Ramblings on Writing Spaces

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As I write, I find myself searching for that special place. Restlessness seems to be a problem right now.
Its as if you’re inner thoughts will burst if you don’t start writing down what comes to thought.
Breaking old habits are what comes to my mind, so I’m looking for that special writing place once again….
I enjoyed this post. Great job Ashlee…

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Growing up, all my stories and poems and songs and plays – even my first couple of books – went into spiral notebooks. They were badly smudged, with that pesky left-hander pencil smear across most of the pages. I can still remember the smell of pencil shavings and the satisfying rustle of pages turning.

I toted my notebooks and a fistful of sharpened pencils with me just about everywhere. Everywhere is the key word here. Because I wrote. Absolutely. Everywhere.

At the little desk overlooking our front yard in my teenage bedroom, in the closet under our back staircase, in the field behind our house while leaning against a hay bale (with my dog’s head in my lap, as often as not, and my horse grazing nearby), in the dusky, dusty barn loft with kittens playing around me, at family reunions, in the car on the way to piano lessons…

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A Prayer For Labor and Delivery

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Its time…My granddaughter Evelina is going to be born tonight!
As I travel to Florida to celebrate my son’s graduation celebration, I am rejoicing and praying for my daughter as she prepares to give birth. When I get home I will be able to hold a new baby girl!
God be with my daughter and her precious baby. I can honestly say I know what it means to put it all in the Lord’s hands as I trust him with my daughter. I thank her for her understanding of my need to be with my son during this milestone in his life. Hearing him testify of what God has done in his heart ❤ will break every bondage and open a new chapter in his life! Praise the Lord for his amazing goodness and mercy which endures forever!

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A Labor and Delivery Prayer

It was time. All the feelings of anticipation, fear, excitement, joy, nervousness, and relief flooded my heart as I prepared to head to the hospital and deliver my baby boy.

And we prayed. Then prayed some more! In addition to this prayer below, you can be encouraged by these Bible Passages for Labor and Delivery too!

May this prayer serve as an example and an encouragement to you as you face labor and delivery, and may God protect and encourage you and your baby as you enter into one of the most intoxicating and wonderful moments of your life!

Dear Heavenly Father,

You have chosen this day as the day my baby will be born. Thank you for bringing me to this point in time and for your perfect plan for the hours ahead.

Lord, I praise you for loving me and my baby. Each moment ahead of us is…

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Happy Birthday Son…

38 years ago I gave birth to a son

At the age of six he came home from school and quoted John 3:16.During his elementary years, he loved learning and adored his sisters.In High School, he lost his way. All along, he always told me how much he loved me. I began to pray in a totally different way. I stood in the gap. As Christ stands before the throne, I stood holding on to the cross.I will never let go! For in the power of the cross came forgiveness, deliverance, healing and restoration for my beloved son.I now look forward to the years ahead.God will restore the years that the locust stole.Im so proud of the man he has become.
Thank you son ,
Mom

Pray for Christmas joy!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Make this season special for those close to you and those you do not know.Find a way to touch lives with Christ’s great love.

For those who’s hearts are heavy, pray

For the children who are looking forward to the morning glee, pray

For families who are distant, pray

For friends, and their loved ones, pray

For a happy prosperous new year, pray!

Happy Birthday Mom

Today is my Mom’s birthday.
I miss her so ….
Someday in heaven, I’ll tell her all I didn’t say while here on earth.
Someday I’ll be united with her again.
Oh what a glorious day. Worshiping our savior together again.
When I’m gone I know my children will feel the same, so from now on, I’ll not leave a word unsaid. Letting them know how much they mean to me ..
Loving them in word and deed..
Happy Birthday Mom..
You mean the world to me!

Unresolved Family Conflict

As we watch our world at war, I think about what makes America strong and what keeps it strong through so many trials and tribulations. Family is the root of America’s strength. Keeping families strong and focused is the key to a strong country.

What do we do when there is conflict in a family that is eating away at the core? Is there such a thing as a family that can get through any trial or hardship? Some challenges are difficult to face as many have their pride standing in their way. Parents and children are losing the battle to keep their family strong and are threatened with challenges that can easily be handled if it is done with wisdom and forgiveness.

Following some simple guidelines will enable families to stay close and strong. Handling conflict must be done with proper steps and with wisdom. Sensitive subjects can be addressed with care and consideration of the other person’s feelings. But who should take the first step to reconciliation? Search your heart and ask yourself that question….

Set limits, expect respect, and remember God’s word in each situation. If a grown child disrespected their parent, or stops talking to them, this does not please God. God knows a man’s heart and will work to change it. Parents can pray and take a step of faith by confronting the child with their lack of respect. Reminding them that you are the parent and God tells us to honor our mother and father. You can tell them the importance of keeping the relationship strong.

Mother-in-laws who manipulate their grown child’s life, must realize the damage they are doing to their family. Trusting God with challenges our families face is the way to peace and harmony in our homes and relationships.

Brother and sisters, use your words wisely. Remember God can change situations and people’s hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit, In his timing not ours.Who can be the better person and say “I’m concerned about our relationship?”

Forgiveness is the first step to reconciliation and healing. It takes two hearts to be softened in order for reconciliation to occur. If one person remains bitter and angry, the relationship will not mend. If you find yourself in a situation with a family member who refuse to reconcile, don’t give up. Pray and trust God to move in their heart.

Forgiveness is powerful and will enable change to take place.

God’ s word tells us “If possible, so far as it is in you, live peacefully with all men.” Romans 12:18 NASB

Do your part and relinquish the relationship to Christ. Family is important to God.  Life is short, don’t waste a moment.

Summertime tips for busy parents

As parents of school-age children, summer brings mixed emotions for those who have to work. Although school coming to a close can bring a feeling of relief to busy parents, there is a new concern that brings to mind the question of- now what? Summer camps, grandma’s house, Aunt Liz’s or hang out with the neighbor’s kids…. Knowing where our children are at all times has to be a priority. Keeping our children busy and active during the summer months is important to their well-being. God has blessed us with longer days, and we can use those extra hours of sunshine to create memories for our families during the summer months. But what can we do after 5:00 and we are tired from working all day? This is a challenge many working parents face during the summer months. Even if children are at camp or at a babysitter’s home all day, we need to spend quality time with our children.

Another challenge for parents… How do we get our children outside to play? How do we get that teenager away from his/her XBOX or PS3 game system? Many teens are staying inside during the summer months, missing out on all the sunshine and exercise. This is contributing to childhood obesity and depression. Sunshine is not only good for our physical health, but it is essential for our mental well-being also. Get them interested in the outdoor activities at a young age and they will have life long habits that will take them outdoors. Finding ways to encourage our children to participate in outdoor activities can be a challenge.

Here are some ideas to use:

·         Invite their friends over for a cook-out

·         Take them shopping at an outdoors flea-market for items that interest them

·         Pool time is always fun with friends

·         Money- pay them to wash your car, water the flowers, etc.

·         Get them interested in the outdoor activities at a young age

·         Fishing

·         Hiking

·         Bicycle riding

·         Skateboard parks

·         Sports activities

·         Camp

·         Hunting

·         Have a scavenger hunt

·         Music concerts

·         Outside movie in the park

·         Boating

·         Visit a local park

·         Go out for ice-cream

·         Bird watching

 

The summer should be a time for families to build closer relationships. Planning the activities ahead of time is a must. Even for moms who are employed during the summer months can find plenty of time to keep their children busy outdoors. The sun sets hours after most people come home from work. Plan those hours wisely. You will not regret the time invested in your children’s summer fun!

 

Live as Ambassadors of Christ

        Generational curses are sneaking up on families and many don’t even see it coming! Separation and resentfulness are creeping up on those who aren’t aware of the enemy’s tactics. The tools of the devil are devious. The word of God is powerful. Speak the Word over our family’s and claim healing and reconciliation where needed.

I have seen generational issues show up as families struggle with forgiveness and restoration. In a century of drug and alcohol addiction outpouring, families are experiencing trauma and heartbreaking issues.

Young people carelessly step into  the world’s view on many Biblical issues and allow the enemy to blind their eyes to God’s view on issues such as sex before marriage, substance abuse, anger, violence, lack of forgiveness, thievery, and don’t follow the golden rule of doing to others what we would want them to do unto us.

How can we break these generational curses and have freedom in our family’s lives. Freedom in Christ is freedom that no man can steal from us. As Christians, we can make changes that will affect our family members’ lives forever. Stepping into the spiritual realm and praying for our families will open the windows of heaven. God will rain down blessings as we seek his will in our lives.

As we deal with the issues in our lives, we can make a difference by speaking positive things into place. Our words can bring healing and restoration. Helping those who are hurting find professional and spiritual assistance will allow them to get the counseling and advice they need. Many times, our family members won’t hear what we say, but will listen to someone else. Pray for God to bring that person of importance their way.

Schedule times to contact those who are astray. Pray for those who won’t respond. Speak positive words into their lives. Love and forgive. The first step for breaking those generational curses comes from our steps. Extend forgiveness, change an angry spirit, and forgive those who have been cruel, bury the anger that comes from the incident of theft, adultery. Forgive yourself. And finally, you should also ask forgiveness of anyone you’ve injured or offended.

 Forgiveness isn’t a feeling or emotion; it is something you do. To forgive is to release. Forgiveness brings change. Forgiveness releases them from bondage and allows them to walk away into a brand-new life.

Finally, walk as we are called to walk; as an Ambassador of Heaven. Represent the convictions we have as followers of Christ. Live as a person with values, positive attitude and the power of a higher call. Show others God’s way. Show kindness, grace and compassion. Leave a trace of healing wherever you go. Be the ultimate agent of forgiveness in an unforgiving world. Break those generational curses in Jesus’ name!

You have no idea what kind of blessings will flow. Families are set free, forgiveness and healing will come simply because you took the role of an ambassador of peace seriously. Our Lord – the One we represent will make “all things new.”

 

The Fairy Tale Gospel

tinaserrano:

As I write Dreams and Fantasies Untold, I experience the
many spiritual mysteries unveiling. Christian Fantasy is amazing!

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T his is a guest post by Brent King.

Deeper than our deepest longings, fairy tales tell truths about our inner and outer world, truths that are either too obvious for modern men or too truthful. Take, for instance, Little Red Riding Hood. It affirms that the world is dangerous, that there is an evil wolf that will eat us up if given the chance. Yet there is also a huntsman who can slay the wolf and save us. The great themes of sin and redemption are encapsulated in such a story in a clever and deeply symbolic way.

It’s All About the Good News

GK Chesterton said that the deepest truth about fairy tales was not that dragons exist, but that they can be beaten. Who doesn’t see the bad news about dragons? They lurk all around us in our broken world. It’s the good news of their…

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