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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 19 March 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE GREATEST OF THESE

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE GREATEST OF THESE

 

Perhaps the most quoted Scripture used in wedding ceremony is I Corinthians 13:13, and with good reason—the greatest of these is love.

 

 

But what is love? According to Scripture

 

 

In layman’s terms, I think the best explanation is that another person’s happiness means more to you than your own. Kindness, encouraging words, biting your tongue when you’d rather make that snarky retort. The Golden Rule.

 

 

Laying down our life conjures images of taking a bullet, literally.

 

But it’s not that only. It’s so much more than that. It’s the little nuances of every day. That last piece of bacon, the movie choice, or dinner preference.

 

 

True story. I grew up loathing football. Couldn’t stand it. Then, once upon a time, I was in love with someone who was (and presumably still is) an avid Broncos fan. Rather than go off and do my own thing when he watched football, I sat with him. And then a funny thing began to happen—I grew to enjoy the game. I became a fan, a Broncos fan—because I loved him more than I disliked football. Love does that.

 

 

Marriage, love is not 50-50. Love is 100%. All, and there is no nothing. Because if you have whatever else life has to offer, but you don’t have—and give—love, then what do you have, really?

 

Nothing.

 

And when you have love? You have everything.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 11 March 2017– FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY THIS TITLE (repost

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY THIS TITLE

reposted from 7 August 2016 – because sometimes life hits hard and there’s just no new post

 

Because sometimes you can’t make it to church. Or, what the world commonly thinks of as church.

 

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But what is church, really?

 

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And sometimes that fellowship is one on One, deep calling unto Deep. Everyone has their special place of personal communion. For me, that “place” it outdoors. Preferably under a canopy of trees. Preferably in the mountains, with a creek singing nearby.

 

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But that doesn’t always happen and sometimes church is right here on the couch. Or better yet, outside… you guessed it, on the front porch. Just me and Father God.

 

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Even better if it’s raining. And yes, thunder and lightning’ing.

 

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No great theological discourse. No lamenting prayers—or maybe there are. Not hours of reading the Bible. No singing and dancing and praising Him, even. Just abiding.

 

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Sitting, quietly, still, in His presence. For truly, we walk in His presence 24/7. We just don’t pause to acknowledge—and we usually don’t yield to His call, nay His whisper to be still.

 

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Learning to be still. Learning to hear His voice. To recognize and acknowledge His presence. And learning how to walk and talk with Him in every moment of every day as good friends should and do.

 

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Because He is a friend. And friends do stuff. And sometimes they just sits. Quietly. Being friends.

 

So yes, come sit on the front porch with me, spend some time with me, with Father God. Come, let us fellowship together, right on the front porch.

 

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And tell me what are your favourite moments with Father God? Where do you find Him? What is your secret place, your place of communion?

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 5 March 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE MASTER POTTER

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FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE MASTER POTTER

This week I borrow a prophetic word I read Friday on Facebook.

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THE MASTER POTTER
by Elaine Tavolacci

The Holy Spirit showed me a lump of clay on a potter’s wheel. The potter began to spin the wheel as he molded and shaped the piece of clay as he formed it.

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When making pottery on a potter’s wheel, the clay has to first be centered, then water is applied before the potter begins his creation. The potter then shapes the clay into the image that he desires. There are different wheels used to create different vessels. The Lord has designed each one of us in a distinct way with a specific calling. Each person is created for a unique purpose and plan.

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The Lord told Jeremiah to go down to the Potters house to give him a prophetic illustration. When he went, he had seen the potter making something at the wheel. The clay vessel that the potter had made was marred in his hands; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

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Many people don’t understand the process of the potter’s wheel. The potter’s wheel is not to judge us or punish us, but it is to form us into the masterpiece that Jesus has created us to be.

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The Lord says; just as the potter designs each clay pot into different shapes and sizes, I have designed and created every individual. Every person has been born with a unique purpose and plan. Each of you have been strategically designed for a particular purpose, and I will work with each of you in a specific way.

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Do not fear the potter’s wheel and do not refuse it, for this is My workmanship. This is the place where I am molding you and conforming you into My image. This is the place where all impurities and defilement will be destroyed and all bruises and blemishes will be erased.

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This is the place where the rough edges will be smooth out, broken vessels will be restored and old mindsets will be dismantled. Afflictions, traumas and misfortunes from the past will be removed, and dreams will be birth and brought forth.

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This is the place where your mind will be renewed and you will learn to walk in integrity and maturity. This place is necessary for your spiritual growth to bring forth the gifts that I have placed on the inside of you.

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Do not refuse the work on the potters wheel but allow Me to transform you as I shape your life and destiny. Trust Me when the process seems too difficult. Don’t say that this is an uncomfortable place, but know that it is for your benefit and it is necessary to bring you in to the fulfillment of My plans. Do not resist the work that I am doing on the inside of you, but allow Me to accomplish My perfect will through you.

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Allow Me to work with you and fashion you into My image. I Am the master potter and as you allow Me, I will design your life so that you will become all that I have created you to be. You will become a glorious vessel of honor, and others will see the brilliance of the transformed life that I am creating in you. I desire to make something beautiful out of your life as you allow Me to work in you and through you says the Lord.

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www.TheVoiceOfBreakthrough.com

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, The Master Potter, Laurie Roars, Elaine Tavolacci, Round Tree Pottery, Nolan Windholtz, Isaiah 61:3, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Isaiah 29:16, Isaiah 64:8, Jeremiah 18:1-4

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 26 February 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ALL THE BIRDS and HIDDEN TREASURES

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FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ALL THE BIRDS and HIDDEN TREASURES

 

I love my office. Or should I say my little nest. ‘Cause I don’t have a desk, I sit on the love seat with my stuff spread out around me, all within (relatively) easy reach.

Notes on who’s who in my novel? Right here by my side. Blog schedule for the year? Right under the ring binder of notes for the novel. (and on my Excel spreadsheet)

 

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Okay, so office is a loose term but it works for me.

 

What I particularly love is my view out the front door—which is open when at all reasonable. You know, unless it’s just too cold or the afternoon sun is bearing down—or when I go to bed.

 

And I’ve noticed something on in the wood of the porch railing. A funny sort of knot that looks like a hummingbird.

 

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(kinda like this—I forgot to snap the pic and it’s dark now… )

 

As I was looking at it today, Father whispered to me that the “bird” was hidden within that wood, that tree trunk all along, and nobody ever saw it till it was positioned just as it is outside my door. Just for me.

 

Hidden. A little quirky treasure. A delightful image for me because I love birds so much.

 

And as only Father can arrange it, I was at Hobby Lobby today with my friend, looking at framing options for one of her paintings. (She’s a very gifted artist.) And the piece that she’s looking to frame, says, “Diamond in the rough, Hidden in The Rock.”

 

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The Rock.

 

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He is our Rock. And we are hidden in Him. And we are a precious in His sight, a jewel of inestimable worth. Hidden in Him.

 

Today, as we wrap up the month of February and my blitz of feathers, my flock of robins—Robin Hendzel Bunting, Robin Johns Grant, Robin Patchen, Robin Bayne, Robin Caroll, Robin Lee Hatcher—and all my wonderful guest posts on birds—Merrillee Whren, C. Kevin Thompson, Joy Dekok, Jane Lebak (you won’t want to miss Jane’s post tomorrow, it’s hilarious)—I thought about all the gifts Father has given us.

 

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Today it’s as simple as all my friends who contributed to my birthday month. Such a small thing but such a treasure to me.

 

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And if I wasn’t looking, I’d never have seen it.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC0fkWA2INw

 

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#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, All the Birds, Genesis, Hidden Treasures, Precious in His Sight, Robin Blitz, Birthday Celebration, Give Thanks

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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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