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Praise the Lord Sunday – I’m Back!

“And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭8:17‬ ‭KJV‬

Hello friends!  It’s good to be back.  Last Spring I somehow found myself locked out of my account, and wasn’t able to sign back in until today.

While I was away, I wrote a book about Hurricane Michael.  So please take a few moments to look at my amazon author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/kaykeeldennisaicp.

Surviving Hurricane Michael is a conglomeration of more than 100 stories from people in our community, retold by me.  You will laugh, cry and enjoy the feel good ending.

Again, it’s good to be back, and I look forward to catching up with everyone!

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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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.