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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.

Happy Mother’s Day!

So Jesus, seeing His mother, and the disciple whom He loved (esteemed) standing near, said to His mother, “[Dear] woman, look, [here is] your son!”
‭‭JOHN‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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Happy Mother’s Day!  This day has been special for me.  I remember a time when I prayed to be a mother every day.  Now, I have two strong, beautiful and extremely intelligent children, a wonderful son-in-law that I call my own, a very precious grandson, and many other children that call me “Mom” and/or Memaw”.  Wow!  I feel that I should honor them.  I am also fortunate enough to have a wonderful mother, mother-in-law and several wonderful aunts in my life.  Each is unique and special.  Finally, my sister, sister-in-laws and friends are also mothers and grandmothers.

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This morning couldn’t have been more perfect.  My husband gave me a beautiful card and gift and we took Landon with us to church.  Of course, he was very well-behaved.  After church the men of the church served a delicious breakfast.  During Church and Sunday School, I listened to stories about how important different members’ wives, mothers and grandmothers were in their lives and the role these women played.  Some had recently passed away.  6DBAE8E5-1C80-41EE-A268-AB1C3C9D13FAWhile driving home after church, Landon sang to the radio.  I could hear his sweet voice singing “Jesus”.  He told us that he loved the song, so I will include it today.  It was then and in similar moments that I have seen the influence that we have as grandparents.  Mothers have an even stronger role.  When we arrived home, our daughter came over.  I am blessed.

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Being a mother is not always easy, but the good moments are priceless!  Mothers have an important role.  We care for our children before they are even born, forming very special bonds.  We go through the pain of childbirth.  We protect and nurture our children, teaching, believing, guiding, loving and cheering them along the way, even when we are heartbroken.DDE11D12-F854-4028-A3E3-6BD28F404B83Then, we take a step back and allow them to go out on their own, because we realize the children we called our own, were only loaned to us temporarily by God for us to prepare them for the world.  Mothers aren’t perfect, but they have an important role.  As he hung on the cross, Jesus remembered His mother.

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Take time to tell those in your life how precious they are to you, because none of us are promised tomorrow.  God bless you.

 

Forgiveness Thursday – Enjoy a Slice of Humble Pie

Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Happy Thursday!  I pray your day is going well.  Lately, Humble pie has been the main course for me.  Forget the slices, I ate the pies in their entirety.

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Today, has been one of those days. Last night I was talking about having some blood work drawn at the clinic.  My husband was telling me about his experience, when I boldly informed him that I was a pro at the procedures.  In fact, I had an appointment.  He reminded me that I needed a confirmation number.  I gave a quick “I’ve got this” reply and changed the subject.  This morning I began looking for my confirmation number in case I needed it. Well, guess what . . . I didn’t have one.  In fact, my appointment didn’t go through for some reason.  I did not have a long wait, but it was long enough to think about my actions.  Have you ever been there?  If you have, ask for forgiveness and try to learn from your mistakes.  Some lessons are harder for me to learn than others, and I repeat them over and over.  Isn’t it great that God still loves us in spite of our flaws?

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Today, forgive yourself and forgive others.  God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday – Ladies Bible Study

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.  1 Thessalonians 3:5

Good Morning.  It’s Try Something New Tuesday.  What will you try today?

I have found that when we try new things, our perspective changes.  It can be something as small as sitting somewhere new in church.  Many of us are accustomed to sitting in the same place every week.  Try a different location.  Things will appear different.  With my job, I have a different perspective depending on whether I am walking or driving the area.  I notice different things.

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In this time where everyone wants gender integrated civic clubs and meetings, I’m going to suggest something bold.  It’s okay to have meetings where there are only women or only men.  I don’t say this because of fear of affairs or rumors of affairs when the two mix, but because sometimes women learn from and enjoy the company of other women.  The same holds true for men.  Sometimes men learn from other men and enjoy the company of other men.

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I’ve been attending a Monday night Women’s Bible Study class for a little over a month.  The class is held by a different denomination in a nearby town.  When first invited, I must admit I was hesitant.  I only knew one lady, and the meeting was twenty miles away after a long day at work.  I’m so glad I took her up on the offer.  I have gained new perspective on Scriptures and I have made about 20 new friends.  We call each other sisters.  It’s definitely girl fun time, but not the kind of fun time you see in movies.  It’s a time of caring for one another and studying God’s word.  I realize to some of you this might sound boring, but I assure you it isn’t boring and at the end of the day, my conscience doesn’t bother me.  I didn’t realize I was missing this in my life.  Sometimes God answers prayers when we aren’t paying attention.  This has been an answered prayer for me.

I encourage you to seek out a Bible Study group in your area.  God bless you.

 

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Help Others

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.  Jeremiah 31:25

Good morning and Happy Wednesday!  For some of us this means we are half way through our work week.  It’s a beautiful, but cold spring morning in Florida.  The Dogwoods, Bradford Pears and Azaleas are in full bloom.  It’s beautiful here.

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Today is a good day to remember to give back to others.  It doesn’t have to be anything big.  It might be a hug or helping someone with a daily task.  Maybe you could help a sick neighbor with their yard work, or help a new mom so that she can get some rest.  If that is too much for you, pay the bill for the person behind you in the fast food line.  Take a friend a cup a coffee.  One of the best ways to give is to give your time.  It means so much more than money.  Go see a shut-in.  Have lunch with a distant relative.  Take time out of your day to help someone else.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.  God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday – Weekend and Early Week Adventures

Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.  Proverbs 30:5

Good morning.  It’s Try Something New Tuesday!  What will you try today? I’ve been under the weather the last few days, but the blessings continue to flow.

My first adventure involved visiting a church.  Every six months our church and our sister church, an AME church in our town, combine services.  Sunday we did that in the middle of what seemed to be a deluge.  Not many from either church showed up, probably due to the weather, but boy did they miss out.  It’s such a joy to worship the Lord, and you never know when God needs you to be there for other people.  The worship service was amazing.  Afterwards we enjoyed Christian fellowship, while eating some of the most delicious food I’ve ever enjoyed.

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My next adventure involved finances.  Last weekend my husband conveyed a story about buying a powerball ticket.  He prayed about it, and then looked up to see a cross in the sky above the powerball sign.  He didn’t win powerball, but the good news is three times in the last couple of days I received money I wasn’t expecting.  First, I received a reimbursement check from the Minute Clinic I went to in October.  Then, when I was paying a different doctor yesterday, the receptionist told me that I had a credit I needed to use.  It was half of my bill.  Finally, I went to a meeting and paid for my guest’s meal.  This is a practice I’ve always observed.  The president approached me and said that I didn’t have to pay, because the club paid for guests.  They issued me a refund.  Altogether I received $50 unexpectedly.  I share this experience because I often hear people say that when they tithe and help others, their money works out the same and they can’t figure out how.  Our Lord is wonderful.

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My final adventure to share involves taking my grandson to preschool.  Today, Landon and I tried something new.  We put out fires on the way to preschool.  Then, we flew like “big jets” into the daycare.  Whew!  All unhappiness averted!

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Over the past few months I have learned that we don’t have to petition God constantly, and I rarely do anymore, unless someone asks for as special prayer request. All we have to do is love God with all our hearts, and be thankful every day.  He will take care of the rest.  God bless you.

 

 

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – The Annointing is Wonderful!

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:31‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Good Morning from Tallahassee.  I traveled to Tallahassee this morning to attend a work related class.  I’m excited to see business friends and learn about legislative changes that are being considered.  It’s a good day to spread God’s love wherever you go.

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This will be a short post.  I worked until 9 p.m. and left the house at 4:30 this morning.  Our class is about to start, but I did want to share that the anointing is still with me and it is WONDERFUL.  Praise God!  I have had several speaking engagements over the last week, and everything was perfect.  Last night I spoke before the City Council in a packed out house – standing room only.  After I spoke I received applause.  That’s something I have never seen at a City Council meeting before.  So, if you are struggling with anything, get right with God!

Have a wonderful day.  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.

Love, Gifts, Joy and Growth

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
‭‭James‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Happy Saturday!  I’m a little late posting today,  because I’ve been enjoying resting.  This afternoon I plan to take a walk outside and just rest and refresh my soul.  If you have had a tough week, take a few moments, hours, or maybe a day to refresh.  When we take care of ourselves, we are able to help others more.

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Have you ever been tempted to do or say something that you knew was wrong?  On more than one occasion, I have quickly responded before thinking.  Later I wondered, why did I say that!  I have looked to food for comfort, knowing that our comfort is always in our sweet Lord.  I have been tempted to sleep in on Sundays, and have actually followed through too many times to count.  I have become angry, held my tongue, and in the presence of a few friends or family spewed angry words.

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In the Message Bible, James 1:2 says “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”  It’s difficult to think of trials and temptations as a joy or gift.  Yet, when we are tested,  we grow spiritually, emotionally and physically.  It may be difficult to understand at the moment, but opportunities for growth are a blessing.  Have you ever prayed for patience and found yourself needing more?  That’s an example of being forced to mature as a Christian.‭‭  Every day is new, and there is always something to be thankful for, especially when it’s spiritual growth.

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Today, walk in the love of Christ, and smile inside and out when you experience these moments of growth.  God bless you.