The Little Big Things of Life

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DoAheads! How ARE you? We’ve been a little shy on posts the past two weeks. Mostly yours truly! A minor medical issue caught me off guard but all is well.

It will be a bit more quiet around here until the New Year. Christmas IS coming is it not?! We’ll keep posting s few fun recipes that may serve you well if you’re entertaining (I was in the mood for snacks…go figure!)

And I’ve got an awesome give away next week (A three month subscription to Fortify My Faith! Details to come!) In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy this beauatiful “Christmas letter” from contributor Dana Boyd. I’ve always known she was a lovely human being. Her words and pictorial narrative confirm it. 🙂

Blessings dear ones. I’ll be back on Monday!

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Somehow, we are turning the page on 2016. It will soon be our yesterday. Nationally, contention dominated the months. I imagine, in the years ahead, a glance in the rear-view mirror will reflect, for many, memories eclipsed by the dark and the ugly.

The controversies and struggles of a nation, the resulting unrest that crept into relationships.

The vulgarities and criminalization that lost their scandalous impact, sadly becoming commonplace and accepted…if not expected.

The outrage, faux and genuine, and division that hearts embraced as they chose hostility over souls.

But that’s not where I will allow my spirit to settle.

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A Love Like This

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The words on the other end of the phone sent me reeling, like I’d been sucker punched:

“So your daughter will be 15 this December?” [Read more…]

The Significance of the Insignificant {Winner of Give-Away Announced!}

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Friends you are going to love Dana’s post today…so very encouraging.

Read and be blessed by her words and then be sure to scroll to the bottom. The winner of Dr. Bengston’s amazing book Hope Prevails is announced!

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Click, click, click. Here I sit. Click, click, click. Day after day. Silently, behind my computer screen. Typing away. Click, click, click.

Do you ever just feel…insignificant? Does your routine seem pointless?

Right or wrong, sometimes I start to wonder what I’m doing. Does any of it matter at all? Or is all the mundane just madness?

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Power Grab

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I couldn’t find her. My eyes frantically scanned the nearby waters, as I swallowed the panic rising in my throat. My eight-year-old daughter was there, playing with her friend, one second. But now, she was gone. Just…gone.

It was probably only 10 seconds. Ten. eternal. seconds. [Read more…]

Bowing in the Bedlam

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A new headline, a fresh tragedy.

Every day, everywhere, hate blaring and evil scaring.

Fear shrouds itself in hostility. Hurt drapes itself in aggression. Evil masquerades as a cause.

Confusion engulfs the decent and well-intentioned. In the melee, reason is trampled. Chaos and carnage creep closer.

And how do we respond? [Read more…]

A Radical Read

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Friends! I’ve been away and I’ve missed you! If you follow my “blurbs” here or on DoAhead Woman’s Face Book page you know that my tribe and I have been neck-deep in a remodel and an upcoming family gathering.

Just to give you a flavor of our life, seven days ago my advice to Doc was this.

They’ll only care about, food, beds and toilets (and not necessarily in that order.)

My pep talk was meant to encourage my hunny after his third trip into the cavernous bowel that houses the lift station. It pumps the “ick” from our sewer up to the street where it meets with city plumbing.

“Ya’ll” will be glad to know we were able to care for all our family needs (input and output) over the course of a glorious Fourth of July.

That being said, I regret that our crazies kept me from you. But I’m back and I have a special treat. The first Wednesday of the month is when Dana shares her heart and words of wisdom. Her writing today struck me as a poem. It also ties in perfectly to a personal event from our family weekend.

One of our nephews is getting married this fall. Sunday, all the Aunties, cousins and future SIL’s hosted a bridal shower. It was such a treat to welcome this beautiful soul into the family. I had the honor of sharing a few words. (Shocking…I know. Me + Words = No Surprise.)

As I prayed over what to share, I reflected on what has been most important in my own marriage. Doc and I have been at it for nearly thirty years. It would be safe to say we’re consistently inconsistent with most marriage strategies. With the exception of one——–

We take to to heart God’s word.

I determined that the most important thing I could share with the future bride was a word of encouragement regarding the Word.

Here’s where I need to let Dana take over.  She’s communicated with far more eloquence what this Ol’ Auntie was trying to say. Read it and be blessed. 🙂 {Be sure and stop by tomorrow. I’ll be posting with the #livefree community on what it means to be salty!}

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It’s no ordinary book.

As my eyes take in the type on the pages, the words form messages that capture my mind and penetrate my heart. Something stirs within.

A swirl of insight and inspiration ripples through my spirit. Revelations, both sudden and slow, dawn like a sunrise in my soul. Breathtaking. Captivating.

And I wonder at it all.

I’ve read it before. The pages are the same. The words have not changed. Yet somehow, every new read unveils a mystery once hidden—now laid explicitly bare—prompting a fresh response. Eliciting a raw reaction.

I revel in new understanding, all the while resigned to knowing I don’t truly understand. I cannot…but I long to anyway. Drawn irresistibly to know more, see more, believe more.

It’s no ordinary book. It’s the Living Book—2000 years old and yet not only relevant, but critical. Life-changing. Life-giving…to anyone who will read.

 

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

~ Hebrews 4:12-13 NLT

Your DoAhead Friend,

Dana