5 Bible Verses – Where Do I Find Help?

22 Jul

 

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When Kate Motaung said the word prompt this week was help, I immediately thought, help what am I going to write about.  I went scripture because that is where I go when I need help, strength, advice and encouragement.  Actually, the Bible is the only place we should go for help.

Do you need help today?  Are you going through trials, studying for exams, discouraged, grieving, struggling with marriage, weight loss, children and so many other things than here  are some of my favorite scriptures on help.

God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1 (NIV)  

I really wanted to see if I could understand this verse better by going to Dictionary.com and looking up the definitions of words or what we seldom refer to as verse mapping:

  • Refuge – a place of shelter, protection or safety
  • Strength – the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor
  • Ever – at all times; always
  • Present – at this time; at hand, immediate
  • Trouble – to disturb the mental calm and contentment of;  worry; distress; agitate

He is my shelter, my safety, my muscle at all times – always, immediately in times of distress or worry.”

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

I love making verses personal so for the one above I would write, so do not fear Debbie, for I am with you; do not be dismayed Debbie, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you Debbie and help you; I will uphold you Debbie with my righteous right hand.

“My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.”  Psalm 121:2 (NIV)

“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.”  Psalm 54:4 (NIV)

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.”  Proverbs 11:25 (The Message)

Joining Kate today and #FMF family writing for five minutes on the word help.  Come join us.

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Create Joy Each Day

15 Jul

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How do we create joy each day?  How can we create joy on the bad days?  I am pondering that as I write about the word create today with Kate Motaung and the #FMF community.  So for five minutes I am going to write about ways that I personally create joy in my life, and maybe someone reading this today who is hurting inside, sick, or devastated by something in life will be blessed.

GO!

  • Waking up each morning.  The older I get the more joyful I am to wake up each morning.
  • Cooking meals for my husband and family and thankful we have the means to cook meals, and I have the health and love to cook for my family.
  • Kissing my husband goodbye every morning.  Even on those mornings I sleep in, he comes in and kisses me at 545.
  • That God blessed me with a precious son and daughter. They create joy in my life when they text or call like this weekend our son called us to go to a movie with his family to see our almost 3-year old experience a movie, Dory the first time, or our daughter call to go out to lunch or breakfast or when they call for no reason but just to chat.
  • A hug or I love you from my son and daughter.
  • Watching a sunrise or sunset.  Have you done that lately?
  • Playing with my grandsons or taking them on a walk, to a pumpkin patch, to McDonald’s, or one of our favorite things is just running around the sofa and love seat in our big den.  They laugh and laugh and I laugh and maybe run off some pounds – simple and joyful.
  • Giving thanks for my home, everything in it, my car, the fact I can buy groceries (Last week I told my daughter-in-law I hate putting clean sheets on the bed, and then I came back and said oh my, I am so blessed I have clean sheets to put on my bed.)
  • Spending time with my Lord in prayer and Bible study each morning.  One of the things that brings me much joy and teaches me to be a better person is my on-line Bible studies with Proverbs31.Org.  Life changing for me as God has worked on my heart in each and every study.
  • Daily devotions with the First 5 App also a part of Proverbs 31 and it’s on my phone with me wherever I go.
  • Memories of my parents – choosing not to dwell on my feelings because they are gone, but rather all the good times growing up.  I miss them  – you bet I do, but I am blessed and can full of joy because I had parents who loved and took care of me.
  • That first cup of coffee and the second and third
  • I can create joy even yesterday pushing a mower around trees in the heat of the afternoon for several hours.  We also ride, but there’s much pushing around our pool and around the fruit trees, fence lines, azaleas and just so many trees it takes a long time.  I was out there in the high 90 degree day pushing and sweating and creating joy praising God that I am 66 years old and can still push a mower and not hurt, and hopefully I am creating a better, healthier body and losing some weight.  Yep, 6 pounds since school was out.
  • Air conditioning in this hot Texas heat and a very cold cup of water  in a cup a friend gave me that’s keeping me accountable on drinking enough water each day.
  • Smile at a cashier, thank a policeman, a cashier, a teacher, a pastor or how about thanking your husband for working hard, for washing your car, picking up dinner, opening the door for you, when he takes you out to dinner.  Create some joy in others.

Are you struggling today to find joy?  Do you find yourself complaining and grumbling, unhappy, and even depressed.  Spend some time pondering on all that God has blessed you with.  Create some joy.  His joy is our strength.  It’s there – go look for it.  Cherish this day the Lord has given you.

Join me and the Five-Minute Friday group today.

 

Let’s Meet Up Y’all – Declare Conference 2016 – Pre-Conference Post

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Hey y’all!  This Texas girl is ready to meet up with each one of you.  I am so blessed to be able to attend the Declare Conference again this year.  Last year was my first.  I love that Declare is so close to home, and I found it last year in my Facebook feed, or rather God led me there in my Facebook feed.  That sign greeted me that day as I walked in.

I blogged about that wonderful, powerful conference  with pictures here.  If you are new to Declare, check it out and see what you are about to encounter.

I walked away refreshed and ready to blog and not be concerned about statistics, but rather what God had placed on my heart originally to blog about, and that was about Him to the World and to leave a legacy for my family.  I also walked away with so many beautiful freebies.  It was like I got so much more than I paid for with all the free books and bags.

declare 7The theme last year was about going deeper with Him.  I can honestly say I have done that this past year, and it seems I just keep growing and growing deeper the more I read and study and pray, and I am loving reading back through last year’s themed and all the memories of women I met and the things that God laid on my heart.  Ladies, do you really grasp what that picture says that I took at the conference last year.

 Do you grasp how wide and long and high and deep the Savior loves you.

This year’s theme is  Presence.  I cannot wait to see what God is going to teach me this year.  My heart is open and ready.

In preparation for the conference, we were asked to share answers to the following questions and a current picture.  I hope I can find one.  I’m always the one taking the pictures.

1. If we were meeting in person, how would you introduce yourself? (job, family, career, ministry, where you live … share whatever details come to mind)

Hi there my name is Debbie.  I am a born and raised Texan, and will probably die here.  I live about twenty miles south of Dallas.  I have been married to my high-school sweetheart for 47 years this August.  Yes, I’m still in love with him.

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We have a son and a daughter who are both married and each of our children each have one boy.  Those little guys are one and a half and the other almost three.  I spend many days babysitting with them.  What a joy!  This was our latest picture on my birthday at one of my favorite places to eat – Cheddars.

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And this is a picture last Halloween.  The two-year old was wearing a costume my precious Mama made for my son that I had put away upstairs.

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I am retired, but I  substitute teach.  God really spoke to me when I retired about being a light to my community, not just at church but in the world.    Many days I substitute special needs children.

I worked for the Government, before retirement, for over 43 years in contracting.

I spend a lot of time as a volunteer team leader for Proverbs 31 On-line Bible Studies.  I love it.  It’s changed my life being in the Word every day, and this summer well it’s taught me some ways to encourage my husband in a study called, The Husband Project.  There are over 50,000 women doing this study.

My ministries are family and friends, blogging, substitute teaching, and leading at Proverbs.  Those things make a busy, hectic life that I am living to the fullest.

2. What is your favorite thing to write and why?

My favorite thing to write about is my Lord and my family because without them there would be nothing to write about.  I have enjoyed writing about my goals the last few months because they keep me on track.

3. What is your favorite thing to read and why? (If this question is too broad for you avid readers, what’s a favorite book or blog you’ve read lately?)

My favorite thing to read is my Bible.  For so many years it was boring, but the Word has come alive in my study time.   I do all the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies.    I also read the First 5 App devotional each morning on my phone which is also part of  Proverbs 31, and I can be found doing all the studies at my church too.  Occasionally I love picking up a good fiction book like one by Karen Kingsbury.

4. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

Family Tree Research because it took a back seat for so many years, and now so many have gone that could have helped me in my research.

5. What’s one thing you love about your blog and one thing you’d like to improve?

That I am sharing with people all over the World.  It’s all about knowing Him more and making Him known to me and others.  Truly, most of my writing draws me closer to Him. My writing should be impacting me as well as others.

I have been praying about how I can improve my blog and seeking God’s direction so I stay put where He wants me.  Last year at Declare when Kris Camealy spoke, I realized my blog should be an altar and not a platform to bring recognition to me, not statistics.  Kris reminded us that when we build anything other than that altar to Him, we are not honoring Him.

6. [Lightening Round] Would you rather …

  • Read on Kindle or paperback?  Paperback so I can underline and highlight.
  • Drink coffee or tea?  Coffee all morning and tea in the afternoon and evening.
  • Go to a musical or a movie?  Movie
  • Vacation at the beach or the mountains?  Love both but probably the beach.
  • Have an exciting night out or a relaxing night in?  Relaxing night in.
  • Watch sports, play sports, or no sports?  No sports, except olympics or if some of my family is playing and yes sometimes I love watching a good ole’ Texas Ranger game.

WELCOME to Declare y’all.  Can’t wait to meet you.

I would love to connect and meet you there, but in the interim, you can find me here.

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Tough Love Prayer Challenge – Free Ebook and Review

11 Jul
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I am excited to tell you about a free e-book that I had the privilege of reading, called Tough Love Prayer Challenge: Finding peace in the middle of demanding relationships” by Rachel Britton.
Are you having difficulty in any type of relationship?  Do you need to know how to pray if you are?  Looking for some great advice?
The book has some beautiful pictures, Bible scriptures and quotes.   Here are a couple of my favorite quotes in the book:
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Is there someone you are struggling to love or even to like?  Have you been hurt by someone and don’t know what to do?  Would you love to learn how to have less arguments and conflicts at home, work or church?

This free e-book will help you  learn:

  • why you are never alone in praying for a difficult relationship
  • specific prayer prompts for overcoming negative emotions
  • the benefit of breath prayer in combating stress and finding rest
  • identifying and eliminating obstacles hindering our relationships

Here are some of the contents of the book:

  • Changing your focus
  • Pouring out to God
  • Rising in prayer
  • Hindrances to prayer and more

The e-book is available as a free download by visiting the Tough Love Prayer Challenge page at Rachel’s website:  http://rachelbritton.com/tough-love-challenge/
Rachel is a British-born writer and speaker. She is passionate about helping women know their true worth so they can live boldly. Raised on the east coast of England, she now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children. Rachel cannot live without English tea and chocolate. Connect with Rachel at www.rachelbritton.com, and receive her latest e-book, Tough Love Prayer Challenge, to boldly pray for peace in the middle of your demanding relationships. You can also reach her through Facebook and Twitter.

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July Goals and June Recap

6 Jul

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FAITH GOALS

JUNE:

Pray More Worry Less – I’ve done well praying more and really not worrying.  I have  peace because I know God is doing some mighty things in our family right now.  I can’t wait to share how God is going to show us His glory just as He said in John 11:4 to Lazarus’ sisters “for the glory of God, so that the son of God may be glorified by it.”  

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.                                                                                                                                         Psalm 30:11 (NIV)

Five-Minute Daily Devotion on Acts – First-Five App – Stay caught up and not get behind. Finish Acts and begin Numbers on June 6th.  Oops it is June 6th today.  (It’s June 15th.  I’m just trying to finish this up,  and I can’t write so I am already behind on Numbers and Acts had a couple of days to finish.)  (Failure – the stitches, and then food poisoning kept me behind on all my devotions.)

Begin Bible study at church on June 8 (Happy Birthday to me) – It’s called The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst.  I’ve done it before as a volunteer team leader for Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies, and I can not wait to do it with my church family. (I attended on June 8th but again I am behind because I can’t write in my workbook, and we were out-of-town today so I missed the video.)  (Failed due to stitches, food poisoning, and travel)

Begin the Bible Study The Husband Project by Kathy Lipp with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies on June 20 –  This one has been a total success and keeping up with my husband projects.

JULY:

Pray Reverently and Fervently Every Day – Several things on our hearts right now and I’m believing God is going to do some mighty things.  I can’t wait to share.

Finish The Best Yes Bible Study at my church.

Finish The Husband Project Bible Study with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies.

Catch up on Numbers Devotions with the First 5 App from Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies.

Start the Romans and 1 and 2 Corinthians Devotions with the First 5 App from Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies beginning July 25 – September 24.

FAMILY GOALS 

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.                                                                                                                          JOHN 1:16 (NIV) 

JUNE:

Walks in the neighborhood with both the boys, and yes continue snuggling on the sofa with my husband – Total success

 

Mini-trip with my daughter, son-in-law and grandson –Success

Fishing Tournament with our son, daughter-in-law and grandson –  Success and our 2.5 year old grand son won 3rd place.

Family Reunion with my husband’s family.  Can’t wait –  Success

JULY:

Continue walks with the grandsons and alone, and yep a whole lot of snuggling with the husband.

Lots of swimming with whoever.

HEALTH GOALS

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JUNE:

Wear pedometer (7,000 steps a day), Exercise 3-4 days a week, eat healthier, walk the boys at least twice and plan one week of meals.  Lose 2 pounds –   Although I got behind I’ve done well eating healthier and I am putting 10,000 steps on the pedometer and I did not lose the  2 pounds, but did not gain with all the sitting from the hurt fingers.

JULY:

Wear pedometer (moving up to 10,000 steps a day).  Exercise 3-4 days a week, eat healthier, walk the boys at least twice and plan one week of meals.  Lose 2 pounds.  Keep a log of all exercise.

Drink 4 large glasses of water.  Record it.  I recently read this article on the benefits of drinking water.    I think I would feel so much better if I drank more water instead of coffee, tea and sodas.  This cup was a gift from a friend who sells them here.

Plan and prepare healthier meals.

Exercise 20 minutes at least 3 days a week in addition to walking.  Keep a record in my planner.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.                                                                                                                                         1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV)

FRIEND GOALS

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JUNE:

Be The Blessing – OK I am going out on a limb here because it is June 6th and my birthday is in two days.  This year I am 66.  It seems impossible.  I wish I was 30 and knowing all I do now, but we don’t get do overs.  Anyway two days from now if I can get it all organized I want to be a blessing and give 66 things.  I was up until 1:00 this morning making a list of 66 things and I have not been able to come up with that many, but maybe my friends and family can help.  (Did it and it was great.)  (Here is my planned post.)- I haven’t been able to write about all the wonderful things that happened.)  Would you join me on my blog post for my birthday and share how you have performed a random act of kindness.  Here is my post on that.

Lunch With Friends – I had planned to have lunch with some friends I used to work with on June 10th, but I cut my fingers on June 9th so they were still deadened and I could not drive, but I did meet up with a church friend on Wednesday this week after Bible study and have lunch.

Unplanned Friend HappeningsWe had a friend come from Louisiana to fish with my husband and son.  We got to go to lunch with him and both our kids and their families.  FUN!

JULY:

Meet one of my girl friends who I used to work with.  We are both retired and it’s been hard lately meeting up.

Have some neighbor ladies over for tea/coffee.  God’s been speaking to me about doing this for months.

HOME GOALS

JUNE:  

House goals  – Total failure.   I could not do anything with my fingers.  Still not able to get out into the flower beds, but hopefully in July I’ll be able to do something.

Clean the front flower beds, mulch them and trim all fifteen azaleas –Total failure and I hesitate to keep putting this on the list, but it needs to be done so I will.  The fingers totally prevented this, and now I’m worried I’ll see that five-foot snake again.

Clean out winter clothes.  Bring summer clothes downstairs – I was able to do some of this partially, but it’s better.  Will finish in July.

Clean out make-up drawer – Failure

JULY:  

I’ve added lots of things to do in July.  Eeeeek

Clean the front flower beds, mulch them and trim all fifteen azaleas.

Clean out make-up drawer. 

Clean and organize kitchen pantry.

Clean seven of the kitchen drawers.

Clean and organize master bedroom closet.

Donate clothes, shoes and purses

 

BLOGGING GOALS

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Continue to pray about where my emphasis should be.  So many questions on my heart right now as to how I should proceed.  (Still no firm answers as to where God wants me, so I keep moving along.)

JUNE:

Lesson 2 – Blogging Course – Failure

Review and clean-up my first 15 blogs – Partial success.  I got 10 finished)

Linky Page – Complete cleaning it up – Partial success.  I worked on a few days of the link page.

Names of God – Finish my blog posts on the names of God from Wendy Blight’s study of I Know His Name – Failure, and not sure when this can happen.  I hope to blog about them all one day.

JULY:

Lesson 2 – Blogging Course.  This is the 3rd month I’ve had this as a goal.  Not sure I can get it done.  It was a big lesson but I am working on the first part and that was going thru all of my old blogs.

Review and clean-up 15 more blogs plus 5 so it will be 20.

Delete at least 1,000 emails.

Linky Page – Work on a few more days of this project with a completion date of August.

Attend the Declare Blogging Conference.

Names of God – I have failed at finishing the Names of God posts.  It’s been hard keeping up and I thought it would be easier this summer, but so far it hasn’t been.  We will see how the month of July progresses and if I run out of subject to blog about, I’ll pick this up.

If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy these from  MarchApril, May and June.

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