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Forgiveness Thursday – Be Humble, Part 2

“You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.”
‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭22:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Happy Thursday!  It’s a great day to forgive others and yourself.  It is easy to hold a grudge when we have been hurt or have experienced difficulties due to another person’s actions.  In Colossians 3:13 we are reminded that we need to be forgiving, just as God has forgiven us.  Unforgiveness can weigh us and others down.  I heard a C12932C7-7E71-425C-8872-73FE978F1D73story of a supervisor who wouldn’t hire a past employee based on the woman previously taking a leave of absence.  In this case, the woman had a dying parent, but was otherwise a good employee.  Taking a leave of absence during a busy season can be hard to deal with, especially when the staff is small.  However, if you put yourself in this employee’s situation, you might find she had no other choices.  Remember your staff and coworkers are people too.  They have families and sometimes illnesses.  Let go of past situations and give people a chance.

Today, our previous discussion on being humble continues.  It’s a little difficult to wrap our minds around at times.  The verse above talks about “haughty eyes”.  The Hebrew word for “eye” is ‘ayin (pronounced ah’-yin) which can be used literally as eye or figuratively as conceit or resemble.  The Hebrew word for “haughty” is ruwm (pronounced room) which means exalt or magnify.  It appears in this context to DF9E39AB-2D2E-44D7-9F23-CF4D46155323mean one who is conceited and exalts or magnifies himself above others.  This definition seems to meet at least some of the definitions of proud.

A humble person never exalts himself above others, but builds other up.  For example, If you were responsible for a project at work that had a good outcome.  The world teaches to toot your horn and let everyone know how wonderful a job you have done.  However, God has a different lesson.  Make sure those above and below you are magnified for their responsibility in the process.  This can be difficult if you feel like your efforts are often overlooked.  Never outshine your supervisor.  Make him or her shine better than ever.  While you are at it lift up your employees.  It gives them confidence in themselves and buy-in into the project.  People with haughty eyes see themselves as smarter than everyone else.  This pitfall is one you never want to fall into. You might ask how will anyone know what you have done?  God knows and so do others.  If you follow God’s teachings on being humble, you will find your whole life falls into place.  The rewards are beyond measure.

I urge you to try magnifying others today.  God bless you.

 

Tell Me Something Good Monday -Eagles and Sparrows

who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭103:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Happy Monday!  Tell me something good.  I had a wonderful weekend, but it spun by like a whirlwind.  Over the weekend, I encountered several people with heavy hearts.  In some of the cases, I knew what the problem was and in others I am still wondering.

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Sometimes Mondays brings added stress to our weekend troubles.  After all, we come back after a weekend off with a long todo list.   Isaiah 40:31 tells us that when we wait upon the Lord our strength will be renewed.  God will never let you down (Deuteronomy 32:11).  So renew your hope this Monday morning in the Lord and watch as he renews your strength (Isaiah 40:28-31).

I pray your day will be full of wonderful moments.  God bless you.

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Invite Others

I sought the Lord, and he delivered me from all my fears.            Psalm 34:4

Good Morning.  It is a cold Wednesday in northwest Florida this morning.  I am so blessed to have a warm coat, gloves, and heated seats in my car.  As you go out today, remember there are others who are not as fortunate.  Maybe they have lost sight of where they need to be, or maybe they have given up all hope.  Do what you can to help them.

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This morning while I was getting ready for work, I was planning our Sunday School Christmas Party!  I’m so excited. I have prayed that God will send me more people, and I am optimistic that maybe I will see some of them on Sunday.  As I was praying, I felt like God was telling me to invite people I wouldn’t normally invite.  You don’t have to be homeless to need help.  There are people who have money, but are misguided.  Then, it occurred to me that you could do the same at your church.

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So, if you are in my area, join us for Sunday School. If not, be sure to go this week and invite some folks to join you.  This time of year is a wonderful time to worship God and fellowship with others.  Trust me when I say, it will enrich your life beyond measure. I plan to invite everyone I see.  If you take on the challenge, let me know what happens.   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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Forgiveness Thursday – Our Words

Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you.  

Psalm 63:3

Once again its Forgiveness Thursday.  Isn’t it great to know we can always turn to God and he will forgive us!

Yesterday morning I had a talk with myself about only letting what I did or said reflect God. I intended to keep this promise.  I worked on it all day long, but at the end of the day, I fell short. So, today’s a new day.  I will ask for forgiveness and try again.

So, what about people who ask for forgiveness repeatedly and do not try to improve?  By the way, isn’t that what I’m doing with my diet?  I know what it means to eat healthy.  I ask for help, yet I repeatedly fail and ask for forgiveness for overindulgence.  Yet, even still, I’m only hurting me, or am I?  If my health is bad because of my weight, others are affected, like my family, other tax payers and people with the same insurance.  How does that compare to a serial killer, who repeatedly kills other people?  I don’t know. I’ve thought about this many times.  We may have a role in prosecution to prevent the criminal from hurting more people, but beyond that I think the answer is we are not supposed to judge others.  That’s God’s job. We should be thankful that God has taken care of us and focus on our own shortcomings.  This is something I struggle with, but I’m always trying to improve.  I look forward to reading your thoughts.

Today, forgive yourself and others as Christ has forgiven us all.  God bless you.

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – A New Baby in the House

Above all love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.          

1 Peter 4:8

Happy Wednesday!  How are you using your gifts to change the world?

Today is day four with a new baby in the house. Yes, as silly as it sounds, at our house bringing a kitten home is like having a new baby.  I have the jealous sibling, my Great Dane, Singer, and the baby who is adjusting, Dominic.  When there is too much stimuli, like when visitors stop by to meet him, he gets overwhelmed.  He never sleeps.  In fact, he stalks and tries to kill us in our bedroom, his jungle, all night.  I have the battle wounds to prove it.  He needs me to stay with him while he eats.  Yet, I have to be careful because Singer gets jealous and cries.  When Dominic can’t find me, he cries.  Then, there is the third pet in the equation, my aging Shih Tzu, Freckles, who wanders around trying not to be attacked.  Last night it took me about two and half hours to get everyone settled down.

Reading this you are probably wondering why I would want such chaos.  Well, like with any new addition in your family, there is great joy.  Dominic makes us laugh and feel younger. The joy overrides the aggravation.  We love him.   Also like other babies, Dominic will one day grow up.  With my children it was too soon.  No matter what I did, I couldn’t slow time down.  Also like with people, pets will age and die.  I suspect my beloved Freckles will be next and probably not too far in the future.

Family is like that.  We never know how long our loved ones will be around.  So, today I challenge you to use your gifts to Change the World at home.  Remember to spend time with and love your family.  Have a great day.  God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday -Liebster Award

Thank you Grace Over Pain for nominating me for the Liebster Award.  I’m honored to be considered.  Efua created her site to provide a platform for Christian girls.  If you haven’t visited her blog, I encourage you to go to Grace Over Pain today.  It will change your life and how you see the world.

I would like to nominate the following bloggers for this award.

11 blogs that I nominate are:

Knitting with Heart

Mimi On Life

Carol A. hand

The Singing Soul

The Linda Life

Revelations

The Sky’s the Limit

Naturechirp

Stitch and Shizzle

Flying to Adventure — with Detours

The Thankful Heart

The Rules of the Liebster Award are as follows:

  1.  Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs
  5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

My 11 Questions to Answer:
1.  What is your favorite worship song?  This is hard for me because there aren’t that many worship songs that I don’t like.  My favorite song to hear at church is Come Thy Fount of Every Blessing. I’m always changing favorite worship songs on the radio.  I love 10,000 Reasons, but one of my new favorites is Even If (Mercy Me).  Others I love include:  Feel it (Tobymac), Oh My Soul (Casting Crowns), and Thy Will (Hillary Scott).  Oh my, I better leave this question because I keep thinking of more.

2.  What is that thing you cannot do without and why?  My Sweet Lord.  I can’t imagine enduring one day without him.  He is my friend, my Heavenly Father, the one who I can turn to who always knows and understands, and he makes life worth living.  I’m so blessed.

3.  If you were to eat one food for the rest of your life, what will that food be?  Yikes. I like variety.  I guess if there was one food that I could eat the rest of my life with other foods, it would be bread.  If I could only eat one food and nothing else for the rest of my life, I would eat fish.

4.  Outdoorsy or  Indoorsy?  I like to spend more time indoors.  I’m not a fan of bugs, snakes and heat.  I do spend some time outside because it is healthy and God’s world is beautiful.

5.  What made you give your life to God?  I gave my life to God when I was eight years old.  It’s hard for me to remember the exact reason, but I do remember feeling something inside that I’d never felt before.  I knew it was the right thing.  To me the more important question might be why did I remain a Christian throughout my life, even though I could have easily said I was too young to understand at eight years old.  The reason is not one day have I been alone.  He’s been with me helping me through every day of my life.  When I was abused as a child, he helped me endure the suffering until I could do better.  When my first husband did everything in his power to kill me and later left me for another woman without a dime to my name, I cried to God to take me.  Instead he gave me a cat (Buttermilk) to take care of and even later he brought a good man into my life, who changed the way my life was spiraling.  When my family disowned me for telling the truth and protecting a child, God was there to hold me up and he brought a Christian counselor into my life.  When my daughter was a baby and we didn’t know if she would live, God healed her.  When our children were teenagers, he brought them home safely every night. I could keep going for hours.  The bottom line is, no matter what was happening God was always there by my side, and I will never forsake him.  If you haven’t needed him yet, the day will come when you humble yourself, fall on your knees and pray for help.  He will be there.

6.  Are you a morning person or evening person?  When I was younger, I was more of an evening person.  However, for the past 20 years, I have been more of a morning person.  I usually get up about 3:45 am.  Mornings are quiet and I tend to get more accomplished early in the day.

7.  Who is your favorite bible character and why?  Besides God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, I like John, Paul and Peter.  I think John is a funny character.  He claimed to be Jesus’s favorite.  I also remember reading John’s account of Peter and him running to where Jesus’s body was, but John pointing out that he arrived first.  I like Peter because he said he would never deny Christ, yet he did three times.  I sometimes wonder the circumstances.  For example, did he deny Christ in an effort to ultimately help him.  No one knows, but later after the famous “feed my sheep” dialogue, Jesus tells Peter it will be okay because one day he will die by crucifixion for teaching Christianity.  I like Paul because he totally did an about-face.  As Saul he was against Christ, but later became a Christian named Paul who spread the Gospel through many nations despite shipwrecks and being in prison.

8.  Which country would you love to visit next and why?  I would love to visit the Holy Lands next.  I’ve always wanted to go there, but I know there will be a great deal of walking involved. I want to go before I’m unable to keep up.

9.  Would you prefer extremely cold weather or extremely hot weather?  Neither, I don’t think I would physically be able to survive either.

10.  If you were to pick one of these which one do you think you are mentally. Old school or new school?  Old School

11.  Favorite book apart from the bible.  This question is like the music question.  I read all the time and I love books.  I’m not Jewish, but when I was studying International Affairs in college, I took a Jewish Religion class.  As a part of the class I read As a Driven Leaf.  I have thought of it many times over the years.  When I was about 12, my Sunday School Teacher gave me a copy of The Hiding place by Corrie Ten Boon.  If you haven’t read it, do.  These two books touched me.

11 Random Facts about Me:

  1.  I love animals and they love me.
  2.  I grow orchids.  At one time I had over 50.  We actually enclosed our porch with glass for the orchids.
  3.  I started a grass-roots ministry at church over four years ago and we still meet regularly – Crafty Ladies at Work (CLAW).  It provides ladies an opportunity to socialize, learn and teach a yarn craft, and provide a prayer shawl for people who are unwell.  Sometimes we make tatas for women who have had a mastectomy.
  4.  I was once a music major.  I play saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, and some piano.
  5. In high school I had my own pop music band.
  6. In high school I was student conductor of our band of 250 students.  I once directed the band in front of Stone Mountain.
  7. In high school I arranged music for the marching band.  My music was played at the Blue and Grey game which was televised on Christmas Day in 1983.
  8. My favorite Disney character is Donald Duck.  When I was five I met him for the first time and he danced with me.
  9. My favorite movie is A Walk in the Clouds.
  10. I wrecked a car as a toddler.  I was left alone in a car that was running, and I knocked it into gear while playing.  I hit a tree.
  11. I have a weak stomach.  Don’t get sick near me or I’ll be joining you.

11 Questions for Nominated Bloggers to Answer:

  1.  What is your favorite book in the Bible and why?
  2.   What is your favorite movie?
  3.   What is your favorite worship song?
  4.   What do you do to relax?
  5.   What is your favorite memory?
  6.   Who in your life do you admire the most and why?
  7.   What is your life goal and why?
  8.   Who is your hero and why?
  9.   What is your favorite sport?
  10.   How do you like to spend your free time?
  11.   What is your favorite version of the Bible?

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Bringing Home Baby Dominic

God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing.  All you need is faith.  Joel 2:25

Happy Monday!  It’s time to share something good. The last few weeks were more than trying for me, but last week ended with a new member in our family, which is something good.  I must admit, Baby Dominic gives me some new blogging challenges.  As I’m typing this post, I’m being stalked and attacked by a 4 pound kitten.  It’s amazing how a baby brings new life into the house.

We were protected on our long trip to Tampa, and greeted by our new friends, Michele and John.  It’s wonderful how God sends the right people into our lives at the right time.  His plans are always best.  Then, our long trip home with a kitten in the car was uneventful.  I must admit I was surprised.  I’ve never seen a cat ride so well.  Once home we were both exhausted.  However, Dominic had rested for five hours of travel.  About the time we went to sleep, he was just waking up.  I think Dominic stalked, killed and conquered our home during the night.

Sometimes it seems like everything that could go wrong has already happened.  Then, something else sends us spinning.  Even then, we are loved.  Isn’t it great to be loved and accepted all the time!  I’m never alone and my relationships are so much better.  My husband and I are closer.  Life is just wonderful in every possible way.  I no longer have to worry.  I just trust our sweet Lord.

He is there for you too.  He’s ready to watch you, child of God, enjoy life and share his love with others.  Trust him and enjoy your day.  Don’t forget to share something good in your life, so others can witness his love.  God bless you.