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DEVOTIONAL WRITINGS

Opting Out or In

Options are everywhere these days.  We have options as we sign up for social media accounts,  retail web sites, e-mail accounts,  points programs and rewards programs.  Businesses, non-profits, etc. all ask the same question:  Join in, Sign up, Register, Connect. We do it without thinking sometime.  We opt in to receive the best deal, the heads up, the coupons, the benefits of membership and so on.  We also opt out because we don’t want to be bombarded, flooded, reminded again, and most of all marketed to for everything they have to offer.  I am a Christian and I signed up for a relationship with Jesus Christ.  I opted in to eternal life with Christ.   I accepted the rewards, the benefits, and everything that comes with that relationship.  I have learned this relationship brings with it life lessons, rewards, struggles and pain, but  I really have the best deal with Christ.  I can not opt out of my faith walk or my relationship just because I’m tired of reading the books of the  Bible, tired of hearing sermons on forgiveness, spiritual warfare, or giving. Sometimes I  can get overwhelmed and become tired of serving, fellowships with other believers, or just tired of ministry work but that’s not a reason to opt out. I am  to remain in Christ through every challenge in spite of my feelings. God is my strength when I’m tired.   He restores my soul as I fervently pray and lay it all on the altar. There is no other option from beginning to end because the love of God is worth it all.

I love this prayer: from Dr. Tony Evans’ book, Prayers for Victory in Spiritual Warfare

A prayer for When I Am Weary ( page 156, Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness) “Father,  living in unrighteousness is so tiring.  I thank You for the refreshment of righteousness, which I wear as a breastplate against unreasonable weariness.  Thank You, God for new strength.  Forgive me for piling up my schedule with too many things-even good things.  I pray for discernment to choose not just what is good, but what is best.  Help me to do right in getting enough rest.  In Christ’s name , amen.”

Now, that’s what I call living on pitch.

 

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holidays

Mark Your Calendar

2016 printable calendar and planner // click through for free download:

May is a busy month for me.  I’m marking up my calendar with events for the summer  months and plans for the weekends ahead.  The month of May brings a few holidays with it also such as Mother’s Day,  Cinco De Mayo, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.  It’s also Older Americans Month according to my health calendar.   I took a look at my church calendar  which is usually full of reminders, events, services and rehearsal dates and noticed the Annual National Day of Prayer is coming soon.  It’s on May 5, 2016 for this year’s observance.  I will be sure to mark, circle and highlight it on all of my calendars. National Day of Prayer is not promoted  or marketed like the other days.  There are no ads, sales events, parties or special promotions  and announcements with this one.  It’s a pure and simple invitation for everyone to take some time out to pray and reverence God’s name.  We all need prayer, not just for one day, but everyday.

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Uncategorized

Note to Self

Kneeling In Prayer:

Sometimes I have to just fall on my knees to stand on the Rock.

 

 

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DEVOTIONAL WRITINGS

Show & Tell

 

The Bible is a show and tell book.  Every time I read it, God shows something that I can apply to my daily life. I am able to tell of the goodness of God no matter what I go through.    As I study about praying the scriptures and ask God to teach me how to pray, I am reminded that God gives me exactly what to say and what to pray.  Here is a great scripture to pray to help us stay on pitch.  This is my prayer today.

Psalms 19:14 Let the Words of my mouth by CaliforniaRustic on Etsy:

 

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DEVOTIONAL WRITINGS

I’m Hungry

Psalm 107:9 ~ "For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul, He fills with good things": I love Psalm 71  because it really is a mouthful.

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TWO WORDS

Two Words of Encouragement

Today’s two words are: IN PRAYER

On this National Day of Prayer, It is encouraging to know that we can take everything to God in prayer.

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TO THE CHOIR MASTER

Prep Work

prep food

It’s not always easy to do prep work in the kitchen.  Discipline is required as well as time,  knowledge and planning are crucial.  I watch several  cooking shows on TV and am always captivated by how the food is prepped before the final recipes come together on the shows.