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In ‘Other’ Words: Harvest Time ~ Join us on Tuesday!

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or the month of October, Karen has been hosting In Other Words on her blog, In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus.  

This Tuesday is her last series post and the topic is Harvest Time.  She is writing thoughts from the following quote:

“The harvest will not self-reap
but the harvest will self-destruct
if it’s not reaped.

by Wayne Corderio 

Think about the above quote and how it relates to Harvest Time.  Write about it on your blog on Tuesday, and link up with Karen.

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In ‘Other’ Words: Watering, Weeding & Nourishing ~ Join us Tuesday!

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or the month of October, Karen is hosting In Other Words on her blog, In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus.  

This Tuesday, the topic is Watering, Weeding & Nourishing and she is writing thoughts from the following quote:

“We need to process our life to find the thorns. We have to give God permission to step in and step in hard to do what needs to be done to get rid of the thorns and prepare our field. The secret of growing fruit is the pruning, the cutting out what doesn’t need to be in order for the fruit to grow. We need to write things down we need to do and then check ourselves frequently.”

by Wayne Corderio 

Think about the above quote and how it relates to Watering, Weeding & Nourishing.  Write about it on your blog on Tuesday, and link up with Karen.

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In ‘Other’ Words: Planting Seeds ~ Join Us on Tuesday!

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or the moth of October, Karen is hosting In Other Words on her blog, In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus.  

This Tuesday, the topic is Planting Seeds and she is writing thoughts from Galatians 6:7: 

  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;
for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Galatians 6:7

In ‘Other’ Words,
in the end we may not like what we reaped
but it’s what we sowed.
We need to start out right,
picking the correct seeds.

 

Think about the above quote and how it relates to Planting Seeds.  Write about it on your blog on Tuesday, and link up with Karen.

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In ‘Other’ Words: Preparing the Soil ~ Tuesday’s Quote ~ Join Us!

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or the rest of October, Karen will be hosting In Other Words on her blog, In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus.  This Tuesday, the topic is Preparing the Soil.

The quote she has chosen is: 

The condition of our soil makes a difference in the outcome of what we produce.
We need to prepare well and then we will have abundant fruit.
To prepare sometimes you have plow the ground under,
burn last year’s stubbles left over.
God will not sow seeds on a field that is not prepared,
it’s a waste of seed.
If we do our part God will do His part.

by Wayne Corderio   

Think about the above quote and how it relates to Preparing the Soil.  Write about it on your blog on Tuesday, and link up with Karen.

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In ‘Other’ Words: He’s ALIVE!

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  “The greatest distinction between Christianity and other religions is that the death of its founder did not mark the termination of His life and ministry. . . . . The Resurrection is the hinge on which the truth of our faith turns, and without it nothing else would really matter. . . . The dynamic joy of our faith would turn into speculation, and Christianity would be simply one of many human philosophies and religious theories.”

Nothing But the Truth: Upholding the Gospel in a Doubting Age
 by John MacArthur

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aturday was a crazy busy day, starting out with a bridal shower brunch for my daughter who is marrying  next month. In the early afternoon I did some grocery shopping with our youngest and got in and out of the store fairly quickly.  I was anxious to get home and relax, and sew.  Sewing and quilting is a great stress reliever for me.  My little guy and I got to the van and I could not find my phone.  I looked back in the grocery cart.  Not there.  Went to the Courtesy Desk in the store.  Not there.  Looked around some in the store.  No finding it.  Ugh.  Went back to the van one more time and as I sat down on my seat I whispered, “Please help me find it, Jesus”.  Within a minute, I looked under some papers that had fallen to the floor on the passenger’s side and there it was.  It must’ve slipped out of my purse. I said aloud “Thank you Jesus!”  My 5 year old said “Did Jesus show you where it is?”  I told him, He helped me look in the right place. 

Was it just coincidence?  It passed through my mind . . . would God really care about my phone . . . until a few hours later.  I was then looking for my rotary cutter to cut my quilting squares.  I remembered seeing it somewhere just the day before in an unusual place, but could not remember where.  I was looking all over.  Remembering how I prayed for help in finding the phone, I did again.  Within seconds, I found it – like less than five seconds!  It was like Jesus saying to me, “yes, I care about the small things, your anxieties, your having peace , trust Me.  I AM always here.”

Why does my faith waiver so many times?  Why do I not trust?  But, it was renewed.  As I read the above quote, I thought, if God did not rise again, where would my trust me?  A dead god cannot heal, give strength, get me through a day, put joy in my heart, help me find my keys, phone, rotary cutter or most of all, give me hope and peace for my future eternity and those that I love who have gone on before me who have trusted in Him.  I cannot imagine getting through life, especially after burying two children, to have the hope and peace to know I will see them again.  What would life be, with no hope, no faith?  A dead god?

It’s easy to get sucked into things of what people believe or do not believe (when one should be baptized and how, predestination, election, what Bible version to use, etc) BUT, there’s no wavering on my part, that Jesus is indeed risen and ALIVE, preparing a home for me in the new earth that will be revealed some day!  

 Nina is hosting on her blogMama’s Little Treasures.
Join in with us on today’s In Other Words.

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In ‘Other’ Words: Tuesday’s New Quote ~ Join us?

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oin us on TUESDAY for our weekly In Other Words.  Just write about the quote below on your blog and then link up with our hostess on Tuesday.  This week’s hostess is Nina on her blogMama’s Little Treasures.

The quote she has chosen is: 

  “The greatest distinction between Christianity and other religions is that the death of its founder did not mark the termination of His life and ministry. . . . . The Resurrection is the hinge on which the truth of our faith turns, and without it nothing else would really matter. . . . The dynamic joy of our faith would turn into speculation, and Christianity would be simply one of many human philosophies and religious theories.”

Nothing But the Truth: Upholding the Gospel in a Doubting Age
 by John MacArthur

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In ‘Other’ Words: What is God asking you to believe?

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 Jesus said to her,
“Woman, believe me . . .

John  4:21a (ESV)

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e are visiting this verse above again this week.  Actually, shouldn’t we everyday?!?!?  Isn’t God asking us everyday to believe Him?  Not just the initial act of faith that we believe He is our Savior and we accept Him into our lives (though the most important decision we will ever make) but everyday there are things, people, circumstances, and life dramas we have to release to Him (sometimes many times over and over again) and fully trust and believe Him that He is in control.  

I think one of the hardest things can be with my children.  I can over direct, over control, over worry, etc. to the point of major panic at times.  What if . . .  where is . . .  etc.  Ugh!  I forget Jesus loves my children even more than I do – that He holds them in the palm of His hand.

I can worry and think of the worst – decisions my kids may be making (or not making).  I want the best for them, but doesn’t God even want more of them?

Sunday our pastor referred to this verse, and I claimed it for my children, specifically one – but it fit for things I am fearing at the time.

There is hope for your future,
declares the Lord,
and your children shall come back to their own country.
Jeremiah 31:17

My side note I wrote was “and to God” and dated it.

Then I read this in The Message

Again, God’s Message:
“Listen to this! Laments coming out of Ramah,
wild and bitter weeping.
It’s Rachel weeping for her children,
Rachel refusing all solace.
Her children are gone,
gone—long gone into exile.”
But God says, “Stop your incessant weeping,
hold back your tears.
Collect wages from your grief work.” God’s Decree.
“They’ll be coming back home!
There’s hope for your children.” God’s Decree.
Jeremiah 31:21  The Message

Though my concerns of a prodigal child are nothing like what several friends are facing with their children.  I know the ache of losing a child to death which is deep, deep grief, but to not know a child’s eternal future would be unbearable.  To trust God even with a wayward child would be quite a release, yet, I know it comes to a point, there is really nothing “I” can do.  It’s between the child and God.  And I can imagine God putting His arm around me saying, “He’ll be coming back home.  There’s hope for him.”

What is God showing you in His word to reach out to you and ask you to claim – whispering to you, “Woman, believe me. . . ” ?

Will you share your thoughts?  Either write a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comment section, or just leave a note what God is whispering for you to believe.   This is something I am thinking of expanding more on later.  Might you join in?

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In ‘Other’ Words: Tuesday’s Quote – What does God want YOU to believe? JOIN IN!

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oin us on TUESDAY for our weekly In Other Words.  

Last week week we looked at the following verse, and we are going to look at it again this week:

 “ Jesus said to her,
“Woman, believe me . . .

John  4:21a (ESV)

Is there something God is asking you to specifically trust Him with?  Take a look at last weeks post and the comments and links to others who shared on it, and come back and write on it on Tuesday on your blog and/or just share in the comment section on Tuesday.

What does God want you to believe . . .  or NOT believe?

(I am thinking of starting a weekly meme, “Woman, Believe Me”  . . .  Let me know what you think . . .)

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In ‘Other’ Words: Tuesday’s New Quote

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oin us on TUESDAY for our weekly In Other Words.  

This week’s In Other Words will be hosted here.  The part of a Scripture verse I’ve chosen is: 

 “ Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me . . .

John  4:21a (ESV)

This little portion of Scripture jumped out at me several months ago.  I’ve meditated on it much since, even writing down things that God wants me to believe.  I invite you to think about what God wants you to believe –  possibly to give up the lies He does not want you to believe.

Then write about it on Tuesday and link up here on my blog to share with others.  I am wondering what God is wanting us to believe!

(I am thinking of starting a weekly meme, “Woman, Believe Me”  . . . possibly slowly phasing out IOW.  Let me know what you think . . . if you will join in.)

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In ‘Other’ Words: Tuesday’s New Quote

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oin us on TUESDAY for our weekly In Other Words.  Just write about the quote below on your blog and then link up with our hostess on Tuesday.  This week’s hostess is Urailak on her blogLivingforGod.

The quote she has chosen is: 

 “Blessed are the husband and wife
who humbly dedicate their lives
and their home to Christ
and practice the teachings of Christ in their home
by being
unselfish,
loyal,
and loving.

author unknown

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In ‘Other’ Words: Final Adoption

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“‎Our children can learn that . . . .
the concept of “family” does not rest solely on biology.
They can learn that love transcends many artificial boundaries
frequently put into place by humans.
They can learn that closing one door
can open another door
and another and another . . . .

Caroline Harding, adoptive parent

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he other day I saw on our coffee table a library book called,  Adoption Is for Always.  I don’t know what made one of our children take that particular book out, but it kind of sucked the breath out of me.  I’ve not always had a good picture of adoption.  I was adopted when I was just a baby.  I did not bond with my parents or my sister.  We all went through a pretty rough time.  And to be honest, I do think many adopted kids have a rough time with identity and wrapping their minds around why their birth mother gave them up.  Even as a mom now, I cannot ever imagine giving up one of my children.  My husband has many adopted cousins, and some have gone through some major struggles.  I have a dear close friend who has one child, an adopted son, and she’s gone through so much with him.  

And yet, I’ve seen the beauty of adoption, from both sides.  I’ve witnessed the miracle of adoption, praying for a young couple and just weeks later are blessed with one son and then a short time later, another.   They are so much “their” children and the grandparents love those boys as much as they love their blood-related grandchildren.  It’s pure joy to see.  And recently, I’ve learned some of a story of a mom giving up a daughter for adoption and now she is going across the world to see her.  She was adopted by a missionary family.  Sunday yet another family was at church with three foster children, in hopes to adopt them.  It was precious hearing the young ones call them mommy and daddy.  The love from the older children was so heart-warming.  

And as we have added new children to our family through marriage, I am getting a little picture of “adoption” and loving more children . . . even worrying about more children!   There are sad stories of adoptions not working.  There are sad stories of prodigal children and prodigal parents . . .  not working – even blood-related.

Yet, the purest adoption picture is still so hard to completely wrap ones mind around, is that of Jesus.  I just read this from Ann at A Holy Experience:

. . . a Jew died for us. We who were once sentenced to death have been offered the shocking gift of salvation, of being flat out rescued, of being saved. If we believe  we’re the lost who are saved — how can we lose our First Love? How can our bones not burn with thanks, with love, with the message of Who saved us? How can anything after His rescuing — be anything but appalling gift?

I’ve been adopted by this Jewish Man to be my Father forever.  One of my favorite Bible verses comes from the short book of Jude:

. . . To those who are called,
beloved in God the Father
and KEPT for Jesus Christ . . . 
Jude 1:1b (emphasis mine)

Jesus broke all the barriers of adoption.  It does not matter race, childhood, sins, the tattoos on your arms, etc.  He has written our names forever etched into His hands, never to be deleted, forgotten, rejected.  We only need to say yes to Him . . . thank Him for His eternal gift of Salvation and believe He is our Father and died for us each personally.  He wants us to accept Him.   He’s already accepted us.   It’s an adoption made in heaven!

This week’s hostess is Nina on her blogMama’s Little Treasures.  Please join in with us sharing on the quote on the top of this post and link up with Nina.

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In ‘Other’ Words ~ Tuesday’s New Quote ~ Join Us!

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oin us on TUESDAY for our weekly In Other Words.  Just write about the quote below on your blog and then link up with our hostess on Tuesday.  This week’s hostess is Nina on her blogMama’s Little Treasures

The quote verse she has chosen is: 

“‎Our children can learn that . . . .
the concept of “family” does not rest solely on biology.
They can learn that love transcends many artificial boundaries
frequently put into place by humans.
They can learn that closing one door
can open another door and another and another . . . .

Caroline Harding, adoptive parent

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In ‘Other’ Words: Tuesday’s Quote ~ JOIN US!

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oin us on TUESDAY for our weekly In Other Words.  Just share about the quote, and in this case for this week, a Scripture verse on your blog and then link up with our hostess.  This week’s hostess is Karen who blogs at In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus.  

The Scripture verse she has chosen is: 

“As for me, I look to the Lord for His help,
I wait confidently for God to save me,
and my God will certainly hear me.
Do not gloat over me, my enemies!
For though I fall I will rise again.
Though I sit in darkness,
the Lord Himself will be my light.”
Micah 7:7,8

Isn’t this verse filled with wonderful hope and encouragement?!?! JOIN us on Tuesday and share your thoughts!

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In ‘Other’ Words: He IS With Us!

“He also promises to be with us when we are in trouble.
Notice how He didn’t say
that He would take troubles away.
That’s because we will encounter trouble.
We will have trials and disappointments”.
Psalm 91-He Who Dwells by Lara Velez

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he above quote, the author is writing about Psalm 91:15 ~

He shall call upon Me,
and I will answer him:
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him,
and honour him.

What do you lack in this verse?  I know what I do.  So often, it’s easy to not call upon Him, not cry out to Him, not ask Him.  Sometimes things just seem hopeless, like there really is no answer or no way out.

Are there times when parenting becomes overwhelming?  The kids keep complaining and tattling?  One child calls another a name. They have one question after the next (why? why mom?  why?) and at times, it’s easy to block out all the bickering or one more question that seems so redundant.  God is not that way.  He is always listening, never turning His ear to us.  He does not get overwhelmed with our crying out to Him or asking Him to forgive us again.

And there are times we feel so lonely, when no one seems to understand.  And God says, He will be with us in trouble.  We just have to ask.  He will deliver us.

I think of “delivering” my babies in several different ways.  I’ve had hospital births – some natural; some with a spinal block and including a twin birth, one being born breach.  I’ve had a home birth with a midwife.  And, I’ve had five c-sections.  The main objective with each baby, was that they arrived safely.  Of course, I was disappointed that I had c-sections and never had VBAC’s, yet, after losing a child because of a placenta abruption, having a living baby born, no matter how, is the importance.  Not how she or he was born.

Sometimes we wonder how we are going to get out of a situation, deep despair and the pit that seems bottomless, yet God promises to be with us, and He WILL deliver us.  It does not matter how He will deliver us, but He will.

And then He will honour me?  I cannot wrap my mind around that!  I look forward to honouring Him, to praising Him and being with Him forever.  Yet, He will reward us.  WOW!  

Today’s In ‘Other’ Words is hosted by Twinkle Mom on her blog, SunflowerFaith. A special thank you to her for hosting this past month, featuring Psalm 91. 

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In ‘Other’ Words: Psalm 91 ~ JOIN US on TUESDAY!

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his is our last week writing from Psalm 91 for our weekly In Other Words.  This month we have been sharing either a verse from Psalm 91 or a quote from the e-book, Psalm 91 – He Who Dwells… (only .99 cents!), which is an in-depth Bible study into Psalm 91, and the Promise of Protection.

Our hostess for this mini-series is Twinkle Mom who will be sharing on her blog, SunflowerFaith. This week she has chosen a quote from the book: 

“He also promises to be with us when we are in trouble.
Notice how He didn’t say
that He would take troubles away.
That’s because we will encounter trouble.
We will have trials and disappointments”.
-Psalm 91-He Who Dwells by Lara Velez

We’d love for you to join us, even if you do not have the e-book!  Read through Psalm 91. Possibly share another verse in this chapter really touches your heart.  Then join in on  Tuesday on your blog, linking up with us at SunflowerFaith.  

Please join in!

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