Monday, September 30, 2013

31 Days of Making Every Day Count



 
Today I had my whole day planned. I had mentally mapped out what I would write in today's post. I'm very excited to be joining this group and the challenge of blogging for 31 days and "Making Everyday Count!"

Several wonderful ladies from my church got together today to pray over our blogs and help each other work out last minute kinks in our blog layouts.

So far, I was having a pretty good day until I got home and turned on my computer...NOTHING. Say What?!* Oh no, my notes, my pictures. Life Happened...what to do, what to do.

I called my computer guy and he was kind enough to allow me to come to his shop even though it was past time for him to go home - such a nice guy and very knowledgeable about computers. Good new, bad news...good news, he was able to get my computer running again; bad news, my computer has probably reached it's maximum life expectancy. So, I will be spending several hours backing up all my files and shopping for a new computer very soon.

Today, I'm living according to Psalm 55:22 - Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you. And 1 Peter 5:7 - Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. In the middle of everything, He calmed all my anxiety and all my fears. Thank You Lord!

Stayed tuned, over the next 31 days I will be sharing books, songs, quotes and people that have inspired me along my journey through life. As well as some of my favorite photos I've taken over the years. Life hasn't been all easy and I've made more than my share of mistakes but with God by my side, always, I have persevered and OVERCOME. Day by day, we can make everyday count!

Here's the links to each of the 31 days

Day 1 Thought Replacement
Day 2 Be an Encourager
Day 3 Dream Training
Day 4 Stand Out
Day 5 The Wetlands
Day 6 Acts of Kindness
Day 7 Day 7
Day 8 Follow Me
Day 9 The Possibilities Are Endless
Day 10 Path to Success
Day 11 Path to Success - Part 2
Day 12 Find the Time
Day 13 Success by God's Standards
Day 14 Desire
Day 15 Beware
Day 16 Success and Failure
Day 17 Character of a Leader
Day 18 Peace
Day 19 God Loves You
Day 20 Then you will know
Day 21 Overcomer
Day 22 Change your thoughts, change your life
Day 23 Prayer
Day 24 Prayer, Part 2
Day 25

Sunday, September 29, 2013

What I Learned in September



Today I'm linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky to share "What I Learned in September."  So,  here's a few things I learned along this month's journey.

  1. I'm learning that Blogging is Fun! I edited the picture above using a program called Pic Monkey. It's quick and easy, just click a few buttons, add your text and save to your computer.
  2. My maiden name is Cooper and a cooper is someone who crafts barrels (read that in a blog and also goggled it!). So could that be the reason I love making crafts! Hum?!*
  3. The Great Wall of China measures more than 5,500 miles, that's a round trip from New York to San Francisco!
  4. I learned another interesting photo technique called photo stacking. unlike a collage the photos are stacked or time-lapsed into one photo. The file I wanted to use was too large - I didn't save it as jpeg - still learning. However, the program allows you to create some very interesting photos. You can stack as few as 10 or as many as 340+, according to an article in the June 2013 issue of Digital Photo. It's a free program, you can goggle StarTrails.de or  you can check out Star Circle Academy, he has a nice tutorial on How to Stack Images.
    • So as not to be undone, here's a photo-stack of the moon using 14 different time-lapsed photos.

These are just a few of the things I learned in September. Now I'm getting ready for the 31-Day Blog Challenge. "I'm Ready - Let's get this party started!"

Friday, September 27, 2013

Passion


 

A Person with Passion:


  • Has Perseverance and Commitment
  • Is swept away
    • Passion moves you away from desire
    • Passion consumes you
  • Turns your have to’s into want to’s
  • Chores become Challenges
  • Enjoy the climb as much as the summit
  • Enjoys life & life’s challenges
  • Seldom needs a jump start
  • Does not have to push to start but push to stop

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Contentment

Serving God does make us very rich, if we are satisfied with what we have. 1 Peter 6:6 (NCV)

Satisfied? That is one thing we are not. We are not satisfied.


We no sooner finish eating a wonderful meal and pat our stomachs. "I'm satisfied," we declare. But a few hours later, or in some cases minutes, back in the kitchen we go looking for something else to eat or snack on.

We take the vacation of a lifetime but are not even on the way home before we dread the end of the trip and begin planning another. We are not satisfied.

We buy the perfect outfit, including accessories but before we even get if out of the bag, begin to think, "I should have bought it in a different color, size, or style."

We are not satisfied. Contentment is a difficult virtue. Why? Because there is nothing on earth that can satisfy our deepest longing. We long to see God. The leaves of life are rustling with the rumor that we will - and we won't be satisfied until we do.

Be content where God has place you. We are to live our lives as an example to others. Speak boldly of what Christ has done for us and what He can do for others.

Live in the right way, serve God, have faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, grabbing hold of the life that continues forever. You were called to have that life...1 Peter 6:11-12 (NCV)



Max Lucado's The Devotional Bible

Saturday, September 21, 2013

All That is Within Me


If you are like me and have an iPhone, you've probably spent the last couple days trying to figure out all the updates. If you have more than one Apple device, such as an iPad, you've spent even more time updating it as well. Or maybe that's on your to-do list for today (or tomorrow). It's not a quick update, it takes a fair amount of time; then once you update, you've got to reset a few things.

So, that got me to thinking, have I spent the same amount of time alone with God, reading His Word, reaching out to other believers, or witnessing to the lost? I must confess, my answer would have to be "no." God loves us so much, He rejoices when we call on Him, when we reach out to Him in prayer, and when we meditate on His Word. He's so patient and so full of grace.

I keep thinking back to the scripture: Deuteronomy 6:5 - Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. All means completely, entirely; for me that means with everything that is within me. God doesn't call me to be perfect but He does want me to be completely surrendered to Him and be willing to do whatever He says do. Now that's scary but I'm am well able with His help. With Him, I can do ALL things (Romans 8:28) and that means I can live out Deuteronomy 6:5!

Are you willing to do the same?!*

Be blessed and be a blessing!



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Affirmation

Declaration of who we are in Christ Jesus

I thought I would share this, I got it at a women's event at my church.

I am a Covenant Daughter of God Most High.
I stand in the Authority of Jesus Christ.
I stand in the Power of the Living Spirit, living in me.
I plead the blood of Jesus to wash over my spirit, cleansing me completely...
I stand in the mind of Christ, and choose to live from the Spirit of God within me...
I am not a victim! I am an Overcomer!
I am a Conqueror!
I pray this in the Name above all Names,
Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

I hope this inspires you. Pray it. Ask anything according to His will. (1 John 5:14)

The Father's Love Letter This link takes you to a video clips that is about a 6 minutes long. Listen to it in your quiet space and see if there are one or two things that speak to you.

Psalm 24:4-5
The one thing I ask of the Lord - the thing I seek most - is to live in the house of the Lord in His presence, all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord's perfections (gazing upon the beauty, the sweet attractiveness, the delightful loveliness of the Lord) and to meditate in His Temple. For He will conceal me there when troubles comes; He will hide me in His sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock...for He will hide me in His shelter, in the secret place.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Developing a Postive Mental Game

The Great Life

For it was I, the Lord your God who rescued you from the Land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I (the Lord) will fill it with good things. Psalm 81:10 NLT



God emphasizes that He and no one else rescued Israel. The nation should open its mouth wide to take in God's Word. The same God that rescued Israel is waiting and ready to rescue us from our circumstances and want to give us good things as well. God can meet all, yes all, our needs.

Open your mouth wide and I (the Lord) will fill it with good things. The heart of God is to bless His people beyond our imagination. Our part in the process is to be willing to receive what He has to offer. We get filled only when we obey His instructions. (Charles Stanley)

Take the breaks off your thinking!

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve. How many times have we heard that?

You are like the people you hang around, the books you read and the music that you listen to.

Speak life!

What does it take to take you to the top of your mental game? Follow the leaders who can get you to the top.

The power of life and death is in the tongue. James 3:5-6, 9-10

Choose to be a victor and not a victim. Choose life!

Don't forget you are the daughter of the Most High King.

Rise Up!

Take your Place in the Kingdom! Everyday!

Arise & Shine. Isaiah 60:1



#MaryKay, #ISaidYes, #YesTo God

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Inspired by Obedience

“Obedience is the key that unlocks this secret place with God” and “The more we say yes to God, the more we will live in expectation of seeing Him.” Lisa Terkeurst

The question being asked is - "Have you been inspired by someone else’s obedience to God?"

I would have to say a resounding YES. Just yesterday - received a message from my pastor letting me know that he was praying for me, specifically by name. To say I was blown away is an understatement. To know that God cares about me so much that He - God - would stir in someone's heart to pray for me. To put it more in perspective for you, we have over 10,000 people who attend our church on an average weekend. All I can say is WOW, big WOW.

So I looked at my messages this morning, and there he is again - my pastor - with more encouraging words! I've been thanking and praising God. No pray goes unanswered, the Holy Spirit knows what we need before we even ask and intercedes for us.  I want to be a woman who say Yes to God and be radically obedient. So, I did a searched on www.BibleGateway.com the phrase "encourage one another" (NIV). I got 7 results, here are the ones that most inspired me:
  • 2 Corinthians 13:11 - Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! ...encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:18 - Therefore, encourage one another with these words.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11 - Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up...this is my most favorite verse. I've used it a lot with my children.
  • Hebrews 3:13 - But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today"
We serve an awesome God, He know us from the inside out. Just like He whispered my name in my pastor's heart and he obeyed; has God placed someone on your heart today. By encouraging and loving others we can help them grow in their faith. We have so many avenues to connect with people, so why not connect with that person or persons today because it is called Today. tomorrow is promised to none of us.

What is God asking you to do today? Find a quiet place with your Bible, let God speak to you through His Word and respond to His prompting. You never know when one kind word will change someone's life forever!

Be blessed and be a blessing - Today!


Proverbs 29:18

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Persistence - Don't Give Up

God's Promise - Everyone who endures to the end will be saved. Mathew 10:22
 
But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 23:13
 
Don't give up, so easy to say. Three little words. It's not as easy as it sounds. When our faith walk seems at its lowest, when the world seems to ridicule, question, and attack, don't give up.
 
When prayers seem to go unanswered and problems seem to get worse not better, don't give up.
 
When obstacles grow higher, don't give up.
 
Jesus spoke this sentiment and He still speaks, "the one who endures to the end will be saved." Saved from what? Every enemy, every attack, every disappointment, every challenge; every battle, burden and betrayal.

John 15:9-10 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.

The key to remaining is obeying

Persistence - saying yes to God when it is and isn't easy. Show up every single day with Palms Up.

John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
God is calling us to be greater with Him through His Spirit within us. He wants us to live a faith-filled life trusting and believing in Him. We are so much better than we've become because God is so much greater than we're allowing Him to be through us. God is holding the door open to a life that is greater. (Steven Furtick)

The God of Heaven, the God of the Universe believes in me. Choose Freedom & Walk Worthy. Jesus came to take and break the yoke of bondage.

Obedience is coming to terms with who God is - Sovereign and Almighty. A giver of amazing gifts. Obeying is our spiritual barometer. The golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters in not intellect but obedience. Unless we obey we cannot believe.

Sometimes God is asking us to step out in faith, to trust that He will supply all our needs. I like to know before I step out what the details are and I can be stubborn. This is an area the God is working and perfecting in me. Many times I'll say yes to God "but" He is saying no more "buts" - just do it, just obey and leave all the consequences to me. I don't know about you, that's easier said than done.

This is a little pray I wrote in my journal a few weeks ago. It was the end of what started out as a good day/ With an unkind word my whole day change and I found refuge in a bag of chips. It sounds petty but for me it was a big deal because in a matter of minutes I lost my self-control. Sometimes, it's not the big things in life that can trip us up, it's the little things. God says -Don't Give Up.

Lord, I can do nothing in my own strength or energy. Please help me - keep me focused to achieve not only my goals but the plans you have for me. Lord I want to say yes to you even when times are difficult. Thank you for your unfailing, unconditional love and Your Amazing Grace!

The pathway to God's best is paved with faith!

Philippians 2:13 (NLT) For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.


                           And...
 
 
We can be SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY our WHOLE LIVES!!!

 
 
#YesToGod, #StickWithIt

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