Ranger School Recap: Jesus Lead the Way #EverydayJesus

Ranger School

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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I know I have said it before and I will say it again… Sometimes Jesus just totally knocks my socks off.

You might recall that a few months back, my Beloved Army infantry husband left for Ranger School.

For those of you not on this crazy roller coaster ride we call army life, Ranger School is intense. It is a 64 day experience of little food, little sleep and a lot of unknowns.

Nothing is guaranteed in Ranger School. Really, anything can happen. Men get hurt, recycled, and dropped all the time. Oh, and did I mention that communication is practically zero, minus (maybe) one short phone call about every 3 weeks at the end of each phase and a tiny handful of snail mail letters?

I don’t say all of this to stir up strife or pity. Instead, I say these things to showcase God’s faithfulness. [Read more…]

Beyond Colossians, Part 3 #WilcoWednesday

7 Days Time

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 humble, wise woman, our Titus II advisor, Sharon Bridwell as she shares Part 3 of a great piece of Scripture. (To get caught up on her previous posts, check out Part 1 and Part 2.) 
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“…Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”  ~Colossians 1:11-14

In addition to living a life that pleases the Lord in our previous Wilco Wednesday on Colossians 1, Paul now prays in more specifics for the believers of the Church. He wants us to be strengthened or empowered according to God’s glorious might. I don’t know about you, but I sense the reality of God’s “miraculous power” energizing me fully as I see His creative works in me as well as all around me! And why is it essential that you and I have this kind of “holy” power? Verse 11 says, so we can face whatever comes our way with endurance and patience. It’s like getting a double whammy of grace to face those hard times! [Read more…]

When It Pours…

Pours

We are currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington.

Washington is known for several things: temperate climate, massive amounts of coffee shops, and of course– rain.

Hubs and I love it here. The rain doesn’t  bother us too much because really, we don’t get MORE rain than most places, it just falls more frequently. Typically just a small, gentle drizzle. Rarely is the rain a show stopper. #IfItsRainingWeAreTraining [Read more…]

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

Overlooked
7 Days Time

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

Too Much

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

Unhurried

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

Intent
7 Days Time

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

True Rest

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

Masters hand

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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