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Try Something New Tuesday – Pray and Vote

“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Good morning from the City of Southern Charm!  One thing I have noticed since Hurricane Michael hit has been the beauty of our City lies not only in what is visible in the surroundings, but also in the hearts of the people who live here.  It’s amazing how grateful people are despite their extraordinary losses.  In a world that seems to promote the wrong values, the attitudes of the people who live here are refreshing!  I’ve heard very few people complaining.  Usually when I ask someone how they are doing since the storm, they reply “I’m thankful and blessed to be alive”.  That’s how I feel too.  There have also been many people from all over the country here trying to help with restoring power, maintaining order, responding to emergencies and providing food, supplies and shelter.  All these people are doing business here in the businesses that are able to open.  Good can come out of bad.

Today’s Try Something New Tuesday.  Every Tuesday I ask my staff “what will you try?”.  I’ve heard some serious and some silly responses over the years.  It can be difficult to think of something new, because it requires us to extend ourselves beyond our normal routine and to think outside of the box.  I have to admit, sometimes I find it hard to think of something new.  While I was at the conference, I bought a book, which I already had a digital copy.  The book is small enough to fit into my bag and I can carry it wherever I go.  It’s called “The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word” and it’s written by Joyce Meyers.  What makes the book special is the contents have a list of emotions, issues and blessings that you can look up by topic.  For example,  you might look up civic duty with the election at hand.  When you turn to the pages on the subject you will find scripture based on the topic.  I gave it a try yesterday.  Amazing!  Yesterday, I looked up contentment.  I prayed using the scriptures from this little book.  What will you try?

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I would like to encourage Americans to exercise their right to vote.  Often people take this opportunity for granted.  Pray about your decision and vote.  Christian values have been lost in recent years and your vote really does make a difference.

Have a wonderful day and try something new!  God Bless You.

Spread the Love Friday – Share Your Story and Listen

“And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Friday is always an exciting day in our office.  It means a break is coming.  Most have big plans for the weekend.  It’s a time for friends, family and fun that leads to new beginnings as Monday rolls in.

F88F7604-B901-4616-91F4-A6148EF5502FOver the past few months at work I have had the opportunity to write stories about local businesses for both local newspapers.  It’s a way to promote businesses in a small town.  I love writing, so I was excited about the opportunity from the very beginning, but knew that it would be additional work for which I would be responsible.  In other words, I have the same amount of work plus this new assignment.  Yet, I have not once hated or dreaded working extra late or early.  You might wonder why.  The reason is, I have been given a gift to see people in a different light.  An hour of talking with someone who would normally visit my office for an unwanted permit has changed me as a person.

I ensure every article is positive, which hasn’t been a problem at all. After two to three months of publishing three or more articles a week, I have something to share.  Everyone has a heartfelt story.  Most keep them hidden away for fear of pain or maybe embarrassment.  My hope for humanity has been restored in ways you cannot even imagine.  However, I want to encourage you to be vulnerable and share your stories with others.  It will change the world.  Also, it allows others to receive their blessings by helping you.

I sat in my office a couple of months ago and listened to a young business owner tell me how satan had come into his life while he was attending a university.  He held a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.  I’m so blessed that he survived.  I sat and 13AB394B-2024-484E-BCF6-91DDA00A113Bcried with him as he revealed his story of how God turned his life around and how promising his future has become.  I interviewed a couple who had recently lost an adult child.  I spoke with two ladies that God brought together as business partners to help autistic children, and one lady who added to her husband’s business, while he was out-of-town, a ladies boutique called “Mustard Seed” because of her faith in God.  I interviewed a lady who went out on her own and opened a business to make others feel better about themselves, and a lady operating her business while caring for two aging parents.  That’s just a few of the many touching stories.

Your story is important too, and will help others.  Take time to share it.  Also, take time to listen.  Really listen to the stories behind the faces.  I promise your blessings will be great!  God bless you.

Forgiveness Thursday – 490 Times? Really?

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:21-22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Good morning and happy Thursday.  It’s a great time to forgive others and yourself.

F168A70A-19F2-4DAE-8BE7-6AA84DF7079DAre you having trouble forgiving someone?  Do you find yourself facing the same old aggravating stuff with that person all the times?  Have you thought to yourself, how many times do I have to put up with this mess?  When Peter asked Jesus how many times, I feel pretty certain he wasn’t expected to be told 490 times.  It makes me chuckle to think of this conversation taking place,  because I know I’d being saying “What?”.  Yet, how many BD18DBDA-E5BC-4570-908F-55091F2272CCtimes has God forgiven us?  For me it has been more than 490 times.   In fact, it’s been more that 4,900,000 times.  It’s so nice to be loved and forgiven.  It is important to treat others well, even when there is something that really aggravates you.  It is equally important to forgive yourself.

Have a wonderful day.  God bless you.

Spread the Love Friday – Be a Revolutionary for Christ

The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Happy Friday!  Spread God’s love everywhere you go.

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Have you ever been teased for being a Christian?  Have you ever felt that you had to stifle your beliefs or that you were be considered a “goody two shoes”? Have you ever been left out or ostracized for your beliefs?  Well, you are not alone.  Christians are revolutionaries for Christ.  As such, we are called names, teased and ostracized.  It’s not easy and it sometimes hurts.  We need to rely on Christ to work through us, especially in our weakest moments.  Do we have to give up things or avoid going certain places?  Yes, but what we gain is much greater.  I have found so much happiness in being a Christian and doing God’s work.

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If you are discouraged because you aren’t accepted.  Think of all the good you are doing when you let Christ work through you. God bless you.

 

Spread the Love Friday – Laughter is Good Medicine

Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
‭‭PSALM‬ ‭126:2‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Happy Friday!  One way we can spread God’s love is through laughter.  A friend shared her morning devotion which said surround yourself with laughter.  What a great idea!  When you are happy and filled with God’s love, others will be attracted to your happiness.

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Have a great day and make difference everywhere you go!  God bless you.

Forgiveness Thursday – New Beginnings

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:1

Good morning.  It is hard to wake up on cold mornings, but there are many opportunities for us today.  So, join me in embracing the present.

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Do you have something in your past that makes you feel bad about yourself?  Do you feel like you are unworthy of God’s love?  Everyone one has something they feel ashamed about, but the good news is God loves you.  Jesus provided the redemption you need.  All you have to do is ask for forgiveness and forgive yourself.  While you are forgiving yourself, forgive others.  You will feel better when you release your guilt and grudges.

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Have a great day.  God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday – Visit Other Groups

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.  Proverbs 16:9

Good Morning.  It’s Try Something New Tuesday!  What will you try?  Sometimes I feel like things try me, instead of the other way around.  A few weeks ago I visited another church to watch a sermon review.  Then, about a week later My husband and I visited our sister church.  For the last 3-4 weeks a friend of mine who lives about 30 miles away invited me to visit her women’s bible study class.  She’s invited me to other things, but it has never worked out.  Last night I made a commitment and went.  What fun!  The leader is the minister’s wife.  She cooked a country meal that was delicious. I met 10-15 nice ladies.  Then, we enjoyed Bible Study.  I loved it.  What a great way to start the week!  I’ve also been invited to visit yet another church for lunch on Tuesdays during lent.  Does this mean that I’m leaving my church?  No.  I’m just enjoying meeting other people and listening to their discussions.  It’s a great way to obtain a new perspective and hear about how God is working in the lives of others.

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The verse for the week is Proverbs 16:9.  No matter how much we plan our course, God is with us to help along the way.  Whenever we worship God with prayer and ask for Him to show us the way, He will direct our paths.  All of the verses from this blog are posted in the Scripture Typer app under the group Hisperfecttiming.

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Have a wonderful Tuesday!  God bless you.

 

Try Something New Tuesday – Strength in Weakness

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!  Please forgive me for not being as diligent about posting and reading your posts over the next couple of weeks.  I’ve had a few responsibilities added to my already full plate, and I’m struggling to keep up.

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Isn’t it great to know that no matter what is going on in the world, we can rest in God’s love!  Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that Christ told Paul His grace was enough.  That means no matter what we go through, we will be okay.  As a matter of fact, we will be better than okay.  Jesus said his “strength is made perfect in weakness.”   What does perfect strength mean to you?  Does it mean that you will be able to lift the weight of the world?  Does it mean that you can battle the flu or other  illnesses, or does it mean that you can face your demons?  Perfect strength is all of these things.  You may think you are weak, but in our weakness He is strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9 is our verse for the week and can be found on the ScriptureTyper app under Hisperfecttiming.

Have a blessed day!  May God richly bless your life.

 

Try Something New Tuesday – Remember Your Enemies

If you see your enemy hungry, go buy him lunch; if he’s thirsty, bring him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness, and God will look after you.  Proverbs 25:12

Happy Tuesday!  This morning Landon had a little accident that resulted in a boo boo.  So, this is a photo of what happens when your grandmother feels sorry for you and doesn’t make you go to preschool.

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I know you guys don’t have any enemies, but if you know someone who does, tell them to pray for their enemies. I have done that many times, and the results are remarkable.  Proverbs 25:12 reminds us to feed them and give them water when they are hungry or thirsty.  Your generosity will be remembered by God, who will look after you.

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Proverbs 25:12 is our verse for the week.  By now, if you are keeping up with learning the weekly verses, you should have eleven under your belt.  This week makes twelve.  While this doesn’t sound like that many, it’s a start.  It’s always great to know what you are talking about or remember where information comes from.

Take care of your enemies.  God bless you.

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Miscellaneous Thoughts

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.   Isaiah 12:2

It’s Tell Me Something Good Monday!  This morning I’ve been reflecting on some recent and not so recent events.  Last week was tough.  However, I was able to rest on Saturday and put my thoughts into perspective.

First, a few years ago a friend that I had reached out to in a time of tragedy, stood up in a public meeting and announced that I was racist.  Am I?  I would like to think not.  I grew up in the midst of racism, so I have made a concerted effort to break this pattern.  Then again, maybe we all are racist or prejudice in one way or another to a degree.  Was I racist toward this friend?  Without a doubt, I tell you no.  That night I left in tears, went to church and prayed for a long time.  I remember thinking of the lyrics in the song “Be Held” by  Casting Crowns.  Last week the person making the accusations came to me in friendship.  I didn’t ask for anything, just took the friendship request as a blessing.

Second, about a year to two years ago, I told my husband, “God wants me to take on the role of Crucifer/Lay Reader”.  For those of you who don’t know, it is a role during the church service where you lead the church in readings and prayers, and help the minister with the Eucharist (communion).  I could have taken on this role at anytime.  All I had to do was ask to be placed on the rotating list of volunteers.  As a matter of fact, I knew the church was in need of more volunteers.  Yet, I didn’t do it.  Why?  I had fear in my heart.  So, I kept on trying to improve my skills thinking that one day I would surprise everyone and volunteer.

CFF23564-AF92-4475-920C-2BAE7A57BFE5Yesterday morning I woke up hardly able to move.  The weather has been rainy and it takes a toll on my joints.  I was so tempted to go back to bed, but I knew that I had a commitment to teach Sunday School.  So, I got ready and left early for church with my husband.  In retrospect, after I started getting ready, I felt better.  So, I sat down in the pew, said a prayer and pulled out my sermon journal.  I’ve been keeping notes the last few weeks just to reflect on.  That’s when I looked up to see our minister.  He said “I need help” looking into my eyes.  I responded “with what?”  His mother has been unwell and I had told him that I was willing to help him anytime.  He said “with everything”.  Wow!  You know what that means.  I said “I’ve never done that.”  That wasn’t a problem, he was willing to walk me through it.

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So, I very nervously followed his instructions.  I sat down on the pew at the front of the church and almost slid onto the floor.  I couldn’t remember what to say before the readings, so I just did the best I could.  After the first reading instead of saying “the Word of the Lord”, I said “the Lord of the Word.”  Then, I carried the Gospel down the aisle for the minister to read.  As he was reading, I was holding up what seemed like a huge book.  At one point, my world starting growing black around the corners and I thought I was going down, but I made it through that too.  Then, I started trying to memorize the one line that I needed to say as I took the wine around.  As I helped the minister prepare the gifts of God, I was thinking to myself “the Blood of Christ, the cup of salvation” over and over.  I made it through that too.  I was so worried about all what I was supposed to do, that I missed the sermon.  I guess Satan was working on me.  Now, I know that I can handle that role.  When I think about it, I have more people in Sunday School than we had in church yesterday.  It was the mere idea of the new role.

Finally, the last two days I have woke up with  a song on my mind.  Funny, I haven’t heard this song in many years.  So, I’m sharing it with you today, just in case someone needs to hear it.

I hope you guys have a few stories to share with me.  Don’t let fear stop you in your tracks.  God bless you.