Saturday, May 30, 2015

Expect Great Things




Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.

Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3 NLT)




Blessings,

 

Cheryl
 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Put God First




Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

 
 



Blessings,

 
Cheryl

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day


Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take. (Joshua 1:7-9 MSG)

Blessed is the man or woman who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law does he meditate both day and night, he/she shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. (Psalm 1:1-3) These are the conditions we will experience the presence and the power of God.

God desires that His power and truth are transmitted to our children. Let us keep our memorials and Memorial Day to the Lord for the work He has done in our lives. "It was for freedom that Christ set us free..." Galatians 5:1

As we celebrate this Memorial Day - let us remember all those who have gone before us, fought the good fight and made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be free. And shout from the rooftop "Freedom isn't Free!"

Blessings,

Cheryl

Thursday, May 21, 2015

What Are You Wearing?

 
 


Are you like me most days wondering, "What should I wear today?" Looking through my closet picking out just the right outfit and making sure everything matches, hair, make-up just right. One final glance in the mirror before walking out the door.

The Bible clearly tells us how we should clothe ourselves in Colossians 3:12-14...

Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].

Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].
 
And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].

So, what are you wearing today?

I remember so of the phrases I've heard my mother and others say over the years - beauty is only skin deep; it's not what's on the outside the counts, it's what's on the inside; man looks at the outward appearance but God sees our hearts.

How about you, what are some sayings you've heard over the years?

Re-read the passage above (try different translations), meditate on the words, pray and maybe it's time we have a change of heart today.


Blessings,

Cheryl


Related posts: Be a Put On and Listen to the Right Voices.

 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What are you thinking?


Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 - NIV)


Blessings,

Cheryl


Friday, May 15, 2015

Gator Call

All Photos/Video property of Cheryl Howard
 
 
 
 
Enjoy & Have an awesome day!
 
Cheryl

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Listen to the Right Voices

 

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things [fix your minds on them]. Philippians 4:8

I came across this little book, "Positive Life Principles for Women." As I read the first chapter I was so inspired, I just wanted to share a portion of it with you today. The author asks the question, "What seems to be growing in the garden of your mind right now?" We can learn to be attentive to our thought life and the things our minds tend to dwell on. It is possible to weed out negative thing and nurture life-giving truths instead. I know – easier said than do right?

Each day, seedling thoughts are continually planted in our minds – some good and some not-so-great. A. W. Tozar said, "What we think about when we are free to think about what we will – that is what we are or will soon become." You may have heard the saying what we think about we bring about; or as the author puts it, our thoughts become our actions. The mind is a powerful tool, and we can be transformed by the renewing our minds.

What voices are you listening to? What voices direct your life? Do those voices introduce truth, or do they insinuate fear, discouragement, and doubt. Only a mind flourishing with a bountiful view of God's goodness can respond positively to all that life brings our way. We can stand on the promise of 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. God's plans are bigger than ours, even though we may not always understand because His ways are not our way but we can always trust and lean on Him through it all.


Be Blessed,

Cheryl

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Thanking God for Moms Everywhere!
 


Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future...(Proverbs 31:25 AMP)

Take a moment to let the Mom in your life know how special she is, whether it's a phone call, email, IM, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or whatever. Whoever that person is your call Mom, let her know she's special today!

Special blessings to all the Moms!!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Seek the Truth


This has become one of my favorite photos (I used it in a previous post) - it's so peaceful. We find rest and peace in Christ alone. Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) says, "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart." Seek means to search, quest, find..."seek the truth. Hosea 10:12 "...seek the Lord" and Amos 5:4 "...seek Me and live" - that's a WOW. Matthew 6:33 tells us to "Seek first the Kingdom of God."

Why does God want us to search for Him - He wants to strengthen us - preparing us for ages to come if we learn to pray, worship and walk by faith on this side of eternity. The earth is boot camp, spring training. - Jon Courson.

God reveals Himself to us in His Word. Everyday let God renew your mind; everyday read His Word (even if it's just one passage of scripture). It will give you a new and fresh perspective for the day.

Daily I want to ...Know Him...See Him...Hear Him, through His Word. God has something for me today and He has something for you too!


Have a blessed day!
 
Cheryl

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Live Well



Today in my quiet-time, these are the scriptures that I was led to read this morning. First, from Philippians 4:11-13 (AMP)

11 Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be [f] content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.
12 I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want.
13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who [g]infuses inner strength into me; I am [h]self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

This is not always easy, but we have to trust God in all our circumstances. The world tells us - more, bigger better. God tells us - wait, I will supply all your needs...and yes, He does mean ALL.

The second scripture is from Colossians chapter 3 and it is my pray for you today,

23 Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,
24 Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).
 
Have a blessed day!
 
Cheryl
 
 
 
 
 
Today's scriptures are from the Amplified Bible (Biblegateway.com)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Find Rest



Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace ill guard you hearts and minds as you line in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

Relax in the knowledge that God is totally trustworthy and there's nothing you or I need the He cannot provide.

In Him we find "Rest and Peace."

Have a blessed day!

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