Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Proverbs 1-13

I love the book of Proverbs and the wisdom that He reveals! Having my boys home again this weekend reminded me how important it is for me as a mother to continue to impart His wisdom to them. They are never too old to stop being taught, and I have been neglectful in this area as of late. I see them as "all grown up", and realized if I am still learning and growing in Him, they could be as well! I hope to never stop growing in Him, and want that for my boys as well. I have really good intentions, then fail to put them into action. What good does that do?
Once they are off to college and seeking and gaining worldly wisdom, it is imperative that they continue to seek His wisdom even more! Every college campus is surrounded by professors, peers, and people who are not Godly, and who can easily impart their doctrines on our sons and daughters that are "simple" minded. Only His doctrine is sound and gives true knowledge and wisdom. I pray that their minds become saturated with His Word.

Proverbs 1:4-7

New King James Version (NKJV)
To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

This is where His wisdom and His Spirit of discernment is tantamount. This is what I pray for my boys most of all! Yes, I want them to graduate from college and gain a degree, to have a goal and be successful. But even more they need to use the gift that God gave them and use it for His purpose! Making the most money or securing possession's is not what makes a person happy. How they use the gift's God has blessed them with for His good, is priceless! They need only to seek Him to be truly a success in life!

Proverbs 8:17-22

New King James Version (NKJV)
17 I love those who love me,
And those who seek me diligently will find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold,
And my revenue than choice silver.
20 I traverse the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.

I pray for all of our children and our children's children to heed the wise counsel of His Word, to guard it in their hearts, and use it to glorify Him!

May your children and children yet to come be blessed with His wisdom!

Monday, May 21, 2012

1 Kings 3:16-28, 5:1-18, 2 Chronicles 2:1-18, 1 Kings 6:1-13, 2 Chronicles 3:1-14, 1 Kings 6:14-38

 In Kings 3:16-28, we find the two women with newborns, one which sadly died, and in that mother's grief she decided to switch the babies. Now Solomon is put in the position to decide who the real mother of this child is, and asks them to cut the child in half. What a decision to have to make! In the process, the true mother of the child was revealed. I can't imagine the thought of literally dividing either of my sons, which the other mother was willing to do, unbelievable! Solomon was given great wisdom and discernment by God to make decisions for his servants. This is something I pray for my sons, that God gives them His wisdom and discernment when making choices in their life. I pray that they find Godly women someday, and that whatever they do in life, they ultimately serve God in whatever path God leads them.

In Kings 5 & 6 we see Solomon is given charge to build a temple. What an impressive and massive building to be given the honor to build! Of course, Solomon was given plans by God, the greatest architect of all! :) Solomon also used only the best contractors for each area of the building paying attention to each detail in the plans God laid out for him to follow. I would have loved to see the intricate carvings like the tops of the pillars shaped liked lilies, and the ornamental buds, the baths and even the carts were detailed. They just don't make anything with that kind of workmanship anymore, and it's hard to find workers that are so dedicated as well as trustworthy.

 It reminds me that whatever work God has placed before me, I should do it to my best ability, and the work should glorify Him! God has been so faithful to me in all aspects of my life, but as far as my work is concerned it has always been laid out right in front of me.  Example: I have been praying about what I need to do as far as working. I have been a nurse for 23 years and in healthcare for 30. I am at the point where I want something a little different in the field. He knows that I have always worked, am a “people person”, and like to stay busy, if not I could become a recluse very easily! Anyway I was searching to see if I could find the best of both worlds, and there it was! No one else could have found this opportunity unless they knew exactly where to look. That’s how God works with me; He sets me on the right path. I now work as a nurse assessor mostly from home until I do a health assessment. I work when I want and how much I want which leaves time for Joel and I to still spend time together now that we’re “empty nesters” , to travel and see our sons, and or family. The best part of it for me is I am able to witness to my clients, which has happened several times already. Several of the clientele I accepted have been out of my area, in places where they don’t have any nurses to serve them. I don’t mind travel at all, and I enjoy driving, always have! He knows this, and He placed me to serve them! God is amazing!
All thanks and praise goes to Him!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Psalm 103, 108-110, 122, 124

I am so than thankful to be a child of God, and to have a Father that is so merciful. His abounding love is everlasting , and the power of His Word is immeasurable!

Psalms is one of my favorite books and I was so excited when we landed there! I just knew the words for my blog would just flow, but it somehow seems difficult to express my feelings about it. I've come to a conclusion that His Word sometimes just speaks for itself, and nothing I could ever say about it would or could change the message, and why would I even try?
I know we all gain a little different perspective when we read His Word, and mine for this day is..."if it's not broken, don't try to fix it"! 

No matter what we say about His Word, the most important thing is how it effects us deep in our soul, and how His Word clings to our heart. It is the action we will take, how we will serve and love one another as He has loved us.

The word I read today make me want to sing the song..
Praise the Lord My Soul....

1. Praise the Lord, my soul, let fire and rain give praise to Him. Give praise to Him who is merciful, slow to judge.
                     Bless the Lord, O my soul.

2.   Bless  the Lord, my soul, let all I am give praise to Him.  And not forget He is kind, He forgives our sins.

        Bless the Lord, O my soul.
3. Merciful and kind, He knows that man is made of dust. And like the flowers that flourish, he soon must die.

      Bless the Lord, O my soul.

4.  Glory to our God, let all that is give praise to Him. Give praise to Him, all you creatures who live His love.

    Bless the  Lord, O my  soul.

    Bless the  Lord, O my soul.

Sister's  in Christ, I  praise  and  thank  Him  everyday  
for  our  fellowship.

                              Blessings  to  all!

Philippians 1:3-11

New King James Version (NKJV)

Thankfulness and Prayer

thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Psalm 68-70, 86, 101

Happy Mother's Day to all! Was blessed to have precious time with both of my boys this week! My hubby Joel BBQ'd a brisket for dinner yesterday. Today he cleaned the kitchen, unloaded the dishwasher, and is planning on serving my favorite meal tonight, I feel so special! 
I know my blog does not follow the verses for today, but saw this and really wanted to share as it was fitting for Mother's Day. 


“As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children” (1 Thessalonians 2:6b-7).

A mother’s love reflects the love of the Lord, deep in its capacity and generous in its application. She awakens in the middle of the night to nurse a hungry infant or care for a sick child. Her intuition injects love at points of pain and in situations that require extensive encouragement. A mother’s love lingers long in conversation and understands with her sensitive heart. She loves, because Christ’s love compels her to love like Him.

Moreover, a mother’s love is loyal and longstanding. A child may be in trouble, but Mom is always close by, full of compassion and acceptance. Her love can be blind in its loyalty, but her offspring never doubts where they are welcome. Jesus was rejected by angry, jealous men and abandoned by His closest friends, but His mother was waiting with Him to the bitter end, “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother…” (John 19:25a).

A mother’s love even has the capacity to be a mother to those who are not biologically her own. Amazingly, she can informally “adopt” people for a season and love them emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally. She opens her home, shares her food, gives her time, dispenses her wisdom, and encourages obedience to follow Christ. Paul experienced this. “Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too” (Romans 16:13). Moms sometime mother greatness not their own.

Lastly, a mother’s love is gentle, the way God is gentle toward His children. He calls us to love and to lead like Jesus. Love serves people and does not rule with rigor. “God's servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey” (2 Timothy 2:24, TM).

Prayer: Do I model gentle and patient love? Do others feel safe to share their sorrows with me?

Related ReadingsGenesis 47:12Ruth 4:16John 21:15-17James 3:17

Taken from Reading #13 in the NEW 30-day devotional book, “Wisdom for Mothers”

Blessings to all !

Sunday, May 6, 2012

1 Kings 2:1-9, 2 Sam 23:1-7, 1 Kings 2:10-12, 1 Chron 29:26-30,Psalm4-6, 8-9, 11

God blessed us with an bounty of fish, and in the process we were reminded of the importance of patience and wisdom! Day 1 we fished all day without one bite, but being persistent, patient, and heeding the advice of a wise fisherman and good friend, it paid off on day 2! We fished in the exact place as the day before. I know it seemed futile, but Bill, our good friend, lives on the lake during the fishing season, knows it well, and has never let us down. I really was praying too, as I could see Joel's impatience and frustration starting to build. He was starting to doubt the wisdom of his friend Bill, he thought the "stink bait" was no good, that we were not in the right spot, our trust in Bill was "sinking"...etc.etc. 

BTW, yes, we fish with stink bait, and yes it really, really does stink. Especially when my husband casts, and a lump of it flies off his hook, and in my hair! The things we do for love!

Right after Joel had talked to Bill for the ?? time, making sure it was the right spot, and telling Bill he was sure the stink bait was not working, I caught the first fish of the day..WooHoo! A nice 5 lb. channel cat, and after that it was on! Joel started catching fish, and all were keepers, really nice fish! We caught 9 catfish, it was so much fun! He no longer doubted the advice of his friend.
While I was sitting in that boat I was thinking about the story when the disciples went fishing, and Jesus told them where to cast their nets, and the story when Jesus walked on the water.

John 21:1-13

New King James Version (NKJV)

Breakfast by the Sea

21 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showedHimself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately[a] got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”
They answered Him, “No.”
And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.

Matthew 14:22-33

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

The disciples heeded His wise advice and reaped the rewards! Peter had doubts and began sinking in the water.
 I think God speaks to us through many wise people and in different situations. Similar to David's instructions to Solomon, I think about the importance of imparting God's wisdom as parents to our children. The effect it has will be passed on from generation to generation. As parents, husbands, wives, mothers and fathers, etc. we have to be patient, faithful, and heed God's wisdom and listen carefully and obey His Word. We must keep our eyes wide open as the lessons can come from the most mundane things in our lives.  Even fishing with our hubby. :)
If we do this, He has promised to prosper us wherever we turn! 

1 Kings 2:1-4

New King James Version (NKJV)

David’s Instructions to Solomon

Now the days of David drew near that he should die, and he charged Solomon his son, saying: “I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn; that the Lord may fulfill His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,’ He said, ‘you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’

I also think about our faith, and how doubt and fear can keep us from becoming all God wants us to be. He wants the best for us, and if we don't fully trust in Him, we too will sink like Peter. 
David was all about faith, obedience, patience and listening to the wisdom God imparted to him through His Word. As he lived it, so too David wanted to impart the many blessings to his son Solomon and through the generations!

Oh how I yearn to be such a faithful servant like David,and to impart God's wisdom to my children and grandchildren..... It's never to late to start, and I know God is waiting patiently on me! :)

I praise Him and thank Him for giving me such special time with Joel, and for blessing us with the bonus of catching fish!
God is so good!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

2 Sam 19:31-20:26, Psalm 7, 2 Sam 21:1-22, 1 Chron 20:4-8 & 2 Sam 22:1-51, Psalm 18&

God showed David much favor, and He constantly watched  over him and guided him throughout his life. David was so faithful to God, and no matter what was going on in his life, he kept the lines of communication open to his Father in heaven. Whether it be in times of despair, joy, confession, or praise, David made sure he was constantly in contact with God. Sometimes in song, or a poem, prayer, or simply asking a question outright, he was holding regular conversations with God.
I strive to speak with  Him regularly, I have really good intentions too, but I know I fall short. This is something so important in growing my relationship with the Lord. He wants to spend time with me, and He waits for me so patiently. He wants me to converse with Him, He is such a loving Father! 

Come near to God, and He will come near to you. James 4:8

The most wonderful thing about talking to God, whether it be
praying, singing, or blogging, God does not care if it's not 

perfect. He just wants us to spend time with Him and really 

get to know Him on a personal level.

I just love this song, even if it's not pitch perfect when I 

sing it to my Heavenly Father! 

I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice
To worship you, Oh my soul rejoice!
Take joy, my King, in what you hear
May it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear

I love you, Lord, and I lift my hands
To worship you as my soul demands
Take joy, my King, in what you see
May I be a sweet, sweet child on your knee

I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice
To worship you, Oh my soul rejoice!
Take joy, my King, in what you hear
Make it a sweet, sweet sound in your ear

Make it a sweet, sweet sound in your ear

Scriptural Reference:

"Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation." Psalm 35:9

I am so blessed to have you ladies share in my daily 

walk with God! You are each a blessing from Him!

Have a wonderful week!