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Wow!  It has been awhile, hasn’t it?  I can’t even believe how quickly the time has gone!  Since my last entry, we have changed seasons three times – plants have budded, blossomed, and withered.  Spring brought fresh air and cool nights; summer was full of carefree days of swimming, sports, and travel; autumn has brought fabulous color and daily routine to life.

For us as a family, this autumn brought a new ‘season’ of life.  All four of my children are now in school all day.  What a change that has brought to this home and to me, personally!  Gone are the days of having to attempt to get household chores and projects done while changing diapers, reading A-B-C books, taking morning walks, preparing lunches, getting home in time for afternoon naps, etc.  But then again, maybe not… (more…)

I am sure that most of you look as happy as this woman as you juggle all of life’s things from day to day 🙂 …

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….but, I have to admit, there are a number of times when I feel like this woman as I attempt to balance all that life has for me…

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One day at a time, sweet Jesus!

Know that you are not alone in your quest to juggle and balance all that life has to offer.  May you be encouraged that He will not give you more than you can handle.

Let me encourage you (and me!) to give everything to God each morning.  He is faithful to help us to prioritize and handle each one.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

I just read this paragraph that came from our denomination’s weekly world missions online newsletter:

[Our] Asia Area Director called from India on Tuesday, November 4, to report that a Free Methodist pastor was recently beaten to death in front of his family because he would not renounce his faith. Also, five other Free Methodists were badly beaten and had to be taken to the hospital. The doctor’s life was threatened if he treated their injuries, so they were refused treatment. These attacks took place in a state which neighbors Orissa State where Christians have been facing severe persecution. Please pray for the victims’ families. Also pray for 300 refugees from Orissa who have fled…

I try to stop and imagine but I just can’t.

This is not a story from centuries ago – it’s not the retelling of the Biblical story of Stephen or Paul.

This is happening today.

Please be in prayer… even right now.

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“Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.”

John 15:20 (NIV)

I just finished reading through the book of Ruth in the Bible and was struck by a short, simple yet profound verse.  Actually, it is only one sentence that is found in chapter three, verse eleven:

All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character.

noble (Oxford American Dictionary) – having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideas

As I read the story of Ruth once again, not once did I think of her as an outgoing person or an extrovert. On the contrary, I considered her quite meek and mild-mannered – one that went about her business without much conversation, debate, or uproar. She did not seem to try to draw attention to herself.

So, if my assumptions about her are accurate, how would “all the…townsmen” know of her “fine personal qualities and high moral principles”?

She led a simple life of quiet servanthood. A life that spoke volumes.

My mom always said, “Anticipation is almost better than the event itself!”. Well, if you saw our children (and, admittedly, even Max and me) during these last few days, you would probably agree with that statement.

We are all really looking forward to this week of family vacation. It was promised to our children that our computers would be closed for the next 5 days. (I can’t believe how hard it was to promise that! Whether it is Facebook, emails, or even our family calendar, the computer has become such a part of our daily lives.) It will be good to “pull the plug” together for a few days.

Our plans do not include any extra-special trips or expensive excursions, but, nonetheless, we are all excited to just hang out and spend some relaxing time together. So… we will probably find out who the latest Jr. Scrabble winner is in the home and/or compete for the title of “McGinnis Wii Champion”. Most likely, we will continue our experience of watching the Olympic games. We are looking forward to painting a few rooms together, having quiet reading times, and maybe taking a family bike ride or two. We hope to cook a few s’mores over the campfire and maybe sleep in the tent out in the backyard.

Thank you, Lord, for family vacation!

Genesis 2:2 (NIV) By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

Your turn to share: Tell us about your latest family vacation.

In the last few weeks, I have attended two bridal showers. At each one, the host asked for each attender to share some words of wisdom with the bride-to-be. Many pieces of advice were offered, including

  • don’t go to bed angry
  • pray together daily
  • and continue to date your spouse

  • Please take a moment to pray with me for these couples as well as the many other couples that are getting married in these summer months:

    “Lord, I pray for each couple that is getting married. May you bind them together as one. I ask that you would reveal to them the sweet joy of knowing another person so intimately. Use them for Your glory each moment of every day.

    I also ask, Lord, that you would be with each marital couple that is represented in this group. We pray that our marital relationship is pleasing in Your sight. Continue to work in us, both as individuals as well as a couple. May You be glorified!

    In Jesus’ name we pray–“

    Genesis 2:24 (NIV) For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

    Your turn to share: What words of wisdom would you share with a bride-to-be?

    armed forcesAs I was reading this morning in second Thessalonians, I felt led to pray this benediction for my younger sister, Tricia, who is a single mom (of two precious princesses) right now while her husband is serving overseas:

    May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.   —2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 (NIV)   

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