Category: encouraging verses

He’s waiting for you… (day 24)

24 till 40 Draw near to God, He is waiting for you! 

You would think by now, I would continue to remember this, but I don’t. 

I live it for a while, 

and then I get busy and continue on with my life 

forgetting what I’ve learned. 

But God is patient with me. 

He is there.  Waiting for me. 

Waiting for me to have time for Him again. 

I’m talking about spending time with God.  Devotions.  Quiet time in prayer. 

Psalm 46:10a “Be still, and know that I am God.” 

Reading His word.  Devoting time to & for Him. 

James 4:8a reads, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” 

As an adult, a period of time that I remember being close to God, is when I was spending time with Him.  Daily.  And one of my favorite ways is to journal about my walk with Him.  My prayers to Him. 

I am a paper person.  I love to write.  I love to make lists.  I need to be able to see things on paper.  I need to be able to hold it in my hands.  See my concerns, my joys, my struggles all written down,

but then more importantly,

I need it written down, so that I can look back and see where God was in the midst of it all.  To document His work in my life.  To see how He answered my prayers. 

So that I don’t forget. 

A few years ago, my son & husband had their tonsils out on the same day.  Now, as stressful and exhausting as that month of recuperating was for them (&me), I remember it as a time that my walk with God was sweet.  I read His word.  Studied it.  Had time with Him.  I can look back at my prayer journal and see the answered prayer.  See the struggles and worries, yet, I knew God was with me (us). 

I have been a Christian since I was a child.  I am saved by grace.  Jesus took on my sins and died for me.  Even more importantly, He rose again.  He waits for me in heaven.  Because He died, I can live for eternity with Him. 

You can live for eternity with Him too! 

Simply recognize that you are a sinner.  Confess to Him your sin and your need to have Him in your heart (life).  Tell Him that you want to live for Him.  Acknowledge that He died on the cross for YOUR sins and that He rose again.  Ask Him to guide you and direct you. 

He will! 

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Revelation 3: 20 says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” 

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

Romans 10:9  “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” 

He created the seasons (day 29)

I love winter! 

I love snow and the way that it makes the earth look lovely. 

I love snuggling up under a warm blanket with a steaming hot cup of coffee. 

I love taking a drive or running errands while the tiny little flakes fall to the ground. 

Winter is definitely my favorite season. 

I love the fact that when God created the earth, He thought of the seasons.  He thought of the transformations & changing that the earth could go through as time passes.  I love the Creator, and I love His creations. 

Daniel 2: 21 says “He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them.  He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 reads “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…” 

I made the ATC pictured above for a “Favorite Season ATC” swap over on sistv.com.  The little penguin was cut on my Cricut Expression.  The stamped sentiment was from papertreyink.com

Only 29 days till I turn 40! 

love is…

Is this the love that you have towards others? 

I know, many times, I fail at love, true love

This is a lesson that I am still working on.  I expect it from others, towards me…but I tend to forget these things in return. 

How about you?  Does this describe the way you love others? 

(…33 days till 40…) 

34 days…beauty is fleeting

Geeze Louise….in 34 days, I will be 40.  Yowza! 

Beauty is Fleeting 

(The older I get, and the older I look & feel, the more I realize that is sooooo true!  Wrinkles are appearing where once skin was smooth….arms that were once more fit and now slightly flabby….) 

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” 

I Samuel 16:7b says “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 

In 1 Peter 3:3-6, we read “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.” 

In 40 years, I have seen many beautiful women.  Women that seemed to have it all together.  Perfect skin.  Perfect figure.  Perfect teeth, hair, clothes…everything.  But they were horribly ugly on the inside.  They were mean, deceitful, liars, gossips, full of negativity, hate, greed….. 

And yet, the opposite can be true too.  You can meet the most loving, kind, compassionate, normal looking woman and she will truly be beautiful.  She simply ooozes beauty.  She is joyful.  She is merciful.  She possesses the fruits of the Spirit and God’s love shines through her.  Galatians 5:22&23  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” 

How much time do I spend a day getting ready?  Showering?  Doing my makeup & hair? 

How much time do I spend daily in God’s word? 

…something to think about…

{40 till 40} day 37

Pick your battles 

I don’t even remember where I first heard this quote, but I try to use it. 

Whether with my husband, son or whomever.  Pick your battles. 

Is the issue you are about to discuss/argue/bring to conversation, worth the time/effort/hurt that may be caused by it? 

Have I tried to see it from their point of view?  Is it something that really matters in the big scope of things? 

Am I mentioning it, simply to make a point??  MY point? 

1 Peter 4:8 says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 

Colossians 3:12 reads “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” 

{40 till 40} day 38

Stop & smell the coffee  I’m not sure this qualifies as a lesson I’ve learned in my 40 years, but it’s something that I’ve grown to appreciate. The little things. Things that some people take for granted, or overlook,   

I take great joy in. 

Like, fresh hot coffee. 

or snow days. 

or Sunday drives. 

or homemade cookies fresh from the oven. 

or Christmas music. 

or snuggling up on the couch with a good book/laptop & my favorite pet beside me. 

or a date with my hubby, even if it’s just going to get coffee… 

or happy time spent with my teen. 

or sitting on my swing in the sunshine. 

or lunch with friends. 

The little things in life make me happy. 

Proverbs 14:30 “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” 

Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”   

**Speaking of snow days, today is a snow day!!!!  Enjoying my coffee as I type.  Received my first Studio Calico monthly scrapbooking kit yesterday, so I am planning on scrapping a lot today!!!  Tune in tomorrow after 40 till 40 and hopefully I will have some scrappiness to post! 

{40 till 40} day 39

May sound like an odd thing to say, Satan isn’t stupid, but as a Christian, in today’s world, we need to be reminded of this.  I need to remember this.  As a mother, a wife, a friend, a woman of Christ, I need to be prepared for the temptations of the world, day in & day out.  This is a day to day struggle as we stand firm in our faith. It’s important to remind myself of this as I see his (satan’s) work in the lives of those I love and those around me.  He is trying hard to destroy those whose hope is in Christ. Satan knows exactly what your weakness is.  He knows exactly how hard he needs to push before you are willing to give in. 

He is a liar.  

The Bible calls him the father of lies.  John 8:44 says “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” 

He will tell you what you want to hear. 

He will make the lies seem ok. 

He will make the sin seem not so bad. 

The old saying could apply to him, “give him an inch & he’ll take a mile”.  Give in to his ways, little sins that don’t seem “that bad” and he will continue to creep further and further into your life. 

Whether it is the sin of adultery, lust, greed, or gossip.  Satan knows how to twist the truth enough.  Just the slightest bit, to make it seem like the truth.  To make it seem like it won’t hurt anyone, that it’s for the best. 

We need to remember this!!  We need to be ready!! 

The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:8:  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…” 

But remember, God also tells us what we can do to fight against the devil.  James 4:7: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

I’m not saying that I have learned this lesson and I’m done.  I’m saying that this is something that remains on my mind as I see families, (especially Christian families) around me crumble.  I feel that Satan has “gained control” of most things in today’s world…the media…music…TV…movies….what is left? 

Where can he cause the most damage? 

In our homes.  In our families.  In our children’s lives.  In our marriages. 

Stand firm!  Be vigilant!  Resist the devil!  

{40 till 40} day 40

Whew! Can’t believe it.  In 40 days, I will be 40! When you are young, 40 seems like forever away, but suddenly, you find yourself approaching 40 and wonder where time has gone. 

SO,  I have decided to blog, what I am calling “40 till 40”.  Basically, it will be 40 lessons that I have learned / or am learning.   Some may be funny….some may be serious…we shall see where this takes us! 

God’s plan is the best. This is a lesson that has taken me the last 15 years to learn & accept

Prior to getting married, I took for granted my fertility.  When dreaming about your marriage & future family, most girls never stop to think about infertility.  It’s not something that you question.  You assume that you will be in charge of the size of your family, (depending on your beliefs about birth control).  I always pictured myself, husband & 2 kids.  That was the size of my family growing up.  It seemed like a perfect number.  One parent/one kid.  Never imagining that even conceiving one child would be difficult. 

But, God had other plans for my life. 

One child.  Not 2.  Not 5.  Not 19. 

One. 

One child that took over a year to conceive.  Month after month, many negative pregnancy tests, many late periods, hopes would begin and then be dashed.  I couldn’t understand it.  Why?  Why me?  Why us? 

But it was God’s timing.  Not mine.  He was in control. 

Finally, I was pregnant.  I was more than ecstatic.  I had dreamed and waited for this!  Then 3 solid months of “morning-n00n-night” sickness set in.  I was miserable, but it was ok.  As long as God was protecting the baby inside me, I was fine with not feeling well. 

9 months later, a healthy, beautiful boy was born.  He was (& is) a precious gift from God. 

But, I was still planning out my life.  Thinking that I knew what was in store for us, as a family. 

So, almost 2 years later, we began to desire another child.  Seemed logical.  A playmate.  A brother or sister.  But, that wasn’t what God had in store for our family. 

Now, my son is almost 16.  No brothers.  No sisters.  Just him.  A single blessing from God. 

Is this what I had planned for my life?  Was this the family I dreamed of?  No. 

Did I have many times that I questioned God?  Absolutely. 

It made me doubt myself as a mom.  As a woman.  As a wife.  People all around me where having more children.  Not me.  Wasn’t I a good enough parent?  Didn’t God think I could handle more than one? 

For 15 years I struggled with those questions.  Yes, I knew that there are many women that would love to have one child.  I understand that & I am very thankful for the one that I do have. 

Do I always understand why things happen in my life?  No.  Does God’s plan always align with mine?  Definitely not. 

But I’m ok with that now

God has walked me down this path for a reason.  His reason.  God’s plan is best. 

It’s not always easy.  Nor do we always understand it.  But, God’s plan is best.

The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  In Proverbs 16:9, God tells us “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”   

God’s plan is best. 

a new year {2010}

Wow.  2010.  It just doesn’t seem possible! 

The last puzzle piece of 2009 is in place and a new year begins. 

I feel like I should be setting goals, planning projects, dreaming, reaching, achieving… and at the same time, I seem to be stuck in the same.  The here & now of my life.  Afraid to take risks.  To try something new.  Just comfortable. 

Maybe it’s a stay-at-home mom issue.  A feeling of not “doing anything”.  No importance.  No significance.  Just blah.   

Maybe it’s an “almost 40” thing.  I didn’t think that turning 40, (which I will do in mid-February), would be a big deal.  The closer it gets, the more daunting it becomes. 

I’m not sure what it is.  But I’m not a big fan of this feeling. 

Maybe it’s spiritual.  I will be honest, my daily devotions, time spent with God, hasn’t happened much lately.  I know I am saved.  I know He loves me.  I do spend a lot of time talking to God.  Praying.  But time in His Word, is where I fail. 

Seems like here I am again.  New year.  Same feeling.  Clinging to these verses…

  • Jeremiah 29:11-14a   “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD,…”