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I have exciting news!  I’m going to start posting a weekly blog post beginning today!  I’ll be covering more Scripture verses and give you an opportunity to study it for yourself for a week.  Obviously, John 20:6 is the Scripture about the resurrection of Christ – HE AROSE!!!  Without the resurrection of Christ, Christmas would be meaningless.

Today we have joy, peace, and HOPE that was not possible before God raised Christ from the dead!  Aren’t we thankful for what Jesus did for us on Calvary and beyond?  When the stone was rolled away and God raised Christ from the dead…  salvation’s wondrous plan was done.  All that’s left is for us to believe and with faith, trust that God through Christ has us in His very capable hands – and with His Holy Spirit, will help us navigate our way through.

I’ve heard so many sermons about this passage of Scripture.  We know that Peter was a bold sort – a fisherman by trade – we might call him rugged, unpolished, a diamond in the rough.  He’s the sort who speaks before thinking and ends up having to apologize later.  That may sound familiar to some.  LOL!

For this week, I want us to think about 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

I was taught that a verse that begins with THEREFORE needs to be investigated further.  We need to know what came before this verse, so we know what it is THERE FOR… so – verse 15 says:

As God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.  – 2 Corinthians 4:15

It’s not that I’m against doing all I can to preserve myself outwardly – believe me.  I don’t welcome these crows feet around my eyes at all – but I try to call them smile lines to keep it positive.  The question really is, does your outward maintenance mean more than your inward maintenance?  So much mental struggle could be helped if we’d just put as much importance on studying God’s Word as we do on spa days for the outward body.  Let’s face it, when we get to Heaven, God’s not going to ask me how many spa days I took (which I could count on one hand) – but He will ask how many times I shared the gospel of Christ with others.

True Christianity is about living a balanced life.  God gave us one body and one soul, along with a great owner’s manual, if we’ll take the time to read it.  The Bible teaches us so much about ourselves and how to care for body, soul and mind.

I had a friend who always tried to put things together without reading instructions.  It made me crazy!  He’d end up with extra pieces – or needing pieces, then scratched his head because he couldn’t figure out how that happened.  Really?

Have a wonderful week and leave this blog some love if you like it.  Thanks!  🙂

 

 

 

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WHAT YOU THINK UPON GROWS DAY

TL 5-31 WHAT YOU THINK UPON GROWS DAYFinally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things.  – Philippians 4:8

THINK ABOUT JESUS

In case you think that positive thinking is a new thing…  take a look at this Scripture in Philippians, written so long ago by the Apostle Paul!  We’re encouraged to think on the following:

  • THINGS THAT ARE TRUE.  There isn’t much truth to be found in the world today, is there?  If you follow politics at all, you know how often the subject of dishonesty and crookedness comes up.  Sadly, we know more about what truth does NOT look like than what it does look like.  What is true – what do we need to think about and focus our attention on?  Glad you asked.  The same Bible written so long ago is the inspired Word of God Himself.  It is what we trust without question.  We make decisions after consulting it and praying to our God through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior, the only One we can depend on completely.  A true thought is one that aligns with God’s laws and ways.
  • THINGS THAT ARE HONORABLE.  Honor is not a word we hear much anymore.  Do people in our world today know what it means?  It is a thought worthy of reputation; a thought that deserves respect or esteem. An honorable thought is what is right while transacting business, but it embraces also much more, and means that the Christian is to show respect to all the venerable and proper customs of society, when they did not violate conscience or interfere with the law of God.
  • THINGS THAT ARE JUST.  A just thought is one that “squares” with God, with your neighbor and with yourself.  It agrees with God’s justice and His righteousness.  It’s not judging, for only God is a judge for humanity – rather it is a thought that never gives up and holds out hope for everyone, for we know that’s what Jesus does.  He wants everyone to come to Him for saving grace.  Whosoever surely meaneth me…  and anyone else who will come to Christ for salvation.
  • THINGS THAT ARE PURE.  A pure thought refers to the state of mind and behavior of the body.  We need God’s help to achieve all of these, but in our day and age, to have pure thoughts is not possible without God’s Holy Spirit.  The moral standards these days do not lend themselves to chastity, but that does not mean that God accepts less than His best from us.  God gave you one mind and one body.  He wants HIS best for you.  He does not want you to settle for anything less.  He wants to help you develop pure thoughts and pray for the right relationship in His perfect time.
  • THINGS THAT ARE LOVELY.  A lovely thought is productive and positive in its intention.  It’s born of a good clean way of living and proper code of conduct.  It has to do with a temperament check that God’s Holy Spirit is happy to perform on His children if they ask Him to.  Think of it this way…  if we are children of a patient, loving Heavenly Father, how does it look to others if we are sour, crabby or irritable?  How confusing that must be to them!  It’s not helpful and does not reflect well on Christianity to find fault with everything, is it?  Keep your temper in check – better yet, ask God’s Holy Spirit to “check” it.  He will.
  • THINGS THAT ARE OF GOOD REPORT.  If you got a bad report card, would you show it to all your friends and family?  Of course you wouldn’t!  You’d possibly want to hide it from everyone.  But thoughts that are of good report are ones that you are anxious to share with others because they are ones that are beneficial for your fellow-man.  I’m sure we can all think of charitable institutions that are highly regarded and of excellent reputation.  These began with a thought of good report!  These thoughts are born of a sense of not only charity, but of courtesy, kindness, and respect.

Paul knew he couldn’t possibly hit on every single sort of thought a Christian should have, so he added that if any thought holds virtue or is worthy of praise – think on these things.

Negativity equals negative thinking – and that keeps Christians in neutral.  If we ask God’s Holy Spirit to help us, He will help our thinking be so much more positive – which equals productivity – and that keeps Christians pedaling forward, praising God along the way and being the positive influence on the world that God intended us to be!

The best part of all this is, if we ever feel as though we’re falling short of God’s best thoughts (and we all have fallen short) all we have to do is ask God, through Jesus, to forgive us and put us back on track.  He is so faithful to do that for us because He loves us so much!  🙂

 

PALM SUNDAY

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When I think of Palm Sunday, I’m reminded of years past when I taught children’s Sunday School.  There is usually a children’s program scheduled on this day that consists of kids of all ages waving palm branches and singing songs of praise to Jesus.

You may think that we teachers just stand up there coaxing the children to sing louder because we have nothing better to do.  Sorry to disappoint you, but as teachers, we hope and pray that the seemingly ritualistic Palm Sunday children’s program stays with the kids and that they will remember the meaning behind it.

We also hope that something in the presentation will soften the hearts of the parents and help them to come back to a solid relationship with the Lord.  As teachers, we hope and we pray that our efforts will be blessed by God and produce results.  Palm Sunday children’s programs are a seed-planting mission of sorts.  That’s why we practice those songs over and over (and over…)  sigh.

We teach the children simple songs like “Jesus Loves Me” because we want them to remember throughout their lives that no matter what happens, they have a Savior who loves them and wants them to lean completely on Him every day – to keep them safe and help them make good decisions.

HIS LAST WEEK ON EARTH

What are the benefits of becoming a Christian?  Let’s review…  the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 is a perfect example of how God provides for His own.  We never have to worry about being left alone or lonely.  Our needs – all of them – are supplied every day.  We see the hand of God all the time.

We give, but we will never out-give our Father in heaven.  His limitless resources are ours if we will just ask.  He has provided His Holy Spirit to protect and guide us.  He has promised us a home in heaven where streets are pure gold and gates are made of pearl.  Down here we see gold as so precious, but God uses it to make the streets!  I mean, if that doesn’t give you some perspective…

He promises us a mansion – again, something that people spend years saving and sacrificing to buy on this earth – is just given to those who call Christ Lord once this life is over.  I’ve got it on good authority that we won’t even have to mow or trim the lawn either – no maintenance with this mansion.  No property taxes…  that alone – well – it’s a good thing.  You might say…  it’s HEAVEN.

Angels singing and no more night because we won’t have to sleep – we will have new bodies that won’t get tired.  They won’t have chronic illness or joints that wear out.  There will be no Alzheimer’s, no Diabetes, no Parkinson’s or any other affliction in heaven – it will all be behind us and we can just be with the LORD forever.

You can’t see me (and I can’t prove it), but I’m waving my palm branch today for KING JESUS.  I’m thanking Him for all the promises that He has made, has kept, and will keep in the future.  He is worthy of our praise.  Hail King Jesus!  ❤

 

 

WORLD SLEEP DAY

TL WORLD SLEEP DAY (2ND FRIDAY IN MARCH)

Here’s the slogan for today:

WHEN SLEEP IS SOUND, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS ABOUND!!!

3-13 WHILE THE WORLD IS ASLEEP

I sense a pattern emerging, don’t you?  Daylight Savings time seriously diminishes my ability to stay awake.  It really does take at least a month for me to become fully functional again.  You’ve probably read the same articles I have about how they are going to stop this nonsense with the changing back and forth, but will things ever really change – or rather STOP changing?  Who knows???

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.  – Irish Proverb

It occurred to me today that while I am sleeping, God is wide awake.  What a reassuring thought that I don’t have to worry about anything while I’m in dreamland.  Even when I’m in a nightmare, I know God will not let it get too bad.  He will see to it that I wake up in time.  The big ugly dragon won’t eat me!

Are you a sound sleeper?  I sure am – when I’m asleep, nothing wakes me up!  If you can get a sound 8-9 hours of sleep each night, you should be set for any challenge the next day has to offer.

 O bed! O bed! delicious bed!
That heaven upon earth to the weary head.
– Thomas Hood, Miss Kilmansegg — Her Dream

How many times have you heard someone say, “I don’t need to sleep.  I can sleep when I’m dead.”  Well, most of the time, those are the folks who have high blood pressure and drink way too much caffeine.  Look, to get a good night’s sleep is not a waste of time, rather, a gift you give yourself.

WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO GO TO SLEEP

There’s a need for rest.  It’s the way human bodies are made – we eat, we move and then we rest.  If you try to fight sleep for long, you will eventually crash and burn – it’s as simple as that.  Don’t wait until you are tired to go to bed – just GO and sleep your 8 hours and start again the next day.

I know that God will be with me in all circumstances, but there’s just something about being well rested that makes my mind and body so much happier and I want to be my best every day, don’t you?  So…  let’s get some SLEEP, okay???  🙂

 

 

VALENTINE’S DAY

TL 2-14 VALENTINE'S DAY

LET'S PRAY TOGETHER

I believe the personality and the soul is what makes a person beautiful, it does not always have to be the physical appearance.  – Unknown

Happy VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

Christian author C.S. Lewis was given credit for saying that human beings are not a body that possesses a soul, rather a soul that possesses a body.  It was later reported that he never really said it, but personally, I think it’s an excellent observation!

What makes the person I love attractive to me?  I can’t even tell you how little it has to do with anything physical.  The criterion is strict, don’t misunderstand me.  A man has to be many things – but physical attraction is at the bottom of my list.

My man has a beautiful soul, and he is without a doubt my soul mate.  This does not happen for some women in their entire lifetime.  I am happy that God gave the right one to me.

Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.  There are so many strengths that my man has (strengths I admire and wish I had).  He is headstrong, like a bull.  He knows what he wants and to put it simply – he goes after it!

I’m more of a wait and see what happens type of a person.  I don’t want to take risks or chances.  I am not a poker player or gambler of any kind!  If I really want something then I usually find a way to get it, but if it involves going beyond my comfort zone, I get a bit apprehensive!  I do a lot of research beforehand – and pray! 

He can teach me so much about how to live without fear.  He’s done so much with his life – and I’ve really done very little.  His soul is big – his generosity toward me is amazing!  There’s not a thing he would not do for me.  He’s shown me time and again what love really looks like and what it means to put another’s needs before your own.

He walks humbly with his God.  He does the very best he can to give every good thing to his family.  He is the man of my dreams and I love him with every fiber of my being.  I always will.

Love.  Just love.

WORLD OVARIAN CANCER DAY

TL 5-8 WORLD OVARIAN CANCER DAY

When we are faced with grief and loss, where can we go?  We can go to the foot of Christ’s cross.

 

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Wear teal today – it’s WORLD OVARIAN CANCER DAY!!!

Today is the day we raise awareness about ovarian cancer, the women’s cancer with the lowest survival rate for which there is little awareness and no cure. On this day, ovarian cancer awareness organizations from across the world will aim to have a singular focus and talk about ovarian cancer and its symptoms.

World Ovarian Cancer Day will take place on May 8th each year.

I am so glad that there is a day to make women aware of the dangers of ovarian cancer because it has the lowest survival rate of all gynecological cancers. There is a frightening lack of awareness of symptoms and late stage diagnosis which is almost certainly a death sentence.

Today is the first World Ovarian Cancer Day.  Ovarian cancer organizations from around the world will unite to educate their communities about ovarian cancer and its symptoms. For women living with the disease, and their families and friends, World Ovarian Cancer Day will build a sense of solidarity in the fight against the disease.

My message to you today is – Keep your appointment with your OB/GYN.  If you do not have one – get one!  A total hysterectomy is a very scary thing to face, but it’s sure better than facing ovarian/uterine cancer! 

Every year, nearly a quarter of a million women globally are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, and it is responsible for 140,000 deaths – largely due to late-stage diagnosis!  Statistics show that just 45% of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years compared to up to 89% of women with breast cancer.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • All women are at risk of ovarian cancer
  • Awareness of the early warning signs of the disease could save lives
  • Diagnosis at an early stage vastly improves a woman’s chance of survival
  • Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage.
  • The cervical smear test (Pap test) will NOT detect ovarian cancer

Symptoms of ovarian cancer can often be confused with other less serious conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders. Symptoms include:

  • Bloating that seems to be persistent
  • Increase in abdominal size
  • Feeling full all the time
  • Loss of appetite
  • Frequent urination

If you notice changes and you have an uneasy feeling about things – a sense that something is not right – see your OB/GYN.  I would rather keep the appointment and be told that I’m wrong than to not keep the appointment and find out that I was right.  By then it could be too late.

The earlier you receive a diagnosis of ovarian/uterine cancer, the better your chances of survival!!!

Here’s the bottom line to every woman reading this post and every man who loves a woman and will tell her:

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!!!
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