Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13, 14 NKJV

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Guide Posts

One of my favorite things to do while camping is to go hiking! And that is exactly what I did last week!
As I walked, I noticed there were blue marks on trees along the path. Sometimes they were bam, bam, bam- close together.
 
 Other times there was quite a bit of distance between guide posts.
 

Sometimes they were very noticeable...
 
And sometimes they weren't so noticeable.

The same thing seems to happen on our journey through life. Sometimes it seems like we see God's guide post's directing us on the right path, and other times it seems like such a great distance between obvious leading of God in our lives.

Sometimes His leading is clear - no way to miss it. While other times, it seems that we really have to pay attention to see His leading. Sometimes you have to just keep moving forward till you come up to the next guide post.

And then sometimes you come across a blocked trail where it takes a bit more effort to continue on your way. These are the hiccups along the way.

If we will allow Him to - He will continue to guide us.

The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Isaiah 58:11

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6
 
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go,
I will guide you with My eye.
Psalm 32:8
 
God, like the hiking trial, will guide us in the way we should go. We only need to keep our eyes on Him and allow Him to guide us and lead us along life's journey.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

they can but choose to follow

The devotional in my "Steams in the Desert" devotional book was so good yesterday I wanted to share it with you but was too busy to get in here and get it ready to post. So that is what I am going to do today. I hope it blesses you as it blessed me. :O)
 
 
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"God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world"
(Gal. 6:14).

They were living to themselves; self with its hopes, and promises and dreams, still had hold of them; but the Lord began to fulfill their prayers. They had asked for contrition, and had surrendered for it to be given them at any cost, and He sent them sorrow; they had asked for purity, and He sent them thrilling anguish; they had asked to be meek, and He had broken their hearts; they had asked to be dead to the world, and He slew all their living hopes; they had asked to be made like unto Him, and He placed them in the furnace, sitting by "as a refiner and purifier of silver," until they should reflect His image; they had asked to lay hold of His cross, and when He had reached it to them it lacerated their hands.
They had asked they knew not what, nor how, but He had taken them at their word, and granted them all their petitions. They were hardly willing to follow Him so far, or to draw so nigh to Him. They had upon them an awe and fear, as Jacob at Bethel, or Eliphaz in the night visions, or as the apostles when they thought that they had seen a spirit, and knew not that it was Jesus. They could almost pray Him to depart from them, or to hide His awfulness. They found it easier to obey than to suffer, to do than to give up, to bear the cross than to hang upon it. But they cannot go back, for they have come too near the unseen cross, and its virtues have pierced too deeply within them. He is fulfilling to them His promise, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me" (John 12:32).
But now at last their turn has come. Before, they had only heard of the mystery, but now they feel it. He has fastened on them His look of love, as He did on Mary and Peter, and they can but choose to follow.
Little by little, from time to time, by flitting gleams, the mystery of His cross shines out upon them. They behold Him lifted up, they gaze on the glory which rays from the wounds of His holy passion; and as they gaze they advance, and are changed into His likeness, and His name shines out through them, for He dwells in them. They live alone with Him above, in unspeakable fellowship; willing to lack what others own (and what they might have had), and to be unlike all, so that they are only like Him.
Such, are they in all ages, "who follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth."
Had they chosen for themselves, or their friends chosen for them, they would have chosen otherwise. They would have been brighter here, but less glorious in His Kingdom. They would have had Lot's portion, not Abraham's. If they had halted anywhere--if God had taken off His hand and let them stray back -- what would they not have lost? What forfeits in the resurrection? But He stayed them up, even against themselves. Many a time their foot had well nigh slipped; but He in mercy held them up. Now, even in this life, they know that all He did was done well. It was good to suffer here, that they might reign hereafter; to bear the cross below, for they shall wear the crown above; and that not their will but His was done on them and in them.
--Anonymous

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

May We Be Like the Raccoons..

This past week end my husband and I went camping. When the sun starts to go down my husband likes to make his way to the fishing dock. It is a lit dock and is conducive to fishing into the night. With the temperatures up in the 90's during the day - fishing at night is much cooler. But truth be told - He just enjoys fishing in the evenings and nights better than any other time.

With a neat little trail through the woods behind our campsite you can easily get to the fishing dock.
 
So in the evenings, I spend some time at the dock with my husband as he fishes(sometimes I fish too) then I will head back to the RV. I usually take the long way back just to get more steps in for the day. I take a pathway up to the parking area and road that will take me around to our campsite.
 I take a nice flashlight with me just in case- I hear rustling in the woods. Both nights as I was walking up this pathway - I heard noises coming from the trashcan at the fish shack( a place where people can process the fish they catch). I had startled a raccoon searching for fish. The last night I actually saw him coming out of the trashcan with a part of a fish in his mouth.

As I continued on my way, I thought about how the raccoons in that area would know where to go to find goodies- so the chances of someone finding a raccoon in that area would be pretty good.

Why aren't we  more like the raccoon? Many of us know that we find many goodies in the Word of God and yet we don't spend much time digging in the Scriptures for the goodies. I think I'll learn from the clever raccoons and I will keep going back to the place that I know I will be fed- the Word of God! Won't you join me?

Monday, October 16, 2017

So this past weekend my husband and I went camping. And of course I came back with several posts written in my spiral- that I need to get typed up. I just don't have time right now. I'm hoping to get on my desk top and get them typed up.

I also have a post the type up about how to cook beans in a way to help eliminate the gassiness of them. So check back soon. In the meantime ~ it is a gorgeous 69 degree day today , which I am loving. My walk was very enjoyable! I need to get off of here because I need to go get some groceries- I am in need of fresh produce!  See ya soon! :0) 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

All Things Work Together

And one day soon, when our blurred perception shall be transformed into heavenly vision, we will be able to look back on the heartaches, the disappointments, the trials, and the dark valleys of life, and seeing the past in a different light, we would not want to have been led in any other way than that through which God has led us. The whole universe will then pulsate in eternal and perfect harmony. "For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God." (Romans 8:28)
~ Fordyce W. Detamore -

 quote found in the book "My Favorite Bible Text" written in 1946 by many different contributors. Great book.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

God says, "I will restore to you the years."

"Oh heart, be brave; O spirit, worn and beaten,
Reach up and claim God's word that will prove true,
And the years that the locusts and the palmer worm have eaten:
These wasted years, shall be restored to you.
...
"Forget, forget the grief, the pain and sorrow,
The baffling frustration of the days,
For surely on some radiant tomorrow,
You will be walking up the sunlit way.

And these, the seeming endless, bitter hours,
Will be as shadows blown across the grass,
Or as the brief, light-running April showers
That are forgotten when their footsteps pass.

"Oh, lift your head, and shake away the tears,
God says, 'I will restore to you the years. ' "
~Grace Noll Crowell

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"Fret Not"

Todays post is brought to you by my devotional that I have been using since the end of 2012.
"Streams in the Desert"
 
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Do not fret when wicked men seem to succeed! Do not envy evildoers!
 —Ps 37:1 NET


This to me is a Divine command; the same as “Thou shalt not steal.” Now let us get to the definition of fretting. One good definition is, “Made rough on the surface.” “Rubbed, or worn away”; and a peevish, irrational, fault-finding person not only wears himself out, but is very wearing to others. To fret is to be in a state of vexation, and in this Psalm we are not only told not to fret because of evildoers, but to fret not “in anywise.” It is injurious, and God does not want us to hurt ourselves.
A physician will tell you that a fit of anger is more injurious to the system than a fever, and a fretful disposition is not conducive to a healthy body; and you know rules are apt to work both ways, and the next step down from fretting is crossness, and that amounts to anger. Let us settle this matter, and be obedient to the command, “Fret not.”—Margaret Bottome
 
 
OVERHEARD IN AN ORCHARD
 
Said the Robin to the Sparrow:
“I should really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so?”
 
Said the Sparrow to the Robin:
“Friend, I think that it must be
That they have no Heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me.”
—Elizabeth Cheney

Sunday, October 8, 2017

"Does God Speak to you?"

"Does God speak to you?" was the last thing he said to me, but I am getting ahead of myself so let's rewind a bit.

Last Sunday, I took my granddaughter to the park. There was a dad there with his daughter. Sweet Pea went up to the little girl and said, "Would you like to play with me?" The dad made his way to where I was standing and introduced himself. The conversation went to how much unrest there is in in the world and how I don't like watching the news very much because it steals my peace- then we began to talk about how it seems like we may be getting to the last days of this old world with all the hurricanes, earthquakes, and hate in the world.

The man seemed a little different - like maybe he had a learning handicap, something just seemed off to me It just seemed weird. It was pretty hot outside and so after about an hour Sweet Pea and I were ready to go home. That's when he called to me and asked if God spoke to me.

The week that followed was a rough week for me. I have shared a bit about it here on my blog - our septic issues and so much more. And on top of all the other extra stuff, I was so frustrated with the fact that even thought I continue to work at losing weight it has been a very slow go the last few months.

I had bought a book to do a Bible Study with Courtney from the Women Living Well Ministries - the book is called "Rest and Release" click HERE to read about it. This study started the first of October, I was a couple of days late at getting started. And as I was working on the first few days of the study it became crystal clear that I had gotten away from my dependence on Him through this lifestyle change and goal of losing 50 pounds. As I was being reminded of God's guiding me in the past to make better decisions- all of a sudden I remembered the question" "Does God speak to you?" and it dawned on me that God has been trying to get my attention. It only took 4 days. Just think of all the struggling and frustration I could have avoided had I figured out that God was trying to speak to me sooner? If I had gotten the messages days before, that I needed to allow Him to guide me and depend on Him to lead the way?

We can bypass a lot of pain and suffering if we will just listen to Him. What is He trying to tell you? Are you quiet enough to hear what He has to say?

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Beloved Names of God...series..."Jehovahjireh"

Jehovahjireh

 

And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh; as it is said to this day,
In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen."
Genesis 22:14
 
 
  • Name of God the Father
  • The name "Jehovahjireh" appears once in the KJV.
  • Jehovahjireh means "the Lord shall see." at the time, it was simply the name of a hill in the land of Moriah. This was the hill on which Solomon would later build his temple. It is now know as Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
  • Abraham named the hilltop Jehovahjirah after he was asked to sacrifice Isaac, his only son, there. With a leaden heart, Abraham prepared to do as he was bid. Seeing his faith, the Lord stayed Abraham's hand and provided a ram as a substitute sacrifice.
 
Frequently on the news we see a political leader make an announcement, followed by the ubiquitous "Q and A" sessions, often cut short by a press secretary. Yet, reflecting on God's request of Abraham, and Abraham's obedience, it is significant that Abraham asked no questions. All we read is Abraham's unquestioning trust in God, from the beginning of the journey to Moriah to the provision of the ram, the intended sacrifice. Abraham believed that Jehovahjireh would provide- and he did.
~ Taken from The Top 100 Names of God 
Ellyn Sanna
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Next Week..."Chief Cornerstone"


Friday, October 6, 2017

God Has Promised...series "When You Are Tempted?"

 

When You Are Tempted

 
"In Christ, God has promised means for subduing every evil trait and resisting every temptation, however strong."
 
 
"Jesus revealed no qualities, and exercised no powers, that men may not have through faith in Him. His perfect humanity is that which all His followers may possess., if they will be in subjection to God as He was."
~ The Desire of Ages, p. 664.
 
"Those who fail to realize their constant dependence upon God will be overcome by temptation. We may now suppose that our feet stand secure, and that we shall never be moved. We ma say with confidence, I know in whom I have believed...But Satan is planning to take advantage of our hereditary and cultivated traits of character, and to blind our eyes to our own necessities and defects. Only through realizing our own weakness and looking steadfastly unto Jesus can we walk securely."
 
"The Father's presence encircled Christ, and nothing befell Him but that which infinite love permitted for the blessing of the world. Here was His source of comfort, and it is for us. He who is imbued with the Spirit of Christ abides in Christ. The blow that is aimed at him falls upon the Saviour, who surrounds him with His presence. Whatever comes to him comes from Christ. He has no need to resist evil, for Christ is his defense. Nothing can touch him except by our Lord's permission."
 
"Christ will never abandon those for whom He has died. We may leave Him and be overwhelmed with temptation, but Christ can never turn from one for whom He has paid the ransom of His own life."
 
"Nothing is apparently more helpless, yet really more invincible, than the soul that feels its nothingness and relies wholly on the merits of the Saviour. God would send every angel in heaven to the aid of such a one, rather than allow him to be overcome."
~ Testimonies, col. 7, p. 17.
 
"Our heavenly Father measures and weighs every trial before He permits it to come upon the believer. He considers the circumstances and the strength of the one who is to stand under the proving and test of God, and He never permits the temptations to be greater than the capacity of resistance. If the would is overborne, the person overpowered, this can never be charged to God, as failing to give strength in grace, but the one tempted was not vigilant and prayer and did not appropriate by faith the provisions God had abundantly in store for him. Christ never failed a believer in his hour of combat. The believer must claim the promise and meet the foe in the name of the Lord, and he will not know anything like failure."
~ Ellen G. White manuscript 6, 1889.
 
Could our spiritual vision be quickened, we should see souls bowed under oppression and burdened with grief...We should see angels flying quickly to the aid of these tempted ones, forcing back the hosts of evil that encompass them, and placing their feet on the sure foundation.
 


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bringing New Life To Old Clothes

This week I discovered an awesome tool. And before I tell you about it I need to say - No I did not get this free. And No I did not get asked to write about it. All this post is just about me finding something that I think can be a very handy tool and can help extend the life of our clothing and I wanted to share this information with you just in case you had never thought of using this.

So if I remember correctly I saw just a bit of a commercial for this tool and thought I would look it up. I typed in Pill Shaver on the search bar on Amazon. I did this because we have a Prime account with Amazon and get free shipping on select items. I checked out several and I decided to get this one. It was only $12.99.
As soon as I got it I began to use it on a favorite summer top that had gotten a lot of pills on it and was not looking very good any more. In fact, I had not wanted to wear it as much because it was looking old. I began to work and this is what I ended up getting - oh plus a little more lint from the top.

And to think I hadn't even charged it good. So once it charges I figure it will even do a better job.
It is easy to use and really makes a difference in how your clothing looks. If you have pills on your clothes and it is making them not as attractive - you may want to look into getting one of these handy gadgets for yourself! I wish I had have known about them years ago. I thinking of all the things I have gotten rid of because they were looking old with all the pills - now I can just get my dandy little tool out and let it do its magic. :O)
 
Any pointers or tips on how to take better care of our clothes? I would love to hear about them in the comments. Thanks :O)
 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Doing Things I Don't Usually Have To Do....

Well over the last couple of weeks I have had to do a few things that I usually don't have to do and don't really like to do. Things that my husband usually takes care of. I have really missed him. He has been gone 2 1/2 weeks now. The good news is that he should be coming home on Friday!

Several months ago, the guy that takes care of our special septic system told us that we were going to need to get it pumped. This is something that has to be done every 3-5 years depending on usage. Well since it costs a pretty penny to have done - we put it off. Well last week end it was clear that it needed to be taken care of as soon as possible - contents of toilet would not go down..... That was Sunday. So Monday morning - I called the company and was able to get an appointment for that afternoon. They came out and took care of that. Come to find out not only was septic tank full- but the pipe from our house out to the septic system had roots growing in the pipe - so would I like them to roto-rooter it? It will be 145.00 extra. I agreed. Total bill 560.00! Thankful to have that taken care of - well sort of. Because apparently we will have to replace the pipe or we will continue to have roots in the pipe. That is the major thing that I had to take care of that I don't usually do. The other things not quite so major- thankfully.

Sorry I have not posted very much. I have honestly been down and discouraged. The results from the blood work and the snail speed of my progress to get to my goal has me discouraged. I have been working hard and trying to make good choices and I don't understand why I am not seeing more progress. I have 13 more pounds to get to my goal and at this rate it might take me the entire 2 years and a month that I have left till I reach the 50 years old mark of my goal of losing 50 pounds by 50 years old. Surely I can lose 6 pounds a year... how slowly the scales is moving ...I do wonder sometimes.

I have a great post that I need to get written up about "bringing new life to your clothes" but right now I really need to get off of here and get my supper fixed - I have not eaten good today - and I can sure tell. So I need a good healthy supper. Hope you all are doing well. :O)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Obedience

All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delights in doing HIs service. When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience. Through an appreciation of the character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will become hateful to us.
The Desire of Ages, p. 668

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Best Way To Reach Hawaii....

Today's post is brought to you by the wonderful book that I started reading this morning. Morris Venden's  "Love God And Do As You Please~ A New Look at the Old Rules" In the first chapter there is an awesome parable that I would like to share. From pages 19-22 of book.
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"Someone handed me this parable, in which Hawaii represents obedience and perfection: The town of Remnant, California was officially organized in 1896. However, the earliest settlers began to gather in that location around 1844. People who lived in Remnant were different in many ways from the rest of the world. But they had one outstanding teaching. The people of Remnant believed that everyone should move to Hawaii. (Now remember, Hawaii represents obedience.) From the first they had been sure that the sooner folks made it to Hawaii, the sooner they would make it to heaven. But there was one extremely embarrassing fact that they could not escape. They didn't live in Hawaii. Hawaii seemed to be a long way off. Almost as far away as heaven itself. And while a few of them claimed to have been to Hawaii, nobody believed they really had. There was a common saying in Remnant: If you say you've been to Hawaii, that is sure proof you've never been there.

Most of the people in Remnant believed that if you worked as hard as you could for your entire lifetime, maybe  you'd be able to spend one day in Hawaii just before you died. And few would manage even that. Although the population of Remnant numbered several million, most accepted the fact that if a hundred and forty-four thousand of them made it to Hawaii, even for a short time, that would be about the best that could be expected.

For a number of years, there was one commonly accepted method for trying to reach Hawaii. You went out to the beach, got into the water, and started swimming. Swimming lessons were popular in Remnant, as you might imagine. Children were expected to learn to swim almost before they learned to walk. There were swimming schools and swimming seminars and five-day swimming clinics offered regularly. Anyone who was a citizen in good and regular standing was expected to learn to swim. New comers to town were warned that it might take some time before they could swim well enough to actually reach Hawaii, but they were expected to begin swimming right away. All were encouraged by the thought that if they would do their part and try hard every day, sooner or later they would succeed in making it to Hawaii.

Some became so discouraged with trying and failing, trying and failing, that they left town. Others died in their attempts. But most everybody kept trying to swim to Hawaii until, one day, the inevitable happened.

A swimmer had just been forced to turn back toward shore, failing once again to make it to Hawaii, when he had what seemed to be a flash of insight. As soon as he got his breath, he began going up and down the beach and all around town asking, "Who says we have to live in Hawaii anyway? Do you realize how long we've been trying ot make it to Hawaii? Can you name even one person who had ever made it?" Before long, he gather quite a following, all asking the same question. And they came to the same conclusion. It is not necessary to go to Hawaii(obedience).

And they began to spread their good news far and near. Some people gladly accepted this new idea. Other fought against it. For a time, everyone in Remnant seemed to be discussing the new theology, the idea that even if they kept on trying to reach Hawaii, right up until they were taking to heaven, nobody would ever even come close. But, the good news claimed, it didn't matter.
So, now there were two groups, the one group still insisting that it was necessary to live in Hawaii, and the other group was sure that it was not. (But interestingly enough, both groups still went regularly to the beach to practice their swimming.)

Then came news of a third option. It sounded weird. It bypassed the beach entirely. The third option was to get acquainted with the airplane pilot and place yourself in His hands. Then you depend on Him to get you to Hawaii. And when you get on board the plane with the Pilot in control, all you have to do is rest. It is His business to get you to Hawaii.

It seemed difficult to understand at first. the questions came thick and fast. So what do you do? Do you wave your arms? Do you kick your feet? Do you jog up and down the aisle of the plane? When so many had failed to reach Hawaii in spite of the tremendous struggles and backbreaking work, how could anyone expect to reach that tropical paradise by resting? It sounded pleasant, but surely it was only a myth. Hawaii had always meant effort, lots of effort. Surely there must be some misunderstanding.

Some tried to explain that there was effort involved in getting acquainted with the Pilot, in boarding the plane, and even in the resting itself. But it didn't sound like real effort at all, not compared to that had been going on down at the beach.

The discussions about the third option went something like this: "Our part is to rest and to continue to place ourselves under the control of the Pilot."

Someone would look puzzled and ask, "Do you mean we don't have to go to Hawaii after all?"

"Yes, it is essential to go to Hawaii."

"Well, then we'd better get back down to the beach and stop standing around talking about it."

"No, we will never reach Hawaii by swimming for it."

"Then it is impossible to go to Hawaii."

"You mean we don't have to go?"

"Yes, we do. Living in Hawaii is possible. It is important. It is necessary."

"Then we'd better start swimming."

"No, no, no, we'd better head for the airport."

Little by little, here and there, people began to get the message. And as they did, they began to make regular trips to Hawaii. It was true that they didn't talk about going there. They talked about the Pilot and the airplane and the rest that was offered. As they continued to share and reach out to the tired swimmers, the good new began to spread.

What happened then? Well, some who had been the best swimmers and had ventured the farthest out into the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean were insulted. They were heard to say, "If they're letting people get to Hawaii by depending on someone else to take them there, then I don't want to go anyway." So they left the water and the beach and the town and moved to Las Vegas.

But some of the worst swimmers, who had barely managed to stay afloat, were among the fist ones to rush to the airport, and board the plane with the Pilot. Before too long, everyone had gone one way or the other. In the end, they beach was empty. Nobody went swimming anymore."

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Beloved Name of God...series.."Diadem of Beauty"


Diadem of Beauty

 
"In that day shall the LORD of host be for...
a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people."
Isaiah 28:5 KJV
 
 
  • Name of God the Father
  • God is referred to as a "diadem of beauty" once in the KJV.
  • A diadem is usually taken to mean a crown, but might also be translated as "a jeweled metal band worn around the head." It might also refer to a halo effect around one's head.
 Isaiah tells the people of Ephraim not to be too full of themselves (or their own wine). To God should go the praise for their prosperity. He is the Diadem of Beauty, and later Isaiah says the faith shall be "a crown of glory" and a "royal diadem" )Isaiah 62:3 KJV).
 
So that's how to sparkle! In living lives of adoration, we become jewels (tiny but nonetheless valuable) on the Diadem of Beauty that is our Marker.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Broader View of Her Life

So have I told you guys lately how much I love the little thrift store in a town nearby? Well last Sunday I spent a little time checking out the books and look at the gem I found! For 50 cents!! I loved reading through the Little House on the Prairie books just several years ago- like in the last 10 years. I had not read them before.
And even though I have just read the first chapter of this book - I know I am going to love it as well. The first chapter basically goes over some history of how her parents came to be and ended with her being born. Only the first chapter read, but of so much delightfulness from this book!
 
"It was during these years that Ma wrote a little school composition on the subject of "home."  She told of her own home, and how she loved it, and she put down a thought that she carried close to her heart forever."
 
Ma's daddy died when she was seven. Several years later when Ma was ten - her mother remarried. And probably several years after that is when they are talking about "during these years" in the paragraph above.
 
Here is what Ma wrote:
 
"How sweet and enduring is the name of home! What music in that sacred sound!
It is there we can have the society of our beloved parents, brothers, and sisters; and how delightful it is after the avocations of the day to assemble around the bright, blazing fire variously employed: perhaps one with a book, to read aloud some interesting story, for the benefit and amusement of us all.
Although the wind is whistling without and blowing the snow, in every direction, making drifts as high as the fences; yet we heed it not. But we oftentimes think of and pity those who have no comfortable home, to secure them from the inclemency of the weather.
Who could wish to leave home and wander forth in the world to meet its tempests and its storms? Without a mother's watchful care and a sister's tender love? Not one.
 They would very likely meet with some warm friends, and some that would try to make it pleasant for them, and appear as much like home as possible, for which they would be very grateful. Yet after all it would not be like home.
Then give me a place at home, a seat at m father's fireside, where all is so happy and free."
 
 
Someone tucked a couple of newspaper articles into the back of this book - one of them from 1997. I am going to see if I can scan them and share with a friend - I might share them here as well.
 
Maybe you have a thrift store near you- have you looked for books there? You might be surprised at the gems you find! :O)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

God Has Promised...series "Are You Lonely?"

This is very timely for me - since my husband is out of town. It does get lonely, but God is near. :O)
 

Are You Lonely?

 
We need never feel that we are alone. Angels are our companions. The Comforter that Christ promised to send in His name abides with us. In the way that leads to the City of God there are no difficulties which those who trust in Him may not overcome. There are no dangers which they may not escape. There is not a sorrow, not a grievance, not a human weakness, for which He has not provided a remedy.
None need abandon themselves to discouragement and despair. Satan may come to you with the cruel suggestion, "Yours is a hopeless case. You are irredeemable." But there is hope for you in Christ. God does not bid us overcome in our own strength. He asks us to come close to His side. Whatever difficulties we labor under, which weigh down soul and body, He waits to make us free. He who took humanity upon Himself knows how to sympathize with the sufferings of humanity. Not only does Christ know every soul, and the peculiar needs and trials of that soul, but He knows all the circumstances that chafe and perplex the spirit. His hand is outstretched in pitying tenderness to every suffering child.  The Ministry of Healing, p. 249.


Never feel that Christ is far away. He is always near. His loving presence surrounds you.
The Ministry of Healing, p. 85.

Jesus knows us individually, and is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. He knows us all by name. He knows the very house in which we live, the name of each occupant. He has at times given directions to His servants to go to a certain street in a certain city, to such a house, to find one of His sheep.  The Desire of Ages, p. 479.

At all times and in all places, in all sorrows and in all afflictions, when the outlook seems dark and the future perplexing, and we feel helpless and alone, the Comforter will be sent in answer to the prayer of faith. Circumstances may separate us from every earthly friend; but no circumstance, no distance, can separate us from the heavenly Comforter. Wherever we are, wherever we may go, He is always at our right hand to support, sustain, uphold, and cheer. The Desire of Ages, pp. 669,670.

We are never along. Whether we choose Him or not, we have a companion. Remember that wherever you are, whatever you do, God is there. ~The Ministry of Healing, p. 490

To those who... acquaint themselves with Christ, the earth will nevermore be a lonely and desolate place. It will be their Father's house, filled with the presence of Him who once dwelt among men.  ~ Education, p. 120.

God will not suffer one of His truehearted workers to be left alone, to struggle against great odds and be overcome. ~ The Ministry of Healing, p. 488


Not a sigh is breathed, not a pain felt, not a grief pierces the soul, but the throb vibrates to the Father's heart... God is bending from His throne to hear the cry of the oppressed. To every sincere prayer He answers, "Here am I." He uplifts the distressed and downtrodden. In all our afflictions He is afflicted. In every temptation and every trial the angel of His presence is near to deliver.  ~ The Desire of Ages, p. 356.

Every step in life may bring us closer to Jesus, may give us a deeper experience of His love, and may bring us one step nearer to the blessed home of peace. ~Steps to Christ, p. 125




Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Results are In.....

So last week - I had some blood work done. Since my cholesterol is elevated my Dr wanted me to take some cholesterol lowering meds, I have probably already told you about that. Anyway I really did not want to start taking the meds- especially after reading the side effects. I feel like I put my body through enough with the 2 different chemo drugs going through my body, so if I can take care of this naturally - I would like to.

I am really beginning to realize that high stress can really affect many things with your body. Now I believe that it also affects your cholesterol levels. We will start with the total cholesterol - it had gone up about 20 points. And the LDL- up about 20 points. But I am happy to report that my HDL went up 3 points and my Tri. went down about 25 points.  My husband worked in the Corpus Christi area for 2 weeks - when he left we had no idea of when he would be coming home. That was stressful. Once he got home- there was the fact that he could be going to Florida anytime. That weighing over our heads was stressful. He did not go to Florida but went back to the Houston area to help rebuild damaged equipment and again we are not sure how long he will be gone. I also think that the time period in August when I was really having a hard time with several things played a big role in the elevated numbers. But I am not giving up. I know that what I am doing is the best thing for me and I will continue to work towards better health. And an added benefit - is weight loss. Slow and steady but going in the right direction.

So from my blood work - I learned that stress plays a role in our health. Oh this is not news to me - I already realized that long ago- I feel that very high stress caused my cancer. I was just reminded of the fact that stress plays a role. And I need to incorporate more quiet time - and more prayer time. Feeling closer to God helps take care of stressful feelings. When we realize that God is in control - it is easier to handle the things that come our way.

I was also reminded of this beautiful prayer that I think would do us all a lot of good to say each day:
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There are things in our lives that we have no control over- we need to let God deal with those things.
There are things in our lives that we can change- and we need courage from God to make the changes needed. And we need wisdom from God sometimes to know the difference. Many times we think that we have to do it all- But there is a good reason why Philippians 4:13 in in the Bible:
 
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To remind us that it is through Christ's strength that we are to live our lives. We can depend on God to supply everything that we need- even courage, wisdom and strength!
 
I go to the Dr Wednesday to talk to her about the blood results and all- I figure we will set up more blood work to be done in 3-6 months. I hope she is at least with all the positive results from my healthier living. :O)
 
 
 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall in Texas....

It's really a good thing that I have learned to hold my plans loosely. This morning I work up with the intentions of volunteering at the Emergency Depot in a town nearby. When I drove up there - there were already 18 cars in the parking lot. I have volunteered enough to realize that it might be hard for them to be able to use more than that many people at one time - so I changed my plans for the day. A park I like to walk at is nearby so I made my way there.  With encouragement from my sister, I pushed myself to make 3 miles. It had been a couple of weeks since I had walked that long at one time, so it was the perfect time to do it. It was already getting warm outside but I pushed through.

Speaking of warm, our highs each day are in the 90's. It is suppose to be fall, but here it is pretty warm still - summer like.
When I got home from walking - I decided to get some weed eating done. I have an area of my drive way which got out of control and I am slowly working to get it under control. Yesterday I had gotten my front and back yard mowed(except my chicken yard). And had worked a bit on weed eating. I really enjoy seeing the results of these outdoor jobs.

I have my list already for the week and will start working at crossing things off. The sooner I get the list taken care of the sooner - I will be able to add some fun things in. Oh don't get me wrong - I don't just do all the chores with nothing fun- I just can add more fun into my week when I work to accomplish my to do list. It really gives an incentive when you have some fun activities added in here and there through out your week.

Oh and I got my blood results back - but I don't have any more time right now to share about them. Be watching for that tomorrow.

Well I hope you all are doing well. See you soon. :O)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Beloved Names of God...series.."Passover Lamb"

 

Passover Lamb

"Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch- as you really are.
For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed."
1 Corinthians 5:7 NIV
 
  • Name of God the Son
  • Jesus is referred to as the "Passover lamb" once in the NIV.
  • The blood of a lamb was used to mark the doors of Jewish households so they might be spared on the night God began the plagues of Egypt. This ritual is now celebrated as the feast of Passover.
  • In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul wrote to the Corinthians demanding that they deal with a case of immorality in their community, reminding them that Jesus died so they might be born anew. The "yeast" he spoke of referred to the earthly things that distract us from our true spiritual nature.
The original Passover lamb was to be male and without defect. Its death and blood marked the Hebrews and spared them from the plagues God visited on Egypt. The sacrifice of the lamb began the process by which the Jews, as a nation, were reborn- from slavery in Egypt to free people on their way to the Promised land.

Jesus was without defect and His blood marked the possibility of rebirth for each of us. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul reminded them, and through them us, that because of the sacrifice of God's very own Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ, humankind can be born again, free from the slavery of sin, and on our way to a heavenly home.
 
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~Ok- I just have to add here - on the 3rd point above - it say that the blood was used the night God began the plagues of Egypt- well if I am thinking correctly that actually was part of the very last plague- the last night before they were to leave Egypt. Anyway I just didn't want to put out information that was not correct.
 
Come back next week when we will look at "Diadem of Beauty"
 


Friday, September 22, 2017

God Has Promised...series "Are Your Trials More Than You Can Bear?"



 

Are Your Trials More Than You Can Bear?

"The fact that we are called upon to endure trial shows that the Lord Jesus sees in us something precious which He desires to develop. If He saw in us nothing whereby He might glorify His name, He would not spend time in refining us. He does not cast worthless stones into His furnace. It is valuable ore that He refines. The blacksmith puts the iron and steel into the fire that he may know what manner of metal they are. The Lord allows His chosen ones to be placed in the furnace of affliction to prove what temper they are of and whether they can be fashioned for His work."
 (in the "God Has Promised" book- they did not put the entire paragraph - I just added the last couple of sentences)
 
 
 "od has a purpose in sending trial to His children. He never leads them otherwise than they would choose to be led if they could see the end from the beginning, and discern the glory of the purpose that they are fulfilling. All that He brings upon them in test and trial comes that they may be strong to do and to suffer for Him."
 
 "God's love for His children during the period of their severest trial is as strong and tender as in the days of their sunniest prosperity;"
The rest of the paragraph - I am adding because I think it is very helpful as well:
"but it is needful for them to be placed in the furnace of fire; their earthliness must be consumed, that the image of Christ may be perfectly reflected."
 
"Seek the Lord for wisdom in every emergency. In every trial plead with Jesus to show you a way out of your troubles, and your eyes will be opened to behold the remedy and to apply to your case the healing promises that have been recorded in His Word. In this way the enemy will find no place to lead you into mourning and unbelief, but instead you will have faith and hope and courage in the Lord... Every draught of bitterness will be mingled with the love of Jesus, and in place of complaining of the bitterness, you will realize that Jesus' love and grace are so mingled with sorrow that it has been turned into subdued, holy, sanctified joy." ~ Selective Message, book 2, pp. 273-274.
 
"The precious Savior will send help just when we need it. The way to heaven is consecrated by His footprints. Every thorn that wounds our feet has wounded His. Every cross that we are called to bear, He has borne before us. The Lord permits conflicts, to prepare the soul for peace." Colporteur Ministry, p. 116
 
"Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us, of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service and honor of God supreme will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path before their feet." The Desire of Ages, pg. 330.  
 
"Those who are finally victorious will have season of terrible perplexity and trial in their religious life; but they must not cast away their confidence, for this is a part of their discipline in the school of Christ, and it is essential in order that all dross may be purged away."
~Messages to Young People, p. 63
 
 "If received in faith, the trial that seems so bitter and hard to bear will prove a blessing. The cruel blow that blights the joys of earth will be the means of turning our eyes to heaven. How many there are who would never have known Jesus had not sorrow led them to seek comfort in Him!"
 
"We need not keep our own record of trials and difficulties, griefs, and sorrows. All these things are written in the books, and heaven will take care of them."
~The Ministry of Healing, pg. 487.
 
 
 "The Saviour is by the side of His tempted and tried ones. With Him there can be no such thing as failure, loss, impossibility, or defeat;"
 the rest of the sentence:
  "we can do all things through Him who strengthens us. When temptations and trials
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come, do not wait to adjust all the difficulties, but look to Jesus, your helper. "
 


Monday, September 18, 2017

Busy... How about you?

Hello~ so this is gonna be a busy week. And at this point next week doesn't look as full, but this week is only beginning so there is no telling what will be added to next week. Especially since I took my MIL to the Dr today. While there he suggested another test to be done. Looking to see if the heart has improved any since she had a blood clot several months back and lots of pressure was put on the heart. If the heart is alright- he really wants her to brpegin to exercise. He said that when a person is younger and they go into the hospital they tend to bounce back but the older we ge the harder to bounce back. And he told her that in order to build her energy level back up and he capacity of doing things- she would need to exercise. Sadly she has not exercised hardly at all throughout her long life- and seems very resistant to starting now. I tried to share with her that exercising usually isn't something people start don't no because they like don't no it. Most people I know that exercise- started off doing nag it because it was the right thing to do. And usually you are able to find some kind of exercise that you enjoy. There are so many benefits to exercising- it's worth it to use self discipline to start don't no it- you will find that you enjoy it. Some days it's harder than others for me to accomplish exercising for the day. But when I do I find I am happier and glad I did it! I hope my MIL will see the benefits and be will to start putting out effort. Our health doesn't just happen, like many other things, we have to work to make it good. Anyway- so there is a god d chance that I could be taking her for the echocardiogram next week.

So I have begun volunteering at the Emergancy Depot in a nearby town. Right now I'm only going once a week. During weeks that I'm not so busy I may start going twice a week. I am also helping with the food bank at my church. We will be having it tomorrow late afternoon. I am thankful I have the opportunity to help people. It's great to be able to make a small difference in someone else's life.

This week I am also going to be having blood work done. My Dr wants to see how my cholesterol is doing. It had been high. She had wanted me to go on meds, but I wanted to try lowering it by making better choices. The first time we checked after my lifestyle change found most of my bad numbers lowered by 50 points. I'm hoping to see those kinds of differences in my numbers this time as well. I will let you know. I don't see her till next week.

Well I am super tired, so I'm gonna close for now. Hope you are all doing well. :)


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Beloved Names of God...series... God of All Comfort


God of All Comfort

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3 KJV
  • Name of God the Father
  • God is referred to as the "God of all comfort" once in the KJV.
  • The name God of All Comfort implies that God is the source from which all good things flow.
  • In 2 Corinthians 1, Paul was writing to the church in Corinth. He begins by introducing himself as "an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God" and then goes on to bless them in the name of the Father of mercies and the "God of all comfort."
No doubt the  young father thought he was sharing the load when he and his family went swimming in the hotel pool. While his wife took their baby into the changing room, he took his two-year-old son with him. He did a good job putting the child's needs first, and he spoke in soothing tones. But despite telling him how much fun it was going to be in the pool, the little boy cried for his mother the whole time. His sobs were heartbreaking. In reality, the mother wouldn't have done anything differently from the father, but her mere presence was a comfort to the child. We have a similar relationship with God. Without Him, we are desolate and no one can take His place.

The young family did have a good time splashing in the pool. Harmony was restored once the little boy was reunited with his source of comfort.
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Next week we will look at "Passover Lamb" Hope you have a happy Sabbath day. :O) 

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Attitude of Gratitude...series Day 5 and 6

Today we will be doing day 5 and 6 assignments - basically because half of day 5 is advertisement.

Day 5:

Today, try to call or write three people on the list you made yesterday, to express your gratitude for their influence and ministry in your life. ....... (advertising her thank you cards)...

Day 6:

Paul instructed the Ephesians believers to "give thanks always for all things...." (Eph. 5:20).

One man of God told of meditating on this verse while he was brushing his teeth one morning. He was challenged by the thought of thanking God for everything! He said, "I began by thanking God for my toothbrush. Then I thanked Him for the toothpaste. Then I realized I had never thanked God for my teeth!" He went on to ask this probing question: "If tomorrow's supply depended on today's thanksgiving, how much would I have tomorrow?"

As you go through this day, try to consciously thank God for all things....small things and big thing!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

God Has Promised ....series "Are You Discouraged?"

 

Are You Discouraged?

It is Satan's work to discourage the soul; it is Christ's work to inspire with faith and hope.
~The Desire of Ages, p. 249
 
Satan is ready to steal away the blessed assurances of God. He desires to take every glimmer of hope and every ray of light from the soul; but you must not permit him to do this. Exercise faith; fight the good fight of faith; wrestle with these doubts; become acquainted with the promises.
~Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 629.
 
Christian life is more than many take it to be. It does not consist wholly in gentleness, patience, meekness, and kindliness. These graces are essential; but there is need also of courage, force, energy, and perseverance. The path that Christ marks out is a narrow, self-denying path. To enter that path and press on through difficulties and discouragements requires men who are more than weaklings. ~The Ministry of Healing, p. 497.
 
Instead of thinking of your discouragements, think of the power you can claim in Christ's name....
Let your thoughts be directed to the evidences of the great love of God for you.
 Faith can endure trial, resist temptation, bear up under disappointment. Jesus lives as our advocate. All is ours that His mediation secures....All experiences and circumstances are God's workman whereby good is brought to us.
~ Ibid., pp. 488, 489.
 
When in faith we take hold of His strength, He will change, wonderfully change,
the most hopeless, discouraging outlook.
~ Testimonies, vol. 8, p. 12.
 
Do not dishonor God by words of repining, but praise Him with heart and soul and voice. .... Do this, and see how smoothly everything will go. 
~Selected Messages, book 2, p. 267.
 
Some look always at the objectionable and discouraging features, and therefore discouragement overtakes them. They forget that the heavenly universe is waiting to make them agencies of blessing to the world; and than the Lord Jesus is never-failing storehouse from which human beings may draw strength and courage.  There is no need for despondency and apprehension. The time will never come when the shadow of Satan will not be cast athwart our pathway... But our faith should pierce this shadow. God calls for cheerful co-workers, who refuse to become discouraged and disheartened by opposing agencies. The Lord is leading us, and we may go forward courageously, assured that He will be with us, as He was in past years.
 ~ Gospel Workers, pp. 265, 266.
 
We are too quickly discouraged, and earnestly cry for the trial to be removed from us, when we should plead for patience to endure and grace to overcome.
~Testimonies, vol. 1, p. 310
 
I have seen the tender love that God has for His people, and it is very great. I saw angels over the saints with their wings spread about them. Each saint had an attending angel. If the saints wept through discouragement, or were in danger, the angels that ever attended them would fly quickly upwards to carry the tidings, and the angels in the city would cease to sing.... And all the angels in the city would weep....But if the saints fixed their eyes upon the prize before them, and glorified God by praising Him, then the angels would bear the glad tidings to the city, and the angels in the city would touch their golden harps and sing with a loud vice...And the heavenly arches would ring with their lovely songs.
~My Life Today, p. 302.
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Next Week we will look at quotes for "Are Your Trials More Than You Can Bear?"
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Special Race We Are In....

Today's post is an excerpt from the book I am reading - "The Answer is Prayer" by Morris L. Venden. Lately I have had a lot of questions about prayer so this has been the perfect book for me to read. I am making my way through it slowly...digesting it slowly.
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"My friend Jay Davis sent me and excerpt from a graduation talk he gave which I have prized and which I would like to share:

There is great interest and excitement these days created by the Olympic games. There is also growing support for a movement called the Special Olympics, a program that gives those specially challenged- the handicapped- a chance to strive, a chance to feel the thrill of putting their best on the line. They are invited to run, all out, to a friend or family member who calls encouragement from the finish line. No matter if the performance is awkward or clumsy. Everyone who finishes is a winner and is given a prize and hugs and glory.

Every time I witness one of these contest, I choke up because, you see, I am handicapped. I have a birth defect. I am a born sinner. And waiting at the finish line of this special race I'm in, reaching out to me and calling to me, is my beloved Father, who loves me- why, I don't understand. I'm slow and clumsy and awkward. My limbs won't work the way I want them to. Sometimes I look away from Him and stumble. I get off course and fall down, embarrassed and ashamed. But I have an Elder Brother beside me who helps me when I fall, who holds me up, and who even carries me.

Now, throughout this race, there is a heckler who delights in browbeating me. He keeps telling me there's no use to keep coming to my Father. He says that my Father at the finish line is disgusted with my performance, that I'm just making a spectacle of myself for nothing. However, when I look in the face of my loving Father, He is always there, reaching out to me.

"But I've shamed You," I cry.

He calls back, "Get up. Just keep coming."

And I am beginning to realize that the others in this special race- all with birth defects - are not my competitors at all. They are running to their Father, just as I am, struggling to finish, because everyone who keeps coming until the end of the race is a winner.

The longer this race continues, the more my attention span lengthens. Distractions grow weaker, and I can see His face more clearly. He does want me to get there~ This is becoming a glorious race, as He keeps reaching out to me, encouraging me to keep coming to Him, even when I falter.

The day is not far off when each one of us can stumble in our awkwardness across the finish line and lurch into His waiting arms. He'll gather you in, and clasp you in His arms, and you''ll know you're a winner- because He kept calling you, and you kept coming to Him. He's there, waiting for you, because He loves you. He really loves you."   

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Special Song For Today

So it seems like every 9/11 I listen to this song at least a time or two. It was a day that changed many peoples lives - even those of us who did not personally lose someone. And I like to take some time every year on this day to ponder where I have come from and where I am going.



So my husband spent 16 days in south Texas - Corpus Christi, Victoria, Beaumont, Bay City, Houston area. I was happy to see him when he got back yesterday! He did not come home empty handed - he brought me these and brought me and each of our boys a bag of beaver nuggets....lol - Something Buc-ee's sells...

Yes my cats have gotten into my roses, can you tell?
 
There is a chance that he and his crew might have to go to the Florida area - we don't know for sure about that.
 
I will check back in when I get a chance - I have some errands I need to run. See you soon. :O)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Beloved Names of God... Series.. Friend of Sinners

Friend of Sinners

 
"Behold...a friend of publicans and sinners."
Matthew 11:19 KJV
 
 
  • Name of God the Son
  • Jesus is referred to as a "friend of sinners" twice in the KJV.
  • Jesus associated with tax collectors and prostitutes whom polite Jewish society shunned.
  • In Matthew 11:19, Jesus was pointing out that just as John the Baptist was not fully appreciated because of his unusual lifestyle neither was He fully appreciated because of the imperfect nature of the people He associated with.
Jesus contrasted His lifestyle with John the Baptist's and ended by saying, "But wisdom is justified of her children." (Matthew 11:19 KJV).
 
John and Jesus were the children of wisdom. Their styles didn't matter, their works were the important thing. In John's case, it was to prepare the way. In Jesus' case, it was to come from God straight to those in the greatest need; the publicans and sinners.
 
Jesus was prepared to put up with scorn, ridicule, and death to be a Friend of Sinners. Let us be "children of wisdom" as well and be wise enough to say, "Lord, I am a sinner. Be my friend."
 
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Come back next Sabbath as we look at "God of All Comfort"  :O)


Friday, September 8, 2017

The Attitude of Gratitude...series Day 4

Day 4

Make a list of other individuals who have blessed or touched your life in some way. You may want to include pastors, teachers, friends, business associates, neighbors, authors, leaders of Christian ministries, etc. As you write each name, ask yourself, "Have I ever thanked that person for the way God has used him/her in my life?" Put a check mark next to each individual to whom you have expressed gratitude.
 
 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Importance of Setting a Baseline

Making a goal helps you achieve that goal. Last year my sister and I went to a 6 week Diabetes class. During this class we had a session in which we were encouraged to set goals for the next week. We were to set a goal that we were at least 75-80% that we could accomplish. Then we each shared what our goal was going to be. The next week we would again get into our circle and share with the class how we did on our goal. Each we would were encouraged to set another goal for the next week. It was amazing how we as the weeks progressed - we were more likely to set goals that we were going to meet. And each week we did better and better at accomplishing our goals. This section of our class taught me the importance of setting goals.

In July of 2016 when I first set my 50 by 50 goal, I knew that exercising would be a good part of what would help me accomplish my goal. I have done my best to do a decent amount of exercising each week. It's just what I do. I put exercising on my to do list - right up there in the morning along with my quiet time and taking care of my animals. And most every day I try to do some official exercising.

It is important to set a minimum amount of exercising that you do each week. You come closer on those week that you are really busy to make sure you at least do your minimum when you have set a baseline for yourself.

What I have set as my baseline is to walk or work out at least 30 minutes 3X a week. And work out using weights at last 2X a week. Now when you set this baseline, don't use it as a will I only have to do this much. This baseline is set in order to help you at least get that much done each week. You do your best to at least do that much each week. And if you are able to do more - than that is even better. Usually when I walk - I generally walk from 40 minutes to 1 hour. But if time is limited - then, because I have set this baseline - I will do my best to either walk for 30 minutes or do a 30 minute workout.

When you set goals - you are more likely to actually accomplish what you have set as your goals. So if there are things that you would like to incorporate into your life - how about pray about it and ask God to help you set a baseline goal. And then do your best to accomplish that goal.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

God Has Promised..series... Do You Feel Sad?

Do You Feel Sad?

 

All heaven is interested in the happiness of man. Our heavenly Father does not close the avenues of joy to any of His creatures. ~ Step to Christ, p. 46.
 
Do no think that God wishes us to yield up everything which it is for our happiness here to retain. He requires us to give up only that which it would not be for our good and happiness to retain. ~ Testimonies, vol. 2, p. 588.
 
God would not have any of us remain pressed down by dumb sorrow, with sore and breaking hearts....Oh, the blessed Savior stands by many whose eyes are so blinded by tears that they do not discern Him. He longs to clasp our hands firmly, while we cling to Him in simple faith, imploring Him to guide us...If we will let the comfort and peace of Jesus into our lives, we shall be kept close to His great heart of love. ~ Selected Messages, book 2, pp. 257,258.
 
Many are sad and discouraged, weak in faith and trust. Let them do something to help someone more needy than themselves, and they will grow strong in God's strength. Christian Service, p. 151.
 
Do not allow the perplexities and worries of everyday life to fret your mind and cloud your brown. If you do, you will always have something to vex and annoy. Life is what we make it, and we shall find what we look for. If we look for sadness and trouble....we shall find plenty of them to engross our thoughts and our conversation. But if we look on the bright side of things, we shall find enough to make us cheerful and happy. ~ The Adventist Home, p. 430.
 
When the mind is free and happy from a sense of duty well done and the satisfaction of giving happiness to others, the cheering, uplifting influence brings new life to the whole being. ~The Ministry of Healing, p. 257.
 
Those who take Christ at His word, and surrender their souls to Him keeping, their lives to His ordering, will find peace and quietude. Nothing of the world can make them sad when Jesus makes them glad by His presence. ~ The Desire of Ages, p. 331.
 
When the Spirit of God takes possession of the heart, it transforms the life. Sinful thoughts are put away, evil deeds are renounced; love, humility, and peace take the place of anger, envy, and strife. Joy takes the place of sadness, and the countenance reflects the light of heaven. No one sees the hand that lifts the burden, or beholds the light descend from the courts above. The blessing comes when by faith the soul surrenders itself to God. _Ibid. p. 173.
 
It is the duty of God's children to be cheerful. They should encourage a happy frame of mind. God cannot be glorified by His children living continually under a cloud and casting a shadow wherever they go. ~ Ellen G. White, in Review and Herald, April 28, 1859.