No! Not My Coupon Folder…Beth Farley

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A few weeks before I moved to Texas my daughter gave me a crash course on extreme couponing. I took notes, clipped my coupons, browsed the web sites and became hooked. I didn’t think I’d become a “stockpiler” but guess what? I am. I am unemployed with very little means of money so this is a way of saving, BIG TIME. I only stock pile on things that we can use. Anything beyond that boundary is donated to the food pantry down the road.

I had an unsettling day this week. I was so distracted by the chatter in my head. I couldn’t settle down to my devotions or Bible reading time. I was bopping all over the house, trying to keep busy from my feelings. Have you ever been there?

There was one thing though that was pulling me towards sitting at the table; it was my desire to do my coupon clipping. I made a cup of coffee, started clipping and sorting and stacking. I began to feel peaceful and content.

Once this blissful task was done, which by the way, takes quite a bit of time, I went over to my desk to get my purple coupon folder only to find it wasn’t there. I went out to my car and checked under the seats, in the trunk and glove compartment. I retraced my steps for at least 45 minutes. My body was gripped with frustration and anxiety. I was frantically looking for my purple folder. All of the Sunday coupons were in that folder. I had not even redeemed half of them yet. I think I might have even spewed a few unnecessary words while in my crazy attempt at finding the folder.

Plopping on the couch and feeling deflated, I realized that I had been so engulfed in the tantalizing coupon folder that I kinda felt ashamed of my behavior. I had not done my devotions. I had not looked at my Bible. I had not prayed nor done any writing which God had called me to do. Why hadn’t I been as passionate about spending time with God this day as I had been about trying to find my coupon folder?

Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever been so engulfed in something that you just can’t wait to dig in? You know, the Sunday football game, your golf game, your pedicure, shopping or craft project; these are all great things and God wants us to enjoy them but we all know as Christian we need to find the balance.

John 10:10…A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. HCSB

One of the greatest things about being human is our tenacity. Life goes on. Sometimes worse for the wear, sometimes better for our efforts, but it always goes on. God takes these things, these daily distractions and files them under the category of “GRACE”.

We are human; He is ALL. We make mistakes; He fixes them. We get distracted; He pulls us closer.

There are times where you just have to drop the whole thing and start again. The purple folder is still missing but today I’m writing. Today I’ve spent time with Him and today…I set out for a new folder….

Psalm 96:1
Sing a new song to the LORD Sing to the LORD, all the earth.

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Fluctuating Frost Heaves

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Do your emotions fluctuate? Do you strive to maintain your composure during sticky situations and yet, crack under the pressure?  I learned a valuable lesson in learning about Frost Heaves.

I was out for a drive when I saw an orange warning sign on the side of the road that read, “Frost Heaves.” I didn’t think much about it until I was right up on a tremendous protruding pot hole. BAM!!!

My head almost hit the roof of my car.FrostHeaveI had hit a frost heave!

Frost heaves are the result of pressure created from a combination of freezing temperatures and soil defrosting. The fluctuating freezing and thawing conditions heave, or lift, the soil, which is often characterized by deep cracking of not only the soil but the roads as well.The frost heaves are much worse this spring because of the harsh winter we have experienced. Todays normal thirty minute destination took me almost an hour. Why? The heaves were colossal, unpredictable and dangerous.

This experience got me to thinking about my fluctuating emotions during the unpredictable  seasons of my  life. My emotions can be very unpredictable and dangerous. I can crack under pressure and allow my mouth to spew things I really don’t mean to say. Do you do that? Do you reach a breaking point? If so, what do you do?

When I reach my breaking point, I need to take some deep breaths, slow myself down and focus on God.

During this dangerous road condition season, the State puts up as many warning signs to remind drivers to slow down, especially at night because its hard to see the pot holes.

What can we adhere to during our rough-weather seasons?Question

  • Remember we have a solid foundation named God. He can be trusted always. Psalm 9:9
  • Be aware of our surroundings. Don’t be in places with negative energy, and negative people. 1 Corinthians 15:33
  • Stay grounded in prayer. Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:13

Although we will always travel bumpy roads, and feel like we are being jolted and jarred, we can be reminded that, “This too shall pass.” God has a purpose for everything in every season of life.( Ecclesiastes 3:1)After spring, the Maine roadways will settle down, summer will come leaving us with smooth terrain again.

Have you ever heard of frost heaves? Have you ever thought about your life in different seasons? What do you do when you feel like you are in a turbulent season? Come and join us as I lead the discussion on living by grace. Thanks for stopping in.livingbygracepic.jp

Why do we Need Jesus?

Why Do We Need Jesus:Days of Purpose – by Karen Pourbabaee

http://www.faithwriters.com/devotional.html

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It’s an awe-filled moment contemplating such a word from You, Lord. When You thought about me, even before I was born, You knew my exact purpose. Why I was needed in this world. You planned how many days it would take me to live out my purpose. And You wrote it all down!

Lord, Your thoughts fill me with wonder …

Then You knit me together in my mother’s womb with marvelous workmanship. You designed me just perfectly to fulfill Your plan. You created in me all that was necessary for a life of meaning and fulfillment.ID-100277541

“The Lord created everything for His own purpose…” (Proverbs 16:4)

Lord, I seek Your purpose…

I wait to hear Your purpose for my day. If You planned each day, recording it in Your book, it’s an important day. Every day links together as the pages of the book are turned, creating a life that is pleasing to You. A life that honors Your intention.

Lord, speak, I am listening…

“Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately…” (Ephesians 5;15 Amplified Bible)

Lord, let me live days of purpose. Amen.

Karen is a Christian writer who uses God’s word to heal. Find more of her writing at http://www.faithwriters.com.

Karen is a south Louisiana native currently living in Oklahoma. As a retired nurse with a lifelong yen to write, she continues her mission in Proverbs 13:17 “A faithful envoy brings healing”, in her written works. A Faithwriters member since 2009, Karen has published award-winning short stories and devotionals in various venues.

Sabbath or Nap?

Is honoring the Sabbath Day just a church thing? Is it a family day thing? Do we just honor it on Saturday or Sunday? Some think Sabbath time is nap time. What do you think?

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While growing up, especially during Lent, every Friday around 4:00 we were instructed to come in from playing to reflect on all that God had done for us. It was a time of rest and meditation. As a child, this was torture. I wanted to be outside frolicking with my friends. But, now, I look back on that time and cherish the memory that my mom instilled in me. Take time to rest and be thankful to God for all that I have.ID-100260588

Now that I’m into my 50’s, I regretfully admit that I am not always consistent with the concept of keeping the Sabbath holy.  How about you? Are you forgetting to keep the Sabbath holy? Do you forget to reflect?

Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. Exodus 20:8

The Sabbath commandment in Exodus 20:8-11 teaches us four things:

  • How are we commanded to keep it? Holy
  • When are we commanded to keep it? 7th Day
  • How are we commanded to keep it? Resting and reflecting.
  • And why? To reflect on God’s goodness and blessings.

If we work all week long, cram in house work around our office hours, and try to schedule in activities either for ourselves, spouse or children, how much time do we have left for the Sabbath? Question

It is impossible for me to take a whole day off from my job as I am a live-in care giver 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. I have a very special friend that I take care of. He has Alzheimer’s and he and his family depend on me. I am very fond of him and enjoy working for him, but, if I don’t find time in my day for a mini-Sabbath, I will end up be filled with resentment, anger and darkness.

So how do I honor the Sabbath?

Almost every day, I slip upstairs for a short span of time, sit before His feet, reflect and journal. I cease all working and reflect on God’s goodness. It is never at the same time nor for the same length of time, but when the opportunity arises, I drop everything and seize the moment.   DogMeditation

God commanded that the seventh day be observed as the Sabbath. A glance at almost any dictionary or encyclopedia will show you that Saturday is the seventh day of the week, while Sunday is the first day of the week.  The seventh day according to God’s calendar is—and always has been—the Sabbath day. Although we have modified calendars through the centuries, the seven-day weekly cycle has remained intact throughout history. The days of the week have always remained in their proper order, with Sunday as the first day of the week and Saturday as the seventh. So, does this mean that you can’t observe the Sabbath any other day or even take a mini Sabbath? God wants our  attention and dedication any time we can give it.

Psalms 8:3-5- “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, {4} What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? {5} For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.”

Sabbath is about attitude.

Deuteronomy 6:5- “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Does God want us to dread the Sabbath? No! He wants it to be a blessing. But if we don’t have a love relationship with Jesus, we’ll be watching the clock. When the Sabbath approaches, we’ll be thinking, “Oh, heavens! I’ve got all this stuff to do. Is it Sabbath already? Now I don’t have time to do it.” That’s not the attitude God wants us to have. It’s as if the Sabbath is a burden rather than a blessing. It means we need a change in our hearts and attitudes.

I believe that it is the Devil’s plan to erode us with convictions regarding how we honor the Sabbath. He would much rather trip us up on the details on how, when and why so that we falter from spending ANY quality quiet time with Him.

God said, there is holy time. What did He mean? The word “holy” means something “dedicated, set apart, or consecrated to God.” And it’s clear from the Bible that some things are holy and should not be profaned or treated as common. Our Sabbath time with God should not be treated as common time. 

What does my Sabbath time mean to me?

My Sabbath time is a time of delighting and rejoicing in God.
My Sabbath time is a time for meditating on a scripture or two.
My Sabbath time is a time for asking for forgiveness.
My Sabbath time is a time of prayer.
My Sabbath time is a time of healing.
My Sabbath time is a time of resting in His love.

What does your Sabbath time look like? I would love to hear from you as I am hosting the discussion on Living by Grace; a Facebook community.livingbygracepic.jp

I keep my Sabbath time in perspective, when I don’t get all bogged down with the “do’s and don’ts.” I try very hard to practice the Sabbath commandment regularly so that the Spirit of the Sabbath commandment is genuine, holy and sanctified.

The Screaming Wind

 

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The wind is screaming at me today. The gusts are violent and unforgiving. As the rotation of the wind becomes stronger, broken tree limbs are dangerously flying through the air. The branches are being torn from the trunk whipping by my window as if to say, “Stop! I can’t stand it anymore; this hurts!”

We too will experience violent and unforgiving spans of time in life, and we will at some point want to scream, “Stop! I can’t stand it anymore; this hurts!”

 

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Life is never going to be consistently calm and sunny. It just doesn’t work that way; we can’t avoid it. We will experience hardships of some sort and trying to hang onto our Godly foundation  can be very difficult.

During different cycles of my life when I was in the trenches of a stormy season, I felt separated from God. I felt God didn’t love me or was punishing me because of a choice I had made. It was only through much prayer and deep soul-searching that I realized that was not the case.

There is nothing we can do to separate us from the love of God!

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
Romans 8:38 NLT
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Romans 8:35 NIV

When experiencing my violent trenches though, I have to be very careful as to not blame others for my own actions; nor blame them for my reactions! Look at the first word in Romans 8:35…Who! Why is it who and not what? Because we are so quick to blame someone. We can blame others for every hardship, persecution or famine that we’ve had to endure. We should not allow blame to bubble to the surface. It is in blaming others that can make us feel separated from God because deep down inside, we know He wants us to take responsibility for our own actions and we possibly may need to simply ask for forgiveness.

As I continue to watch the boughs of the mighty pines twist left and right, I am reminded of the painful storm I’m enduring right now. I can easily blame some people but what good will that do? Blaming others is like the thrusting of the tree limbs breaking from their foundation. Blaming rips me from my rooted foundation in God.ID-10060095

Tomorrow an absence of motion will come; there will be a stillness. Tranquility will arrive. I will glance at the limbs of the pine trees, standing firmly connected to their foundation once again.  There will be no blowing to and fro. I too am reminded that when in my ignited space of my deepest suffering, I can release my deepest fears and reach that familiar peace. I can only achieve this by staying rooted in God. I have been finding it to be true in every path, in every way…in every storm of my life, that is when God appears. 

Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

Mom’s Blue Bags

Do you ever find that you’ve learned a lesson from something small or something you thought to be insignificant? We’ve all heard the saying, You’re never too old to learn something new. I for one find this to be very true. As a writer, I observe so much of what is going on around me while searching for the lesson to be learning. Just recently, I learned a few valuable lessons in my mom’s blue bags.

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Growing up, my mom was famous for washing out her plastic bags and drying them out over the kitchen faucet. She used them until the plastic film would start ripping. Now living with my mom again, I knew some things would not change and reusing plastic bags was one of them. However, she has now taken it to a whole new level.

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I recently opened the freezer only to find a bunch of royal blue plastic bags containing made-up burgers and individually wrapped chicken. “Okay ma,” I said. “Where did the blue bags come from?” “I just collect them.” She replied, walking away from the question. It wasn’t until it finally dawned on me that she was re-using the blue newspaper bags to freeze her meats.

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She is a loving, caring and intelligent woman who really doesn’t need to be frugal with her money. She worked hard her whole life and should enjoy the fruits of her labor.  I find it so ironic that my mom will go out and purchase a brand new car but will use duck tape on her ironing board cover. She’ll buy some nice L.L. Bean clothes but wrap her food in blue newspaper bags.

I don’t waste much either. I re-heat left overs. I wash out butter tubs to re-use for left overs . I cut  fabric sheets in half and I used vinegar and water for cleaning solutions. I guess I am frugal as well but what can I learn from this?

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“Okay ma, you’re busted,” I said. “I have finally figured out where the blue bags are coming from. But why ma? Why do you use them when you can afford freezer zip lock bags?” I asked. Her reply, “I don’t want to waste them. I grew up during a time where you just didn’t waste anything and I figured, why not re-use them?” I let the conversation go for a few days but not without pondering the meaning behind her saying, “You don’t waste a thing.” How can we apply that statement to our own lives? No, I’m not asking you to re-use newspaper bags. How can we not waste any experiences?

God doesn’t want us to waste anything He has given us!

Every day we are given plenty of opportunities to do good things for others. But there are only a handful of us that actually act on them.

We should not waste our opportunities: We don’t have to wait for some sort of huge thing to happen in order to do something nice for someone. We have small opportunities floating around our space all day long.

Here are just a few simple things that we can do on a daily basis:

We can smile at someone having a bad day.
We can pay for a coffee just because.
We can watch a friend’s child so she can get some much needed quality time.
We can bring a meal to a friend that may be too sick to cook.
We can carry grocery bags for an elderly person.

We should not waste our talents: We should use the talent that God has given us.
Don’t waste the opportunity to join a choir if God has given you the gift of singing.
Don’t waste your gift of hosting a party if God has given you the gift of hospitality.
Don’t waste the opportunity to work in the nursery at church if God has given you a true love to be with babies.

Is there an opportunity to help in your church? Are you able to donate some of your talents volunteering for something in your community?

We should not waste our time: Time is passing faster and faster. We should not waste our time on things that serve no purpose. I can easily waste time in front of the television rather than getting out for a walk and praying. I can easily waste my time just lying around rather than working on an article I need to finish. We can easily waste our time building up our collections, only to find we have no more room. We can easily waste our time being angry with someone dear to us only to find they may be very sick and are in need of hearing our kind words. What are you doing with your time?

Through all of my joking with my mom and her desire to collect blue bags, we were able to come to an understanding. I asked, “How about we not use the dirty newspaper bags but I’ll wash out the old zip lock bags and re-use them?” Good compromise; however, we should not waste any opportunity that God has given us. We should not compromise for Him.

What valuable lessons have you recently learned? How did you learn them? Were they simple things that just jumped out at you or did you have to ponder a bit? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Beth                           livingbygracepic.jp

Blue Meditation

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I’ve been in the hospital for about five days now. I’ve been here assisting with decision-making, supporting family members and generating laughter into a sometimes stressful situation.

I am now very familiar with this hospital. I know where all of the coffee stations are, the bathrooms are, and where the cell-service hot spots are.

I have been walking the same route every day; down one hall, over to the next hall, down two flights of stairs and back up. I walk it several times a day.

Yesterday, for some reason, I chose to walk a different path. Not sure of where I was, I glanced over to my right and saw a sign that read, “Meditation Room”.

Trying to be discrete, I quietly peered into the room. I looked around at the cobalt and aqua blue glass. The pieces were crafted into intricate patterns. It was breathtaking. The other wall was made of neutral shades of stone and wood. Below the stone stood a peaceful bird, boldly standing on a rock.                                                                                         FullSizeRender-24

As I sat I became aware of the sound of calming waters being piped into the room. It sounded like a babbling brook cascading over the rocks. I closed my eyes, and I pictured myself standing alongside the bird. Calmness and tranquility flowed through my body. I became unaware that my outside world was a bone-chilling, wind-gusting below-zero-day. I had also forgotten as to why I was there.I stayed in the present moment for much more than a moment. I didn’t allow my mind to wander to the numerous questions I had no answers to. I didn’t worry about my relationships, my career path or my broken heart. I didn’t worry about my health or the health of others.  I stayed in the NOW.

I think everyone should invest in the practice of daily meditation time. If I were able to design my own home, I would construct a  small meditation nook.

As Christians I ask, are we supposed to stay in the now? Are we supposed to meditate? Some say that meditation is not the right thing to do; meaning you are not supposed to rid your mind of your blessings or your thoughts of the heavenly Father.

Some Christians state that when we meditate, we are creating empty space and with that we may be allowing Demons to enter; Demons like empty spaces because they’re easier to fill. And…is meditating the same as worshiping a false god? I don’t think as Christians we should be that dogmatic on the subject. There are indeed gray areas and ultimately, the question of meditation is one that you will have to decide and only decide between you and God.

The benefactors of meditation are good.

  • Meditation helps us not to worry about what is going to happen tomorrow. Scripture also instructs us not to worry about tomorrow…(Matthew 6:34)
  • Meditation helps us to keep our body and mind well. Scripture instructs us to keep our bodies as a holy temple. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  • Meditation helps us to stay positive. Scripture tells us to be positive. (Proverbs 17:22)
  • Meditation helps us remain cheerful. Scripture instructs us on how to be cheerful.(Ecclesiastes 3:12)
  • Meditation helps us be a better whole person. Scripture instructs us on how to be a whole person. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • Meditation helps us to remember our blessings. Scripture instructs us to count our blessings. (Psalm 118:1-18)

In my opinion, my kind of meditation is good. It allows me to be positive, keep cheerful, focus on being a better whole person and more importantly it helps me to place uncontrollable situations into their proper place. When I settle myself down to meditate, I am able to re-count all of my blessings.

What do you think about meditation?

Where are your thoughts?

Do you meditate and if so, how?

Enough is Enough!

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As I think about the word enough, I ponder the significance of it in my life. Enough…What do I think about that word? What do you think about when you say enough? Who determines when it’s enough?

I’m fed up! I’ve devoted enough time towards some relationships and circumstances in my life. I’ve devoted enough time to…Well, I really don’t know if I have, come to think about it. Do I have that control? Do we have that control to decided when enough is enough?

Enough… I can’t stop exercising. I can’t stop my spiritual practices. I can’t stop loving my children and family, church and community. I can’t stop protecting the earth nor stop obeying the law.

Enough… I can say enough when something is not acceptable. I can say enough when you’re hurting me! I can say enough to your rules and religion.

When its time for me to walk away from a situation, I now walk away from it. Even if the situation is via phone call, texting or other social media. That’s when I shut down and allow my mind, my body, and my conscience to feel okay with enough!

I think about the obedient man, named Moses. He led the Israelites to the Promise Land. Do you think he ever said enough is enough God? I know the Israelites did! How many times did they not believe that there was even a Promise Land? Moses willingly gave up a luxurious life as a price to live among his own people as a slave (Hebrews 11:24-25) to encourage them. But he knew that their afflictions were not enough.

Moses spoke to the people all that God had given him to speak. The people needed to be reminded of their conduct that led them to their tedious wanderings and strengthened their obedience. He had not said enough yet! We too are brought through many situations in order to understand the advantages of obedience.

God eventually said enough though! The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.” Deuteronomy 1:6

God tells us when to stay and endure and when to say enough and move on. The problem is that we often don’t know if we are saying enough or if God is.

beth new pic     My God knows when I’ve had enough! He knows when I need encouragement and strength. He knows when I am struggling with some self-esteem issues or battling with some depression. He shows me when I can move on.

So when we sit down and reflect on the word enough, reactivate your meditation time. Think about what you’ve had enough of. Throughout life it is necessary, from time to time, to stand back, become silent and redefine, reevaluate, and experiment, over and over again, with what we know or what we think we know. It is only then that we will know when we’ve had enough.

I was in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time: I Will not Rewind.

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How do we know if we’re in the right place or wrong place? How do we know if the place where we are, right at this very moment, is in the proper timing?

Think about these sayings:

1) Being in the wrong place at the wrong time
2) Being in the wrong place at the right time
3) Being in the right place at the right time
4) Being in the right place at the wrong time

I have found myself to be in all four of these circumstances during various stages of my life. I’ve met people just at the right time and have been in places just at the right time.   I’ve also met people at the wrong time in life and have been in places where I should never have been.

  • The wrong place at the wrong time could be like being somewhere you should not have been and the timing was all wrong.
  • The wrong place at the right time could mean you just got lost and yet you got lucky.
  • Being in the right place at the right time could possibly be the perfect harmony between our intent and the outcome.
  • Being in the right place at the wrong time could mean that you were following directions properly but possibly landed in disaster.

Hebrews 11:4-38, known as the Faith Hall of Fame, shows us many examples of people being in any one of these scenarios. Able, Enoch, Moses, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Rahab, Joseph and many more were trying to be in the venue of God’s choosing. They were afflicted and yet endured. And, through all of it, they were placed exactly where they were called to be; the dwelling of God’s choice.

Sometimes we get a little lost along the way and find ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time but by the grace of God, we are removed from that spot and planted into the locality of God’s choosing.

How do we know if our current premises is right or wrong? All we have to do is have a little faith, faith of a mustard seed (Luke 17:6) knowing we’re under God’s guidance and love.

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How about you? Where are you right now? Are you in the right place at the right time? If so, how did you get there? Please share. If not, how do you think you can make changes in order to be there? Let’s talk about this today and tomorrow as I am the host on Livingbygrace.livingbygracepic.jp

Can’t Buy Me Love

Beth Farley:

Valentine’s Day will be very different for me this year. For those of you who are married, think about these questions Jennifer asks. Is it all about you?

Originally posted on Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud:

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This Valentine’s Day, do you find yourself pouting, fuming, frowning, maybe stomping around a bit? Or have you begun to place catalogs strategically throughout the house… opened to a particular page… with a certain necklace or bracelet circled in red?

Because it’s all about us, right??? It’s all about what makes us happy, what we desire… what we DESERVE!

Or is it? Today author Karen Jurgens challenges our thinking, encouraging us to go deeper.

 Can’t Buy Me Love

By Karen Jurgens

Love. The pink hearts and red roses on Valentine’s Day come around each year to remind us. Isn’t finding love and happiness one of our ultimate quests in life?

Valentine heartWe’re born into it. Oozing love, parents lavish hopes and dreams on their precious newborn sons and daughters. The kind of love that is strong enough for a lifetime.

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My Window Time…Beth Farley

Are you hanging out with God lately and if so, how? How do you spend time with Him?

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 People would say that I’m crazy because every night since the beginning of January, I have been opening up my window for just a little bit before closing my eyes.

Before dozing off, I lay on my stomach on the bed I occupy, put my chin up to the artistic window sill and inhale some deep cleansing breaths. The arctic cold air gently blows onto my face. I can hear the needles of the pine trees swish in the frigid night breeze as I inhale some deep breaths. I watch the snow falling onto the roof or when we have clear nights I gaze at the stars twinkling above. As I ritually lay there with my little dog, I am in total peace and surrender. I thank God for the day I’ve just been blessed with and ask for the continued peace and strength to tackle what might lie ahead.

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My window time allows me the time to think about my wishes. It reminds me that if I run after something that is meant for me, it will be there because God has already placed it there for me to have. It reminds me to take peaceful happy steps towards my existence, and not arrive anywhere I’m not supposed to be.

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My window time reminds me that it is impossible for me to be doing what I am doing today, right at this very minute without God. I can easily become a huge mess without Him and to be honest, I NOW can’t wait to  spend time with him at the window.

I have been trying to sit with God for many months now and I have missed so many appointments with Him. The ones that I’ve attended in surrender, have been good, but lately it’s been rather difficult for me to settle myself down…

UNTIL MY WINDOW TIME!!!

Why has it taken me so long to find this tender spot with Him? Why has it taken me so long to want to visit with Him? These are the questions I will ask Him when we meet again, tonight at during OUR window time.

1 Kings 6:4 NASB Also for the house he made windows with artistic frames.