Archive | April, 2015

Door

30 Apr

It’s Five-Minute Friday and I’m joining Kate Motaung and the FMF girls.  The word this week is Door.

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This verse says to go away by ourselves and shut the door.  I do that sometime in my closet, but lately I’ve been spending some quality time on the back porch listening to the waterfalls and really spending time with Him.

I love the part of the verse that says, “God sees everything…”.  He sees it all.  He sees every fear, every tear, every worry, every wrinkle, every freckle, every hair on my head, every star in the sky, the birds in the air.   My prayers are significant. My prayers are not insignificant to God.  Did you hear that – they are significant!  NOTHING in our lives is insignificant to Him.

We can pray anywhere, anytime.

  •  I find myself praying all day long.
  •  I might be found standing over a sink of dirty dishes thanking God for them and the food He puts on our table.
  •  I can be found folding my husband’s underwear and praying as I fold each piece, or ironing his shirts.
  • Many times laying in bed during the night or awakening I lay there and pray.
  • One of our grandsons was here a few weeks ago spending the night and ended up in our bed, and as he laid his little head on my stomach, I found myself touching his head and praying for him head to toe as I moved my hand down his precious little body.
  •  I pray on my sofa in the mornings for my Bible study sisters and my family – sometimes simple prayers, sometimes gut-wrenching prayers and tears.
  • Now I’m finding myself praying the Max Lucado’s pocket prayer at school, when I am in a checkout line, or a service station.
  • I pray when I drive through the Post Office and drop off mail thanking God that He has provided finances to pay all the bills.

Just pray for whoever you come in contact with throughout your day – even those people trying to run you off the freeway.

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God’s Plan, My Plan

26 Apr

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Chapter 3 of What Happens When Women Walk In Faith by Lysa Terkeurst was titled God Has A Plan.  Wow does He have a plan for you and me.  His plan is to make us more like Him.  As I ponder on that and how hard I work to be more like Him, I realize more and more the harder I try that I am NOT ANYTHING like Him.  The more I grow, the more I see I am still just a mere baby in Christ.

He loves us to death, he loves us immensely with an everlasting love.  Imagine how you love your children. His love is similar to that, but so much more. He will do anything for you and me, and He already has by dying for us.

For me blogging is a ministry for me – it helps me and grows me to put into words what God is teaching me.  I hope it blesses others like it does me.  I pray He uses my strengths and my weaknesses to minister to others.  And I’ve had a dream for a long time of writing a children’s book, but so far I haven’t written but one draft blog.

“God doesn’t need us to do ministry, but He allows us to be a part of it.”  He has a plan for each one of us, seeing each moment of our lives from the beginning until the end.  Be willing to take that first step whatever ministry He is calling you to do.  Galatians 36-9

“God has given us a new name, but sometimes we try to put our new name on our old identity”.  We have to stop looking back at that old identity and walk in faith.  I loved this verse shared in Chapter 3 that reminds us that “those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham”.  Are you relying on faith?
In the questions Lysa said, “He knew to give me exactly the parents, sisters, husband and children He has given to me to specifically prepare me for my calling……God has placed you exactly where you are according to his purposes.”  Ouch do you thank Him for your family and where you are at?  Sometimes I have, in the past, thought oh to have had a Mom and Dad that were in church all the time so I would have loved the Word at a younger age.  But then would I be bored with it or not have the love for it I do today?  I am thankful today my Mom and Dad were great role models of a couple that loved each other until death, and they instilled in us a love for the Lord, patriotism, honesty and I have to laugh because my sisters and I and our children are all great cooks because of Mom.  When I read those words from Lysa it touched my heart.  I have no doubt God’s plan is perfect and because of Him I can give thanks for where I am today because of Him and the family He blessed me with.
Go read What Happens When Women Walk in Faith, you’ll be glad you did, and it’s not too late to check out P31 studies. These studies are so easy to do with us or go to later because previous studies are still right there for reference on the blog.  I’ve been doing them for three years now and every single one of them have blessed my soul.

Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies

I am part of the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies.  We are in week 2 of What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst.  All quotes are right out of the book.

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It’s Time To Draw My Line In The Sand – What Happens When Women Walk In Faith Blog – Chapter 2

25 Apr

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Chapter 2 – A Line In The Sand

“To honor God COMPLETELY, you need enough faith to leave with Him.  Leave the way you’ve always done life and start doing things differently with God.  leave the attitude, leave the stubborn pride, leave the right to be right, leave the control, and BIGGEST of all, leave the UNBELIEF.”  We can not let our past define who we are, but rather let God refine us as we leave the past behind.

Lysa gave us a formula and that is to start by “leaving the old” and starting something new.  “OUCH”!  What “stuff” do I need to leave behind?  When I find myself focusing on me, I know in my heart I am not focusing on Him.  We have to let go of the “stuff” before God can use us.

What about you?  Are you being left behind because of past hurts, anger, bitterness or bad habits like laziness, over-eating, drugs, drinking to excess?  It’s time to put it behind us, draw a line and move forward, making space for dreams and new adventures that He has planned for us.  We have to let go of those things that cause us to look back.  In order to walk in faith we have to draw that line, move ahead and not look back.

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Moving into the famine phase may make us feel like we are in a drought, we might become discouraged and feel stuck and unloved, but “on the other side of leaving is a famine.”  “Oftentimes it is something we were comfortable with.”    A famine of your comfort zone.

I loved the story she shared about rear view mirrors and shared a couple of statements that spoke to me:

“We can’t go ahead with God to new and exciting places if we are spending too much time looking back.  We must leave our past behind, draw a line in the sand, and determine to proceed forward with God.”  We can’t look behind and look ahead all at the same time.

Do you worry about the future?  I do sometimes as I’m aging.  I want to watch my grandchildren grow up and we are not as young as most first-time grandparents.  I worry about the forecast especially right now with tornadoes, hail, and wind predicted for the next three days.  Yes it’s that time of the year, and I often find myself like last Saturday evening when it started hailing asking God to calm the storm, and He did, and brought a double rainbow at the end of that storm, and then again last night more hail and 60 mph winds and guess what another rainbow.

She asked us to read Hebrews 11 and referred to it as the “Hall of Fame”.  As I read it I was touched by all the imperfect people of faith in this one chapter of the Bible that God used.  Oh my what an amazing chapter in the Bible about people just like you and I but you see all these highlights:

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  • By Faith Abraham
  • By faith Isaac
  • By faith Jacob
  • By faith Joseph
  • By faith Moses
  • By faith the walls of Jericho fell down
  • By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish
  • Who by faith Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, Samuel and the prophets

As I read through this chapter it was like by faith Debbie.   By faith Debbie where do you draw the line.  By faith Debbie do not look back.  By faith Debbie it’s time to move to the next step.

“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’”1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

At the end of the chapter, Lysa talked about how God gave Abraham the new name of Abram and shared what her name means and asked us to asks us to research the meaning of our names.  I looked up mine here and the meaning is Hebrew and it means bee, to speak kind words.  The verse I found to go with my name was:

Proverbs 1624 Go read What Happens When Women Walk in Faith, you’ll be glad you did, and it’s not too late to check out P31 studies. These studies are so easy to do with us or go to later because previous studies are still right there for reference on the blog.  I’ve been doing them for three years now and every single one of them have blessed my soul.

Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies

I am part of the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies.  We are in week 2 of What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst.  All quotes are right out of the book.

Walk in Faith Book

In The Morning Dew and Stillness

24 Apr

This morning it was a misty kind of morning and it was to be a cool day with expected thunderstorms, hail, wind and possible tornadoes later today.  I flung up the windows and felt a cool air blowing in.  Love having the windows open this time of the year.

As the sun began to rise the birds were chirping away – sounds I don’t always hear when the windows are shut.  Loved hearing them as I did my morning Bible study and spent time in prayer.  It’s a little sad today as I received an email yesterday that a lady I worked with for more than 20 years is on hospice and not expected to make it more than a couple of weeks – cancer is back.

I cleaned out the freezer on the bottom of our refrigerator, and as I walked outside to put a bag of trash out beside the curb, one of our doves flew out of the tree at me. Love that she is sitting on two eggs just right outside my kitchen window.

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I stopped to smell my Iris’ and ran inside for a pair of scissors to cut a couple for my kitchen table and tidied up a bit because our almost two-month old grandson was coming over to spend a few hours with NaNa this morning while his mom ran some errands.

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I kept my youngest grandson a bit while his Mom ran some errands and she brought us lunch – tacos, which is one of my favorites, nursed the baby and then off they went, but the other 20-month old grandson will be here tonight while his daddy and mommy go out to celebrate dad’s birthday.

It’s been an awesome day, and time to go tidy up a bit and get ready for grandson #2.

This post was featured on http://www.asklatisha.com/tgi-saturdays-15/ on 5-1-2015.

Honoring Him in the Daily Mundane Tasks – What Happens When Women Walk in Faith – Blog – Chapter 1

22 Apr

Mundane Tasks

I am participating in the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies.  We are in week 2 of What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst, and it is my hope to have time to blog through this book.  All quotes below are right out of the book.  Go read it, you’ll be glad you did, and it’s not too late to check out P31 studies, and it’s easy to do the study with us or go back because previous studies are still right there on the blog for your future use.

Chapter 1 – The Map

“God does not call the qualified.  He qualifies the called.”  What are you going through right now?  He is qualifying you for the call. No matter what I am going through today, He is using that to qualify me, Debbie for whatever calling He has for me.  He knows exactly what He is doing.

“And yet what we call mundane is, in some very important ways significant in God’s school of preparation”.  Did you hear that?  In our everyday lives, will we honor Him?  I did that today washing the sheets and thinking about how much my hubby loves it every week coming home to clean sheets, shopping for groceries, washing and folding clothes, scrubbing toilets, and cooking dinner.

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Will we honor Him washing clothes?

Will we honor Him folding them?  I sit here many days folding my husband’s clothes and praying over him.  I did that with my children too, and now for my grandchildren as I wash their bedding, towels, bibs.

 Will we honor Him when we sit down and read a story to our kids or grandkids and tasks go undone?

 Will we honor Him when our children are not making wise choices?

Will we honor Him changing stinky diapers?

Will we honor Him in that job we don’t like being a witness to those we work with that are not Christians?

Will we honor Him as we check off those to-do lists?

 Will we honor Him when our parents health is failing, and they start slipping away?

 Will we honor Him when we’re taking our last breaths?

 Will we honor Him in taking care of our bodies?

Everyday life – will we honor Him?  Everyday life are you  “serving, loving, and enjoying those whom God has entrusted to me” (you).  In order for God to use us, we have to honor Him in all we do.  Everyday we have a choice – a choice to honor God or not to honor.  “If you are a woman (or man) who honors God right where you are, you are in ministry.”

Our memory verse this week:

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We have to choose to be confident in Him.  We have to persevere/endure.  We have to keep our eyes on the promises He has for us.  Paraphrased it is saying, hold on, don’t give up, honor Him in all I do, confidence plus endurance will equal God’s promises.

Step by step He will show each one of  us how to walk in faith.

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