9.29.2011

I Am A Kept Woman

A message filled with hope that has the potential to light up our darkest hour. Be encouraged, God is keeping you, and directing your destiny. He is faithful to complete His handiwork—that's you!


You see, there were a few times when I thought I would lose my mind, but GOD kept me sane. (Isa. 26:3)

There were times when I thought I could go no longer, but the LORD kept me moving. (Gen 28:15)

At times, I've wanted to lash out at those whom I felt had done me wrong, but the LORD kept my mouth shut. (Psa. 13)

Sometimes, I think the money just isn't enough, but GOD has helped me to keep the lights on, the water on, the car paid, the house paid, etc.., (Matt. 6:25 -34)

When I thought I would fall, HE kept me up.
When I thought I was weak, HE kept me strong! (I Pet. 5:7, Matt. 11:28-30)

I could go on and on and on, but I'm sure you hear me!
I'm blessed to be "kept."

Are you...or do you know a "kept" woman?
If so pass it on to her to let her know she is "kept."

-Via email

9.26.2011

Wisdom Wins!

A friendly mature woman at the Target checkout was excited about showing me the new gourmet coffee shop, which was part of a remodel. She motioned her hands across like a television reveal. I answered, “Thanks,” but shrugged it off mentally. The conversation quickly moved forward with input that she used to treat herself to gourmet coffee on occasion to make herself feel good.

An open door for me, and I walked right through with truth.

“Yeah, but you don’t need coffee to do that. You can say a prayer.”

I left the store with a spring in my step thinking about that comment and my follow up statement, “All we need to do is make one right decision at a time.” I felt as if something of value was exchanged. Afterwards I pondered more on the subject and searched for clues.

How many years have we bought into the idea that luxuries could give us an impartation that satisfies our soul? Believe me, gourmet coffee, pedicures, and new accessories aren’t all bad for us, but let’s not be in denial about feel-good purchases, which are most fittingly temporary pleasures.

Remember that giving in today to our impulses with unnecessary purchases could very well steal from our tomorrows. On the other hand, wisdom wins! It is an essential part of strength, and it pays to attain it.

"By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." Proverbs 24:3-4

9.23.2011

An Everlasting Love

Our reality can sound and look like this:

We pour out our miseries...
The honest cries of breaking hearts...




Yet, the Father's Heart responds: 

Beloved, I am here, and closer than you think. Be not afraid for I am with you. Never will I abandon you. You are my child and I love you with an everlasting love.

9.22.2011

1 John 4:16


1 John 4:16 
Amplified Bible (AMP)
 

"And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him."

9.21.2011

Convinced of His Love for Me!

Did you know that God actively loves you and me? Yes, He does!

Recently a secular song welled up in my spirit that I haven't heard or sung in ages. Yet, it was brought to my remembrance, and I sang it joyfully. I was assured and shared with others that it was concerning His love for me. Later on, the very same day, a challenge arose. I believe that it was a gift from God to hold on to while I walked out this temporary trial.

Since I've entered in to rest to trust Him, the same message keeps coming through that He loves me, and that I'm blessed, at peace, and secure.

Was that a coincidence? I think not! As Believers, we need to be more faithful and less fearful. Let not unfortunate circumstances or temporary trails steal our joy, peace or the revelation of God’s love for us!

Romans 8:38-38 "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

9.18.2011

Rest

Have you ever prayed or had a prayer request that didn't seem rehearsed, and came out more like a surprise to you? It's happened to me.

Recently I was asked and answered, "Oh, that I would continue to rest in God."

In these changing times with troubles of abundance do I crave even more the secret place -- an intimate setting where My Lord and I meet and with open arms I receive His fullness in great measure. (Ephesians 3:19) I need it. I need it like "the deer thirsts for water." (Psalm 42)

It's not uncommon for me to reassess and take a stand to "be" rather than "being busy." To be or to live in the moment, is rest, which I heard referred to as a "Holy Spirit-Directed Activity." Anything including rest that is Holy Spirit led I know will be beneficial for me. When in Rest Mode I slow down to a snails pace to take in the blessings in my own backyard while preparing for my next season.

Gifts of God come in many forms to include missions and ministry, but don't overlook the one that looks smaller in size with generic wrapping.

9.17.2011

It's a God Push!

"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9

More than once God uses unfortunate happenings to push me in the direction He wants. Like any child, I can be stubborn and whiny. I have even been known to pout while tapping my foot. It’s typical 2-year old stuff, but nonetheless that’s what it must look like to Him.

Meanwhile, looking in the review mirror He’s given me plenty of time to do it on my own while sending countless finger-pointing people, but to no avail, I decide to stay put. Whatever the justification.

Still, whether God is gently nudging me or giving me a good push in the right direction, I am content knowing He is present and I need it.

9.12.2011

What's the Truth?!


Believers can sometimes interchange question marks and periods while they debate heavy issues. The wonder in it is that the Believer is seeking truth and asking questions. However, the surprise may be that though many of us start off with strong convictions concerning a biblical stance it can evolve closer to Bible truth depending on teaching and wise counsel, and through confirmation in God's word and the Holy Spirit.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." James 1:5

9.10.2011

Troubles

In June I posted Stronger to encourage in spite of life's mess and linked praise music. Nevertheless, today I wanted to share more with you about troubles as God has been expanding the lesson while I wait on the Lord standing and believing for many who I love that are weary and downtrodden.

Though it can be challenging, Believers must be filled and built up daily in His Word to protect us from the "troubles" of this world, which are inevitable. We know that worry can lead us down the path where we enter dangerous territory called "fear."

Caution! Fear and worry are our enemies. Fear and torment go together. Fear is a spiritual force that attacks are mind. Our body's reaction to fear can lead to unhealthy repercussions. Fear anticipates the worst, while faith seeks out the best. The Enemy operates through fear.

God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5-6

"You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3


9.05.2011

Change It Up: DIY Manicure & Pedicure

Change It Up is a series of posts where I share changes I've made after obliterating a few false beliefs like:

- Only that cleaner can do the job
- Foam is better
- Anti-bacterial is a must
- I can't do without disinfecting wipes
- Who has time for Homemade
- Expensive is the best choice

There is nothing like someone else pampering me with an added massage and friendly chat to escape life's stresses. However, with every passing year becoming increasingly draining to our family budget I had to once again reconsider, adjust, and adapt.

This was my second summer without spa pedicures, and it's going well. Products purchased at a beauty supply store the beginning of summer 2010 have since run out, and I have restocked.

What I use:
For Hands - Be Natural Cuticle Eliminator (removes cuticle growth in 45 seconds)
For Feet - Mr. Pumice Purple Pumi Bar (extra-course and antibacterial solution safe)
For Feet - Be Natural Callus Eliminator (professional product for at home use)

Mr. Pumice is the best! I use it every night in the shower with a couple of squirts of liquid soap. It cleans the day dirt from wearing flip-flops and keeps my heels smooth. Once a month during my DIY pedicure, I'll use the callus eliminator. I apply an ample amount to one foot at a time with household gloves while sitting on the edge of the bathtub. I wait the allotted time and then buff with the purple pumice.

Though I daydream about the pampering part of pedicures the cost ($25 plus tip) I don't miss at all.

It's not easy giving up amenities, but needs will always win over wants. Needs are things I have to have to survive like shelter, food and water, essentials for hygiene, and clothing. Wants are things that go beyond the needs list.

"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship." - Benjamin Franklin

9.01.2011

Frugal Has Become Chic

I stumbled upon an upscale shop with recycled designer apparel to include a rack of cashmere sweaters and other garments with Chico's and St. John labels. Though most were still too costly for me I did take in a few minutes of people watching while waiting for my to-go lunch order next door.

I left spending nothing and a smile on my face!

"Money is 80% behavior, 20% head knowledge. It's what you do, not what you know." - Dave Ramsey

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