OKLAHOMA GOD CARES FOR YOU

Well said…great scriptures for difficult times.

McSellers Thought Of The Day

As I watch the news and hear of all the things that are going on in Oklahoma my heart hurts. Oklahoma has become apart of me and I have become attached. The reason for that is because myself and twelve members of my amazing church, left Sunday May 26th with 5 vehicles. Including two twenty four foot budget trucks filled with supplies driving 26 hours straight to drop off for relief and to pray with those who were affected. We all were touched by those we encountered and the stories we heard. We left there Wednesday morning after dropping off supplies only to hear about the devastation that took place last night.

As I began to pray God reminded me that he is a comforter and that he cares for Oklahoma and us even during our worse moments. Here is God reminder to all of us.
1-Peter 5:6-7- Humble yourselves…

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Daily Prompt: Tourist Trap Iceland is beautiful and definitely not a tourist trap!

Jukolsarlon Glacier

What’s your dream tourist destination — either a place you’ve been and loved, or a place you’d love to visit? What about it speaks to you?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us VACATION.

Glaciers at Jökulsárlón

Jukolsarlon Glacier

Jukolsarlon

First, I’m sorry I haven’t been posting or even giving much attention to this blog lately.   Everything is going fine, but I just haven’t felt led or been inspired to post.  That changed this weekend, though, when we got back from our trip to Iceland.   I’m inspired by some of the photos we took and will be working on a couple of future posts.  But when I saw this Daily Prompt it seemed like perfect timing!

Although it is the title of the Daily Prompt, Iceland is definitely not a tourist trap.  It was a beautiful and great place for vacation!  I really admire and respect the Icelanders because it looks like a difficult place to live.  Everyone was kind and we had a very enjoyable visit and saw some amazing places.  I’ve always been intrigued by Iceland, and also have always dreamed of seeing glaciers up close in person, the kind with that beautiful blue color floating in the water.   I don’t have a ‘bucket list’ per se, but if I did, seeing glaciers like that would have been on it.   And now that would be checked off as even better than I thought.

The day we went there it was cold, windy and raining.   Now you’re probably thinking, helloooo… it’s Iceland, of course it was cold!  True… but I was afraid they wouldn’t be giving tours out on the lake because of the weather.  But, thankfully, that wasn’t a problem.  Our guide soon explained that even though it was raining and we couldn’t see as far in the distance, the rain actually made the glaciers more colorful than on a dry day.  What I feared would hinder us actually made them actually more beautiful.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes what seems like an obstacle ends up being a blessing?  My challenge is to remember that, even when I can’t see what lies ahead on the path.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

Cross with flowers

The Lord is near to all who call on him, 

to all who call on him in truth. 

Psalm 145:18 ESV

I haven’t posted in quite a while! Hope all is well with you.  I took a picture of this cross I sent to a friend as a gift, and when I saw the topic of the Photo Challenge this week was color, this idea for a post came to mind.

It’s a reminder that no matter how alone we seem, God is always near to those who seek Him.

Weakness Can Be Strength

Inspiring Story!

Morning Story and Dilbert

A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move.

“Sensei,”(Teacher in Japanese) the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?” “This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied. Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training.

Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win…

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Writing Challenge: Starting Over

This week’s Writing Challenge is about Starting Over.   You can read about the challenge here.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/writing-challenge-starting-over/

The Importance of Prayer

Praying Hands PlaqueWhen I first started this blog about a year ago now, (wow, time flies!) I prayed about it.  I prayed over the blog to be a source of encouragement and peace, and for it to reflect what God would have me say.

At church last Sunday, the sermon was about the importance of prayer.   I realized something I have been neglecting for quite some time is prayer!  I haven’t taken time to pray much, not just about this blog, but in my personal life and for others as well.  And especially, I have forgotten its importance as an act of praise.

Lately I have been thinking about this blog and where it’s going, what it should communicate.  Before Sunday I had already decided that I didn’t want to post stuff just to be posting stuff.  What’s important is that it be in God’s will, what He has called me to do.

So, please join me in praying to be a blessing to others, to help encourage and to share God’s peace.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Arc de Triomphe at night

When I saw this Weekly Photo Challenge about Illumination, I really wanted to participate because Light is one of the themes of my blog.  But finding what I wanted to show turned out to be a big challenge.  There’s a part of a Monty Python movie where they show the credits (at the beginning of course?) and it says that the credits have been completed with much expense at the last minute.  Or something like that!  So that’s how I feel about this post…

This is a picture of the Arc de Triomphe from a visit to Paris last year.  The visit was in many ways a personal triumph for me.  I give God all the credit for making it happen.  The light on the arch kind of highlights the idea trimuph…here we were looking at the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees at night….very beautiful.  And a personal victory for me.

So, what triumphs in your life have you celebrated lately?  How did you see God making it happen?

Beautiful video about adoption

Someone just shared this “I Like Adoption” YouTube  video with me.  Sitting at my computer crying while watching it, I realized I wanted to share it, too.  Hope you find it encouraging today.  Even if adoption doesn’t apply to your life right now, it’s a beautiful demonstration of unconditional love.

Thanks for watching.

 

Read this great post on “Working for Christ” and wanted to share it with you! Sometimes our best witness of God’s love is through how we act toward others. It’s a good reminder to reflect the light of Jesus and His love as we go about our day, whatever we do.

"Working for Christ"

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” (1 Peter 3:15-16, NIV)

1 peter 3_15

(photo credit – rca.org)

You may think that work is just a meaningless exercise in futility because … well … everyone has to make a living. As I’ve said in the past, work is much more than that. Just like building an orphanage in the Dominican Republic or preaching the gospel to new believers in Angola, your job is a mission field. Regardless of what you do, almost everyone works in a community. There are people around you. And when there are people around…

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Daily Prompt: Quote Me

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Nelson Mandela

Courage is not a lack of fear.  It is doing something even though you are afraid.   Sometimes we think those who are brave don’t feel fear.  More often, being brave means doing something in spite of the fear.

In other words, do it anyway!

Prayer for today:  Lord, please give us discernment to know those things that are in Your will for us to do.  Please calm our anxious thoughts and give us the courage to do those things You’ve called us to.  In Jesus’ name,  Amen.