TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK

28 Sep

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TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK – 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, 4 weeks in a month, 12 months in a year, and through it all lots of moments.  It sounds like a whole lot of time, and perhaps it can be if we manage our time wisely and if God allows us many years of life.  What are you doing with your time?

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TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK, how are you spending your days?  How are you spending your life? Does that quote make you stop and think about what you did today or your plans for tomorrow?

blog-schedule                       TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK, filling up those schedules.  Someone calls, we say yes.  We only have 168 hours a week.  When we fill up our schedules, what are we gaining, what are we losing?  God entrusts us with 168 hours to use – how are you using them?  Is your schedule in control?  I have to admit mine is not.  Everything I add to it I love so how do I trim it?  Why am I struggling with it?  I finished a time assessment yesterday in a study I am doing called “The Best Yes” and learned a whole lot.  I conservatively plugged in my hours, but when I was finished I only had two hours a day to play with and that did not include emergencies, unplanned outings with family or friends, funerals, weddings, etc., so how do I adjust?  How do I cull out the things I love?  As I looked over the numbers I saw things I might adjust and am doing that.

I’m a wife, I’m a mother, I’m a mother-in-law, I’m a grandmother, I’m a daughter-in-law, I’m a sister, I’m a friend, I’m a neighbor, I’m a substitute teacher, I’m a blogger, I’m a cook, I’m a housekeeper, I’m a group leader and a team leader in on-line Bible studies, I’m in church studies, and I am trying to fit it all in – because I love every, single moment of my life.  It’s filling, it’s fun, it’s rewarding, it’s humbling, but some days I struggle because I’m tired, and I don’t want to be that way.

Do you ever complain I don’t have time, or I’m too busy?  I have and that makes me ashamed.  WHY?  God gave us all the same amount of hours in the day.  How am I using them?

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Your husband or kids call and someone is coming to dinner.  The house isn’t clean, you don’t have a menu.  WHY!

I complain I don’t have time to exercise.  REALLY!  Why is that?  Soooo, I have made commitment to wear a pedometer every single day and at the end of the day that it will have 10,000 steps, and I also made a commitment on nice days when I keep my grandson to take him walking.   He loves it and I do too.

A little planning one day a week can make our weeks run so much smoother – like planning a menu, planning what house cleaning you will do this week, and what small things you can do with 15 minute increments to tidy up, or cooking meals and freezing them, establishing priorities of what is really important and even planning for emergencies.  Have things on hand to take to families in a death, a hospital stay, or showers.  Why not buy things and have them on hand like small gifts?   I have not done that.  I know I should so I’m not running around like a chicken with her head cut off to get things done.

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How often do you say “someday I am going to”?  Want less clutter in your life, donate some clothes so that you might bless whom.  Want to lose weight or get healthy, go for a walk.  What can you do today to make that someday a reality?  This moment is an opportunity to begin again.

“The decisions you make determine the schedule you keep.  The schedule you keep determines the life you live.  And how you live your life determines how you spend your soul.”  Lysa TerKeurst

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The Best Yes – Week 1 – Psalm 111:10

26 Sep

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I am in a Bible Study by Lysa TerKeurst called “The Best Yes“.  On Monday we watched a video of Lysa in Europe, and I saw the Shepherd’s Gate Clock in Greenwich, England.  Loved it and how she shared that there is a slave clock linked to a master clock and how you can always count on it to be set correctly.  You can see the video and the awesome clock here.

Lysa reminded us that “time is an anchor for the world – 60 sec in a min, 60 min in an hour and 24 hours a day”  and that time is universal, and it is unchanging, and it is one of the few things we see across cultures.

I loved this video (watched it 4 times this week) as I listened to the message that a clock must be set to the right time, or it is useless.  I know that, but today’s comparison of how our hearts must have Godly wisdom to be useful was good timing. and how a clock guides us through our day and so should God’s wisdom.  I will never look at the hands of a clock again and not think about the hands of my Savior.  As she talked about looking at the hand of God in EVERYTHING we do, I thought about isn’t that like a clock too – it has hands that we focus on in everything we do, constantly, constantly looking at a clock or a watch throughout the day – or at least I do. If we focused on our Lord like we focus on the hands of a clock all day, how would our hearts and lives be changed. Sooooo thankful for this beautiful message to start the week and the study.

Lysa also talked about how it is not just our salvation decision where we choose to follow Him.  It is every single day, every small and every large decision.  God whispers to us during the day to follow Him.  How have you listened today and blessed someone in your life?  What have you done today with your 24 hours?

Our Bible verse this week talked about the fear of the Lord.    We learned about several words – pachad which means terror and Yir’ah which means a reverence for God.  In our verse this week we learned about a fear that means reverence, an attitude of awe, looking for God in everything, letting Him become our focus, respecting Him as Lord of all, a holy type fear and looking for the hand of God in EVERYTHING.  Proverbs 9:10 says this -“The fear of the LORD  is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One  is understanding.”  The more we know Him, the more we will begin to fear Him and the more we fear Him, the more Holy He will become to us.

“You make your choices and your choices make you.”  That was a powerful statement Lysa made.  It made me think a lot about the choices I make with the foods I put in my mouth, the choices I make with my time each day.  Are they choices that honor the Lord?  Are you anchoring your heart in the Lord today?

Chapter 3 ended with a reminder to check our attitudes.  Lysa said she adds the phrase “so that I might bless whom”.  That statement will stick to me.  Why do I do anything I do?  Some of my statements or activities I thought about as I read that:

  •          Blog – so that I might bless whom?
  •          Take photographs – so that I might bless whom?
  •          Substitute teach – so that I might bless whom?
  •          Bible study – so that I might bless whom?
  •          Cook dinner, clean house, wash clothes – so that I might bless whom?

What are you doing today to be a light?  What are you doing today so that you might bless whom?  What are you doing today to grow in wisdom of Him?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

MY FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES – Psalm 19:14

10 Sep

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As I read this verse this morning, I thought about times when I have heard children and adults say things there were not pleasing in His sight.  I, too have been guilty of this.  I find myself today trying to pause and control what comes out of my mouth and even my thoughts.

How it must hurt God when we make fun, call someone words out loud or criticize them to others.  Words can tear a person down and words can build a person up.

 

May what we speak and what we mediate on be pleasing to Him.

Favorite Easy Fall Candy – Two Ingredients

8 Sep

The weather man is talking about Fall arriving in Texas this week.  Don’t you love Fall and all it brings?  The decorating, the soups, falling leaves, and cooler temps.  I love Fall.  I won’t miss the hot days of summer, but I will miss swimming.

One thing I love about fall is buying candy corn, and I did just that this weekend when they started talking about our temps being in the 60s later this week.

Many years ago we were all talking about candy corn at work, and one of my friends asked me if I had ever made a Pay Day tasting candy with candy corn.  Say WHAT!  That is one of my favorite candy bars.  Her brother laughingly showed her that.  I am glad he did because now I must have a dish on my counter in the fall.

So here goes (and remember it’s so good limit yourself to a small handful):

Start out with a cup of candy corn.  If you want to do a larger bowl or use the whole bag do that with equal amounts of peanuts.

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Take a heaping cup of peanuts!

 

 

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Put them in a pretty candy dish! I use one that Mom gave me.

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Add a heaping cup of your favorite brand of candy corn!

 

 

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Looking good and finished!

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Finished! Now remember only one handful at a time.

 

 

 

 

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MY FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES – DAY 31 {FREE PRINTABLE}

7 Sep

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Courage – Standing Secure on God’s Promises

6 Sep

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This week in our  Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study, Kicking Fear to the Curb we are studying about Joshua and his encounters with God. In order to be courageous we have to refuse to let fear enter our thoughts.  I know that is so hard at times – been there, done that and will probably do it again.  During those times that my mind starts to wander and the fear creeps in, I have to remind myself of God’s promise in Joshua 1:5 that He will never leave us.

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Courage comes in many forms..  Just look back at 9/11 and the firemen and how they rushed into buildings that day or our men and women in the armed forces and how they protect our nation and freedoms 24/7.  It can also come in the form of a student who stands up to bullying, a town like mine who just stood up to the Freedom FROM Religion Foundation when they tried to force removal of religious plaques at some of our schools, a woman who has to leave a relationship because of being mistreated, a family who is dealing with a horrible disease, a couple dealing with infertility or the threat of a divorce, finding the courage to change jobs or even put in retirement papers, accepting a position you don’t feel comfortable about but God is calling you, a storm bringing high winds, tornadoes,  lightening, or snow, victims of crime standing up in a court room in front of the person who committed it,  courage to say no or yes when others tell you different, courage to speak in front of people, and that list goes on and on.  What are some examples of courage that you have experienced?

In verse 6 God told Joshua to be strong and courageous.  Notice in verse 7 He says “Be strong and very courageous.”  And then he reminds them to be careful to obey ALL the law and not to turn from it to the right or to the left if they want to be successful.  In verse 8, He tells them to keep the Book of the Law always on their lips.  Is this not a perfect reason that we need to be memorizing scripture so that it is always on our lips?  Is this not a reason that we should be in daily study of the Word?  I think of all the years I’ve wasted not taking time to be in the Word every single day, and all the blessings I have missed.  He tells them to mediate on it day and night.  Are you mediating on His Word day and night?  And then He says to be careful to do everything that is written in it so that you will be prosperous and successful.

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 Our strength will come from the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.  When we are courageous it is and affirmation to God of our faith and trust in Him.

In our study this week as I read about Joshua and his courage, one thing really stuck out to me.  God “commanded” Joshua to be strong and courageous.  He said “Have I not commanded you.”  REMEMBER the next time that fear starts to fill your mind that God has commanded us to be strong and courageous, and He told us DO NOT be afraid or discouraged.

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MY FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES – DAY 30 {FREE PRINTABLE}

5 Sep

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THANK YOU Jesus for letting your light shine in our hearts!

WHISPER

5 Sep

It’s Five Minute Friday and today we are blogging abut whisper.

I love to slow down – the quietness, being alone, blogging, reading.  How about you?

This morning it is quiet, the sun has not yet risen, I’ve finished my bowl of oatmeal, the neighbors lights are still out, and I sit here in the calm, drinking my cup of coffee with my cinnamon creamer, and begin my study as my husband pulls out of the driveway.  That is how I get to start most mornings since I retired.  I know that this is just a moment in time because once my husband decides to retire and be at home, he will have the television on some hunting or fishing or cooking show or the weather channel.

Oh yes I am not immune to busy.  Just follow me one day.  Up, breakfast, an hour or two in Bible study, blogging, facebook, exercise maybe, house cleaning, substitute teaching, church, caring for a grandbaby, and yep the list just goes on and on and on until some nights as I lay my head on my pillow, my thoughts are spinning and thinking so loudly that I cannot go to sleep.

It’s in those nights as I sit up alone wanting to sleep and can’t that I know it may be Him telling me to slow down, it may be Him saying let me speak to you my daughter, it may be Him telling me stop to pray right now for someone, or just open your Bible and read what jumps out on that page.

I love days when my grandson is here.   I am actually running and chasing him because he is beginning to walk and yep he found the stairs and he likes to open and shut doors over and over, so when he is here Nanna is on the go.  Occasionally he cries and I don’t know why so we just walk out on the front porch and sit in one of those rockers, and I turn him toward the road and the crying stops.  I can sit there and hear whispers from God in the form of a butterfly Blog-Romans 122

or a hummingbird, a cloud or watching the trees sway or some leaves falling.  It’s in those moments when I pause and slow down that I can see His hands at work, that I can hear Him whisper as I clear my mind.  It is in those moments that are like no other – moments with God, moments with a precious little one that He sent to love and nurture that causes me to slow down and give thanks that He whispers my name in that still, small voice.

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How Majestic is God’s Name

3 Sep

I am reading a book by Tony Evans called The Power of God’s Names.  In chapter one he talks about “The Majesty of God’s Name”.  As I look at creation every single day – the stars, the sun, the moon, the skies, babies, animals, trees, flowers, butterflies, hummingbirds, etc., I am constantly in awe of His majesty.

One of the verses this last week was Psalm 8:1.  That verse just came more alive for me.  How MAJESTIC is His name in ALL the earth!  I just think about His splendor in creation.  Are you awed by His majesty? Would love for you to share in the comments.

I had to find a pretty picture to add this verse with it and I chose one of my favorites from a precious friend, Genoa Strickland that was taken in Bristol, VA.

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The first name of God we studied was “ELOHIM”, which means strong creator God.  We read about the Lord’s prayer and “hallowed” be thy name.  Hallowed means holy and took on a whole new meaning for me this week.  We also read about taking God’s name in vain.  My mom and dad taught us respect for God’s name growing up.  Tony Evans said “Abusing God’s name goes beyond cursing like a sailor or uttering phrases like “Oh my God”.  Too many of us want a God we can easily understand-a God to neatly display on a bumper sticker or on a coffee mug.  but the true God won’t be confined.  His names reflect His character, and He wants a genuine love relationship with His children, not an empty relationship in which people use His names for their own purposes.”

God, the strong creator, our ELOHIM made everything, He named everything, and He is with us ALWAYS.  He is sovereign.  He is supreme.

We also read Exodus 3:13-14 and studied about “I AM”.  That is the name that God used to identify himself to Moses at the burning bush.  Is that one of your favorite names?  It is mine.   Honestly all of the names give me God bumps.

I AM is quoted throughout the Bible and here are some I researched:

  • I am the bread of life.     John 6:35
  • I am the gate.     John 10:9
  • I am the light of the world.     John 8:12
  • I am the good shepherd.    John 10:11
  • I am the resurrection and the life.     John 11:25
  • I am the way, the truth and the life.     John 14:6
  • I am the vine.     John 15:5
  • Be still and know that I AM GOD!    Psalm 46:10
  • For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.     Malachi 3:6
  • I AM with you ALWAYS!  Matthew 28:20

I AM causes me to personally pause and reflect on all I, Debbie am because of  my I AM!  These are only a few of my favorites of who I AM in Him.

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Have you ever listened to the song – Majesty?  I love it – love to sing it and worship.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9XCsaLjpjc

SCRIPTURE JARS – BIBLE VERSE JARS – BLESSING JARS AND BOXES – WEEK 4 {FREE PRINTABLES}

31 Aug

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It’s week 4 of free printables.  Hope you are enjoying your blessing jars.  I’m about to print off some personalized Bible verses to add to a beautiful jar to take to church for a friend who is going through chemo.

Here are the previous weeks printables:

See week 3 printables here.

See week 2 printables here.

See week 1 printables here.

 

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