Being Still

 

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I sat staring at the computer and realized this is all I have today. And I’m more than okay with that.

I hope you take time to stop and be still.

Following,
Ginger

March 28th Mercies

I’m not sure how many years it will take before I stop considering March 28th an anniversary of sorts. I didn’t buy a card and we aren’t going out to dinner, but I’m remembering it just the same.
The tree stump.
The book.
The ring.
THE question.
After just four months of dating, D asked me to marry him.
“A Severe Mercy” has been an important book in our story. I read about David before I actually met him. Talk about a first impression. When D mentioned this book on his eHarmony profile, I was schocked. I couldn’t believe I had found a guy who had not only READ this book, but had enjoyed it as much as I did. I knew there had to be something unique and special about this man.
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That hunch was correct.

 

“A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken, is a heart-rending love story described by its author as “the spiritual autobiography of a love rather than of the lovers.” Vanauken chronicles the birth of a powerful love born out of the relationship he shares with his wife, Davy, and describes the growth of their relationship and the dreams that they share.” -Jacque Holthusen

It was only fitting that the story of Sheldon and Davy be present at our engagement and that their words had a place in our ceremony. If you haven’t read the book before, may I suggest you add it to the list this year? It’s one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read.

“She knew without my saying that I was hers, that I was full of happiness that we were deeply together… wherever the road led. And I knew without her saying that she had, somehow, come to a new understanding that God in His ample love embraced our love with, it may be, a sort of tenderness, and we must tread the Way to Him hand in hand. We understood without words that we must hold the co-inherence of lovers and be Companions of the Co-inherence of the Incarnate Lord: she in me and I in her; Christ in us and we in Him.” – A Severe Mercy

 

Dear Sheldon and Davy…
Happy March 28th.
Following,
Ginger

Not Super

I’m not here to cover flickering electricity, talented vocals, or the final score. I can’t comment on the funniest commercial, the top play, or the reunion of a girl band. I do, however, feel a strong need to share three articles with you. Read, become informed, and share if you feel led. I for one, am challenged to see real change in our world from consumerism to compassion. I’m not sure what my part will be in this journey, but something is stirring.

Superbowl and Smart Power, an Infographic by Nick Rogacki and Jonathan Ewing

Challenging Sexism and Violence in Super Bowl Commercials, an article by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Jim Steyer

Super Bowl Is Single Largest Human Trafficking Incident In U.S.: Attorney General, an article by Eleanor Goldberg

 

Following,
Ginger

Reminder

You are seven days into 2013. If the newness is already wearing off and, like me, you find that your anxiety list is doubling in size…

May I encourage us all to just stop?

Before to-do lists and guilt-trips take over your thought life-

Before “should have done that better” and “I need to be doing more” creep in-

Before your prayer list is filled with fear, worry, stress, and panic-

Stop.

Faith believes that God can and God cares. A teacher on my trip to Israel shared that tidbit and it has become something of a mantra. When my faith leaks out and I find myself overwhelmed by the size of the waves, I ask myself: What am I not believing? Either I don’t believe He can or I don’t believe He cares.

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27 After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”

28 They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them,“Do you believe I can make you see?”

“Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.30 Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! (Matthew 9:27-31, NLT)

Faith believes that God can.

13 As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. 14 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. (Matthew 14:13-14, NLT)

Faith believes that God cares.

In the midst of your story today, He sees, He hears, He knows. He can and He most certainly cares.

“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.”

– Elisabeth Elliot

Following and learning,
Ginger

Earpiece

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8, ESV

I love spy movies. I can’t handle shoot-em-up, horror, or scary movies, but I do enjoy a good intellectual thriller. When my family gets together we watch movies. This week I saw “Skyfall” (James Bond), “Lincoln,” and “Brave” – finally. One theme stands out in all three films: LISTEN.

There’s a particular scene in Skyfall that I’ve been thinking about all week. James Bond is on a mission and has an earpiece in place so that he can communicate with backup. However, at one point he chooses to take out his one point of contact, that earpiece, and drop it in a glass of champagne. He’s going forward alone and doesn’t want any other point of view along for the ride. Aren’t we impressed with his rogue spirit?

I’m James Bond.

Ok, terribly cheesy metaphor, but track with me for a second. This time of year I can get so caught up in my schedule, lists, parties, and plans that I literally just drop my earpiece of connection with the Lord. Instead of heeding His wisdom, I want to listen at my convenience and in my timing. But I’m missing out, because He has valuable words for me every hour of the day.

I’m committing for the season of Advent to listen first each day. Before I post, tweet, eat, write, run… I want to listen.

 

“When your words came, I ate them;
    they were my joy and my heart’s delight,
for I bear your name,
    Lord God Almighty.” Jeremiah 15:16, NIV

 

Care to join me?

Following,
Ginger

Oh Give Thanks!

Forgive the silent blog this week. My family is visiting from Texas and I haven’t wanted to spend a moment in front of a computer screen. We’ve been planning the big meal, playing games, enjoying the Phoenix weather, and just loving being together. I am so thankful for this week.

I hope and pray that you find joy in giving thanks this week with a table for two or a table of twenty. May stress fall to the wayside and be replaced with laughter. (After all, when you stop up your drain with potato peels and you have to clean your turkey in the bathtub, what is there to do but laugh?!) 

May your heart be filled with the fullness of joy!

“Oh Give Thanks unto the LORD; for He is good; for his mercy endures for ever.” Psalm 136:1

With Thanks,
Ginger

Thursday Tip: Don’t Feed The Bears

Today’s Thursday tip: Pick your own blackberries and don’t feed the bears. Watch and listen…

“Do as the Israelites did in the wilderness. Gather your manna fresh every morning. Choose your own seasons and hours. Do not scramble over and hurry your reading. Give your Bible the best, and not the worst part of your time! But whatever plan you pursue, let it be a rule of your life to visit the throne of grace and God’s Word every day.” -John Charles Ryle

Following,
Ginger

An Attitude of Gratitude

Happy 4th of July! 

I’m missing my family back in Texas and our years of quirky 4th of July traditions, but I am also so thankful for my extended family here in Arizona and some new quirky traditions. Either way, I am so thankful for so many freedoms!

I hope you have a fantastic day celebrating!

Memorial Day

With thanks and remembrance for our many freedoms.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free... Galatians 5:1, NIV

What HE says…

 

“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”

Ephesians 1:11-12, MSG

Question: What are you living for?

Big topic to cover tomorrow. I hope you’ll weigh in on the conversation.

Following and listening,
Ginger