Reclamation

What happens when we quit believing the truth about ourselves, our current meaningful impact, or our future endeavors and hopes? Or, when we forget what God says and our biblical value and position in Christ?

Our flame only flickers.

Our voice is hushed.

Our hope diminished.

Our precious time and impact on the world, minmized.

Our connection to God and others becomes neglected.

We become but a flicker.

Truth comes in many ways. Reminders counter the daily lies we hear or believe which have caused our devaluation.

Truth sets things in order.

Truth feeds our flicker, igniting it into a flame.

Our flames leap to others, sparking, igniting, lighting, warming, fueling, and spreading.

When one’s flame dies down, the energy of others causes our flames to grow.

As much as I love to fan others into flame, I also need truth and encouragement given by others. We all do!

My friend Jessica Kalashnikov melded her photography with prophetic artistry in the photographic art piece above. Often we may hear or read words to embolden us, but when I saw her work it was a spark to set my sparkle off! A reclamation took place as I was reminded who I am, not who I’m not!

It gave me vision, authority, motivation, and fortitude to continue moving forward trusting God with my ample inadequacies and into uncharted waters for myself and other vision-beholders.

May the reader’s flicker turn to flames. Selah!

Annette Trucke

Thank you, Jessica!

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Retrofit Timing and Location, Location, Location

Recently, I read with interest an article in the Register Guard about a local businessmen purchasing a large building that had at one time been a planing mill. After his extensive retrofit it now is a very in-trend event center, which is already easily booking up. 

You can read the aforementioned story in the hyper-link above but what I would like to point out is the timing. Only in the last few years has the neighborhood of this establishment become a destination spot to a variety of eateries, pubs, breweries, bakeries, etc. Just a few years ago it was not an area to build in nor to expect people to want to do much business in. But the timing and the needs of the community both suggest that it is the perfect time to establish this event center.

Now, let’s change directions and think about you…

A quick query for you: Designing a retrofit according to God’s specs and your heart’s desires–what would that look like for you? What would need to be removed? And what would need to be prepared,  finished,  and ready for use? Are any new things happening in your life or being stirred up to ready you for a retrofit? Imagine an existing building getting a redo to better equip it for its new purposes. These are constants, always worth the ponder. 

Here is a real stretch of a retrofit–a Boeing 747 as the top of the water slide!

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Photo: Evergreen Museum Campus http://www.evergreenmuseum.org/waterpark