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


U
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."

The Beloved Hope Chest


This is a story that begins with someone looking back over their life. You can look at someone and see their current story, but you may not know their beginning. Hardships that the person had to move forward through. This is a story of just that. This was a story of loss and loving again. I will be honest and say it had me in tears but left me with a happy feeling. Amy Clipston did great on telling a true love story.. showing that God can bring someone through heart and heart aches and give them something to love and hope again. I would recommend this book to all my fellow Amish loving book readers plus just anyone that maybe have experienced a loss and want the faith to move on. I loved all the characters of this story. This is a stand alone book. She has a series that would take you thru generation to generation, but you do not need to have read the other books to read this one.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Written in Love

Kathleen Fuller “An Amish Letters Novel”

 

I loved this book! You have 2 people that have had hard lives that meet by a letter sent to the wrong address. This was a sweet book to read. It was an easy read for sure. I loved the hearts of both people. It kept you on your toes until the end to see if it would end like you thought it would. Kathleen did a great job of keeping the reader involved with all areas of the story. It was a stand alone book. We never know what the next step is that God has for our lives, we should simply trust. This was a great book that backed that saying.  It was the perfect sized paperback book. Thank you Thomas Nelson for another great book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255