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.

Originally posted on Thoughts From The Porch:

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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Is there anybody there?

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 back…

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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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In the process of planning our…

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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 you…

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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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A New Day

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"I'm happy!' “I’m happy!’

This video/song seems to be the new rage at this moment. It is easy to see why it is catching on and why people like it so much. As you listen to the song, you will find yourself tapping your toe, dancing in your seat and if you are not careful humming it under your breath hours after you have listened to the song.

As I listen and watch this video this morning, I turn to Psalm 68:3.

But may the righteous be glad and rejoice  before God;

may they be HAPPY and joyful.

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For those of you who are Peanuts fans, you are familiar with the drawing of Charlie Brown and Snoopy with the saying;

Happiness is warm puppy.

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Yes, I can see how happiness is a warm puppy. My precious Smokey brings me happiness every day. Yet, there is more to happiness…

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“GO!”

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“Go” is the word I would hear each time I walked to my mailbox and look in the direction of where a church sits on the corner from my neighborhood. I would hear the word, “Go” when I would stop  at the  intersection  where the church sits or pass it on my way out on an errand. There was this nudge, a whisper telling me to “GO!”.  Of course, I knew and know deep within that this whisper was the Holy Spirit speaking to me.

A ROUGH YEAR

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This year has not been the easiest year for Jim and me. It seems we would get out of one storm and another would hit.  In these storms, I was the one who was trying to encourage everyone else,  trying to hold everyone else up and making sure their needs were taken care of. Yet, ignoring the fact that I needed…

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I See The Moon

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” I see the moon and the moon sees me. God bless the moon and God bless me.” Each evening when Mom would be putting the supper dishes away, I would sit on the sofa in the sitting area by the kitchen looking out the window at the moon. As the sun would set, the moon would become even brighter.  Mom would remind me that the man who made the moon made me.

“I see the moon and the moon sees me” is a reminder that God is watching over me and sees all that I do. Not only does he see me but he sees my heart.  It also reminds me that in all that I see around me I am seeing God, hearing God and experiencing God in all things.

God bless the moon. God bless me”,  reminds me that God has given…

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