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Wow.  That’s a little ironic.  This is the image that was next up in the rotation after Miss Ruth’s post yesterday on standing up against sexual harassment.

I know that in every situation, a person cannot stand up for herself.  She may be in a situation that is truly life threatening.  She may be so badly damaged that any threat at all wipes her out.

But that’s why we have each other.  We are here to witness for each other.  To say, “I don’t think so.  This needs to stop.  Now.  Here.  Immediately.”  When you speak for one woman or man, who is the subject of harassment, you speak for all of us.  Even yourself.

And each time you speak up, it becomes easier to do the next time.

Who knows, maybe one day it won’t be necessary. Until then, God has given us each other.  Together, we can stand up for ourselves and for each other.  Each in our own unique way.



God never promises that it is going to be easy.  Today in Sunday School, we began our discussion of Gideon.  Gideon was one of the people who God chose as a judge.  Except for Deborah, judges weren’t judges in the sense that we use the word.  They didn’t sit in judgement.  They were leaders, warriors.

But Gideon was a timid man.  He lived at a time when the Israelites hid in caves.  They had to sneak out to harvest their crops and thresh grain.  If those occupying their lands saw them preparing grain, they would swoop in and take it.

Gideon was hiding what he was doing, threshing grain in a wine-press.  He was not a bold man.  He asked for sign after sign, unsure that he was hearing God’s message correctly.  Gideon had a lot to overcome.

What is God calling you to become?  It probably isn’t something easy.  If it is, you would have done it already.   There are almost surely obstacles in your path.

Still, you hear God calling.  Look up.  Look around.  What are you being called to do?




Our pastor has been doing a really interesting sermon series on the living waters of God.  Living waters is a term I learned only last year.  Living water is river water, creek water, ocean water, lake water.  It is water as found in the natural world.  It changes its landscape.  It sustains life.  It shapes the world.

Our church has recently made the decision to end several long time activities.  We simply don’t have the young muscle power needed to put on a rummage sale that fills the fellowship hall.  We used to.  And we did for over 20 years.  But the neighborhood just doesn’t come out like they used to for these events.

Through this sermon series Pastor Sean is encouraging us to find what it is Christ would have us do instead. We are being called to be his people in a troubled world.  And we have to figure out where that is.  And the funny thing about being Christ’s people is that he will tell us.  We simply have to listen.  If we do, we will find ourselves creating a new opportunity to come together, to serve him, and to help others.

Change.  We can create it because we are children of the Creator God.  We simply need to listen and follow Him.


We just don’t see a lot of it here but I’m always surprised when a venture beyond the prayer home that Lori, Ruth and I have invited y’all into.  People out there in the e-world are surprisingly nasty to each other.  Somehow, they seem to think that the freedom of speech means that they have the freedom to beat others down.

Not that we have all the answers.  Sometimes, as Lori blogged yesterday, there is just too much. Too much suffering.  Too much anger.  Too much damage.  Too much to take in.

Shockingly, that’s when so many people at other places online are at their worst.  When they should be holding one another up, they are slapping one another down.

This is just my own convoluted way of saying – Thank You.  Thank you for being the prayerful, praising, powerful people you are.  People who may not have all the answer but who turn to He who does.

Thank you for sharing in this space with us and for allowing others to freely do so as well.   Thank you.



Too funny.  Here is the dandelion post that was supposed to go live in the wee hours of the AM.  I wish I had gotten it right the first time.  Ah, well.  Maybe someone needed to see them both.

When you see a field of dandelions, it won’t always be possible to see the wishes and opportunities they represent.  But if you try, every now and again, you may see a path before you.


Admittedly I’m still working on this one.


Every now and again, I think we need a reminder.  Winning is not everything.  Someone who wins constantly really does not know what to do when they lose. Losing?  That can teach us a thing or two.  Formulate the plan.  Put in the effort.  Then step back.  Regroup if you need to.  It is okay.

God will be there for you either way.



He really doesn’t expect us to win all the time.  We may not understand how much we learn by losing but God?  I think he’s got it.



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