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Thursday’s Trench Truth

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

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Faith-Filled Friday

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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Take back what the enemy has tried to steal!

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thanks so much for stopping by. Grab your coffee, or maybe that gingerbread latte, your SOF (Strand of Faith) and come on inside as I share from my heart to yours.

Have you ever had one of those moments where something was happening and a scripture came to mind? Now, please don’t get me wrong; I am far from well-versed in His love letters to us, especially when it comes to the addresses; however, I have been trying to become a bit more diligent about learning more of His promises so I can proclaim them in times of need. It seems lately I’ve been a bit needy because of full-on panic attacks which are brought on by my sinuses which get messed with in the changes of weather and seasons! Okay, so I just got side-tracked, sorry!

Anyway, there is a scripture that has come to life in my life so many times I’ve lost count, and that’s not boasting on me in any way, but in my/our Father whose words do not lie. They are promises you can take to the bank that will not bounce or come back void. They do not lie! But doesn’t it make it even more powerful when it actually comes to life in your life? So what’s the scripture you’re asking?

Well, it’s found in Joel 2:25 wherein God says to Joel: “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten.” Now you may be wondering what in the world does this have to do with the price of eggs, especially since this seems to be talking about bugs and crops! Well, when we dig into this part of scripture and the history behind it, there is so much more to it than that. See, God is all about restoration…of anything that was taken by and through the hand of the enemy.

I actually see this over and over again not just in my life but in the life of our Transformers! I just loved hearing stories of restoration of/with their family members. It brought tears to my eyes as they recounted stories of relationships in the beginning stages of healing over the Thanksgiving holiday. Those of us who have experienced brokenness within family as a result of addictions, abuse or whatever the enemy used can truly appreciate it when this restoration begins to peek out through the clouds of sadness, regret and longing.

See, I was one of those who suffered and lost family as a result of both addiction and abuse, and God is still working His restorative powers into the canvas of my life. I am able to recognize this truth now while I am actually experiencing it instead of missing it because I am not staying in the moment! See, I was for quite some time one that NEVER stayed in her moments but instead was frantically trying to plan the next moment, often missing the beauty of the present because of my past while trying to control my future! Ugh, what a futilely exhausting cycle! But God be praised…this cycle has slowed down so much and is nearly gone.

I am so thankful for His word that comes alive in my life…too many times to count but I will never forget!

I challenge you…stay in your moments and maybe He will remind you of what He is restoring in you, for you that the enemy borrowed but couldn’t steal!

Love,

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Evinda

Tuesday’s Trench Lessons 4 Life

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
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Welcome to our new Tuesday series: Tuesday’s Trench Lessons! I am so excited about this series which will be written by one of my Transformers…and there may be a couple other Trenchers who join this blog, but I’m super excited about how this series came to be. To make that long story short, let me just say, it’s been a year-long process, and this came about by Divine ordination! I am incredibly proud to introduce you to one of my original Transformers whom God is truly transforming, Lea Province. You’re going to love her writing!

When will my life begin….By Lea Provence

I have always been a Disney fan. During summer vacations, my dad would take us to Disneyland…every year. We had Disney books, Disney toys and a whole collection of Disney movies. Do you remember those movies? Dick VanDyke and Mary Poppins and Hayley Mills in Pollyanna! Don’t get me started! And of course being a “girl,” I enjoyed the princess movies.

As I grew and started a family, I must confess, I still have all things “Disney!” More and more movies are being released and we naturally have seen them many, many times. Once is never enough. I can literally quote about 90% of the movies…word for word!

I wanted to give you that background to share with you that little nugget of truth and light I was given recently. I was listening to our “Princess Songs” CD when a song from “Tangled” sang by Mandy Moore played. It is called “When will my life begin.” The song starts with Rapunzel listing off all the tasks that she does throughout the day: chores and other things such as: reading, sewing, games, crafts, cooking and backing to name a few. As she goes about her day, she wonders to herself, when will my life begin? She feels as though she’s stuck in the same place she has always been. Would it be like to embark outside of her little world?

Now I have heard and sang this song numerous times. It wasn’t until a month ago that the words of this song literally pierced my heart and I began to cry. I then realized that this is exactly how I have been living my life: I’m on the shampoo lifestyle, rinse and repeat, wondering when will my life begin?

When I was younger, I used to think I’d make some money and buy a house, and that’s when my life would begin. Or, after I lose weight, I’d be more comfortable and that’s when my life would really start. Oh, and the best, after my husband finishes his medical treatment, his attitude will improve and our life will begin and be great! Merely existing is what I have been doing for 35 years, waiting for my life to begin. But I’m realizing that while I’ve been waiting, life has been passing me by!

My oldest baby, my daughter, will graduate next year! Before I know it, it will be here. I could possibly be a grandmother within the next five years! Oh, my goodness, I’m getting ahead of life while wondering when it will begin! How can that be? In a little over a decade all of my children will be adults. Why is it I can imagine life… and not get in it and allow it to pass me by?

If I continue to give my life conditions, you know, the shampoo, rinse, condition cycle, and demand perfection from myself, I will never enjoy life, nor will I truly grow and move forward with and in my life. Romans 3:23 reminds us for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God! We will never reach perfection in this world. In my case, I cannot even see where perfection resides. I’ve decided to stop looking at my life as a finite thing. When I look at my existence eternally, I can see that my conditions are just stepping stones on my journey of progression to perfection.

Oh, the lessons I’m learning in the trench …

LeaLea

Jenn’s Journey from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
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Good morning, friends, here’s hoping you had a nice weekend and were able to stay cool in this heat! Summer is really here, isn’t it? This weekend we celebrated dads and all they do for us. I am blessed with a great dad and I am thankful for him. I know not everyone can say that, for often our earthly fathers let us down. Thank goodness we can turn to our Heavenly Father anytime!!!

A few months back I made a decision to leave a dental office I had worked in for many years. I’d seen a lot changes and some of those were not a good fit for me. This was not an easy decision as I loved my patients, many of whom had become friends. I knew I had a job waiting for me in a few months, but I had to look very carefully at my finances before taking this step.

I was a bit nervous, because even though I’d carefully considered most things in this decision, there is always the unexpected. Through prayer and talking with a few of my wise and trusted friends, I knew God was leading me to go this way.  He has blessed me in the past and I felt He’d continue doing so. He has given me the opportunity to be an almost-always stay-at-home mom, which was a dream of mine. I’ve been able to spend more quiet time with Him as well, and that is definitely something that money cannot buy!

My new job begins in August so I decided that I would just enjoy the summer with my daughter. Once school begins again, I’d get serious about finding more hours. In the meantime, I was called to do some temp hours for a friend, a confirmation that God was watching out for me. I have to admit that sometimes I started to feel worried…my mind filled with questions: How will I find work that allows me to still be present for V? Will I have to look further from home again? What if I can’t find more hours?

Then…the other day, I was driving home from the store and I got a call. It was the office where I am to start working in August…long story short, the office manager was calling to offer me more hours! Would you believe that they are dream hours? Hours that allow me to drop my daughter off at school as well as be available to pick her up shortly after school gets out? I got chills! I knew, once again, that God has worked out an answer to prayer, and I am amazed. Why am I amazed? He’s done this for me before. How quickly I forget all the good He does.

There’s a verse that I was reminded of; it’s found in Philippians 4:19: “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”

What do you need? Is there something that you need God to do for you?  Because my “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

Until next week, be blessed,

JennJenn

Jenn’s Journey from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Monday, June 1st, 2015
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It’s June! The year is almost half over; can you even believe it? Time is flying by. All the more reason to enjoy each day we’ve been given! So glad you are here for some coffee time with me. 🙂

Just the other day I was at a get-together of a group of moms that meets twice a month. It was our last meeting of the season. We take the summer off since many of us are so busy this time of year. The devotional was on the topic of gratitude, a topic that has been on my mind a lot in recent months. One of my friends who also is a physician who teaches smoking cessation classes told us that gratitude was one thing they talked about with their patients. If a person who is addicted to cigarettes takes a moment to think about something he/she is thankful for, it can interrupt the negative thinking that leads to addictive behavior. I find that simply amazing.

Apparently scientists are finding out that we can change our brains with the thoughts we think. Thoughts create pathways in the brain, and studies are now finding out about something called “neuroplasticity,” which means our thoughts change the structure and function of our brains. Positive thoughts and activities can actually rewire and strengthen the brain areas where positive feelings are stimulated. I don’t know about you, but this news makes me happy! I’ve always known I tend to look on the negative side of things and I am really glad to know that I have a chance of changing this about myself!

Are these facts really “new”? As I was pondering this today, I remembered a few Bible verses that speak of this very thing. Often we hear this one quoted “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8.

Ever noticed how thoughts can quickly bring you down, or up? These days it’s hard to train our brains on lovely thoughts when we are bombarded with negativity from every side, let alone what we come up with on our own!

A friend’s post on FB said “Describe your life the past year in one sentence!” Do you know that only a few answers to this post were of a positive nature? Some of the answers included “Walking dead!” Another was ” Nothing but full of crap!” “Stress filled!” “Unhealthy!”  I read that after I had just came from my meeting where we had come up with great things we were thankful for so this post really struck me. I found myself feeling saddened by how easy it is for us to look at the ugly side of life. I am not suggesting that we ignore the ugly side by any means; it exists. We are walking wounded and life is not easy, but what if we could change how much it affects us?

In my “Jesus Calling” devotional, Sarah Young said the main way we open our lives to His Light is by giving Him our thanks. The Bible speaks of this too in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 18 “Pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Wow. That sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it? I can think of quite a few scenarios where I would have a hard time finding something to be thankful for. It might take awhile for the worn pathways in my brain to change…but I for sure am going to make an effort!!

What are you thankful for today? Who are you thankful for? Feel free to share! Until next week, be blessed.

JennJenn

Shades of Greed

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
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And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

Thanks so much for coming by, Coffee Hour Friend. It’s that time again, our WOW time to use scripture as a weapon of warfare to apply to the currents of life as they billow in and sometimes over us. Grab your coffee, and your red Strand of Faith. I’m hoping this WOW will be incredibly knot worthy for you!

So last week, our pastor finished up the series “Weird, Because Normal’s Not Working,” and his final message was based on being weird with our money/finances. His timing for that message was interesting, especially considering what’s happening in my life, but let me not detour … just yet.

Allow me to lead us to Luke 12:13 first before we go to our WOW. I think it’s important to put our Words of Wisdom and Weapons of Warfare into context so we don’t just feel like we are making it fit somewhere in our lives.

See, Jesus is hanging out with the crowd, standing out in the crowd and He’s doing one of the jobs He was sent to do: Teaching. Now, it’s curious to think about; was He going to talk about this next topic or did the statement from the one in the crowd spur this teaching? Whatever the answer, it doesn’t matter for this lesson made it into the Number 1 Best Seller, the undisputed Word of God. Tweet This!

The statement that inspired the message: “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

Now, right away, we know this lesson is going to be about money … or is it?

Jesus’ next words to the man in the crowd, and to you and me, are, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” Let’s put this on pause for a moment. There are a couple of instances in the Bible where there were disputes, and real nasty ones, about birthrights and inheritances, true stories of people doing drastic things to get what they felt was theirs.

Have you ever watched families fight, after a loved one has gone to his/her eternity, over what’s left? There is never a winner! It’s something that leaves a completely bitter taste in the mouths of anyone fighting … and for those who’ve watched. The fight destroys families; I’ve had a front-row seat as I watched a conflict with my mom’s small inheritance rise to the level of destruction between my brothers … to this day they are not speaking. I’ll spare you all the gory details and just give you the framework, because the fact that my mom had anything left to leave in and of itself is a miracle and could be a whole other blog!

But what she did have left over, my youngest brother deemed it was his and his family because my mom had said as much to him. The problem in all of our eyes was that mom wasn’t of sober mind when she said that and we knew in our hearts that she would want it all divided equally. My other brother had a fit and about fell in it, and it truly wasn’t about the money; he didn’t need it. No, it wasn’t about the money, but from the outside looking in, I can see that his need/greed to prove a point, stand for what he believed was right still keeps them from speaking … four years later!

All I can do is pray for them from a distance; that somehow He will open up the eyes of their heart and help them to see that the things we become greedy about, including trying to prove a point, are all temporary, external, with no eternal value!  Any time the subject of my mom’s inheritance comes up with either of my brothers or my sister, I’m so thankful for the words I am able to speak because of the understanding God has granted me in that painful process: each of them believes in their heart they were standing for the right thing, a right principle, but neither one’s stance should create a silent barrier built with bitterness and … pride.

Could it be that pride is somehow related to greed? Tweet This! I dare say it is! Pride is a shade of greed. Oh, to put this in words … pride isn’t greed but a shade of greed, a shadow that either intensifies the greed, making it more powerfully visible in our life, or something that hovers off in the distance, with little to no power over the propensity in each of us to display a form of greediness. In other words, pride can intensify the greed and the things which we are greedy for, making greed darker, easier to see, more obvious to the eyes of anyone watching.

I’ve reported countless cases in lawyer’s conference rooms and in the courtroom where greed was the thread woven through the facts of each case, leaving a trail of emotional bankruptcy for both sides because when greed is involved, no matter what shade, there is no winner!

Have you ever wanted to stand up in the crowd and demand that God convict the heart of someone to share their inheritance … or see your point of view … or do things your way?

Oh, the sweet conviction of His Words of Wisdom to use as Weapons of Warfare against the shades of gray!

Join me tomorrow for more of this month’s WOW!

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Faith Filled Fridays From Croley’s Corner of Chicklit Power

Friday, February 6th, 2015
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Good to have you with me today and thanks for taking time out of your busy day. May today’s Faith-Filled Friday give you eyes to see, ears to hear and a mouth to give thanks whether in word or deed. Grab your coffee and your journal, too!

This past week my daughter was not feeling well; her body just can only take so much and it begins to shut down. She was in what the medical field calls a “bone crisis,” which is related to her malady called Gaucher Disease.

Early Monday morning my daughter called me to see if I could get the kids ready and take them to school and of course I was up and out the door.  As I entered her home, I was greeted by my two grand-dogs first, so I patted their heads and proceeded to check in on my daughter. She was lying in bed with her eyes closed and as I looked at her lying there, my mind raced back to the many years of her pain and suffering as a child, yet instead of sobbing, I stood praying, using the authority that was given to me through Christ. And although I prayed over her in a silent voice, I know my voice was heard in heaven.

While waiting for my grandkids to appear to eat breakfast, like any mom would do, I began to putts around in the kitchen. We finished all the required chores, packed our lunches and grabbed our backpacks and out the door we flew.

As we were backing out of the driveway I felt something under my car…I couldn’t imagine what I ran over as it was still a bit dark when I got to my daughter’s house. I pulled out of the driveway and over to the curb got out and realized that I had ran over a plastic shield you put under a desk to protect the carpet and it hadblended into their driveway when I pulled in.

As I proceeded to pull it out from under the car, a piece of the front end plastic of the car had come lose. I knew I didn’t have the strength in myself to pull it off,  and knowing I had to get my grandchildren to two different schools before 8:00, and it’s now 7:40 am, I was feeling pretty frazzled. I could sense the adrenaline rising and I knew this could get out of control. I also felt two sets of eyes on me! How was I going to manage this situation?  So I simply prayed, “Lord, please give me wisdom and strength to remove this obstacle.”

At this point my hands were full of grease and dirt and of course I was in my jammies so they were just as dirty as my hands. About that time my sweet husband called and wanted to know how our daughter was doing and if I got the kids off ok…I replied before he could finish his sentence…” you are my knight in shining armor”!

I explained to him what happened and he said every so sweetly…”I’m on my way.” He came, and within minutes, cut and removed the piece and just like that, we were off to school without further disruptions and interruptions.

My point today is this: It may seem trivial to some as you read this, and, yes, there are bigger situations, circumstances and state of affairs. Nonetheless I prayed, “Lord, how can this day please you? What is it that I can offer to you and what can I learn from these events that took place?”

Oh how I love order and when things go array, it can frazzle me; however, I knew I needed to be an example to my grandchildren that when things don’t go smoothly, what’s the first thing we should do? We call on Jesus to give us wisdom.

Sometimes life can catch us off guard and put us in places that we just weren’t expecting.

When I got back in the car I asked my grandkids, “What do you think we should do now?” They both replied: Thank Jesus for sending Pa Tutu to help us.”

So we prayed for the day and thanked Him for His help.

As simple as this may sound …in the little things we should always be thankful even when it’s not going as planned….it’s in the training of our children and grandchildren that teaches them the validity and necessity of God’s Word for us every day…not just on Wednesday or Sunday or when every we meet together.

Lesson learned: ‘Praise Him in everything, and give Him thanks.”

Colossians 3:17 says: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Thanks for stopping by today’s “Faith-Filled Friday” and when life doesn’t go as planned…pause to pray for guidance and for wisdom; be grateful that He too cares enough to hear us in the smallest of things.

2 Samuel 22:7: “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry entered His ears.”

Have a super weekend; until next week,

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Croley’s Corner @ Chicklit Power

Friday, December 5th, 2014
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Hey, it’s Friday and boy am I thankful as I’m sure you are too! Grab your pen and journal and favorite drink and join me for our Coffee Hour and words of encouragement. Today I’m gonna take you on a detour, so to speak….

Detour Ahead….. Lights flashing….. WHAT?

Proverbs 16:9 “The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord shows him what to do.” (NLV)

Have you ever been redirected while trying to get to your destination and all the while you’re frustrated for reasons like you’re going to be late…you’re going to run out of gas…you’re going to miss an appointment… and all because of a detour you didn’t expect! We’re annoyed with the signs that tell us road closed, detour ahead…and, yes, we think in our human mind and strength “Oh, it’s not speaking to me,” and off we go, headed for possible disaster.

Sure, that sounds pretty drastic, but truthfully, the roadblocks are for our own good. Eventually when we find ourselves being redirected, we’re thankful that we didn’t proceed as the outcome may have been harmful, not only to us but it may have included harm to others as well.

Now let’s bring this into a spiritual application…..

As a Christian in our journey with the Lord, we set out to do the will of our Heavenly Father. Everything is peachy keen, hunky dory, and all of a sudden there’s a sign up head…DETOUR, and lights are flashing or there’s an arrow pointing in another direction.  We sense that He’s telling us, “Don’t walk that way”; “Don’t enter into that direction”; “Danger ahead,” and our first reaction is “What’s going on? I surely didn’t plan for this and I’m a little annoyed!” We can begin to reason or doubt that He’s truly redirecting us and that we need to pay attention.

We sometimes can make every excuse or blame it on the enemy; however when it’s for our good, it’s ALWAYS from our Heavenly Father.

In the book of Exodus, we see a great example played out when Moses lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt. Their first encounter was the Red Sea “Roadblock.”  One can just imagine the grumbling and complaining that spread throughout the camps.”What in the world is Moses doing? Why did he take us this way instead of that way?  And what was he thinking?” And, yes, I’m sure Moses was frustrated in each roadblock, yet Moses always sought the face of God first and God always provided a way of escape as we read about His faithfulness, to the Promise Land.

“And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.” Exodus 14:31 NKJV

It’s easy to become irritated with God when you hit a roadblock or detour, spiritually. Our first response can be, “How unfair is this?” Sometimes we can think we know what’s best, and insist on going through the roadblock, ignoring the sign in front of us!  God always wants what’s best for us, which is to keep us on the right path. He is not there to hinder us; He is there to assist us in knowing what road…what path…what direction to take.

If you’ve been traveling in this journey and life’s been going pretty well, you’ve mapped out your destination ….. off you go, and then all of a sudden you see ahead: lights flashing, cones in the road, and someone’s standing waiting to speak to you regarding the furtherance of your journey. Know there’s a purpose for your delay; don’t get frustrated; understand His ways are not always our ways and His plans may not be in the direction that you’ve planned!

Take time to Pause, Pray and Praise; be thankful that He is interested in you and loves you enough to direct or redirect you into a promised land.

Observing the roadblock: It could mean a matter of a life changing event!

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV

Looking forward to what He has ahead for each one of you. Be encouraged and see you next Friday!

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The Recipe for Confusion … from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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Genesis 50:20: But as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for Good …EL pen Logo with heart

Have you ever heard of anything good coming out of confusion? What if I told you that God doesn’t allow even confusion to be wasted? Grab your coffee and come on in for our coffee hour and let me share why in this miniseries and hopefully clear up the muddy waters of confusion! 🙂

With the holidays upon us … albeit it thrown at us much too early with all the stores vying for the earliest Black Friday, REALLY? Our minds and hearts are being tugged on from so many different directions that I can’t help but giggle as I imagine what our Heavenly Father, our God of order, sees as He looks upon us, running here and there, doing this and that, starting this while trying to finish that. Ugh, it makes my heart race just to think about it and yet … I rejoice at the knowledge for it is with understanding that we have the power to change, to clear up this weapon of confusion and be victorious, one situation, one project, one idea at a time.

While doing a final edit on a curriculum He wrote through me, and preparing for our final Transform Trench class – just one week away – I felt a nudge, ever so slight at first and then it happened again … and again, each nudge growing in intensity. In my own busyness which can definitely aid in the weapon of confusion, I must admit it took me a few more nudges before I finally paid attention to it going on within me.

So for the sake of being obedient to the One who clarifies my confusion, our next couple of coffee hours will be spent on the topic of confusion with the prayer that these nuggets He gave me will forever shine in your heart and mind, exposing the tiniest bit of confusion, casting light upon it and clarifying its source so you may be free from it.

We’ll start with some facts and a couple of definitions for this weapon that the devil has used since the beginning of time:

Did you know there are more than 69 conditions involving “confusion?” Whew, no wonder the devil has a field day with this weapon!  Also, the Word of God uses “confusion” and “confounded” interchangeably more than 240 times! Since confuse and confound are used interchangeably, we will do some exploring in both.

In my research on this topic, I discovered that there is a special recipe for confusion and let me tell you, there are several ingredients! I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking for a meal to cook – I’m usually looking in the 30-minute or less section of recipes! – if I see more than a few ingredients, I turn the page, intimidated by the recipe because of too many ingredients required. Well, let me tell you, this recipe is crazy potent!

One of the first instances of confusion, or a form of being confounded translates to “chathath” and means: “to prostrate, hence to break down, either by violence or (figuratively) by confusion and fear”! “’Chathath’ means to be dismayed, shattered, broken, terrified.” So this definition tells us that confounded/confused is accompanied by what else? FEAR, a false expectation appearing real! Keep that in mind as we continue to explore this recipe for confusion.

Until our next coffee hour

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Croley’s Corner @ Chicklit Power

Friday, November 28th, 2014

 

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Thank You Notes

 …rooted and build up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7

 Good Power Friday Morning,

I’m confident that your Thanksgiving was wonderful. I know mine was extra special as we spent it with my parents here in Oregon. Lots of food, as always, a fire, games to play and a time of great reflection…it was perfect. I had a time of quietness and was thinking of the many families that were together yesterday and the countless hours spent in the kitchen preparing that perfect “Thanks” giving dinner and I wondered of those that did cook, had anyone ever gotten a “Thank You Note” afterwards?

 I love to receive “Thank you” notes and the best part of the note in itself is that it was written with a thankful heart of the writer. A “Thank You” note exclaims you were appreciated and you were noticed for, maybe, something that you did out of a heart of love or perhaps…. just because!  I am positive, too, that the receiver was thankful you took the time to write and express your heart.

With the means today of Internet, FB, Tweeter – oops, I mean Twitter, or cell phones, sending a “Thank you” note is almost extinct. So by sending such a note, I guarantee it will bring a smile to the recipient’s face. Their hearts will be moved by the simple fact that you took the time to express your heart of thoughtfulness towards them. There are so many different varieties of “Thank You Notes.”  Many are simple and sweet… colorful and full of zest… stripes and polka dots… flowers and scenic landscapes… and they always seem to express either the giver or receiver.

I love to write “Thank You” notes. In fact, I write a “Thank You Note” every day to my Heavenly Father! I have a lot of journals filled with “Thank you Notes”

Some time ago, I suggested to a Women’s Ministry to begin their own “Thank You Notes” to the Lord, either write it in their journals or on a piece of paper that they could keep and tuck it away and in six months they could look back and see the “Thank”fulness of their hearts expressed towards their Heavenly Father.

It was liberating to hear what they shared and to see what God actually did for them during that time!

Inspiring? Yes!!!! When was the last time you received a “Thank You” note from someone or for that matter, when was the last time you sent one to someone? Don’t put off tomorrow what you could be doing today! See the abundance of His great love and thankfulness pour out of your very own heart as you surprise someone.

Thank Him… praise Him.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead it will make your day!

Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

 From my thankful heart to yours

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