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where the action is

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'" Erma Bombeck


At Bible study the other morning, a lady mentioned that her son was heading to Iraq soon. She said her son stated to her, "There's nothing going on in Iraq." His statement indicated to her that he would much rather be heading into action. She was okay with him heading where there's "nothing" going on, but he had more in mind.
This comment has been on my mind alot since Wednesday. This son is trained and he wants to go where he can put his training to the test. I was challenged by his desire to go where the action is. Although I am not in the armed forces, I find myself on the battlefield over and over again.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle…

for the hundredth time...

Roadtrips give me lots of time to think. I like this. About halfway into my 12 hour trip home from Michigan, I started thinking about all the little things I find myself repeating to the boys, wondering why they just don't seem to remember them. This came after the infamous phrase, "For the hundreth time..." flowed from my lips. Ugh! I said it. Now, let me interject here that my boys are great travelers. I have nothing to complain about for they handle long car rides and airplane trips like seasoned travelers...and having been traveling long distances since six weeks old, they are seasoned travelers. In this moment, however, the trip got the best of me and I lost my patience. After it was all said and done and an apology made for my lack of patience, I thought long and hard about how easy it is for me to "forget" in my own life. Finding myself with little patience, harsh words, judgement on others, selfish motives...the list could go on and on with my shortcomi…

02/15: Tucson 02/16: Phoenix

I am mezmerized by desert dwellers of all kinds...
people, plants and animals.
This trip has been wonderful in so many ways and I'm so thankful for the moments spent here. It is soooooo FLAT out here - for miles and miles you can see and then your eyes capture a mountain range which could have catci and rocks or pine trees and snow on them. It's warm and yet there's snow up in the higher elevations...craziness! Back to the flatness for a moment...it's not just the terrain, but all of the houses and buildings are all relatively the same height and not many are higher than the brush and cactus plants that are everywhere around them. No yards in Tuscon to speak of...barely a driveway by my definition. Rocks, sand and cactus then a house is planted in the middle of it all, but they are all low to the ground and blend in together. I would have a hard time without a "yard" to play in...to even walk in for that matter. :) My mind just couldn't grasp what life mus…

extremes

"Oh, wow!" ~me, again.









What a difference 24 hours can make...



2/13: snow and freezing temperatures. 2/14: catcus and 70+ degrees. Both days, in and of themselves, have great moments for the memory books. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!




He knows my heart!

“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever." 1 Chronicles 28:9 NLT
"O LORD our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. O LORD, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep this desire in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you." 1 Chronicles 29:16-18
God knows my heart. In times when I don't even understand myself, this is a comforting thought. I am finding suc…