Wednesday, June 29, 2016

My Justifier

Lately, I've had a couple areas where I struggle raise their ugly heads and try to bring me down.

It's kind of my own fault because I had gotten lazy.

There's a reason why the Lord tells us to pray and be vigilant. When you are not looking, the enemy loves to slip something over on you.

You know why? Because he loves to get our eyes off Jesus and on ourselves. He will use any means possible, whether it be through a disaster, or through the hand of an enemy or a loved one. But I personally think his number one favorite way to get our focus on ourselves instead of Christ is to arrange a trap for us to walk into and have no one to blame but ourselves.

Then he has the fun of watching us berate ourselves!



Oh yeah, it can turn into a pity party of epic proportions, and all the while it is going on, our eyes are off Christ.

So, the last couple days, in my spare time, I've been giving myself a good talking-to, you know the kind where you tell yourself every thing you've ever done wrong and then end with a big sigh, "I guess I will never learn."

Yeah, that kind of talk.

But today, I saw something beautiful in my study of scripture. 


"Whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." Romans 3:25-26 English Standard Version (ESV)

Jesus is my justifier. I don't deserve a justifier but I get to be justified because I have faith in Jesus. 

And what does the word justified mean anyway? It means being in right-standing with God. Another way to put it - as a believer, I stand just as if I'd never sinned.

There's a lot of wonderful names we have for Jesus, King of Kings, Prince of Peace, Counselor, Son of God, the Rose of Sharon, Elder Brother ... I could go on and on.

But maybe my favorite one is My Justifier.

Have you been justified by having faith in Christ and believe He is who He said He is?

It is my prayer that you have!


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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
  • June 29 ~ Pot Luck 
  • July 6 ~ Freedom 
  • July 13 ~ Still 
  • July 20 ~ Teachers 


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Weekly Wrap-up and F.F.F.

Almost as good as a piece of chocolate, or a glass of iced sweet tea, is when Friday rolls around. Thank you, Lord, for weekends.

Before moving ahead, I like to look back at the blessings God gave me this past week. Joining the group at Friday's Fave Five is a wonderful way to do just that. Visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story if you would like to participate as well.

First on my list is thanking God for a wonderful Father's Day. All our kids and grandkids were able to be at our house for lunch.




I'm thankful for my hubby!


Secondly, I'm thankful for my own father. I wrote two posts this week about fathers, A Good Father and Monkey See, Monkey Do, and I'm glad I had good memories as a background for my posts.

Thirdly, I'm thankful for my Heavenly Father and His awesome Word. It seems like every time I read it, I find something new in it to uplift and inspire. Here is a choice morsel:


Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. - Colossians 1:12-14 ESV

Backing up a little, I also enjoyed a great afternoon at my favorite lake last Saturday. Love those times of refreshing!



Finally, a quote to challenge:

"Your calling is about who you’re meant to serve. What you’ll take a stand for. And more importantly, what you’ll stand against." Jeff Goins' “why most writers are doomed to fail”


And so ends another week on the Journey.  I'm expecting a great weekend. My plan is to make myself go to bed before midnight tonight and sleep in some on Saturday. 


What are your plans?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Monkey See, Monkey Do

It has been said parents are our first teachers. It's also been said children are great imitators.




Unconsciously, we learn so much by observing our parents, good and bad. Since we are still in June, today I'm focusing on things I learned by watching my father.


  • Anytime is good for a nap. 
  • Any place is good for a nap. Laying on the sofa with the TV on is prime napping real estate.
  • Getting up early and contemplating life (also known as staring at your toes) while drinking your coffee starts the day well.
  • Any project worth doing needs time to "age." 
  • Ice cream is a wonderful pre-bed time snack.
  • Listening to the news is of the utmost importance.
  • Tell your child often that you believe he or she will do something great.
  • Affirm your child by dwelling on their strengths; for example, "You're like me, you can handle pain well." or "You are such a good speller, like a dictionary."
  • Give advice to your child, such as, "Never trust a businessman who doesn't have his shoes cleaned and polished." His theory was if they didn't care enough to take the time to look their best, their work was probably shoddy. (Note how nice his shoes look in the above picture!)
But the best lesson I learned from watching my dad that still sticks with me to this day:

  • Every night before going to bed, (usually after a nap on the couch), he would say, "I'm going to my office" and he would get out his bible and read before going to sleep. If you went in his room to tell him anything, you'd see him propped up in bed reading his green hard back copy of the Living Bible. 

Was he a perfect dad? No. Did he make mistakes? You betcha!


But he loved us, and did his best in later life. His gift to us was affirming the practice of regular consistent reading of the Word. Might that be the reason why today I am so passionate about bible study? Monkey see, Monkey do!

What lessons did you learn by observing your father?

Mama's Losin' It

This post was written in response to the Writer's Workshop prompt #3. Share a lesson you learned from your Father that still sticks with you to this day. To read more hilarious content, or link up your own post, visit Kat Bouska at Mama's Losin' It.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Good Father

Another Father's Day has came and went. Many of us had wonderful fathers and father-figures to celebrate.

Some didn't, couldn't celebrate what they never knew.

Did you know there is a Father willing to take you in no matter your age, ethnicity, social or financial standing?


But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13 ESV

Did you know He would never forget you?


“Can a woman forget her nursing child,    that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?Even these may forget,    yet I will not forget you.Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;    your walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:15-16 ESV

Once you are a child of God, the promises belong to you, too!

It is sad when an earthly father does not do right by his child, but you can have a good, good Father who will never leave you or forsake you and always works out things for your good.

Seems like the best gift ever!


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No discussion about the Father would be complete without sharing Chris Tomlin's video, "Good, Good Father." (Subscribers will need to click through to my blog to see it.)






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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:   

  • June 22 ~ Fathers 
  • June 29 ~ Pot Luck 
  • July 6 ~ Freedom 
  • July 13 ~ Still 

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. 

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Now, it it time to get to today's link-up. Our prompt today is FATHERS. You will find the linky at the bottom of my post. 

Enjoy the fellowship at The Loft.  

 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Daybook: 06.20.16


For Today, Monday, June 20th



Looking out my window I see bright sunny skies. We are experiencing a heat wave and the temps are predicted to be in the upper 90s for the next 15 days ...

I am thinking of everyone who attends my Sunday morning small group - otherwise known as Sunday School.

I am thankful for each one who attends my class and I love and pray for them. My vision is for us each one to be able to touch someone's life for the Lord.

One of my favorite things is to sit under a shade tree at the lake and feel a breeze. Ah! Contentment!

I am wearing a black tank dress with a bright turquoise-blue cardi. I've added black sandals and a necklace earring set I found yard-saling that matches the cardi perfectly. I love wearing a cardi over a tank dress - so cool and comfortable - and with a switch of a different color cardi and jewelry, you have a whole new look.

I am creating memories!

I am reading still reading FerVent by Priscilla Shirer, and also re-reading A Heart Like His by Beth Moore.

I am hoping to make better choices on the way I spend my time.

I am learning how precious time is to me.

In my kitchen tonight will be chicken and rice on the menu (I've chicken that needs to be used). Tomorrow, my son-in-law has requested slow-cooker lasagna. Yum! I'm not sure about the rest of the week, but I bet there will be tacos because he also loves those.

Shared Quote - on a perplexing subject ...

…”What drives people to injure themselves?  A failure to find God.”


A moment from my day





Closing Notes:

Happy Monday to my readers. I am hoping to have a week where there is both accomplishment and rest, praise and prayer. I'm working on doing something each night to prepare for the weekend. I've never been good at that but I really need to free up my weekends.

What are your goals for the week? 

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The daybook is a concept created by Peggy Hostetler. You can link up your own daybook at her site, The Simple Woman.