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|Rappin’ With Nancy|
|Sonbeams by Bronwyn|
|Sista Picture Corner|
|OCC’s Summer at Taco Time|
|Joyce Meyer’s 12 Power Thoughts|
|Jose, age 5|
Rappin’ With Nancy
Sista’s, I had a thought in mind to write for my first article and can’t remember what it was 🙂 so decided to give myself GRACE and MERCY and not beat myself up about forgetting it. I then thought (light bulb on high beam so I wouldn’t forget THAT also) that I could just write about “cutting ourselves some slack.” I know…interesting way to plan an article but that is kinda me. I just fall into what God is planning for me to do and go with HIS flow since HIS timing always gets the job done well and mine can really mess up what started out as such a good idea.
I also have taught myself (note the word TAUGHT) that giving myself permission to turn on the furnace in July if it is cold IS okay. I also had to give myself permission to DO GOD’S WORK BEFORE dusting the furniture 🙂 Ok, Ok, that one was easier to achieve. We can really emotionally beat ourselves up, tie ourselves up in knots and never forgive ourselves…and for what? This only holds God back from doing His plan to build His Kingdom and puts us in a really bad mood.
Looking at it this way may help you lighten up a little and give yourself GRACE and MERCY and permission to step out of your GUILTY BOX you made for yourself and to FORGIVE yourself like God has forgiven YOU!
P.S. I also taught myself how to remove the word “I SHOULD” from my vocabulary. It sets us up for guilt and failure, neither of which is healthy or positive. I replaced it with “I CHOOSE” which is really giving our selves grace and mercy when making a decision, isn’t it??? By saying I CHOOSE out loud so we can hear it loud and clear really relaxes the tightness in our jaw or the ache in our heads and hearts. I challenge you to teach yourself to give yourself permission to let go and let God relieve some of the pressure you put yourselves under. I hope you CHOOSE to tell me how it feels???
Living in Color for God, Nancy
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Whenever I see sunbeams coming through clouds, it always looks to me like God shining himself down onto us. The thing about sunbeams is they’re always there even though we can’t always see them. Same with God. ~Terri Guillemets, quotation anthologist (no kidding, that’s her title)
Sonbeams by Bronwyn
I sometimes ponder the things that once provided so much to our lives and are now considered obsolete. Like pay telephones. Who needs them when you can whip out your cell phone at any given moment? But are we better off? Before cell phones, strangers actually spoke to each other in grocery stores. “Uh, excuse me, do you know which beans make better chili, pinto or kidney?” Strangers don’t ask you questions like that anymore, they’re too engaged in their cell phone chat. Back in pay phone days, people wouldn’t think of plunking a dime into the phone to call home and ask the best beans to buy. They asked the complete stranger, right there in the grocery store. Sometimes friendships blossomed in the canned bean aisle. No more. The cell phone made chit-chat among strangers a thing of the past. More than missing the pay phone, I miss the printed experience of the Encyclopedia Britannica. The online encyclopedia has practically eradicated the wonderful 32-set volume of books, so heavy they required a crane to lift them. The books covered every topic of the world. But that’s not all. In addition, the books had other uses that made them invaluable. For one thing, you could stack them in a chair for kids wanting to sit higher at the table; you could press leaves inside their pages; they made excellent door stops; and best of all, they helped improve your posture as you practiced walking with one balanced on your head. In today’s technological world, when we want to learn more about sampans in Malaysia or the habits of honey bees, we don’t grab the doorstop and flip the pages open. We go to the computer.
As I look back at how our world once was, I’m reminded of the scripture in 2 Cor. 5:17. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” As followers of Christ, our old way of living is no longer a part of who we are. We have received a new nature, which we can develop by reading the Bible, spending time in prayer and with others who follow Christ. Our new nature has no room for old habits and behaviors. I discovered in my own life that as I turned away from my old way of thinking and allowed God to work in my life, my joy for life and faith increased.
My habit of complaining, focusing on the negative, watching TV shows that feature ungodly themes greatly decreased as my focus on God and His Word increased.
Sista Picture Corner
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I was born in a small town in Poland. My family immigrated to the United States when I was just a baby, so I don’t remember any of it. My earliest memories are of growing up in Chicago with my parents and two older sisters. Even though I grew up in a large city, I was at my happiest when I could be either at the beach in the summer or at a park any time of the year. I loved spending time outdoors surrounded by nature.
When I was ten I enjoyed playing with Barbies, bike riding, roller skating, ice skating, and playing with my friends. I also loved to read as much as possible.
At twenty one after graduating from college, I married my husband and we have been married for 29 years. He has been a very encouraging and supportive husband throughout our marriage. We have two wonderful children who were born in Dallas, Texas, where we lived for 12 years before settling down in Seattle, where we have lived for the last 15 years.
My favorite place is the Pacific Northwest. When I look at all of the natural beauty surrounding me, I am in awe of God’s perfect creation.
Some of my favorite things to do are reading, socializing with family and friends, kayaking, biking, and hiking.
I have believed in Christ since I was a child but it was not until my later twenties that I started developing a personal relationship with Him. After my daughter was born I had a spiritual reawakening and started on the journey to know Christ more fully, a journey which I am still on.
Jeremiah 29:11 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
OCC’s Summer at Taco Time
The Shack group spent the summer studying every Tuesday at Taco Time. The staff was so helpful, thoughtful and attentive to our entire group. Rijaona (to the right) has the sweetest smile, took good care of and paid special attention to our large group. Fast food is known for their very limited customer service and no attention to detail. At Taco Time on Redmond Way however, the staff try their hardest to make it right and make it personal. They will make it to your specification; it is fresh, fast and hits the spot. Rijaona even loved our Shack Rap. Stop by and tell them you heard great things about them from Nancy and the summer study group…and watch Rijaona give you a sweet, friendly smile. ☺
Wanted: Volunteer writer for book review column featuring recommended Christian fiction and non-fiction. If interested, contact Nancy, Bronwyn or Harriet.
Joyce Meyer’s 12 Power Thoughts
1. I can do whatever I need to do in life through Christ.
2. God loves me unconditionally.
3. I will not live in fear.
4. I am difficult to offend.
5. I love people and I enjoy helping them.
6. I trust God completely; there is no need to worry.
7. I am content and emotionally stable.
8. God meets all my needs abundantly.
9. I pursue peace with God, myself, and others.
10. I live in the present and enjoy each moment.
11. I am disciplined and self-controlled.
12. I put God first in my life.
“The empty tomb in Jerusalem is the only tourist attraction on earth where people line up to see nothing.” ~Pastor John Hagee, author of “Can America Survive”.
Happy Birthday Paul
Paul, Nancy’s Ford Escape, celebrated his first birthday this month. With the help of four other sistas, Nancy dedicated Paul last spring with the intention of her car serving God. Paul has transported wheel chairs, walkers, seniors looking for a fun night out or needing a ride to the doctor. In addition, Paul has hauled numerous supplies, gifts and clothes for the homeless. “You can dedicate anything to God,” Nancy says. “Everything we do, we can offer up to Him.”
As the poet said ‘Only God can make a tree’–probably because it’s so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.” ~Woody Allen, director, actor, comic, self-proclaimed agnostic
Jose Manuel Lopez Barrios, age 5
My cute little guy Jose is the child I began sponsoring as a result of listening to Nancy encourage us to give to the needy and poor. Jose lives in Carillo Puerto, Mexico with his father and mother. His house doesn’t feature slab granite counters or polished tile floors. His house has a cement floor, wood walls and a corrugated iron roof. Most adults in his community are unemployed and those who do work earn the equivalent of $186 per month. Sponsorship is $38 per month and allows the Christian child advocacy ministry, Compassion International, to staff a student center in Jose’s neighborhood. The center provides Jose with Bible teaching, hygiene education, nutritious food, sports and counseling for the parents. This has become an invaluable experience for me. Jose sends me pictures he has drawn especially for me. His mother, Alma, writes to me and expresses effusive appreciation. When I sent extra money for Jose’s fifth birthday last February, I had hoped his mother would buy him a special toy or book. She wrote back and told me he was thrilled with his new pantalones (pants) which my financial birthday gift made possible. I continue to forget there are children who want and need clothing more than Legos. If you would like to know more about Compassion International, go to www.compassion.com ~Bronwyn
This is one of the more recent pictures Jose drew for me. Although he’s a future Van Gogh in my eyes, he plans to grow up to be a doctor.