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New Years Resolutions

It is that time of year again. New Years Eve and we begin to make New Years Resolutions. You know those things that we have the best of intention of doing in the new year and after about a few days totally forget about. Sure, I like a lot of you have made New Years Resolutions that I have not stuck to in the past. This year I feel that I can stick with the resolutions that I have made. So here are the resolutions that I hope to stick with in 2017, Reading my bible more Spending more time in prayer Snacking less Instead of snacking drink water No eating after 7pm Drink more water Go to bed at a decent hour Less technology and more time with family and friends Exercise More Write in a journal I hope that in 2017 that I can stick to these resolutions for myself. I know that it will not be easy, but it will be a challenge that I am up for. What are your New Years Resolutions? Do you have any? Do you chose not to make any? 

Prayer Journal

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So one of my New Years Resolutions is to make a prayer journal. This came after watching the movie War Room (for like the 10th time). I thought that this would be a way to encourage myself. There are lots of ideas on the Internet of how to do one. You need to do one that fits you. You can chose to do it in a journal, notebook, or binder. You can decorate the cover if you choose. Then you can get started.  On the first page of my journal I have written some inspirations that will encourage me to keep with this and encourage my faith at the same time. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. James 4:7-8 My God is faithful, My God is powerful, My Gd is in charge, You can't fire him,  And he will never retire, Thank you Jesus Glory Hallelujah Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight O, Lord my rock and my redeemer.

Faith and Blessings Jars

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I recently saw online a suggestion of taking an empty jar and filling it each week with a note about one good thing that happened that week. Then at the end of the year reading the notes to see what kind of year you have had.  That got me to thinking. What about instead of good notes each week how about writing a bible verse a day and putting them in the jar. At the end of the year you could give the jar to someone that you knew might need some encouragement.  Another thought that I had was that you could write daily messages of encouragement or blessings to put in your jar. Then you could really bless someone at the end of the year that you knew needed a little encouragement or blessing.  The jars could be passed on when the person is finished so that more people are blessed. It is a great way to share the word of God and God's love with others.  You could even encourage your church to do this. Have a jar in your church were each member writes down a bible verse

What are you Thankful for?

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Today is Thanksgiving Day. It is a time to think about what you are thankful for through the year and in your life. It is a time to celebrate all that God has given to you in your life. It is a time to be blessed. A time to spend with family and friends. That got me to thinking. What am I thankful for? As I write this there are a lot of things that come to my mind. 1. My Family-I am thankful for my family. Some of those that I consider to be family are not my blood family. They are people that are in my life that I love just like they were my family. They are people that have adopted me into their family. I am thankful for each and every one of them. 2. My Friends-I am thankful that I have such wonderful friends. They are there for me when I need them. They listen and advise. They truly wonderful. 3. My Faith-My faith has gotten me through so many things in this life. My faith has helped me to do so many things that I would have never have done before. 4. My Jo

Election 2016-New Day, New President

So during this whole election cycle I have not said one word about who I was planning to vote for. I feel that who you are going to vote for is your own business. That being said I spend a considerable amount of time in prayer regarding the elections. Mostly for the office of President. My Uncle and I talked about the President's race. At one point I was thinking of voting for someone not in the 2 major parties. That was till a friend reminded me that doing that was no good. Only someone from one of the major parties will win. That was so true. So yesterday I got up and spent time in prayer over the election. I prayed over the candidates and asked God to show me who to vote for. Then I was off to the polls. When I got there the main poll worker knew me right off and knew I would do machine voting (my usual). I wish that the office of President was last of the ballot to give me more time to consider my choice. I clicked my choices and as I reviewed my decisions I prayed for Go

God's Way

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Recently I have been going through something that really bothers me. I have voiced my opinion about the situation constructively and that still seems to make the problem worse. I was so bothered by the situation that one evening I spent time in deep talk with God. I felt compelled to share with God how I was feeling at that time. In the end I felt so much better. I know that what I am going through is in God's hands now and that he will take care of it in his own time. Sometimes when we are in situations that bother us because we feel that it is not right we have to take it to God. We have to let him show us his way in the situation. We are better off doing it God's way than our way. Our way will only lead to destruction. When you feel that something is wrong you need to seek God's way about it. Never let how you feel about something get in the way of doing God's will. His will should always come first in life. That way things will turn out for the be

Discouragement

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I know we have all been there at one time or another. We have felt like nothing is going right for us. We feel like everyone is against us. We tend to even feel that God has let us down. Recently I have felt this way. The best solution I have found has come from the word of God and prayer. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says "But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me",  That says that when we are at our weakest point God is working right there to build us up. Proverbs 3:5-6 says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." This says that we need to trust the Lord and he will make things right. Joshua 1:9 says "I've commanded you to be strong and brave. Don't ever be afraid o

Submit Yourselves To God

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Last Spring I went with some people from church to see the movie War Room and fell in love with it. This Summer I bought the book War Room and the DVD. I am still working on reading the book, but have watched the DVD several times. This movies has a great message. If you have yet to see it you really need to. There is a part of the movie that sticks out to me. Well there are several, but this one is at the top. It is in the movie that Elizabeth was in her War Room praying for her husband and she keeps repeating James 4:7 "Submit yourself to the Lord, resist the devil and he will flee." Then Elizabeth goes around her house talking to the Devil and telling him that he is not welcome in her life, marriage, lives of her family, and her home. That got me to thinking. I wrote this verse down in my prayer journal and I began to think on it. If we as Christians would submit our lives or our problems over to God and resist the devil's control then God will fight the battle.

Growing the Small County Church....Market to the Right Audiance

A friend of mine recently wrote a column for her local newspaper on VBS (Vacation Bible School). That got me to thinking about my church and its need for growth. When I was a kid going to church was the normal thing on a Sunday Morning. We got up and went just down the road to the church my Dad grew up in. Though he never went on Sunday he always encouraged up to attend church. Back then we had a large group of kids that came on Sunday. Usually those same kids came back on Sunday Nights for Youth Group. That was in the 80s and 90s. Fast forward to 2016. I will be 37 next month and I am the youngest active member of the same church I attended as a kid. Yes, I still live in the same community were I grew up. Our church is comprised of members ages 37 to 88. A large portion of them are 60+. I am in my 30s and the next oldest in in their 50s. Big age gap there. As I look around me as to those sitting around me in church I take note of how most everyone is retired and me still working

Control Freak?

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Have you ever known someone that had to be in control of something or someone all the time? I have known people like that and it makes me sad that their lives are like that. People who need to control others have a problem. They can not see it, want to see it, or accept it. I use to work with someone that had to always have control. They had to know where I was at all times of the day. I even had lists made for me each day of what I had to do according to them. It got really bad when I had to complete everything on the list and turn the list in before I could go home. At that time I learned a valuable lesson. If you know someone that has to have complete control of everything and everyone around hem the worst thing that you can do is to give into them. Never let them have all the control. You will end up being miserable. In the case of this co-worker that was what was happening. They were being given all the control. "Well, we don't want to upset them."

Marriage....The Biblical Idea

Recently there has been much talk about Actor Kirk Cameron's statement of belief about the institution of marriage. Though his statement is of biblical fact he failed to see the whole picture of what the bible says about the institution of marriage. Wives be submissive to your Husbands, as to the Lord. Submissive in that statement means to be slaves. This part of Ephesians 5:22-33 is where most people stop, They fail to read any further. That is where the trouble lies. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.    Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.   Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,   that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,   so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be

Autism Awareness

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  April is Autism Awareness Month. During the month of April one of the things that happens is that Autism Speaks asks people to turn their porch lights blue in show of support. Did you know ... Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys Autism prevalence figures are growing Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S. Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism There is no medical detection or cure for autism National Institutes of Health Funds Allocation Total 2012 NIH budget: $30.86 billion Of this, only $169 million goes directly to autism research. This represents 0.55% of total NIH funding. Learn the Signs  of Autism so that you can better help children with the disorder. Did you know that girls are good at hiding or masking their Autism? The number of girls with Autism is on the rise. To learn more about Autism visit

Holy Communion

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As a kid communion was a sacred service in the church. Lots of work went into the preparation of it. I grew up in the Presbyterian Church. I can remember Joan setting up the communion. We had little glass cups  with grape juice and real bread cut into cubs. Joan would take all those glass cups home and wash them by hand. Thank goodness we don't use the glass cups anymore. Sometime around he time that I joined the church that we got a new communion set that required getting plastic cups. I didn't start taking communion until I joined the church. It was a thing reserved only for those who were mature in their faith. My mom's parents were Lutherans. They had real communion wine and little wafers. I hated that stuff. Go up front, get a glass cup, and wait for the Pastor to give out the elements. I would never really eat the wafers. I would stick them in my pocket and pretend to eat it when asked. That was until Grandma caught me. She made me eat it. Then I got a huge les

The True Meaning of Easter

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I recently watched a program on TBN called Golgotha hosted by Joseph Prince. This story talks about the true meaning of Easter. It was very moving. The program focused on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It focused on Mary and what she was thinking about Jesus death. It got me to thinking. In Old Testament times people brought lambs to the temple to be sacrificed for forgiveness of their sins. Part of the service was for the person bringing the lamb to place their hands on it. This was to transfer their sins onto the lamb before it was sacrificed. This was like what God did. He sent his son Jesus to be the sacrificial lamb to take away the sins of the world. When Jesus was on the cross he did it willingly. He showed those there that day that he was man and God. He wanted to prove to the world at that time that he was here for a higher purpose. Jesus came to Earth to save us from sin. We in turn are to go share the news of Jesus love with all those that we meet. We need to be th

Have It Your Way?

Burger King has the slogan Have It Your Way and that is fine for the fast food industry. However, in the education system that is not a good line of thinking to have. Let me explain why. In the education system there are certain things that are expected of you not only by the County BOE, but also the State BOE. If you don't abide by these things or do what is expected of you then you could loose your job and as a teacher you could even have your license to teach pulled. Also you never know when the State or the County will make a visit to your school. Often times they will make a random appearance in your building. Make sure you are doing what needs to be done. Make sure you are doing your best at all times. Be prepared at all times. You never know too when your Principles will come into your classroom unannounced either. Don't micromanage things in the classroom. That can cause big time stress to happen. As a teacher if you micromanage everything then you are going to fe

Worry Less, Pray More

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I have found that over the years I tend to worry a lot. Mostly about things that I will never be able to change. Then a friend suggested that instead of worrying about it that I give it over to God and let him handle it. I would feel so much better for it. So that is what I did. Sure enough I felt much better. Recently I have found myself praying often. I find that when I feel that things are out of control that I can go to God in prayer about what is going on. I can give it over to him and it is like a big weight has been lifted. Some months back I saw the movie War Room. That has inspired me to begin writing prayers for every aspect of my life that I feel is out of control or that I just need a little help from God in. It has really helped me. I find that I am talking to God more often than I ever had in the past. My Mom was a big believer in the power of prayer. She would pray all the time. That has started to happen to me. I pray all the time now

Life is too short

Life is too short to waste time. This is something that I have learned all too well in my life in the past year. Life is just too short. Last year at this time my Uncle Pat was dying of cancer. I look back and think that I should have spent more time with him, but I realize that I did what I needed to do for him because he would only let me do so much. My Mom passed in July. I look back and think about all the things that I could have done for her, but realize again she would only let me do so much. Life is too short to look back on life and realize that you should have done this or that for someone. Life is too short to regret one minute of your life. We should all be like the Goodman Family Song I Don't Regret a Mile. Howard Goodman wrote in that song that he did not regret life. He was glad in a way that he lived his life to the fullest for the Lord. That is the way that we should all be. Don't beat yourself up about life. Live life to the fullest each and everyday. Yo

Adopted Mom

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Sometimes in life there are people that come along when we need them and make us a part of their family. Back in July 2015 my Mom went to be with Jesus. It wasn't long after that that my cousin Shawna's Mom adopted me and my sister Mary. I know that God had a plan in this. I am so thankful that Ginger has taken Mary and I in as her own children. Adopted child is wonderful. However, it is not the same as having my real mom around. I miss her everyday. I was not ready to let Mom go. Ginger has been there to fill a void in my life. I have been going through the most hurtful pain in my life. I never expected to loose Mom when I did. I will admit that I was so mad at God for taking Mom away. I realize now that God had a bigger plan in all of this. I am so thankful each and everyday that God knew who I needed at a time of great loss in my life. I have been adopted into a wonderful family. I feel so loved. I am blessed. This reminds me of the fact that I

Best Friends, Cousins, and Sisters

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I  have some of the greatest friends ever. Some of my friends are so close to me that I would call them my sisters. They have been there for me when I needed them the most. I am so thankful that God has placed them in my life. First there is Andrea. She has a good heart. She loves to help others. She was not only my friend, but also a good friend to my Mom. I can count on Andrea for anything that I need. Andrea has gotten me to do Yoga. I love doing it with her each week. She knows when I need a pick me up and brings me such wonderful gifts. Then there is my friend Jackie. We met at work. She showed me the ropes and we have been friends since. I can talk to her about anything and she will listen. I love her kids. Jackie is awesome. She has a heart of gold. Jackie would do anything for anyone. Then there are my cousins. I have some of the best. There is my cousin Shawna. We have practically grown up together. I am thankful for all the time that we have s