Have You Ever Seen a Walking Butterfly? Birthday Bundle Giveaway

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Yesterday I stated that the best way to celebrate your birthday every day is by giving yourself away. I want to clarify. I’m not talking about selling yourself out, or being taken advantage of in any way- don’t misunderstand.

I am talking about being a willing giver.

We all have something to give, don’t we? Whether time, talent, cash, caring or creativity. None of us is ever truly empty-handed.

Each year as my birthday rolls around, I start to thinking what I would like to have…only to come to the same conclusion, I really need nothing.

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Random Journal Day-A Final Gathering

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Today, I share a story only a Journal Keeper will fully appreciate…

Yesterday, I tore out of the house on a mission. I was determined to grab some of the notebooks a local retail establishment had given me to sample with a new journal cover I recently acquired.

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Random Journal Day #46 with Susie Klein

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Welcome to Random Journal Day! This is the last RJD of 2014…the next time we gather it will be a new year! I so look forward to sharing through 2015 and all that God has for us here as we open our hearts, journals and minds in our journal-keeping fellowship!

This month’s Featured Journal Keeper is none other than our Co-Hostess with the mostess and originator of the original Random Journal Day! Susie and I connected in the first few months of me blogging and she became a trusted mentor, friend and confidante as I maneuvered the then new to me world of Christian Blogging. God uses anything and everything, including this wonderfully wild and wide world online to glorify Himself and weave His good and perfect will in the lives of His children. Well, I could go on, but let’s let our dear Recovering Church Lady share…. More

Random Journal Day @ Recovering Church Lady

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Recovering Church Lady (Guest Post): Inspiring Women Series

Guest Post by Susie Klein @ Recovering Church Lady


What Made Them Bow Before A Toddler?
I quickly reached for a pen from my purse when I heard that question posed to the church congregation. There was something jarring about it that resonated with me, and being a lover of words, this little sentence was a great one that I knew I would be exploring further.
The stories of the nativity tend to have a fable-like feeling to them don’t they? We hear them so often and many of us first heard them in a children’s version. Sadly, that simplistic fairy-tale like quality stays with the Biblical stories of shepherds, angels and kings long into our adult lives. It is so easy to forget that these were all real live people who were not that different from us. They must have had a few questions, don’t you think?
Since hearing those words, “What made them bow before a toddler?” I have been turning it over and over in my mind and heart and my only answer is that the famous shepherds and the royal wise men must have had some kind of major encounter that caused them to bow before a baby, a toddler who looked like any other in the world.
We know that an angel appeared to the shepherds while they were doing what they always did; watching sheep, sleeping, sitting around a campfire talking and laughing. Am I the only one who has become so used to hearing that “an angel appeared” that it actually sounds normal? But it was most definitely not normal! Those poor sheep chasers were freaked out! An angel APPEARED from out of nowhere, from out of the darkness and he or she had to say, “Don’t be afraid, I’m bringing you some good news!” (Luke 2:8-18)
Then when the shepherds had finally begun to breath again, SUDDENLY there was a huge ARMY of angels praising and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Would you agree with me that these words were probably shouted or declared with loud voices rather than simply spoken in quiet tones? This was a once in a lifetime supernatural encounter for the shepherds. It shook them up and caused them to look at one another, once the darkness of the night returned and the angels disappeared, and say, “Let’s go see this thing!”
The Bible says that the wise men, the appointed advisors to kings, saw something unusual in the stars and because of their training, they recognized that this star was not an ordinary one. These spiritual sky-watchers recognized the sign of a baby king spoken of through generations of handed down stories. The wise men, the intellectuals of their time, dropped their current studies and pursuits to “follow the star.”  This was no simple act of jumping on a plane and checking out an interesting rumor. What did their families and colleagues think of this? (Matthew 2:1-23)
These respected men must have felt a stirring in their hearts. Did they look at one another just like the shepherds did and say, “Let’s go see this thing!”?
Even Joseph did not take the miracle of Jesus at face value. He too experienced an angelic encounter to help him understand and agree to stay beside Mary through the coming months and years. He was a normal man getting ready to marry a normal woman. In some ways, his sacrifice and obedience is greater than any of the other characters in this amazing story of Christmas! But he had an encounter. A supernatural encounter in the night with an angel telling him what to expect and what he must do. (Matthew 1:18-25)
All of these individuals were living their lives just like you and me. Until an unexpected and unexplainable encounter changed them forever. Do you think that those shepherds, wise men and Joseph were ever the same again? A supernatural encounter turned their worlds upside down (or right side up).
What made them bow before a toddler?
A personal encounter.
Something extraordinary happened to them and in them. Each one came face to face with a reality that was more real than anything they had ever known. A personal encounter with the supernatural will move you from a spectator to a participant.
Every year as the Christmas season approaches I wonder what my own personal encounter will be that year. It seems that I always have a particular ‘moment’ where the deep reality of what God did hits me close and sweet. That moment comes in many different shapes and forms; I never know where it will be or who may bring it. It could be in written words on a page, lyrics of a song or simply sitting in front of a lighted tree in my living room. 
I pray that your own personal encounter with the supernatural side of Christmas is a rich, surprising and delightful one this year!
Susie Klein


Susie Klein is a 50-something California woman who embraces freedom in life and has been married to the love of her life for 33 years, raised two sons and is currently enjoying being a mother-in-law because now she is not the only “girl” in the family at last! After over 25 years in vocational ministry she is now going after her dream of being a writer.

Please be sure and stop by Susie’s Blog – You will be blessed and Inspired with her down to earth faith and wonderful humor! I know I am! 
Thank you, Susie


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