Day 6 – My Favorite Bible Verses – Free Printable

31 Jul

Are there are days you would like to stay in bed and sleep, shut the blinds, not answer the telephone and wish your problems away?  I think if we are honest, we have all had those days.  Are there days you need encouragement, but you are just too stubborn to admit it?   We have to remember that even on those days we have a friend, we have a cheerleader, we have a daddy that we can go to and be filled with His promises.

 The Psalms are filled with HOPE!  David and the other Psalms writers experienced much pain and sorrow just like you and I do today.  Have you taken your troubles to the Lord, but your prayers  still unanswered?  I have and I believe sometimes God has answered them, but not in the way I prayed.

The Bible teaches us that are hearts have to be right and our lives clean if God is going to intervene.  I love the verse that says, Create in me a clean heart O God!  Psalm 51:10  When my prayers are not being answered, I have to ask myself am I REALLY living right and is my life clean.  Ouch.

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There are things I have been praying for that God has not answered so that is where my faith has to come in and trust that He will – not in my time, but His time which is ALWAYS perfect, He is putting the puzzle together in my life, and I must always have HOPE even on those days I break down in tears, and even in those times I begin to question.  This verse should encourage us all to continue earnestly and boldly to cry out to Jesus, despite being weary, and He will hear us.  He hears us and even cries with us, and He will give us what we need to carry us through whatever we are facing!

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.  Psalm 56:8

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Day 5 – My Favorite Bible Verses – Free Printable

30 Jul

Blog 323Do you groan about work?  Are you groaning at home?  WHATEVER you do – whether it be cleaning toilets, taking care of children, a president of a bank this verse teaches us to do it for the Lord, not to impress men.

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Day 4 – My Favorite Bible Verses – Free Printable

29 Jul

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The Psalmist craves God just as a deer would pant after water.  His heart craves God with a desire to be in His presence.  May the Lord increase our panting after Him!  

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Day 3 – Favorite Bible Verses – Free Printable

28 Jul

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Life some days is just tough isn’t it?.  It seems the older we get, the tougher it can be.  So as I paused to pick a verse this one kinda reflected the pain in my heart I’m feeling today, and to ALWAYS bless His Holy name no matter what I am walking through.  As I finish my posting for the day, I am about to head outside for a prayer walk or a “Jericho Walk” as it is called around my house to pray for my family, especially for the healing of my grandson and for my kid’s to have wisdom to deal with it as they walk through this valley of pain and worry. Here is an update on our grandbaby.

Pray for baby Colt  

Love the song that goes with this verse.  Bless the Lord Oh My Soul.

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Day 2 – My Favorite Bible Verses – Printable

27 Jul

I chose this verse for Day 2 because well some days are just hard.

Have you stored up His Word in your heart?  Storing His Word is not only a good prescription for preventing sin in our lives, but for me when I memorize the scripture and have it in my heart, I am able in the good times and bad time able to get through.

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Day 1 – Favorite Bible Verses

26 Jul

Today I am beginning a series with some of my favorite Bible verses.  They are not in any order because the more I study, the more I fall in love with God’s Word.

 For the next few days, weeks, or months I am going to attempt to share some of my favorites and design a picture for you to print out and enjoy at home, at work on your iphone, etc..  Be sure to follow my blog on the right “Follow my blog via email” so these will come to your email to enjoy later.   And I’ll be posting these to my facebook page also which you can also link to on the right.blog - lamentations 322-24

Click on the picture to find a larger one that you can print.

For this one I am just overwhelmed each time I think of how much God loves you and me.  His compassion for us is new every single morning and never ends – it is fresh every morning.   He is faithful ALWAYS!  He is our portion – He is more than enough!.

Five Minute Friday – I Wish It Were Finished

26 Jul

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Last August our first grandson was born with the most horrible disease you have ever heard of.  Here are a few of the awful facts:

EB Basics

 It was so scary – so scary that the pediatrician and the doctors at a large hospital did not know what was wrong when Colt was born without skin on his feet.   So scary that our son and daughter-in-law kept things inside so as not to worry us parents, and not telling us the terrible facts that this could take his life or that we might never be able to hold him.

They transferred little Colt within hours after his birth, and even that was scary because the pediatrician and neonataloist at the big hospital where he was born, did not know what was wrong. As my husband and I drove to Cook’s Children Hospital I told him what we need to pray for is a doctor that will know what this is.

colt  transportation colt transport2colt - 1 weekOur prayers were answered as we arrived and a doctor sit down with my husband and I to explain what they know about the disease, but not all the really hard stuff – just basics.  For about a week we could only easily touch him with a finger because rubbing, friction, clothes and all sorts of things could take off his skin. Finally after a week when they saw it was not the worst forms of EB,  they let me hold him for just a moment, one of the most precious moments in my life.  For some EB babies they can not be held because their skin peels off and that’s why they are called butterfly babies..

.Colt and wendy and I and Whitney

They made a facebook page – Pray for Baby Colt, and today it seldom has a post because he is doing so well and maybe that page will be “finished” one day as Colt and God continue to beat this disease.

Colt was born with no skin on his feet, sores on his little hands and sores in his mouth.  There are different types of EB and his is one that mostly affects the feet and esophagus.  Unlike most EB children, we can do just about anything with him.,

In February some of us ran and some of us walked to raise EB awareness and that’s my goal here today for you to learn a bit about this disease.  Our group raised with many friends help over $10,000 for EB research.

That picture at the top of the page is him before the race.  His mom pulled off his shoes for our friends to see his little feet.  One of my group members commented about his “miracle feet” because they truly are a miracle from God to look back when he was born and see where he is today.

Here are a few of the pictures from the weekend.

Cowtown-Group pictureCowtown-Us                               Four of my Bible Study OBS Sisters   I was blessed to have friends join me from my Bible Study Group 31 of Proverbs31.Org Online Bible studies. Three of them came to support me and Colt and his family and gave of their time and monies to help us fight for a cure.

Cowtown - BacksBacks of our shirts with the Colt signs that our friend Sally brought for us.  END EB!

Colt with his Mom and Dad!          Cowtown-Mix, Whitney and Colt a

We raised over $10,000 for EB research, but we also brought awareness to people in the race about EB as they would walk by us or run by us and ask about it.

It’s not too late to donate for research.  Here is a link that was set up when we ran for Colt.  I hope you will prayerfully considering giving to EB and it all goes to research, and you can see a picture here of how bad Colt’s feet were.

http://support.childrenscancer.org/site/TR?pg=fund&fr_id=1180&pxfid=7580

I wish EB was “finished”.  I wish there were a cure, but I praise God that Colt is doing well.  He has skin on his feet.  He is not getting big blisters in his mouth.  We still see a few sitbacks with him goughing his feet – but God has worked miracles in his life and ours.  If you will would you add Colt to your prayer list?  Here he is today.  Is he not precious?colt baseball

 

My God Love Story

23 Jul
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God so loved the world! God so loves me!

I am blessed studying “Am I Messing Up My Kids” by Lysa Terkeurst.  If you want to join some of the most amazing Bible Studies with Melissa Taylor and her awesome team, click on this link:

One of the blog hop topics this week is “My God Love Story”.   It has taken much thought to write this one from my heart.

My God love story began long before I was born, and so did yours.  Many of us think that love is those fairy-tale, Prince Charming-Cinderella feelings during our teenage years, and for me and my husband who met and fell in love in high school, it was and yes it still is and only because of God.  Has it always been easy to love each other? No.   Are there still days we disappoint each other?  You bet there is, but it is during those times I try to focus on the positive and good, remembering the wonderful Godly man I married.  For anyone married as long as us (45 years next month) life is NOT always easy.  I’ve found no matter what the journey that we can still love  like Jesus taught us as we grow more deeply in love with Him.

We enjoy going to movies – yep the popcorn calls us, but for me it’s a special time because we always hold hands.  When the popcorn’s gone, he reaches over and takes my hand.

us3I love always kissing him goodbye in the morning.  Even if I sleep in until 6:00 AM, he comes in and wakes me to kiss me goodbye, and evenings he comes in and hugs me as I greet him at the door.  Did we always do that?  No.  It’s over the years as we have fallen more in love with God and respect for each other that we’ve added endearing moments.

I remember not being able to stand to be apart when we were dating, missing him when he went home, and then he would call and we would stay on the phone for hours, and then hanging up and me waiting anxiously the next day for his call or to see him at school. Back then girls did not call boys – no internet, no texting, no cell phones.  Today, for him, there is still no internet and texting, but he finally uses his cell phone, and even turns it on occasionally.

Was it like that when you fell in love?  Do you love Jesus like that and MORE?   We should constantly want to talk to Him.  We should be planning our next date with Him. How long has it been since you really spent time with Him?  How long has it been since you longed for him and He for you?

So what is your love story today?  Who or what is your FIRST LOVE?  How would you fill in this blank space – my first love is ___________(your name, money,  job, house, car, boyfriend/girlfriend,   spouse or  children)?  Our first love has to be Jesus, and everything else falls into place.   Lysa said, “I have to consciously return to my first love every day.  In big ways and small, I have to make the choice to reveal the reality of Jesus in my life.”

Years ago I admired my husband to a fault, and cherished my children the same way, sometimes forgetting who should have first place, but one day I was knocked to my knees realizing my husband and children are human, and they are going to fail me and I them.   He is the ONLY one that will NEVER let us down, and I find that He is MORE THAN ENOUGH when trials come, when I feel like a failure as a wife or mother, when I am having an awful day, and when I am on my knees in despair.  He is ALWAYS waiting for me with a great, compassionate, tender love like no other.

Lysa reminded us our hearts need to be sold out for God, “a heart that loves Him not for what He does, but for who He is…….When things are going wrong, praise Him anyway!  Thank Him in advance for the good He will surely bring from all situations. (Romans 8:28)”

We are taught how to love God in the Ten Commandments.  Look at the first three:

  1. I am the Lord your God, you shall not have strange gods before me.

  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

  3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.

A lesson for all of us – money, husband, home, children, job – NOTHING should be a “god” before Him!

Do you hold His name Holy, or do you take His precious name in vain?  Do your children and spouse see how Holy He is because of how you live?

Are you keeping the Sabbath holy?  Do you get up anxiously awaiting to go to church and hear God’s Word, or do you grudgingly get up scurrying around and yelling at the kids to get dressed, running late, putting on a smiling face at church?

I love 1 Corinthians 13.

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NOW read it again and insert your name where it says love and it, i.e. Debbie is patient, Debbie is kind, Debbie does not envy. The first time I did that it broke my heart when I realized how I was not loving my husband, children and parents like that.  Even today I have to go back to that verse and reminded what love is.

The next seven commandments are about loving our neighbors and can be summarized as follows:

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Jesus is our only role model, our Prince Charming and the perfect example of how we should love one another.  Jesus is the greatest love story ever told  as he showed us His amazing love on the cross.  No matter what happens in life, He should be our God love story.  Had it not been for Him, I would have no love story!

Mixed Berry Smoothie – YUM!

21 Jul

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I have been sampling and trying different mixtures with smoothies.  Made this one for my morning breakfast today.  Loved it.

1 cup almond milk – 30 calories

1/2 cup frozen mixed berries – approximately 30 calories

1/2 frozen banana – 45 calories

1/2 scoop whey protein vanilla powder (I used the Sprouts brand) 45 calories

I added a few tablespoons water so it wasn’t so thick

So about 150 calories

Being A Mom Is Tough

16 Jul

I love, love, love being a Mom -always have and always will, and now a Nanna. Oh yes, it is a whole lot of Heaven for me on earth, but being a Mom and a grand mom can be tough. It is a wonderful blessing, and one of the most magnificent roles we can ever, ever hold. BEING A MOM IS TOUGH!  So how do I become the Mom that God desires me to be?  I am in a Bible Study called Am I Messing Up My Kids by Lysa Terkeurst and learning all I can and my favorite go to in the Bible is Proverbs Chapter 31.

Proverbs 31.28

BEING A MOM IS TOUGH in many different ways, but for most of us those tough times are just seasons or even moments that will fade.  For me personally, just becoming a Mom was tough.

  • 10 years of marriage
  • 6 miscarriages
  • toxemia with both children
  • one child 9 weeks early
  • 2 c-sections

Holding that precious little bundle in our arms and looking in its eyes for the first time makes all the pain go away.   I remember the evening before my son was born standing in church at a revival crying as we sung Because He Lives and that second verse “How sweet to hold a newborn baby”.  Oh how sweet it is and how blessed it is to hold a child.  When you are having a tough night with a newborn, count your blessings and say a prayer for those that are going through infertility.

BEING A MOM IS TOUGH WITH A NEWBORN

  • Ear infections
  • Sleepless nights
  • Colic
  • Diapers
  • Puke

Having a newborn is so remarkable and miraculous and awesome and beautiful.  Being a Mom is spectacular experiencing the cuddles, the giggles, the smiles, hugs and the mornings they come racing to your bed with tousled hair and smiles?  Babies are a precious gift.

BEING A MOM IS TOUGH trying to maintain a home:

  • Neglected house.
  • Laundry piled high
  • Toys all over the place
  • Pulled in so many directions trying to tend, mend, cook and find time for the children
  • Impatient, grumpy and tired.
  • Stir crazy
  • Needing adult companionship or others to interact with
  • Trying to keep toddlers out of things
  • Nap time is the only time during the day you get to sit down

You wonder if you should do the laundry or read the kids a book.  Being a Mom of older married children now, I say stop and read a book. Give you and the children a break and you’ll all feel better.

BEING A MOM IS TOUGH when you work full-time outside the home

  • Being away during the day.
  • Leaving little ones
  • Getting up early
  • Scheduling soccer, basketball, football, cheer leading practice, dance, piano, church, gymnastics, swimming, tennis etc. after working all day.
  • No time to wash, iron, clean or cook healthy meals
  • Stressful trying to juggle everyone’s schedules.

Psalm 23.3

It is hard.  For all of us Moms it is tough whether you work at home or outside trying to juggle schedules and to-do lists but the top of our to-do lists should be our family.  Yes being a stay-at-home Mom is tough too, but what a reward to be there molding and shaping those children like God has called you to do.  One of the things Lysa Terkeurst said was”

“Let my time with the Lord overflow while withholding my to-do list.”

From being a special-needs teacher I know being a Mom is tough for those mothers who have a child with special needs:

  • 24/7 job for some whose children seldom sleep
  • Children in wheelchairs
  • Children who can not feed themselves
  • Children who can not ever go to a bathroom

BEING A MOM IS TOUGH  if you are single.

  • Doing it all alone.
  • Convincing a child of a divorced parent that their dad loves them.
  • A to-do list and running kids to and fro with no one to help.

During these times flee to His presence and spend time with Him in prayer and in the Word and let Him comfort you.

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Lysa reminded me  “How can I continue to pour out if I’m not being filled back up?”

BEING A MOM IS TOUGH  and challenging taking care of more than one child with different personalities and love languages.  Sometimes it is just hard to know what they need in order to feel loved.  Remember a mother is the heart of the home, and her emotions can become the emotions of the entire household so we need to be careful.   Children mimic us and their little minds are just like a recorder – they hear every word, they hear our tone of voice and they watch our facial expressions.  Think about it – you smile, they smile, you clap, they clap, you squeal, they squeal and that’s when they are tiny little babies.  Be assured they are watching, they are listening,  and they will grow up to act as they react to how you reacted.  Ever heard that saying, “If Mom ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”.  You set a tone – will it be one that your husband and your children see you actively seeking God and studying the Word and praying, or will it be one where you are yelling, complaining, nagging, gossiping and being lazy?

Proverbs 21.23

Being a Mom for some is really tough during the teenage years.

  • Problems in school with grades, teachers or other students
  • Hormones
  • Differences of opinions
  • Choice of friends
  • Drugs or Drinking
  • Tempers

Being a Mom is tough during college years:

  • Grades
  • Roommates – especially with those girls and different personalities – some want to party and some like mine wanted to sleep
  • Leaving the nest

Being a Mom is tough for all us through those years on our knees praying for our children and those that they come in contact with not wavering to peer pressure or what others think.

  • Lifetime job
  • Worry about them when they travel, during bad weather, when they have children and the list goes on

The Bible teaches us to not worry and know that God is in control.  The Proverbs 31 Mom will remember to laugh at those thoughts that Satan puts in our minds.  She knows God is in control and she can laugh at the days to come.  She is cheerful about the future.  She boldly approaches the throne of God knowing He is always there waiting and listening. Proverbs 3125 Yes being a Mom is a very tough job and it is a position I cherish.  The little ones are gone so fast – it’s all over and you want to do it over and do it better and we get to with our grandchildren.  God is so good – He gives us tools and continues to help us grow so we can use those tools to mold our grandkids.

Remember you have a very lasting influence and legacy for those little ones in your presence.  What a challenge knowing that you are molding those lives for the future and even future generations! Being a Mom is I believe a very high honor, and one that should reflect Christ’s example.  “You are exactly the mom God knew your children needed.”  Lysa TerKeurst

In closing, remember these words from Lysa and let God’s grace cover you:

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