Thursday, October 31, 2013

31 Days - Day 31

Well - I made it all 31 Days! Yeah!!!

Halloween is not a holiday that I celebrate but I do enjoy seeing all the children dressed in their costumes. My husband gets a kick out of giving out the candy and my dog runs and hides because he doesn't like to dressed in his little costume. This year he was a dinosaur but he wouldn't sit still long enough for me to take a good picture. The effect of this picture happened totally by accident! :-)

October 31st - means it's time to pull out my fall decorations and Christmas is just around the corner!

So I thought I end this 31 day blogging challenge with a few of my favorites quotes and acronyms that I've collected - I don't know where they all originated; plus a few scriptures from my journal. I hope you'll enjoy them. So, here we go...

"Don't expect your life to change if you aren't willing to change how you live"

"We need to allow God's Word to do a powerful work in us that through us He can produce the kinds of things that we read in Scripture"

John 14:12 - Christ wants us to do even greater works than He did.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 - ...encourage one another and build up one another.

"Only God can send the rain but He wants us to dig the ditches" - Steven Furtick

        Aware of thoughts
        Choose response
        Take time to practice thinking positively

"Eagles fly alone"

FEAR = false, evidence, appearing real. Fear & Faith can not coexist. Choose faith!

"Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things not present that may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Danger is very real, but fear is a choice." - Will Smith

Don't live in "if only" or "what if" - Don't live in the past - Move forward. Know that you are loved by God. Refuse to live in fear. Be Positive. Recover from setbacks quickly. Avoid Comparisons. Take Action.

Galatians 6:9 - In due season you will reap if you do not quit.

Romans5:5 - The Word of God is for life!

God's way is better even when it doesn't make sense. Say what you believe, Believe what you say. Declare God's promises over your life. - I am who God says I am!

2 Cor 5:17 - God want to do a new thing!

Dreams don't work unless you do.

The pathway to God's best is paved with FAITH.

Faith is a muscle that must be exercised.

Don't be limited by your own imagination.

Avoid procrastination - Just do it!

Run to God not away from God - Proverbs 18:10

God knows what's best for our lives - Romans 8:28

Phil 2:15-16 - Shine like the stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of Live.

"You never know when one kind act or word of encouragement will change a life forever." Zig Ziglar

Romans 8:20 - God is control of every aspect of our lives, every circumstance. God can work all things together for His good, He knows what's best for our lives.

Ephesians 1:3-8 - I am loved, I am blessed, chosen, adopted, favored, redeemed and forgiven!

May the Lord bless you and keep you,
     May He make His face to shine upon you,
May you know that if God is four you, who can be against you,
     With God on your side, whom shall your fear,
May you be like a tree that is planted by rivers of living waters,
     that your leaves will not whither.

J.O.Y. = Jesus - Others & You

Be blessed and be a blessings. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!!

You can read the introduction my and all 31 days here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

31 Days - Day 30


Matthew 6:25-34                             SEVEN REASONS NOT TO WORRY

Matthew 6:25         The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life

Matthew 6:26          Worrying about the future hampers your efforts for today

Matthew 6:27          Worrying is more harmful than helpful  

Matthew 6: 28-30   God does not ignore those who depend you Him

Matthew 6:31-32    Worrying shows a lack of faith in and understanding of God

Matthew 6:33          Worrying keeps us from the real challenges that God wants us to pursue

Matthew 6:34          Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry

Jesus tells us not to worry about those needs that God promises to supply. Worry may damage your health, disrupt your productivity, negatively affect the way you treat others, and reduce your ability to trust in God. The real difference between worry and genuine concern – worry immobilizes, but concern moves you to action.

Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules; trusting in God’s guidance. When done well, planning can alleviate worry.

Worriers, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.

How many ill effects of worry are you experiencing? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Your Heavenly Father already knows your needs. Give Him your worries; He will give you everything you need!

To see the introduction to my 31 days (click here) blogging challenge and previous posts. This challenge is coming to an end tomorrow, it has been fun and yes Challenging. I will be continuing with other blog topics so do check back from time to time. Leave a comment if you so choose!

Blessings to all my readers and followers!

To see what other 31 Day bloggers are doing click here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

31 Days - Day 29

The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. Deuteronomy 2:7

Encourage each other daily and build each other up. 1 Thess 5:11

Monday, October 28, 2013

31 Days - Day 28

Be a STRONG FINISHER!!! Give it all you've got! Sometimes we're ready to give just before we reach our goals. That little extra push forward can make the difference between finisher strong or not finishing at all.

2 Corinthians 8:10-12 (NLT)
Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.

Here's a little clip from "Facing the Giants" that shows what it means to give it every ounce of you strength - give it all you've got.

Make the most of every opportunity...Ephesians 5:16

Sunday, October 27, 2013

31 Days - Day 27

God Knows!

All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16

FAITH = Forwarding - All - Issues - to - Heaven

Now FAITH is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

5 Ways to Market Your Business from the SBA. This article has some helpful ideas for reaching out to your customers, especially as the holidays approach.

To see previous posts in my 31 days blogging challenge, click on "31 days."

Saturday, October 26, 2013

31 Days - Day 26

I will meditate in thy precepts.  Psalm 119:15


There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech.
We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God,
and gathering through meditation on his Word spiritual strength for labour in his service.
We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them.

Truth is something like the cluster of the vine: if we would have wine from it, we must bruise it;
we must press and squeeze it many times. The bruiser’s feet must come down joyfully upon the bunches,
or else the juice will not flow; and they must well tread the grapes, or else much of the precious liquid will be wasted.
So we must, by meditation, tread the clusters of truth, if we would get the wine of consolation there from.

Our bodies are not supported by merely taking food into the mouth, but the process
which really supplies the muscle, and the nerve, and the sinew, and the bone, is the process of digestion.
It is by digestion that the outward food becomes assimilated with the inner life.
Our souls are not nourished merely by listening awhile to this, and then to that, and then to the other part of divine truth.
Hearing, reading, marking, and learning, all require inwardly digesting to complete their usefulness,
and the inward digesting of the truth lies for the most part in meditating upon it.

Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life?
Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word.
They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it;
the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it.
From such folly deliver us, O Lord, and be this our resolve this morning, “I will meditate in thy precepts.”


Spurgeon, C. H. (2006). Morning and evening: Daily readings (Complete and unabridged; New modern edition.). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers. By Kelly Russell


Friday, October 25, 2013

Day 25 - God's Great Love

For today’s post I decided to "unpack" Psalm 36:7. This is part of the blog hop in Proverb's 31 "A Confident Heart" Study. Also. part of my 31 days blogging challenge.

How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. Psalm 37:6

Priceless - having value beyond price, invaluable.

Unfailing - constant, everlasting, inexhaustible, sure.

Love - ultimate expression of God's loyalty, purity and mercy extended toward His people.

Refuge - shelter or protection from danger or distress.

Shadow - shelter from danger.

The abundance of God's love is poured out on all those who love and know Him - a personal, intimate relationship with Him.

His Love for us in seen in His faithfulness, His justice, His deliverance and His abundant provision.

See: Verse Mapping.

Have a great day and happy blogging!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

31 Days, Day 24

Prayer - Part II

Wow it's Day 24 of my 31 Day Blogging Adventure - Making Everyday Count! If you missed the introduction or any of previous posts you can find them here. I will continue adding more posts for this adventure for the rest of the month! What a journey this has been.

 How Should Pray? 
Jesus example: After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone (Matthew 14:23). Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35)
  • In Secret - Matthew 6:6
  • Without Ceasing - 1 Thessalonians 5:17
  • In His Name - John 14:13-14
  • Believing - Mark 11:24, James 5:15
  • With Thanksgiving - Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2
  • With Humility - 2 Chronicles 7:14, James 4:10
  • In Agreement - Matthew 18:19
  • With Praise - Hebrews 13:15
  • With Delight - Psalm 37:4
  • With Commitment - Psalm 37:5
  • In Righteousness - Proverbs 15:29, Psalm 34:15
  • With Persistence - Luke 11:9-10
  • Fervently - James 5:16
  • Definitely - Philippians 4:6
Our prayers are effective and powerful - just keep praying; having daily conversations with God. He loves to hear from us! James 5:16b, Proverbs 15:8
Here are a couple of my previous posts on prayer: Part I and "Alone with the Father". Check out other bloggers participating in this challenge here.
In part from - Prayer Portions

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

31 Days - Day 23

Prayer - Part I

Prayer is not a formula. It is primarily a love relationship expressed between you and your loving heavenly Father. He is all-wise, all-loving, all-powerful, all-able to hear and to answer. God call us to Himself to speak with Him face-to-face.

What is prayer?
  1. Relationship - verbalizing total child-like dependence on my faithful Father - John 1:12, Matthew 6:9, 7:11
  2. Intimate two-way conversation between tow people who love each other, talking with God - James 4:8
  3. Pleading promises - Joshua 23:14, 2 Corinthians 1:20
  4. Acknowledging entire dependence on Sovereign God - John 15:4
  5. Asking God for something - Matthew 7:7-8
  6. Ministering to God - Deuteronomy 10:8
  7. Pouring out our burdens on our caring Friend - Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7
  8. The beginning of every move of God - Habakkuk 3:1-2

One thing I ask of the Lord this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in His temple (Psalm 27:4). God desires us to seek and find Him - You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13). God is pleased with our fellowship in prayer - the pray of the upright pleases Him (Proverbs 15:8).

Here's a link to one of my previous blogs on prayer.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

31 Days - Day 22

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

As we fill our hearts and minds with Truth, we can defeat the lies we tell ourselves, and the lies Satan whispers in our thoughts.

Compare negative thoughts to the Truth God’s Word, the differences amaze me:
My thoughts: I want to give up.
God’s Word: Be committed (Philippians 4:13, Galatians 6:9).

My thoughts: I’ll feel lost.
God’s Word: He watches my paths and establishes my ways (Proverbs 5:21, 4:26).

My thoughts: No one loves me.
God’s Word: He loves me more than life (John 3:16).

My thoughts: I’m ugly.
God’s Word: I’m wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

My thoughts: I’m all alone and no one understands me.
God’s Word: He will never leave me. He has plans for my life (Deuteronomy 31:6, Jeremiah 29:11).

My thoughts: I’m just not good enough.
God’s Word: I was created in His image (Genesis 1:26).

When the enemy tries to slither in with false accusations, we must be ready to combat him with what God’s Word says about us. To get started, evaluate your thoughts and pray for wisdom to distinguish the voice of the enemy.

Condemning thoughts that steal your confidence of who you are in Christ aren’t from God. Let’s commit today to renew our minds with the Word of God each day, and replace those worn-out, deceitful lies with truth.

In part from Condemning Thoughts Devotional by Melissa Taylor

Monday, October 21, 2013

31 Days - Day 21

Today, I'm wondering where the time's going and what will I post?! My brain is on empty. So, what comes to mind at this time is Mandisa's song "Overcomer" which has been playing on the radio a lot lately.

Jesus said in John16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary on this verse:
He comforts them with a promise of peace in him, by virtue of his victory over the world, whatever troubles they might meet with in it (John 16:33): “These things have I spoken, that in me you might have peace; and if you have it not in me you will not have it at all, for in the world you shall have tribulation; you must expect no other, and yet may cheer up yourselves, for I have overcome the world.” Observe:

1. The end Christ aimed at in preaching this farewell sermon to his disciples: That in him they might have peace. He did not hereby intend to give them a full view of that doctrine which they were shortly to be made masters of by the pouring out of the Spirit, but only to satisfy them for the present that his departure from them was really for the best. Or, we may take it more generally: Christ had said all this to them that by enjoying him they might have the best enjoyment of themselves. Note, (1.) It is the will of Christ that his disciples should have peace within, whatever their troubles may be without. (2.) Peace in Christ is the only true peace, and in him alone believers have it, for this man shall be the peace, Mic. 5:5. Through him we have peace with God, and so in him we have peace in our own minds. (3.) The word of Christ aims at this, that in him we may have peace. Peace is the fruit of the lips, and of his lips, Isa. 57:19.
2. The ground of that encouragement: I have overcome the world. Christ’s victory is a Christian triumph. Christ overcame the prince of this world, disarmed him, and cast him out; and still treads Satan under our feet. He overcame the children of this world, by the conversion of many to the faith and obedience of his gospel, making them the children of his kingdom. When he sends his disciples to preach the gospel to all the world, “Be of good cheer,” says he, “I have overcome the world as far as I have gone, and so shall you; though you have tribulation in the world, yet you shall gain your point, and captivate the world,” Rev. 6:2. He overcame the wicked of the world, for many a time he put his enemies to silence, to shame; “And be you of good cheer, for the Spirit will enable you to do so too.” He overcame the evil things of the world by submitting to them; he endured the cross, despising it and the shame of it; and he overcame the good things of it by being wholly dead to them; its honours had no beauty in his eye, its pleasures no charms. Never was there such a conqueror of the world as Christ was, and we ought to be encouraged by it, (1.) Because Christ has overcome the world before us; so that we may look upon it as a conquered enemy, that has many a time been baffled. Nay, (2.) He has conquered it for us, as the captain of our salvation. We are interested in his victory; by his cross the world is crucified to us, which bespeaks it completely conquered and put into our possession; all is yours, even the world. Christ having overcome the world, believers have nothing to do but to pursue their victory, and divide the spoil; and this we do by faith, 1 John 5:4. We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Be encouraged my friends and receive the blessing!
Enjoy Overcomer

Sunday, October 20, 2013

31 Days - Day 20

For today’s post I decided to "unpack" Isaiah 49:23b This is part of the blog hop in Proverb's 31 "A Confident Heart" Study. See: Verse Mapping. Also. part of my 31 days blogging challenge.

 "Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” Isaiah 49:23b

There are three words in this passage that I want to unpack - Then-Hope-Know.
Then is an important word. It implies that something must come before. This confidence (knowing that God is the Lord, hoping in Him, not being disappointed) comes only when we:
  1. turn from our disobedience and follow God
  2. allow Him to rebuild and restore us from the deep, dark, desolate places in our hearts and lives.
Hope = confident assurance that God will do what He says He will do. Believing in Him even through our doubts and disappointments. Heb 6:19 – We are anchored in all upheaval, roped securely to God’s Throne. Nothing can untie us. Hold to Hope rooted in Faith. Heb 11:1

If we put our hope in the Lord he will not disappoint us, it doesn’t mean we will never be disappointed. God’s power will be revealed to do the unimaginable in the lives of His people.

Our "hope" is not always the same as Gods plan for our lives, but His plan is so much greater than anything we could ever "hope" for. We cannot always fathom God's goodness, grace and mercy, his love for us is unfathomable. When we are able to look back one day although we may feel disappointed that life didn't work how we wanted it, we will see how Gods glory is so much greater.

Know as defined in Webster's dictionary states: Know – to  recognize the nature of; discern. The way to know God – recognize who He is, discern His voice – is daily in His Word. We discover His truths, precepts and promises. When we are in His Word, His Word is in us.
Here's my personalization of this scripture:

Declarations of faith:

1.     I believe God was watching and actively participating in my creation when I was formed in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:14-16)

2.     I believe God has a specific purpose for my life. (Ephesians 2:10)

3.     I believe God is always with me. (Psalm 139:2-12; Matt. 28:20)

4.     I believe God leads and directs in my daily life through His Holy Spirit, His Word, other believers, and circumstances He allows. (Luke 12:11, 12; 2 Tim. 2:15)

5.     I believe God strengthens me and helps me as I rely on Him. (Isaiah 40:31; Isaiah 41:10)

6.     I believe God understands my weaknesses and works through them. (2 Cor. 12:9-10)

7.     I believe God wants me to be holy. (I Peter 1:16)

8.     I believe God forgives my sin when I confess and forsake it. (I John 1:9)
Have a blessed Day! Abide in Him and He will abide in you. Seek Him with all your heart and your will find Him.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

31 Days - Day 19

What's Love Got to do With It?

God so LOVED the world - such a familiar passage of scripture. But what does it really mean? In the Amplified Bible John 3:16 reads, "For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He even gave up His only unique Son... God loved me so much that He allowed His Son - who He greatly loved - to hang naked on a cross and die a death like no other. The One who knew no sin, die for me; He took my place so that I might live and have eternal life in Heaven.

God loved me so much, He says in His Word, He will never leave me or forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:8) Friends and family may leave or forget but God never will. I am reminded of God's love for me during a time in my life when my heart was functioning at less than 30%. He was right there, He never left me. always reminding - "I will never leave you - Trust Me." It was a long road to full recovery but He walked beside me the whole way, leading me to the right doctors and specialists, the right treatments and medications. Today my heart function is normal and healthy - Praise God!

God's plans for those who love Him are far beyond anything we can ever imagine. We love because God first loved us.

God is there for you and me, He is always there - He never leaves us. Open up your heart and let Him in, all the way - don't hold back. God's love never fails - never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end. 1 Cor 13:8 (Amp) His love for us will never be shaken.


Friday, October 18, 2013

31 Days - Day 18

Romans 12:18 reminds us to Live Peaceably with All. "If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. It isn't possible to be at peace with everyone. But do as much as you can do. You can't always prevent friction between people, but don't let the friction be from your side. Live peaceably, as much as you possibly can.

Too much time and energy are wasted fighting with people over things that don't matter. Be a peacemaker. You will be blessed.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

31 Days - Day 17

Value-Driven Leadership (Psalm 15:1-5)

Psalm 15 furnishes us with a list of leadership traits. The character of those who may dwell with the Lord.

David describes a righteous person who walks with integrity and gains not only the respect of others, but also an audience with God (Ps. 15:1,2). He demonstrates why predetermined values and ethics, not expediency, must drive our leadership. How does David picture a godly leader? The leader...
  • possesses integrity - v.2
  • does what is right - v.2
  • is honest and trustworthy - v.2
  • does not gossip - v.3
  • does not listen to gossip - v.3
  • does not harm others  - v.3
  • speaks out against wrong - v.4
  • honors others who walk in truth  - v.4
  • keeps their word even when it costs them  - v.4
  • isn't greedy to gain at the expense of others - v.5 
  • takes no bribes against anyone - v.5 
  • is strong and stable  - v.5 
God honors those who keep their word.

The Maxwell Leadership Bible, p. 656

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

31 Days - Day 16

Failure and Success: One Test Today: Success

For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.—2 Corinthians 2:17

Much that passes for Christianity today is the brief bright effort of the severed branch to bring forth its fruit in its season. But the deep laws of life are against it. Preoccupation with appearances and a corresponding neglect of the out-of-sight root of the true spiritual life are prophetic signs which go unheeded. Immediate 'results' are all that matter, quick proofs of present success without a thought of next week or next year. Religious pragmatism is running wild among the orthodox. Truth is whatever works. If it gets results it is good. There is but one test for the religious leader: success. Everything is forgiven him except failure.

A tree can weather almost any storm if its root is sound, but when the fig tree which our Lord cursed "dried up from the roots" it immediately "withered away." A Christ-follower who is soundly rooted cannot be destroyed, but nothing can save a Christ-follower whose root is dried up. No stimulation, no advertising campaigns, no gifts of money and no beautiful edifice can bring back life to the rootless tree. The Root of the Righteous, 4-5.

"Lord, give us solid roots. Forgive us for our preoccupation with success and move in Your people today to restore to us a proper perspective. Begin in my life and family, I pray. Amen."


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

31 Days - Day 15

Beware of Seeing Yourself - From the devotional "Jesus Calling"

This spoke to me so deeply as I was reading it I wanted to share it with you and my fellow bloggers.

Beware of seeing yourself through other people’s eyes. There are several dangers to this practice. First of all, it is nearly impossible to discern what others actually think of you. Moreover, their views of you are variable: subject to each viewer’s spiritual, emotional, and physical condition. The major problem with letting others define you is that it borders on idolatry. Your concern to please others dampens your desire to please Me, your Creator.

It is much more real to see yourself through My eyes. My gaze upon you is steady and sure, untainted by sin. Through My eyes you can see yourself as one who is deeply, eternally loved. Rest in My loving gaze, and you will receive deep Peace. Respond to My loving Presence by worshiping Me in spirit and in truth.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
—Hebrews 11:6

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
—John 4:23–24

Monday, October 14, 2013

31 Days - Day 14

Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Desire will give you stamina and energy. We must know that we know the truth of God's Word.

Today I'd like to give you a little acronym for Desire.

D - daily activity, your six most important things to do list. See Day 10
E - expect a miracle, there is nothing too hard for God's greatness. God directs my path.
S - set daily/weekly/monthly goals and track them.
I -  invade your brain with positiveness, positive affirmations and God's Word.
R - rest and reflect at the end of each day.
E - elevate yourself to new levels. Walk in confidence that you are doing what God has called you to do.

Hope you had and are having a Magnanimous Monday! Be blessed & be a blessing.

See what other 31 Day Bloggers are doing.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

31 Days - Day 13

God's Word on Success

Success by God's standards is not measured by material assets, but by godliness and all that is associated with it. Many are both materially successful and successful by God's standards. But we get into trouble when we gain material or worldly success at the expense of godly success. On the day of our death, when we lay aside all material assets, material success has not value. But how we have succeeded in godly matters counts in every way.

What is True Success in God's Eyes?

Faith in Jesus is true success...Acts 16:31
Love for God is true success...Matthew 22:37
Obedience to God's Word is true success...Psalm 119:115
Serving and helping others is true success...Matthew 20:26
Committing all you do to God and putting God first in your life is true success...Proverbs 16:3

True success, that which comes from God, is killed by our attraction to worldly things. When we lust for money, position, power, fame, we will be tempted to spend our energies to get these things, and that will take us away from a pursuit of God.

There are many godly character traits that, if applied to life, often bring material success (hard work, integrity, commitment, serving others, planning).

Throughout scriptures, there are frequent references to God's blessings for His people - you and me. God allow us - His people - to have material blessings, but urges us never to sacrifice spiritual matters for worldly wealth.

The Lord God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who do what is right. God blesses those who work hard to do right. Psalm 84:11

iLumina Biblical Encyclopedia

Saturday, October 12, 2013

31 Days - Day 12

Find the Time

Have you ever made one of these remarks-- "I just can't find the time" or "I don't want to lose time"?

Well, think about it!  Time can't be lost!  It is always present, but often misused or wasted.  We must choose carefully the way we spend our time.

it is very important for us to have a special prayer time--
--- a time that we mention the names of those we know need to be lifted up,
--- a time to reflect on our situation and our needs,
--- a time to be thankful for the blessings we have received,
--- a time to pray for the miracle that only God can give,
--- a time to listen to the voice of God as He speaks to our hearts and directs our paths. 

Prayer time, coupled with the study of God’s word, will strengthen us as Christians,  as well as influence the lives of others.

Our accent scripture for The Prayer Garden is “Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. 

We all live very busy lives and obviously can’t devote the entire day to praying.  So how does “pray without ceasing” fit into our hectic schedule? 

This simply means to be in an attitude of prayer throughout the day, not just at prayer time.  We don’t have to lock ourselves away to talk with God. 

Remember prayer is conversation with God.  That involves, not only telling Him our needs, but also listening to His voice. 

We make better decisions in all things throughout the day if we sense His presence “without ceasing.”  We are never "lost" if we "find" time for prayer.

Friday, October 11, 2013

31 Days - Day 11

Path to Success - Part 2

Yesterday we explored the "C's" to Success, today we will explore the "P's" to Success.

Prayer - open up your calendar and pray over it; let God fill it with divine appointments
  • Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the Lord
  • Ephesians 2:10 we were created to do good works, God has a plan for us
Plan your day. Plan your work and work your plan.
  • Jeremiah 29:11 - God promises to gives us a hope and a future
People - connect with people. Change up your routine.
  • The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different.  result.
  • Matthew 7:12 - do to others what you would have them do to you - "The Golden Rule"
Prospects -  put every person the Lord puts in your head in your prospect book.
  • Pray for those individuals
  • Have great expectations
  • Enroll everyone in your goal
Possibilities are endless
  • Make the right choices
  • Everything is a fantastic possibility!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

31 Days - Day 10

Path to Success

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:12

Y.E.S. = You Expect Success; your success blesses others.

Expect Great things and Great things will happen. Are you expecting the best in yourself and in others? Speak truth into the lives of others. The power of life and death is in the tongue. Whether we realize it or not we are influencing others - either positively or negatively. The reverse is also true. We are like the 5 people we hang-out with the most. Who's in your inner circle (family counts as 1)?

There are plenty of rules to obtain success but none of them work unless you do. Success is where preparation meets opportunity!

Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

The 4 C's of Success
  1. Confidence - practice and master the skill of your profession or business.
  2. Contagious - Be Contagious- enthusiasm is contagious but so is negativity. Honesty, Integrity and Golden Rule Service are crucial for long-term success
  3. Courage - Have Courage to make change; change requires people to act, to make adjustments
  4. Complete - it's easier to keep up than to catch up. Daily to-do lists. Your Six Most Important Things List. Write everything down and follow-up when needed.

Arise - Shine...Isaiah 60:1

Dream and Believe

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. Psalm 62:5

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

31 Days - Day 9

The Possibilities Are Endless!

Sometimes we get so busy living our lives we forget to live. In the pursuit of happiness it's good to pause and just be happy.

When we let fear determine our course we deny God's faithfulness. We shift our focus from Him and turn to defending and promoting our plans for ourselves.

Faith built on a foundation laid by God:
  • A God so loving He sent His Son for us
  • He repairs what was lost
  • He rebuilds what is broken
Live from your imagination not you memory - you can't go back - move forward!

We are to use our gifts to the fullest to bless encourage each other. 1 Thess 5:11

No seed you plan every goes unnoticed - sometimes we just need to water it and nurture it.

Listen to the Voice of Truth - God & His Word. God desires a real authentic relationship with His Redeemed people. Journal everything.

The example we set by the life that we live - live a life of authenticity.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

31 Days - Day 8

In Luke 5:27 Jesus said to Matthew (Levi), "Follow Me." He left it all, rose up to follow Jesus.

Things left behind by people who rose up to follow Jesus...
  • Fishermen left their fish
  • The woman at the well left her waterpot
  • the widow of Nain left her son's casket
  • Lazarus left his grave clothes
  • Mary left eh pieces of her alabaster box
  • Bartimaeus left his beggar's clothes
The people who soar the highest in the Lord are those who left things behind. We limit our Christian walk and witness when we are not willing to do so as well. Satan wants to weigh us down with the stuff of this world. Jesus wants to set us free.

It time to free ourselves of the things we're trying to hold on to that have no eternal value. Time to line up our priorities with God's priorities. It's time to free ourselves of the weight of the world and focus on Jesus.

Are you willing to "Follow Jesus" or do you want Jesus to follow you?

The adventure doesn't begin until we go all in with God and start living for His purposes. Mark Batterson.

Monday, October 7, 2013

31 Days - Day 7

Sometimes you receive something in your email that's too good not to share. So I thought I'd share, you may have seen them but sometimes we just need to be remind. Hope that make you smile! :-)

It's not my ability, but my response to God's ability, that counts. Corrie Ten Boom

Sunday, October 6, 2013

31 Days - Day 6

Acts of Kindness

Both simple and grand acts of kindness make a difference in the lives of others and when we're the ones performing them, in our own lives. Here are a few simple ideas that can have a ripple effect.

  1. At least once a day do something selfless for someone else.
  2. Pick up litter. Instead of walking by trash on the sidewalk, throw it in the garbage can. Every little bit helps and even one piece makes a difference.
  3. Donate books you no longer need. An adult daycare or elder care facility.
  4. Donate a bag of dog or cat food (or both) to your local animal shelter.
  5. Hold the door for someone else and let them go ahead.
  6. Write a personal note of thanks to someone who has made a difference to you.
  7. Write a personal note letting someone know you thought of them instead of sending a text, tweet or Facebook message.
  8. Pick up the phone and call that loved one or friend you haven't spoken to in months or years (for whatever reason).
  9. Compliment someone who does something well; compliment with sincerity and acknowledge what a difference they make.
  10. Drive courteously. Let a few cars merge in front of you. If someone cuts you off, slow down and forget about it.

Love is kind...rejoices in truth...believes all things, hopes all things...Love never fails. 1 Cor 13:4-8

In part from Tony Robbins on Peak Performance.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

31 Days - Day 5

One of my favorite things to do is visiting the wetlands and taking pictures of various wildlife. Each time I see something different. The beauty of God's creation. God has a unique plan for us, He uses the gifts and talents He has given us!

A Day at the Wetlands

Red bill Moorhen


 Glossy Ibis


Red-belly Woodpeckers

Baby Alligator

Baby Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron


 Great Blue Heron



Great Egret


Great Blue Heron


Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. Psalm 62:5 NLT

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