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Feelin’ the love, baby?!

FEELIN’ THE LOVE, BABY?!

Are you feeling the love today? Are you givin’ it away?   Well, that’s what you’re here for, if you’re a Christian, and not just on Valentine’s Day. (Hey! That rhymes!)

We need each other, baby.  (Sorry, I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz today because of Esperanza Spalding’s epic Grammy win over Justin Bieber last night, and it’s showin’ up in my lingo.

Esperanza Spalding; click pic for source

I’ve been googling Spalding to see who in the world this big-haired bassist is!  But I digress…)

What I’m trying to say is,

WE NEED FELLOWSHIP.

It’s not just a word for small talk and cookies in the church basement.

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When a crisis hits, it can be a  matter of life and death.

Take the “peaceful and unsuspecting people” I just read about in the Bible today.

There they were, isolated, alone, living far away from their fellow Israelites.  So, when a bunch of warriors attacked them one day, there was no one to help….

“There was no one to rescue them because they lived a long way from Sidon and had no relationship with anyone else.”  ~~ Judges 18:28

And we shouldn’t isolate ourselves, either,  because we too have an enemy hanging around, waiting to attack:

“Be self‑controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” ~~ 1 Peter 5:8

And he’s not waiting to give us kiss either!

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So, if your theme song is, “I am a rock!  I am an i-i-i-land.”  You’d better change it quick, because “woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9)

“Two [are] better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow… Ecclesiastes 4:9

Stop! Drop! and Pray!


Let’s pray: Father, thank you for loving me and thank you for your Word that is a “lamp unto my feet and a light  unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).

And thanks for the reminder from Your Word that I need fellowship.  I need people to love and to love me.

So, show me how I might be pushing people away — “Search me, Oh God, and know my heart.  Try me and know my anxious thoughts.  And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” (Psalm 139:23)

In Jesus’ name, Amen!


Do you know the Lord? He’d love for you to “Be His”.

Click below to watch a SHORT, cute reminder of how much He loves us.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Depressed, Christian? How to snap out of your winter blues….

sigh…  My mood is falling with the snow. Even on sunny days, I wanna dive back under the covers and hibernate with the bears. 😦


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Relate?

Read on…

Tips for turning…

…this:

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to this:

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1.  Call a friend to pray with you. That’s what I did this morning.  I called, I dumped, she listened, we prayed — all better!

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.  For is either of them falls, the one will pick up his companion.  And if one can overpower him who is alone (and depression thrives on aloneness) two can resist him.”  ~~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12

2. Sometimes Most times, our worst enemy lives right between our ears.
So, refuse grumpy thoughts (my pastor calls it “stinkin’ thinkin”) and replace them with something from this list:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence, or anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” ~~ Philippians 4:8

I’ll add some more tips next post, but, in the meantime, what about you? How do you do to beat the winter blahhhhhhs?

Tell us what helps.  Don’t dot another i, Bob Cratchit, till you do!

Oh no! I’m getting grumpy again…

Bike Ride Across America: Campfire under the Arizona moon

Well, I’ve been biking with my husband more than blogging, lately, so we’ve made it quite a ways down the road since my last post.   In fact, we’ve crossed the border into Arizona and are almost to Tucson, in a little town called Benson.

click pic for Benson, AZ facts from podunk.com

My husband is, anyway.  I’m, actually, 5 miles behind him, which means I’ll just have to pitch a tent and spend the night with the rattlers and scorpions in the desert, till I can catch up in the morning.

That’s because this isn’t a real Bike Ride Across America.  It’s a virtual one where we ride out the miles on country roads around our Midwestern town and log our progress on a map to see where we’d be if we really were riding Rt. 10 from the Atlantic to the Pacific across the south.

Our day’s goal was to ride 50 miles, which Dave achieved, but I had stopped at McDonald’s for a coffee break after the first 10, while Dave rode around some more, which left me 5 miles short at the end of the ride and since we had an appointment to get showered up for, there was no time to make up the miles, which leaves  me out under the stars  while Dave’s in town mingling with the Benson-ites!

I wonder if he’s in one of the taverns singing the “Benson, Arizona Song” with the locals.  It’s a real song.  I found it on Youtube:

Not as much fun as I’m having, I’m sure, since I found THIS friendly group of singers to share a campfire with under a beautiful Arizona moon:

In the real world, it’s nice to have friends, and in the Christian day to day, it’s vital:

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!…  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.”    ~~Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Well, while I’m stranded out here under the stars, why don’t you join me for a bit around the warmth of God’s Word to pray for our friends.  Who knows, maybe one or two of them have fallen down and could use a little help getting back up again…

Stop! Drop! and Pray!

Let’s Pray:

Oh, Father in heaven, thank you for my friends.

Father, “out of [Your] glorious riches, please strengthen [them] with power through [Your] Spirit in their inner [selves]”. (Ephesians 3:16)

Please give [them] a Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that [they] may know [You] better. (Ephesians 1:17)

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Do you know the Lord?  If not, click the pic below to be introduced.  He’d love to share His fire with you!

campfire chalk drawing by Helen South**

**click HERE to see source for campfire flames above.

When it Rains it Floods: Lessons From Rhode Island II

Pawtuxet River flooding in Warwick RI. photo credit: Heidi Hope Photography

“YOU NEED HELP?!”
That’s what a couple cousins shouted recently to a man trapped in his car in the middle of a flooded street in Cranston, RI. Click on the link below to watch the dramatic rescue as waters rose quickly around them:

Cousins Save Man From Sinking Car

Did you catch that the water was “wicked high” and the driver was “disabled” and couldn’t get himself out of the car?  I can completely identify with that.

Just this weekend I needed help, in fact. The waters of worry were wicked high and I felt completely disabled, unable to save myself.

Some “heroes” at church prayed for me, and, by doing so, dragged my limp self out of the murky, swirling doubt that threatened to drag me under.

Don’t underestimate the power of fellowship, Christian. It’s not just coffee and donuts on Sunday morning.  We’re in a battle here and the Christians around us are our fellow warriors fighting alongside us.  They’re our heroes.

And sometimes we get to be the heroes. Sometimes we’re the ones who yell, “You need help?!”

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:

If one falls down, his friend can help him up.

But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

But how can one keep warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered,

two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

The Rescuer’s Prayer:

“Oh, Father, thank you for rescuing me.  When you called me to yourself  and I repented from my way of life, you saved me out of a dark pit and placed my feet upon a rock. (Psalm 18)  Now I’m saved.

But still I stumble and fall sometimes.  Thank you for the many heroes you’ve used over the years to save me out of many pits I’ve fallen into, or even, sometimes, hurled myself into.

Please use me to help others.  Give me eyes to see when someone needs rescuing, and the courage to yell, “You need help?!”

Thank you for my heroes.  Make me a hero, too.  In Jesus’ name, amen!”

Why don’t you take a minute or two to write a thank you to someone who’s been your hero.  Maybe they’ve prayed with you, encouraged you, or told you the truth when you needed to hear it.  Come on!  Be a hero to your hero!  Who knows?  Maybe they  need a little “helping up” themselves right now and your note might be the strand that keeps them from breaking. 🙂