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Happy Leap Year Day!

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Since we only get a FEBRUARY 29 every four years - i could not skip blogging today!

I don't have anything deep or profound today - but i am simply thankful to be alive, to have a relationship with the Living God and to know He loves me - inspite that he knows everything about me....! Yep, that is pretty wonderful.

I hope you, who ever you are - reading this blog - connected to the Living God through His Precious Son Jesus...and that you are being transformed - moving from Glory to Glory with Him today.

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

Deep & Delicious!

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I read this today during our "TTR" time at school. (our school tries to encourage our kids to read by having a required "Time to Read" 21 period slotted - the WHOLE school is SILENT for 21 minutes, reading material in hand - yes, some try to slip a nap in, but hey....for TTR, i am thankful and seize the moment!)

Back to what i read.........I am reading C.S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity" for the first time - it has been on my " i want to read" list for several years. I like deep stuff like this....it makes you look under those rocks and in corners and recesses of our hearts...I love how the Lord has lead great men and women before us - and as they sought and found answers, we get to glean from their studies...and be enriched!

Today, on page 113....Lewis writes:
"(God) is not in the least worried about His dignity. The point is, He wants you to know Him: wants to give you Himself. And He and you are two things of such a kind that if you re…

You Dance Over Me

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The other night I lay in bed, tossing and turning, unable to find sleep. I am an early to bed, early to rise person, especially when i am teaching. If i don't get my sleep, i just don't function well.... As most of you know, sometimes the things on our hearts and minds keep us from sleeping - i have a sensitive spirit and things tend to cause me more anxiety than necessary, though this was not the cause of my tossing and turning....but my mind was tumbling over several things as the night hours turned to morning hours.

I finally decided, well, if i am going to toss and my mind is going to tumble, i need to journal - I wrote a prayer to the Lord and laid out my concerns before Him, asking Him for wisdom, and guidance.

As soon as i turned out the light, and shut my eyes...my soul heard these words from a song i had heard earlier that day, "You dance over me, and i am unaware; you sing over me...." It is a song based on Zephaniah 3:17. Instantly i knew this was t…

TAGGED

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What are you reading?

Melanie at monday through sunday tagged me for this meme.


The Rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).

2. Open the book to page 123.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the next three sentences.

5. Tag five people.


The book I am reading right now is:.....Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis. A wonderful classic!

"That is not the point in which faith comes in. But supposing a man's reason once decides that the weight of the evidence is for it. I can tell that man what is going to happen to him in the next few weeks. There will come a moment when there is bad news, or he is in trouble, or is living among a lot of other people who do not believe it, and all at once his emotions will rise up and carry out a sort of blitz on his belief."

I don't know that many to tag!!

Favorites?

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Hey all who read my blog...i have noticed some of you have a nice list of "favorite blogsites" on one of your panels. How/where do you create/find this widget?

Nine Lives

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My cat is very special to me....She has been dubbed a "No Name" cat as i can not really answer the question, "What is her name?" as she has mutliple names! Recently she has been waking me up in the night, so her nine lives are getting used up when i remind her that that is the time i SLEEP! Lately she has made a friend that shows up around 10pm for a kitty rendezvous. This causes my kitty to dance from window to window. The obstacles of the blinds adds to the adventure, as of course, this makes continuous noise as her tail is wagging about like a floating rope....knocking the blinds up against the wall or window! Now....i get a bit irritated with her as this continues for more than a few minutes, or so it seems!

In the morning when i sit down for my quiet time with the Lord, my mischievous kitty nozzles her way up on my lap, warmly purring her morning greeting - and somehow, the nights behavior is forgotten and forgiven. I am sure there is a lesson in this..…

School Daze....

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I am back in the classroom! You know, a few days ago i had a dream in which my father had a surprise for me...and the look on his face told me it was a good surprise, i felt that wonderful bubbly anticipation of the gift that was coming...i woke with the sensation still in my heart - obviously, my Heavenly Father has wonderful things for me and i believe this dream was from the Lord to remind me of the Joy He has in giving to us....I am reminded of the passage that speaks of God's love for his children and the joy he has in giving good gifts to them!

Being back in the classroom is one of those gifts...last fall i taught in the same classroom as a long-term substitute. It was a tough semester but by the end the Lord brought me through and i left with a genuine love for my students. This window opened back up for me and i have a sweet joy in stepping back in! Plus, it paves the way for me to prepare for the move in June....How wonderful!

The Heart....

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My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your sight;
Keep them in the midst of your heart.
For they are life to those who find them
And health to all their body.
Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.
Put away from you a deceitful mouth
And put devious speech far from you.
Let your eyes look directly ahead
And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.
Watch the path of your feet
And all your ways will be established.
Do not turn to the right nor to the left;
Turn your foot from evil.

Once when i was cleaning house, i was talking to the Lord as i went from room to room, dusting and vacuuming. I asked Him a question, "Lord, what is the most important thing to you?"...now, God doesn't usually speak audibly to me but, His Word says His sheep know His voice...and i am definitely one of His Sheep. As i continued cleaning, not really expecting to hear an answer, but …

Music....

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I love music...years ago, i had an epiphany about music. It powerfully unites every part of existance....physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually....I confess, i am deeply romantic and can just find such reprieve in a picture, a song, a note, a scene....somehow, a beautiful tale can evolve from the emotions that are evoked from any one of these things...or visa versa. How precious is this gift....to think we are made in the Likeness of our Creator...this mysterious romantic creativity comes from Him! Thank You Lord for imprinting this trait in man.....

One Hot Date!

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One of the blessings i enjoy about living here in NE FL is the proximity of the beach - it is less than an hour to St. Augustine! Yesterday was a beautiful day, clear blue skies and the temps were in the upper 70's...okay, you northerners, a day like yesterday is why you live in FL in February! Being single offers many blessings too - the ability to be spontaneous! So, after spending a day working at school and the wonderful fact that the school day ends before 2p.m....i was off to the beach with a blueberry/mango/banana smoothie, my bible, journal, beach chair, and a good book! God and i were off on a date!

2 an a half hours to read, breath in the salt air, listen to the roar of the waves and a sparcely populated beach to enjoy all to myself. I enjoyed a short run too - wish i could do that everyday but a 25-30 minute run does not warrant a 50 minute drive but once in a while it is so worth it!

Our date on the beach closed with a ceasar salad topped with blackened chicken…
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Thank the Lord for New Mercies every morning! I don't know who is actually reading this blog of mine but maybe it is simply something God will use to encourage someone (maybe only me?!) to remember His faithfulness...

This morning I ran across a wonderful article from the LifeWay website, entitled "Walk On: Five Characteristics of Christlikeness" written by Victor Lee. One verse he brought out really encouraged me....

Romans 15:4-5 says, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus.”

Several passages come to mind that spoke directly to me - a Rhema word to my heart! The two that come to mind are Psalm 37 and Genesis 42:36b (how often have i said this - yet we see the bigger picture in this OT story that God is all over the details to cover…

The Martyr's Song

I am a fan of an author by the name of Ted Dekker. Among his books, the most recent book i read by him was quite interesting...it is short, but worth the read! I think our view of God's kingdom, of death, and of life is far too small. He IS an AWESOME God...i believe we have lost the meaning of that word in this generation.

Go pick up "The Martyr's Song"....and expect the unexpected!