Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Knock at the Door


by Cathy Baker

{ Day 22 } 

A Syrian father gathered up his two young children, both under the age of 12. He told them there would soon come a day when they would hear a knock at the door, and that those people (ISIS) would be there to harm their family.

He told them that when they open the door, they will say to the men Jesus is King and I forgive you. The father assured them that even though the pain would hurt for a little while, they would all be together again in heaven for an eternity. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Staying in Step with the Spirit Via Piped Icing


by Cathy Baker

{ Day 21 } 

Lovely, isn't it? 

Everything about my birthday cake exceeded my expectations, minus one thing. Do you see it in the picture? 

 
McFarlan's Bakery, Hendersonville NC

When we picked up the cake at McFarlan's Bakery (which is awesome!) they peeled back the box top, especially proud of the beautifully fall-themed design they'd created for me. 

We were all delighted until Brian said,"It's beautiful...except her name isn't Cindy."

We all laughed but they felt terrible about the mistaken name and wanted to fix it. I insisted I knew my name and it was perfectly fine. (I also thought of this post idea so I wasn't about to ruin it by having them correct it!) 

I had a flashback to my childhood when both grandmothers would sometimes do what felt like a roll call when trying to get my attention. They called out at least three other names of people in our family before getting to mine. (Oh, how I miss this!)

In the big scheme of things, though, aren't you thankful God doesn't mistake us for anyone else? When He calls our name, He gets it right the first time for He is keenly aware of every detail concerning our lives:

To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. John 10:3

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.  Psalm 139

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. Isaiah 43:1

Birthday getaway in Saluda, NC
Our God never skips a beat. We'll never catch Him calling us by another sheep's name or confusing our strengths/weaknesses with a sibling-in-Christ. It's almost as if each of us is His "only" child.

The LORD formed us, chose us, redeemed us, and He calls us by name

Staying in Step with the Spirit: We draw near to God with a grateful heart, confident in His knowledge of us, and His love for us. How could such knowledge escape our praise? 

Heavenly Father, everything within us bows at Your name. We praise You for choosing to be a Father we can draw near to, not one that shuns us when we fall. Thank You for being such an intimate heavenly Father.




{ Day 15 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Paper Bookmark
{ Day 16 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Fresh Start
{ Day 17 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via Spontaneous Service
{ Day 18 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via God's Creation, Wk. 3
{ Sunday } 









Monday, October 20, 2014

Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Mini-Getaway



by Cathy Baker 

{ Day 20 } 

When's the last time you packed an overnight bag, loaded up your car and escaped for a mini-getaway?
Chimney Rock, NC

Brian and I did just that this past weekend as we wound our way up the mountains to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary (which is actually today!) Our first couple of days were spent walking the bustling streets of Hendersonville and Chimney Rock, sipping down handcrafted coffee, and scoping out new antique stores. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Staying in Step with the Spirit Via Spontaneous Service


by Cathy Baker

{ Day 17 }

Rain fell heavy as greeters said their goodbyes to fellow church goers. 

For a few moments, no one stood by the door to offer their farewells. In that small window of time, a young family gathered nearby, readying their three little ones for the weather.

Suddenly, a man rushed past me, grabbed his umbrella, and proceeded to help this young family to their car. He'd never met them, nor did he need to. He simply saw an opportunity to help and hopped into action. 

Oh, the beauty of impromptu service. Although not officially on the greeting team that morning, he was, in fact, part of a much larger influential team: the Church. He could've easily reasoned that others were there to specifically help in that area and turned away.
Gwen Stefani's Glitz Team Shirts

If you watch The Voice (how's that for a segue?) you know Gwen Stefani presented her team members with a Team Gwen glitzy t-shirt. No doubt it will someday snag a sweet price on Ebay.

Hey Church! We may not wear a glitzy Team Jesus on our shirts, but do we really need one? 





“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16


Staying in Step with the Spirit: When we see others in action for Christ, we can't help but be touched, knowing the One spurring them on will receive much glory. 

Heavenly Father, kindle our hearts afire so that we might shine brightly for Your fame and glory. 


#Write31Days past posts:

{ Day 1 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via Our Senses
{ Day 2 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via Less Clutter 
{ Day 3 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via Healthy Relationships 
{ Day 4 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via God's Creation
{ Sunday }
{ Day 6 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via Specific Prayer 
{ Day 7 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
{ Day 8 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Soul Search (with guest Ginger Harrington)
{ Day 9 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via Vulnerability 
{ Day 10 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via God's Creation, Wk. 2
{ Day 11 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Moonlit Sunroof
{ Sunday }
{ Day 13 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Wild Goose Chase





Thursday, October 16, 2014

Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Fresh Start


by Cathy Baker

{ Day 16 }

Could you use a fresh start? I could. 

Every. Single. Day. 

It's for this reason I snatched the mug below off the TJ Maxx shelf lickety split. Yes, my eye caught the contrast between the white matte finish and sleek cool gray interior but it was the wording that prompted me to peel out a few bucks and make it mine.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Staying in Step with the Spirit Via A Paper Bookmark


by Cathy Baker

{ Day 14 }

It was first grade. My teacher's hair hue was blue, just over the hill from silver. She was also my dad's first grade teacher, as well as my grandmother's friend. Her name was Miss Lee. And she's the same teacher who tried to yank my tooth out with a well-positioned string and a sturdy door. Yes, she was the real deal.