Wisdom is: Knowing How To Run off the Spiritual Buzzards Who Take Up Residence In Your Life
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident.” Psalm 27:1
This is a strange post, I admit. But what faced my husband and I early this morning, was strange as well. When we arose and the early morning fog was still lingering, we looked out of our windows to find ourselves surrounded by an intimidating gathering of buzzards. Every where we looked, we saw a mix of turkey buzzards and black buzzards perched in our yard (front, back, and yes even a few on the roof of our home).
We counted at least 50 of these ominous birds, and it definitely placed our home place in the “eerie” category. Even though the birds were no immediate threat to us or our pets, what they represented still made us eager to be rid of their presence. As I looked up information on the internet about legal ways to deter these birds from making our yard their favorite new hangout, I couldn’t help but think about the spiritual comparisons: Read the rest of this entry
It’s back again: Women Living Well’s Annual Making your Home A Haven for October. This is my favorite annual thing that Courtney does and my kids love it too.
Please check out her site for all the details and join the challenge.
“By wisdom a house is built, & through understanding it is established.”
Week One starts Oct 7. Light a candle in your home daily and when your eye catches the flickering flames, let it remind you to pray for peace to abound in your home. Read the rest of this entry
We all enter this Earth, live our life, and impact others with the legacy of that life. Through our legacy, we remain connected to others and influence their own life experiences, decisions and beliefs. How precious it is when we can impart a legacy of faith that draws others closer to God.
This past weekend, we traveled to Columbus, GA to celebrate the 95th birthday of Jewel Austin. She is my husband’s grandmother and without a doubt the “Jewel” of the family. As loved ones and relatives gathered near, words were spoken in love and tenderness to honor her. One of her granddaughters spoke of Grandmother’s great faith and how much that had impacted her whole life. She said, ” I didn’t know any other way to live because she filled my heart and mind with such stories of faith, and she lived as an example of that faith.” Read the rest of this entry
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Have you ever faced a challenge that felt impossible to deal with? Have you ever grown weary of trying to do the right thing when life seemed to just keep beating you down. Have you ever wondered What’s the point? What does it matter the choices I make, or the actions I take if I don’t seem to be getting anywhere?
Well, God says it does matter. Just like a thin blade of grass can remain nourished in the dark as it slowly pushes it’s way through hard concrete to find the light of day, so we too can be strengthened as we endure and push with our faith through life’s obstacles to find the light of God’s purpose. Read the rest of this entry
Wisdom is Knowing the Importance of Clear Communication When Forming Healthy Relationships.
Lack of communication or miscommunication is a tool of the devil to cause division, hurt feelings, trust issues, and unnecessary heartache.
Have you ever been around a person that you offended when you didn’t mean to….as if they lived by some unwritten code that you weren’t privy to? People are raised with different perspectives, rules of engagement among family members, and ideas about how others should or shouldn’t behave. Often misunderstandings occur because of these differences. Without good communication, neutral behaviors can be wrongly interpreted by others and cause them to think the wrong thing, or take offense to something not meant to cause offence. Read the rest of this entry
Wisdom is Having A Relationship With Jesus As The Foundation Of Your Faith!
“Being satisfied in God (or anything) always seems easier when all is going well. But when things you love are being stripped out of your hands, then the test is real. If God remains precious in those moments, then his supreme worth shines more brightly. He is most glorified.” — John Piper
My mother used to say, “If nothing bad or difficult ever happened to Christians, then every one would want to be a Christian.”
That resonates within me when I see suffering. God never promised that Christians would always be blessed with prosperity, excellent health, or every prayer magically answered to keep us out of difficulty, hardship or distress. In fact, after Jesus tells the disciples about his departure from this world to go to the Father, he says: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Read the rest of this entry
Wisdom is Being Real in a World of Performance and Illusion
What is it that makes us want to perform to win the approval of man? Why is it that we want to stand out and be seen as special and gifted? What defines us and gives us identity?
Is it our hobbies, our careers, our creations, our accomplishments or our fantasies that define us? When given opportunity, do we try to impress others with what we have done, who we know, what family we belong to, what unique circumstances we can attach ourselves to? Are we always trying to make sure others know how special we really are? Read the rest of this entry
Do you grow weary with the drama, the ridicule, the manipulations, the plots and slander that plague your life? Do you have people that come against your marriage, your family, your goals and ambitions with the intent of harm and not good?
David had enemies too. In fact, David had to spend a lot of time on the run and hiding because he was pursued with the intent of being killed. Reflect on David’s attitude toward being hounded by the enemy in Psalm 27. Read the rest of this entry
Why Do The Right Thing?
*To Ease Your Conscience?
*To Look Good?
*To Gain Favor?
*To Look Superior?
*To Earn Brownie Points?
*To Get Into Heaven?
How Do You Think God Would View These Reasons?
Let’s Admit: It’s easy to do the right thing when it’s easy to do the right thing…..Right?
And it’s easy to do the right thing when we gain something from it.
But what about when it isn’t easy or isn’t going to help us out? What about if it might even cost us or be hard on us to do? Then what?
Why Do The Right Thing Then? Read the rest of this entry
Every spring, they would bloom so beautifully. My grandmother was a kindergarten teacher and so she would always find teachable moments. The dogwood blossom was the opportunity to remind us of the true meaning of Easter….Christ’s death and resurrection.
The white blossom has 4 petals in the shape of a cross.
The petals have blood colored stains at each tip and a marking like the nail prints in the hands and feet of Jesus.
The crown of green buds in the center of the blossom represents the crown of thorns placed upon Jesus head. Read the rest of this entry