Category Archives: Prayer

Spread the Love Friday – What’s Right?

You spread out our sins before you— our secret sins—and you see them all.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭90:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Happy Friday!  Do you ever find yourself looking around and wondering what is right and what is wrong?  I understand this question because the news media and the world tell us one thing, and the Bible tells another.  I see some people who legitimize a compromise between the Bible and the ways of the world.  Others legitimize what they are doing as being right.  What is right?

One thing I know to be true is the Bible.  Whenever you come across a question that you can’t decide, pray and read your Bible.  The answer will come.

Have a great day!  God bless you!

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Forgiveness Thursday – Parables and Dominic

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.  Luke 15:3-32

Good Morning.

Have you ever lost a pet, or worse, a child?  Years ago, I had the cutest black Shih Tzu.  I loved him.  We opened the door on the Fourth of July to let him relieve himself, when suddenly the local fireworks show started.  In seconds he was gone and we never saw him again.  Whenever my youngest child was in Middle School, she decided to go home with a friend without telling me.  I was so relieved and angry when I found her.

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Something similar happened last night.  I’ve had quite a few long days lately, and yesterday was no different.  I left for work before 7 am.  At lunch I went to Bible Study.   I worked late and at 6 pm went to handbell practice for our Christmas Eve midnight service.  It was when I was driving home that I received a call from my husband.  He’d forgotten that I had practice after work, but wait there was more.  He said our 8 1/2 month old kitten, Dominic was missing.  I prayed with a friend on the way home.  I wasn’t shaken yet, because I know cats can hide sometimes.

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When I arrived home, I began calling him shaking his cat treats.  He always comes running when I do that, but this time no Dominic.  I looked in all his inside hiding places.  My husband had been putting up Christmas decorations, and he’d been in the attic.  So, we searched the attic.  Then, I walked around the yard looking up in the trees and calling him.  At this point I noticed my husband’s parents were also searching.  He’s never been outside, so I left my husband and my two dogs and set off walking the neighborhood with a flashlight calling him.  At this point I was cold and felt helpless.  I prayed for his safety with tears flowing.  I returned home and looked some more.  It was after 9 pm.  I was tired, hadn’t started studying yet, and our kitten was gone.  My friend and her children joined the search.  My husband felt terrible at this point, because Dominic went missing while I was away and he was home.  We both sat down in dispair.  Then, my husband saw his fluffy tail around the corner.  As it turns out, Dominic was under the recliner.  He always runs with his tail up.  When we found him, he was slinking through the house.  We don’t know what happened, but he seems good this morning.  Thanks be to God!

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This morning I am reminded of the Parable of the Lost Sheep.  I left everyone in search of my kitten.  When I found Dominic, I notified everyone, rejoicing.  Can you imagine how happy our Heavenly Father is when someone who has lost their way finally decides to turn their life around?  If you are lost this morning, turn to God.  He’s waiting.

God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday – When Is It Important To Be Right?

We must keep our eyes on Jesus.  Hebrews 12:2

Happy Tuesday! I don’t know about your life, but mine has been busy during the holidays this year.  I was thinking this morning about all the Christmas seasons I’ve seen come and go.  Some years I was meeting myself coming and going, and others were too quiet.  Neither is good. When our lives are too slow during the holidays, we tend to become depressed.  When we are too busy, we become overwhelmed.  It’s really difficult to enjoy this time of year in either state.  An alternative choice is to be moderately busy with life’s tasks, but take time to enjoy Christmas.

Have you ever been in a meeting and been engaged in an argument?  You probably haven’t, but I certainly have.  As a matter of fact, it happened to me last night.  This morning I find myself pondering the question, when it is important to be right.  What do you think?

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I was reading an article from Psychology Today  where Schwartz, the author, explained that from an early age we are rewarded for being right (Schwartz, March 7, 2011).  I found this to certainly be true in my life.  When I was in grade school, I was rewarded for good grades and punished for bad.  The competitiveness of our society encourages people to continue in this pattern.  Schwartz asked couples in counseling if they would rather be right or happy. He goes on to say that while everyone says happiness, the couples continue to fight.  So, when is it important to be right?

I have found while teaching Sunday School that there are many ideas thrown on the table.  Each person thinks his or her idea is right.  I want to encourage discussion, and gently guide members to what the Bible says.  Often to avoid conflict, I say “there’s no right or wrong answer.”  But, wait a minute, there clearly is a right answer.  When is it important to be right?  In this case, proving a point could steer others away from Christ.  So, what I try to do is ask questions that lead the class to seeking the information where they can find the right answer.

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So, is being right even important?  Being right in the right manner earns respect.  Being right aggressively is sometimes seen as bullying. Conversely, being wrong is just embarrassing, and we all want to save face.  In my situation, I’m not sure who was right, but I just let it go.  I laughed it off.  However, it is still in the back of my mind and I know sometime today, that I will find out who was right.  Will I bring it up again?  No. There’s no point.  If I was wrong, I don’t want it to happen again.  Oops.  What did I just say?  The only answer I have is to pray about the question and trust God. However, when you know the answer ask yourself, is it important to tell anyone.  If you were right, let the other person save face.  If you were wrong, be kind to yourself.

So, today I encourage you to let go of arguments.  No one really wins.  I look forward to reading your comments.  God Bless you.

 

 

Schwartz, Mel LCSW.  Why Is It Important To Be Right, March 7, 2011, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/shift-mind/201103/why-is-it-so-important-be-right.

 

Follow up:  I was the one wrong.

Tell Me Something Good Monday -Christmas Celebrations

I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭145:5‬ ‭

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.

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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.

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Join me today in celebrating all life and the birth of Jesus throughout the holidays and every day!  God bless you.

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Learning the Word


Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭28:9-10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Happy Rainy Wednesday!  Rain seems gloomy this time of year, but our area is blessed to see the rain.  Thanks be to God!

Last week, I started adding memorizing a verse a week.  You can find all the verses on the Scripture Typer App under the group Hisperfecttiming.  The first verse we tackled was Matthew 4:4.  Did you learn it?  I’m about 75% on that one.  This week it’s a verse combo, Isaiah 28:9-10.  In this case, the verses go together.  So keep on moving forward with learning a verse a week.  I can’t wait to hear how you’re doing.

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Have you ever read the Bible and just couldn’t figure out what the meaning was?  Have you ever learned something new from Bible study and thought it was the best thing ever, until you learned something else new?  Me too!  The more I study the Bible the more I understand it.  So, don’t give up.  Keep plowing through and building knowledge.  It’s slow at first.  Get involved in a Sunday School Class or Bible Study group.  If you are in my area, come join mine!  As I have been studying and going to school over the past year, every new thing I have learned, and every class I have taken, has been my favorite.  That’s why I chose today’s verses for memorization.  It’s to remind us that we are babies spiritually at first.  Our knowledge is built like building blocks, “precept upon precept; line upon line, and line upon line; here a little, there a little.”  It’s amazing how fast it builds and how wonderful it feels to grow in the Lord.

So, today continue learning verses.  God bless you.

 

 

Try Something New Tuesday – Be Watchful


But now, O Lord, thou art our father;
We are the clay, and thou our potter;
And we all are the work of thy hand.    Isaiah 64:8

Happy Tuesday.  I spent yesterday resting and reading, and today I am ready to go.

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Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent.  It’s a time of waiting  with anticipation.  So, I posed this question to my Sunday School class.  If Jesus walked in the door right now, and you knew it was Jesus, what would you do?  I often see images on television of a soldier coming home and surprising their family.  The family cries with excitement as they hug their long awaited son, daughter, husband, wife, mother or father.  Would you run up to Jesus and hug him?  Would you fall on your knees in adoration?  Would you hide?Would you feel dread and regret?  What would you do?  Mark 13:33 tells us to “take heed, watch and pray; for we know not when the time is.”  Does this mean we should dread every day because the end might be near?  No.  It means be ready, get right with God and live your life as a joyful Christian.  I can’t wait to wrap my arms around Jesus with excitement!

Share what you would do and have a great Tuesday!  God bless you.

I promised my friend Hayley of Red Letters I would share this video of her singing and playing the song recorded by Hillsong.  It is beyond beautiful. I’m blessed to have become friends with her over the past year.   Enjoy.

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Bible Study

Your mistakes do not define you.  Psalm 37:24

Good morning!  It’s a good day for all camels.

This morning I’ve been thinking about Bible journaling.  For a long time I kept my Bible in a box in pristine condition, except for when I was using it of course.  It was beautiful and I was taking care of it.  I know that sounds a little crazy.  One day I saw someone making notes in their Bible.  I thought, wow, that’s a way I can leave notes for my family when I’m gone.  So, I started highlighting and making notes throughout my Bible.  This turned out to be a great idea, because sometimes I’d forget what I’d learned before.  So, it served two functions for me.

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Last year I noticed people creating Bible journals.  These are so cool.  They drew pictures and made notes in a notebook around the scriptures that they had studied.  I liked it so much that I bought a journal and some colored pencils and began to make my own.  I love this idea, but I have to tell the truth.  After two days, I put it down.  I just couldn’t find enough time to keep up the beautiful art.  My art wasn’t so beautiful either.  I even received two journal books last year for Christmas, where you can color the artwork that is provided.  It is so relaxing to color the photos, but I didn’t keep it up.  I do like to make notes as I study, but I have now started using several online apps, where I can make notes on my tablet.  Last year I also noticed people drawing beautiful pictures in their Bibles.  There are even journaling Bibles – So beautiful!  I bought one for a friend .  I would love to have one.

There are also many different ways you can read and study the Bible.  Some people like to meditate on a verse, memorize it and make notes.  Some people will read the Bible from front to back, which I find a little challenging.  Some people study a chapter at a time.  Others study topics or characters in the Bible.  There are devotional books and Bible study guides.  I have about 20 apps, each of which does something different.  Most apps allow highlighting and provide notes.  Many also provide study plans.  Some even provide video guides.

 

Some people study an hour a day.  Some study a few minutes throughout the day.  Some people don’t set a time limit.

I tell you all this, because I want you to understand that there are many fun and relaxing ways to study and enjoy the Bible.  It matters less about how you are doing it, as  it does that you are just studying your Bible regularly.  As my blogging sister told me yesterday, the more she reads and studies, the more God’s word flows from her mouth.  Isn’t that wonderful!

As you use your gifts to make a difference today, begin or continue studying God’s word.  God bless you.