Wednesday, December 12, 2012

CTB Giveaway.

I am hosting a "Children's Training Bible" giveaway HERE, if you would like to join in on the chance to win your own kit! :)

Happy 12-12-12!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Praying for Your Husband.

I originally saw this on Facebook, which led me to a couple different blogs who had this same posting. I signed up to be a part of this time in prayer for my husband and would like to encourage you to do the same. I don't know who came up with this, but I love it! :)  If you don't have a husband, you could pray for your future husband pray for a family member's husband. If you are a husband, may this be your prayer for yourself & your family. Even us wives could pray these scriptures over ourselves.

31 Days of Praying for Your Husband
“She does him good . . .” (Proverbs 31:12a
Bless your husband by praying for him! The Apostle Paul 
instructed all Christians to pray for one another
(Ephesians 6:18). This includes wives’ responsibility and
privilege to pray for their husbands. Earnest prayer for
your husband is good for him, for you and the spiritual health 
of your home (Proverbs 31:11-12).
Satan desires to destroy your husband, especially his character
and his leadership in your relationship. Trust God 
through prayer as you daily surrender your husband and 
marriage to theLord’s wise, loving care.
Day 1 Pray that your husband will grow spiritually and 
consider his accountability before the Lord. Pray that he
will guard his heart by developing spiritual disciplines—
Bible reading and study, prayer, meditation, scripture
memorization, etc. (2 Peter 3:18Prov. 4:23)
Day 2 Pray that your husband’s relationship with God 
and His Word will bear fruit in his life. Pray that he will
be a man of wisdom and understanding, fearing the Lord.
 (Prov. 3:79:10Ps. 112:1)
Day 3 Pray that your husband will be humble and quick 
to agree with God about his sin. Pray that his heart will be
tender toward the voice of the Lord. (Ps. 51:2-4Micah 6:8)
Day 4 Pray that your husband will grow in leadership skills
 in your relationship—protecting and providing for you.
Pray that he will lead you wisely and love you sacrificially,
so that God will be glorified in your marriage.
(Eph. 5:25-29;Col. 3:19)
Day 5 Pray that your husband will be faithful to his wedding vows. 
Pray that he will have a desire to cultivate your relationship as a sign 
of his loyalty and commitment to you, and as a picture of 
Christ’s love for the Church. (Prov. 20:6Gen. 2:24)
Day 6 Pray that your husband will love righteousness and hate wickedness, 
especially the evils of the culture. Pray that he will recognize and avoid 
wickedness in his own life, and if necessary, take a clear, strong stand 
against evil. (Prov. 27:12John 17:151 Cor. 10:12-13)
Day 7 Pray that your husband will safeguard his heart against inappropriate
 relationships with the opposite sex. Pray that his heart will be pure and 
undivided in his commitment to you. (Prov. 6:23-2426Rom. 13:14)
Day 8 Pray that your husband will work hard to provide for your family, 
to the best of his ability. Pray that the character qualities necessary for a 
successful career and ministry will be a growing part of his character—
persistence, decisiveness, strength, an analytical mind, organizational skills, 
positive relationships with people, determination, etc. (Rom. 12:111 Cor. 15:58)
Day 9 Pray that your husband handle finances wisely, will have discernment 
concerning budgeting and investments, and will be a good steward of his 
money in regard to giving to the Lord’s work. Pray that money will not become
 a source of discord in your family. (Prov. 23:4-5Rom. 12:13Heb. 13:5)
Day 10 Pray that your husband will cultivate strong integrity, and not compromise
 his convictions. Pray that his testimony will be genuine, that he will be honest in
 his business dealings, and will never do anything that he needs to hide from others.
 (Prov. 20:71 Tim. 1:53:7Eph. 6:10-12)
Day 11 Pray that your husband will have a humble, teachable spirit and a servant’s
 heart before the Lord. Pray that he will listen to God and desire to do His will.
 (Prov. 15:33Eph. 6:6)
Day 12 Pray that your husband will yield his sexual drive to the Lord and practice
 self control. Pray that your sexual intimacy together will be fresh, positive, and a 
reflection of selfless love. (Prov. 5:15181 Cor. 7:3Song of Solomon 7:10)
Day 13 Pray that your husband use practical skills to build your family and make
 wise decisions for your welfare. Pray that he will serve unselfishly. 
(Gal. 5:13Phil. 2:3-4)
Day 14 Pray that your husband will speak words that build you and your family, 
and reflect a heart of love. Pray that he will not use filthy language. 
(Prov. 18:21Eph. 4:29)
Day 15 Pray that your husband will choose his friends wisely. Pray that God 
will bring him men who will encourage his accountability before God, and 
will not lead him into sin.(Prov. 13:20Prov. 27:17)
Day 16 Pray that your husband will choose healthy, God-honoring activities. 
Pray that he will not live in bondage to any questionable habits or hobbies, 
but that he will experience freedom in holiness as he yields to the Spirit’s control. 
(1 Cor. 6:1210:312 Tim. 2:4)
Day 17 Pray that your husband will enjoy his manliness as he patterns his life 
after Christ and strong men in the faith. Pray for his physical, emotional, mental, 
social and spiritual strength. (Eph. 3:161 Peter 2:211 Cor. 10:11)
Day 18 Pray that your husband will have an eternal perspective—living in light
 of eternity. Pray that he will reject materialism and temporal values and put God 
first in his life. (Matt. 6:33Deut. 6:5Eph. 5:16Ps. 90:12)
Day 19 Pray that your husband will be patient and a man of peace. Pray that he
will not give in to anger, but will allow the Holy Spirit to control his responses. 
(Rom. 14:19Ps. 34:14)
Day 20 Pray that your husband will yield his mind and thoughts to the Lord. 
Pray that he will not entertain immoral or impure thoughts, and that he will 
resist the temptation to indulge in pornography. (Prov. 27:122 Cor. 10:5)
Day 21 Pray that your husband will learn how to relax in the Lord and, in 
his greatest times of stress, find joy and peace in his relationship with God. 
Pray that he will submit his schedule to the Lord. (Neh. 8:10Prov. 17:22Ps. 16:11)
Day 22 Pray that your husband will practice forgiveness in your relationship
 and with others. Pray that he will recognize any roots of bitterness, and yield
 any resentment and unforgiving attitudes to the Lord. (Eph. 4:32Heb. 12:15)
Day 23 Pray that your husband will be a good father—disciplining his children
 wisely and loving them unconditionally. If he is not a father, pray that he will 
find a young man to mentor in the things of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4Col. 3:212 Tim. 2:1-2)
Day 24 Pray that your husband will have a balanced life—that he will balance 
work and play. Pray that he will fear God, but also gain favor with people he
 knows at work and church. (Luke 2:52Prov. 13:15)
Day 25 Pray that your husband will be courageous in his stand against evil 
and injustice, and that he will stand for the truth. Pray that he will protect you
and your family from Satan’s attacks. (Ps. 31:24Eph. 6:13Ps. 27:14)
Day 26 Pray that your husband will discover and live his God-given purpose. 
Pray that he will offer all his dreams to the Lord, and pursue only those goals
 that will bring God glory and count for eternity. (Jer. 29:111 Cor. 10:31)
Day 27 Pray that your husband will understand the importance of taking care
 of his body—the temple of the Holy Spirit—for the glory of God. Pray that he
 will practice self-control by making wise food choices, and get sufficient exercise 
 to stay healthy. (Rom. 12:1-21 Cor. 6:19-209:27)
Day 28 Pray that your husband will be a man of prayer. Pray that he will seek 
and pursue God in purposeful quiet times. (1 Thess. 5:17Luke 22:46James 5:16)
Day 29 Pray that your husband will surrender his time and talents to the Lord. 
Pray that his spiritual gifts will be manifest in his career, at church, and in your home. 
Day 30 Pray that your husband will serve God and others with pure motives. 
Pray that he will obey the Lord from his heart, and glorify Him in everything. 
Day 31 Pray that your husband will recognize the lies of the Enemy in his life. 
Pray that his attitudes and actions will be guided by the truth as he brings his 
thoughts into captivity to the Word of God. (John 8:442 Cor. 10:4-5)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wherever You Are

This song came to my mind this morning and I thought of a friend, who is battling cancer right now.  I am thankful that no matter who we are, God knows and sees all things. He knows what each of us stand in need of and is there if we just call out to Him. May this song bless and encourage you tonight (or whatever time it is when you read this). :)

Verse 1
Are you standing
At a crossroad
Wondering which road you should take
And you're dreading
The decision
And a possible mistake
But the will of God won't lead you
Where the grace of God can't keep you
You will never be out of His care
Remember that the Lord's already there

Wherever you are
Wherever you're going
God is right there beside you
Seeing and knowing
Wherever you go
He already knows
What lies ahead and what's behind
You'll always find He's never too far
From wherever you are

Verse 2

You are waiting
To hear thunder
And see lightening in the sky
Oh, but God can
Work His wonders
Through a still small voice inside
Just keep listening and learning
And continue on your journey
Following the One who is the way
He's the only road you need to take


You'll always find He's never too far
From wherever you are

Friday, April 27, 2012

Mark 4:39

"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, 'Peace, be still.' And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."

What does this verse mean to you today?

For me, as I still await the birth of my little one, I was reminded of these things:

1. Remember to breathe.
2. Remember to pray (most importantly).
3. God will not put more on me than I can bare.

I have actually felt very calm this week. My little girl was due to arrive on the 24th, but as we all know, they don't always come when they are "suppose" to. I had a crazy, stressful week last week. And this week I feel so calm. My sister even said to me, "Wow, you are so zen about all of this." And it's true, I am. I can only thank God for that! :) I can't worry about what others think I should be doing, or worry about the coming pain, etc. I just have to trust God to look over me and trust that He will supply my every need.

My mind even went to my favorite verses from Proverbs 3:5-6 after reading the above scripture.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto thine own understandings. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."

"Peace, be still...and there was great calm." Trust Him. Breathe. Pray. And remember: God never puts more on us than we can handle.

Blessed weekend to you and yours!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Trusting God with our Fears.

How do you deal with any fears you might have in your life right now? Do you take them to the Lord in prayer? Do you read and trust in His Word to take care of you and to sustain you?

Job 39:11 asks us, "Wilt thou trust Him, b/c His strength is great, or wilt thou leave they labour to Him?" (KJV)

Psalms 27:1 says, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; of whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?"

David goes on, in that Psalms, and talks about his enemies coming up against him to tare him apart. They encamp around him, trying to trap him, but he isn't afraid. He is confident b/c he put His trust in the Lord! Do you put your trust in the Lord when things go wrong in your life? Do you feel confident that He will hide you under His wing, or set you up on a rock, taking care of all of your fears and all of your tomorrows? Are you willing to wait on the Lord to give you what you stand in need of, and trust that His ways are better than your ways?

Just remember, God doesn't give us the spirit of fear. Fear doesn't belong to Him, it belongs to satan. God gives us the power, He gives us love, & He gives us a sound mind! (2 Timothy 2:7)

Some of my fears and uncertainties lye with thoughts about my coming baby. I've heard the horror stories of delivery. I've heard how painful labour is. I've heard this and I've heard that. I've had to deal with crazy hormones that sometimes are overwhelming. I've had people disagree with with what our doctor thinks is best for our child. I've been afraid of offending others b/c of a decision we had to make. I have questioned, "can I do this?" And yes I can!! I can b/c I put my faith and trust in God. This is my first delivery. I've never been through this before. My mind would love to be crowded with fear and uncertainties, but I have been working really hard at giving them all over to God and trusting in Him!
I want to know what it feels like. I want to experience all the firsts that every other mother has experienced as a first time Mom.

As each of us face any fears, doubts, or uncertainties, let us remember one thing: God will be there with us no matter what the outcome! We can get through the hard times with His help & come out on the other side of them victorious! Trust Him. Rest in Him. Be confident that with His help, you can be victorious while you're fears are crushed under your feet.

Blessing to you this week!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mary- Stretched to Capacity

Luke 2: 4-5 (NIV)

"And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of Bethlehem; (b/c he was of the house & linage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child."

Tonight as I read this devotion, in my "Mommy-to-Be" journal, it struck a cord. Titled "Stretched to Capacity" it talked about Mary being "great with child" and having to travel all that way on the back of a donkey! Can you imagine all the discomforts she must have been feeling? She was, after all, in her final days of pregnancy. I wonder what was going through her mind along the way? She had no comforts of home, or even a familiar place to rest. She had no assurance of a place to go to and deliver her child (our Savior) into the world.

It struck a cord with me b/c I too am "great with child".  I am thankful for this reminder of Mary. Here I am, around the same time she would have been, in the comforts of my own home. There she was, forced to travel on a donkey for several miles and days with no place to call her own! I'm sure that had to be a trying time for her. My discomforts seem so small compared to what she surely must have been feeling.  I have an air-conditioned car to take me to a safe place to deliver my child. I have the assurance of a place to stay, a midwife to help me deliver, & the assurance of a decent bed & medical care. Mary had none of this! While I still have had similar discomforts as most pregnant women do, & have been stretched to capacity (in more ways than one), I still have it better off than Mary did. It was (and is) a good reminder for me to think about Mary's final weeks compared to my own.

God will take care of me, just as He did Mary. In the meantime, He also wants me to cast all my cares upon Him and trust Him in these final days of stretching. (Psalm 55:22) May I allow this stretching time to help me grow into the person He's calling me to be.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Jerusalem Obituaries, 33 AD

FYI: I received this many years ago in an email. I do not know
who originally came up with this wonderful idea, I just know
that I cannot take the credit. -Jules
Happy Easter Weekend! Remembering the ONE who died for us all and cherishing His gift of Salvation!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Move Your Feet.

Saw this quote today and had to share it with you.

"Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet." -Author Unknown