Monthly Archives: January 2011

Already?

Already??

Tomorrow is February!  I am still dizzy from all the busyness around Christmas.  I can’t believe it is already February.  UGH!

So it is one month down and I’m making some progress on my new year goals.  This week, I painted the hallway and half of my living room.  It is so amazing what fresh paint can do for a room!!  ((sigh)) Wish I had done this about 5 years ago.  I can’t wait to display all the art work I’ve completed since Christmas.

My family and I have given up electronics and spending money on Sundays.  This is part of a challenge I set in mid-January.  So far, so good.  The first Sunday very little complaining happened due to a very long Saturday.  Everyone slept the day away.  The second Sunday, we were all a little grumpy about no electronics.  In the end though, it wasn’t too hard.  Yesterday, we got so much done.  We painted.  We repaired.  We played.  We baked. We hung out together.  It was really nice.  It is so amazing how much one can get done without the TV, computer, and cell phone.  It hit me this morning though..It was supposed to be a day of rest…rest with God.  ((sigh))

January has blasted off with a good start.  As I was sitting here at my desk, I looked up at the calendar I received for Christmas.  Psalm 65:11 leapt from the snow scene picture hovering over the January days.  “Thou crownest the year with thy goodness..”

God is so sweet..what a comfort and a joy in that message!!  Praise God!

Enjoy this last day of January 2011…Look for God today.  He’s around you blessing you and sending you love notes..God bless…

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Blessings

While sitting at my desk this morning, I was having trouble figuring out what to write about.  I have a folder with ideas that I collected.  Nothing seemed to jump out at me while I thumbed through the folder.  I began daydreaming and hoping that an idea would just fall from the sky.  I pulled out my Bible and a note card fell out.  “10 blessings for your home” landed on my keyboard.

Blessings for your home rang in my heart.  Have  you ever blessed your home?  Can you imagine the grace poured out if you asked God to bring peace, joy, strength, comfort, protection and love into your home?  Asking God to reside in your home, might motivate you to keep it clean, organized, and orderly.  I hope I would be inspired to be a better housekeeper for the Lord.

This note card was created by Holley Gerth from Dayspring.  I’m sure she wouldn’t mind me sharing it with you.  Now, print this off and go bless your home..

10 blessings for  your home

Peace:  May there be peace within your walls.  Psalm 122:7

Joy:  May the God of hope fill you with all joy.  Romans 15:13

Strength:  May our Lord.encourage your hearts and strengthen you.  2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Success:  May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4

Comfort:  May Your unfailing love be my comfort. Psalm 119:76

Grace:  May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.be with you 2 Corinthians 13:14

Favor:  May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us.   Psalm 90:17

Kindness:  May the Lord now show you kindness.  2 Samuel 2:6

Protection:  May Your love and Your truth always protect me.  Psalm 40:11

Love:  May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.  Psalm 33:22

Enjoy your Friday and your weekend.. God bless you and your home.

Humble Thoughts

I skipped all the way from the mailbox to the house yesterday.  I just love it when my P31 Woman Magazine arrives.  Some of the featured writers I know personally, so it is always exciting to see whose submissions made it each month.

Last night, after a long day of painting the hallway, dog washing, laundry, and discovering a kitchen sink leak that cause the spur of the moment cleaning from under the sink, I finally got to sit down and actually read my magazine.  The first article confirmed my decision to solely souly write and speak.   The author is a former teacher, like me.  She has been feeling a little out of whack, thought about going back to work, and did..I could have written this article.  Because, she only discovered more misery as she wandered away from God’s path.  Oh Heavens!!  I had to make sure my name wasn’t in the by-line!!!

Then came the next article about good stewardship…not of money but of TIME!!  Oh my goodness!!  I have been wrestling with the hustle and bustle of my daily schedule.  I was humbled with the idea of goal seeking vs. responsibility seeking.  UGH…hate it when someone points things out the obvious!

Then there was this article about your light.  Carey Scott gets brownie points for taking me down a notch.  Last week, there was a lady in the Dollar General needing a little more cash to make her purchase.  Once again, I didn’t take notice until it was too late.  By the time she figured out what she could sacrifice and left, I thought to myself, “I could have helped her out.”  Ms. Scott made this statement:

In Matthew 5:14, Jesus says, “You are the light of the world.”  He did not say, “Please consider being the light of the world” or “You might be the light of the world if..”  Jesus simply told us we ARE the light of the world.

Ahem…((sigh)) Got to love it when God thumps us on the noggin!!

Okay, the real kicker was the article that I screamed, “AMEN!! SISTER!!”  while reading it!!  Marguerite Tustan was talking about contentment and great expectations.  Living within her means and simply fell right into place in my heart..until, I said my prayers..

I asked God for something materialistic…something needed but obviously after the “be content” whisper in my soul, it needs to wait.  I started giggling so hard.  I think God must have had the “what’s wrong with her” expression on his holy face.  “Practice what you preach” echoed through my laughter!!  OH, I tell ya!!  That thump on the ole noggin thumped me silly!!  All I could do afterwards was to humbly thank God for all I have..

If you are interested in P31 Woman Magazine, please check out Proverbs 31 website for the details.  It is a wonderful magazine that truly inspires.

Enjoy your Wednesday…God Bless..

Giving It All

I am feeling much better today..thank you for all of your prayers.

God is so amazing!  He never fails to show me something new every time I hear a Bible truth.  Last night, at my church’s women’s group, the focal “woman of the Bible” was Hannah.  She is found in 1 Samuel.  Her story fell upon my heart.  I knew of Hannah but God enlightened me and urged me to pull out the Bible this morning and read.

Hannah was one of two wives of Elkanah.  Elkanah loved Hannah dearly.  She was barren.  The other wife, Peninnah, had children and she loved letting Hannah know about it.  Peninnah must have had a way with words because she taunted Hannah to the point of depression.  Hannah wept, didn’t eat and her face was downhearted.  Doesn’t that just make you want to let Peninnah have it???  Hannah was more godly than I.. she did the right thing… she went to the Lord and prayed her heart out.  But, here’s the thing.. when she was done, it was over.  She didn’t continue to feel the same way.. tormented and depressed.  She felt better and at peace.  Therefore, left behind all that burden.

Ahem…how many times have I picked the burden right back up..

Reading this story caused me to think about all the loss I have endured over the years.  Yesterday, while organizing and trying to find a home for a keepsake, I ran across the baby book of my second pregnancy.   I opened it and began to read the message I was writing to my unborn child.  Words of hope, excitement, and love spilled out from those pages.  Obviously, the thrill of a second child poured from my soul.  Sadly, that is where the book ends.  I miscarried in the 16th week of pregnancy.  I was past the supposed danger point.  My heart shattered at the loss.  My heart grew heavy that very moment and I closed the book, placed back in its home, and wiped a few tears away.

My rival, the evil one, taunted me and tortured me over that loss just as Peninnah did Hannah.  At first it was the “you did something wrong” feeling that irritated me.  Then over the course of the next few months, my rival had me depressed and weeping.  Oh, he has done this with every loss.  I should have taken that picture with mom. I never realized it would be the last one.. I should have never prayed to keep grandma here.  She suffered because of my selfishness..  If I had done things differently, better even, I could have been the children’s minister.. All the weight of those thoughts made me downhearted.

When Hannah couldn’t bear the burden anymore, she prayed from her heart and soul.  She prayed for a son.  She even promised God to give the son over to Him.  God granted the answer to her prayer.  And in return, she kept her promise.

((Sigh))  I remember praying for peace over and over again.  I had such an empty hole inside of me after each loss.  I tried filling it and without success, I would fall to me knees again, overloaded and downhearted.  My mom, grandmothers, grandfathers, my unborn child… they weren’t mine to keep.  Just like Samuel was for Hannah.  I should have let go of the loss a long time ago.  Hannah saw her son once a year to deliver a garment she made for him.  But she never regretted following through on her promise to God.  She was never downhearted again and she praised God.  I can revisit the memories and enjoy them.  I should never fall prey to the evil one’s taunting and become downhearted.  I should cherish those memories and praise God for them.

Most importantly, I have over time learned to leave those burdens at Jesus’ feet.  Yeah, I admit, every once in a a while, I pick one up only to give it back, quickly.  I just have to remember, “it’s not mine, anymore.”

Enjoy your Tuesday… God bless…