Tag Archives: God

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Further Insulating A Strong Bond

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Allie and Ben

My daughter Allie was married on Saturday. It was a very emotional event for our family, drawing everyone closer together. I wanted to share with you today a portion of the speech that I gave at the ceremony, after the formal announcement of Allie and Ben’s marriage…

While we gather here today to celebrate I wanted to let you know that you each play a vital role in the success of Allie and Ben’s marriage…

as it says in Ecclesiastes “a cord of three strands is not easily broken” … a marriage centered on God finds true success, intimacy and companionship… this one… finding a bond weaved with Allie… Ben… and our Heavenly Father…

I believe each of you also share in helping the success of Allie and Ben’s marriage. I read recently that we are each a product of our 5 closest friends… those around us having the potential to influence us the most. Allie and Ben invited you here today because they love you and cherish their relationship with you. You are very influential in their lives…

So thank you for coming and please share in the celebration…

leave here with everlasting memories…

and go knowing that the success of this union is something that you all will share in…

please continue to be a positive inspiration in the day-to-day lives of Allie and Ben…

and please always be a part of the cord that keeps their marriage intact….

On behalf of all of your friends and family, congrats Allie and Ben, we love you now and forever!


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Shamelessly pitch your blog/artistic endeavor here today!

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Recap: Last week we started sharing the love here at I’m Just Thinkin’. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the goofy nicknames… a girl named “sport”? … J.K. Rowling was a popular good read, and finding peace…

Also, it was the second busiest traffic day for the blog ever!

This week, I’m Thinkin’ it would be fun to learn more about your blog or other artistic gig you would like to promote here… so the dance floor is all yours!

Share a brief pitch for your blog, book, art, band, etc…

along with one other fun word:

I recently started a twitter concept of inspiring with only one word… it’s simply called…

one word … ????

what would your one word be to inspire?

Thank you for sharing here at I’m Just Thinkin’, I really appreciate it!


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Reaching Out To Feed The Baby

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Baby Emma

Baby Emma was born just a few months ago. At the time of her delivery, our family was lined up wall to wall waiting in anticipation, ¬†and when she was born we all wanted at first a glimpse and then to hold her and love on her. That was 3 months ago… and now I find myself wanting to see her every time I’m away from her for more than a few days in a row. I can see her growing and learning more every day, and I am anxious to be a part of that. Usually my daughter Allie feeds “Baby M,” and I’m eager to experience this as well.

Reaching Out To Feed The Baby… I believe many of us know this experience and can share about how it warms our heart to be involved in the lives of children.

When I think of Jesus and his time here on earth walking in the flesh…

how and what He taught…

the message that He shared…

I think He provided the perfect example of Reaching Out To Feed The Baby… that we are all God’s children… this is our learning ground for Greater Things … and how we can extend this loving gesture and apply it more broadly in our daily walk… and beyond our immediate family to the fellowship of other believers, and beyond…

In that light I wanted to share a passage from the Book of Acts, the footprint of our church today…

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47

Reaching Out To Feed The Baby…

that’s how the irresistible love that Jesus demonstrated for us grew…

Where do you see the love that Jesus most alive and radiating today?


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Recharge and The Happy Camper

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Last week was a busy one… two sick grandchildren, my daughter Allie’s wedding is this coming Saturday, and a backlog of work, on the tippy top of the normal day-to-day.

I’ve found myself overwhelmed at the moment with too many commitments.

Following my own advice I went back and reviewed my post “Simplify Life With 6 Fun Mathematical Expressions.”

It was helpful but what I really needed this time around was not on the list:

I really needed to Recharge… rest… focus on Him and listen to God’s voice.

I’ve found I can run pretty hard for quite a while but sooner or later I need a breather… and this weekend was just that!

Taking a break and focusing on God is needed as a priority – I mentioned this under Regroup in the “Simplify Life” post… it’s also a part of Recharge…

and God’s great love is always a part of being A Happy Camper!

What do you do when you feel like you need a break and need to recharge?


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Sharing The Love And Thanking God For You (3 fun youfacts)

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Guess what?

Friday’s are now all about you!

I’m making Friday posts here a place where you, the readers and community, can share.

I’m very thankful for you.

On Friday, it’s All About You!

if you dare to share here is the place on Fridays…

Today: Please join us for sharing the love and answer 3 fun facts about you:

  • Terms Of Endearment: nicknames… we all have them… funny (hopefully) … mean (ohnono!)… please share a nickname that someone has given you.
  • Favorite Author?
  • The last time you had an entire day to yourself, what did you do?

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