Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge 2015 Week 13

This post is in response to http://ceenphotography.com/2015/03/29/cees-odd-ball-photo-challenge-2015-week-13/

You can learn the rules of play at the link above and join us for the fun.

All my photos this week are of the odd Irish variety

Inside Guiness  Brewery

Inside Guiness Brewery

Outside Guiness Brewery. I thought these shadows and lights looked like Hebrew letters

Outside Guiness Brewery. I thought these shadows and lights looked like Hebrew letters

Fields of cows in Cashel

Fields of cows in Cashel

Living Life In the 10’s and 20’s

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Tagline.”

Today the Daily post has asked, Often, our blogs have taglines. But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be?

My tag line would be

“living life in the 10’s and 20’s”

A few years ago God began speaking to me, through my prayer time, about becoming more “slow, constant and intentional”. I have to admit I was sort of at a loss as to the method of accomplishing that.  At the time my life could have been described as busy in fits and starts while being consumed by a cloud of mess that seemed to follow me everywhere.

But God never gives us a command He won’t give us the power to obey. In prayer the idea to change how I structured my day planner was downloaded into my wee brain.

If you look at my schedule now  you will see that each day is  scheduled around 3 times of prayer and study and headed up by a list that looks like this

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That stands for

20 minutes of exercise

20 minutes of rest (yes I schedule a nap everyday)

10 minutes of indoor housecleaning

10 minutes of outdoor work

10 minutes of finances

10 minutes of writing

10 pages of reading

10 blogs to be read and commented on

10 pastoral or leadership connections

10 minutes of office cleaning

and

6 family connections ( I am working my way up to 10 a day)

I don’t always make every goal but I make more of them daily because I schedule them as priorities. This is living life in the 10’s and 20’s

HAVE YOU BECOME A “WATCHER?”

Are you a watcher of your story or a character in it?

"Working for Christ"

As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. (John 9:4, NIV)

Take Action

When you are working, are you working for Christ or are you working for someone or something else? Are you a bystander, simply watching the way things unfold around you, never getting involved, or do you take action and represent Jesus Christ in your daily life?

Personally, I realize I’ve spent way too much time watching and not enough time working. I get caught up in the events of the day and completely forget to work on those things that God created me for, specifically those things mandated by the two great commandments:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” And, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-

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The enemy of my enemy….

It is past time we learned to work together.

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Sun Tzu is credited with the phrase, The enemy of my enemy is my friend, around the 6th century BC.  Within a few years, it made its way to what is now the Middle East and eventually to the Western world.  So, when Jesus talked about enemies and friends, people had a pre-conceived idea about how the two would typically interact.

             

But what He said was totally new to those He spoke to.   Jesus is quoted in both Matthew (22:39) and Mark (12:31) as saying, Love your neighbor as yourself.  And when Paul writes to the Romans (13:10), he emphasized that love does no harm to a neighbor.  And, who is our neighbor?  Luke quotes Jesus’s story of the Good Samaritan who, despite being despised by the Jewish people, saved and took care of one them at his own expense.  So those who we consider our enemies…

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Weekly Travel Theme: Outdoors

Ailsa has asked us to get into the great OUTDOORS with our photos this week and since, as she has noted today is “Take a Walk In the Park Day.” I thought I would show you some of my walks in the parks.

See how others made it into the outdoors by going to

http://wheresmybackpack.com/2015/03/27/travel-theme-outdoors/

The Road To Powerful Prayer

Our church is hosting Ron Auch this week author of several books dealing with The Christian’s Intimacy With God, including

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Ron taught on the subject , The Road To Powerful Prayer.

Here are some quotes from the conference.

“If you wonder if you have faith for a thing you don’t. Those who have faith know it and walk in it.”

“Worship is the one thing we can do to bless the Lord.”

“The Lord of the work is always more important than the work of the Lord.”

“Revival needs intimacy. Intimacy creates revival. Revival brings new birth. We want the new birth without the intimacy.”

“You can have church growth without prayer but you can’t have spiritual awakening without prayer.”

“Sometimes we think if we don’t give God good instruction, He might mess up.”

“Part of Satan’s plan is to make us fight him and stop pursuing Jesus.”

It was a great conference and we have more teaching today and tonight.

Which quote resonates with you?

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Float

The age is coming to an end. Are you ready?

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  A Word A Week-Float: 

here are my entries and this is where you can find other entries.

Changing of the Guard

By Deb Maciorowski ©

 Look, the seasons are coming to an end

It is time for, Changing of the Guard.

It is slow at first and before you know it

A harvest collage has taken place.

One by one, they begin the descent,

Gliding leisurely from side to side.

As if being cradled to sleep in My arms.

Some will be swept up in the ascension

To rest at My feet.

I ask you my little ones,

Will you tarry with Me a while?

And let your hearts be refreshed in Me

Until the next, Changing of the Guard.

Float the Boat 2014 fundraiser for Special Touch Northeast Region Get Away
Float the Boat 2014 fundraiser for Special Touch Northeast Region Get Away

Letting Go Letting Go

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.”

This week the Daily Post has asked us to bring light to the word EPHEMERAL  with our photos.

Here are my thoughts on the subject

“All people are like grass,

and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;

the grass withers and the flowers fall,

25but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

1 Peter 24-25

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The Lord is like a father to his children,

tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

14For he knows how weak we are;

he remembers we are only dust.

15Our days on earth are like grass;

like wildflowers, we bloom and die.

16The wind blows, and we are gone—

as though we had never been here.

17But the love of the Lord remains forever

with those who fear him. Psalm 103:13-17

The Jesus Code

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Walk the Line.”

The Daily Prompt today asks Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?

I suppose it is trite to say but I try to live by the motto “WWJD” (What would Jesus do). I approach everyday with prayer directed to Jesus Christ and a renewed hope in His mercies which are new every morning.

Over time I have learned that trying to be like Jesus in my own strength is a fool’s errand. I can no more attain Christ-likeness by my own striving than a turnip can attain humanity by growing in the garden. Left to itself a turnip will always be a turnip and left to my own machinations I will always remain a sinner. But there is hope, for me at least. While  I am pretty sure nothing can make a turnip turn human there is something that can transform this sinner into a righteous man; That is the power of Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 says, “whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”

The code is “What would Jesus do”. The ability to live by the code comes through my daily inviting Jesus into my life, by prayer, to do what He would!

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