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Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Stop Bad Chatter

“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Happy Wednesday!  It’s the day before a holiday and everyone has their minds on family, cooking, cleaning, traveling and similar things.  Don’t forget to be thankful. It’s not just about being thankful at mealtime, but remembering all things big and small in your life that are truly a blessing.  We all have them, even in bad times.

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The current trend is to find friends and dates on social media.  From what I have seen, it leads many to heartache and depression.  Most people have a few friends in their lives that would stop everything to help them.  These are the people who are there when you are sick, have a loss or celebration.  They are not jealous or gossipy about you.  They don’t just show up for the food or to be seen.  They love you for who you are and would give up everything they have to help you.  Friendship is not about the number of likes you have on a post or the number of people who follow your social media site.  It is certainly not about the number of people who call you friend on Facebook.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, I have seen many negative posts and some that were downright nasty.  I urge you to remember that there are two sides to every story, and usually the one posting something controversial is trying to sway your thinking.  The Bible addresses the tongue many times.  Although posts are typed and the tongue isn’t used, the outcome is the similar.  Evil words posted, just like evil words said, crush the spirit. I encourage you, when on Facebook and other social media, to use soothing and lighthearted posts.  Lift people up, instead of bringing them down.

Have a wonderful day and God bless you!

 

Try Something New Tuesday – Pray and Vote

“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Good morning from the City of Southern Charm!  One thing I have noticed since Hurricane Michael hit has been the beauty of our City lies not only in what is visible in the surroundings, but also in the hearts of the people who live here.  It’s amazing how grateful people are despite their extraordinary losses.  In a world that seems to promote the wrong values, the attitudes of the people who live here are refreshing!  I’ve heard very few people complaining.  Usually when I ask someone how they are doing since the storm, they reply “I’m thankful and blessed to be alive”.  That’s how I feel too.  There have also been many people from all over the country here trying to help with restoring power, maintaining order, responding to emergencies and providing food, supplies and shelter.  All these people are doing business here in the businesses that are able to open.  Good can come out of bad.

Today’s Try Something New Tuesday.  Every Tuesday I ask my staff “what will you try?”.  I’ve heard some serious and some silly responses over the years.  It can be difficult to think of something new, because it requires us to extend ourselves beyond our normal routine and to think outside of the box.  I have to admit, sometimes I find it hard to think of something new.  While I was at the conference, I bought a book, which I already had a digital copy.  The book is small enough to fit into my bag and I can carry it wherever I go.  It’s called “The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word” and it’s written by Joyce Meyers.  What makes the book special is the contents have a list of emotions, issues and blessings that you can look up by topic.  For example,  you might look up civic duty with the election at hand.  When you turn to the pages on the subject you will find scripture based on the topic.  I gave it a try yesterday.  Amazing!  Yesterday, I looked up contentment.  I prayed using the scriptures from this little book.  What will you try?

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I would like to encourage Americans to exercise their right to vote.  Often people take this opportunity for granted.  Pray about your decision and vote.  Christian values have been lost in recent years and your vote really does make a difference.

Have a wonderful day and try something new!  God Bless You.

Spread the Love Friday – Be a Revolutionary for Christ

The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Happy Friday!  Spread God’s love everywhere you go.

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Have you ever been teased for being a Christian?  Have you ever felt that you had to stifle your beliefs or that you were be considered a “goody two shoes”? Have you ever been left out or ostracized for your beliefs?  Well, you are not alone.  Christians are revolutionaries for Christ.  As such, we are called names, teased and ostracized.  It’s not easy and it sometimes hurts.  We need to rely on Christ to work through us, especially in our weakest moments.  Do we have to give up things or avoid going certain places?  Yes, but what we gain is much greater.  I have found so much happiness in being a Christian and doing God’s work.

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If you are discouraged because you aren’t accepted.  Think of all the good you are doing when you let Christ work through you. God bless you.

 

Try Something New Tuesday – Goodbye New Orleans

Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
‭‭GALATIANS‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Good morning from the very beautiful New Orleans.  The sky is cloudless this morning as I prepare to depart this city rich with culture.  The visit has been a wonderful opportunity for me professionally and personally.  However, I miss my husband and  I’m ready to return home.  If you ever visit New Orleans, the food is magnificent.

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During my stay I worked on my studies some at night.  I’m currently studying the Book of Galatians.  The first chapter is packed full of information.  I spent three or four hours last night studying Galatians 1 and I’m still working on it.  One theme that jumped out at me and I wanted to share is “Grace versus Legalism”.  I often hear people say legalism, but I didn’t realize what they meant until now.  It’s completely understandable as Christians that we feel obligated to do something, but that is legalism.  It could be dressing a certain way, following Old Testament laws, or feeling obligated to go or serve at Church.  Legalism puts the focus on us rather than on our sweet Lord.  Rather that working to please God, we should focus on working for God because we love Him so much and in thanksgiving for all our blessings.  You see, we have salvation by faith and spirituality by grace.  There is nothing we can do to be saved, but accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  As our verse today tells us, peace is a part of that grace (Galatians 1:3).  Isn’t that great!  Then, the “works” we do should be in thanksgiving and a way of honoring our Lord.

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So, today try something new by spending your time pleasing God in thanksgiving.  Have a super day!  God bless you.

Spread the Love Friday – Dominic Turns One!

Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice!
‭‭PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭4:4‬

Happy Friday!  It’s a great day to spread God’s love.  Today is Dominic’s birthday!  He’s been with us eight months now, and has become a big part of our lives and family.  We are thankful for Dominic.  Enjoy the birthday photo video.

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Do you pick and choose what to believe in the Bible?  Does the Bible seem a little too miraculous for you to wrap your mind around?  We all know that the Bible was not written at one point in time.  The Bible is called God’s word, but it wasn’t actually written by God.  So, how can an intelligent person know that the Bible is true?

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The Bible is read on faith, but there is proof available for many of the stories in the Bible.  One place to look is history.  The study of ancient history and archeology prove many of the events that took place.  I have an Archeology Study Bible, but I’m sure there are many other resources one can turn to for answers.  Something else to consider is the consistency from the beginning to the end of the Bible.  There are many clues to how stories, numbers and themes relate, when we take the time to really study the Bible. If you are just reading it quickly like a novel, you will miss these clues.  However, an in-depth study over time is revealing.  Another place to look for answers is in the four gospels.  We know that four people will have different perspectives, but to record the same events at different times and locations is incredible.  I always think of all the people who spent time recording and even died protecting the written word of God.  Finally, the Bible is the only book I’ve ever read that speaks to me.  I can read it over and over, and learn something new each time.

In the end, it comes down to faith.  We actually need to believe in something on faith.  How do you know I have a cat?  Is it because of the photos?  I could have copied those on the Internet.  I could have made up the cat stories that I tell over time.  Of course, I didn’t.  Sometimes we just need to believe in things we cannot see.  What could be better than to believe in God, who loves you, and His Word?

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I may be the only one who feels this way, but I believe what is in the Bible is true – All of it.  I don’t always understand how or why something happened, but I figure one day I will know.  I have listened to people reason their way around events thinking they were super smart only to hear others who knew the Bible backwards and forwards believe it on faith.  We should be careful about leading people astray or to our way of thinking if it is not in line with the Bible, because there are many examples of punishment against those rising up against God’s work.

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I hope you have a wonderful Friday.  Spread God’s word wherever you go!  God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday – God Never Stops Amazing Me!

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.  Psalm 145:3

Happy Tuesday.  I continue to be amazed at God’s work in my life.  The more I study His word, the more I realize just how awesome He is.  If you are someone who has doubts, I encourage you to study, study and study some more.

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The Bible verse for today is Psalm 145:3.  The verse speaks for itself.  I will post this along with the other verses discussed in this blog in the Scripture Typer App under Hisperfecttiming.

Have a glorious Tuesday!  God bless you!

Spread the Love Friday – Give a Little Love

My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.    ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:7-10‬ ‭MSG‬‬

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Happy Friday! I can hardly believe how fast this week has gone by. It’s a glorious day here.  The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and spring has sprung.  Next week is Spring Break for the local schools and the children are all excited to have a break.  Some are going somewhere fun.  Some are hanging out at home.  Remember to be mindful this year of children being out of school.  College students are out too.  Don’t forget that we were all young at one time.  Be patient and forgiving.  Also remember to leave earlier than normal to allow time for heavier traffic.  It’s a good practice to develop daily for ourselves and others.

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This is a great time to spread God’s love.  Take a deep breath and think of ways you can give back when you are aggravated because of longer lines or heavy traffic.  There is always something we can do and it doesn’t have to be costly.  It can just be a kind gesture.  When you arrive home from work, do something nice for your spouse.  There is just no end to the number of things you can do with little effort.

Have a great weekend.  God bless you.

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Gentle Conversation

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Good Morning. Today is the last day of my mini vacation. I needed a few days to recover from so many long days at work and to catch up on some school work. I’m pleased to say that my house looks better and I have written two essays. The essays are still being edited, but I am pleased at the progress I was able to make. Also, this past weekend was birthday weekend. One of my children was born on the 9th and the other on the 11th. It was nice to have everyone here to celebrate.

Throughout the week I enjoyed the company of my husband, Dominic and Singer. The very playful Dominic will be a year old on the 23rd. It has been nice to wake up with him stretched out beside me in the mornings. I’ve heard it said that all good things must come to an end, but I just jump from one good thing to another.

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The second most important commandment is to love your neighbors as you love yourselves. You may wonder how you can do this when families can’t even get along. One way is to be mindful of your conversations. As you go out today, I encourage you to be careful what you say and how you interpret what others say. In fact, if there is the slightest chance that you might be misunderstood, don’t text. Texting lacks tone and can be easily misconstrued. There is nothing wrong with speaking your mind, but choose your words and approach carefully. While the receiver may forgive you, some words will not be forgotten. I encourage you to be careful how you interpret what someone is saying. Often that means stepping outside yourself and thinking of the other person’s perspective. Be careful when you blame someone. The situation may be different from what it seems. Be slow to anger and quick to forgive. Be careful not to overlook or take some people’s efforts for granted in the recognition of others.  Finally, hang on the words of God.

Have a wonderful day. God bless you!

Try Something New Tuesday – Dealing with Loss

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  John 20:29

Good Morning!  Over the last couple of years I seen people say goodbye to their loved ones too many times.  Sometimes the goodbyes have been before and other times it has been after their passing.  I try to provide comfort without so many words, because sometimes my words are far from comforting.  Have you ever been there?

I have a subscription to Faithbox.  Every month a new box comes in and a portion of my money goes to help feed hungry children.  The other items in the box are sometimes used by me, and sometimes I pass them along to my Sunday School Class. Last week my Faithbox shipment arrived.  Imagine my surprise when everything in the package was about grief.  My original intent was to pass it along to a couple of retired people who have recently experienced the loss of a spouse.  There seemed to be a nice book in the package, but when I looked at the book’s cover I questioned whether it was a good fit.  At first glance the book looks like one that is better suited for a younger family.  Well, you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover.  So, I moved on.

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Yesterday, I learned that a young man had died.  Although 29, he is still a boy in my mind, because he grew up with my children and is the same age as my son.  His sister is the same as my daughter.  They went to church and were acolytes together.  I remember looking at him and his sister growing up thinking, they looked like angels holding candles for the Gospel readings.  His mother and I are on the vestry and altar guild together.  This was a little too close to home for me.  I think I might have even experienced a little bit of shock when I first heard the news.

So, this morning I know where the book belongs. You never know what someone else is going through whether it is a person or a family.  Take time to tell others how much you love them, because no one is promised tomorrow.  Also remember that we are all sinners, but God loves you.  God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday – Strength in Weakness

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!  Please forgive me for not being as diligent about posting and reading your posts over the next couple of weeks.  I’ve had a few responsibilities added to my already full plate, and I’m struggling to keep up.

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Isn’t it great to know that no matter what is going on in the world, we can rest in God’s love!  Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that Christ told Paul His grace was enough.  That means no matter what we go through, we will be okay.  As a matter of fact, we will be better than okay.  Jesus said his “strength is made perfect in weakness.”   What does perfect strength mean to you?  Does it mean that you will be able to lift the weight of the world?  Does it mean that you can battle the flu or other  illnesses, or does it mean that you can face your demons?  Perfect strength is all of these things.  You may think you are weak, but in our weakness He is strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9 is our verse for the week and can be found on the ScriptureTyper app under Hisperfecttiming.

Have a blessed day!  May God richly bless your life.