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I am excited for YOU! So excited at the thought of what is yet to come! His work is so beautifully exuded when we STOP trying to fight Him(God). Why are we always striving to wreck what God started???? You will be a radiant ruby when you come out from under His pressure. Love ya, Carolyne
Who knew one could be sooooo impacted by their environment-but yep some of us more than others. I NEED sunshine like I NEED air to breath, to be doin life in a God-created world NOT the imprisonment of my own mademade 4 walls. I am basking in all the new life that I cannot yet see but KNOW is coming. The green grass, garden pants, the leaves, and abundant life everywhere!!!!!!! He, God IS there ALL the time just as the sun is but sometimes the clouds come and block our view but that doesn't mean the sun left or went away I HAVE to believe that it IS there and and know that it will glean again soon. That is just like our Father, He IS sovereign, omnipresent and NEVER leaves us even when it is dark-inside and we think He is not there! The strength and beauty of a spirit that see's Him even when your eyes cannot. Blessings, Carolyne
Oh my Teri! Imagine the freedom you will find when you overcome this perfectionism through HIM! Look at what He is doing in you RIGHT NOW!!!!! His magnificence His glory is found all over the ordinary every single day. If the world thinks it is extraordinary then God probably doesn't! Wants He asks of us is really simple but super duper hard at times!!!! Blessings your way, Carolyne
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2013 on Unremarkable Me at Stumbling Around in The Light
My current Bible study on Kings and Prophets is speaking profoundly on the condition and full submission of my heart. If we really think about it what sounds scarier trusting in a wretched sinner(oneself) to know best or trusting in an almighty, all powerful, ALL righteous God. Why do we fear wholly giving our heart, soul, & mind to Him when it is my being "in control" that ought to scare the hec out of me. The closer I grow to God the greater the realization becomes that I truly can do nothing of His worth apart from Him. And yes, this task before me, circumstances I do NOT want, challenges I wish would be wiped away are far beyond anything I can do....all the more pointing to my utter dependence on Jesus! Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Faith, submitting, each and every day are HARD, but going on my own accord is excruciating! Bless YOU! Carolyne
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2013 on Afraid. No More. at Stumbling Around in The Light
One more trail, one more affliction to bring you into His arms to reassure you that HE IS ALL you NEED! You are reminding me of.... 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. Many blessing to a BEAUTIFUL sister in Christ! Carolyne
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2013 on Diving Deep at Stumbling Around in The Light
It is so disheartening that here in our pampered little world how far we have come only to go astray. We have some wondrous gifts, roles, and strengths as women that are Sooooo needed by the world which is why God gave them to us in the first place! Sadly how many girls are being raised to know and understand who they are in Christ. How many "Christian?"women have NO IDEA what it means to be a woman in Christ? Just look around for a second at what the world tells you a woman is? Just go to the cover of a women's magazine and it is enough to make my stomach churn! Many....many women NEED to hear this message! Blessings for sharing this, Carolyne
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2013 on My Little Girl at Stumbling Around in The Light
"Ever & always, in desperate need of Jesus." There is your most beautiful statement. I did a study this fall on the Beatitudes and came out of it so assured that my sinful human nature seeks to do the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of every single one Christ's commands. Need Him is an understatement! There is NO WAY I could ever live up to that on my on accord. He has shown me that man, I am capable of being a wicked human being. The more I see and understand that the clearer His purpose is in my life. Thank YOU! Carolyne
Sooooo, Are ya still celebrating? Do mode gets it done but it doesn't always see what needs to be seen or enjoy what was made for us to enjoy. I need a pretend it is summer I am outside and I am not locked up in my house all winter celebration. I NEED the sun and the outdoors like I need air to can I do this one???? Carolyne
What a wonderful visual! So so true! Even with my daily diligence to be in His word repeatedly throughout the day the minute my sinful, control freak nature steals the reigns from all starts to go south! I see my world around me start to wither and lose its shine all the while blinded to my own complete lack of luster and shine and just darn right ugliness! That desire for His living water can't be quenched it must be constantly and constantly replenished!!!! What a privilege to hear you heart for Christ, Carolyne
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2013 on Shiny Rocks at Stumbling Around in The Light
Oh sweet sister, how I am smiling with an empathetic heart who hears and knows your cry! It is not happening when you think or the way your think or it just isn't happening at all and you want to wail to God, "What is goin on!!!!" You bring me back to all the wonderful books we've read on so many martyrs and missionarys and their beautiful pure whole heart for Christ and then......their story. Their real, true, lived out story. Painstaking, trial after trail, circumstances beyond anything we could ever fathom. Sometimes bloodied, beaten, and resulting in their heinous death. And for what? For a glory that those of us who have not walked their path with God cannot even begin to comprehend. A glory that makes every second of all that they persevered through worth every second!!!! And..... a glory that still lives on in their stories today! Blessings, Carolyne
Just imagine how much more you will love him in 5 years, 10 years, or even 20!!!!!!! A powerful true story of making it together NO MATTER WHAT! May God abundantly bless your celebration! Carolyne
Yeah, I go through the look at me I am macho woman so tough and strong. I wouldn't dare ask for help(pride). I am doing it and pulling it off far better than anyone else could. Such a pathetic lie!!!! Even if my acting is good enough to maintain itself on the exterior I am bloodied and dying on the inside. "success and failure intermingled" Isn't that how we reach that success so many times through the failures! Such a relief to say, "Gosh I STINK right now!" CANNOT wait to hear so much more about what you are doing. Can only imagine where my heart would be if I stepped foot in the Manuelito Navajo Children's home?
I think I recall that stone path up the mountain! I like the "So many excuses. Understandable; reasonable." Oh, how reasonable we make them don't we. As I cry out in abandonment how God''s heart must be grieved over His child who so quickly forgets His EVERY moment of faithfulness. This speaks SO perfectly with what He has been telling me. Thank you, Carolyne
I have felt Satan's attacks stirring up those questions that I dare not begin to ask. How can someone who KNOWS the Word, LOVES the Word, & tenaciously seeks to LIVE the Word fall so quickly, so readily, so frequently? I have yet to find my answer. Spiritual warfare shall not be underestimated! Smiling in your beauty, Carolyne
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2012 on Slipping at Stumbling Around in The Light
WOW! Rejoicing in the beauty that you have worked very hard to find and so grateful that He is at the center of your wants. Blessings, Carolyne
Toggle Commented Feb 29, 2012 on The Want To at Stumbling Around in The Light
Gosh, it has been a year? I so remember this one. Wow, I need to hear those words "we love Jesus by loving each other" What's wrong with me? I know His love and I do fill up on it, yet one hurt one piercing to my spirit and I am left with a giant hole where it all seems to seep out and I end up empty with no love to give. That sounds so foolish to write yet I struggle with it daily. Of all the things I have conquered maybe the greatest is going to be myself. Thank you for this! Carolyne
Too funny, before I ever read Theresa's response the first thing that I thought of was Love and Respect......seriously powerful book! Kevin's significance=need for respect. Your security found in love. Imagine the change in outcome if would actually could ask ourselves this pivotal question that Love & Respect preaches? "Is that which I am about to say or do going to feel disrespectful to him?" YEAH....totally HARD to do, but NOT to hard for GOD! The group study videos are amazing too! Look at all this wonderful conversation you are stirring up! Carolyne
The insanity of "it's not workin" so why do I keep doin it every day! The freedom and empowerment in deciding on and implementing change! Carolyne
How different would it be if I asked, "If the Lord wills" before I do? I think I usually tell myself Carolyne wills! Great family pics! I am likin Kevin's idea. To teach my kiddos by traveling to all the places we study.....awesome! They would be SOOOOOO educated! Carolyne
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2012 on He Gives More Grace at Stumbling Around in The Light
I think Mr. Doug G. has a great point Teri. Maybe you didn't get in "your time" but ya got it and you are doing something about it! His graces are truly abundant. We get another chance and another chance and another chance and I KNOW He doesn't give up on us.......we only give up on ourselves. Proverbs 24:16 comes to mind. (For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again,but the wicked shall fall by calamity.) Did ya hear the AND RISE AGAIN PART? You are already up and standing, which path in 2012 are you WILLING to walk? Many blessings on YOU! Carolyne
Can't have enough reminders. How different would are giving be if we could only have eyes and hearts that could SEE the needs. Not the feel sorry for you eyes......not the cause you asked me for it......just through the loving eyes of Christ a true genuine need that may be filled at no monetary cost at all. That sounds like Christmas to me. Carolyne
That is just....a beautiful love letter to your husband. Amen that your eyes have CHOSEN to see what is pure, lovely, and true so you CAN relish all that He is blessing you with. Can't wait to hear about 19 more.....years not children. Lots of love, Carolyne
I didn't know every blogger does this......but then again I don't care about what is new and hip. I care about what is right and true. Such I reminder....I NEED to do this! I get so caught up in doing I know much passes me by! Don't even get me started on last it was only last fall, feels like 5 years have gone by.....SOOOOOO much work being done! Carolyne
Ok, I am cringing when I hear you drinking diet pop. I love ya as a sis, so all I will say is natural sugar IS better then some chemically produced crud. That IS it.....time EVERY SINGLE DAY, sometimes I need it like every single minute cause I just can't hold it together. It is all about our deep relationship with Christ and how much we are willing to invest into it. The closer I grow with Him the more effective these completely surrendered times with God are going to live in me. You have so much more fruit to come out of this, I can see it. Too funny, I just read Mark 6:12-26 this morn. Thank you for blessing us with your journey! Carolyne
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2011 on Mommy Sabbatical at Stumbling Around in The Light
Yep! I get that one loud and clear. How can one even begin to think about leading or influencing others if ya can't motivate yourself to get off the couch! Honestly I never really looked at it like that, yet that is what I am going through right now on this journey....influencing myself and taking nonstop action! Don't think I realized when I started this journey that those were the ingredients to a delectable feast. Thank you, Carolyne
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2011 on Steve Jobs - Loser and Influencer at Deb Ingino