Thursday, January 30, 2014

Made to Crave- what? God that's what!!

Whew, let me tell you- I'm participating and leading a small group in the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study Made to Crave.  This study is ahhh mazzz iiing!  I was made to crave- yep, but what was I made to crave- Little Debbie snack cakes- NOPE!!  Six Cheese Pizza- NOPE!! I was made to crave GOD!  Yes, God- and I need to get myself so full of God and his awesomeness that I don't need to crave those other things.

Our verse for this week is : 1 Peter 5:7-8a, Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert.   NIV1984

Let's break this down:

Cast ALL your anxiety - Christ does not tell me to cast some of my cares (anxieties) on him.  He does not tell me to hold on the them and bring them up over and over and over again!  No he tells me to cast (give, throw, drop) ALL of my anxiety on him.

And why should I do this?  Because he CARES for me- God loves me enough to take all my mess- everything I've done in the past and everything I'm gonna do in the future! He cares about me enough that he doesn't want me carrying my burdens around- dragging me down deeper and deeper!  He WANTS to carry them because he loves me.

This last part REALLY stood out to me- I don't think I've ever really looked at these next words in light of the words before them!

Be self-controlled and alert!  Good gracious- WHY haven't I noticed those words before?  They are especially relevant in this study as some 41,000 plus women (and a few men) seek to crave God more than food- or whatever it is that they crave.  Why is it so important to be self- controlled and alert?  Because Satan is just sitting there waiting for a chance to get in the way and mess things up. He wants me to cave in and grab those Little Debbie snacks or those Oreos. What he doesn't want is for me to fill my heart and soul up with the one thing that can fill a God sized hole- GOD!!  Well guess what Satan- I don't care what you want!!!!  

I'm DETERMINED!  That I will  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert.




Sunday, January 12, 2014

My Word, Verses and Song for 2014

Have you heard about My One Word- Change Your Life With Just One Word?  It is such a great book. The author challenges you to choose one word to focus on for an entire year.  I had a difficult time deciding what my word should be for 2014.  In the past I've chosen a word but I haven't really focused on it. In fact, I've pretty much forgotten about it within a month or so. I have a history of starting out with a bang and then falling behind or dropping out all together. I'm really not sure why I do this. Perhaps it's because I just don't feel like I have a real purpose for what I'm doing. Wait, what was that word?  PURPOSE!  Yes, that will be my word for the year.  No, I really didn't just have an epiphany and decide on that word. But man, it's a great word for me.  The dictionary defines the word this way:

pur·pose
ˈpərpəs/
noun
  1. 1.
    the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
    "the purpose of the meeting is to appoint a trustee"
    synonyms:motivemotivation, grounds, causeoccasionreasonpointbasis,justification


I want to have a purpose for what I'm doing. I believe that if I focus on that purpose I will be more likely to continue and follow through.  

What's my purpose you ask?  Well, I'll let my verses for 2014 answer that question.





I want this to be my purpose in ALL that I do. When I don't want to complete a task- I will remind myself I'm doing this for the Lord. What I'm tempted to do the task halfheartedly- I will remind myself to do it as if I'm doing it for the Lord. Would I only do half the job if I was doing it for Him?  I sure hope not!!

The song Do Everything by Steven Curtis Chapman is just another reminder that Everything I do should be done for HIM!


Do you have a Word, Verse or Song for 2014? If so, I'd love for you to share it below!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New Giveaway Winner

I've chosen a new winner for the giveaway since I never heard back from the first one. The new winner is TEllison from http://www.thevirtuoushome.com/.  I've e-mailed you.  Please get back to me so I can get your materials to you ASAP!!!

Can't wait to get this study started!!!!



Friday, September 7, 2012

No Excuses and A Winner

Life gets in the way.  I guess that's sort of an excuse but that's the reason I haven't been on here posting. I really do want to post. I love posting on this blog and I used to do it regularly- several years ago - and I really do miss it!  I want to say that I just don't have time to get on here and post but that is not true. I don't make the time to do it. But I'm really going to try harder to make time to post. So that's a goal I'm setting for myself.  Nothing specific except to post!!!

If you keep up with this blog you know that I had a giveaway about a month ago.  I was giving away a copy of Lysa TerKeurst's newest Bible Study Unglued and a cope of The Busy Mom's Bible.  I announced the winner in the comments but I haven't heard from her- so I'm going to try again. MRS. MANNERS you are the winner!!! If I don't hear anything in the next week I will chose a new winner because I REALLY want someone to get their hands on this Bible Study. I'm telling you I CAN NOT WAIT to get started on it.  I believe you can still sign up to participate in the online study through Melissa Taylor's Online Bible Study group.  There are THOUSANDS of people participating in the study!  If you are curious about it you can watch the three webcasts that Lysa has done. I've only watched one so far and it was amazing.  Here are the links for all three:

Webcast #1 you do have to sign up for an account on K-Love to watch it but it's free to sign up
Webcast #2
Webcast #3- oops, no link for this one yet, but I'll come back and add the link as soon as it is available!  I promise!!

Until then here is a little verse for you for anytime but especially those times when you are about to come unglued or you already have:



Then when you call, the Lord will answer. 'Yes, I am here,' he will quickly reply.


~ Isaiah 58:9, NLT

I am SO glad HE replies quickly!!!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Are you an Unglued Momma?




First of all, my goodness gracious it's been a LONG time since I've written on my blog. As usual, no real excuses - just life getting in the way! And how am I doing on my "word for the year"? Well, my word is disciplined and I'm guessing you figured out that since I haven't been writing I haven't been very disciplined and you'd be correct. But I am working on it.

I am in my last week of an online Bible study I Used To Be So Organized. Let me tell you it's an awesome study. It's not just about getting your home life organized but more importantly it's about getting your spiritual life organized first before moving on to the physical things. Melissa Taylor is leading the study and all I can say is it has been an amazing.

In fact, I've enjoyed it so much and gained so much from it that I've already signed up for the next online study. This one is Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst. As a mom of two teenage boys I tend to come unglued quite often. It doesn't take much for me to blow up and I don't like myself when that happens. I know that is not how God wants me to react. So, I'm ready to do something about those explosions. I'm ready to seek God in my moments of falling apart instead of trying to handle my emotions myself.

When my boys were young I did not do good job of committing to reading my Bible and having daily devotions. It's something I've been working on over the years and I'm finally getting better at it. I wish I had had a Bible that I could use that was geared toward moms who were seeking to put Gid first in their lives. I really believe I would have been more consistent in my reading and studying if that was available to me.

So, my friends, that is what I want to give you! An opportunity to get yourself and your emotions put back together! One lucky person will win a copy of Unglued and a copy of The Busy Mom's Bible. Here is how you can enter. Leave a comment here telling me about an unglued moment in your life. You can also have two additional entries by posting on Facebook about the giveaway and tweeting about it. If you do either of those please leave a comment letting me know. I'll randomly choose a winner from the comments.

The contest will close at midnight Friday, 8/17/2012. Best of luck!



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Monday, January 2, 2012

2012- Really?

How in the world did it become 2012 already? It seems like it was just New Year's Day 2011! This year seems to have flown by!


Last year I chose a ONE WORD for 2011 and it was

DISCIPLINED

Well, I really didn't do so well staying disciplined last year so this year I'm choosing a new word:
BALANCE

I really need to find balance in my life. Balance in my emotions, balance in my time management, balance in my Spiritual life! So many areas of my life need balance.

So, there it is: I'm striving for BALANCE in 2012! What about you? Have you chosen a word for 2012?

You can see what word others have chosen over at My Heart Art.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday



I miss this view!







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