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The One Who Dwells Within

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Julie Clinton is head of Extraordinary Women, and writes a weekly devotional. I'd like to share this week's devotional with you.

The One Who Dwells Within
March 27, 2013
By: Julie Clinton

"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you." John 14:16-17 NKJV
Ever wonder what it means to truly have the Holy Spirit living within you? It’s a strange thought. But, comforting none the less.

As the passage in John tells us, we know the Holy Spirit, we recognize and have a relationship with Him, because He “dwells with [us] and will be in [us].” These words present a mental picture to me of the Holy Spirit not only living within us, guiding and directing us, but also walking beside us, holding our hand along the way, the manifestation of God’s “very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

Whether you are on a crowded city street or on a deserted island with no one else present, you are never alone. Many times, the loneliness you experience is the result of simply not acknowledging who is already there. Acknowledge Him and He will be there. Even now. You always have an audience of One!

Prayer
Father, thank You for always being there for me. Help me to know that I am not alone. Holy Spirit, walk with me and dwell in me as I seek to become one with You. As I abide in You, may my feelings of loneliness be overcome by the beauty of solitude. Amen.
•Bible Readings for the Week Ahead:
• Monday: 1 Samuel 12:22
• Tuesday: Psalms 27:10
• Wednesday: Psalms 46:1
• Thursday: Psalms 147:3
• Friday: Isaiah 54:10
• Saturday: Matthew 28:20
• Sunday: John 14:1

  
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    A moving message. emoticon -- Lou

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FLEMIDG 3/28/2013 12:52AM

    Wonderful blog, thanks.

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ISAVEDME80 3/27/2013 7:01PM

    thank you for this. i really needed to be reminded of this today. I know I'm not alone but sometimes I forget. thanks hun

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FROSTY99 3/27/2013 6:44PM

    Thank you for sharing this blog. We all need to be reminded we are not alone and all we need to do is open ourselves to feel this in our inner being. Again, thank you.

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Palm Sunday Musings

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hello, All. I hope each of you is well, healthy, and plenty sassy. emoticon

I totally blew my calories today - too bad. I'll do better starting in the morning.

Our small group (see explanation below) met tonight for supper and game night. Supper was a delicious lasagne 'substitute' using ziti instead of lasagne noodles. It was delicious, but fattening and yes, I ate too much. Also enjoyed garlic bread and salad (DH and I brought that). Then, I indulged in dessert - 'monkey bread' almost dripping in sugary goo. Ok, now you know the worst. I'd eaten well at breakfast and lunch, if that makes any difference to anyone. And if it doesn't, I have to admit I don't care a whole lot. I'm well aware that when I indulge like that, I set my weight loss back some.

Small Group: our church has small groups of no more than 12 people (our group is only four couples) who meet approximately every other week for the purpose of studying the Bible. Sometimes we study a subject, sometimes a person of the Bible, sometimes a book of the Bible. Every so often we get together for game night. Tonight we had three very spirited rounds of something like "Catch that Phrase" - actually, I think I have the title a little wrong. It was a lot of fun, especially with like-minded people.

Which brings me to 'my' Spark Team - Healthy Lifestyle Forever. I have a great co-leader and a wonderful (but kinda small) team. We encourage and challenge each other, as all good SP teams do. Each month I put 3 games 'out there' and several of us have fun with them. Another good thing for Spark team to do. My co-leader, 2WHEELEDSHARON, comes up with a new challenge for us each month - generally a combination of eating and exercise. I have such a good time with these folks - they encourage me, challenge me, and hold me accountable.

Today is Palm Sunday. I am so glad to be celebrating the start of "Holy Week" - I accepted Jesus as my Savior (repented of my sins and asked Him into my heart) many, many years ago. He has never let me down; and has promised so many things - such as always being with me, of leading me when I am willing to follow, of sustaining me in grief, and so many other things. Praise His name!

I hope you all have a great week. Oh, before I totally forget, I'm going to put a picture in my gallery of the two pair of socks and the washcloth I knitted for my SIL. She's such a sweet, giving person, and we enjoy spending time with each year; so the knitted things are a way of giving back. : )

  
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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/26/2013 9:52PM

    Aren't you sweet AND sassy! I think I have the best co-leader in you, Nancy:)
I hope this week of renewal is rewarding - how could it not be with that strength, love and sass you have?!

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IUHRYTR 3/25/2013 8:33PM

    Such a fun time with good friends. A true blessing. -- Lou

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CONTENTCHRIS 3/25/2013 6:53PM

    Sounds like you have a lovely church group!

Cudos The small groups re always the best in my opinion.

With my shoulder emoticon issue now i have more pain from it and this makes it harder to not indulge

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LAURAB_143 3/25/2013 9:34AM

    Hi Nancy, I am glad I stopped by your blog and site today. I love what you wrote. One question though. emoticon You talk about being so active with your sparkteam. How can I find one that's active or how can I get involved? emoticon I joined about 5 or 6 teams but they don't seem to have active members anymore or else I just don't know what I'm doing. I get weekly updates but not much changes in them. Thanks for any advice. And God bless your efforts and you week. emoticon

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SNUGLBUNIE 3/25/2013 5:21AM

    Have a great Easter week Nancy :)

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FLEMIDG 3/25/2013 12:55AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. Don't beat yourself up about eating too much. Just get yourself back on track. I am part of a small group in my church as well. We have a group of 6 ladies, Hope you have a wonderful week.

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USMAWIFE 3/24/2013 11:04PM

    Today was a special day with friends. Enjoy that over going over your calories. tomorrow is a new day

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/24/2013 9:50PM

    Your dinner sounded wonderful! I had a slice of leftover eat lover's pizza for my dinner. We have to indulge once in a while. I was over yesterday but managed to stay in range today.

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DARYLBN 3/24/2013 9:37PM

    I enjoyed your blog. We all "cheat" from time to time. As long as you had a good time with your friends and have no regrets is all that matters. Tomorrow is another day. God Bless.

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FROSTY99 3/24/2013 9:37PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. I love getting together with friends. We went to a Palm Sunday brunch and then had 3 couples back to our house to play cards and later we had dessert-I indulged too!
Pat

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IT IS GOOD THAT YOU RECOGNIZE YOUR WEAKNESS

Monday, March 18, 2013

This devotional is from the book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. It is written as if Jesus were talking to you.

March 16
It is good that you recognize your weakness. That keeps you looking to Me, your Strength. Abundant life is not necessarily health and wealth; it is living in continual dependence on Me. Instead of trying to fit this day into a preconceived mold, relax and be on the lookout for what I am doing. This mind-set will free you to enjoy Me and to find what I have planned for you to do. This is far better than trying to make things go according to your own plan.

Don’t take yourself so seriously. Lighten up and laugh with Me. You have Me on your side, so what are you worried about? I can equip you to do absolutely anything, as long as it is My will. The more difficult your day, the more I yearn to help you. Anxiety wraps you up in yourself, trapping you in your own thoughts. When you look to Me and whisper My Name, you break free and receive My help. Focus on Me, and you will find Peace in my Presence.

Philippians 4:13 (NIV) “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

  
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LAURAB_143 3/25/2013 10:05AM

    I like how you share devotions on your spark page blogs. Praise God!! Be well spark friend!!! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 3/20/2013 9:28PM

    A nice reminder. -- Lou

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CONTENTCHRIS 3/20/2013 12:31PM

    emoticon that was helpful!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/19/2013 10:03PM

    Beautiful:) emoticon

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FROSTY99 3/18/2013 9:53PM

    Amen!!!

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TWIDDLYDE 3/18/2013 8:42PM

    Yes, when we are weak, He is strong!

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SNUGLBUNIE 3/18/2013 4:58PM

    Thanks for sharing :)

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SPATTEN2001 3/18/2013 4:23PM

    Thanks for sharing ... I find that I just need to undo some of my busyness and listen when He speaks!!

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LAC936 3/18/2013 3:54PM

    Thanks! I'm never more focused on Jesus than when I have gone astray.
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Week ending 3/16/13

Saturday, March 16, 2013

It's been a hectic (for me) couple of weeks, and I feel worn out. Without going into a day-by-day, blow-by-blow account, I will say this: I had multiple dr appts, a hair appt, 2 days at school, four days at the animal shelter (now that's WORK), and I'm probably forgetting something. I'm used to sleeping in most days until around 7:30 (see what being retired can bring?), but for the past 5 days, I've been up either shortly after 6 or around 6:30.

Last night DH and I went to church and helped get things ready for the men's (quarterly) breakfast this morning. This morning, we were at church before 7:30 and finally got to sit down and eat our own breakfast around 9:30. DH had set up and manned an omelet station, someone else made hash browns from scratch, and still others had made various breakfast casseroles. There was a huge bowl of cut-up fresh fruit, and various danish pastries. Add in pots of coffee and we were set.

Approximately 52 men (and a few boys) were expected, and extras showed up - normal procedure. Many are not members of our church, which was very nice. I assisted my DH by beating the eggs in single-serving sized bowls. He had fried onions, chopped ham and bacon, along with 3 different cheeses to choose from. All told, we did 18 omelets, but it seemed like more. emoticon

We came home and I grabbed some shut-eye then off we went to watch our 9 yr old grandson play in their last-of-the-season basketball game. As soon as we walked back into the house, I started dinner, did dishes, then we watched a Netflix movie. Now it's just after 9:30 and I think I'm going to bed very soon. emoticon

I wouldn't 'take back' anything I accomplished this week, but I'm real glad we'll just go to school one day and to the shelter to work two days.

  
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IUHRYTR 3/20/2013 9:27PM

    You definitely were busy. Thank you again for caring for the pet babies and for helping with the breakfast. I'm sure your help at both was greatly appreciated. -- Lou

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/17/2013 6:31PM

    Wow, I didn't realize you had all that going on, ending with working a big church event. It's sounds wonderful, but there's no doubt they take a lot of energy, plus all the other busy-ness of the week. Enjoy your lower-key week coming up with the things you know you'll enjoy! emoticon

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CONTENTCHRIS 3/17/2013 9:20AM

    Helping others is good in moderation hehe...

if more of us did the world would be a even better place.

Sounds like you had a good busy week.

This week should be a bit easier (I hope)
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SNUGLBUNIE 3/17/2013 8:16AM

    You definitely have been a busy lady. So that is retirement, hee hee :) Hope you have a restful day today.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/17/2013 3:20AM

    Get rested! Sounds like you are doing some really great things for your extended family, school, animal shelter, and church. Good for you. Now, don't overdo. Maybe you could get to bed earlier when you have to get up earlier? Might be worth a try. I find it very difficult to function well when tired. Sleep is important. Take care!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/16/2013 11:44PM

    That's a busy week!

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FROSTY99 3/16/2013 10:05PM

    Sounds like a full week. I can relate!! I hope things calm down a bit this coming week. Hope all went well at your dr appts.
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Pat

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Update on me and the weather

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I read the neatest book (next to the Bible). It's entitled "Beyond Justice" and was written by Joshua Graham. It starts out as a murder mystery, but then God stepped in and Wow! What a great book! I highly recommend it.

I AM feeling somewhat better, and the great news is that I made my calls yesterday and was able have blood drawn, and today I had my (dental) post-op check-up. The oral surgeon is pleased with the way things look, 1 week post-op. All my stitches had dissolved and I must have swallowed them. emoticon I'll go see him again in five months, hopefully for him to tell me to go to my dentist to have a new tooth made. What delights me is that I can once again blow my nose!

I have a psych appt tomorrow morning, but we're going to have to wait and see whether or not I can get there. Snow from that huge storm hitting the Mid-West is to start hitting us tonight and stick around (heavy) all day tomorrow and into Thursday morning. They keep upping the amount we're to get, and right now we're expecting 6-8 inches, with 8-10 inches not far South of us.

I know, I know, I've been saying that I wanted more than the inch or two at a time that we've been getting all this winter, and my grandsons are going to be delighted when they call school off tomorrow (and maybe Thursday). So no, I'm not complaining. I'm pretty sure my hair dresser is going to call to reschedule tomorrow's appt. If so, I may just take scissors and whack at my bangs. They're entirely too long.

Today is in the upper-30's and brightly sunny. The clouds are to move in this eve/tonight.

  
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CONTENTCHRIS 3/8/2013 1:14PM

    hope everything has worked out for ya. emoticon

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FROSTY99 3/5/2013 10:51PM

    Glad things are going well with the dental work. Hope the snow doesn't get too deep. My son who works in Williston, ND said it was blizzard conditions there-was so bad yesterday they closed the road and he could not go to the jobsite. Cuddle up with another good book and stay warm.
Pat

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IUHRYTR 3/5/2013 9:08PM

    Definitely sounds like a time to cuddle with a good read and a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate. Glad for you that things are working out. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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YATMAMA 3/5/2013 7:41PM

    Sending warm hugs!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/5/2013 4:30PM

    Whoa, that is enough snow to stop a hair cut. Be careful with the whacking. I hope you can at least get to your psych appointment in the morning.
Yay for a good report on your tooth!
Sounds like a great book. I hope you have another one lined up for when you're snowed in. Stay warm!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/5/2013 1:59PM

    I'm g,ad your appointment went well. We're getting ore snow too. Last I heard they were calling for 6 inches. I ready for spring

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SNUGLBUNIE 3/5/2013 1:56PM

    WOW, more snow. You can have some of mine, LOL. Glad things are progressing good with your health :)

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J12CAL 3/5/2013 1:29PM

  Thank you for the book tip,,and prayers to you for all your doctor appnt.s,,stay safe up there in all the snow,,

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NWLIFESRC 3/5/2013 1:29PM

    BBBBRrrrrrrrr

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