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6 posts from November 2007

November 30, 2007

Like Cool Free Gifts???

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Hi Friends!

My friend (and mentor from afar), Lysa TerKeurst (founder and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries) has the greatest website ever!

Right now she is doing a great promotion for the holidays. If you visit her website and post on her blog, your name will go into a drawing for a wonderful and FREE gift!

Today she is a giving a gift package away from YOURS TRULY.

If you want a chance to win a package that includes a vintage-looking watch, a Choxie chocolate bar, mint foot lotion, one of my CD messages, and a couple of my books, get to her website!

Here's the link:
Cool Christmas Giveaway...

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

Peace, friend.
Susie Larson

November 28, 2007

Protect Your Treasure

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Greetings, Friends!
Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome!

I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way.

Lately I've been studying the different parables in the Gospels. I've so enjoyed taking my time, walking through the history, and understanding the context of Jesus' teaching.

Something struck me the other day and I can't wait to share it with you.

Do you remember the old fable, Jack and the Beanstalk?

Jack and his mother were destitute and yet Jack "irresponsibly" traded their last material possession for the seed that would someday save them.

In one of the parables, Jesus taught how the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of seeds, it grows into the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree so the birds of the air can come and perch in its branches.

In her study, "Secrets Jesus Shared," Jennifer Kennedy Dean wrote this: "The leaves of the mustard shrub were believed to help everything from stomachache to toothache. The mustard plant, once planted, was nearly impossible to eradicate."

To the world, it seems foolish to sell out and base all our hopes on the promises and the love of God. But to the Believer, we believe because we know we are receiving more than we could ever provide for ourselves.

The Kingdom of Heaven comes to us in seed form and we lay hold of it by belief.

When we first come to Jesus, and we receive His seed planted in us, we have no idea what a treasure we've received.

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November 21, 2007

Growing in Gratitude...

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Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!
Susie Larson here...

I pray this note finds you well.

To those visiting I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my goal is to bless and nourish your soul along the way.

I love this holiday season. For me, it's a time of reflection and remembrance. For many years our lives were marked by crisis and deep character cleansing.

But God has and is restoring every lost thing.

One day, many years ago, I pushed a heavy cart of groceries through the parking lot. I made sure my three little boys each hand a hand on the cart so I could keep an eye on them.

Once we loaded the groceries in the car and I buckled the boys in their seats, I slid into the driver's seat, put my forehead on the steering wheel, and prayed, "Oh, Lord, how can I ever thank you enough? We have groceries! We have choices about what to eat. We can go to our cupboards and find food there. Oh, God, I thank you for your goodness to us."

I looked over my shoulder to see my three little boys with heads bowed and hands folded in prayer.

The reality was that we had tens of thousands of dollars in medical debt. The reality was that our house was falling apart and we had no money to fix it. The reality was that my husband was working two and three jobs and I was battling a disease while trying to care for three active boys.

But the superior reality was that God was on His throne and totally with us in that place of desperation. And when I bowed my head to thank Him for His provision, our car became a sacred place, and I knew my boys were affected by His presence that day.

A different day we found ourselves at the doctor's office. One of my son's had an ear infection. When we got out to the car, my prayer went something like this, "Father in Heaven, I thank you for providing us with insurance. Thank you for a simple, treatable diagnosis. Thank you for taking such good care of us."

Every time I thanked the Lord in front of my kids, I felt the heaviness of our situation lift. In fact, I now understand that my lessons in gratitude were the very things that made my kids feel that all was well in their world.

I always found it curious that they didn't have a clue that we were in the crises of our lives. Now I know that their lives were full, because my heart was full of thanksgiving.

Not that I always did it right; on the contrary. I had my cynical, frustrated days like everyone else, but whenever I returned to praise and gratitude, the climate around me changed.

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November 14, 2007

A Kingdom Holiday Season...

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Hello Everyone!

Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome!

I post every Wednesday, and my purpose is to nourish and encourage your soul along the way.

Since I've got a number of Christmas speaking events on my schedule, and since I've been prepping on and off for the past couple of weeks, my holiday season is in full swing.

I've had a significant amount of time to pause...and to think about my holidays this year. Do I want to run, racing from one event to another? Do I want to squeeze as many fun activities in as I can? Or do I want peace and solitude to mark my holidays this time around? We are all different, and we all need different things.

Looking back over the years I can clearly see that some of our most desperate struggles overlapped with the holiday season. I had in my mind how I wanted the season to look, but that 30 second commercial was an always elusive dream.

Thankfully I am much wiser and more mature (hmmm...) and I am not so interested in how things look. I am interested in how things are.

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November 07, 2007

The Power of Peace...

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Greetings, Dear Friends!
Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way.

With the year slowly drawing to a close, I find myself looking back over my shoulder, remembering moments of victory as well as defeat. I bring with me, into the coming year, lessons learned, skills honed, and a deeper understanding of what's been made available to us as Beloved ones of the Most High God.

One of the greatest insights I've gleaned from the battles I fought this past year, is how to thrive amidst those battles. Not that I do it right every time; but when I get it right, I know and feel and taste the Power Christ has made available to us who believe.

Give yourself a gift this holiday season. Let peace RULE in your heart. Go after peace. Seek peace and pursue it. Wrap your arms around peace and turn your back on worry, striving, anxiety, and anger.

When you make a peace a priority in your life, something Super-natural happens...

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November 01, 2007

Keeping No Account...

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Hi Friends!
Susie Larson here...

So sorry I missed you yesterday but I am glad to have something to share with you today!

To those who are visiting, I say welcome! I post every Wednesday (99% of the time...) and my goal is to encourage your faith and nourish your soul along the way.

In order to be successful, we have to keep pretty good records. Our filing system needs to be somewhat consistent and user friendly. We save time and get more done when we write things down and put them in their proper place.

This statement makes me sound so organized and efficient, doesn't it? Well unfortunately I am only moderately organized and it's time for my office and files to be overhauled and updated.

I suppose that's why this topic is at the forefront of my mind right now.

While it's great to be able to quickly pull up of list of things you've done and the dates with which you completed them, it's destructive to keep such records of the the things you've done for others. It's even more destructive to keep a detailed account of ways other people have offended you but we'll address that topic another day.

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