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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Recognition for a Heart Overlooked

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You know what? God sees you! Yes, you there hiding in the shadows. You who really didn’t want to put on the dress-up clothes and pretty face and go to church today.

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Yes, you who wipes a thousand runny noses, washes sinks full of dishes, and regularly stares down innumerable loads of laundry tossed onto your utility room floor. You who just wants to be loved, scruffiness and all.

God hears your cry for quiet after your ears have been flooded with incessant preschool chatter, nonsense jokes, and sibling arguments. He travels with you as you’ve taxi kids to various activities; He leans close as you sit in doctors’ offices; and He girds you up as you stand in line at parent/teacher conferences.

He understands your loneliness when nobody else can fathom the daily battles with kids who can’t attach or who are impacted by fetal alcohol exposure. He gets your silence at gatherings because sharing what’s good seems too shallow and what’s bad seem too unbelievable.

He knows your pain and how hard you try, how selflessly you give, how much you pray, and the counsel you seek. He doesn’t condemn you when disappointment yields a sharp retort, exhaustion produces a measly effort, or worry sets up residence on your pillow at night.

Yes, God sees all you do. He hears your deepest longings. He understands how much you hurt. He notices how much you’ve sacrificed. And He knows.

He knows YOU. Inside and out, upside and down. And He’s blessed.

He’s blessed by your determination. He’s blessed by your servant’s heart. He’s blessed by your honesty, your teach-ability, and your trust.

And He’s there. Right there with you. Right now. He didn’t flee the room when you yelled at your kids. He didn’t bail when you said you were done. He wasn’t threatened by your angry demands. He’s always been there and always will be.

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Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31, NKJV)

He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young. (Isaiah 40:11, NKJV)

And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20, NKJV)

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5, NKJV)