MATTHEW 7:22 ON 7/22

TL MATTHEW 7 22 ON 7 22

 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’     – Matthew 7:22

I’ve read this portion of Scripture with a more personal implication.  Did I not play the piano for church services every Sunday and in Your name did I not write poetry and blog posts?  When it hits home, some days I have to say …  ouch!  I have to drop my pride, stop in my tracks, bow my head and let the Lord know that I know it is NOT about me.  It’s all about Him…  His love, His mercy, His grace, His peace and His wonderful love.  I deserve hell but because of His sacrifice on Calvary (and nothing else), I get heaven.  It’s about His mercy, His grace, His love.

I PRAY BEFORE I PLAY

God knows our hearts, minds and motives.  Do we do what we do for Him – or is it for attention from others?  We should do good deeds, to be sure – however, to lay the whole weight of our salvation upon what we have done in Jesus’ name instead of Jesus Himself – His sacrifice, where our salvation comes from, we are missing the mark.  It’s dangerous to put our trust in all the works we do in Christ’s name instead of Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary’s cross – the only way we will be assured of eternal life with Him in heaven.

It’s never been about us – and it’s always been about Christ Jesus.  He suffered on the cross and willingly sacrificed His life for all of us.  That is where our focus needs to be.  If we lose sight of that and get all wrapped up in ourselves, it’s time to ask forgiveness and begin again.

This is probably one of the most important passages in the Sermon on the Mount.  I don’t think anyone misses the mark on purpose.  Sometimes we get caught up in the “doing” and before long, it’s about us instead of Christ.  The devil wants to work on our ego, our accomplishments, our good works…  he eases Christ out of our minds and away from our focus – but outwardly, it looks like we’re doing the right things.  But doing the right things with the wrong motive…  um…  why bother?

Keeping God through Christ the center of our lives in an ongoing process. It cannot be done once and then forgotten. We have to keep choosing God, day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute.  But I want Him to know that I know…  it’s all about Him.  🙂

 

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ECCLESIASTES 3:11 ON 3/11

ECCLESIASTES 3 11 ON 3 11

Have you ever had to pray the most difficult prayer?  It’s the one that begins with, “Lord, change me!”

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.  – Ecclesiastes 3:11

Often times we get wrapped up in dreams for the future that may or may not come to pass.  I wonder how healthy it is for us to put so much stock in what might not come to pass.  Maybe it’s better to do our best to enjoy today since  the Bible makes it quite clear that we are not promised tomorrow.  God makes everything beautiful in its time – not in our time.

Everything really does happen for a reason.  Just because we don’t understand the reason doesn’t mean that God doesn’t understand and have a plan.  We get hung up on the questions when things aren’t going our way – questions that usually begin with “why” – Why was I born this way?  Why did my mom treat me like that?  Why did I have to be left alone?  Why couldn’t I be a mother?  Why did You have to take my babies?  It’s exhausting.

We have to come to a point where we give up the WHY questions and lift our hands to the sky and declare that God is God.  He is the wise, omnipotent, omnipresent God of the universe who knows everything.  He alone knows how different my life would have been if I had been a mom.  I don’t pretend to know anything.  I have to call a cease-fire on the war with God because it’s a war I can’t win.  To be honest I’m too old and too tired to keep fighting it.  I surrender all – and I mean ALL to God.  The ultimate surrender is when the why questions stop.

It’s clear that beauty, whether it is beauty in thought or beautiful happenings, come from God above.  That brings the first part of the verse closer together.  And once we trust God to be Lord of our life, He definitely puts the desire in us to know Him better.

How do we know God better?  It’s not complicated.  Read God’s Word, the Holy Bible, and talk with God.  Pray to Him and make sure you listen for His answers.  Don’t be angry if you don’t understand His answers.  Just raise your hands and tell God that He is God – and you are not.

Remember that while we are focused on the external, God is focused on the internal.  While we see today, He is working on eternity.  We focus on the gift bag and He focuses on the gift inside.  He makes all things beautiful in His time – including the losses, the brokenness, the battles, the fragmented dreams, lost romance, heartache and chronic illness.

Without Him, life is purposeless and profitless, miserable and meaningless. With Him, it will ultimately make sense.  🙂

SHOPPING REMINDER DAY

TL 11-26 SHOPPING REMINDER DAY (2)

 

11-26 HERE'S YOUR REMINDER

On this SHOPPING REMINDER DAY, let’s talk about Christmas shopping.  You’ve read my blog posts long enough to know the Christmas shopping ground rules, but let’s review just for grins and giggles.

1.  Thank God for your blessings before you go out to shop.  In other words, don’t do any Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving.

2.  Get plenty of rest and nutrition before you mingle in the madness.  Be at your best.

3.  Every chance you get – buy American made products.  Click on this link for a list of products made in America.

http://www.americansworking.com/

4.  Choose your method of shopping.  A popular way to shop is online these days.  Be careful because identity theft is on the rise.

5.  If you already have your Christmas list written (or if someone has given you their list) you will spend less and stay focused.

6.  Make a note of items manufactured in your state.  It might be fun to take a trip to see the product before you buy it.

In Kansas we are blessed to have a wonderful Amish community in Yoder, Kansas with a great furniture factory where high-quality pieces are hand-crafted with care.  A few years ago my husband surprised me with a custom-made desk for our desktop computer.  We’ve made it a priority to support local businesses because as we do so, we put money back into our community.

Handmade, quality furniture can be found in Basehor, Kansas at Custom Mission Products.  They offer custom stain colors and hand sewn high quality foam cushions, covered in fine leather and have no screws or fasteners.

I’m reminded of a Christmas tradition.  When I was a kid, my family traveled to Whiting, Kansas for the best popcorn in the state!  Gary and Marian Schlaegel started raising popcorn on their farm almost 30 years ago. They dedicate about 10 acres of crop ground to growing popcorn.  They package two varieties – yellow and white.  With that great popcorn, my mama always made the best popcorn balls for us to snack on while we opened Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve.

Local folks with high-quality products and reasonable prices.  Think before you shop this year.  ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

SINGLE TASKING DAY

TL 2-24 SINGLE TASKING DAY

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.  Alexander Graham Bell

How many irons can you have in the fire and effectively manage them?  Remember when everyone was all about multi-tasking?  I’ve never been a fan of multi-tasking.  It’s a better idea to do one single task and do it very well.  Today we celebrate SINGLE TASKING DAY!!!

Administration Assistants pride themselves on being proficient and accurate.  If I was to tell you there was time to do just one thing at a time, I’d be lying.  However, if you can prioritize the tasks, you can perform them more efficiently.

Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.  – Doug Larson

It’s such a great feeling to know I’ve completed one project in its entirety before beginning another one.  To write one good post, edit it and make all applicable changes before moving on is the right way for me to work.

I’m reminded of how the character Charles Winchester, M.D. describes his abilities as a great surgeon on the hit T.V. series M.A.S.H.  As he’s scrubbing he explains that he does one thing, he does it very well and then he moves on.  That clip is on You Tube.  I can’t post it here.  LOL!

A study was done at Michigan State University with 300 students to test their ability to persevere through interruptions while taking a computer test.  The interruptions came in the form of pop-ups that required the students to enter a code.  In one case, the interruption lasted a little more than four seconds.  In another, the interruption was 2.8 seconds.

With a 2.8 second interruption, the students made double the errors when they returned to the test.  With the 4.4 second interruption, the error rate quadrupled!

Haste makes waste.  – Benjamin Franklin

I think it’s safe to say the days of multi-tasking are over.  🙂

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY

TL 5-17 NATIONAL RIDE YOUR BIKE TO WORK DAY

 

Today is NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY!!! What advantages are there to pedaling your way to the office instead of driving your car?

1. Save hundreds of dollars. How much do you spend going to the gym? Think about it. You drive to the gym (my car uses gas, I’m guessing yours does too), park in the closest stall to the door (admit it – you do), then do your workout and on the way home, you swing by the Dunkin’ Donuts (coupon in hand), scarf the donut down with a coffee chaser and hope your husband doesn’t smell it on your breath.

OK – I may have embellished. But the point is, if you do your workout on the way to work, you can come home and enjoy the rest of the evening with your family. The Dunkin’ Donut sign won’t be calling your name either.  You’ll be too tired to give in.

2. There is a psychological benefit to exercise. It’s been proven that exercise is the best way to relieve stress. Imagine feeling on top of the world and ready to get crackin’ once you step into the office! When you get into a car to drive to work there is always the rush hour traffic and some bozo who doesn’t have a clue what they’re doing, or they are texting, putting on make-up, painting their fingernails or eating their fast-food breakfast all while driving! Those are the people who cause road rage in me. For some reason they are the ones that found me every morning on my commute to work. So, riding a bike could cut all that. Just make sure some idiot doesn’t hit you. Jus’ sayin’…

3. You could be the “Cool Co-worker! Admit it, if you rode your bike to work, you would be the “cool” co-worker! There’s a pride factor involved in this too. How great would it make you feel to accomplish the ride, do the work, then ride back home again? I’d be flyin’ high, I’m tellin’ ya! That would be awesome!

I always wanted to be the “cool” co-worker. The only time they thought I was cool was when I brought some of my husband’s homemade cinnamon rolls into the office. Then I got blamed if any of them gained an ounce. Oh well… I just bring ’em. If you eat ’em, that’s on you. Literally.  Wink!   😉