Monthly Archives: January 2019

January 11, 2018 Gee

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Good morning, DearHeart.

The last letter I got from her was in May when Luke graduated. She clipped all my sons pictures from the Anadarko Daily News, saved them up, wrote me a letter, and sent them to me several times a year. Her handwriting these past few years made deciphering her letters a family event. There was nothing like the excitement of opening the mailbox and seeing a letter from her. By design, Father God laced every season of my life with spiritual giants.

Powerful impact. Mmm. I want to be just like them when I am 92.

She was my junior high youth teacher.

Blunt.

And full of joy.

Straightforward.

She was light.

We talked about God and guys and booze and girlstuff and heaven and sex and parents and drugs and satan and hell and being a mom and how God’s plan for our lives was interwoven into every second.

Yes. I want to be that one still making a powerful impact on my people. Today, my sweet Gee, one of those ‘giants’ is face down at the feet her Maker, awestruck, without words to describe all that she is taking in. She is being held and she is reaping the reward of a life of service.

Genevieve Norton, Gee, thank you for giving to our Lord. Mine was a life that was touch and changed by the Master through you. I know you are resting in peace. Glory!

The Lord knows the days of the upright and blameless, and their heritage will abide forever. (Psalm 37:18 AMP)

Wake up.

Make an impact.

Go.

Happy retirement, Crawford’s! January 10, 2019

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Today marks a milestone in the lives of two co-workers. Dennis and Connie Crawford are entering into a well-earned and well-deserved retirement.

Dennis, an Ag Economist, began his career as Ag Business Management Coordinator in July, 1989. He served farmers, ranchers, and lenders in the Canadian and Grady County district for 36 ½ years. In the past five years he has supported 60 clients through various agriculture related loans and farm business financial set-ups with his expertise. In addition to being one of our school’s historians, he is known for his no-nonsense logic and clever, pragmatic, problem-solving skills. The average size farms in his service area have been 366 acres each, and average price per acre in the district has been $1786 generating an economic impact of $39 million in Oklahoma’s Agriculture Economic Ecosystem. In reference to Dennis’s excellent service, USDA, Oklahoma Farm Loan Chief, F. Phillip Estes stated, “…above all else, he has given sound advice to our customers on their agriculture business.”

Connie has served as our Events Coordinator, accommodating trainings, meetings, forums, seminars, and job fairs. She has served the district for 27 years and is known for her organization skills and attention to detail. She has been integral in making good things happen for her people while supporting and promoting traditions and building solid, loyal relationships with everyone she encounters.

Both have taken a proactive approach and have been willing to go the extra mile to make a difference in the lives they touch. The contributions they have made are key to the foundation of our district’s success. They are both the kind of people who know how to bring out the best in others and they have gained the honorable right enjoy all those things they have been craving to do.

Welcome to your FREEDOM, and happy, happy retirement. You have loved us so well!

 

January 9, 2018 set your mind

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‘Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.’ (Colossians 3:2 HCSB)

Mornin’ DearHeart.

We can not stop our longing for for a deeper experience with God. It is with us always. A quest from which no one can hide. Even the emptiest and coldest heart longs for relationship with Christ. The pull on you and me – the pull by God Almighty is far more potent than

any fear,

any dire need,

any situation,

and, that is why the Most High has led you here now, to be reminded.

We have a serious task ahead: to face challenges at odds with

human reason,

logic,

order,

justice,

fairness,

common sense.

We will face trials.

We will be falsely accused.

We will need walk-away strength.

And, stand your ground courage.

(My sis-in-law doesn’t sugar-coat what I need to hear. She gives me a “suck it up Buttercup” pep talk pretty often. Thank you, Pen).

DearOne, answering the call to follow in the footsteps Jesus Christ requires that we are sometimes reduced. to. ashes.

Once that happens, the gains will yield growth:

Releasing old wounds.

Letting go of grudges.

Replacing hurt places with forgiveness.

Rising out of grief into new life with The Most High.

Starting over.

When your soul is called out, drive erupts that will will take charge of your life.

Uncommon drive.

Supernatural drive.

Holy drive.

Set your mind there.

Go.

January 8, 2019 gifts

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Good morning, DearHeart.

My girl, Liv, has a unique style. I see it developing every time we are together. I giggled the other day as she started taking the paper off her crayons. I did the same thing in my 1st grade class. It is about the only thing I remember about 1st grade, other than my teacher didn’t smile. She had been in the military and her first job outside of her military duties was my class. I’m guessing first graders must’ve been a shock to her rigid norm. Taking the paper off crayons was not acceptable. It was not normal. Apparently, to her, it was the mark of a deviant or something horrendous and awful.

When I watch my girl and her friends play, if feel a rising in me … an eager expectation and hope that they will each be encouraged in their own unique style and be lifted into their God-given gifts. That their uniqueness lands them where they can love well. I pray that people ‘in charge’ never suck the life out of them by smashing them into their rote and ‘proper’ and ways. And, when it happens that those littles respect those in charge enough to simply abide and move to find fertile ground where they can continue to grow deeper into their Savior. Where they can grow into their next level.

‘My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all boldness, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death.’ Philippians 1:20

You know, when you pray to go to the next level, Satan always schedules an enemy … have you noticed? Oh, yes, you have. Obstacles come flying at us like we are a dartboard.

God doesn’t deal in problems; He deals in promises. When your gifts are dissed and belittled and misunderstood, when you and your uniqueness get looked down upon, start praying His promises … by doing so, we ask Him to step up our circle of influence,

inspire boldness,

inspire laser beam focus,

inspire creativity,

allow us to share the Gospel in new ways.

Sometimes faith will make you look silly … claim faith anyway. Because, no matter what obstacles come, here’s the deal:

when you go to Father with mustard seed faith, walls fall in His perfect timing.

The bigger blessing awaits.

Going deeper is worth it. Wildest dream blessings = worth it.

My second grade teacher, Mrs. Coombes, smiled constantly. 🥰

Wake up.

Step into your God-given self.

Go.

January 7, 2019 faith fight

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Last night I panicked. My man left to feed cattle at a place about 5 miles from home. The others had already been fed, so I knew it would be a short trip. Two hours later I called to make sure he was alright, and his phone rang from the table by his chair about 10 feet from me! It was about 30 minutes before dark and the country roads are still muddy from the snow. If something was wrong I knew I needed to get to him before dark so I took off to get to him – because in panic mode every farm accident of the ages flashes through my mind. And, it is not like him to leave his phone. To make a long story short, he was fine, just went by the other places to make a final cattle check for the evening. Later, when we talked through the timing when I left the house he was probably here at our home place across the creek. Just roll your eyes with me and we will be on the same page.

My fear overtook my faith for a while.

It seems I have this mistaken notion that life should be easy. Somewhere along the line I began believing this journey with God should be easy as long as one is believing.

Perhaps this is one of the biggest lies the enemy feeds us, unless it is just me, in order to discourage us. It is the lie He revealed and shattered as I read these words:

“Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you confessed so well before witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12, NLT)

That word, ‘fight’, means: “to fight in a contest; to engage in a dreadful battle or strenuous endeavor. It envisions combatants pitted against one another for victory. It is a heroic struggle.” (taken from the New Testament Lexical Aids)

Perhaps this is the issue. Maybe we are not feeling much like “heroes”.

As I read this verse a few days ago – and in several different versions – I noticed the fight is with faith. In that verse, there is nothing which indicates the fight takes place only with people or situations.

This became a lightbulb moment to me last night…but, my eyes became open, wide opened, that perhaps we are NEVER more heroic than when we are battling for our faith.

Can it be that the struggles with circumstances and people which challenge us are pieces of a greater battle than first meets our eyes?

Perhaps the greatest battles we ever will face in our lives concern our faith.

Perhaps it is when we are tempted to think that God’s Word works for everyone else but us.

Or maybe … it is the battle to believe He will keep His promises to us. It may even be the battle to believe He won’t let us down.

The New Testament Lexical Aids go on to explain, “To ‘take hold of the eternal life which you were called’ would then be analogous to fulfilling one’s commission.” This fight of faith and taking hold is all a part of each one of us fulfilling our purposes here. Hmmm. The fight is bigger than we even imagined. John Piper puts it this way:

“It is a lifelong battle against unbelief.”

No matter – it comes down to this…

We must fight the good fight for the truth faith. Keep it in perspective, know who the real enemy is, and fight from that proper angle.

Wake up.

Re-examine your faith.

Fluff it out. Use it.

Go.

January 4, 2019 faith

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Good morning, DearHeart.

Step outside and take a deep breath.

Did you smell it?

It’s kind of like that new car smell. Or perhaps it was like when you light a new Yankee Candle for the first time. Or, maybe like a new bottle of perfume.

Or, like breathing in the sweetness of a baby’s head.

You know the smell well……the smell of something new. Something fresh.

I love the smell of a new year. Especially coated it a fresh blanket of snow.

No matter what 2018 held for you –

good,

bad,

sad,

happy,

funny,

serious, a

failure

or a success – it is done.

It is behind us.

But now 2019 lies before each of us. Breathe it in. A beginning. A new start. Let today be the first day of experiencing life anew.

Let change begin.

• Break an old habit.

• Form a new habit.

• Read Scripture more

• Pray often

• Seek Him above all else

• Forgive

• Love

• Laugh

• Encourage others

• Be kind

The year 2019 is before us like a clean slate. We face uncharted territory. May we find ourselves like the Israelites waiting to cross the Jordan River. God knew the people would feel apprehensive crossing. He understood that, at times, the unknown can be frightening. So He instructs the people to watch the priests & when they move with the Ark of Covenant, follow them. I absolutely LOVE the reasoning God gives them. It actually is one of my favorite verses in all the Bible….

“Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.“ (Joshua 3:4 NIV).

And that is us with the new year before us. We have never been this way before. But if we keep our eyes on Him, our hearts in tuned with His & follow His lead, well…..

there is no telling what the new year will hold for us!

So take a deep breath. Did you smell it?

Use this first weekend of this new year to lay out an attitude plan. Come what may.

My choice will be to live on FAITH.

It is the smell of hope.

FAITH for ALL that will unfold in the next twelve months. May God be with us all & bless each of us as we pursue Him & His ways.

Wake up.

Breathe it in.

Go.

January 3, 2019 praise

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Good mornin’ DearHeart. This prayer is worth sharing. It stuck with me and I kept going back to read it one more time.

‘O Lord Most High, You rule over the heavens and the earth, for You made all things by Your great power, and You keep them existing and working by Your mighty Word. You are exalted above every star and galaxy in the cosmos…yet You are also “the God of all mankind”,

the great,

personally present,

personally involved God who loves, rescues, and takes care of all who trust You.

I praise You for Your sovereignty over the broad events of my life and over the details. With You,

nothing is accidental,

nothing is incidental

and no experience is wasted.

You hold in Your own power my breath of life and my destiny.

And every trial that You allow to happen is a platform on which You reveal Yourself, showing Your love and power, both to me and to others. Thank You that I can move into the future nondefensively, with hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead, for You hold the future and You will always be with me, even to my old age….and through all eternity.

Amen.’

(from “31 Days of Praise” by Ruth Myers, pg 47).

January 1, 2019 devoted

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Good mornin’ DearHeart.

Lots of ground was covered in 2018. God went before and met me there. A few times He swept up all the pieces and carefully recreated parts of me. Lots of changes coming at us this new year, too. Your/My Creator is already there.

Remember the times of 2018 – try this … rapid-fire reflections on the closing year. Take a few minutes to write out answers to these questions:

What didn’t work?
What did work?
What were the highlights?

And then: What does the new year look like if it’s full of what works?
Bonus Q: What do your highlights say about you and your relationship with God Most High?

Holy instant pattern recognition.

If you stay out of your head and ask from the heart, CLARITY can happen like THAT. Snap.

Here’s how it rolled out for me:

What didn’t work… The situations need to stay private but the learning is the same as it always is … ignoring that weighed down feeling, giving way more than my fair share for the sake of so called harmony… disaster. It’s one of those classic, “Are you kidding me?” times.

Excessive-tolerance is left in 2018. Self respect is all in for 2019.
What did work…
– Focusing in on my inner circle of people. I got softer in the right parts and fiercer on the right subjects, and it has made me stronger.
-All of my writings were heartfelt, healing, and hope-filled. Confirmed.
-Momin’. Magic always happens when you’re a mom. It looks normal at the time. It’s magical in the reflection. What kind of God made up this supreme appointment? Mmm.
– Games and championships and grad and trips with my men- adventures make for deeper learning, and more snort laughing. More on the edge of your seat competitions.

⁃ Highlight. The Light! Deepened my walk with my Savior. I understand devotion in new ways.

And then… what does the new year look like, full of more of what works…very, very generally…

⁃ Excessive tolerance is OUT.

⁃ Relationships are everything.

⁃ More clean, more deep, more Light. All for Christ. Devoted.

So, for 2019, have decided, I am again going to make just one resolution…….

“Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.”(Psalms 119:18 NLT).

I want to be awestruck by the truth in God’s Word. It is only as God enables me to see His truth that I will be able to effectively apply it to my life. As I read a small portion of Psalm 119, this is what jumped out at me:

⁃ His Word will encourage me (v. 28)

⁃ His Word will keep me from lying to myself (v. 29). Think about that one for a second. We are self-deceiving people apart from the application of God’s Word.

⁃ It is a privilege to know the instructions of God (v. 29)

⁃ If we are going to be faithful to Him in 2019, it will be because we deliberately have chosen to be so. It will not happen by accident. (v.30)

⁃ We must cling to His Word, hold onto it with all our might (v. 31)

⁃ If we will pursue His commands, He will expand our understanding (v.32)

As the year is winding down & we are looking with anticipation to a new year, a fresh start, may I encourage you to start with The One.

Thank you all for your feedback throughout the year and your prayer requests Let’s remember to keep each other in prayer. And, to enter in with expectation with The Most High God.

Have a blessed and peaceful and fantastic New Year 2019! May God bless you and your family and may this season be one of peace and love in your household, in your life.

All love,

Angie