Our Image

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Last friday Mama and I started a diet called The 17 Days Diet.

I always think about two things more than anything else when I’m on a diet. 
1. Food
2. My self image…which leaded me to think about being made in the image of God.  In Genesis 1:26 God said “Let us make man in our image”  (NIV) How awesome is that.   I don’t know about you but I think it’s really awesome. (Yes, I’m being silly, so go ahead and laugh)

What do you think about when on a diet?
What do you think of when you read that passage “Let us make man in our image?

Wake Up and be Bold for Jesus

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What would happen if we were bold for Jesus Christ?

Like Luke, the only one to write about what happened in the lives of the Apostles after the gospels.

Or

Paul who dared to write letters to the gentiles (people like me and maybe you), and declare that living in the Spirit and following Jesus greater than the “law” he grew up under as a Jew.

Or

The 12 apostles who faced death or worse, and most of them lost their lives so that we may call ourselves Christians, two thousands years later. 

One night when I couldn’t sleep God lead me to this verse.  I finished reading Roman earlier that day. When I couldn’t sleep I kept hearing a soft voice says “what’s the verse you read about slumber?”

“And do this understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now then when we first believed.” Romans 13:11

I think Paul is telling the Romans and us that we need to be bold for Jesus Christ, to wake up from our busy lives and act on our passion for Christ. He dares us to tell others what Christ has done for us. 

Jesus said “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”

Now I say I dare you and me to reach out and declare it.

Double Take by Melody Carlson

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Book Review: “Double Take” by Melody Carlson

If you are looking for a book for teens with a true to life
feel, that will teach them good values, and has a good ending?  For that I recommend Double Take by Melody
Carlson.

It’s a well written book, perfect a cozy day by the fire.

Two teenage girls who look amazingly alike meet up by chance
(or is it?) in a small town.  Madison and
Anna may look alike but are from two very different worlds.

Madison, the rich city girl, can’t even make a decision
about Spring Break without everyone in her life trying to pull her in the
direction of their own plans and no one is letting her make her own
decisions.  Anna, the simple Amish girl,
feel the pressure of duty to her family but can’t forget about her first love
who may be an outcast in New York.  Each
girl has her own reason to escape and so they switch lives for a week.

This book is like “The
Prince and the Proper” with a modern twist.

With the switch each girl experiences the other’s
world.  While the view points of the
girls are not surprising I still found Anna’s point of view about our world
interesting.  Unlike many Amish
characters that leave the community, Anna doesn’t want to leave the simple
life.  She only wants to find the boy she
thought she lost.

Will Anna find him in the Big Apple?

Will Madison find her self in a world known for its plain way
of living?

You’ll have to read to find out.

Join Me On My Journey

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God once said to me in a dream “Don’t go left, don’t go right, but go straight.”

After that I had two women at different times pray those exact words over me.  The two women didn’t know each other or know about the dream.

In fact the first woman didn’t know me.

While suffering from an ear infection, I had gone to a Healing Wind Conference in North Carolina.  A older woman with wild gray hair, saw my mama putting drops in my ears.  She came up to me and started to pray.  While praying she found out my ear infection was not the only thing “wrong” with my ears.  I was born with hearing loss.  When she found out that I didn’t really want my hearing prayed for, she decided to pray for me to hear God’s voice.  She poured a whole bottle of blessed anointing oil over my head.  I washed my head two or three times later, and my hair was still oily.  Later at supper, she came up to me.  By this point the story had become a joke among my family and friends on the trip with me.  She prayed again for me, and this time, she said the same words God had said to me “Don’t go left, don’t go right, but go straight.”

I happened to have the notebook where I wrote about my dreams from God with me. Full of surprise, I showed her and everyone else at the table the words from God.  She just nodded and told me to never stop praising God.

At the time, I heard praise music in my head all the time and didn’t dream it would stop.

It stopped.

(But this and the notebook are for another story I plan to tell later)

After arriving home from the conference I attended a weekly prayer meeting.  At the meeting another woman, a friend, prayed for me.  She also prayed over me the words God had said, “Don’t go left, don’t go right, but go straight.”

Let just say God now has my attention.

So…

I invite you to join me on this journey down the path God has sent me.

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