Monthly Archives: April 2015

April 22, 2015 earth day 

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 Welcome to Earth Day, God’s Child!

Reuse. Restore. Recycle. Renew. 

Looks like a fantastic start to do our part. 

‘You visit the earth and water it abundantly, enriching it greatly. God’s stream is filled with water, for You prepare the earth in this way, providing people with grain. You soften it with showers and bless its growth, soaking its furrows and leveling its ridges. You crown the year with Your goodness; Your ways overflow with plenty. The wilderness pastures overflow, and the hills are robed with joy.’ (‭Psalms‬ ‭65‬:‭9-12‬ HCSB)

Wake up. Feel the earth. Go. 

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April 20, 2015 damaged

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 Hello, ExpansiveOne,

It seems we Moms. . . well, we humans. . .  live in a constant state of practice softening the heart away from bitterness. Or not.

Somedays, I’m pretty successful at keeping the acid away. Other days, I fail miserably. There is victory on the days I can let bitterness fade it’s hold on my heart. Those are the days my Creator’s freedom and comfort set in. I’m learning to acknowledge those things that have been pushed away to fester, so I can start working with them. Each loss leaves a scar and a possible future inroad to a place that allows bitterness to settle in. You and I can release that knot in the stomach, reverse that lump in the throat – by choosing to teach that bitterness muscle to relax. I had that experience recently – in prayer, alone, when the bitterness moment came, collateral damage has been done, unwary victims bloodied, a light fading from the winter sky gave a very clear, “no, this is not the way it’s going to be. I will not accept the bitter.”

I got up and walked away. I’ve kept it at bay every since. Some days it is a great deal of work, but my heart reaps the rewards.

‘Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing.’  2 Corinthians 6:2

Wake up. Release your clutch. Go.

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April 17, 2015 dani

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What’s your skill, TalentedOne?     

True story. About 5-6 years ago our son, Bryan, brought a little lass out to meet us. In pure “mom-mode”, I started up small talk to get to know this little chickee . . . early on, I asked … “so, Dani, do you know what you’d like to do someday when you get out of school?” With every ounce of sold-out certainty, she looked right at me with no hesitation at all and declared: 

“I want to be a tattoo artist.”

     I hate like everything to admit this, but to this day, the place where I fell through the floor is still shining slick. (sigh). Not at all the answer I expected from someone with aspirations to date one of my sons! Thank God, we can laugh about it now!

     Y’all, God knows His stuff. He knew what He was doing then, He knows still. 

     We have watched her escalate into her own as a savvy force of nature. She vibes with talent that infuses her sassy warmth and friendliness with a highly personalized stamp of creative intelligence. Her artistry is a special kind of problem solving . . . she’s not just doing it, it is her being. She has a state of mind that takes in the world and transforms it, then invests back into it with meaning through a unique, steely muscle of sensitivity to her artistic skills. And, she loves Jesus. 

     She is also the only lady I know that is as crazy about our Bryan as his grandmothers and me have been 😉

     Shout-out to our Dani Gayle Reynolds today as she is honored with a reception this evening as a featured student artist at Northern Oklahoma College’s Hayes Art Gallery. Dale, Holly, Levi, Luke, Bry, and I could not be more proud of her dazzling and precious soul! 

‘For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.’ (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭6-7‬ ESV)

Wake up. Fan the flames! Go. 

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April 9, 2015 controls

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 ‘Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.’ (1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭13‬ HCSB)

Good morning, LifeChangingOne,

There are a lot of meetings in my life. They used to drive me bonkers. Not so much anymore, since I’ve grown into questioning everything. And, I mean everything. It’s not a real popular chair to sit in sometimes … but, from the life of Christ – how He handled his lovers and his haters, I’ve learned to dance with “what is the meaning of this?”, and “where is the gift in this?”, and “what’s the worst case scenario?”, and, as far as keeping so called crisis meltdowns in perspective, I ask … “ok, did anybody die here?”  

There’s hope waiting to be born in every situation – it offers new life. Your job and my job is to control our perspective. 
Jesus’ perspective was outta this world. He walked in to every encounter with the big ETERNITY picture as his control factor. And, oh, what a perspective that brought to the table where fear and hope collided. 
What will you bring to the table, BelovedOne? Decide. 
Wake up. 
Plan your perspective. 
Grow with it. 
Go. 
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April 7, 2015 permission granted

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 ‘Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭19-20‬ NLT)

Hello, CalledOne,

How expanded have you been called to be? Where is growth happening in your real life … your soul life?

Images of the disciples in that upper room, post-crucifixion days have fixed in my thoughts. 

Their minds racing, 

yet dull, 

yet firing rounds of random thoughts, 

yet still reflective. 

Those inner circle relationships are sacred and precious and genuine. Raw and real. And, they have power to expand Christ. 

You and I are given different beings with whom new life-chapters enter and prove Christ-worthy. They enter into your inner circle for the purpose of expanding His Christ-loving presence – they come to help you offer your life as a gift to others and an offering to our Creator. 

Nothing is better than surrounding yourself with passion-driven souls.  We see people getting caught up in their hours…waiting for permission – the apostles didn’t wait. Once the directive came from Christ, they began to move. 

You and I operate under the same directive as those in that upper room. It’s probably time to step back out into the daylight. 

Wake up.  

What are you waiting for? 

Permission granted. 

Lay your ears back and Go. 

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April 6, 2015 surround

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 ‘Search for the Lord and for His strength; seek His face always.‘ (‭Psalms‬ ‭105‬:‭4 HCSB)

Good morning, BelovedOne,

The Christ-hearted beings among us have a sort of radar. He uses us in an underground sort of way: 

-gathering energy toward other believers to flow out even more powerfully to feed the spiritually hungry,
-to quench the spiritual thirst of human souls, 
-He bends us together to give warmth to what has gone cold in spirit,
-He uses the bonds of believer to believer to heal the heart. 
As the day of the cross, even as the earth quakes and the darkness comes, the love of our Creator hangs in the dust here – His holiness even more present in the atoms that hang in the air. 

Space, distance, time – His love is indestructible. His love is here. 
Wake up. 
Feel Him surround. 
Go. 
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