Morning Beach Walk With My Nokia Lumia Phone and a GIF(t)

OK, so I still am trying to figure out how to use my new toys. One is my Surface Tablet, as many of you know. The other is my new best friend phone
I wanted to share the photos from my beach walk today, but I so love the one below, which I was able to download as a GIF. It’s just as if you are with me here in Narragansett, RI! 

I so love to be able to share the local Rhode Island beauty with you!
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.”

— Wyland, Marine Life Artist

Blind-spots (5 Minute Friday: See)

Well, it is time for 5 Minute Friday hosted by The Gypsy Mama, herself, Lisa -Jo Baker. Jumping back in for the first time in 2014- I missed the first gathering of this year because each First Friday of the month Recovering Church Lady and I host our own small gathering of writing friends called Random Journal Day! Feeling a little rusty, but here we go…the prompt is SEE:

I’m barely awake, rubbing sleep from my eyes. I’ve been wondering lately what it is I need to see that I’m not seeing. What is it, Lord, that I’m missing. What do I need to learn that I’m not getting?
But, I do believe I am starting to see.
Because, everyone has blind-spots.
I don’t deny that I have mine.
Spiritual scars, scratches, and pits remain on the surface, yet still, I cling to my own understanding.
How long will it take to shed this skin?
How long before I really see?

I keep rolling around in circles…
Yet, I have access to the One who made blind men see.
I long for it to be me.
Feel free to rub the sleep out of your own eyes, and join in-
see you there!
Five Minute Friday

What I Meant To Say …

As you know if you dropped by yesterday, I went on a bit about the awesome message I had to share with you. I understand it’s like a whole other Sermon and all, but I would not share it here, if I did not think it would bless you, right THERE…wherever YOU are.

I also had a few more randoms to share so I will carry on, and let’s pretend it’s one of our Monday random chats like the old days…OK? If you are new around here, it’s a bit like, listening to me ramble on  after too much coffee. So here we go!

Well, as much as I am not one to get resolution crazy during the new year, I am all about second chances, fresh starts, and new beginnings. Sounds a lot like grace to me, actually…and who couldn’t use a bit more grace?

Have you chosen a verse or word for 2014? If you have not, there is no judgement here, because I was not going to jump in, either, but when the word Renewal, popped up out of a scripture God laid on my heart, and then was confirmed by an owl-I succumbed. Check out My One Word and One Word 365 for more information on choosing a word, if you haven’t already.

One Word Button from Melanie

So, as some of you may remember, on the first day of January, for the past couple of years, I have been foolish enough to venture into freezing cold water…for no good reason, I can think of, with a wonderful (and obviously, insane friend) and anyone else who is silly enough to join us. Here is how it looked going in and then out. This year my hubby joined in for the first time. He was brave and crazier than I imagined. Then again, he did marry me. Ahem.

This is us running in…

This is me having that “what was I thinking”, moment…

We came running out faster than we ran in, let me tell you!
There’s a reason the sharks swim south for the Winter, friends. Brrr!

The New Year also brings opportunities for new Bible Reading practices and plans. I decided this year to make a book mark and track my daily Bible reading, as opposed to follow a specific rigid schedule. When I used to compete in bodybuilding this is how I tracked my training, and it gave me maximum flexibility for listening to my body, while making gains physically. It just seems to me that the same can hold true for my Bible reading. Paving my own trail, as the Spirit leads, but with the priority being on the daily habit and practice of reading scripture. This does not reflect my other devotional, or study reading, just my approaching quiet time and fellowship with My Savior and Friend, Jesus. The reason I like the tracking method, is because on days I have more time I can read more, and days I don’t, I just don’t. It’s guilt free. I think that is the way Jesus wants it to be. 

There’s no magic formula, but to be people of The Word, we must be reading the Word.

This year I want to read through Eugene Peterson’s, The Message.
I loved reading the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs and wanted to read through the Old Testament as well. Last year I focused on the New King James version for most of my reading.

Here is the lovely RockYouWear, I received from Brandon as a thanks for sharing about his work. Isn’t it perfect?

I wanted to tell you about an online community which I have been enjoying. Christian Creative Writers hosts free contests, as well as provides resources and support for writers of all genres. I am currently in a 6 week workshop/class which started this past weekend. Check it out when you have a moment!

Root is a a 30 Day project going on in January with Lisa Sonora Beam. 
Journaling is therapeutic. 

Back in November, I mentioned possibly starting Beth Moore’s Whispers of Hope-10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer, while having a fireside chat with you…do you recall? Well, I am inviting you to join me for 70 Days of prayer with this beautifully laid out book. We will begin the book and exercises the first weekend of February (February 1) and finish the week before Good Friday (April 11). I will post each Sunday so we can meet together and share in the comments (if we feel led- no pressure), what God is doing along the journey. Would you like to join me? The book is available through all major booksellers. If you decide to buy it on kindle or non-hard copy, you will need a journal to utilize the spaces left for prayers. Take a peek at it and let me know if you want to join me February 1- April 11.

Happy First Week of 2014. 

Reading List: Cozy Reading Spot

The Best Gift

 the best gift 
Christmas can bring
is knowing 
I really don’t need 
one more thing.

To God be the glory, 
forever and ever. 
Galatians 1:5

Reading List: Cozy Reading Spot

Giving Thanks Times Five at 5 Minutes for Faith

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night. Psalm 92:1-2

To celebrate November, the writing team at 5 Minutes for Faith will be sharing simple posts to honor the Lord. Join us as we give thanks, and feel free to jump in and join us in the comments!
I will turn the comments off here, so you can join in with your thanksgivings there

Linking with Create with Joy for Friendship Friday, Missional Women for Faith-filled Friday

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