Category Archives: faith

The new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Be Thankful

Today I am thankful for the technology that’s out there to help me hear God’s voice….a Bible app that reminds me that it’s Satan’s plan to make me weary but God’s plan for me to be encouraged and strengthened through developing an intimate relationship with Him through reading His word….and wonderful blogs that remind me to be thankful.

EPH 6:10 NIV

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

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He’s Knocking At Your Door. Are You Listening?

Revelation 3:20-22 GNTD

Listen! I stand at the door and knock; if any hear my voice and open the door, I will come into their house and eat with them, and they will eat with me.          To those who win the victory I will give the right to sit beside me on my throne, just as I have been victorious and now sit by my Father on his throne.
 
             “If you have ears, then, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches!”

Mercy

Ephesians 2:4, 6 GNTD

But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved.  

Reading The Bible in 90 Days~First Week Wrap-Up!

A week ago I joined with a large group of online friends to start reading the entire Bible in 90 days.  Yes, the entire Bible.  I did this same thing at the beginning of last year.  I remember how excited I was to do it then.  But, I was also very unsure if I could make it all the way through.

I did it then and I know that I will this time.

Reading my Bible daily is the priority.  I may not be able to read it all in one sitting each day, but I’m not allowing myself to make excuses for not getting it done.

One of the things I have noticed when looking through my B90days Bible is that last year I had highlighted in yellow the things that stood out to me.  I read things that I never remembered seeing in the Bible before. This time around I’m highlighting in green.  I’m amazed at how much I’m highlighting in green in just the first week.  I truly believe that God makes His word known to us at the time each of us needs it.

It’s still not to late to start the reading this year.  Maybe God has been tugging at your heart to just start?  Won’t you join us?

Pray For Me Mondays

I saw a new meme the other day that sounded intriguing.  Home Grown Families is hosting Pray For Me Mondays…where you can ask for prayer or pray for someone else. 

I have no problem praying for others…I love praying for others.  But I have major problems asking for prayer for myself.  I’m not quite sure why..maybe it’s pride?  I like fixing things, people, problems…  It’s very hard for me to admit when I have a problem that needs fixing and it’s way out of my league.

Well…I could certainly use it.  Not going to go into specifics…mine is marriage related and knowing that our God is a God of miracles keeps me hopeful.

Please pray for me and I’ll pray for you?

30 Day Giving Challenge

The upcoming holiday season is the time when we all start thinking about giving to others.  There is a challenge coming up for the month of November that I saw over at the Keeping the Kingdom First blog.  The idea is that you do something everyday to bless the lives of someone else in the name of Jesus. 

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

I only heard about the challenge a few days ago and my first reaction was “Nope. Can’t do it. Our money is too tight and I don’t have time. Plus, how am I going to come up with a way to give? Every. Single. Day.” 

Well, we all know how that usually goes when God is wanting you to do something and you have other plans.

I decided to pray about it. I figure that if God wants me to do this then He’ll give me some ideas on what I should be doing and the means to do it.

I think that’s called stepping out in faith…..

Your faith…is of greater worth than gold.   1 Peter 1-7

So. Here I go. Starting November 1 I’m going to use this blog to be my accountability factor.

 

Would you like to be a part of this?  There is a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a Blogfrog community.  Together we can all make a difference.

The Love Dare~Day 8~Love is not jealous

In the book it states that there are two different kinds of jealousy.

One is a legitimate kind of jealousy when someone you love turns his heart away from you and replaces you with someone you love.  This is a justifiable type of jealousy.  Although…maybe it’s justifiable…but probably still not a good thing.  Hanging on to jealous feelings can do a lot of damage…’nuff said.

The second kind of jealousy is an illegitimate type of jealousy based on envy.  I think everyone struggles with this type of jealousy.  In the United States it’s probably more prominent because we have so much.  it’s very easy to look around and wish you had what someone else has.  That can lead to lots of trouble….starting with Cain and Abel to Sarah and Hagar to Joseph and his brothers to Jesus and the priests during his time.  I’m sure we all can come up with a situation in which jealousy turned everything bad.  Don’t allow it to come between you and your husband.

In James 3:16 it says “For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.”

I’d say that’s pretty straightforward, don’t you think?

Today’s Love Dare is to become your spouse’s biggest fan and reject any thoughts of jealousy.  Take yesterday’s list with the negative attributes and burn it.  Share with your spouse how glad you are about a recent success he has enjoyed.

This post is linked to Simply Complicated…That’s Just Me…

The Love Dare~Day 7~How much do you appreciate your spouse?

Day 7 has an interesting analogy about two different rooms in our hearts…the Appreciation Room and the Depreciation Room.  In the first one you will find written on the walls all the kind words and admirable things that you feel about your spouse.  You probably put more of these in this room at the beginning of your marriage.  In the other room are all the negatives that we find in our husbands.  The longer you are married the more you probably dwell in this room.  And I’m sure you can imagine which room you should stay out of (or maybe paint over those negatives on the walls.) 

If you truly want to love your hubby you need to choose stay out of door number 2.

 

Today’s dare is to get 2 sheets of paper and write positive and negative things about your spouse. Set them both in a secret place for later. Also, thank your hubby one of those positive things you appreciate about him.

 

If there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8

 

This post is linked to Simply Complicated…That’s Just Me…

The Love Dare~Day 6~Irritated!

This dare was very timely for me.  I’m actually a couple of days behind posting the dares because I just found out my paycheck is short a couple of hundred dollars because of something my district did…but didn’t tell me or the other teachers in my program about.  Of course, we found out about it during the summer when no one’s around to help us with it.

With all this happening my mood has been…bad….very irritable.  In the book it says that people who are irritable are locked, loaded, and ready to overreact. 

That was me yesterday.

I had to make myself go into the backyard to do some yard work to blow off some steam because everything my kids were doing or my dh was saying was getting under my skin.  And I wasn’t mad at them….I was (and still am) mad at my employer. 

I needed to practice some self-control.  It ended up being a good lesson for my 15 yo because he could see and hear all that was going on.  It made me very aware of how I needed to handle myself because he was watching. In the book it says there are two key deficiencies that can contribute to you being irritable:

1.  Stress: (We have it big time with my dh’s unemployment being being behind because of the government stopping it for a while)

2.  Deficiencies: (How much rest, good food and exercise have I been getting?  Not as good as it should be)

You can’t get rid of some stresses because they are just a fact of life.  But, we can work on how we react those stresses.  And we can make sure we are getting enough sleep, eating right and getting some form of physical exercise.  Are you taking care of yourself?

Today’s dare is to choose to react to tough circumstances in your marriage in loving ways instead of with irritation. 

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. Proverbs 16:32

This post is linked to Simply Complicated…That’s Just Me…