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Jan 16, 2012

The Dream Lives On

As you know today, we honor Martin Luther King’s birth. He was a great visionary, who had the fortitude to not only proclaim his dream but to stand up for his dream in the face of great opposition. He didn’t allow his current reality to block his view of a better tomorrow. The voice of the naysayers did not silence him from voicing what he hoped for future generations. Neither bombs nor prison bars could hold his dream hostage.

While our dream may not be of the same magnitude as Dr. King, God has given each of us a dream—a picture of what our future can be. And in order to bring that dream into fruition, it will require that same tenacity and fortitude. Everyone will not agree with our dreams and others will outright oppose it but we must be willing to press forward any way.

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Dec 27, 2011

11 Favorite Posts in 2011

The year is quickly coming to a close. As with most years, I find myself looking back in preparation for launching forward. This year I have decided to revisit the pages of my archives to reread my own writings. It’s interesting to see my life written on pages. Evidence of my struggles throughout the year are splattered across the pages of my blog. Below are a few of my favorite pieces from the year. They are listed in no particular order.

1.  Headed Out But – Genesis 11:31-32 served as the backdrop for this piece. The verbs: headed, stopped, settled, lived, & died in this passage of scripture had me reexamining places that I started out in faith but some how settled else where.

2. Still I Sing – a poem inspired by the song of the birds.

3.  I Am – lets us know that whatever I am I can bring to God.

4.  Choosing to See Chariots – through a daily devotional in Streams in the Desert a light bulb moment occurred that showed me I can choose to see test and trials as chariots transporting me from places of immaturity to maturity, weakness to strength, indifference to compassion, lameness to mobility rather than boulders crushing me.

5. But What About the Brook – cautioned me not to move ahead of God’s timing. Had Elijah not waiting until the brook dried up, he quite possible would have missed God’s instruction of going to the widow woman. Here I had to admit I’m often trying to figure out the next steps along the path rather than just trusting that the Master will direct my footsteps.

6. Mission Complete – challenged me not to stop to early.  I Samuel 15 left me wondering how many times have I, have you, have we called a mission complete prematurely.

7. Everybody Needs a Stripper in Their Life – “Our strippers may not be people but perhaps they are situations like failed marriages, physical/sexual abuse, rejection or disappointments. Regardless of the form the stripper comes in, it’s purpose is the same to render you void of hope, dreams, faith, and identity.”

8. Embracing Farewell – discussed the value in saying goodbye. “It is the farewells of life that makes room for new hellos.”

9. Beyond – a quick post about looking beyond my limits

10. The Road Back to Judah – Naomi served as the catalyst to help me see how God often orchestrates episodes of loss to get us back to places of praise, hope and love.

11.  Did The Den Do You In – encouraged me to identify my own lions in life.

Do you ever go back and re-read your own writing?  Share a link to one of your own favorite posts from your blog.

Dec 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas

that is filled with love, peace, joy & the presence of Christ!

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