Would You Like a Refill?

 

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Sometimes when you sip a cup of warmth, the contents can turn a bit tepid. So how about a top-off of this week’s cups? It’s Thursday, the day I re-serve the warmth shared throughout the previous six days of the Write 31 Days challenge. That way if you missed anything, or simply want a refill, the offerings are here for your enjoyment.

And for those who drink til the last drop, you’ll find a link to a generous offer from DaySpring. (DaySpring, the Christian branch of Hallmark, is an official sponsor of Write31Days. They have something very special for the faithful readers of our posts. They are saying thank you for me in a way I can’t.) But you only have one day left to respond—deadline is Oct 28.

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Feel free to take your time soaking in the warmth of God’s graciousness, served in my little nook of the world. There’s nothing better than enjoying a cup with a friend, so feel free to take a seat and share your heart. My cup is warm but my heart is warmer—eager to hear your thoughts.


Friday, Oct 21, defined the flavor of true humility.

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Humility for a Heart Enslaved by Pride


Saturday, Oct 22, served the reminder of where to place legitimate expectations.

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Reality for a Heart with Faulty Expectations


Sunday, Oct 23, offered hope for the recognition we desire.

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Recognition for a Heart Overlooked


Monday, Oct 24, placed unforgiveness on the table so we could examine what it really means.

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Freedom from a Heart of Unforgiveness


Tuesday, Oct 25, offered an assurance that sometimes walls are necessary (and I’m not talking about geographical walls).

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Assurance for a Heart Protected


And, Wednesday, Oct 26, served a reminder of who’s really in charge

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A Pry Bar for a Heart Clutching


Now for that offer. DaySpring is an official supporter of Write31Days and they are offering our readers a chance for a $100 gift certificate. $100! That’s awesome! So click the link and it will take you to the special signup page.

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Be sure to use the Rafflecopter giveaway widget before October 28th. If you’re the winner DaySpring will contact you directly.


I can’t believe there are only four days left of this challenge! Thank you for being a dear friend and reading the messages God has burned into my soul during the years I had kids at home. I pray that you are encouraged and that those spots of your own heart that have grown cold, have been warmed by God’s grace and faithfulness.

I will resume my weekly blog again on Monday, November 7th. November! Oh my how this year has flown by. But, I’ve more material to share and a few surprises in store. So stay tuned.

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A Pry Bar for a Heart Clutching

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Have you ever taken the Meyers-Briggs personality inventory? I have, like four times. Once for a job and the others in abbreviated forms as a part of some class at church. I always end up right in the middle on the extrovert/introvert scale—sometimes leaning more toward one side than the other. Interestingly, the older I get the more introverted I become.

For the middle two categories I can never remember what I am. But that last area, I’m a strong J. I like to have things in order. I like things predictable. I like to be in control. I don’t have to be in charge, but I’m not one who likes to go with the flow that easily.

If you’re like me, you might sometimes call yourself a control freak.

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One of the purposes of the Meyers-Briggs test is to let the world know we control freaks play an important role in society. Without us there’d be all sorts of anarchy and nothing would ever be completed.

As moms, our personality type is found in neat homes, with orderly children, weekly meal plans posted on the fridge, and color-coded bins. Usually. But God wants to make sure there’s balance, so He gives us a husband or a child—or two or three—who unintentionally throw a bit of chaos into our order. And we want to scream.

You see, God is the ultimate J, and He’s the One who needs to be in control. So when we need a little lesson in this, He sneaks in and kicks over the fruit basket. But He doesn’t send the produce rolling so we’ll go scrambling. No, He wants us to learn to sit down and let the colors scatter.

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. . . where vibrancy splatters our world and sweet aromas waft through the air.

I know, I know. Often things quickly turn into a sticky, stinky mess. But how much do we contribute to that mess when things don’t go the way we planned?

Order provides sanity. It makes us feel like the job is doable. And most of the time that’s ok. But, when we start acting like God in our homes—demanding this, expecting that, ordering them, and losing our sweetness in the process—the Lord just might start throwing some chaos into the picture so we can remember that He’s the one in charge.

And you know what? He’s pretty good at it. He can handle it. He can turn chaos into order, disturbance into peace, and storms into stillness. So let’s loosen our grip on the joystick and allow our world to lean into a slight tilt. I think if we do, we’ll find things a bit more centered.

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (Mark 4:39, NIV)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, NIV)