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He Whispers to Me

He whispers to me, “you’re not alone”

I’m here with you, in me you have a home

A dwelling that’s safe and always secure

A protection from weathering, that’ll always endure

You’ve always had the keys, just walk inside

Come back to me girl, my door is open wide

I’ve been waiting for you, I’ll never leave

I’m here for you, you can cry on my sleeve

There there my girl, your tears are safe with me

We’re together now, all that’s left is for you to just be

No need for words or explanation

I know you fully, I’ve always been your strong foundation

I gave you freedom to reach the edge

You’ve been walking so far out on the ledge

Is it worth it my child? What’s on the other side?

Do you like the world that awaits, or do you want to hide?

Your choice, it’s all yours you see

Do you want more and more, or do you just want me?

 

 

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Day 3 Devotional: Don’t Quit

Well, I promised to write a devotion a day, no matter how I felt, starting in April 2015. It’s no surprise that my lofty idea quickly lost momentum, and I only posted two daily devotionals. Ah, shucks.

I am notorious for starting projects without ever finishing them. I joke that I have ADD, mostly because I’m serious. It’s really difficult for me to keep focused on anything in life.

So, instead of promising specific dates and times, I wanted to pick up where I left off. I’m not sure how many daily devotionals I’ll write up, but here’s Day 3 for you.

Day 3 Devotional: Don’t Quit

Wednesday, September 21st

dont-quit

Such a simple phrase, yet holds so much power.

Don’t Quit. 

Whether you’re in a job that is hard to wake up for, you’re in losing a battle to a nasty illness, or you’re knee deep in an addiction, I pray that you don’t give up.

You may take twenty steps forward, just to take one huge, giant leap backwards. But please, don’t quit.

I pray now for encouragement.

Holy Spirit, you are light. You are newness. You are comfort and peace. I pray that our eyes would be opened wide to see MORE of you today, and less of our failure. May your presence and peace engulf us in a warm embrace. May we feel connected to your fruit of peace, patience, kindness and endurance. Help us to know, we are SAFE to endure this day. This season of life. Help us to stand firm in faith, and in the present moment. And give us courage to keep going, to just get through this day. With your power and your holy help.

Amen.

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Match.com is Shocked by this Guy’s Crazy “About Me” Intro

So, I may be a little biased, because I think my brother is the coolest guy in the world. But I think you’ll end up in my same biased boat after you surf through this amazing piece of writing he composed.

My brother’s friend (anonymous) is a great guy. He has wanted to meet a great girl for quite awhile. So, he decided to join Match.com. But the infamous “about me” intro wouldn’t write itself. He took a stab at it, but it wasn’t quite right. It was just like all the other intros out there: trying to use catchy words to describe himself, somehow trying to sum up his awesomeness in just a few sentences.

Enter: brother.

Please read on to find the most interesing, crazy, unconventional Match.com profile intro ever written. (At least I think so.)

What the friend first wrote:

Insert cool profile intro here.

What my brother wrote:

When I was a small boy I became lost in the pines.  I went hunting for snails, skipping along a disheveled rock path away from the safety and warmth of my campsite.  In my youthful haste, I stumbled over a rotted log shaped like Italy (or maybe Argentina, I do not have great memory for log shapes any more these days).  This country-shaped log exaggerated my youthful forward momentum and dashed me headlong against the stones.  I could not bring my hands up quick enough.  The blood was instantaneous.  Where was it coming from?  It did not matter, all was grey, then black…

I awoke in an eyrie.  Mother, as I came to know her, was looking at me mawkishly.  I am certain, as I reflect back on things, that she thought I would die before I learned to fly.  But she did not give up on me.  Mother was an eagle.  Not in the figurative sense.  She picked me off the rocks like so much dead carrion, but when she saw I still had life in me she took me as her own.  Her strange featherless boy.  The years passed.  I will spare you the details.  My brothers and sisters grew large and took to the heavens.  I remained in the nest.  I was sure I would die on that cliff face, 1400 meters above wherever.  Mother became ill.  She could no longer forage for grubs and field mice.  I became emaciated and withered alongside Mother.  I awoke one morning with the wind blowing a gale unlike any before (the wind on that cliff always blew, was my constant friend, telling me stories and laughing as it tore through the cliff scrub and rock crags).  The wind spoke to me again that day.  It said “you must take flight, your Mother is dying, and you must take flight.”  I looked to Mother and saw she was crying.  I stood up and placed my foot over the edge of the nest onto the lip of the cliff, I took a deep breath, then another, tilted my head heavenward to feel the brilliant sun on my face, spread my arms, and leapt…     

And then I flew to Reno, and I’d really like to meet a nice girl so I hope you are her.  Let’s fly together, huh?  Sounds like fun.

What do you think? Would you date a guy with this story as his profile intro? 🙂

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7 Reasons to Love Orange County

1) Seal Beach Palm Trees

love Orange County Seal Beach

My mom grew up near Seal Beach and told me stories about why she loved it so much. It’s kinda easy to see why…

2) Hiking in Irvine

love Orange County Irvine

Gear up your glutes and get ready for beautiful views of Irvine when you get to the top.

3) Scenery Viewing at Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove

I love Orange County because of this amazing beach. You can almost hear the distant crashing of the waves, right?

4) Back Bay Loop Walking and Biking Trails

Back Bay Loop

The photo does not do the this place justice – but I loved the yellow flowers, so I had to capture. The Back Bay is a beautiful 10 mile stretch (which I don’t advise walking on a warm Cali day.) It’s great to bike, or you can take a stroll just before the sun is setting and enjoy birds chirping and nature stirring. Also, note that you will share the trail with the occasional horse back rider. 🙂

5) Huntington Beach Waves

Huntington Beach

I absolutely adore this beach – and so do all the surfers and laid back beach bums that flock here. Huntington Beach has a very chill atmosphere. If you are a snob and need more glamour, you may want to stick to the infamous Laguna Beach.

Check out this hot spot to grab breakfast or lunch in Huntington Beach.

6) Yorba Linda Hike and Views

Yorba Linda hike

Nuff said.

7) Newport Beach

Newport BeachNewport is a busy beach with lots of beauty. I recommend taking off your worry warts for the day and just letting loose, dance like no one’s watching, playing in the waves.

Do you love Orange County too? Have you written a blog post about its beauty? Comment below and include a link to your blog post about Orange County! I can’t wait to read. 🙂

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Day 2 Devotional: Letting Jesus Fight the Battle

“Keep running. Keep trying. Don’t fight it. Stop crying.”

Those are the notions that drain from the world and flow in a river to find me unfurled.


God protects

“Run with me. I’ve got this. I’ll give you my shield. I’ll protect you from wind. The enemy will yield.”

That is my Lord who speaks over me and with his great power, only He sets me free.

Thank you God for the ways your holy spirit empowers me and protects me. Thank you for freeing me from the pressures of this world. From the nagging voice that tells me that I need to be stronger. Only in you Lord do I find the freedom of letting go and allowing you to be my strength for me. Thank you for fighting life’s arduous battles for me. Thank you for conquering the impossible. Thank you for your victory. Today I stand knowing that I’m victorious in you.

Ephesians 6:14-17 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

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Pray for Ryan: Daily Encouragement

pray for Ryan

So, I have it on my heart to get a movement going where we can offer daily encouragement to our dearest friend Ryan. He was given the news several weeks ago that his stupid AML cancer is trying to retaliate against him for the second time. He is battling like the champ that he is, but I know that it will only help if we band together and lift him up in prayer and positive thoughts.

So here’s my idea – and please let me know if you have any other ideas! Please comment below with your words of encouragement. Whether it’s a prayer. A memory with Ryan. A wish for him. A vision you have. Words of wisdom. Desires for healing. Whatever it is that will provide some positivity and love, please please share your thoughts. The idea is that we will have enough prayers and comments that Ryan can read one a day (or how many he wants a day) for as long as we can keep this thing going…

Thank you for your love. Let’s take on this battle with our brother. Let’s fight with him. Mourn with him. Rejoice with him.

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Not Another Pretty Post

stand firm in Christ

Sometimes truth is clothed in thorns

Your heart gets overtaken, tattered and torn

Sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan

What you thought you had, no longer stands

When everything around you is ripped away

What is it that will make you stay?

Is it integrity or heart or internal drive?

Is it your own source of power that will make you thrive?

Not for me, not for this woman

It’s Jesus that’s alive, it’s Him who lives within

I can’t stand on my own two feet

They wobble, they shake, they fall, I am beat

Lord lift me up – give me clarity

Open my eyes that are blind, help me see

I never had it all figured out

I know that now, and I want to shout!

You and Your plans will always stand

It’s You who makes me steadfast, by Your right hand

I will lean on You in this pain

I will trust that only in Christ there is gain

There’s no profit in my own motives and desires

Only the Lord knows how my future transpires

I trust in you. I trust in you my God.

I lay my head down and my hands applaud

I’ll clap, I’ll sing, I’ll rejoice in You

For in the end, and the beginning, You were always true