Surrender — Worship Wednesday

Here is a song that has been on my heart tonight and the word I got with it is surrender.

To agree to stop fighting, hiding or resisting.

To completely give up your own will and subject your thoughts, ideas and deeds to to the will and teachings of God.

To surrender.

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This is my prayer for each of you tonight, that you live a life with arms high and a heart abandoned.  That you learn to surrender fully to God each and every day.  That you hold nothing back.

Hillsong United

The Stand

You stood before creation
Eternity in your hand
You spoke the earth into motion
My soul now to stand

You stood before my failure
And carried the cross for my shame
My sin weighed upon your shoulders
My soul now to stand

So what could I say?
And what could I do?
But offer this heart, Oh God
Completely to you

So I’ll walk upon salvation
Your spirit alive in me
This life to declare your promise
My soul now to stand

So what could I say?
And what could I do?
But offer this heart, Oh God
Completely to you

I’ll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the one who gave it all
I’ll stand
My soul Lord to you surrendered
All I am is yours

Godspeed,
Mollie ❤
All I am is yours, Lord.

Five Minute Friday — Finish

Five Minute Friday

Finish.

To complete.

To stop doing something.

Some days I long to finish something, anything. There is always one more load of laundry. ( I swear it multiplies in the pile.) One more dish to wash. One more dinner to cook. One more mess to clean up. Truth is we are never finished.
The things I can finish I often wish could go on. When I reach the last page of a book I wish for the next chapter….what happens next? Where do they go from here?

 

Aren’t you glad that in the same vein, God is never finished with us. Aren’t you glad He doesn’t look down at you and say, “I’ve done all I can with this one. I’m finished.”? He started working in us before we were a glimmer in our parents’ eyes and He doesn’t finish that work until well, ever. Even after we leave this earth he won’t be done with us.

 

Godspeed,

Mollie ❤

 

 

Nice to meet you! Fun facts about me!

Come on in.  Get comfortable and let’s get to know one another.  I’ll go first.

 

  • As a kid I wanted to be a librarian.
  • Then a veterinarian.
  • And yet somehow I ended up with two criminal justice degrees, with one of those being in forensics.  I had plans once upon a time to go to the FBI and be a criminal profiler.
  • Now I am a stay at home mommy blogger.  You tracking me?  Yeah, me neither.  The path of life often makes no sense at all.
  • I have a serious lip balm problem.  🙂  I used to make my own!  My current favorite is the EOS sphere balms.
  • All my life I have secretly longed to be a horse girl.  I have always always wanted horses and a ranch.  I found the show Heartland on Netflix recently and that seems like a dream to me.  In that scenario I of course am the horse whisperer….
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photo credit: TrevorLowe via photopin cc

 

  • I would rather have print media than digital.
  • Sunflowers and tiger lilies are my favorite flowers.  Tiger lilies grew up and down the sides of the driveway of my childhood home in WV.
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photo credit: B Gilmour. via photopin cc

 

  • I have two tattoos and always have the itch to get another.
  • You know those crazy coupon ladies you see with the big binder full of coupons at the grocery store?  Yep, that would be me, and I love it!  It’s a thrill watching the register total go from something you just can’t afford to like $20!
  • I’m from WV and lived there till I was 8.  We then moved to NC.
  • Driving through Times Square in New York City screams freedom to me.  I lived in NYC for  a month one summer.
  • I love to cook, as long as I don’t have to then do the dishes as well.  I have thought of going to culinary school a few times over the years.
  • I love books!  I love how you can open the cover of a new book and be instantly transported to somewhere else, or how a book someone has written can speak from their heart to yours.  There are stacks of books all over my house.  In fact I still have the very first chapter book my mother gave me at age 8.
  • The right song can instantly change my mood.  I almost constantly have a song running through my head and often absently sing it out loud.
  • I also sing along to any song playing, anywhere, whether I know the words or not.
  • My number one dream house feature is that it have a full wall to wall, floor to ceiling library!  I need somewhere to put those stacks of books!

 

Your turn.  Introduce yourself with a fun fact in the comment section!

 

Godspeed,

Mollie ❤

This One’s For You– Worship Wednesday

Today I got a call for help from a sweet friend who is feeling lost, hopeless, and beat down, tired of fighting and miserable. Today’s Worship Wednesday is dedicated to you. You know who you are.

 

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photo credit: where paths meet via photopin cc

 

I urge you to seek God’s face.  He never left you.  Can’t you see Him standing there still, where you let go of His hand.  He is waiting for you to take it up again so that He can continue to walk beside you.  He was there the whole time.  The battle is one that has already been won, so stand up and fight.  Walk beside Him, read His Word, call out to Him in prayer, and meet Him in worship.  The pain and the burdens won’t last forever, and they will only make you stronger.

 

Godspeed,

Mollie ❤

Wait

  When the world seems too heavy or it seems like God isn’t listening I come to these words and they reassure me, they comfort me, and they soothe my soul.  I hope they do the same for you today.

Wait

by Russell Kelfer

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;

Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.

I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate…

and the Master so gently said, “Wait.”

“Wait?  You say wait?” my indignant reply.

“Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!

Is your hand shortened?  Or have you not heard?

By faith I have asked, and I’m claiming your Word.”

“My future and all to which I relate

hangs in the balance, and you tell me to ‘Wait?’

I’m needing a ‘yes,’ a go-ahead sign.

Or even a ‘no,’ to which I’ll resign.

“You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,

we need but to ask, and we shall receive.

Lord, I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:

I’m weary of asking!  I need a reply.”

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate

as my Master replied again, “Wait.”

So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,

and grumbled to God, “So, I’m waiting…for what?”

He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met with mine…

and He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.

I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.

I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.

“I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.

You’d have what you want, but you wouldn’t have Me.

You’d not know the depth of My love for each saint.

You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.

                  “You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair.

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You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there.

You’d not know the joy of resting in Me

when darkness and silence are all you can see.

“You’d never experience the fullness of love

when the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.

You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,

but you’d not know the depth of the love of My heart.

“The glow of My comfort late into the night,

the faith that I give when you walk without sight.

The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask

from an infinite God who makes what you have last.

“You’d never know should your pain quickly flee,

what it means that ‘My grace is sufficient for thee.’

Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,

but, oh, the loss, if I lost what I’m doing in you.

“So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see

that the greatest of gifts is to truly know Me.

And though oft’ My answers seem terribly late,

My most precious answer of all is still, ‘Wait.”

I hope you find comfort in the knowledge that coming to know Him and introducing Him to the world around us is the greatest gift our Father gives us.  Can you imagine the life lived without His companionship?  Without His love?  One where when the darkness closes in, that is all there is?  So, sit back, close your eyes, and be secure in the knowledge that you are His and that He is doing a great work in you.

Godspeed,

Mollie

I Love Cooking!

I love to cook!  Too bad the tiny people I am trying to keep alive don’t think they need to eat to survive.  Some days however, mommy just feels worn out.  Especially after a long weekend of birthday parties, church, discipleship group and driving kids here there and everywhere.  Today is just one of those days.

Enter my absolute favorite kitchen appliance, my crock pot!!!

  Today it’s kinda dreary here in the foothills of NC, so I am thinking soup would be excellent tonight.  My crock pot is already going with Clean Out the Pantry Minestrone Soup from Stephanie O’Dea over at A Year of Slow Cooking.  I used navy and great northern beans and added squash, spinach, carrots, a little bit of onion and a clove of garlic as my extra veggies.  Here’s mine:

Minestrone Soup

 

 

Looks yummy!  I can’t wait for 8 hours from now!  Now all I need is some crusty french bread to complete my meal.

 

What are some of your go to crock pot recipes?

 

Godspeed,

Mollie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I learned from yesterday!

God used my vast experience of one post to teach me. He showed me how He could use one step of faith, one simple act of obedience on my part to bless me back beyond measure.  30 seconds of insane courage is what it took to push publish on that first post, and then I inwardly grimaced thinking no one would read it.  God used that mere act to give me a glimpse of what can happen when you are faithful to act when He says move.

At the end of the night I had 7 likes on my facebook page, 10 comments on the blog, one email subscriber, oh and someone had shared my post on facebook!  Of those only one blog comment and the 7 facebook likes were from people I knew the rest were perfect strangers until yesterday!

Fireworks

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Now these numbers aren’t huge by any means, but to the girl who was sure she didn’t have anything to say that anyone needed to hear, they are something to celebrate!  God rewarded me with so much joy yesterday and words can’t describe how my heart jumped when I read the comment from a women who had been led to my blog by the post on fb!  Some even said they were encouraged by my bravery.  So you see, you never know what you have to say that God will use to help someone else along the way.  Even if it’s just your own story.

I don’t recount my success to pat myself on the back or toot my own horn, but to show you the joy that can come about when you charge forward.  In the midst of a world that says you can’t, God says you can!

What will you do with 30 seconds of insane courage today?  Do you have it?  Good.  Hold on tight.

READY

SET

GO!

Then come back here and tell me about it.  🙂

Godspeed,

Mollie