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Until That Day

Monday, June 06, 2011

I have been envisioning the marriage of Jesus to His bride lately. This is the season for weddings and I love a wedding. I can see Jesus standing at the altar as he is presented with his bride. He is the true son of the Father just like my son is my son. True he is a little different, but I think you know what I mean. With great pride the Father presents the most perfect bride to His son. Of course, that bride is us. There is a day coming when we will be ready for Him. What bride would want to walk down the aisle if her dress were soiled or imperfect in any way including wrinkled? It just isn't going to happen and there are plenty of people to be sure that it doesn't. Not every bride is ready for marriage though she may think she is. The Father knows when we will be as ready as we will get and at that moment the trumpet will sound. What a way to start a wedding! If we want to join in the celebration, we must be finding ourselves in the presence of the Father more and more as the day approaches. Only those who are eagerly looking will find themselves at the altar. Those who are lukewarm or could care less will not receive the invitation. May we burn with passion for the lover of our souls. I see the bride and groom with joyous smiles on their faces as they are presented by the Father to one another. Can you see the Father walk her down the aisle? One day and hopefully not that far away we will see this all fulfilled. Until then I have a lot of preparing to go through. And because it hasn't yet happened I know you do too. Until that day...

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3CATSLEP 6/7/2011 9:10AM

    I think about it often and I'm ready to leave this world for a better place anytime He calls:)

(I had a thought once that maybe I should be buried in my wedding dress, could that be a way to witness to others?)

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ALICIA214 6/6/2011 10:28AM


I am with you 100%. We do indeed need to work hard to be ready.

emoticon God Bless

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Sunday, June 05, 2011

We overcome, as Christians, by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Every one of us has a testimony. Our lives will declare it. For some the testimony is not a good one because they continue to live lives full of sin, as though they have not been saved. 2 Timothy 2:19 tells us that every one that names the name of Christ should depart from evil. That statement would not be necessary if it were always done. Sin can be difficult to conquer and all Christians are judged by the testimony of a few. Yet the blood of the Lamb will cleanse us from all iniquity or sin. The helmet of salvation speaks to me of covering our thoughts with the blood to cleanse them. As a man thinketh so is he, right? The word of our testimony can deliver us. When we declare what God has done others can gain hope and want to seek the same results for their lives. We should guard our testimony and declare what God has done for us. We need to live lives that are pleasing to God and he will give us strength to do so in times of weakness. Let us come to Him and confess our sins and shortcomings so that we might be cleansed and healed and forgiven. Let us beware lest we cause one of the little ones to stumble and fall by our words and our lives. Let us find hope to continue when times become difficult and know that even in the midst of them, God is able, by our testimony on the other side, to deliver others. We will receive the reward if we faint not. Today let us decide to overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

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MICKEYD4 6/5/2011 12:55PM

    Thank u I really needed something like this this morning

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 6/5/2011 8:44AM

    OH, CINDY! This blog is a CONFIRMATION of something the LORD was speaking to me about during my walk this morning! Thank you so much for listening and posting! Blessings on your day, SWEETEST SparkFriend! {{{{Hugs}}}} Susan

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Habits and Thoughts

Friday, June 03, 2011

I have a little book that I have enjoyed called Don't sweat the Small Stuff. One of the thoughts contained in it is that become what you practice. In other words we become a product of our habits. The only way to get where you want is to change your habits. It has also been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Think about it, seriously. Take it a step further and consider the thoughts behind those actions. If you can change what you think and how you think, anything is possible. Yes, there are some limitations, but there are far fewer than we THINK there are. One of the greatest battlegrounds we have is in between our ears. That's where doubt and discouragement live. I think that every single person can make one little change in their life that will , down the road, produce great results. That is what Spark is all about. My husband has been told by his doctor to lose 100 pounds and get his cholesterol under control. Even just a 30% weight loss will get him big results. He has made some great changes already. I try to encourage those rather than harp on the need to lose the entire 100 pounds. I will let the doctor do that once a year because that is more than enough! Still he gets overwhelmed because he looks at the whole picture, not what he can do right now in this five minutes or with this one meal. One of the greatest motivations I think I can provide s to continue to work my program and lose my remaining 25 pounds one pound at a time. So one decision at a time, one day at a time, one habit at a time we will change so that we can watch as our daughter someday gets married.

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GLORYLIGHT57 6/3/2011 8:45PM

    I have the book, too! I keep it day at a time. Now, I write in my journal; "It's a new day".

emoticonand so can hubby.

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3CATSLEP 6/3/2011 7:11PM

    I will keep you both in my prayers! We know it can be done! emoticon

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MARYLQ11 6/3/2011 12:08PM

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Relieving Stress

Thursday, June 02, 2011

There are so many people who cause their own stress in life. Perhaps we all do. I have watched women with their children get upset at the little things the child does. They are really small things that will not make a differece even an hour from now. It's just that the behavior is irritating to the mother at that moment. Being tired or bothered by other things is sometimes the cause. Have you ever been told to pick your battles or are told not to major on the minors? Why? Because we are creating stress in our lives that would be easily avoided if we would just chill out a bit. Our inability to handle stress creates stress for others sometimes as well which only compounds the problem. Then there are others who know what to do in their lives, but are unwilling to do it. So they stew and stew over a decision. As they stew they become stressed out. If they would just do what they know they are going to do anyway, the stress would be instantly removed from their lives. If we would just learn to let the little things go and admit sometimes that we are the only ones that will ever have a problem with it then we have solved the issue not just now, but later as well. You will never control another person and never should attempt to control another person. Control your reactions and how you deal with the situations and you will watch as stress melts away from your life. Peace to you and me!

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3CATSLEP 6/2/2011 7:24PM

    Thank you for your prayers - things have been less stressful in our home:) emoticon

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The Value of Fur and You

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I got thinking about the mouse that came to visit yesterday. They really are cute little things, but at the same time so nasty. He won't be coming back to visit tomorrow. My cat was no help at all in the matter. Then I got thinking about my cat. He is sitting in my lap right now, purring and bathing. The value of animals is amazing. They say that they can help lower your blood pressure. They are cheaper than medications too. All the side effects make me think twice about those medications anyway. My cat knows when I am upset. He has licked the tears from my face more than once. I am his world. He tolerates others unless they meet his needs. Yes, I admit he is very selfish. I rescued him from certain death when he was days old and abandoned by his furry mother. That was 12 or so years ago. There is something so comforting about their uncnditional love. He gets so very upset if I leave him for a couple of days and yells at me for it. But on most days he is so very content to be in my presence and unload all of his affections on me. I return that love because of all he has meant to me through the years. I think we should all be a bit more like our animals. I do not mean that we should become selfish and yell at others when they go away for a few days. I do not advocate licking the tears of our frinds either. That might get you slapped! But I think we should be more unconditional in our love for others. I think we should show true concern for others on a regular basis. I think we should regularly spend time together even if it means not speaking a single word. I think we should lavish our affection on those we love. I think others should know what they mean to us and how much we appreciate what they do for us. We should not be afraid of the simple gestures that show our compassion towards other because the simplest of gestures can mean a lot. We should take a little time to meet the needs of others, because sometimes the greatest reward will come to us. Not that we should seek the reward, but it is a byproduct of the relationship. We need to realise that perhaps we are the world to another being because of what we have to offer them. We should not take this lightly or treat it casually. None of us is perfect and netiher are our animals. But think about it. Isn't that what makes us so loveable anyway? We will not be remebered for how we were like everyone else, but for how we are different. I hope this makes a difference to someone out there today. I hope that maybe it might make you think. You have something to offer that no one else does. Someone else would miss you if you were not around. There is someone who would love to be in your presence today and someone who needs you to be who you are. Without you, the world would not be as wonderful. Thank you for being exactly who you are faults and all.

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MPENNE 6/1/2011 7:18PM

    How awesome. I am so glad that little mouse came to visit. All life is so precious and all to often taken for granted.

Thank you for making my day special.

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3CATSLEP 6/1/2011 1:23PM

    I'm definitely different:) Love those furry pets too! emoticon

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EOWYN2424 6/1/2011 11:41AM

    great post!

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ALICIA214 6/1/2011 11:22AM


Well said. I hope you have a Happy Healthy Day.


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