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2. he created light

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I am utterly and completely fascinated by LIGHT.  And one of my favorite things about God is that He – the ultimate artist – created it.

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Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”

And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.

- Genesis 1:3-5

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1. he redeems & restores

We were given a bit of homework in bible study this week. A challenge of sorts, prompted by the fourth sermon in THIS series (click on the link for details). Every day this week, we are supposed to share (by text or social media post) one of our favorite things about God.  A favorite things list? I already DO that… but about God? Not so much. Then again, perhaps it’s time to begin. So I have created a new blog category for it as a way to regularly reflect and express gratitude.

Needless to say, I’m up for this week’s challenge and will continue adding to my list over time. With all that out of the way, let’s turn to my favorite thing about God for today:

HE REDEEMS & RESTORES

This truth demands all caps.:) Where do I begin? I have written about the mess in my early life many times before (click HERE, HERE, and HERE for a few examples). Life was broken, chaotic, and full of pain. I found myself stuck in addiction, hurting myself and the people around me. And then something amazing happened in my darkest place. I began reaching out to God in my journal writing and HE RESPONDED. [The story is HERE and makes me cry yet today.]

And God didn’t stop by simply pulling me out of that mess. He restored my life to what He intended it to be all along – which is one of many reasons my heart is sold out to Jesus. The most beautiful part is what He chose to do with me after all was said and done:

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We gather around the table to share a meal I have prepared each month. Only God could take the mess of a 9-year eating disorder and turn it into something so beautiful. The full story is HERE.

Thank you, God, for being my favorite of all Favorite Things.

Julianne - February 16, 2017 - 11:47 am

How beautiful the hands that serve and the hearts that overflow with my Jesus’ love! #IAMREDEEMED

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i had a dream (like five years ago)

My Etsy

And last month, I made it happen.  My little Etsy shop is now open for business.:)

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I will be adding new things each month.  Many items are one-of-a-kind – once sold, they are gone FOOOOORRRREVER.

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For more information or to shop, click HERE.

Tanya - February 8, 2017 - 11:36 pm

WHATTTT?!! How COOL!!! Jealous!! Tina, you inspire me!!

Tina - February 10, 2017 - 1:22 pm

You’re so sweet, Tanya. :)

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chrome dome sunday

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Last week I shared devastating news regarding this longtime client and friend (click HERE for details). Mellissa was told she would lose her hair as a result of chemotherapy and wanted to do so on her terms.  So she invited a handful of family and friends over for a Chrome Dome Party.

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Her friend and stylist Lori-Anne was absolutely wonderful, helping Mellissa’s son take an active role in the process.

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Mellissa’s husband helped too as their daughter took things in from a distance.

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While watching these two, the significance of the day hit me like a ton of bricks.

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Mellissa’s lovely chrome dome will be her “helmet” in the fierce battle ahead.

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And she wears it like a champion, don’t you think?

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You can follow Mellissa’s journey in her own words, by clicking HERE.

Tanya - February 8, 2017 - 11:10 am

Beautiful pictures, and a beautiful, strong woman!

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many of you know her as ‘motorcycle mellissa’

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Because way back when, she used to own a motorcycle (with its own scrapbook even!) and we would live vicariously through her stories of adventure at the crops and retreats I would host.  Then she met Kyle and together they shared even bigger adventures: a megatrip to New Zealand, their secret wedding that even made the news, two beautiful children, homeschooling, and the coolest tree fort ever… with all sorts of romance along the way:

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Needless to say, Mellissa was not expecting cancer to be part of the story.

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And dang it, neither was I.

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It has taken some time to process but the girl is hitting this next “adventure” head on.  With the same strength and determination that has marked her from the very moment we met.

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You can follow Mellissa’s journey in her own words, by clicking HERE.

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