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Hope 06/22/2009

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I read this passage this morning in connection with a devotional by Dale and Junaita Ryan and was reminded again of God’s faithfulness and goodness to His people.






The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
       “I have loved you with an everlasting love;
       I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
I will build you up again
       and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel. 
Again you will take up your tambourines
       and go out to dance with the joyful.
Again you will plant vineyards
       on the hills of Samaria; 
the farmers will plant them
       and enjoy their fruit.

 For the LORD will ransom Jacob
       and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they.
 They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion;
       they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD—
the grain, the new wine and the oil,
       the young of the flocks and herds. 
They will be like a well-watered garden,
       and they will sorrow no more.
 Then maidens will dance and be glad,
       young men and old as well. 
I will turn their mourning into gladness;
       I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Jeremiah 31:3-5, 11-13)


Windows of the Soul & Starry Night 06/16/2009

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I’ve started reading Windows of the Soul  lately.  I didn’t like it at first but have gotten more into it as I continue to read. Last night I didn’t want to put it down. The author speaks of the power of stories – the story of his own life and stories that have impacted him like Atticus Finch and Vincent Van Gogh .

Here is a piece from the book:

A Prayer for Understanding

Help me, God

To realize that in being crippled that I learn to cling, and in limping that I learn to lean,
that victory comes not in how courageously I struggle
but in how completely I surrender
and that this is how I am to grow,
by being defeated,
by constant greater things.
Help me to understand that Your power is perfected in weakness,
so that when I rendered weak,
You are given the opportunity to be shown strong.
Help me to understand, too,
that “more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of,
for so the whole round earth is every way
bound in gold chains about the feet of God…”


…and we’re off 05/17/2009

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Tomorrow morning our worship team is leaving for Catalyst
It is a conference for IVCF students from the Central Region (Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska).
(I was asked to play piano and trumpet for the week.) 
It is being held at Windermere Baptist Conference Center, which looks beautiful.
I pray these students come from this conference with more confidence of God’s love for them and God’s love for His world.


today 05/13/2009

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finals are now done
rain, wind blowing, thunder cracks 
cozy up to read


“Pick Me! Pick Me!” 05/02/2009

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I don’t often listen to Christian talk radio… I’m usually singing along to a random song.
Todays song was  I Saw the Sign.

Then I switched to Bott Radio Network: 91.5FM here in the Lou.
The 12:00 talk was by Bob Coy on Focus on the Family.
His talk was called Caring for America’s Oprhans.
Did you know May is National Foster Care Month?
He begins his talk on the importance of being picked and the power of someone’s choosing. 
He mentions Christian Alliance for Orphans.
He also mentions Exodus 3:7:

The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

His talk is powerful and he calls Christians to live out James 1:27:

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.



good, soul searching reading 04/22/2009

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I really respect Dan Allendar and his writings. Some of my favorites include: The Healing Path, Breaking the Idols of Your Heart  I’m in the middle of To Be Told and The Cry of the Soul.

An article I started to read today but have yet to finish is Betrayal and the Loss of Faith by Dan Allendar as well . Since I’m reading it and like it so far I thought I’d share it with you.


Songs 04/21/2009

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singing-rodentI greatly enjoy playing very loud music while I drive and I usually sing along.  A few favorites over the last few weeks include:

A few songs from Once –  music by The Frames: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

One of the many lovely songs from Over the Rhine

Thanks for introducing these songs to my cd player Angela and April!

 (I randomly found the picture of the little singing animal- so cute!!)