Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Seeing the UnSeen by Randy Alcorn

This is a 90 day devotion. It begins each day with a title with a small saying that goes with the title. It then goes to a small story/devotion. After the devotion, you have 2 sections – “Perspective from God’s Word” and “Perspective from God’s People”. God’s word being a portion of verses from the Bible, and the God’s people are well known Christian authors or speakers. At the very bottom of each devotion, is a small website where you can go read a blog post online if you wanted. The devotions are not long, yet they help you focus each day on heaven and our heavenly Father. It helps steer your thoughts to things not of our daily world that we see, but things of the Lord. This would be a good book for those wanting a small devotion daily. I never went to the blog at the bottom, but I have enjoyed the daily devotions. It isn’t a big or thick book. I have kept it under my calendar at work. This would be a good gift book for someone if needing a small gift or something to add to a gift basket. I have really enjoyed this book. I have received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Courage for 2018

David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished. 1 Chronicles 28:20

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

The Bible has the word Courage throughout it. This year I really debated on my word for the year. However, I felt on the 1st day of the year, God just handed it to me. It wasn’t on a silver plater, but it was on my coffee mug. I thought to myself, that is NOT my word, b/c if you know me… Courage isn’t something that I believe that I have a lot of.

Words of the past years were Simplify, Joy, Journey, Transformation…. Now I look at Courage… Where will this year take me?

I believe in 2017, I transitioned into a bigger Faith… a bigger Trust in what God has planned. However, since I take words into the next years to come, I do see more transformations than I thought I would.

2018 has already taken my beloved Pastor away from me. He is still living, and I will still love him and support him. He can’t lose me b/c he married into the family! He will come out stronger than before; I believe that wholeheartedly. However, I stand in 2018 with change where I need Courage to move forward, I need Faith and Trust more than ever.

I moved into a new job at the end of 2017. I am not one that just walks into change. Normally God has to shove me or throw things at me. This time it happened to be roaches. Oh do I not like bugs. However, I feel like I transitioned into a new area where I will face more challenges and become a better person where God has me at.

I have had a lot of conversations and prayers lately over 2018! I am looking for a new home to begin my youngest starting elementary school this year. I pray often for God to guide my path like only he can. He knows how to move me out of uncomfort and to make me change, as long as I ask him to guide it. I know this year that I need Courage. I need Courage to face the change that lies ahead. I know that I need Faith and Trust to help me deal with the change to come. So I cling to my heavenly Father more right now.

Last week while taking my youngest to class, I was walking down the sidewalk. You have those kids that run, the kids that look down and move slower than molasses, the ones that won’t walk on the sidewalk – life is about off-roading it, and you have those that walk normal and get to where they are going. I really felt God speak to me and say this is how my children live life… You have those that get in a hurry and miss things or run people over, you have those that move to slow and don’t enjoy their surroundings, you have those that never walk the path they are meant to walk and walk on the sides… This picture really just struct me and made me think about how I take life each day. If we would stop and look around, we would see God moving and directing our steps. I pray daily for God to guide my steps.

Here is to 2018! Facing each day as it comes with Courage. Asking God to guide each step that I take and blessing every encounter that I have with others. Having Faith that he will lead my life in the direction it is meant to go, and in return, may I be a blessing to those around me.

I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Who has God called YOU to be?

I saw this picture yesterday on my news feed. It really struck my heart. I knew that I needed to go read what this lil' summary meant on this pic. It really struck home to me. So many times we compare ourselves, especially as women. The only thing is God didn't make you to be like your friend, your neighbor, or your sister. He made you to be you and to do what he has called YOU to be.
I'm called to be an Encourager. I know this and I have been told many times that this is what I am. It made me stop to see when was the last time I did my part as the church? What is your calling? Focus on what God has called you to do today!
For me, I am not called to the be the creative one... the teacher... the pastor... I am called to be ME.
We also need to make sure we give this life lesson to our children. Help them find their calling and be ok with who God has made them to be and to realize it is ok not to be like their friend.

A Living Sacrifice to God
ROMANS: 12 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

3 Because of the privilege and authority[c] God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.[d] 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[e] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[f] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”[g]
says the Lord.
20 Instead,

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”[h]
21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Don't keep looking back!

I saw this pic come up this week and it really struck me to where I kept coming back to it.
How many times in life do we dwell in the past? We shouldnt let our past hold us back! Live for today, you can't undo yesterday, you can face today and tomorrow a stronger person from lessons learned.

Monday, September 25, 2017

We all have our own journey...

This picture really touched me earlier this year. I held onto it b/c I really feel it spoke deeply to me. Journey has been a word for me, as well has Transformation for my 2017 focus word. I really felt God telling me that he had alot planned for me this year, and I need to trust the journey.
People forget to look around and to really be aware that everyone has our own daily walk/journey. So many get caught up in their journey, that they focus on themselves and their battles. Well we are all walking around with battle wounds from others and life. We walk our journey ... Our main goal should be with a heavenly focus. Our journey towards heaven as we look right and left and see if we can help lift or help others. We are here to serve for the Kingdom of Heaven. We get battle wounds ourselves and at times it is hard to see past our own battle. We have to make the intentional look around us. It could be as simple as helping a friend or a simple card to encourage..

I love how this pic reminds us of those that we encounter in life.. some touch our lives and some teach us lessons. No matter where you are on your journey.. know that where you are is where God wants you.

God has adjusted my path lately.. I have had to face change, which is not easy for me. I had to trust and move. Lessons learned by people that I have been with will shape who I am and how I journey on... Others in my journey will stay with me as true friendships.

Let's Journey on...

Gathering the Threads

The given Overview is: "Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves,
Will Ariana's new perspectives draw her family closer together--
or completely rip them apart?
After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she's learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana's Daed doesn't understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?

Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana's arrival threatens to unravel Skylar's new identity--and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart. "

I would recommend this book for those looking for a book series! This is one that had me watching for the 3rd book to come out to read. Cindy Woodsmall does a great job in this series! I loved the ending of this story, and I loved watching Ariana's journey of faith. These books leave you entertained and inspired at the same time. I think the beginning book catches your attention with the swapped at birth story with an Amish and a English family. This final book had many twists and turns which keep you entertained and waiting to see what the final results will be. You will feel led to build your faith as you read this book. I love the review to refresh your memory of the story at the beginning and the glossary at the back to help you with the Amish language inserted in the book. I have received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Chamberlain Key

nlocking the God Code to Reveal Divine Messages Hidden in the Bible by Timothy P. Smith

I just randomly chose this book to read. This is a hard back book with orange on the cover and navy on the edge/binding. The dust cover has all the information on it. It really is an easy book to pick up and read. The author is telling a story on how he came to figure out this key to reading the writing from God. It is pretty hard to say he didn’t find this. It is a little over my head, but I am glad there are people out there to study the old symbols and the Hebrew and Jewish languages.  I do believe God will give insight to certain people. Timothy has found and researched so much of the Hebrew language and has found sayings that are found in the Bible. I am not as deep knowing all that Moses brought from the mountain. It was an interesting read, but I didn’t find it really exciting. I do believe those that study the Hebrew language would love searching images that he has found. I would recommend it for those that look deep into the history of our Bible. I just trust it is what it is. But those looking deeper, would really enjoy this book.

"I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."