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LETS CHAT FRIDAY with DAWN KINGSTON

Wow, what a year it has been for Lets Chat Friday! Who knew this day would be a blessing for so many? Each Friday has it's own special meaning for me. Nuggets of precious wisdom I can come back to and read again and again.  I love hearing from such God-fearing women. Women who stand out and make a difference. Women who in their struggles look to the Lord for guidance and support. Women who encourage and inspire.  My friend, Dawn, is one of those women. I am honored to call her my friend.  Let me tell you a little about her.

When I first walked through the doors of our church almost eighteen years ago, she is one who reached out to me and made me feel like I was home. Then she and my pastor  leave and move miles away for another mission the Lord had for them. Once she returned our friendship grew and each day since has only made my life sweeter.  I look at her and I simply see beauty. She is part of my inner circle of friends. That circle of friends who God has intricately placed …

Moving the furniture again?

My husband would leave out to travel across country and come home in the middle of the night only to bang his toe or trip over a table after I had spent the day rearranging furniture. I just have to chuckle at that. It seemed to happen often. He would tell me, "Just let me know when your at it again so I know to beware when I enter the house."

I seem to get this itch and want to move things around. I like change when I am the one changing it. Hmm, sound familiar to you too? My husband would say he hates change. He is the one who seems to become injured.

We move things around and bring in new stuff. Before long we have clutter surrounding us. Then we remove all that clutter and begin all over. Instead of us rearranging around us, might we make room for God and allow Him to design our life.

Our lives can become so cluttered with stuff that we don't even need. The things we think we need we can do without. God knows exactly what needs to be there and what needs to go.

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Two midwives with faith

I began reading in Exodus 1 today. I was going to read more about Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea, but I didn't make it. Something once again caught my eye and I had to stop. Beginning in chapter 1 we there is a new king in Egypt. A king that did not know David. He is fearing for Egypt because the Israelites are growing in number. Might they overtake the Egyptians? In his fear he calls for every Hebrew baby boy to be killed at birth.

Now in Egypt there were midwives to care for those women in labor. Lets begin in verse 15. "Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah." Their names mean, "Beautiful One and Splendid One." The king is telling them they must kill the baby boys, but these women of faith choose to obey God and not the king. Their lives were in danger for disobeying the king, but they knew it meant more to obey their God.

In standing in their faith, the king b…

LOVE ON ASSIGNMENT by CARA LYNN JAMES

What a lovely historical/romance Love on Assignment is. This lovely book takes place in Newport, Rhode Island during the 1900's. This is the second book of A Ladies of Summerhill Novels. The first is Love on a Dime, which I enjoyed just as much.  This  is an easy read that just seems to flow and has many nuggets to take a way. Charlotte Hale is a young girl with a dream. She wants to be a journalist. A real reporter and she is willing to do whatever to make her dream come true. She is competing in a man's world. Although Charlotte is wise in many ways, her decision to spy on, Daniel Wilmont, a professor, at the college, was not a wise choice. Her boss at the local paper thinks Daniel  is reporting blasphemy. He wants Charlotte to prove him wrong. What Charlotte is about to find out is Daniel is not at all the man her boss suggests. He is a good man, a decent man, one that Charlotte soon falls for. As Daniel is widowed, he has two children, and his mother living with him. His m…

We can be free from our chains

There are many ways to be in bondage. Fear can hold us down. Temptation can darken our path. Pride can drown us in self. Sin can confuse us as lies become our truth. Anything that takes us away from Christ has us in chains. It can be the shopping desires that break our bank accounts. Pornography can hold us back from purity. The list can go on and on. Is there something holding you down? Does something have you by the collar? Are you dragging your feet in pity?

Until we are honest with ourselves we will continue to stay in bondage. Look back at the Israelites who were captive in Egypt. They were in bondage, but they were free. They had a hope in God. They didn't allow the Egyptians to keep their hearts from seeking God. They may have had their bodies, but they didn't have their hearts. The Hebrews knew they were slaves, but they also knew who was their real Master. They knew God had a plan for them and He would make a way.

If we remember the slaves of our country's first…

What's there to see?

I seem to be moving my way through the book of John. The sweet words of Jesus are many and He always brings us right where He wants us in His word. In those times we seem to understand completely what we had passed up before. I love it when I read His word and it is like I am connected with Him in that moment as He has opened my ears to hear and blessed my sight to see just what I am to learn.

In John 9:1-41 we find the story of a blind man. He has been blind from birth. He is one who sits at that gates begging. Can you see him in his loneliness? He is reaching out and all he is desiring is for someone to reach back, but people pass him by without regard. Ever feel like you reach and reach, but on one is there reaching back? I think this blind man can see more than all those with sight walking in front of him.

Jesus passes by Him. Jesus notices this man. It is Jesus who reaches out. But what do we find the disciples asking? In verse 2 they ask, "And His disciples asked Him, say…

Wavering Manna

Last night I was reading John 6:1-40. I was going to stay up and write, but my heart just wouldn't budge. I had to stay in the word. It was then I saw something. One verse that caught my attention like never before. "Then they said to Him, 'Lord, give us this bread always.'" (verse 34)
Lets go back to the beginning. Here we see Jesus feed the five thousand. We see, Philip, asking in verse 5 where to buy the bread.  Now, we aren't going to find a local Bread Company in the midst of the desert. Jesus fed five thousand people with two small fish and five loaves of bread. Now, I don't know about you, but I love fish and bread. Once you begin eating it's as though you just can't get enough, but that is exactly what happened here. They ate until they were full. (verse 12) They even had food left over!
That evening they witness Jesus walking on water. Jesus began His morning by feeding everyone, and now again, He is showing them to have faith. He isn&#…

Want to hear a great love story?

There is nothing like a good love story to make my heart stir. Of course my love story with my husband still makes my heart skip a beat. Isn't love wonderful? Knowing we are loved is all we need to make it through.
Last week we had an ice storm. There wasn't large amounts of ice, but enough to cause black ice which caused many accidents and cars landing in ditches. Now, you might be asking yourself, "What does ice have to do with a love story?" Just hang with me, it gets better.
As a woman was traveling home from work she was caught in the storm. The ice made it impossible for her to go anywhere. Traffic was at a stand still since they had shut down the road.  She was running out of gas and was very cold. She didn't have a lot of warm clothing with her. After all, she was just coming from work and on her way home. The ice storm came much earlier than expected and ended up being much worse than predicted. (Isn't that just like life though?)  I am sure she was …

My Christmas Card To You

"Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" (Luke 2:10 - 15)

Merry Christmas my friends. It it my prayer that your nest is filled with the warmth and joy and love that only a Savior could bring.


With blessings of hope, Robin

LETS CHAT FRIDAY with SHAWN BORETA

Welcome to another Lets Chat Friday. Today my guest is Shawn Boreta and we would like to wish you  all a Merry Christmas. Since Friday is Christmas Eve I am posting early so everyone can be sure to catch our chat. It is one you do not want to miss.  Shawn is one of those ladies the Lord has placed in my life. She is one I look to every morning for inspiration. Shawn is one who has helped to inspire the theme of  my newest addition to blogging entitled  Simply Robin. What better way is there to begin the year than by  giving thanks 365 days a year?  I find myself blessed  to be surrounded by Christian women who impact my life daily with challenging me to live more abundantly for Christ. Through every struggle there is hope. Shawn has a smile that can turn a frown upside down. She has this joy that is contagious and I love that about her. Life is not perfect, but she chooses to see the cup half full. She chooses to let go of fear and embrace faith. Shawn is not only a passionate writer,…

What's your cover saying?

We all hear, "Don't judge a book by it's cover." Well, as I have been doing many book reviews I have to say sometimes I choose them for the cover. Something catches my eye. Sometimes I choose them for the back cover describing what is inside. Many times it is the words that stir my heart and sound so intriguing. Sometimes the cover speaks louder than what's inside. Sometimes what's inside is nothing compared to the cover.

This got me thinking about myself and what my cover looks like. Is my cover eye catching? Does it glimmer?  Does the outside really show what is in the inside? Does the inside reflect the Son, catching another's attention, bringing them in to see if there is more? Too many times we dress the cover up. We make it cute and pretty, but it isn't describing what is inside. Inside, hidden from view might be telling another story all together. I want my cover to reflect what is inside. If someone was do my review, what would they say? Woul…

Flight of Shadows by Sigmund Brouwer

If you are in to futuristic thrillers this book is one you want to choose for your collection of reads. It is a  fast paced  thriller that is a  quick read. Flight of Shadows is the sequel to Broken Angel.I think it would be helpful to read Broken Angel first. Although Flight of Shadows can stand alone, if beginning with Broken Angel you would get a better grasp of the characters and story line. I must admit I found myself lost at some parts having a feeling there was more to the story.  This is a dark read that many will enjoy. It takes us into the dark world of the future where everything has changed and genetic codes have been broken. Caitlyn Brown is on the run. She has been hiding, but now those who have been seeking her know just where she is. Caitlyn carries secrets within her body and with those secrets comes power. As she on the run there are few she can trust.  With her unique DNA, everyone wants a piece of Caitlyn, whether for research or their own personal gain, she is run…

Giving it all up

The Lord has been doing a work in my heart. He has brought me to a place where I know He is enough. I have decided I can sit here each day and think about our circumstances or I can decide to focus on Christ. I can allow my attitude and actions to show my pain and hurt or I can just give it all to Him. I can find myself in anger or I can let it go and choose to find joy. It's just like the Holy Spirit washed over me and said, "Give it all up and let Me."

I could be sitting here crying and my tears would keep coming with each thought of just how hard things are right now. I never imagined this struggle. Job loss touches your whole family. It brings hurt, anger and questions.  My son sat next to me a few days ago and said, "Mom, why has this happened? Why are things so hard?" I sat before him and said, "Why not?" I must admit I have been so confused. I mean we are good people. We walk with the Lord. We serve. We reach out to others and oh, have I cried…

Better is One Day - Kutless

Why pack everything into just one day?

It's a week before Christmas and stores have been packed for weeks now in preparation for Christmas Day. We see people gathering gifts for everyone. Making plans to attend every party and every home invited to. We begin with smiles at first at the joy of Christmas, but at the end of the day we find ourselves exhausted, stressed and wondering where the time went.  We get caught up in the hustle and bustle and say Christmas is here and gone. Why do we seem to think we can only celebrate Christmas one day a year? Isn't Christmas something we should celebrate daily all throughout the year? For if not for Christmas there would be no reason to celebrate at all.
I mean, lets just think about this for a minute. Christmas is the birth of Christ. We celebrate this special gift one day. We pack it all in trying to meet the expectations of everyone and make all happy. We make an attendance at our parents home. We must hurry out to see Aunt Hilda and Uncle George, then get around to see Gra…

Inviting you to join me on my new adventure

As I come to my blog each day I am excited to share my walk with the Lord with you. Here at my Nest I can share book reviews, music I love, and give praise to God each day. I can share about my struggles of illness and overcoming obstacles that affect us all. I can write about encouragement and share what I have learned from  God's word. I can share my dreams with you.
It is awesome to look back and see the Lord has been here with me every step of the way and know that with each new step He too will be here leading the way. I am a work in progress and so thankful. I am beginning a new blog, Simply Robin. I am not leaving my Nest, just adding a new adventure. At Simply Robin I am beginning the new year with 365 days of thanks. Is there a better way to begin the year? For me, it is the perfect start.
God has touched my life in so many ways. Through each struggle He teaches me. Through each circumstance of my life all I see in the end is His love. I know when all else fails, He is st…