You Can Call Him Anytime

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Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth; and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.  John 14:6-7

My husband,  Jim and I met while working on summer staff at Lake Junaluska, NC.  Jim was from Kentucky and I was from Georgia. When we began dating that summer we said it was for only the summer. I had previously been burned in a long distant relationship and Jim did not want to have anything to do with one. Yet, as the summer progressed, we realized that this relationship was going beyond summer.

Through The Years

Through The Years

Thirty-two years ago when we were dating there were no cell phones, did not even know the meaning of social media. The biggest concern at that time in the world of communication was that Ma’ Bell was selling out to ATT&T which none of us liked.  Yet, in order for our relationship to work, we knew we had to both give it our one hundred percent. Communication was the key to our relationship working out.

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Jim and I wrote letters to each other every week. I knew the exact day when to expect a letter in my mailbox and sometimes was surprised to get an extra one during the week. Jim and I had a time set on Saturday nights where he would call me and we would talk. We shared about our week, our struggles, our joys and what was ahead of us in our individual lives as well as a life as a couple. Every four weeks, Jim would drive down to see me for a weekend. There were also opportunities for me to travel up to see Jim in Kentucky.  Our success was determined on how we communicated with each other and kept Christ in the center of our relationship.

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This morning I am sitting here in my chair with my bible opened to John 14:6-7. Jesus is telling the disciples and us the way to His Father’s House. Once we accept Christ into our lives, we have to keep the lines of communication open.

How do we communicate and nurture that relationship with Christ?

Just as Jim and I had a designated time to talk to each other each week, we need to have a daily designated time to talk to God. This is our time to pour our hearts out to him. He wants to hear our joys, sorrows, our petitions, and simply what is on our hearts.

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When Jim called me on those Saturday nights, we took turns talking. Jim would sit and listen to what was on my heart and then I would listen to what he had on his heart. We sought each other’s hearts. Just as Jim and I took time to listen to each other and seek each other’s hearts,  we need to seek God’s heart. It is important for us to sit still and listen to his voice and hear what is on his heart.

He makes all things beautiful

 I mentioned earlier how Jim and I would write each other letters in between seeing one another. God has also written many letters and stories for us to read and learn about his kingdom and his will for our lives.  You can find these stories and letters in the best-selling book, The Bible.  For those new in the faith, I always recommend starting in the Gospel of John. John is the greatest love story you will ever read. As you read the scriptures, be in tuned to God’s voice. What is he wanting to tell you from the readings and/or where is he leading you from the readings?

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Yes, God created you. He knows everything about you. Yet, he longs to have a relationship with you. Unlike Jim and I having a long distance relationship, your relationship with God through his Son, Jesus is right there where you are sitting or standing at this moment. You don’t have to schedule a phone call or wait for the postman to bring you a letter of invitation.  All you have to do is ask Christ into your heart and begin a beautiful relationship with Him. Then, each day sit down and have a chat with Him.  You can call Him anytime!

 

God’s Protection Plan….(continuation of living on a prayer)

April:

Part 3 of 3

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As I sit having coffee and dessert in a quaint Chicago café, my son begins to tell me a story. The story unfolds and as it unfolds, I look at Drew’s dad, Jim and I look at Drew asking them if they are messing with my mind. Yet, Drew looks at me dead on in the eye and says; “mom hang with me, this is real stuff.”  Yet, it sounded like a scene from a Magnum PI television show or a James Bond movie.

After hearing what Drew went through only a couple of weeks before, I was speechless, dumb founded and yes that very moment was surreal.  I remember looking at Drew and asking him; “this really happened?”  The proof was in the pudding when he reached for his wallet and pulled out the bullet he found from the scene of the incident. At that point…

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Chili Dogs and Bullets. Just a Day at the Office.

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April:

Part 2of 3

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Below is a guest post written by my son Drew about an experience he had a couple of years ago.

The 9mm bullet from that day I keep at my desk

It was part of my weekly routine.

For just under two years, I had worked at Hinda Incentives, whose office was tucked into a neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Sure, weird things happened there from time to time. There were a couple of bullet holes in the side of the building. Younger kids often tried to get me to buy them beer while I walked to the train. Occasionally there was a guy high as a kite. Other than that, it really didn’t feel that dangerous during the day. All that “weird stuff” happened at night, well beyond closing time.

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Around once a week I would walk to a Nicky’s, a hot dog stand around the…

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Living on a Prayer

April:

Part 1 of 3

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“God, I ask that you place your angels of protection around Drew and Megan throughout the night tonight and throughout the day tomorrow. Walk with them and keep your angels of protection around them in their cars, parking lots, parking garages, the streets, street corners, the subway and subway stations, their buildings where they work, and  parking lots and garages. No matter where they go please surround them and feather them with your mighty protection from ALL harm and evil and ALL harm and evil people.”

This is part of my nightly bedtime prayer. As you know, I am a BIG believer in prayer. All through my growing up and now in my adult life, I have experienced prayers answered. Yes, there have been times when I have wondered if God was really on the job. Yet, events happen or someone shares an experience with me and I immediately see…

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Love In Action

April:

Re-posting this in loving memory of Jim Hawkins, Sr. He went home to be with the Master last January 12, 2014.

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Three Generations of Hawkins Men: Jim, Sr. Jim, Jr. and Drew

In the summer of 1983, I met a very special man. One of my first encounters with this special man was he offered me a peach freshly picked up from the Farmer’s Market. Not only did he offer me a peach but he peeled it for me. All I had to do was sit there and  enjoy the sweetness of the peach and the conversation that came with it.

Over time, I have experienced many special encounters of this man. He is a man of few words but of a lot of action. When you are at his home, regardless of how much you offer to help out, he is always insistent to take care of you.

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I have watched this man plant and harvest a garden for 29 years of my life.  Through the harvest of the garden…

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God Speaks. I Write. He Reveals His Plan.

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We can be confident that His desire to reveal will always be greater than our desire to know. Corrie Ann Pearce

In my post He Will Have The Last Laugh , I shared how I began writing my Faith Thoughts and started my website. It was through my son, Drew, asking me about my passion and God telling me to write. In my November post,  I shared about  God  having the last laugh with me. God had a plan and He knew I would one day share my faith in words.

As I look back on the posts that I have written, it has been revealed to me that I have not just been sharing my faith, telling how God is in control, and how we should trust Him. God has also been talking to me through my own writings. You have heard the quote physician heal thyself. In recent days, I have gone…

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It’s What’s In The Heart

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This season I watched  the competition “The Voice.” similar to ‘American Idle” in giving young singers a break in the music industry, I like the way “The Voice” chose their teams and contestants. In the beginning of the series of competition and voting, the singers audition before the judges/coaches but the judges/coaches have their back turned to the performer. This is done so that the judges/coaches hear the true talent and heart of the performer and not size them up according to their appearance. Also, through watching this show, the beautiful hearts of the performers and their stories were seen  more than the outward appearance.

These days, I hear so many moms of teen girls who struggle with their appearance. The girls want to fit in with the right clothes, and the list of the wants  go on  just to be accepted. Not only do the girls deal with this but guys do as well. I remember my son in middle school would…

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What A Ride!

April:

Throw Back Thursday…blog from the past…. 2012

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“This is the day the LORD hath made! Let us REJOICE and be glad in it!

Psalm 118:24

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Jim’s Bucket List

My husband, Jim has always dreamed of owning a convertible. His eyes have always been set on a Miata. Yet, in the Fall of 2011 on the eve of Jim turning 50 June 2012, we came across a very sweet ride and purchased our Toyota Solara. Needless to say, mid-life crisis/fun had hit the Hawkins’ home.

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One of our favorite areas is the Smoky Mountains. It is our favorite area because it is the area where we met, fell in love and have taken many trips together. Both our families had vacationed in the area before we met. Since the Smokies are one of our favorite places, we decided we would vacation there for a week the Summer of 2012.

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The Future Is So Bright……

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In the 1980’s, there was a hit tune with the lyrics “the future is so bright I gotta wear shades.” As I had mentioned in my previous post Putting On A New Face, I give my family a gag gift each Christmas.  This year the gift was the big goofy sunglasses.  When I gave them these precious glasses that they looked so precious in, I told them that I wished for them in 2011 a “future that was so bright that they would have to wear shades.

When God placed us here on earth, He did not promise us days without obstacles or temptations.  There are days when we just want to probably give up and give up on God. But, when we feel like giving up, we have to realize and know that God is there every step of the way. You have probably heard  the saying “He brought…

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Messengers

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God’s messengers played an important role announcing Christ’s birth. Gabriel appeared before Mary to tell her that she was the chosen one to carry and give birth to the Christ child. Then on the night of Christ’s birth, the angel stood before the shepherds and  announced  the wonderful birth of Christ.

A few days ago, I received the following video in my News Feed on Facebook. It is a video describing what the announcement and birth of Christ may have been liked if shared on Facebook.

Yes, Social Media is a big and booming thing in the world today.  Through Twitter, Facebook, Email, Google, and countless others means of Social Media, word about anything good or bad can be seen by many all over the world. Through Social Media, God is using earthly messages to continue to get the word out about his only Son.  It has been through Twitter, Blog Sites…

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