An Imitation

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Sept creation

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

Have you ever thought about creation? The act of making something from nothing?

God created everything with a word

Artists and generally creative people spend much of their days in some form of imitation of this incredible act. Being a generally creative person; I can relate. The desire to make something beautiful out of nothing is so strong that we can hardly help but put those “special touches” on everything we do, from making beautiful dinners for our family, to giving creative gifts or arranging the furniture in our homes.

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A Leap of Faith and a Wee Bit of Courage

 Text2Pic (1)Have there been moments in your life where fear grips you.   The stream of questions that flow through your mind, “What if” “I can’t”.   But what if you can?  

Fear can disable us from living fully. We accumulate, we plan, we hoard and stay stuck based on our fears.   We keep our feelings to ourselves for fear on how we will be judged.

During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples save him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out with fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord if it is you,” Peter replied, “Tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me.” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why do you doubt?” (Matthew 14:25-31)

 

What is stopping you from moving forward today?   It is your beliefs, is it the pursuit of happiness through materialistic means, is it wanting external validation to feel good about YOU, or is it pain that is deep inside that just won’t let you go?

Grab the courage to move forward, let it go and give it to God.   There is so much good that can come from sharing, loving and climbing that mountain.   Get on those hiking boots, and start the climb, once you reach the top there will be no looking back.  

Take a leap of faith, and a wee bit of courage my friend.

The Unexpected

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Guest post ~ September 11th we remember

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Ground Zero Cross

I remember what happened exactly 13 years ago today on September 11th. I imagine there aren’t too many adults who don’t recall the horror of seeing the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers destroyed. Who can imagine what the survivors endured or how friends or family members of people who worked there awaited with frantic fear to learn if their loved ones were dead or alive. Certainly the husbands wives, mothers, grandparents, children, family members or friends of the brave ones risking their lives to help find and rescue those buried alive remember…and continue to grieve. The United States remembers and grieves this tragedy of unexpected loss.

Heavenly Father,

Bless and heal our nation.

Bless and heal the families who continue to grieve. Help the many victims who continue to grieve forgive if the haven’t yet done so.

Open the eyes and hearts of the terrorists who committed…

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dear vanessa ~ choose to trust

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august choose to trust

Dear Vanessa,

I have been ill for some time and I feel exhausted.  I am trying to keep my spirits up but it is next to impossible.  The doctors do not seem to provide a clear understanding on how long it will be until I am normal again.

Frustrated and in pain,

Ella

Dearest Ella,

I understand the frustration with the unknown.

Many have experienced moments in their lives where they have felt helpless or wished for a miracle.  We want things to revert back to the normal instantly.

It is funny how life works…  I believe that life happens, we get wrapped up in the business, the events, and the accumulation of “stuff” and then all of a sudden something happens in which we have no control.   It could be health, loss of a job, money issues, or uncertainty of tomorrow.

God does not cause these things to happen…

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We are here today, gone tomorrow

our days are numbered

Over the past year I have seen a man fight for his life who has only had two years to see his child smile, I have seen a little boy the same age as mine fight for his life, and one lose his life.   These moments are tough for all of us, losing someone in our lives can be difficult and seems so unfair. These moments rock me to the core.   I just want to take all of the pain away, but that is not my job. Lean not on your own understanding. That is the voice that keeps coming to mind. My understanding does not see the full picture or plan, and sometimes miracles happen and other times this is all part a plan that we will only understand when we leave this world.  

I had moments where I did not understand the plan until much later and perhaps more is to come.  

When I fractured my neck, laying in a bed with my dad, brother and husband around me with a priest praying that I will be able to walk and to see my children again.   Three years later I am walking, and have a new normal and have a perspective that I am so thankful for.

Or the moment when I laid my head on my grandfather’s chest and heard his last heartbeat.  Letting go was difficult, but when one life passed another was given (the next day I found out I was pregnant with our second son).

Seeing my mother in pain, and wondering what was next.  Prayer, thanksgiving and petition make the difference.

But I will tell you something, these moments although frightening, and fear of the unknown rose up in my soul, I chose to lift up my worries and pray.   God is in control and I am so thankful for God showing me a different perspective in the pain.     All things in this life are for good. Sometimes it is hard to believe or difficult to see when your eyes are blurred by what is right in front of you.

The lovely web of life teaches us as we experience the moments that take our breath away.   We adjust and change the lens we look through, and we begin to ponder more about life and the moments.    

Life is short, and our time is numbered.   The bible clearly lays this out, and it also helps direct us on where we choose to focus our time and energy.  

Many times I hear people say “when I am retired I plan to travel”, or “when things are less busy we will get together”, or “things will get easier once we are past this stage in our lives”.

Looking ahead and saying” I will when….” “When” may never come. We are here today and gone tomorrow.

We need to focus on the now, make the most of our time here.   This means, living for today, surrounding yourself with love, removing the negativity, and making a choice for the good. And yes there are days when the waves seem to be crashing over us; during these times you can choose focus on what is important. Love and spreading it everywhere.

You have a choice. Where do you choose to focus your time?   Heaven can be on earth… Let go of the fear and live for today.

Be blessed my friend,

Ness

dear vanessa ~ Changes in Life

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August dear vanessa changes in life

Dear Vanessa,

Over the past few years I have experienced some losses that have triggered introspection.    I have seen the face of God many times during these events and have come to realize that how we live makes all the difference.    But while going through this journey I have noticed that many relationships have changed.    This has been difficult for me, because many have been with me for most of my life.    At times I am confused and wonder if I am making the right decisions, am I headed in the right direction? How can I be sure?

Feeling confused,

Peggy

Dearest Peggy,

Yes, as we experience changes in our life, these changes reveal to us what we require in order to feel full.   I do believe that this is part of God’s master plan.   Everything is created for His good.  Your question about heading in the right direction… That…

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a realm of influence

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august realm of influence

“I don’t think there is anything special about me”, she said. “What could God possibly use from my life that would ever make any difference?”

The questions resonated with me, for I had often thought the same thing. Why would anyone want to know about my struggles, my failures or my life experiences? How could they ever make a difference? We are instructed by Jesus to reach out and touch those within our realm of influence; those we encounter daily. Whether it is someone we see all the time at our jobs for instance, or someone we meet in aisle 4 at the grocery store. We all have stories that can heal through God’s love and work in our life.

In the book of Acts, Paul tells others about his conversion experience; his testimony. This life experience of Paul’s not only puts at ease those who had come to fear…

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