and there they continued to preach the good news.
ACTS 14:7 AMP
Good morning from chilly Florida. It’s a beautiful and glorious day here. It’s Try Something New Tuesday, but I also discovered that it is Giving Tuesday. Apparently the Tuesday after Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday on the YouVersion Bible App. This is one of the apps I enjoy using. If you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to try something new and try the YouVersion Bible App. Please know that I do not receive any compensation for sharing this information.
I enjoy reading National Geographic and Biblical Archeology. This morning I had a notice pop up on my cell phone about an upcoming special on National Geographic about the Tomb of Christ. The special will air on the National Geographic Explorer channel on December 3rd at 9/8 central.
Have you ever been at a loss for words when someone is asking you questions that could make a difference in a faith decision? Have you ever known a phrase that was in the Bible but didn’t know where? When I was a child, I memorized Bible verses in Sunday School. The ones I learned as a child have stuck with me through time. Then, I went through a very long period of time that I didn’t bother to memorize verses because I didn’t like it when people would quote Bible verses out of context. I still feel that way, but now I realize it is important to not only study, but know the Bible. I realize that there are people who can quote the entire Bible, but aren’t Christians or the type Christian that Jesus would want us to be. However, I also realize that when Jesus was being tempted by Satan, he used God’s words.
So, it is also important for us to use God’s words in prayer, and to know which words to use in which prayer. So, today I’m going to try something new. Every Tuesday I will start challenging you and myself to learn one verse a week. Just think if you accept the challenge, in a year you will know 52 verses. Isn’t that great! Many of the verses you probably will already know, it will just be a refresher. I will be starting a group in the ScriptureTyper App. If possible I will call it Hisperfecttiming. I will provide more information on this later.
So, today the verse is “so that He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: ‘HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES [upon Himself] AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.’” MATTHEW 8:17 AMP
I challenge you to take on the Bible verse challenge and also be kind to people today. I think many people are extra stressed this time of year. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Pay it forward in the fast food drive through. Say something kind to everyone you meet regardless of what they say to you. God bless you.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalms 100:4 KJV
Happy Monday! After a long holiday weekend, I’m a excited to be back at work!
November 23rd was my one year blogging anniversary. I was trying to be mindful of the date and not let it slip up on me, but looks like I missed it. Today, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported Hisperfecttiming and me. Since the very first post, I have been blessed more than I could ever imagine. Thank you for being there.
This is my 348th post and hisperfecttiming has 1471 followers. Wow! Thank you again. I remember when I was begging all my friends to follow me so that I would have 25 followers. Now, I rarely ask my friends. I have almost left Facebook because I love the blogging community. Over the past year I found my voice and made many friends along the way. I like to refer to you guys as my blogging family. I have also almost completed a bachelor’s degree in Theology. I am taking the final classes now. Since September I have been teaching adult Sunday School, where I am constantly learning. This year has had some bumps, but I have seen more good than bad!
Today is also my parent’s 52nd anniversary. So, I’m sending a shout out to them. That’s a long time to be married, and I’m thankful for all they taught me.
Thank you again! God bless you.
Update – Turns out today is one year, so I didn’t miss the date. 🙂
Encourage each other and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Good Morning! Have you ever been so excited that you just can’t wait for something to happen? Tomorrow we are giving my grandson a birthday party. He turned three on the 18th, but I’m still excited. Funny, when I was a child it seem to take so long for birthdays to come around. Now, birthdays come around way too fast. We are so blessed to be able to see the world through his eyes.
I’m beyond happy this morning, but everyone does not feel the same. If you know someone with struggles this morning, build them up. If you are struggling, know that everything is temporary. I love you and God loves you. Never give up.
Have a blessed day! God bless you.
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
It seems like we were just talking about Thursday and here we are again. Recently I have discovered that the less judgemental I am about others, the more time I spend asking for forgiveness and the less time I spend forgiving others. That just proves that forgiveness is really for us, not the person we are forgiving.
Last week I was listening to a group of people in our community talk about “how this person should do this, and this person should do that” to make the community better. Have you ever participated in a similar discussion? Of course, the answer is if everyone did their part, there probably wouldn’t be an issue. These poor people being discussed were most likely stretched too thin. Later, when I reflected on the conversation, I began to think about how this is a problem in many churches (in general terms). I must admit I have been guilty of this. Sometimes it seems like “everyone” has the answers, but “no one” really wants to be burdened with the work. It could be that only certain tasks are wanted, leaving many others undone. This must make life very difficult for the pastor, who truly cares for the sheep. Then, there are others who constantly call with prayer requests, always looking for a miracle, but never showing up.
I like Natalie Grant’s answer to this problem “it’s time to get our hands dirty . . . why sit around waiting for a miracle to come, when you could be one.” On the way to work this morning I heard this song. It is so true. If there are hungry people in your church or community, help feed them. If your neighbor is sick, ask if it’s okay to help with yard work. Visit friends, church members and family who are sick or in the hospital. Offer to help people who have lost a family member. If you have a neighbor who has financial problems, bring them dinner or pay a bill for them without telling them. Does anyone really need to know? God knows. Isn’t that REALLY enough? If you don’t work outside the home and notice children wandering around the neighborhood being a target for trouble, reach out to them. Don’t wait for your pastor or your government to take care of everything. There are so many little things everyone can do that will make a huge difference for someone else. Sometimes we all just need to know someone cares. You will find that you will feel more blessed than the person you are helping.
Today, I challenge you to make a difference in the world by getting your hands a little dirty being someone’s miracle. God bless you.
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.
Let you light shine for the Lord. God bless you.
If you forgive the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in Heaven will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14
Happy Thursday! It’s a great time to ask for forgiveness and to forgive others.
Do you ever have a difficult time forgiving? Do you forgive someone only to find the same thing happens repeatedly? Imagine how frustrated God must be with us. I know I make the same mistakes over and over. The truth is we don’t need to wait until Forgiveness Thursday to forgive. We should stop what we are doing immediately and forgive someone when they have wronged us. I have a professor who says he pulls off the side of the road when he begins to experience road rage, so he can get his heart in the right place. It makes me laugh. You must admit, if you are running late for work, and you have to pull off the road, you’ll get straight with God quickly. It’s tough, but it keeps your heart pure and prevents bitterness. We are so fortunate that God forgives us, no matter how many times we make a mistake or how bad it is. All we have to do is ask for forgiveness. It’s so simple that some refuse to believe.
Today, I encourage you to release your soul from guilt and anger. Ask for forgiveness, while forgiving others. God bless you.
I love you Lord, my strength. Psalm 18:1
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.