Category Archives: Thankful

Tell me something good monday – attitude

“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Good Morning and Happy Monday! What good news do you have to share today? I had a productive and restful weekend. I was able to spend time with my friends at the gym, and catch up on a little work at home. I can’t wait to hear about your “something good!”

Do you ever find yourself doing God’s work because you “have to?” You know, when you are so busy or there’s something else you want to do, but you feel obligated to help at church or something else that you may have made a commitment to do, or even worse, something God has called you to do. I once felt called to speak to a homeless man at church. Every week he showed up, and it never seemed to be the right time. I found out a couple of weeks ago that he was in jail for failure to register as a child sexual predator. Interestingly, I never had that gut feeling when I was around him. Now, it is probably too late, and I may never have another opportunity with this individual. Would I have made a difference? Who knows.

This morning I’m reminded of the parable of the prodigal son. The older son stayed home and worked with his father, while the younger son sewed his wild oats. However, the older son had a bitter and jealous heart. He failed to realize that he had his father every day. People are always more important and special than things. When the younger son came home and the father celebrated, the older son was bitter.

Colossians 1:10 reminds us how important our attitude is to God. When we are going through our routines to check actions off our todo list, but don’t have the right attitude in our hearts, God knows. The same thing happens when we are taking action to get attention and be in the spotlight. However, it is deeply satisfying to us and God when our actions emanate from our soul. Serving God is pleasing unto Him, when we have the right attitude.

Have a wonderful Monday and keep a positive attitude in everything you do. May God bless you.

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.

Try Something New Tuesday – Goodbye New Orleans

Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
‭‭GALATIANS‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Good morning from the very beautiful New Orleans.  The sky is cloudless this morning as I prepare to depart this city rich with culture.  The visit has been a wonderful opportunity for me professionally and personally.  However, I miss my husband and  I’m ready to return home.  If you ever visit New Orleans, the food is magnificent.

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During my stay I worked on my studies some at night.  I’m currently studying the Book of Galatians.  The first chapter is packed full of information.  I spent three or four hours last night studying Galatians 1 and I’m still working on it.  One theme that jumped out at me and I wanted to share is “Grace versus Legalism”.  I often hear people say legalism, but I didn’t realize what they meant until now.  It’s completely understandable as Christians that we feel obligated to do something, but that is legalism.  It could be dressing a certain way, following Old Testament laws, or feeling obligated to go or serve at Church.  Legalism puts the focus on us rather than on our sweet Lord.  Rather that working to please God, we should focus on working for God because we love Him so much and in thanksgiving for all our blessings.  You see, we have salvation by faith and spirituality by grace.  There is nothing we can do to be saved, but accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  As our verse today tells us, peace is a part of that grace (Galatians 1:3).  Isn’t that great!  Then, the “works” we do should be in thanksgiving and a way of honoring our Lord.

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So, today try something new by spending your time pleasing God in thanksgiving.  Have a super day!  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.

 

 

Spread the Love Friday – More Experiences, More Great Stories

 

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭51:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Good afternoon.  I’m resting at home today with a cold.  I’ve been pushing hard the last few weeks.  Many mornings I’ve been getting up at 3ish am, and working from 7 am to 9pm.   Well, sometimes life requires us to step it up, but after a while, this type of schedule will wear us down.  The good news is I have had some wonderful experiences and heard some awesome stories that I am pleased to share with you. The bad news is I will be continuing with this schedule until the beginning of March.  Please forgive me if I miss posting and I’m not able to keep up with your posts as much.

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Over the past few weeks, I have spoken before countless groups.  All have been wonderful experiences.  One person told me a story that really touched me.  I don’t want to reveal his identity, so I’m going to refer to him as Richard.  Richard works as a professional first responder.  He has also taught classes at a local college.  Richard was driving from out-of-town one day when he saw a little old lady on the side of the road with her broken down car.  Seconds after he passed the car, he heard a voice that said “you wouldn’t have kept driving if that had been your grandmother.”  Richard looked around and of course, no one was there.  So he traveled back to help the lady.  She hugged him tightly and cried, “I had just asked God to send someone who could help me.”  Richard looked down and his shirt was covered with makeup.  He feared his wife wouldn’t understand.  Then, someone else stopped with tools to help.  It was one of Richard’s former students.  What were the chances of this happening with Richard being out-of-town?  Even with a helping hand, the group needed water for car.  They had a bottle, but no water nearby.  That’s when they noticed an old dilapidated house that was falling down a few hundred feet away.  Richard walked over and was able to get water from an old well.  The lady, Richard and his student were soon on their way.  Yes, if you wish, you can explain this away.  Folks, it’s the fact that God in his perfect timing worked out the details.  I was touched by this story and I hope you will find it comforting.

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Yesterday, I was afforded an unique opportunity.  One of the people I was recently able to get to know, allowed me to sit in on a sermon review.  I had never heard of this, so I was intrigued.  This particular minister has multiple churches spread over many miles. What he does is rehearse and film his sermons at the same time.  So, if there is a problem with streaming on Sunday morning, he has a backup plan.  Also, he has a group of people in the audience who work in his churches critiquing his sermons to ensure he reaches and communicates effectively with everyone – teens, families, older adults, etc.  He invites others to sit in, as well.  That’s what I did.  The minister and his staff were very welcoming.  The sermon was wonderful. I loved it! He had great ideas.  Afterwards, he came over and spoke with me.  He even invited my critique.  I backed out of that part, but I may make this my late lunch time on Thursdays because it was refreshing.  You see, even when we are in our busiest seasons, God continues to open doors.

I pray your Friday will be amazing!  God bless you.

I hope you enjoy these cute videos I found.

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 – 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.