Monday, June 5, 2017

I Am A Devotional Addict~ I Confess

Photo Credit ~ Miss Gypsy

Here I sit with four devotionals turned to June 5th. I have read all four written at a time when some person felt led to share what God has placed on their heart. Devotionals just call out my name and I can't resist. Many times when I write a devotion it is about what God is working out in my personal journey in this fast-paced life we live.

A good devotional and a cup of coffee with a splash of flavored creamer just seem like a great big hug to me. ( I am a simple girl.)  I love my quiet time. But the truth of the matter is to be with Jesus, we simply need to read God's Word and be still and listen. We need to devour God's Word like we do a meal with our best friend, unrushed, unstressed and attentive.

 Today I am meeting a couple of my favorite new friends for breakfast. We are meeting at a place I have never been before.  I have been looking forward to this all weekend.  We will talk and eat and share our lives. We may spend a couple hours just eating, talking and listening. Why? We enjoy spending time together.

Today is a great time to open the door to our hearts and let Jesus come in and share a time of listening and eating with our best friend. He really is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.  He promises to never leave us or forsake us.

 Do we look forward to spending time with Him as our very best friend?


Revelation 3:20

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.




Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Joy of Letting Go ~ Book Review



I think one of the most difficult things in life for me has been knowing when and how to let go of my children. I remember at times that I felt I could not breathe.

This book is an amazing resource for parents of all ages and especially parents of teens. This devotional contains 52 devotions. I enjoyed reading it each day but it also can be used as a weekly study. We tend to want to hold on to our children forever but that is not God's plan. We are raising them to leave from the moment they enter this world. We need wisdom and direction from God each and every step along the way.  This book offers sound advice and is a wonderful resource. 

This is a book that every parent of a teenager needs to read. I highly recommend this book. 
This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest opinion.

Upon A Spring Breeze~ Amish Book Review


What a fun read for Spring. The setting of this book is Jamesport, MO which I totally loved. This Missouri girl has spent many of my favorite days in this little Amish town.

Bess has a hard row to hoe. Her childhood sweetheart and husband was killed in an accident and lost his life on an icy road when his buggy was hit by a truck. Her Caleb was killed before he could meet his unborn son. Bess must not only give birth to a child without Caleb but she must find a way to have joy again.   She is stuck living with her cantankerous mother-in-law. To make matters worse after suffering such a huge loss, she doesn't know why she wants to escape her new baby who looks just like his dad.

Bess decides to take a job at a B and B working as a housekeeper. It was the best escape she could find that was acceptable for an Amish woman.

This book is filled with tons of emotion and suspense. I loved this book and so enjoyed reading each and every word. I recommend that you add this one to your summer reading list.

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Remember That Tomorrow Is A New Day




 Remember the part in Anne of Green Gables when Anne puts skin medication instead of vanilla in the cake she was making? When her guardian, Marilla, is not happy with her Anne simply states, "Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"

I really like Anne's way of looking at things. We all mess up and make mistakes. When we ask God to forgive us~ He gives us a clean new slate. In fact, the Bible tells us He removes our sin as far as the east is from the west. We need to bury our past failures and mistakes and live today as a fresh new page of grace.

If you are discouraged today because you have blown it in one way or another. (Right now, Grammarly is telling me that I am too wordy. I imagine that my husband would probably agree.) Just give it over to the Lord.  He is faithful and just to forgive.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

That is a great reason to celebrate today.  The Lord's mercies are new and fresh each morning. And remember that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes yet.  Have a wonderful day and make it a great one.


Lamentations 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Are You Thirsty?





 My oldest daughter is constantly preaching to us that we need to drink more water. I was one that just hated to drink water.  She said that the more you drink water the more you will crave it. She was right. I stopped buying Diet Coke and made water my go-to drink. I now crave water and it is so refreshing to me. It took time~ I won't lie. Water is vital and important for our health. Prolonged periods without water can lead to death. People in third world countries have to walk miles for this life-saving commodity. 

God's Word is just like that. The more you read it, study it and make it a daily priority the more you will crave it. Just a cup-full of His Word daily can fill the empty void in our soul. A few minutes in His Word can give us the wisdom to make important decisions. It is refreshing to our souls and gives us joy in our journey. Without it, I just could not survive. 

John 4:14King James Version (KJV)

14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

WELCOME SUMMER~ 
WE HAVE MISSED YOU!


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