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The Hair On My Floor

I firmly believe that God speaks to us every day.

I believe He is always talking.

 

We just do not always choose to listen.

 

He speaks through every day things.

A sunset, a baby’s smile, the caress of your husband’s hand on your cheek.

I think He also uses other more insignificant things to speak as well.

 

Keep this in mind during this post.

I’ll share with you what He spoke to me about this morning,

Through the dog hair on my kitchen floor.

 

What on earth is she talking about! She’s off her rocker!

No wait, just stay with me.

 

We have a big dog. Really big. 165 + pounds of dog. Over 38 inches tall big dog.

That’s a lot of hair dog.

No matter how much I sweep my floor,

There is always hair.

 

During the day, when I walk around my kitchen, it looks really fine.

Fine, like I’ll just skip sweeping today fine.

 

That was yesterday.

I found it much easier to read blogs and play Words With Friends instead of sweeping the floor.

 

This is today.

I awoke to the sun shining in on my freshly unswept kitchen floor.

There on my floor that looked fine in regular afternoon light,

was awash in brilliant early morning light.

Hair. Everywhere. Every inch. Hair.

 

How could it have piled up so quickly?

All that hair, I’m surprised there is any DOG left!

 

So what’s this about God speaking to us all the time?

And what does it have to do with the hair on my floor?

Well it made me ask myself some questions.

 

My life looks pretty good.

Here in the regular every day light of the afternoon.

 

But what would it look like if the Light of my

Lord and Savior Jesus was shining on my life in full brilliance!

Full morning sunlight, on this freshly unswept heart of mine?

 

What happens if I just once skip sweeping it out?

Just a little sin. Looks pretty good. Just a little sin.

Can’t hurt much. Just a little sin.

Piling up all over the floor of my soul.

 

One day turns into two and pretty soon I ‘d have to wonder if it is

possible for my entire heart to be covered over with my sin.

 

In Sunday school this morning we talked about keeping short accounts with God.

I think the principle is the same as keeping my floor swept up.

 

If I sweep my floor every day,

I don’t wake up to the shock of possibly being overrun with dog hair.

Dog hair that gets on everything.

My feet, my clothes, my coat, tracking all the way out to my car.

 

My sin is a bit like that hair.

If I do not keep short accounts with God,

meaning asking Him to clean me up the minute I sin,

then my sin gets on everything.

My heart, my mouth, my husband and it can even track all the way out to those I work with.

 

It just piles up and up.

Soon I’d have to ask “Is there any room for God in there?”

 

What about you?

Not your kitchen floor, but your heart?

That part of you that is eternal?

 

Is it on your regular cleaning schedule?

Or does it get pushed off for something more fun?

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Psalms 139

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

 

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Authorizing Update Part Two

 

What do you do with this?

You have already taken the upgrades necessary to get to this point of

teaching people home repair.

 

Do you really want to do this again with a topic you

know nothing about?

You’re not trained for this!

 

You make the decision to update to this new program anyway,

it sounds good and right to you.

 

It gets tough here because you need to keep the old programs running

 while you figure out the new one.

Overwhelming does not even begin to cover it.

This is the part where you need an administrators touch.

This is the place where you must give authority to that administrator to

come in and show you what to do and how to put this whole new entity

together.

 

First you must authorize the update.

Then  the update gets installed.

New files must be copied.

Your screen tells you that someone is calling for an update –

click to continue.

 

You must choose.  To click or not to click.

Then and only then can you continue.

 

Are you sure you want to do this before you commit to it?

It may need to take your time to make that commitment.

Once you click, you are on to unknown territory.

Click to continue.

 

You know how much work that click is going to be.

Do you really want to do it?

 

Weather it is a new way of dressing, thinking, acting, working,

not working, or a totally new way of life.

A new life update that concerns your decision about Christ.

 

To be sure, clicking that key is going to bring lots of changes.

But the promise is that that click will be worth the effort.

You’ll need to authorize and install that update.

You will need to delete some files.

You will for sure need to copy some new ones.

 

You’ll get that warning that you are calling for an update,

and the resistance to the change will be great.

 

You may even be scared into thinking it was all a mistake.

That’s pretty normal.

But you can do it.

You can trust God to do what He says He will.

Click to continue.

 

You will find peace in your heart that only God can provide.

You sense of a level of belonging that you have never

even knew existed.

You will have an assurance that all will be well because He is residing

inside your heart.

 

And those annoying pop ups?

Some are not as scary as they seem.

Besides, who cares if they are scary anyway?

You’ve said that about less important updates.

God’s word the Bible tells the truth about them.

This amazing manual is the best troubleshooting guide ever written.

 

So I would encourage you, here at the beginning of this year,

to decide on this upgrade.

 

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13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

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Authorizing Update Part One

Authorizing Update         

Installing Update

Copying New Files

XYZ is calling for an update – click to continue

 

We’ve all seen them.

Those annoying pop ups when we’re trying to

update our computer to a higher level.

 

We know that their purpose is to be a failsafe so that we

Don’t do or undo something we will regret later.

 

Some things are un-doable.  Undo is often our friend.

Some things are not.  Some things require an Administrators touch.

 

There are times that a program on our computer tells us that an update is available for a

program we are running.

 

If it is a program we run frequently, we will take the update.

If the program is one we don’t use or are unfamiliar with,

 we will ignore it.

 

We see different pop ups when we accept the update.

Once we authorize our update, it will be installed.

 

After installation, we are queried again

 – copy new files – then one more warning, 

XYZ is calling for an update, click to continue.

 

If we click, then we are instructed to wait while these files are being

copied and update is being applied, this may take a moment or this may

take a while it will say, depending on the update.

 

I am not a “Techy”.  I learn by doing.   By putzing around.

Clicking here and  clicking there.

Sometimes this brings great results.

Other times it brings on disaster!

 

I have found this to be true, not only with my computer,

But I found this to be true with my life as well.

Maybe you have seen it in your life too.

 

You are just cruising along.

Everything is going well.

You are content.

You are comfortable.

 

Then, out of nowhere,

You receive the message that there is an update available.

The upgrade is easy to take if it is already on your screen.

It is easy to take if it is something you are already involved in.

 

For instance, you might be a blogger, and this great new update is

introduced that will make your blog look more colorful or focused. 

It’s as simple as clicking a few keys and your update appears.

Your blog looks great.  Your putzing has been successful.

Yay for updates!

 

OR

 

You are just cruising along.

Everything is going well.

You are content.

You are comfortable.

 

Then, out of nowhere,

Comes an opportunity so far off your radar,

That it obscures your vision and sends you for a loop.

 

All you can think is that this is not what you signed up for.

This is not what you studied for.

This is a totally different from the forte you are comfortable with.

 

For instance, you may have wanted to blog about home repairs.

You dreamed, you read, and you studied.

You set your blog up to welcome any one who would like to learn to

Repair their homes themselves.

It is going well.  Everything is running smoothly.

 

Then you realize that on your blog you spend a great deal of time

encouraging your readers.  You let them know that the choices they

make are their own, and yes, those choices are personal, and good.

You may find that you enjoy giving encouragement far more than

teaching home repair.

 

What do you do with this?

          

                                                                                                                        -Part Two on Wednesday-

 

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

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So Much More

It has been a heartbreaking time here in our country.

It is no secret that times are difficult.

Everyone reacts to difficult times in different ways.

 

Some use anger or withdrawal to cope.

Two sides of the same coin.  Both lead down the path of death. 

The death I refer to here is not a physical death, but a death of the soul.

Shutting down everything inside that might feel pain.

Some use their addictions to shield them from the pain of it all.

Eating, sleeping, drinking, drugs, sex, and some  things that are more craftily hidden like sports, reading, overwork, perfectionism.

The list goes on and on.  As many people that there are, there are that many combinations.

Sadly, more and more you see that both young and old choose suicide to escape the pain.

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As of late, upon rising in the morning, I have been tuning in to the streaming broadcast of the

Prayer Room at the International House of Prayer, Kansas City.

They have neat DVR feature that goes back seven whole hours.

You can repeat something that you liked or catch something you missed if you come in late for a set.

Beginning this way helps to set the day in a quiet perspective.

From it, comes a peace on the inside that presides during the day, no matter what that day holds.

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Today, Saturday, January 14, 2011, I slept late and turned on the DVR for almost five hours earlier than when I got up. 

(I did not sleep that late, I just saw a set I liked that far back – Just so you know)

Justin’s set was amazing as usual, the it took an amazing turn, to which my heart was instantly drawn.

I worshipped along for a bit, and then began to write down some of the words they were singing.

I want to share some of them with you here.

Justin and his team were not singing ABOUT someone,

They were singing TO someone.

If you need this, then you know who you are.

My heart pounds in my chest as I hear these words again!

(For those who don’t know, this is called prophetic singing.

The singer sings what he believes the Lord is saying at that time.

All can be found in the Word of God, the Bible. 

If it cannot be found there, then we need not listen.)

Do not curse what I have created

You have so much to live for

Face your trials, press on,

Breakthrough is close

You were not created this way

You were created to be full of joy

Silence the voice of the accuser

Prophecy light and life

You have a destiny and hope for the future

Hope and future

You are fearfully and wonderfully made

“Repeat after me

Let me hear your voice

Just say my word back to me”

Says the Lord

“Even if you don’t feel it

I’ll take your words in my hand

I’ll speak the truth over you”

I am a son/daughter of God

(echo) Repeat after me

You adopted me

(echo) Repeat after me

 A resurrection is coming

(echo) Repeat after me

I am being changed

(echo) Repeat after me

In the twinkling of an eye

(echo) Repeat after me

Mortality swallowed up by immortality

(echo) Repeat after me

It is Your good pleasure to give me Yourself

And love me

(echo) Repeat after me

“Just say the word back to Me

Let me hear your voice”

(echo) Repeat after me

“Just say My word back to me”

The Lord is my strength

The Lord is my rock

The Lord is my shield

The Lord is my stronghold

And worthy of my praise

(echo) Repeat after me

He is the restorer of my soul

 

 

I was so moved by this.

I know it helped you.

Whoever you are.

 

(Singers singing again)

You have been marked with the signet ring of the king.

He sees every choice for righteousness.

This changes everything.

    Don’t determine your success by what you feel.

This changes everything.

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There is so much to be lived for.

There is so much more after elementary school

There is so much more after middle school.

There is so much more after high school.

There is so much more after loss of a job.

There is so much more after a catastrophic disease.

There is so much more after the loss of a loved one.

There is so much more.

YOU are so much more.

So much more than you think.

Precious in the sight of the Lord you are.

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Being marked by a signet ring is a significant matter.

Signet rings are generally developed with a personal sign or signature.

They are a signal of wealth and status.

(information from e-how.com)

This changes everything!

You are His!

He has marked you with His eternal personal sign!

Marked you for His joy and love and grace.

Psalm 23  A psalm of David.

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Psalm 139 (NIV)

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Suggestions On Getting the Most Out Of …………………………

King James Version of the Bible

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I went to a new Bible study group today.

Really didn’t think I wanted to go.

But I was invited by someone who thought I should join in.

(Thank you, by the way)

 

It was replete with all of the introductory stuff.

You know.

Who are you?

Why did you come?

What do you hope to learn?

 

It was all good.

I don’t mind answering questions.

I certainly don’t mind hearing other people’s answers.

I never expected that God would get much expansion (http://wp.me/p1Deai-i9) through a list of

“Suggestions to get the most out of this study”.

Expanded I was.

 

Here’s the list;

  • Be prayerful   (Pray)
  • Be biblical   (Reference scriptures)
  • Be confidential   (Shhhh)
  • Be respectful   (Of others views and don’t interrupt)
  • Be discrete   (Don’t tell ALL the details, keep some to yourself. Don’t tell someone else’s story)
  • Be kind   (Don’t be rude)
  • Be mindful   (Be on time.  Be prepared)

There are seven items here.

Two I’m really good at.

Three I’m ok with.

One I work on daily.

One I’m terrible at.

I won’t say which is which,

I’ll keep that detail to myself.

 

Now I am well aware that this list is for this Bible study class,

but I believe that the principles carry over into just about any area of life we choose to apply it to.

 I’ve noted, as I’m quite sure that you have, the lack of these things in the daily world we live in, when I think about it at all.

 

Be prayerful?

Prayer to a lot of us in the general populace is an uncomfortable concept.

Many feel like they are speaking to the air, or just wishful thinking that someone is really out there to listen to them.

A strange, stuffy, legalistic notion that there is a strange, stuffy, legalistic God out there listening for us to speak to Him.

Psalm 6:9  The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.

James 5:13 [The Prayer of Faith ] Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.

 

Be biblical? 

Quote a stuffy old book of rules written by men?

Who cares what that old book says anyway?

Proverbs 4:4 he taught me and said, “Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.

 

Be confidential?

Why?  When everything we know, whether we want to or not, is broadcast on social media 24/7.

Some things should just be private.

 Jeremiah 37:17 Then King Zedekiah sent for him and had him brought to the palace, where he asked him privately, “Is there any word from the LORD?” “Yes,” Jeremiah replied, “you will be handed over to the king of Babylon.”

Luke 9:18 [Peter’s Confession of Christ] Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

 

Be respectful?

We get everyone’s opinion it seems, whether we want to know it or not.

We talk and talk and let no one else get a word in edge wyes.    We don’t even take a breath.

1 Thessalonians 5:12 [Final Instructions ] Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.

1 Peter 2:17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

 

Be discreet?

The dirtier, the better. 

Inquiring minds want to know.

    Details of private lives are broadcast during primetime.  Our Grandmothers would have fainted dead away if

they heard some of these scandalous things.       

    There seems to be no more “Behind closed doors”.

 Proverbs 12:13 An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble.

Proverbs 20:19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.

 

Be kind?

Have you been to shopping lately?

Have you seen how people treat their children?  Their spouses?  Their parents?

Ephesians 4:32   Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

 

Be mindful?

Employees unprepared, come in late, leave early.

They grumble because they are passed over for a raise.

In our churches, we do the same thing.

Then we grumble because the outcome isn’t to our liking, our lives are no different for our efforts.

2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,

a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

 

My personal prayer is that I will begin to honor God more in not just some of these ways, but all of them.

I also pray that you will consider these principles with me.

We can’t do anything about the entire world,

but we can do something about ourselves and our immediate surroundings.

Expand with me!

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Buzz Words and Real People

English: Look deeper in to your friends person...

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All around the internet I’ve heard people asking one question;

“What is your word for the year?”

I tried to ignore the tug of that question, but it simply would not go away.

My original answer was another “Buzz word”.

It was the word “Relationship”.

But God’s point was that He wanted to expand my heart.

I know what touches my heart, and I am certain it touches His as well.

Truth is, I can escape that expansion here on the net if I choose to.   

If I choose not to be around pain, I don’t have to be.

But that’s not real is it?  Real people really hurt.

You’re a real person, with real pain, with real problems, real questions.

So what is the word? 

What is the one word that I could spend a year on?

The word is “EXPANSION”.

The English Thesaurus that lives on my Word program says these words are synonyms of expansion;

growth, development, increase, extension, spreading out, opening out.

 

When I read God’s word, my understanding of Him is expanded.

When I study on the internet, my world is expanded.

When I spend time doing the things that God has gifted me to do, my talent is expanded.

When I go out of my way to talk to those I do not know, my understanding of human nature is expanded.

When I share my story, your heart is expanded.

When I hear your story, my heart is expanded.

Through our stories, we are knit together in a unique way,

which only God our creator knows how to do.

Through our stories,

we are expanded together in the knowledge of God’s purpose for our lives.

Every problem, with its provision, gives an expanded view of what God thinks of us.

So I’m asking you to join me.

Don’t be afraid any more.

Don’t just read.

Activate your expansion.

Leave a comment.

Share your story, in part or in full.

Let your Significant Encounter begin here.  http://wp.me/P1Deai-s

 

Did you know that there is a Significant Encounter Page on Facebook?

You can even message me there if you’d like to keep it more private.

Blessings on your expansion.

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Psalm 139 (NIV)

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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