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Tennis Shoes & Capris

15 Jul

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

 

Three of my friends and I decided to take advantage of “25% off Mondays” at the Valley Thrift Store.  Each of us had a shopping list.  The items on my list were unique and individual, with specific sizes and colors.  I chuckled on our drive over to Fairfield as I told the girls that our other friend Chrissy, who couldn’t come with us, was joining me in prayer to find the items that I needed.  How wonderful it was to find the first answer to our prayers sitting right there waiting for me on the shoe rack just moments after arriving at the store.

Easy Spirit tennis shoes for work           Size 7               $7.99 – 25% discount

With the sneakers in my cart and a smile in my heart, I called Chrissy and we rejoiced together on the phone.  Further investigating took me to the long rack of capri style pants, where I piled my cart with several brands, colors, and prices.  After narrowing down to a few choice selections, I was able to check mark two more items from my list, including 3 additional unexpected buys.

Banana Republic, navy blue capris                    $4.99 – 25% discount
Banana Republic, black capris                           $5.99 – 25% discount

Needless to say, I went home excited and freshly reminded that God cares about even the small things of life.  I bought 9 very nice items and paid a total of $37.00 for them all. 

Just like me, I’m sure there are some rather large issues in your life.  Whether they are health concerns, uncertain plans for the future, work instability, relationship struggles, God knows.   I’m grateful for the simple fact that God shopped along with me as I walked down the long aisles of Valley Thrift the other day.  The God who loves me enough to hand pick items that I need and smile along with me as I place them into my cart, is the same God who longs for me to trust Him with the bigger and even more serious things of life. 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Won’t you join me today as we walk down the aisles of our lives, seeking Him and His righteousness first, and knowing with confidence that God will supply each and every need, according to His riches in Christ Jesus?

 “And why do you worry about clothes?
See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow
is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or
`What shall we drink?’ or
`What shall we wear?
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father
knows that you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:28-33

 

Until next time,
Debbie

 

 

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Munchy Monday

25 May

Taste and see that the Lord is good. 
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. 
Psalm 34:8

Munchy Monday Ladies in May

One Monday evening every month … September – May, a group of ladies gather in someone’s home for a time of fun, fellowship, food, and Jesus.  Last night was one such evening.  The warm hospitality of our friend Pam was enjoyed by all as 20 women claimed an inviting place to sit on her shaded back porch.  As the late day breezes cooled the remnants of a hot May afternoon, salad was the refreshment of choice, prayer was the spiritual emphasis, and love and laughter, as always, were the comforting agents to any heavy hearts. 

 Tasty Tuesday is where it all started in September of 2007, as an ache in my own heart to create an opportunity for friends to get together outside of the workplace.  It was a time to put the black aprons, the laundry carts, cleaning rags, and the payroll away and simply be together because we wanted to.  To make it even more interesting was to invite a few others, those who didn’t work with us, but were friends from other settings.  Just a bunch of women.  Women who love to share food and recipes, who love to laugh and have a good time, and who appreciate the quiet time of learning more about Jesus and His love for us.   

 It wasn’t long before we realized that Tuesday was not an available evening for all, so in an effort to accommodate everyone’s busy schedule, we transitioned from Tasty Tuesday to Munchy Monday.  Both are applicable to our purpose, as to taste or munch means to simply take a small portion.  Our ladies bring a lot of food, but in order to taste it all, we take small portions ~ of each yummy item!  Our evening doesn’t last for several hours … just a small portion of our day.  We don’t live and experience each others’ lives, but through our meeting together, we share a small portion with one another.  We don’t sit and listen to an hour and a half sermon, just a short devotional.  We have found that our lives are crazy busy with the responsibilities of family, church, home, work and all the other things that pull at each of us.  Tasty Tuesday, Munchy Monday, or Scrumptious Soupy Sunday (only twice on Sunday so far) allows a small allotment of time for us to experience that the Lord is indeed good.

 Our journey during the past 3 seasons of Tasting and Munching have been fun.  Here are just a “small portion” of our themes …

Mug, Muffin & Tasty Tea
Divine Romance
Spring Cleaning Clutter & Self Inventory
Pretty Purse Passion
What Tree are You?
St. Patrick’s Prayer
The 4:8 Principle
Summer Sisters-in-Prayer

Please let me encourage you … if you are not currently meeting with friends for fellowship, accountability, good food, and just plain fun … you should seriously consider doing so.  Everyone needs a break away from the normal routines to share life, to laugh and sometimes cry, to build friendships, and to pray.  For once we taste and see that the Lord is good, the prayer of my heart … for my precious friends and for all of us … is that we will all desire to take refuge in Him.

Taste and see that the Lord is good. 
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. 
Psalm 34:8

Until next time,
Debbie