Archives for March 2014

Power Packed Passage for Perseverance


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3

The Bible is filled with power-packed passages, and these verses from Hebrews 12 are a prime example. Many truths and nuggets of wisdom can be found in this passage, but for today let’s focus on what we see that can help us persevere in demanding or tough times.

As we try to persevere, each in our own situations, let’s keep these things in mind so we won’t “grow weary and lose heart”:

*Let’s remember the cloud of witnesses. The witnesses these verses refer to are the heroes of faith mentioned in chapter 11—people who lived by faith in the midst of great hindrances and challenges. But many other witnesses have joined that group since these verses were penned, and we personally know many of them. Don’t you think our own loved ones and heroes stand among the witnesses now? I think they surely must watch over us and stand in support of us, cheering us on. Let’s remember them and draw strength from their presence.

*Let’s guard against hindrances. As we persevere in our faith or in a difficult task or situation, let’s be alert to things that might hinder us from completing the races we’re running. What might derail you? What might derail me? Let’s throw those things off as God’s Word instructs us to.

*Let’s run the race marked out for us—not the race intended for someone else. We each have different strengths and weaknesses. God knows them well. He designed us and has equipped us to run our own races. We stand a much better chance of persevering and gaining victory if we stay in the lanes God sets before us.

*Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus and remember what he endured. Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith—the One who knows everything we’re going through and can empower us to persevere—will help us and bless us and comfort us as no one else can. He will inspire us. As we remember all he endured to gain the victory over sin and death for all of us, we’ll gain the strength and resolve needed to stand strong and persevere through all our challenges.

So next time we feel like giving up, let’s remember this power-packed passage from Hebrews. Let’s not lose heart.

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

*What’s your best tip for persevering in tough times?

*Flickr photo by Phil Roeder, Creative Commons License

Spring Break for Me, Wedding Wednesday Links for You


Mothers of the Bride, I’ll be taking a short blogging break this week during Spring Break, but I’ve got something extra special to leave you with for the week. I always want you to find something helpful when you drop by my site so I’ve got help coming out the wazoo for you today.

In case you missed Wedding Wednesdays  last month on Katie, I’ve got the links to each and every segment for you listed below. Take your time this week and watch and enjoy these as you have opportunity. I’ve already shared some of the tips I learned from the shows here on the blog but have a notepad handy to jot anything down that I haven’t taken the time to highlight yet.

See you next week, MOBs. Happy Wedding Wednesdays—and happy wedding planning!

Wedding Flowers on a Budget

 DIY Wedding Centerpieces

Hottest New Wedding Dress Trends

Why All Brides Must Wear A Veil

The Hottest Places to Honeymoon

Insider Secrets to Budget Travel

The Latest Trends in Wedding Cakes

DIY Tips to Make Your Own Wedding Cake

*What’s the best tip you learned from Wedding Wednesdays?

*Photo by Will Flowers

A Spring Break Offering

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Spring break has arrived, and it’s got me—like so many others who’ve endured a particularly extreme winter—standing by the window on tippy-toes waiting to welcome spring with shouts of relief and celebration. I guess that’s one good thing about the winter we’ve weathered. It makes spring days feel that much sweeter, right?

Since I’m taking a bit of a blogging break this Spring Break week, let me offer you a visual taste of spring to go with that longing you’re feeling in your hearts. May the photos below cause joy to rise up in your hearts and overflow into praise for our Creator as we anticipate spring’s welcome arrival together. Blessings to you all—and I’ll see you next week!

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8-7-12 385“Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.” Song of Songs 2:12

*What are you most looking forward to this spring?

*My photos (last one taken by my husband Don)

Great Send-off For the Bride and Groom: Fireworks!


Mother of the Bride, are your daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law looking for a dynamite way to celebrate their send-off as they leave their wedding party? Why not suggest the truly bang-up idea of fireworks? And yes, those puns were intended :)

Our daughter Kelli and her groom Jake had long sparklers distributed among the guests so they could take their exit amid a cool display of fiery light and plenty of excitement. They got married in July so sparklers proved to be the perfect idea and also easy to purchase locally when all the fireworks stands were open for the Fourth.

Sparklers or other fireworks are super fun for the guests and also provide some great send-off photos. Remember, you’ll need to check your venue’s policy regarding the use of fireworks, but once you do that, go for it. Ask a fireworks-loving family member or friend to be in charge of the whole thing and let him recruit a few others to help light the sparklers. Just be prepared for a bit of smoke :)

Let the happy couple go out in a blaze of glory, MOB—send them off with fireworks!

*What are some other fun ideas for the happy couple’s send-off?

*Photo by Will Flowers

Midweek Morsels Straight From the Word of God


In the coming months, I’d like to offer you some Midweek Morsels straight from the Word of God. I’ll still be offering a variety of Midweek Morsels, but in amongst those, I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite scripture passages and praying that they nourish and refresh your souls and spirits in a very special way.

The psalm below just might be my very favorite passage in the Bible—but it’s almost impossible to pick an absolute favorite, isn’t it? You’ve probably read it or portions of it in some of my posts before, but I pray that it will minister to you in a fresh way today. It tells you where my help comes from each and every day. Read and be blessed!

“I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you—the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” —Psalm 121

*Do you have a favorite passage from the Psalms?

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