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.

 

TRUST

30 Aug

I am currently in a Bible Study called ” Kicking Fear to the Curb”  We have covered many words this week, and challenged to blog about the one word that spoke to us the most, why it spoke to us, and how would that word help us kick our fears.  Out of all of them we studied this week, the word TRUST spoke to me.

“Trust.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 30 Aug. 2014.    <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trust&gt;.

       a :  assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something

       b :  one in which confidence is placed

As I looked at that definition, I thought about my assured or confident reliance on God’s strength, and His ability.  That is what trust is all about for me – believing, assured, and confident in knowing that He has the ability and strength to carry me through all things.

I got to thinking about when life is knocking us down and just really hard and tough, or when I am afraid and full of fear, where do I turn.  For me, I turn to prayer.  I find no matter how I am struggling that prayer or delving into my Bible always helps.  Did I always do that – NO!  Now, I can open my Bible, and I can feel God’s presence leading me to open a page and read.  I remember one time when my Dad was taken to the hospital and it was icy.  I was called at 2 A.M. and could not go in the ice.  I sit there sobbing and grabbed my Bible.  This was the verse that I first laid my eyes on,  “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” Proverbs 30.5(b).  

I searched verses this week with the words, and browsed through commentaries, and this is one that spoke to my heart.

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Bruce Waltke, in his Proverbs commentary translates the first verse of 6 as “in all your ways desire his presence”.  The NIV version of the verse 6 reads, “in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  I love that, and am reminded that I need to seek His will ALWAYS, and desire His presence no matter what I am going through – all things.

Whole-hearted trust in the Lord no matter what fear may come my way and “desiring His presence” in all things – ALWAYS.

MY FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES – DAY 29 {FREE PRINTABLES}

30 Aug

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Our days here on earth are numbered and what we do with it is important.  How do you spend your days?  How do you manage time?  Honestly, some days I know I have not honored God in my time management.

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Cherish today, cherish those around you.  We are not promised tomorrow.

Time is precious, a precious gift from the Father.  Praise Him that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

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