Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).
Monday, December 30, 2013
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Monday, December 2, 2013
Over two thousand years ago, another baby was born and His birth was heralded by angels, but only to a few shepherds who were watching their sheep at night. His mother lay on the ground around animal dung while her body was wracked with pain bringing Him into the world. Shepherds visited Him while the rest of countryside slept, unaware the King of the universe had just become man.
The priorities of the world are for glory and fame. The priorities of the spirit are humility and love.
What do you do to maintain peace in the midst of a chaotic holiday storm?
Monday, November 25, 2013
The following post from www.wallbuilders.com outlines for us the truth about our history and contains many facts you may be unaware of.
Monday, November 18, 2013
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Monday, October 28, 2013
Jesus tells us me I am the salt of the earth. I are here to season the world and make others want what I have that tastes so good. But if I don't get out of my salt shaker I become clogged and nothing comes out. Sometimes the clogs sneak up on me. I become too comfortable in my own little world and suddenly I realize I'm not making much of a difference.
How do I make sure my dispenser is shaking out the salt of the Word and not sitting there with no purpose?
- I need to get out of the shaker. I can take a stand when something isn't right. I don't have to just go with the flow and have the same opinions everyone else has.
- I can show love and kindness by finding ways to help others around me. I need to become aware of people's needs and meet them whenever possible.
- Most of all, I need to stay in the Word so "my speech can be with grace seasoned with salt that I can know how to answer each one" (Colossians 4:6).
If I can keep my saltiness unclogged, I can make others hungry for the bread of life and thirsty for living water.
What about you? How do you stay unclogged?
Monday, October 7, 2013
Even if what you are holding on to was once beautiful, like the leaves it's purpose could be now be dead. It's time for new growth. Blossoms and blooms can only appear when the dead has been discarded.
Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
It takes Time to develop.
It requires Resting your soul on the source of your life.
It means knowing you are Under the care of someone greater than you.
It means your life is Sustained.
It means total Commitment.
Only then can you have peace in the valley of life.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Grace is God's unlimited supply of love, healing, prosperity, wholeness, mercy, and deliverance. Grace is Jesus.
He is a gift given to us through no effort of ours because we couldn't obtain anything from God no matter how much we tried. Also, because He has given all things of Himself to us, we cannot stop Him from giving. We can only refuse to receive.
God's Word came to us untainted, unfiltered, and eternal. He doesn't change, so what He said to the early church still applies to His church today. His grace is ours so we can live abundant lives and spread His goodness to the world.
Read the Bible as if you have never read it before. Forget about what you learned in Sunday School or heard someone else say over the years. Start over with a fresh slate.
What do you hear?
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Well, you don't make friends with rattlesnakes and expect to not get bitten.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The industrial revolution brought many manufacturing jobs into existence. This caused a lot of abuse in the workforce from long hours, low wages, and unsafe conditions.
This video explains how wage earners changed the face of labor in
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Our youngest son left last week to move to Colorado to attend Charis Bible College. Even though he has left home before while in the military, we had to watch him move away again. Helping him load his car and waving goodbye wasn't any easier this time.
Whether it's the first day of kindergarten or college, it's still the beginning of a new adventure for kids and parents. Car pooling or school bus, sack lunch or cafeteria, clubs or sports? All these decisions have to be made and new routines started. By now you have probably already been through the sales, supply lists, and orientations, but there are a few more things to keep in mind as the school term begins.
- Pray over your children every day.
- Pray for teachers and officials that make decisions about school policy.
- Be aware of school zones while driving.
- Be involved in organizations that support your school.
- Let your voice be heard (in a respectful way) when policy challenges God-given rights.
As we navigate a new school year for children of all ages, let us remember to thank God for all His provision and protection.
Share your thoughts about school year challenges and promises you stand on.
Monday, August 12, 2013
- Turn everything off. "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).
- Listen. "...and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire and after the fire a still small voice" (I Kings 19:12)
- Respond. "Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard (Psalm 66:8).
Monday, August 5, 2013
- Find out what where the focus is. Is the problem speaking louder than the solution? Find a scripture for what is needed and stand on it (Psalm 119:147).
- Keep priorities straight by putting God first (Matthew 6:33).
- Be willing to listen and be obedient (Isaiah 1:19).
- Seek God through prayer and fasting. Fasting disciplines our flesh so we are more sensitive to the spirit (Matthew 17:21).
Monday, July 29, 2013
Sometimes when reminiscing it's easy to get into the trap of "what if". We ask ourselves what could we have done to have spent more time with loved ones or appreciate them more. Or how could we have made better choices in our life.
But God doesn't want us to spend our life in regret or sorrow, rather to look ahead at the future He has for us.
He tells us in Joel 2:25-27, "So I will restore to you the years the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, my great army which I sent among you, you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame. Then you will know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame."
Even though our past years are gone, He tells us he will restore the years the locust has eaten. No matter what has happened or what we may regret, God can make all that up to us with our future if we let Him have control of our lives.
- Our first step in navigating the highway of regret is to not wallow in it.
- Next, when we are attacked with those feelings or thoughts, we can stop them by reminding ourselves of Joel 2:25.
- Third, learn from past regrets and make any changes necessary for our present and future.
Remember, His people will never be put to shame.
Do you have an example of overcoming this curve in your life?
Monday, July 8, 2013
What about Thomas Jefferson? Did he father one of Sally Heming's children? Even though DNA testing was done several years ago, and the results reported in the news media at first confirmed this, it was later recanted. Of course, the retraction was not as publicized due to the embarrassment of the those doing the study. In fact, Jefferson's DNA was not even used in the test. Kind of hard to prove something that way, isn't it?
These are just two examples of some in our society who try to change history and pass down stories and traditions as fact.
In September of this year, Mount Vernon (George Washington's home in Virginia) will celebrate the opening of his Presidential Library. This will contain many of his documents and books collected while he was serving as the leader of our country. You can learn more about him on the website www.mountvernon.org.
Another helpful site for the truth about our history on any subject is www.wallbuilders.com. David Barton has collected thousands of original documents and his book, The Jefferson Lies, puts to rest many of the myths about Thomas Jefferson. Believing falsehoods about our roots is a curve in the road we need to navigate by dispelling myths and lies and standing for the truth.
Happy Birthday America and may God continue to bless our country.
Have you found some myths about our history you would like to share?
Monday, July 1, 2013
But along with the flowers and grass we want, we also get culprits we don't want. Weeds. I spent part of my weekend pulling weeds out of all my flower beds and putting down new mulch. Hopefully, that will help curb their growth.
We get weeds in our lives sometimes too. They can creep in unaware and unless we get rid of them while they are small, we can have a full blown problem. Just like weeds in a garden can take over the plants, weeds in our minds can take over our lives.
So how do we get rid of those invaders that pop up in our thoughts?
1. Recognize a weed as soon as it appears. A bad thought, attitude, bitterness, unforgiveness, etc. are all weeds in our minds.
2. Take control of our mind because that's where the seeds get planted. 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
3. Realize that when something pops into our minds it's not a sin unless we act on it. We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)
What other scriptures do you stand on to keep those weeds out of your life?
Monday, June 24, 2013
Unfortunately, the same is true in the computer world. Viruses are out there and we can contract them even when taking all the known precautions. Recently one of our computers obained a virus that totally wiped out the hard drive. After several hours of work, it was restored.
One of the computer programmers we had on the phone told us this little trick to get your computer restored back to its original settings. It finally worked on ours so I would like to share it.
When turning your computer on, before the screen even lights up, tap the F11 key repeatedly. Then your blue screen should come on with a menu asking if you would like to restore your computer to its original settings. As far as I know, this works on all brands of computers.
Maybe you will never need to do this, but if you do I hope this helps.
Do you have some other tips to share on bringing a sick computer back to health?
Monday, June 17, 2013
"She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon." Groucho Marx
"When I was a kid, I asked my father, 'Will you take me to the zoo?' He answered, 'If the zoo wants you, they can come and get you'." Jerry Lewis
"I have found the best advice in raising children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it." Harry S. Truman
"Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain you gotta call the game and start all over again." Jimmy Piersal
"Human beings are the only species that allows their children to come back home." Bill Cosby
Do you have some Dad stories or quotes you would like to share?
Monday, June 10, 2013
We had been hacked. While we were enjoying a leisurely lunch with my friends at East Metro Atlanta Christian Writiers, our bank account was being emptied by someone in another state.
We immediately contacted the store where the transactions took place and the police departments of the respective cities, as well as our local authorities. Our debit cards were cancelled by our bank and we were left wondering how this could have happened.
We are always careful, but now we will need to take stricter precautions when making purchases. For example, I will not pay restaurant bills with a debit card any longer if it requires the card leaving my presence while it is run. I will use cash or a credit card. I don't store card information when paying a bill by phone or debit card, but now I think I will just mail them a check. Even when they say the information is secure, someone seems to find a way to hack in.
What are some ways you protect your finances?
Monday, June 3, 2013
|Peanut, Buster, Kato, and Weenie|
After that, it was scheduled mayhem. Three dogs have to be walked on a leash to keep them from running away, one is not completely potty trained, and the other one wants to bark all the time. Poor Kato, the German Shepherd is so old he just doesn't care anymore as long as the other ones leave him alone!
Despite all that we have a good time together.We love our dogs and laugh at their antics and cry when we lose one of them. Our family's visits together always involve our pets.
We wouldn't have it any other way.
How do you navigate your life with pets?
Monday, May 27, 2013
|Andersonville National Cemetary|
In honor of those who have lost their lives fighting for the founding of this nation and the continued defense of its freedoms (military, police, and fire departments), I dedicate this poem.
|Andersonville National Cemetary|
Monday, May 20, 2013
When we come across these road projects in our vehicle, we have to slow down or mayhem will result. You cannot navigate a highway full of concrete barricades and heavy machinery while traveling at high speed without a tragedy occuring.
The same thing is true in our decisions. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
If we plunge ahead when making decisions, whether large or small, we can run into a lot of trouble. For example, if I am facing a decision about a major purchase and I rush into it because it sounds good, but I don't have peace about it, I just ran into a construction barrel.
Just as those warning signs are on the highway to slow us down because of danger ahead, that check in our spirit is a warning sign to lean on the Lord and not our own understanding. Doing things our own way if we don't have God's peace about it can lead to destruction.
After road repairs are completed, all the barricades are removed and we travel on a smooth surface free of potential hazards. All the warnings and slow travel were worth it now that it is over and we can enjoy the benefits of the new highway. Likewise, once our decisions are made in with the light of God's reflection, all the carefulness and time we put into it will be worth it. We can enjoy the result of making choices according to our trust in Him.
What are some hazards you have faced when making difficult decisions?