Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Psalms

Psalms 56:1-13 KJV 


1 Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. 

2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High. 

3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 

4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. 

5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil. 

6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul. 

7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God. 

8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? 

9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. 

10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. 

11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. 

13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Why Do We Pray Before We Eat?

John 6:11
And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

Jewish children are taught that not giving thanks for their food was equal to stealing from God. Food is a gift from God; therefore, we must give thanks before we partake of the gift He has given us!

This is another journal entry I came across from years ago. How pertinent it is right now as we are eating from the harvest of our garden. Not all of our children appreciate squash, but this is what I tell them every year.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Clutter of the Heart

I was putting something away and found an old journal of mine from early 2014. I started flipping through it and came across an entry that caught my attention because I had complained about the same thing just a week or so ago while talking with a friend.

"Yesterday did not go well. We have too much "stuff" in this house and in our hearts. I struggle to teach the girls contentment when I struggle with it myself. I feel suffocated by the clutter and mess and I found myself giving up instead of dealing with it. The younger girls seem selfish and spoiled. They need more responsibility and I need to be better at accountability.

I feel Satan is prevailing at the moment. I need to focus more on our blessings than all the things that have gone wrong. What we had isn't ours to begin with."

Job 1:20-21 KJV
20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Proverbs 6:5
Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

If we are in debt, we are to work as if our lives depended on it to get out of debt. The truth is, our lives DO depend on it! We are slaves to debt because we must work to pay it back. Set yourself free!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Denying Christ

Mark 14:26-31 KJV
26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. 28 But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee. 29 But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. 30 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. 31 But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.
We often chide Peter for denying Christ right after saying he wouldn't. However, what I didn't notice until this morning as I read was that "Likewise also said they all."

They all said they would die before denying Christ, yet we don't  hear about any of them being with Christ through all that followed. In fact, they all "forsook him, and fled." (vs. 50).

I would love to say that if I had a gun to my head that I wouldn't deny Christ, but if these men who walked with Christ were weak, what makes me so different?

I pray that the Holy Spirit living in me gives me the strength and boldness to declare Christ as my Lord if a time like that ever arises.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

Proverbs 5:19
Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.

When I read this, I look at how God is calling me to live in my role as a wife.

If my husband is to be satisfied and ravished, then I must be loving and pleasant. I can not just do enough to "get by", but I must lavish him with love. I must not deprive him of my body or my love.

This also makes me thing about how men feel loved-by being respected. I must show respect to my husband if he is to truly be ravished with my love.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Proverbs 4:25
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

How do you win a race?

By keeping your focus on the end goal and not getting distracted by what is happening beside or behind you. It is the same with life.

We must keep our eyes on God, His Words, His commands. We must not get distracted with what the world is doing.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Testimony Tuesday

For years I have been suffering from a number of health issues. Most are things that I never talked about with anyone other than my family and closest friends. However, as a busy, homeschooling mama, I didn't make my own health a priority. Money was tight as we raised our large family on my husband's income (sometimes from three jobs) so we chose to do what absolutely needed to be done for the children first.
Four years ago I saw my friend, Sally, posting about Plexus and how it was helping her and others feel better and get healthier. I looked into it then, but when I saw stevia listed as one of the ingredients, I dismissed it due to the fact that my nursing baby at the time reacted poorly to stevia. By the time I finished nursing her, money was just way too tight to even consider it. Fast forward to just over a year ago and my health had continued to get worse and I knew something had to be done.  Sally had continued to share testimonies about people whose lives had been changed by Plexus.

I approached my husband with an idea-if I sold some things from around the house, could I use that money to try Plexus. He agreed that if I sold enough to cover it, then, yes, I could give it a try. Within a few days, I realized I wasn't taking my daily afternoon naps anymore. After a few more days, I realized that I was going to the bathroom regularly (which hadn't happened in years). It was then that I knew I needed to stay on these products!

I started sharing about how Plexus was helping me and my mother and a friend joined me on my journey. That gave me enough money to cover the next month's supplements. I continued to share and not only have been able to pay for my own supplements, but my husband and some of my children are enjoying the benefits of Plexus all because of my Plexus business.

Some of those benefits are more energy, less inflammation, regulated hormones, less anxiety, being better able to cope with stress, regular bathroom habits, not relying on coffee, reduced amounts of herbs to treat conditions, and relief from the financial strains to feel better.

I can now confidently say that I am another person whose life has been changed by Plexus. My health is getting better, my family's health is getting better, and it is financially helping us accomplish that.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Do You Want a Better Life?

Many people say they want a better life than what they are currently living.

Did you know that the Bible tells us how to have a better life?

Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Mark 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

At the beginning of this year, John Maxwell shared a video about five things to do if you want to have a better. Guess what?! It follows what these passages express!

Dr. John Maxwell - Do These 5 Things If You Want To Attract Better Into Your Life!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

More Than We Can Comprehend

God loves us more than we can comprehend. 

Even though we fail daily at following His commands, He loves us and forgives us. He welcomes us with open arms and comforts us. 

I cannot fathom the kind of love that sends a perfect Son to the cross for a wretch like me. However, that is the love God has for us!

Please know God loves you and cares for you more than you can ever imagine!