Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Virtuous Woman

THE 10 VIRTUES OF THE PROVERBS 31 WOMAN



1. Faith – A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31:26, Proverbs 31:29 – 31, Matthew 22:37, John 14:15, Psalm 119:15)

2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a help-meet. (Proverbs 31:11- 12, Proverbs 31:23, Proverbs 31:28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis 2:18)

3.  Mothering – A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31:28, Proverbs 31:26, Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18:16)

4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31:14 – 15, Proverbs 31:17, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Genesis 1:29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)

5. Service – A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31:12, Proverbs 31:15, Proverbs 31:20, 1 Corinthians 13:13)

6. Finances – A Virtuous Woman spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31:14, Proverbs 31:16, Proverbs 31:18, 1 Timothy 6:10, Ephesians 5:23, Deuteronomy 14:22, Numbers 18:26)

7.  Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31:13, Proverbs 31:16, Proverbs 31:24, Proverbs 31:31, Philippians 2:14)

8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31:15, Proverbs 31:20 – 22, Proverbs 31:27, Titus 2:5, 1 Peter 4:9, Hebrews 13:2)

9. Time – A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31:13, Proverbs 31:19, Proverbs 31:27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16:9, Philippians 4:8)

10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10, Proverbs 31:21 – 22, Proverbs 31:24 -25, Isaiah 61:10, 1 Timothy 2:9, 1 Peter 3:1 – 6)



There's nothing more beautiful in all the world than a woman who is righteous and loves God. That's true beauty.

Be blessed and be a blessing.




Friday, June 9, 2017

The Love of the World




Count it all joy… James 1:2-3



Often we don't receive the things we ask of God because the motivation in our hearts is wrong. James addresses the Church as the Bride of Christ. He accuses her of spiritual adultery for her love of the things of the world.

God wants our love and commitment for Himself exclusively. when He sees us devoting ourselves to the world and material things He is jealous of our misplaced devotion.

You can't have it both ways - it's time to stop straddling the fence. We can find freedom and peace in God's Word - God's peace. 

God will protect us if we ask for His help; we don't have to succumb to the lure of worldly things or desires. God wants us to be concerned with Him and with spiritual things. He knows that the worldly things which tempt us would only leave us dissatisfied.

We can't live life in our own strength, we find strength in our dependence on God. No matter how strong we are, no matter how together we thin we are - it's nothing compared to God.

Graces is God’s part…Believing is my part

Be blessed and be a blessing!




Monday, June 5, 2017

Hebrews 13:5




God is With You

I believe that today, whatever you’re facing, God wants to remind you that He is with you. I believe God wants you to know that He is able to provide for you, to protect you, to sustain you, and to keep you safe—no matter what you’re facing.

I’m praying today that God will make everyone reading these words aware of His presence and provision today.

Be blessed and be a blessing; know that He is with you.



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Inside My Eye




A Look Inside My Eye – Before and After

This week, on Wednesday May 24th, I went to the eye doctor and received some really good news. As many of you know I’m recovering from surgery (April 20, 2017) to repair a macular hole in my right eye. I’ve still got more healing but everyday my vision improves. The gas bubbles that was placed in the hole is 75% absorbed and it is almost completely closed – Praise God! He’s Jehovah Rapha – “my healer.”




He who began a good work in you will complete it – God finishes what He starts. He never abandons us and He works all things out for our good. I can thank all my prayer warriors enough, I am so thankful for each one of you. Thank you all so much for all the food (yummy), cards, phone calls, text/IM messages, visits and words of encouragement!


Here is the before...


and the after…




I am just so amazed at technology – that they can actually take pictures of the inside of your eye.

Over these last few weeks since my surgery, I have learned to be patient and still. Those who are close to me and know me well, know that I am always busy and on the go. God uses these times, if we let Him, to work in us. To sharpen our skills and work on our areas of weakness. (Philippians 2:13) Doing, doing, doing can be satisfying on a personal, outward level but only with Jesus will we have true satisfaction from the inside out.

God uses everything, even the hard circumstances to make us stronger and draw us closer to Him. Even in our trials we can experience joy and peace. Wisdom and folly both want to control our lives, and we have to make a choice which one will. God will never contradict His promises. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). Prayer is the most effective weapon we have, to pray is to let go and let God take over (Philippians 4:6-7). Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath (Psalm 116:2)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” —Joshua 1:9 NIV

The greatest gift of all is to be a blessing!





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Memorial Day


Memorial Day


“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” —Joshua 1:9 NIV



Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday. All non-essential Government offices are closed, as are schools, businesses and other organizations. Many people see Memorial Day weekend as an opportunity to go on a short vacation or visit family or friends. 



What are your plans for this holiday weekend?

Be blessed and be a blessing! 




Friday, May 26, 2017

Relax and Trust Him

"Understanding God's character and incredible love for us allow us to RELAX AND TRUST HIM in every area of our lives."

The Bible says He is Jehovah Jireh, which means "Your Provider." He's Jehovah Rapha, "Your Healer," and Jehovah Shalom, "Your Peace."

The Lord is also referred to as Jehovah Nissi, "The Lord Our Banner." This means He is our "victory." We can expect God to help us win our battles over sin, addictive habits, pain from the past, and anything else that stands in the way of His great plan for our lives.

If God is for us, no one can stand against us. The God of the entire universe - Jehovah Nissi"The Lord Our Banner" - is on your side and He never loses a battle!

Get to know God by reading and studying His Word. Talk to Him like He's your best friend and ask Him to reveal His love and character to you in a greater way.

As you get to know Him - really know Him - it releases new hope and confidence in the One who has the power to change every single are of your life. 

Be blessed and be a blessing!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, MOM!
              
 FOR THIS IS WHAT THE LORD SAYS: "AS A MOTHER
 COMFORTS HER CHILD, SO WILL I COMFORT YOU."
                         ( ISAIAH 66:13 *NIV )


     
 We can not measure the tremendous love that God
  has for His Children in human terms.  However, I do
  believe the closest thing on Earth to that great love, is
  the love a Mother has for her child!

      Therefore, on this day we honor that special lady in
  our life, our Mother.  So,
 LET YOUR FATHER AND YOUR
  MOTHER BE GLAD, AND LET HER WHO BORE YOU
  REJOICE, ( PROVERBS 23:25 )  
and may she
  be filled with God's Love, Hope, Faith, and Peace today
  and everyday!

      The following was sent to me by one of my Sisters-
  In-Christ.  I feel that it is appropriate to
  share it with you today.  It is called:                   
 

Why are you crying, Mom?

 "Why are you crying?" he asked his Mom.  "Because I'm a
 woman" she told him.  "I don't understand," he said.  His
 Mom just hugged him and said, "And you never will"..........

 Later the little boy asked his father, "Why does mother
 seem to cry for no reason?  "All women cry for no reason"
 was all his dad could say........

 The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering
 why women cry...

 Finally he put in a call to GOD; when GOD got on the phone
 the man said, "GOD, why do women cry so easily?"
 and GOD said.......

 When I made woman, she had to be special. I made her
 shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the World;
 yet, gentle enough to give comfort....

 I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the
 rejection that many times comes from her children......

 I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when
 everyone else gives up and take care of her family through
 sickness and fatigue without complaining......

 I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and
 all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very
 badly...

 This same sensitivity helps her to make a child's boo-boo
 feel better and shares in their teenagers anxieties and
 fears.......

 I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults
 and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.....

 I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts
 his wife, but, sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve
 to stand beside him unfalteringly.....

 I gave her tears to shed. They are hers to use whenever she
 needs them.  They are her secret strength.  They make her
 more like ME.....

                                                                Author Unknown

Happy Mother's Day!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mountain-Top Challenge


©Cheryl Howard Photo by Cheryl Howard
©Cheryl Howard - Photo by Cheryl Howard 

Hope, like love, transcends all time.


Mountain-Top Challenge

  • Let go of fears
  • Let go of the past
  • Infuse power, a positive mental attitude, enthusiasm and motivation into everyday thinking and way of life.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Things I learned in April




This April has been filled with challenges but through is all my faith in God has strengthen and I know my family is there for me. I am truly blessed with a wonderful family and great friends. No matter what God is faith! Being diagnosed with and having surgery for a Macular Hole; I've had lots of quiet time. Learning to be still for someone who's always on the go was not easy. But I was determined and I persevered.

It was during this time I took on and completed the 30 Day Creative Basics Challenge. Each day was a new assignment and challenge...and it was so much fun. I learned some new skills, discovered some new websites(Unsplash, Pexels), a new app (Mixgram - love this one!) and rediscovered others that I hadn't used in a while (Canva, PicMonkey). After completing the daily challenges - here's my cool certificate!



Here are some of the images I created using images from Pexels and Unsplash but my own images as well. Some were text only graphic. Some of these were used to update my Social Media sites and will also be used in the future on this blog. I also learned how to use a feature in Photoshop to place multiple images on one page with or without the file names called "contact sheet" seen here below.





Looking forward to creating more fun graphics and posting them here and on my social media sites! 

Have a fun creative day!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Attitude



Stay in the Game and Fight to Win

Attitude and Determination

Use time wisely - manage it

Have a great attitude because whatever you give out always comes back to you. Have an all-the-time great attitude. An Attitude of Gratitude

Our attitude determines our altitude.

Character: who are you when no one else is looking. 

Change is a choice. When you change everything around you changes.

Put God first in your life and in everything you say and do.



Be blessed and be a blessing!

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Power of Prayer



The Power of Prayer

As believers, Christ-Followers (CF’s), we are not immune from attacks from the enemy – spiritual warfare – but we have the power of the Father. God’s power to defend and stand against the assaults by the enemy. His resources are limitless and we as CF’s can draw on these resources.

Paul wrote Ephesians largely for the purpose of unveiling the strength inherent in every person who is in relationship with God through Christ (CF’s). In Ephesians, Paul highlights one of the most important yet overlooked aspects of our spiritual armor: prayer



Paul deemed prayer so critical in gaining victory over Satan’s power in our lives that, as one scholar observed, “Ephesians has proportionately more than 55% as many verses directly related to prayer” as Romans, Paul’s longest letter. He knew prayer was able to change the trajectory of their whole lives. Victory in spiritual warfare is inseparable from prayer. 

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.  Ephesians 1:18-21 (NIV)
The hope we have is not some vague feeling that the future will be positive, but it is complete assurance of certain victory through God. This complete certainty comes to us through the Holy Spirit who is working in us. God’s great power is available to help us; there is nothing too difficult for Him.

For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19 (NIV)
We all have the fullness of God available to us in union with Christ, through His empowering Spirit. We must appropriate that fullness through faith and through prayer as we daily live for Him. Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians is also for you and for me. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill every aspect of your life to the fullest.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21(NIV)




Friday, April 28, 2017

Through My Eye



Journey Through My Eye

Many of my family and friends know that I was recently diagnosed with a Macular Hole (yes, that is the official medical term for it) in my right eye. I went to the eye doctor because I was seeing spots and floaters in front of my eyes; and it was increasingly difficult to put my eyeliner on. Before this, I had never heard of "macular hole" but as I talk to family and friends it's not as uncommon as I thought. 

One day you’re doing fine and in an instant your life is dramatically changed. I know that God’s plans for me are good even though, at the moment, they didn’t feel good.  HE is at work.

It was discovered by my eye doctor, who referred me to a Retina Specialist in my local area. After doing some research and my husband also searching the net, we decided to go to a provider outside the area.  I met with a specialist at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Palm Beach Gardens and they then recommended I see their top Retina Specialist at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami – who is considered the best in the field. The diagnosis was confirmed and surgery was recommended sooner rather than putting it off.

Macular Hole Right Eye

There is no known cause for macular hole and nothing I could have done to prevent it - I'm just one of those lucky people it happens to. God is in control and He always has a plan and my life is in the best hands - His!!! We know that all things will work according to the purpose and plan He has established. We are thankful for His grace and mercy.

Knowing that the only effective treatment is surgery – it was schedule for April 20, 2017, in Miami.  I don't mind the surgery but the recovery is about 2 weeks and another 2 months before my vision will be back to almost normal. I'm told it will never be completely restored and my chances rapidly increase of developing a cataract in that eye which will require another surgery. Also, no plane rides or general anesthesia for the next 2 months - may cause blindness. In case I forget, I have this nice bracelet to remind me. 

  
So, during the recovery I have be facedown for most of the 24 hours of the day. The surgery all things considered was a breeze. Have you ever tried being in a facedown position or looking down constantly? Well, let me just say – it is not easy; it’s a pain in the neck, literally. My back never ached so much. There are medical devices you can rent to help but after a few days – you just get tired of looking at the floor and at your feet. It becomes harder and harder to find a comfortable  position.



I’d like to send a shout-out and thanks to all my family and friends for their unending prayers and words of encouragement; daily phone calls and IM/text messages. The wonderful friends, who supplied us with delicious food, who came and sat with me to brighten my days. A special thanks to the CCM Production Ministry staff and volunteers for the Meal Train!!!

My husband has been so wonderful throughout this whole experience, he has not left my side. He’s been with me every step of the way. We are praying for complete healing, we serve a BIG God, who still works miracles, who can do great and mighty works. This is just a test and I’m praying that God will use this for His glory.



We never know how or when God is going to use us, we just have to be ready. Faith is an action word, requiring us to act so He can act. How we respond to life’s challenges has a tremendous impact on those around us because we don’t always know who’s watching – but be sure, someone always is.

Be Blessed!




Macular Hole Info link

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday




God’s love is not static or self-centered, it reaches out and draws others in. In John 3:16, God sets the pattern of true love, which is the basis for all love relationships – when you love someone dearly, you are willing to give freely to the point of self-sacrifice. God paid dearly with the life of His Son, the highest price He could pay. Jesus accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins, and the offered us the new life that He had bought for us. When we share the Good New (the gospel) with others, our love must be like Jesus’ – willingly giving up our own comfort and security so that others might join us in receiving God’s love.

Let’s put our trust and confidence in Him, only He can save us.

Be blessed and be a blessing!





Monday, February 27, 2017

Brokenhearted




How Do We Get Beyond to Brokenhearted



In Chapter 11 of the Uninvited Book, Lysa Terkeurst tells us, “We must praise God, seek God, look to God, call to God, experience God, fear God, learn from God, honor God, draw near to God, and take refuge in God.” To help us practice this, she gives us “ten things to remember and proclaim.” Which of these do you need most to help YOU get beyond brokenhearted? With God, in your journal or notebook, work through the list of applications for what you need to remember and proclaim most.

    1.  One rejection is not a projection of future failures (pp. 130-131)
What rejection is causing you to project future failures? On page 130 of the uninvited book, Lysa shares four “No, but…” statements. Write out your own “No, but…” statements for each of you rejections. “No, ________________. But that doesn’t mean ____________________.”

    2.  Rejection doesn’t label you; it enables you to adjust and move on (pp. 131-132)
What label(s) has rejection given you? Write this out, filing in the blanks: “This rejection doesn’t mean I’m _____________ [whatever negative label or shame-filled feeling you are having]. It makes this _______________________ [opportunity, person, desire] a wrong fit for me right now.”

    3.  This could be an invitation to live in expectation of something else (pp.132-133)
Let’s live in expectation of God’s invitation! Journal a prayer, asking God to show you the plans HE has for you and what HE would have you spend your time on. Then listen and watch, with great intentionality, for those good things to be revealed to you!

    4.  There is usually some element of protection wrapped in every rejection (pp.133-34)
Past rejections are a great learning tool and motivator to help us get through current and future rejections! Reflect and journal on your past rejections, looking for possible protections from God. How does realizing God’s past protections help you face rejection today?

    5.  It’s good to ask the “what” questions but less helpful to ask “why” (p 135-136)
Are you stuck in the “whys” from your rejection? Like Lysa says, “What questions increase our ability to become more self-aware, while “why” questions only focus on things out of our control.” Work through the helpful “what” questions Lysa provides in this section.

    6.  Don’t hash, bash or trash on the internet. Remember, the internet never forgets (pp. 136-137)
Do you have past “venting” on the internet you regret? Like Lysa writes, “Don’t let today’s reaction become tomorrow’s regret.” What action/step can you take to prevent venting you’ll regret?

    7.  There’s much more to you than the part that was rejected (pp. 137-139)
Rejection have you feeling less than? Take some time to discover new things about yourself. List the things you’ve tried that didn’t work out. Then pray for God to reveal common threads you can learn them. Like Lysa, you might find clues of what you were made to do instead!

    8.  What one person sees as your liability, another might see as a wonderful asset (pp. 139-140)
Did someone point out a perceived “liability” in you? What can you learn from their opinion by putting yourself in their shoes? How can you make sure you extend grace and honor God in your reaction?

    9.  This is a short-term setback, not a permanent condition (pp. 140-141)
Has your rejection tried to take up permanent residence in your heart? Are there “triggers” that cause negative thoughts, words and actions in you as a result? Take some time to identify and eliminate any reminders that are triggers for you.

    10.             Don’t let this heartbreak destroy you. Let this breaking actually be the making of you. Let God use it in good ways to make you stronger and take you further. (pp. 141-145)
Is rejection causing you to feel brokenhearted? Like Lysa says, “Don’t let what breaks your heart destroy your life. Hold fast to Jesus and remember: This breaking of you will be the making of you. A new you. A stronger you.” Take some time to reflect on past and current rejections. Where can you see how God has used the “breaking of you” to be the “making of you?”




Be blessed and be a blessing!





Taken from the Uninvited Book by Lysa TerKeurst



Monday, February 20, 2017

Uninvited Online Bible Study




The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love. 

Uninvited will help you:

  • Stop feeling left out by believing that even when you are overlooked by others you are handpicked by God.
  • Change your tendency to either fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process your hurt.
  • Know exactly what to pray for to steady your soul and restore your confidence in the midst of rejection.
  • Overcome the two core fears that feed your insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging.

Through the pages of Uninvited, you will be taken on a journey of finding the acceptance and love you’ve always longed for and start to pick up the pieces that maybe you’ve been trying to put back together for years. You’ll laugh, cry, and best of all discover that with Jesus you are safe, forever accepted, forever held, completely loved, and always invited in.

Join me right here as we take this life-changing journey!

Blessings!



Week One - Living Loved


Week Two - Empty or Full


Week Three - The Yoke of God is Freedom



Week Four - Set Apart



Week Five - Remembering God's Presence


Week Six - Lessons from the Olive



Week Seven - The Wrap-Up



Everything has it beauty, but not everyone sees it. — Andy Warhol



Be blessed and be a blessing!

A Virtuous Woman

THE 10 VIRTUES OF THE PROVERBS 31 WOMAN 1. Faith – A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks ...