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Archive for the month “October, 2012”

The Value of a Life

omygosh. I don’t normally post two things in one day here but I can’t get over this.

http://pastorchrisjordan.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/rip-amanda-story-of-vancouver-teen-who-committed-suicide/#comment-784

I never got to hear her story so I didn’t really know all the details till now. So sad that nobody reached out and told her she had worth and value, dignity and beauty. Soul-searching, major… I pray the people of God will have the discernment to know when someone is hurting and just plain take the time to help. Joyce Meyer had these young guys on her show a while back who were so mature in Christ it just amazed me. She was saying how many want what they call “a ministry”, but all they see is a pulpit. He responded with simply this: we all have the ministry of “just being there”. How simple, yet profound. If somebody had, maybe Amanda and thousands like her would still be alive today. 1st Peter 3.3 and 4 are two of my fave verses in the New Testament. It talks about how the inside is way more important to the One who created us than the outside. I don’t know who said it or I’d give them a shout-out, but someone once said that a great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men. It stuck with me. Even tho I happen to beleive there ARE no “little” men, I got his point. Where man sees insecurity and an opportunity to humiliate, God sees the precious soul He created and wants to be with for eternity. Many are in the valley of decision, according to Joel 3.14. My question is – what will we do about it? I for one will blog like never before, lifting up the One who took my place and bought my life with His own precious blood. The One who wrote my name on the palm of His hand, the One who calls me the apple of His eye, and will never no never no NEVER forsake me. How much more worth and dignity do you need? Beauty is fleeting, and charm is deceptive, according to proverbs 31.30, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. How I wish I could have told Amanda that.

Kari, the heart-broken

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The State of the Nation

Silence of the Lambs? I don’t think so. Not on my watch. Fall is upon us, friends, and for me it’s a time of reflection. Am I where I want to be, and is what I’m doing getting me where I want to go? Mmmm. Sometimes, I think not. I’ve purposed in my heart to change a few things. Take a for instance – wordpress. Because of this wonderful creation called blogging, I’ve decided to man up and boldly speak out what I believe. Everyone else is coming out of the closet. It’s my turn.

Case in point. The elections are heating up and everyone and their fifth cousin twice removed has an opinion. I for one know exactly how I will vote. All thanks to an article I read years ago – don’t know who wrote it or I’d give ’em credit – about being a “single issue” voter. Theory’s simple. Pick your one biggie and go with it. All the way to the voting booth. Well, for me its Israeal. OK, I’ve got two. Marriage. Now it’s a no-brainer. So in this land of the free and home of the brave, I thought I’d exercise a little of that freedom of speech and share my views, for anyone who’s interested. Yep, I swiped the following from a bff, but I have her permission. Pinky promise. I shortened it somewhat. Please forgive me if it comes across as somewhat ghetto. But it’s heartfelt.

Who will get my vote??
*I will vote for the most pro-life candidate, because God hates shedding of innocent blood ~ Proverbs 6:17
*I will vote for the most pro-Israel candidate, because God blesses those who bless Israel and curses those who don’t ~ Genesis 12:3
I will vote for the most pro-debt reduction candidate, because the borrower is servant to the lender ~ Proverbs 22:7
*I will vote for the most pro-work candidate, because God says if a man don’t work, he don’t eat ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:10
*I will vote for the most pro-marriage candidate, because God’s idea for marriage is good enough for me. He made it. Who is His creation to change it? ~ Genesis 2:24

*I will vote for the candidate who most closely believes government’s purpose is to reward good and punish evil ~ Romans 13

*I will vote based as closely as I can on God’s word ~ 2 timothy 3:16 ~ knowing that whoever gets elected, God is the One who puts all men in authority. Period. ~ Daniel 2:21

May God have mercy on America.

Like I said, I’ve really been doing a lot of soul-searching of late and I also found out something today that blew my mind. In a bad way. For those still unaware and uninitiated regarding the sad fate of many of the fairer sex I, as your sis in Christ, feel it my duty to enlighten you.

http://pornharms.com/mim/50-shades-of-pornography-addiction/

A British statesman once said that evil prospers when good men do nothing. Tell me, how can this exist in a nation that claims to be a world-leader in truth, justice and the American way? Namely, freedom for the oppressed? Will we really do nothing, and stand idly by while our beloved country goes down the tubes, or will we stand up and proclaim that God is STILL GOD in America? This die-hard people-loving God-worshipping bible-believing tongue-talking Word-walking gal will. How ’bout you?

Kari, the good man doing much
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Love, Unconditional

My pastor’s wife said something yesterday that’s stuck with me: The whole time, the plan was love! She was talking about the fall of man, and how Adam’s choices affected the whole human race and that we’d been separated from Him until such a time as we may or may not accept His Son and the sacrifice He made. 1st Corinthians 13 says that love never fails, but in this sin-sick world I find love sadly lacking. Espcially the unconditional self-sacrificing kind. The Creator of this universe clearly states that greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for a friend, in John 15.13. Well, the military are laying down their lives daily for perfect strangers. Why are those same strangers slamming the military – that’s my question. They’re dying for your right to freedom of speech, to say whatever you please without regard to anyone’s feelings but your own. I for one am tired of the Silence of the Lambs, the holy ones bought with a price, the blood of the Son of God. I’m ready to stand up and say something. You?

One more question. In the video at the link below David Barton raises a subject I’d never really thought about. The Bible has been accused of causing “psychological damage”. Not sex education classes handing out condoms to prevent rambant promiscurity. Not people coming out of the closet. The One who created the world and wrote about it. Seriously. I’m interested in your feedback.  What do you think?

http://swanfeatherspen.wordpress.com/2008/07/25/notes-taken-from-the-video-americas-godly-heritage-by-david/
Kari, the fallen-made-free
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Laughter

Laughter is one of the most precious things in life to me. Just being alive right now, with all the political unrest and unemployment stats, it can really get you down. But God says that a merry heart does good just like a medicine, and since I hate real medicine I’d rather do it His way. God is the original author of joy. He’s promised us the same. So waddaya say? Can we laugh a little together today? Norman Cousins got totally healed from a rare and deadly disease because he made it his mission in life to laugh. He was given a 1 in 500 chance of survival, and he lived another 26 years. Kids laugh 400 times a day, according to research, but adults? They only laugh 13 times on average. I’ve decided to make it one of my missions in life to change that, in as many ways as I can. Here are just a few of my fave quotes:

It was not a laugh but merely a loud smile ~Author Unknown

So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter ~Gordon W. Allport

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward ~Kurt Vonnegut

A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash ~Puzant Kevork Thomajan

I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth” ~Quincy Jones

A man is not poor if he can still laugh ~Raymond Hitchcock

Remember, men need laughter sometimes more than food ~Anna Fellows Johnston

No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad ~Thomas Carlyle

You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it want ~Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

A good time to laugh is any time you can ~Linda Ellerbee

With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die ~Abraham Lincoln

A good, real, unrestrained, hearty laugh is a sort of glorified internal massage, performed rapidly and automatically. It manipulates and revitalizes corners and unexplored crannies of the system that are unresponsive to most other exercise methods ~Author unknown

It is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down to your hips ~Author Unknown

Seven days without laughter makes one weak ~Mort Walker

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face ~Victor Hugo

Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place ~Josh Billings

Carry laughter with you wherever you go ~Hugh Sidey

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects ~Arnold Glasow

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand ~ Mark Twain

Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection ~ Yakov Smirnoff 

Coffee with friends is just a long way to say therapy ~ Unknown

I’ve found there is little in life that cannot benefit from love, time, and a stick of butter ~ Unknown

We do have a zeal for laughter in most situations, give or take a dentist ~Joseph Heller

If that doesn’t make you smile, try this:
http://www.aholyexperience.com/
– the Ken Davis videos couldn’t help but get me there.
Hope this day finds you laughing… and that I brightened that day somewhat.
If not then I’d like to volunteer to hug you till you feel better. This may take a while. I’ll bring snacks.
Kari, the simple yet often profound
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another FYI

there are three parts to this, but i highly recommend it’s reading:

http://articles.jerusalemprayerteam.org/the-muslim-brotherhoods-plan-for-america/

Articles by Mike Evans and the Jerusalem Prayer Team

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Plan for America

Posted on October 4, 2012 by admin

A growing number of people have become aware of the Muslim Brotherhood. It has been labeled as an international Islamic terrorist organization. Using its political arm, its candidate, Mahmoud Morsi, was elected president of Egypt after the ouster of Hasni Mubarak. He openly declared that one of the strategic goals of the Muslim Brotherhood is to establish an Islamic state with Jerusalem as its capital. Keep in mind that the United States assisted in the overthrow of Mubarak and, in his visit to Egypt, the home of the Muslim Brotherhood, US President Barak Obama met with Morsi and completely ignored then President Mubarak.

What altogether too many people do not know is that the Muslim Brotherhood is a worldwide organization and that it has not only a presence in America, it has a plan for America. Here is just a sample of that plan from An Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America, distributed by the Muslim Brotherhood in 1991.

“The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Brothers must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad ineliminating and destroying the Western civilizationfrom within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who choose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal.”

The document describes the “process of settlement” as the approved means of gaining a foothold and, eventually, control of the United States. A better phrase might be “deceptive peaceful assimilation”. The memorandum advises Muslims that, in order to be successful, they must follow six basic and progressive steps to preparing for successful jihad in the US. It is the same approach that the MB is using in all countries. Their success is becoming visible in Europe already.

  1. Establish an effective and stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood.
  2. Adopt Muslim causes domestically and globally.
  3. Expand the observant Muslim base.
  4. Unify and direct Muslims’ efforts.
  5. Present Islam as a civilization alternative.
  6. Support the establishment of the global Islamic State, wherever it is.

The document immediately thereafter states, “It must be stressed that it has become clear and emphatically known that all is in agreement that we must ‘settle’ or ‘enable’ Islam and its Movement in this part of the world (America).

Will we continue to believe a lie? Will we continue to believe that Islam is a religion of peace? Will we continue to allow our government to embrace the Muslim Brotherhood? The Apostle Paul said that in the last days, Satan would fill the world with great deceptions and lies to the point that people would believe them. Israel understands the truth about the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated organizations and states. (2 Thess. 2) No wonder Prime Minister Netanyahu is so frustrated with the US. We are being deceived. And he knows it. Pray with us for the protection and peace of Israel, the United States, and innocent people everywhere. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

The source document for this article may be found by clicking on the Glenn Beck website

here’s the link to the other parts:

http://articles.jerusalemprayerteam.org/the-muslim-brotherhoods-plan-for-america-part-2/

Kari, the fired-up
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Just an FYI

a friend of mine posted this to Facebook yesterday, and you may not know:

Jp Turner

This information was obtained by Judicial Watch March, 2012. The administration had to be sued to get this through the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. I mean no disrespect to anyone. I just mean to share truth.
Michelle Obama listed daughters as ‘Senior Staffers’ to justify her expensive African vacation and safari. October 5, 2011, Judicial Watch said the U.S. Air Force provided a C-32 ( a Boeing 757 ), modified by the military for the purpose of flying big-wigs around the world, to fly the First Lady and her entourage to and from Africa , at a cost of $424,142. Another $928.44 was listed as ‘bulk food’ costs per meal for the 192 on board meals for the 21 people who made the trip. Lobster ain’t cheap when you fly it around the world.
The Obama daughters were listed on the manifest as senior staff. ‘This trip was as much an opportunity for the Obama family to go on a safari as it was a trip to conduct government business,’ said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. ‘This junket wasted tax dollars and the resources of our over extended military. No wonder we had to sue to pry loose this information.’ The nation is suffering with the economy sputtering, the national debt soaring and Obama’s economic rescue policies not only failing, but actively making things worse.
Meanwhile, the First Lady justifies an expensive trip to Africa to take a vacation and safari with her daughters by saying it’s ‘official business’ and even going so far as to list her children as staffers. The level of arrogance and dishonesty on display here is nothing short of shocking.
But, ‘hope for change’ – WHEN?

Kari, the politically incorrect if necessary
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Stolen Property – yep, I admit it

Top Ten – Only in America – By a Canadian – stolen from a friend who stole it from her nephew

1) Only in America could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 a plate campaign fund-raising event.

2) Only in America could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal workforce is black while only 12% of the population is black.

3) Only in America could they have had the two people most responsible for their tax code, Timothy Geithner, the head of the Treasury Department and Charles Rangel who once ran the Ways and Means Committee, BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

4) Only in America can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

5) Only in America would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege while we discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.

6) Only in America could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”

7) Only in America could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

8) Only in America could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. Oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

9) Only in America could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a trillion dollars more than it has per year for total spending of $7 million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

10) Only in America could the most productive people who pay 86% of all income taxes be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.

of all the things there government could focus on, where to invest their time and our money… they make brilliant choices don’t they?

just sayin’.

Kari, the unashamed purloiner
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It’s all in the Follow-Thru

It’s been said before but it’s worth repeating. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Those with no moral compass will vacillate in a time of decision. But how many of us have actually taken time to sit down and seriously think about what our core values really are? I have found in life that if you really make up your mind beforehand what you would plan to do in a situation, should you ever be faced with that choice it’s a no-brainer.  The decision has already been made. All that’s left is the follow-through. I’ve said it before, but I truly believe that a made-up mind is a powerful thing.

I heard a story many years ago about a church in Russia. During that time in history Christians were hated and hunted. One night in the middle of church service, the doors burst open and four armed soldiers walked purposefully into the room, while demanding everyone to raise their hands. They then told the people there that those who weren’t ready to die for their faith could leave to leave, quickly, but they would only have this one opportunity. Many did. The ones who chose to stay must have been terrified, knowing they were about to give their lives for the One they say they loved. The soldiers issued this command one more time, but nobody left. The four men then locked the church doors.  Once they were alone, the soldiers amazed this small congregation by this statement; “We are Christians too. But we are only willing to worship with true worshippers, those willing to give their lives for their faith.” I’ve often thought about this story over the years, wondering if I would have the courage to live what I say I believe in a life-threatening moment.

For those of you, dear reader, who are interested in my own personal core values, it basically boils down to the ten commandments.  If you read them in Leviticus they might just put you to sleep, so I’ll share the Kari-fied version:

# 1      He is everything.  Literally.  Black and white.  No gray

# 2      You bow, you bend.  I refuse to be ruled by a piece of cheesecake

# 3      Ladies don’t curse.  At least, in my humble opinion.  It’s sooo not cool

# 4      Don’t forget to give Him one day.  Any day.  But make Him the total focus

# 5      Obey your parents, in every way you can.  Not easy, but do-able

# 6       Don’t kill.  You’ll be sorry later.  And it’s not worth it

# 7       Don’t sleep around.  You’ll be sorry later.  And it won’t give you satisfaction

# 8       Don’t steal.  You’ll be sorry later.  The guilt will keep you up nights

# 9       Don’t lie.  It will come back to bite you

#10     The green monster is really, really ugly

The real ones are in Deuteronomy. Chapter 5. You should read them sometime. I don’t know where you stand, what your moral values are, but we all need a compass. I don’t believe “situational ethics” exist. A thing is either black or white. It can’t change. And there’s no such thing as “too late”. As long as you’re breathing there’s hope.  Anything can change, until the day you stop either believing, or breathing. Think about it. That’s all I ask.

Kari, the stubborn-about-what-she-believes. After all, right is right. Period

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Braveheart or Faint Heart – Which Will You Choose?

Maybe you’ve never seen the movie Braveheart but I do recommend it. As long as you close your eyes in the gross and bloody parts. It’s all about a hero, filled with passion, who does an amazing thing in his world. I don’t do well around people that don’t seem to know what they stand for, what they believe. Even if I believe totally differently to you, I still respect you if you are strong in your own convictions. It all boils down to courage or cowardice. Just like the lion in the Wizard of Oz, so many people falter when you ask them direct questions about their core values. I can tell you right now that I know my non-negotiables, and they’re unshakable. I’m holdin’ out for a Hero. How ‘bout you?
I love lions too. They’re fierce, strong, powerful. Even intimidating. Jesus is the lion or Judah. And He’s been known to roar from time to time. But there’s a wrong roar. 1st Peter says that satan roams around AS a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Which tells me two things. One, he’s not the real lion. That would be The Lion of Judah, aka Jesus Christ, and HIS roar IS real. Two, satan can’t devour just anybody – he has to have a reason. It takes guts to stand up to an enemy, day after day after day, and believe me, he’s good at wearing people out. I see it every day. He’s had a lot of practice. He can’t make you do anything, but he’ll try to make you crack by the daily pressures of life he sends your way. It takes endurance to take a stand. I’ve decided there are no mouses, only those who will and those who won’t. Won’t what? Take a stand. Endure. Stay faithful to what they believe. Nope, no cowardly lion in me, Dorothy. Just sayin’.
One last thing. Don’t do a Demas. He’s in 1st Peter 4.10. He dumped Paul, because he got his eyes on the wrong thing. I personally believe that it all starts in the mind. My pastor says negative images are developed in a dark room, just like a camera. So if you start thinking on things you know are wrong, to quote a good friend of mine “where the mind goes the man is sure to follow”. Lives are in the balance. It’s not just about us. We are supposed to be affecting those around us. For the good. Showing them our Father, and His goodness, so they will want Him in their lives too. He told us to show and tell. My question is.. will you?
Live for Jesus. Radically. You won’t be sorry.
Kari the bravehearted
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Of Shells and Sheep

OK. I have a story to tell. About a great big God and an incredibly foolish thing. A redhead who loses shells and loses sleep.

It begins with a certain gift I was given at birth. Been using it since the age of 8. I even “auditioned” one time. I often find there are people in my face doing what I can do, sometimes yearn to do, but for some reason God alone knows am not doing. I kept telling myself go get over my sweet self, since I know if it’s from God it’s gonna prosper in my life and if it ain’t, I don’t want it. Only, sometimes I do…

All that changed three weekends ago. At the most amazing Church women’s advance ever. But I’ll let you in on a secret. I had a few things going on inside of me the second day I’m man enough to ‘fess up to. Starting with the shells. I love shells. The first day I’d gotten up at like pre-dawn early and gone shell-hunting; found quite a few, in fact. Some of them were really unique. I was one happy woman. Then they disappeared. Yep. The whole bag. And I’m mad. We’re now on the second day. Dawn, in fact. I’d just survived a night from hell, so I’m upset from sleep deprivation. Irritated about lost shells. In the same place same time as before, when I found oodles of shells but could I find even one? I rest my case.

Still frustrated but now hungry I go to breakfast, since coffee is always a good thing to calm the nerves. Now I’m telling myself I really need to grow up and get over it ‘cos we’ve had such a mind-blowing visitation from God in the meetings that these petty things should be easy to let go of. Not. Theory’s good; practice? Not so much. Pitiful, I know. I’ve got to love on my Father, do Zumba on the beach, meet some really cool Alabama girls, even watch the sun rise over the ocean… I should be having a blast, but I’m sulking. Pray for me.

As I leave the breakfast room I see my buds all smiling and talking and having a grand old time, which made me happy. They’re totally unaware of last night’s drama. I’ve got to be a love that covers a multitude of sins and believe me, I’m no saint but there were a multitude of sins going on in that room that night!!!! I had help! I did walk in love, tho, and that’s growth for me. Cos i’m wanting to slap somebody, major! So. Now there are three things going on in this redhead’s head. One, someone’s doing what I can do, in my face, every single meeting, and she has no clue. Two, no sleep. And three, no shells. Like i said, pray for me. I ain’t there yet.

Back to the story. I’m still obsessed, back on the beach – again – shell-seeking – again – when I see a bff from church, Robin. I ask her if there’s anything on her heart, and if I can pray for her. (I’m trying, ok?!!!.) She mentions a few things and I continue on, walking in the sea. I’m starting to find shells. A few. So I’m calming down. Kind of. And I’m praying for the conference. Kind of. Like I have been for over three months. Of course, I’m supposed to be in the conference room, but I’m at the BEACH for crying out loud… and the sea’s calling my name…

Then I hear Robin calling my name. I look up and she’s waving for me to come over. (I repented to God then and her later but I didn’t respond right away…) – it’s not that i was ignoring her, more a case of, “hold on… just one more shell… be right there…”. When I arrived she was talking with a stranger who was also knee-deep in waves. The yellow bucket in his hand had caught her eye, and she’d had struck up a conversation. Turns out he was struggling with mental strongholds, trying to talk to God, thinking there just might BE a God, wanting to meet Him… such a directed paths moment. Oh yeah. Even a redhead can’t miss this!!! So we both started sharing a few things and I get the strong feeling to tell him we never know what’s gonna happen in life, and since he’s open to knowing the God that we love and live for, this would be a really great moment to become His child too. Well, he had reservations, said he was scared. I told him my pastor had often said that God is not a child-abuser, and that everything He IS and DOES is for our good. So Robin asks me if I want to lead him in a prayer but since I’m coming in on the tail end of this – yeah, my slightly rebellious self will admit she has issues – I tell her to do the prayin’. Such an amazingly awesome moment on the beach in the sea, watching one more soul come to know a loving, giving, wonderful heavenly Father. OH YEAH! I know. I’m verbose. Wordy. But I’m almost done.

We tell him it’s real important he finds a good church where he can learn and grow and discover things he’ll need to make it through this life. We encourage him to spend time with God since he just became His child, and that he needs to get to know the One he just gave his life to. We tried hard not to overwhelm him. Off he goes, and I’m dancing a jig on the beach. Then I start thinking, “Wow… it’s a lot harder to rejoice on sand…”. Just sayin.

At this point my joy is off the charts. Uncontainable. After all I’d been thru the night before it was totally exhilarating. So completely wall-to-wall God. I’m busy dancing and praising and having a good time that she got to pray for him when robin exclaims, “you prayed.” “Nope,” I say, “I was just the backup!!!” Then I look at her and say, “What time is it?” She slowly replies, “Why…?” To which i respond, “You KNOW why…”. She looks at me sheepishly, pauses, and says, “10……07…”

“Oh shoot!”I say. “Well, I’m ecstatic about Dustin but I’ve gotta go… and you do too…”. I sprint all the way to the conference room (-yes, I had quite a few workouts that weekend. spirit, soul and body), where praise and worship is in full swing. I feel kinda bad for being late but I’m still on a high. Still see someone doing what I can do and sometimes want to. But now I don’t care. Creflo Dollar says there ain’t no high like the MOST High. And I’m in that place.

Now I get to the point of the story. You’ve probably already guessed it, but I wasn’t that quick. Right in the middle of the most awesome and magnificent worship, God speaks to me. Yep. Me. The redhead who loses shells and loses sleep. What He said was simply this:

If you’d been doing what you sometimes think you want to do, you’d have been here. (so I’m thinking, ok….)

If you’d been here, you wouldn’t have been on the beach. (again, I’m tracking with Him)

If you hadn’t lost your shells, you wouldn’t have been in the sea. (same train of thought)

If you hadn’t been in the sea on the beach you wouldn’t have met Robin. (are you getting the picture yet? I was still clueless. I blame it on lack of sleep)

If you hadn’t connected with Robin, when she connected with a total stranger just ready to give his heart and life to Me, she wouldn’t have had backup…(and I finally got it) omygosh. After a night I never want as groundhog day I got to be a part of that. Such a precious moment. So now, if I ever see anyone else using a gift I have and sometimes long to use, I pray I’ll never forget the lesson learned that day. He that winneth souls is wise. And in the infinite goodness of a loving and patient Father, He decided I could be a part of it. How cool is that? Our God truly is not dead, He’s surely alive, and fer sure fer sure He’s living on the inside… of me. A redhead who loses shells and loses sleep. OUR GOD ROCKS!!!!!!!

Kari, the sleepless in Seattle… well, OK, Myrtle Beach

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December 6, 2012 *Disclaimer* – I found out a week ago that there’s another ironic twist to the tale. The yellow bucket didn’t belong to Dustin, the guy on the beach. Nor did it belong to Robin. Nope, that bucket was floating out there in the sea, coming in with the tide. And it was moving. Yep. Moving. That’s what caught Robin’s attention. So when it washed up at her feet, Dustin was the only person close at hand. That’s how she got into a conversation with him. By asking if it was his bucket. Which it wasn’t. So she asked if they should open it, to which he replied, “I don’t know.” Well, being a curious gal like myself, Robin did. And guess what was IN the bucket? Come on! Guess! omygosh you’re soooo boring! Fish. For real. It must have fallen off a ship way out to see and washed up right in front of her. As she’s telling the story my mind is saying, “Oh wow! God was telling you to be a fisher of men!” I kept silent till she finished her side of the story – not easy, but I was determined – and wouldn’t you know it? God had showed her the same thing! Like I said, our God ROCKS!

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