Think of it as saying “Roger, God. Got it. Will do.”  So that is what Wednesday here at 7 Days Time is all about– exploring his decrees and seeking guidance for what complying with Him looks like in everyday life. The best part? He loves us for who we are, not what we do.  Remember: He doesn’t want perfection, just obedience. Share. Enjoy. Interact. Welcome a very Godly, loving woman, my friend Bobbie. 
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“You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heard their cry by the Red sea.” ~Nehemiah 9:9

The poet Langston Hughes writes, “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.” As my eyes, ears, and heart are open to people around me the sense that many feel overlooked by God comes through clearly. The affliction and struggles of this life lead some to conclude that God is not present or that He does not care. Even believers, besieged by trial and pain, may be tempted to believe that God does not see them or has overlooked them. [Read more…]

Too much of a Good Thing

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We’ve all been there. Yeah, in that boat of experiencing too much of a good thing.

It could be that we ate too much at the buffet. Or that our “general connection” with people on Facebook (or technology in general)  has taken a priority over our time with the Lord. Or our intention of working out is now borderline unhealthy.

There are so many good things in this world. But these good things have to be kept on a leash, lest the good things usurp our God things. [Read more…]

Unhurried Hallelujahs

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Welcome to another week of our Everyday Jesus link-up. Be sure to link-up below this post, comment on your neighbor’s blog and share with your friends… Because Jesus is everywhere, every day! 

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We all know that making the conscious heart decision to follow Jesus is a life-changer.

Correction: It is an eternity-changer.

Lately, the Lord has taken this whole “Follow Me” thing to a new level in my heart through the duration (and subsequent conclusion) of this Lenten season.

Yes, when that tomb was empty on that glorious Sunday morning, it changed my eternity. But the revelations He revealed to me the last couple of months has changed my right-now life. [Read more…]

Living with Intent #WilcoWednesday

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Welcome to Wilco Wednesday! If you are a new around these parts, “Wilco” is Army-speak for “Will Comply.” Think of it as saying “Roger, God. Got it. Will do.”  So that is what Wednesday here at 7 Days Time is all about– exploring his decrees and seeking guidance for what complying with Him looks like in everyday life. The best part? He loves us for who we are, not what we do.  Remember: He doesn’t want perfection, just obedience. Share. Enjoy. Interact. Welcome a very Godly, loving woman, my friend Bobbie. 
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“He who gathers crops in summer is prudent, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.”
~Proverbs 10:5

What would compel a farmer to “sleep” during harvest time? Given serious consideration, one may be able to discover a few reasons. Sickness, depression over a recent loss, commitment to an urgent need elsewhere, or inadequate help or resources.

These reasons are serious and heartrending and don’t seem to capture the Scripture’s assessment of the one who sleeps. The person who has not made provision for crops to be brought in can be characterized as foolish, unwise, a poor steward, excessively wasteful, even contemptuous in her own plenty. Looked at another way, that sleeper is unaware, uninvolved, detached from the important matters at hand, lacking in foresight, and simply inattentive. [Read more…]

True Rest

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When I first started blogging nearly four years ago (WHAT?!? 4 years already!?) I really didn’t know what I was getting into.

I thought I would just be sharing a few Jesus-y thoughts and encouraging others.

Which I do. And for that I am grateful. But this online ministry gig is so much more.

See friends, it is a ministry to myself.

Not only do reading my words at a later date realign my heart focus and challenge me to find Jesus in my everyday, but I have also met some incredible friends here. [Read more…]

Auction Adventures: Touch of the Master’s Hand #EverydayJesus

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Welcome to another week of our Everyday Jesus link-up. Be sure to link-up below this post, comment on your neighbor’s blog and share with your friends… Because Jesus is everywhere, every day! 

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Masters handEver have one of those every day moments when Jesus just swoops in and takes you totally by surprise?

Yep, happens to me. All the time.

A couple of months ago, I was on my way to a personal training session. My phone rang with an unknown number.

Long story short, a local social club had gotten wind that I was a certified auctioneer. And they wanted me to share my ability with them at their annual fundraiser.

I hung up the phone, flattered, excited and surprised. See, it’s not like I share this auctioneering thing with every Joe Schmoe on the street. Yes, my 5th year at college as a super senior, I spent my spring break in a hotel in Kansas City getting my certification. And yes, I briefly mentioned this unique ability in a recent keynote message for my local Protestant Women of the Chapel just to be funny.

But seriously, Lord? The timing just seemed to work out perfect. Just that week I was all bummed out that I wouldn’t be able to attend the PWOC retreat since I have a toddler and hubs was away at Ranger School. No one to watch my kid for two nights and three days.

Apparently Jesus had another idea.

Later that day, I went home and dug out my auctioneering material to start polishing up my chant and refreshing my memory.

To my knowledge, Missouri Auction School is a secular organization. But as I was flipping through my guidebook, I ran across this poem called “A Touch of the Master’s Hand” by Myra Welch. I had never read it before and it knocked my Jesus socks right off…

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While We Wait #WilcoWednesday

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Welcome to Wilco Wednesday! If you are a new around these parts, “Wilco” is Army-speak for “Will Comply.” Think of it as saying “Roger, God. Got it. Will do.”  So that is what Wednesday here at 7 Days Time is all about– exploring his decrees and seeking guidance for what complying with Him looks like in everyday life. The best part? He loves us for who we are, not what we do.  Remember: He doesn’t want perfection, just obedience. Share. Enjoy. Interact. Welcome a very Godly, loving woman, my friend Bobbie. 
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Last week seemed bleak and hopeless in the lives of several women and marriages I care about. Another several women I know were dealing with life-altering or threatening health issues and others with the darkness of depression.

WaitHope is the lifeline for women in each of these situations, but in what is our hope placed? If we are hoping for a miraculous turn-around for our marriages, or a healing that confounds the doctors, or an enlightened truth that frees us from sad feelings and dark thoughts- for many that lifeline is tenuous and unstable. It cannot be depended on.

The hope that stabilizes and cements us is founded in the unchanging, all-powerful Maker of the universe and Lover of our souls.

He declares who He is, so that we can be calm in the middle of every storm. “The Lord your God is in your midst – a warrior bringing victory. He will create calm with his love; he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 CEB

He declares who we are, so we can know where we stand despite the hardship or storm. “God destined us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ because of his love.” Ephesians 1:5 CEB

He declares what is coming, so we don’t get stuck believing that life and death hinge on this moment in time. “So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without His unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There is far more than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” 2 Corinthians4:16-18, The Message

This week I visited with several of the ladies I referenced earlier, and I found some guarded optimism, a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, and even unbridled hope. God is at work in the lives of his children, but what do we do while we wait for the breakthrough? The answers are as varied as the obstacles we face, but we begin by redirecting our focus away from the problem and toward our loving Lord.

Consider these:

If what I’m looking at or listening to terrifies me, I close my eyes and listen to the Father’s words: Beloved, Mighty Warrior, Daughter, Chosen One…

If my husband does not show me love the way I desire – I remember the first ring I wore. Christ is my husband. Rehearse his vows to me: I love you with an everlasting love. I will never forsake you…

Replay key victories in my life, the lives of those I know, or the lives of Bible figures. David slew Goliath. Five loaves and two fish fed 5,000… Declare victory again. Write it out.

Call on your solid, praying, faith-filled friends (one, two or 10). Ecc 4:12 and James 5:13-16

Put on the whole armor of God in the morning (Ephesians 6:10-18). Check it at noon. Look again at evening.

In this world God’s daughters will face many trials, but we don’t have to let the fight consume our lives. While we wait, we must live fully each day regardless of our circumstances. While we wait for God to move the mountain – we love, laugh, serve others, give, give more, and hope. This is what God wants: Completely surrender yourself into His capable, gentle care. You know who He is. You know who you are. You know what awaits you. Get Ready to Celebrate!

So friends… what are your thoughts? Join the conversation and leave a comment. http://wp.me/p2bz2E-1ye

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Bobbie HeadshotWriter, Editor, Consultant, and Conference Speaker, Bobbie Simpson is a seasoned high school English teacher, women’s Bible study teacher, parent of three adult children and grandparent of three.

Married 36 years to her husband Larry, a 27 year Air Force Officer , she credits the success of her marriage to the “cord of three, which is not easily broken.” Faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation that drives her passion for marriages that thrive, singleness with satisfaction, and parenting with purpose.

For the past seven years Bobbie has written and facilitated spouses’ and couples’ conferences for Spiritually Smart Family Conferences, a ministry that she and her husband founded under the auspices of Officer’s Christian Fellowship. Bobbie is ardent about the health and success of military marriages and homes.

Linking up today with my friend Kristin over at Three-word Wednesday and having a little Coffee for your Heart with Holley.  Oh! And be sure to join our #EverydayJesus link-up community right here at 7 Days Time every Thursday!

 

From the Root to the Fruit

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I have always loved to learn. I was that little kid who would beg my mom NOT to keep me home from school. “Please, Mama! It is just a small fever. And I haven’t puked for 20 minutes! PLEASE LET ME GO TO SCHOOL! ” 

Yeah, I was THAT kid. #NerdAlert

Like most elementary school children, I had a favorite subject.  And no, it wasn’t recess.

I loved science. Elementary school science was the best because it was MY kind of science. That science was basic biology before they made it all complicated by adding numbers and junk to it.

Anything living always piqued my interest. I especially loved the hands-on experiments. [Read more…]

My Eulogy– In Advance #EverydayJesus LinkUp

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Welcome to another week of our Everyday Jesus link-up. Be sure to link-up below this post, comment on your neighbor’s blog and share with your friends… Because Jesus is everywhere, every day! 

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Kick the bucket. Pushing up daisies. Worm food. Gone to the other side. Passed on. In a better place.

= Dead.

There is something of a stigma surrounding death. Which I get. Sort of. (Don’t freak out. This post isn’t going to be exceptionally morbid. Just hang with me.)

Thanks to Adam and Eve’s forbidden fruit fiasco in the garden, ALL of us will eventually die. Our world is all about living life to the fullest, counting our days, treasuring our moments. And rightly so. Because our time on earth is fleeting. As it says in James, we are just a vapor and our life is but a mist. [Read more…]