Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Angels Needed!

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Christmas Wishes

You could really be an angel this year!

Thank you!
May God Bless you and your family this Christmas!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Keeping Christ in Christmas!

I Corinthians 13 Christmas Style If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family — I’m just another decorator. If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family — I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family — it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ — I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of your way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Love never fails. Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost; golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

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Tantrums and Prayer

My youngest son had a terrible tantrum at the toy store today!
He was overly tired, in need of a nap, and Mommy didn't pay attention!

Poor baby!
I had to pray that the Lord would send me some patience, as well as get us out of the store without causing too much of a ruckus. It was close!

3-year-old little boys just don't have the communication tools to tell us when they are tired.
They just don't know how to behave well when they are overly tired.

Dear Lord,
Please help me to be better in tune with my children. Show me when they need to sleep and what I can do to create a sense of peace for my children at all times.
Help me to be a blessing to those around me, and a good role model for my children.


Colossians 1:11

11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for zall endurance and patience awith joy,

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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Countdown to Christ's Birthday - Kids' Craft Project!

So my children ask me multiple times each day,
"How many more days until Christ's birthday?"

My inlaws had the tradition when my husband was a child, that they made a candy chain that counted down from December 1 until Christmas Eve.

I am so happy to continue this project with my own children!

All you need to make this project are:
24 individually wrapped candies: We used Tootsie Rolls (since they are already individually wrapped)!
25 2" long pieces of curling ribbon
1 Jingle Bell
Hook to hang it on
This poem printed on Christmas paper

"He is the reason for the season. Excitement's in the air.
We celebrate in festive ways; There's many gifts to share.
Gifts of the heart, gifts of yourself, And gifts brought from the store.
But all these pale when we reflect on that first Christmas morn.
Our Savior came down to this earth; In a manger He was born.
When you can't wait, and you can't tell How long until the day,
Look at this chain Each night take a link away.
When you get closer to the bell,
His birthday's drawing near.
And when you reach it finally
Celebrate our Lord so dear!

Tie the candies together with ribbon & attach them to the bell.
Hang them somewhere in your home where your little ones can reach and count them, a often as they wish!

Enjoy the season & remember the reason, that Jesus Christ is Born!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a LOT Like Christmas!

I finally got around to taking a photo of my children for our Christmas card...hope you like it!

Season's Blessings to you and your family!
Stationery card
View the entire collection of cards.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011


The Lord has promised us and our children Heaven and His bounty if we are baptised.

Acts 2:38-39

"And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call unto him."

Monday, November 7, 2011

Praying for Sick Kids

There are so many illnesses out there that effect our families.
I have friends whose children have Type 1 Diabetes, some with cancer, others with Celiac disease, and others with severe allergies.
I am blessed that my family has some mild allergies, and eczema. We don't have to worry about so many health issues like other families do.
I am amazed at the faith I see in the parents of these children.
They Worship the Lord our God, and give thanks to Him for the good things He has given us.
Of course, as parents, they still mourn the pain and suffering they have to witness their children endure.
I think of Jesus, and how Mary had to watch him suffer and die on the cross!
Nothing could be worse than that!
God gave us HIS only Son, and He suffered and died for US!

Dear Lord,
I pray that parents around the world will look to you in Thanksgiving and Praise, even through the difficult times of watching their children suffer. I pray that You, as the Great Physician, and Creator of Us and our bodies, will grant relief and healing to the children you have blessed us with.

Exodus 23:25
Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,

Thursday, November 3, 2011

In Sickness and in Health

As a mom, part of me suffers when my child is sick.
It is so hard to watch your children suffer!

It is even harder when mommy gets sick!

I have been experiencing extreme amounts of pain for almost a week.
This pain is somehow related to my womanly cycle (thank you Eve), and the lack of consistency in my hormones, etc.

I have a doctor's appointment in two weeks, and have been very blessed by wonderful pain medications.

However, through all of this pain, and the trouble it puts my family in when mommy is not up to making meals, cleaning up, and taking care of everyone like she usually does, is taking its toll on my husband and children.

So, my prayer is for strength for my husband, my children, and healing for me.

Dear Lord,
I know you do not give me more than I can handle.
I thank You Lord for giving me the most wonderful, loving husband, who is also an amazing father!
Please give him strength and patience, Lord, as he deals with the children, and the slack left by my illness.
I pray also that You lead the doctors to know what tests to run, to figure out what is going on in this earthly body of mine.
I can handle the pain, Lord, with your help and protection. I know this is only temporary, Jesus, and I praise you as The Almighty Healer and Creator. You know what my body needs, and how to strengthen me and my family.
In Jesus' Holy Name,

"Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span."
Exodus 23:25-26 (NIV)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Praying the Bible for Our Kids

I have been praying for my children lately!
As I fold their laundry, I pray for their continued growth and health.
As I cook their clothes and pack lunches for my husband I pray that not only will the food provide them with substance, but also that the Lord will fill their hearts with His substance!
As I watch them play, I pray that the Lord's goodness will shine through them in everything they do.

As today's Bible verse points out, "Scripture is God-breathed..." - and therefore when we pray the scriptures, it is like we are breathing with God! What power and strength that lends to my prayers!

I encourage you to read your bible - or search online for bible verses - about whatever you are praying. Read the bible verses, and then turn them into prayer.

That's what I try to do in this blog.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for Your Living Word in my Bible. I appreciate that I can go to You at any time, for any reason, and the answers are in the palm of my hand.
I look forward to seeing what You have written, and breathed, for me!
Please help me to use Your scriptures to teach my children in Your way, to be Your children first, and mine second.
Help me to see that rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness can be mine, if only I read and follow Your Word! May I be Your servant in everything I do, so that I can be "thoroughly equipped for every good work" You have in store for me!


2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Monday, October 24, 2011


My children have been commenting to me about those around us who speak Spanish. I am a Spanish teacher by profession, and the kids hate it when I only speak Spanish to them. I do want them to learn some though! Most of these Spanish-speaking people do look a little different from us, with their darker skin and almost "native" features.

My daughter has a few kids in her 2nd grade class that speak languages other than English.

I see bumper stickers all the time that say, "Speak English, or Go Home!" or something along those lines.

It makes me so very sad that our culture of FREEDOM allows us to descriminate against anyone who is different.

This is almost worse than the discrimination experienced by the negroes during slavery and then again during segretation!

Our nation was founded and developed by people who did not have a common language. They came from all areas of Europe, Africa, and even Asia. These founding fathers and their families worked very hard to give us the freedoms we have today - including the freedom of religion.

Those of us who are Christians, and are free to proclaim that Jesus is King, should be ashamed of how we allow those in our society who are different to be treated!

It may not be our fault, as we may not be the ones discriminating against those "aliens" or different people. However, Jesus tells us to "Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:31)

Would you want anyone to stand by and watch as you were chastised, told you were no better than dirt, or told to "go home" when you couldn't speak English?
Or, would you want someone to stand up for you, saying that everyone has to learn somehow! Give them a chance! Help them learn - don't send them away!

Oh, if only we humans could be so understanding! God gives us so many opportunities to learn from each other and to treat each other as we would like to be treated!


Please help me to teach my children to put themselves in others' shoes. To teach them about the beginning of our great country, the United States of America, and how it began with God as part of our government. Lord, I pray that my children, and other children and adults, will be able to see that the melting pot of our country has not changed. We are still to respect and honor the differences in Your people, Lord. We are all Your sons and daughters.

Our founding fathers worked so hard, Lord, and were blessed by You. They walked, toiled, and worked so hard to build this great country. Help us to be thankful for what they have given us, and the freedoms You have blessed us with.

Help us, Oh Lord, to remember to respect the differences, and tolerate those who are learning how to acclamate themselves to our ever-evolving nature of self-absorbancy. We need to separate ourselves from our own wants and needs, and look to You, Lord!


Exodus 22:20-26
“Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed. “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. “Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. 23 If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless. “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest. If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it to him by sunset..."

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Life is NOT Fair!

When you put in more effort than someone else into a project, for which everyone is given the same amount of credit, do you feel slighted?

Do you expect to be paid more for working harder than someone who does the same job as you, but doesn't work as hard?

I know that when we work hard at something, our human nature often leads us to look for compensation equal to the effort we have expended.

God has a different idea!
He says that everyone should be equally blessed for what he/she is capable of doing.

The blessings God bestows upon us are not determined by the effort we put forth, but by His undying Love for us!

Dear Lord,
Please help me to remember that the last will be first in Your eyes. Those who work as I shall be repayed by You in blessings as much as those who work less or more than I.
It is not up to me to decide whom should receive the blessings You impart, but that I should not judge those blessings - and I should rejoice and thank You for all You have given to me!

Matthew 20:9-16

9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

God KNOWS What You Need, Before You Do!

What do you REALLY NEED to be happy?

I need my husband, my children, a home, and food.

I have to convince myself that I don't need all of the things our society shouts out at us that we "need".

I don't need a computer (sigh).
I don't need a television.
I don't need a car...although life where I live would be very difficult without one.
I don't need tons of toys for my kids.
I don't need fancy clothes.
I don't need diamonds, pearls, or gold.
I don't need money.

I would like to learn to count my blessings, and leave my want for more to never be seen again!

The blessings I have can be counted one by one, and I will feel much richer than any millionaire.

The Lord has blessed me with:
My husband
My children
My family
My friends
My home
My ministries
My life
food to eat
clean water to drink
clean air to breathe
and on, and on....

Lord, I pray that my study of Your Word would serve as a reminder of all the blessings that You have given me. I have a loving, providing husband, who respects me. I have wonderful, loving children, who I am charged with bringing up in Your image. I have a beautiful home, which blesses my family with so many amenities that we tend to take for granted. I also have plenty of delicious food to eat. I have so much food, it is often in abundance.
Please help me, Lord, to not take these things for granted!
I give all of the glory to You, my God, for these things are blessings and gifts from You!

If I ever Need something, You provide!

In Jesus' Name,

"Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him." Matthew 6:8

Monday, August 1, 2011

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"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Matthew 6:wt

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Murderer Among Us...We Are NOT To Judge!

Last week we had a murderer in our midst!

The small city in which I live was terrorized by a man who killed seven (yes 7) people he knew, and then took his own life in the end. Two of the lives he took were children, who never lived to see their teenage years.

There is so much anger, outrage, and hatred out there toward this man, that I wonder how many of the people would call themselves Christians! Yes, I am angry for the circumstances...those innocent people should not have had their lives cut short. I am outraged that this happened in my city. I HATE crime and sin.

But I do not hate the man that committed these crimes. That is not what God calls me to do.

I know that those killed were not my close family or friends. I had never met them.
But they are my brothers and sisters in Christ. I cry for them, and for those who actually were blessed by knowing them.

I pray for those who are suffering the loss of those they loved.
Some people even LOVED the murderer. He is a son, brother, husband, and father. He is also my brother in Christ. He sinned, as we all have.

It is not my right to judge him. I do have opinions about his actions and sins - but it is not my job to say he was evil. Certainly, his actions were evil.

God has a plan for everything, and everything happens according to His will.
Satan and his evil is also present in our world - and though it may interfere in our lives, God's LOVE and plan will prevail.
We need not judge those who fall for Satan's deception and evil ways.
God will judge them fairly, and they will certainly face their own judgement in His eyes.

Dear Lord,
Please help us to remember our place is not to judge others and their sins, but to pray and find our own ways in Your Word. Protect our hearts and minds from the evil that is present in our world, that You have created and planned. Help us to see that judging others is a sin, and that we are to mind our own thoughts and hearts as blessings from You!
Your Son, Jesus, was one to be seen on Earth talking to and blessing thieves, lepers, and others who were scorned by the public. Let us be more like Him, and forgive our own judgement as we are to be judged on how we treat others!
In Jesus' Name,


Numbers 35:12
They will be places of refuge from the avenger, so that anyone accused of murder may not die before they stand trial before the assembly.

Deuteronomy 1:17
Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.”

For those who don't know the story of the murders in Grand Rapids, here is a link:

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Spring = Rebirth

With Easter, I am reminded of so many of God's wonderful creations that come to life again in the Spring.

Within the past week our yard has gone from bare branches, to a lush, green wonderland of new leaves and blossoms! There is also a persistent mommy robin who built her nest on top of the flood lights above my deck in my back yard! The kids and I scare her from her nest every time we open the sliding glass door to go outside!

My prayer is that my spiritual connection with God, our Father, may be renewed and reborn as well, like the natural world outside has come to life again after such a dormant winter season.

I can feel His love blossoming, and see it all around me.
There is hope that His Love will be translated to righteousness in everything we do.

I pray that we may be renewed, and that our love for You may blossom and become like the new leaves on the trees and blooms on the flowers that are emerging this Spring. Make this a season of Spiritual Spring for us, as we reconnect with Your Blessings and Love for us. You are an amazing and wonderful God.

"For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things
that are sown in it to
spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness
and praise to
spring forth before all the nations."
~Isaiah 61:11~

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Compassion is a Mom's Blessing

There are so many evil things that happen in this world.
I wish I could protect and hide my children from all of this evil. I know that I cannot.

I can teach them sympathy, love, and compassion. To all - regardless of our differences.

We try to teach our children that two wrongs do NOT make a right.

To rid our world of evil, we must begin within our own hearts - and SHOW only love, sympathy, and compassion to everyone.

Dear Lord,
Please help us to teach our children by example the Christian qualities of love, sympathy, and compassion. Help us to love everyone, despite differences in our beliefs, methods, and lives.

You have given us free will. Please help lead us to choose the loving Christian way through your Son's teachings.

1 Peter 3:8-9 "Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing."

Monday, May 2, 2011

Revenge is NOT the same as Justice

"Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him."

Monday, April 25, 2011

Celebrating Easter and Differences with my In-Laws

I had the wonderful blessing of my husband's family enjoying their Easter meal in our home.
Three of his four sisters and their children joined us, along with his parents, as we shared some delicious food, fellowship, and over-all had a great time.

It reminds me of how very blessed I am to have married into such a wonderful, supportive, and Christian family!

Their family has always done things a certain way, and they are very much creatures of comfort. They do not often deviate from their "norm" - yet they do not judge others for the differences between them. I love this about my in-laws!

If only the rest of the Christians in our world could learn this lesson from the family I have married into!

They are gracious, kind, and accepting of all of the differences between us, as well as that which we share - our faith, families, and friendship.

I know there are so many families out there that have anxiety and tension that rule the in-law relationships. I am so blessed to not have those emotions attached to mine. I pray for those who do have strained relationships in their marriages and in their in-law relationships.

Dear Lord,
Today I lift up all of the married couples and their in-laws!
There are so many dynamics that enter into these relationships, and Lord, you are the Creator and Master of them all!
Thank you for putting these families together.
I pray that whatever situation husbands and wives may find themselves in, that they will respect, honor, and accept the differences between their families, and use those differences to glorify You!
In Jesus' Holy Name,

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Anxiety ~ When Prayer Isn't Enough

During the Spring, especially Lent, of every year I always experience more anxiety than normal.
Most of the year, I am a very content woman, who can give everything over to God, and trust him to take care of me and my family.

I have been so stressed out lately, that even my prayers are not glorifying to God.

That is the scariest thing for me. I live in prayer, breathe prayer, and rely on prayer to be my link to our Provider and Lord.

I am not sure what the explanation is for this seasonal anxiety...but I do know that compared to Jesus' burden during Lent, my small worries should not be enough to make me feel so sick!

God gave us His son Jesus, and sacrificed him for us.
How is it possible, then, that I would allow my petty, human issues to effect me and push me away from Him?

Prayer after prayer, and I am still anxious. I have even called my doctor to seek some kind of medical options for this anxiety.

Right now I am calling on The Eternal Healer and Physician:

Dear Lord,
I place my life in your hands. All of the anxiety and stress that I am allowing to control me, I release to You, O Lord.
Please help me Lord, to see Your way, and to resolve these anxious issues to Glorify You.
In Jesus Name,

Matthew 11:28-30

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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 shall find rest for your souls. "For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Unclutter Your Life with Prayer

A Lenten Prayer

Where should I begin, Jesus, to unclutter my life?
I have yielded to temptation and filled my days with more commitments than I can comfortably manage.
Help me to let go of whatever I cling to.

Free my time.

I have crowded my space with too much baggage:
With gadgets and conveniences and possessions.
Help me to let go of whatever I cling to.

Free my hands.

I have filled my head with trivial distractions:
News, weather, gossip and prejudices.
Help me to focus on more important concerns.

Free my mind.

Jesus, my life is cluttered with more idols than I realized.
I have given them a reverence they do not deserve!
Teach me to renounce their claim on me,and end my divided allegiance.

Guide me to a simpler life and more generous service to You!

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19

The Ten Commandments: Exodus 20

Friday, March 25, 2011

Mommy Guilt...Blessing Your Family Your Way!

Lately, the guilt of not having enough time with God has been weighing heavily on my heart.

My children have been sick. I have been sick. My mommy responsibilities do not end just because I don't feel well...and I feel guilty about it! I also feel guilty that I barely have enough time to physically care for my family, let alone spiritually nurture them and myself.

There are so many life coaches, spiritual leaders, and influential speakers who insist that taking time early in the morning to have that all-important one-on-one time with God, is the most important thing a mom can do to bless her family.

I have gone through the process of feeling very guilty that I am not a morning person, and that I am failing to bless my family because I don't enrich my own relationship with the Lord each morning.

Well, I have to admit, that I no longer feel this guilt!
I have found many other ways to spend that time with God, praying over my family, my house, and enriching my own spiritual life!

Here are just a few examples of what I have started to do as a busy mom to enrich my own daily journey with our Lord:

1. Praying over each room of the house as I clean it!
2. Praying as I fold the laundry, blessings for each body part that the laundry touches!
3. Keeping a Bible in each bathroom, and reading a bit whenever I am heeding my body's call of nature. If I am doing a Bible study, I keep that book there too.
4. Blogging about the scriptures that reach out and grab a hold of my heart.
5. Blessing each child and my husband by praying with them at bed time, and for them after they are sound asleep.

I don't have to feel guilty that my morning does not start with the Lord...because it DOES!!! I say a prayer before I get out of bed, that the Lord will bless my day, and that everything that I do will bring Him glory!

I don't spend an hour, or even half an hour, basking in the Glory of the Lord, to start my day. That's okay.

Spread the Glory and Blessings throughout your day, and be continually reminded of the Love He bestows upon us every moment of every day.

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

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Prayer of St. Patrick - Luck of the Irish

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This prayer is such a powerful tool!
I have printed it out, and decided that I will pray this every day for the rest of March - if not longer!

Prayer of Saint Patrick

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, and in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.


Friday, March 4, 2011

If Only Everyone Could Just "Be Nice!"

I feel like I am always telling my children to, "Just Be Nice!"

It's biblical after all...Christians are supposed to be NICE!
That's not all there is to being a Christian, like some people believe - but it sure is important!

We are called to love one another, forgive others when they hurt or wrong us, and leave the judgment to our creator and Lord.

The Bible says we should correct our neighbor if they do something wrong, but not to judge them. This is so very difficult. It is much easier to form judgment, and hold
wrong-doings against our neighbors. However, God tells us to point it out, so we will not be held guilty, but then to forgive and leave the judging up to the One and Only Judge who matters!

Dear Lord,
I pray that we will be able to focus on being nice to our neighbors, and to leave the judgments up to You. We are called to be good neighbors to all, even those who commit wrong-doings. We all sin, and it is not our prerogative to judge everyone around us, but rather to be nice, neighborly, and forgiving.
Please help us, Lord, to forgive, and love our neighbors.

This has been weighing heavily on my heart for at least 2 weeks. I had to read the following passage as a Lector at church..and it also came up in my bible study a few days before that!

Leviticus 19:15-18
"Do not make something that is wrong appear to be right. Treat poor people and rich people in the same way. Do not favor one person over another. Instead, judge everyone fairly.
Do not go around spreading lies among your people.
Do not do anything that puts your neighbor's life in danger. I am the Lord.
Do not hate your brother in your heart. Correct your neighbor boldly when he does something wrong. Then you will not share his guilt.
Do not try to get even. Do not hold anything against one of your people. Instead, love your neighbor as you love yourself. I am the Lord."

This passage is so overloaded with really important messages from our Lord...but being "nice" covers most of it!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Following God's Spirit to Power, Love, and Self-Discipline

If God's Spirit gives us power, love and self-discipline, I need to follow God's Spirit more often!

I have succumbed to many temptations, since I am human after all.
Our free will, also a gift from God, leads us down many paths that require us to seek God's spirit to make it through alive and in a way that gives glory to God.

I am guilty, unfortunately, of not channeling God's Spirit in times of need. Some of my most serious sins have been the direct result of ignoring the Spirit, and giving in to temptation.

We all do it. That does not make it right.

The Lord's Spirit provides us with His Power to overcome temptation, and to survive our current society.

His Spirit also gives us Love. He has told us to love our neighbors as ourselves. We can love not only our neighbors, but also those who seek to harm us, through God's Spirit.

That same amazing Spirit gives us self-discipline - to avoid that which is not glorifying to God.

I don't know about you, but I need that Spirit. All of these gifts provide me with a sense of purpose, dedication, and a spirit willing and capable to glorify God in all I do

When I clean my house, do the laundry, or wash dishes, I can call upon the Spirit of God to bless my family through my own self-discipline.

Dear Lord,
Please help me to seek your Spirit and wisdom in all I do. The power to overcome temptation, love for all my neighbors, and the self-discipline to complete all of the tasks that come my way, come from You, through Your Spirit.
Thank you Lord, for these gifts, and for sending your Spirit into my life.

"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7

Monday, January 24, 2011

Temptation to Wash Away My Own Sins!

I am guilty!
I judge others, especially when I catch them in a sin!!

Lord, please forgive me!

Not one soul on this planet is sin-free...including me.
It is so hard to remember, that although there are others out there who commit sins that appear so much worse than those I admit to committing, that mine are JUST AS BAD in God's eyes!

I am so quick to dismiss my own sins, as they are compared to those who commit deadly sins.

How many times do you see someone on the news who has committed murder, stolen, or committed sex crimes, and then compare your own undoings to theirs, thinking, "I'm not so bad."

That in and of itself is a sin!

We need to say a prayer for those who commit such awful crimes, but we need to pray to our Lord for forgiveness for thinking we are any better than they are.

I sin, every day. I hate to admit it - but I know I do. I am not perfect, even when I try. I am so glad that the Lord understands this, and forgives me when I ask Him for forgiveness.

Don't forget, YOU MUST ASK Him to receive this most wonderful blessing!

Dear Lord,
Please forgive me for my transgressions. I have sinned against you, and my fellow man, with the thoughts and actions I have committed. I strive to live for You, Lord, in everything I do. Please forgive me when I falter.

Please Lord, forgive me for judging my fellow man, when I know this is Your task, Father. It is not my place to judge, lest I be judged. I live for the day You will judge me, and wipe me clean of all my sins.


Galatians 6:1 "Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted."

Monday, January 10, 2011

Newsflash: Decluttering is BIBLICAL!!

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

I KNOW we have more than we could possibly need!

More clothes, more linens, more food, more toys, and certainly more blessings than one family could ever use in a lifetime.

God certainly does provide!

I am sure that I am a borderline hoarder. I hate throwing things away - and donating things we don't need is almost just as difficult.

I think of donating as blessing others with the excess with which my family has been blessed - and that helps. But it is still emotionally wrenching on my heart...why?

God has not blessed me with all of these riches because he wants me to hold onto them! We do NOT need all of these physical items in our home. We do not need so many clothes, toys, and stuff cluttering up our lives.

I strive to give away more of the blessings the Lord has given us, in an effort to bless those who are poor. In exchange, the Lord offers me the riches of heaven!


Dear Lord,
Please help me to remember that the true riches lie with you in heaven, awaiting my departure from this earthly life.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Staying Clean..not just the house or the laundry

As a mother some days I feel like all I do is CLEAN!
Between the messes my toddler and preschooler make, and cooking and laundry...if all I did was clean, there would be no time for anything else!

So, I don't clean as much as I should!
I mean, seriously, I ignore the cleaning. I ignore the messes, and don't put away all of the laundry.

I have been known to leave all cleaning alone for days at a time, just to play with my children. After all, what could be more important than spending quality time with my kids?

Well, as the bible says in Isaiah 1:16-17, "Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow."

I know, God does not necessarily mean "Clean your house," but I feel that nagging sensation that my housework is part of that being clean that Isaiah mentions!

However, I do think that I am doing wrong by my husband by not keeping house like I should...therefore, this really speaks to Isaiah's point. I take my evil doings (spending too much time indulging in my computer or shopping), and turn them into cleanliness for the Lord.

I can honor the Lord our God through honoring my husband and my family - by blessing them with clean clothing, a clean house, and great food.

I have to remember that the Lord has made all of these things possible, and that I need to focus my attention on doing right, and seeking justice.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the very many blessings you have given me in this life.
My husband and children are blessings from you, and I should bless them through you. Please help me to provide for them the cleanliness, both physically in our home, as well as in my heart and soul!