Monday, November 28, 2011

Carry Me to Kinshasa

 what does jesus walking on water,  the drc and dr suess have in common check it out...

Checking out we are moving right along 669 kms into the open ocean this week....check it out Carry Me to Kinshasa

Saturday, November 19, 2011

As the season of Christmas approaches...remember to share GRACE

I have written about grace many times, and I assume I will write about grace many times more. I am nothing without grace. Our Pastors have been preaching on grace (click link)
Northgate Foursquare Church, and if you want to understand the beauty of grace, the walk of grace, the outcomes of grace, you need to listen online, click the Grace series and watch the sermon videos. This walk through Romans that has me looking at Romans in a whole different way.
Grace is more than sufficient, grace is my sustenance, part of who I am. I give and freely receive grace daily. I understand the joy that comes from grace. I understand the restoration and healing that comes from grace. I pray for grace to wash over me, my family, my friends, those that I meet, for without grace I am nothing. I pray that through grace God allows things to shape me, that it allows me to grow in Him.
I know that grace is an incredible gift that we will never understand the completeness or the ends of grace, grace is like eternity, there is no end to God's grace. No matter how often I mess up and need to ask for grace or how often I see areas of my life that I need Him to give me grace, the cup is bottomless.
Our devotions are also in Romans and grace. Suppose maybe I needed a double dose of grace this week. Here is what our devotions said. Grace to keep going

  1. The Lord’s grace releases His supernatural power within us so we can endure life’s hardships with a godly attitude. In fact, we’ll even be able to rejoice in what He is doing in us through the adversity.
  2. Grace builds our confidence in the sovereign Lord. Nothing looks hopeless when we focus on Him instead of on our problems.
  3. We discover the assurance of God’s sustaining presence as He walks with us every step of the way.
  4. Because we’ve experienced His care for us, we are able to show empathy and love to others facing hard times.
  5. During fiery trials, grace works to transform our character so that others can see Jesus reflected in us.
So as the Christmas season fast approaches and we have more opportunity to share about Jesus, keep in mind, that sharing about grace is a great lead in. Grace set the captives free, it heals the broken hearted and it always strengthens and holds us up. 
Today I am thankful for many things, but number 3...HIS sustaining presence as He walks with us. I told you, the cup is bottomless, endless, infinite, into the wild blue yonder, till kingdom come, forever and a day, it is measureless! 
Now share the Christmas story, share the story of grace, the story of how He meets you just where you are and show empathy to others. To those that Christmas is not so easy for, not by making them some cookies but by listening to their story and not impressing the "have to" celebrate Christmas (to get in the spirit) and that to be happy you must have the festivities in full swing. sharing the story of Christmas and the HOPE that a baby brought. No trees, no decorations, no baking, no fancy parties, just the simple act of saying I hear you, followed by a kind word, someone is calling out to you...are you listening. 
New International Version (©1984)
"To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: Matthew 11 v 16

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16 v 24

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Monday, November 14, 2011

Carry Me to Kinshasa

Just wanted to share another blog I write weekly. It is a story I was not sure if I wanted to share out there but for many readers they may wonder what I am up to.
So check out

Next week I will be back on the blog writing, and sharing about the grace that comes from humbleness.
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

life does happen...praying we can tear down the walls

The last month has been a blur. I am saddened and broken and then restored and feel hope. My last blog post was of a young girl who took her own life and two weeks after another young girl dies the same way alone, lost without hope.
The agony of staff at both of our local schools was raw, but imagine the families, now that media coverage was paying close attention. Apparently the statistics are that 5 young people in 4 years have died by suicide. As our community rallies together to try and make sense of the staggering numbers, the losses and work with many organization to make sure it doesn't happen again. So both of the schools I work have suffered so that is my work life. I have started praying outside and inside the schools each week and God is revealing words, hope, peace, comfort and protection on the ground I walk on. I felt called to walk the paths, the parking lots, the routes, the outside streets leading to the school. I have been blessed with such an enormous surge of hope. I wish I could shout it to all that would listen. God has this valley in His hands. Check out the you tube below...I pray we can tear down these walls!

So that is work and home has also been a little rocky, with a case of salmonella poisoning from a chicken burger at the golden arches...if you get my hint. So I lost about 6 days, my husband taking two days off work to care for me, and doing a million things above and beyond his regular duties LOL. So after reclaiming my balance from pancreatic induced vertigo, chased by low, low blood pressure, freezing cold hands and feet, and not yet the ability to down my morning coffee, I am on the mend.

So if I have been slow on the posts, please forgive me. I am also writing a children's story and so now I must sign off while i try and work out some images to match the book, so the illustrator can get me some sketches. It is the fun part of my day.
Before I know it, it will be time to start sending my Finland Christmas time flies!
Happy November, C