Coffee with Jesus…

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So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness. Col 2:6-7

I was about to read my devotional and a prayer struck me. So I prayed, I read the verse and then an aroma wafted by my nose. I realized I hadn’t taken a sip of my coffee yet and voilà I was having coffee with Jesus!

The prayers of the day are many today, as everyday I guess, but today there is illness and spirit that need to be healed. I pray that the Lord will hear my prayer and bring peace to not only me, but those others who are also praying and needed answers.

Bless us this day oh Lord with peace and love for one another as we should love you! Fill our hearts with happiness, kindness, compassion and the zeal of David! Empty our hearts of loneliness, sickness, hatred and complaining. Thank you Lord for not forgetting about me. I am only one and you love me…

How great thou art! .

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Stranded at home!

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Help! I am stuck at home today and I must say I don’t like it at all.  I accomplished quite a bit, but I don’t like feeling like I can’t go anywhere. I have been watching old episodes of Alaska The Last Frontier and I can’t imagine how those people can make 9 months of winter without going crazy. Some of them appear to be crazy, but I would literally lose my mind if I lived there.

I am so grateful for a warm house tonight! -26 windchill right now. I hope that all are safe if you must go out!

My view is pretty dark right now. We are pretty sheltered in the trees so when the clouds parted today there was a beautiful blue sky, but looking toward the road was a nasty mess.

Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  (13) Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.  (14) I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

I was just thinking about this, because sometimes I feel like if I read the right book or if I finally find that perfect verse I will have this huge epiphany and all will be right in m y world. But that is not how Jesus wants us to gain access into his Kingdom.  It has to be sought after and worked for or it doesn’t mean anything to us.  Like the child with to many toys, the ones he just opened for Christmas are tossed aside when the next one comes.

Our salvation and entrance into the kingdom of heaven is not going to be served to us on a silver platter because we know our bible verses.  Paul says he is straining toward what is ahead, not smooth sailing toward what is ahead.  I think we need to be excited about what is ahead, but not expect it’s going to be easily obtained.

Our goals should be aligned with Paul’s, are yours?  I know I have a bad habit of worrying about what will happen next instead of anticipating what God has in store for me next.  Trust is what God and Jesus are all about.  If you don’t have faith you don’t have anything.  My prayer for you today is faith in what God has in store for you life.

The view from here today is spectacular.  The sun is just beginning to rise over the Beltrami State Forest.  The Jackpines are standing at attention while a pink and orange hue dances around the tips of their tops.

Have a blessed day!

Here it is. My second submission for the Writing Challenge at Harlequin.

The second challenge:  Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.  And she wanted a scene with a wet bare chest.  There you have it.  Hope you enjoy!

Timing is everything

by KarLynn Erickson

Crashing waves were music to Sara’s tired ears. It was a far cry and needed break from the noise of the city she was more used to. Honking horns and busy traffic was all part of her life for such a long time, she just got used to it. When she first arrived the virtual silence was deafening. Now she was captivated by the way the waves crawled up the beach and were sucked back into the ocean in a swift motion. The picturesque scene finally beginning to relax her strained and stressed body.

Sara hadn’t ever indulged in a vacation. Her 80 hour weeks at the firm would not allow her to. She wanted to climb the proverbial ladder to advertising executive stardom instead.
So when her assistant Bob came bounding to her office that horrid day with a message from her boss, Jim, with an invitation to visit his office before she left, she assumed her hard work had paid off and he would announce her promotion.

“Ok, tell him I am on my way,” she told her eager messenger. He shot her his signature thumbs-up with a broad smile and was off to his next errand.
Oddly she remembered the rain pelting against the window as it had done that whole week. It had been miserable and would not let up.

She had walked over to the gold framed mirror hanging on her office wall, sucked in a deep breath and simultaneously thunder rumbled and a lightning strike cracked and she told herself to relax. She exhaled and rolled her shoulders back. She carried her 5’9 frame tall and straight, she knew it told most people she was a confident woman. However, Sara could beat herself up over minute mistakes with the best of them. She was a perfectionist after all and when it wasn’t perfect, she felt like falling apart. She had dabbed some color on her lips, slicked back her hair into the neat bun that sat at the back of her head and walked to Jim’s office.

The news of her demise hit her hard. She remembered feeling as though the air had been sucked out of the room and her mouth was so dry. She looked around for some water, but couldn’t find any and Jim had not offered to rescue her from her parchment. His only offer was a severance package and a recommendation.

She couldn’t even speak. She just nodded her head and marched down the hall with her head hanging low. She met no one’s eyes and didn’t look back when she entered her former office. She packed her things with-in the hour and was gone, wiped clean from a position she coveted in a company she treasured.

Now she sucked in a shaky breath as the memory threatened to consumer her. She refused to let it. She forced a smile as the warm water tickled her toes. She didn’t know what she was going to do or even why she was here, but her parents had insisted a vacation was just what she needed to bounce back better than ever.

She smiled at the thought of her parents. They knew her goals were ambitious, but had always been her biggest cheerleaders. She looked up and smiled at the sun that warmed her olive toned complexion. Her body already bronzed by the constant exposure of the last few days.

She scanned the area which had been her solace while she lazily soaked up the rays. Her eyes settled on the surf shop. She hadn’t even noticed it before, which confirmed the trance she had been in. After much internal wrestling she goaded herself into getting up and walking in that direction. Enough sitting around doing nothing, she thought to herself, I need to do something!

“Can I help you?” The words came before the person appeared. Then out of an opening in the straw hut came a shirtless man in Bermuda shorts. His wavy hair, bleached from many hours in the sun, blew across his face.

“Ah, yes I believe so, “Came her weak reply. She drew in a deep breath and then, “I think I might want a surf lesson or two. Can you help me with that?” Her heart skipped a beat as she waited in anticipation for his answer.

The deep voice with a slight rasp sent a quick tickle up her spine.

“I can do that.” He said with the whitest smile she had ever seen. His teeth seemed to glean when he opened his mouth.
“Today?” She let the word drag out trying to slow her speech. She hoped her voice took on a low and lazy tone, but knew better. She was not good at flirting, but something about this man left her feeling excited for the first time in a long time.

He turned and went back inside. Her heart dropped and she hoped she hadn’t over done it.

Several minutes passed when he finally emerged. The breath caught in her throat as she fought hard to compose herself.

Water dripped from every muscle that rippled down his bare chest.

“Can you go out now?” He asked as if the question wasn’t out of the ordinary.

Once again her tongue was so dry it stuck to the inside of her mouth. She opened it, but no words came out. She looked around for something to drink, but for the second time in a short while there was nothing to quench her overwhelming thirst.

Adventure seekers welcome

Ok so now when I say adventure your mind probably travels somewhere tropical with lots of jungle or lots of water and swarming sharks.  Or maybe it travels to the top of a snow-covered mountain and your holding a snowboard or climbing gear almost nearing the top.  Or maybe even still your inside of a speeding race car rounding the next corner.

Well I am not an ordinary adventure seeker.  We just got another rabbit.  And I ordered chickens.  And I looked at another cat today.  And decided to get a female companion for the male rabbit.  Busy day?  That is an understatement.  Not enough adventure for you?  Well it’s plenty for me.  We have 3 children and with all of those animals I expect the hi-jinx  to increase 10 fold.

buddy Our new Mini Lop – Buddy.  Who is not mini in any sense of the word!

chickensOur new fancy chickens – something Belgian – De Fleur

We lost Stella who was our first rabbit.  She was pure white with pink/red eyes.  She was great.  But in a thunderstorm her latch on her cage broke and she bolted.  6 days later the neighbor called and said he saw her in their yard.  Mitch bought a live trap and they almost caught her, but her wild instincts kicked in and we haven’t seen her since.  I am sure she’s now getting ready to have babies even though my husband doesn’t think she would cross breed with a wild hare.

Ha!  Anyway…bunnies kissing

So now we will become rabbit and chicken farmers.  Maybe by next summer we can get a goat!  Ooohhh, can you say BIG adventure.  Hahaha!  Have a great day!

 

Firefly code, a frog song! Poetry by KarLynn

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We have been enjoying the most beautiful and glorious evenings of late.  We do not have a very long summer, so anytime it is extra enjoyable we try to soak it all up!  The fireflies are extremely active right now.  I wrote a little poem about them.  And if you know me you know my affinity for frogs, so I added a couple of lines about them too!

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Flash of green

Flash of yellow

Here no There!

Are the flashes in sync?

Do they relay a message?

mesmerized by motion

dark becomes magic

Enter a frog orchestra

Chirp, Croak, Chirp, Croak

Dark encompasses

with nothing visible by eye

Sound becomes my soul sense

except for the flash

Here no There!

Shut your mouth!

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This is a  phrase you would often hear riding in the back of a pickup truck or riding your four wheeler through the forestry, otherwise you might fill up on bugs.  Not always what you hear in the garden and not always from yourself, unless you are me!  I ate a bug because I was talking to myself and not paying attention to the task at hand.

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Not where you thought this post was going I bet.  That’s ok, go ahead and chuckle and roll your eyes.  That is what my husband does.

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The garden is coming along fantastic!  And the flowers have finally decided to emerge from their winter slumber.  The leaves are turning green and everythinbe seems to be in full Spring glory.

Even those two mysterious campers that pull into the empty yard just up the road.  They appear every Spring, but I have never actually seen anyone there.   I know there are people who stay there though, because there are always ATVs and or vehicles in the yard.  This has been going on a few years now and sooner or later I might get to the bottom of it!

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Yes, this is one of the fun ways we pass the time in the toolies.  We don’t have many neighbors or traffic around here, so when things change or new people start coming around it becomes sort of a game guessing their business.   That’s life in our small town.

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Enjoy your surroundings today!

I have found a Minnesota treasure

The book Quiet Magic by Sam Cook is a compilation of his news paper columns. I have just enjoyed every simple word in the book. I see what he sees when he is in the woods or out in his yard. He is writing from the Iron Range and since I had previously visited and fallen in love with the area I can relate to what he is writing about. It seems that he and his “sweetheart” as he calls her keep a house in the city(it doesn’t say, but I think Duluth). And he travels around hunting, fishing and visiting everyone with a remote cabin in the area. He talks about Wisconsin as well.

I think I feel close to his work, because he emits the same feelings for me as I would like to emit for my readers.  He talks about sitting in the Fall in the woods and waiting for a single leaf to let loose from a tree.  I know that feeling.  We had a hammock set up between two tall trees which was surrounded by several other large trees.  If I laid still and looked up it was like being in a cave of leaves.  The sun peaked through the small opening in the top.  I loved to watch the leaves dance and sing away the afternoon.  These simple pleasures are the reason we moved back here.  And although my husband does not share my enthusiasm for all of the outdoor activities we still manage to have a little fun here and there.

I feel rejuvenated after reading this book.  It’s been a long cold Winter, but Spring is right around the corner.

Tranquil Morning Catch-up

 

I sit in the quiet that has become my morning routine, wrapped in an afaghan (sp)made, with love, by a friend for my second born child. I was about to pick up a book to read and the thought struck me that I have been ignoring my first passion. Not ignoring so much as putting off. I worked all week last week and feel like I have been run over by a truck. It’s just crazy how soon the body gets used to a different routine. I am so elated to be back home with my morning routine. The smell of coffee and homemade toast waft through the tranquil cozy cottage we call home.

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Yesterday the kids had a blast working on their snow tunnel. Enjoy the pictures! I believe Spring will soon peak it’s nose around the corner.

I had to work today and yesterday, so I was a little more stressed out than normal on the way home today.  My house gets turned upside down and I am behind on laundry, because I am not there to be the REGULATOR!  Ha that is what I feel like with two toddlers running my house anyway.  So I heard on the radio that it is the march for life in Washington.  I am so glad!  I have so many mixed and passionate feelings about the issue of abortion.  I gave myself a very good lecture all the way home.  I was fired up let me tell you.  I came back with everything I had against the issue and there were a lot of good ones!  I thought about writing a post to air all my feelings out, but now that I am sitting here with the available audience I feel like it’s a disservice to get so angry and push my thoughts and feelings down someone elses throat, so what I will do instead is say, “What would jesus do?”  Is this a cop-out using something as widely known as this to do my dirty work?  I don’t think so.  I think if we ask ourselves that question and really hear the answer he will tell us.  I hope you have a joyous and peace filled evening!