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Try Something New Tuesday – Watch Your Tongue

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
‭‭James‬ ‭3:9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

Happy Tuesday!  It’s a great time to try something new.  What will you do?  Today, I’m going to be mindful of my tongue.

Have you ever found yourself aggravated and talking about someone?  Did you feel like you were venting?  Many of us consider this type of chat venting because we are trying to deal with something within ourselves.  It’s important to remember that we are all God’s children, even the people that aggravate and make us angry.  We never know what someone else has been through or what’s behind their words.  Also, I heard a smart woman say that often this type of talk is due to insecurities, worry and fear.

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James is saying that as Christians gossip, spreading rumors and anything in general that is bad that comes out of our mouths, pollutes Christianity as a whole.  It also reflects what is in our hearts, especially when we are angry or under stress.  How can you say that you love your neighbor, if you are tearing them down with your tongue?  This is something that we all deal with and need to work on.

There are also people in our lives that have the same problem, sometimes worse. I’m sure you can think of someone who lives for drama and creates it.  We can help them, but we must be careful not to get sucked in.  These types of people can be very manipulative.  Try redirecting their talk to helping the person they are talking about.  Be thoughtful and have some ideas ready before the strife, gossip and drama begin.  If it’s a close Christian friend you might be able to work out a plan together to remind your friend when he or she falls victim to this behavior.

Satan is alive and knows our weaknesses.  He is ready to step in at anytime and lead Christians astray at a moment’s notice.

Minding our tongues is a great way to change the world one day at a time.  God bless you.

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Submit and Listen

 

“Do you not know that when you continually offer yourselves to someone to do his will, you are the slaves of the one whom you obey, either [slaves] of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness (right standing with God)?”
‭‭ROMANS‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Happy Monday!

I came across the scripture above taken from the Book of Romans that really spoke to me.  Depending upon what version of the Bible you are reading, the scripture changes a little.  What or whoever you are a slave to, you will continually serve that one’s slaves.  It’s an endless cycle that you can never win, if you are serving the wrong one.  Are you a slave to food?  Alcohol?  Drugs? Theft?  Depression?  Strife? Drama?  If so, how do you break this pattern?

The answer is very simple.  Listen to the Holy Spirit.  The more you study God’s word, the more you will hear the Holy Spirit.  For me it’s a voice inside that tells me to do or not do something.  Others tell me they hear a loud voice.  Listen and submit to His authority.  How do you know if it’s the Holy Spirit and not Satan?  Ask yourself EE2099B9-5F1D-4DF5-BC54-19F6182A69ACif what you are hearing is in line with God’s word.  It’s really that simple.

Yesterday, I was studying and I kept hearing this voice say “go cleanup your bedroom”.  At first I said, “okay, I will when I get through reading” but the voice would not leave me alone.  I had been putting off this chore for a few days, but I realize that this is an important role for me as a wife.  So, I did as requested and was able to sit down without the distraction and study.  Sometimes I also get the voice that says “don’t eat that” and I have actually said out loud “I know I shouldn’t eat this, but I’m going to anyway”.  I’ve heard others say the same.  It’s important to stay healthy when we are doing God’s work, and we need to listen to the Holy Spirit.  The Tell Me Something Good Monday News is since I’ve been paying closer attention to the Holy Spirit, my life has been running smoother.

This is called submission to authority and works at home, work, church and with the law (See Romans 13:1,2).  People who are in rebellion like to argue and be arrogant.  According to 1 Samuel 15:23, since rebellion is an act of pulling against authority and manipulating people’s wills it is a sin similar to witchcraft.  If you are unable to submit to authority at work, you should find a new job.  The same holds true at church.  You should submit to the authority of the legal system too.  As a wife I submit to my spiritual leader at home, which is my husband.  I know that will probably upset a few people.  Most of the time there isn’t an issue to submit about, but when there is, I let my husband decide.  Ladies I tell you this works well.  My husband treats me wonderfully.

We can not become leaders, until we understand how to submit to authority and everyone has someone to be accountable to, but the good news is the Holy Spirit is here to guide you on your way.

Have a super Monday.  God bless you.

Spread the Love Friday – Rejoice

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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It’s Friday and a great day to spread God’s word.  I’ve been taking a class on angels that is so interesting.  There are a couple of things I want to convey to you about angels before this discussion.  First, Jesus is not an angel (Hebrews 1:4).  Second, we are not to worship angels or to spend too much time focusing on them.  When we focus on God, he surrounds us with angels.  Third, don’t focus on Satan and the fallen angels.

I was reading this morning and I came across Luke 15:7.  Jesus was saying when one person repents more than 99 angels rejoice.  Can you imagine saying I’m sorry Father and I will try to do better in the future, and looking up to see one hundred angels singing and praising God?  Wow!  The image is amazing,

So, next time you make a mistake and you need to repent, picture all those angels praising God for your decision.  God bless you.

 

 

Forgiveness Thursday – People Come and Go

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

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Happy Thursday.  This last week I’ve been struggling with a little something that probably most of you have experienced.  From time to time people I have grown to love as friends have come into and gone out of my life.  It has happened so many times that I can’t even count.  They are people I treasure and never forget, but for whatever reason life takes them in a different direction.  I have often wondered if God sent them to me to help me learn a lesson.  Sometimes it surprises me.  Sometimes I see it coming and don’t understand why or how to stop them from leaving, if I could.  Has this ever happened to you?

It’s a little like that with Jesus.  He was here and then suddenly gone.  The good news with Him is we have the Holy Spirit and one day we will be reunited with Jesus.  It will be a glorious day.  So, if you are struggling with something similar or have struggled with this before, know that we always have our sweet Lord.  Also know that once the pain eases, you will always have memories.

Have a wonderful day!  God bless you.

 

Perseverance during Life’s Trials

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
‭‭James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

F82890B1-382F-48D2-9A1F-40EAAF7835A6We have all endured temptations and preserved through life’s  trials, but some seem especially difficult.  Saying goodbye to a family member too soon, watching a friend slowly die or suffer with an illness, poverty, war, homelessness, hunger, and pain are among of the trials we encounter, and there are many more.  How close we live to pain and suffering.  Yet, when we search our hearts, we can find a glimpse of happiness even in the most painful moments.  Although it may be difficult, there is always something for which to be thankful, and there is always someone who has more difficult trials.

God does not bring pain and suffering, but people sometimes suffer because of their 5A149D40-4077-47B5-87E1-F8A9BEBB0DB6beliefs.  John the Baptizer was beheaded after rebuking Herod for marrying Herodias, his niece and ex-wife of his brother  (Mark 6:17–29).  Stephen was stoned to death (Acts 7:54-60), as was James, the brother of Jesus.  Peter was crucified upside down and Paul was beheaded.  Other early disciples were crucified in various places.  Christians have been cooked alive, dragged to death, skinned alive, sewn into skins and eaten alive by wild animals,  starved, boiled, ground to death, had the inner organs eaten by pigs while alive and tortured in numerous other ways.  Christians are still persecuted today.

So, one must wonder despite all these horrible things why has Christianity grown 51101F3D-30BE-4445-898E-A0AF47B4EACFexponentially from the very beginning.  Why are people willing to be tortured and killed without fighting back and all the while praying for those who persecute them?  For me the answer is undeserved loving forgiveness and redemption from sin (grace) by faith that brings promises of eternal life.  The faith carried by beliefs is so strong that we are able to face adversity in the steps of Jesus.  James the Just, who was later stoned to death , said “[b]lessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James‬ ‭1:12‬‬‬).  The good news is whether you are dying a martyr or living through every day trials, your love for the Lord will lead you to the “crown of life”.  Keep the faith.

Have a super Saturday.  God bless you.

Forgiveness Thursday – Claim Your Blessings

The blessing of the LORD brings [true] riches, And He adds no sorrow to it [for it comes as a blessing from God].
‭‭PROVERBS‬ ‭10:22‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Happy Thursday.  Every day is a good day to forgive yourself and others.

Are you claiming your blessings?  Deuteronomy 28 has a list of blessings and curses with these instructions “if you diligently listen to and obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all of His commandments which I am commanding you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations . . . [and] . . . [a]ll these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you pay attention to the voice of the LORD your God” (DEUTERONOMY‬ ‭28:1-2‬).  That sounds easy on the surface, but for me at least, it’s a daily challenge.  I encourage you to read all the wonderful blessings in the first 13 verses.  Then, take a look at the curses that follow.  God has given us the free-will to make the choice.

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I recently read Joyce Meyer’s book Change Your Words, Change Your Life (Faith Words, NY, 2012).  I love all of her books, but this one helped me realize that what we think and speak, has an impact on whether or not we claim our blessings.  When Jesus was challenged by Satan, he spoke God’s word.  Why wouldn’t we?  So, after reading this book, I made a list of Bible verses, and began claiming God’s blessings every day, at least one if not multiple times a day, in my life.  If you have any doubts to whether this works, try it.  God doesn’t want us to be miserable.  Claim your blessings today and every day.

Have a great day!  God bless you.

Forgiveness Thursday — Shine, Shine, Shine!

“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because GOD, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Happy Thursday!  It’s been a very busy week, but I am so pleased with all the good I see in the world.

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Have you ever been placed in an uncomfortable position or put “on the spot” about an issue at work or even outside of work?  This is a great time for you to say “thank you” and shine.  Yesterday, I was involved in two such meetings: one was scheduled in advance; and one was at a moment’s notice. Guess what?  Both meetings went well.  When we allow Christ to work through us, we don’t have to be concerned or stressed out.

D9CB35F8-4DE8-4441-81F3-3135329B636FSo, what do you do?  First, don’t stress out!  Much of what we get stressed over never even happens.  Relax and say a quick prayer.  Second, really listen.  Don’t let your mind wander.  Empathize with those who are speaking with you and try to identify the issues.  Third, avoid interrupting. Just listen. Fourth, start out soft.  If you start out upset, you have nowhere to go.  Fifth, think creatively.  Sometimes we might not have an answer, and it’s okay to ask for additional time.  Sixth, when everyone has gone their separate ways, follow-up in a timely manner.  Finally, don’t hold any grudges.  Forgive anyone who has offended you and let it go.  It may take a little practices, but with time, this process will leave you feeling pleased.

I hope you will embrace opportunities like these.  God bless you.

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.

Try Something New Tuesday – Let God Take Over

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Happy Tuesday!  It’s raining here and we are so excited!  Isn’t it great God knows what we need and when we need it.

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Have you ever had one of those days where you felt invisible to someone?  I’m sure you have had at least one person in your life that has treated you like no matter what you have done, it’s never enough or good enough.  It’s tough not to take this to heart, especially when you feel singled out.  What’s worse is sometimes this type of behavior seems to almost grow contagiously, and before you know it multiple people have joined.  So, what do you do?

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One thing I know you don’t want to do is let them control your emotions and actions.  Sometimes it is just enough to take a deep breath, smile and keep going.  Other times you might feel a little more beaten down.  You can still take a deep breath, smile and keep going, but when the person is talking, listen to what they are saying and watch their body language.  Then, when they leave, pray for them and turn the situation over to God.

In Exodus 14:14 Moses told the Israelites that if they would stand firm against the Egyptians, the LORD would fight for them.  God is still fighting for us today.  We only need to be still.  While you are waiting, put on some praise music and to uplift your soul.  Whatever you do, try to avoid mimicking  the actions of people who mistreat you, when you deal with others.  If the situation continues, pray about it.  Unfortunately, sometimes it takes pain to get our attention and push us to make changes in our lives.  If that is your situation, don’t fret.  Just let God help you.

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I hope your day is wonderful!  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.