FINDING TIME WITH GOD

21 Aug tamingtodolist

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How do you find time to spend in studying and learning more about Him?  That’s a question for all of us in the busyness of life. Yes I know that it does not matter what stage of life we are in that today, it is a busy, busy World.  We are taking care of babies, running kids to all kinds of practices or school, taking care of aging parents, working outside or inside the home, taking care of our yards, and on and on and on.  I retired a few years ago, and let me tell you it’s true when they say you are busier retired than you were working.

So I will just share how I have FINALLY found time to really, really study the Word and grow like I have never before.

Find a Bible study at church or on-line.  Our Bible studies at church are in the evening, and honestly I do not want to be gone in the evening because that time is for my husband.   Shortly after I retired I found Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies and my life changed and changed.  I thought I was very close to God, but I found out I was NOT.  Check out the P31 website.  You won’t regret it.  Our next study  starts September 8th and is called “Taming The To-Do List”.   tamingtodolist2.  Spend some time in prayer each morning or evening or better yet, how about both?  Actually, I try to spend time on my knees in the morning before I lead my team of group leaders with Proverbs 31.  Yes I was just a group participant a few years ago, but I fell so in love with these studies and when I asked to volunteer as a leader, I did.  I love to start the morning before I enter my team in prayer for them, my family, my friends, neighbors, church and country.  I love running to Him no matter how my day starts – joyful or struggling with the pains that come with life.

3.Choose a time to study and try and keep that time commitment.  Maybe it’s early morning before the family gets up.  For me it is as soon as my husband walks out to go to work, but if I am subbing at school it may be a little in the morning, and a little at lunch.  Try to be consistent, but also be ready to adapt.

4.  Find a place to have your quiet time.  Most days I am just sitting here on my den sofa, but occasionally I’ll go out on the front porch or out by the pool.  I have been known to sit at the kitchen table.  Make it comfortable and relaxing with no distractions.

5.  One of my favorite things that I recently started is called the First 5 App.  It is offered for our phones and downloads each morning with a five-minute devotional.  They are absolutely the best devotions I have ever followed.  They are transforming and who can’t give their first five minutes to God.  Check out the First 5 App here or just go to your phone and search apps.  It’s FREE.

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5.  Know how to study and research.  They have taught us a whole lot about how to study our Bibles using search tools, etc..  We learn a bit each study.  Here is just one amazing example.

6.  Keep Notes – I love keeping notebooks of what I am studying.  I love all sorts of pens and markers and I DO highlight my Bible favorite scriptures and write notes in the margins.

7.  Memorize Scripture.   I love memorizing scripture.  We are given one verse a week during our Bible studies.  While we have breaks I will go back to be sure I’ve memorized.  Here is an example of how I post scriptures around the house to help me.  Store up His Word.

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I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.  Psalm 119:11 (ESV)

Joining Kate Motaung in Five-Minute Friday today.

SCHOOL LUNCH BOX NOTES

19 Aug

WOW.  Where did the summer go?  I am a substitute teacher, and I just love seeing all the kids lunches and smiling faces when a child pulls out a note from their mom or dad.  So I took a few moments to create some and hope you enjoy them as you slip them in those sacks and boxes.  Have an awesome school year.

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If you like these, check out my fall printables I did last year here and here.

PROVERBS 11- Blessing Others

14 Aug

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S: Scripture

Proverbs 11:25 The message

“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. ”

O: Observation:

Those who bless others will also be blessed abundantly.

A:  Application

Bless others and I will be blessed.  Helping others and I will be helped.   Who can I bless today in my words, my actions, a Facebook post, an email, a telephone call, offering a hand for a chore or to pick up something in town, donating something that is causing clutter that another can use?  It is a win-win is it not?  We can’t out give our Father.

K: Kneeling in Prayer

Thank You Father for the joy You give when I bless others.  Thank You for your generosity.  Help me find seek out and know those I need to bless.  Amen!

You can read my past blogs on Proverbs below:

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 2

Proverbs 3

Proverbs 4

Proverbs 5

Proverbs 6

Proverbs 7

Proverbs 8

Proverbs 9

Proverbs 10

You can find the Good Morning Girls Proverbs study at the link below:

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PROVERBS 10:7 – WHAT KIND OF MEMORY ARE YOU LEAVING?

14 Aug

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S:  Scripture

Proverbs 10:7 (ESV) –  “The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.”

O:  Observation

The legacy or memories of a righteous loved one will be a blessing.  It will linger on.  I remember our first Christmas without my Daddy and how I dreaded the family all arriving at my house, and how Mom would be.  It was a precious time remembering Daddy.  My mom brought angels for all of us girls, and my sister had gone to Mom’s and picked up a bunch of clocks that Daddy had bought over the years and repaired.  She wrote a poem about clocks and Daddy and wrapped each of Daddy’s grandchildren a clock.

A:  Application:

What am I doing to leave memories and a legacy that will bless my loved ones when I am gone?  Am I leaving a rich, spiritual legacy or am I leaving rot?  Am a blessing to those I come in contact with each day?

K:  Kneeling in Prayer:

Father thank You for this lesson.  May I always take it to heart.  May the things I do every day, every hour Lord leave a blessing for my family and friends.

You can read my past blogs on Proverbs below:

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 2

Proverbs 3

Proverbs 4

Proverbs 5

Proverbs 6

Proverbs 7

Proverbs 8

Proverbs 9

You can find the Good Morning Girls Proverbs study at the link below:

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DECLARE 2015 – Going Deeper With Him

7 Aug declare6

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Several months back I saw a conference called Declare flash up on my computer screen.  I hesitated signing up, making multiple introvert-type excuses like I won’t know anyone, don’t want to be away from my hubby for 3 nights,  and well you know how we let Satan convince us different when God is nudging us to do something wonderful.  Eventually I signed up, but by that time I was put on a waiting list and just the last two weeks prior God opened a space just for me.

On the drive to Dallas there was a beautiful huge sun – a confirmation from God that something else beautiful was in store. I should have pulled off the road and shot a good picture, but this is what I got as we slowed down on an exit with construction.  God showed off BIG to me right away!

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It was a bit hard finding the entrance – there were so many.  This place is on so many acres, but I found it, and I was not disappointed.

We gathered together at the relaxing Cooper Clinic Hotel in Dallas.  Oh it was so, so beautiful and so many amenities.  I want to go back just for a weekend with my husband.

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And this year’s theme I really didn’t grasp at first, but it sure didn’t take long and I went deeper and deeper with Him.

The Theme! Think about that for a moment!

On Friday morning I went down to join a group with  RevelationWellness.Org to exercise.  Oh my it was a time to work hard and at the end just worship as we got on the floor and did some holy yoga, and I didn’t get to take a picture, but let me say it was the hardest, holiest workout I have ever experienced.

On Saturday morning I headed out for a walk with my camera at 6:45.  These are just a few of the beautiful pictures I took.

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A good ole’ Texas welcome for all of us and reminders of how deep is His love.

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Meeting sisters in Christ – jars of clay

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Outpouring of love to all of us in words, in acts and deeds. Every single time we walked in a room there was a new gift from someone.

The speakers spoke such wisdom and fed us deep.  I’ll share some of the highlights here, some of the quotes which I may mess up from my notes but here goes some of my favorite and I know I’ll miss someone and I apologize now:

Kris Camealy talked to us about why we blog and is it for recognition or attention of a best seller.  She realized she was busy building a platform, not an altar.  I had to sit there and ponder why am I blogging and remember why I am doing it and that is to show others Christ and for me to show others what God is doing in my own heart.  “We are called to be disciples, not make fans, not make followers. God’s people build altars – not attention – not statistics – not platforms.  When we do anything other than build that altar for His glory, we are not honoring Him.”

Janelle Knox spoke to us about her magazine mici and I took 3, yes 3 pages of notes.  Do you see those small letters on the cover? They mean made in Christ’s image.  There is no picture on the front of this magazine so that He is glorified. She reminded us that God is chasing us, He is running us down.  I love that.  He wants us to dream – not for platforms.  He took great care in the detail of who we are. When He knit us together He fashioned the #beautiful deep within us.  We are His unique creations.  No one can do me, like I can do me.  He filled me with wonder and awe.

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I loved her comparison when she asked us if we knew what knitting was.  Oh yes, I raised my hand.  “God did not drop a stitch when He created us and there are no gaps.

The World is telling us who we are not.  God tells us who we are.   Satan tells us who we are not and gets us on that treadmill wearing us out and getting us sidetracked.

The only way forward is DEEPER – DEEP into the things of God to heal those deep, dark scars.  Plant DEEP things of God in your heart.”

Kat Lee – Each one of us has something famous about us.  She gave us a 5-step method to help when we are overwhelmed.

Kristen Lemus – Psalm 139 Can I praise you for the way I am made and Phil 2:2-4 – agreeing wholeheartedly with one another. Think of others as better.

Crystal Stine spoke about social media and sharing for the glory of God – knowing God and making Him known.  May the words be intentional, authentic, bring awareness, encouragement, influence, and the last Word.  Psalm 19:14 ESV “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.  How do we out pour with the gifts He has given us?  How do we engage with a dark world?

Ruth Simons – Your words matter.  SHINE!  Jesus was focused on 10,000 or 1.  Your story matters.  He is my audience and He gets the last word.

Jan Greenwood – Pain will move us.  He is a yes God.  God was the first publisher.  He esteems the spoken and written word.  He wrote with His finger.  It’s a fresh word, it’s a God word.  Nothing holding us back but us

Erica Jimenez – Reminded us sometimes readers are not liking or commenting, but they are reading.  For some people these blogs are their church.  We are digital evangelists.  Erica’s short speech was not planned – except by God.  It touched my heart because I have honestly thought I would stop blogging.  It takes a lot of time and sometimes we are wondering if people are reading.  She confirmed they are.  Those words were for me.

Erica was a sponsor at the retreat.  She specializes in Origami Jewelry at MyOwnCharm.com.  I’ve always wanted one, but never felt I could splurge.  I had been saving to buy books.  There were NONE for sale.  They were all gifts so I got to buy this.  Was so blessed as Erica  helped me tell my story.  On the back we put a reminder of this retreat – beautiful deep – my heart.

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In the necklace itself there is a wedding ring, birthstones for my two kids, two little boys for my grandsons, a butterfly charm for Mom, a NaNa heart, an apple for a teacher, and Erica is sending me a flower for Dad because he loved to garden.

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Carrie Trotter – When we say, “It is too much, God says NO it is NOT!!!”    Ditch who we say we are.  He says who we are.  Don’t stop when things are intolerable.  Be everything people think you are.  We are carriers of belief.

Kristen Kill – Kristen shared a whole lot of great ideas for those who blog for business.  Loved her thoughts and who knows when God may intervene and I need to use them.

Ashley Linne – I loved when she talked about the tether of hope – not in our husbands, not in anything else.  Hope can deceive us.  We need to take our ropes and tether them to God.  Come to Him for our hopes and expectations.  I had the privilege of sitting through a mastermind time with Ashley.  She made sure everyone at the conference got her new book.

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Denise Hughes – Our story is different because it is special.  We are called as servants, as writers and set apart.  The ten stones in the Bible were meant for everyone – our blogs are meant for everyone.  Writing in the sand not meant for anyone but my Father.

Chrystal Evans Hurst – Interruptions can be beautiful .  When God interrupts it’s always a good thing.  If we miss the point of the interruption we will find ourselves searching for the thing He already provided.  It’s ok to admit you are hurting.  Feel the fear – do it anyway because you won’t know if you don’t try.  Life’s most important moments come in simple minutes simple with the one’s that matter the most.

DECLARE origination – Declaring the wonderful news of God – Acts 20:24

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