Humility

Humility by Deb C

Pharisee or Tax Collector?

Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

“The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’

“I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.  Luke 18: 10-14

 

Let this sink in for a minute.

I have to tell you, I’ve been like this tax collector before. Continue reading “Humility”

5 ways to boost immunity & improve your health

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Let’s start with the fact that many ladies know me as the girl that often has dessert first and I am (was) a self-proclaimed carb-a-tarian!

Even though I appeared to be in “good shape” I had a misunderstanding about using food to promote good health. You may still see me enjoying dessert, but I have learned how to feed my body the way the creator designed it with the foods that he provides. Jen Roland recently stated at The Connection’s HealthierYOU event that we should focus on being healthy with our eating habits approximately 80% of the time.

Yes, there will be special occasions when we want to have a treat or make a not so healthy choice…likewise, we should not be so rigid or hard on ourselves if we make a not so healthy choice every once in a while.

We need to strive to find balance. Continue reading “5 ways to boost immunity & improve your health”

Stay strong. Stay connected.

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“May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

I want to encourage you to stay connected to God’s Word during this COVID-19 stay at home order. It is easy to become complacent or lazy. No one is expecting you to be anywhere or do anything.  We have a lot of distractions. And some of us can get down and then we spiral from there and tend to not feed ourselves. And when I say feed, I mean with God’s Word not actual food. Don’t allow yourself to become anemic or weak because you aren’t being fed.

We must make God our #1 priority.

He is who we need to draw our strength and hope from.  We can’t depend on food, social media, Netflix or other people. Those things will not satisfy. They will only give temporary satisfaction. Continue reading “Stay strong. Stay connected.”

Free Air

Free Air by Deb R

I once read something that really made me stop and think… It has really made the word gratitude mean so much more to me.

“What would you have if you woke up with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”

I know that It would be impossible for me to thank God for every little thing in my life, every single day… but, I needed for God to know how thankful and grateful I truly am for all of his provisions and blessings.

How could I do this? Continue reading “Free Air”

Mix By Hand

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 Do you remember sitting in the kitchen with your mom?

I loved watching my mom make meatloaf.

First she would put in the chopped meat, then the breadcrumbs, ketchup, and an egg. I would watch her take her rings off as we spoke about the things of a teenager life. Then, she would put her hands in the meatloaf and mix it all up. When it was the perfect consistency, mom would put it in the loaf pan and into the oven at 350 degrees for one hour.

Oh, it would smell so good when it was almost done! Continue reading “Mix By Hand”

Having a Good Foundation in Christ

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Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 NASB

 

Hey Parents & Grandparents!

I want to share something that’s been on my heart for a while. “Having a Good Foundation in Christ for our Children”

The world isn’t getting better.

Jesus hasn’t returned yet.

Social Media is telling all of us, especially our vulnerable children, how we should or shouldn’t feel, how we should look, what to wear. Jean ads with half naked people. Endless pictures that stay in our minds.

Sex

Drugs

Alcohol… all at their fingertips. Continue reading “Having a Good Foundation in Christ”

Lemonade

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I love sitting on my couch in the morning with my cup of coffee.

Lately, I’ve had time to look out the window and reminisce about when my kids were toddlers.

I remember almost 13 years ago, we were living in Virginia Beach. My husband was working in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before I knew it, he was gone for two years. I had an almost one year old, a three year old, and a five year old.

They were loud, demanding, and they cried a lot.

I was all alone. Continue reading “Lemonade”

Friendship in the Garden of Life

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C.S. Lewis wrote: Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “You too? I thought I was the only one.”

How many of us can say we’ve said that a time or two?

Ever heard the phrase, “If friends were flowers, I’d pick you?”

We pick a few in our childhood. We pick a few from high school years. We become adults and we pick a few more. Continue reading “Friendship in the Garden of Life”

Labels

Labels

Everywhere we look we are surrounded by labels. From the tags in our clothing to periods in history, we have relied on labels to give us information and to help us remember. My Type A personality loves labeling things as a means of organization and to add perceived order to the chaos of life.

Unfortunately, we rarely reserve labels for “things” in life. Consciously or not, we assign labels to people as well.  Some of those labels are reflective of appearance or station in life.  I remember the first time someone called me “ma’am”. I immediately felt as though I had aged twenty years.

I have been labeled as many things: wife, mom, teacher, and friend. The label I bear most proudly is that of “Christian”. Peter said it best when he wrote in 1 Peter 4:16 “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.”

But what are we doing to the name of Christ? Continue reading “Labels”

Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan, part 4

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And when HE had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you.” Luke 22:19

Jesus said to His disciples, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.” Luke 22:15-16

 

After the Seder dinner is finished, the celebration comes to a close with… Continue reading “Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan, part 4”