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Oh my dear sweet Sisters and ‘bloggy friends’ (term borrowed from Lysa TerKeurst) – this is one of those posts that you just don’t enjoy writing.

We have a friend and sister, Karen Ehman, that has asked us to please be in prayer for her wonderful Sister-in-love (her term for sister-in-law), Thais, (pronounced Ty-ese). Thais is a breast cancer survivor who has recently been diagnosed with bone cancer. You can read about it in Karen’s post by clicking on the “Praying for Thais” button that you see over to the right.  (You will come to the part concerning Thais about middle-way down.)

After reading Karen’s story, you will understand why our hearts are hurting so for Thais. There really are no more words to put here, other than to ask you to please join in with us and keep her lifted up in prayer.

Karen and Thais may be friends we’ve not yet met in person; but, that doesn’t make either of them any less our friends or sisters in Christ. He tells us in His Word, in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather together because they are Mine. I am there among them.” (New Living Translation)

Will you please join us in praying for Thais? And, while you’re at it, say a prayer for Karen and her family, also. They certainly won’t be wasted prayers. Would you leave a comment here and let Karen know that you are keeping them in your prayers? I know she will pass on your comments to Thais.

Now – I need your help – I was asked to let y’all know how to “grab” the “Praying for Thais” button so you could add it to your blogs. However, I can not figure out how to do that. I am new to all this and figured a way to get it on mine and the only way I know to share it with you is to share the “code” here. Maybe this will work. If you are knowledgable about creating “buttons” and how to ‘share’ them, PLEASE feel free to let me know. I would LOVE to learn how. Here is the code I used in the widget to post the “Praying for Thais” button and link it to Karen’s blogpost:

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Maybe you can just copy and paste that code to your blog to get it to work. I use WordPress and put that code in a TEXT widget to put it on my blogsite.

Don’t forget to leave an encouraging word and/or prayer for Thais in the comments. I will be sure Karen receives them and she will pass them along to Thais. Thanks ladies 🙂

I would like to take a few minutes today to say Thank You to someone – My MOM!

52 years ago today she was giving birth to me. I wrote a message on her facebook wall (YES, my MOM has a facebook page *smile*) and I suddenly realized that I wanted EVERYONE to know how much I appreciate her. This is what I wrote on her wall:  

Ahhhhhh – you say you can’t remember things but I bet you remember what you were doing 52 years ago today 🙂
I just want to say THANK YOU for being the wonderful Mom that you are and always have been. Thank you for being willing to take care of me, love me and bring me up in a home full of love. We may not have always had the ‘latest’ or ‘greatest’ of whatever material things were out there, but we ALWAYS had a house FULL of love and caring and those are things that are so much more important than the material stuff. Thank you for loving not only me, but for loving my Daddy and my sister and brothers. Thank you for always showing me that, no matter what else may be going on around us, family is what matters the most. Thank you for ALWAYS showing us Christ’s love – even though you may not have realized you were doing it. And please accept my apology for taking 52 years to say THANK YOU 🙂
I love you Mom!
I’m quite sure that during my ‘growing up’ years, I didn’t always feel so thankful to have a Mom and Dad that loved me so much. They loved me enough to care who my friends were, where I was going and how I was spending my time. They loved me enough to punish me when I was disobedient and I believe I am a better person for it. Horror of horrors, YES, they even used the belt on me!!! I grew up in the days when most parents disciplined their children and I am so glad I did.
While I don’t really remember it on my own, I know that my older sister has told of how our parents always took us to church – wait – I don’t mean they took us and dropped us off at church – we ALL went to church as a family. Somewhere along the way, though, I think my Dad got hurt and quit going. But that didn’t mean he didn’t love me or the rest of us – he just had to deal with things in his way. I am happy to say that before he died I KNOW that my Dad was at peace with the way things were between him and his Lord and I KNOW that I will see my Daddy again when I get to heaven. I tell you that part so that you can understand what I said to my Mom about always showing us Christ’s love, whether she realized she was doing that or not.
My Mom will tell you that she gave her life to the Lord AFTER my Daddy died. Yes, she will tell you how they went to church before and how she THOUGHT she was ‘saved’. But she will also tell you how she realized how wrong she was and that NOW she KNOWS she has a relationship  with the Lord that she never had before. What a wonderful feeling to know that I will ALWAYS have my Mom AND my Dad! Death may separate us for a little while, but even that doesn’t change the fact that we will ALL be together FOREVER!
WOW! I guess I kind of got ‘off track’ a little bit but ALL those things are why I am able to say Thank You to my Mom today. My Mom still does a lot for me these days – like allowing me to drive her car next week when I have to go to North Carolina for a conference. She is always ready and willing to do whatever she can to help me or any of her children. She is most definitely a very special lady and that is why today, on my birthday, I had to do what I could to give her a little special recognition – even though she will say I shouldn’t have. That’s just another reason I love and thank her so much!
What about you? Who is a special person in your life you are thankful for. Take a moment and leave a comment to share with me and others who you are thankful for today and how they have blessed your life.
In His Love always 🙂
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I’ve been ‘pondering’ about tears for quite a while. Why do we shed tears? What purpose do they serve? I’m quite sure there are scientific reasons; but, I’m speaking more about what is in our heart when we shed tears? Obviously, I can only speak for myself and I can tell you there are many reasons that I shed tears.

I am a frequent tear shedder. It doesn’t take much to get them started in me. I shed tears when I’m happy, excited, upset, angry, overwhelmed, hurt or sad for myself or for someone else. I can even shed tears and not even know why! As I was thinking about trying to post something about this, a song kept coming to my mind – it’s an oldie, so I don’t know how many of you reading this may have heard it. If you have never heard Tears Are A Language God Understands click on the song title and it will take you to the lyrics. Tears are definitely a language and not just one that God understands but one that I’m sure a lot of people can understand. Whether you are one that sheds a lot of tears outwardly or whether you shed your tears inwardly, you still understand and know what they speak for you.

I believe tears are a way of cleansing your soul.While texting with a friend today, I mentioned I was wanting to do a study of Tears. Before I could tell her the direction I was thinking in (cleansing), this is what she wrote back: tears are beautiful– cleansing to the soul — funny how Mary’s tears cleansed her own soul more than Jesus’ feet. (Luke 7:38)  Coincidence? No – I don’t believe in that. I do believe in GODincidences though. I told her that I took her word as confirmation that I was to write this.

I believe that our tears cleanse our very soul and allow God to pour more love straight into our heart. That is why the picture I used for this post just jumped out at me when I saw it. Did you notice that the pupil of the eye is in the shape of a heart? That was the first thing I saw. As we are pouring our tears out to Him, He bottles them up and records every one and pours more of His love straight into our heart. You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book. ~Psalm 56:8 (NLT) And I also love how it is written in The Message~”You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in Your ledger, each ache written in Your book.”

So, the next time you find yourself shedding tears – whether on the outside or the inside – just remember that they are never wasted. Your Father knows of and saves every one and He knows every situation that caused each individual, single tear. He loves you with an everlasting love and will never leave you or forsake you.

Do you agree? Do you feel your tears serve a different purpose than what I mentioned here? I would love to hear your thoughts on  the subject in a comment here.

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I did it! I drank the LAST, awful, fiber drink for this 10-day cleanse this morning!!! I must admit, I had to pray through every single one that I had to drink. The ONLY way I was able to drink them and keep them down was because of Jesus helping me. I know this because I have a very weak stomach.

This morning as I was preparing to ‘gulp’ down the last one, I was praying as usual. But I suddenly prayed something I had not prayed the other days. I found myself praying, “Lord, help me drink the last bitter cup of this stuff and I’ll be done.” And as soon as I prayed those words, it hit me and I began to weep as I realized that the bitter cup I was about to drink was NOTHING compared to the bitter cup that He drank for me!

And, wouldn’t you know that as soon as I realized that, the enemy hissed ‘Yes, but He only drank it once’ – to which my Father replied, ‘But, had it required more than once, I would have drank it as many times as I had to in order to give eternal life to My darling daughter.’

I know that He would, too! Which made me question myself, ‘How many times DO I make Him drink that bitter cup?’ Every time that I reject any of His promises? When I choose not to believe what He tells me in His Word, do I cause Him to drink that bitter cup again? It breaks my heart to think of this but I feel it is something I need to reflect on and meditate on over the next few days….weeks…..months…..

I would love to hear what you think about this. I know that Jesus doesn’t actually, PHYSICALLY go to the cross every time – ONCE was all it took to give us our freedom, if we accept it – but I’m speaking figuratively and I think most will understand that. Is the pain the same to Him when we don’t allow His Word to be truth to our very marrow? How many times must I inflict this pain on Him before I get it?

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