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My Words and Your Words Matter

I am human.  I have a tendency to say things I should not say.  Sometimes, it’s not what I say, but how I say it that inflicts the damage.
Today I am convicted as I realize that within my choice of words is the power to edify or destroy.4415345_s

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

God has bestowed grace upon me.  I have been given a chance to bestow grace as well, HIS GRACE.
God wants my words to MINISTER.  When I minister, I help attend to the wants and NEEDS of others. Read the rest of this entry

Surrounded by Buzzards

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).
1426155_217534451760479_565200121_nWe 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

Making Your Home A Haven

Wisdom is:  Making your home the place where God’s love and grace abounds.  12659800_s

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.

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“By wisdom a house is built, & through understanding it is established.”
Proverbs 24:3

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

Book Review: Downside Up

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 In her book Downside Up, Tracey Mitchell offers a new perspective on rejection.  She suggests that rejection is a powerful tool that once conquered, can become “the greatest motivator in your life.”
Her book explores all the negative aspects of rejection and the damage that rejection can do to a wounded heart.  It exposes all the ways that unchecked rejection can fester, and warp our self-worth.  At a spiritual level she reveals how rejections taints the positive affirmations that Gods wants our identity to have.  Her encouragement: “to begin retraining your mind to think positive thoughts, to speak God’s Word, and to embrace His will for your life.”

The book details how to begin retraining your mind so that you can combat being prone to perfectionism or crippled by fear.  It teaches you how rejection can help you identify positive healthy relationships and protect yourself from abusive, manipulative relationships.  It also teaches you how to look beyond the negativity of circumstances and find positive outcomes.

I found the book interesting to read and it challenged my own interpretations of events and circumstances in my life.  It pointed me to the sovereignty of God and to trust in His ability to always be teaching me, molding me, and instructing me so that Christ might be reflected within my life.  I think all Christians struggle at times to keep their faith afloat in the midst of trials and difficulties, and rejection can be such a hard hurdle to overcome.  If you want to challenge and overcome your negative reactions to rejection, then this is a book worth reading.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Your Legacy Matters

Wisdom is Building and Leaving a Godly Legacy.1229852_197676970412894_1325368701_n

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

Blades of Grass

Wisdom Is Standing Firm In Your Faith Against The Tough Challenges Of LifeGrassGrowingThroughPavement-300x300

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

Communication: Decoding Each Other

Wisdom is Knowing the Importance of Clear Communication When Forming Healthy Relationships.

“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”062210-secret-agent-kit-2
― George Bernard Shaw

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

Measuring Up

Wisdom is Realizing The God Given Value Of Being Uniquely YOU!15038359_s

“If I was the only one I wouldn’t be littler or bigger, would I? I’d be just me, wouldn’t I?”
 ― Fynn, Mister God, This Is Anna

It’s back to school time, and unfortunately, that also means the return of many children to an unfair world of comparison and peer pressure.  For those who are not considered one of the “in crowd” this can be a tough time, and the devil uses such opportunities to bring our children into the bondage of insecurity, and possibly even self-hate.  How do we help our children keep the right perspective on their value and keep their God -given potential from being tarnished? Read the rest of this entry

Keeping The Faith

Wisdom is Having A Relationship With Jesus As The Foundation Of Your Faith!

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“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

Book Review: Prayer Warrior Mom

 

God has gifted us with a lofty vocation, a glorious calling, and a high honor. -Marla Alupoaicei

Prayer Warrior Mom by Marla Alupoaicei was a well written and organized book about why and how to pray for our children.  _140_245_Book.834.cover  She emphasized the importance of praying for our children’s spiritual growth and understanding, and for their protection in a world that presents many trials and dangers.The book is divided into 15 chapters that cover a specific topic.  The chapters provide scriptural references, real life stories reflecting the author’s experiences as well as others, and discussion questions at the end that could be used with a small study group.  Prayer examples are also provided to guide your thoughts and dialogue.
I found the book nice to digest one chapter at a time and thought it would be a great bible study to do with other moms.  I was renewed in my belief in intercessory prayer and how powerful and important the impact of prayer can be.  I felt that the author was passing on a legacy handed down from generations before that reflected the beauty of a God focused family.  I believe that the faith and prayers of people in my life had a lot of impact on shaping the course of my life, and I want to pass on such a privileged duty by praying for my own children.  It was reading books by Stormy Omartian that first inspired me to focus on praying for my kids and husband.  This book added a fresh perspective and will certainly be a reference I return to many times.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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