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Happy New Year!!

I woke up this morning to my alarm clock and I quickly raised one arm and said… YAY! hahahaha
I’m not exactly a morning person by any stretch! I quickly laughed at myself and thought, “Where did THAT come from!”
Yet this reminded me of all the promise, hope and opportunity that a new year holds. It is always such a wonderful thing to let go of the old and usher in the NEW. This is exactly what has been happening in my own life. Daddy has been slowly sweeping away old mindsets over the past few years and establishing His thoughts and ways. This is the scripture that came to me for the new year….

“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is impartial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Three things will last forever…. faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love.”
~1 Corinthians 13:12-13

His light is shining brighter and brighter within us…. He is truly revealing more of Himself to His creation. May we truly see MORE in 2014. The treasures of His love, grace and the finished works of the cross. We are treasure hunters releasing the treasures we discover!

Shine bright in 2014. His LOVE is manifest in YOU!

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I’m sitting here laughing at myself (which I have to do sometimes to stay sane)! I haven’t written in this blog for so long I had this fear that I would forget my password. Well I didn’t forget my password, I forgot my username!!! How one does that I’m not sure but I guess I just made that possible. smile I’m quite sure or at least I’m hoping I am making someone out there feel much better about themselves.

The fact that I forgot my “name” kind of goes right along with what was on my heart. There was probably no one more grateful than I to close the door on 2011 and welcome 2012. It was a year of highs and lows, mountains and valleys which ever you prefer but honestly it felt like I spent most of my time in the valley. As hard as those moments can be, they are quite the revealer of who you truly are and who exactly you aren’t. So as I just typed that last sentence I have to ask myself, “who am I really?” Let’s see I am …. a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a counselor, a teacher, a dancer, a singer, an artist …. oh and I can’t forget my newest title “the pecan lady”. Depending on who you ask, I am a lot of things to many people. We all are. Within all of these titles/roles there are different responsibilities that pull and tug and vie for our attention. I don’t think there has ever been a society such as ours that is so harried with busyness and distraction. To experience a moment of tranquility these days it has to be an “on purpose” time. Yet it is so nice when those stolen moments sneak up and surprise you!

So back to my question, “Who am I?”. Well what first pops into my head is “a child of God.” For me that is a given, my Father in heaven is my true identity. That truth defines the core of my being and can’t be shaken. He’s my Daddy and I’m His girl. I like that – a lot! smile Well I’m also all those things I listed above. Yet beyond all the titles, all the responsibilities I am much more. So let me introduce myself. My name is Kelly McCray Wiersma. I’m a caring, loving, funny person who has a very tender heart. I love big and I hurt big. I’m not perfect, many times I screw up. I lose my temper at my kids, get irritated at the husband (but I NEVER want to kick my dog!). Sometimes I am filled with doubt about certain things and even about myself. I don’t have all the right answers though I wish I did. I have struggles and I have fears. Lots of times I wish I’d kept my mouth shut – other times I wish my mouth would open. I am a HUGE dreamer …. I dream of lost things …. I dream of found things …. I dream of a better world … I dream of God’s perfect will being done in my life and my families …. I am dreaming of a better me, one that looks just like her Daddy.

So with the New Year ushered in I haven’t made any New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve never been a huge fan of those (probably due to the darn 10 plus pesky lbs I can never seem to shed each year). One thing I am going to do, for myself, is to be me, the real me. Crazy, silly sometimes stupid in the raw ME! You have been warned! smile

Who are you, really?

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We All Stumble

“Remember,  we all stumble, every one of us.  That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.”  

Emily Kimbrough

 

Yes, I am quite aware that I have committed the cardinal sin of blogging.  I haven’t written a new article in well over a week, perhaps two.  Sigh.  I have had several ideas floating around in the cobweb of my brain for a while but just haven’t had the energy or the “want to” that it takes in order to write it all down – till I came across this quote. 

When I first read this quote I thought, “Wow how true!  If only we could ALL walk hand in hand – what a brighter, more beautiful world this would be!” Yes I’m quite aware that this is all sounding “utopian” in nature.  But yet what is wrong with looking at one another as if we are looking at ourselves in the mirror?  I mean, really.  What if you looked at the person who last did you wrong in some way – and instead of seeing them  and their wrong doing you saw yourself.  Because the truth of the matter is – we all fall short, every one of us.  None of us is exempt.  In Romans 7 Apostle Paul makes the statement,  “I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  So what exactly does this mean?  It means as long as you are in this body, even though you hate to lose your temper and get angry, trust me, you will.  No matter how hard you try not to, you will fail.  Then along comes the devil to make sure you understand just how miserably you failed  just in case your conscience didn’t do a good enough  job explaining the matter to you.  Wow – how can we win?  Sometimes it feels like a lose-lose situation!!  Aren’t we each stumbling along in at least some area of our lives?  If you look on in Romans 8:1, Paul says:  “There is therefore NOW no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.”  This is a truly power packed verse!!  Are you in Christ Jesus today?  If your answer is yes, then there is no condemnation over your life!!  PERIOD!  There are no prerequisites and no conditions – it is a done deal because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross.  So if this is true then why oh why would we want to give the devil a helping hand in beating each other down?  If we have truly received the person of grace, Jesus Christ, into our lives wouldn’t you want to extend that same grace to the one next to you?  

I think the longer I am on this life journey the more I realize how much I am in need of greater revelation. A greater revelation of His grace.  A greater revelation of His love.  I need this like the air I breathe. For it is by this revelation that I am changed.  Then I am able to walk hand in hand with those next to me and when one of us happens to fall, we can help pick each other up – wipe the dust off of each others knees, smile, laugh, perhaps cry and continue on.  Amazing grace, how sweet the sound truly is!

 

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Still Waiting!!

Well the countdown is on and we are still awaiting the arrival of three more foals.  Ever since my husband announced to me by text two mornings ago that I was a proud grandma to a filly (go figure) we have been waiting patiently  and some of us not so patiently the arrival of the next three.

Every morning Holland and her daddy are up at 5:30am making tracks to the pole barn to see if by chance they can somehow catch the plop or drop of the next born.  Me?  I’m nicely tucked under my sheets, thank you very much, knowing that Dan has my camera with him.   I don’t function too well without at least a  few drops of caffeine in my system.  I confess I’m still making the transition from city gal to country gal!  Yet Holland our youngest seems to have become one with the country more than any of us.  She  jumps up out of bed before a glimmer of daylight hoping to catch a glimpse of new life being brought into the world.  Yet I’m sure if she does get the opportunity to witness a birth, I will hear about how icky, yucky and gross it all was.  Just tonight she was telling me, “Mom do you know how stupid horses are?!”  Well um, hmm,  yes I do!  Apparently while she and her dad were out in the midst of the storm this morning checking on any signs of new life it began to hail.  She couldn’t understand why the horses wouldn’t seek shelter.  Her horse Mouse, and her filly, were the only ones to run up under the pole barn.  All the others she explained were out in the open or under a tree.  “Don’t they know that lightning can hit a tree and kill them?!”, she exclaimed.  Ha!  I was thinking it was kind of silly for her Dad to have her out  in the storm.  But what do I know I’m just a city girl at heart!

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Here at White Oak Ranch we welcomed the birth of our newest filly.  My girls have named her Cocoa.  We are expecting 3 more foals and 2 more calves.  Yes Spring is definitely in the air!!

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NEW LIFE!

We received a welcome surprise this morning here at our ranch.  A new foal was born today!  I thought how appropriate that a new birth would happen as we celebrate Resurrection weekend.  For me there is nothing more beautiful than the promise of new life both in the natural and the spiritual.  Every wonderous thing we see in this earth mirrors what our heavenly Father is doing  in the spirit realm.

As I watched the new foal with her mother I was reminded of the price that was paid by Jesus on the cross and His resurrection so that I too could experience new life.   What a revelation of love  awaits all of mankind and creation.  It is not a one time gift – it is a gift that we can receive over and over, and one that is full of surprises!!  So maybe you are feeling a little dry, dull, confused and just plain lost.  Jesus is the answer to every question you might have.  I know it may sound “quite trite” to hear this  since as Americans we are so saturated in the “gospel message” but it is the truth.  Jesus’ blood that was poured out thousands of years ago offers each one of us not only a new birth but a continual revelation of love filled with all of the goodness, grace, mercy, joy, peace,  healing and prosperity of heaven.  God’s goodness is infinite as His love is  towards you!

So as I gaze at our new foal and watch him kick up his his hind legs and prance around his mother,  I smile. Yes new life is a God given gift and one that causes me to kick up my heels as well!

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” [Jesus Christ – John 11:25, 26]

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“Four Eyes”

"She Wears Them Well"

Well my youngest had to get glasses.  Sigh.  I know it shouldn’t be a big deal but I can’t help but feel a little sad.  Silly I know.  Why should I feel  sad?  Maybe because she is the first one in our family to require glasses?  Maybe it is just one more sign that she is getting a little bit older?  Lastly, perhaps it is a mother’s fear that she will be made fun of.   If I was a little hesitant, Holland certainly wasn’t.  She couldn’t wait for the arrival of her new pair of glasses!  She wore them proudly the next day to school.  As she got off the school bus that afternoon I couldn’t wait to see how her  day went with her newest accessory.   I asked her (being the mother that I am) if anyone had made fun of her and called her “four eyes.”  She smiled real big and replied, “No, only daddy.”  How classic!

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