HOPE*ann*FAITH

Learning to Live , Again, On Purpose.


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Five Minutes with The Gypsy Mama…Home


 Today we join the gypsy mama and we write, without worry. No editing, no correction…no concern that what we have written is not just right!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
 2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
 3. Get a little crazy with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.

Click through the five minute picture and hook up with the 5 minute community…there is encouragement, love, friendships and giveaways…Best there is just women who write about real life everyday…just like us.

Now give yourself the gift of 5 minutes of journalling your heart. Share with us your …

Home …. Go!

I almost suggested this very topic a week or so ago. At the time I was feeling warm and fuzzy about my home in Hutchland!

Wisteria Watercolor

 Actually I always do, but Spring had come and things were budding and all my men were home…

HOME…

Cluttered and loud…pets everywhere and now we have 5 puppies! The boys are now adults and the excitement of pups is not quite as it would have been…but if you quietly enter a room you’ll find a full grown man cuddling the tiniest little pup in his huge paw of a hand, whispering baby talk softly in the furries little ears!

James' Hands

Incredible to me is where we are today from where it was we came. Comfort and security were not a thing I would have envisioned for the lives of my sons and I. 

Yet by the grace of God…here we are, HOME safe and secure and twenty years older.

They say HOME is where the heart is…and they are so very right. Even on the most difficult of days. Even when the tough love is necessary for my prodigal or a bill is going to have to wait we have a HOME.

So much more than some, frankly more than many. And for those I pray right now…that very soon they will experience HOME.

STOP.

(forgive me some extra time as I add some photos of HOME here…the writing was within the time limit though) 

🙂 Blessings Loves  ♥

 


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Final MMM Celebration: A Surprise Party!!


I so meant to do this post yesterday, January 31st.

Mega Memory Month 2010

but…

My son James,

James

planned my very first Surprise Party! Heck, it was the first birthday party I’ve ever had to my memory. I mean there are pictures of BD-parties when I was a toddler…but I don’t remember. I guess Mom was well then…and did not work 2 and 3 jobs at the time!

So there was an actual Celebration for me!

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Originally I had planned a mega MMM…that I decided quickly was overwhelming me. I choose to do these Mega Memory Months for me, for self improvement and to impress upon my spirit, scriptures that speak life into my life!  🙂

Genesis 11:6, Habakkuk 2:2-3, Isaiah 61, and Philippians 3:13-15. Isaiah 61 was put aside in my first ^^Update simply because my schedule did not permit the volume of scriptures I had chosen. MMM July is soon enough!  🙂

So, as I shared in my whopping 2 ^^Updates, my schedule has been jammed packed. G’ma was ill and in the hospital, my eldest Son had a birthday; James (pictured ^up there) turned 24! My husband had successful hernia surgery on my birthday, yet he made sure I had a beautiful card and cake…and we are going on a dinner date at Charlie Browns for steak and shrimp!

Within all of that was regular life and what that brings with it. 2 snow storms, family issues, work etc.etc.etc.

This is where I am (and was, as of Sunday, January 31st.). I agree with Ann, regardless of where I am at, this is a success because I accepted the challenge and pursued it to the best of my ability in all of January’s circumstances.

There is need for celebration for the simple tenacity each of us exhibited in not quitting when it was justifies and easy to do so!

There is need for celebration for our perserverence in attempting the challenges to get even the little bit memorized some of us did.

See my #1 MMM^^Update and reread the post on not comparing oneself to others. Embrace who it is God made you to be. While I may have learned and memorized some key scriptures, this MMM has taught me that I love who God made me to be, and that me comparing myself to you and your accomplishments is sinning against God and myself. I am perfect in Father’s eyes! Better…

YOU ARE PERFECT IN FATHER’S EYES! Embrace that!

Remembering that I used a memorization tool that can be found at Ann Kroeker’s 1st MMM post and my 2nd MMM post, this is what I accomplished: Missed words will be added in red and incorrected wording will be crossed out!   Here I go!  :\

FYI: These scriptures were memorized in the New American Standard translation.

Genesis 11:6

Then the LORD said, Behold they are one people, and they speak  all have the same one language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them,

Habakkuk 2:2-3

then the LORD answered me and said, Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.

Philippians 3:13-15

Brethern, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us, as many as are perfect, have that attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you.

There you have it!

Not too bad. That memorization tool provided in the above links is amazing, and one really retains what is applied to it! I would recommend that those of you who need to memorize something, anything, in times of stress and hey just the day to day, give it a chance. It will amaze you.

Aside from my amazing Surprize Party Celebration, that was really about celebrating me! This is what I created to commemorate The January MMM Challenge!

Variant Pink Peonies

 

Congratulation to all of us who met the challenge of this MMM! Congratulations to those of us who perservered through this!

I, again, agree with Ann. She is very wise!  🙂

May this experience bring you closer in the knowledge of our God! Pleasing Him in all respects, bearing fruit!  part of Colossian 1:10.

2 Peter 1:2

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord!

Blessings! many, Many, MANY Blessings!  🙂


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My God is Good List! Testimony Alert =)


This week has been a week of multi-blessings for the Hutchinson’s!
 
The Hutchinsons
The Hutchinsons

Wow! We need an updated family photo! =)

Just over 7 years ago, my husband and I began the process of being obedient to the will of God for our lives. In unity.  We got married and stopped living in sin.

Since then it has been a arduous process of back and forth, success and failure, in our daily walk with God. As individuals, a couple and a family. Times have been good, bad and indifferent!

It’s been a life, spent well, in the diligence of discipline.

We have persevered with tenacity to control our actions, emotions and impulses. As well as, simply get things in our lives and selves in right standing with God!

We have pursued righteousness. And trust me! There is more, much more to do. We, like everyone else, will know we have made it when we see Jesus, face to face.

In my search for God’s Voice this morning I found this scripture: Genesis 41:47
47 “Now in the seven plentiful years the ground brought forth abundantly.”

July 2009, marks 7 years that my husband and I have been on our journey, together. True to His Word, God is having   “our Ground” bring forth our fruits abundantly.

Mid-July it seriously began, however, in fear and misunderstanding, we delayed the consistant flow a bit. Thanking God that He knows His children and was not surprised or disappointed. He knew His plans for us. Jeremiah 29:11

(LOL with those who know what that means to the Hutchinsons).

So here is the list that began in mid-July:

1. Don’s boss told him he was sending workers to measure our roof and have it replaced!
2. I won 2 writing contests and received 2 nice paychecks from Helium.
3. My pay at work began to come in more regularly.
4. All this time our bills were being paid, we don’t know how we managed it!
5. A friend of one of the boys came and informed him that his father was looking to develope the land on Chapel Street.
~ now this one is a confirmation on what God told me about 2 years ago! ” they are coming for the house!” when I heard that I knew to hear it and trust God, so I told Don.
6. Don’s boss confirmed that he was going to take care of the roof.
7. Don gave a testimony at church! Yay! Don, it was his first!
8. A publisher bought an article from me! Praise, Honor and Glory to God! (Yesterday!!!)
9. And now…my new keyboard is in!!! Confirming that I am to continue to write.

So where is 10? you ask. Right around the corner I say!!!!

We put numbers on lists, essentially limiting God. However His abundance is limitless.

Abundance was described as: more abundantly in the bible! More abundantly! So I am leaving the 10th to God!

Check out how Abundance is described in the Bible:

Psalm 36:7-9
7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
9 For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.

John 10:10b
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Hebrews 6:17-18
17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might[a] have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

God intends to fulfill every promise He gave to us, contained within the Bible, for each and every one of us! Everyone, the believer and the un-believer alike. It is for each of us.

~ Selah ~
“The peaceful, silent pause, in the music of my life, wherein I hear God.” A.Hutchinson
Blessings! ❤


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Pursuing Silence…So that I may hear God….


This time last year I got the urge to take out this devotional…exactly this time last year. Exactly this day’s devotional. God is a God of order…

The new transformation of my life?

Learning to be silent. My thoughts are this. If it is not edifying, if it is opinion (unless requested and positive), if it is at all contrary to the thoughts of God (!) I desire to be quiet.

I determine to demolish my opinions and the constant sound of my voice.

I desire to speak wisdom and God’s Word. Therein is the challenge, and I know that this is about to get difficult, because I share it.

So my silence, my quiet is not personal to you. I love you.That is exactly why I have chosen God’s Word and not mine!

My silence is an assignment from God. I ask only that you understand.

Blessings ❤

Do it Yourself
Determinedly Demolish some Things…

“Casting down imaginations and every HIGH THING that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God.”
2 Corinthians 10:5 (1911-1917)

Deliverance from sin is not deliverance from human nature. There are things in human nature, such as predudices, which the saint (believer) has to destroy by neglect; and other things which have to be destryoyed by violence, i.e., by the Divine strength imparted by God’s Spirit. There are some things over which we are not to fight, but to stand still in and see the salvation of God; but every theory or conception which erects itself as a rampart against the knowledge of God is to be determinedly demolished by drawing on God’s power, not by fleshly endeavour or compromise (vs.4).

It is onlywhen God has altered our disposition and we have entered into the experience of sanctification that the fight begins. The warfare is not against sin; we can never fight sin: Jesus Christ deals with sin in Redemption. The conflict is along the line of turning our natural life into a spiritual life, AND THIS IS NEVER DONE EASILY. It is done only by a series of moral choices. God does not make us holy in the sense of innocence. and we have to turn that innocence into holy character by a series of moral choices. These choices are continually in antagonism to the entrenchments of our natural life, the things which erect themselves as ramparts against the knowledge of God. We can either go back and make ourselves of no account in the Kingdom of God, or we can determinedly demolish these things and let Jesus bring another son to glory.

God is a God of order…

Progressive Moon

Progressive Moon

~ Proof of God ~

~ Proof of God ~

Shhhh…I’m listening for God.  =)
Blessings ❤


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Awesome use of the Nikon D60! My favorite photos…


My husband’s Christmas gift to me…My favorite 2 Photos…

YOur Home! I'm so Happy...kiss,kiss,kiss......

YOur Home! I'm so Happy...kiss,kiss,kiss......

 

Donald [husband] and Buster [puppy]…

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Serious concentration on the road boys!

Serious concentration on the road boys!

Buster and Don concentrating on the road to Julie and Greg’s for brunch this morning! A Sunday celebration.