Wednesday, May 30, 2012



A process not to be confused with "just-give-it-a-quick-once-over."

The dictionary defines inspection as: To examine carefully and critically, especially for flaws

So, in any buying/selling a house transaction, there comes a time for the *Inspection*.  A time when some professional is paid to go and check out (microscopically) the house.

I much prefer being the buyer in this situation.

In this case, the inspector kinda "works for you" - he has your best interests at heart.  He investigates every nook and cranny to make sure that everything works and is *up to code*.

This is a good thing if you're the buyer.

Because, more often than not, you have all the bargaining power.  If you're not satisfied with the inspection, you can back out of the deal.

We were generally pleased with the inspection report on our new house in the mountains.  A few repairs - (which the sellers took care of) - but no *deal-breakers*.

However, when we accepted an offer on our house, WE became the sellers.

And we became the subject of the dreaded inspection.

Let me tell you - it was tough.

I found out that I. DO. NOT. LIKE. being inspected.

Actually, I have found the whole process of selling a house to be invasive and unsettling.

Initially, I felt unnerved having photos of my home on the internet.  It is not a good feeling to google your address and see pictures of YOUR OWN home up the for the whole web world to see.

"Oh look, there's my bed, where I sleep."

"Yup, that's where I take a shower, all right."

"Uh huh, there's all the cool stuff I've decorated with."

I felt wildly uncomfortable having people (total strangers) come into my house.

I actually did fret about people breaking something.  I really worried about them stealing stuff - (I'm Polly Paranoia, remember?!)

So, that part was not easy.

We had so many showings in that first 24 hours that "The Hub" and I just sat in the backyard rather than go away.  Do you have any idea how weird it is to know that people are snooping around and whispering about your home?

And then the day arrived for the home inspection.

I was nervous about it - (I think I watch too many home improvement shows). We had to leave this time - while Inspector Gadget and the buyers investigated every nook and cranny in OUR house.

Luckily, our repair list was very small - very *do-able*.

But the process of being looked at, and evaluated felt bad.  I felt exposed and vulnerable.  I felt judged.

I felt like everyone was watching me take a shower or something.

It got me thinking about the Lord.

About why so many people avoid Him.

I think it's because we humans do not like being inspected.  We get uncomfortable under the microscope.  We singularly tend to avoid having our motives or words or actions evaluated.

We don't like to be judged.

Many non-believers see God as the "Evil Judge in the Sky."  He bandies about a long list of "DON'TS" - which He arbitrarily imposes on us - and then He deems us not *up to code*.

They stay away from Him because He feels invasive.

But sadly (and honestly) I think many of us God-fearing believers kinda shy away from Him sometimes too.  We don't like being looked at - we feel vulnerable and exposed.

We also sometimes fear His judgment.

I know I intellectually accept the overarching Truth that I fall short of the glory of God.  I know I need salvation.

However, it's the little *fall shorts* that I'd rather not have God see. Sometimes I don't want to disappoint Him.  Other times, I just want to do my own thing and not have Him interfere.

Skewed view?

You bet!

Because the truth that I am learning is that I need God's inspection - for I am often an expert at self-deceit.

"The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?" (Jeremiah 17:9)

So, Lord - I need Your inspection to stay spiritually sound.  I need Your help to stay *up to code*.  Please point out the faulty stuff. And please make any necessary repairs.

I want to be a home that YOU are comfortable living in!

"Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!" (Psalm 139:23, ESV)

Do you feel comforted or unnerved by the knowledge that nothing escapes the all-seeing eyes of God?

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Monday, May 28, 2012


Today is Memorial Day.

It is a day when we remember all those who died in service to our country. 

We have so much to be grateful for…


Last week, I attended church – Thank you.

Last week, I bowed my head and said *grace* before a meal, in public – Thank you.

Last week, I drove my car, with a Jesus sticker on it – Thank you.

Last week, I carried my Bible with me – Thank you.

Last week, I spoke to someone about my faith – Thank you.

Last week, I did so many things that would not have been possible if someone hadn't fought for this country – for my country – for your country.

We have the glorious freedom to worship our Lord – freely and publicly. We are not in danger of being thrown in jail, or tortured, or killed. And so many sacrificed so much in order for us to have that freedom.

Today I don't think it matters whether we agree or don't agree with political policy. Today it doesn't matter if we are *hawks* or *doves*. Today we simply focus on people – real people who served our country, who died for our country – who did this for our sakes – because they believed in freedom.

Thank you.

May we take today to remember what they fought for – what they sacrificed for – what they believed in…

One nation…under GOD.

In their honor, if you know someone who has served, or is serving, this country in the armed forces, I would encourage you to reach out to them today. Tell them how much you appreciate them. Tell them we will always remember them. Tell them…

Thank you.

Do you have someone that you remember on this day?  Would you tell us about them?

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

BIBLE PICK 'EMS - Never Alone

If you recall, these were my original thoughts about "Pick 'ems":

I know it probably isn't "spiritually PC" to randomly open the Bible and expect to find a meaningful verse – it opens the door to the whole "out of context" dilemma. ( might just find yourself in Leviticus!!) But, I decided that I wanted to do this, along with my regular reading through the Bible. The way I figured it, I wasn't *testing* God – in other words, "prove something to me, Lord" – I was *trusting* God – "show something to me, Lord." After all, don't we know that His Word is living, breathing, and powerful?!

So, I'm pickin' every day – letting you know what was going on with me that day – and then I'm going to sum up the *theme of the week* that I think God was impressing on my heart.

Hope you're as blessed as I've been!!

MONDAY - (doing demolition at the new house, feeling exhausted)  "The LORD gives his people strength.  The LORD blesses them with peace."  
(Psalm 29:11)

TUESDAY - (worried about how our home inspection was going to turn out)  "Then he [Jesus] asked them, 'Why are you afraid?  Do you still have no faith?'"  (Mark 4:40)

WEDNESDAY - (family meeting with my aging parents, discussing their future)  "But the LORD will redeem those who serve him.  No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned."  (Psalm 34:22)

THURSDAY - (trying to sort out all the very confusing paperwork of escrow)  "Then the LORD gave this message to Solomon: 'Concerning the Temple you are building, if you keep all my decrees and regulations and obey all my commands, I will fulfill through you the promise I made...'"  (1 Kings 6:12)

FRIDAY - (traveling again up to our new home, wondering about the uncertain future)  "'Then I, myself, will be a protective wall...around Jerusalem, says the LORD.  And I will be the glory inside the city!'" 
(Zechariah 2:5)

SATURDAY - (feeling lonely, scared about moving away from family)   "'Can anyone hide from me in a secret place?  Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?' says the LORD."  (Jeremiah 23:24)

The reality of moving is settling in.  And the very tiring work of packing and paperwork is heavy.  This was a week when I was quite consumed thinking about the future.

God's message this week was this truth: He NEVER leaves His loved ones alone, and He is already present in every moment of their future.

He goes before me...

What has God said to YOU this week?

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Saturday, May 26, 2012



In these posts I will be interacting with Scripture – making it a conversational walk of faith.

Sometimes we'll be talking with Jesus, sometimes God will be talking with us.

There might even be *guest appearances* by some of our beloved characters from the Bible!

So put on your walking shoes – you know we can all use the exercise!


What if God ran for president, and based His campaign on these promises?!

On that day I will make a covenant.

I will remove all weapons of war from the land, all swords and bows, so you can live unafraid in peace and safety.

I will show you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion.

I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as the LORD.

I will say, "Now you are my people."

And you will reply, "You are our God!"

I know I'd vote for HIM!

(Selections from Hosea 2)

What are the promises of God that give you hope for the future?

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Friday, May 25, 2012

"FAN THE FLAME" FRIDAY - Transformation

Welcome to "Fan the Flame" Friday.

This is a weekly post that will be "short and sweet" (kinda like me...)

Just a word and a phrase, a sentence or a question...just a little something to "fan the flame" of your creativity!

Today's word: transformation

What does the word transformation mean?

Do you think having a transformation is different than making a change?  How?

What is the biggest transformation you've ever gone through?

Let me know what you think!!

"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


The next installment in The Moving Memoirs:

Everyone has a favorite character in the Bible.

One of my grandfathers' favorite was Gideon.

I remember the first time I read the story of Gideon – I think I know why my grandpa loved Gideon.  It's why I love Gideon, too.

Gideon was an underdog – and God showed up for him in a big way.

A way that could only be God's doing.

But, Gideon was also a lot like me.  He heard the voice of God, yes – but just to be on the safe side, he asked God for a sign – twice, as a matter of fact!

I was reminded of this two weeks ago…

Way in the beginning of my moving saga, I was really tortured by doubt.  I couldn't settle on whether God was really asking us to move or not.  I began to read into everything that happened around me…

"Was that a sign that I'm supposed to go?" I'd wonder.

Which was quickly followed up by, "Oh no, something else happened.  Was that a sign that I'm supposed to stay?"

It was torture.

Wanting to do God's will, and then not being able to figure it out is really, really tough.

So, I forged ahead – but still wondered.

A good friend of mine advised me to *put a fleece* before Godfiguratively speaking.  And she thought the sale of my current home might make a good "fleece."

Sounded like good advice to me…

You see, I had asked God to make it VERY PLAIN if moving was NOT what He had in mind – if, for some reason, I had "misheard" His call.  

So, the time finally came to list our current home.  I told the Lord that this was going to be my *fleece* – if the house sold, I'd take this as His final confirmation to go.  If it didn't…well, it would definitely be time to re-evaluate.

Do you know what happened?!  Our house was on the market only 24 hours before it sold!

Yes, God answered quickly – graciously, almost miraculously, answered.

So, my friends, "The Hub" and I are launched on our new adventurewe are continuing on our *Abraham Journey* to another land.

I know that God has been with us, every step of the waybut I sure am glad that He showed up with an answer to my fleece.  How kind He was to us…

Though stressed and nervous – tired and overwhelmed – I am so very excited.  

I can hardly wait to see what God has in store…

…cause He's made it pretty clear that He wants us to go!!

Have you ever had God answer a "Gideon fleece"?  Tell us about it!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

THE MOVING MEMOIRS - Timing Is Everything

Timing, timing, timing.

Timing is so important in so many things.


Telling a joke.

Popping the question.

Giving flowers.

Getting on an escalator.

Dancing the tango.

(No, I do not know how to dance the tango – I actually have two left feet…)

It's interesting that I mention the tango, though.  Have you ever heard of the phrase, "It takes two to tango"?  I actually looked up what that meant:

It takes two to tango is a common idiomatic expression which suggests something in which more than one person or other entity are paired in an inextricably-related and active manner…The tango is a dance which requires two partners moving in relation to each other…The meaning of this expression has been extended to include any situation in which the two partners are by definition understood to be essential -- as in, a marriage with only one partner ceases to be a marriage.

Interesting, huh?

I find it especially appropriate when thinking about the timing of everything that's happened in my moving journey.

Let me tell you a little bit about the timing of the purchase of our new home.

When we decided that this was *the house* for us, we met with our agent to discuss what our opening offer should be.  We bandied about numbers, trying to play "the game" - wanting to bid high enough that we didn't insult them, yet low enough that we had some room to wiggle.

We finally settled on a price, a LOW price.  

Inked our names on the bottom line of the purchase contract, and let it fly.  

About two days later, we heard back from our agent – they had accepted our offer!!

No counters, no bartering – they agreed to our LOW offer.

Now, here's where timing comes in.

Talking to our agent – (while we signed about 3 million papers) – we found out a little bit of *history* about our house.  There had been interest in the past.  In fact, just this last summer, someone else had put in our very same offer, and the owners didn't even respond.  Nope, no counters, nothing…

Now, around the same time, the house right next door to us drastically cut their asking price – I mean a huge, HUGE cut – which now placed it on the market priced quite a bit lower than our house.

Well, turns out that the same person who first got rejected at our house, put in the same offer for the house just down the street, and this offer was accepted.  The house sold at a very reduced price.

So, you can imagine the "trickle-down" effect this had on our perfect timing.

You might recall that I said WE looked at our house for the first time…last summer.

But we didn't do anything – now I know that we weren't supposed to…YET!

Evidently, seven months later, these people were ready to sell, at a reduced price – and we were ready to buy.

And all the pricing fell into place – perfect place – NOW.

I see the hand of God in this, friends.

Someone else could have bought our house last summer, but the owners were not yet willing to compromise on their asking price.  WE could have put an offer on this house last summer, but we were not yet ready to move.

But, in God's perfect timing, He moved the hearts of the owners, and our hearts, until each met at the same point.

It's a dance that God and I do.  

A complicated tango that requires two people who are essentially and eternally connected.  The steps are complicated, and difficult to learn at times.   More often than not, the stumbling occurs when I don't let the Lord lead.  (Evidently, spiritually speaking, I also have two left feet…)

But when I do let Him lead, He seems to orchestrate a perfect symmetry of tandem beauty – a Sovereign God, a trusting servant.

It takes two to tango – yes, indeed.

And it certainly makes a world of difference if one of the partners is the Master of Timing!!

Are you dancing with the Lord – are you letting HIM lead?  

(And if you have a story about how His timing has been perfect in your life, please share!)

Linked today with Joan at SHARING HIS BEAUTY

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

BIBLE PICK 'EMS - New Format!

Things are rather hectic in my neck of the woods lately.

So I've decided to *re-vamp* the look of "Bible Pick 'Ems"…make it a little "shorter and sweeter" for now…

If you recall, these were my original thoughts about "Pick 'ems":

I know it probably isn't "spiritually PC" to randomly open the Bible and expect to find a meaningful verse – it opens the door to the whole "out of context" dilemma. ( might just find yourself in Leviticus!!) But, I decided that I wanted to do this, along with my regular reading through the Bible. The way I figured it, I wasn't *testing* God – in other words, "prove something to me, Lord" – I was *trusting* God "show something to me, Lord." After all, don't we know that His Word is living, breathing, and powerful?!

So, I'm pickin' every day – letting you know what was going on with me that day – and then I'm going to sum up the *theme of the week* that I think God was impressing on my heart.

Hope you're as blessed as I've been!!

MONDAY – (Feeling overwhelmed and tired...) "Then the Spirit came into me and set me on my feet." (Ezekiel 3:24) 

TUESDAY – (Problems, problems, problems...) "O our God, hear your servant's prayer!  Listen as I plead…O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair…We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy.  O Lord, hear…O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay…" (Daniel 9:17-19)

WEDNESDAY – (Feeling alone...are You there, God?) "But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power.  Then at last they will recognize that I am the one who speaks to them."  (Isaiah 52:6) 

THURSDAY – (After living in my home for 28 years, I'm really panicky and sad to leave...) "The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words.  I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends!  His mercies never cease.  Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning."  (Lamentations 3:19-23) 

FRIDAY – (Wondering if I'm really doing the right thing...) "Then I heard the LORD asking, 'Whom should I send as a messenger to this people?  Who will go for us?'  I said, 'Here I am.  Send me.' And he said, 'Yes, go…'"  
(Isaiah 6:8-9)  

SATURDAY – (In spite of all that's going on, and all the things I'm feeling, I know God is near...) "I will praise the LORD at all times.  I will constantly speak his praises…let all who are helpless take heart…I prayed to the LORD and he answered me.  He freed me from all of my fears…In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all of my troubles.  For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him."  
(Psalm 34:1-2, 4, 6-7)

Well…ahemI think God was speaking directly to my heart about moving.  The emotions I have felt this week have been complex and difficult.

But through it all, I keep praying, and God keeps answering me.

His Word speaks...

I do well to listen.

What has God said to YOU this week?

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

SATURDAY STROLL - Let's Take A Hike!


In these posts I will be interacting with Scripture – making it a conversational walk of faith.

Sometimes we'll be talking with Jesus, sometimes God will be talking with us.

There might even be *guest appearances* by some of our beloved characters from the Bible!

So put on your walking shoes – you know we can all use the exercise!


Praise the LORD…

Praise: expression of admiration, worship/sing somebody's praises with enthusiasm

"I will PRAISE you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people." (Psalm 52:9)

Who is my rock…

Rock: dependable person/One that is similar to or suggestive of a mass of stone in stability, firmness, or dependability

"He is the ROCK; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!" (Deuteronomy 32:4)

He trains my hands…

Train: teach skills/prepare, coach, educate, instruct, guide/make someone better

"TRAIN even your weaklings to be warriors." (Joel 3:10)

For war…

War: conflict, combat, confrontation, hostility/serious effort to end something/to be in struggle

"Dear friends, I warn you as 'temporary residents and foreigners' to keep away from worldly desires that wage WAR against your very souls." (1 Peter 2:11)

And gives my fingers skill…

Skill: power to do something well/something requiring training to do well/ability, expertise, proficiency, competence

"If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but SKILL will bring success." (Ecclesiastes 10:10, NIV)

For battle…

Battle: a hostile encounter or engagement between opposing forces/a sustained fight/Fight or struggle tenaciously to achieve or resist something

"When you go into BATTLE in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you…you will be remembered by the LORD your God and rescued from your enemies." (Numbers 10:9, NIV)

He is my loving ally…

Ally: friend, helper, supporter, partner/Someone who advocates for and supports

"The LORD's chosen ALLY will carry out his purpose..." (Isaiah 48:14, NIV)

And my fortress…

Fortress: permanent stronghold/a heavily protected and impenetrable place/a place of defense, exceptional security

"The name of the LORD is a strong FORTRESS; the godly run to him and are safe." (Proverbs 18:10)

My tower of safety…

Safety: freedom from danger/secure from harm or evil/the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by someone else

"You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in SAFETY." (Job 11:18, NIV)

My rescuer…

Rescuer: Savior, champion, liberator, redeemer/Someone who removes one from danger

"A deliverer, and RESCUER, and doer of signs and wonders in the heavens and in earth is He who hath delivered..." (Daniel 6:27, Young's Literal Translation)

He is my shield…

Shield: protection or defense/a broad piece of armor for protection against hurled weapons

"My SHIELD is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart." 
(Psalm 7:10, NIV)

And I take refuge in Him…

Refuge: safe haven, sanctuary, shelter/a place that provides cover/protection from blame/something beneath, behind, or within that protects a person from storms

"For You have been a REFUGE for me, a tower of strength against the enemy." (Psalm 61:3, NASB)


(Selah [celah], is an exclamation that we should measure and reflect upon what has been said)

(Main selection from Psalm 144)

What are your thoughts on this Saturday Stroll?

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Friday, May 18, 2012


Welcome to "Fan the Flame" Friday.

This is a weekly post that will be "short and sweet" (kinda like me...)

Just a word and a phrase, a sentence or a question...just a little something to "fan the flame" of your creativity!

Today's word: priority

What does it mean to make something a priority?

How does what we claim as a priority tell people something about our heart?

What do you make a priority in your walk of faith?

Let me know what you think!!

"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

THE MOVING MEMOIRS - Worth a Second Look

So, Debbie suggested that I name these posts about my moving journey.

I thought I'd take her up on it – (obedient blogger that I am…)

Some great discarded thoughts:

"Movin' On Up" – (I kept hearing spontaneous outbursts of the theme song from "The Jeffersons")

"Go Tell It On the Mountain" – (I had a music thing going there, huh?)

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" – (had to think of just one more)

"The Big Move" – (sounded like a migration of giants…)

"Move Me, Shake Me" – (not such a good idea in Southern California earthquake country)

I have finally decided on "The Moving Memoirs" with a subtitle of "When God Says Go!"

I thought it was an appropriate title – 

Definition of memoir: a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation

Definition of moving: producing strong emotion

So…there ya go.

I thought I'd start today in the beginning…because that's a very good place to start.

As I mentioned on Monday, we originally looked at houses last summer.  And then, we started looking *for real* in January.  We probably traipsed ourselves through about 25 homesand "virtually" toured another 30 or more online!  

We finally found one that we liked – a great view, most of the amenities that we wanted.

We liked it enough that I decided to have my sons go up with us for their opinion.  Because, after all, I didn't feel like I could really go without their blessing.

Well, the second we drove into the driveway of this home, I felt their *vibes* – and they weren't good.  They tried to be nice, generously pointing out things they liked, while keeping quiet about the things they didn’t.  But…a mom knows.

I finally pulled them aside and said, "Be honest.  You don't like this house, do you?"

And both of them said basically the same thing – "We just don't picture you here, Mom."

God speaks to the spirit.

We decided to drive around the neighborhood a while.  At one point, the road came to a dead-end, and there was a house there.  I casually mentioned, "Oh, we looked at this place last summer."

The boys looked at each other, looked at me, and said, "And why didn't you like this house?"

I muttered, "We only got a chance to look at it for like 10 minutes.  It was a little modern."

But I also muttered, "It's got acres…"

Well…much discussion later…it was decided that this home needed a second look, a second chance.

You see, seasoned house-hunters look at things differently than they do when they first start out.  They begin to understand that there is no perfect house (unless you want to build it yourself!)  But…there are houses with grand potential to become beautiful homesand there is one house out there that is *your home*.

So, we scheduled another appointment to tour this house.

And lo and behold, the moment "The Hub" and I walked in the front door, we knew.  I looked at him, and he looked at me – "This is it," I said.  He smiled and said, "I know."

And when I looked out the window at the spectacular view of the mountain, I cried.

Yes, indeed, this was our home.

I've reflected on this whole experience – this "change of heart" if you will. The house was exactly the same as it was when we visited it last summer. What happened between Visit #1 and Visit #2?  

A couple of things, I think:

We saw a potential there we hadn't seen before – how new carpet, new paint would totally transform the look.

We spent more time there, and appreciated the many features of this house.

We compared it to all that we had seen, and realized that nothing else came close to being the "right" place.

But, more than anything, I believe that God spoke to us this time.  HE showed us that this was the place He had prepared.

So, my first lesson in "The Moving Memoirs"?

Sometimes, when God moves the spirit and speaks to the heart, it changes everything.  We see things with new eyes.  He reveals His will, and we know what He wants us to do…

Sometimes God wants us to give someone another chance, or to take another look at a situation, or to re-consider an opportunity.

Sometimes God reveals His plans right away and sometimes His plans are revealed a step at a time.

Sometimes He turns a "no" into a YES!

Is there anything in your life worth a second look?

(Incidentally, I did take my sons back up to this house to get their opinion. Consensus?  "Mom, this is a no-brainer."  Their blessing was the icing on my cake!)

(OH!  When things get settled down a bit - I'll post pictures...)

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Monday, May 14, 2012

BIG NEWS!! - A Moving Post


Absent without leaving...

That's been me lately - here and there, but a little MIA in Blog Land.

There's a good reason for that.

I've been hinting at some BIG NEWS on my blog in the last few months. Well, I'm ready to make the big announcement.  (No, I am NOT pregnant...58, really?!)

I'm moving!

Yup, after living in my current home for 28 years, "The Hub" and I are *getting out of Dodge*!

Can I tell you my journey?

(You’re all saying yes, right?!)

My husband is an original mountain man.  He was living in the mountains when we met 10 years ago.  I owned a home, he was renting, so when we got married, he moved down to me.

With one condition – well, actually two.  One, never cut your hair.  Two, don't let us get stuck in the city - (to my husband, the suburbs might as well be the inner city ghetto - just sayin'...)

So, we have spent the last 7 years in Suburbia, dreaming about moving to the mountains.  "The Hub" was thinking Montana or Colorado.  I was thinking…well, I was thinking, "But my whole family and all my friends are here."

Finally, we decided that a lovely little mountain town about two hours away might just be our perfect compromise place.

So, we played "Lookee-Loos" last summer.  Getting our feet wet.  Trying it on for size.

And then, we sorta put everything on the back shelf.

Then, around the end of the year, I felt like God was telling me to seriously re-visit the thought of moving.

And this time, it felt not so much like a random idea, but like an actual call from God.

As I began my 2012 yearly Bible reading plan using the Chronological Bible, I found it interesting, in that not-so-subtle, but oh-so-sublime way God has of making coincidences happenthat I was reading all about Abraham.

This verse stood out:

"The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father's family, and go to the land that I will show you.'" (Genesis 12:1)

So, we looked – and within a month – lo and behold, we bought a house!

Then began the rather interesting process that my brother likes to call the "E" word – escrow.   I have never seen so much paperwork in my life. Except maybe when my house got T-P'd once.  Actually, endless escrow paperwork is kinda like toilet paperbut I digress.

We faced many snags and difficulties.

There were unforeseen problems with heating and septic systems.

Some mouse challenges.

It took us almost a month to find homeowner's insurance because of our proximity to the forest.

I was beginning to face the prospect of moving away from my family – my aging parents, my sons – away from everyone, really – and it wasn't easy.

It was a time of terrible turmoil –

I was unable to find peace, until I told God, "I'm going to do what I feel You're calling me to do – and I trust that You're going with me."

And I can remember the day when He told me He was right there, every step of the way.

"The Hub" and I were driving home one night after visiting up there, and I sat down to do my devotions.  The title of that day's selection was "Surveying a Great Mountain."  

And this was the verse for the day:

"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD…
There he will teach us his ways,
      and we will walk in his paths." (Isaiah 2:3)

And, of course, my Bible reading was all about Joshua taking possession of the Promised Land.

A verse from those days?

"'Then, just as the LORD our God commanded us, we left…and traveled through the great and terrifying wilderness…and headed toward the hill country…Look!  He has placed the land in front of you.  Go and occupy it as the LORD…has promised you.  Don't be afraid!  Don't be discouraged!'" (Deuteronomy 1:19, 21)

That's how the journey started.

And I'd just love to tell you more about what's been going on.

Wanna come along?

I promise the stories will *move* you...(oh, c'mon - it was just too easy!!)

Has God ever called you to do something that you absolutely knew you could not do on your own?

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

BIBLE PICK 'EMS - A Mother's Day Poem


She carries you for nine months,
Then cares for you
She watches out for you
when you are young,
Then watches over you
for a lifetime...
She holds you closely in her arms
for a while,
Then tightly in her heart
She is there through every change,
Then never changes 
She teaches you about life,
Then lets you leave home...
and live -

A mother is
every gift of God
wrapped up in one person -
Joy, Peace
Patience, Kindness, Goodness
Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control
And most of all...

Though I am no longer a child,
I will always be 
My mother's child
And that is comfort personified -

My mother is
A safe place to be
A soft place to fall
A refuge in every storm...
She calms the winds of life
And helps smooth
the paths
I have chosen to walk.

I have never questioned 
Her love
or her faithfulness,
My faith in her
has never faltered...
She is the sun
that rises every morning,
And the promise
of a new day.

She is
The keeper of secrets,
The spark
to my dreams,
The footsteps
that walk beside me -
She is the one
on the sidelines
who whispers quietly,
with hands
folded in prayer
tears in her eyes,
I'm here."

She is 
The quiet heartbeat
that keeps time
with my own...

My mother is
My best friend,
The beacon
of my life...

My mother is home...

© Sharon Jean Kirby
May 10, 2007


"Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.  And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

Thank you, Mom, for leading me to Jesus when I was young.

"Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it." (Proverbs 22:6)

And thank you, Mom, for always showing me how to follow Him.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all of you wonderful moms out there!!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012



In these posts I will be interacting with Scripture – making it a conversational walk of faith.

Sometimes we'll be talking with Jesus, sometimes God will be talking with us.

There might even be *guest appearances* by some of our beloved characters from the Bible!

So put on your walking shoes – you know we can all use the exercise!


"An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.  Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him.  Then he said to them, 'Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all -- he is the greatest.'  (Luke 9:46-48)

"Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. 'Teacher,' they said, 'we want you to do us a favor.' 'What is your request?' he asked. They replied, 'When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.' But Jesus said to them, 'You don't know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?' 'Oh yes,' they replied, 'we are able!' Then Jesus told them, 'You will indeed drink from my bitter cup and be baptized with my baptism of suffering. But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left'…When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant."    (Mark 10:35-41)

Me first, Lord.

Oh, how often I've thought that. 

Forgive me for comparing my life to others.  

Forgive me for being jealous of others' possessions, talents, successes, and opportunities.

Forgive me for seeking the approval and applause of people.

Forgive me for wanting recognition.

Forgive me for all the permutations of pride that sneak into my life.

But among you it will be different.  Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.

Lord, forgive me.

God has prepared places for the ones He has chosen.

Oh Lord, teach me to be content with my place.

If you endure, you will also reign with Me!

(Selections from Luke 9, Mark 10, and 2 Timothy 2)

Do you ever get caught up in the compare/contrast *rat race* of discontent in the Kingdom?

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Friday, May 11, 2012


Welcome to "Fan the Flame" Friday.

This is a weekly post that will be "short and sweet" (kinda like me...)

Just a word and a phrase, a sentence or a question...just a little something to "fan the flame" of your creativity!

Today's word: leadership

What do you think are the most important leadership skills and/or character traits?

Who do you think - (besides Jesus!) - embodies the true qualities of leadership?  Why?

Let me know what you think!!

"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Sounds great, huh?

We all want to experience God, don't we?

Well, hold on to your hat...

You see, there's a big difference between knowing about God, and knowing God.

After all, it's one thing to read about Mt. Everest, or to watch a documentary about this grand, majestic mountain.

But it's a whole other thing to risk your own life for a chance at the summit.

Have you had those times of mountain-climbing in your life?

Times when you've had decisions or struggles or responsibilities that weigh you down?

Times when fear or doubt or wavering uncertainty washed over you? Times when you felt tossed and turned?  Times when you've gone through terrible turmoil?  (I know the answer is yes...)

I've just completed a study about experiencing God.

About finding and doing God's will.

And over these last few months, I haven't just been in this Bible Study, I've been living it.

I've had many moments when I've questioned myself, second-guessed decisions, doubted direction.

I've often wondered, "Am I doing God's will?"

And here's what I've discovered.  I was unable to find peace until I told God, "I'm going to do what I feel like You're calling me to do - and I trust that You're going with me."

Yes, I continue to feel many, many feelings.  Some are wonderful, others are downright *Jacob-wrestling*...

And that's all part of experiencing God, too.

It is wonderful, exciting - but it's also daunting.

Just like climbing Mt. Everest.

Our enemy does not want us to experience God, nor does he want us to obey Him.  He does his best to stop, deter, thwart, distract us from our path. He could care less about our purpose - he would rather have us feel pity or panic or pride.

He is the sudden snowstorm on the mountain, the blizzard that blocks our view of the summit.  He is frostbite, and the lack of oxygen that muddles our mind.

He is the constantly incessant voice that whispers, "You can't do it."

You know, on this one he's right - I can't do it.

But I know Someone who can.

You see, when you begin to know God, instead of just knowing about Him, He begins to do the work you cannot do on your own.

He transforms your heart and your mind - He gives you the desire and the power to answer His invitation to come where He is working.

Sometimes it's climbing a mountain.

Sometimes it's a leap of faith.

Not gonna lie - the path to the summit is treacherous, fraught with danger, and it requires dying to self...

But I hear that the view from the top is breath-taking!

So what's the mountain God wants you to climb?  What's the view He wants you to see?

I will close with the words of Job:

"I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes."  (Job 42:5)

How is God calling you to experience Him in a new and deeper way?

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Monday, May 7, 2012


It's been about a month since I had my *meeting* with the Lord on Good Friday.

That was the day that I nailed my life - my actual physical life - to the cross.

I find it interesting (ironic) that ever since then, I have physically felt crummy.

I reflect back on that day.

Did I give God my life sincerely?  Yes, I did.  Did I expect Him to do something in return?  No, not really.  OK, honestly?  Maybe.  OK, really honestly?  Yes.

I wasn't expecting Him to do something, but I know that I wanted Him to do something.  I wanted Him to make me feel better.

Does that mean that I didn't really nail my life on that cross?  No, I really think I did.  No thumbtacks or Post-It notes were in my purse that day.  My heart was in the right place.

It's just that I'm too human.

And since that day of commitment, this little spirit of "me" has snuck back in..

I have to constantly battle against my *vending machine* view of God.  There continues to live inside of me a part that wants something from God - instead of just wanting God.

It's a recurring theme.

I give God my children, and then I want to run their lives.

I give God my future, and then I worry about how things are going to work out.

I give God my dreams, and then I wonder (impatiently) why He isn't making something happen.

I give God my everything, and then I get miffed that He doesn't give me something back.


That sinful, prideful sense of entitlement that is so insidious.

So, what I am learning is this - that that symbolic gesture, that Good Friday experience that *nailed* me - well, that needs to take place every day.

I know this intellectually - it's just in the area of practical application that I stumble.

God knows this.  Praise God He knows this.

And yet, again and again, He keeps whispering the same thing to me that He's been saying for well over a year...

"Sharon, is it really just Me?"

Lord, forgive me for failing to realize that You have already given me far more than I deserve - far more than I could ever earn.  You have given me Jesus - and through Him, You have given me His righteousness, His Spirit, His eternal life.

Forgive me for wanting something from You - instead of just wanting You.  Thank you that in spite of that, You still promise me rewards.  You are graciously generous, and lavishly loving.  You are my Father, and I love You.

Now, would someone please hand me a hammer?

I need to do some more nailing...

What do you expect from God?  Are you willing to let go of it?

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

BIBLE PICK 'EMS - Sentry Duty

Gloom and doom…

Sometimes the books of prophecy in the Old Testament can be difficult reading. It feels like they contain an endless litany of unheeded warnings, followed by devastating judgments.

And yet, there is always an unmistakable undercurrent of forgiveness, comfort, and hope.

God’s message is clear: There are consequences for rebelling against Me. Please don't do it. But if you return to Me, I will forgive you and restore you.

Today's  "Bible Pick 'Ems" comes from the book of Isaiah.

I'd like to start with a little background information on the book of Isaiah.

Prophets stood with the priests as God's special representatives. The prophet's role was to speak for God, confronting the people with His commands and promises – pointing out their rebellion. 

Needless to say, true prophets were not very popular!!

But they continued to faithfully proclaim the truth.

The book of Isaiah is the first of the writings of the prophets in the Bible – and Isaiah is generally considered to be the greatest prophet. His purpose was to call the nation of Judah back to God. But his prophecies also tell of God's salvation through His coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Our "pick 'em" verses are found in Isaiah 21:5-7, 11-12:

“But quick! Grab your shields and prepare for battle. You are being attacked! Meanwhile, the Lord said to me, 'Put a watchman on the city wall. Let him shout out what he sees…Let the watchman be fully alert.'
Someone…keeps calling to me, 'Watchman, how much longer until morning? When will the night be over?' The watchman replies, 'Morning is coming…'"

These verses can be applied directly to the very real threat of Judah's enemies during Isaiah's lifetime. God was warning the people to return to Him, to remain alert and on guard, to prepare for battle. But, sadly, His warnings went unheeded.

But, these verses also apply to us today.

How so?

We also have enemies outside our "city walls." They are ready to "attack" and we must "prepare for battle." We are called to be "fully alert."

We, too, must be watchmen…

Because we have a blessed *MORNING* that is coming!

Our glorious Savior is going to return!

"So you, too must keep watch! For you don't know what day your Lord is coming…You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected." (Matthew 24:42-44)

"You must be ready all the time…" (Luke 12:40)

"For you know quite well that the day of the Lord's return will come unexpectedly; like a thief in the night…So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and clearheaded." (1 Thessalonians 5:2, 6)

Not all people will join us in our watch.

We will hear people saying, "How much longer until morning?"

Some may say it with longing, others will mock.

"Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last day scoffers will come…They will say, 'What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again?'" (2 Peter 3:3, 4)

Do not listen.

God is calling us to be watchmen.
To grab our shields and prepare for battle.
To shout the truth.
To be fully alert.

And most of all, to keep looking to the horizon, and believing with all our hearts -


Are you remembering to stay alert?  How can you be a better *watchman* - how do you hold on to hope?

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