Take That Leap of Faith

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Faith is a theme that runs through many of my blog posts. Maybe you’ve noticed. Abraham. Moses. Esther. To name a few.

During the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference last month, I spent time with other writers as we encouraged each other in our writer’s journey. For those who do not write, you may not understand how much faith it takes to believe God has called us to weave words together for him to use.

It’s a privilege that requires large quantities of faith.

The same amount of faith it takes any of us to accept the privilege God gives to use the abilities and skills he’s placed within us. It takes faith to make that incredible leap to step out and trust.

But you know what?

fearNo matter how fantastic the opportunity, facing the unknown can be frightening. Especially when doing so seems … crazy.

We might listen to Satan’s lies telling us we aren’t good enough.

Who are we kidding?

What have we got to offer?

Why do we think we’re capable?

It’ll be too difficult.

And on and on and on.

So this post is for all of us who need a little encouragement to step out in faith no matter courtesy pixabayhow crazy it may seem.

Encouragement to grab hold of all the marvelous things God has waiting for us and trust he knows what he’s doing when he calls us to be a part of his plan.

Am I the only one who struggles with a lack of confidence that can morph into a lack of faith that can become a lack of obedience when I face the unknown?

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What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. Hebrews 11:1 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Gluten-free No Bake Banana Split Pie Recipe

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

  • 2 cups gluten-free graham cracker crumbs (Or you can purchase a gluten-free graham cracker pie crust, and eliminate the cracker crumbs and butter.)
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 16 ounces dessert whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
  • 2-3 large bananas, sliced
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained well
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • Chocolate syrup
  • 8 – 10 maraschino cherries, patted dry

Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and press firmly into a 9 inch deep dish pie pan. (If you use a pre-made pie crust, you can skip these steps.)

Beat the cream cheese with a mixer until smooth.

Combine one third of the whipped topping with the cream cheese, mixing well. Spread onto the crust.

Top with sliced bananas, strawberries, and pineapple, in that order.

 

 

Spread the remaining whipped topping on top of the pie.

 

Refrigerate for 4 hours or up to a day ahead.

Before serving sprinkle the chopped nuts on top of the pie, drizzle with chocolate syrup and place maraschino cherries on top.

Enjoy!

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures – Celebrate Today

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

What does it take for you to celebrate? A special occasion? A well-deserved award? A reunion? A hard-won accomplishment?

Some days life feels mediocre, ordinary, same ole same ole. Nothing special to get excited about and certainly nothing to celebrate.

We wait for special occasions before we celebrate as if just being alive isn’t enough cause to shout out, “Yay, God!”

Looking back on my childhood I believe I found more things to celebrate at that time than I probably do as an adult. Who knows why, but whatever the reason, celebrating didn’t have to be formal to be fun.

If we take the time to look around we can see all the many things we have to be thankful for and celebrate them.

Take a walk and make note of all the glories of creation. Look for rainbows after the rain. Name the constellations. Celebrate the refreshing breeze in the middle of a hot day.

Celebrate you.

Every day God gives us is reason enough to celebrate. It’s a choice we can make.

How will we celebrate tomorrow?

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 Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Pause for Poetry — The Real Hero

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Welcome to Pause for Poetry featuring a poem written by my writer-friend, Shirley Specht Johnson.

The Real Hero

by Shirley Specht Johnson

The world will shape and mold a hero

or what they think a hero ought to be.

but………..

A real hero is a man that loves his family,

A man of compassion,

strength,

a man of integrity.

A real hero is a man that is a father to his son,

considers work a privilege,

makes sure a productive day is done.

A real hero is a man that protects and guides his home,

even when at times

he feels like he is standing alone.

A real hero is a man that at times has shed a tear,

the intentions of his heart

are pure and sincere.

A real hero knows there is a greater purpose and a greater plan,

A real hero asks God to guide him

and help him understand.

A real hero loves God,

is thankful for every day.

You can hear it in his voice

and the words he will say.

As the world continues to shape its heroes,

or what they think a hero ought to be.

When I look at you it is a real hero I see.

Shirley Specht Johnson loves to share inspiration and encouragement through her writing. She is a member of SCBWI. She loves to read and has volunteered at her local Public Library as an Adult Literacy Tutor. She shares moments of inspiration and her writing life at her blog.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Jesus Is Enough

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Sometimes I’ve wondered if I’d ever be enough.

Would I be enough of a wife, mother, friend?

Would I ever be enough of a writer to land an agent, publisher, book deal?

When I feel like I’ve given all I could possibly give and still come up short, what then?

The story is told of an encounter Jesus had with a woman who apparently felt she wasn’t enough. She looked to relationships for her enough and always came up depleted.

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When Jesus spoke to the woman at the well in Samaria, he told her he could give her something that would be enough to meet all her needs. He could give her living water because he was the source that would never run dry.

Everything she could ever need could be fulfilled through a belief in Jesus as Savior and Lord.

She didn’t have to be enough. She had to have Jesus.

When we feel as if our enough isn’t enough, we need not fret. We weren’t designed to be enough on our own. We were designed for a God who is more than enough. A Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the well that will never run dry. A Savior who gives eternal life that is more than enough.

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Have you ever felt as if you weren’t enough? Join me in letting Jesus be our enough.

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Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty again. For my gift will become a spring in the man himself, welling up into eternal life.” John 4:13-14 (Phillips)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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