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The New Year!

The dishwasher is playing it’s song.

Only a couple of lights are still burning. And my fingers itch to share all that God has done for me this year.

If you had told me last year—that I would lead and host a retreat for women from (almost) all over—I would have laughed in your face! Yet, it happened.

The States represented? Ohio, Colorado, California, Arizona, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and FLORIDA! (Oh, I hope I didn’t leave someone out!)

These women were hand selected by God–for a purpose! Many will see and know the whys and what’s in 2010!

It all started while on vacation in the sweet mountains of North Georgia in February of this year. I met several sweet blogging sisters (Lori, Julie and Marsha), and it began to build in my heart until I could think of nothing else than getting as many as would come, to meet, learn, grow and worship God together!

Words cannot describe all the miracles we saw leading up to that event! We had the best team of leaders! My sister, Aimee, Susan Baldwin, and Marsha Harwood. PLUS each speaker blessed our socks off with their messages of encouragement and inspiration! My niece, Becky Knight was anointed by the LORD in leading us to worship each time.

Was it tough? YOU BET!

Did the enemy fight us? OH YES!

BUT did GOD WIN??? It was an out of the park hit!

I have never worked harder, but been more rewarded, than for those few days of love, worship and fellowship with sisters of like faith. God was awesome…..and guess what?

There will be another retreat….this October. “Sisters of Faith–To the Ends of the Earth”! (More on that later–but mark your calendar October 8-9, 2010, Marianna, Florida)

What is God up to? Building His army of warriors–encouraging others–and leading those to Jesus Christ who don’t know Him! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the daily battles are so much more fierce than they were even 10 years ago! This is not a time to grow complacent in your daily living!

*We had a new niece this year, “Keira Melanie”, born to my brother and his wife as they diligently serve our country while stationed in Japan. We love and miss them so much!

*Both of our daughters started their own blogs this year. April is “Called 2 Worship” and Tiffany is “My Shoe Full Life“.

*I have been blessed in amazing ways through the Word of God–through things He has shown me—especially in the past few weeks! I will share more on that later.

Let me leave you with just a short word from the Word. Thank you to Lisa Shaw for sharing this Word with me! It has greatly affected my life. (The days I failed to read it—were noticable!)

Psalm 33:18-22 (read the WHOLE chapter aloud–you have no idea how it will bless your DAY)

“But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in You.”

I cannot tell you what will happen in the next few months…but this I know. HE is preparing a people. He will use those who are willing. Willing. My education level is not on His mind. My ability as a speaker or writer is not on His mind. My willing heart is.

On Facebook tonight, I shared a small passage from a book by Lysa Terkeurst. “We can’t go ahead with God to new and exciting places if we’re spending too much time looking back. We must leave our past behind, draw a line in the sand, and determine to proceed forward with God. As a matter of fact, every time God calls His servants to go to new heights with Him they have to go through a leaving process first.” (from the book, “What Happens When Women Walk in Faith”)

The line in my life—is drawn. My feet are set. Feather in hand (The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson–read it!), and I am laying things aside as He directs me. Much has already been laid aside…but more is to come. My heart-faith and trust is in Him alone.

I’m not making any New Year’s Resolution–Jeff either–he says they never stick. But what I can say is, I will be following closer—and working harder to do MORE in the coming year—until He calls me home. Home.

My plans are to write MORE…Share more–and when He directs me to GO—I will. What He directs me to SAY….I will…This year, 2010, will be a year MORE focused on Jesus Christ–and less on me.

From our family to yours, Happy~and Blessed New Year! May you see GOD MORE in your life as you seek Him with all your heart!

What are YOU seeking HIM for this New Year?

Following Him,

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New Year’s Meditations

NewYear Laurel is having a giveaway….yup! Starting the year off with a bang! Her only requirement is to dig deep into your heart and mind and share your dreams or desires for 2009! (Not the lose 10 lbs thing—she said really ‘think’) It will be going on all week long for the first week of January 2009!

I have plundered my mind. It is having trouble. The thing is—there are many changes I want to make in my life this year. I’m not sure how spiritual some may sound…but here goes!

1) KNOW more of the WORD–devote more time to reading and studying the Bible—knowing the where and what—memorize more;

2) APPLY more of the WORD to my heart/life–PRAY more!;

3) Eat healthier (I didn’t say lose weight Laurel 🙂 although that is a goal;

4) Cut the diet sodas to one a day….for starters maybe two a day…we’ll see….(baby steps) (drink more water);

5) I have some projects, sewing; writing; reading that I REALLY want to see completed this year—I REALLY need to organize my time better;

6) I want to encourage other women to follow Christ —I would love to witness and be a part of tranformations first hand!

There are other things rolling around with the marbles of my mind…such as downsizing our lives in many areas. Three areas will get major attention: Clutter; Spending; Wasted time.

Any ideas on this??? Okay—now click on the button—go to Laurel’s —read others—participate—and enter her contest to win!!!

Love you all! Happy New Year to you!!


Where I’ve been and where I’ll be…Updated

Well…for starters, busy. Haven’t you as well been bogged down—or up to your eyeballs? Food? Laundry? Housework? THE job? What about the LORD? Was He participating in all the activities of your life…or was He patiently waiting for you to pick “that part” of your life back up after all the other had been tended to.

I find myself many times so busy that I rush about and forget my Partner. Actually, my Boss. Him. The One. The Giver of the life I so hurriedly live. When I slow down enough to gather my thoughts and keep HIM in the forefront of all my activities, everything goes smoother. As the conductor said on “The Polar Express” (watched it a thousand times) (almost), “it runs like welled oiled machinery.”

So, you know I’ve been busy. Too busy to check e-mails or blog. BUT, as I have squeezed in some time last week and then again tonight, on Sunday I was at the Cafe` having my coffee before church—I enjoyed having you join me!

Then, on the LAST day of this year—TODAY, I am over at Laced with Grace. As for changes….I am seeing some in almost every blog I visit! You might see a few changes here as well!

I am finding there are areas in my life I need to change. I am giving Him free rein in my life to direct me and if necessary—push me in the areas where the change needs to take place.

I hope to be able to catch up with the happenings in your life too!