Live Life To The Fullest!

I shared this quote yesterday morning on my facebook page. It’s a great reminder to live life to the fullest!

Live Life To The Fullest!

Courtney and Colt and I spent some time Saturday enjoying our sweet small town. We went to a Beef Festival and then headed to one of our favorites places and got an ice cream cone. A perfect way to spend a summer day!

Live Life To The Fullest!

Is our life perfect? No. Do we have disappointments and difficulties? Absolutely. Does anyone go through this life without some bumps and bruises?

But we believe each day is a gift and although the journey is not always easy, we’re counting our blessings and believing Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Today, savor the blessings and know that “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118:24


  Have a blessed Sunday!

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Sunday Inspiration

Happy first day of June! Wayne and I are not only back from New York but we’re back from his sabbatical. Today, we’re headed back to our church. I’ve missed our church family and can’t wait to worship with them today.

Last Sunday, Wayne and I worshipped at The Brooklyn Tabernacle. We’ve been there before and to be honest, unless you go, it’s hard to explain.

I don’t think I can adequately describe what worship is like at The Tab (that’s what they call it).

Sunday Inspiration

The choir is amazing and if you’ve ever read anything about the choir, the testimonies that many of them have are unbelievable.

On the flight home, I read Carol Cymbala’s book, He’s Been Faithful. It’s an easy read but she shares several testimonies from the people at The Brooklyn Tabernacle.

She also shares about the choir’s purpose, “Our ministry is to lead people to an encounter with Jesus Christ. For us, performance would be a giant step down.”

Believe me, you can tell they’re not performing. They mean the words they are singing.

If you ever have the opportunity to go to the church, I highly recommend it!

Of course, I thought I’d share a song from The Brooklyn Tabernacle choir. I love this song. No matter what comes our way in this life, let’s not lose our praise!

 

I’ve lost some good friends along life’s way
Some loved ones departed in Heaven to stay
But thank God I didn’t lose everything
I’ve lost faith in people who said they care
In the time of my crisis they were never there
But in my disappointment in my season of pain
One thing never wavered one thing never changed

CHORUS
I never lost my hope
I never lost my joy
I never lost my faith
But most of all
I never lost my praise

I’ve let some blessings slip away
When I lost my focus and went astray
But thank God i didn’t lose everything
I’ve lost possessions that was so dear
And I’ve lost some battles by walking in fear
But in the midst of my struggle, in the season of pain
One thing never wavered, one thing never changed

CHORUS
I never lost my hope
I never lost my joy
I never lost my faith
But most of all
I never lost my praise

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Sunday Encouragement from New York

Happy Sunday friends! I hope you’re enjoying your Memorial Day weekend. Wayne and I are in New York City! We’re excited to be going to The Brooklyn Tabernacle today and getting to meet with Jim Cymbala, the pastor.

Wayne and I visited The Brooklyn Tabernacle several years ago and couldn’t wait to come back!

Jim Cymbala has written several books but one of our favorites is Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. This is one of those life changing books. If you haven’t read it, you might want to add it to your summer reading list. You can find it here.

Sunday Encouragement from New York
Of course we’re also going to do some sight seeing, and shopping. There’s so much to do! I’m sure I’ll be sharing a lot of pictures on Instagram.

What are your plans for this Memorial Day weekend?

I’ve been listening to this song all week. Have you ever gone through a difficult time in your life and as you looked back, you realized you were never alone? God was with you the whole time!

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Sunday Inspiration-The Beautiful Woman

Last night, I was honored to get to speak to a group of women about “What does a Beautiful Woman Look Like?”

Sunday Inspiration-The Beautiful Woman

I used the passage of scripture from 1 Peter 3:3-4Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

But let the adorning be the hidden person of the heart……..the hidden person is who you are deep down.

For those of us who know Jesus, the hidden person is a woman who has been transformed from the inside out by God’s spirit.

2 Corinthians 4: 16 talks about the hidden person, Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

Of course, I couldn’t help but think of my Mom as I read shared this scripture. As most of you know, I lost my Mom to cancer in 2009.

I saw this type of beauty in her as she was dying from cancer. Although her outward body was dying, her inner beauty never looked more beautiful.

How could she look beautiful when cancer was destroying her body?

Mom looked beautiful as she was dying because the hidden person of her heart had been transformed by Jesus.

This was Mom’s secret:

Mom didn’t wait until her life on earth was almost over to know Christ. She spent her whole life getting to know Christ. She didn’t just go to Christ on the difficult days; she went to Him every day.

Mom had a consistent dose of God’s word. She read it, she studied, and she lived it.

Mom’s hidden person was the relationship she had been cultivating with Christ for years! Her beauty was her Savior!

I want that kind of beauty, don’t you? 

Our hair might gray, and our skin might wrinkle but the beautiful woman focuses on her inner beauty–the hidden person of the heart.

I grew up singing this song in church and I can see my Mom singing it, it was one of her favorites. This is an updated version but it makes me think of Mom.

 

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Mother’s Day Encouragement

Happy Mother’s Day! I miss my Mom so much but I realize more than ever, my Mom had a purpose. She knew it and she finished well. She didn’t waver on what she believed (ask anyone who knew her).

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I learned so much from my Mom. Here’s what I think she would want me to say to encourage You today!

1. Keep the faith!

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12

Don’t waver, don’t stop believing. In a world that is trying more than ever to tell us there is no truth, Jesus is the TRUTH!

2. Rise up!

“Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?” Psalm 94:16

We need to rise up and take a stand for what we believe. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Don’t stop sharing it!!!

3. Don’t be politically correct!

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There, I said it. I’m tired of being told I have to be politically correct. I’m a believer. I will say it, I will shout it and I won’t be ashamed of  it.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” Romans 1:16

 4. Teach your faith to your children!

Oh this one is so important! Listen to me, I know most of you reading this are Moms, Grandmothers, and Aunts.

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR TEACHING OUR CHILDREN. (Along with fathers, grandfathers, and uncles.)

“Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”  Deuteronomy 11:19

It’s not up to the church, the preacher, the youth minister, or the sunday school teacher, it’s up to us!

We have to teach our children to trust and love Jesus.

Believe me this world is doing everything it can to steal our children! Don’t let the world (satan) win this battle. It’s too important!

My husband and I are constantly sharing about Jesus with our grandson Colt. We are teaching him the books of the Bible and songs about Jesus.

I recently taped him singing Jesus Loves Me. Oh how I want him to get this!! Yes, Colt Jesus loves you so much!

 

Will you join me? Let’s know keep the faith and finish well!

Have a blessed Mother’s Day!

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Sunday Encouragement-Time Is Precious

This past week has been a reminder for me that time is precious. A 19 year old young man in our community died very suddenly. Although I can’t imagine what his family is going through, I know that they are devastated and so are the many young people who knew him.

Time is Precious

It’s tragic, I have no words that can comfort, no words that will take away the pain. But I do know the only one who can comfort in a time like this, and His name is Jesus.

I cling to Revelation 21:4, “he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”

Let me encourage you to make today count! Love those around you, and hug them tight. We are not promised tomorrow.

But, if we know Jesus, we are promised heaven and this song reminds me that those loved ones that have gone before us are seeing things that we can’t  imagine.

You Wouldn’t Cry by Mandissa

 

All you saw was pain
All you saw was rain
But you should see me now
Moments filled with tears
Lasted all those years
Disappeared somehow
You never said goodbye
On your knees you cry
You’re still asking why, but

Blue has never been bluer
True has never been truer
Honey never tasted so sweet
There’s a song in the breeze
A million voices in praise
A rose has never smelled redder
The sun has never been brighter
If I could find the right words to say
If you could look at my face
If you could just see this place
You wouldn’t cry for me today

What you think you see
Isn’t really me
I’m already home
You’ve got to lay it down
‘Cause Jesus holds me now
And I am not alone
Your faith is wearing thin
But I am watching Him
And He’s holding you too, and

[Chorus]

What may seem like years will just be a moment
Oh, the day will come when I’ll show you where you’re going
I can’t wait to show you that

Have a blessed Sunday!

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