I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
Happy cold Monday! My something good is we enjoyed taking our grandson to church with us yesterday. He is so cute. In the middle of the sermon, he began humming. I guess I could have stopped him, but it wasn’t very loud and I was thinking of Psalm 66:1. Why not make a joyful noise at church, especially if it’s not disruptive? I want him to love worshipping God, so I enjoyed his joy. I was recently listening to Joyce Meyer and she said we should enjoy worshipping our Lord. We don’t have to think of worship service as a somber event. Yes, be respectful, but enjoy your time with God and your fellowship with other Christians. After all, why would anyone want to go to church if it was always somber.
Have you ever wondered if it was okay to celebrate? If so, I have good news for you. God doesn’t want you to be unhappy, but to rejoice. There are celebrations throughout the Bible. Wedding celebrations lasted for a week and sometimes even longer. What could be better than celebrating the birth of Jesus, our redeemer! While you are at it, celebrate birthdays of friends and family. We are so blessed to have one another. Christian fellowship is wonderful. We learn from each other and have common bonds for support. The world would be a lonely place without the people in our lives.
Join me today in celebrating all life and the birth of Jesus throughout the holidays and every day! God bless you.
Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord. Psalms 144:15 KJV
Happy Tuesday! It’s hard to believe that it’s two days before Thanksgiving.
Since the beginning of the school year, two or three days a week I take my grandson to preschool. He’s three and it’s a good time to get him acquainted with going to school, playing, learning and making friends. Of course, he doesn’t want to go. At first, I thought he was afraid. I stayed with him an hour, before I left him. Big mistake! Then, I realized he didn’t want to go, because he’d rather stay with me or his parents. That’s sweet and I can understand. Wouldn’t we all like to stay home with our loved ones rather than go to school or work. Unfortunately, that’s not reality for most of us. A very nice friend suggested I try something that was working with her great-granddaughter. On the way to the classroom, they picked up rocks to give to the teacher. So, I made a slight variation, we picked flowers in the yard to give to the teacher. That worked a little, I guess. After a while it became a game of how to delay the dreaded trip to school. Last week, I decided to try something a little different, which I knew was a big mistake when I started it. It’s funny what you will resort to when you are desperate. I bribed Landon with a toy. The promise was if he was good at school, he would receive a surprise. He didn’t quite understand the delayed gratification, but he was a little better. He still pouted as he walked in slowly. This morning I did the same thing. As you can imagine, it didn’t work as well. So, I started playing games and singing songs with him while driving to school. Then, when we arrived, we raced to the door. He looked a little disappointed when he realized he was at the door to his school. He went in a little sad, but a little better than last week. I’ve been through all of this with my own children, but it seems a little worse with my grandson. Maybe because I want him to love me and not think of me as the one who drops him off every day.
As I sit here I realize that whenever we don’t want to go to school or work, we can also play games and do something fun. In fact, many of us already do this regularly. There’s nothing wrong with turning dreaded tasks into fun games and rewarding ourselves from time-to-time. Most things I dread, I really like after I get started.
One thing many people dread is reading and studying their Bible. I have heard people say that they don’t understand it, and it puts them to sleep. Once you develop a habit of reading, you will be amazed at the stories in the Bible! So, why not make a game out of reading the Bible. There are trivia apps on the Internet that you play to test your knowledge. You can memorize a Bible verse a week or a day. You can challenge others to participate in games. Before you know it, reading the Bible will be fun for you too.
For he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
Happy Monday. I missed you guys so much. We live in a rural area and the Internet has been out in our neighborhood since Friday. We still don’t have Internet service, but I came to work early this morning so I could post.
My good news is you CAN live without the Internet! It’s amazing how much time I had this weekend. This experience made me realize that digital devices suck up your time. I spent time reading, swimming, cleaning house and just resting. It was awesome! Yet, I must admit that I missed the Internet. I couldn’t work on my classes, post in my blog, couldn’t read your blogs, or keep in touch with others (well except by the old fashion landline telephone method). It’s really funny how dependent we are on the Internet. When I was a child the closest thing to a computer, anyone I knew had, was a calculator. No one had cellular telephones. In fact, my grandmother was on a party landline telephone. You could pick up her phone and hear the neighbor’s talking. It is amazing how far we have come. That brings me today’s great event – the eclipse. I was in middle school during the last eclipse. We made special devices in science class so we could view it. God is the best artist!
Are you dreading the drama this morning? Is your work world full of stress? Is Monday your least favorite day of the week? Is there someone you just don’t want to see? Are you afraid others will learn secrets from your past or worst yet, present? You are not alone. Many people get physically ill on Monday mornings. Stress has been linked to physical and mental illnesses, which can shorten your life. We all have skeletons in our closet, people who give us a hard time, and drama we have to contend with, at least a little on Monday. It’s okay. It doesn’t matter how bad things are, let God’s light shine through you. Others will see God’s work in you. As Jason Gray sings “the more broke you are, the more the light gets through!” Isn’t that great! Be happy and thankful. Shine for the Lord in all you do today.
Is your praise and thanksgiving to God truly heartfelt, or are you just going through the motions of prayer? Do you have a routine and a rote prayer you say at certain hours to do your duty, so to speak? It’s easy to get into a routine when we are attempting to keep from forgetting that there is something we need to do. However, it’s sad that we need a reminder in our busy world to be thankful when we see food on our table. It should be enough to know that people are starving every day, but it isn’t because we are removed from the hunger. We all know what it is like to be hungry for a few minutes or a couple of hours, but occasionally at meal time we should multiply that feeling by days in our minds to understand how blessed we are. Having the opportunity to get up and go to work is such a blessing, too. How many times do we grumble and groan about going to work? What if we had no work or way to take care of our families? I’m not saying that we should make ourselves miserable every day thinking about people who have less, but sometimes we should stop and think about how truly blessed we are. Even when we think things are at the very worst, we are still so much more blessed than many throughout the world. Then, we should pray with sincere thanksgiving and praise to God. God knows your heart. Show him the adoration that he deserves.
Today, I encourage you to be truly thankful and praise God throughout your day. Then, do one thing to make one person’s life a little better. God bless you.
I am truly honored to have been nominated a second time for the Liebster Award. This time I was nominated by When I’m with You . . . Whitney Ibe Blog. The author (Whitney) of the Whitney Ibe Blog is upbeat and full of sunshine. Whitney’s positive outlook is inspiring and I love to read her posts. If you haven’t checked out her blog, I encourage you to do so soon, because her inward and outward beauty sparkles through in her writing. Thank you for thinking of me Whitney.
The Liebster Award is an Internet Award given to bloggers by other bloggers. The German word “liebster” means: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, and sweetheart. The Award is a nice way to recognize and welcome new bloggers, while allowing others to discover them, as well.
The rules of the Liebster Award are as follows:
1) Acknowledge the blog who nominated you for this award.
2) Answer 11 questions the blogger gave you.
3) Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4) Nominate 11 blogs.
5) Notify them.
6) Give them 11 questions to answer
What made you start blogging?I love to read and write. I’ve always wanted to write books. I love the Lord above all. When I was growing up I was taught to share God’s love with others. The church I attended called the sharing I’m referring to “witnessing”. I was taught that witnessing was wonderful and that we should share the gospel through our lives and words everywhere we go. The Bible talks about spreading the gospel. That is what I did.
Over time witnessing has become politically incorrect. As a supervisor at work I was told that I had to be careful about what I said because my workplace and I could be sued. I could lose my home if I mentioned God at work. I heard others say it wasn’t appropriate to say “Merry Christmas”. “Happy Holidays” was the correct holiday greeting. Well, if you have ever had God’s love inside you like I do, you will understand when I say I was about to explode. The funny thing is, I didn’t have to say anything because God’s love just radiates out of me. Over time I just became miserable. So, I sought out another way to spread God’s love, blogging. It helped me to feel more fulfilled. I felt a little like Jesus must have felt when he traveled home and his hometown rejected him, because most of my friends and family refused to look at my blog. I have been told “that was a coincidence, not a miracle,” “you are to legalistic,” and last week “you’re a fanatic”. This doesn’t bother me too much. I feel like it’s their loss. I pray that I will have the opportunity to write and publish books in the future?
If you could visit any country in the world, which would you visit?I love to travel. If I could go anywhere, I’d visit the Holy Lands first. Books, Maps, Photography and Internet information is wonderful and I’m thankful, but nothing is quite like seeing and experiencing places first hand. I want to go to the places we read about in our Bibles.
What is your favorite food? Anything my husband cooks is my favorite food! He’s an amazing chef! I am especially fond of fish.
What is your favorite sport? I’m not a big sports fan. I enjoying watching my college alma mater football team play (Florida State). I also enjoy watching figure skating, and swimming and diving teams. During warmer months I swim and I walk year round.
Do you prefer digital or physical books? Both. It’s a wonderful convenience to be able to bring hundreds of books on a phone or tablet with you everywhere you go. It’s awesome. However, I still like to hold a book in my hands. I make notes in my Bible, so that I can pass them down. Likewise, I have a digital and physical planner. To me it sometimes seems like the digital world is fragile. I often think of the loss of information in the library of Alexandria.
What is the biggest problem you encounter while writing? I want my writing to be perfect grammatically, and inspirationally. The days I feel my writing falls short, seem to be the days I have the most positive comments.
What color are your eyes? Green. Most of the time the whites of my eyes are red from Sjogren’s Syndrome, which makes them look even greener. I’ve had people tell me that my eyes look like they are bleeding sometimes.
Recount a brief childhood story. What happened? When I was a teenager I worked for the County School Board one summer giving swimming lessons. Five days a week my parents would drop me off at 6:30 in the morning to catch a bus that would take me and a few other brave teens to Blue Springs. Blue Springs has ice-cold water in the middle of the day. When we arrived the sun wasn’t high in the sky yet, and the trees shaded the edges of the swimming area. So, most days we spent half of the time trying to get wet above the knees.
The children we were teaching varied in size from kindergarten to I haven’t been able to graduate yet. So, some of my students were larger in stature than I was. In the middle of the swimming area was a floating dock about fifty to seventy-five feet from the surrounding three shorelines. All the experienced swimmers would hang out in the middle. So, it was my goal to have my students swimming to the dock and back by the end of the summer. The problem was most of the students couldn’t put their face in the crystal clear water when they started lessons, and the shorelines dropped to about twenty-five feet deep about ten feet away from the shore.
All summer I worked with the students until the last week of lessons had arrived. I was determined that I would have at least one student swimming to the dock successfully. However, I only had one who could dog paddle a few feet. On the last day of lessons I looked up into the eyes of my six-foot tall most successful student and proudly proclaimed “today you will graduate because you are going to swim to the dock! Isn’t that great!” He shook and looked worried. So I reassured him by saying “don’t worry, I’ll be right beside you and I can save you if you can’t make it.” I was about five foot three and weighed a little less than a hundred pounds. My student looked to be about three hundred pounds. I wasn’t worried at all though. He could dog paddle now.
We made our way side by side toward the floating dock. I was glowing with pride. After all, I had taught this football player to swim. As soon as we were about waist deep, he began to panic. So, I told him to just stand up. That should have been my sign to turn back, but I was convinced he could do it, and I was a “good” swimmer who had mastered life saving techniques. We continued across. It wasn’t long before the water was deep and my student knew it. He was on top of me like I was a floating log. It’s times like these that you realize the lifeguard’s are also students, who in this case were obviously not paying attention because they would have seen me bobbing up and down with a football player on my back. I’m guessing he wasn’t as popular as he thought either, because no one was trying to save him. Finally, I slapped him as hard as I could and said, “get a hold of yourself, the water is only a foot deeper than your height. If you go down, you can jump up off the bottom.” I don’t really know why he believed this, because if you looked down, the water was clear enough to see that it was easily twenty feet deep where we were swimming.
So, we kept inching towards the dock, with my student trying to drown me. I was thinking that I probably needed to ask for assistance to get him back to the shore, if we survived the trip over. Suddenly, he began to swim with great vigor. I looked at him and realized he was looking at a beautiful face on the dock. The girl waved and smiled. I guess you could say he didn’t want to seem embarrassed, because he pointed at me and said, “hey, I’m teaching this girl how to swim. I’ll be there in a minute. She’s having trouble.” I couldn’t believe my ears. I started to speak and he said “shut up. Just get me there and I will find my own way back.” That day I learned that love will find a way. He made it to the dock and spent the remainder of the time with this young lady. Then, he swam back to the shore. The best part of this story is the two later married and are still married today.
What type of music do you like to listen to? This is a tough question for me. I love praise, gospel, hymns, pop, 70’s and 80’s tunes, and classical music. I like some country music.
Do you collect anything? If so, what is it? Yes. I love books.
Where do you see yourself in five years? I see myself writing books, teaching and comforting others. In my free time, I will spend time with my family.
But the LORD stood with me and gave me strength. 2 Timothy 4:17
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Saturday. My sweet grandson has spent the day with me while his mom sleeps. She’s a working nurse on midnight shift. I wasn’t sure if I could keep up with him all day, but the LORD gave me strength.
A few days ago I was provided an opportunity to do something I have wanted to do and prayed about for many years, teach Sunday School. Isn’t that great? I feel like this opportunity is something God is providing me, and conversely I think I might be an answer to someone else’s prayer. So, what’s holding me back? Only one thing, am I able to make the commitment physically? I know it sounds like virtually no exertion is involved, but for me just getting there takes a great deal of effort, and I want to honor my commitments. I know the answer, but hesitate because I know I have limitations. I also know that God will let me run around in circles like the Israelites in the desert as long as I can, but avoiding the opportunity only hurts me. So, I will ask God to stand with me and give me strength. Have you ever been in a similar situation? Please share.
He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107.9
Happy Thursday! It’s a great time to practice forgiveness.
Have you ever felt empty? Have you felt like no matter what you do, you can’t find happiness? Is being content something you can’t seem to wrap your mind around? Are you an overachiever, a workaholic, a perfectionist or something similar? Do you feel you have to fill every moment of the day with an activity? Do you dread quietness? I know how you feel. There is only one thing that can fill that hole, God. You can try everything you can think of, but I promise nothing will fill that hole but God. Start your day with God and put God first all day long, and he will fill the emptiness in your soul.
We can’t always see where the road leads, but God promises there is something better up ahead we just have to trust him. Psalm 56:3
Happy Wednesday! It’s a great day to Use Your Gifts to Change the World! So, what will you do?
Do you ever feel like you are unable to make positive change? Do you feel like the world is too big? Then, I have good news. The smallest of changes are viral in the scheme of changing the world. Whenever you do something as simple as smiling at someone having a bad day, the results are beneficial, and that’s not all. Positive changes grow exponentially. Yesterday, I actually heard a very nice lady, who collects items for children in need, say that she had so many people donate that she had to create a new list of items to prevent sending volunteer donors away. She was also taking overflow donations to other agencies. Isn’t that great! That’s how it should be. When we work together to help society, government doesn’t have to. As I’ve said so many times before, changing the world doesn’t have to involve donations or money. You can smile, give a friend a hug, tell the manager of a restaurant or store about an employee who is doing a good job, leave a note, and the list goes on and on. There is no limit to what YOU can do.
As you go out into the world today, start at home and radiate. Make a difference everywhere you go. God bless you.
It’s Try Something New Tuesday! A few weeks ago I began a new health journey through Noom Coach. This seems to be working for me. I just started week three and I’ve lost about 15 pounds. I’ve also been making healthier food choices and exercising more. Every day I try something new, which keeps the program fresh. I don’t just mean that I try new recipes or exercises, but I try new ways to conquer cravings and other temptations.
Life is similar. Sometimes we get in a rut of going through a day-to-day routine, which can wreak havoc on our relationships and our self-esteem. We can get so caught up in what we are focused on that we lose who we are and what we believe in. At the end of the day we don’t feel like we have enough time to enjoy life. We may not even think we are worthy of God’s love. Always remember that God thinks you are beautiful. You are his child and he loves you.
One way to prevent burnout and getting caught up in every day life routines is to look at your tasks differently. Noom Coach teaches to make a list of the “have to’s” and the “want to’s” in your life. Then mix match combinations on the list. I know this was intended for food and exercise, but why couldn’t you use it in general life. For example, if taking the kids to ball practice is on your “have to” list, and paying it forward is on your “want to” list, why not pick up other kids going to practice on the way and relieve another parent. If you have been wanting to read your Bible, but you can’t find time before or after work, take your lunch to work with you and find somewhere quiet to read. There are endless possibilities for work and home.
Remember, variety is the spice of life. I can’t wait to read what you plan to try. God bless you.
The Spirit that is within you is greater than the Spirit that is in the world. 1 John 4:4
Happy Monday! I have some good news to share today. We had a few trials and tribulations yesterday. My husband had to go to the emergency room at the hospital. That is always a little scary, but God was with us, the doctor and hospital staff. He’s much better today. Also we had some issues with our well. That is all resolved. One of the things I thank God for every morning is a hot shower in my climate controlled house. So, that’s my good news. Please share yours.
Do you ever feel like your life is spinning out of control? Like you need to frantically run around and ask everyone to pray for you? Do you feel like you just don’t know the answers? Almost every day since I started this blog, I have told you that God is with you. Did you know that God is for you, with you, AND in you?
Romans 8:31 says “If God be for us, who can be against us?” You are also God’s temple and “the Spirit of God” dwells in you ( 1 Corinthians 3:16). Jesus says in John 14:16-17 “and I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
The Holy Spirit lives within us. He is our guide. Have you thought of what it would be like to wander through a cave with no light or guide? The guide makes the experience so much less frightening and more exciting. That’s what the Holy Spirit is like. When you are running around in this frightening world, listen to your heart. You know, that gut feeling you get – that is the Holy Spirit guiding you. The more you make him your friend, counselor, comforter and guide, the happier you will be.
I hope you have a wonderful Monday. God bless you.