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Who inspires you to do your best?

When I think about doing my best, I first think of my parents. I suppose that is because they were the first, that I remember, to tell me to do my best. Whether it be in school, making friends, or playing well with others. (The latter has not always been my strong suit.) But as we learn to live with Christ, we know that we should do all things to glorify God.

Colossians 3:23 (ESV)  Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Not only are we to do all things as well as possible in order to glorify God, we are also to give thanks to Him. It takes some work for me to be in constant remembrance that every single opportunity, every single day of my life is all thanks to God.

Colossians 3:17  (ESV)  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

When our lives are going sideways or things just don’t feel right….we get frustrated and flustered. No matter what we are doing, if we are disciplined to do all things that glorify God and give him thanks, we can truly never be disappointed.

“The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.” William Arthur Ward.

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Celebrate Your Season of Singleness

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

For some, being single is a lonely, desperate and sad way of living. That’s how I used to feel about being single. I have been divorced for seven years. But, it wasn’t until recently that I’ve accepted what it means to be single. Our culture tells us that we should be married. At minimum, we should have someone “special” in our lives. The world tends to see single people as lonely, desperate, broken, dysfunctional, or less than whole. We shouldn’t care what society thinks.

We do not dare to compare ourselves with those who use themselves to measure themselves and they judge themselves by what they themselves are. This shows that they know nothing.                  2 Corinthians 10:12

Our concern should be centered on what God wants for us.

Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. Matthew 6:33

Our season of singleness is a beautiful gift from God. What God withholds from us can be our greatest gift. Only God knows when we are ready to meet our spouse that He has chosen for us. His timing is perfect.

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

So, what are we to do while we wait?

Here is a list of some things to do while we are in our Season of Singleness.

  1. Learn Contentment    God will always give us what we need. We can focus on increasing our trust and broadening our knowledge that God knows what is best for us, that He is providing for us and that He is protecting us.
  2. Learn to Live     During our season of singleness we should use our free time and freedom from additional commitments to grow closer to God. Become planted in a church. Join a Bible study group. Serve others by finding somewhere to volunteer or ways to mentor others. Practice spiritual discipline by developing spiritual habits. These could include reading the Bible, making prayer a practice and learning to apply the character of Christ to our lives.
  3. Cultivate a Solid Support System     We need to develop good, strong friendships and learn to let go of toxic relationships. This is a great time to focus on family and getting to know our loved ones better.
  4. Learn Humility     Stop looking and reaching outside of yourself and start looking and reaching within yourself. Stop viewing everyone in the room as a possible candidate. For this leads to lust. Stop looking for those that may be interested in you. For this leads to being prideful. Start viewing people with the value they deserve as they too are created in God’s image. This leads to being respectful.
  5. Prepare Yourself     During your season of singleness, prepare yourself to be the best you that is possible. Begin exercising and develop better eating habits. Map out short and long term goals. Master your finances and budget. Take time to become more educated.
  6. Give all Glory to God     Acknowledge His greatness and give Him honor through praise and worship. Recognize His essence of glory. Listen to and agree with Him. Submit to Him and obey Him.

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36

Being a woman, I have gotten caught up in “waiting for my Boaz”. I’ve caught myself wasting valuable resources searching for the “one”. This includes money, time, energy, thoughts and emotions. All single women should really study the book of Ruth. We should all strive to live our Season of Singleness as Ruth did. Her focus wasn’t on searching or seeking Boaz. Her focus was on glorifying God. She was content. She was living her life. She was focused on family. She did things with humility. By the time Boaz arrived, she was prepared. Ruth’s life glorified God. This is what we should all strive for during our Season of Singleness.

Rejoice always, Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.                                                1 Thessalonians 5:16-22.

 

 

Building a Prayer Life

Learning has always been difficult for me. My A.D.D. tendencies can derail a good idea, quickly. Things need to be organized and in their proper place. Reference points are needed to guide my thoughts. As I began meeting more and more people through my faith, I found it difficult to keep track of the prayer requests, or the Bible verses I wanted to study, or my own goals. I needed a way of simplifying my prayer life.

I believe that our prayer life is how we build our relationship with Jesus. This has become most important in my life…to build a strong relationship with Him.

So, I set out to learn how to build a fulfilling prayer life. The following is what I came up with.


We are commanded to pray.

Ephesians 6:18 (AMP)

Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

We are commanded to pray without fret or worry.

Philippeans 4:6 (AMP)

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition [definite requests], with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

We are commanded to never cease praying. To pray all the time and to do so earnestly.

1 Thessolonians 5:17 (AMP)

Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]

Colossians 4:2 (AMP)

Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving.

The Bible guides us and teaches us not to ramble or only pray by repeating memorized prayer. We are to be specific, with few words.

Matthew 6:7 (AMP)

And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 (AMP)

Be not rush with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few.


My desire to learn how to pray led me to search for an organized way to strengthen my prayer life and my relationship with God. A prayer journal or a prayer notebook was just the answer. Using the creativity God gave me, I made my own prayer journal/notebook. Now you can make one too.

Step One

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 4

I purchased a photo album at the local Goodwill for $3.00.

Additionally, I purchased some scrapbook paper and stickers.

Anything will work. Colored paper; wrapping paper….or nothing at all.

Lastly, I purchased some colored index cards.

Again…this doesn’t need to be about expense or color or making the Prayer Book fancy. Plain paper or notebook paper works too.

I chose the photo album because I can move things around fairly easily. Others have used three ring binders. This gives them even more flexibility. A journal or composition book will work as well.


Step Two

My prayer book is divided into the following sections:

Photo Adoration          Adoration – Give God praise and honor for who he is.                

Photo Confession          Confession – Examine yourself before God and honestly deal      

                                                                                     with the sin in your life.

Photo Thanksgiving            Thanksgiving – Verbalize what you are thankful for.

Photo Supplication               Supplication – Pray for the needs of others and yourself.

Photo Proverbs 31               Proverbs 31 – Become a Godly woman.

There’s also a section for Goals and Books of the Bible.

Each section has multiple spaces for note cards. As I grow in my prayer life, I can add and subtract information in the Prayer Book. As I learn new Bible verses, I can add them to the sections where they apply.


Step Three

Start using your new Prayer Book. The Holy Spirit will assist you while you design, make or purchase your Prayer Book. As well, the Holy Spirit will be with you through your entire prayer process. No matter what that may be.

Romans 8:26 (AMP)

So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.

When Life Happens……Praise God!

It has been a long time since I logged into my blog. I haven’t published anything in months. I haven’t forgotten why I started this blog. I haven’t been lazy. Just the opposite actually. As this year dwindles down through the last quarter, I would like to reflect on the things God has done for me and my family this year.

The best lesson I learned this year is that Jesus wants to know me as an individual. He wants to be in a relationship with me. His relationship with me is the most important relationship I have and He has equipped me with all I need to survive this world.He has provided for all of us a breastplate and helmet. With full protection and knowledge we are better equipped to stand strong before the evil one (in general or specifically Satan). God’s Word provides us the readiness and firm foundation we need to fight against ‘flaming missiles’….spiritual attacks. Paul says it best in Ephesians.


Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:14-17. (AMP)


An equally important lesson learned this year has been learning to truly be thankful. In all circumstances, regardless of the results. To be thankful and trusting that God’s will is sufficient.


Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always); Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]; Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. 1Thess. 5:16-18. (AMP)


PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I am truly excited to be under your protection. As well, Lord, I am so very thankful for your guidance this past year. Lord, you know my struggles and weaknesses, and Lord, I thank you for walking along side me (often carrying me). Thank you, Lord for the wonderful people you have placed in my life to help me grow and serve in Christ. For the first time in my life, I truly look forward to tomorrow. Because I look so forward to learning more and more about You. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen!

I will try harder to love you all.

But, God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive with Christ ~ by grace you have been saved ~ Ephesians 2:4-5

One of the areas I have struggled with all my life is the ability to love all people. Don’t get me wrong, I love people….in general. When I do cross paths with someone that I don’t feel “love” for….I try to look at the person as God would. Sometimes, this is hardest accomplishments I can think of. I can help any person. I can extend forgiveness to anyone. I can pray for them and with them. I find it very difficult to love them.

God loves them. He loves them no more and no less than He loves me. Then I realize we can LOVE EVERYONE. We don’t have to love what they do or what they represent or how they behave. But, we can LOVE THEM.

Think of the good we can do if we love everyone. If it weren’t for God’s love, I wouldn’t be living a better life in Christ. If it weren’t for God’s love, I would still be looking for love in all the wrong places. If we are to love others as God has loves us……then our love will show others they can have a better life too. The goal would be to love others as God does, to show them what their life will be like, living in CHRIST.

 

Happy New Year – 2014

New Year’s Resolution Prayer:

Gracious God, thank you for your work of renewal in me. Thank you for the fact that I am new in Christ, having put off my old self and put on my new self. Thank you for the fact that you are at work in me, making me new from the inside out.

When I fall back into the ways of my old self, deliver me, Lord. Help me to choose to put off those ways. Ignite within me a desire for the new life, the life you offer in Christ. Continue, I pray, your work of renewing my inner being, so that I might be more and more like you.

All praise be to you, O God, Father, Son, and Spirit, because you are making all things new, including me! Amen.

Ephesians 4:22-24                                                     New Living Translation (NLT)

… throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

taken from:  http://www.thehighcalling.org/reflection/happy-new-you#.UsR3frQWr3W

About one year ago, I gave my life back to Christ. In 2013, I truly learned how to live better in Christ and I have learned better listening skills with God. I have allowed the Holy Spirit to guide my faith and to lead me in understanding scripture and the voice of God. I wish the same to every one of you. It all starts when we acceptance that Jesus is our Savior and died for our sins. Your faith will grow rapidly through the Holy Spirit. You will soon see the miracles that God lovingly has in store for you.

Happy New Year!!!!

White Whiner with First World Problems

Today, I went to a laundromat for the first time in 25 or 30 years. My dryer quit working, recently. I figure I don’t have much to complain about, my washer still works.

It snowed here over the weekend. We got 7 or 8 inches of snow. I figure I don’t have much to complain about, I have a nice shovel and the snow was the light and fluffy kind of snow.

So, in order to get my laundry done today, I washed four loads in my ‘working’ washer, shoveled the 7 to 8 inches of snow from my driveway, used a nice broom to push the snow off my car and then loaded the wet laundry in two baskets into the back seat of the car. While I was waiting for the car to warm up, I realized that I should have grabbed my heavy winter coat….just in case the car would break down or something like that. Back into the house to get my coat, I decide to scrape the ice off the windshield instead of waiting for the car to warm. I’m ready to go, now. Twelve miles to the next town to dry my laundry.

I get to the laundromat and realize I forgot the dryer sheets. You know…those little white sheets that make the static go away. This is a critical mistake. We have so much more static in the winter with the dry air. Off to the grocery I go. I figure I don’t have much to complain about since the grocery store is in the same parking lot as the laundromat. Might as well grab a cola while I’m there.

Finally, I am ready to dry my laundry. The first machine I chose had someone’s laundry in it still. The next one was out of order. Finally, found one I could use. Loaded my laundry into the machine and put in four quarters. That should do it. The next machine was available also. Loaded the second basket of wet laundry and added another four quarters. Found a nice seat to sit at while I waited. Opened my Nook to read a novel that I started recently. ‘BEEP’ One of the dryers has stopped. hmmmmm. It must not be working well. The laundry is still damp. Add four more quarters and restart the load. Again with the ‘BEEP’. Now I am down to using one dryer (as all the others were being used by other patrons of the laundromat). I figure I don’t have much to complain about, at least one dryer works better than the one I have at home.

After laundry, I decided to do a little Christmas shopping. Another 10 mile drive across town. Just need to pick up a few things. By now, I am getting a bit hungry. Maybe I will reward myself for all the hard work this was to get the laundry done. I stop at my favorite pizza parlor on the way home. A large, three topping pizza and another cola. On the way home, I decided I should call my mother and say hi. Had a wonderful conversation with Mom. We talked about my job and my upcoming move to New York. See, that is why I have to use the laundromat. I don’t want to buy a new dryer before I move 8 hours away. I will just buy a new dryer in New York. I figure I don’t have much to complain about, I am using the laundromat so I don’t have to buy a new one yet.

Western industrialized civilization. Even though I don’t have much to complain about, I do have a lot of inconveniences in my life right now. On the way to the laundromat I just wanted to take a moment to thank God for all he provides. For many years, I have had my own washer and dryer. I am blessed with a vehicle that starts in this cold weather. I am physically able to shovel snow. I have the means to pay for the laundromat, with extra quarters when the machines do not work well. How blessed am I that I can go shopping for Christmas presents for my family and then stop to get a pizza for dinner (with enough left over for lunch tomorrow).

I realize that even though I try not to complain, I am a white whiner with first world problems. Those in third world countries would cringe at all the ‘problems’ I had today. How lucky are we, in the Western world, that we don’t have to wash our laundry in a creek or river, that we don’t have to walk 12 miles to the next town. Who are we to complain about having to shovel snow or waiting for our car to warm up. Seems a bit silly to whine about not wanting to cook dinner because we worked so hard today.

The next time something goes wrong or becomes inconvenient…..try to see it for what it is. If we all take time to look at our world like a Third World person would, we would be ashamed of ourselves. Thank God for everything you have. Every convenience and every inconvenience. Praise God for every First World Problem you have. For every problem has a direct link to something others, in Third World countries, cannot imagine.