We live in such a fast paced world with so many options that it can distract you from the simple truth of who we really are. Once in a while we need to stop and take a deep breath, then remember some of the things that made you fall in love with Jesus in the first place. Ransomed: Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, He gave His life in exchange of yours. God came down in human form so that we could be reconciled to the Father, who originally made us to be in deep fellowship with His heart. Humankind rejected this love and sought to make the lord of the Earth their god. Jesus built the bridge for us to be joined once more, we just needed to cross over by believing in Him. His ransom paid the price to eternal life and hope.
Adopted: As new believers we became sons and daughters of the Most High God, with all the privileges, blessings, friends, relationships, and the great love that carries us. We are no longer orphans trying to make our lives work, but the Holy Spirit now lives in us to do the work of restoration and belonging. We are accepted in the Beloved, we belong to the greatest Kingdom as treasured children.
Freed: We are now free to be who we were always meant to be, our true selves…better and richer than we could have ever imagined. God’s ways are limitless and He gives us the freedom to live a limitless and awesome life…one where He imagines you at every moment to be complete and whole. He created us for His good pleasure; loved and adored by Him.
Blessings: God is good and His intentions are always for our well-being, so that we can enjoy the whole, wonderful world He has given us. We are truly blessed with what He paid for – your life to live abundantly with all spiritual blessings, great grace, and unfathomable love.
Take a moment and reflect on God’s love and great heart for you!
I’ve suddenly got a huge burst of creative energy and onto a new project. Didn’t I just post that I was going to finish all the backlogged projects first? I am, I am. The weather finally cooled off to a lovely 85 degrees and I can actually work outside without wilting. I was itching to get started on something around “the estate” but had to settle into having to wait until fall, when the high temperatures subsided. Yesterday morning I was wide awake at 4:30 am and found my creative mojo was in full force.
My inspiration came from the internet and all the talk about “She Sheds” – the newest trends for women. After all, the “man cave” has been a topic for years, why not a special place for us gals. Since I already have the bones for a good place to start; the bath house out back used in the old days to change and shower, now just a storage shed of sorts.
It has two large windows and a little covered patio off to the side. Does it look like it needs a lot of work? Yes! Though the structure is solid and really needs just some cosmetic changes. (A little heavenly light beams falling around this space, lol)
First getting rid of the warped boards on the pergola above the patio. I had help on getting those down, but when I saw all those lovely, aged redwood strip still in great condition, I couldn’t help myself in conjuring numerous ideas to reuse those for future projects.
After I pulled a billion a few hundred nails, I had a treasure trove of resources!
Here are some of the inspiring pictures of other she sheds that some pretty creative people have done. You can even use an old travel trailer to fix up to call your little get away!
One person’s comment was this:
I have a feeling that I won’t be the only one using this space when it is all done. Stay tuned for developing new updates.
I felt that this year would be the beginning of God’s promises in your life and that His Holy Spirit would begin to work through your circumstances to align you to His will…that includes me, too! My heart has been desperate and patient at the same time for the Lord to open the doors for the calling on my life. I was drastically changed on my first “mission” trip to Africa and my new found perspective of reaching people groups throughout the Earth.
It has been seven years since my last journey and adventure, waiting for God to call me again to divine adventures abroad. Finally, I am going…this time to Vietnam. I will be leaving in late May for two weeks with my son, Peter (the ultimate spontaneous risk-taker), to join Rescue Humanity’s team for medical and dental outreaches from Ho Chi Minh City to northern Da Nang.
I am so excited! We will be visiting orphanages along the way, working with disabled children and youth, filling our visit with wonderful new experiences and delightful participation in a rich environment and culture. Traveling primarily along the coastline of Vietnam, we will be in a coastal paradise with many opportunities to help others and give of our talents and experience.
Follow our journey as I blog the day-to-day activities as we experience them.
Please pray for divine appointments, favor, peace, unity, provision, God’s presence, healing, and God’s protection.
There are opportunities for more team members if you are interested and would like to come join us on this life changing adventure. Please contact me if you are interested : firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to share a blessing and sow into this adventure financially, please prayerfully consider giving to help the poor and needy. Contact me by email and I can give you more details about how you can give. I would love to hear from you even with any questions that you might have and I want to create a “group” on Facebook so you can get regular up-to-date reports. Blessings to you!
This adventure is sponsored by Rescue Humanity – a non-profit organization. Visit them at rescuehumanity.com
This is a long post today because I am catching up on the entire rest of this challenge. I feel like I am so inspired with its completion and have gained new insight into taking risks and finishing them to the end. It really has been a blessing!
Day 9 – 100 Crunches
Like the picture says, I would rather be crunching cookies but I got through them all. I don’t think there was a disclaimer in this challenge about how sore you would be the next day!
Day 10 – Favorite Supplements
Fortunately, I had just visited my sister who has a doctorate in natural health and taught me about the supplements I needed for my specific body needs and after a couple of days, I could feel the difference. It was always just a guess about what supplements to take before and now I have favorites just for me.
Day 11 – Favorite Breakfast
My favorite is always a “green” drink filled with so many nutritional goodies.
Day 12 – Get Outside
I love working in the garden and planting new things. Lots of sunshine and the feeling of accomplishing something that will turn out so lovely. Day 12, I planted all kinds of flowers and lavender.
Day 13 – Favorite Veggies
Fortunately, we had a mom who introduced us to many vegetables as children, so we learned to love a huge variety. I think it is so sad that parents let their kids be picky eaters and some folks don’t even figure vegetables into their meat and potatoes diets – potatoes being the only veggie.
Day 14 – 60 Second Plank
This challenge was a toughie. My 90 year old mother-in-law can do a two-minute plank and I tanked at about 15 seconds…I’m going to keep working on this one and eventually will “get ‘er done”.
Day 15 – Favorite Healthy Dessert
Fresh fruit is always my favorite…no specific one, I just love them all!
Day 16 – Rest
Power naps are like medicine to me. If I am exhausted or just need refreshing, I’ll lie down for 10-15 minutes and doze. I am always amazed by the new energy and mental clarity I have afterwards. I know it is hard for some to “turn off” so quickly, but all those long road trips as a kid must have trained me.
Day 17 – Favorite Snack
It is always changing, but currently I love the Kind bars. If I’m famished and in between meals they are a great pick-me-up and will sustain me until the next chow time.
Day 18 – Favorite Quote
“Being possessed by the promises, I live without options.” – Bill Johnson (from When Heaven Invades Earth, book). When I was reading this book many years ago and I came across this portion and I began to weep. I realized that the most important part of my life were the promises that the Lord has given me for this life and that is what I live for. The destiny that God has given to me is my goal and purpose, and without that hope I will never find my life to be complete or fulfilling. Of course, there is a deep, and deeper still meaning for me in this quote but those are the secrets that God gives to each of us…remember Mary pondered in her heart all the things that the angel, Gabriel, spoke to her about the promises concerning Jesus and his birth. We each have promises in our lives that are yet to be fulfilled.
Day 19 – Favorite Fruit
I love all kinds, but if I have a craving for a particular kind, it would be a juicy, ripe pear. Yummy goodness.
Day 20 – 100 Jumping Jacks
Jumping Jacks always remind me of gym class. Not my favorite – too bouncy and not a natural movement for your body. I love a calm stretching workout, sometimes with free weights
Day 21 – Finally! Best Selfie
I finished this challenge with a happy heart. It was absolutely fun and I felt so accomplished (despite several interruptions to my schedule – like traveling), and it was hilarious having an interactive bunch of fellow challengers on #GWM2015. Everyone was so enthusiastic and I felt like cheering them all on to finish this race. They say that if you do something for 21 days straight that it will become a habit…so far, I would miss this new daily workout if things were to change.
It was a really big challenge since I hadn’t done a single squat in a few years. Fortunately, I got the big idea of using grandma’s handy-bar for balance and to hold onto. It took me all day doing 10 squats at a time, but I got them done!
Day 6: Favorite Recipe
Thanks to my sister, Shaun, who helped me with this one with her favorite, because I’m living out of town without any of my best recipes and had to rely on Grain Free Muffins. Yummy!
Day 7: Fitness Inspiration
Beni Johnson is my inspiration. She is my age and she was determined to gain her health and her physical strength back. I’ve watched her progress for a while via Facebook and Instagram and her determination and passion for betterment really tells a wonderful story. When Beni put out her challenge, I had to respond…I couldn’t resist. Thank you!
Day 8: Soul Health
Whatever makes you feel peaceful and brings back vitality to your soul was the feature theme for this day. Always and forever the beach, waves, and surf will bring me to my happy place!
On to the rest of the challenge, coming soon! I am having a blast and never imagined for a second that I would make it this far.