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About withlovefromportland

Hey there! Welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you stopped by. I’m a 50-something woman living in the West Coast version of Narnia. The flora, fauna and people of Portland invite new adventures every day. I encourage you to plot our coordinates and visit this beautiful piece of the Earth. Creation is amazing here! You’ll also find a St. Arbuck’s or local coffee shop on nearly every corner. It rains here in winter. A lot. We like our coffee. As you read through my pages, I hope you find healing, hope and relationship with the One who radically loves and adores you. Some call Him Heavenly Father, others know Him as Daddy. You’ll find your own term of affection for Him if you don’t already have one. He’s shown me the depths of His love for me, yet I know it goes deeper than what I’ve explored. Every day is an opportunity for us to BE with Him, to love and be loved, to learn and grow, to heal and to help others heal. My intent is to encourage you to draw near to God. My prayer is that your heart is willing to let Him in. Once He’s in your heart, well, that’s when your story really begins. It’s when you begin to learn and experience who He is for you now and Who He wants to be in every circumstance you face in this life. Why does this matter, you ask? It matters because each of us was created in His likeness and image. It matters because He has given you gifts. It matters because He has given you a destiny to fulfill, lives to touch and heal, love to pour out into others. It matters most of all for you. You get to learn how beloved you are. You get to have an off-the-charts, one-of-a-kind amazing relationship with Daddy God, with Jesus and with Holy Spirit. You don’t buy it? You don’t think any of this is real? Okay. I’m good with that. I’m not here to convince you otherwise. I do, however, ask you to do this one thing of you: Ask God to make Himself more real to you than your own right hand in front of your face. That’s all. Then go about your life just like you did before you stopped by my blog. If you think of it, though, could you stop back some time to let me know how you’re doing? I’d like that. Again, I welcome you. Grab a cup of something comforting to drink and join me whenever you like. We need each other. With love from Portland

Happy birthday, son

Dear Son, It’s hard to believe you’re already 24 years old. I love the man you’ve grown into and who you’re becoming in Papa, Jesus & Holy Spirit. I have a story to tell you. When you were a baby, … Continue reading

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goodbye to you

#goodbyetoyou #givingthissomethought #laughingtoo #newsongs #neweverything #theoldhasgone #theNEWhascome #kickingsomestuffoutofmylife     ‘Goodbye to You,’ by Patty Smith & Scandal I’ve been having some very interesting and hysterically funny conversations with Holy Spirit lately. Conversations that are way over on the lighter … Continue reading

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Willing to be Wrong

My drive to work weekday mornings is really precious to me. My car is my prayer closet, and when I’m in my car, it’s me, Papa, Jesus & Holy Spirit. I worship. I pray. I release things. I soak in His … Continue reading

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Quiet Confidence

The world has collectively witnessed events with the ability to shake us to the core of our beings. I’ve been very aware of the presence of fear trying to unsettle me. I have also been keenly aware of my need … Continue reading

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Everyone Gets Peanuts

Many of you know that I feed my animals at work. My critter friends include a couple of squirrels, some scrub jays and a crow or two.   It used to be that I would try to feed only the … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

    On May 9, 2015, Father gave me these words. I meditate on them often to come up higher, to see as He sees. Knowing His heart and mind toward humanity is even more important now in this present season. He … Continue reading

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Assigning Value

  I’m taking you back in time as I share a story and apologize to some folks. It’s necessary and ties into the rest of what Dad is saying in this post. I used to attend the annual Christians United … Continue reading

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Love’s Gonna Bring You Back to Life

  The power of resurrection life flows out of the love of God. It’s His love that draws us, causing us to rise out of our ashes like a “phoenix risen from the dead.” Those powerful lyrics impacted me as … Continue reading

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The Road Not Yet Traveled

  Late Saturday afternoon, I went out for a drive. I’d seen a road that led out of Scappoose to Vernonia. My intent was to travel on that road, still new to me, a.k.a. “The Road Not Yet Traveled.” The … Continue reading

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Making Room for the New

  I went to the coast for two days before Christmas. We had some wild weather that week. Strong winds blew from the coast eastward across the landscape at speeds that exceeded 60 miles per hour. The sliding glass door … Continue reading

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