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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 19 February 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – NEW THING

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FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – NEW THING

 

It’s been a difficult week for me. I’ve been teetering on a decision I needed to make but it was not a pleasant choice. I addressed the issues (involving another person) and sadly, got the answer I expected.

 

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When you get words like that, it’s never easy. But it had to be done. I did all I could to maintain the connection. Doing so freed me to shake the dust from my feet and walk away with a clear conscience.

 

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Yesterday, after doing all that was in my ability to do, my decision was made.

And lo, a great weight was lifted from me. A weight I hadn’t realized I was bearing. A freedom settled in my spirit.

And the topic for today’s post was clear—Behold, I am doing a new thing.

 

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Father spoke it to me as I drifted to sleep last night. I awoke today (Saturday as I write this) with a renewed sense of excitement and expectation. That’s my Word for 2017, after all.

 

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My season of waiting, long agonized waiting, years of waiting—is over. Promises are being fulfilled. I’ve felt tangled in a spider web and it’s now dropped away. I am free to fly.

 

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Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

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I’m ready for a new thing, aren’t you?

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, New Thing, Isaiah 43:19, Expectation, Freedom, Flying, Rivers in the Desert

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 12 February 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU

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FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU

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He knew me before time began. He created me with a purpose in mind, His purpose. I am His—and He is mine.

 

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He thinks of me. He hasn’t put me here and forgotten about me. He gave me a Word several years ago addressing the troubles of life. (I was going to quote from it, summarize it, but here it is in its entirety.)

 

I am there.  Selah.

 

In every event, I am there.  I am there before you—and I prepare the way for you.  But I tell you this—I am there before it happens, for I am eternity.  I see the beginning from the end and the end from the beginning.  I know the plans I have for you—I know each step and every stumble, I know each hardship and every victory.  And I am there with you—I am there before you are there.  For I go before you to prepare the way for you.

 

But your enemy—he is running to catch up.  Even catastrophes at his own design, he is late.  I am there—he is not.  He is distracted by his own busy-ness—and he cannot keep up.  Even you, my child, my beloved, endure hardships and suffering before he can catch up.  You know your joy and victory and release before your enemy remembers and realizes it has even begun.

 

And in his flurry in these last days, his carelessness and sloppiness increase. His efforts become more and more futile.  Even the disasters and catastrophes of his hand have less impact.  For the harder he makes his attempts, the sillier they become.  The harder he tries, the greater the decrease of the impact of his efforts.  And the further he sinks.

 

But look to Me says the Lord of Hosts.  For My efforts remain steady and yet the results increase.  For every heart that is turned to me, revival is magnified, My Kingdom is glorified and I am there in the midst of you.

 

These are the days of Elijah—behold, I come and I am with you in all things, in every moment.  I have been where you are—and I know the plans I have for you.

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Today I celebrate fifty eight years. The number seems so “old” but I don’t feel old. Seems like I’ve barely begun, and perhaps I have—it just took me a while to land in the right spot.

 

As I seek His face, as I seek to follow His will and purpose for me, I also look to Him to search me, to search my heart.

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As I have come into my purpose—my writing—I am also discovering my identity in Him. And as I discover who I am, I realize I am set apart from the world.

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And if I’m not of this world, then I will never fit in to it. I used to try to fit in, we all did. We long for acceptance. But from whom?

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That has been my signature Scripture for years, long before I began to grasp the weight of what it says.

 

So on my birthday, I celebrate that difference. I rejoice that I am more like Father and less like the world.

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#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, It’s My Birthday, I Know the Plans I Have for You, Jeremiah 29:11, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, Psalm 139, Romans 12:2, Purple

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 5 February 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE LEAST of THESE

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FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE LEAST of THESE

 

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To that end, I have set up a campaign on GoFundMe,

https://www.gofundme.com/robin-needs-a-car

 

 

MY STORY

 

Life happens to all of us, and sometimes those waves just keep hitting us over and over again. Seems I’ve always had money issues but before you jump to conclusions, I know how to handle money, there just hasn’t been enough of it to manage. I’ve learned to get by and make the best of what I’ve got, which is not a bad thing.

I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis seven years ago, which placed me on Disability, i.e. limited income. Believe me, I rather be working than to be weak and chronically fatigued all the time. Meanwhile, I’m making the best use of my time with my writing.

 

THE PROBLEM

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I had a nice Nissan Altima several years ago. I was at a doctor’s appointment and it wouldn’t start, so I had to have it towed. I believe that somehow during towing, the oil pan was damaged because not long after my mechanic told me there was a gash in the oil pan. The car was dead.

I drove another vehicle for a short while, but when I had a ticket that I couldn’t pay, I lost my license and let the car go.

 

So now, I’m looking at getting my license restored ($275) and finding another car, prefer another Altima – I love those cars. I set my goal high-ish to allow some “wiggle room” and to get insurance and taxes / tags, and whatever else I might need to get myself driving again. And yes, I’ll have the car fully checked out by someone knowledgeable and whom I trust before any money changes hands.

 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

 

First, of course, is donate. Any amount helps. I am humbled with every dollar than comes in—I gotta tell ya, this is weird for me; asking for help is not easy for me.

Two—share the campaign. Let anyone know about it you think might help. Share on Facebook, Twitter, wherever you hang out online. If you can, share at your work or club meetings or church.

And three—pray. I know Father knows my needs, and I know He provides, sometimes in unusual ways.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

One last thing, I thank you for taking the time to look at my campaign. Thank you for caring, thank you for helping.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, The Least of These, GoFundMe, Robin Needs a Car, Nissan Altima

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 29 January 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – REST IN ME

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – REST IN ME

 

Some days are better than others. And I’ve had a few, shall we say, difficult ones. And right now I’m just utterly drained. There’s a quote I’ve seen / heard,

 

“When you can’t see His hand, trust His heart.”

 

And that’s where I’m at right now. Tired and tired of being tired, running on empty, leaning on Jesus, and looking to Father’s Word. He’s got this, and He’s got me.

 

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Rest in Me

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 22 January 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – AUTHOR DOWN

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FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – AUTHOR DOWN

 

Some days are better than others. And I’ve had a few, shall we say, difficult ones.

 

I’ve struggled with fatigue and weakness for a long time. Seems there is more than one contributor, RA being a primary factor, and vitamin D deficiency playing no small role.

 

And so, I’ve scaled back so I can focus on writing.

 

Ya know what, though? Father is still with me. Even in my lowest moments, both physically and emotionally (‘cause, yeah, this ain’t easy) He’s right here by my side.

 

And if that isn’t the Gospel in a nutshell I don’t know what is.

 

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Author Down, Deuteronomy 31:6

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 15 January 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – LOVE ENDURETH ALL

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FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – LOVE ENDURETH ALL

 

We’ve got weddings coming up in our family. The first one is in March, but the bridal shower was yesterday. So I thought I’d look at what Father says about love.

 

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 

 

Love is not a feeling. Feelings change, feelings are subject to so much outside influence and force. But Father’s love is abiding. It is a decision that sustains the feelings. It is a decision that must be made sometimes daily, sometimes moment by moment.

 

When we look for the feelings, when we hold onto emotions, that’s when we fall. Emotions are ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting.

 

But when we make a commitment, a decision to love one person, and when that commitment is a covenant with God, we can know that God and all of heaven will be there to sustain us. Even when the feelings hide, or flee. God never does, and neither does His love.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Love Endureth All, The Greatest of These, I Corinthians 13

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 8 January 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – LINE UPON LINE & BRICK UPON BRICK – WHEN WISDOM CHANGES THE GAME PLAN

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FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – LINE UPON LINE & BRICK UPON BRICK – WHEN WISDOM CHANGES THE GAME PLAN and OTHER DIAGNOSES

 

His ways are higher than ours – Isaiah 55:8-9. Never before has this rung (rang??) so true with me as it does right now. I’ve spent three years building my blog—and that’s not going to change.

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It is, however, on semi-hiatus. I have progressively felt more and more sluggish for a while now. And there’s a couple of reasons—I am pre-diabetic AND vitamin D deficient. Happens to millions of people, not the worst news in the world, and not unmanageable.

 

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The vitamin D part is easy enough, just increase my daily intake, i.e. supplements. and CHECK.

 

But, after being HPYO-glycemic for 45 years, the blood sugar part is a complete reversal for me. I am modifying my diet, and getting back to walking like I used to—building up to it anyway.

 

I say all this to say, with my energy level so spare and precious, I will devote the majority of my time to my writing. You know, the stories I write? Right?  #seewhatIdidthere  The blog isn’t going anywhere but if a day or days go by with no new posts, that’s why.

 

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Father tells us to take care of our bodies and I spent too many years not. I’m listening now. Do I believe He sent this to me to punish me or teach me a lesson? Absolutely NOT! If anything, I did this to myself by not listening and not using wisdom. BUT, Father IS using this to teach me and correct me, and give me a better quality of life. Do I believe He can / will heal me? Absolutely YES!!! But I have to do my part. He will not / does not come in and override when I am neglecting my own body and health.

 

I’ll do my best to maintain my little nest, but there will be days—indeed, there have already been days—when I just ain’t got it in me.

 

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Ya’ll still love me right?  Ya’ll want my books, right??? [correct answer, YES]

 

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#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Line Upon Line, Brick Upon Brick, When Wisdom Changes the Game Plan, Other Diagnoses, Isaiah 55:8-9, #amwriting

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