Monday, March 19, 2012

A Noonday Necklace, Rain, & the Soli Deo Gloria Party

It's time to pull up your chair.  Do you know you have one here in this space we call Soli Deo Gloria?  You do.  It's reserved every week only for you.  This place would be different if you weren't here and we miss you when you are gone.  This is a place filled with women who seek to honor your words, you heart, your tears, and your laughter.  Scooch in close.  You won't want to miss a word.

To read more about the Soli Deo Gloria community, please click here.

I have the privilege of knowing the owner of Noonday Collections, Jessica Honegger.  Essentially, she began this company to help the fair-trade business in Uganda, while at the same time raising money to help with the adoption costs of adding to her family a boy from Rwanda.  Even though she now has her little one at home, she still donates 10% of her profits to other families who are hoping to adopt.  The heart of the mission -- helping to create a home for every child.  Want the whole story?  Click here.

Are you, by the way, interested in adoption?  Did you know that you can host a trunk show and receive for yourself 10% of the profits for your own adoption process?  If God isn't calling you toward adoption, you can still host a trunk show and 10% of the profits will go toward orphan care and prevention, not to mention helping the artisans from all over the world (there is free stuff in it for you, too!).  Jessica has put me in touch with an ambassador who can help you coordinate your own trunk show.  Her name is Krista Box and you can contact her at kristajbox[at]gmail[dot]com.

Jessica has graciously donated the Inca Steps necklace (in bone color) to help us raise money for the SDG retreat!  You can read more about the necklace from Ecuador here.  If you would like to own this necklace, please place your bid, silent auction style, in the comment section below.  Be sure to check back to make sure you haven't been outbid.  Bidding will close after the SDG party on Wednesday at 11:59pm, CDT.

The State of My Heart, because SDG is all about vulnerability and honesty...

There is coming rain due in tonight.  The potential exists for torrents, the kind of rain that washes everything clean.  It's the kind of rain where you wonder if the sun will ever come out again, but when it does, even the sidewalks glisten.  The flowers seem more vibrant.  The rays seem to reflect off even the dullest surfaces.  

There is something to be said about this rain that falls from the sky.  My grandmother always said she noticed a difference in her azaleas when they drank water from the heavens as opposed to the water hose. This impending holy adventure stirs my heart.

I have a heart that needs to be stirred.  I feel a bit lifeless -- the only way these words are pouring forth from my fingers is by God's grace.  I was going to sit down and just say, in the spirit of being real, that I have nothing to bring to this Soli Deo Gloria party, except the Noonday necklace.  But as I traveled down the stairs, making my way to the dining room table, I glanced out the window.  A ray of sunlight broke through the clouds, highlighting the striking difference between His light and the darkness of the rain-laden clouds.  It was a glimmer of hope that this cleansing rain will soothe my soul and that His light will penetrate the clouds that seem to cloak my weary heart.

Today is a day to be completely dependent on the grace of God.  I'm off to teach about Jonah, about cultivating grace, this morning.  What better way to teach than to be actively living it -- stretching fully to the face of God, abandoning self-reliance, relinquishing the image that I've tried to hard to uphold in the past that I have it all together.

Today is a day for peace to penetrate.  Today is a day for the grace of God to uplift you.  Today is a day to travel wherever He leads.  Today is a day to find refuge from the storms.  Today is a day of soaking up His Spirit.  Today is a day -- will we be open to receive whatever He has to give us?  Let not another day go by where we leave His offerings on the side of the road.  Today is the day.

SDG Community Builder:  1)  In effort to make sure everyone feels loved here, will you please visit the 2 people ahead of you and leave a comment for them?  (If you are numero uno or dos, come back and visit the last person in the link up).  2) If you are new, type in "I'm New!" as your caption.  3)  If you love the necklace, would you consider placing a bid for it in the comments?  You'll be helping to raise money for the SDG retreat.

53 comments :

  1. Beautiful necklace. What a nice gesture from her to you!

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  2. I've had many days when I've felt like I've got nothing to bring to blog world. Each is an opportunity to recognize my dependence on Christ.

    I love your grandma's saying about the water from heaven. And, yes, I'll come back and visit some friends. Blessings, Jen.

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    1. Every day, dependent on Him. There is simply no better way to live, is there.

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  3. oh, darling Jen. We all have those days, and I absolutely love that this is a place we can rest in whatever state we find ourselves in that day. love to you.

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    1. I am so blessed by your feelings about this group!

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  4. The thoughts of the flowers being different with rain from Heaven touched my heart in such a beautiful way. He does special things daily for us but how often do you stop and see them... and look. I hope your heart is watered with rain from Him this week my friend.

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    1. I am so glad it touched your heart. God knows just what words we need to hear each day.

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  5. i love the water from heaven....beautiful.

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  6. Beautiful words! I think we all feel the same way sometimes. I love the rain, it cleanses the soul, and brings a new outlook on life.

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    1. Yes, a new outlook. I would have missed it if I wasn't ready to pay attention.

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  7. Your words are familiar, Jen. I will seek cleansing and refreshment from the rain as well. May His Spirit rain and reign and bring forth life. Living for ONE...

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  8. Hi Jen, I am borrowing this from your post today: "Today is a day to be completely dependent on the grace of God". Funny that you felt you had nothing to write today, yet shared such nourishing words...sounds like a God thing!

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    1. Is totally a God thing. He's showing me just how good He is!

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  9. Ah, sweet Jen. It is normal and okay to have a dry season. The rain will come again ... and in the meantime ... you have a lot of Soli Sisters sending their love and prayers.

    Rest well.

    And ... thanks for hosting.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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    1. I am grateful for you and all the Soli sisters who lift each other up.

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  10. Ah, sweet Jen. It is normal and okay to have a dry season. The rain will come again ... and in the meantime ... you have a lot of Soli Sisters sending their love and prayers.

    Rest well.

    And ... thanks for hosting.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  11. "A day for grace to uplift you" -- I like that, Jen. I need that from time to time, Jen. Don't we all? Thanks for hosting us here.

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    1. Thank you, Laura, for being here, too. I missed you when you were not here!!

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  12. Jen, can you believe that it was only a few short months ago that we were begging for rain? We have 3-6 inches forcast and some areas could receive up to eight inches. I just pray the storms are not so severe.

    Many blessings and thanks for hosting SDG each week.

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    1. I know, Joan! I just read that Lake Travis has risen a whole foot!! Praising God!!

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  13. I love that you still mention your grandma in your posts. I almost texted you from the store for her monkey bread recipe, but alas, I figured it out. Beautiful necklace and what a mission, Jessica!

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    1. If your memory ever fails you again, I'd love to get your text!

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  14. I hope you will soon not feel so lifeless. I, too, have experienced those kind of seasons and then the sun will breakthrough....oh the glorious moments.

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    1. Me, too. I think today, which I have tried to make a restful day, has been filling. He's talking to me a lot and definitely has my attention.

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  15. Jen, I think it is going around, the words being hard to come by. I am reading it in many posts. I felt like I was back pedalling the entire day. And actually your words were lovely tonight. I always appreciate your honesty.

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    1. I wonder what is going on -- why this drought seems to be so widespread. Definitely something I am taking to God.

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  16. "It was a glimmer of hope that this cleansing rain will soothe my soul and that His light will penetrate the clouds that seem to cloak my weary heart." --- Oh, I love this sentence! I needed to read this today -- this is the rain I long for.

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    1. I'm holding to this hope today -- glad to know that someone else is hanging on with me!

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  17. Jen -- I have been D.R.Y lately. Still visiting SDG and all the gals, but NADA to contribute. So, I will start the bidding. $50

    Joy

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    1. Praying, praying, praying for a well-spring to rise up and flood you with joy and peace.

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  18. I'm so excited to see everything moving along for the retreat! I love the fact that your grandmother could tell a difference between rain quenched flowers and hose drenched flowers! Looking up to threatening skies and hoping to feel the rain on my face...

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    1. Praying that grace rains down on you and fills you to the brim.

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  19. I am so encouraged when I visit here, Jen. I love this: "Soak up the spirit", and "Let not another day go by where we leave His offerings on the side of the road." It's so refreshing and relaxing and comforting.

    Thanks so much for hosting this gathering of wonderful ladies who, by sharing what is on our hearts, hold out a hand for another and remind them they are loved and there is a way through whatever veil of darkness has fallen upon them.

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    1. God has really blessed this community of women with His words flowing through all of us. I am grateful for it every day. Thank you for repeating my words, Kim. God knew I had to hear them again.

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  20. Thanks for the warm hug of your post, Jen!
    RE: The beautiful necklace, I'd like to bid $55.

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  21. Okay Jen this is crazy! I wrote about nearly the same thing! I've been thinking a lot about fair trade things lately, particularly coffee, and how I can be a part of freeing slaves around the world.

    That necklace is great! I pray it will bring in lots of money for SDG :)

    xoxo

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    1. Such a need, I am slowly learning...So many people hurting in this fallen world.

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  22. You definitely ended up with plenty to share, Jen. So thankful you listen to the Lord.

    "Today is a day to be completely dependent on the grace of God." Yes. Today. Every day.

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    1. Everyday, in every way, I'm learning. Leaning on this grace takes practice. A daily habit.

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  23. Your grandmothers words also grabbed me. What a beautiful observation and analogy for life.

    These are some words that grabbed me today. Maybe they'll minister to you too, in this winter season:

    “God honors spiritual hunger because it is a sign of humility. He does not reveal Himself to casual inquirers; He looks for fervent pursuers—people who are willing to go the extra mile to find Him...Ask God to make you desperate!” J.Lee Grady

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    1. After I read this, I spent a few moments just asking God to always keep me desperate for Him. Your words so encouraged me today!

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  24. May God bless you as you spread the word of His grace, and how we can bless others not by anything we do on our own merits, but by letting His love, light, and wisdom flow through us to others.
    Love & blessings,
    Laurie

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    1. Laurie, His ways always seem better than my ways anyway! Thank you for your blessing over me.

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  25. Joy Libby is raising the bid to $60! Still below retail price, peeps! Still a steal!

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  26. Feeling these words today. And what a lovely necklace. Did I tell you that I received my beautiful print from Emily? I've been so busy I haven't had time to admire it much, but can't wait to find the perfect place for it. I'll make sure to tag a photo of it for you and Em when I do. Love to you, girlie.

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  27. Been gone all day so came back to visit some other blogs. But wanted to thank you again for the prayer lists each week and this wonderful blog you did all the time. You ARE changing hearts towards God.

    Ok I will get in the bidding. I will raise the big to $70

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  28. I love this mission...your heart...the lessons that are THE lessons of life that the LORD is graciously leading you in...truly, is there ever anything to know but Grace--True Grace to cover every need. Fathomless Grace to fill us when we are empty. Grace that knows us fully, intimately and shows us more the completeness of His Love...so, I rejoice with you for these days, the dry, the inner workings and the Grace to wash you, sweet Jen, like that rain:}

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  29. I always appreciate your honesty, Jen.

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  30. I love your open eyes to see His grace, His beauty, and to share a piece of it here. Beautiful. Thank you.

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