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Tell Me Something Good Monday – Take Time Live Childlike

For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:2-5‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Good Morning!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Please share your wonderful experiences.

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As I continue leading the multigenerational Sunday School class, God teaches me.  Last week we had about 30 members in attendance from children to Senior Citizens.  So, when I was preparing the class I prayed about my dilemma of involving the children while keeping the adults engaged.  I spent some time planning the class, which involved all types of activities where the adults could assist with leading songs and teaching hand games to the children.

When it came time for Sunday School to start yesterday, there were 8-10 adults and no children.  I explained my dilemma to the class and moved forward. God is so awesome.  The class was about “Christian Family”.  Who knew the adults would enjoy making the church and steeple with their hands, and singing “Have You ever Seen a Lassie” with different words for the occasion?  We had a meaningful discussion of the scripture followed by a cooperative game with a beach ball.  They seemed to have fun.  One member told me repeatedly how much he enjoyed the class and one said we should play with the beach ball every week.  I had fun too.  I called my daughter and asked her to bring Landon over.  He and I played like lifeguards in the pool saving imaginary animals and had a blast!

Sometimes we are so busy running from here to there and keeping up with all our electronic devices that we forget that we need to just be “childlike” and enjoy life.  What a blessing God showed me yesterday.

I hope you have a fantastic Monday!  God bless you.

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Conforming and Modeling

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.    Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭MSG

Happy Wednesday!  I hope your Wednesday is wonderful.  It is simply beautiful here and the weather is great.  I’m utilizing a late lunch to post.  I am so blessed to have three windows in my office.  I hope you will take advantage of your opportunities to make the world a better place today.

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Have you ever looked around and thought “I don’t know what this world is coming to?”  I heard my grandmother use that phrase many times.  Have you wondered why so many people, especially young people, seem to lose their way?  I was in a meeting on Monday where a case worker shared a new program for helping young families with trauma.  I listened carefully at the statistics with a heavy heart.  There was an example provided of a young woman, who was abused and possibly on drugs.  She had lost her two young children, who were under the age of four, and she couldn’t have any more children.  The father of the children was in prison.  The case worker couldn’t figure out why the mother was not attending the counseling and classes, so the children could return home.  Finally, someone called the mother.  Her response was “I don’t have transportation.”  A person in the community purchased a bicycle for the mother and she never missed another class. It’s so easy think that the parents are evil, but that is not necessarily the case.  We are all products of our environment, and we continue the lessons we have learned.  Some of us break the mold in some ways, but still carry on what our parents have taught us in many ways.

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On the way to work this morning I heard a sermon by the late Reverend Billy Graham.  He used an example of a little boy walking strangely through the snow.  The father asked the little boy “what are you doing son?”  The little boy said “walking in your steps Daddy”.  It is easy to forget that children learn from watching their parents and other adults in their lives.  Someone shared a story with me recently about a young boy.  He was supposed to sleepover at a friend’s house, but changed his mind and stayed home.  His parents did not know he was there.  That night he watched as his parents and other adults drank excessively and participated in unrestrained sexual activiy with other adult couples in the house.

If you don’t think this affects you and your family, you are wrong.  These same children and adults will interact with you, your children and grand children.  This is a world-wide problem.  Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed by God, not conformed by the world. Just because the Internet or television shows indicate that certain behaviors are acceptable, doesn’t mean that they are.  You may think no one knows, but someone is always watching. The Bible tells us that if you are watching or thinking about things that are wrong and enjoying it, that’s just as bad. It’s up to Christians to share God’s love and walk the walk that they are talking.

So as you go through your life, think of the people who are modeling your behavior.  Think of the impacts you have on other people.  Are you making the world a better place or adding to it’s corruption?  Go to God for help.  He’s always there and He will bring out the best in you.

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.

 

 

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 – Giving and Learning Tuesday

and there they continued to preach the good news.
‭‭ACTS‬ ‭14:7‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Good morning from chilly Florida.  It’s a beautiful and glorious day here.  It’s Try Something New Tuesday, but I also discovered that it is Giving Tuesday.  Apparently the Tuesday after Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday on the YouVersion Bible App.  This is one of the apps I enjoy using.  If you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to try something new and try the YouVersion Bible App.  Please know that I do not receive any compensation for sharing this information.

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I enjoy reading National Geographic and Biblical Archeology.  This morning I had a notice pop up on my cell phone about an upcoming special on National Geographic about the Tomb of Christ.  The special will air on the National Geographic Explorer channel on December 3rd at 9/8 central.

Have you ever been at a loss for words when someone is asking you questions that could make a difference in a faith decision?  Have you ever known a phrase that was in the Bible but didn’t know where?  When I was a child, I memorized Bible verses in Sunday School.  The ones I learned as a child have stuck with me through time.  Then, I went through a very long period of time that I didn’t bother to memorize verses because I didn’t like it when people would quote Bible verses out of context.  I still feel that way, but now I realize it is important to not only study, but know the Bible.  I realize that there are people who can quote the entire Bible, but aren’t Christians or the type Christian that Jesus would want us to be.  However, I also realize that when Jesus was being tempted by Satan, he used God’s words.

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So, it is also important for us to use God’s words in prayer, and to know which words to use in which prayer.  So, today I’m going to try something new.  Every Tuesday I will start challenging you and myself to learn one verse a week.  Just think if you accept the challenge, in a year you will know 52 verses.  Isn’t that great!  Many of the verses you probably will already know, it will just be a refresher.  I will be starting a group in the ScriptureTyper App.  If possible I will call it Hisperfecttiming.  I will provide more information on this later.

So, today the verse is “so that He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: ‘HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES [upon Himself] AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.’”  ‭‭MATTHEW‬ ‭8:17‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I challenge you to take on the Bible verse challenge and also be kind to people today.  I think many people are extra stressed this time of year.  Let someone go ahead of you in line.  Pay it forward in the fast food drive through.  Say something kind to everyone you meet regardless of what they say to you.  God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday – Make It Fun

Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭144:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Happy Tuesday!  It’s hard to believe that it’s two days before Thanksgiving.

Since the beginning of the school year, two or three days a week I take my grandson to preschool. He’s three and it’s a good time to get him acquainted with going to school, playing, learning and making friends. Of course, he doesn’t want to go.  At first, I thought he was afraid.  I stayed with him an hour, before I left him.  Big mistake!  Then, I realized he didn’t want to go, because he’d rather stay with me or his parents.  That’s sweet and I can understand.  Wouldn’t we all like to stay home with our loved ones rather than go to school or work.  Unfortunately, that’s not reality for most of us.  A very nice friend suggested I try something that was working with her great-granddaughter.  On the way to the classroom, they picked up rocks to give to the teacher.  So, I made a slight variation, we picked flowers in the yard to give to the teacher.  That worked a little, I guess.  After a while it became a game of how to delay the dreaded trip to school.  Last week, I decided to try something a little different, which I knew was a big mistake when I started it.  It’s funny what you will resort to when you are desperate.  I bribed Landon with a toy.  The promise was if he was good at school, he would receive a surprise. He didn’t quite understand the delayed gratification, but he was a little better.  He still pouted as he walked in slowly.  This morning I did the same thing.  As you can imagine, it didn’t work as well.  So, I started playing games and singing songs with him while driving to school.  Then, when we arrived, we raced to the door.  He looked a little disappointed when he realized he was at the door to his school.  He went in a little sad, but a little better than last week.    I’ve been through all of this with my own children, but it seems a little worse with my grandson.  Maybe because I want him to love me and not think of me as the one who drops him off every day.

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As I sit here I realize that whenever we don’t want to go to school or work, we can also play games and do something fun.  In fact, many of us already do this regularly.  There’s nothing wrong with turning dreaded tasks into fun games and rewarding ourselves from time-to-time.  Most things I dread, I really like after I get started.

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One thing many people dread is reading and studying their Bible. I have heard people say that they don’t understand it, and it puts them to sleep.  Once you develop a habit of reading, you will be amazed at the stories in the Bible!  So, why not make a game out of reading the Bible.  There are trivia apps on the Internet that you play to test your knowledge.  You can memorize a Bible verse a week or a day.  You can challenge others to participate in games.  Before you know it, reading the Bible will be fun for you too.

God bless you.

 

 

 

 

Teach Your Children in the Way of the LORD

All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace.  Isaiah 54:13

It’s a lazy, rainy Saturday at my home.  I’m enjoying a little time with my husband and grandson this morning.  It’s so important to spend time with our children and grandchildren.  They remember what happens at home, which can be good and bad.  If you are raising your children in the way of the Lord and living by example, it’s great!  There are so many outside influences that are not good that they are exposed to.  Yesterday, I was taking Landon to school and he said “look Bebaws, it’s a glorious day!”  Isn’t that great!It’s always great when they feel love and happiness at home and at grandma’s house.   If you are not living the life you want your children to imitate,  get right with God and ask for help.  It’s never too late.  Start today.  If you don’t have children, be a tutor, mentor, big brother/sister, Sunday School teacher, or super aunt or uncle.  Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders.  Believe me when I say it matters.

Today, I encourage you to make the difference in the life of a child!  God bless you.

 

Spread the Love Friday – Fear Not

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  1 Timothy 6:12

Happy Friday!  After several months of encountering coordination issues, today Kelsey and I are talking about the Book of Job.  That’s not all – Kelsey has an announcement! I hope you enjoy the video!

Have a wonderful day. God bless you!

Try Something New Tuesday – Just Say Jesus

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.  Colossians 3:15

Happy Tuesday.  It’s a great day to try something new.

Over the last couple of weeks, I have seen so much despair around me.  I have heard stories about divorce, custody battles, breakups, sickness, suicide threats, financial stress, sick children, abused children, sick family members, job stress, mental illness and so much more.  Have you ever fallen into one of these categories or do you know someone who has?  Most of us have at one time or another had to deal with these types of stress.  The good news is, you do the best you can and then you turn it over to Jesus.  It’s that easy.  You don’t have to spend more money or take a class.  Sometimes the simplest answers are the most difficult to grasp.  So today, turn everything over to our Lord and trust in his peace.  If you know someone going through a tough time, please pray for them.

God Bless you.

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Be Strong In God’s Word

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers, In Speech, In Conduct, In Love, In Faith and In Purity.   1 Timothy 4:12

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.  I enjoyed a busy Saturday with family and a restful Sunday.  I had a little time to enjoy Dominic, who is four months old and growing rapidly.  He is also calming down a bit.  He follows me around and watches me quietly.  When I’m posting blogs, he sits near me and watches.  Last night, he discovered his cat tree.  It’s like an amusement park to him.  The pets are becoming more comfortable with one another, although there is still a little friction.  Isn’t it great watching the young make their way in the world!

Do you feel like it is tough to find your way in the world?  Do you feel like others in your life never listen to you or give you a chance?  Do you feel like others just don’t understand your world?  Do you remember feeling this way when you were younger?  It’s tough making your way in the world.  You have to figure out what you believe, and deal with endless people telling you how to believe.  Decisions are critical and can be life changing, and just when you think you have it all figured out, you realize your in a huge mess.  If all that wasn’t enough, you don’t want to disappoint the ones who believe in you the most.  It’s tough!

If you want to make good decisions, read and follow the Bible.  It has withstood time and never leads people astray.  There are young people throughout the Bible, who accomplished great feats.  In 1 Samuel 17 a young David (about age 17) took on Goliath, and later became king.  In Genesis 37 Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery.  Then, the Potiphar’s wife flirted with him, which resulted in him being thrown into jail unjustly.  In the end, God honored Joseph for being just and right despite these bad events.  In 2 Kings 5 a little girl feared for the people around her not knowing God, and actually played an important role in Naaman being taken to Elisha the prophet for the healing of his leprosy.  In Daniel 1-3 King Nebuchadnezzar casted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into a fiery furnace after the three young men (probably between 10 and 30 years old) refused to bow down and worship idols.  The soldier that pushed the three into the furnace burned  up because the fire was so hot.  However, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego walked out without any pain or suffering.  Don’t forget the little boy in John 6 who gave up his lunch of bread and fish to feed 5000 men (not counting women and children).  For the young of heart, Daniel was about 80 years old when he took on the lion.  The good news is whether you are 6 or 96, you are great too! Trust God and follow the lessons in His word.  You, too, will make great decisions.  Oh, and one more thing, be gentle with your parents.  They love you!

God bless you.