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Keep on keepin' on

Posted on: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SEE: Yesterday I spent the afternoon treasure hunting and finding treasures in antique shops in Sellwood.   There is so much to see, but so much that goes unseen.  Each store is cram packed full of old heroic items just waiting to be discovered. While I was walking around examining all the authentic treasures I kept hearing these words ringing in my ears, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you (esv)" Matthew 7:7  I memorized this verse long ago, but today I read this translation of it and it seemed to resonate more with where I am at right now.  "KEEP ON asking, and you will receive what you ask for. KEEP ON seeking, and you will find. KEEP ON knocking, and the door will be opened to you (NLT)." The "keep on" part is what stood out to me the most.  Sometimes I ask the Lord for things, and I seek His truth, and I wait for a door to open.... but when it doesn't, I just stand there at the door waiting.  In thinking about all this "door knocking," I was reminded of my childhood door knocking days.  After dinner, my siblings and I would bike around the neighborhood knocking on doors to invite kids to come out and build forts, or play games.  The process of recruiting kids to come out and play did not stop when one door didn't open; we simply would make our rounds to the other houses, and then come back later.  In the same way, when I was walking through the antique shops I didn't just walk through the store once.  In order to even SEE everything, I had to walk through a couple times.  I think that this is similar to how the Lord desires for us to ask and seek Him.  Sometimes when I lay my requests before the Lord I ask once, and then I get frustrated when I feel like He doesn't answer.  I want my "asking and seeking" to be more like my approach to antique hunting and knocking on the neighborhood kids's doors.  I want to KEEP ON asking and KEEP ON seeking, so that my hope of future treasures remains alive!  I want to "keep on keepin' on." 

TASTE: My best friend Ellen surprised me with two packs of Kool-Aid bursts yesterday!  Man do I miss sippin' on these.  I really just love old things and old ways.  Something as simple as drinkin one of these brought such a smile to my face.  I was talkin with Ellen about how I used to love these the other day, and then she remembered and surprised me with them!  This was just such minor testament to the major blessing that Ellen is to my life.  I am so insanely thankful to have a best friends who listens to all my silly comments and cravings, as well as my rambling unfiltered thoughts about life. Whata Budlife.  

Found this toothpaste green (fav color) gem at one of the antique stores.  It's an old hand mixer!! The apron skirt was also among my findings:) Guess I better get to bakin! 


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