In His Image

Sisters sharing the journey

Life Backwards February 5, 2009

Filed under: life — Amy @ 04:16

Last week, my mom  was our guest speaker in Wednesday night class.  I was so proud of her.  She did a great job.  

She didn’t get through what she wanted to share, so she is coming back on Feb. 11 to finish.  If you missed it, we would love for you to come be a part of part 2.rearview

In talking about her life, one thing she mentioned was that we live life forward, but we understand life backward.  Looking back on life allows for understanding that escapes us looking forward.  

What do you think?


Love is not… February 4, 2009

Filed under: relationships,Scripture — Amy @ 04:31
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Rude.  In class Sunday morning, we talked about this little segment in I Cor. 13, “love is not rude,”.  What does it mean?  Love is not rude.lovering  

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary says rude implies ignorance of orlovering indifference to good form, it may suggest intentional discourtesy.

If love is not rude, then…

Love never turns a cold shoulder.  Love never replies with the intent to hurt feelings.  Love never refuses to look someone in the eye.  Love doesn’t ignore another person.  Love doesn’t roll her eyes.  Love doesn’t embarrass another person.  Love doesn’t interrupt.

Love seeks to honor the other person.  Love puts the other person at ease.  Love minds her manners.

Can you add to this list?


Pretty in Pink February 3, 2009

Filed under: Just For Fun — Amy @ 05:36
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cruising in Hot Springs

cruising in Hot Springs

I couldn’t resist taking this on Saturday, January 31, 2009 in Hot Springs.  Don’t you love it?!


Second Place Ribbon February 2, 2009

Filed under: family,Just For Fun — Amy @ 04:30
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mshowHalf of our spring and summer Saturdays were spent at horse shows last year. My 11 year old daughter, Meredith, competed in barrel racing, pole bending, barrel pick-up, and a few other classes.

She began accumulating so many ribbons, I found them in odd places around the house.

I figured if we were going to shows anyway, I might as well take my Walking Horse and show him in a couple of classes. Who wouldn’t want so many ribbons you’d lose track of them?

After a few shows, I finally placed! I was so excited. I couldn’t believe it.

I asked Meredith where to go pick up my ribbon. She pointed me to the table at the other end of the arena. I walked up to the table, tickled to death to get a ribbon. The lady looked puzzled and then slowly said, “Mam, those are just for the children but if you find out you are suppose to have one, come back and I’ll give it to you.”

I tried to look invisible as I went back to our trailer.

The ribbons I found on the couch or in the bathroom would have to do. Meredith would never miss one 2nd place ribbon.

Care to share an embarassing moment?


My Curse January 30, 2009

Filed under: family — Amy @ 04:53
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0505_familycarThe other day as Meredith was heading out the door, I stopped her and reminded her to brush her hair. She confidently told me there would be one in the car. Of course…she would groom herself on the way to school.

I think my kids could live in the car. They can fix their hair, brush their teeth, read their Bibles, make a phone call, do their homework and probably eat a snack…. without leaving the car! Everything is there.

My family seems to think that my purse and my car serve the same function. They both end up as the catch-all for anything a child or teen doesn’t want to carry around or doesn’t need anymore.

For example, when gum is offered the resulting empty wrapper is dropped in the curse(car + purse = curse). If one needs a comb, just look around in the curse. It will be there. If your feet are hot and sweaty, take off those socks and drop them in the curse. They will be there the next time your toes are cold! Tired of the bracelet, hat, pencil, iPod? Leave it in the curse.

I understand. If someone borrows my car, they may as well borrow my purse. I may need that brush or extension cord that I keep in my car.

Do you have a curse? Anything interesting wind up there?


Directions January 29, 2009

Filed under: Just For Fun,relationships — Amy @ 05:49



Something to Share January 28, 2009

Filed under: Books and Movies,relationships — Amy @ 05:05
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Dewey,  The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

Dewey’s story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.  Synopsis from Barnes and Noble

An excerpt from the book:

“Everyone at the library was well-intentioned, but over the years the staff had become splintered and cliquish.  …Here, finally, was something (Dewey, the cat) that we could share.  …once Dewey arrived the tension began to lift.”

This brings to mind another book, The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis.  The powerful ingredient in the necklace experiment was the sharing.  The women shared this luxury piece of jewelry with each other, their children, and  complete strangers.  They became a group of friends that were committed to each other, largely through the process of sharing.

There is power in sharing, in community.  I’m still batting the idea around.

Why does sharing have such an impact on the one who is sharing?

How does this play out in the church family?  Is sharing and community-building part of hospitality?

Have you ever had an experience with sharing that had an unexpected effect?

What are your thoughts?