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Blog Sharing Friday – Ladies Only

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I have some AWESOME women I want to share with you this week.

1) Marni Arnold of Relevant Brokenness is someone I have connected with on twitter, google+ and mostly on both our blog sites.  I love Marni’s articles and her great testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and what brought her there.  I had the honor of doing a guest spot a few months back on her blog (the article is at the bottom of this article) and she is generous to share her site with others who have something to contribute and share with others.  She is one of the nicest and most generous people I have met online – always the encourager.

2) Laura Miles of In The Midst is the mom of David Miles, a personal friend and former staff associate of ours – while my husband and I were on staff at New Life Church in Renton, Washington.  I have never met Laura in person – but have been loving her blog, first introduced to me by David several months ago on his blog – where he featured her.  Laura is down to earth and very honest in her approach to life, her relationship with Jesus and her struggles as well.  I feel like we are kindred spirits and it is always fun to have her comments on my articles.

3)  Diana Savage of Hope For Wounded Christians is someone I have had the privilege of knowing for 15 years.  Diana served on staff as well at New Life Church when my husband was on staff.  She is a gifted author and communicator.  She has survived tragedy and heartache in her own life and has become a beautiful and strong woman of God – encouraging others to find ‘hope’ in Jesus Christ.  Her blog has many wonderful nuggets of truth and encouragement from the word of God – as she shares her journey with others.  Diana is also one of the nicest and most beautiful human beings I know, very humble and unassuming in person.

4)  Heather Murdock of heathersfaith is another kindred spirit whom I got to know first on twitter and then our blog sites.  She writes with beautiful clarity – has a testimony to tell of God’s amazing grace and even shares her incredible gift of love and encouragement on a local Christian TV program in the city where she lives.  I have caught a few of these programs, as she interviews others with testimonies of what God is doing in their lives – and she is straightforward, interested and caring.  Heather is also very beautiful inside and out and I know people are just drawn to her.

 

I encourage you to check out each of these blogs sites – I know you will be blessed and encouraged by them – just as I have been.

 

God Bless

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Article Sharing (Part 2)

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Last week I featured three of my blogging buddies, Deanna who now has a couple of new websites – this one is “Your Pastor’s Wife” – JoJo at “The Art of Eloquence” and Ray at “Fallen Pastor”.  Today I am pretending that it’s Friday and featuring some more of my wonderful talented blogging buddies.

1. The Reluctant Wham is a blog site by my online buddy, Carla Ives – who is committed to sharing her wealth of information for the “work at home mom”. Her daily inspiration and encouragement is a must for any “reluctant” stay at home mom who has found herself in the position of making money for her family. I love Carla’s information – but mostly her keen sense of humor and love for people who motivate her to give of herself. I love all of her articles – but if I had to choose one to feature it would be this one: My Quilt Be sure and check out her site for many ideas about making money while staying at home.

2. 24/7 Life – A Life Well Lived is a blog site by my real life friend David Miles. David and my husband were on staff together for about 4 years at New Life Church in Renton, Washington about 3 years ago. I have always loved David and his wife, Monika. They have a beautiful baby girl now – and it’s fun to see him playing the “proud papa” and displaying his many pictures of his baby girl 🙂  David is now on staff at Maple Valley Presbyterian and works with people of all ages – and I’m sure they love him!  He is fully engaged when he has a conversation with you – in person or online.  He and I have been square dancing corner partners (don’t ask) and then friends at church and blogging buddies for about 3 years now.  He always encourages me in my writing – and has even been so kind as to feature me as a guest blogger a few months ago.  Probably my favorite article of his was the one he just wrote a few days ago: Facing A Potential “Most Embarrassing Moment” You will love it – and him. Check him out!

3.Pastor Mike Says Is a blog site from my real life friend Mike Sanderson. We met through our blogs and facebook about 3 years ago or so. Then Greg and I planned a trip to Las Vegas where Mike and his wife, Carmen live. Naturally we wanted to meet them to put a face with a name – and what a fun weekend we had! Mike even took us to the Grand Canyon – what a long day in the car that was! I don’t think any of us ever properly recovered from that trip! Mike is a pastor and has a shepherd’s heart for people. His blog site reflects that. I even helped design it for him 🙂 My favorite article of his is: You Are Unique, You Are Amazing I trust that you will be blessed to hear his words of encouragement.

Check them out – you will be blessed today!

God Bless

Blast From The Past

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Yesterday I spent the day with an old friend.  Sue is someone whom I spent an entire year with – when we were 7th graders.  Her family was in Seattle on a year furlough from where they served as missionaries to the Philippines.

7th grade is a very awkward time for most kids – we were no different.  Our junior high school building had burned down while I was at 6th grade camp – we heard the news on the bus ride home.  What would we do?  Since no school could be built that quickly (it took 2 1/2 years) it was decided that we would bus to another district – for our 7th grade year – some 45 minutes away from our town.  This was a brand new school – sitting empty due to a failed levy in their district.  The school was an “open configuration”  freezing cold – this is Washington State where most of the year it is overcast, cold and/or raining in the fall, winter and spring months.  The school had outdoor  breeze-ways  between classes and all the lockers were outside too.  Brrr.  It was at this frozen place that I first met Sue.

She was fresh off the mission field and feeling very lost and alone.  Junior high is brutal – EVEN when you’re from here – but if you are not – good grief – it’s humiliating and cruel.  She remembers two HUGE girls on her bus (must have been 9th graders) that wanted to beat her up – and they kept calling her a “Lesbian”.  Something she didn’t understand until much later.  Yes – we were pretty sheltered back then 🙂  Most of that year is a blur to her – it’s probably better that way.  What I can remember of it – it was horrible – from the LONG bus rides to the freezing hallways – to the P.E. classes and school bullies that once put snot and blood all over the front of my locker.  I never used it again after that.  I can remember more things than I want to.

Sue and I did everything together that year – it was back in the day when you could actually let your 12-year-old kid go on a city bus ALONE to the mall or Seattle center – or anywhere else and they weren’t in any danger.  That’s what we used to do.  Sue also remembers choir tour that year when our church youth choir “hit the road”.  We had tons of fun and used to laugh A LOT at everything.  She had a younger sister, Pam (now a missionary herself  in the Philippians ) who at that time was in the 5th grade.  I spent a lot of time at their big rented house not far from our own home.  Her Mom made this incredible “Sticky Rice” and I finally got that recipe about 4 years ago from Pam and made it myself – great stuff!

After that year – Sue’s family went back to the mission field and I saw her only once more – right before I got married – she even gave me an idea for one of the songs that I used in my wedding – some 30 years ago this fall!  But this was the last time I saw her.  Before internet – it was hard to keep in touch.  She got married to a pastor and so did I.  We both moved around so much – and addresses, phone numbers and email addresses changed as frequently as the wind.

Then about 4 years ago – her parents were at the church where my husband was on staff at the time.  They came for a missions conference and as it happened – I was sitting right by them during lunch on a Sunday.  As we started to talk – I looked more closely at their last name and suddenly put it all together and said – “Do you remember me?”  I told them my maiden name and they remembered and we started to talk about their girls – where they were and what they were doing.  Sue was not on any of the social networks yet – but I got an email from her sister Pam – who was living in the Philippians.  It was so great chatting and catching up.  I emailed Sue – working at the time and very busy with 5 children.  It took a while to hear anything from her.  But I finally did and we did a little catching up through email.  About a year ago – she joined facebook and I saw pictures and chatted with her here and there.

Fast forward to about 3 weeks ago.  I received a message in my inbox on facebook from Sue – saying she had MOVED up here to Olympia – just an hour from my home.  Her husband is the new pastor of Evergreen Christian Community Church – a church we are familiar with because the former pastor’s wife from New Life Church had ties there –  her father used to be the lead pastor there for several years.  And her mother and brother still attend there.  What a small world it is!

We made plans to get together and yesterday she appeared at my front door.  I opened the door and all of a sudden I was 12 years old again looking into the face of Sue’s Mom!  WOW – it really surprised me!  She looks so much like her Mom used to look when we were kids 🙂  I can’t tell you how great it was to see my old friend and to see the years completely melt away in a matter of seconds.  I felt at home with her immediately.  Sue has a very warm and gentle heart – the perfect pastor’s wife.  She and I talked and talked and TALKED – all afternoon – remembering funny things about that crazy 7th grade year.  And feeling blessed that we had each other.  It warmed my heart to hear her say that I saved her that year – even though I felt like I was lost too.  We never realize the impact that we make to others when we’re making it, do we?

This was proof positive for me – that we don’t change that much from the time we are children.  We stay pretty much the same people inside – even though we gain perspective and wisdom as we experience life.

I am so glad to have my friend back in the area – and look forward to many more of these special times – shopping, laughing, remembering and being friends – even after all the time and space between us.

What’s your “Blast from the Past” today?  Something or someone you remember?  Someone who made a difference in your life as a child, teenager or adult?  Who are you investing in today?  Remember to make each moment count – you never know who you are impacting.

God Bless

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