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A Prayer for Peace and Order

This morning, I acknowledge that God is a God of peace and not disorder (1 Corinthians 14:33). I recognize that where sin grows, disorder grows along with it (2 Corinthians 12:20; James 3:16). In the original language, disorder means instability, confusion, and disturbance. It’s a restless, upsetting kind of word.

I pray for order! I pray for stability in my home and in my heart. I pray for peace, a settling down, a calm surface. I pray that my life manifests the orderly, peaceful work of the Holy Spirit. In small ways (like cleaning a disordered playroom or kitchen) and large ways (like ordering my whole life and work), I invite order and peace.

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Praying to Delight in God’s Will and Commands

This morning, I think more about delighting in God’s will for my life and in His commands. So many times, I don’t particularly delight in obeying or in doing things that I know God has called me to do. Too often, I consider the cost, the inconvenience, and the burdens of new tasks. But what if these things truly became a delight? I pray this for my family and for you reading. I pray that knowing God, obeying Him, and bearing the fruit He ordains for your life will overwhelm you with delight.

Psalm 112:1 shows us the blessed man who “finds great delight in [the Lord’s] commands.” And the prayer of the priest in Psalm 119: 35 is this: “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.”

Consider all the tasks before you today. Consider how we might take great delight in this day because God is here and appoints us for these things.

May we delight!

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Maybe the Greatest Wish

I think about all the high school graduates in my town. I find myself writing a card that simply prays that this graduate would “keep in step” with God’s spirit. I quote Galatians 5, and I remember from a lifetime of experience that following God leads to peace, joy, hope, freedom, and the life we’ve always wanted but couldn’t even imagine for ourselves.

What better thing might I wish or pray for someone than to walk with God, keeping in step with the Holy Spirit? I can think of nothing better, nothing more important, and nothing more meaningful than this.

 

 

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Ancient Pleasure: The Watermelon

I absolutely love watermelon. In summer, the refrigerator nearly always holds a big bowl of freshly cut watermelon. Today, while standing in the kitchen, I consider, like anyone living with flair, the where and why and how and when. I learn about the 5,000 year history of the watermelon. I read origin stories of this delicious fruit; watermelon comes to us by way of the Kalahari Desert in Africa and then Egypt, spreading next via merchant ships on the Mediterranean Sea.

I read how Mark Twain once wrote that to taste a watermelon was to know “what angels eat.” I read how the Hebrews tithed watermelons as something pleasing to God.

Indeed!

I also know that people pickle watermelon rinds. I will add this to my collection of pickled things. I learn of recipes with mint and feta, of popsicles and cool drinks, of sorbets and salsas. Oh, the watermelon!

All summer, I’ll enjoy the ancient pleasure of watermelon.

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Why We Tell Our Stories

Someone recently asked me why it’s so vital to tell our stories of God’s great work in our lives. Why talk about it? Why write it down? Why share it? Can’t we just keep these stories between God and ourselves?

I think about the words God used to send me on a journey of proclamation:

Psalm 40:10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.

Psalm 40:9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
    I do not seal my lips, Lord,
    as you know.

Psalm 78:4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.

I tell of the faithfulness, love, and saving help of God. I proclaim. I tell the next generation.

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You’re Going to Love This: Moody’s FREE Digital Study Pack for Included in Christ

Friends! I’m so happy about the Digital Study Pack to serve as a beautiful companion to Included in Christ. Free Moody commentary on key verses in Ephesians, a worship playlist, cute invitations to print out, sharable images, and lock screen and desktop art for encouragement! ENJOY!!!! Click on the link here: http://moodypublisherswomen.com/included-in-christ-study-pack/

Included in Christ Study Pack

 

 

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A Curious Verb and New Perspective: Fledge

We peer into the Robin’s nest to find that the strong little birds have fledged. They developed their wings for flight. A fledgling is the strangest phenomenon: it’s the word for that transitional stage between hatching and leaving the nest for good.

How exciting! How wonderful to observe fluffy birds hopping about, testing their flight feathers and feeding on their own.

When I began Live with Flair, I would have seen myself and you as the fledglings and challenged us all to test out our feather, to risk it all, to fly. I would have talked about expanding our worlds and kicking against that tangle of a nest that held us back.

But today? I see myself as the mama bird. I see myself as the one left on the branch who watches and encourages and then moves on to care for the next brood. She keeps building new projects. I see myself as a feeder of the young. I see myself as fluffing other feathers to encourage that beautiful, brave flight.

My daughter and I pull back from that empty nest. She’s looking carefully at the hopping Robins on the lawn. I’m back at the nest, and I keep thinking, “Well done! Well done!”

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Still Baking: Morning Fruit Pastries

We find a recipe for these! So easy and delicious if you need to host folks for breakfast: 

We use this recipe from Just a Taste: https://www.justataste.com/fruit-and-cream-cheese-breakfast-pastries-recipe/

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