Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday's Inspiration: Only Fools




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Friday, October 24, 2014

A Spirit of Gratitude (A Day Late, but Still Grateful)

oops!!  I didn't get around to hitting the publish button yesterday to get the weekly Spirit of Gratitude up on Thursday as usual.  It happens.  But whether on a Thursday, or a Friday - I am still thankful.  Here's this week's list...


I AM THANKFUL FOR
Tea and bagels
Dancing with the grand baby
The Man of the House fixing dinner
Peach tea
Family yard work day
Watching scary movies with the Man of the House
The Male Offspring playing guitar
Crockpot Gumbo
The grand baby playing at the park
Warm Autumn days
Breakfast for dinner
Chilly Autumn morning
Lunch with my dad
Playing outside with the Grand Baby


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Don't You Care?

"Lord, don't you care?"

Martha said it...  when all the demands started to make her feel overwhelmed. The long to-do list of running a household, taking care of her family, entertaining guests.   "But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" (Luke 10.40)

The disciples said it... when the storm felt too big, too strong, and they feared they would be overtaken. "A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, 'Teacher, don't you care if we drown?'" (Mark 4.37-38)

And most of us at some point or another have probably said it.  When all the demands press down on us. When the storm raged around us.  When we feel buried under our worries.  Leaving us overwhelmed, tired, confused.

"Lord, don't you care?"


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"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5.7)

Yes, He cares.

Even when you feel lost and alone.  He's there. When it feels hopeless. He's working it out for good.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8.28)

Take your eyes off the circumstances.  Stop focusing on the many things. Stay focused on the One thing that matters.  The One who can quiet the storms.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Spirit of Gratitude - October 16

I AM THANKFUL FOR

Cookie cake
The sound of rain
The Male Offspring's musical talent
Bright full moon in the pre-dawn sky
Ray of sun breaking through clouds
Leftovers for lunch
Vacation planning
Homemade pizza
Another Etsy order!
The Man of the House getting a free haircut for his birthday
New curtains for bedroom - on sale!
Suddenly there is fall color everywhere
Putting stuff back in the bedroom
Overtime nail-biter games
Delicious (and easy) chicken recipe
Misty mountain days
The power coming back on after about an hour
A crock pot of soup on a stormy day
The male offspring laughing

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Remain

"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." (John 15:4)

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Remain  (verb)

1)  to be a part not destroyed, taken, or used up.
** In Christ you are not something destroyed or used up.  You can not, will not, ever be taken by the enemy.  You are safe in His refuge.  His fortress.  You are whole.  Worthy.  Loved

2)  to be something yet to be shown, done, or treated
**  In Christ, you are a work in progress.  God's glory is always waiting (always remains) to be shown in you.  What He can fully do through your life is waiting to be shown. Waiting to be done.

3)  to stay in the same place or with the same person or group
4)  to continue unchanged
**  God is faithful.  Never changing.  Constant.  When all else fades away - He remains.


 
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When You Feel As If You Are Falling

Ever felt like you were sliding down a long, steep slope?   Slipping down, faster and faster?  Everything out of control?  Nothing to hold onto.  Nothing to stop your downward descent.  Alone. In the dark.

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You don't have to be afraid.  You don't have to despair.  No matter how bad things might seem... no matter your circumstances.  God will not let you fall!!

He will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you.  (1 Peter 5 10)

He will turn your darkness into light.  (2 Samuel 22.29)

He will provide you with his full armor.  (Ephesians 6.10)

He will provide you with a refuge.  A fortress. (Psalm 91.2)

He will help you to overcome! (1 John 5.5)

Seek Him. Turn to Him.  And there you will find the comfort, the security, the answers you need. A safe place to land.


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