• Be Healthy

    You are what you eat from your head down to your feet. Remember learning that in grade school? It's true! If you eat a bunch of junk food, that tastes good going in but takes up residence as unwanted bumps, tucks and rolls in various locations on your body. But you are like "that's not true, I exercise every day and I look great! I can eat anything I want!" Goodness yes! You do look fabulous ON THE OUTSIDE. How is your body doing inside? Running on optimal thrusters? What damage is all that fake food doing to your cells, circulatory system, your liver, yada yada yada? "But I take vitamins! I use special oils! I use this amazing whatever & I am healthy!" You can bandaid your health as much as you want and justify it to yourself however it helps you to sleep at night. The truth still remains that the cleaner you eat the better your temple for God will run. He gave you what you need to keep your body healthy. Real food. It's the same with your soul. It needs to be fed. Don't keep giving it just a taste of goodness and filling it up with drivel. All the "junk" you take in reading, listening to and watching just fills time in your day not in your heart. If you have time to spend watching the Kardashians, you have time for The Word of God. We need to be invested in the study of it! Yes, we can attend church on Sunday and hear The Word taught to us and that is good for our soul!! It fills us up and it's wonderful!! That is a healthy spiritual meal! We can add reading a devotional, listen to worship music and maybe scroll through some IG ministry chick's posts to take in our daily dose of spiritual vitamins. We need to remember though, even with all these great soul snacks available to us we need to spend time with our substance,The Lord most of all. Spend time feeding your soul His Good Word. Read your Bible. Really think deeply about what is being shared with you. Then talk with God. Ask Him questions! Share your hurts! Praise His name! He is listening. He keeps your spirit healthy. He is the bread of life! He is the living water! He is your soul's healthy food!!
  • Its all about Perspective

    What consumes your thoughts during the day?
    Who or what is the object of your adoration?
    Quickly, answer the first thing that pops in your mind. Do you have to pause and think? Could it be the kids extra curricular activities? Maybe the house just seems to be perpetually in chaos? Laundry is multiplying like rabbits and is about to bury your Maytag under all its little offspring of single socks with no match. Is it your marriage maybe? Do you spend all day wondering where that heated spark snuck off to because by the end of the day you are just too crazy exhausted to even strike a match in the passion department? Is it work, because you have a boss who does not value all the time and effort you put in to make things run smoothly? Where would this company be without you??? So many thoughts that dominate our minds throughout the day. Are any of them uplifting or do we tend to steer ourselves more toward self pity?
    What about Jesus? Where is He in your life? Do you think about Him often and spend quality time with Him? Do you thank Him for the blessings He has bestowed on you?
    Those little or bigger mini's that run around the house, thank you Jesus for trusting us to raise them & thank you for helping to find an outlet for all their extra energy! The house that seems to always be so full of stuff and people Lord God, we praise You for!! What a blessing to have such abundance in this world!! Thank you for washing machines Jesus!! Gathering all the clothes brings me so much joy because we are blessed with more than one outfit per person in our family! The laundromat or laundry room does all the hard work of cleaning the fabric and I am grateful! The blessing of a spouse Lord, someone to tackle the challenges of life with. Thank you!! I am thankful and I know the lack of energy is just a season. This is a trial but You are here with me and will help me rekindle that fervor in the private time with my spouse. I am so thankful You are here to help strengthen our marital union and be a light for others as we get through this physically exhausting season of life. Praises lifted high for the opportunity of employment Jesus!! The gift of a job!! May my work habits reflect the joy I have found in You. Earthly thanks do not always come, but I know Lord that when I work to the best of my abilities I am shining for You!
    💛I love You Lord!
    Thank You for bringing me a cheerful perspective today, for I am lavishly blessed. I am thankful for every breath that fills my lungs for it gives me another chance to praise Your holy name. Praising You fills my life with extraordinary joy! May You be my focus in everything!! Jesus, You are my eternal devotion. Consume my thoughts Lord, consume my life.
  • Did I Serve Him Well?

    As I was driving to pick up my daughter from babysitting last night, I started wondering, if today was my last day here on earth, did I make the most of it? Did I hug my family enough? Did I tell them I love them? Do they know it and will not question it in the future? Did I get to spend enough time with my husband? Did I help anyone in need? Did I remember to pray for everyone? Did I share the Word with someone? Have I done all that God has wanted me to do today?

    I am going to have to stand before Him and account for all my choices. I KNOW I have screwed up way more times than I would care to admit. I miss my prompting to go and take the blanket to the homeless lady, give the call to the friend on my heart, add that extra ten bucks to the tip for the stressed out waitress. Those are the easy ones I have skipped. I have passed on the times the Holy Spirit has nudged me to go and share the word or pray with someone, mainly because I felt awkward and didn't want to look like a weirdo. I have missed times to love my husband because I was "too busy" doing things for others, when he SHOULD BE my MOST IMPORTANT. I have missed times when I was stressed & instead of spending time in His word for comfort and soul recharging, I wanted to watch a television show and veg, not think about anything. 😕 Ugh. I am a fail. I am sorry Lord.

    So now I am about to pick my daughter up, in my mind I am still questioning, if today is my last day to be the hands and feet of Jesus, have I done what He has requested of me? Do I live to serve Him or myself? If I did serve, did I do so with a joyful heart or out of obligation? Did I serve the One who took the nails for me? Did I share His love the way He wanted me to today...any day He asked...?

    Oh friend, make EVERY SINGLE DAY COUNT!! We have no clue when our last breath will come. We did not come with expiration dates. What we did come with, is the command from Jesus to love.
    Matthew 22:36-40 says
    "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

    Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

    Love my neighbor as my own self-centered self. Live to love others. Die to myself and live for Him. Yes Lord, I will do better. For You have CHOSEN ME and I choose to serve You.
    Let's get this new day started!!
    I am here to serve!!!
  • Get up today??

    Some days, all I want to do is crawl into my warm and toasty bed, snuggle under the covers and just spend time talking with The Lord. It is crazy out there! I swear the world has lost its morality. It's way out of control. So many people are so selfish and self centered, no one else matters. I do not want to be part of it. I just want to focus on Jesus. I want to stay here safe and warm under the covers...but then who will see my light? Who will see Jesus at work if I stay here safe? (Deep breath) My King took my sins, was beaten, whipped, spat on, humiliated and tortured for me. He took all that to the cross. He took the nails I deserve and died in my place.
    I am loved by Him beyond all that is fathomable.
    My safe place is not here under the covers.
    It is with Him...and He is with me always.
    Time to face the world.

    • REDEEMED •

    "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
    1 Corinthians 1:18

    Today I am on my soap box.
    I truly feel this needs to be addressed. This does not mean this is directed at any of you, but more than likely we all know someone who has been apart of a situation like this...
    If we are Christians, we need to remember to act like Jesus. It broke my heart last night, to see in the name of ministry, someone brushed off because of their past life choices. Really? Are you kidding me?? Not one of us is better than the other. We have all sinned and are worthy of hell. To blatantly dismiss someone who has recently come to the Lord because you disapprove of their past lifestyle, is in my opinion evil.
    This is bothering me TO THE DEPTHS OF MY SOUL! We are brothers and sisters in Christ! We have all been washed by His blood, through His ultimate sacrifice. We have NO RIGHT to determine who we deem worthy to be in His sight. WE HAVE ALL come to Him for mercy, in our filthy rags only to have Him lovingly take us in. Through His perfect grace He gave us new clean clothes of royal status, not to look down on others but to LOOK UP to the one who gave us the new life!! I am no better than the thief, the murderer, the con man, the adulterer or anyone. We have all come to Jesus. If our hearts were pure in that coming then so are our souls. WE ARE NEW IN CHRIST!!! Please treat your brothers and sisters well, those who are new to the kingdom or old and especially may others see HOW you treat others, so that they will WANT to come to know our glorious King who comes to save. 
  • 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

    Whatever it is that is bothering you today or has risen up in your path to deter you from getting closer to God, do not let it get the best of you. You are not facing this giant alone! Jesus is your most special friend & He wants to help you💕
    Lift up your heart and pray that our great Comforter will come to you and send the Holy Spirit into your life so you may understand.
    "For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see right now,; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come Winn last forever." ~2 Corinthians 4:17-18
  • I Work Out

    Hard to believe, but this old broken body of mine gets up in the morning with every intention of working out. Some days it works & some days...well my back is just so crunchy it seems like my work out is going to be simply to get up!! You will see what I mean as you start to ferment with age too!! 😂 The workout I never miss, is my time in the Word. It might not always be in the morning, but it WILL HAPPEN at some point in my day!! That spiritual workout as I LIFT my RIPPED bible, STRETCHES my understanding and STRENGTHENS my faith!!! That is a workout I don't ever want to skip!! So I RUN TO JESUS every morning, even when my earthly body creaks and moans, because He fills me anew and my spirit soars on that joy💕

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