Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
26 Years ago I met my best friend and the love of my life. 4 your later we got married.
Friday, December 14, 2007
The phrase "but God" is used 44 times throughout our Bible. I won't go through all of them here ~ but if you want an interesting study take the time to read them sometime.
We are totally depraved sinners who cannot earn or merit in any way, a right relationship with God. Before I became a Christian, I was "dead in trespasses and sins" (Eph. 2:1).
It is the sad state of every person outside of Christ. We have each failed in the eyes of a holy and righteous God. We are sinners. Our lives do not bring glory to God. Because we are sinners, we cannot please Him with our self-righteousness and religious works, no matter how good our motives or our works.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
A bad attitude reflects the condition of one's heart. A lousy attitude displeases God and hurts others exposed to it. Those who live in constant state of complaining and a lousy disposition must repent-- which means to turn from their sin. Yes, a bad attitude is a sin! It is Selfishness-- not to think about making someone else happy.
Proverb 16:24 "Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones."
Philippians 3:13 "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,"
A lousy attitude is also a HUGE stumbling block for the unsaved. Here you are supposed to be the "salt of the earth" yet the people that know you don't even want to be near you. How will they see Jesus in you if you are depressing to be around?
Matt 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
In my personal Bible reading this morning, I spent time thinking about the verse above.
Paul was pretty straight forward when he told us how to walk - "walk as children of the light." He may have said it almost 2000 years ago, but it is still just as relevant today as it was then.
So, how do you know if your walking as a child of the light? Ask yourself this question...."Will what I say or what I do reflect negatively or positively on my claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ?" Just be God-conscious during your daily walk, and you will walk in the light.
We need not be paranoid about our behavior. Just live a reasonable life with Eph. 5:8 in the back of your mind. Don't try to be so Heavenly that you are no earthly good. Be reasonable and normal in your Christian walk, and others will begin to want what you have.
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. ~~ Proverbs 26:20
PSALM OF THE DAY
I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever. ~~ Psalm 45:17
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Acts 3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
I find that so comforting. Even when I am an old, out of shape, weakling (we won’t mention I already am two of those things) I can be STRONG.....because of my faith.
What a great thought to start my week off with!!
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I pray that all of you reading my little blurb here today had the same feelings as David did in the verse above – that you were glad when it was time to go into the house of the LORD.
Too many times I have heard people say, “I HAD to go to church today.” NO – you didn’t HAVE to......you GOT to!!!! What a privilege, honor, and joy it is to be able to go to church. There are people in other parts of the world that risk their lives for something that many others take for granted or consider a burden.
Personally, I have no reason to do anything but be glad.....I am saved, I have a wonderful husband and family, and I have been blessed with a church family that I can serve the Lord with, and through it all God is with me each and every day.
Have a wonderful day......I know I am!!!!!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
As I was reading a book last night, Hebrews 6:1 was mentioned in it. God really spoke to my heart about the phrase “let us go on” used in this verse.
As Christians, God does not want us to stay in one spot regarding our relationship with Him. He expects us to get a firm foundation ~ built on the doctrine of Christ. But that isn’t our final goal. That is just our beginning.
Have you ever seen a house built? The first thing they build in the foundation. Could you imagine a homeowner telling the contractor, “That’s good enough. We’ll just live on the foundation, we don’t need the rest of the house.” Over course not, that would be crazy.
The same should be for us though. Once we have the firm foundation....LET US GO ON UNTO PERFECTION. Don’t ever stop improving upon and building upon your faith. Our life is a journey and a journey involves motion...that “going on” to the next thing that God have for us to draw us closer to Him.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
For me, it has always been Peter. In so many ways I can find similarities between my walk with the Lord and with Peter’s. In Peter’s early days of following the Lord he was always quick to speak or react, but not so quick to take time to think before doing that.
Over my years of serving the Lord I have found myself doing those same kinds of things.
I feel like there have been so many times that the Lord has had to reign me in and tell me to take some time and think a situation through but acting on it.
Even when Peter denied the Lord three times, he never completely turned away from Him. No, he followed from a distance; knowing the sin in his own heart, but still so drawn to the Lord that he couldn’t completely leave him. I have been there too.
And when I read the passage in John (my favorite passage in the entire Bible) I can feel the emotion of Peter as he had that conversation with the Lord.
John 21:15-19 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
(16) He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (17) He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
(18) Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.
(19) This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
I could go on and on about this topic ~ but today I want to hear from others ~ so share with me, either by leaving a comment, or posting it on your own blog for others to read too. If you do that, drop me a comment to let me know so I can read what you have to say.
Have a great day everyone!!!!
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
A person can’t live with only part of their heart; God didn’t design us that way. And a person can’t truly serve the Lord with only part of their heart. If that were the case, the remaining part of the heart would be serving something else and God says in Matthew 6:24 ~ No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Ladies, take time today to make sure you are giving God your whole heart – and serve Him with all diligence.
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Psalms 111:1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
Psalms 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
Psalms 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
Psalms 119:34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
Psalms 119:58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.
Psalms 119:69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
Psalms 119:145 KOPH. I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.
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Isaiah 1:5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
Jeremiah 3:10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
Jeremiah 32:41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in
As I was reading through the book of Ezra yesterday, this verse kept coming back to my mind. How many times have I sat down to read, study, or instruct my children and not taken the time to prepare my heart?
According to this verse, Ezra prepared his heart to do three things:
- To SEEK the law of the Lord
- To DO it
- To TEACH it
How about you ~~ have you taken time to prepare your heart today for what God wants you to do?? If not, stop right now, and PREPARE. It will make the rest of your day so much better!!!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I got this in an email today – and thought it was too good not to share. I am going to be sharing this with my children today also.
"Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." (Matthew 7:16-20)
When choosing friends and entering relationships we need discernment. The wrong friends can lead us down the wrong path. In choosing friends watch their actions and listen to their words. Do their words build people up or tear people down? Do their actions show a kind and loving heart or a hateful and selfish heart? To help you walk down the right path choose friends and relationships with people who demonstrate righteousness and the love of God
Monday, January 22, 2007
I’ve been awfully quiet lately, haven’t I?!?!?!? I don’t know why – just a lot going on and a lot on my mind – and not enough time to put it all out on print.
The Lord have really been working on my heart over some things ~ nothing bad, nothing serious…just things that have I’ve been thinking on over the last couple of weeks and God have helped me put into perspective.
January tends to be a busy month for me too. It seems by mid-month tax season is in full swing and people are lining up wanting to have their taxes done. I also have a few companies that need their year end and quarterly reports due. It keeps me busy – but I love the work.
I will post my menu for the week – mainly because I need to get back on track with several things and getting back into my old routine will help with that.
MONDAY ~~~ Tuna casserole & Crescent Rolls
TUESDAY ~~~ Chicken Parmesan over noodles, corn
WEDNESDAY ~~~TAKING MISSIONARIES OUT TO EAT
THURSDAY ~~~ Fish stick, mac-n-cheese, & Tater tots
FRIDAY ~~~ Patty Melts & French Fries
SATURDAY ~~~ Marinated steaks, Baked Potatoes, and Fruit
SUNDAY ~~~ Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Chili
If you think about – whisper a prayer for me today. God is refining my heart and life in some things, drawing me closer to Him, and a few extra prayers sure would be appreciated throughout the process.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Being a preacher’s wife I get all kinds of ladies that come to me wanting advice about parenting and raising our children. One statement that I have heard over and over is, “I don’t understand why they are doing (fill in the blank). I raised them in church and in a Christian home.”Ladies, I’m no expert – and I definitely haven’t done everything right – but I do know that that isn’t enough. Our children need more than just being taken to church and told they live in a Christian home. They need to see your faith in practice each and every day. They need to see faith in ACTION, not just in word.
They also need to be trained to put their own faith into action. Too many times children try to “ride the coattails” of their parents faith – and while that may seem work when they are little, when they get older and begin going through their own trials and temptations they need to know HOW to pray, WHY to pray, and WHERE to turn to during those times.
We won’t always be there to say, “Let’s pray about it,” or “I’ll pray about this for you.” They need to have their own faith to fall back on.
They also need to know that serving the Lord brings great joy. If all they see is the “Woe is me”, “I’m such a martyr”, and the “serving God is so hard” attitude in their home they will look somewhere to find happiness.
Sometimes it is so easy to get so overloaded with the daily cares of our life that we forget to make each day fun. There needs to be love and laughter in our homes and our kids need to be a part of it. Don’t lose your kids to the world because they think it is the only place to turn to have fun and enjoy life. Help them put their own faith in action and learn to:
(2) Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
(3) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
(4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
(5) For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Monday, January 08, 2007
I can’t believe we’re already into the second week of January!! Time just seems to fly by. This week be a week of juggling the work schedules of my husband and one of my sons – and planning meals that fit around those schedules and time spent in the car dropping people off and picking them up. (Who said it got easier as they got older??)MONDAY ~~ Chicken Alfredo, Broccoli, & Homemade bread
TUESDAY ~~ Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes, and Fruit
WEDNESDAY ~~ Fajitas, chips and salsa
THURSDAY ~~ Beef Stew and rolls (CP)
FRIDAY ~~ Swedish meatball, Rice, and veggie
SATURDAY ~~ Egg rolls & fried rice
SUNDAY ~~ Leftovers (Lunch) / Homemade Pizza
The weatherman is saying we may actually get a taste of winter here in
Hop on over to Laura’s Blog and check out all the other weekly menus there are there. It’s a great place to get and share ideas!!!
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Psalms 116:1-2 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
This is the only time throughout God’s Word that this phrase is used and is says SO MUCH. I know each of us could list numerous reasons for why we love God. But, really, what it all comes down to is we love Him because He first loved us.
The Psalmist said he loved God because God heard him and heard his needs and cries. God was there when no one else was…because God loved him.
1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Above and beyond anything else GOD LOVES US!!!! How great is that?!?!?!?