Friday, January 23, 2015

I Will Say Yes To God - Will You?

Many people have posted their WORD for 2015 - a word that is meant to affect their actions and attitudes in the coming year. A WORD that will help them say yes to God.

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Say Yes to God
At first, I thought my WORD was GO FORTH. I still do but with a tagline.


For the last week I have been lacking energy and focus (Tweet This).

Part of this may be due to the gray winter days that can drag me down. Living in New England can be dreary.

Over the last couple of weeks, the WORD in my journal has been about listening. Scriptures jump off the pages with words like:

I am doing a new thing.
Sing a new song.

If He is doing a new thing and I am supposed to sing a new song - I guess I'd better listen so I know how to say yes to Him.

And, to be honest, I have been trying to DO, DO, DO but those things may not be what God wants me doing. Or they might be but I need further direction to follow.

If this sounds like a jumble - you're right. For that reason, I have stepped aside to be able to listen to Him.

What is your word for 2015? What do you think that means as you seek to say yes to God? What have you seen God doing during these first weeks of the new year?

Pray for me as I listen...

I am taking a short break from blogging this week so I can hear what God is saying. As I LISTEN, I pray I will be able to GO FORTH with clear direction.

I want to say yes to God - How about You?  Tweet This


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Never Ever Be The Same - New Book by Kathy Collard Miller and Larry Miller

Never ever be the same - book cover
My guest is Kathy Collard Miller. She and her husband, Larry have a new book published and I'd like to share an excerpt. Be sure to leave a comment for Kathy and Larry - they have graciously offered to give away a copy of Never Ever Be The Same

I don't know about you but I often turn to self-protective measures when I am faced with difficulties. Kathy and Larry's book will address this tendency and it is perfect for your small group or Bible study.

Here is a sample story:

Whats Your Walker?

by Kathy Collard Miller and Larry Miller 

One Christmas when my ninety-year-old mother-in-law, Audrey, lived with us, our then-three-year-old grandson, Raf, was fascinated with Audrey's walker. As he walked (or ran!) away with it, Audrey became visibly anxious calling out to him, Don't take away my walker. I need it. I'm dependent upon it. I'm just an old woman, so don't hurt it.

I felt sad to think Audrey believed we wouldnt help her and that she was on her own. She felt she had to call after Raf and try to control him. But she didn't have the strength to retrieve the walker or follow Raf to supervise. My husband, Larry, and I, on the other hand, could do something and we decided that Raf couldn't play with it because it caused her too much anxiety.

We each have our own kind of walker that we believe we require in life to meet our needs. We demand from people or things, Don't take away my idol. I need it. I'm dependent upon it. I'm just an incompetent Christian, so don't hurt it. Our idol may be a relationship, an accomplishment, our reputationpick which walker you believe you need for your security and happiness.

But our idol never satisfies. Only God can provide and protect us sufficiently.

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This article is excerpted from Never Ever Be the Same (Leafwood Publishers) which offers Christians hope that they can change their ungodly reactions through identifying their self-protective strategies and trusting God instead. The authors are Kathy Collard Miller and Larry Miller and includes biblical principles, insightful stories, and helpful instruction. It has individual and group discussion questions.

Never ever be the same
Kathy Collard Miller and Larry Miller are speakers and authors. They have been married 44 years and Larry is a retired police lieutenant. The Millers live in Southern California, and have two grown children and one grandson. Visit them at Kathy blogs at

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mission is Not... So What Is It?

Mission is not self-defined, it’s discovered.

Mission is not self-determined, it’s revealed.

These words posted on my Facebook news feed this morning. And, they struck me because of their truth.

How often do we hear of people starting off in the direction of an idea, only to have it fizzle a short time later? Our ideas are not wrong, nor are they without merit. But the big picture vision of our mission is something that is revealed over time. It is the sum of our successes and failures that continue to direct our path until we find ourselves in the middle of what we were designed for all along.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award and Answers to Ten Questions About Me

Sometimes it is just fun to have fun - my post today is like that. I hope you enjoy this little diversion from my regular posts and learn a little about me in the process.

My writing friend, Mary Scro, blogger at Life is Not a Formula, nominated me for the...

Sisterhood of the World
Bloggers Award

Having accepted, here are the rules I now must follow:

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Pulled by the Hand – Asking God to Save The Ones We Love

While reading my Bible this morning, I was captivated by God’s compassion on Lot as the angel grabbed his hand, pulling him out of Sodom along with his family. Abram’s grilling questions earlier, asking if there were any righteous, would God spare the city. God didn’t spare the city, but spared the righteous.

What once was the beautiful lush, green valley that Lot was drawn to when he separated from his Uncle Abram, became a smoldering pile of ashes. But, Lot’s life was spared.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Will You Go Forth With Me? - God's Words to Abram Are For Me Too

Genesis 12:1 is a familiar passage - a call to Abram to go to a place God would show him.

This is also a call to us. A call of salvation for those who don't know Him yet - and a call to daily obedience once we say yes to Him.
As I meditated on this, this is what I heard God me.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Launching a Year of Intentions - Filling My Blank Canvas

A New Year always brings about intentions. People make promises and resolutions to lose weight, stop a habit, and make changes for the better. Well, I have taken on a writing challenge to write 500 words a day for 31 Days.

I promise I won't post every word here at The Stream's Edge but I may share some I think may spur you on in some way.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Go Forth into 2015

A blank canvas can either inspire or terrify. And a new year can do the same. As I look ahead to the 365 days before me, I am hopeful, partly because I know God goes with me.

As I read yesterday, the words, GO FORTH, popped off the page in Isaiah. It’s as if the Lord was saying, “You know what I have called you to do, so just do it.”