Remember Who You Are

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I’m the youngest of 6 kids with a span of 17 years between myself and my oldest sibling.  By the time I arrived in the family, my parents had well developed disciplines and practices in their parenting.  One of those practices that I grew up hearing over and over was the words “remember who you are.”  These words were said to all of us kids as we were leaving for whatever plans we had for the day.  It never seemed to matter if it was school, sports, or recreation – the words were said as a sort of goodbye; remember who you are.
 
For years I really didn’t understand what those words meant.  I grew up hearing them spoken over my siblings and then over me so often, I didn’t understand the significance.  It was just something that they did.  I can remember not always appreciating those words (especially in front of friends) and I’m sure I rolled my eyes a few times although never in front of my parents!
 

Remember who you are had nothing to do with me being a Pastor’s kid, it had everything to do with being God’s kid – all of the privileges and blessings and obedience to following Him before everything else.  My parents were trying to help us live out our faith of loving Jesus in our hearts and making choices that would reflect that love in our everyday living.


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The Need For Death

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It sounds bizarre– “The Need for Death.” To us, “The Living”, death has only been experienced by watching others pass—a really heartbreaking time of mourning, grief and pain. We’ve only seen death through a certain lens—one of sorrow and heartache. To leave the world—to leave our loved ones—siblings, friends, spouses, children, parents—it’s not something we look forward to. And dying, I think we all can agree, is most certainly not synonymous with living. The world is a horrible place. But no one wants to leave it.
Jesus died in the name of Life. He asks that in return for His sacrifice, we also die for Life. Strange concept isn’t it? To be the literal “walking dead.” I am reminded in John 15 that we are in this world, not of it. I find myself in need of a constant reminder to make the daily choice (if not minute by minute) to die to everything that has nothing to do with my Jesus.  I cannot have it both ways. I cannot live in Heaven if I do not die on Earth. I cannot walk with Jesus if I do not fall at His feet and abandon my fleshly needs. Worrying about my 401K and stressing out about the junk going on at work has nothing to do with my Jesus. How do we die whilst we walk?


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Connect the Dots

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I’m remembering that fun activity from long ago where numbers were lined up on a page and you started at #1 and proceeded on with connecting the dots, following the number sequence all the while creating a picture along the way.  My favorite
Connect the Dot pages were the ones that were a bit more complicated to follow and the picture was not easily discerned at first glance.  Along the way there were surprise turns and by then end, a picture you could not see beforehand had emerged.
 
It’s been a long time since I’ve “played” and worked on a
Connect the Dot paper, and yet, I feel this is a big part of my faith journey that I am working on every day.  My faith in Jesus Christ holds a lot of mystery and I try to allow space in my life that there are some things I will just never be able to understand.  I will never be able to explain why life happens the way it does.  And although that is hard to accept at times, it is truth.  But the Bible teaches me a lot about habits and practices that Jesus had, and goodness; if the Son of God had habits and practices to help Him along the way, how much more should I be incorporating them into my own life??

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Take Over

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Hello All, 
 
I knew it wouldn’t be long before I chose a Shane & Shane song for the Song of the Week and I promise I’ll try to not let them monopolize my weekly selections 🙂

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Spirit of the Living God

 
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Hello all, 
 
This song has affected me greatly in the past few weeks as a few people in my life are dealing with some major changes in their careers, relationships, families, etc. We often find ourselves hanging on God’s every word when going through these kinds of changes, looking for guidance and comfort.

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Who’s on Guard Duty?

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Years ago, bedtime was quite the production in our home.  We had 4 children in 5 years, so needless to say their ages were very close.  Our girls were 16 months apart, and shared a bedroom from the beginning.  And they loved it.  Bedtime in those early years was the equivalent of having a slumber party.  Every. Single. Night.  So my Beloved Man and I took turns in what we called “

guard duty”.  Every. Single. Night.  One of us would sit on the floor in the hallway to try and get the giggles to stop, the shenanigans to cease, and the endless trips to the bathroom, “just one more time”, to end.  That season seemed long and stressful and tiring.  These days I think of guard duty as a fond memory that was the norm for our Fisher Fam.


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IV Therapy

 
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Intravenous Therapy.  I’ve had this type of therapy numerous times in my life, where liquid medicine or needed nutrients go directly and quickly into a vein via a bag, a tube, and a needle.  The drip seems slow, but it is steady, and according to Wikipedia,

it is the quickest way to get what is needed directly into your system

.  Sometimes we may not even know what our “system” really needs.  We rely on those in the medical profession to diagnose and prescribe what we need physically, but what about the other parts of our “system” – our spirits and our souls?  How does IV therapy work there?
Maybe IV Therapy for our spirits and souls seems a bit of a stretch, yet there have been times where music has been

the quickest way to get what is needed directly into my system. 


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TMI.

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Too. Much. Information. We live in a time of a whole lot of information.  Constant. Abundant. Right at our finger tips (if you have a smart phone). Need to know some random fact;  Google it.  Want to try a new place to eat while you’re out an about; do a search for what is closest to you, find out what others experience was, how many stars was it given.  Some people document a play by play of their day, updating all of their followers.  And sometimes … it’s just – too much information.
I live and move and want to KNOW, KNOW. KNOW.  But sometimes – many times, the details or the answers seem elusive.  And maybe that is by design.  A scripture that has helped me when I can’t seem to “connect the dots” is,
“we walk by faith, not by sight.” 

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Jesus Loves Me This I Know.

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When was the last time you sang this song?  When was the last time you believed the words?  I’ve been singing this song for decades; as a child, as a mama rocking her babies, now as an empty nester, and I find I still need these words to sink into my soul.  The truth that Jesus loves me are words I need to hear over and over.  Right here, right now – as is – He loves me and He loves you!  We are LOVED!  This is what the Bible tells us and it is true!  Just sit with that for a moment. Do you really believe and know that Jesus loves you?  

When Paul was writing to the church in Ephesus, he prayed the believers there would “have power to understand and experience how wide, how long, how high and how deep the love of Christ is.” But then Paul says, “it’s too great to fully understand.”   Boundless, limitless, never ending love.  No wonder we can’t grasp it!  We have nothing to compare it to.  But oh, how I want to grow to understand and experience all that my small little mind can grasp!


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Stay in the day.

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Stay in the day.

I worry.  I wish I wouldn’t.  I know it’s not good for me, but worry sneaks up on me.  It tries to settle in like it’s going to stay for a long visit.  Truthfully, it’s hard not to let it settle in and sit.  But what good does it do?  Really, there is nothing good that happens when we dwell in worry.   How I need to remind myself of that over and over; NOTHING GOOD COMES FROM WORRY, STOP IT!”  So when worry comes knocking, what’s a soul to do? 

“Stay.In.The.Day.”

If you know me, you may have already heard me say this

It’s a truth that came when I needed it most.  My beloved man was in a health crisis.  I was overwhelmed, worrying about all that might be ahead.  Let me just say, right here, many of my worries- never came to pass.  Did you catch that?  Many of the worries I was dwelling on; that were stealing my peace, that were keeping me so distracted  – that on the way to the hospital, l crashed into the car in front of me – NEVER CAME TO PASS.


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