Are You Set for Failure?

“If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning… Face it, friend. He is crazy about you! ”
~Max Lucado

The new year is here and many of us make resolutions, set new goals, and often set ourselves up for failure. Many resolutions begin with I vow to lose x amount of pounds this year. We are trying to conform to what society tells us is an acceptable size. They tell us to pin photos of supermodels on our refrigerators, so we will be inspired not to eat when we see a Photoshopped sized 2 model. They do not offer that many of these women are very unhealthy and are anorexic or have had surgeries to look this way. This year rather than making a resolution to lose x amount of pounds I am going to offer my body to God, try to conform to his word and be transformed by it. Although, I am overweight by societies standards and maybe even healthy standards I know if God had a refrigerator my picture would be on it. Human and perfection is not compatible without Jesus. I will strive to present my body holy and acceptable to Jesus, but not conform to the standards of Hollywood. I have absolutely no desire to be a size 2, but I do have a desire to be healthy and live holy.

I encourage you to never compare yourself with someone else, only compare yourself to the old untransformed version of you. Cheer yourself on when you have made progress! If you are working on losing weight do it for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 – Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Keep Pursuing God Sized Dreams!

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I Want More in 2015!

Happy New Year! Wishing you much prosperity, health, and success!

As we embark on a new year many of us will make resolutions, set new goals, and establish new routines. My top priority is I want MORE! I want to eat more real food, read more good books, take more long walks (with my husband!) I want to fellowship more, love more, have more JOY, watch more sunrises< (I'm not a morning person) and sunsets! I want more laughter in my life, more hugs, more music and I want to create more things! I want to be found dreaming, dreams that are not so small that they insult God's abilities in working with me! If I can do this I will have more peace! In short I want MORE of Jesus!

For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.~ Ecc 5:3

I encourage you to look in the mirror and love what the creator of the universe created. Ask God to let you see each morning the person he has created you to be. Ask him for the courage to pursue your God sized dream! I am looking forward to seeing how my God sized dreams play out this year! I want to cease every God given opportunity and above all be found about Our Fathers' Business!
Ask Our Generous God for wisdom!

Could it Be Your Arrogance that Makes You Think God Owes You an Explanation?

Could it Be Your Arrogance that Makes You Think God Owes You an Explanation?

I saw this on a Facebook meme. I began to question myself if I could. I have been dealing with issues in my life that I am not sure how to deal with. I had begun to worry and question God! I was asking God where are you? I need your help and answers. Speak plain I am just an Appalachian girl that doesn’t understand eloquent, fancy, speach or riddles. Why ask for your help if you are going to do whatever anyway? <That one scared me! I knew at this point my attitude wasn't right. I was basically telling God if you do things the way I think would be best for my family that then I could count on him and trust him.

I know this is contrary to the word! So it is sin! My mother is ill she lives 175 miles away. I can't be there to take care of her. No excuses! I know the just shall live by faith. That God works all things to my good because I love him and his banner of me is love. He didn't tell me that I could gaze into a crystal ball and he would enlighten my path. He told me his word would light my path. God does not owe me an explanation, nor do I have to comprehend or know his next move. I am, however required to be willing to move and trust him.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”~
Psalm 119:105.

He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.~Song of Solomon 2:4

At times like this we can only rest assured if we know his word!

Paul prayed “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:17,18).

Parasitic Poop Twig!

Ask Our Generous God

Did you know the word Mistletoe essentially means Poop Twig and that it is a devastation to trees around the world? It made me wonder, how in the name of all that is pure and lovely that we romanticized that! Think of all the Christmas Movies we see and how those in love dream of that kiss beneath the mistletoe. It kind of puts a new perspective on things. 😀

This made me think of how often we have almost made the Christmas Story too cute. I am from the Appalachian Area. We are no strangers to barns around here. We see these soft, clean images of Jesus laying in the manager. Anyone who knows what a manger is knows that this is unrealistic. A manager is a trough in which animals are fed. Have you ever watch a hog, horse, or cow eat? They drool, slobber is stringing down…

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Parasitic Poop Twig!

Did you know the word Mistletoe essentially means Poop Twig and that it is a devastation to trees around the world? It made me wonder, how in the name of all that is pure and lovely that we romanticized that! Think of all the Christmas Movies we see and how those in love dream of that kiss beneath the mistletoe. It kind of puts a new perspective on things. 😀

This made me think of how often we have almost made the Christmas Story too cute. I am from the Appalachian Area. We are no strangers to barns around here. We see these soft, clean images of Jesus laying in the manager. Anyone who knows what a manger is knows that this is unrealistic. A manager is a trough in which animals are fed. Have you ever watch a hog, horse, or cow eat? They drool, slobber is stringing down from their mouth into the feed. No matter how many times you clean a stable if there is animals in them there is going to be poop. When you read this does this resemble the manager scene we see in movies or on the front cover of our Sunday School literature?

Jesus The Saviour of the World was born in a barn in Bethlehem. I do not imagine that barn varied tremendously from our barns today. His first smells could have very well been that of animal dung and hay. How is that for humble beginnings?

Not everything needs to be storybook clean and romanticized. We need to be realistic. We need to understand what really happened to appreciate what Jesus really did do for us from the manager to the cross. We need to reflect to appreciate his true love for us.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
~Luke 2:12

The Big Hill & a Yard-Sale Come Spring

Today while I was standing in my little alley kitchen washing dishes and making sweet tea. It was dark and pretty gloomy looking out over the Appalachian Big Hill area. I was thinking about Christmas and feeling inadequate at buying what children of my family would want. I was doing it again comparing myself to my sister and her fabulous ability to find and buy the perfect gift.

I then began to think about children in classrooms that I had taught in throughout the years. I began to look at my big hill I was facing with a better perspective. I am not my sister. I do not have the ability to pick out the latest in fashion or the highest tech items, but what I do know is children. I know that through raising my own and being in classrooms what they want. It isn’t the latest in fashion. (unless they have been taught that makes them who they are) It isn’t the highest going tech item. What they do want is our attention.

Just as we as individual adults want to be treated like we count or we seek validation, so do they. They need our reassurance, a confidence builder, a positive speaker with the ability to speak life over them, an encourager. I found here in the Appalachian classrooms children, if given a choice of to watch a movie or me reading to them almost ever child chose me reading.  They would be a few that would rather watch a movie. Usually, these were children who did not have a TV in their home or was only allowed limited time watching it.

Should a child be permitted to watch as much TV as they choose? I personally think it is overused, because parents in today’s society feel pressured to buying everything their child’s friend has or what is advertised on TV. They are working for a house they cannot afford, because of social status. They are paying for a house that they nor their child lives in. They are doing good if they sleep in it 6-8 hours a night, because they work so many hours they are too tired to interact with their own children and they use TV to pacify them.

Why do we buy into it? Why do we choose social status above raising our own children? Is it benefiting them or us? Have we been successful if we allow our children to be raised in daycare? Shouldn’t they supersede all other thoughts of what is acceptable in society? Family Matters! Balance does as well. I realize many of us have had no other choice, but to work and leave our children. If you are blessed and do not have to leave them and can make it on one income I would encourage each of you to do it. I speak from the point of once being a single mother who worked, went to school and cried as I dropped my daughter at daycare.

As I had a big hill in my life not knowing what to buy and thinking back what children liked most in classrooms. It was someone who cared enough to take the time to read them a story, or make one up as they went along. The second item that younger ones loved was play-dough. Children like to feel as they are, our top priority. I did go buy toys that my niece and nephews would like. I bought tech toys, Octonaut launching toys, educational toys, but I decided to buy what I know which is books. I realized I didn’t have to compete with anyone when I purchased a gift and I didn’t want them to believe that I did. I wanted them to know I cared and loved them. I am hoping this helps someone facing the same big hill that I did this afternoon. We need to teach time is important. More important than expensive gifts that will be thrown in a mount in a closet or in a yard-sale come spring. Frugal is our responsibility!  Time -we will give an account of how we spend it. Spend it well!

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.~Romans14:12

 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,~Ephesians 5:15

Do not Conform to the things of the world!

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.~Romans 12-2

Here is a play-dough recipe I found, as we say here in on the big hill it kills to birds with one stone. You get to spend time with your children and they get a fun gift too. They will cherish the memory more than the play-dough. It may be a tradition they carry on into parenthood.

I also recommend this book as a great way to spend time with your kids this Christmas.

http://www.amazon.com/Crippled-Lamb-Max-Lucado/dp/1400318076/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418942629&sr=1-2&keywords=max+lucado+christmas+books

I also recommend this as it is one of the gifts I purchased for my niece.

http://www.amazon.com/LeapFrog-Read-Me-Violet-Toy/dp/B00CZBHQ5Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418944465&sr=8-1&keywords=read+to+me+dog