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Not One Square Inch

Renee Ann Smith —  August 27, 2014 — 11 Comments

Christ is in control “There’s not a square inch in the whole of our human existence over which Christ does not cry, ‘Mine!’”

~Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) Dutch prime minister, journalist, statesman & theologian~

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“For from Him & through Him & to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” ~Romans 11:36~

“For everything, absolutely everything, above & below—everything got started in Him & finds its purpose in Him. He was there before any of it came into existence & holds it all together right up to this moment.” ~Colossians 1:16&17, The Message~

May these ancient words remind you that—
Even when it doesn’t feel like it—
God holds us, our loved ones & our world in His hands.
Blessings, friends!

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***Photo Backstory: I just had to share this view of our gorgeous Catskills, which I enjoy every day on my way to & from school. Isn’t God’s creation amazing? I snapped this iPhone pic last year. Now that school has begun, I can’t wait until the leaves begin putting on their fall colors! Of course, PicMonkey is my tool of choice for tweaking the pic & adding the quote!

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A Good Talking To

Renee Ann Smith —  August 11, 2014 — 30 Comments

I awoke anxious and afraid almost every morning during my school-age years.

Nothing traumatic had happened in my past. No one in my family had died. Two stable parents left for work every morning & returned home every night. We always had a roof over our heads & food on the table. The bullies at school didn’t have time to bother me.

Yet still I woke with a sick feeling in my stomach and the urge to hide from the world and the certainty that no one could protect me from the fearful things that were coming my way. My morning alarm was the signal for my current “What Ifs” to begin circling in my brain . . .

 . . . “What if I miss the bus again & this time Mom gets mad? What if the history teacher gives a quiz on the chapter I didn’t read? What if I can’t find anyone to sit with at lunch? What if I do something embarrassing & the whole class sees? . . .”

Somewhere along the line, I learned to give myself a “good talking to.”

Back then, my early morning mantra went something like this . . . “You’re fine. Everyone you know is fine. This is just life. You can handle it. And when you can’t, it’s okay to ask for help . . .”

I didn’t realize until after I became a Christian, what a valuable lesson my young self had learned.

As a dear friend who battled depression for years told me, “When I started talking to myself instead of listening to myself, that’s when I began to heal.”

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In the dictionary, talking & listening are opposites.

When it comes to our inner life, not so much.

But in the Bible, we see that men like David understood the subtle distinction. Psalm 42 shows us the conversation he had with himself . . . 

“Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

How freeing to learn that we don’t have to be the victims of the fearful, anxious thoughts that try to take up residence in our brains. Are you experiencing fear & anxiety?

Maybe it’s time to give yourself a good talking to!

Here are a few verses & quotes to start you off . . .

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” ~II Corinthians 10:5~

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” ~Colossians 3:2~

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” ~Philippians 4:8~

“For God has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” ~Hebrews 13:5b~

“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” ~Psalm 56:3~

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.” ~Isaiah 26:3~

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” ~William James, philosopher, psychologist, physician, 1842-1910~

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” ~Corrie ten Boom~

“When fear comes knocking at your door, send faith to answer.” ~Joyce Meyer~

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What are some of your favorites?

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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C. S. Lewis quote lunatic sun

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him
than a lunatic can put out the sun
by scribbling the word darkness
on the walls of his cell.

~C. S. Lewis~

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Words of wisdom to inspire you, brave ones, as you shine for Christ in every corner of our world.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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I love how the touch of the sun beautifies every twig, leaf & pebble in the landscape.
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Done by Hope

Renee Ann Smith —  July 16, 2014 — 9 Comments

HOPE Martin Luther

Everything that is done in this world is done by Hope.
~Martin Luther~

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The Lord delights in those who fear Him,
Who put their HOPE in his unfailing love.
~Psalm 147:11~

For I know the plans I have for you,
Declares the Lord,
Plans for welfare and not for evil,
To give you a future and a HOPE.
~Jeremiah 29:11~

I hope these words encourage you today! Blessings, friends!

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When I Am Forgotten

Renee Ann Smith —  June 18, 2014 — 21 Comments

Fleming Pursue the Intentional Life

“I belong to Christ forever.

I am His redeemed and adopted child—even if I am unknown by all around me.

Even if no one knows the story of my life, the Lord will not forget me.

Even if I forget my own name, He will claim me.

I am His.”

~Jean Fleming, Pursue the Intentional Life~

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After taking care of my aunt while she suffered through Alzheimer’s and watching dementia steal so much from my mother before she died, these words from Pursue the Intentional Life were healing balm.

In the book, Jean, a dear woman in her 70’s, writes, “nursing homes should be decorated to remind those who pass that the infirm were not always so vague, nearly nameless:

  • This woman raised eight children and got her GED at sixty-two years of age.
  • This man fought in Sicily and North Africa, carried a wounded eighteen-year-old farm boy to safety, and got a Purple Heart.
  • This man was married to the same woman for seventy years, is a recent widower, and put six kids through college (only three were his own).

Do all old people blur together in the minds of those who pass them? Of course identity isn’t just an issue associated with age. It isn’t just that others don’t know who we are; we wonder about it ourselves.

From our earliest days we need to know who we are. The trouble is that no one can tell us. Not really.

I am more than my intellect, my body type, my contribution. I am more than I know.

My circumstance will change, but not my identity. I belong to Christ forever; I am His redeemed and adopted child.

Jean Fleming’s little book is filled with wise, challenging & beautiful truth. It’s a treasure I’ll re-read and share with others as often as possible. (Christmas shopping in June?) Here’s a link to check it out further if you’re interested.

You can hear Jean talk about each section of the book at the Bloom Book Club. This link shows the schedule for each online session with Jean.

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When God Said No

Renee Ann Smith —  June 16, 2014 — 11 Comments

Last week, I wrote about the heartache I sometimes feel when God doesn’t give me what I want. I’ve had this problem since I was small. You see, I just don’t like taking “no” for an answer!

Though I’m ashamed to admit it, there have been times in my adult life when a “no” from God reduced me to a sulking, bitter child again. I sometimes even looked for a way around what God had denied me—-another way to gain satisfaction outside of His will. Nowadays when I feel that temptation coming on, I flip my Bible open to Luke 22. This chapter records Jesus’ final hours before He went to the cross.

Verse 39 says, “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’

Then Jesus, whose heart was greatly burdened, poured out His agony to His Father.

“He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed,

Abba, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’

An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”

Abba.

Even at the time of His betrayal and arrest, on the eve of His suffering, Jesus called God Daddy. Jesus brought His request to His loving Father and—-trusting Him completely—-left it there.

When God Said No

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And His loving Father answered, “No.”

“No” to the one and only begotten of God, full of grace and truth.

“No” to the Daystar from on high, who brought light to our darkness.

“No” to the beloved Son with whom God was well pleased.

God said “no”—not because Jesus’ request was selfish or sinful—but because He had an integral part for His Son to play in the redemption of mankind.

God said “no” to Jesus because of us.

Because of that great “no,” Jesus did go to the cross and the veil was torn in two and the way made clear so that now I—a sinful daughter with no standing of my own—can enter God’s presence and lay my requests at His feet.

And because God delights in me and does all things well, I can trust that whether He tells me “yes” or “no,” His answer always comes from love.

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When God Said NoA “no” from God does not necessarily mean that my request is sinful or selfish. It just means that He has something greater in mind for me than what I can imagine, much less ask for.

  • His “nos” are always blessed.

  • His “nos” are always best.

  • And in His hands, our hearts can rest.

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I’m blessed that you stopped by today, friends. Have a beautiful week!

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Easy to speak

Renee Ann Smith —  June 4, 2014 — 17 Comments

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Kind words can be short & easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. ~Mother Teresa~

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Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ~Proverbs 16:24~

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***Did you miss my latest book review about a wonderful novel based on the book of Esther—but updated to Nazi Germany & the Holocaust? Follow this link to check out the amazing story!

Waving hello from the midst of our ending-the-school-year-well chaos. Have a lovely day, friends!

This week I may be linking up with Miscellany Monday, The Bloggers’ Digest, WW Create with Joy, WW Catch My Words, WW Ms Mystery Case, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays, Woman to Woman, WW Books & More, WW Mom’s Own Words, WW Stacy Uncorked, Jenny’s Wordless Wednesday, Mrs. Tee WW, Raising My Boys WW, Winsome Wednesday, Hope in Every Season, Wise Woman Wednesday, Works for Me Wednesday, WW @PD Mama, WW Blogspot, Imperfect Prose, WW 5 Min for Mom, A Mama’s Corner WW, Mama to 5 WW, Whimsy Wednesday, Juana Mikels Wednesday Link-up, Three Word Wednesday, Whimsical Wednesday, Adorned from Above Wednesday Link Party, A Little R&R, Wake Up Wednesday, Walking Redeemed, Coffee for Your Heart, In Him We Live, Rurality Blog Hop, Thursday Favorite Things, Thriving ThursdayLittle Things Thursday, Hearts for Home, Thoughtful Thursday, House to Home Link Party, The Barn Princess, Raising Mighty Arrows, Share the Joy Thursday, Time Travel Thursday, Create It Thursday, Thrive @Home Link Up, Thought provoking Thursday, Throwback Thursday, Grace at Home, Christian Connection, Faith-filled Friday, Fellowship Friday, Friendship Friday, Freedom Friday, Womanhood w/ Purpose Friday Link Up, Christian Fellowship Friday, Faith & Fellowship Friday, Essential Friday Link-up, Friday Finds, Fridays Unfolded, Everyday Jesus, On Your Heart, Anything Goes, Ladies Only Blog Hop, Paula’s No Rules Weekend Hop, Saturday Sharefest, Recommendation Saturday, Still Saturday, Beauty Observed, Heart Reflected, Weekend No Rules Blog Hop, Fresh-brewed Sundays, Sunday Stillness, and The Sunday Community.

Christ in me

Renee Ann Smith —  May 11, 2014 — 17 Comments

Elisabeth Elliot

The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.  ~Elisabeth Elliot~

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I’m off on a three-day trip to Montreal with my students and won’t be checking in on my blog. So I wanted to leave some encouraging words for any online friends who happen to stop by. Blessings!

To read more about author and missionary Elisabeth Elliot, follow this link.

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This week I may be linking up with Miscellany Monday, The Bloggers’ Digest, WW Create with Joy, WW Catch My Words, WW That Suburban Mama, WW Ms Mystery Case, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays, Woman to Woman, WW Books & More, WW Mom’s Own Words, WW Stacy Uncorked, Jenny’s Wordless Wednesday, Mrs. Tee WW, Raising My Boys WW, Winsome Wednesday, Hope in Every Season, Wise Woman Wednesday, Works for Me Wednesday, WW @PD Mama, WW Blogspot, Imperfect Prose, WW 5 Min for Mom, A Mama’s Corner WW, Mama to 5 WW, Whimsy Wednesday, Juana Mikels Wednesday Link-up, Three Word Wednesday, Whimsical Wednesday, Adorned from Above Wednesday Link Party, A Little R&R, Wake Up Wednesday, Walking Redeemed, In Him We Live, Rurality Blog Hop, Thursday Favorite Things, Thriving ThursdayLittle Things Thursday, Hearts for Home, Thoughtful Thursday, House to Home Link Party, The Barn Princess, Raising Mighty Arrows, Share the Joy Thursday, Time Travel Thursday, Create It Thursday, Thrive @Home Link Up, Thought provoking Thursday, Throwback Thursday, Grace at Home, Christian Connection, Faith-filled Friday, Fellowship Friday, Friendship Friday, Freedom Friday, Womanhood w/ Purpose Friday Link Up, Christian Fellowship Friday, Fantastic Friday, Faith & Fellowship Friday, Essential Friday Link-up, Friday Finds, Anything Goes, Saturday Sharefest, Recommendation Saturday, Still Saturday, Beauty Observed, Heart Reflected, Fresh-brewed Sundays, Sunday Stillness, and The Sunday Community.