New Vision…New Blog

Well, I know I’ve taken several months off from blogging.  I’ve still been around on the Internet…keeping up with friends and family through Facebook.  However, I realized the other day, that I really do miss blogging.  I’ve determined it has served an important purpose for me…it’s even been a kind of therapy for me in the past.

Anyway, a lot of changes have occurred for my family and I in the last few months or so.  As a result, even though I want to get back to blogging, I sense that I need to start afresh.  This blog covers one season in my life, and so as I begin another phase, it seems appropriate to start a new blog.

I also believe that God has begun to show me a new direction and vision.  So from now on, I will be posting at: “Receive Your Sight” With this renewed vision, God is still supplying the daily provisions (and revisions) for this spiritual journey.

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“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Prov. 29:18

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A Few More Pics…

…from Sarah’s Baptism…Sun. 6/28/09:

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Sarah coming down the steps to the Baptistry.

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Sarah’s almost in the water!

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I just love this pic! I think it captures Sarah’s enthusiasm! 🙂 I’m so happy for my Sarah Beth and for all those who were recently baptized!

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Sarah after being baptized. Took a pic of Sarah w/ her towel and wet hair in front of the stain-glass window.

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Sarah’s still looking pretty happy and excited! 🙂

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**This was something Sarah decided on her own that she was ready to do.  This was actually a test of faith for her, because she was nervous and afraid of having her head under water.  [Yes, we’ll be working on the swimming lessons! 🙂 I was the same way when I got baptized at 9.  In fact, I was scared to death, in a way, but (like Sarah) I knew that the Lord would be with me and would help me!]

Again, I’m so happy for my Sarah Beth! 🙂

Growing In Faith Daily

A small step is a giant leap

In growth and faith each day

If this step is your time with God

To read His Word and pray. —Sper

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“Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” –Ephesians 4:23

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**See Our Daily Bread devotional here.

Can’t Thank Him Enough

Thank You Lord For Saving My Soul

Thank You Lord for saving my soul,
Thank You Lord for making me whole.
Thank You Lord for giving to me,
Thy great salvation, so rich and free.

Thank You Lord for saving my soul,
Thank You Lord for making me whole.
Thank You Lord for giving to me,
Thy great salvation, so rich and free.

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Thank you Lord for Your gift of salvation; for your forgiveness, mercy, and love. Thank you Lord for all your many, many blessings. Thank you for my husband, children, family, and friends. Thank you for all Your marvelous provision each and every day.

Please remind me to always give thanks and to teach my children to do the same. Amen.

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**To view more posts from other Thankful Thursday participants, you may visit Lynn’s blog, over here.

Sarah’s Baptism…Sun. 6/28/09

I just love this pic, and I’m so happy for my Sarah Beth!

**I’ll post more about this later…just wanted to go ahead & post this photo! 🙂

I Need A Word…

I need a word from God…I need THE Word of God…everyday.  At times, I may feel alone on this journey.  Every once in a while, I feel a little rejected, judged, lonely, and unloved…or maybe even unlovable.  However, there is One who knows all the minor disappointments and hurts.  There is a verse that keeps coming to mind the last couple of days, and that is:

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my Friends Jesus

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,

nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,

shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 8:38-39

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I was reminded last night that if I am feeling unloved and rejected, perhaps I have begun to seek that Godly, unconditional love in the wrong places.  Have I left my “first love,” the only One who can truly satisfy?  Have I once again started to lose perspective and temporarily forgotten where my true Hope lies?

I praise the Lord that He says:

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.–John 14:27

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Monday Message

Sometimes I feel as if I’m not getting the answers from the Lord that I so desperately need. Yesterday afternoon, it occurred to me (once again) that I needed to go separate myself from everyone and everything and just sit in silence before Him for a bit. I saw this cartoon in an email this morning, and I think it captures this need very well…We all need to get away from all of life’s distractions every once in a while, if we want to hear the Shepherd’s voice!

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**Cartoons by Mike Waters at: joyfultoons.com