Monthly Archives: March 2015

New Season, New Door – March 31, 2015

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After a long snowy winter, most of us are ready to open the door to a new season.  Spring has sprung and all is well.  Our hope of renewal with green grass, blossoms in the flowerbeds, and buds showing up on sleeping trees gives us hope that newness will touch our lives in this season.  I want to think differently, believer God for bigger things, rejoice more in little things, and allow the newness of God’s great love sweep over my life every single day.  Welcome spring!

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Finding a Name for a New Blog – One Step Beyond the Door

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There is a lot of thought that goes into settling on a name for a blog.  My other blog, “Queen of Ordinary,” did not bring so many search conflicts.  There was no other blog in my search by that name.

After much thought about the kinds of things I wanted to share, I thought I had landed on a brilliant yet simple blog name before I began to search, “Beyond the Door.”  Simple, thought provoking, and with a variety of interpretations, I thought it was just right.  Then I began my search.  Apparently many other people have had the same inspiration.  I didn’t want to abandon the title, but I also didn’t want to be associated with a horror movie or the other 200,000 plus sites that use the phrase.

So, I thought of ways to change it slightly, and not lose the integrity of the title.  I tried a lot of different word combinations that kept the phrase “beyond the door.”  Pretty discouraging.  When I added “One Step” in front of “Beyond the Door”, there were no exact blog title matches, but the phrase is commonly used.  Then there is the old TV series, One Step Beyond.  I may still have to tweak the name a bit, but for now it seems to fit.

After all, every dream, adventure, decision, new life, death, opportunity, or possibility begins when we’ve had the courage to take “one step beyond the door.”

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WHO Does GOD Say That You Are? – March 26, 2015

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FotoSketcher - DSCN7940  WHO does God say that you are???

• I am a child of God.

But to all who have received him–those who believe in his name–he has given the right to become God’s children … I am a branch of the true vine, and a conduit of Christ’s life.

I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me–and I in him–bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing. I am a friend of Jesus.

I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father I have been justified and redeemed.  But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus .  My old self was crucified with Christ, and I am no longer a slave to sin.

• As a child of God, I am a fellow heir with Christ.  And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ)–if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him .

 I am a new creature in Christ.  if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away–look, what is new has come.

 I am no longer a slave, but a child and an heir.

I have been set free in Christ.

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New Friends Add Joy to Life – March 23, 2015

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IMG_0089   To be blessed with friends is a blessing indeed!

People come and people go through the doors of our lives.  When we first meet a new person, we really have no idea how long they will choose to stay in our lives or how long we will let them.  The ones who become friends have a connection within us and beyond us.  The deposits they make in our life and we in theirs is far more significant than a mere acquaintance.

When I traveled to Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales last fall with Sloan Travel Co., I came home with the borders of my heart enlarged because of all the wondrous things I had experienced, but also because of the people with whom I had shared the journey.

Our tour guide, Coty Sloan, came to visit my home town this week-end and meet a few people who had expressed an interest in travel to Ireland.  Although Coty is a world traveler, his upcoming May tour and another tour this fall are to Ireland.

It was a joy to share my hometown and the mountains I love so dearly with the person who has shown me a chunk of the world I had only dreamed about prior to the trip.  Most importantly, it is a joy to know that God has ordered our steps not only for the sake of travel, but definitely for the sake of friendship.  I hope to experience the wonder of travel with one of Coty’s tours again in the future, but I will always cherish the blessing of his friendship.

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