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Light of the World Blogger Award

I’m truly honored to have been nominated by Joe of Lighthouse Devotions and T. R. Noble of Inside Cup  for the Light of the World Award.  I strive everyday to let God’s light shine through me and find this Award to be a blessing to my ministry.  Thank you Joe and T. R. Noble.  Take a few minutes to enjoy both blogs.  You will walk away feeling blessed.

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Light of the World Award

The Apostle Paul said, “Pay everyone what is owed: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due”.  Romans 13:7

“I believe that true believers and followers of Jesus Christ are actually like lighthouses for God. For this reason and because Jesus Himself said that we are the ‘light of the world,’ I decided to create The Light of the World Award to honor authors (bloggers) whose presence on the web serves as a shining light for Christ and His Gospel of salvation.”  Joe Rodriguez, Award  Creator (Lighthouse Devotions)

My Answers to Joe’s Questions

  1. What three words would you use to describe your blog?  Inspirational, Healing, Blessings 
  2. In what way(s) can a Christian shine for Christ? We all have God given gifts.  Each person’s gifts are different.  When Christians use their gifts and strive to live like Christ, we shine for Christ.  No one is perfect, but people are always watching.  It’s important that we make good decisions and have good attitudes, especially when we are having a bad day.  As we walk with Christ, others will be drawn to us and we can share our beliefs.  Never let an opportunity pass.  It may be the only chance you have to shine in that person’s life for Christ.
  3. What bible verse (quote it) talks about being a light in a dark and lost world? For once you were darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [live as those who are native-born to the Light]
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  4. What Christian song do you know that has the word “light” in it? Provide a link if available.  I have a couple of favorites.  First So Will I (100 Million X) by Hillsong UNITED.  The lyrics begin “God of creation there at the start before the beginning of time with no point of reference you you spoke to the dark and fleshed out the wonder of light . . .” 

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I also enjoy listening to the upbeat song called Start a Fire by Unspoken.  

Lyrics
This world can be cold and bitter
Feels like we’re in the dead of winter
Waiting on something better
But am I really gonna hide forever?
Over and over again
I hear Your voice in my head
Let Your light shine, let Your light shine for all to see
Start a fire in my soul
Fan the flame and make it grow
So there’s no doubt or denying
Let it burn so brightly
That everyone around can see
That it’s You, that it’s You that we need
Start a fire in me
 You only need a spark to start a whole blaze
It only takes a little faith
Let it start right here in this city
So these old walls will never be the same
Over and over again
I hear Your voice in my head
They need to know
I need to go
Spirit won’t You fall on my heart now
Start a fire in my soul
Fan the flame and make it grow
So…

My Nominations

  1. Faith Love Soul. Yamina strives to help people to live their personal best life.  Her tips are great and will uplift you along the way.
  2. New Creation Ministries .  There are many ways to shine your light, and Ellie is does it with nutrition.  I’m so thankful for posts that are helpful in living a healthy life.
  3. GodInspiredArt&Quotes.  Tammy shines God’s light through her bubbly personality.  I always enjoy chatting with her.  Her blog features God inspired art.
  4. Dr. Charles Earl Harrel   What a blessing it has been to get to know Dr. Charles Earl Harrel, minister and author.  If you haven’t already picked up his book The Greatest Moment, do so right away and visit his blog.  God’s light shines through his work.
  5. Taking Up My Cross this young writer inspires me with his knowledge.  He uses every day situations to teach God’s word.
  6. I’ve recently discovered Walking In God’s promises.  The author uses delightful life stories to share how God is at work in our lives daily.
  7. Tonya Batterson LaLonde touches my heart with her encouraging posts.   Visit her blog and see how God’s light is shining through her

The Rules

  1. Save and add the award image (pictured above) on your blog.
  2. Create a page/post to mention the award nomination and thank the person/blog that nominated you. Make sure you provide a link to their site.
  3. Give credit to the creator of the award (Lighthouse Devotions) and provide a link to the site as well.  (http://www.Lighthousedevotions.blog)
  4. List the rules.
  5. Answer the next four questions on the same post:
    1. What three words would you use to describe your blog?
    2. In what way(s) can a Christian shine for Christ?
    3. What bible verse (quote it) talks about being a light in a dark and lost world?
    4. What Christian song do you know that has the word “light” in it? Provide a link if available.
  6. Nominate 7 or more people/blogs to receive the award. Briefly explain why you think they should receive it and provide a link to their sites.
  7. Contact them and let them know that you nominated them.
  8. Provide them with a link to the Rules page.
  9. Say a prayer thanking God for His light and ask that He continue to shine it through you and your blog.
  10. Keep shining the light of Christ wherever you go and in whatever you do!

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. – Matthew 5:14 (NAS)

Spread the Love Friday – Warm them up!

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 

Good morning!  It’s still cold and raining in Florida.

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I woke up early today to take my grandson, Landon to school only to learn I had mixed up the days.  Add to that, my cold now includes a sore throat.  So, as I was sitting here aggravated with myself, I received a clear message from God.  “Take them warm hot chocolate.  They are working in the cold and rain.”  At first I thought . . . What?  I’m sick.  I told myself that I would work on my blog post since I had extra time.  Then I heard it again. “Take them something warm.  They are cold.”  Okay, this time I hear and understand clearly, but who?  Who is cold?  So, I said “no problem God, but show me who.”  I began pulling up my blog and I heard it again.  I know this sounds a little nuts to some of you, but I feel like I’m supposed to share this.  If it is cold this morning where you are, join me in taking a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee with you when you go out.  Someone will need it today, and we will know who it is when we see them.  Hmmm.  Maybe it wasn’t a mistake that I woke up early.  As I have been typing this post, my sore throat has eased up.

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Today, I challenge you to take something to warm to at least one person who is out in the cold. I can’t wait to hear what you have to share about this experience.  I will share as well.   Stay blessed.

 

 

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Thirsting for God

As the heart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God. My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God.…[ Roaring] deep calls to [roaring] deep at the thunder of Your waterspouts; all Your breakers and Your rolling waves have gone over me.    Psalm 42: 1–2, 7

Happy Monday!  Some of the most rewarding and treasured times in our lives happen in the unplanned moments.  You know, those moments that disrupt and put a kink in our schedules.  That has been the case more than the exception lately.  Yet, my life has changed for the better, and I have become a better person.  God knows what we need and when we need it.  When unexpected things take over, go with it.  Everything always works out in the end.  Living in the present reduces our stress levels.

Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night with a need to talk to God?  Do you love him so much that you sometimes want to slip away from wherever you are and find a quiet place to talk to Him?  Do you sometimes feel that only he understands?  Me too!  David had that kind of thirst for the Lord.  Last night I started reading Lynn Hammond’s The Master is Calling, where she talks about her time spent with God in prayer (Whitaker House, 2000).  She speaks about having a hunger for God’s attention.  I know this unquenchable thirst and hunger.  There is only one thing that will help – quiet time alone with my sweet Lord.  It’s a wonderful feeling!  Jesus tells us “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5: 3, 6).  The great news is the more I am filled with the Holy Spirit, the more I long to do good.  I don’t want to be out of the anointing.

Take time today to go somewhere quiet and allow him to feel your thirst.  God bless you.

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Be Accepting

Her mouth speaks from which fills her heart.  Luke 6:45

Happy Monday!  It’s a great to share something good!  I worked really hard finishing three classes over the weekend.  Have you ever felt like something was hanging over your head?  That’s how I felt, and every day something happened.  I was able to spend time with my children, grandson and husband over the weekend, which is always great.  Last night I even found time to read a magazine.  I sometimes feel like I should work 24/7, but rest is important, because it restores us.

Have you ever felt like someone was just driving you crazy?  Does the way your neighbors behave get under your skin?  Do you sometimes think you are going to lose your mind if you are around a coworker for one more minute?  Has someone ever betrayed your trust and hurt you deeply?  A good percentage of our aggravation every day comes from people not being what we want them to be or behaving how we would like for them to behave.  God created all of us differently and each person has value in the world.  Wouldn’t it be boring if we were all alike?  Proverbs 11:27 says “he that diligently seeks good, seeks favor and grace.”  In today’s terms this means, find something good in every person you meet.  You don’t have to forget the bad, just don’t focus on it.  Don’t let the world corrupt you with gossip and unnecessary talk.  Accept everyone for who they are and enjoy them for the good they bring into the world.

Have a wonderful Monday!  God bless you!

Forgiveness Thursday – God Fulfills

He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.  Psalm 107.9

Happy Thursday!  It’s  a great time to practice forgiveness.

Have you ever felt empty?  Have you felt like no matter what you do, you can’t find happiness?  Is being content something you can’t seem to wrap your mind around?  Are you an overachiever, a workaholic, a perfectionist or something similar?  Do you feel you have to fill every moment of the day with an activity?  Do you dread quietness?  I know how you feel.  There is only one thing that can fill that hole,  God.  You can try everything you can think of, but I promise nothing will fill that hole but God.  Start your day with God and put God first all day long, and he will fill the emptiness in your soul.

God bless you,

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Radiate God’s Love

We can’t always see where the road leads, but God promises there is something better up ahead we just have to trust him.  Psalm 56:3

Happy Wednesday!  It’s a great day to Use Your Gifts to Change the World!  So, what will you do?

Do you ever feel like you are unable to make positive change?  Do you feel like the world is too big?  Then, I have good news.  The smallest of changes are viral in the scheme of changing the world.  Whenever you do something as simple as smiling at someone having a bad day, the results are beneficial, and that’s not all.  Positive changes grow exponentially.  Yesterday, I actually heard a very nice lady, who collects items for children in need, say that she had so many people donate that she had to create a new list of items to prevent sending volunteer donors away.  She was also taking overflow donations to other agencies.  Isn’t that great!  That’s how it should be.  When we work together to help society, government doesn’t have to.  As I’ve said so many times before, changing the world doesn’t have to involve donations or money.  You can smile, give a friend a hug, tell the manager of a restaurant or store about an employee who is doing a good job, leave a note, and the list goes on and on. There is no limit to what YOU can do.

As you go out into the world today, start at home and radiate.  Make a difference everywhere you go.  God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday – The Mix Match Game

But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength.

It’s Try Something New Tuesday!  A few weeks  ago I began a new health journey through Noom Coach.  This seems to be working for me.  I just started week three and I’ve  lost about 15 pounds.  I’ve also been making healthier food choices and exercising more.  Every day I try something new, which keeps the program fresh.  I don’t just mean that I try new recipes or exercises, but I try new ways to conquer cravings and other temptations.

Life is similar.  Sometimes we get in a rut of going through a day-to-day routine, which can wreak havoc on our relationships and our self-esteem.  We can get so caught up in what we are focused on that we lose who we are and what we believe in.  At the end of the day we don’t feel like we  have enough time to enjoy life.  We may not even think we are worthy of God’s love.  Always remember that God thinks you are beautiful. You are his child and he loves you.

One way to prevent burnout and getting caught up in every day  life routines is to look at your tasks differently. Noom Coach teaches to make a list of the “have to’s” and the “want to’s” in your life.  Then mix match combinations on the list.  I know this was intended for food and exercise, but why couldn’t you use it in general life.  For example,  if taking the kids to ball practice is on your “have to”  list, and paying it forward is on your “want to” list, why not pick up other kids going to practice on the way and relieve another parent.  If you have been wanting to read your Bible, but you can’t find time before or after work, take your lunch to work with you and find somewhere quiet to read. There are endless possibilities for work and home.

Remember, variety is the spice of life.  I can’t wait to read what you plan to try.  God bless you.

The Unique Partnership of Prayer and Faith

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.  Matthew 21:22

 Today, I am so excited and wish to thank Christi B. author of “Women Who Inspire” for spotlighting Hisperfecttiming! Christi spotlights inspirational women who make a positive impact. This is what she wrote on Friday.

Isn’t that great!  Wow!  I’m so blessed that Christi thought of Hisperfecttiming! I wish that I could take the credit, but God works through my life and work.  I’m so thankful to Christi and all readers and followers!  I pray you are all blessed as much as I am and more!

I saw a Facebook post this morning that caught my attention.  It said “if you woke up this morning with all that you prayed for yesterday, where would you be.”  Where would YOU be?

I’ve noticed that many people get caught up in the “how to” of prayer.  I understand fully, because I’ve been there.  I have been to prayer classes, where books have been passed out on what to pray for in various situations.  I have read books trying to understand how to pray publicly and what to pray.  I’ve listened closely and memorized prayers that I thought were especially nice,  I’ve  asked for feedback.  While some of this was helpful, none was enough.  I would pray freely in private, but publicly I would choke.  My mind would go blank.  Have you ever been there?  I am still growing spiritually and I’m in no way an expert, but I have some ideas on the subject of prayer.

First, in order to pray effectively, you must have faith. Prayer is simply talking to God. I talk to God like I talk to you, my friends.  How can you effectively pray, or talk to God, if you don’t believe?  If you are praying and you don’t believe in God, to whom are you talking or trying to impress?  God knows your heart.  you must first trust and believe in him.

Second, as I stated above, prayer is talking to God.  No matter where you are, or what you are doing, you can talk to God.  It can be silently.  No one has to know your private conversations.  I pray throughout the day.  I can’t imagine going an entire day without prayer.  I’ve recently decided that instead of speaking privately to others, I would just begin and end with God.  I’ve also found it especially helpful to pray for people who are hurtful.  Ask God to bless them.  This sounds a little strange, but I promise it works every time.  I sometimes pray that the right people will be brought into a loved one’s or friend’s life, who will bring that person closer to God and help them to make good decisions.  We just can’t be all things to all people.

Third, when you pray publicly, just talk to God and don’t worry about impressing others.  That’s easier said than done when you are put on the spot, right?  Take the focus off of you, and put the focus on God and helping others.  Sometimes a brief pause to gather your  thoughts will help, too.  You should pray about something related to why you are with whoever you are with and what you are doing.  For example, are you at a mealtime meeting?  Pray about making good decisions and your thankfulness for the food.

I once saw a handy guide to prayer.  The guide used the word — BLESS.

B- Body

L- Labor

E- Emotional

S- Social

S- Spiritual

The way this works is, you think of at least one thing in each category to pray about.  If you know in advance that you will be leading prayer, you can write it down. If not, you will probably be able to come up with something quickly.  I also jot down names of people who are sick, so that I can include them in my prayers.

Fourth, I always thank God first.  I try not to just continuously ask for something.  I am truly blessed and thankful.  I pray regularly before each meal, in the mornings before work, and at night before I go to sleep.  From time to time I suffer from insomnia and talk to God until I doze off.  However, regular prayer does not keep me from talking to God throughout the day.  My husband reminds me every day to enjoy my present.  He means the present moment.  Living in the present is something to be thankful for, as well.

Fifth, I have heard that God loves to hear his word.  I think this originates from Jesus using God’s words when dealing with the devil.  So, I read and meditate on my Bible, and try to do the same.  It’s a great way to glorify God.  As Third Day sings “the grass will wither and flowers will fall, but the word of our God will last forever.”  I also pray before bible study, my classes, my blogs,  and church, because I want to have an understanding of God’s word and be able to reflect it in my life.

Sixth, don’t forget to repent.  Admit to and ask God for forgiveness of all the mistakes you made throughout each day, and then forgive others.  I usually ask for forgiveness after I thank God for my blessings, but you decide what works for you.  I also send up prayers as soon as I realize I’ve done something wrong, because by the end of the day I may forget.  I’ve decided that forgetfulness that comes with age is also a blessing sometimes.

Seventh, ask God to help you with temptations.  Trust me when I say, I have many. I pray for help with temptations all day long. Isn’t it great to know that we  don’t have to fight the devil alone!  God is always by my side.

Finally, the more you pray, the more comfortable you will be with praying.  Similarly, the more you pray publicly, the more comfortable you will be with leading public prayer.  There all types of tips, books and ideas to follow on how to pray, but I encourage you to keep it simple.  God loves you and knows where your heart is.

Take time to talk with God today.  God bless you.

Forgiveness Thursday – Enjoy the Moments and Teach God’s Word

A righteous man who walks in his integrity – how blessed are his sons after him.   Proverbs 20:7

It’s Forgiveness Thursday.  Of course, we can and should take time every day to forgive ourselves and others as Christ has forgiven us.  The title is just a reminder to stop and get right with God.  When we refuse to forgive others, we only hurt ourselves.  So let the pain sail away today, and turn to God for help.

When I think back to when my children were growing up, I often regret not being there for them and providing them more.  It was always my dream to be a stay home mother like my mom, which is not always possible in today’s world.  So, I worked.

My daughter has told me that I came home from work and took my bad day out on them.  I hate the way that sounds, but it is probably true.  I have asked God and my children to forgive me.  What happened to me and might have happened or may be happening to you is I was working long hours, going to graduate school, taking care of the house and trying to be a mom.  Being a mom included taking the children to dance, band, or whatever else they had going on, ensuring homework was done, feeding the children and making sure they had showers and clean clothes, and also making sure they went to church.  That is quite a bit to juggle.  My husband helped but he was working two jobs and was exhausted.  So, like many people, we did the best we could.  Then, time slipped up on us and our children left home.

Is there ever enough time?  Sometimes I think God keeps us busy, so we won’t dwell on the passing time, because one day we have to let our children leave and find their way.  I tried like crazy to slow down the clock, but our children still grew up.  So, what I’m trying to say is, if you feel like your best wasn’t enough when you were raising your children, quit torturing yourself because most people feel the same way.  We all do the best we can.  The good news is you may be given another opportunity to make a difference with your grandchildren.

If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or just someone who influences a child, teach them Bible verses, prayers, and Bible stories. Take them to church and church functions.  Answer their questions and lead by example.  The mind of a child is quick and absorbs everything around.  If you want to make a difference in the world, start here. Guess what?  Your marriage and family will be blessed along the way.

Today, as you forgive yourself and others, be a positive Christian influence on the children in your life.  God bless you.

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Just Do It

Rise up, take courage and do it!   Ezra 10:4

Good Morning!  Camels are happy all over the world today!  Can you believe it is Wednesday already?

Just about every Wednesday I encourage you to use your gifts to change the world, and I have discussed how we all have different gifts.  Have you ever wondered what can I do?  How can I make a difference?  There are opportunities everywhere.  A couple of weeks ago on Friday, I discussed ways to “pay it forward” and encouraged you to try.  I always try to do whatever I write about, but that  particular Friday, I was super busy.  So, I took a twenty-dollar bill to the local utility counter and asked the nice lady to use it to help someone who in her opinion really needed financial assistance.  Last week I heard back that the money assisted two families that were in need.  I tell you this because the gesture took less than five minutes and the stories I heard brought tears to my eyes.  How many times do we waste twenty bucks on fast food or junk that we never use?  This week in our office one of the ladies on my staff collected money to help needy children with school supplies.  Again, it did not take much money to make a difference. I think ten dollars a piece helped two children.

If you are saying I can’t even spare ten dollars, I have good news for you.  You can help someone who is in a hurry by giving them your place in line at the store.  One thing I try to do is be a resource to people and that doesn’t cost money.  All I do is listen, and try to help them find the information that will assist with their concern.  This is super easy and incredibly helpful.  How about leaving someone a note to let them know you care.

As you can see there are opportunities to use your gifts to help others everywhere you look.  All that remains is to just do it.  So as you go through your day, help others.  I can’t wait to read what you have done or plan to do.  God bless you.