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It may be hot outside, but it’s still winter for some.

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Happy Sunday (ok it’s Monday now – hope your week is starting off well).  A bit of a bittersweet message and song for you all today.  I just returned home from a great week of sun, friends, and good times (post on that to come soon).  Not quite settled in, still piles of laundry and many bags to unpack, we headed to the 3rd evening contemporary service of the New Church of Peachtree City held at Heritage Christian Church.

Pastor David is preaching a series titled Seasons of the Soul.  We started with Summer, missed Fall, and tonight’s message was Winter, which could not have been timed more appropriately.  The service started with Psalm 23 (see above).  This verse has been read at many funerals, including my father’s, which appropriately timed, was 12 years ago this week.  And today is the anniversary of my father’s passing (that is him below shortly before his death around 48 years old).  12 years ago was a “winter” period of my life.  The season of winter in one’s life can be full of uncertainty, unmet expectations, feeling of hopelessness (nothing more we can do), and just lack of control.  It basically is the lowest of lows and sucks, to be frank.  Psalm 88 tells us winter is a part of life and offers a prayer for help.  God often seems silent and we are desperate for answers.  (Remember Job?)

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Like all things though, God sends us through the winters of our lives to teach us some lessons and really appreciate the summers.  David presented 3 lessons (taken from John Ortberg) we learn during winter:

  1. We learn that we are not running the show. (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14)
  2. We learn we need community the most when we desire it the least. (Romans 12:12)
  3. We learn to cling tenaciously to hope. (“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time.  Invite one to stay.” Maya Angelou)

My prayer today is for all of those in the winter season of your life.  Cling to your faith, pray ferociously, lean on those around you, and KNOW God is there and you will come through even stronger.  I find comfort today knowing that my Dad is in heaven looking down on us, watching his grandkids grow, and not suffering any longer.  And I know we will be reunited one day and can rest in that knowledge.

And a special prayer to friends of ours that lost a loved one yesterday too.  I pray for comfort, peace, understanding, and patience as they wait for answers.  Love you guys and we are praying hard for you and your family.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs that always bring tears to my eyes and goosebumps as the words to just so raw and true.  The tears, the storms, the sleepless nights, and trials are truly YOUR mercies in disguise, and for that we exalt YOU always and declare YOUR GLORY!

Blessings
Laura Story

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

AMEN!

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I Love You Lord (my Sunday song)

Happy Sunday.  I’ll keep this short today as it’s been a lazy Sunday over here and I have some oatmeal chocolate chip muffins and banana bread in the oven!  Great message this AM at the New Church of Peachtree City from our music director, Mr. John Odom.

It was the story of Simon Peter taken from the gospel of John.  In a nutshell after all that Jesus had done for Peter and after Peter had declared him LORD, when put on the spot (before Jesus was crucified) he denied knowing Jesus, not only once – but three times.  Being the forgiving, loving God that HE is, in John 21:15-19 (below), Jesus asks Peter three times (not a coincidence) if he loves him.  Peter affirmed his love for him and was restored by Jesus in his walk.

How amazing is our LORD and SAVIOR that HE can forgive us after our transgressions, even denying Him?  Pretty amazing, and my prayer is for the strength and conviction to glorify him always, even when it may not be the “popular” thing to do (I can only imagine how Simon Peter felt), and find peace knowing of his amazing grace, patience, and love for me.

“15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of deathby which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
John 21:15-19

There are so many songs about God’s love, but I thought today I would pick a song that tells God OUR love for him.  There are a lot of versions, included one below, but my favorite has to be from our church’s own Jay & Abby Akins, Abby’s voice is just sweet and beautiful and I fell in love with this song the first time I heard her sing it.  It has become a staple lullaby in our house and has put our kids to sleep many times over the last 3 years.  I hope you enjoy and can sing along to declare your love for our amazing, forgiving, understanding, and loving God.  God Bless and have a great week!

“I Love You, Lord”

I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul, rejoice!

Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
In Your ear

I love you, Lord
(I love you, Lord)
And I lift my voice
(And I lift my voice)
To worship You
(To worship You)
Oh, my soul, rejoice!
(Oh, my soul)

Take joy my King
(Take joy my King)
In what You hear
(In what You hear)
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
(Let it be a sweet sound)
In Your ear

I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul, rejoice!

Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
In Your ear

I love you, Lord
(I love you, Lord)
I love you, Lord
(I love you, Lord)
(And I lift my voice)

I love you, Lord
(Take joy my King)
(Take joy my King)

I love you, Lord
(I love you, Lord)
I love you, Lord
(Let it be a sweet, sweet sound)

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Summer Fun – Part 1

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Hope everyone’s summer is off to a great start!  We’ve been keeping busy, already went to the beach, LL had a week of Fun Days (camp), lots of outside time, pool time, visiting new babies, and play dates!  Cannot believe we are already 4 weeks in – this will be the first installment of hopefully many for the summer.  Yesterday we had an extra fun day that I wanted to share for some summer fun ideas that you may want to try too!

First we headed to Newnan Utilities’ Carl Miller Park to check out their splash pad/park.  This is a little hidden gem of a park in the middle of what feels like nowhere to me (although it’s really only 10 miles!)  At first it didn’t look like much, maybe 6 fountains coming up from the ground, but after a minute and watching all the kids run through it – it was clear it was a big hit for all!  This park also has pavilions, walking trails, and 2 large playgrounds, one more updated and another big wooden castle.

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After a great lunch at Chick-fil-A and even more playground time, it was time for naps (which went by way too fast).  So kids woke up and needed more entertainment.  I know it is only going to get hotter, so we loaded on the sunscreen and went outside for some afternoon play.  I had seen a “pin” awhile back for Sidewalk Chalk Paint, and figured today was as good as any to try it out.  Looked simple enough.  At first skeptical that it was too thin, we took it outside to try with some brushes.  Not only was it a big hit (painting on the driveway) – the colors looked great and when it quickly dried it looked just like chalk, maybe even better.  The brushes allowed for more detail too.  Kids, and Mommy too, had a blast!  And because it was outside, it was easy clean-up.  And in case you are wondering, after a big storm last night – it did wash off just fine!

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To end our day, we headed over to Line Creek Nature Area to meet up with the young adults from the New Church of Peachtree City for some fellowship time and good food.  This place is very close to us and really a great little nature area in Peachtree City.  Great trails, pretty creek, nice pond and picnic area.  Something so close, yet feels so far!  LL and LM enjoyed getting nice and dirty and looking for creatures.  The baby turtle seemed to be the highlight!  Overall a nice way to close out a fun summer day!

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Hope you are having a great summer so far too!  What are your favorite summer activities?

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