Random Journal Day Link Up 2


Take a look back in the journal pile and share an entry with us. You can take the entry and write it out, period. Or reflect further and share what was going on, insights, or how things look now compared to when you originally wrote the entry! 
Oh, and if you are an artist and you just want to show your art journal, sketchbook, or notes and thoughts about the artwork, that is great. All forms of journals, diaries, blank book, prayer journals- where your thoughts, heart and reflective life have been expressed. 
If you need some ideas, here are a few from our first link up to visit and see…


Here are the rules (I am a new fan of rules): 

1. Dig out one of your old journals, or a recent journal or anything you have scratched out your random thoughts or feelings on as a form of expression (die-hard diary keepers will write on anything when desperate). Choose an entry, or a portion of an entry that you feel bold enough or at least comfortable to share. 


2. Write up your blog post, publish and link up here.
Link up the blog post you are sharing, NOT your general Blog address- so we can visit your entry. 
We don’t have a Badge for this Blog yet, but if you just link back to this in your post that will work. (Random Journal Day Weekend Link Up) If anyone wants to make us a BADGE we will welcome you as a co-host with us!


3. Kindly visit and comment on the person before or after you in the link up. You can visit more but we understand that everyone is busy. Please visit at least one other Random Journal Day Link Up as that just would make it nice for all.

*This Link will start on Friday and go through the week. Link up anytime before the next Friday (Thursday Midnight)!

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Chopped, Grace and The Power of a Surrendered Life

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds
 and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

Last night I woke up at around 2 AM. A bronchial cough that would not let me rest had me dragging myself to the living room where I could sit up , breathe and basically not sleep. You get the idea. I did not feel I could read, write or do anything except cough, sniffle and sit. Finally I succumbed to the annoying presence that dominates that room. The television. I have to be pretty sick to give in, but I just felt staring at the screen  was all the physical engagement I could muster…aside of cough, sniffle, sneeze. Well God was so good to allow me to be blessed, inspired and enlarged by a re-run of a Chopped episode that aired in the Summer of 2011. The theme happened to be Redemption (sweet irony) and the show had an ending that was unanticipated, unexpected and oh, so glorious! 
If you don’t follow the show, basically 4 Chef’s compete for 10,000 dollars by preparing an appetizer, Entree, and dessert all with the surprise ingredients each receive, within their baskets. I rarely catch programs when they originally air as I am usually putzing around writing or reading, creating mischief…or making my husband watch reruns of the X-Files on Netflix with me. So this was perfect timing. 
Chef Lance Nitahara  expressed his faith and how God has changed him in the clips  featured as the 1 hour show progressed. He actually serves at The Camp Of The Woods in beautiful Speculator, New York. I visited there in Fall and it is beautiful and a wonderful place to visit. The focus is Christian Service and Ministry. OK, so now I am glued to the screen…and the more he speaks about God, the more I am wide-eyed and enthralled. He displays, amazing, humility, grace and kindheartedness. Saying Lance Nithara shined for Christ was such an understatement, you must watch it for yourself. After winning the competition, Lance displays an amazing gracious act, so rare, so beautiful, so completely Christ – Like…it left everyone on the show speechless. Please, watch it…and be inspired. I suggest you watch the whole thing and it will be grace and inspiration to you…

Here is a list of some of the surprise ingredients in those BASKETS. I am always amazed and impressed with what they manage to do with what is given. Even while gagging! 
By the way my friend Lois of Walking on Sunshine should SO be a contestant on Chopped! 
If you see her this weekend tell her I said so! 
May the SON shine brightly in you, as you go about your day to day activities, as well as on the high and holy days…every day is a holy day because of Him who has
made us Holy! 

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