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Advent is here!

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to pop in and let you know I am sharing a picture a day of things that bring me joy for the month of December.  Check it out on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter! Join in by posting your own joyful things and hashtag #yestodecemberjoy so I can find you!

I thought I’d share some advent thoughts and ideas and goodies with you as we enter into the season.

I just downloaded on the Kindle for Advent: “Preparing for Christmas” by Richard Rohr.  It’s a daily devotional and it’s about $6 on the Kindle.  It’s so good it’s hard for me to read just one a day! A little excerpt: “We can also use other a words for Advent: aware, alive, attentive, alert, awake are all appropriate. Advent is, above all else, a call to full consciousness and a forewarning about the high price of consciousness.” I love the way Rohr purposely writes to take us “beyond the sentimental understanding of Christmas to a more adult, mature message of the Incarnation of God in Christ”. Yes please, give us some meat.

Today we heard about John the Baptist. We learned about Zechariah and Elizabeth who so badly wanted a baby and could not get pregnant. Then finally, God said they will have a baby! YAY! Prayers answered, High fives all around! The Word says, “many will rejoice because of this birth for he will be great in the sight of the Lord”. It’s all really miraculous because he and Elizabeth were OLD. They thought their time to have a child had passed. But God…

What desires of your heart have you “given up on”? What are you no longer believing is possible?

There is so much to talk about in this story but I one thing our pastor said today is that “Whatever God has given you was not meant to stop with you”. Hmmm…

See, it turns out that Zechariah and Elizabeth’s dream was also part of God’s plan. It just had to happen in His time. And what was given to them wasn’t just for them, it was for all of us.

Which brings us to another question. What has God given you that maybe you have been hoarding? Keeping to yourself? Thinking was just for you?

Maybe you have a talent, a treasure, an idea, a child, a marriage, a relationship, an opportunity…that can lead others to Him. All we have and all we are is part of a bigger story. It is not meant to stop with you.

Makes you think, huh? What does God want me to do with all that He has given me? What will my legacy be?

Luke 1:68-79The Voice (VOICE)

Zacharias: May the Lord God of Israel be blessed indeed!
For God’s intervention has begun,
and He has moved to rescue us, the people of God.
And the Lord has raised up a powerful sign of liberation for us
from among the descendants of God’s servant, King David.
As was prophesied through the mouths of His holy prophets in ancient times:
God will liberate us from our enemies
and from the hand of our oppressors!
God will show mercy promised to our ancestors,
upholding the abiding covenant He made with them,
Remembering the original vow He swore to Abraham,
from whom we are all descended.
God will rescue us from the grasp of our enemies
so that we may serve Him without fear all our days
In holiness and justice, in the presence of the Lord.
And you, my son, will be called the prophet of the Most High.
For you will be the one to prepare the way for the Lord
So that the Lord’s people will receive knowledge of their freedom
through the forgiveness of their sins.
All this will flow from the kind and compassionate mercy of our God.
A new day is dawning:
the Sunrise from the heavens will break through in our darkness,
And those who huddle in night,
those who sit in the shadow of death,
Will be able to rise and walk in the light,
guided in the pathway of peace.

 

Podcast 30: Jane Reed Henson

I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend Jane!

Jane Reed Henson is an artist, author and photographer who loves life and really loves Jesus. She delights in sharing her journey of spiritual healing through different aspects of art and writing. Her concept that living painterly, embracing the brushstrokes of life, allows for a freedom like no other has truly given her the strength to live life fully while following God’s great design for her life. She is the creator of the “Painterly Living Workshops”.

Jane is also a foster adoptive mom who advocates for the unconditional love foster children are so deeply in need of. In her latest book, Beyond Expectations, Jane shows the value and the ability we all have within ourselves to love and transform the lives of others through letting go of our expectations of them and seeing them through God’s eyes.

Jane has authored Women of God Live Redeemed, Living Blessed and her cookbook, Simple Quinoa. Her first release “Blessed With MS” is currently in a review and editing process as she rewrites this memoir from a new perspective. Jane is also penning a new book, The Art of Painterly Living, full of soulful spiritual healing though the use of art to be released soon! She spends her days following whatever calling God places in front of her. Some days she paints, others she writes and some she looks through the lens of her camera and captures whatever God places in her day.

She considers herself a free spirit of sorts. She freely follows the guidance of the Holy Spirit and fully embraces wherever she is led.

Her website is: https://www.janereedhenson.com 

She is amazing and you will love her! Enjoy!

All great paintings require restoration over time. Some of the greatest earthly paintings of all time have had restoration work done. Even the Sistine Chapel underwent a cleaning and restoration in order to get centuries of dust and candle soot off its walls and ceiling. As a newborn we are a blank canvas. Through the years we are covered with our own dust and soot. These come in the form of hurts, losses, let downs and broken relationships. At times we can be covered so deeply in suffering that the dust is caked on and it is hard to restore us to the glory we are meant to be. Just as a restoration artist has to recognize and know the design of the original artist in order to restore, we cannot be restored until we accept and recognize God’s design for us.

Jane Henson,
The Art of Painterly Living

 

New podcast! Amia Freeman, Inneractivefit

 

I’m so excited for you to meet Amia Freeman! She is the founder of inneractivefitclub.net and @inneractivefit on Instagram. She is awesome!!  (That is a lot of exclamation points so you know I am really excited!!)

Amia Freeman is a leading expert in group fitness, personal fitness and spiritual growth. She has been taking the fitness world by storm for over 10 years. Amia is inspired to promote and practice diverse health and fitness programs to keep clients motivated, minimize plateaus, and to increase spiritual, physical, and mental strength.

inneractive FITCLUB was birthed from Amia’s passion for bringing women together and developing support systems, resources and a sense of community. Her passion is contagious and clear in her client interactions, group exercise programs, personal training, and nutrition counseling.

Awesome, right?

On the Great Big YES! podcast, I like to get behind all of the “what do you do” questions and find out more about “who you are”.  I’m especially excited that in this conversation, you get to hear her heart. I love that she courageously shares her faith journey and talks about her childhood and how her faith has formed over the years.  We talk about family and church and our kids and red birds and so much more!

Amia is authentic and honest and inspiring. She speaks truth with humor and grace. Listen in and then head over to her website and give her a follow on Instagram! She will be your new best friend!