Friday, November 8, 2013

It's November and Friday!!

October flew by and now we are upon two of my favorite holidays of the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas!! I love the month of November, seeing people post what they are thankful for daily. This is something I learned to do a couple years ago after reading Ann Voskamps book 1000 Gifts, if you haven't read it, it is a must! Everyday I either write or thank God for the things He has blessed me with. When you look at your blessings, especially if you have a bad moment or day, you will find joy in those blessings no matter your circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The Message~ Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

This last week God has been teaching me about patience and grace. We found out last week my son ruptured his ear drum, so he has been whiny and not acting himself, but thankful for he medications that are helping him through it. He is back to acting himself, which hopefully means his ear drum is healing on its own. We see an ENT doc next week, so please be in prayer for him. Also due to the time zone which they say you will get an extra hour of sleep, ha! I think I have lost 5 hours of sleep due to it, my son is wanting to get up at 5am! I have been trying to get him back to bed, some days it works others not so much. So I am thankful for the strength and patience God gives me to get through those long days. Plus coffee!! 2 Corinthians 12:9~But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 

Earlier this year I set out time in my Bible to study and read through Proverbs 31, I know it can be intimidating when first reading it. It has helped me understand what a woman of God looks like and well most days I am not far from it, though some days I am. I am not perfect, God doesn't expect us to be perfect. He just wants our hearts fully! Hope this encourages you.. http://ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com/2012/09/practical-ways-you-can-become-proverbs.html

This is for my daughter and all the girls out there! I pray she never feels belittled, judge, compares herself to someone else and knows not to listen to satan when he places lies in her head. She is beautiful and fearfully made!!  
Psalm 139:14-16 The Message~
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day.


Measuring sticks try to rank some people as big and some people as small — but we aren’t sizes. We are souls.  There are no better people or worse people — there are only God-made souls. There is no point trying to size people up, no point trying to compare – because souls defy measuring. See more at: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2013/11/how-the-hidden-dangers-of-comparison-are-killing-us-and-our-daughters-the-measuring-stick-principle/

So I was at the dentist office the other day and was just sitting there relaxing and somewhat observing. I noticed everyone in the waiting room was looking down at there phones, I got kind of sad thinking about it. You don't just see this in a waiting room, but I have seen it out about in other places. Now I have been guilty too of doing this, so no need to feel guilty if you are reading this, I think we have all been there. I am becoming more aware of these phones and how they are taking away precious moments in our lives. The future generation isn't going to know how to communicate verbally. We need to communicate verbally, or we will loose feelings and physical connections. So today I am putting a stop, now it may take a 30-day step like program, but I am going to do my best. Just a disclaimer I am not getting rid of my phone I do need it to communicate with my hubby who works long away hours from home, long-distance family and friends, and also for those time I need to chat with live person, and sometimes I can't chat so I text, because my children think when mommy is on the phone it is time to want something or act crazy, we are working on that though. This blog was convicting, read it if you dare...http://www.momsmustardseeds.com/2013/11/face-time-cell-phone/

Keep your eyes on JESUS so not to let satan distract you and use your weakness. Instead glofiy God in your weaknesses! "Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!." Hebrews 12:1-3 (The Message)


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