My sentimental journey

An ordinary girl's walk with an extraordinary God.


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Somebunny Loves You

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Growing up, one of my all time favorite places to shop was a bargain department store called Newberry’s.  While with my mom, we would venture to their downtown Portland location, which was always a special treat for me. This particular Easter was no exception. Adding to all the excitement was my newly acquired spending money, which was burning a hole in my pocket rivaling the size of Texas.
Upon arrival, knowing that the toy department was downstairs,off I went nearly flying down the stairs excitement taking wings soaring to complete my high spirited mission! Then in a blink of an eye, there I stood. Ever so slowly  contemplating all the choices my budget would allow. Would it be a new outfit for my Barbie doll or  a playhouse broom? Oh, the possibilities!!   Then I saw them…  third aisle, the lower right hand corner of the shelf,  piled high and overflowing from the wire bins, were amazing stuffed yellow bunnies, fluffy, adorable and cute as a button.
Kneeling down, I gazed upon their faces as if to ask them which one wants to go home with me?.  Then it happened…my first encounter with a jaunty Mr. Bunny, and boy he knew how to work it.  His sweet demure made me 100% convinced he would make a lovely addition to my already charming collection of stuffed animals. Showing my mom this final decision, she looked at Mr. Bunny, an inquisitive look came across her face while asking, “are you sure you want this one, he has a mark between his ears”? Yes!,” I said  with great excitement … I was sure. My decision was a carefully chosen one, Mr. Bunny  was the one, and I loved him marks and all.
This can’t help but remind me of the following precious scripture verse in Ephesians 1:4 ” Even as in His Love He chose us actually picked us out for himself as His own in Christ before the foundation of the world , that we should be holy consecrated and set apart for Him and blameless in His sight even above reproach, before Him in Love.”

God chose you !!! He looked down from his heavenly home and says that’s the one I want, it matters not that it has a stain. I’m purchasing it with my blood that was given willingly when I died on the cross . That sin stain person belongs to me !.” John 15:16 states: We have not chosen Christ, but he has chosen you”. What a comforting thought to be selected by a merciful God  even with all our flaws. Through His gentleness and condescension He has made us great.  There is a part of me that wishes I would have saved Mr. Bunny in the keepsakes of my childhood memorabilia. He would have been a gentle reminder of how God chooses us no matter what. We don’t need to have it all together to be loved by God.
In childhood innocence, I understood that love is not picking the best or the flawless, but purely loving without conditions.  Jesus knows this about children, for He says for such is the Kingdom of God.

May we regain our childlike faith, a faith that is filled with wide eyed wonderment, in a God that has handpicked us, and who bought us with price…a price that only He could pay, to be part of His charming Kingdom.  Now that is a Deal no one can beat !!!

Heavenly Father , Thank you for your unconditional love and forgiveness  that flows freely from your throne room. How can we ever thank you for all you have done for us? Your death on the cross brought us life, your blood flowing from Calvary removed the stain of our sin and guilt.  And we were purchased out of the bargain basement of darkness into the kingdom of your glorious light . Thank you for adopting us and placing us in a body of winsome believers where I feel right at home……. Amen .


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Blemish Free

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Not long ago while shopping at a thrift store with our oldest son Derek I stumbled upon  the perfect “me time” accessory… a brand new  inflatable heart shaped bath pillow, bright red terry cloth, scalloped edges complete with a half off price tag… score !!!  My sore muscles wildly cheering me on, hoping for some TLC to soothe them due to over zealousness on my part.

Finally, the long awaited moment arrived, pillow inflated, bath drawn, and an older  issue of Country Living magazine to leisurely peruse through while unwinding. This particular beloved addition had already helped me on my journey of relaxation a time or two before.  It’s warped, well worn pages to prove it.  Perhaps the fact that the magazine has been previously around the block a time or two  has caused a less then peaked interest, liken to when my eyes beheld its’ fresh sleek attractive pages for the first time. Surprisingly, what caught my attention this time around was an acne treatment advertisement. Not that it had beautiful inviting photos wooing me, or a need to purchase this product, for I already had several options in my arsenal of beauty treatments.  Immediately captivating me was it’s  boldly printed words within the layout.. the first word was Renew then  Revitalize followed by Repair and lastly my personal favorite Rejoice.  Who knew there was a sermon in an ad ready to sooth my aching soul with a promise.

Our God who is without blemish, promises to Renew,  ridding us of the old making way for lives pulsating with vitality.  A hope that Revitalizes us, as it heals up our inner wounds alleviating emotional obstacles that impede our lives. Thus, bringing His light into every dark area of our heart, mind, soul and body.  Repairing our broken lives from gathered truth gleaned at the foot of the cross, bountiful promises of His covenant unveiled amidst an  empty tomb. Jesus, the lamb of God, who sits upon the throne, interceding for us daily, moment by moment. Forever we breathe and exist under His watchful care, His faithful guarantee.  An elaborate presentation of redemption and grace; given freely, offered without price and yet priceless!  We stand before God, wounded, flawed, stained, and imperfect. While He looks upon us as His beloved bride, veiled in mercy, clothed in His righteousness; a perfect picture of His glorious handiwork.  Who would’ve thought that such a wonderful revelation of truth would leap out from a blemish advertisement. While exhausted muscles celebrated, so did my drained soul as it was filled up right along with the drawn bath water.

Lord… Thank you that you have so many ways to speak to your children whether it be in a sunset,  rainbow, a warm hug, or even an ad in a worn magzine.  May we hear you, mindful of your still small voice, and with every  breath we take inhaling the fragrance of Christ. While every exhale we release your glory. We Rejoice that our sins are forgiven through you…knowing  in Christ we always have a blemish free guarantee.