A New Years Prayer
Friday, December 30, 2011
The study of Proverbs with Proverbs 31 ministries was a wonderful & enlightening study, now join me with Wendy Pope host of WALKING WOMEN THROUGH THE WORD http://wendypope.org/psalm-study/ beginning in Jan.join in on the Psalm study “Trusting God for A Better Tomorrow
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
what comes to mind when you hear the word celebrate, automatically we connect it with party , according to Webster it is a day of rejoicing, to observe, to praise publicly, to honor
This month of December has been full of celebrating as well well as sorrow,today we ceelbrate 37 yrs of marraige, wow how close to 40 is that! in just a few days will ring in another New Year, do you have hopes, dreams, plans for the new year, I have seen what's beyond the door & can't wait for God's perfect timming to walk through it, have you thought about those resolutions, how about going into that secret place & making new resolutions to serve him whole heartly with all your might, to draw closer than ever before,to place it in his hands & trust him completly,put on that spiritual warfare & fight for those things God has promised , listen to the song HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING, perhaps this could be your New Years Resolution!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
As I watch an Aunt cry over her son's casket, as I watch a wife fall to pieces, as I watch sweet grandbabies stand close by, as I watch sisters whisper what to do about Christmas & presents with his name on them, I am assured that through all things we serve a God bigger than all our worries & we must stand in the gap & lift up those who are too weak to stand in this moment, we live this life one breath at a time, don't just invite Christ into your home for Christmas but with every breath give him praise
never knowing what this ole world will dish out it is so important to know in whom we serve, this past week I was surrounded with all my kids & sweet grandbabies for an early Christmas, today I am surrounded with cousins who has lost a brother unexpectedly, tomorrow I will naturally assume I’ll be surrounded with my parents & sister, nieces etc., we have but one life to live in this walk of life & we must choose to live it to the fullest & the best of our ability with Christ always being in the center of it
there are times I must admit I stay a little too busy & need to sit at his feet more, there are times when all I want to do is drink in his goodness, we have to live in this world but we must always remember to keep Jesus number one in our life, even with everything this world has to offer just give me Jesus!
as you gather with loved ones this Christmas season, remember who it was that gave you that gift & give him praise!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Santa lives at the North Pole JESUS is everywhere
Santa rides in a sleigh ... JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.
Santa comes but once a year ... JESUS is an ever present help.
Santa fills your stockings with goodies ... JESUS supplies all your needs.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited ... JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then
enters your heart when invited.
You have to wait in line to see Santa ... JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.
Santa lets you sit on his lap ... JESUS lets you rest in His arms.
Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is "Hi little boy or girl, what's your
name?" ...JESUS knew our name before we were born...Not only does He know our name,
He knows our address too
.He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.
Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly ...JESUS has a heart full of love
All Santa can offer is HO HO HO ...
JESUS offers health, help and hope. Santa says "You better not cry"
...JESUS says "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you."
Santa's little helpers make toys ...
JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts,repairs broken homes and builds mansions.
Santa may make you chuckle but ...JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.
While Santa puts gifts under your tree ...
JESUS became our gift and died on a tree....The cross.
Put Christ Back In Christmas..
Jesus Is Still The Reason For The Season!
Friday, December 9, 2011
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, he maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters, he restoreth my soul, he leadeth me in the paths of righteouss for his name's sake, yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they ...comfort me, thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies, thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over, surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever(Psalms 23)
"The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want", looking back when I was young, I often wondered why would I not want the lord as my shepherd, but as I grew into an adult & began to study God's word I began to realize that it meant because I know him as my shepherd I shall not want for anything,on a scale of 1-10 of how rich I'd say I am I'd have to say 10 not by this worlds standards by any means for we have our share of trials & the ups & downs of everyday humm drum like anyone else but because "He restoreths my soul" even in my darkest hour I can still praise him , for there never was a time that I needed to come to this well of living water that it was empty, when was the last time you came to the well,"He leadeth me beside the still waters, he restoreth my soul" do you fell dry & empty within your soul today, begin to let the holy spirit draw you to this well of living water, partake of the cool living water as it restores your soul, this living water that I speak of is Jesus & no matter what life throws our way , he is always there by the well with cup in hand with cool living water
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Amy is now hosting Luke in 26 Days Bible study
finishing up the final week of A Confident Heart ,this has been a wonderful & enriching study
with so many great devotionals, Bible studies etc out there that there should be no reason not to be able for any of us to not grow deeper in the word,whether it be a scripture at a time, a chapter at a time, a page from a good inspirational book,& just start reading
as you began to digest the word you’ll be refreshed & satisfied in your soul
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Lamentations 3:25 The LORD [is] good unto them that wait for him, to the soul [that] seeketh him.
Luke 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened
Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find [him], if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
The arrival of the first card of the Christmas season came yesterday, a beautiful red with wise men on camels & beautiful scripted wording in gold
Wise Men Still Seek Him
The first wise men gave Christ treasures from their kingdoms, today's wise men give Christ the treasures of their hearts
as I read the card & pondered over wise men still seek him , the word seek seemed to stand out so lets focus on that word “seek” are you seeking him today for a need in your life, are you seeking him for a deeper walk, do you know in whom you seek after, to seek after the things of this world are temporary but to seek after the things of God are everlasting
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Day 31 is here! When I think of Proverbs I usually think of the virtuous woman but when you go through & really absorb the word & use Amy’s soap application you see proverbs in a different light
S…scripture, which scripture do you feel God is speaking to you
O… observation , what might he be telling you in that scripture
A…application , how can you apply the scripture to your life
P…prayer, what is your prayer to ask God in helping you make that application
did you know that there are over 10 chapters that talk about the mouth?
there is life & death in the tongue & we need to be careful what we say & how we say it (18:21)
have you enjoyed going through proverbs in 31 days, did you learn something you didn’t know before , do you have a favorite chapter?
THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN
the virtuous woman takes care of her household, she rises up early to prepare for her day, she gardens, she sews, she does the shopping, ,she makes her husband proud, he knows he can trust her, she ministers to the poor , wisdom & kindness comes out of her mouth, she tends to household chores & is not idle, her lifestyle is know by the fruit she bears & praised in the gates
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD ALL YE LANDS,SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS,COME BEFORE HIS PRESENCE WITH SINGING,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,ENTER INTO HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING AND INTO HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE BE THANKFUL UNTO HIM AND BLESS HIS NAME, FOR THE LORD IS GOOD, HIS MERCY IS EVERLASTING AND HIS TRUTH ENDURETH TO ALL GENERATIONS (Ps.100)
This Thanksgiving we were blessed to be able to visit my brother-n-law & his family in Virginia along with my father-n-law, it was a long trip but so worth it ,there are so many things to be thankful for, what a blessing to be able to be able to come into the presence of the Lord & when we enter into that secret place where he calls us friend & we know that we are his & he is ours
Sunday, November 27, 2011
oh my goodness! I can’t believe I won! right before Thanksgiving I get an email from Jennifer saying I’ve won
what a beautiful Book
we’ve been in Virginia most of the week visiting family so there’s lots of catching up to do & my December is already half way filled, whew!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Smelling Coffee: A Give-Away!... because: Keeping Christ AS Christmas - the e-book is officially published!
be sure to visit Jennifer & sign up for this great giveaway
Friday, November 18, 2011
Last night I bustled around the kitchen making fudge & some Honey nut Chex ,making sure I had everything for the main course, threw a load of cloths in, got my recipe in on time for the 12 weeks of Christmas cookies, all was right with the world & I was done lol,because today a few of us ladies will meet at Ms Carolyn's for a fun filled day of baking & making candies for our Holiday orders , then it happened…….
as I go to prepare the main course it dawns on me I forgot a very important ingredient..frozen mixed veggies oh my goodness & I’ve got to leave in just a few short hours & no money nor time for the store , think! think! with the brain! ……hummm I do have tons of quarters in change from my show lol now mind you lunch is a “surprise” & I could just not do it & no one would be the wiser but do I really want the enemy to have victory over this one, I think not! it just means getting ready earlier than planed,cooking in a sweet apron to keep my cloths clean instead of my comfy pj’s , still doing the same things in the same amount of time only backwards because no matter what comes my way this is the day that the Lord has made & I will rejoice & be glad in it!
DELIGHT THYSELF ALSO IN THE LORD AND HE SHALL GIVE THEE THE DESIRES OF THINE HEART
Monday, November 14, 2011
great message from Joyce today, Stop waiting on somebody else to have the job of making you happy, this is true in so many ways, she made me think how many times to we walk past the flower section in the stores, ever wonder why we don’t buy ourselves flowers LOL today I have plans on rearranging & organizing my office & perhaps when I buy groceries I’ll pick up a bouquet of flowers for my desk, not because I deserve, them, not because it’s my birthday, not because I don’t love myself but simply because flowers make me smile & I love them & when someone ask why the flowers? I’ll smile & say because I’m worth it! LOL
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
this song has went over & over in my mind tonight as I ponder over so many things that’s happening in my family & all around me, I feel a stirring of God’s anointing taking place, changes are about to take place,God’s about to open doors in our ministry
Prov.9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy one is understanding
Wisdom is defined as understanding of what is true, right or lasting, common sense, good judgment not to do desperate things
studying & being knowledgeable of the the word will give us the wisdom to use good judgment when faced with obstacles in our lives
Ps..49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
Lord open the eyes of my heart , fill me with the knowledge of they word as I study to be able to show myself approved
this is day 9 of proverbs in 31 days hosted by Mom's Tool Box
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
prov 8:22-23 The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way,before his works of old,I was set up from everlasting from the beginning or ever the earth was
God had plans for us before we were yet born
Jer.1:5 says, before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations
the next time you feel you're not important just remember that before you were even born God had you on his mind & he had plans for your future
Lord I thank you that you cared enough to design my future before I was even thought of
OH GOD THOU ART MY GOD,EARLY WILL I SEEK THEE,MY SOUL THIRISTETH FOR THEE,MY FLESH LONGETH FOR THEE IN ADRY AD THIRSTY LAND,WHERE NO WATER IS (PS.63:1)
"someone" we wont call names (our Pastor) lol said everybody should be up at 4am as he has to be up to start his day,well what can one do at 4am ?clean the kitchen, run a load of cloths, sip coffee & listen to Jesus call you friend as you wait for the the sun to come up & thank him for those extra hours in the sewing room as I am down to 3 days till set up time for my 2 day Christmas show
there is something so special about the stillness of the morning,listening to God’s creations awaken as the darkness begins to fade & a new day comes over the horizon
Monday, November 7, 2011
can you believe it’s been a whole week already? if you haven’t joined in on the Proverbs in 31 days study, visit Amy at Mom's Tool Box & join in http://www.momstoolbox.com/blog/
Chapter 7 we are still learning to keep God’s commandments & to stay grounded & rooted so’s the able to recognize the snares of the enemy
Prov.7:1:1-2 My son keep my words and lay up my commandments with thee, keep my commandments and live and my law as the apple of thine eye
here he is being told to guard his heart & keep his commandments deep in is heart, for the wages of sin is death
Ephesians 6 instructs us to put on the whole armour of God that we may withstand the wiles of the devil, when temptation comes it pays to be grounded in the word
Lord help me not look to the left nor to the right but to you Lord in the days of trouble, I am who you say I am, I’ve been bought with a price & the enemy is defeated
CATCHING UP DAY 5 & 6
This past Sunday I was busy getting everything ready for our Pastor’s Pastor Appreciation Sunday, I was so exhausted Sun evening I went to bed at 6am, but the service turned out great, the choir did great & the praise team was awesome! now for some catching up
Prov.5:20-21 And why wilt thou my son,be ravished with a strange woman and embrace the bosom of a stranger,for the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord and he pondereth all his goings
again the Lord is telling how important it is to guard our eyes
A Application guard your heart, know the word that you may be able to resist the enemy when he tries to entice you
Lord I thank you for my soul mate, I thank you for all you’ve brought us through,I praise you for your continual hedge of protection around our marriage
prov.6:20-23 My son keep my Father's commandments and forsake not the law of they Mother, bind them up continually upon thy heart and tie them about thy neck,when thou goest it shall lead thee,when thou sleepest it shall keep thee and when thou awakest it shall talk with thee, for the commandments is a lamp and the law is he light and reproofs of instruction are the way of life
Mothers are the best at teaching life's little lessons, take heed to what she tells you when teaching about keeping God’s word & the tricks of the enemy to entice you, keep her words on your heart
stay true to each other, stay grounded in God’s word and it will keep you from the snares of the enemy, give you rest & light your path
as we stand and agree together as one in the fullness of your grace we acknowledge that it takes three to make a marriage, as long as we stay in the center of your will you will be in the center of our lives
Sunday, November 6, 2011
PASTOR APPREICIATION DAY
Today is Pastor appreciation day, there will be a great time of fellowship with a surprise guest speaker, special singing, the choirs been working on for weeks, good food afterwards, today we share our love for our Pastor & his family
He walks in the footprints of God
His shoes are greatly worn
From the time he was a child
Heaven knew a pastor had been born
A new church to be founded
Empty pews to be filled
Lost souls to be saved
A humble man to do his will
He walks in the footprints of God
Choosing the straight and narrow
He cares not for his own glory
He is content in the Master's shadow
So he lifts his hands in praise
Falls to his knees in prayer
Embraces every opportunity
The Lord's words to share
He walks in the footprints of God
Heaven's doors his destination
Never minding the unpaved roads
That lead to eternal creation.
Lisa J. Brown
A Pastor's Heart
A pastor’s heart is Protective
and guards his flock from Satan’s snares.
A pastor’s heart is Attentive
and seeks to know his people’s cares.
A pastor’s heart is Sacrificial
and for his sheep will give its all.
A pastor’s heart is Tender
and listens to the Spirit’s call.
A pastor’s heart is Obedient
and heeds the Master’s commands.
A pastor’s heart is Reflective
and considers he is but a man.
Okawville, Illinois, USA
I love both poems so I think I shall combine the two & make them flow into one
Friday, November 4, 2011
Prov.4:25 Let thine eyes look right on and let thine eyelids look straight before thee
I am reminded of Peter in Matt.14 when he asked “Lord if it be you then bid me to come unto you on the water, as long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus his faith allowed him to walk to Jesus but when he began to let his eyes look around at his surroundings, he got his eyes off Jesus & began to sink
in the mist of the storms in our lives we are encouraged in the word not to look to the left nor to the right but to keep our eyes on Jesus
Lord I crave to sit at your feet more& engulf your presence,when the enemy comes against me give me the strength to keep my eyes straight ahead & not on my circumstances
today is day four of Proverbs in 31 days, wont you join us? http://www.momstoolbox.com/blog/
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The beginning of the chapter we are still reading to keep God’s commandments on our hearts,to trust in the Lord, to listen to his word & to seek wisdom
Prov.3:24-25 When thou liest down thou shalt not be afraid,yea thou shalt lie down and thy sleep shall be sweet
when we are in him & he in us then he is our peace
after going through the tornado a few months back, yes there was a touch of fear but the peace of God surrounded us & it was that peace that allowed sweet sleep during those dark nights, if we surrender all to him & he lives in us then we have that assurance of everlasting life & nothing by any means shall harm us
The Lords is my shepherd I shall not want ,he maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me besides the still waters, he restoreth my soul,he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his names sake,yea thou I walk through the valley of death I shall fear no evil for thou art with me thy rod and thy staff they comfort me, thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies thou anointest my head with oil,my cup cup runneth over, surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever ( Ps.23)
Proverbs in 31 days is hosted by Amy at Mom’s Tool Box
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Prov.2:1-2 my son if thou wilt receive my words and hide my commandments with thee so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom and apply thine heart to understanding
(O) observation:when we listen & obey God's word then we attain wisdom, we are to seek God with all our heart, the enemy is out to steal kill & destroy, that is why it is important to know the word (Vs.11)discretion shall preserve thee,understanding shall keep thee
(A) Application:keep God’s commandments on your heart
(P) Prayer:Lord enlighten my eyes to understanding thy word, help me to study to show myself approved that thy word may be planted deep in my heart when the enemy comes against me
Monday, October 31, 2011
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(From Amy’s blog)
Read the passage and find the one thing I believe God is telling me that morning. Then I journal about it using the acrostic SOAP as a guide.
S: Scripture-Write the ONE scripture that I feel God is using to speak to me in today’s reading
O: Observation-What might He be telling me with that scripture?
A: Application-How can I apply it to my life?
P: Prayer-What is my prayer to ask God in helping me to make that application?
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Sunday, October 30, 2011
I WILL NOT BE DISCOURAGED
I will not be discouraged
To be sad or to cry
I refuse to be downhearted
And here's the reason why
I have a God who's mighty
Who's sovereign and supreme
I have a God who loves me
And I am on his team
He is all wise and powerful
Jesus is his name
Though everything is changeable
My God remains the same
My God knows all things happening
Beginning to the end
His presence is my comfort
He is my dearest friend
When sickness comes to weaken me
To bring my head down low
I call upon my mighty God
Into his arms I go
When circumstances threaten
To rob me of my peace
He draws me close unto his bosom
Where all my strivings cease
And when my heart melts within me
And weakness takes control
He gathers me into his arms
He sooths my heart and soul
The great "I AM" is with me
My life is in his hands
The son of the Lord is my hope
It's in his strength I stand
I refuse to be defeated
My eyes are on my God
He has promised to be with me As through this life I trod
I'm looking past all my circumstances
To Heavens throne above
My prayers have reached the heart of God
I'm resting in his love
I give God thanks in everything
My eyes are on his face
The battle's his, the victory's mine
He will help me win this race
that word discouraged means to deprive of confidence,hope,spirit, to hinder, ohhh how many times have we had our hearts set on something only to get our spirit crushed, our dreams crushed, there's am old hymnal that goes I will not be defeated I will not be defeated no I'll not be defeated anymore.... that’s a great history that comes with the older songs,when we sing do we know what we’re singing,, do we believe what we’ re singing or is it just a song, God has a plan & a purpose for each & every one of us & one of those things is not to be defeated (Jer.29:11) For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord,plans to prosper you and not to harm you,plans to give you hope and a future
Friday, October 28, 2011
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.
1 Corinthians 14:33
Sharon ,from His Table For Two is having a giveaway, this sounds like a great book whether for reading for yourself or to help encourage others
“ I Used To Be So Organized’’ can also be purchased through Proverbs 31 Ministries
Monday, October 24, 2011
And the Lord answered me and said write the Vision and make it plain upon tables that he may run that readeth it, for the vision is yet for an appointed time but at the end it shall speak and not lie, though it tarry, wait for it for it will surely come it will not tarry
In this chapter God is encouraging Habakkuk not to give up on the vision he has given him, to hold on, to keep believing in chapter 3 vs. 17-19) Habakkuk is praying that no matter what comes he will believe & rejoice in the Lord
(vs..17 ) although the fig tree shall not blossom,neither shall fruit be in the vines the labor of the olive shall fail and the fields shall yield no meat,the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls(vs.18) yet will I rejoice in the Lord I will joy in the God of my salvation (vs19)The Lord God is my strength and he will make my feet like hinds feet and he will make me to walk upon high places to the chief singer on my stringed instruments
no matter how it looks around him, even when it looks all is lost & the vision is nowhere near coming to pass , he still decides with a made up mind to worship & praise God for the vision
Has God given you a vision, does it seem a far off, remember what God said
WRITE THE VISION
write it on your heart, mediate on it, for faith is the substance of things hoped for
do you have a vision, run with it! stand on it , let no one deter you from believing in it
IT IS YET FOR AN APPOINTED TIME
God’s timing is not our timing, if he spoke it, it ill come in due season, our job is to keep believing, to keep looking for it
THOUGH IT TARRY, WAIT FOR IT
even though it looks near imposable,wait for it, keep standing tall in your faith, run with the promise God has given you, keep it on your heart, praise him for it & thank him in advance for bringing it to pass
BECAUSE IT WILL SURELY COME!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
The theme of our conference was BELIEVE , (Because Emanuel Lives I Expect Victory Every time) to be our first it was awesome!nest year’s speaker has already been booked
what does the word Believe mean to you? (Jn.14:1) Believe in God, Believe also in me (Ac.8:37) I Believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God (Ac.16:31) Believe on the lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, are just a few of the many scriptures on Believe
The word Believe will also lead you into a deeper search of Faith & Hope, if we Believe then we have hope & it is faith that keeps that hope alive
enjoy some of the Believe images I’ve came across the net
when Jesus was on the cross because the thief believed he told him this day thou shalt be with me in paradise
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU THINK OF THE WORD BELIEVE?
WHAT DOES BELIEVE MEAN TO YOU?
WHAT & WHOM DO YOU BELIEVE IN ?
Thursday, October 13, 2011
If you’ve never been to the Miracle Theater in Pigeon Forge Tenn.I encourage you to go,last week when a group of us ladies from church were in Chattanooga we decided to go in between conference times & it was a 2 hour drive from where we were attending the conference, getting us back to the hotel around 1:30 am & having to be at the conference the next morning at 8:00 but boy was it worth it!four women running on 4 hours sleep & trying to get ready in one room was a hoot to!
this is their final season they say the expense to feed the animals is getting too expensive so I’m returning this next coming weekend with my husband as we’d talked about going for years , so I get to see it again yea! when I made the reservations it only let me choose 2 rows putting up way up on row K but when I called & asked what does open seat mean on the site they asked would I like to be closer & bumped me down 5 rows to center F whoo hoo!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
After walking around the yard today seeing what else needed to be done ,I noticed flowers that’s never been there before , we’ve been here about 22 years & today’s the first I've ever seen of these flowers, perhaps the tornado blew some seed my way but I’d like to think Jesus sent me flowers today ,there were the sweetest purple ones at the corner of the yard around the propane tank there were the sweetest little white ones, like tiny daises where the tree took out my blueberries , morning glories has popped up, I looked up morning glories & found they are the symbol of a new day, we’re still making repairs from the tornado but we are blessed & a new day is coming, I laughed as I thought of how many times I‘ve tried to get a nice flower bed going & all of a sudden these flowers appear everywhere, the thought came to me “Jesus gave me flowers today” I took it a step further & found
Solomon 2 :12
The flowers appear on the earth the time of the singing of the birds is to come & the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land
some of the best things in this life are free, John 8:36 says if the son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed
look around you & see the beauty God has placed in your life, embrace all the “free things” that make you smile
Monday, October 3, 2011
This past week our sweet keyboardist blessed us all with more pears than we knew what to do with, for three days there was washing, peeling, cooking, canning, what to do with all those pears! I have to admit I got a little happy when I came across some that were too far gone, one less to peel LOL
with mine I made pear sections,pear honey & pear preserves, in the mist of all this non ending pear madness lol I began to hear “what kind of pear are you” nooo Lord you’re not about to give me a message for this ,surely not! lol I hear it again”what kind of pear are you” as a child of God we are like the pear, we’re all a part of the same tree connected to the same branch in which we draw life from(Jesus)but yet different which gives us the ability to grow & learn from each other,one thing about pears is that they ripen very quickly once picked & must be dealt with quickly ,some are green & hard,some mellow & soft,some appear to be good but are blemished on the inside, some are rotten but can be still be saved
WHAT KIND OF PEAR ARE YOU?
is it hard for people to get through to you, do you put up walls perhaps to keep from getting hurt, perhaps to keep from feeling the conviction of God’s calling, do you know someone that has a hard heart? “For God maketh my heart soft” (Job23:16)
when someone does us wrong Prov.15:1 tells us that a soft answer turneth away wrath(NOT WHAT IT SEEMS?)
do you have the world fooled like the pears, some appeared to be spotless & perfect but peeling began to revel hidden blemishes & rot “But the Lord said unto Samuel,look not on his countenance nor on the height of his stature because I have refused him for the Lord seeth not as man seeth appearance but the Lord looketh on the heart
“woe unto you scribes & Pharisees,hypocrites for ye are like unto whited sepulchers which indeed appear beautiful outward but are within full of dead men's bones & of all uncleanness,even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men but within ye are full of hypocrisy &iniquity(Matt 23:27-28)
Job 33 tells us(vs.4) The spirit of God hath made me & the breath of the almighty hath given me life (vs.7) I also am formed out of the clay ,aren’t you glad God doesn’t throw away the clay? like the pears, a lot could of been thrown away but there was still life in them, there were still possibilities within them out of hard pears there came beautiful pear halves God can take a hard heart & turn it into something beautiful for his glory,from the soft pears came pear preserves from the rotten & ones that seemed no hope after removing the rot there came beautiful pear butter because I didn’t throw the ugly pears away, there came an abundance of blessings, God never throws the clay away, he simply takes it & remolds back to where it belongs, “so do not throw away your confidence it will be richly rewarded,you need to preserve so that when you have done the will of God you will receive what he has promised(Heb.10:35-36)
whatever your need in life is, as long as you have breath you have that chance to reach out & touch the hem of his garment, let God remold you today & make you what you outta be it may appear we’re too far gone at times but as long as we’re still connected to the branch, there is life, there is hope, that branch is Jesus & in him there is hope! “abide in me and I in you as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself except it abide in the vine no more can ye abide in me, I am the vine, ye are the branches, he that abideth in me and I in him the same bringeth much fruit for without me you can do nothing’’ (John15:4-5)
Let God mold you today & turn you into something beautiful for his glory!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
has God gave you a dream?
are you seeking after his will in your life?
have you achieved what he’s called you to do?
Deut.28:1 and it shall come to pass if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God,to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above al nations of the earth
Friday, September 30, 2011
CALLING ALL PRAYER WARRIORS
Please be in prayer for Renee Swope author of the ongoing online Bible study, A Confident Heart , her father passed away along with other things in the family, our hearts & prayers go out to you Renee, for more info visit http://reneeswope.com/2011/09/just-in-case-you-are-wondering/
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Mark 7:28 she answered and said unto him yes Lord
no matter what comes my way & a lot has been coming this past weekend, I still rejoice for this is the day that the Lord has made(Ps.118:24)
as my husband is preparing to have to go out of town for the week, our water line decides to burst & there’s no help in sight till Wed. so I learn where the little knob is to turn on/off the water which is not fun, it’s deep into the ground & out on the main road for all the world to see lol,if that’s not enough he turns from that project to go gas up my vehicle hummm batteries dead , soo with the battery charging a book I recently bought comes to mind
no matter what the enemy throws at me there’s no denying I’m still blessed, we began to talk about how this is nothing compared to the tornado we just came through & that by the grace of God we’re still here,life will always throw things our way & not every day will be perfect but God is the same yesterday today & forever, as long as I have breath I will praise him, he will send the right people to fix the water that will give us the best price *for the Lord shall be thy confidence and shall keep thy foot from being taken (PROV:3:26)I refuse to be defeated this coming week, I still have breath to praise him, I am still able to go into my secret place where he calls me friend , I still can rejoice in his goodness, I can still feed my soul through his word, yes because I still say YES LORD it will be a great week!some of my favorite chapters in Psalms are:
STAY BLESSED & KEEP SAYING YES LORD!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
my comments that is
thanks Cathy for emailing me & letting me know my comments were blocked
Hi Helen...It is me again.
I have tried to leave a message on your blog, and just like a number of blogs I try to leave it message on it says I do not have access to this blog, I suppose it means to leave a message.
Here is what it says....
Your current account (followJesuslove@yahoo.com) does not have access to view this page.
Anyways, I have had a number of blogs that say this, so I don't know if it is in your Settings, or what. I wish I could leave you a comment...but at least I can email it to you. :)
Here is my comment I was trying to leave....
That is a nice bible study you are doing/following on line! I am taking a Beth Moore bible study now at my church, and my two daughters and their friend are also taking it with me. My daughter in law is in Iraq and we sent her the workbook also, and she is also doing it from there. :) The Word is our Manna, and it 'tastes' soooo goooddd! Yummy! LOL
Cathy is owner of
thanks again for bring this to my attention, it’s all corrected now on all of my blogs
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch and washes all the dirt off of you. He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed. He carves you a new smiling face and puts HIS light inside of you to shine for all the world to see. This was passed to me by another pumpkin. Now it's your turn to pass on to another pumpkin
This study started Monday, there’s still time to get your book & join in, you can download the first chapter on the main site http://melissataylor.org/
Word of the Week:
Discovering new things can be both fun and a little scary. This study is all about discovering how God’s promises can remove doubt and insecurity from our lives. It’s going to be so exciting! Get ready to discover how amazing you are and how God intended for all of us to have confident hearts filled with His love.
Verse of the Week:
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. Hebrews 10:35-36
Week 1 Suggested Assignments:
Sunday: Get ready! Have your A Confident Heart book, Bible, journal or notebook, pen, highlighter, and anything else that you will need ready. Pray for your heart and ask God to speak directly to you as you do this study. Pray for the other women all over world who are participating in this study.
Monday: Read the foreward and acknowledgments sections of the book. Write our verse of the week in your journal/notebook and on a few notecards so you can post them in various places. Begin reading this verse daily with the goal of memorizing it by the end of the week.
Introduce yourself to the group on my blog. In the comment section write your name, where you are from (if you are comfortable sharing that), and why you signed up for this Online Bible Study. Keep it simple and brief please I can’t wait to meet all of you!
Tuesday: Read Chapter 1, Discovering the Shadow of My Doubts. Use your highlighter to mark in your book things you may want to look back on later. Write in your journal your thoughts on the first chapter. *Verse of the week~ Hebrews 10:35-36. Work on memorizing it.
Wednesday: Complete #1-3 of the Reflection and Discussion Questions on p. 27. Record your answers in your notebook. Visit Melissa’s blog for encouragement. *Verse of the Week~ Can you say it with your eyes closed? Give it a try!
Thursday: Complete #4-7 of the Reflection and Discussion Questions on p. 27. Record your answers in your notebook. Visit Melissa’s blog for sharing insight. *Verse of the Week~ Believe it!
Friday: It’s Vlog day! Don’t know what a Vlog is? It’s a video message that I’ll post on my blog So visit my blog today because I have a word or 2 for you! Also use today as a catch up day. If you still need to read or answer any of the study questions, you can have today to do that. *Verse of the week~Say it! If you’ve learned it, write it in the comment section of my blog. Learning God’s Word and hiding it in our hearts is one of the best ways to move towards that God-confidence we desire!
Saturday- I hope you have a fabulous weekend! What are you up to today?
meet the Author: http://reneeswope.com/2011/09/just-in-case-you-are-wondering/
join in on Face Book http://www.facebook.com/MelissaTaylorsOnlineBibleStudies
Friday, September 16, 2011
How’s the new look? I just knew blogger was determined to never let me put a background on this blog awww but the good sense of a sister lol I call her up & say hey get on line & go in & see if you can add me a background, before it was over she was in & changed all three of my blog backgrounds whoo! hoo! now to dress up the side bars & maybe add tabs across the top, I’m also figuring out You Tube,hopefully soon you’ll run across me on You Tube lol I am excited about what God is about to do with this ministry
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America;
and to the republic, for which it stands;
one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
A blogger friend mention how she though to research 9:11 scriptures http://smellingcoffeetoday.blogspot.com/
what a great post! I love to research scriptures & meanings of words etc as well so I went through the chapters & in the very beginning God makes a covenant with man sealed with a promise with a sign of the rainbow, every time we see a rainbow after a rain we are reminded of God's promise Gen.9:11
throughout the word we read how it is important to be ready for the Lords coming as we see in ECC.9:11-12
I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong neither yet bread to the wise nor yet riches to men of understanding nor yet favor to men of skill but time and chance happeneth to them all
America still stands strong
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I’ve always loved poems, it must be from my school days lol ,usually for special occasions, a ladies meeting etc I will come up with a good inspirational poem,this coming weekend we are having a Ladies conference at our church & with our theme being
I had found the perfect poem on Believe, but have temporarily misplaced it, looked all through my fav’s, looked through all my notes, all my notebooks, searched on line & searched on line, found one that is a good one, not sure this one was my fav. but it is a nice one & is starting to sound familiar the more I read it
in one who sets me free
in one who heals me
in one who comforts me
in one who gives me joy
in one who softens my heart
in one who gives me everything
in one who leads me
in one who speaks to me
in one who gives me life
in one who shows me mercy
in one who prays for me
in one who is wonderful
in one who died for me
Now who do you believe in?
Sunday, September 4, 2011
have you ever awaken to the sound of rain?It was raining ever so softly early this morning around 4:30 am, since I was up I decided ok why not so I make coffee, & research poems on rain , you know me & my poems! LOL, when you have time you should type in Judy Jacobs “WE Agree”on you tube, she sings a powerful song on Believing God for a latter rain, the Bible speaks of a latter rain coming of an outpouring of God’s power, a time of refreshing & renewing of the spirit
A soft rain falls outside my window,its sounds play in consonance with
the steady rhythm of my heart.
I watch mesmerized as each liquid bead
bounces off budding greenery, flower petals, and
blades of freshly mown grass.
With a splatter, each burst forth into tiny crystal rivulets,
randomly rushing headlong on their cursory course
to a pre-arranged destiny of final absorption.
Light rain. Spring rain. Latter rain.
It fills my soul. My cup overflows.
As quickly as it had begun,
this afternoon shower is almost done.
Comforting – soothing – relaxing – this spring rain is.
It washes the earth and cleanses the heart,
leaving my inner being composed and serene.
Ever so gently, it lulls me into a welcoming nap.
I wake refreshed.
From my window, as I soak in the beauty of a freshly bathed earth,
I see sunlight sparkling through silken threads of dwindling raindrops.
Renewed and invigorated, I stretch relaxed muscles and
breathe in ionic-charged air.
For the moment, peace prevails
deep within the recesses of my soul.
With it, a tranquility is sustained,
like the vibrancy of green after the rain.
*Words in brackets added
© Poem Soft Rain By Deborah B. Adams May 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Matt.11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force
have you read any good inspirational books lately , this book is so packed with the anointing of faith & taking a stand for what God has promised you that you’ll not want to put it down,
if you ever have a chance to hear Judy, you’ll be truly blessed http://www.judyjacobs.com/upcoming-events.php
you can find Judy on You Tube
and if you’ve never heard her sing, you have been missing out on being blessed
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Today Michelle of ONE ALABASTER DAY http://www.alabasterwoman.com/alabasterwoman/2011/8/23/savor-every-word.html is inviting us for the next 36 hours to savor God’s word Prov.3:5-6
Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding in the sight of God and man ,In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths
I love how she breaks down this scripture by giving the meanings of the words, when we begin to research words it takes us deeper into our studies & gives soo much more to savor Thank you Michelle for taking us deeper!
Trust - Believe. Have Faith. Lean on. Find security. Hold onto. Rest in.
Lord - God. Jehovah. My Creator. My Savior. My Redeemer. My Alpha. My Omega. My Everything.
With All Your Heart - My Soul. My Emotions. My Beliefs. My Values. My Attitude. My Motivation. Every part of it. Every morsel. Every fiber. Every blood vessel. Every beat.
Lean Not - Rely on. Trust in. Put your hope in. Rest on.
Own Understanding - What I think. What I believe. What I judge. What I see. What I consider. What I determine. What I desire. What I need. What I figured out. What I heard.
But - To do the opposite. To believe the opposite. To turn around. To reverse direction. From me to God.
Ways - Behavior. Speech. Conduct. Attitude. Dealings. Negotiations. Living. Being. Moving. Doing.
Submit - Lower yourself. Bow down. Surrender. Reverence. Trust. Obey.
To Him - God. Jehovah. My Creator. My Savior. My Redeemer. My Alpha. My Omega. My Everything.
And - To add to. To increase. To put together. To include. To make one. . . with God's Will.
Will - Make happen. Bring to pass. Manifest. Create. Birth.
Direct - Guide. Lead. Order. Make Straight. Set the course.
Your - You. His Child. His Daughter/Son. His Creation. His Love. His Redeemed. His Forgiven.
Paths - Journey. Walk. Sojourn. Escape. Entrance. Destination.
be sure to visit Michelle & leave her a comment of what this scripture means to you
Saturday, August 20, 2011
2 days ago my sweet little 80 something yr old neighbor told her family that she saw her whole life relived and that God told her He was there in the beginning & all thru the middle and that he would be there with her in the end-yesterday she closed her eyes for a nap in the recliner & went on to be with the Lord-we all should be so blessed when our time comes...
Monday, August 15, 2011
I am the good shepherd and know my sheep and am known of mine~As the Father knoweth me,even so know I the Father :and I lay down my life for the sheep~And other sheep I have which are not of this fold,them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold and one shepherd (John 10:14-16)
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
(index intro)In Too Blessed For This Mess, Woods invites women to join her for a Bible based study that will lift them out of the pit, out of the mud &mire (Ps 40) & into a calming,empowering relationship with God,whatever the case,only God can bring true unfailing resolve & stability to the messes & stresses a woman endures
(chapters in part 1)
*Be Still & Let God Fight
*The Secret Place
*God’s Time Management Plan
*Resting in Jesus
do you love to read?have you read any good inspiring books lately that you’d like to share?
Monday, August 8, 2011
Finally brethren,whatsoever things are true,whatsoever things are honest,whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,whatsoever things are of good report,if there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things (Philp.4:8)
here Paul is talking about whatever comes our way, to think on these things: things that are true,honest,just,pure,pure,lovely,of good report
with the enemy running to & fro seeking whom he may devour, how hard is it to think on these things,do we have enough praise in us to know where we stand with God, do we feel the assurance that we can do all things through him who strengthens us (Philp.4:13)
Man will let you down but God will never let you down, leave nor forsake you so *let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord, *and whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Col.3:16-17)
Thursday, August 4, 2011
ok so here’s the problem, 2 months of computer guy not putting in the right thing to begin with & adding all new things I didn’t ask for nor know how to work, & taking off programs that I had ohhh lets cut through the chase here if possible ~lol~
when I go to make a post & click “publish” I get “java script void” popup,java’s on here so not sure what’s going on with that
so Maurine suggest using the “live writer” that’s a good thing as I am able to be telling you my troubles ~lol~ buttttt it doesn’t let me post pictures, when I click insert pic & pull up files I can’t find it even though it’s there when writer is off…so figure!
I’m posting this on all my blogs, I need all the help I can get ~lol~
sooo anybody out there know anything about how to get my java outta the void mode so I can get back to posting the normal way?
I’m posting this on all my blogs, I need all the help I can get ~lol~
Thursday, July 28, 2011