Saturday, January 16, 2016

Human Again! Reading Challenge. Denying Myself. Trusting God - Again.

Why Comparison Really Is The Thief of Joy

Human Again!
Yea!  I finally feeling human again!  I haven't completely kicked my cold, but, praise God!  It's almost all gone!  Oh!  To feel good again!  It's wonderful!

Reading Challenge.  Denying Myself.

Lately I have found myself desiring so much more from my inbox.  I subscribe to many crafting blogs I enjoy, but I wanted more.  So, I started looking around and found Rachel Wojo's awesome Bible Reading Plan!  My husband and I have started it and it's awesome!  
Today's reading was Luke 9:23-27:
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
27 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
There is so much to glean from this reading, but today, my thoughts were:  "If I 'deny myself' to follow Christ, am I really denying myself?  No!  "...whoever loses his life for Me will save it."  Amen!  I gain so much by following Christ daily, by denying social media, the internet, technology, and dare I say, even my family, so that I may spend a few precious moments with my Lord and Savior!  When I do this, I am a mother, wife, friend, crafter.......a better me!  It's all worth it!  

Trusting God - Again

There are times we face a situation that we don't really understand what God is doing in our lives .  Well, sometimes He works through us via confusing and hard times to do a work in us.  Sometimes, He uses difficult situations to complete a work in those around us.  These situations are completely out of our control, but we know Who is in control.  Sometimes, all we need to do is Be still and know He is God.  
And then Let go and Let God  - with joy and faith!  

 In 2015, I learned to trust Him - and I bet He'll give me more "learning opportunities in 2016!  Trust Him - He's extremely "trustable"!  

And for today, this is my truth!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Just A Cold. Scripture Memorization Journal. Your Comments.

Just A Cold.
Well, I caught my first cold since November 2014!  I was being "chiple" (spoiled) and whining to my husband about how miserable I felt.  Then I got the giggles and realized - hey - it's just a cold - not cancer!  not chemo!  Miserable as I may feel - praise God!  It's just a cold!

 Scripture Memorization Journal.
Some time ago, I was inspired by this blog to memorize scripture in a more "organized" manner.  Yes, I guess I am "Type A"!  :)  I used this little note card holder 
and a few basic scrapbook supplies to create this:
The next page looks like this:
I got really creative - for me at least - on this page:
I carry this little book in my purse and work on learning these scriptures and truly making them a part of my being.  I would recite them during radiation.  You see the top page where it says, "Psalm 46:10"?  That's one of my favorite verses - Be still and know I am God.  I put the references of the previous page's scripture on the top of the next page so that I can either 1) learn the scripture with the reference or 2) simply see the reference and speak the scripture.  It's just a way to mix things up for myself.  

There are times when I don't have time to scrapbook my scripture, but I still want to memorize it.  So, I simply write the scripture out, then decorate it when I have time.  
Again, the previous scripture was in Ephesians.  
I don't follow rules, I just want to know God's precious Word.  

This type of notebook is not unique.  I definitely cruised through Pinterest to find ideas using the terms Scripture memorization notecards.   There are some awesome ideas out there!  

Your Comments
A friend mentioned she couldn't leave comments on this blog.  I think I fixed the issue, but if you try to leave a comment and can't, please email me! Thanks!

For today, this is my truth!

Friday, January 1, 2016

"Frimly Held". Just be held.

Firmly Held
This title is from a reading in Praying Through Cancer by Susan Sorenson and Laura Geist. It was recommended to me by a lady I met at our local breast cancer survivor's meeting.  I highly recommend giving it to anyone you know who is going through cancer.  Today I read "Firmly Held" by Melinda Merwin.  This quote stood out to me:

"When my hold on You is weak, 
Your grip on me is firm."
- Melinda Merwin

How true is that?  Please note, even
 - when our faith is weak, 
- when our fears are strong,
- when our hope is flickering,
- when our hold on His is weak - or we have let go of Him, 


Melinda Merwin's scripture reference was Isaiah 41:13.

For I am the LORD your God,
who takes hold of your right hand and 
says to you, 
"Do not fear, I will Help you."

Please see the visual in this verse - it is God who is taking hold of our right hand - not the other way around.  He takes hold of us. So, 
- when our faith is weak - He takes hold of us,
- when our fears are strong, - He takes hold of us,
- when our hops is flickering - He takes hold of us,
- When our hold is weak o or we have let go of Him - He takes hold of us!

Hallelujah!  Sometimes, in the midst of a crisis, I have to simply allow myself to just be held by my loving Father.  

Which leads me to another "song lesson" I learned while in El Paso.

My dear loved one, in faith allow yourself to 
Just Be Held.

For today, this is my truth!