Monday, July 28, 2014

The Prayer Room

In my church home is a small room tucked away that from the outside looks awfully ordinary, guests might mistake it for a storage closet even.  However behind that door is a prayer room- a sacred place where many a desperate plea, a fervent request, a joyful praise have been uttered.  I have a similar room in the deep recesses of my heart and mind.

Though nobody but the Lord and I know it by heart, it's as vivid and real as the nose on my face.  Being the visual person I am I need a "place" I can run to.  So it's my own little personal private prayer room, and you can find me there when I'm meeting with Him before the day starts or even while stuck in traffic or preparing a meal.  

If I had to describe it for an outsider looking it I would describe it as beautiful but simple, sacred at the heart.  There's a place to sit and cry with my God when my heart is heavy and my mind is worn out.  There's plenty of room to get up and praise Him with all I have in me.  There's a worn spot on the floor where I often hit my knees in desperation to hear from Him. 

The walls are lined with scripture, laced with promises I bring before Him.  Also on the walls of my own prayer room in my mind are framed pictures recounting moments that He came through for me, victories that were won right there, times where He showed up for me.  There's lots of frames.  Full of moments like the time we had that huge bill come out of no where and no way to pay for it, and days later a check came in the mail for an unexpected rebate that matched the amount of the bill.  The time I sought and wept for healing and received much more than what I prayed for, but got to know the Healer Himself like never before.  That miracle that I took before Him with boldness and saw come to life before my eyes.  The times He responded with a "no" and my heart broke-but only for a time until I saw how He had saved His best for me.  The times I turned in my broken pieces and He put them all back together.  The time I took Him the impossible situation and pleaded for His intervention, and then sat back amazed at the way He worked like only He could.  The times I collapse in a heap of tears and frustration  realizing once again I can't do it all and He gently reminds me-no you can't...surrender more so you can receive grace more.  

So many frames of answers, provisions, and grace.  

My favorite thing about my prayer room is who I meet with there.  The King of the Universe.  Creator.  Redeemer.  Restorer.  Healer.  My Jesus.  My Everything.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Ranch Potatoes & Link up!

 Hello friends and welcome to another Tasty Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Today I'm sharing a delicious side dish that is a favorite around here for 3 reasons:
-super healthy, low calorie
-crazy delicious
-it's in the oven in minutes and I usually have all the ingredients on hand

Around this time we typically always have new potatoes on hand.  From either stocking up at the produce stand or from family and friends gardens (thanks dad!!)  we eat them all the time this time of year.  We recently discovered this dish and cannot get enough of them, hope you all love them too!  

Here's what you'll need:
10-15 red potatoes (depending on size)
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 packed of ranch dressing mix

After washing potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces.  No preciseness required here, but aim for them to be about the same size so they all cook pretty evenly.

Next pour in the olive oil and toss to coat, then sprinkle on the dressing packet and stir to coat with that as well.  

Then pour on a greased baking sheet.

Bake these at 425 for 25-30 minutes.

 Now on to the party!  Just a side note-last week was a tad hectic as I was teaching Vacation Bible School at church, so the links from last week haven't been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest Board yet.  But, they will all get pinned very soon as I play catch up this week!  Thanks for your patience!  Last week's features are...

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Top 10: Christmas in July

I love Christmas in July.  I love the sales.  I love the shows/movies.  I love the ideas that I can get started on now and have created by Christmas time!  The very odd cool front that blew threw the other night is only encouraging my love for it.  It's beautiful around here right now instead of the stifling heat that is usually happening this time of year.  So today I've gathered 10 of my favorite Christmas decor ideas, most of which I am hoping to get started on soon to have ready for Christmas this year!  Merry Christmas in July friends!!!!



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Monday, July 14, 2014

Tasty Tuesday Link Party!

Welcome to another Tasty Tuesday friends, I'm so glad you're here!  This week is a super busy one for me so sadly I don't have a recipe to share today.  However, I can't wait to see what you've brought to share, so please link up!
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A Runner who Doesn't Run

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1-3

I'm not a runner.  I've always wanted to be one.  Just once I'd like to say, hey babe...going for a run.  Sounds so cool. But every time I try (which isn't often) I have this whole can't breathe feeling and freak out and stop and slow down to a crawl.  Saying, hey babe...going for a crawl...just doesn't have the same cool-ness effect.  So I typically don't do that either.  (Just keepin it real.)

But the truth is I've been called to run.  Run hard.  Not in the athletic sense necessarily, but in the Christian walk.  This call on my life changes everything for me.  It reminds me it's not how you start the race, it's how you finish.

So it's not how you begin the marriage, it's how you finish.
It's not how you begin the job, it's how you finish.
It's not how you begin the day, it's how you finish.
Because ultimately, Jesus didn't die on the cross for me to simply begin this race well-but to finish it well.  
Run.  Not sit on the sidelines and commenting on other runners.  We've got a whole world of spectators.

When we don't run well the world will notice.  The world is watching us, wondering if our Jesus is real and if He really makes a difference.  When we don't run well the world won't be impressed with our Savior-that's huge to me.  Because my Jesus is very real, and He really does make a difference.

It goes without saying though, that running the Christian walk is hard.  Ultimately the only way it will happen is when I get out of the way and let Christ in me, the hope of glory, work through me.  
All grace.  
After all, it was a work of grace that put me on this course to begin with, and that is how I will remain on the course as well. 
And by grace alone we can finish it well.

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