Slip and Slide

Some necessary truths.

Faith and Footsteps

YLdMCc1428944136If you’re a child of the 80’s like me, then you may be familiar with the water toy the Slip’ N Slide.  While first released in 1961, it gained popularity in the 80’s right when I was an elementary age child.  The banana yellow sheet of plastic was rolled out in our backyard and made wet with a garden hose.  My siblings and I literally had hours of fun fighting off the Florida heat by sliding as fast as we could.  Sometimes, we even flew off the end of the slide, careening across the grass or into one of our friends.

I think too of the idea that we can slip and slide away from God if we’re not careful.  It is correct that we, as Christians, reside in the care of God, having faith and trust in Jesus.  But it is also true that we can fall away from…

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To laugh often

Now this is a wonderful and powerful thought!

Dr Bill Wooten

“To laugh often and much to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others to leave the world a little better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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He Wants More!

Do you know Jesus wants a personal relationship with you

DebBe Still and Listen

He Wants More!

Over these past couple of weeks there has been a lot of talk in our church about having a relationship with God.  Actually,  it is more than just having a relationship it’s about how He desires to have a deeper relationship with us.  Not so long ago it was hard to believe that God, well Jesus desired me, sin and all?

Growing up it wasn’t common for anyone in our family to put God and relationship in the same sentence.  Yeah, that just was not gonna happen.  If you knew of God, that automatically made you a Christian in our house and “poof” you instantly had a relationship with Him regardless if there was any conversing or not.

Unfortunately, there are many who still believe that to be true today.   In our family, it was a one-sided relationship, meaning it was pretty much a non-existent one this side of heaven.  I say this because I never heard anyone…

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Friday Fictioneers: What Remains

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Photo Prompt by: Douglas M. Macilroy

Every week 100 fictioneers gather around the water cooler at Rochelle’s place to share their scintillating stories based on a photo prompt chosen by Rochelle. This week I have a feeling the stories may take on a more frigid overtone but you be the judge! Click on the photo above and it will take you right to Rochelle’s site and the rest of the stories!

What Remains

By JE LIllie

Proctor Johannes’ voice boomed out across the silver dome, “The Scripture has taught us that in the end  all of creation would be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things would remain.

“We are that unshakeable thing! Look at us! What calamities have we survived? The Earth has spurned us and the sky has frozen us out, but we have not shaken!  We are greater than the wrath of the Lamb.”

The congregation shrieked in approval. I stood in my usual corner as far from the proctor as I could. Meanwhile, the asteroid above moved into position to drop more of the wrath we were supposedly greater than.

I chose that day to flee to the mountains.

Not So Pretty Yet

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My sister and I were driving to the grocery store last night and along the way I got thinking about how ugly the start of Spring can be. The grass is still brown. The trees all look like dead sticks poking out of the ground. The streets are covered with sand from the winter road treatment. What snow is left is black with mud and nothing is left to cover the damage the winter storms have done to the forest. Still, people are outdoors in the evening raking and cleaning up the mess. The stores are filled with pansies and marigolds hoping to be planted and the maples are beginning to bud, promising that soon and very soon beauty is going to return to the Earth.

Seasons of transition in life, like in nature, are not so pretty. They can be discouraging because they leave us feeling naked,  exposed, and feeling incapable. As we grasp to catch up with the next level of life the world around us can perceive us floundering gracelessly to make the leap, or at least that’s how it often feels to me.

Christianity, to me, seems sometimes like one long season of transition where my weaknesses are exposed and challenged and I am called to rise up to higher heights than I think myself capable of. It feels like I am constantly sweeping away last season’s sand to make room for some new planting of the Lord whose outline is yet to be revealed. Can anyone out there relate?

But I have been through enough of these seasons now to know that everything is going to be all right. The upheaval, the challenges, the feelings of being exposed and incapable all just go with the territory, They are things to be grinned at and borne with grace. The plans of God may not yet be fully revealed to us but that is to be expected. It is how God has made faith to work. What we can know in our seasons of transition is that like Spring our seasons of transition may appear at the first deformed and ugly but in a brief time they shall appear glorious!

 With care my flowers tend, But keep the pathway open Your home is at the end.

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. Romans 8:16-19 NIV

Share Your World 2015 Week# 16 Or Ooo That’s Spicy!

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It’s that time again folks. Click the icon above to go to Cee’s site and read all her contributor’s sharing points.

Here are my answers to Cee’s questions. Enjoy the sharing!

What are your favorite spices?

I absolutely love Curry! I am also a big fan of cilantro. Guac just isn’t the same without it. But this question has reminded me of a dish my father use to make.It was this awesome beef and rice dish mixed with Cajun spices. I am going to have to look that recipe up!

What object do you always have with you when traveling and why?

I always carry my Bible and a journal on my travels. Travelling brings so many new insights out of the Word of God and I find those travels give birth to some of my best writing insights.

What is one thing you love about being an adult?

I love the opportunities that are available to me as an adult that were not available to me as a youngster. Many of these opportunities have come as a result of “paying my dues.” in my early days I had not earned the right to be part of so many things that are now open to me.

What item, that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?

I would really like a better camera. What would Cee suggest? I would also like a tent.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am so grateful that we had a great day at C.cada. 28 artists showed up to ply their trades and we accomplished a lot of work. some of our artist’s are working on a playroom at a local hospital. Others are doing a Christian book review while still others are working on poetry and music for an upcoming show. It is a busy but wonderful time of year.  I am looking forward to making my reservations this week for my upcoming trip to PA!

Behold the Man!

A verse on the forever life of Christ and what it means to us!

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Men have tried for years to prove or disprove what the life and death of Jesus meant to the world.  The recorded events of prophesy and of His life are explained in detail in the Bible.  Yet there are many who sincerely refute this historical record.  Unfortunately, they are sincerely wrong.    Here is a written snapshot of one man’s sincere belief:

‘Neath starry skies, the shepherds came

Led by the angel choir.

A child was born to take our shame

And set our souls on fire.

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When as a child, He tried to teach,

The wise men were surprised.

To find a boy who knew to preach,

With words so undisguised.

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For many years He worked with wood

Until the time had come

For Him to serve the common good

His Father said, “My Son.”

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A mountain top He went to pray.

The devil tempted Him.

The spoken Word kept him at bay.

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