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May 2014

MALADY OF THE EXPERT – May 16

Profoundly honest and well written…demands a larger audience….Thank you sir for your heart for Christ and Your obedience to Our Father.

A DEVOTED LIFE

“Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.” John 8:49

Hello my name is Expert
We live in a land of experts.

If we have a disease, we go to the hospital’s experts.
If we want knowledge, we go to the University’s experts.
If our car maintenance light glows, we go to the car dealership’s experts.

Tax issues – specialist in accounting.
Court issues – specialist in law.
Building issues – specialist in engineering.

We expect our specialists to have answers. We pay them for answers. Often, specialists are cast aside until we find the one who agrees with what we want to do. Even if we can get the answer we want, a bad response is often better than the uncertainty of  “I don’t know.”

We want to know.

This expectation of answers has probably always been at the bedrock of religion. We want answers for…

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Pushing Past the Pain

Today, I was reminded of a note I’d written a couple years ago on Facebook about healing…I felt compelled to share it again for those who may be experiencing pain, whether physical or emotional so please check out that link.  God is still a healer. I’m the proof…not only have I been healed of the physical pain that had me depressed and nearly debilitated a few years ago, but I would have never had the courage or desire to start this blog otherwise. I thank God for the reminder.

Prayer in this Moment:

Hey Daddy,

I thank You for loving me in spite of everything You know about me. Thank You for teaching me to love myself as You do. Thank You for allowing me to make mistakes so that I could remember how much I need You in every part of my life. You have provided an endless source of comfort and healing in my body, mind, and heart. In Your son’s matchless name, I pray.

Love Your Doting Daughter,

Hope Beloved

A Birthday Shout for my Baby Boy

When I think about the challenges I’ve faced as a single parent, I am comforted with the knowledge that God has been my Father and my children’s throughout every situation. In my weakness, He has been my strength. He alone blessed me with the first of my two miracles 16 years ago today. So yes, this post is a bit selfish…I must give a shout out to my son, Recco, who has always managed to make me laugh even when I try to stay angry with him. An anointed vessel indeed…anytime I am tempted to get discouraged because of his teen-aged ‘tude, God reminds me how truly gifted he is and of the great purpose he has set before him….I’m grateful for the opportunity to steward such a handsome, strong, and blessed young man. Yes, at 16 years young he is my “self-proclaimed man of the house.” I love him so much and I pray that God never allows me to take his presence for granted! Had to revisit this video…to think that was just a few years ago…God foreshadowed his calling then and when things seem to contradict that vision…I thank God for allowing me to have tangible proof of His promise.

Bragging on my baby a little, but check out this video

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Mission Possible-It’s NOT that serious!

Here we go again. Yes, I woke this morning to and unfortunately not to my surprise a mound of laundry waiting for me.  No it didn’t magically appear. I saw it the night before, yet I already had a load in the washer and another in the dryer so the cycle continued as I wandered to bed hoping it would disappear.

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Perhaps by now, you’re tired of me writing about the chaotic condition of my domain, but it’s not that I don’t care what you want to read, rather, if I write about it enough perhaps I will evoke a change in my situation a bit sooner than what I’ve experienced so far. I mean it’s amazing to me that I can have my home spotless one minute and within a day it appears that an elephant rampaged the place.

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So this morning, I was granted yet another opportunity to get it together….my home…my mind…my life…and I made a decision that gave me a peace I have yet to understand.

I DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!

Yes, I calmly walked to my kitchen, fixed my coffee, let my dogs out, brought ’em back in, fed’em, played with ’em and leisurely swept up the inevitable tufts of fur shed with every little step they took-(had a Bobby Brown flashback)…

…Anyway, my decision to “not do the laundry” wasn’t made out of rebellion or even a stint of laziness.  It was just that I realized I could only do one thing at a time….Ahhh…Such peace in perspective!

So I paused…and then made the earnest decision to not be bothered.  Yes, there will always be something to rub you the wrong way and granted, you may have no control over those odds, but you do have control over your response.  So the next time you’re tempted to freak out over something trivial, remember these words, “It’s not that serious!”

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The hunger

The hunger. is a beautiful balance of reality and humility.  I applaud this young lady’s heart.  I can’t wait to see all God is getting ready to unlock for her! Read and be blessed!

Duty Calls, but should you listen?

Most of my life I’ve had difficulty allowing the word “no” leave my lips. I’ve always volunteered. I like doing for others so I guess I’m a servant at heart.  Well, Jesus exemplifies the ultimate servant and I’m glad for His example.

Yes grateful, but admittedly hard-headed as I am, I haven’t always followed His lead.  I mean the bible shows that “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed”  (Luke 5:16 NIV).   He literally stepped away from His “duties” to get in God’s presence alone. Yes, Jesus knew the importance of prioritizing appropriately.  I thought I did too…

I mean I was singing in the choir, feeding the homeless, writing for the newsletter ministry, and attending just about every service we had in church so how could I not have it right?  

Yep, I was wrong! What I had were mixed up priorities!  Rather, I guess I really hadn’t prioritized much of anything.  Instead, I was a mini- Pharisee (CRINGE)…so caught up in the “duty” of things that I never took the time to recognize what was truly important.

Okay so I’ve written about this before but considering the messages and questions I’ve gotten lately about why I’m not “doing” anymore, I suppose the message bears repeating…Not that I owe anyone an explanation, but perhaps in doing so, others will realize they too may have some changes to make.

God rested on the Sabbath. Yet, the bible also says, God never sleeps so what’s up with the need for the Sabbath day rest?

Well, the period of rest was not meant for God’s sake, but merely an example so that we’d realize we need to take a break every once and a while. Otherwise, unlike God, we’d get burnt out and even resentful, ie: weary in well-doing.

And who is that helping?

Yep, nobody but the devil.

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When we’re overburdened with duties, however well-intended, we murmur and complain and that’s equivalent to praising satan! Now as much as I hate to think that I’d ever be considered one to praise the devil, I had to come to terms that my complaints (and yours too), however small, are still just that.

Now I’m learning to be content in every situation.  And yes, the many challenges I’ve faced in recent months have indeed tested my allegiance to that statement. Yet in retrospect, had I listened to the right voice the first time, I likely wouldn’t have even encountered it.

To clarify, the right voice is the Holy Spirit and though for years I was urged to take a seat, I chose to “do the right things” my way instead.

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My prior disobedience resulted in depression, family turmoil, faltering faith, and the list of woes goes on…so if you’re reading this and you know me personally, understand that it’s not that I haven’t heard Duty calling, I’ve just decided to listen to the Holy Spirit instead.

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