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Mar
31

No Muck Here

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For as long as I can remember, God has been an important part of my life.  I’ve grown up with morning devotions, scripture memory, and family prayer time.  I wore my first Bible to shreds from constantly looking at the pictures! When I was five years old I asked Jesus to come into my heart.  My parents sat next to me, on my brother’s bed; guiding me as I said a modest prayer.  I didn’t fully comprehend the immeasurable wonder that salvation is, but I didn’t have to; I knew Jesus loved me.  I recognized that I did things that were wrong and I knew He would help me do good.  I accepted that He was the only way to get to heaven and I certainly didn’t want to be left out of that!  

 

Child-like faith comes easy when you’re a child.

 

During my lifetime, I have heard many powerful testimonies of redemption.  I would sit back and listen to people tell of how they lived lives in theft, sexual immorality, or bondage to alcohol or drugs.  I’d be moved to tears when they recalled how Christ saved them when they were in their darkest time, and He was the light that set them free.  Then, I’d think to myself, “Wow, my testimony is nothing compared to that!  I won’t inspire anyone by telling them I became a Christian when I was a kid, and I was raised in a Godly home.  It’s so boring!”  Now, I know how wrong I was.

 

 It’s God’s plan of salvation that’s beautiful and inspiring,

 

not the amount of muck you go through to receive it.

 

I have had and will continue to have my own tests, trials and temptations.  I am not even within throwing distance of perfect!  I do think I had one day where I didn’t commit a single sin – I was sick and I slept for 26 hours.  Truth!

 

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I know that “all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.”  [Romans 3:23]

 I rely on the fact that No temptation has overtaken you [me] that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you [me] be tempted beyond your [my] ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you [I] may be able to endure it.”  [1 Corinthians 10:13]

 And I do my best to “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you [I] meet trials of various kinds, for you [I]  know that the testing of your [my] faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you [I] may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  [James 1:2-4]

 I am saved by Grace, not by my own works.  Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins.  When I accepted Him, in faith; believing, He washed my sins away!  All of them – past, present and future!  I thank God for keeping me from evil, for growing me as a Christian, while I was growing from child to adult.  What a blessing to have been brought up in a loving, nurturing environment, by parents that taught me the fear and admonition of The Lord!  What a gift to have been established on a firm foundation!  God changed my heart then, as a child, and He’s still changing it day to day.  He’s perfecting me for His Glory!  This is Easter, and it’s one of my favorite holiday celebrations, because it reminds me of what my Savior did for me.  I like the term Resurrection Sunday best, because without His resurrection there is no victory!

 

Redeemer, sung by Nicole C. Mullen, is in my top ten song list.

When it comes on the radio, I close my eyes and soak in the awe-inspiring words. . .except when I’m driving, of course!

 “He lives
To take away my shame
And He lives
Forever I’ll proclaim
That the payment for my sin
Was the precious life He gave
But now He’s alive and there’s an empty grave!

And I know
My Redeemer lives
I know
My Redeemer lives
Let all creation testify
That this life within me cries
I know my Redeemer”

 

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines redeem as this:  1.  Compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something)  > (of a person) atone or make amends  > save (someone) from sin, error or evil.  2.  Gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment.

How fitting that we call Christ our Redeemer!  What an awesome God!

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.  In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” [Luke 24:1-7]

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

 

 I know my Redeemer lives, and I hope you do, too.

 

Warmly,

Sarah E.

 

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Mar
25

HoldItDear – Etsy Shop

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My daughter has nine new listings in her Etsy shop ~ HoldItDear

These are adorable, handmade sock animals, with embroidery eyes and mouths that make them much more child safe than buttons. 

They’re made to be treasured for generations.

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Find your perfect stuffed animal today,

 

and HoldItDear for years to come.

 

 

Blessings,

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Mar
24

First Steps In the Write Direction

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The library is one of my favorite places in the world!  Just thinking about the endless stories, and the amount of knowledge that can be obtained there, makes me smile like a little kid who gets her ice cream before dinner.  Sometimes, when I hear we’re going to the library, I have to stop myself from jumping up and down in excitement and anticipation.  Technology today allows us to read digitally, almost anywhere.  I have a Kindle and it’s wonderful, but it’s not like holding a real book in your hands, flipping through the pages; and smelling the paper.  If imagination had a smell, it would smell like books!

 

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When I walk by the shelves of beautifully organized words, I can nearly hear them scream, “Read me!”  I can pick up a book, open its cover; and be transported to another time and place.  I can explore someone else’s mind, view life through their eyes, live their adventures; or follow their dreams with them.  I have a passion for reading and it has been poured into me, drop by drop, word by word by my mother.

I have sweet memories of being younger, sitting with my mom and listening to her read aloud.  Evenings were spent with Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, the classic Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, the compelling Orphan Train Adventures as told by Joan Lowery Nixon; and many other stories.  I would snuggle close to the nearest sibling, close my eyes; and let the words make pictures in my mind.

My cultivated zeal for words and reading has blossomed into an aspiration for writing.  The pleasure I got from reading books as a child, like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, or Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham, induces me to write children’s stories now that I hope will ignite similar feelings in a young one.  I am inspired by the writings of Francine Rivers, Terri Blackstock, and Frank Peretti.  I might contemplate writing for adults, but it will take some coaxing.  I am sure of two things: I will be an author, and I’ll  share the truth of God’s love with others; glorifying Him.

I want the words that I put down on paper to draw people to God  I don’t want them to be wasted.  When I was little, my dad would come into our room at night, pray with us and tell us a bedtime story.  I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him weave his tales of faith, humor, adventure, fantasy; or every day life.  I wanted to grow up to do that, too; and my parents have encouraged me all along the way.  I am a story teller at heart.

I believe I know the direction God would have me go, so I am setting aside the fears of failure and rejection that I have let hold me back.  I am stepping out of my comfort zone and writing a guest post, every Sunday, on this blogNo doubt, I’ll be Puddle Jumping, because I have crazy, random thoughts sometimes; but I hope you’ll follow me as I take my first steps in the write direction.

Warmly,
 
Sarah E.

 

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Mar
22

A is for “Again”

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This is the third series of Blogging through the Alphabet that Marcy has started.  I’m sure it’s just for me or in the least it’s for those just like me!  No matter that she said she’d been asked to organize it for those that have had so much fun with it the past two times, right?  I completely missed it the first time around, and I only published J is for “Just Beginning”  for the second series.

 

This time, one more time, I have the opportunity to begin again; so my A is for “Again.”  

 

I’ll try to conquer this meme, again, but maybe I should save that for the letter “C”.

I’m interested to see how my imagination is sparked with a new letter each week, but that sounds like a prompt for “I”.

Looking forward to the possibilities – definitely a “P” post!

I am thinking ahead though, since I get to participate again

I foresee a study on the Queen of England, or thequeen bee of the hive, just in time for the letter “Q”;

and I have no doubt we’ll visit our favorite zoo, in about 26 weeks.

 

 

Courage

 

May we always share with one another

the grace to try again tomorrow.

 

 

Blessings,

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Mar
21

Did You Miss Me?

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It’s been months since I’ve been here.  Too many months, actually.  I hope you sort of missed me, maybe wondered why you hadn’t heard my voice for a while.  Maybe you just noticed an empty space and didn’t know it was me that was missing, but now you do.

It’s been a long winter.  I’ve had to step back, reevaluate, look for balance, pursue and embrace the new, while disengaging and releasing some of the old.  It’s been a challenging season, and although I’m not through it yet, the hope of spring is revitalizing.

You may notice a few changes here, and I hope you’ll like them.  Your comments, suggestions, and constructive criticisms are welcome.  It is my intention to share more personal posts, hoping you gain something from my life and experience.  I know there are so many things that compete for our time, I’d like you to feel good about stopping here for a moment.
 

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Sundays, beginning March 24th, I’ll have a guest blogger ~my daughter, Sarah E.  She’s new to blogging and I think we’ll all enjoy watching her grow and finding her own voice here.  She is young, creative, and delightfully random.  You’ll find her posts under Puddle Jumping.  I know you’ll be supportive and encouraging with your comments.

It’s nice to be back.

Blessings,

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