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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Merry Christmas Charlie Brown

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Ever since “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” aired in 1965 I have been a fan of this beloved holiday
special. Immediately bonding with an endearing kindred spirit towards Charlie Brown with all his self doubt and insecurities, firmly believing Charles Schulz portrait of Charlie Brown was sketched out not only about himself, but a myriad of others like me that have walked a similar journey of shame.

However, an even deeper resounding chord beyond my familiarity with Chucks’ self doubt and low self esteem was how he embraced a sorrowful looking Christmas tree in its poor state.  Wondering how Charlie Brown saw beauty, potential, and  a victorious story waiting to be told through its seemingly defective branches. Chuck was ever so willing to take a chance on the last “real” tree in the lot. Losing more precious pine needles on it’s already sparse limbs along its way home.  Dreaming of what it would look like and not of its’ present condition. Perhaps Chuck could identify with the downcast drooping tree and his own slumped spirit he found himself contending with at times.

For I know when I look at that tree it reminds me of my former wounded and broken self. Painfully bowed down with shame and guilt to see any real value in myself. Feeling bare and stripped of a rich, full  life.  Not having the eyes, nor strength to see any further then my current inner struggles. Thankfully we have a God that cares tenderly for our broken hearts, the downcast finding a home under the shelter of His wings. His love bringing us back to wholeness, while gently sending us loving people to minster healing to our deep hurts and broken places. Just as Linus secured the wobbly tree base with his prized blanket, so too friends rally to reinforce our shaky souls with their blanket of love and sacrifice.  Decorating our wounded spirit with words of affirmation, encouragement and the light of hope. Their compassionate touch transforms us into a thing of beauty that we were meant to be all along.  Just as I marveled at Charlie Browns’ boost of confidence that he mustered up for  his tree, I too marvel at Gods’ rock solid confidence He has towards me.  Not to mention all the friends He has sent my way  that exhibited that same kingdom grace and throne room love.

Perhaps your spirits are drooping today and  joy is falling off you like dead pine needles with no hope of new life.  God promises to bring you tidings of comfort and great joy.  He is a God of all Comforts and He will never fail you nor forsake you.  His grace transforming your spirit and situation with new life and hope, and just like Linus reminded Charlie Brown….”because really that’s what Christmas is all about”.

Luke 2:8-14  “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”