Author Archives: Jennifer Acee

Seek and Find |Devotion

* Today we’re reading John 7: 10-24 *   Washed clean by the blood of Jesus… sin… salvation… the gospel… fellowship…body of Christ… repentance… born again… I’m kind of speaking in a covert language right now. Some call it “Christianese.” If you are Christian and/or familiar with the Bible and Christian culture, you understand it. If you’re not, you probably don’t. As with any language disconnect, users have a responsibility to be sensitive that their word choices are appropriate for their audience, to recognize cultural gaps and avoid or translate unfamiliar terms. We Christians should be aware of our language and…

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Thinkin’ About Forgiveness

* Today, we’re reading Matthew 18: 21-35 * I’ve been tryin’ to get down To the heart of the matter But my will gets weak And my thoughts seem to scatter But I think it’s about…forgiveness Forgiveness Thank you, Don Henley, for that sound bite playing in my mind as I sit down to ruminate on our sermon this week on forgiveness. I completely lack musical knowledge and just had to look up who sings that song. But I do remember the lyrics; I hear them: “forgiveness…. Forgiveness.” While the song is actually just another about a romantic relationship gone…

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Avoiding the Fail

 “And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.  So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”  Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.”  And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was…

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Ask

  “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.  And I also say to you that you…

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Eat This.

“Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there.  Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them.  So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. Feeding the Four Thousand Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not…

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What rules my life?

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.  Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.  And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.  And about the eleventh hour he went out…

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10 Ways to Show Your Support for Finding a Breast Cancer Cure

Guest Post by Jennifer Acee of lovelywithaside.blogspot.com   Need I tell you that October is breast cancer awareness month? This might be inspiring. Or it might make you want to throw something at the next pink ribbon you see. Breast cancer awareness has taken off in the last couple of decades, hugely in part to the efforts of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Today, we see pink ribbons on everything from our yogurt to NFL player’s uniforms. A lead breast cancer researcher in the Los Angeles area once explained to me that the funds and attention are behind breast cancer…

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Mirror Makeover, DIY

In this time of the ever-popular DIY project, I am often trying new things with my home decor. When a friend asked for wall decorations for Christmas, I quickly found myself elbow-deep in glue and paint. Said friend is redecorating her guest room in a shabby chic green and brown motif. I came across this lovely (large and heavy) mirror on sale at a home store and braved the long line to purchase it. Upon getting it home, I decided it needed some sprucing up. Being the impatient person that I am, I got started right away and used what I had…

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DIY Pretty Pink Birthday

As my only daughter and last-born child approached the big 1-year mark, I launched into party planning mode. Of course, *planning* is kind of my thing; I don’t make decisions quickly and try to avoid stress, so I tend to start things (even if only in my head) very early. Early pays off with DIY party planning. I had time to make everything from the invitations, centerpieces, hanging decorations, party favors and food for 30+ people, to smaller details like straws and party hats. “Pretty” was my theme. I started with that and let my pleasure for recycling and using what’s on hand take me…

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