Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Garment of Praise

by Debi Baker

This is an old chorus we used to sing in church.  It's taken from Scripture, Isaiah 61:3.


Put on the garment of praise
For the spirit of heaviness
Lift up your voice to God
Praise with the Spirit
And with understanding
Oh magnify the Lord

How often I've silently sung this song in my head!  There are times when my heart is heavy and I don't even know why.  So, I just start humming this little song.  I never learned the verses (there are 3, I think) but I know the chorus and it helps to lift me out of whatever funk I happen to be in.

I love how even when I don't feel like praising God, if I press on and in to Him, it always turns my day around.  See, you can't be all attitude-y and praise God at the same time!  Today, I will put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness!  I will lift up my voice to God and praise Him in the Spirit.  I will also praise Him with my understanding.  And I will magnify the name of the Lord!  

What about you?  Will you give yourself an attitude adjustment and let God lift you?  Or, will you continue in a poor attitude and grumble and feel sorry for yourself?

May God bless you as you put on the garment of praise!!!!

Have a wonderful day!











Click here to listen to this fav of mine!!





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Where Does My Help Come From?

By: Shari A. Miller

Just like with anything in life.....

Stage 4 breast cancer brings with it good days as well as bad. There can be days where I feel fine and like I'm ready to take on the world, and well other days......not so much.

Cancer, however, brings along a whole bag of unknowns with it. How much pain will it cause today? Will my white blood cell counts be high enough so I can begin chemo? Will the pain from the shots in the hips bring along sciatic nerve pain or not? How long can my hair keep falling out? Surely one of these days I'm going to wake up and they'll be nothing left? I sure hope I can get all my grocery shopping done before I get sick and feel like I'm going to pass out.

The list is endless.

The quiet pain that I tell no one about is sometimes unbearable.

There are days when I feel like no one gets it. Days when I wish a friend would call to say, "I'm coming over to help you today, no questions asked."

However, when that phone call doesn't come, when the pain is more than I can stand, I have one place that I turn to, a place where I know I'll always receive help.





"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."
Psalm 46:1



Where does my help come from?

Jesus.

The Lord and Savior of my life. He is the one that uplifts me and walks by my side. He is the one that gives me strength when the journey seems long and unending. He is the one who continually encourages me when the way seems dark.

Friends....

What trial are you walking through today?

Whether it's health related, financial, family or marriage problems, I promise you God is there. You just need to reach out to Him.

Daily study His Word and meet with Him in prayer. Hunger and thirst after Him. Yearn to know Him and His ways better than anything else you've ever done. When you seek after Him I promise He will meet you there. He will lift you up out of the pit and pull you close to Him. He will give you new eyes to see with and the strength to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I promise that once you release what ever your going through into His hands, the chains will break and you will be set free to live in Him. Don't waste another moment, give it over to Him today.




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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

By: Melissa Baker


I have always loved peanut butter cookies. So when I found this recipe, I couldn't wait to try it. It is quick and easy, which is my favorite kind of recipe. And my kids absolutely loved these cookies. They are simple yet tasty. So if you are looking for an inexpensive, fast and delicious treat for your family, look no further, try these cookies out today! Enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup peanut butter
  • 1 Egg

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Stir the ingredients together until smooth.
3. Roll into 1 inch balls with your hands. Place on the cookie sheet.
4. Press down with the back of a fork and then press again from the opposite directions, to form the criss-cross pattern on top.
5. Bake for 12 minutes and then let cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
6. Sprinkle sugar on top (optional).

A Few Notes:
These cookies will not spread at all. If you would like slightly less dense cookies, remove about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter from the ingredients listed above.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

What do I meditate on?


What do I meditate on?  What are my thoughts focused on?  What am I pondering about?  Just today in my devotions I read these words in Psalm 104:34, "May my meditation be pleasing to Him".  I wrote it as a prayer in the margin of my Bible, "May my meditation be pleasing to You".

It was a great help in my spiritual life when I realized I didn't have to let my mind meander wherever it wanted to.  I heard someone say, "think what you're thinking about!", and it really has made a world of difference.  However, reigning in this unruly mind of mine is an ongoing, daily process,.  On any given day, much like a willful child, my mind pushes against restraint and tries to go its own way.  On those kinds of days I meditate on, focus on, and ponder things like a recent hurt or offense, a situation I'm worried or anxious about, fear of the unknown future, or resentment over things I'd rather not have to do.  On other days my mind isn't necessarily focused on negative thoughts, rather its just not focused at all, flitting here and there, willy nilly.

Whatever it is I'm thinking about, there comes a time to stop the madness-to stop the worrisome, fearful, or resentful thoughts, to send a cease and desist order to the willy nilly random thoughts-and to practice experiencing a mind at rest.  Focusing on the splendor of Who God is, God's character, and His wondrous works, the things He has done in my life, is one way I can do this.  My mind cannot think two thoughts at once.  When I take time to focus on Who God is and on His faithfulness in my life, my mind cannot think fearful and anxious thoughts at the same time.  For a few moments, my mind is at peace and rest.  However, my desire is to experience more than just moments of a peaceful mind, but to learn to live that way.  For me, that means I need to make a habit of paying more attention to what I'm thinking about and choose to turn my negative mental meditations off by meditating more on God and His goodness to me.

still following,

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Peace in Worship

By:
Emily Miller

A few things in life that I enjoy more than anything are hot summer days, baseball, a good book, and music.



In fact, one of my favorite things to do to unwind is to plug in my music and tune out the world and the long day for a bit.

Think about it. You probably have music on your phone for every type of mood you find yourself in day in and day out.

Yet, with all the countless genres of music you may have on your devices, can you name the last time you sat down, turned on some worship music, and truly praised His name?

God wants us to enjoy the things that we do, yet how many times have we sought out gratification from things of this world before seeking out God?

King David himself went through his own ups and downs with his relationship with God. Yet, he ran to the Lord to find his peace. He worshiped the Lord in the streets, singing and dancing his praises to God.

 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.
2 Samual 6:14

We all could take a page out of David's book. Instead of seeking things to distract us from the emotional ups and downs in life, we ought to be seeking God.

So I challenge you today to make it a point to sit and worship Him. Turn on some praise music as you do chores throughout the house, or find a quiet place where you can sit and listen to God.

Blessings,

Emily