“I remember your genuine faith, for you share the ufaith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.”
At one time in my life, I hated marriage and never wanted to be married. I looked at my parents’ relationship and the lack of real love and support and joy, plus my fear of adultery and being controlled kept me far far away in my heart. I had two main reasons: one I assumed or just thought that this vixen at my dad’s job had led him into infidelity and I could not imagine that as great and beautiful as my mom was & two I did not like when my dad spoke harshly and made everyone in the family feel stupid and unworthy. I wanted to be free and never be made to cry by a man. I never wanted to beg a man to stay with me. I never wanted this, I never wanted that. All of my motivations against marriage were hard-fast and negative: I didn’t know any happily married couples. I didn’t see anyone having fun in marriage. I had secrets in my heart that became words and those words became my attitude and my character as the quote goes.
But God had healing for me.
He had a man that He had selected me for and him for me. Every marriage is a covenant with God and if you Google “What is the marriage trend in America?”, the statistics will alarm you. The Bible says that the purpose of marriage is to raise godly offspring and bring glory to God.
I have not always done that. Marriage tests you and pulls out your flaws and weaknesses. The flaws come from my ego, my experiences, my heart. Yet, God giveth more grace.
I pray that my marriage will continue to grow into a testimony, despite all our imperfections.
2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
3 John New King James Version
Greeting to Gaius
1 The Elder,
To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth:
2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in [a]truth.
Gaius Commended for Generosity
5 Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren [b]and for strangers, 6 who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well, 7 because they went forth for His name’s sake, taking nothing from the Gentiles. 8 We therefore ought to receive[c] such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth.
Diotrephes and Demetrius
9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating[d] against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.
11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, [e]but he who does evil has not seen God.
12 Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself. And we also [f]bear witness, and you know that our testimony is true.
13 I had many things to write, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink; 14 but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face.
Peace to you. Our friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.
Have you ever reflected on how much you want things to be as easy or as stable as they were yesterday?
And inevitably, they are not.
The new school year is starting and already things are different. New teachers. New rules. New procedures. New schedules.
Same old materials.
Time to be resourceful.
Time to innovate.
Time to be proactive.
Sometimes you don’t have it in you. Sometimes you do.
Sometimes the other constraints around you and out of your control impede on the good you want to do.
In our minds, we all know what is right, but as the Bible says, “The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Lord, strengthen our flesh so that we can live out the days of our lives as good examples for Christ. Give us energy despite the things in life that drain and drag us down. Help us to remember former times of hardship and bear up under the weight. Help us to be realistic and honest about what we are working with and help us to be fair with one another.
Please forgive us for longing for days of old and help us to make the future as useful as it can be. Forgive us for missed opportunities and help us to see clearly for the opportunities we have in the future.
Bless us to not let our emotions and circumstances control us, but to do as Paul and press forward toward the mark of the high calling in Jesus Christ.
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Philippians 4:8. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
God has blessed you with a new life and He will provide! Trust, listen, and obey!
We are the managers of the talents and gifts that God has given us and nothing in our life is a permanent possession. It is all a gift from God and a result of His goodness! God expects a return on His investment in us. At Judgment, we will be rewarded for what we have done in this body, good or bad.
Praying to be a good steward in the name of Jesus!
I read this article and it coincides with an article my best friend Brittany sent me today about thoughts.
We can think about so much of what we do not want that we absolutely miss what God wants and the fact that we have the time and space to do what He is asking. I look at my life and see it as a tangle of yarn that I am trying to see how it got like that. If I look back over my year, I can see some highlights and some firsts, and even people who benefited. But (and I know it is a faux pas to start a sentence with but,) if my ball of yarn life is only fun to a kitten who randomly plays with it, rather than being a crochet blanket or pot holder that helps those closely surrounding me, am I really effective? And so no. I am not effective and I am not focused as June 5th, 2022. I am taking time to assess myself and my works and my faith and my intentions and my pride and my ego and my go-getter qualities that led to my will being done rather than God’s. And I pray that I will get on track in a timely and dedicated manner.
You know how you look back at your life and see points when you were so sure and so committed and so in the saddle and you wonder where that person has gone? Or what perfect circumstances where being held together or who were you studying or what were your habits and your thoughts?
The good thing about it is that we are alive and breathing.
The bad part about it is that we let it get here. I repent of the here I am at currently.
If I were to write out all the self-inflicted negatives, I would be thoroughly embarrassed because my actions do not reflect someone who knows Christ/God is the source of all their blessings. The main theme that you would see is a lack of stewardship, organization and planning. And I have actively tried in the past to correct those things but not with the gusto I really needed. I was doing it one toe in the water instead of fully jumping in and it goes back to my thoughts.
Do I really see myself as capable? Am I able to stand my ground and maintain in the face of opposition?
This article is the answer to all my running and escapism from the real problem: my own lack of focus.
My mother, audacious and vivacious, decorated my childhood with painted clay vase projects, where we mixed water and flour in our hands and baked the little half moon dishes while we ate Chips Ahoy and Oreo cookies. She would have us make magnets out of multicolored pieces and she showed us how creativity makes life great.
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I cooked rice and Brussels sprouts and Parmesan crusted fish (recipe here Herb-crusted fish with rice). It was absolutely divine! My two year-old did NOT think so, he wanted no parts of the rice or fish and definitely not the Brussels sprouts! I tried to calmly continue eating, but I literally had no Earthly idea what this child would eat because the cabinets were stocked with cereals, pancake mix, and oatmeal; all too sweet to be considered a healthy toddler supper. He ran from the dinner table to Elmo, playing in Daddy and Mama’s bedroom (the #1 spot where all kids want to be).
How many of us have talents that we are hiding? Or that we are to scared to share?
How could you hid your light…from shining?
God said, “There is a lamp stand put it right THERE!!””
Remember, Matthew 5:16 and “Let your 💡 LIGHT so shine before men that they may see your good works and GLORIFY your Father which art in Heaven!”
Let them look at your beautiful talents and know that there is a good God above, share that art, that acting, that singing, that cooking, that creating, that rap, that pottery, that furniture, that instrument so they can KNOW there is still a God above!!
Read this parable of Jesus to see what it looks like when you do it right and when you do it wrong.
“Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 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. Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.”
God has not left you. There might be some changes you need to make in your circle, changes in your thinking, in your habits.
Lord God, Heavenly Father, hold us up!
Strengthen our hearts, feed our souls so that we can hang on.
Forgive us of our many sins and iniquities!!
As Christmas comes, let us remember that Christ was born to die for our sins and make us right with You! Help me to continue to encourage and serve where I can. May Your perfect will be done in our lives!
“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
During this time, we are each responsible for training our children in the way of the Lord. We can use these tools to help them to have a fun and creative method to learn about God. Below are two links that I use with my four and five-year old:
The Provident Prepper is an realistic and awesome channel for anyone to learn from. Even if you are not a prepper by nature, you and your family still need to be ready. This is via my husband and his wisdom and prowess.