Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Path for Good Success




I've been around awhile. I'm not a newbie, but I can tell you one thing for sure: I still need to be taught.


Almost every day, I find some new area of interest, something I didn't know that I needed to learn. More God-knowledge, more people skills, more practical information about the best way to live this one beautiful life I've been given.  I don't think the need for being taught will ever end.

WHO I receive my teaching from is most important. Wisdom tells me to receive knowledge from the Lord. 

"For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;" Proverbs 2:6

There are voices everywhere clamoring for our attention and telling us what we need to be successful in this world. 

There is only one sure way to have good success.


"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." Joshua 1:8 ESV

Yes, God will teach you through past experiences, godly counsel, prayer and communion with the Savior, but all these resources must line up with the Word. He will never tell you something that goes against His Word.

I want to always be a woman of the Word walking the right path, so being in the Word is a priority with me. 

What do you think? Are you on the path God has for you?



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Here are the topics for the next month


  • July 27 ~ Pot Luck 
  • August 3 ~ Back to School 
  • August 10 ~ Knowing God's Will 
  • August 17 ~ Social Media 


Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. and will stay live until the following Monday at 5 p.m.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Creator of the ends of the Earth



I love nothing better than looking at the creation God has made. I'm in awe of the beauty, the color, the texture, the majesty of His creations.

Think of all the care He took making our world. Does He not care about His human creations as well? Does He care when we are bone-weary and have nothing left in us to go on?

Isaiah tells us:


He gives strength to the weary, And to him who has no might He increases power. Isaiah 40:29

Isaiah goes on to tell us that if we wait for Him, He will give us strength enough to RUN and fly like an eagle!


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I'm sharing this post today with Kelly at  #SmallWonder linkup because God's creation is a wonder, and also with Jennifer Dukes Lee at #TELLHISSTORY ... because creation IS His story.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Weekly Wrap-Up and F.F.F. 07.22.16





It's Friday, lovely Friday! (said in a sing-song voice)

It is a beautiful, summery HOT day here in the midwest. It's been a great week and I'm ready to share 5 highlights from it. 





1. Feelings of accomplishment: I've been getting a lot done this week and even tackled that old bug-a-boo, the filing! (I love messing with office supplies; therefore, I love creating files. Filing? Not so much.)

2. New shoes: it just makes a girl feel good.

3. PicMonkey: I love editing pics and making collages for my blog. I love free. These two things go together well. 

4. Foot soaking:  This week, I happened to stop in at Bath and Body Works to buy their foaming hand soaps that were on sale. They were giving away one free item if you spent at least $10. So, I got a tube of their Aromatherapy foot scrub in the Stress Relief fragrance of Eucalyptus Spearmint and have been giving my feeties daily soaks. Heaven!

5. Quote of the week:


Will Rogers is quoted as saying, "Never miss a good chance to shut up." [seen online]
In this age of everyone expressing their opinions on social media, that quote makes a lot of sense!

Heading into the weekend, I'm excited I have a big part of my Sunday School lesson already done since Saturday will be a long day. We will be attending a memorial service for an aunt of Jim's who passed away recently, in addition to all the other activities Saturdays bring. I'm thinking my Sunday afternoon nap will be a real treat.

How did YOUR week go? I'd love to hear all about it. Leave a comment, or link up your own post at the site of our fabulous Friday's Fave Five hostess, Susanne.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

It Only Takes a Spark

Last week, I wrote about a memory of Summer Youth Camp singing in the Youth Choir. (Read about it Summer Camp: A Turning Point.)




Remembering camp made me think of all the songs we sang there:  of course, the ever-popular "Kumbaya" (I love that it means, Come By Here, Lord) and "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus." Another song that has stuck with me some forty years later is "Pass It On."



It only takes a spark

To get a fire going

And soon all those around

Can warm up in the glowing

That’s how it is with God’s love

Once you’ve experienced it

You’ll spread His love

To everyone

You’ll want to pass it on



What a wondrous time is spring

When all the trees are budding

The birds begin to sing

The flowers start their blooming

That’s how it is with God’s love

Once you’ve experienced it

You’ll want to sing

It’s fresh like spring

You’ll want to pass it on



I wish for you my friend

This happiness that I’ve found

You can depend on Him

It matters not where you’re bound

I’ll shout it from the mountain top

I want the world to know

The Lord of Love

Has come to me

I want to pass it on



I’ll shout it from the mountain top

I want the world to know

The Lord of Love

Has come to me

I want to pass it on
(Kurt Kaiser)

Of course, I can never think of this song without thinking of Evie Tornquist who made it popular. Here she is, looking all adorably Bohemian, in a YouTube video singing it.



(Subscribers will need to click through to my blog to see it.)

"It only takes a spark to get a fire going," is actually biblical.

In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. James 3:5 NLT

James is talking about the tongue, and a spark of something said can often start a firestorm of controversy (especially on social media). I challenge each of us to carefully examine the "spark" of our words. Are they uplifting? Or trouble-making?
Let's pass on good things - there's enough negativity being spread to last a lifetime.
What have you been passing on?

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This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt # 1. Write a blog post inspired by the word: sparks. Find out more at Mama's Losin' It.

I'm also sharing today at Arabah Joy and #FreshMarketFriday.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Teach By Example

The Teacher had a special group of students, men whom he had poured three years of his life into as they had lived life together. There was nothing about those students he did not know, their strengths as well as their weaknesses, and how they would react under pressure. Yet he loved them and always would.

Time was short. Not much longer would he be able to impart to them what he wanted them to know. Home was calling him back.

So, they had one last supper together. The Teacher knew that one had already decided to betray him, yet he treated him the same as all the rest. It was meant to be.

After supper, the Teacher stood up and got a towel, basin and pitcher. He wrapped the towel around his waist and then knelt down, and one by one, he placed each student's feet in the basin, scrubbed the foot and then, much like a mother would do, propped the foot on his knee,drying it with the towel that was still wrapped around his waist. What an intimate humbling act for a teacher to do!

That rascally student, Peter, who was always quick with a retort, spoke in wonder, "Do YOU wash my feet? 

The Teacher smiled and said, "I know you don't understand now, but one day you will."

Peter insisted, "Teacher, you will never wash MY feet."

The Teacher replied that if he couldn't wash Peter's feet, then Peter could have no part in the Teacher's ministry.

Always one to go "whole hog", Peter did an about-face and wanted the Teacher to wash his head and hands. The Teacher said there was no need for that. They were all clean and only needed their feet washed - well, except for one ...

When all twelve students' feet were washed, the Teacher put away the towel, basin and pitcher and putting back on his robe, he sat down again in his place.

All their eyes looked at him expectantly. "Do you understand what I did?" he asked them.

"You all look to me as your Teacher, as well you should. What I just did is an example for you. You should wash each other's feet, just like I did yours. A student is not greater than his Teacher. You should always do like you've seen me do."

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The greatest Teacher who ever lived, and who lives forever, is Jesus. He came and did life with us for 33 years. While He was here, He taught us about what is important, and what's not important. He taught with words, lecturing in places like synagogues, boat decks and mountaintops. But, He also taught by example, always willing to bless and to heal, letting the crowds come to Him with their overwhelming needs, always putting others first and somehow finding time to spend alone with His Father.

On that fateful foot-washing night long ago, the Teacher gave a new commandment to apply to the life of anyone who calls themselves one of His students:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Students, let's follow His example.



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This post is an adaptation of John 13 written for the prompt "Teacher" at The Loft. We'd love to have you join us and tell us your story of a teacher.
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The Loft Examines Teachers


Welcome to The Loft! This week, our topic of Teachers is near and dear to my heart. My daughter is a teacher of high school math; and I'm a Sunday School teacher. I say, we need more of both kinds!



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We are a topic driven link-up, which means that we link posts that pertain to the topic of the week. Posts that are not on topic will be deleted.
 


We will offer a month's worth of topics each week so you can plan and prepare for a post that helps you enter into the conversation.





Here are the topics for the next month:

  • July 20 ~ Teachers 
  • July 27 ~ Pot Luck 
  • August 3 ~ Back to School 
  • August 10 ~ Knowing God's Will 
Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. and will stay live until the following Monday at 5 p.m. 

If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them. 

Now, it is time to get to today's link-up. Our prompt today is TEACHERS. Share a post about teachers in your life. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.


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