A Fun Little Jeep Announcement

 

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared that I had been praying for something for weeks, but the answer came back loud and clear NO? Yeah, that was not a fun day.

Then something unexpected happened that was a huge YES. Remember? Well I finally get to share with everyone what happened.

Over on the Rocky Mountain Media Group blog today Jeff and I announced to our friends and clients about being contacted by corporate Jeep and being asked to be brand advocates. You can read all about the official announcement here.

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Cracks in the Pottery

I’m showing you some of my mess today. My cracks in the pottery. Everything seems so disorganized right now. My table at home looks like this:

and my desk at work looks like this:

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Praying for One Thing and Getting Another

I have been praying for something specific for months. EVERYDAY.

Not to be a martyr or anything, but I think I could give the persistent widow a run for her money.

Remember Esau? I’ve also have felt like him too. Begging God “Bless me Father. Don’t you have a special blessing for me?”

God answered my prayer request a few weeks ago in a specific way. He has said “NO“. It was loud and clear. I’m still spinning a bit. It was a huge downer. I know God is not a genie, bla bla bla. But I really thought He would answer the way I wanted because, you know I’m so persuasive and all.

But then something cool happened.

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The True Vine Challenge: Abiding in Trust

Ever feel like God has asked you to put a beautiful puzzle together, but He is with holding back some of the pieces?

Or that you are working on a new recipe but something is missing? All of the items you thought you needed were spread out on the counter, but alas, you know it needs one more thing.

Voila! then He gives it to you?

That is how I am feeling this week.

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Finding Inspiration One Year Later, God Keeps Showing Off

This week I am finding inspiration everywhere. I don’t even have to look for it. It keeps popping up. It is almost like God keeps showing off. It’s OK. He is God. He can show off whenever He wants to.

It inspires me.

He took center stage earlier this week at my kitchen table. It looked like this:

Remember how I shared How God Used Ann Voskamp to heal my heart? I was becoming a bitter nasty person that August day a year ago when I walked in to a Christian bookstore and picked up One Thousand Gifts. Just because the cover was pretty. Deep, I know.

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The True Vine Challenge ~ Abiding Through Prayer

My friend Cheryl Smith from Oikos Living threw down the challenge a few weeks ago, and I took the bait. She encouraged her friends to join her in taking The True Vine Challenge based on John 15:

“I am the True Vine and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit…Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

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Rejoice When We Run Into Problems and Trials? Are You Kidding Me?

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. ~Romans 5:3-4 NLT

I was scheduled to read this today. I need to be honest, I sometimes eye roll when I come across this passage. Just like a teenager, I feel a disdain for this passage from almost a primal level. I don’t like them. These verses make me uncomfortable. And, oh yeah, I don’t like it that I don’t like it. You have been warned.

This Scripture confirms in my heart what I already know in my head. God truly does allow me to go through difficulties at times to build my charter and build my endurance. I know I should rejoice in this (it says so in verse 3) but my flesh wants to grumble. My spirit wants to rebel.

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Fridays with Freda ~ Troubles and Peace

Many of you have asked me since the Waldo Canyon Fire broke out how Freda is doing. Constant news of a natural disaster like this can make seniors anxious and I have been worried she would get sick from the smoke. Amazingly, she has been resilient.

Living through The Great Depression, World War II, floods, terrorist attacks, and personal family tragedy in her eighty-nine years of life I’m sure has helped her cope. She knows we will make it through. Watching her through all of the chaos this week I was reminded of what Jesus said…

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The Story of Tabitha and Her Kind Things

There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha. She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor….Acts 9:36

She has inspired me over the years as I have read and re-read her story. Her simple life, documented in Acts, of helping the poor and needy. I have often wondered what kind things did she do? Did she give money? Did she provide clothes to children? Did she give others a safe place to sleep at night?

And then she died.

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Book Review: Thin Places by Mary DeMuth

Last week my world got rocked. One of my long-time Twitter friends, and contributing editor over at The High Calling, Cheryl Smith introduced me to the work of Mary DeMuth. Cheryl had recommended her book Thin Places. I’m a little embarrassed to say that as much as I read, I had not come across any of DeMuth’s work before now. I felt like I had been living under a rock. I can’t believe what I had been missing!

Starting to get a summer cold that was floating around, I stayed home from work one day and thought I would catch up on some reading. I was not expecting this book to wring me inside out the way it did. It totally grabbed me by the throat. Mary’s story had such weight and urgency to it, and even more than that—her spiritual wisdom and depth shone a flashlight into the hidden hurt places of my own dark heart. This allowed for God to whisper to me about my need for His continued healing and growth from past grief and disappointments. Never fun, but always necessary if as a Christian I truly am seeking a crucified life through Jesus.

This book also gave me insight into my work that I was not expecting.

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