Free 30 Day Bible Reading Plan

I just wanted to share that over on Aspiring To Be Magazine’s blog they have this awesome reading plan. To download the plan head over there and grab it.  30 Days With Jesus

You can click the image above to go to the page OR click the link below.

30 Days with Jesus reading plan.

I hope you enjoy this free resource.

Important Things {from the archives}

Today we will conclude our final day of our archive series.  This one was originally posted on November 11, 2009. Every 5th Wednesday we have in a month will be Archive Wednesday and I have reserved special posts from the archives especially for those days. I hope you have enjoyed these posts and now on to todays post:

Recently my oldest daughter came up to me and said “mom you do some really important things.” I started thinking about what she said and she is right.

What she fails to realize is that the things that she thinks are important are not the important things that I really do. The most important thing I could ever do is raise my children to hear God’s voice, listen to what he says and follow after His will for their lives. It’s not all the writing that I do, its not the work around the house. Those things are not important at all if I am not teaching my children to follow after God.

The Bible says in Proverbs that we are to “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6) If we teach our children how to walk in God’s will and how to pray and read the Word our children will grow up knowing how to live out their lives following after God. It’s amazing if you really think about it. It’s also a BIG responsibility that He has given to us. However, He has also prepared us for that job we just need to follow His will for our lives.

 

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10 Blogs You Should Follow for Women

10 blogs

Today I am concluding our Top 10 series with 10 blogs/sites that I believe all women should follow. Each are different in their own unique way, but they all offer some awesome resources, encouragement and more.

  1. Female Entrepreneur Association – This is a great resource if you work, whether it be outside the home or not. Especially if you are a business owner. There are so many good things about this site that I had to include it. Mostly before the tips and encouragement to help you be successful.
  2. iBloom – This is especially a great resource for Christian bloggers, business owners and work from home moms. They share a lot of ways to help you grow and increase traffic and sales to your sites.
  3. Money Saving Mom – This is one of my favorite mom sites. If you are learning how to be frugal then you definitely need to check this one out. She shares articles to help you save money as well as motivate and encourage you.
  4. Love God Greatly – This site is an awesome Bible study site. This one will help you to get into the word on a daily basis.
  5. Terri Savelle Foy – She will motivate and encourage you and she hosts a weekly podcast right on her site.  She is one of my favorites and I recommend you heading over and checking her out.
  6. Women Living Well – This is another great blog that will help motivate you to be what God has called you to be. She shares about homeschooling, Bible study and more. You will enjoy her.
  7. Christian Stay At Home Mom – Do you need encouragement just to get through the day to day? This is an awesome resource for you.  Designed especially for the Stay-At-Home mom.
  8. The Spiff – She is my favorite fashion blogger. Maybe its because we attend the same church and I get to goo goo over her adorably sweet baby boy. Anyway, she has awesome and encouraging fashion posts that will help you in the beauty department. But my favorite thing about this blog is that she doesn’t just post for the super model skinny girl. She shares about all body types as well as her opinions on products.  Make sure you add this blog to your reader.
  9. I am THAT Lady –  A frugal blog that talks about couponing, recipes and so much more.
  10. Living Well Spending Less– This is another awesome frugal blog that will help you to be frugal in all areas of life.

Now when you check out these sites make sure to let them know that I sent you.  I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 series.  Feel free to share some of your favorite sites/blogs, etc. in the comments.

Stand Up {from the archives}

We are continuing again with our archive series. This one was originally posted on  September 11, 2009.  I hope you enjoy.

Have you ever noticed that when the Lord speaks to you its almost in the oddest places?

Wednesday while I was in the shower I just became overwhelmingly heavy and depressed and burdened down with something. I started thinking, “what is this?” and I felt the Lord speak to me and tell me that he has a burden for His children in America. We are slowly losing our freedoms. And its our own fault. One day we will wake up and our freedoms will be gone and we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

We have a tendency to think someone else will stand up for what’s right and then we look the other way. There is a time for turning the other cheek but there is also a time to fight. We as a nation need to turn back to God. We need to stand up for morals. Over the years we have set aside good old fashioned moral values to make way for “progress”. What’s progress if it causes us more harm than good. When did the government know better than parents what is best for our children? When did government know better than US about our own healthcare (which I have an opinion on but that’s a whole other post).

Our Bill of Rights are at risk. We are losing them slowly because we won’t stand up when we need to. I broke down into tears and just prayed that God would help me to write what He wants me to write. That I would say what He wants me to say. That I would do what He wants me to do. This life is not about “me” its about HIM.

WE, the body of Christ, need to make a stand all across this nation. Stand up for the babies that lose their lives daily. Stand up for the right to be able to preach the gospel without having to monitor our speech. Stand up for the right to bear arms to protect our families and pledge our allegiance to our nation and to our God and not to some man that is only in the White House for 4 years.

I pledge allegiance to the flag

of the United States of America

and to the republic for which it stands

ONE NATION UNDER GOD

Indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

We sing a song that says “God Bless America”, but how can God bless a nation that does not follow after Him?

I pray…..

God forgive America for turning its back on You. For not standing up for what’s right because we are afraid of what other people think. For not doing our God given duty and praying daily for our nation and our government officials. For loving our comforts and ourselves more than You.

Help us to stand up. Help us to turn back to you. Show us what we can do to make a mark on this nation to turn things around. Most of all help us to show this nation that we are still a CHRISTIAN nation.

When will we do what’s right?

When its too late?

 

 

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Let Us Praise {from the archives}

This week we will take a look at another post from the archives. It was originally posted on July 28, 2009. I hope you enjoy it.

I thought I would start out this morning with some more verses from Psalms talking about Praise. So I’ve been reading and thought you might enjoy some of them. All of these were taken from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.

Psalm 9:11 “Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem. Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.”

Psalm 9:14 “Save me, so I can praise you publicly at Jerusalem’s gates, so I can rejoice that you have rescued me.”

Psalm 18:1-3 “I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold. I will call on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, for he saves me from my enemies.”

The Psalms are filled with praises to the Lord. When you are worried or just need his peace repeat Psalm 23. It’s probably the most well known Psalm but it always gives me peace and comfort to know that I am not alone.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need.

He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.

He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.  Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You welcome me as a guest, anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

 

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Faith & The Law {from the archives}

For the month of January while I work on new posts and devotions for the rest of the year I am doing a “From the Archives” series. I’m pulling some good faith posts out from years past and re-posting them for you to enjoy here. I hope you enjoy reading some of my old posts.

flourish 14

Not that long ago I posted some thoughts that I had about Christianity and homosexuality. I pulled out scripture to show what the Bible said on this issue. Because it bothered me that Christians can accept that type of immoral behavior when the Bible clearly shows that it is wrong. Well we had comments go back and forth between, myself and several other people on both sides of this issue. One particular one stated that we do not live by the law but are saved by Grace. So in other words the “law” was obsolete.

Well I have heard this argument time and time again. On different issues, from lying to adultery. People use that as an excuse to live a sinful life and the pray and ask for forgiveness and yet go right back at it again the next day. It bothers me to see people live like that and then claim again to be a great Christian.

As I was reading scripture one morning the Lord brought me to Romans 3:27 – 31. I have read these verses many times but this particular day it was like God just made verse 31 stand out.

Romans 3:31 (NLT) “Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.”

It doesn’t say that we forget about the law it says that when we have faith we “truly fulfill the law”.

Without the law how would we know how to live. Our government gives us laws to guide our lives. Without laws we would live in turmoil. Imagine a world were no law existed. It’s not a pretty picture. You would have guns and weapons in the hands of those who kill for sport, (and I’m not talking about hunting).  You would have grown men raping and molesting young children and there would be nothing we could do about it. Yes we have these issues already but imagine how much worse they would be without laws to govern us.

Laws are kind of like rules. When we explain our house rules to our children we explain it like this: Mom and Dad are in charge, we make “laws” to help keep you safe and to teach you how to follow the real “laws” when you get older. I know that sometimes they think that is unfair but we set our “laws” to protect our children. Our government sets laws to try to protect her people. Just like our God has set into place “laws” to protect us as well.

Following God’s laws are not always easy (read Matt 7:13 & 14). Ask any child if its easy to always follow your parents rules. Most likely you will get a no from them. But that is how they learn obedience. That is how they learn to follow God in their lives as well.

So being saved by grace and having Faith in God does not mean we ignore the laws that God has set forth in His word. In fact I believe that it means the opposite. We should strive to live a perfect and holy life. Only by faith can we truly do that.

Strive to live the way God has called us to live and live out your faith everyday because the world is watching.

 

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The Birth of A Savior!

I wanted to take a moment and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I pray it is full of wonderful blessings and awesome surprises from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

And now the Christmas message.

Luke 2 The Message (MSG)Merry Christmas The Birth of Jesus

2 1-5 About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.

6-7 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

An Event for Everyone

8-12 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

13-14 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

15-18 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

19-20 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!

Your Faith Has Made You Well {From the Archives}

Here is a faith boosting post back from 2007.  Enjoy. From the Archives

I don’t know about you all but around my house we have been fighting colds and stuff. Well Friday night my oldest had a fever of 101 and she does not like to take medicine of any kind. I of course prayed over her but was also trying to get her take the medicine (Tylenol) to get her fever to go down. She kept looking at me saying… “mommy if you just pray for me I know God will heal me.” Of course I did. Every time that she felt ill to her stomach or her throat hurt or whatever she would just say “Pray for me mommy, I know God has healed me.” It went on like that pretty much all day Friday. I just kept praying for her and believing God with her that she was healed. Sure enough Saturday morning when she woke up she had no fever and was acting like her normal self.

Early this morning while in the shower (since that is usually the only place I get any peace and quiet), I was thinking about that and how much faith that she had. God reminded me of The woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8: 43 – 48. She knew and had enough faith to know that if she just touched the hem of Jesus garment she would be healed. She knew it in her heart. She didn’t hope it she KNEW it. Let’s read that…

Luke 8:43-48

“Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her
livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and
touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with Him
said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched
Me?’”
But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out
from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling and
falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people
the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said
to her, “Daughter be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in
peace.”

Wow…. her FAITH made her healed. Not her want or her need but her faith. Is that not awesome.

It was like God reminded me saying that she had so much faith in Him that she knew he could heal her. That was the same thing with my daughter. She had faith that God would heal her and he did. Sometimes it is not immediate but if you hold onto your faith and keep claiming your healing you will be healed. God also reminded me that faith is not just for healing it is for everything. Faith that God’s word is true in every area of your life from financial healing, emotional healing to physical healing. It applies to all areas.

Remember you are a daughter of the King of Kings. You deserve to be healed, you deserve to be prosperous, you deserve it all. Just remember God has a plan for you. So remember to seek his will for your life.

Matthew 6:33 (Amplified Bible)

33But seek ([a]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His
righteousness ([b]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things
[c]taken together will be given you besides.

Fruits of the Spirit–Comparing Our Gifts

This is a very old post that I actually posted on Facebook, November 23, 2008.  I was reading it and although I’m not on the Mom’s of Faith forums anymore and the Wannabee’s no longer exist I still thought this would be a good post to pull out of my archive’s.  I hope you will enjoy traveling back in time with me today.

Fruit of the SpiritFruits of the Spirit – Comparing Our Gifts

As I have mentioned before, I lead a group of ladies on Mom’s of Faith forums called the Wannabee’s. Basically we are group that “Wannabee” all that God has created us to be in our homes, communities, etc. We have been studying the Fruits of the Spirit. It hasn’t been an in depth study but just simple stuff challenging us to work on one of those areas each week. This week we reached everyone’s favorite one, longsuffering. Or as the AMP says, Patience. When I study these things I like to look at different versions of the Bible to see how the verse is translated. I was looking at the Message Bible for this verse and they state it as “a willingness to stick with things”. That definitely piqued my interest so I decided and go back and read that whole section of scripture from the Message Bible. Here is how it is laid out:

22-23But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
23-24Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.
25-26Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

I just found it so very interesting how it compares. Let’s look at it like this a side by side comparison.

NKJV              –           The Message
Love                –         affection for others.
Joy                   –         exuberance for life
Peace              –         serenity
Longsuffering  –   a willingness to stick with things
Kindness     –          a sense of compassion in the heart
Goodness   –          a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people
Faithfulness –        loyal commitments
Gentleness   –        not needing to force our way in life
Self-Control –       able to marshal and direct our energies wisely

Doesn’t that put things in a little better perspective?

What really jumped out at me this time around though is the fact that in verse 26 Paul also tells us NOT to compare ourselves with each other or as the NKJV says to not envy each other. How many times have you compared yourself to those around you? How many times have you desired to have a gift that someone else has? How many times a day do you think if only I had that persons voice or that ones looks? Probably too many times to count. The thing is that God created each of us to fulfill a particular purpose and no one else can do it better than you can. Why? Because he created YOU for it. He had a plan for you since you were in the womb.
I myself have dealt with and still to this day continue to deal with confidence. My biggest problem is believing that someone else can do “it” better than me. Have you ever dealt with that? I have questioned many times why the Lord would give me the gifting’s that he gave me. It always seems to me that I should be one of those people who could get up on stage and sing my heart out in front of hundreds or even millions of people without being afraid. But I’m not one of those people. Yet God has given me gifting’s that eventually will have me up in front of a lot of people. But then I’m reminded that God takes even the most uninfluential people and uses them for HIS glory.

Through out the old testament and even into the new God used people that no one else would have ever thought to use.
* Moses – had a problem with speaking in front of a crowd (sounds familiar huh?)
* David – was the smallest of all his brothers
* Matthew – was a tax collector
* Paul – killed and persecuted the early Christians
* Timothy – was just a youth
And that is just some of the men in the Bible. We haven’t even mentioned the women that were used in the grand scheme of things.
* Deborah (prophetess)
* Ruth from which the line of David came
* Esther
* Mary mother of Jesus
* Elizabeth mother of John the Baptist

Each of these people was used mightily of God. BUT not one of them was perfect. They were all human beings capable of making (and some did) mistakes. Some of them made mistakes so big we are surprised that God would even have touched them. I guess that is why I am so fascinated with Paul. I mean he messed up big time. He killed Christians and then he was converted and it took the Christians a little while to even believe that his conversion was real. I mean think about it. A man persecutes people and kills them for following Christ then he all of a sudden “changes”. I mean in today’s world we would definitely have a hard time believing that wouldn’t we? But he truly did. And God used him. He chooses to use me and he even chose to use YOU.

So don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t let people intimidate you and hinder you from doing what YOU have been called to do.

Well that has been a LONG post. Thank you for sticking with me as I shared what God put on my heart. I know it may be a lot of babbling but it may help someone. God speaks to me starting in one place and ending up in another. It makes sense to me. LOL

Please feel free to leave any comments or notes that you may have. (hugs)

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July Read Through the Bible Plan

I’m late posting the reading plan for July and I want to apologize. As things personally have to be dealt with I was distracted. But distraction is not necessarily a good thing. So here is the reading place for July. Feel free to share this post and download the reading plan.

Read through the Bible