I Am a Planner Girl: The Master Planner and Me

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O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done marvelous things,
things planned long ago.
Isaiah 25:1

I wrote this short post in 2012 as a guest contributor for 5 Minutes for Mom’s  faith based sister website 5 Minutes for Faith. I believe is still one of the the most honest and revealing posts I have ever written. It is one of those moments of observing who I am in my humanity, and who I am through the eyes of grace. When I wrote this, I wanted to show what I believed the root of the struggle was really all about for me and how I choose to continue to trust, even though I stumble, fall and fail. Because the One who upholds me in my imperfection, is Perfect, and I am free to be me…imperfectly. 

I’ve pulled it out of the archives to share again, as Planner Boot Camp approaches. I pray it blesses those who read it for the first time. I hope it gives insight into the heart of Planning with Purpose and my heart in Planner Boot Camp.

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Three Stones

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A meditation from my morning Bible reading …I actually wrote this earlier this week as I read and pondered  1 John- one of my favorite letters in the New Testament.

May you be blessed as you read my offering and as you also seek the Living Word today.

 

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The God of Interruptions and Everyday Distractions

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I sat at the table preparing for my quiet time.

I had already been willingly displaced from the Living Room  by a family member.

I had poured fresh coffee, Bible laid out on the table before me and my journal and pen handy. There are mornings when these tools facilitate well intimacy with God for me, helping  reign in my wild mind, allowing me focus for prayer, renewal and instruction.

Then there are days, when I feel like a seashell rolling to and fro in the morning surf.

I can’t get settled, focused and am prone to distraction.

To continue Reading at Faith ‘n Friends …click here.

 

Special thanks to Editor Deb Wolf for the great image she added to the Blog post I wrote- and for putting up with my everyday distracted self! Grateful for you, Deb!

 

Devotional Thoughts for Summer Days (New Series)

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Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Reading Romans in Reverse and Redirection by God

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Here we are at the start of a fresh new week. We are journaling our journey with Jesus and this is a check in point along the path. How goes your journey? Let’s sit for a moment, take a break and check in.

Let’s think about some of the things we are hoping to accomplish on our endeavor. It’s important to remind ourselves of why we are doing what we aare doing, especially for those moments when we lose sight of our goal which is increasing our intimacy with Jesus, NOT checking another To Do off our list! So as a reminder, perhaps today, or sometimes this week, it would behhove us to write out our purpose for joining on the journey at all! Here are some of the possibilities, listed also on the Main Page:  Develop a consistent journaling habit which inspires all you do;  Discover the benefits of journaling as communication with the Lord;  Grow in intimacy in our personal  relationship with Jesus;  Engage scripture, and scriptural writings- as we seek transparency before the Lord on the pages of our journals, connecting with our own unique voices and God’s affirming presence; and lastly this: strengthen our faith and confidence in God- as we offer our words to Him, and as we learn to sit quietly before Him, listening, available. This sums up well the ways: “We will practice stillness. We will meditate on His truth. We will seek to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior by basking in His loving presence with pen and paper.”

I will share a bit about my week of Journaling my own journey with Jesus, and hopefully that will encourage you along your own journey. I have made a page where all the posts for Journaling Your Journey [with Jesus] can be found. When you hover over the JYJWJ which shows while hovering the mouse over Journaling, the Post page will appear. Here it is right here for easy access if you are new to the journey OR just want a quick peek now. And here: All Posts for Journaling Your Journey [with Jesus]

Meanwhile about last week…

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