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Unsolicited advice

Dear various and sundry friends and neighbors,

God’s presence is all around you. I prayed that you would have eyes to see and ears to hear. And you see and hear Him, so honor Him, for He is your Lord. Don’t keep searching for answers in book or friend or drink or child. Your efforts to cobble together truth are futile. God’s truth will never be sexy or glamorous or marketed to you. Many times it won’t even fully make sense to you. But there is blessing in it…and suffering, and pain, and joy, and fullness, and limitless peace. Reach out and take hold of it. Make it your own and never let go. He is waiting for you — and He is your very great reward.



Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. ~Rev. 3:20


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Well, Hubs has the Etsy shop open, and he’s participating in Bloggy Giveaways. Go enter.

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rwandan flag

As I mentioned here, Hubs and I are working on a little Etsy venture to support Compassion International. We were inspired by the recent bloggy tour of Uganda as well as our church’s ties to the Anglican Church in Rwanda. We hope to start this venture by sponsoring Compassion Children in Rwanda; and we’ll see where God takes it from there. Want to weigh in on the store’s name? Go here.

The store didn’t quite come together in time for the current Bloggy Giveaways Carnival (darn those college exam schedules), but we will be ready to play giveaway next time, I’m sure. Spread the word, people. God is up to something.

Thank you for your prayers!

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Catch a glimpse of the elusive Lainey over at Chic Critique. I know. You saw this, and you thought I wasn’t pretty. I love how God worked it out so that I had just gotten new sunglasses and just had my hair done when Megan called and asked for a picture.

Note to self: wear sunglasses at all times.

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My new bloggy friend Michelle tagged me for the 7 random things meme, which I’ve done once before here. Since it seems to take such things to get me to write a blog post these days, I will gladly participate.

1. I am a whiner. Sadly, my kids are too. I’ve mentioned that I’m the youngest of 4 girls. When I was little, one of my older sisters (*cough* the one who wanted to make sure everyone knew she was not the baby *cough*) used to call me “Elaine the Pain.” How could you not whine when that happens? See? It’s happening again. At least my kids don’t cry as much as I did.

2. I am a good mom. I’m trying to give my kids the tools they need to move beyond their whiny heritage.

3. I am, finally, after 13 years of marriage, a good cook. Last week, I threw together a little home-cooked comfort-food meal of baked chicken, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, and rolls within an hour. No one was harmed in the process (I don’t even think there was any whining!). When I was first married, that surely would have taken the whole afternoon. I did not inherit a complex culinary heritage from my mom.

4. I am a mystery shopper. I started picking up a few local mystery shopping jobs in February after reading about it in my frugal blogging travels. My husband says I’m the perfect mystery shopper. Probably because I’m one of those people who flies low under the radar. You wouldn’t notice me. And I’m detail oriented and have a good memory. Which could mean I’d be really good on ‘Survivor,’ except for that whole whining thing.

5. I love small things. In a really big way. So does ‘Nell.’

6. My husband and I are thinking of opening an Etsy store selling his pottery and sending a percentage of the proceeds to various relief efforts in Rwanda. You could pray about this.

7. I love making new bloggy friends, especially when they read my blog faithfully even though they don’t know why. I feel a new tag line coming on…

If you need blog fodder, consider yourself tagged. And since I still need blog fodder, I’ll be accepting your questions in the comments.

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This is my new swimsuit (as if I’ll actually be able to wear it before June here, but I thought I’d better buy it before all the cute suits in my size got snapped up). Mine is turquoise…to match my eyes.  ; ) And mine has a removable halter strap. It has been so long since I had full coverage of all “the areas.” I must say, it is very nice. I recommend it.

Last year, I resigned myself to the “mommy skirt,” which I wore with a bikini top; and sometimes a t-shirt. But when I saw the photos, I was not impressed with “the stomach” peeking out and “the thighs” ever-growing in the back where I wasn’t looking.

So, let’s take a moment and reflect as I enter into a new swimsuit era. Thank you, body, for all you’ve done for me. I promise to cover you with shirring, and swim skirt, and sunscreen until winter returns.

FYI, you know I’m “frugal,” so this little number can be found for about $30 at finer Wal-Marts everywhere

Please tell me you care.

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Shannon’s running a Greatest Hits edition of Works for me Wednesday today. This one, originally published in July 2007, is one of my faves. It ought to be fun to check out everyone’s favorite ideas.

A few years ago, my Bible study leader recommended keeping a 3X5 spiral notebook as a tool for scripture memorization. I have found this tip to be useful not only in improving my scripture memory, but also in deepening my relationship with God.

When I come across a verse that I want to learn or one that speaks to me, I write it in my spiral. I carry this spiral in my purse so that I can “study on it” when I have free time in the car (not while driving, of course) or while waiting somewhere. I have already filled two notebooks and am due for a third. I can often find the verse in my spiral quicker than I can locate it in my Bible (maybe that’s another project?!), so I’ve noticed I am sharing a lot more scripture with others. I also like to look back through the notebook and see how God has spoken through time with different verses; and I do repeat verses when they re-emerge as important during a particular season of life.

I am one of those people for whom writing things down makes them more real (thus, the blog…), so writing the verses down definitely adds to my knowledge and understanding of them. Works for me…and since you’re a bloggy person, maybe it’ll work for you too.

Works for Me Wednesday is hosted by Rocks in My Dryer.

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