Shall We?

Beautiful verse from Deb.

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I am part of C.cada (Cornerstone Christian Artist Day Apart) and we are having an art show on June 20, 2015 in Winchendon, Massachusetts.  We were given the theme “dancing with joy”.

For those that do not know what C.cada is, it is a community for Christian artists to get together and practice their art form whether it be writing, painting, pencil drawings, water-color,  photography, wood carving, musical/instrumental, fabric art, etc.  Pastor J- Joseph Elon Lillie over at Lillie-Put  is the founder of C.cada  and if you would like to see other artists from C.cada including our founder go to artistdayapart.com.

  This is my take on dancing with joy!

Shall We?

by Deb Maciorowski ©

I’ve been waiting for you!
I yearn for you to be mine!
Shall we dance?

Feel the wind as I lift you up.
Oh, how I long for you!
Come, dance with Me?

Feel the warmth of My…

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Share Your World 2015 Week 20

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Hey folks! Here we are at Share Your World once again. Do you realize we have shared over 1/3 of 2015 with each other already? Time flies when you are having fun! If you click the icon above it will take you to our hostess Cee’s site and from there you can have your world enlarged by entering into the community of sharing she provides.

Here are this week’s questions and my answers.

What is the most important thing that you ever learned? (I bet it’s not something you learned in school)

The most important thing I ever learned was, that God so loved the world ( and me) that he gave his only son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice for my sins ( and the whole world’s sins) so that if I would believe in Him  I would not perish but have everlasting life ( and that also goes for every other man woman and child on the face of the planet). Every other lesson in life is defined by what we do with that truth.

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What feeds your enthusiasm for life?

9But if I say, “I will not mention his word

or speak anymore in his name,”

his word is in my heart like a fire,

a fire shut up in my bones.

I am weary of holding it in;

indeed, I cannot. Jer. 20:9

 

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What’s your most memorable (good or bad) airplane commercial or private flight?

The first time I visited my sister in The Netherlands I flew Iceland air into Keflavik. Our lay over was about two hours and I remember looking out at the beauty of Iceland and thinking that someday I would return to explore this place that looked a bit like the moon to me.

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If you were a great explorer, what would you explore?

Iceland.

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 for the wonderful Network Council I just came from. I am looking forward to teaching my class in the Minor Prophets tonight and preaching on Sunday morning a message called “For God and Country.”

God, Pastors and the Calling #calling519

I am just returning from our network pastor’s council. So much wonderful work was done this weekend. Our fellowship ordained 21 new pastors from Southern New England including our very own Youth Pastor here at Cornerstone Rev. Brad Hackett

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Our Lead Pastor and Presbyter Rev. Barry Risto and newly ordained minister Rev. Brad Hackett

During our missions banquet an offering was taken to support three large projects being tackled around the world by missionaries from our Network in Southern New England. 180 churches joined to raise  $121,000.00 for projects in Indonesia, India and Mozambique! And the District Youth Director made an appeal to our Network Pastors to help my sister raise the budget required for her vehicle when she returns to her mission in the The Netherlands.

Today the council was rounded out as we began what is going to become a year-long discussion about “being called by God” the title of the seminar was #calling519 (its Twitter designation)

Here are some quotes from the day

WHAT IF GOD IS TELLING YOU TO STAY WHEN EVERYTHING EXTERNALLY IS TELLING YOU TO GO?- SCOTT GIORDANO

WHEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES SHOUT “GO” BUT GOD CALLS YOU TO STAY, THE STAYING IS THE GOING.- SCOTT GIORDANO

INSTEAD OF PRAYING FOR A WAY OUT PRAY FOR A WAY IN.- SCOTT GIORDANO

FINDING THE GREAT ASSIGNMENT IS NOT NEARLY AS EASY AS HEARING THE GREAT CALL.- BRIAN KROGH

IS IT POSSIBLE TO LIVE OUT THE CALL OF GOD WITHOUT EVER MAKING IT TO THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID? BRIAN KROGH

THERE ARE ASSOCIATE ROLES AND POSITIONS. THERE ARE NO ASSOCIATE CALLS.- BRIAN KROGH

THE CALLING IS NEVER ABOUT SAFETY. SALARY PACAKAGE, PRESTIGE, TITLE, SELFISH GAIN OR PERSONAL GRATIFICATION. THE CALL IS SIMPLY ABOUT FOLLOWING GOD.- SELWYN BODLEY

MOVE IN GOD’S POWER AND AUTHORITY. LEAVE YOURS AT HOME.- SELWYN BODLEY.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

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

The Daily Post has asked us…What does enveloped mean to you?

I suppose to be enveloped means to be covered over….

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Like my daughter was covered over by my dog, Mercedes in this photo.  It reminds me of a song we used to sing a long time ago in church, ‘I am covered over with the robe of righteousness my Jesus gives to me….” I don’t know how righteous Mercedes is but she is a good dog and she is white.

I suppose to be enveloped could mean to be contained within something….

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Like my daughter is contained in the arms of these two school chums.

OR

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Like the light of the sun is contained within the branches of this bush. If that is so then maybe to be enveloped is more perception than condition.

Friday Fictioneers: The Arrival

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Photo prompt by: Gail Stratford

Once again we have arrived at Friday Fictioneers, the place where the cost of visiting is a 100 word story based on a photo prompt supplied by the CEO of all things Fictioneer, Rochelle. If you click the link above you can get to the rest of Rochelle’s visitors and virtual story-tellers. If you read on you can read my newest Friday Fiction, THE ARRIVAL.

The Arrival

by JE Lillie

The world is still brown and dead. The grain is all but spent. The fences are broken here and there and so many of our older trees succumbed to the weight of the snow and the voice of the winter wind. My fields lie barren.

Yet there is much to do. The sap has run. The sugar is boiling down. The cattle are restless in the stalls to rout for those first tasty shoots of green grass that will come on the meadows. The apple trees are budding and once again I catch the smell of fresh manure on the fields. Spring is finally here!

Pain Is Not A Lesson.

A lesson for our Christendom.

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian

I believe that sometimes, pain is just pain.

Sometimes it just hurts.

Until we see the face of God, we mostly won’t know the why. Even then, I’m not sure there will be a neat bow-tie at the end.

In the waiting, I don’t want to moralize my pain. I refuse to connect the dots at someone who is hurting in the lowest bottom of their soul. I cannot pretty-up grief with retrospective hindsight or poetic reflection. I will not diminish someone’s tragedy into an allegory. I cannot take a human wound and flip it into a cute outline for my logical sensibilities.

Pain sucks. It’s dirty. It’s not fit for books and movies. It doesn’t always resolve. It’s not romantic. It doesn’t need an answer or a fix-it-all. That drives me crazy, but nearly every answer has always come up short and trite and impractical. Pain is a terrible…

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One Word Photo Challenge: Cloudy

This Post is written in response to Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge: Cloudy. Click the link to see other people’s clouds.;

Here are mine:

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Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

Maya Angelou

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“Yesterday I inhaled a cloud, and immediately my eyes started raining.”
Jarod Kintz, Whenever You’re Gone, I’m Here For You

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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds    
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“The sky and the sun are always there. It’s the clouds that come and go.”
Rachel Joyce