Focus on the Action Not Distraction

One of the wonderful things about our marriage is the depth of conversations we have. One Saturday morning, Terry got up before me and had already had his quiet time when I came to the kitchen for coffee.

When I sat down on the couch he told me, “While I was praying this morning, God revealed something to me about magicians, and how much like the world they are.”

Believe me. If you have ever seen the t-shirts and mugs that say, “No coffee, no talkie,” that pretty much sums me up in the mornings. I need a few sips of caffeine to recharge my brain, so I had no idea what in the world (pun intended) Terry meant by magicians were like the world.

He went further and asked me, “Have you ever watched a magician?”

I said no, but of course I have seen magicians. I love watching them; especially when I’m watching shows like, “America’s Got Talent,” where the best of the best are entertaining us. But I knew what Terry meant …

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Full of Wonder

I not only like the word, “wonderful,” I enjoy it. You know why? Because it makes me think of the way I should live. “Full of wonder.”

Pastor Steve has taught us about, “illuminated reading.” He says we need to pray each day, “Holy Spirit, will you please show me what you want me to read today?” In other words, we are to pray for the Spirit to highlight the message for us.

I don’t know about you, but I can read a scripture 50 or 60 times, but until my heart is open to God’s Holy Spirit guiding me, it is like words falling on deaf ears. Suddenly when I have submitted myself wholeheartedly to Papa, the message makes sense. It is more, “illuminated” for me, if you will.

Anyway, several months ago when Terry and I were struggling with a legal decision we needed to make,

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Would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Call Me An Ambassador?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was such a visionary. The older I get, the more I appreciate not only his wisdom, but his love for God.

You see, the greatest commandment Jesus gave us was to love His Father, and love others. “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” - Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)

We are supposed to love God and love others, period.

I wonder what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would think of the way we, as a society,

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Hourly Prayer Alarms

Terry and I recently made a decision about a major ordeal we endured, and I have to tell you … I wasn’t consumed with a peace over our decision. In fact, I kind of questioned it. I don’t want to go so far to say I doubted Terry’s role as leader, but I somewhat doubted this decision. I felt like it was a mistake to make the decision he wanted to make.

Once we agreed to move forward with the decision, Terry said he had a tremendous peace. He wanted to be done with the ordeal. Me? I wanted justice. I wanted revenge. I wanted bolts of lightning to strike down the people who were so wrong and caused so much trouble for us. So I asked a couple of my prayer warriors to pray alongside me and ask God to help me with my attitude.

Never doubt the mighty power of prayer.

A couple of days, and I mean that

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Tightly Sealed Jar

Some things have really been bothering us. For the past year or so, we have really struggled with some shocking events to fall in our laps and Terry and I look at each other without words over most of it.

How some people can be so evil and manipulative saddens and angers me, quite frankly.

I have been praying and asking Papa to change my heart. To soften my heart so I am not so angry and bitter about these events/people.

My prayer has been, “Sweet Papa. Please work on me. Change my heart. Remove the bitterness and anger

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What Other People Think of You Is None of Your Business

“What other people think of you is none of your business.” - Paolo Coelho

Terry and I have learned some people we know were fed a story about us. Mind you, there is no truth to the story they were told, but they believed the story. When we learned about this, we were both really angry, not to mention hurt and shocked.

Part of me wanted to put on my Sassy Southern Girl Socks and go straight over

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Learning and Retaining

Michala finished her first semester in college with a 4.0 and learned she is actually a sophomore. We are amazed by this sweet, intelligent girl of ours. Michala and Terry together are so funny. He tells her we have a, “Rusty plan.” You see, we tell Michala not to put so much pressure on herself; we only care she does her best. She does not have to maintain a 4.0. But what her sweet Dad tells her is, “I want you to get great grades and a great education so you will get a great job with a great income so you can buy a house with a yard and take Rusty for us.”

That’s the, “Rusty plan.” Every note or card he sends

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