Do Not Fall AWAY!

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Don’t Fall

Do Not Fall AWAY!

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Don’t Fall

This fall has been crazy busy, but again and again I found myself standing on the back porch just drinking in the beauty around me. I sipped coffee, yes, of course I had my coffee cup in hand, as I begged the leaves to stay put! I wanted to say to them, “Do not fall Away! You’re so beautiful.

 

Below are a few pictures from my back porch. The tree in the last picture is my favorite. 

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Is there anything too hard for God? I am so thankful that the truth is, nothing is too hard for God.

Is Anything Too Hard For ME?

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It’s interesting, that’s a nice word for it, to take a walk with me. I’m  sorta like the little boy in Bil Keane’s “Family Circus” comic strip. I have a hard time staying focused on one thing. Everything intrigues me! I’m child like, but not childish. That’s a nice way to put it, but sometimes, I’m a little of both. Maybe it’s because of all the years I spent in children’s ministry. I am telling you, Wayne never knows what to expect with me.

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In spite of that fact,  we took a change of clothes and a pair of comfortable shoes to change into after church so we could take one of our adventurous walks. We observe Sunday as a real day of rest and taking a walk is one of my favorite  ways to rest, especially in the fall.

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What a beautiful day it was. Sun shining. Cool breeze. Just cool enough that a long sleeve felt good. My honey at my side, well sorta. Sometimes I lagged behind looking at a bug or a stump. And sometimes, he lagged behind because I walk faster, except when he has something to prove…something like he thinks he’s faster than me. He’s not! And no, I’m not the least bit competitive.

 

Like I said already, everything fascinates me. Look at the burl on this tree. It was huge. I had to get a closer look. It was sooooo beautiful. Thank you, God for beautiful gnarly knots on trees. It was crawling with bugs. I wanted to capture the bugs but there was so many of them it kinda gave me the hee-bee-gee-bees! Sorry! I didn’t get close enough.

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George Washington reason behind a national day of thanksgiving to God

George Washington Proclamation of Thanksgiving

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I am thankful for you!

Thank you reading my blog. Thank you for allowing me to share my heart and ministry with you. I am thankful that you have a heart for the things of God and that you are seeking to know Him better and walk more closely with Him.

I'm Thankful For You

 

 

I pray our hearts will be filled with thanksgiving. Yes, as we celebrate a day, but also as you celebrate life, may thanksgiving become a way of life.

I pray that we will practice a living thankfulness that is cultivated and enriched by exercise of expression. Expression that touches heaven and enters God’s throne. Thankfulness that causes us to stop,drop to our knees and realize how blessed we really are. That our gratitude would be expressed with thanksgiving to the source, God,  Who is the giver of every good and perfect gift.

 

 

A Little Thanksgiving Day History

While thanksgiving as a celebration had its roots much deeper and longer ago than the Pilgrims, America’s Thanksgiving finds its roots and orgin there. Yet our honorable first president made a proclamation that clearly defines the reason America needed and still needs a day to give thanks. This is the transcription of George Washington’s Proclamation in 1789. However, I broke it into phrases to clarify what he is saying, so I could get the full impact of his words. I wanted to share it with you.

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Experiencing His Presence

Young twins were buckled in the back seat of their dad’s car.

“Where are we going, Daddy?” came a little voice from the back seat.

Wanting to seize a teachable moment and communicate at a level they would understand, the dad answered, “To God’s house.”

“Wow!” both boys answered together. It was obvious they were excited.

As soon as the car stopped in the church parking lot,the little guy that had asked the question had his door open. He went running inside the church, while calling at the same time, “God! God? God are you here?”

By the time his dad got inside, the little fellow was back at the front door, “I guess God’s not home.”

 

Not home?

And I want to ask you, are you experiencing the presence of God in your life?

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Summer’s BFF

If you live in the South, you know that Summer’s BFF is none other than the amazing, wonderful, awesome…not enough adjectives to describe it—the lowly, but vital–air conditioner. It’s cool wind is so refreshing. And this Summer, you didn’t have to live in the South for your BFF to be an air conditioner.

 

It was necessary and timely. It was both exciting and exhausting—I’m referring to the renovation that the church had launched. One of the major costs included in the renovation was replacing the old air conditioner. The pastor noticed that the air conditioning contractor was spending an excessive amount of time studying a set of blueprints. Finally, his curiosity overwhelmed his busyness, so he asked, “What are you doing?”

 

“I’m making sure your building is healthy.” the contractor explained and then continued. “I’m checking the blueprint to be sure that the air flows correctly into every room. Proper duct work is essential or your building will not be healthy. The air flow and returns must be right or you’ll have a mold problem.

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The Divine Exchange- Redemption

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moneyOne of the first things you do when you arrive in a foreign country is to exchange your money for currency that can be spent there. Sometimes your currency rate is strong and you get additional money. I love it when that happens. I have extra money to bring home souveneirs. But sometimes, your currency is weak and you loose money in the exchange. The rate of exchange determines the fair value of your money at the time of the exchange.

God’s Divine Exchange is not a fair exchange!

I am so thankful for that. If it were a fair exchange we would get what we deserved. Our sin has consequences. Sin must be judged by a just and holy God. The penalty for sin has to be paid. So Jesus came to save us from our sins!

When Jesus gave His life as a supreme sacrifice on the cross He paid the price for our sins. He paid our debt in full. His blood redeemed us from our sins!

God judged sin at the cross when His sinless Son took our place. But because Jesus had never sinned, death could not hold Him.  Through His gift we can become children of God. Jesus made the cross a place of Divine Exchange!

Look at the picture of Divine Exchange at Jesus’ mock trial prior to the crucifixion.

They stripped Jesus and put a purple robe on Him. Then they twisted a crown of thorns and jabbed then onto and into his head. They mocked him with pretentious praise. (John 19:2)

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Your Feet Follow Your Eyes

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It’s a fact, that has caused lots of accidents…

your feet follow youyour feet follow your eyes!

I know you’ve done it too!

I’m not the only person that has veered out of my lane while driving, because I was looking at something on the side of the road. You simply follow your eyes!

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Keep Praying

He was arrogant!

What a way to begin a blog! But it’s the truth!

Arrogant; AND selfish; AND unsympathetic; AND complacent; AND heartless. I get annoyed trying to describe him.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

He didn’t fear God, so he didn’t feel he was required to do the right thing or even answer to God for his actions!

He didn’t care about people either!

This indifferent, pompous judge held lives in his hands. His decision was final. If he abdicated his role to act or enforce the laws to bring justice to victims, there was no recourse.

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Fathers Rename Your Children

I cannot begin to grasp the emotions that filled that space when Rachel uttered her last words. Another son…but one that she would never hold…never cradle in her arms…or kiss it’s sweet cheeks…so mustering her last ebb of strength she uttered the baby’s name Ben-oni. And it was true…he was the son of her sorrow.

I can almost see Jacob, shaking his head no as he announced firmly, “His name is Benjamin…”son of my right hand.” A name close to the original…but entirely different. Not Ben-oni, but Benjamin.

His actions speak volumes to me. In the horror of that event, his father gave him a new name! Jacob refused to allow this crushing event to label his son…to dictate his destiny. He renamed him.

With the new name, Jacob was declaring his son’s destiny. He will be my indispensible helper. He will be my most valued personal assistant.

Culture wants to label your sons and your daughters.

It’s easy to buy into our culture’s ideology. It can help us understand them, teach them and develop them. But the problem lies in the fact that circumstances can also define and limit your sons and daughters destiny! God has a higher plan for your children.

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Without Faith It is Impossible to Please God!

“And without faith it is impossible to please God,”

My mind seems to always stop there as if the comma were a period. It’s just that the thought of pleasing God is such a delightful thought!

It is hard for me to imagine that MY faith actually pleases God…but, then there’s the alarming realization that without faith there is absolutely NO WAY to please Him.

And that reality propels me to get faith.

Gotta get faith… and I did, with almost the same frenzy that I used to can tomatoes in the summertime; bushels of ruby red tomatoes that would spoil and fill my kitchen with a horrible stench very quickly. So I scrambled to get them cleaned, blanched and in scalding hot jars.  I filled jars and jars and jars that I would use in spaghetti and soups and stews all year long. But, somehow they never made it to my table like I thought they would. Not what I intended.

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When It Gets Dark

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 NLT

It’s so easy to get this backwards. I find my default can be to trust my opinion, what I can see and understand. But rest and peace comes from trusting God!!

That requires that I spend time in God’s presence and Word to discover His will and His path!

God bless you! Praying that today you will trust Him and walk in His peace and joy!

 


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4 Ways to Quiet Your Spirit

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Quiet Your Spirit.

The engineer sounded his whistle long and LOUD at the little guy watching beside the tracks. It was loud. The ground rumbled under us as the black train engine roared past. I held Brayden’s hand to keep him safe, but I wanted to put both hands over my ears. Brayden loves trains. And I love Brayden.

But noise isn’t just at railroad crossings…it’s everywhere. Loud radios. Screaming sirens. Angry voices. Crying babies. Phones demanding our attention. Email alerts screaming to be read. Social Media nags us to peek. Work drives us. And that’s just the outer noise.

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I am Pat Holland. I am a wife, mom, a Nana, and a child of God. I am living out my passion to equip and encourage believers to live out their faith through the power and presence of Precious Holy Spirit.

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