If our city had a gate…

If our city had a gate and I knew Jesus was about to come in,

I’d be there to greet Him, to welcome Him in.

I’d thank Him for coming

Shower Him with praise – stating the obvious to the Ancient of Days.

I’d tell Jesus that I know He heals, comforts and mourns. That He sits with the outcasts, has compassion, serves, breaks the chains of sin and bondage, sets us free, and loves everyone.

I’d show Him the beautiful places – all of which He made –

The bay, the hills, the cliffs on His ocean’s edge.

The lavender, succulents, and calla lilies that grow wild.

The seals, the canyons, the overflowing fruit outside the markets, the tide.

I’d want Him to see what His people were doing –

serving in the hard places, painting nails, cooking hot meals, caring for their little ones, delivering groceries, reading to children, working with integrity, starting companies that make a difference and He’d know all that already.

I would still want to show Him believers meeting in small groups at churches, in homes, in coffee shops and playgrounds – speaking encouragement, holding one another up, celebrating, mourning, and every day living in community.

Starting conversations on the bus, giving smiles away, listening to co-workers, collaborating to bring about good change to His world, inviting others in, building relationships.

I’d want to show Him the hard places –

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scary beginnings

starting something is scary, but starting gets me somewhere and i’ve got somewhere i want to be!

this is my heart’s cry this fall. this school year. yes. that’s more like it. this school year.

because this time last year me and my beautiful daughter were looking at each other with blank stares. she, trying to learn english and her mama and numbers and calendars and clocks. and me, in way too many words, trying to explain to her english and family and values and truths.

well, we got through that. she accomplished more that we dreamed possible. and God was our Sustainer and gets the most credit. now, we’re looking in different directions!

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memorizing {spiritual discipline}

“where did i put my coffee cup?”

“i just had it.”

“oh there it is! silly me!”

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“now…why did i come into the kitchen?”

“i can’t remember…”

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“i needed to have been there 5 minutes ago!”

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“why can’t i have one happy thought today? just one!”

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our minds are always running.

multi-tasking. overloading.

cramming information in.

where do we store peace?

how do we clear our minds?

what will help my focus?

how can i ban these depressive thoughts?

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but God, do you know about this?

{this is me being real before my Father in heaven as i process my fleshly desires until i ultimately surrender them. may you be set free to engage with Him, to pour out your heavy heart to the One who can do something about it.}

God,

i find myself in this place again where i have believed You and have witnessed You do great and wonderful things, but here i stand looking ahead and my mind begins to wonder if You have what it takes to finish this. i find myself running a list of things by You as if You have no idea.

but God, do You know that our traveling photographer friend’s visa ends in july?

but God, do You know that the kids will be at camp june 29-july 3 and wouldn’t be here if we came home those days?

but God, do You know that we won’t know anything new until june 5 and might have to book tickets in a week’s time and how much tickets are to book last minute and how rare it would be to get seats together then?

but God, do You know that a friend I’d like to see in delhi would be out of town june 17-24 and I’ve been waiting over a year to meet her and bring her goodies from the states?

but God, i’ve been praying for favor for years with the passport officials and it appears it will have taken a few weeks from the date of application to the date of appointment before they can even look through all the necessary documents to begin the process?

but God, summer is short as it is and i want to make the most with all four kids home together to bond before they return to school in august.

but Shauna,

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