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A Short Break

There is so much in my heart as of late.  I am mulling it over and praying about direction again.  This IS what winter looks like for me.  A time to close the door on some areas, as a fresh newness falls like snow on other areas. I am regaining focus.  Choosing, again, what is best for me and my family instead of just what is good for us.  I am soaking into my heart what the Lord is saying...writing down HIS goals and leading...and prayerfully, in Faith, taking a step out.  I know that I have generalized so much, but I also know that maybe you too, need a little encouragement to close some doors, walk in faith and be bold to move in the Lord's best for your life.

"Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6

The Hubby and I are heading off to a tropical paradise as we celebrate 15 years of wedded bliss....well, 15 years of marriage hasn't ALWAYS been blissful! HeeHee! I am looking forward to the forced media respite...I just keep telling myself that, ya know! In reality, it will be a nice break from the call of social media and responsibility.Intentional living

I am looking forward to resting in the Lord and enjoying the secluded time away with my best friend and the love of my life...my hubby.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Challenge

Thanksgiving has come and passed...sigh...

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I am now turning my attentions to the hustle and bustle of the coming Holiday...Christmas.  I DO enjoy Christmas. I am looking forward to joining creation as we Praise the Father for Jesus' birth, life, death and Resurrection...showering gifts on my sweeties, friends and family...more good food...festivities that bring people together...Joyous music that exaults the Lord... and even the conclusion of the Christmas season as a New Year is Born.

The Christmas Holiday is fleeting.  Then Holiday bustles in and and leaves with a whirlwind of activities. If your not careful, you will miss it!  I am again reminding myself to be intentional with Christmas and all it entails. Soon the gifts will be gone, trees taken down and as a society we will be looking forward to Valentine's day.

My challenge to you is to take time to ask yourself WHY you do what you do.  Are you moved by conviction or the Spirit or do you act out of tradition and rote...because that's the way you've always done it.  Now...surrender to your Savior and ask HIM what this season is to look like for you and your family...what Peace will befall you!

Merry Christmas!

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Thanksgiving Resolve

I will enter into his gates with thanksgiving in my heart!  I will enter His courts with praise! I will say "This is the Day the Lord has made." I will rejoice for he has made me glad!  These are the words to a song that I sang as a child.  They have been streeming through my head since last night.  The song is based on Psalms 100:4

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

This is a statement of resolve.  It's a choice.  It's my Spirit telling my Flesh...be thankful, praise Him, be thankful to Him, Bless His name. The song says...I WILL...I WILL...I WILL.

As the list sounds off for Thanksgiving preparations with shouts of "Me First...Me First!" we mustn't don't forget to enter into the Presence of the Lord with Thankgsiving and Praise.  You will bless His name and He will give you Joy!

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Leave a comment and share your Thanksgivings and Praises to the Lord and we will encourage one another;)

 

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The Wisdom of James

"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:" James 1:9 James is such a painfully great chapter in the Bible to read! The book is falling out of my Bible because I am consistantly brought back to revisit the Truths that are stored here.

Last night, at church, we looked at this verse and then to John 8:1-11. In John, Jesus is a picture of what swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath looks like.

"Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. (Joh 8:1-11)"

The challenge for us is to imitate Christ. To be swift to hear-really HEAR,or discern the situation. To be Slow to speak- listening also for the Lord's direction and not leaning on our own understanding.To be Slow to wrath-not allowing our emotions cause words to flow from our lips that are in contradiction to the Word of God.

I am praying that the Spirit will show me my shortcomings in these areas. I will be intentional to hear swiftly, speak slowly and not respond from emotion. Will you join me?

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