5.31.2012

Random Journal Day Link -Up #10 The Purple Edition






Welcome to Random Journal Day! 


Link up your journal post when you can anytime during the week.
Check out the other journal links and 
be sure to leave some feedback.
I look forward to digging in my stack and sharing, 
and also peeking into your journal pages!
Thanks for participating!


Why Purple?


I am having a Random Purple Week inspired by a sudden 
infatuation with all things purple! 
It started here: Remixing Purple


So here are some purple inspired quotes
 to ponder this week:



Night is a curious child, wandering 
Between earth and sky, creeping 
In windows and doors, daubing 
The entire neighborhood 
With purple paint.
~Frank Marshall Davis

"He Who is wrapped in purple robes, 
With planets in His care, 
Had pity on the least of things 
Asleep upon a chair."
~William Butler Yeats

He wrapped himself in quotations—as a beggar
 would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.
~Rudyard Kipling

There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags; 
and hell is a democracy of devils, where all are equals.
~Herman Melville

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn, 
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover, 
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn, 
But only one mother the wide world over.
~George Cooper

 REMEMBER to Link your post back to this URL directly
so others may find us and participate!
(just click on the title of this post and link that to your RDJ entry)
If you have a any questions contact us (Dawn and Susie) through e-mail:
dawn.paoletta@gmail.com
 bsusieklein@gmail.com

Rules, Schmules...but here they are : 

1. Dig out one of your old journals, or a recent journal. Choose an entry, or a portion of an entry that you feel bold enough or at least comfortable to share. 

2. Write up your blog post, publish and link up here.
Link up the blog post you are sharing, NOT your general Blog address- so we can visit your entry. 
We don't have a Badge for this Blog yet, but if you just link back to this in your post that will work (Random Journal Day Weekend Link Up) You can use Susie's RDJ Photo if you like!

3. Kindly visit and comment on the person before or after you in the link up. You can visit more but we understand that everyone is busy. Please visit at least one other Random Journal Day Link Up as that just would make it nice for all.

We look forward to peeking in your journals!

*This Link will start on Friday and go through the week. Link up anytime before the next Friday (Thursday Midnight)!

Giving Thanks For Moms In Prayer



The last day of prayer...

Today was the last day of the school year that I had the honor to show up by faith at my daughter's school and pray for school, staff, teachers and classmates as well as the school community in general. This is my second year leading Moms In Prayer at this wonderful Christian school and it has really stretched me in GOD ways as only one can be stretched when they take that step of faith after asking, "Are you talking to me?" to God. Because, really I was not expecting to be "leading" but looking forward to happily being led when my daughter was finally able to attend this school which had been an answer to at least 5 years worth of prayer. I actually had finally given up on the idea she would be able to attend a Christian School when BAM - God swung the door open wide. Soon after that I lost my job (hence the blog!) and we wondered what on earth this meant for our family and most of all my daughter with regard to school. Well, God provided and though some financial aid awarded we are able to maintain her place by faith once more. I am so grateful to God for His wonderful provision. I am so grateful for His faithfulness to answer prayer and lead me to places I never anticipated going AND in ways I would never have considered. 

My journey with Moms In Prayer (formerly Moms In Touch) began in 2008. I have been so blessed by this ministry and all that I have received from being involved that it baffles my minds at times. I came to my first group as a mom who was desperately seeking answers. I prayed. I sweat, served and tried to be the mom that God wanted me to be but... I also longed for something that I had not experienced in the other Mom's groups I had been part of previously. I found this elusive "thing"  in Moms In Prayer because it supported me in my mission in life which is to grow in the grace and knowledge of Him. What I found was that parenting was not like Personal Training. I hated that. 'I want to tell you what to do and I expect you to do it'  sums up my perception of parenting early on. My daughter is not the kind that will be strong armed into anything. I know this is good and a God thing. But this exasperated me as a first time mom. Especially as she got older. I thought I trusted God for everything...but trusting Him for my daughter...His child, this was something I needed to learn. Am still learning. I was full of fear, doubt and insecurity for many reasons. I had nothing to rely on in myself and this was as it should be. That which I felt was my curse would ultimately be my blessing. I am not a perfect mom nor do I have all the answers. But my God is by my side and is leading me, teaching me, guiding me and HE himself has chosen me to parent this sweet, strong-willed, beautiful child. What makes MIP so sweet is when you can't find the words because you are weary from battling the same battles, your fellow mom prays for your sweet child and God lifts your spirits and increases your faith while encouraging your weary mom heart! 

I am so grateful for the women God has allowed me to get to know through MIP and I cannot tell you how grateful I am for the hearts of all those involved in this ministry. If you have children Moms In Prayer will bless you immensely and empower you to encourage other women into a closer walk and relationship of intimacy and trust in Jesus Christ through prayer and scripture! If you want to see miracles in YOUR child's life and school go to the website and find a group or start one. Plan to do this before school starts next September! It is easier than you can imagine and you will not regret it! 

Moms In Prayer has groups which include: moms (obviously) but also Grand-moms, college moms, single moms, working moms, multiple school groups, home-school groups and more. 


Can I ask you a question?

 Why wouldn't you want to pray specifically for those whom your child spends 6-8 hours a day with - and who also have full access and influence to their physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual outlook? How can you not portion out and prioritize 1 hour a week to the specific, dedicated prayers that could change the life of your child and the lives of those your child spends their days with? 

As for me and my house- I will not deny that my daughter, her school and all of those involved in that community will be covered in prayer. 

I am so grateful for Moms In Prayer.


just a few praying moms...

I want to thank Sharon Gamble and all of those in New Hampshire and beyond who bless, serve and love to the uttermost, with grace upon grace, prayers and hearts that overflow to make Moms In Prayer the amazing ministry it is...you shine the Son in so many lives...I thank God for you. 

I also am thankful for Susan, Glory, Mary, and Pauline who have made travelling fun, interesting and unique ; have blessed me as we shared road trips, prayers, worship and fellowship. You have each one blessed me with your friendship, love, ear and shoulder when needed. Thank you.

I am thankful for those who stood in the gap this year with me: Tina, Tracie, Julie.

I am grateful for Fern Nichols and her vision, humility, heart and faithfulness. 


And above all I give Praise and thanks to God that He refuses to let me hide comfortably in the shadows.
Ever leading me into His glorious light as I walk by faith...baby-steps, one at a time further and further into His amazing grace.
Thank you, Lord that you helped me to be faithful for another year.
Despite my backtalk.
I love you, Father.
May I learn to be faithful, as you are faithful.


From the fullness of his grace 
we have all received one blessing after another.
John 1:16





Beholding Glory

5.30.2012

Seeing Purple



There are always flowers for those
 who want to see them. 
~ Henri Matisse









and
 then, she {snapped}





5.29.2012

Warning:Remixing The Purple Poem






Remixing The Purple Poem

One day in conversation
she looked at me and said
she had an inclination
'bout growing old
 within her head

She shared with me her musing 
and I believe it may be true
but before I conclude 
I might add a thought or two

She said that being old 
was just the same as being young
 you're just more of what you are now
when that day finally comes

I have pondered her wisdom through
the years gone by
I have grown older myself
this I can't deny

So as I considered these words
freely shared
I thought about another poem
that declared
a warning about purple
an ode to growing old 
which dares to make a statement
at least that's what I'm told-
about red hats and brandy
and of living life bold

I have always worn purple
and marched to the drum
that some hardly hear beating
rum-pum-pum-pum

I have always worn purple
as I've danced beneath the sun
never really caring, if I was the only one

I have always worn purple
a rebel with a cause
until the cause of the rebel
sought holy applause

I have always worn purple
and will not bend
to the rules of those
who only pretend

I will always wear purple
are you surprised?
I am who I am
In Him baptized


I will wear purple tomorrow and today
as I smile and laugh
perhaps betray


I will wear purple without excuse
you have been warned
and your free to choose
be who you are now and then
always wear purple
never pretend

Here is your warning:


One thing is certain
Of one thing 
you can be sure
I will always wear purple.
for this there is no cure.




WARNING

by Jenny Joseph



When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other peoples' gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickles for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
















Strawberry Roan




5.28.2012

Memorial Monday



A week's worth of life has been lived and here we are on the brink of Summer...so much to be thankful for and then it all seems to pale when we stand back and consider the precious lives of those who have served, fought died and remain for us to live in this current freedom.


Booksneeze sent us Booksneezers this special badge to share -
 I put it on my Facebook Profile!

Grateful!
This is the country God has allowed me to be born and raised in.
I am forever grateful for His providence and grace.
God shed His grace on thee..
Both my Dad and Father In Law served their country.
I am proud to be an American.
No country, race or religion is perfect.
But ours is a place of grace, peace and freedom because of much sacrifice.
God Bless America, and all those who have secured the freedom of many.

Not sure why I get sillier as I grow older BUT...
here is this morning's breakfast.
Um, I like to start the day with a smile?
I know, certifiable!
Did you catch this post- I am a REAL cook these days. 
A regular Domestic Diva in the making. OK, not really. 
But I did dream up and make this simple Meatball Pie and dedicate
 a post to its making in honor of my friend Lois over at Walking On Sunshine! 


Seriously? Here I am with a "boy" from the 'hood!
My sweet friend Amia, mentioned her new friend to me awhile back.
Now, here in Rhode Island chances are you know or are related to everyone...ahem.
 She told me his name and GUESS what- my mind went back to tomboy
days of football , bikes , frogs and ponds!
After 30 or so years Timmy and I are reunited friends from way back.
No rough stuff now that we are grown ups!
How does the song go?
 "Make new friends, keep the old, one is silver the other gold."
I'll keep him if Amia does. Hee-hee! We chickies gotta stick together!

Here are the Bloggers I am praying for this week:

8. Susie @ Recovering Church Lady -May 27, 2012
9. Dionna @ Beauty In The Storm -May 28, 2012
10. Stacy @ A Life Lived Well -May 29, 2012
11. Heather @ Mommy Only Has 2 Hands -May 30, 2012
12. Ramona @ Create With Joy -May 31, 2012
13. Tracy @ My Daily Walk In His Grace  -June 1, 2012
14. Mel @ Trailing After God -June 2, 2012


Please link up at anytime with your own list! 
Let's cover the Blogosphere in Prayer!


My Multitudes...

172. Large Print Bible...heck, large print reading option for any book!
173. my Jesus' example and patience with me
174. sacrificial love and example
175. America
176. Freedom that is free for me because of the sacrifice of many
177. that I crack myself up, not sure whether this is good or bad but it is amusing
178. old friend and new friends
179. God's Providence
180. my sweet husband
181. my strong willed, beautiful girl
182. patient friends who accept me just as I am
183. Sarah Young's writing

" Enjoy the radiant beauty of my Presence. 
Declare my glorious Being to the world."
~ Sarah Young (Jesus Calling)

Have a lovely week!






miscellany monday at lowercase letters


5.27.2012

Shine On In Him






    Commit your way to the Lord;
 trust in him and he will do this: 
He will make your righteousness 
shine
 like the dawn, 
the justice of your cause 
like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:5-6


 Nothing is worth more than this day.
 You cannot relive yesterday. 
Tomorrow is still beyond your reach   
~Goethe




Shine on in Him, through Him, for Him. 



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5.26.2012

Meatball Pie For The Colonel's Wife


Dedicated to my friend and Cooking Inspiration
@ Walking On Sunshine- Lois
Wife of The Colonel!
Yes, you are at the correct Blog. No, I am not turning this into a Cooking Blog...shudder at the thought! But I have a unique post dedicated to a special friend today. This friend inspires me and I so do enjoy her heart for serving her family in love and also for featuring simple steps to cooking yummy delights for the domestically challenged like myself! Lois has a lovely Blog: Walking On Sunshine where she shares the best posts for simple recipes, home-cooked love and sweet, inspiring faith-filled thoughts and pondering regularly!

Now and again when I have the inclination to cook, I send a quick e-mail or Facebook  her and ask if she has any recipes on her blog to help this poor little kitchen misfit...Lo and Behold she sends me a link and I am off and running with confidence to press on to new domestic heights-much to my family's satisfaction!

Isn't she a cutie?

Well last week, I had a light bulb moment. I love meatballs. I do not know why, but I thought- wouldn't a Meatball Pie be yummy? Of course, I immediately messaged Lois. She told me that although she had made Calzones, she had never made a "Meatball Pie". She told me to be sure and "post" a picture! I thought since Lois is always such a blessing that I would do a special post just for her, the Colonel's Wife! I took the photos with my phone but hope you get the picture. Tee - hee! 


Really quick and easy- next time I will do all
homemade and really impress my family!

I simmered the meatballs in sauce- nice and hot (they are precooked anyway).

More cheese, please. This was not enough,
but all that was on hand.
It ain't easy being cheezy!




So if you want some wonderful inspiration or simple steps to follow for a recipe,
or hey, just want Lois to create a recipe post for one you would like to try-
 ( I bet she would do it if you ask nice- she's sweet like that),
stop by and visit her- make sure to give her some loving comments. 
I know she will appreciate it! 






Midsummer Eve Journal (RDJ #9)



Then I pray to you, O Lord.
    I say, “You are my place of refuge.
    You are all I really want in life.
142:5

I remember standing in the bookstore that Summer's evening. I was feeling vulnerable. Only as a women does. Delicate, melancholic. Yes, I confess I remember it well as I perused the shelves for my next journal, pouring over each one as I do. Opening and closing, feeling, sensing. Knowing it will be my partner for the next few months; a receptacle for my heart's cries, dialogues with God and hatchery for thoughts, dreams and ideas. So for 8.95, a bargain in my eyes at the time, I made the final decision and headed out into the nights darkness, new journal in my possession. I loved the image on the front. Writing the first pages in a new journal can be the hardest, yes? I see this beautiful open, blank paged canvas and think to myself, "How can I measure up to the possibility, potential and perfection of this book? The moment I touch it with my pen, it's soiled beyond repair!" Yet, I have learned to scribble out my imperfection onto the pages of  a blank book and found the process to hold beauty, mystery, healing and grace as well as a secret meeting place with the One who has put the very desire to write and record in my heart! 



July 19, 2005
Tuesday

Dear Lord, I am sick of my sin and tired of my self. Lord, renew my Spirit with your joy, peace and love. Show me your ways. Lord, even when I think I have victory- I stumble- even when I triumph it's only for a moment.
Please keep me from fears and increase my faith according to your word that I might once more exalt your name with a vision from heaven.  Spare me empty words and godless chatter-empower me Lord, to serve You.

You alone I long to worship, you alone are worthy of my praise. 

I also lift up Katherine and her heart toward you. Lord, her heart I pray would soften. Lord, I pray for protection and that she would grow up and walk in your truth and not depart from it.

Lord, I am overwhelmed with people, places, things. .. the will and agendas of others and my own desires...Lord give me wisdom & discernment to know what to I can do...should do... and what can wait. Show me what to leave behind and what to keep. 

*I went on to pray for my husband, VBS and our finances. 
Funny the things that we remember and forget...and what we record. 
Funny how some things seem to be ongoing heart cries...




Join in and share from your own Journal for our Random Journal Day Link Up or just stop by and PEEK! 

Do you love to shop for beautiful journals or do you prefer a simple notebook/binder?

Do you worry about writing in the first pages of a new journal? 

Happy Journal Writing, Friends.








5.25.2012

The Dangers of Favoritism



My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.
James 2:1

I have seen again and again the damage done in Christian circles by those who call themselves followers but refuse to yield themselves to this verse. Parents, Teachers, Pastors, Youth Leaders and many others involved in ministry.

I have seen it in the church and outside of the church. Both believers and unbelievers are guilty of it.

Showing favoritism.
I have been guilty of it.
I have been the victim of it.
You have been. Your children have been.
Someone you love will be in the future.

We who claim the light must not walk in darkness but examine ourselves. 

I continue to seek God concerning this issue because it is such an insidious and offensive sin, 
especially within the Church. Now. 

Seems like a simple enough directive. But the heart is desperately wicked. We are so easily deceived. 
We are lured into comforts that God never desired for us with regard to our spiritual lives. If you think you do not show favoritism, then I want to ask you the last time you welcomed someone new into your life? Not just said "Hi", in passing, but took a genuine interest in their lives. When was the last time you were inconvenienced by someone who didn't meet up to your expectations of what a "Christian", "good person", "proper citizen"  should be? 

We want to abide in the Us and Them mentality that Christ himself condemns.

We want to talk about evangelism, study the Bible, 
argue theological points and give our testimonies on Sunday and Wednesday.

Instead of being a living testimony to the Truth every day.

Instead of letting grace ooze from our pores 24-7, we want to sit in small comfortable circles of like-minded individuals debating doctrine- instead of extending a courtesy to a newcomer or kindness to a stranger.

We want to see miracles and healing but not touch another's leprosy.
We want to heap judgment on the nation, instead of prayers in a closet with tears
 for those who are blinded by lies.

How dare we.
How dare You.
How dare I.

Be outraged at the thought of favoritism. 
It is not Christlike.
It destroys testimony, it is Satan's tool, it is ugly to a God who does NOT play favorites. 
Guard yourself wherever you with regard to this sin and watch how God 
opens your heart to those around you and blesses you.


Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. 
Mercy triumphs over judgment!


 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back,  remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
James 5:19-20



Beholding Glory

5.24.2012

Random Journal Day Link Up #9





Welcome to Random Journal Day! 


Link up your journal post when you can anytime during the week.
Check out the other journal links and 
be sure to leave some feedback.
I look forward to digging in my stack and sharing, 
and also peeking into your journal pages!
Thanks for participating!

 REMEMBER to Link your post back to this URL directly
so others may find us and participate!
(just click on the title of this post and link that to your RDJ entry)
If you have a any questions contact us (Dawn and Susie) through e-mail:
dawn.paoletta@gmail.com
 bsusieklein@gmail.com

Rules, Schmules...but here they are : 

1. Dig out one of your old journals, or a recent journal. Choose an entry, or a portion of an entry that you feel bold enough or at least comfortable to share. 


2. Write up your blog post, publish and link up here.
Link up the blog post you are sharing, NOT your general Blog address- so we can visit your entry. 
We don't have a Badge for this Blog yet, but if you just link back to this in your post that will work (Random Journal Day Weekend Link Up) You can use Susie's RDJ Photo if you like!


3. Kindly visit and comment on the person before or after you in the link up. You can visit more but we understand that everyone is busy. Please visit at least one other Random Journal Day Link Up as that just would make it nice for all.


We look forward to peeking in your journals!

*This Link will start on Friday and go through the week. Link up anytime before the next Friday (Thursday Midnight)!

Goliath Comes



With size and strength
power and might
huffin' and puffin
an unholy sight
with gruff, tough, 
grit and growl
puts a chill in my bones
with his angry scowl
a hardened heart
bent on hate
sword in hand 
to seal my fate

but as sure as the size of this beast demands
I stand by faith
sling in hand
Holy Armour at my command

Destiny calls 
I have no fear
scooping up my stone,
I meet his stare

looking past the giant, into the sun,
I see the unseen-
the victory won.

by faith I live
by the God he defies
so I send that stone straight through the sky
hitting him square above the eyes

he falls dead weight, into the ground
dust rises high 
as the giant goes down


I know full well 
the one I trust
against His name 
Goliath cussed
when he stood before me
he didn't see
my shield and strength
In whom comes victory
the God I defend
is the Mighty One 
in him I depend 
The One and Only Son.

©2012 Beneath The Surface:Breath of Faith-Dawn Paoletta



What Goliath comes your way today?


"All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
1 Samuel 17:47

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57