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Never Ending Road

trail-in-frosty-winter-forest-247588Thank you friends far and near, for joining me on the inspiring never ending road of words and thoughts and imagery we shared in 2013… Enjoy a blessed Christmas…and Happy New Year.  I look forward to continuing the journey in 2014.

Never Ending Road, by Loreena McKennitt

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When I am I and You are You…?

A  renowned rabbi who lived in Poland in the 1800s, had many famous sayings. This is one of them: “If I am I because I am I, and you are you because you are you, then I am I and you are you. But if I am I because you are you, and you are you because I am I, then I am not I and you are not you!”

Did you catch that? It sounds like a riddle, but it’s actually a very simple concept. When someone lives their life according to what others might think of them, then they don’t really live an authentic expression of who they really are. Moses…(taught) the Israelites – and us – that we must live our lives according to what God will think of us, as opposed to what other people may think of us. There will be times when doing the right thing won’t be popular and doing the popular thing won’t be right. We need to do “what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD.”

We live in a society where people care immensely about what others think of them. Whether we realize it or not, the things we say, the clothing we wear, and the places we shop are greatly influenced by others. Yet, ,,, this (can rob)…a person of his or her individuality. While it’s normal and natural to want to fit in, there is also a time and place for standing out. It’s far more important to “fit in” with God and be cast aside by the people around us than to fit in with everyone around us and be cast away by God.

Take a look at your life and ask yourself what God might think of it. What does God think of how I dress, how I spend my time and money? Forget about impressing our friends for a while, and figure out how we might impress our God!

Excerpt and adapted from Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein’s Holy Land Moments July 31-13

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Brush Strokes on a New Day

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Our God is a good God. It is His nature. He wants us to hide in Him. Find rest and peace in Him. Outwardly, you might see and feel things differently, but inwardly He is renewing us, day by day, in each moment. I am so grateful He never stops wanting more for each of us. He wants us to continue growing and in our circumstances, that is when we make choices…to lean towards or away from Him. I felt such huge excitement this morning as I awoke. The sky was dark, but oh my, then the pink began…it was endless beauty. It was Him brushing a new stroke on the beginning of our day. He is just giving us a glimpse of greater things to come and He is preparing us for it. Blink and erase all your plans you made for today ~ fix your eyes on the unseen and step into all He has for you.

from Lori at e x p l o r e r
(God bless, my friend!)

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You Are Beautiful to God


I had crooked teeth as a kid. I felt self-concious. And one day an adult I looked up to made a teasing remark that stuck into me like a knife.  It was said in a silly way, but I felt suddenly rejected and unloved. Years later after I had my teeth straightened, I still felt unlovely. I kept thinking I needed to change something in myself in order to be loved. I had allowed the pain of that long ago hurtful comment to dig in so deep, it had left a permanent mark in my soul. That is, until God’s love got hold of me and changed my life forever.

Sadly, we live in a world where image is promoted as ‘everything’. It can cause a ton of anxiety, stress, and awful pain to feel a need to look or act a certain way in order to be accepted and loved.  As a result, we may end up striving to look a certain way, yet ending up disappointed and feeling unloved. In extreme instances, our sense of self may be so broken, we might lose out on important relationships. I’ve heard married women friends share with pain in their hearts how empty they feel because their husbands seldom say three simple important words: “I love you…” And they almost never tell them three more words…”You are beautiful…”

But here’s what each of us needs to hear and know…

YOU are beautiful…to God.

God’s love is unconditional. He loves us just as we are, and His love is so great it is impossible to fully imagine a love that would go all the way to a cross to die for us in order to have us live with Him forever.

God says it…to each and every living soul…created in His own image…

YOU are beautiful…to Me.

(Song of Songs 4:7) (Jeremiah 31:3) (Ephesians 3:18, 19)

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What’s in your heart…?

ecclesiastes3-11-12, wallpapers4god.comThere’s something way more than a little awesome about life. It’s the amazing and awesome reality of just being here. Not one human being who has ever walked this earth can ever take any credit for being here. Life is a miracle. An incredible gift. The truth – God destined us in love…to be here. When you cried your first cry of life, that was God, breathing His life into you. And God did something even more profound. You see, God says He knew you before you were born. So He didn’t stop with this short phenomenal journey called ‘life’. From the beginning, He had a plan to place a profound gift in each and every human heart. He called that gift ‘eternity’. Now that…is divine…and that…is what I call true love…


When Faith Feels Small

Believing and receiving go together. Jesus once spoke to two blind men who stumbled behind him and asked to be healed, and He said, “Be it unto you according to your faith.” (Matthew 9:29). The two men were healed. Faith is real. Faith has life-changing power.

But what happens when faith feels small?

It  happens. We are human and limited and finite beings, and we are often ruled by emotions. Sometimes faith feels strong and we feel on top of the world. Sometimes we feel down and we know that in and of ourselves the power to believe is impossible to ‘drum up’.

Faith is a gift from God. Like all gifts, faith can get misplaced or lost.  When we wrestle with unbelief we may feel blinded by circumstances. Perhaps with good reason. We may have been through a terrible loss and it might have seemed God abandoned us. Perhaps we went through a long series of hardships and grew weary of believing.

When faith feels small, don’t allow doubt, guilt, fear or raw and hurting emotions to get in the way. When unbelief blocks you from moving on in faith, or when faith feels small, draw closer to God.

How wonderful to know God is always there and He never condemns us, but says, “Be strong and of good courage!” God lovingly reminds us in His Word that all of His great and precious promises and New Creation power are ours forever and always within reach.

If unbelief is a battle for you, let God know. Talk with Him. God doesn’t have a voicemail box full of unanswered calls. He’s always waiting to hear from us and to answer with awesome outpourings of His faithfulness. So talk with God. Let go. And let God be God. Trust that He is there for You – always. Pray humbly, “Lord, help my unbelief.” Then trust Him to raise the level of your faith. No matter where you’re at in your life journey, always hold on to His promises. One of my favorite promises of God has seen me through many times when my faith was oh so small: 

It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you His Kingdom. (Luke 12:32)

God said it. Believe Him. Expect MORE…

© 2012 S. Michaels
From Notebook: Following God