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DIVE

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Writing for 5 minutes without deleting or backtracking.

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Annnnd GO!

Dive 

Perfect word to start things up here this year.

It’s time. Time to go deeper into the things I am learning.

Time to dive into some new things.

Time to dive back into things like homeschooling my kids, writing and life in general.

I stand on the edge so much. Watching, waiting, hesitating.

Fear. That’s what it is.

What am I so afraid of?!

It’s hard to think that things could be different even though I know they can be.

To just dive in and go for it?

That seems so scary and yet I know I won’t be sorry.

Where will it take me? Who knows really.

What will happen? It really is ok NOT to know.

It’s ok to not be sure. To be afraid too.

Sometimes I only see what’s right here today and no farther.

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” – Matthew 6:27

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On Bravery…and something’s coming!

I told a friend in an email last week “I’m getting braver and braver.”

I’ve always laughed at the idea of me being brave because I am an introvert and quiet (well, at least until I get to know you!).

Sure, I made choices to marry and have children young, go to another country and learn to live and work there.

But I did it while shaking in my boots half the time! Much of the time I was a real scaredy cat!

I would want to run away from public speaking as we prepared to go overseas. Thanking my God in heaven every time that “opportunity” came up that my husband was great at it and didn’t mind getting up to talk for us.

Even in sharing what I’ve learned with other young women who would come into my home on a regular basis in Peru I found myself chickening out often times. How do I really know what I am talking about? How can I tell them with certainty that what I have to share is something they need to know?

So “getting braver” for me has been surprising at first and yet I realize with delight that to stand on Truth and believe brings a peace and a confidence that surpasses my fears. Even in my uncertainties I can stand on something completely sure.
As I learn to let go of lies that try so hard to keep me trapped, I find I can go ahead and speak TRUTH right out loud! Or even just allow myself to believe them and KNOW they are true!

Like for instance, here’s a statement of standing on truth, believing and being brave if I’ve ever read one:

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20 (NLT)

When I believe this and stand on it, I am letting go of lies to the contrary and God does things I never thought possible.

Well, duh! It’s because it’s in HIS strength!

So here I am jumping into some new things that I’d never thought I’d do. Ever.

And because I don’t have to do it in my own strength,

Because I don’t have to have it all together to do it…I feel braver.

The freedom found in this is moving me forward and helping me believe more in this God who “loves me and gave himself for me”.

Believe that He really IS the God of the impossible!

Tomorrow something is coming to my blog and more than that, into my life. Really it’s already a part of my life!

I can’t wait to share it with you, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow!

It’s totally God’s idea, He nudged me to get involved and I am just along for the ride! I look forward to this and share it with you because it really has nothing to do with me and I can’t wait to just let Him take HIS idea and run with it!

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“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” -Isaiah 43:19


I am from…

I am from the kitchen chair drinking English breakfast tea.

From dishes and books to teach my children and to read for myself.

I am from the big blue house on a street in the city shaded with big old trees.

From veggies and jasmine rice cooking, from toys and shoes and odds and ends in every room but where they belong.

I am from the corn and wheat fields, goldenrod along the rolling country roads,    roses in the back yard and cardinals in the bushes.

The huge oak in the back yard whose long, long limbs I wish I could remember as if they were my own…this home is so new and I wonder sometimes why we are here.

I’m from Danish pancakes for Christmas and Grandma’s pumpkin pie for dessert after dinner. 

From Danish Grandpa married to hardworking Grandma and riding in the Woody in the parade.

From looking a lot like my Aunt and cousins the same age as my kids. I’m from dutch lunch for supper and raking the leaves in the fall and from riding the back roads all muddy in the Jimmy.

I’m from “love your neighbor” and “do your best, that’s all you can do” and “My God is so BIG! So strong and so mighty there’s nothing my God cannot do.”

I’m from singing “It makes me think of the good old days, Happy Birthday to you!” on birthdays.

I’m from small town Midwest and farmers for family and friends, early American founders, explorer Clark and Appalachian mountain dwellers way down the family line.

From Frickadiler and cheesy potatoes.

From popcorn and strawberries.

From Great Grandpa who ran a small town store.

From Dad who can fix cars and do the odd job.

From Mom, a wonderful hostess and is so much fun.

From crocheting like one Grandma taught me, and knitting just like my other Grandma used to.

From the little writing desk in the corner Great Grandpa gave me, the man who fished and farmed and had lambs and was short.

From “the Farm” where we all would fish and my sister and I would hike along the crick.

From the lavender L shaped bedroom with time to think and write.

From playing “house” and “library” all dressed like Laura or Anne of Green Gables. From long walks with Shane wherever we live – talking and continuing to talk half the night.

From 4 kids – each born in a different city.

From Winnie the Pooh quotes “Here.we.are.All.of.us.” with our us all grinning.

From “I’m going to the moon and I’m taking…” and “can we watch another show?” From loud and crazy wrestling/tickle matches and late nights and getting lunches ready for a day of window washing.

From holding Quechua babies and eating spicy guinea pig meat with potatoes and hot sauce.

From gasping for breath as we hike up the street of the village in the high altitude and greeting the neighbors or sitting a while to pass the time.

From crying over losses with a new friend and encouraging our old one.

From no water today and a full pile dirty clothes to wash, from kids at the door with questions.

From sitting in the cool evening with a cup of Milo looking at the stars close.

From laughing like nothing else matters with some of the best friends in the world.

From missing it all and from wondering what it’s all about.

From thanks and discouragement, and fear and anger and defeat.

From knowing Truth and learning to live it.

From kindness extended and grace given.

From an unshakeable place of knowing that God is in control and holds me in his hand.

This is part of who I am and where I am from.

(Inspired by “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon )Image


Stuck?

In the process of starting this blog I have find myself pulled in several directions mentally and instead of being inspired to write it’s actually got me stuck.

I find myself dying to write and yet feeling totally stuck and not able to get it out. Incredible fears rise up…

“No, don’t write about that yet, it’s too much too soon”

“Why would that be interesting to people?”

…and so on.

Then I feel like a REAL winner (can you feel the sarcasm?) for starting something up and then immediately curling into a ball of fear.

The old lies about pleasing people and putting on a good show have reared their ugly heads to demand I listen to them.

You see I used to look at life through the lens of a good girl, trying hard to do her best to make God and everyone else pleased with her. It nearly destroyed me.

Maybe this is where I start.

By saying the truth out loud.

I’m stuck!

Much better!

Now…can we move on?

God is doing some clearing away in my life.

Like clearing away the leaves left from fall and winter, He is clearing away the debris of lies in my mind.

The ones that say:

“Try hard…”

“Do more…”

“Be more…”

“You can’t..

“You should…”

All they do is keep me stuck, going in circles looking at the mess.

Instead, God is clearing that away and showing me that in Him I am loved and accepted. In Him I am free.

“You were getting along so well. Who has interfered with you to hold you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom.” ~Galatians 5:7-8  NLT

I am free. Period.

I am loved. Period.

Ahhh, yes!

All that clutter cleared away to see the space that is available to…well…

to BE.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.                    His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7 NLT


It’s time…

It’s time to give thanks out loud

To thank my Creator for the daily gifts he gives

To let others know about the new thing he is doing

About the rivers in the wasteland that he has made

 

It’s time to speak out

To ask the questions

To talk about them

 

God creates

Makes beauty out of nothing

Does miracles,

Loves us in dark places

Gives gifts in the desert wasteland of pain

 

It’s time to wonder out loud at this manna he has given

To ask “what is it?”

To wonder at how he makes beauty out of dust

How he does the impossible

How he lifts up the beaten down

Brings life where none was

Gives the light of hope where all seemed lost

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Welcome to my blog Beauty out of dust. I am Libby Rosengren: wife of Shane -my love and friend, mom to 4 wonderful kids. We live in the mid-west (USA) and own a small business. It’s where God has us for now and we know that His plan and timing are always perfect even as sometimes we struggle to understand that.

I am a bit awkward with introductions so this is how I’ll start.

Welcome and thank you for reading.