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Who Is Your Superhero?

for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
‭‭LUKE‬ ‭19:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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Happy Saturday!  In a time when there are so many superhero movies, I had someone ask me “who is your superhero?”  Now, my family enjoys the superhero movies, but I really don’t care for that genre.  However, I will watch them to keep from spoiling everyone’s fun and sometimes I find them entertaining. Sometimes I fall asleep.  Britt likes Ironman and Landon likes all of the superheroes, but I think Batman is his favorite now.  He even has a Batman bed.  My first thoughts went to Superman with actor Christopher Reeves.  Then, I started thinking about my studies in church history.  How many people have died over time without a fight for Christianity.  “Jesus” I replied.  A not so unexpected laugh is what I received.

Last week during our multigenerational Sunday School class, I listened as a 15 year
B76792F0-6F68-4368-9128-25D5B68DE5DCold girl explained how if she prayed at school or spoke of God she would be suspended.  I could hardly believe my ears.  We live in a town of about 7,000 people with a church on every corner.  I’m not so naive to think that this is because of anything other than federal law designed to protect some.  Yet, this law stifles the rights of others.

A couple of weeks ago we watched the movie Paul, Apostle of Christ.  The movie portrayed the degree to which Christians were willing to suffer for their beliefs.  This suffering has continued throughout time.  I’ve been reading Deeper Experiences of Famous Christians by James G. Lawson, which features diary entries intermingled with the history of each character. One story that has weighed heavy on my mind was about Madame Jeanne Guyon.  There are so many more dating to recent Christian attacks.

So, what makes Christians willing to suffer all the while asking forgiveness for those who persecute them, whether in a bullying situation or being burned alive?  Our 69D86D32-5017-449C-9675-14267F680A69Superhero, Jesus Christ!  Christians know that everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23).  The price for sin is death, but through Jesus Christ, our free gift from God himself, we can have eternal life (Romans 6:23).  All we have to do is call on the name of the Lord to be saved (Romans 10:13).  Isn’t that great!  If you have any doubt, study Christianity over time. These Christians are shadows of Christ.  Christians also know the two most important commandments taught by Jesus are to love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:29-31).  We forgive because we are forgiven.

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Let Jesus be your superhero!  Have a wonderful Saturday.  May God bless you.

 

Forgiveness Thursday – Brokenness

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18

Good morning!  “This is the day the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24)  It’s a glorious day here in Florida.  We have mild temperatures and the sun is shining bright.  The leaves are changing and it feels good to be alive.   It’s Forgiveness Thursday and some of us are on the downside of the work week.  Don’t let a moment go by without getting right with God.

Often I hear people say “I’m broke” or “I’m broken”.  What do these phrases mean to you?  Does “broken” mean brokenhearted?  Do you have a broken bone or are you sick?  When you hear the word “broke,” does your mind immediately go to financial matters?  Does “broken” mean unworthy?  Do you think of relationship problems?  Maybe you think “I suck at being a Christian”.

 I have thought all of these thoughts at one time or another.  Regardless to which one comes to mind, there is one answer that will solve the problem.  Hebrews 13:5 tells us that God has promised he will never fail or abandon us.  So, no matter how broken you think you are, you can always turn to him.   When God does the mending, broken things become blessed.    We can also rest assured in knowing that in all things God works for the good (Romans 8:28).  While we may not understand now, we will one day.  Remember, that no one is too broken for the grace of Jesus.

So, today if you feel broken, rest in knowing that grace is enough.  If you know someone broken, stop what you are doing and pray with them.  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.

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.

Try Something New Tuesday – Let God Sustain You

He will sustain you.  Isaiah 46:4

It’s already Tuesday and time to try something new.  Last week I started a new weight loss program, Noom Coach.  I love it!  So, now I have been on the plan a week and a half.  I have lost 10 pounds.  Woohoo! I’m eating healthier and smaller meals.  I’m not hungry and I’m walking more.  All these things together slowly add up to success.  You may be asking yourself, what’s the problem then?  There isn’t a problem yet, but what will sustain me when I get stressed, bored, don’t want to exercise or ready to eat everything that I see?  Noom Coach has some helpful hints that I’m taking advantage of, but when all else fails, God will be there.  I need to train myself to go to him when I face weight loss temptations along the way, just as I do with temptations in life in general.

In many ways Christian life is like a diet.  We learn how to behave and what to do from reading God’s word.  If we follow Biblical teachings, slowly we will grow and see the benefits. What happens when we want to do something that we know we shouldn’t do (i.e. lie, cheat, steal, have affairs, gossip, hurt others, etc.)?  What happens when we are tempted?   Everyone is tempted. Everyone!  Well, we simply ask for forgiveness, ask God to sustain us, and strive to do better.  When we rely on God to sustain us, and we try to avoid temptations, we grow as Christians.

Today, try something new.  Ask God to sustain you.  God bless you.

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Make It Wonderful!

But let every man prove his own work, and then he shall be rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.  Galatians 6:4

It’s Monday and time to share something good.  I was a little down over the weekend, but I was still able to play with my grandson, spend time with my husband, clean my house, get to know my kitten a little better and write half a word study paper on judging.  I will share more on the paper later.  On top of all of that, I made two new friends.  One is from Holland and the other from Georgia.  Meeting these two ladies reminded me that when we think we have it bad, there is always someone who has it worse.  I’m glad God brought these ladies into my life and I hope that I can be a comfort to them.

For many people Monday’s mean we “have to” go to work and do what we don’t want to do for a long week. This type of thinking leads to a bad attitude.  Have you ever considered what a privilege it is to work?  There are many people who are not able to work.  Have you ever considered that when we work we are pleasing God?  Work is mentioned many times in the Bible, and Galatians 6:4 states that when we prove our own work, we can rejoice in what we have done.  Have you ever thought maybe this is the week you can help your boss in a new way that will make his/her work be easier, better and less time consuming?  If you want blessings from God, you must submit to authority.  That means doing your job the best you can when you are at work and trying to help your supervisor.  The attitude you adopt when you approach Monday or the first day of your business week can make a huge difference.  Yes, there will be those who are gloom and doom and who will try to bring you down today, but you can choose a different attitude.  Try it.  You will be so much happier.

Enjoy new opportunities today!  God bless you.

Praise the Lord Sunday – Have Faith

God’s Name Is a Place of Protection.  Proverbs 18:10

Praise be the name of the Lord!  I’m moving slowly at home this morning, but I’m still moving.  Praise God!

One week go today we picked up our little bundle of joy, Baron Dominic.  Dominic has been quite a handful.  We love him.  I can’t believe how much the little guy eats and how quickly he gets into trouble.


The only one I know who can get into trouble as quickly as Dominic is me.  Yet, no matter what I’ve done or how hopeless life seemed at the time, God still had me.  Joel 2:25 says when we have faith “God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing.”  I have found this to be true countless times in my life.

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