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Joy: Making quality connections

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Making quality connections has been a blessing in my life that brings me great joy!

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

May you, too, find joy on this day! Where are you finding joy?

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SHELLEY147 2/1/2011 1:47PM

    First of all...I have to say, I'm loving all the pictures you've been posting!! I love seeing your smiling face and the people in your life!!

Today, I'm finding joy in the fact that I'm staying nice and cozy in my house instead of going out in the snow!! ~hugs~

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Joy: Seek and you shall find!

Monday, January 31, 2011

God's creation brings joy. Here's an amazing show of life, green life, amidst freezing artesian well water while visiting my home town not far away from Lake Superior.

"By the breath of God ice is given,and the broad waters are frozen fast." (Job 37:10)

This next series of blogs will be a journey of the heart to seek out joy. From Jeremiah 29:13, I learn, "You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart."

What are you seeking this day?

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2BTHINMAMMA 2/2/2011 12:18PM

    beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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MOMFAN 2/2/2011 12:32AM

    Love it!

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CERIUSLY 2/1/2011 12:38PM

    I daily seek wisdom. Since choosing my one word, I've been specifically seeking the wisdom not only to honor others, but to be honorable in my actions.

Thank you for sharing the picture, God's word, and your heart. emoticon emoticon

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JUGE300000 2/1/2011 8:12AM

    Nice pic to go with your devotion.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/31/2011 1:28PM

    I am seeking to be intentional with my lunch break- no more eating at my desk this week!
Great blog, can't wait to hear about your journey of Joy this week through the scriptures.

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SHELLEY147 1/31/2011 11:55AM

    today I'm seeking knowledge. I'm planning on reading some success stories and more of my Spark book! ~hugs~ to you Evelyn!!!

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HEIDIB2935 1/31/2011 11:30AM

    Great message. Thank you!

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May your Joy be complete!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

John writes, "Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face [blog to blog], so that our joy may be complete." (2 John 1:12)

Forgive me if I’ve taken a little too much liberty in using the passage above.

Thanks to making “joy” the focal word of my life ( myoneword.org ), I rejoice in being able to find joy so easily and praise God for creating such a beautiful people in an awesome world filled with great beauty! It also helps to be near one of the Great Lakes. Today I was blessed to share this day with a lovely friend who calls the United States and Sri Lanka her home. Some day I hope to visit Sri Lanka (Colombo and Kandy).

Lake Superior was truly in its winter wonderland splendor today.

May you find joy in the blessings that come your way! I’d love to hear where you found some joy today.

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MOMFAN 2/2/2011 12:11AM


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JUGE300000 2/1/2011 8:11AM

    Nice. Thank you.


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NINJA-NED 1/31/2011 7:20AM

    i live near lake erie, which is indeed lovely. i can't emoticon to go outside though. you're a brave woman. i found my joy by sitting in front of the fireplace instead.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/30/2011 8:54PM

    I found joy in taking a nap cuddling with my 3 1/2 year old! I love these little moments, as I know when she becomes a teenager, she may not even want to be seen with me. Glad you had your joy today too. Great blog!

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MUEHLBBO 1/30/2011 8:05PM

    What gorgeous pictures!

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Pharisees, Look Out! . . . Celebrating Family and Nature!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I had a test this week and while I did not pass it perfectly, I’m passing it much better than I ever would have prior to this. Thank God for growth!

1 Timothy 6:16-21 (Amplified Bible)
As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud and arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment.

While people may notice my frugality, I am very blessed and rich by most standards. I have no doubt that I would fit in the category of what Christ calls Pharisees. As you may know, he had pretty harsh words to say about Pharisees. These are just a few:

Matthew 23:13
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.
Matthew 23:15
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.
Matthew 23:23
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
Matthew 23:25
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
Matthew 23:27
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.
Matthew 23:29
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous.

Christ made it a point to gather disciples and hang out with people who were not valued by society’s standards . . . fisherman, shepherds, prostitutes, tax collectors . . . you get the picture.

As a Pharisee, I have an ever greater responsibility to see to the needs of those who are not as lucky as me, or people (widows, orphans, homeless, poor, etc) in need of help. I am blessed with a several wonderful faith communities that allow me to be an active participant in just such a ministry.

God give us many tests to pass throughout our lifetime. If we don’t pass them, I believe we get the test over and over again until we get it right! I had a lesson this week in giving up a possession (full-size family car) that I held a little too close to my heart. While this could have put me in a mild depression for weeks, I knew better and took prayerful steps to keep my joy without this possession. Making “joyful” my one word (www.oneword.org thanks to MrsPrincipal) continues to be a great source of comfort.

In other areas of my life, I will need to be tested on this over and over again. While I don’t see a move in my immediate future (like that of my friend Shelley, who found the opportunity recently to be a blessing to her Salvation Army or Goodwill), I definitely need to clean my house. Prayers welcomed . . . please, please!

Joy, Joy
Changing the subject a bit, I had more opportunities to see God’s handiwork in action while visiting with my father and hometown.

My Dad and I drove by an oredock and played some games after taking care of business.

Amnicon Falls opened up a little more (even though our temperatures are that much colder . . . figure that!).

Have a great week! May you work successfully towards reaching your goals.

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PAMAPPLE 1/29/2011 7:34PM

    Thank you for this message of our mission not only to bring others to salvation but to be a good example of Christ so others can carry out God's plan through godly words and actions.

I also enjoyed your lovely pictures! {{{hugs}}}

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DIANA_IS_BACK 1/24/2011 4:06PM

    This is a message I truly needed to receive today. Thank you for allowing yourself to deliver a message loud and clear that I am certain I did not stumble upon by mistake.

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SHELLEY147 1/24/2011 4:00PM

    Evelyn...I truly am blessed to have you as a friend! I love stopping by to read your blogs. I can always count on them making my love for the Lord strnonger with each word! You, my friend, are a treasure!! ~hugs~

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BLEGNER1 1/23/2011 5:48PM

    The pictures are quite captivating... I enjoyed them

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Joy, oh Joy! . . . Lake Superior is Truly a G-R-E-A-T Lake!

Friday, January 21, 2011

My friends today blessed me with a trips and tour that took us up the Northshore along Lake Superior. Oh what a beautiful winter wonderland we have. We began with a birthday party. Then it was off to Brighton Beach, Two Harbors, Seven Bridges Road and Canal Park.

Feelin’ the joy! How about you?

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MOMFAN 1/22/2011 3:03AM


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RENE54 1/21/2011 1:33PM

    Great pictures. It looks like you had a good trip. What great friends!! Lucky you!

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FREES1 1/21/2011 9:57AM

    beautiful photos - looks like it was a beautiful day and trip!

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CERIUSLY 1/21/2011 9:18AM

    So very beautiful! Glad you had a nice time. Thank you for sharing the beauty

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NINJA-NED 1/21/2011 7:48AM

    gorgeous - you and the scenery. but where's your coat!?

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DADDYTREVOR 1/21/2011 12:20AM

    It's an awesome trip and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Personally, I like going when it's warm.

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