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Pass It On

29 Apr Family-Walking with words and bloggerlovestheking

 

Pass It On

HOW ARE YOU INFLUENCING YOUR KIDS, GRANDCHILDREN, AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN?

I’m joining Kate Motaung at #FiveMinuteFriday today.  The prompt is pass and we are to write five minutes.  GO!  Let’s pass it on.

How are you influencing future generations?  Do you drag your kids to church?  Some parents say they don’t want to force their kids to church, yet I see them dragging them or forcing them to go to school, gymnastics, piano lessons, sports, dance and on and on.  We took our kids to church.  We allowed them to do all the other stuff, but allowed them to drop out of dance, piano, and sports once they completed their year commitment.

We are the blueprint for generations now and to come of what is important in life.  Do your children and grandchildren see a real Christ in you?  If we aren’t teaching them, the world certainly is going to teach them not about Christ, but about things I don’t even want to mention.

IF CHRIST IS NOT IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE HE WON’T BE IMPORTANT IN THEIR LIVES.

I watch our two-year old and one-year old grandsons copying our lives.  I don’t remember seeing how much we influence those little ones when my kids were that age.  Both of the grandsons are saying thank you and please and the older one bless you when you sneeze.  He even sneezed in bed the other morning, and I heard him say “bless you”.   Those are simple things and beautiful, but if we are cursing, talking negative, whining, drinking and doing worldly things they surely pick up on it so early.  They are watching and learning from our blueprint.  What we are teaching them today, we will surely reap in their teenage years and their adult lives.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.  Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NIV)

I find myself walking with the grandsons and telling them that God created the horses and cows as we walk by them.  If we see a butterfly I tell them about the wonders of His creation and how God made them and the flowers and trees, the moon, and the stars.  I sit outside with one a few weeks back when we were out-of-town watching the billowy clouds.  Many times I will say I love you so much and Jesus does too.

We are to impress on them when we walk, wherever we go as we are riding or walking and sitting.

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We are to write His commandments on our door frames.  I have things all over the house reminding not only them but me of whose I am.  I have a fruit of the spirit huge plaque on the fireplace, verses I’m memorizing in my bathrooms and kitchen, and a beautiful wreath on our second fireplace that says, ”

Tie them as symbols on your hands.  Wear some jewelry reflecting Him.

Have you ever shared your testimony with your kids?  Our pastor reminded us that it is the greatest thing that ever happened to us and yet we don’t share it.  He says when someone dies and he asks how they were saved, the family usually does not know.  So for me it was in the fifth grade when God spoke to me and I walked down the aisle, but yet I was afraid to follow through with baptism until I was in the tenth grade.  I was at a revival at our church I attended all the time and finally walked down the aisle and asked to be baptized.  Best thing ever – my good friend Mary was there with me.

I will never, ever forget our two kids and their salvation stories.  Our son was at school and heard a story and he walked down the aisle that very week at a revival.  Our daughter was at home and one day came to me.  Our son came in the house.  I don’t remember if I called to him or he just came and asked what was going on and I told him she had just asked Jesus in her heart.  He threw off his cap and said, “Let’s pray.”  Precious stories of how God touched their tender little hearts.

Share you salvation story, share the miracles you’ve seen, share the wonders of God, share the Bible stories about Daniel, Moses, and Baby Jesus, share how He has answered prayers.

One generation influences the next.  Will you be that generation?  How will you influence your family?

Psalm 78

My people, hear my teaching;
    listen to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth with a parable;
    I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
things we have heard and known,
    things our ancestors have told us.
We will not hide them from their descendants;
    we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
    his power, and the wonders he has done.
He decreed statutes for Jacob
    and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
    to teach their children,
so the next generation would know them,
    even the children yet to be born,
    and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God
    and would not forget his deeds
    but would keep his commands.
They would not be like their ancestors—
    a stubborn and rebellious generation,
whose hearts were not loyal to God,
    whose spirits were not faithful to him.

Psalm 78:1-8 (NIV)

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Whisper Yes

28 Apr

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How do we slow down to hear His whisper and whisper  yes?  My schedule has always been rushed.  I am a “Type A” personality and I love being busy doing things.  I am retired and I still find my schedule is rushed with family, Bible study, substitute teaching, taking care of grandsons, housework, yard work, blogging and anything else that comes up.  Honestly, I could spend my days doing nothing but Bible Study now.  I can’t get enough.

Is your daily schedule like mine so busy taking care of kids, parents, jobs, rushing to church, working at church, cleaning house  that you can’t find time, or you don’t slow down in order to hear God’s whispers?

When He says will you Debbie?  Do I say yes?  Honestly not always, sometimes it’s delayed like right now with my weight-loss journey.  He’s speaking, He’s calling, but I have not been obedient.  But I have not quit!  I’m not a quitter and I will get there as He continues to whisper.

Here are some ways that God whispers yes will you follow me.

WHISPERS IN THE WORD:   So many years I read the Word but it was not saturating.  It was a mad rush to study my Sunday school lesson, work, get the kids to school, finishing my college degree, working full-time, working in the yard,  and taking care of my Mom that I really was not studying and letting His Word saturate my heart, mind and soul.

Now I really study the Word.  Am I still busy.  You bet!  I am a volunteer Team Leader for Proverbs 31 Ministries leading groups, I substitute teach, I keep my grandsons several days a week, and still have the house work and the yard work and church activities.  So what’s different?  ME, ME, ME.  I’m different because I found time to spend with Him every day in the Word.

Only by reading His Word can His story become a part of our story.  His Word has come alive.  Over the years I had favorite Bible verses.  Today, my Bible is highlighted and underline and notes everywhere and there are too many Bible verses that I cannot choose favorites anymore.  There are too many.

WHISPERS IN PRAYER:  I pray all day long, and now I spend time on my knees and really lifting others up sometimes in tears.  Have I heard His whispers?  You bet I have.  He whispered to me yesterday during my study and memorization that to surrender all my impossibles to Him as I walk with Him and hit my knees to the ground for family and friends that are suffering through hurts, sickness and prayers they are longing to be answered. I know with God ALL things are possible and this week’s verse came at a time my family is praying for the impossible in our own strength.

God whispered to me in memorizing this verse this week.  He whispered to me about future generations and promises that He made to Abraham about the stars and future generations, and also Jacob and future generations like the sand at the sea. Thankful for our memory verse this week and also Wendy Blight’s study I Know His Name to remind me of those generational stories, and what perfect timing for me.

Tracie Miles once said in a book I read about Stress Free Living  her general rule of thumb is never to say Amen.  I laugh because sometimes at night when I can’t go to sleep or I wake up I lay there praying and yes sometimes I fall asleep without saying Amen.

If you are hurting today, get on your knees.  He will you lift you back up on your feet.

WHISPERS THROUGH MEMORIZING THE WORD:  He speaks to me daily as I walk into my kitchen or bathrooms and see our weekly memory verse.  I print them out.  I want them written on my heart.  I want to be able to pull them out on a bad day.  I want to be blessed by His promises like the one I am memorizing in my Bible study this week of 5 Habits of A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit.  But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26 HCSB

WHISPERS IN OUR THOUGHTS:  Have you ever had someone come to mind that is ill or going through a hard time.  Perhaps that was a whisper from God for you to text them, email them, phone them or send a card.  He speaks to us that way – we just don’t listen.  Does God wake you up during the night?  Is someone on your mind you need to pray for?  Make some time to bless that person that comes to mind.  I find myself doing it all the time.  It’s so easy to text, or private message them on Facebook, but it’s even easier to send a card or email or pick up that phone.  Sometimes I will be driving and an old friend I used to work with comes to mind and I just call them and chat.

WHISPERS THROUGH OTHERS: Sometimes God speaks to us through other people encouraging us, directing us or perhaps even scolding us to reach into our thick heads.

WHISPERS THROUGH NATURE:  He whispers to me every single day when I slow down and look at all He has created.  It is so simple to walk outdoors and praise Him for the flowers that are blooming right now.  I can’t walk out to the mailbox and not see the flowers and trees right now showing off, or a butterfly and all the birds out building their nests and coming in to our feeders or drive to school and see cows or a trip to the zoo yesterday to see all He has created.  Take some time to let Him whisper to you with a sunrise or sunset today.

WHISPERS THROUGH MUSIC:  I only listen to Christian music when I’m driving.  I didn’t always do that.  It took my 5-year old daughter asking me to turn the radio to a specific station on the radio, and I’ve never turned back.  I am smiling as I type that because God is just speaking to me right now about that song No Turning Back.  I was driving to school yesterday with the radio blaring and my lips praising as He whispered to me, and I’ll be listening again as I drive to the post office and back to school in a bit, and as I clean house.

Come follow Him as He whispers to you daily.  As that song says, “Won’t you come me, just follow His name”.  Go listen.  Be blessed. Whisper yes back.

Joining Suzie Eller today on #LiveFreeThursday.

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Unite – National Day of Prayer 2016

22 Apr

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I had to think awhile to come up with the words to go with the unite prompt that Kate Matoung gave us for #FiveMinuteFriday.  I started to write on marriage, but my thoughts went to our nation and the shape it is in right now.  It’s enough to not only bring us to our knees, but keep us on our knees.

My heart cries out that we can’t seem to love one another just as Christ loved us.  Why can’t we put aside our differences, our choices, the different ways God created us and love one another just because He first loved us?

I browsed some of the National Day of Prayer sites and found that this years theme and verse are:

WAKE UP AMERICA

Isaiah 58:1a is the Scripture for this year:  “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.

Dr. Tony Evans, from right here in Dallas, wrote this beautiful prayer.  Read it and see if it doesn’t cause you a little bit of regret.  For me it did as I read his words about us being secret agent Christians who need to be publicly declaring and living out our Christian truths.

So America it’s time for us to stop sitting back. It is time to lift our voices and unite.  It is time to shout it aloud.  It is time to stop holding back.  It is time to raise our voices.

For more on the National Day of Prayer which is Thursday, May 5th here is a link.

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How BIG is God?

21 Apr

How BIG is God?

As I laid in bed the last two nights and listened to the winds, the thunder and witnessed the lightning here in Texas, I silently praised Him for His bigness and thanked Him that He would keep us safe even when the phone was ringing and telling us sixty mile per hour winds and hail were on the way.

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Our God is so, so big that even the heavens declare His glory and the skies proclaim His work.  Have you taken a moment lately to look up at those skies and see all of His handiwork?  Have you watched a sunrise or sunset?  Have you just taken a moment to sit outside and watch billowy  clouds floating by? I found myself doing that last weekend when we were out-of-town, sitting on a porch swing with our two-year old grandson.  I wanted to go in and grab the camera, but I wanted to sit there more cuddling our grandson as I watched clouds roll by,  and I was specifically looking for a heart in the clouds, and God sent me three.  I have the memory etched in my brain.

Our God is so, so big.   His handiwork is around us all the day long.  Have you stopped to look at it.

It’s Spring.  I love having the windows open this morning.  It’s raining and the one-year old grandson is on the way to spend the day with Nanna.  I love listening to the rain, and I really love mornings like this when I can lay back down on the sofa and nap.  No, I don’t get to do that often, but it is enjoyable once or twice a year.  How about you?

Springtime is also a time I watch all the birds outside.  One is busy building a nest in a new bird house I hung out on the porch this year.  It’s fun watching her darting in and out.  I don’t know what kind of bird she is.  I need to get out that bird book and do some research.  Anyway, the red birds, blue birds, and doves are darting around, and it’s nice listening to their tweeting in the early morning.  Not this morning though.

The flowers are all coming up in the flower beds (weeds too) and I love seeing all of them.  Some of them – the tulips – my Dad planted, and it brings back precious memories of him and Mom coming out after we moved here and working on the flower beds with us.  There are also Shasta daisies which will spring forth later and they remind me of one of Mom’s favorite flowers.

Soon there will be butterflies everywhere and well them and the dragonflies just speak to me about Mom and her love for them.

Our God is so, so big.  He performed miracles then, and He still does today.

He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.  Deuteronomy 10:21 (NIV)

Do you believe in miracles?  I do and have watched God over and over again perform miracles.  I will share a couple of them with you.

  • I had two awesome children when the doctors gave me no hope after many miscarriages.
  •  I have watched family members walk through infertility and then give birth.
  •  I watched thirty-four years ago as our daughter was born weighing a little over two pounds with undeveloped lungs, and a time when medicines were not available to help like they are today surive when there was little hope given to us by the neonatologist, but people all over the U.S. were praying for us because of word of mouth from churches and before Facebook and the internet.

The biggest miracle I have watched was our grandson, Colt.  He was born with a horrible skin disease that has no cure.  His feet had no skin on them at birth and he had blisters on some parts of his body.  This disease is a lifetime of pain, and we had no hope of him crawling or walking and expected him to be wrapped in bandages for his life with lots of pain.  Colt, as far as we have been able to discern from cases all over the world, is doing marvelous.

I prayed that God had given Colt a gene to heal him.  Yes, I prayed BIG and God answered BIG.  When they had genetic testing, the people told the kids that Colt not only has the EB gene, but he has an unknown gene.  I know that’s his miracle gene – it’s his God gene.  Yes they are all from God, but God gave him one that even the genetics have never seen.

Our God is so BIG because He loves us.

He gave His only son for us.  He died for us.  John 3:16 (NIV) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph 3:17 (NIV)

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.   For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16 (NIV)

“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-35 (NIV)

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NIV)

“God loves each of us, as if there were only one of us.”  Augustine

 

I’m joining Suzanne Eller today for #LiveFreeThursday and the prompt is How Big is God.

Bible verses from BibleHub.  If you’ve never search Bible Hub check it out.

 

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Tea Cup Exchange

19 Apr teacup

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I had so much fun participating in a tea-cup exchange for my very first time. with Stephanie and women from all over the World at The Enchanting Rose.

The exchange is so much fun because you not only get to pick out gifts for someone  you don’t know, but you also receive gifts from someone else.  When it’s over you’ve met two beautiful new friends.

Mom gave me all of her tea cups many years ago.  When this exchange started I considered sending one of those to my exchange partner, but I could not.   I am excited to hopefully start sharing more pictures of Mom’s tea cups and blogging with them.

The tea-cup package I received had a beautiful cup, saucer, spoon rest, journal and four huge packages of different varieties of tea from the ever so kind Lynda Ackerson with a sweet note from her about how much she enjoyed shopping for me.  Lynda’s blog is all about stitching and is called, A Cozy Little Place for Stitching.  She lives in Oregon.

Did you see that cute little spoon rest?  It’s so adorable and looks so cute with my cup.  Now I don’t have to grab a paper towel for a spoon rest.

Here is the journal.  Look at all those quotes.  I love that one that says “fall in love with as many things as possible.”  I love how God just continues to show me different things and ways to love – my Bible studies, blogging, substitute teaching, being a Nanna, mother and wife, researching my family tree, cooking, walking, gardening, photography ………I can’t wait to see where He leads me as I DREAM BIG and DO WHAT I LOVE.

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Look at the detail in this cup – the green is a beautiful green showering the top of the cup with tiny pink flowers all around, and then there is gold all around the lip, the handle and the bottom.  I love this little cup so much.

IMG_5030The recipient of my tea-cup exchange was Nora Chin over at Tales of the Teacup.  Nora lives in California.  Go check out what I sent Nora – an antique cup she had talked about on her blog, and it took some time to find it on the internet.

Thank you so much Lynda for the beautiful teacup and gifts, and thank you Stephanie for all the preparing and planning of this exchange.

Can you see all these flavors she sent – so unique – Maple Apple Cider, Mellow Moments, Chocolate Mint Oolong Tea, and Black Forest

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I’m sitting here writing all about this fun exchange and drinking my first cup of tea from Lynda.  This one is so, so good.  I think it is my favorite tea of all time.  It’s the chocolate mint oolong.  Yum, yum tasty good.teacup

I’m linking this post to The Enchanting Rose today, and want to thank our hostess, Stephanie once again for all of her hard work.  So glad I joined the exchange.

THANK YOU Stephanie and Lynda.

I also just found these blogs on teacups and hope to start sharing more with Mom’s teacups in the future to these other teacup  blogs:

Sandi for No Place Like Home Monday

Ruth for Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Bernideen’s Tea Time Cottage and Garden Party

 

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