Because of Jesus: Photo Series #1

A few months ago, while I was up late one night pondering life feeding my newborn (see also: counting the minutes until I could go back to sleep) I had a revelation about this 7 Days Time stuff.

I wanted to do a photo series. And wanted our follower’s to contribute.

It would be called “Because of Jesus…”

So I went to work and asked our Facebook friends and followers to complete the sentence. Man oh man, did you all deliver!

I added a couple of my own and we were able to come up with 100 unique “Because of Jesus” statements. [Read more…]

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The Rolling Stones

I was compelled to re-share an previously published post I about Easter… all about Rock’N’Roll. Especially that ONE rock that rolled to set us free… 

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Fun Fact: The Rolling Stones recorded 437 songs.

That is a lot of blues-ish rock and roll music minutes.

Pretty cool, huh? Now you have something interesting to share tonight at the supper table. [Read more…]

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God’s Sense of humor: Giant Spiders

The last several months, God had kind of nudge me to take 7 Days Time in a slightly different direction. (I wrote all about it here if you need to catch up.)

And so, in a quest to be obedient, I am trying to be a little less serious (about stuff that doesn’t matter) and a little more light-hearted about all things life.

(Side note: I am still super-dee-duper serious about this Jesus thang. Hence, why it is part of our tag line: “Serious about faith. Light-hearted about life.”)

I’ve been sharing more funny everyday things/thoughts/conversations on Facebook in order to bring some brightness or entertainment in what seems to be a rather serious (and sometimes disheartening) fallen world in which we live. (Are you here yet Jesus? Anytime now, eh?)  [Read more…]

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The Value of Friendship #WilcoWednesday

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. And let’s respond to God’s call with  a hearty “Wilco, Lord!”  Welcome today my wise and loving friend, Katharina as she shares her heart with us. 

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Last week, I met with one of my friends. We met eight years ago at our last duty station. It is great to be stationed together again and to reconnect. One of the great things about our friendship is that our children are the same age and they love playing together. While this season of reconnection has been great, it is coming to an end as they are moving to another continent in a few weeks.

You might think, “And? So you’ll stay in touch with all the great social media forums out there”. That might be true, but for me it is hard to stay connected that way, since my love language is quality time and physical touch (from the book The Five Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman). I always miss the one-on-one time, as well as the hugs.

In my life coaching business, I discovered that one area many of my clients feel the most stuck in, besides balancing their life, is friendships/relationships. Some of us get hurt or burned by our friends to the point that it is really hard to make new friendships. Or others are longing so much to be loved and accepted by others that they forget to protect their hearts against false friendships. [Read more…]

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Borrowed Faith

I used to have a “thing” about borrowing stuff.

I don’t know if it was pride, fear or just the overall pressure of not breaking/losing/abusing said borrowed item.

But once I answered the call into ministry, I got over that. Quick, fast and in a hurry.

As most of you know, I have now been working primarily for “Jesus dollars” for the last 4.5 years. Yes, “money” that has little spending value here in this world (apparently Wal-Mart doesn’t take Jesus checks #AskMeHowIKnow) but the reward of cashing in when I get to heaven is said to be legit.  [Read more…]

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Auction Adventures: Touch of the Master’s Hand #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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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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The Prayer Closet

If you have ever lived with someone else, you know what it is to share space.

Growing up, perhaps it was a sibling. (Mom! She is on MY SIDE of the car! Her toys are in MY part of the room! She is breathing MY air!) 

During our young-ish adult years, perhaps it was a roommate. And perhaps said roommate was such a space invader that a duct tape line had to be placed on the carpet and any stray items that crossed the line were fair game for the trash can. #AskMeHowIKnow

Then maybe it was marriage. Lord in heaven– why does my beloved ALWAYS lay his wet towel out to dry on my half of the bed?

Now? Kids. Space to myself has reached a new level of precious. No longer is taking a bath solo any time of day an option. It is a strategically calculated action of relaxation. And don’t even get me started on actually going to the bathroom alone.

So yeah. A place for legit space can be a high commodity in this world of all things family– especially as we follow Jesus.  [Read more…]

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Thank you for your Son’s Breath…

You might have noticed that in this current season,  Wednesdays are my days to work toward some super-awesome God-sized dreams. So here is a blast from the past straight from the archives. Enjoy, dear friends… and thanks for the grace. 

Today I am re-sharing a pinnable pic just because. I pray is speaks to your heart. 

Oh. And Merry Christmas, you dear ones! 

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Linking up today with my sweet friend Kristin over at Three-word Wednesday and having a little Coffee for your Heart with Holley.  

PS: No #EverydayJesus link up this week. Merry Christmas, friends!

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He Forgave You– Now Forgive Yourself Too.

You might have noticed that in this current season,  Wednesdays are my days to work toward some super-awesome God-sized dreams. So here is a blast from the past straight from the archives. Enjoy, dear friends… and thanks for the grace. 

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“If only I hadn’t… I wish I didn’t… Why can’t I go back… It’s all my fault.”

Regrets. Mistakes. We all have ’em. We’ve all made ’em.

So what are we supposed to do?

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A Lifestyle Fashion Statement

You might have noticed that in this current season,  Wednesdays are my days to work toward some super-awesome God-sized dreams. So here is a blast from the past straight from the archives. Enjoy, dear friends… and thanks for the grace. 

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Hmmm… Ok… Should I wear my favorite blue shirt? Or maybe the one with pink stripes? If I do, maybe I could go with the hoop earrings? Or should I be dressier? Ok, let’s do the blue shirt with silver dangly earrings and my cross necklace. There. Decision made.

Oh wait. My blue shirt is in the dirty laundry. Sigh. Let’s try this again.

I am certainly not the most fashionable person on the planet—far from it, actually. I dress decent enough to get by, and if I really need to, can groom and clean up reasonably well. I’m not a girl who has to wear make up every time I leave the house and if you see me at the gym wearing mascara, you can assume that it is leftover from an event earlier in the day. [Read more…]

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