Monday, November 25, 2013

November = Thanksgiving (Day 22-25)

May I make a suggestion??   Good!
*** If you have not done so, please go back and read my Blog post for "November = Thanksgiving  (Day 1-5)". It will give some insight to the tone of my November Blog postings for this year!!!
Thanks!!! I hope you get something from what you read here and that God will speak to you through His Word!!! =)


1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all your things be done with charity {love}.

For all of his rantings and ravings at the church at Corinth, Paul loves this church and it's people.  He want s for them to serve in love, worship in love, submit in love, teach in love, do ALL things in love.
This can be a new prayer for me...that I will do all things in love.

Psalm 36:7
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

What can I say??? The Lord has proven Himself over and over and over again to me in these last few weeks. His mercy is new every morning. He has turned my mourning into gladness. weeping into joy. I can trust Him in everything knowing He only wants what is best for me. I am just praying that I can put Him first in everything!!

Psalm 37:39-40
But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. 
And the LORD shall help them and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

Even before Christ came to this earth to give us a way to have righteousness before God this Psalmist is speaking of salvation and righteousness the Lord gives to those who ask!!! He gives strength and shelter in times of trouble.
We can trust in Him because His words are true. He will be the victor and He will deliver us from the wicked!!

In 2 Corinthians 6 - 9 Paul is just encouraging these people that he loves. He rejoices that they took his first letter to heart and made some necessary changes.
How much more must God be pleased when we read His Word and make changes in our lives to honor Him!!!! =)

Just one more!!!!  Scripture is changing my life y'all!!! =)

Psalm 40:5
Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order to thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

Every day I am amazed at God's care for the little details of my life. His thoughts of us cannot be numbered. He is an awesome God and I am so glad He is my Savior. As I strive to put God first in all that I do, I pray that the things I do are pleasing to Him.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

November = Thanksgiving (Day 20, 21)

1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

A good reminder for put Christ first in all things.
This chapter in Corinthians is talking about eating the meat that has been offered to idols. How that it might offend some non-believers.
If we are doing all to the glory of God we need not be concerned about offending those around us.
At this point in my life I am more concerned with putting God first and pleasing Him most.

Psalm 22:19
But be thou not far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

I am so very thankful that God hears the cry of His children and hurries to help!! He is never far from me and only wants what is best for me.
He is an awesome God and mighty to save anyone who calls upon His name.
I have called on Him and he heard me.
He has answered the cry of my heart.
He is healing my soul.

Psalm 23
The LORD is my Shepherd: I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me, they rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

He is my shepherd and I am His sheep. He knows what I need and when I need it.
He will protect me, find me, keep me safe, feed me, heal me, be with me through any valley (even death) that I will go through!

There is great comfort in that.

He has heard the cry of my heart and has the power to heal my soul.
He is restoring my joy and the joy of my Salvation!!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November = Thanksgiving (Day 13 - 19!!!!)

Sorry Folks!!! I really have been a bit of a slacker in doing this!!! I really just didn't realize how long it had been since my last post!!!
I will not bore you with all the details, but God has been so good to me, my husband and my family!!! I cannot thank Him enough!!!
Psalm 5:3
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

~~Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am not a "morning person"!!I just do not function well first thing in the morning...
These past days, however, have been different. I have been alert enough to pray with Roger EVERY morning!! (Even at 5 AM!!!!)
It is needful for me to start my day with Jesus.
For so long I would just go about my day with no thought of communication with my Savior! I can no longer do that!
I can see now, too much is at stake.

Psalm 16:8-9
I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

~~As I seek to focus on God and put Him first in my life, I rest in hope knowing He is always with me. He is at my right hand.
He will be with me in the battles, in the rest, in the victories, in the good and bad times. He will keep my in perfect peace and I "shall not be moved."
It does make me glad.
It makes me rejoice.
It makes me want to sing!!

Here is the song I wrote....maybe one day I will record it.

Your Grace Is Amazing
1. My soul was lost    and all alone.    
My strength had failed     my joy was gone.
I trusted You      to hear my cry,    
to heal my heart    and let me fly.
CH.          I see Your grace,     so amazing!
               My soul has joy,      my heart has wings!
               I seek Your face,    because Your grace      is amazing!

2. My heart was broken     and undone.     
You sent Your own      Beloved Son
To save a sinful        soul like me.       
My eyes are open,       now I see.

3. Now I am free     to live again.      
My soul’s released      from sin’s dark stain.
I count it joy      to suffer loss      
because of Jesus       and the cross.

4. He’s brought me through     a fiery trial.     
I’ll seek His face      each day and hour.

He’ll get me through      to a place of rest.    
He wants for me       the very best!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November = Thanksgiving (Day 12)

A new question..."Did you love God enough today?"

It is no longer enough to just have a good day. We have had plenty of those and it wasn't that good as it turns out!

>>The most important thing is:
Did we have a godly day?
Did we love God enough to seek His face? To say His name? To give Him praise? To not commit habitual sin? To see the need for Christ in others?

My prayer is that we strive to keep God first in ALL things and not to forget! It is so easy to get into a habit of forgetting.
Our flesh is weak.
The great news is that God is always ready to forgive when we have lost our way or stepped away or stumbled and fell.
He is always ready!

Psalm 4:3,4 & 8
3.But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
4. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
8. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD,  only makest me dwell in safety.

Resting in God's safety tonight.


Monday, November 11, 2013

November = Thanksgiving (Day 11)

Psalm 3:3
But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter of my head.

I cannot explain to you how very good God is. I cannot explain to you how He has answered the prayers of my heart and lifted my spirit. I cannot explain to you how He has healed my soul and restored a broken relationship.

I can only tell that He is and He has!!!! 

He has protected me when I was weak. He has given me rest when I am weary. He has restored my joy. He has given peace that passes understanding. He has lifted my head and held me up many times. He has healed, answered, loved, given grace, mercy and forgiveness....He has not stopped. He is long-suffering (patient) and kind. He wants what is best for me, my husband and my family.

I must give Him the glory for the great things He has done!!!

Today is Veteran's Day.....

A day set aside to honor those that have fought (and are fighting still) for our country and freedoms.  I do so hate to see those people who are vehemently criticizing our military for the poor leadership decisions they have to obey.  Our men and women join to serve our country. They are selfless and brave. They obey the orders given to them (they are trained to). If you don't like the way that works you are welcome to go live in a different country!! I, for one, am glad that I won't have to fight if the battle comes to our lands. I won't have to fight for others either. Our military will fight for us!! I know that things have changed. I know how political these past wars have been. But I am so very glad to be an American. There is no country like ours. Anywhere. If you hate it here and the way things are done, you are welcome to leave.

I appreciate the military. My husband was without a job for 9 months (before the "big" job crash!!) and he rejoined the National Guard. He has been full time for 3+ years now and I am thankful for his job. I am thankful for the military. I am thankful for those who serve--past and present. I  am a proud Army wife and I support my husband and I am proud to be a part of something larger than I, even in the smallest way.


Had breakfast for of my hubby's favorites!!
Made Oatmeal Waffles!!!! SUPER YUMMY!!!

2 eggs
2 C. oatmeal flour (ground old fashioned oats!!)
3/4 C. canola (or melted butter...yummy!)
1 3/4 C. Milk
4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
(I add about 4 T. of brown sugar to this. Just because I love it!!)

**Heat waffle iron. Combine dry ingredients. Add the eggs, milk and oil. Mix well to batter consistency and smooth. Pour batter (I use a gravy spoon!) onto center of hot waffle iron. Cook about 5 minutes or until the steaming stops!!

(Recipe from:: )

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November = Thanksgiving (Day 10)

As I have mentioned before (it bears mentioning again), this year my focus for giving thanks is on Scripture.
Were it not for scripture, I would not be a functioning woman today. I would be a shell of a person. I would be hopeless and broken.
I have found strength in the words of our Lord and through reading His Word I have found peace.

Excerpt from my journal on   22 Oct 13 

"1 Corinthians 1:10
Now I beseech you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement.

I have decided to read 1st and 2nd Corinthians all the way through. I'm not sure why, except that I have been finding so many nuggets of great truth in there that it seemed like a great place to start.
I know Paul is speaking to the church in this passage, but shouldn't a marriage be unified too??
Shouldn't we both speak the same things (especially to our children!), have the same mind and be in the same judgement??

Roger has always liked to say "We are one."
And we are!!
But now we are unified in our desire to be godly; to seek God first in all that we do; to give God the glory for what He is accomplishing in our marriage and in our lives; to be one!!!"


Saturday, November 9, 2013

November = Thanksgiving (Day 9)

Psalm 94:11
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Vanity: nothing....
Vain: empty, foolish, useless.....

Wow. This is an area that I have struggled in for a long time. However, these last weeks I have been working on giving my vain thoughts to God and not letting my imagination (which is overactive!!) take over my feelings, attitude and life.
Thinking vain thoughts can do a lot of damage to relationships. It is much better to pray, quote Scripture and talk it out than to just let the thoughts take over!!!

If all my thoughts are focused toward God and pleasing Him I will not have "time" to imagine vain things.

My knowledge of God is:
1.He loves me.
2.He wants what is best for me. Always.
3.He wants me to bring Him glory.

There are more, but I will stop here!!  =)


Friday, November 8, 2013

November = Thanksgiving (Day 8)

Psalm 119:165
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Psalm 124:8 
Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

I just have to say, that God Almighty gives perfect peace beyond understanding!!!

***On a side my husband (who took a day off of work) started building our kids a "tree fort"!!!! Our kids have been dreaming of this day since the first time we looked at this property!! My daughter said, "Finally!! Our dreams are coming to pass!!" funny!!!!

 Everyone pitched in and helped build this totally awesome triangular tree fort!!! =)

 Hold it steady for dad, guys!!!!

 Oh so worth the wait!!!!   They will have many hours of fun on this!!! =)

Picnic lunch in the tree fort!!!! Hooray!!!!

My and my Army man!!! 

Is it me? Or is the sky in south Alabama just gorgeous today?!?!!!!
Fall is my favorite time of year!!! =)


Thursday, November 7, 2013

November = Thanksgiving (Day 7)

On this day, I am going to post three verses. Mainly because it's my blog and I can if I want to!!
HA!   ;)
But, also, because on this day (10-21-13) in my journal (yes, I am now keeping a journal....who'd-a-thunk it?!?!!) I struggled and won!!! We had a major victory, and the Lord gave me all of these verses on the same day!

Psalm 86:5
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Psalm 126:3
The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

Psalm 66:20 
Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

Like I said, a great victory was had on this day for me. My journal reminds me of this and I am glad. I want to remember what God has done for me. I want to remember from where He has brought me. I want to praise Him for the mighty work He has done in my life!! He has heard the cry of my heart and is healing my soul!!
One day I may blog about the song He gave me (yes, I wrote a song!!! Miracles never cease!!), but not yet.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November = Thanksgiving (Day 6)

Psalm 141:8
But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.

During this time of "change" I have been frantically reading Psalms. I've read them completely through about 3 times (in a week!!) and now I am slowly going back through from the beginning and gleaning from God's Word the comfort that my soul needs.

The Psalmists had ups and downs just like we do.

It really is not a matter of "if" you will have a rough time of it, it is a matter of "when".

The choice comes when we decide if we will let our rough times determine our trust in, praise, and obedience to an Almighty God or will we let our rough times bring us down into the pit where we can do nothing.

I choose to trust. God has not left my soul destitute! He has returned my joy!!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November = Thanksgiving (Day 1-5)

I feel kinda bad that my last blog was a rant, and this will begin to focus on giving thanks. Oops! Maybe I should have been more focused on giving thanks the last time I wrote something!!

I had a major life changing event take place in my life on October 14th (hence the great length of time between posts!!), and while I will not go into details about it (ever. don't ask.), know that from this point forward my blog may be different.

For those of you that actually read it, my original intent was to focus on giving thanks (you can look in the archives)(I think). The blog sort of morphed into a day in the life of me. And now, while it will still be about a day in the life of me, it will be more God-focused.
God, the Creator of the universe, cares about me (and you!!). How can I not acknowledge what He has done for me!!

Last year for the month of November I posted something I was thankful for on Face Book everyday...this year, I am going to have to give credit where it is due and post Scripture.
If it weren't for the Word of God (the Bible) I would probably not be where I am today. It has healed my heart and soul. It has turned my mourning to dancing (or gladness because Baptists Do. Not. Dance.)  ;)  and my weeping to joy.
For this month of "Thanksgiving" I am going to post those (King James) Scriptures that have helped me most.

Since I am already late (and I do apologize for that)(refer to  the part about a major life change) I have to do the first 5 here.

So, here goes....(anything in parenthesis is mine, not scripture)....

Day 1   Safety in the Lord   (this passage sustained me for many days)(and still does, really)
Psalm 91:1-5,11-12, 14
1.He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2.I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3.Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night and the arrow that flieth by day;
11. For he shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways.
12. They shall bear thee up in the hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
14. Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

Day 2   Charity is LOVE  (I read this every day)
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4. Charity suffereth long (patient) and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself (boast), is not puffed up (proud).
5. Doth not behave itself unseemly (dishonor others), seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked (angered), thinketh no evil (keeps no record of wrongs).
6. Rejoiceth not in iniquity (does not delight in evil), but rejoiceth in the truth;
7. Beareth all things (protects), believeth all things (trusts), hopeth all things (hopes), endureth all things (perseveres).
8. Charity never faileth.......

Day 3   Secret to perfect peace   (who doesn't want peace?)
Isaiah 26:3
Thou (God) wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Day 4   Only God   (my new focus in life is pleasing God)
Psalm 62:5
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

Day 5  Trust God  (He has my complete trust in ALL things)
Psalm 56:3-4
3. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
4. In God I will praise his word, in God have I put my trust; I will not fear what man can do unto me.

This is not a Scripture, but an amazing song that helped me immensely

How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon the cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed to hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom [x2]

  • Blessings!!!!