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Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

There is a reason for everything and a time for everything just like this verse says our job is to stop and realize what season we are in.

Do you feel buried right now by what life seems to be throwing at you? Maybe you have lost a job or your marriage is falling apart or maybe one of your friends or your children are heading down the wrong path and you aren’t sure you can handle it all right now. Let’s stop here for a minute and figure out; are you buried or has God planted you?

Once there was a couple who had this wonderful black lab and even though he was 4 years old he still bounced around as though he was just a pup, getting into everything and continuously seeming to get into some kind of trouble. Well the neighbors had complained on many occasions that the dog was coming into their yard and disturbing their children’s bunny that was in a cage on their back patio. The young couple tried so hard to keep him contained and had even put in an invisible fence. Well one day as Susi was cleaning the kitchen she heard Boomer scratch at the back door and as she opened the door much to her horror all of her fears of what Boomer could be capable of loomed in front of her! There he stood wagging his tail covered in dirt and fur, holding their little bunny in his mouth. She quickly grabbed the bunny and knew right away that it was dead. She was horrified and decided to do the unimaginable, she just couldn’t have the neighbors find out that their dog had killed their bunny it would create all kinds of havoc between them so she washed the bunny up, blew dry his hair and when she saw that the neighbors were gone rushed over and propped it up in the cage with the hopes they would just figure it died of natural causes. Susi spent the day feeling a bit guilty and sad about the whole situation but what else could she do? That afternoon when the neighbors came back home all seemed to be well and Susi thought her plan must have worked when there was a pounding on the back door. There stood Mrs. Williams holding the bunny in her hands hysterical and screaming, “you have got to help me!” Susi wasn’t sure whether or not to just cough up the truth when Mrs. Williams said, “Look at this! Just look at this! Our rabbit died yesterday morning and we buried it in the back yard and when I got home today he was back in his cage!”

You see the Williams family had “buried” the rabbit, they didn’t expect it to spring back up, they hadn’t planted it. Sometimes when we feel buried God has really planted us and unlike the bunny He is anticipating new growth and life for us! Don’t let your circumstances get you down today. Ask God to show you today for the encouragement and insight you need through this season so you can bloom into everything He has planted you to be!

Quote: “You can’t wait for inspiration you have to go after it with a club.” Jack London

How to love a man 02

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Ladies, you are going to love this.  Today I put Bill on the hot seat and ask him questions about what a man wants.  What does a man find romantic etc… We had some great laughs and at the same time talk about things that will help you love your man more.  Please give this a listen and share it with a friend.

Below you’ll see some of the other podcast Bill and I have done on relationships.  You’ll find them all waiting on you.

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Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

It is what is in your heart that matters!

Don’t allow all that is going on around you to rob you of your peace. If you have the peace of God ruling in your heart then you will be able to face all that is brought your way. Satan loves turmoil, and he loves to cause unrest but you don’t have to allow Him to have that victory over you.

As it says in Matthew 15:19, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” So, just as those wicked things come out of your heart, so does peace, love and mercy. Our mouths reveal what is in our heart so it is our heart we need to work on when there is a problem spiritually in our lives. As we draw close to God all of these other things come together. If you want peace, you don’t need to have it all around you, you need to have it in your heart. There will never be some heavenly bliss and peace here on earth so your peace must come from within.

How can you find the peace in your heart that Paul is talking about in this verse? It takes spending time in God’s Word and allowing all that He has to say fill your heart and mind. Whatever you are filling your mind with is what will consume your heart. God wants to consume your thoughts and when He does He will fill your heart with truth, honor, excellence and things worthy of praise and it will cover all of those evil thoughts of slander, anger, murder, sexual immorality, obsessions and addictions. Victory is yours but you also need to make the effort to consume yourself with God and the things of God in order to find it!

Search your heart today. Is there peace there in your heart and godly thoughts consuming your mind or is there more turmoil than good going on in there? You do have a choice you know, you don’t have to live consumed with fear, anger, obsessions and addictions but you must make the efforts necessary to have the victory you desire. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” James Allen

Are You Tired Of Waiting

November 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

Psalm 31:24
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

Do you need a boost today to lift you while you wait? We all seem to have something we are waiting on so what are you waiting for today? Some may be waiting for a child to come back to God, or maybe you are waiting on your spouse or parent, are you waiting on a job or a house, are you waiting for a child of your own? No matter what you are waiting for, trust me I know that waiting can be really tough after a while.

Now, here is a question I have had to ask myself at times and I would like to encourage you to ask yourself this as well: Are you waiting on God or is He waiting on you to slow down long enough for Him to show you what He has for you? Are you so busy trying to “survive” that you are too busy to hear that still small voice telling you why you are here and what you are called to do next? Are you so miserable where you are that you can’t see the goodness of God that is waiting for you? God didn’t bring you to the place you are to be miserable, He brought you to this place because there is something He needs you to do. God isn’t finished with you yet, obviously, you are still here! Don’t spend your time moping because things don’t seem to be what you are either used to or expecting, God obviously had bigger plans than you did. God doesn’t take us backward on the ladder of life, He grows you to bigger and better things to accomplish for Him. If He has taken something from your life it is because you have grown beyond that and He is moving you forward, why do we have a tendency to think He would ever train us to get us to where we are in life and then have us do something less than we were doing before? Those are really silly thoughts if you think about it for a moment!

Stop where you are today and take some time to be quiet! Stop trying to figure it all out and just hush and let Him speak into your life and show you the great and amazing things He has planned for you to do next. Ask Him to help you to be content where He has placed you today, in this moment, in this season, in this state and to glorify Him in all that you do. Ask Him to fill you with His peace so you can see what all He has for you to do, stop doing and listen! God loves you and there is a reason – there is always a reason!

Years ago my husband and I moved to Ohio for his Bible school and at the same time a preacher was called out of the church that the Bible school was a part of to pastor our home church in Northern Michigan. The pastor’s wife hated being in the middle of no where in Michigan and I really did not like living in the city in Ohio. We used to laugh as we would compare complaints when we would visit and then one day God convicted me that we were where we needed to be and I needed to stop complaining so the next time I saw her I told her that God told me that she and I needed to learn to do as Paul said in Philippians 4:11 ……”that in whatsoever ‘state’ I am ‘in’, therewith to be content.” We laughed, she not so much as I, but we knew that God was telling us to stop complaining and learn what we needed to learn and allow Him to move us forward in what He had planned. Sometimes we can have such a bad attitude that we end up where we are longer than we would have if we had just asked God what we were supposed to do and learn.
Focus on Him today, ask Him for strength and the wisdom and peace to know what He has called you to. Stop moving and shaking for a moment and let Him show you His plan. The best is yet to come!

“When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present… we experience heaven on earth.” Sarah Breathnack

Psalm 95:1-2
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!

The holidays seem to be sneaking up on us faster than usual this year, I was thinking this morning that it seems like it was just the other day that I took down the picture of snowmen and now I am looking forward after Thanksgiving to putting it back up. What happened to the year? There has been so much that has happened with everyone I know this year as with all years, losing loved ones, new beginnings, babies being born, etc., and now the holidays are upon us and many of those things will affect us as we celebrate. Just the other day I was looking at a picture of two of my grandchildren and thought about emailing it to my sister so she could print it off for my Mom and then remembered that my Mom is no longer with us.

This year let’s do our best to keep our eyes on what is important during the holidays. It’s a great time to set aside differences, choose forgiveness and focus on family and God. The holidays are a great time for reminiscing about the wonderful memories we have not dredging up old grudges or sadness. Those relatives who have passed would want you to celebrate the holidays with fond memories, not losing yourself in grief.

On the material side of things; I saw a commercial the other day and the woman went on and on about having all of the best decor and the best gifts and the most expensive this and that until I was literally shocked. No one probably enjoys decorating this time of year any more than I do and I have to go to stores with blinders on so I don’t buy more decorations when right now we can’t really afford to do that. Ohhhhh if we had an unlimited amount of money to spend I could have some serious fun, but would that be what is really important? There’s nothing wrong with decorating and having fun with it, but it shouldn’t be our only focus, we need to be sure that we are spending time truly focussing on being Thankful for all God has done, is doing and will do in our lives. Christmas should be focused on God as well, celebrating Jesus birth and sharing it with friends and loved ones. It should be a time of joy and having fun and praising God for His goodness.

Ask God to guide you through the holidays so you can thoroughly enjoy them and glorify Him at the same time in all you do!

“Do what you can with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt