Mistakes

Hello Readers! Please excuse my previous mistake…I posted an unfinished blog post earlier. Sorry. 🙂

How many of you have ever had an “I can’t believe I just did that moment?” or “Oops” or “What was I thinking?” I know I personally have…especially when I look back at school pictures–the infamous perm hairstyle. But, I did learn something….no more perms for me!

Those kind of mistakes last a lifetime. People will remember our shortcomings and our mistakes. But, our Lord, Jesus Christ, doesn’t. As soon as we ask for forgiveness…it’s gone. The key is that we must ask and do our best not to make those mistakes/sins again.

So, are you holding on to something that you need The Lord to forgive you for? Just simply pray and tell Him what you did (confess) and He will forgive you.

His Word, The Bible, instructs us in 1 John 1:9 —
9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Are you all confessed up and purified from your mistakes? If not….ask for it. Just always remember when you ask for God’s forgiveness, He gives it. He doesn’t hold grudges like mankind does.

Happy Wednesday! Be blessed and be a blessing,

~M

Advertisements

What makes your heart happy?

Hello Readers! I hope you have a blessed weekend. We will be relaxing, watching football, and hopefully video chatting with my dad. His left side is still immobile. He warmed my heart yesterday. Yes, I cried like a baby. But, it made my heart happy. He is sometimes hard to understand because of the weakened left side. He said, “I will never be tired of talk to Marie!” **instant happy tears**.

But, that made me think. Our Heavenly Father wants to hear from us. He never grows tired of hearing from us. We communicate to God by prayer and reading the Bible. The Bible is our instruction book. It delights the Lord’s heart when we open His Word, read it, think about it and apply it to our daily life. Do you spend enough time with The Lord that His heart is happy?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 instructs us to “Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

In James 2:23–“And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.”

I don’t know about you, but I want to be God’s friend. He never leaves you. He loves you more than anything. He will never talk badly about you or betray you. It hurts your heart when people talk negatively about you, criticize you, turn their back on you when you need them, etc. Remember The Lord will never do those things. He gave us many promises in His Word that puts a smile to your face. Here are just a few of mine:

Jeremiah 29:11-“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Matthew 11:28-29: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,and you will find rest for your souls.”

Isaiah 40:29-31: “He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

Philippians 4:19-“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”

What makes your heart happy?
Are you making Christ’s heart happy?

Thanks for reading. Be blessed and be a blessing.
~M

How do you stay positive through the storms?

Hey guys and gals! I pray your week is going better than mine. So, many times this week I have wanted to just through my hands up and just give up. My dad had a stroke and I can’t go be with him. I am a daddy’s girl through and through. On Tuesday, I had to take our daughter to the ER for vertigo and rotavirus. I kinda feel like Job. It seems we can’t catch a break lately. Your prayers are appreciated.

Psalm 105:4 reminds us, “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.”

I’m sure you are wondering why I can’t go. For the past 14 months, it has taken every ounce of energy I have to do routine things. I went to a doctor in June 2012 with pneumonia. She gave me meds and sent home. I called her back about a week later, and she said those things take time. So, in September 2012, I went to a different doctor. He said I had strep, mono, and pneumonia. He retired two months after I started seeing him. So, I went to an immune doctor. And, did I get some answers. Chronic Mono, bacterial pneumonia, vitamin d levels were critically low, an immune system deficiency. Recently, got results I have hep b, but it’s not contagious. So, my doctors and my Dad’s doctors have banned me from going. So, I’m struggling and crying a lot. It’s hard not to worry, but God tells us in Philippians 4:6–“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Also, The Lord reminded me, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9”

I’ll leave you with this thought. We all need to learn to fix our thoughts on the power of God! Worry won’t get you anything but high blood pressure. Trust in God, He has the power to change things and we must keep in mind His promises in His Holy Word-The Bible. He will never leave us. Remember, this to shall pass. Ecclesiastes 3:1: “There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens”

Thanks for reading.
Be blessed and be a blessing,
M

Life is Fragile

Have you ever just woke up one day and your complete world had changed? That something will forever change your life. (death, heart attack, stroke, divorce, job loss, illnesses, cancer, etc). Yes, life will take you by surprise, but God gives us comfort in His Word, “Revelation 21:4–“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

My dad recently suffered a stroke. We are still waiting on tests results to find out more information. But, God will take care of him, because He is a child of the Lord. I love my daddy so very much. You can ask anyone. I am a daddy’s girl through and through. So, today, call your Parents, Children, Grandparents, Friends, and let them know you love them. For we are not promised tomorrow. James 4:14 reminds us, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Are you prepared if tomorrow never comes? Please read our How To Become A Christian tab, if you are unsure.

Each life is fragile. Especially those of babies and children. They are precious to the Lord! Even those in the womb of their mothers. The scriptures remind us of this: Psalm 139:13–“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” It truly breaks my heart when I hear that someone took the life of their innocent child. They didn’t ask for that and could not fight back.

About a year ago, I heard “Why You Were Sleeping by Casting Crowns” Here is some of the lyrics to that song.

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we’re lying in the dark
There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping

So Readers, life is fragile. ALL LIVES!! Please don’t be caught sleeping when you could be doing something for The Kingdom of God!!!

Thanks for reading. Be blessed and Be a blessing to others! If you would like us to focus one of our blogs on a topic or one of your questions, please leave us a comment! May God Bless You this week!!
~M

S.M.I.L.E

Since my hubby has been talking about stress relief this week. I thought I would lighten the mood a little. Around Mother’s Day, he asked me, “If you could tell other moms anything, what would it be?” (We have two children. They are 5 and 6) So, I am going to tweak what I wrote to fit everyone. Thank you for taking time to read our blog! I am so encouraged by the positive feedback. May God bless you and yours with wonderful weekend!

Proverbs 15:30:”A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.”

Just remember to SMILE:

S-Seek God’s guidance in all you do. Life is full of decisions, and if we want to make the right choices—those that glorify God, benefit us and our family—we need the Lord’s guidance. Psalm 32:8: The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

M-Make every moment count. Our children grow up so fast and we are not promised tomorrow. The world continues to change (and not for the better). We need to make sure we, ourselves, are making each moment count. Tell someone about Jesus. Live in a way that others see God in you! Matthew 25:13: “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.”

I-Instill God’s word into your life and your family’s lives. The Bible must be at the center of all we do as moms/dads, wives/husbands, sisters/brothers, coworkers, friends, and children of God if we intend to lead our children and this world to the Lord. Psalm 119:105: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

L-Learn to listen more. Listen to God and He will guide you. Listen to your children and build a loving relationship. Listen to your spouse and build a more intimate bond. Listen to your parents, they have been there and done that and have wisdom to guide you through those times. Listen to you boss–who knows you might get a raise or at least their respect. James 1:19: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry”

E-Encourage your children, your spouse, your friends, your parents, and others. We all stumble and make mistakes. Just pick yourself up and keep working for the Lord. Are you doing a good work in His eyes?!! Hebrews 3:13: “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”

There are so many times in life, when it is just hard to smile. Trust me, I know. I’ve been battling illness after illness for over 14 months. But, the devil can not take my joy away. My hope comes from the Lord. Psalm 121:2 — “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

He is the great physician and He will heal me in His time and for His Glory! Psalm 41:3 reminds us, “The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.” Isn’t that so exciting and comforting to know. But, as I am waiting, I will continue to SMILE. I have so very much to smile about. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Focus on the bigger picture–the Kingdom of God!

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing to Others,
~M

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day!  Psalm 118:24 reminds us, “This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” It is a beautiful day! We didn’t have to set any alarms because the kids don’t have school!!

Have you ever wondered what “Labor Day” is all about? According to Wikipedia, “In the United States, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.”

Thank you, laborers, for all your hard work, so we can enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Are you laborering for the Kingdom of God? The Bible reminds a few things about labor.

We must work hard for The Lord. We must live in such a way that our labor in not in vain. Remember, for some people you are the only Jesus they will ever see. Be careful in what you do and say. Someone is always watching!

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

We must work hard to help others that need it. Help out your neighbor whose health may prevent him from working. Do it with a joyful heart. Always be on the lookout. It may just be helping an elderly lady put a watermelon in her car.

Acts 20:35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Do you ever work so hard that you are completely exhausted? Your whole body is tired. Your mind is running slow and there is still so much to do? Just remember:

Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

I hope you make time to spend some time with The Lord this Labor Day! Seek the rest only He can give you!

Be blessed and be a blessing,
~M.

The Crazy Thing Called Love

Hello Readers!!  I pray you are having a wonderful week.  I found some interesting facts about love, relationships, and marriage on the internet that I would like to share with you.

  • Historically, sweat has been an active ingredient in perfume and love potions!  Gross!!
  • Most Americans believe LOVE is the foundation of marriage.
  • Only 51% of American adults are married.
  • 60% of women say that religion is important in marriage.  Only 50% of men agree.
  • In America, the average marriage only last 7.5 years

In today’s society, marriage is quickly becoming something of the past.  The above statistics are alarming, but I can see why.  Most Americans believe that LOVE is the foundation of marriage.  I believe CHRIST should be the foundation of marriage.  Religion (a relationship with Christ) is not a priority is marriage anymore.

Read with me:  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.

Why do you think the Bible mentions “a cord of three stands is not quickly torn apart”?  Because, we are suppose to intertwine God in all of our relationships if we want them to be strong and last.   Also, the scripture mentions: “But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.”  I believe this clues us in on how to treat our spouse/love.  We are not supposed to tear each other down, but lift each other up.  We should be encouraging to one another.  Once a word is spoken it CANNOT be taken back.  Please, watch your mouth.  Words hurt others deeply and cause scars that never fully heal.  This in return creates bitterness and resentment.  The Bible warns of this in Hebrews 12:15–“See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

I would like to share with you what my husband and I do to build each other up.  We have a “sunshine” notebook.  Several times a week, we write love notes to each other to remind each other why we love and appreciate one another.

I would like to challenge you to do three things for the rest of the week.

  1. Don’t say anything negative about your spouse/love.
  2. Say at least one thing you admire or appreciate about your spouse/love.  You can send them a random text message, email, or write a love letter.
  3. Greet each other with a smile.  You know, one smile can change someone’s day!  It makes the other person wonder why you are smiling.

In closing, let’s read Galatians 5:13-15:

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”

Thanks for reading!  Remember to be blessed and be a blessing to others!

~M.