Saturday, September 29, 2012

Grasp


She grasps blades of green, rough grass between her finger tips.  Timid and anxious, she refuses to feed that horse.  Oh she wants to.  She slowly moves her hand forward, little by little.  As the horse sniffs and snorts she jerks her arm back with one sweeping motion.

I'm like that little girl.  I so want to step out and experience new adventures, but I'm apprehensive.  Tiny, little baby steps forward, and then one sweeping jump backwards.

I show her how easy it was.  "Just keep you hand flat, and the horsey will lick the grass right off your hand!"  I tell her.  She takes a few steps back, yet again, head down.

My Heavenly Father is the same way.  He shows me, hand reached out, that it will be okay.  I watch, and still, I stumble backwards, head down.  I want to trust Him completely and utterly.  Where He reaches out His hand to the poor, I want to follow.  Where He moves, I will move.  Where He goes, I will... confident, courageous, ... fearless.



Deuteronomy 31:8:  "It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Visit Me Over At Tommy Nelson Today?

I'm blogging over at Tommy Nelson today!  Will you be so kind as to follow me over there and leave a comment?  I'd so appreciate it.  Thanks ladies.  CLICK HERE>>>

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Practical Ways You Can Become A Proverbs 31 Woman!



Oh the infamous woman of proverbs chapter 31.  You know the one... that woman that makes you feel horrible and nothing but a failure!  I read Proverbs 31, once again, the other day... and instead I was totally encouraged by this woman of God.  I noticed the joy and peace and total freedom this chapter exudes.  I mean, it's almost dripping with joy!

Instead of reading this chapter and walking away feeling like a reject, why not strive to make practical changes in your own life that would make YOU such a woman of God!  It's really not that hard.  

It never said that this lady was perfect or never had an off day, but that her life could be described in such a way because of her character and walk with the Lord.  Which one of these could you start working on this week?  


1.She is far more precious than jewels.
{You are precious, stop thinking and saying otherwise!}

2. She is capable.
{You are able.}

3. She is intelligent.
{You are smart and one of a kind.  He created you special.  Thank Him for this.}

4. She is virtuous.
{Don't fill your head and heart with garbage.}

5. Her husband trusts in her.
{Strive to be trustworthy.  Do things to win and keep his trust.}

6. Her husband believes in her.
{Stick to your goals and prove to your husband that he can believe in you.}

7. Her husband lacks nothing.
{Seek to please your husband emotionally, physically, and spiritually.}

8. She does him good all of her days.
{Seek to do 5 things a day that are just plain good for him.}

9. She comforts her husband.
{When he is discouraged, speak words of life into him.}

10. She encourages her husband.
{Lift his spirits.}

11. She does nothing to harm him.
{Don't be his enemy, be his best friend.}

12. She's a hard worker.
{Do your best to work hard.  It will keep you out of trouble.}

13. She rises early and gets fed with the bread of life.
{Get your spiritual nourishment for the day first.}

14. Her spiritual food sustains her and gives her strength.
{This will be the number one thing that will give you strength for all other tasks.}

15. She's not lazy.
{There is a difference between taking time to relax and living a life of relaxation.}

16. She's a giver not a taker.
{Don't be a woman that is only out to get... always seek to have a "giver" mindset.  How can you bless someone else today?}

17. She seeks to bless her household.
{Your household should receive your very best... not leftovers.}

18. She makes wise choices with money.
{Be frugal.}

19. She is not hasty to make purchases before she pays off debt.
{Take time to think before you buy.}

20. She is frugal yet not stingy.
{Don't be selfish.}

21. She makes money in order to bless others and give more.
{Save more in order to give more to the needy.}

22. She works hard to keep her body strong and healthy.
{Make time to workout and exercise daily.}

23. She works hard to keep her mind healthy by right thinking.
{Physical exercise will help your mind stay sharp.  Think on things that are true and holy.}

24. She works hard to keep her walk with the Lord thriving.
 {Stay in God's Word daily.  Meditate upon His truths.}

25. She sees that her time and efforts are profitable and doesn't waste.
{Don't say yes to everything.  Seek to say yes to that which is profitable and will have an eternal weight and reward.}

26. She gives to the poor and reaches out to the needy.
 {How can you give to the poor?  Seek to give as a family.}

27. She is a planner and is prepared for any season.
 {Take inventory of household goods and plan for the next season.}

28. She is dignified.
{Act in a way that is honorable and respectful.}

29. Her husband is well known in the gates because she praises him.
{Never talk bad about your husband, only good.}

30. She is happy and hopeful.
{Don't take life so seriously.  Laugh a lot.}

31. When she opens her mouth she speaks wisdom not destruction.
  {Speak wise words.}

32. She has a kind heart.
{If you let God's kindness shine upon your heart, it will overflow from your lips and life.}

33. She is not idle nor a busybody.
{Stay busy doing good things so you don't get caught up in gossip and worthless talk.} 

34. She refuses to take even a morsel of gossip or self-pity.
{Don't even taste a little of it!}

35. Her children rise up and bless her.
{Live in a way that your children will praise you and bless you.}

36. Her husband praises her.
{He will praise you publicly because you seek to honor him privately.}

37. Charm and beauty is vanity, because it is fleeting and material.
 {Remember beauty will fade.}

38. A woman that fears the Lord will be exulted and praised.
 {The only way to be lifted up is to fear and honor the Lord.}

39. Her life produces fruit.
 {Bear fruit because of the little choices you make every day to be obedient.}

40. She reveres the Lord.
{Respect the Lord's place in your life.  Truly keep Him first above all else.}

41. Her life is worship to her Savior, and King of Kings.
 {Let all of your life be worship.} 


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Saturday, September 22, 2012

That Kiss On Your Brow


It's days like these, when the autumn breeze passes through  window panes and leaves a kiss of sweetness on your brow.  The kind a lover leaves on the forehead of his woman as he cups her face with his hands.  When the finale of lawn mowers hum their symphony and summer lays down her weary head, ushering in the awakening of fall. 


New beginnings.  New changes.  New schedules.  New steps...



Do you feel it?  All this freshness in the air?  Are there things you are excited for yet scared of all at the same time?  Just take the first step in faith... God will carry you the remainder of the journey.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Giveaway For Parent & Child!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED>>>>>> THE WINNER IS VERONICA!  CONGRATS!!

Win a devotional for YOU and your CHILD!  Grace For The Moment is a tiny devotional book jam-packed with awesome truth and inspiration.  I love what it says on the very backside, "What makes us special is the signature of God on our lives."

Grace For The Moment: 365 Devotions For Kids is a wonderful way to impart grace into the heart of your child.  It's perfect for families to read together or for older readers to enjoy on their own!  What's neat about this book is a "Growing in Grace" opportunity accompanies each devotion, offering practical and easy-to-do activities to help kids apply God's grace in their own lives!  Love it.  Here's one example from page 178:

Learn to pray "at all times" by creating times to pray.  For example, before you get out of bed, pray, "God, lead me today."  At shower time, pray that He will wash away your sins.  In the car, pray, "God, show me the right way."  At bedtime, thank Him for your day.

To win both of these books, please leave a comment telling me how you incorporate devotion time into your own life; for you and/or your child.

For extra entries, simply share this post.  Leave me a separate comment for each place you share it.  Random.org will choose a winner this Saturday, September 22nd!


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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Results From My 30 Day Photo Challenge



Day 1:    Self Portrait


Day 2:    Black & White


Day 3:    Childhood Memory

Day 4:    Clouds


Day 5:    A Child/Children

Day 6:    Fruit



Day 7:    Something Green



Day 8:    Something Red


Day 9:    Sunset


Day 10:  Hands



Day 11:  Close Up


Day 12:  From A High Angle


Day 13:  From A Low Angle


Day 14:  An Animal

Day 15:  Someone You Love


Day 16:  Something You Are Passionate About


Day 17:  An Action Shot


Day 18:  A Couple Who Is Engaged

Day 19:  A Stack Of Books

Day 20:  Something Old




Day 21:  A Newborn Baby (archived)



Day 22:  A Bride


Day 23:  A Picture Of Water



Day 24:  Shoes

Day 25:  From A Distance

Day 26:  Inspirational



Day 27:  Something Romantic





Day 28:  Laughter


Day 29:  Sepia Photo


Day 30:  A Reflection







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Monday, September 17, 2012

Pictures From My First Women Of Faith Event




















It was such a blessing and so much fun!  


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