Friday, November 21, 2014

Five Minute Friday...giving him notice...


Five Minute Friday time! One word...five minutes...no editing. Today's word is NOTICE.



Are you feeling discouraged? Do you believe lies that are whispered to you? There is an enemy who wants to destroy you and me...
Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8


I am tired of his lies and deceit so I am giving him notice...

Satan...you have no power here. Your tricks and deceptions will not work on me. I have Jesus on my side...I am leaning on Him for support. He is my strength...He is my shield...He is my defender. These scriptures are what I will listen to...I will not believe your lies, so quit trying...


I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. 
Philippians 4:13

The LORD is my strength and my shield. 
Psalm 38:7

In the day when I called out, You answered me, 
and made me bold with strength in my soul.
 Psalm 138:3

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; the God of my strength, 
in Him I will trust, my shield and the horn of my salvation, 
my stronghold and my refuge, my Savior, You save me from violence. 
2 Samuel 22:2


(now read those verses again...substituting the I's and me's and my's with your name...)

I've read The Book...Satan loses in the end...he is defeated. So live in victory!!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Five Minute Friday...I Still Do...

Today is Five Minute Friday. A group of bloggers all sharing thoughts on a single word and five minutes to write whatever comes to mind. The word for today is STILL....

GO...


November 14 is just a regular day....
           it is not an anniversary of anything...
                   there are no big date plans....
                          in fact this morning has been quite uneventful...

In the midst of just a regular day...
           in the quietness of my morning routine...
                     I reach for a cup to make my hot chocolate in...
                           this cup says it all...I still Do.



         
Over 26 years of marriage...
            9631 days...many of them just plain ordinary days...
                      but is any day with you just ordinary?
                             In our every day life  know that I still Do!

I still love you...
      I still count it an honor to be your wife...
           I still smile when I think of you...
               My heart skips a beat when I know you are on the way home...
                    I still thank God everyday for you...even on "those" days...
                           I still do!











Friday, October 31, 2014

take five...He will never leave...

Well, I did it. Today is day 31 of a 31 day writing challenge. This has really been fun and challenging.   Today for the last day I am joining up with Five Minute Friday. The rules are pretty much the same as I've been doing all month long, five minutes to write on one word. The word for today is LEAVE...




“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  
Deuteronomy 31:6


He will NEVER leave you...He will NEVER forsake you. That comforts me.
When I am feeling sorry for myself...He is right there. All I need to do is talk to Him.
When I am struggling...He is right there. All I need to do is lean on Him.
When I am facing a challenge that takes my breath away...He is right there. All I need to do is ask Him for strength.

He is right there, He is always right there, by my side. Why do I forget that? He is not going to leave me ever! When He makes a promise...He keeps it. He promised me that He will never leave me...He promised me that He would go with me. That brings me peace and comforts me. 

How about you? Are you struggling? Do you feel alone? There is no need to...HE is right there!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

take five...pray first...

The word for today is FIRST...



It is no secret that I am a competitive person, my husband just so happens to be one as well. We like to win, so sometimes games between us can become intense, but for the most part we are gracious at both winning and losing. We go into the game knowing that there will be a winner and there will be a loser, that's the nature of playing a game. 

Sometimes I tend to forget that in our marriage we are not playing a game, that my goal is not to win at times of disagreements. I can get so caught up in "winning" the argument that I fail to listen to  Brian, I am too busy presenting my case. If only I could step back and take a breath and realize that coming in first is not what is needed here. When I view a disagreement as an opportunity to win I am making sure we both lose. In those instances I need to stop, drop to my knees and pray...FIRST...before those competitive juices take over. Do I always remember to do that...sadly no...I am still very much a work in progress.


How about you? Is there a winner and loser in your marriage...I hope not. I hope you are both on the same team, working together, journeying through life, not keeping a score card. 

Here is a prescription for making sure you both win...

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes are things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I Corinthians 13:4-7

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

take five...untie or unite?

The word for today is UNITE...



So ever have one of those dyslexic moments when you look at a word and read it wrong? Well that happened to me with the word for today. Last night I checked my list to see what the word for today was  and I saw that the word was untie. (yep, read it wrong!) I was stumped as to how to use this word for anything encouraging. I was thinking well, you need to untie your shoes, but that's not really enough to encourage anybody. Then I thought of this summer when our son got married, I literally cut apron strings, could I change that story to be from the angle that we untied the aprons strings so he was now free to become one with Britt? So, I pondered it and came to sit down and write today only to realize the word today is not untie...it is unite!!!! This word still leads me in the direction of Caleb and Britt's wedding. After all what is a wedding, it is two people coming together to be united in marriage!The night before the wedding I read Britt a poem and cut the apron strings, I gave my son away. The next day at the wedding Caleb and Britt chose not to do a unity candle, they chose to braid three ribbons together, one ribbon represented Caleb, one represented Britt and the third represented God. What a beautiful picture of them joining together. Indeed a special day.

And though a man might prevail agains one who is alone, two will withstand him-a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12