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A lesson from a Special Olympics athlete

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Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:7-11

I had the pleasure of attending a Special Olympics host town event this week. I greeted the Olympians with a cowboy hat and offered a bandana in the color of their choice.

As I placed a cowboy hat on an athlete in line, another athlete stepped up to my right. I turned and asked her if she would like a hat. She shook her head, “Yes,” and bowed her head for me to put it on her.

“Take a bandana; choose your color.”

“Purple.”

“I’m sorry, there aren’t any more purple bandanas. How about orange; that will look great on you?”

“Purple.”

“I’m sorry.”

She tugged on the bandana around my neck.

“You want my bandana?”

A yes nod.

I untied my bandana, lifted it up around her neck and tied it. She smiled and walked away.

Later that night, I led a young man by the arm in the Cupid Shuffle. She came up to my left. I took her arm and pulled her three steps to the right. Young man on my right, purple lover on the left, me in the middle pulling to the right, pushing to the left, kick, kick, kick; turn, turn, turn. Threesome fumbling and smiling.

I had a blast! It gave me pleasure to take off that silly bandana and encircle the young woman with color.

She wouldn’t have received the purple bandana if she hadn’t tugged on the one around my neck. She persisted in asking, and it was my pleasure to give it to her.

How much more is it God’s pleasure to give us the color we desire, the things that are good for us, the good things?

It gave me even greater pleasure to dance with her and the young man. How many times do I approach the Father and indicate that I want to spend time with Him?

He always has a hand to take me and lead me in a dance with Him. I may fumble and stumble, but as He pushes and pulls me, the Cupid Shuffle becomes the Blessed Shuffle.

My prayer

Thank You, Father for the lessons you show us through our experiences with others. Thank You for the Special Olympics athletes You sent my way this week. Bless them with Your outpouring of love. Please continue to show me Your truths in my everyday encounters and give me the boldness to persist in my requests for blessings just as this young woman persisted.

What’s your dance with God?

Want a miracle? What will you do with it?

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I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry pit, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3

Alone … tired … hurting.

God, help me!

Waiting.

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He lifted me out of my bed of sickness and gave me a new song to sing. Praise to my King!

Why?

So that others would see the difference in me and respect God. So that others would know that He is their Healer, their great God.

God healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome on November 21, 2010, confirmed a miracle by my doctor.

Six months later, I climbed half-way up the Great Wall of China. Limited by time, otherwise, I would have made it to the top. All marveled, even those who have not put their trust in the Lord.

You have multiplied, O LORD my God, Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts toward us; none can compare with You! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told. Psalm 40:5

My prayer:

Father, may these dear readers know Your great love and see You at work in their lives. Give them a new song of praise, Lord Jesus. Fill them with hope as they wait on Your mighty works in their lives, and they will proclaim Your goodness.

What are you waiting on God to bring to your life?
What will you do with that miracle?
Will you sing praise to God and proclaim His goodness?

BE STILL

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In our busy world, it is nice to rest at the feet of Jesus and be bathed in an outpouring of His love

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photo (96)We can have a million things to do and forget the one thing to be. If we don’t take moments to rest and simply be in the present, we will only be a person in motion, not a person moving forward.

We were made for communion with our creator, healthy relationships with others and a wonderful destiny to steward. Somehow we lost our way but God didn’t leave us disconnected.

Love incarnate came to earth and embraced us, healed us and set us free. Jesus rescued us when He took our place at the cross so we could have His place as the ‘beloved’ child of God. Now we can simply receive His gift of righteousness and be God’s very own children.

The more we sit at the feet of our Lord Jesus and receive love, the more we will become people of love. As we take moments through our…

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Is your “Yes” sacred? A review of Your Sacred Yes

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How many categories of “Yes” do you have? Susie Larson, in Your Sacred Yes: Trading Life-Draining Obligations for Freedom, Passion & Joy, groups 12 reasons for saying “yes” into three categories: the “sloppy yes,” the “shackled yes,” and the “sacred yes.”

Larson has filled each chapter with nuggets of practical truth and application, beginning with a Bible verse and a quote. Personal anecdotes illustrate the topic of the chapter, and practical application follows with ample Scripture references. Prayer wraps the chapter with grace. Larson asks the reader to reflect upon her personal experiences. Then, “A Wise Word” serves as a memorable metaphor of the chapter. If the reader is using the book as small group study, “Group Discussion Starters” encourage conversation. Each chapter ends with a “Faith Declaration” resounding in “I refuse the rat race because God has called me to the sacred race.”

Because I’m in the rat race, I found this book especially convicting … in a good way. So much so, that when my husband and I finish our current study, we’ll take six weeks to work through the free downloadable workbook if you sign up for the study that begins July 13. We’ve also purchased the 30-minute DVD lessons that Larson has developed. That’s how much I value this message!

“We’re not called to a busyness that drains us; we’re called to an abundance that trains us.”

One of the Personal Reflections captured my attention:

“Dream with me for a moment. If you imagined your life to be above and beyond all you could ever dare to ask or think according to Christ’s glorious work in and through you (see Ephesians 3:20-21), what would that abundant life look like on you?” (Chapter 3 Personal Reflection Question)

Seldom, do I read a book other than the Bible, that inspires me to slow down, take some time, and reflect upon it with my husband. Your Sacred Yes has done this. Imagine, if all Christian “A-types” did this. Dream about that moment! It would change the world.

Thank you, Susie, for imagining the abundant life!

My prayer

Father, Thank You for Susie Larson’s reflection upon the abundant life You have planned for each one of Your children. May readers capture the essence of their sacred “yes” and honor their “yes.” Teach me to honor my sacred “yes,” so that I can point more people to You and all that is sacred about You. Thank You!

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I received a complimentary copy of Your Sacred Yes from the publisher, Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for an honest opinion.

Proclaim Liberty Throughout America!

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Tradition says that on July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell rang from the tower of Independence Hall, drawing Philadelphians to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.

In 1751, the Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the Bell to mark the 50th anniversary of William Penn’s 1701 Charter of Privileges that gave religious liberties and political self-government to the people of Pennsylvania.

The Bell’s inscription is from Leviticus 25:10: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.”

God commanded the Israelites to proclaim a Jubilee Year every 50 years. This verse instructs the Israelites to return to the property of their ancestors. At the beginning of the Jubilee Year, debts were wiped clean, and slaves were freed. The year marked a new beginning in the Promised Land, a new beginning free of debt, free of bondage. It was also a year that was holy and of rest. The people were free to eat what the land yielded spontaneously.

The Jubilee Year was an Old Testament look at the freedom that Jesus provides to those who trust in Him. He wipes away the debt they owe for their sins, death, and frees them from their bondage to this world. They are now free to rest in His saving work because Jesus paid for their sins.

In the 1800s, the Bell reached iconic status as the “Liberty Bell” and was used as the symbol for the abolitionist movement. In 1959, Dr. Martin Luther King participated in a wreath laying at the Liberty Bell.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty 2 Corinthians 3:17

As we celebrate America’s Independence today, may we reflect on the message that the Liberty Bell sends–Liberty to worship as we please, Liberty to self-govern, Liberty from slavery.

My prayer:

Father of Liberty, thank You for Your redeeming love, a love that provides for a new beginning through Jesus. Thank you that we live in a land of liberty founded upon Your principles. Father, we repent of our sins, and we ask for Your forgiveness. May Your people humble ourselves, repent, and call upon Your name. Heal America, Father. Restore Your land.

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