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  29. <title>Mosaic Moment</title>
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  32. <pubDate>Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:16:44 +0000</pubDate>
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  39. <description><![CDATA[&#160; No one enjoys a funeral. Death, even death of a believer, leaves a sinking feeling of loss. When the day is shrouded in dark clouds, the heart beats to deep notes, the “accidentals” of a keyboard. Solemn faces of]]></description>
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  41. <p><img class="size-medium wp-image-601 alignleft" src="https://i1.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/stained-glass-2251231_640-300x169.jpg?resize=300%2C169" alt="" width="300" height="169" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/stained-glass-2251231_640.jpg?resize=300%2C169&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/stained-glass-2251231_640.jpg?w=640&amp;ssl=1 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  42. <p>No one enjoys a funeral. Death, even death of a believer, leaves a sinking feeling of loss. When the day is shrouded in dark clouds, the heart beats to deep notes, the “accidentals” of a keyboard. Solemn faces of family and friends share grief. Unity in the midst of strangers.</p>
  43. <p>On occasion the Lord shows up in unpredicted, unforgettable ways.</p>
  44. <p>I sat in a pew mesmerized. The sun broke through and momentarily stayed itself, shining through the pieces of glass. Peace graced my heart. The beauty of brokenness. No wasted glass, no wasted suffering. The colors of broken fragments melded together in unison. The imperfect shapes designed in perfection.</p>
  45. <p>Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, held a lamb gently to His chest. The window, a mosaic, pictured our Lord’s care in life and in this moment, even death.</p>
  46. <p>No one doubted the tender care which God displayed during the life of my friend. But death often leaves us with questions – the why’s of God’s timing and reason for suffering. In loving ways He reaches down to comfort. He uses a tool that soothes the heart in ways only He knows is possible. For me, broken glass in a broken moment, renewed my spirit. I felt as close to the Shepherd as the held little lamb. I pictured my friend in resurrected life, being held also.</p>
  47. <p>Darkness replaced by light. A needed moment.</p>
  48. <p>&#8220;Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father&#8217;s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:1-3</p>
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  54. <title>Faith Over Fear</title>
  55. <link>https://dawnmooring.com/faith-over-fear/</link>
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  57. <pubDate>Fri, 22 Dec 2017 22:22:04 +0000</pubDate>
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  63. <description><![CDATA[&#160; “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men[ from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come]]></description>
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  66. <p>Herod heard and trembled. The long awaited majestic ruler prophesied of old (Micah 2-5) had arrived. Hundreds of years of anticipation. Mental and spiritual expectation. News was spreading as the star – His star, shone brightly in the East. The wise men, having knowledge of the Hebrew Scripture, had clued in on the most incredible event in human history. God’s plan was unfolding before their eyes. They desired one thing – to be eye witnesses of history making news. Cradling gifts and hope, they traveled afar and even inquired their earthly king for an update or directions.</p>
  67. <p>Most likely Herod was versed in Old Testament prophesies. He knew a ruler would come to give light and hope to God’s people – a king whose name would be great and represent peace for His people. Instead, Herod clung to terror… fear of losing his throne, his royal robe, his empire.</p>
  68. <p>FOMO (fear of missing out) ran as rampant in Herod’s day as it does at present. To give up what we cling to in order to receive what Christ has to offer represents an age old dilemma. Wealth, reputation, ownership, my rights… all things centered around me , myself, and I. Herod’s foolishness catapults as we read the account of Jesus’ birth. Yet, around us everywhere we turn, are those who fear giving up earthly goods in exchange for God’s offer of peace. We all have behaved foolishly when fear has controlled our every thought and action.</p>
  69. <p>Herod took the lives of many as he forfeited one thing, the one person, who could’ve given him what his soul desperately needed. In the end he lost everything he strove to keep. Jim Elliott, a missionary who lost his life on the field, coined this famous statement, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”</p>
  70. <p>So this Christmas season  let&#8217;s ponder the question, “Is there anything I may be clutching which would cause me to forfeit what God desires me to find – His Peace?”</p>
  71. <p>The wise men followed the light before them. May we do likewise.</p>
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  77. <title>Why Mary?</title>
  78. <link>https://dawnmooring.com/why-mary/</link>
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  80. <pubDate>Sat, 17 Dec 2016 19:31:54 +0000</pubDate>
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  88. <description><![CDATA[“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” Luke 1:30 Had she won Miss Nazareth? Held office in Galilee? Made front page news for some outstanding feat? No. Nothing remarkable by man’s standards is noted about]]></description>
  89. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://i0.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/madonna-with-child-1051897_640.jpg"><img class="wp-image-568 alignleft" src="https://i0.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/madonna-with-child-1051897_640-300x200.jpg?resize=167%2C111" alt="madonna-with-child-1051897_640" width="167" height="111" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/madonna-with-child-1051897_640.jpg?resize=300%2C200&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/madonna-with-child-1051897_640.jpg?w=640&amp;ssl=1 640w" sizes="(max-width: 167px) 100vw, 167px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a>“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” Luke 1:30</p>
  90. <p>Had she won Miss Nazareth? Held office in Galilee? Made front page news for some outstanding feat? No. Nothing remarkable by man’s standards is noted about the young woman chosen by God to be pregnant with the Messiah. Had there been a contest and qualifications required to obtain this long awaited position, Mary doubtfully would’ve made the cut.</p>
  91. <p>The prophet Samuel was instructed by God to anoint a king from the house of Jesse. God’s command to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature… For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)</p>
  92. <p>Managers, agents, publishers, producers, all look for one thing – who’s the most marketable? Who’s the most appealing? Will generate publicity and cash?</p>
  93. <p>These are not God’s standards.</p>
  94. <p>Isaiah prophesied a virgin would give birth to the Messiah. Mary met the only listed virtue. Yet, God looked beyond the realm of logic or cultural popularity. With laser precision His eyes peered into her heart.</p>
  95. <p>While she never comprehended how the virgin birth scenario would happen, she put her yes on the table. No back peddling. Pure faith.</p>
  96. <p>In “Mary’s Magnificat” we discover the beauty of this peasant girl’s heart (Lk. 1:46-55).</p>
  97. <ul>
  98. <li>Her soul magnified the Lord</li>
  99. <li>She rejoiced in God her Savior</li>
  100. <li>Humbled that God chose her, a lowly maidservant</li>
  101. <li>Acknowledged the great things He had done for her</li>
  102. <li>Praised Him for His holiness, mercy, and might</li>
  103. </ul>
  104. <p>My mind wonders if there were many like Mary in her day. I ask myself, “Today, do I regard the Almighty as highly as this favored woman of God? Do I acknowledge what He has done for me? Anticipate all He can and will still do through me? Praise Him for Who He is to me?”</p>
  105. <p>Mary was a recipient of grace. We all are. May we raise a voice of praise, a “magnificat” for finding favor in His eyes.</p>
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  111. <title>Weight Gain</title>
  112. <link>https://dawnmooring.com/weight-gain/</link>
  113. <pubDate>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:53:44 +0000</pubDate>
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  119. <description><![CDATA[&#8220;Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.” Luke 21:34 The holidays bond friends, family, and feasting together. Eat, drink,]]></description>
  120. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>&#8220;Be<a href="https://i1.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/broken-1739130_960_720.jpg"><img class="wp-image-563 alignleft" src="https://i2.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/broken-1739130_960_720-300x300.jpg?resize=196%2C196" alt="broken-1739130_960_720" width="196" height="196" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/broken-1739130_960_720.jpg?resize=300%2C300&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/broken-1739130_960_720.jpg?resize=150%2C150&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/broken-1739130_960_720.jpg?resize=270%2C270&amp;ssl=1 270w, https://i2.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/broken-1739130_960_720.jpg?resize=230%2C230&amp;ssl=1 230w, https://i2.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/broken-1739130_960_720.jpg?w=720&amp;ssl=1 720w" sizes="(max-width: 196px) 100vw, 196px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a> careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.” Luke 21:34</p>
  121. <p>The holidays bond friends, family, and feasting together. Eat, drink, and be merry blare the jolly carols. Overindulgence can be tossed away with a carefree spirit. The average person packs on at least a pound, if not more, during this time of festivity and perhaps loneliness. Not everyone’s holiday is a Norman Rockwell painting.</p>
  122. <p>Staying at the party table too long tips the scales more than we want. Doctor Luke warned about too much partying. He’d observed regret in folks who had thrown caution to the wind. Hindsight is crystal clear, albeit too late.</p>
  123. <p>Luke also witnessed the downtrodden – folks weighed down by swallowing the worries of life. No parties or nibbling left them with heavy hearts. Fear, hurt, rejection – ingested by the soul, left them too heavy to move ahead. In fact, Luke warned how anxieties close in like a trap. The enemy is wise enough to plant snares when and where we’re most vulnerable to trip. Sparing embarrassment, I’ll forgo telling how many times I’ve been pulled from the locks of Satan’s devices.</p>
  124. <p>How can we avoid being weighed down and trapped? Luke administers two warnings a few verses later– watch and pray. Carelessness and looking inward keeps our focus in the wrong place. Scripture warns us to stay alert and guard our hearts. We can be led astray quicker than we’d like to admit.</p>
  125. <p>Is it possible to enjoy ourselves during the festivities ahead without worry? Take note how Jesus ensured a wedding reception lasted long enough for the guests to enjoy themselves. He also went out of His way to lift heavy heart-ed folks beaten down by the cares of life.</p>
  126. <p>We can balance the scales of our hearts by seeking the One who created us, knows us, and is for us this holiday season and each day ahead.</p>
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  130. <title>Holding On</title>
  131. <link>https://dawnmooring.com/holding-on/</link>
  132. <pubDate>Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:48:45 +0000</pubDate>
  133. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Dawn Mooring]]></dc:creator>
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  139. <description><![CDATA[“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 &#160; Bonnie Tyler took the radio charts by storm in 1984. She belted out the lyrics about holding out for a]]></description>
  140. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://i1.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/hd-free-download-hero-of-superman.jpg"><img class="wp-image-555 alignleft" src="https://i2.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/hd-free-download-hero-of-superman-300x169.jpg?resize=224%2C126" alt="hd-free-download-hero-of-superman" width="224" height="126" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/hd-free-download-hero-of-superman.jpg?resize=300%2C169&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/hd-free-download-hero-of-superman.jpg?resize=768%2C432&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i1.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/hd-free-download-hero-of-superman.jpg?resize=1024%2C576&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i1.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/hd-free-download-hero-of-superman.jpg?w=1500&amp;ssl=1 1500w" sizes="(max-width: 224px) 100vw, 224px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  141. <blockquote><p>“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23</p></blockquote>
  142. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  143. <p>Bonnie Tyler took the radio charts by storm in 1984. She belted out the lyrics about holding out for a hero. Her qualifications for such a person were “gi-normous.” He’s characterized as a human with Hercules strength and speed. A person – “larger than life.” Yet, fresh from a fight, he’d appear on a white steed to rescue her. And Ms. Tyler’s song kept young woman in the belief this hero existed somewhere out there. Many were disillusioned with their mates or in the search for one. This superhero only exists in movies, romance novels, and comic books.</p>
  144. <p>In all honesty, I raise my hand as guilty of trying to hold humans up to some superhero status. My high expectations have crashed with the strength and speed mentioned in the lyrics. Why? Because no person born with the DNA of biological parents can meet up to the required standards in a song. I’m flawed. We’re all flawed human beings. We rise and fall in our strengths. Every single one of us!</p>
  145. <p>As a young woman in my twenties my hero swept me off my feet. I took a ride on his white steed. However, my story didn’t end with the “happily ever after” quote. Devastation and despair engulfed me. In my efforts to recover, I picked up the Bible. I read about the One who came to live and die for me. A pastor’s comfort came in the following statement, “If you were the only person ever born, Jesus would’ve left the throne room of heaven and come down to die on the cross just for you.”</p>
  146. <p>I woke up from the daydream that an earthly hero existed to meet all my needs and affirm me to the fullest. My discovery – only Christ can raise me up, meet my every need, and love me the way my heart desires.</p>
  147. <p>Ms. Tyler held out for a hero. I doubt he ever appeared. I’m holding on to mine. “For he who promised is faithful.”</p>
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  151. <title>Ombudsman</title>
  152. <link>https://dawnmooring.com/ombudsman/</link>
  153. <comments>https://dawnmooring.com/ombudsman/#comments</comments>
  154. <pubDate>Thu, 06 Oct 2016 02:09:38 +0000</pubDate>
  155. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Dawn Mooring]]></dc:creator>
  156. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  157.  
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  159. <description><![CDATA[             &#8220;For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder,and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 &#160; Wednesdays abound in blessings]]></description>
  160. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<blockquote><p>            <a href="https://i0.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ID-100286160.jpg"><img class="wp-image-551 alignleft" src="https://i1.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ID-100286160-300x200.jpg?resize=182%2C121" alt="id-100286160" width="182" height="121" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ID-100286160.jpg?resize=300%2C200&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ID-100286160.jpg?w=400&amp;ssl=1 400w" sizes="(max-width: 182px) 100vw, 182px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  161. <p>&#8220;For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder,and his name shall be called<span style="font-size: 13.3333px;"> </span>Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6</p></blockquote>
  162. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  163. <p>Wednesdays abound in blessings for me. I teach Bible study at a retirement community nearby. My students could be my parents and my love for them grows with each study. I happened to notice a poster on a resident’s hallway today which advertised an ombudsman. Under the term was its definition, “Government official appointed to investigate citizen&#8217;s complaints against government officials, large public and private corporations.”</p>
  164. <p>I contemplated the word and the work of one who would take the complaints of the elderly against anyone causing them grievance and expect the government to act.” Would their grievances be heard with any acceptable outcome? My gut, or perhaps negativity, believed they’d never live to see the day of action.</p>
  165. <p>Only weeks before the upcoming election, grief more often than hopeful anticipation, causes me to shake my head at the presidential debates. Social media tallies the number of American citizens and asks, “Is this the best two people we could find?” I wonder what kind of country we are making for the history books, for my grandchildren. I remember the day we could trust those in highest offices of government. Now most of us look with disdain even on those within the party we’ve associated with our whole lives. I fight cynicism. I pray for those in authority over me and those soon to be governing our nation.</p>
  166. <p>I read the words of Isaiah and realize one day the world’s government will be upon the shoulders of the One who created it. Until then, I entrust those holding positions of monumental power to the highest position over heaven and earth.</p>
  167. <p>My God – advocate and ombudsman, hears my complaints and will take action. I may not live seeing answers to all my prayers (nor will my retirement center students). Yet, a peace flows over me knowing He’s available to hear my complaints. He advertises not on walls, but on the pages between His Book. Our Mighty God is still on the throne.</p>
  168. <p>*photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos #100286160</p>
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  173. <item>
  174. <title>The Unexpected</title>
  175. <link>https://dawnmooring.com/the-unexpected/</link>
  176. <comments>https://dawnmooring.com/the-unexpected/#comments</comments>
  177. <pubDate>Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:53:59 +0000</pubDate>
  178. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Dawn Mooring]]></dc:creator>
  179. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  180. <category><![CDATA[Help]]></category>
  181. <category><![CDATA[testing]]></category>
  182. <category><![CDATA[trials]]></category>
  183.  
  184. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://new.dawnmooring.com/?p=542</guid>
  185. <description><![CDATA[“Fear not, for I am with you….” Isaiah 43:5                                                              ]]></description>
  186. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://i0.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/students-1177710_640.jpg"><img class="wp-image-543 alignleft" src="https://i1.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/students-1177710_640-300x225.jpg?resize=195%2C146" alt="students-1177710_640" width="195" height="146" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/students-1177710_640.jpg?resize=300%2C225&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/students-1177710_640.jpg?w=640&amp;ssl=1 640w" sizes="(max-width: 195px) 100vw, 195px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a>“Fear not, for I am with you….” Isaiah 43:5                                                                              “I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Is. 43:19</p>
  187. <p>“Clear your desks. Take out a blank piece of paper and a pencil.” Dreaded words announced by a teacher. Sagging groans echoing from students. Only the brilliant and confident anticipated the unknown challenge. The rest of us quivered at random, unexpected tests which broadsided our educational highway. How well I remember the flushed cheeks, rapid heart palpitations, and trembling fingers.</p>
  188. <p>Fast forward past the brick and mortar schoolhouse days. Unexpected tests arrive at our doorsteps daily – unnerving news from a routine physical, a midnight call from the police station, a child’s failing report card, discovering inappropriate websites on a loved one’s computer, hearing a crack sound after a tumble over the curb…. Each produces fear of the unknown journey ahead. The optimist believes for the best. The pessimist anticipates the worst. And the realist deals with “what is” in a practical fashion. However, even those who’ve placed their faith and hope in Christ approach the unknown with precarious emotions.</p>
  189. <p>In all honesty, I lean toward pessimism in my own predicaments. Yet when others face trauma or a broad siding, hope quickly ascends to the surface. A jaded view of our own life plunges us into negativity. Perhaps our Creator understands our thoughts and emotions better than we do. Scripture exhorts us in hundreds of verses not to fear the unknown.  Before Joshua ever took his first step, God reminded him not to fear. No previous verses mention any quaking in Joshua’s soul. Oh how well our Maker knows us. How He desires us to trust Him!</p>
  190. <p>When the unknown unravels us, it’s time to look up and not around. A chin lifted toward heaven strengthens the heart to follow suit. God’s faithfulness has no expiration date for those whose trust is in Him. We’ve been warned that tests and trials are part of the journey, reminded we’re not alone, and given hope for the future – no matter what.</p>
  191. <p>Chin to heaven, eyes on the Way Maker. Step by step…..</p>
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  196. <item>
  197. <title>TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME</title>
  198. <link>https://dawnmooring.com/turn-back-hands-time/</link>
  199. <comments>https://dawnmooring.com/turn-back-hands-time/#comments</comments>
  200. <pubDate>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 22:02:22 +0000</pubDate>
  201. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Dawn Mooring]]></dc:creator>
  202. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  203. <category><![CDATA[Eternity]]></category>
  204. <category><![CDATA[time]]></category>
  205.  
  206. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://new.dawnmooring.com/?p=537</guid>
  207. <description><![CDATA[“….I work, and who will reverse it?” Isaiah 43:13 &#160; Before the first sunrise – God existed. And before the moon and stars displayed evening light – He created, wove, and planned. Every second of time and eternity. The process]]></description>
  208. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>“….I work, and who will reverse it?” Isaiah 43:13</p>
  209. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  210. <p>Before the first sunrise – God existed. And before the moon and stars displayed evening light – He created, wove, and planned. Every second of time and eternity. The process ensues.</p>
  211. <p>Before each morning breaks the darkness and the black returns at night, He works. Like the unfolding pedals of a flower, the Creator peels back His majestic splendor.</p>
  212. <p>Yet the weary anticipate an unknown fate. Horizontal faith looks around – a grim outlook which paralyzes belief in a better day. Those who seize and settle into a moment’s frustration  still morph into a sovereign plan – breathe without anxiety. God works, and who can reverse it.</p>
  213. <p>Sleepless nights change nothing. Worried days rob. They rob you of…..</p>
  214. <p>Peace….</p>
  215. <p>Joy….</p>
  216. <p>Love….</p>
  217. <p>Contentment….</p>
  218. <p>Hope….</p>
  219. <p>The earth still spins on its axis. Worry and fretting cannot reverse the process or turn back the hands of time. God’s actions are irreversible.</p>
  220. <p>Can we trust Him? Has He proven Himself faithful over and over since time began? Do we believe He is good and is working all things for our good?</p>
  221. <p>Today is a new day to trust. Watch as life unfolds. Let’s take our places where He directs and follow where He leads. The path before us – He knows it already.</p>
  222. <p>Just breathe.</p>
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  227. <item>
  228. <title>Mayday, Mayday</title>
  229. <link>https://dawnmooring.com/mayday-mayday/</link>
  230. <pubDate>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:55:42 +0000</pubDate>
  231. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Dawn Mooring]]></dc:creator>
  232. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  233. <category><![CDATA[Despair]]></category>
  234. <category><![CDATA[Discouragement]]></category>
  235. <category><![CDATA[Help]]></category>
  236.  
  237. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://new.dawnmooring.com/?p=529</guid>
  238. <description><![CDATA[“Are you the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Luke 7:19 John the Baptist despaired for his life. He’d experienced the distinct privilege of baptizing Jesus, and proclaiming repentance and forgiveness from the long awaited Savior. John’s preaching]]></description>
  239. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://i2.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ID-100116533-1.jpg"><img class="wp-image-531 alignleft" src="https://i1.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ID-100116533-1-300x237.jpg?resize=103%2C81" alt="ID-100116533 (1)" width="103" height="81" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ID-100116533-1.jpg?resize=300%2C237&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ID-100116533-1.jpg?w=400&amp;ssl=1 400w" sizes="(max-width: 103px) 100vw, 103px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a>“Are you the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Luke 7:19</p>
  240. <p>John the Baptist despaired for his life. He’d experienced the distinct privilege of baptizing Jesus, and proclaiming repentance and forgiveness from the long awaited Savior. John’s preaching the message of sin, and a rebuke to a “king” led him locked behind prison doors. He committed his life for Christ, but did his Savior forget him and all he’d accomplished?</p>
  241. <p>Jesus continued to travel the surrounding regions ministering and healing those who sought Him. But John – forsaken and left alone in prison. Surely the Messiah held the power to free him. What would possess Jesus to forsake John? These thoughts raced through John’s mind and his feelings led him to doubt the One he’d risked his life for. Needing answers and a sliver of hope, he sent some disciples with a “Mayday, Mayday” message to Jesus.</p>
  242. <p>The term “Mayday” is a French word meaning “help me.” In 1927 it became the official voice distress call for life threatening emergencies.</p>
  243. <p>As John’s heart sank deeper and deeper, he began to wonder if perhaps this man called Jesus wasn’t God’s Son after all. Otherwise, the prison doors would pop open and John’s circumstances would be different, better, maybe even grand and glorious. Haven’t we all experienced thoughts like these? If God really cared He’d do something.</p>
  244. <p>While this thinking is faulty and limits God’s overall plan for our lives, delayed answers can take us from paddling for our lives to sinking in despair. I find comfort that John, the forerunner of Christ, experienced the same feelings as me (and you).</p>
  245. <p>I’ve beat myself up for sinking moments until I remember:</p>
  246. <p>Peter sank, Thomas needed living proof, many disciples deserted, the brother of Jesus initially doubted Him, and even the bold John became skeptical.</p>
  247. <p>Doubt, despair, discouragement – crashing waves meant to drown us.</p>
  248. <p>He is who He says He is. Blessed are those who don’t fall away or sink in the unfairness boat.</p>
  249. <p>Hold on. Your story isn’t over yet….</p>
  250. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  251. <p>*Photo courtesy of freedidgitalphotos,com : ID 100116533</p>
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  254. <item>
  255. <title>GROUND SITTING</title>
  256. <link>https://dawnmooring.com/ground-sitting/</link>
  257. <comments>https://dawnmooring.com/ground-sitting/#comments</comments>
  258. <pubDate>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 20:44:33 +0000</pubDate>
  259. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Dawn Mooring]]></dc:creator>
  260. <category><![CDATA[Grace]]></category>
  261. <category><![CDATA[Healing]]></category>
  262. <category><![CDATA[Suffering]]></category>
  263. <category><![CDATA[comfort]]></category>
  264.  
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  266. <description><![CDATA[“And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.” Walk softly around a broken heart. Better yet, sit down]]></description>
  267. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://i0.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ID-100248435.jpg"><img class="wp-image-521 alignleft" src="https://i2.wp.com/new.dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ID-100248435-300x200.jpg?resize=206%2C138" alt="ID-100248435" width="206" height="138" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ID-100248435.jpg?resize=300%2C200&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/dawnmooring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ID-100248435.jpg?w=400&amp;ssl=1 400w" sizes="(max-width: 206px) 100vw, 206px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a>“And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.”</p>
  268. <p>Walk softly around a broken heart. Better yet, sit down and savor the silence, one with another. “The sound of silence?” you may ask. What does silence sound like?</p>
  269. <p>Ask Job. In a brief time span the man lost most of what he held dear. Grief swallowed him. His wife belittled him. Boils covered him. And Job sat…</p>
  270. <p>Three of his friends came to comfort him. From afar Job was barely recognizable. The man who once had it all – now reduced to heap of suffering upon the ground. His friends, overcome with grief themselves at seeing Job in such condition, wept and tore their robes. What they do next is the zenith of their friendship – they ground sit with him. Zenith’s definition, “a high point, a success.” Yes, Job’s comrades pole vaulted high by sitting with him in his low place. Silently I might add.</p>
  271. <p>The sound of silence for Job echoed love, grace, compassion, mercy. No words needed. A blanket warming their hearts on this dark night of the soul.</p>
  272. <p>Oh to be a ground sitting kind of friend. How often I’ve failed the hurting by offering advice, cause and effects, if/then principles, or reciting Scripture. Until I needed someone to love me with silence, I never appreciated the art of silently laying low, of embracing without words or touch.</p>
  273. <p>Please remind me when words sting but silence soothes.</p>
  274. <p>When an embrace needs no touch.</p>
  275. <p>When quiet unity binds our hearts in love.</p>
  276. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  277. <p>*Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.com #Pat138241</p>
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