Saturday, November 30, 2013
Do you ever feel this way? We try our best but it just doesn't seem good enough. I've felt this way when recovering from sickness and my patience is at a low point. You just have to tell yourself that you're doing all you can and that's good enough. Trust in God's timing is good enough to get us thru all our trials.
Some people tell this quote to God because they are relying on their works and efforts to be 'good' in order to be saved. 'No one is good, no not one.' No matter how hard you try, you will not be saved thru money, charitable works or your rationalizing ideas. "For by GRACE you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God..." Eph. 2:8-9.
What you should be trying really hard at is surrendering your will to His. Faith in Jesus' life, death and resurrection is the only good enough reason to get you into heaven.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Proverbs 25;28 ''Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.''
One of the fruits of the spirit is self control. How is your handle on it? Are you a match ready to be lit or are you a watched pot that never boils? Self control is only controlled by self. You can blame others for setting you off but your reaction is only in your control.
Proverbs 16:32 ''Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.''
''Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead.''--Mac McCleary
''How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?''--Paul Sweeney
You can see the lack of self control in our society by the amount of violence around us. Guns settle arguments all too often, instead of civil conversation. 'Ain't nobody got time for that' is our code phrase for lack of patience.
May your self control be intact regardless of the amount of heat that is on you.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Yes, I am surrounded by God's blessings to me. As I look around, I can see things given to me by different people and am reminded of their part in my life. Everything in your life can cause a moment of memory reflection, if you give it the time. Pictures can account for a thousand words and show you God's faithfulness.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, take the time to count your blessings of the past and present. We take so much for granted, but we'd certainly notice if those things were gone. Let's give thanks for what He has given and taken away....it's all for our good.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sometimes the dreariness of winter needs a little brightness added to it. I've thought my recent pictures looked dull and drab, especially with my mousy-looking hair. So off to the salon I went today for highlights and a needed haircut. While I was there, I ran into two people I don't see very often, Rebekah and my aunt Corene. I think this was a God-thing and a good reward for stepping out of my comfort zone to do something a little different.
God opens doors to give us opportunities, we just have to walk through them. Sharing our lives with others is one way of showing how God is working in our lives. It inspires people to see others out and about, especially if they've heard of your recent trials.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I am a delegater. Sure I'd like to do things myself, but reality says otherwise. Some people are too proud to ask for help, but I try to leave that in God's hands. Tonight, we welcomed home a church member who has just returned from a 5 month deployment. All I did was come up with the idea, get the cake and delegate to wonderful volunteers. Well it's a good thing I wasn't in charge of decorating, because my simple thoughts were a banner and balloons. Beth took her artistic talents and ran with her decorating ideas to a level beyond my imagination. It was wonderful, beautiful and very classy. She came up with a creative gift that we all could sign and say 'Thanks Dale.'
I can truly say Dale was honored and appreciative. His words were 'humbled and thankful.' I think he was a little overwhelmed by the spotlight being put on him, but that's okay. All servicemen and women should be shown a little love and appreciation by all Americans. Freedom is never free, but requires all kinds of sacrifice. Thank you Dale for your service and sacrifice of being away from family and our church family
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Okay, so this is a funny Thanksgiving caption, but I think there's more to it. Do our words really reflect who we are?
We can say one thing that sounds good, but in our heart lies bitterness. Are we lying to ourselves or are we lying to save face? I think this is where gossip and hurt feelings begin. As with these turkeys, there is a motive in our words. Sometimes people pretend to be something they are not just to fit in with the crowd around them, but that doesn't make it real.
So, if you say you're a Christian....do your words reflect it? Or is the world blind to your claims and hears something else? You're talk and your walk must coincide to reflect the true you...good or bad.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
For those of you who weren't able to attend the recital or don't have facebook, here is my video performance of 'Nearer my God to Thee.' This was my first time to have music lessons to learn to play without sheet music. Despite being in the hospital and having the recital a month earlier than usual, Phillip and I got this video done on the first try. I hope this video inspires you to push thru your trials, get it done, and give God the glory. 'All things are possible thru Christ alone.'
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
|Charity, Karla, my mom, September, Betsy|
Charlene, Angie, Jessica
These are some of my rock solid friends who gathered together yesterday at Betsy's house. We ate a wonderful lunch and had a good time of fellowship together. There were also 13 kids, who all played well together.
There is a big difference between friends and people you know. Friends know and accept your ups and downs, your flaws, and your weaknesses. Normally I won't take my air machine and use it with mixed company, even if I need it, but with this group of friends I felt more at ease. Some of them may feel the same way with like nursing. You feel accepted, no matter what.
The bond of friendship is a blessing. I am blessed by many but these ladies are on the extra special list.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Don't we all like to know we were missed while we were away? Service members are often pulled away from their families and lives as part of their jobs and call to duty. The fact that it is in the 'contract' doesn't make it any easier to be apart from loved ones.
My friend, Dale, just returned today from a 5 month deployment overseas. The Baker family, Karla, my mom, 5 co-workers, and his parents all met Dale at the airport. I think Dale was a little surprised but totally appreciative of the support.
As little MacKenzie held her sign as we waited, she said ''Where is he? My arms are tired.'' She never let go of it and was the best lil sign holder there. I know the 5 months were a long and tiring wait for Dale but I hope today's welcome home showed our appreciation for his service and sacrifice.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Yes, you can make an excuse to get out of anything, but is it legit? We think if we make an excuse to get out of a problem then the problem goes away...wrong. We've only deflected the problem to someone else. 'When someone truly cares, they make an effort not an excuse.'
Why do we make excuses? I think it's because our heart just isn't in it. I think excuses work exponentially, we come up with one then another and another. We talk ourselves out of doing things much easier than why we should do them. It is our selfish self that prevails at the crossroad all too often.
Worldly desires are often why people make excuses to surrendering their lives to God. The focus is on what is seen rather than the unseen, which is Biblically backwards. Someday may never come for some, but today just never seems right either. When is the time going to be right? There is no time like the present and we are not promised tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Luke 17; 11-19 ''Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Are you in the 10 percent who thanks God for what He has done for you? Or are you in the 90 percent, who takes it all for granted? Oh, how we always want more from Him, but how lacking we are to be genuinely thankful for all that we have been given so far.
''We ought to give thanks for the favours Christ bestows upon us, and particularly for recoveries from sickness; and we ought to be speedy in our returns of praise, and not defer them, lest time wear out the sense of the mercy. It becomes us also to be very humble in our thanksgivings, as well as in our prayers.''
Ingratitude is a common sin. Have you ever given someone a gift and been discouraged by the lack of acknowledgement for it, as well as the lack of a thank you? The Lord has given so much to the people of this world, and yet there is a conscious effort to take Him out of everything. Where is 'our grateful heart with an outstretched hand that blesses His name?'
May we throw ourselves at Jesus' feet and thank Him, like the Samaritan, with praise for all that He has done, is doing, and will do in our lives.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
His thoughts and ways are way above mine, but I think He would quote scripture that needed to be repeated once again to me. I would be reminded that all control is His and my attempts at control are of no influence. I would be encouraged to follow the path He has laid out for me and not to try to steer myself off that path. I would be commanded to continue to love others as He has loved me. He would comfort me by telling me that all my hardships are part of His plan and bringing Him glory. He would finally say, ''Angie, my child and friend, one day you will be with Me and all that I have promised will become clear to you. Until then, keep telling others about Me.''
What would your conversation be like? One of blessed assurance or one of regrets?
Friday, November 8, 2013
I think these lessons from the Ark points to the fact that there is meaning in every aspect of the Bible. The more we study it, the more we will draw from it and learn from it. ''All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.'' — 2 Timothy 3:16
These 11 lessons in the caption above deal with circumstances that we have all dealt with in our lives. 1]The big picture of God's plan, 2] feeling alone, 3] setting goals, 4] healthy living, 5] procrastination, 6] having a firm foundation, 7] survival skills, 8] patience in your pace, 9] maintaining calm in your life, 10] don't belittle your efforts and impact, and 11] trust in God despite your situation.
''The Bible will still be the Book of all books when all the other writings of men throughout the centuries have passed into obscurity. Let’s open the gates and let the Bible speak in its own defense.''
Thursday, November 7, 2013
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we are reminded more in the month of November to be thankful. We take so much for granted that we really don't know what we have been blessed with beyond the visible material things in our lives. We often don't realize what we had till it is gone. A power outage, the water shutoff, or time away from home can all make you aware of the comforts of your everyday life that you forgot to count as a blessing. What if all you had tomorrow was what you thanked God for today?
We often confuse our wants from our needs. God has, does, and will supply and provide for all our needs. ''Each day we face many challenges. Although there is no one-size-fits-all answer, our first action should always be to consult God. As He guides us, we can have confidence in Him. Then, whether the victory comes through His miraculous intervention or through His guidance, all the glory goes to God.'' When we ask God for different things, we are taking the first step in trusting Him. Many never receive because they never asked, which derived from lack of trust. God is bigger than any problem you face.
May we face each day with a trusting heart and attitude of gratitude towards Him. I just want to THANK YOU, Lord.......thank you, Lord.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
We all love pleasing aromas. A good candle, a spray of Lysol, a whiff of potpourri, or a dash of perfume or cologne. Smells can trigger memories and take you back in time.
When I was in the hospital the other day, the nurses who had been working with a C.diff patient [bad intestinal bacteria] came into my room and were taken back by the good smell in my room. What smells so good? It was my Autumn Day hand sanitizer.
Genesis 8;20-21 ''Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.'' Noah's burnt sacrifices were a form of worship that pleased God. The divine sense of smell is just an example of how God was pleased and 'soothed His indignation of sin.' God's grace to Noah was extended to all mankind by promising never to send a flood to destroy the earth again.
2 Corinthians 2;14-16 ''But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?''
May all we say and do bring about a pleasing aroma that pleases God and draws others to Him.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I thought this was a pretty funny picture. With it being hunting season now, maybe it'll be food for thought for some before heading into the woods. It brings two thoughts to my mind.
First, we are made in God's image but we must transform our minds and hearts to be like His to really 'catch' what He wants from our lives. We must lose our self and let there be more of Him and less of us in every aspect of our lives. His ways and thoughts are greater than ours. Do people see Christ in you?
Secondly, we must share the gospel with people on their level. Squirrels talk and understand squirrel talk. People sometimes like to use big words to sound important but it's useless if the other person has no comprehension of it. Jesus says 'come to me like little children.'
Who do you want to be like......Christ or the world? What you reflect to others is clearer than the mirror you look into in the morning.
Monday, November 4, 2013
|Kristy, Karla, Angie, Charlene, Bobbie, and Wayne|
We are back from a shopping spree weekend in Canton, TX. We didn't shop till we dropped but we came close. This is all of us as we gathered together for Mexican food at Juanita's.
We kind of got off to a rough start. No ditch could stop us from going. The tractor pulled us out with just two tries. And then we were off with safe travels from then on.
Just a few finds that we liked among the town full of booths and vendors. We had perfect weather and a great time together. It's amazing to go from a hospital weekend to a shopping vacation the next weekend. God's mercies are new every morning.