31 Days of Cheering Them On: Oldies, Goodies

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Gentle Reader,

There are many bloggers who are influential and encouraging in my life. Not all of them are participating in 31 Days, but those who are – they’re sharing some great words. I chose each of the below at random; none is more significant than the others. Away we go.

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Jesus,

I thank you so much that You are my Best Friend and my Shepherd. You take such amazing care of me… I always have more than enough. Even when it looks like that is not going to happen, somehow – You always work it out for my good…

Karrilee Aggett

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Peter and Jesus, they sat together, and Jesus leans in, “Peter do you love me?” Not once, not twice, but thrice. I imagine the Savior’s hand rests upon Peter’s shoulder, with each asking of the question, he squeezes a bit tighter the shoulder ‘neath his hand. Leaning in closer each time. Third time asked, He is close enough Peter feels his breath upon his face…

Tammy Mashburn

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It took me a long time to realize that the Bible isn’t just a big long book of must-do and never-do checklists to prove how good you are. As a type-A recovering people-pleaser I was usually afraid to open Scripture. Would it make me feel like a failure? What if I wasn’t living up to the expectations on the pages? I barely even KNEW the expectations so I was sure I was messing it all up…

Crystal Stine

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Do you not love the imagery of Jesus being our Bridegroom? I’m not sure our earthly imagination can even remotely fathom it. But HE IS. And, we, the ones who have called upon His Name and made Him the Lord and Master of our lives, are the bride…

Susan Chamberlain Shipe

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There was once a Chinese pastor who said, “No Bible, no breakfast.” He wouldn’t eat breakfast until he had first read the Word of God, and his rumbling stomach reminded him to seek Scripture before seeking sustenance…

Asheritah Ciuciu

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A little girl swinging on the swing laughing and giggling with her friends. From the outside, it looks like everything is fine. Yet on the inside, this little girl, holds the heaviness of a story that has yet to be told…

Tara Ulrich

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I first discovered the power of praise in the dentist’s surgery…

Lesley Crawford

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I like the way God paints.  He paints so well.  He paints rainbows and sunsets and leaves in the fall.  I love the colors of God’s palette.  I really like watching his beauty…

Melinda Gardner Hollis

Thank you, dear friends, who write life and truth!

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31 Days of Cheering Them On: Five Minute Writers

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Gentle Reader,

This week I am privileged to cheer on the folks who have taken on the “five minute” twist to 31 Days. Christina Hubbard provides the prompts. The bloggers provide the unique, wonderful perspective. I chose each of the below at random; none is more significant than the others. Away we go.

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A feeling of spring
has for some time
weighed anchor at the base of her soul…

Prayers on the Wing

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I will be the first to admit that I do not feel very courageous at times. I need to remember that God promises that He goes with us every step of the way. He has not left me or forsaken me and He promises that He never will…

– Musings of a Wife and Mom

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The apples were perfect. Crisp and juicy and smelling of crushed leaves and wood smoke in the hills. As I stood on the teetering ladder, dropping them into my bag, I thought of how my grandparents met, picking apples in Western Oregon…

Marcy Hanson

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There our clothes hang like papel picado (perforated paper), across the clothesline, in our backyard. The sun grips the fabric desperate to start a fire…

Carolina Cisneros

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I am learning to walk each day with Jesus. Right now my walk with Him feels like He’s doing most of the work as I lean on Him for His strength…

– Lens and Pens

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We have paintings of jazz clubs, restaurants, swamps, log cabins, large Live Oaks, streets in the French Quarter, Fleur de Lis, and even fish.  When I look at a painting of a swamp, with the massive cypress trees holding up a host of moss, I am transported to this magical place…

Kelsey Townsend-Remmelts

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Rather then rest being the stopping of walking or moving, maybe it is just the opposite side of the coin – the completion of the cycle which began with the movement…

Inspire to Simple

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The same God who’s painted the canvas of creation with breathtaking grandeur, calls me and you His masterpieces. I find a great deal of comfort and grace in that…

Valerie Jones

Thank you, brave writers who set the timer and spin gold out of straw, for sharing your words with us!

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31 Days of Cheering Them On: Introduction

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Gentle Reader,

It’s that time of year again!

Every October, bloggers across the internet take part in the 31 Days writing challenge. One theme. Each day.

Tough, but also exhilarating.

I’ve been mulling over a few ideas for a couple of months, but the truth is that I don’t have time to participate this year. I hate typing that. But it’s true. I’m speaking at a discipleship conference on October 1. (Yeah, more on that later). Trying to figure out how to operate a Facebook page for this blog. Doing tech and teaching stuff for the Autumn women’s kick-off event at my church. Running a book launch team. Leading a small group. Still in the throes of studying Zephaniah. Discussing the character of God with my new chaplaincy group at the shelter.

And, you know, stuff like being a wife and a daughter and a friend and exercising and trying to find new vegetarian recipes that aren’t salad and working and feeling crappy a lot of the time.

I’m okay(ish) with the busyness level. It’s only for a season. I’m doing exactly what God wants me to do, and it’s a blast. It just so happens that the busyness coincides with the entire length of the hardest writing challenge known to man, outside of penning an actual book.

So, I’m not writing my own series.

What I am doing is standing on the sidelines, cheering on my blogging buddies. Thirty-one different blogging buddies, to be exact. Some new, some old. Each Friday you will find a brief excerpt from 7-8 of their entries, followed by a link to the original post. I am delighted to use this little platform to give them the recognition they so richly deserve.

This is going to be so much fun!

My journey to faith. (15)

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