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Today...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord's message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia-your faith in God has become known everywhere. I Thessalonians 1:2-3, 7-8

Christianity is more than a belief system; it is a way of life. It is more than a way of life; it is a tour of duty. When we became a Christian, we enlisted in the service of Jesus Christ. There is a spiritual battle in the world. Poverty, injustice, abuse, and hatred are all part of the human suffering going on around us. Depression, divorce, drug abuse, psychosomatic disease is all part of the world we live in and God has created us to be His ambassadors of love. You and I have a purpose beyond mere existence. We are disciples of Jesus Christ. No one knew this better than the church in Thessalonica. Paul was blown away by their seriousness and dedication. He thanked God for their faith, love and hope and committed himself to pray for them. But it wasn't what we would consider "faith, love and hope." Listen to what Paul wrote. He said, "your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope." When is the last time we did something because of faith in a mighty working God? When did we labor in love? When have we had to endure hanging on to nothing else but hope? That is what it is to serve Jesus. You take the responsibility seriously. You involve yourself in the life of others. You step out, way over your head and know that only faith in God can get results. You take on situations that try your love beyond reason. It is hard, hard work. And when nothing else seems to be working, God comes through and you are inspired to get up and do it all again because there is hope. There is a hurting world. We have the answer. May we follow the example of the Thessalonians.

Have a wonderful day, everyone.

  
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TAMTAM7 12/30/2009 8:14AM

    Love it!

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L*I*T*A* 12/29/2009 7:27PM

    wonderful........thanks for sharing...........blessings and hugs..............lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/29/2009 4:14PM

    Enjoy your blessed daya s wlel, Joy.

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COLEISMYSOUL 12/29/2009 11:38AM

    Have a great day!

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    Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful blog... emoticon emoticon

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Today....

Sunday, December 27, 2009

"Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing: 'May the LORD bless you and protect you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.' Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them." Numbers 6:22-27

You probably recognize these verses as a Doxology that is given at the end of a worship service. It was really given to Moses from God Himself so he could bless the children of Israel. I pray the same for you today: May you have the assurance that God will bless you and protect you. May you sense the smile of God deep in your heart, and experience His graciousness to you. May the very favor of God Almighty fill you with strength. May knowing how He loves you and wants to bless you give you all the peace you will need to get you through this day. Know this, God Himself loves you so much and is the one who will bless you this day!

TODAY'S PRAYER Father, who am I that You would bless me? And yet, You have said that it is Your desire to do so. So, Lord bless me today. Bless me till my heart overflows with the realization that I am Yours and You are mine! Thank you, dear Father. AMEN

  
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L*I*T*A* 12/28/2009 1:05PM

    great.......thanks for sharing.............blessings and hugs..............lita

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COLEISMYSOUL 12/28/2009 10:42AM

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TAMTAM7 12/28/2009 10:07AM

    Thank you for sharing this. Amen!

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    amen

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/27/2009 1:57PM

    Aww that is a sweet Prayer. He hears ya.

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GRANDMAMAOF3 12/27/2009 11:55AM

    Thank you; and blessings to you, too! emoticon

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Ok, who ate to much? (LOL)

Friday, December 25, 2009

I ate and controlled my portions until I got to the banana pudding. (LOL) I went back for seconds.

  
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PHYNIXX 12/28/2009 11:28PM

    You know I ate too much!! I did fine until it came to the desserts because I have a sweet tooth.

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IN2FITNESS 12/27/2009 4:31PM

    Of course I over did it.. I was miserable.. But I didn't do it all at one thime I did it bit by bit as the day went by.. Now time to work off all that food I ate..

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CONCHA77 12/27/2009 11:04AM

    I overdid it on the appetizers at a Christmas party. I grazed and grazed...... emoticon AND....I don't feel as good as I usually do when I am careful with what I put in my mouth. Goes to show that eating healthier and watching how much food I eat really does make me feel healthier and better, and more energetic.
I am back on eating better, cleaner foods today.

And exercising too!

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GARDENQE2 12/26/2009 10:10PM

    It was a wonderful Christmas dinner with family and friends. If the portions of food were a little generous, so what! I overconsumed on hugs and kisses, too.

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MOTHER-NATURE 12/26/2009 4:41PM

    Mine was the cherry pie with a topping of candy cane ice cream on top ... but I said to myself this is not a diet I'm on, it's a lifestyle change and a change is a coming right after I finish my Christmas dinner ... that's my story and I'm sticking to it emoticon

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CATHEITE 12/26/2009 10:58AM

    I stayed within my calorie range, but did indulge quite a bit in my mom's homemade cookies. They were worth it!
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So glad everyone else had a special day too.

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DEBBIEKAY1 12/26/2009 10:13AM

    Glad you had fun.
I went waaaay over but right back at it!

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GRANNY1972 12/26/2009 10:06AM

    It was the pumpkin cheesecake that got me! I did great until they brought that out.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 12/26/2009 9:27AM

    I enjoyed myself and only had one oreo cookie sensation.

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CBSPECIAL 12/26/2009 9:24AM

    I'm enjoying myself!

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LINDA25427 12/26/2009 1:23AM

    I stayed within my calorie range but at the high end.

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NELLIEC 12/26/2009 12:52AM

    I actually came in under the high calorie mark, so I was in my range -- even with a chocolate chip cookie.

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GRANDMAAMIE 12/26/2009 12:46AM

    NO DESERTS TODAY DID GOOD

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JMALONE44 12/25/2009 11:59PM

    The pecan pie sent me over the edge!! Yummy, but I was on the edge of heatburn after the "richness". Merry Christmas!
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L*I*T*A* 12/25/2009 11:54PM

    i did my best but i did go over my range............i will improve upon this and not let it get me down.................blessings and hugs.....................lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/25/2009 11:20PM

    I had cookies.
But it's Christs Birthday...

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DMBURLE 12/25/2009 10:42PM

    Today is the first time in MONTHS that I have gone over 2,000 calories and I do feel a little guilty.

However, I planned for the overage by cutting back a little on my daily caloric intake this week in order to reserve some calories for today’s festivities.
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DARLENA3 12/25/2009 9:57PM

    The sweet potatoe pie did me in, with fat free cool whip. I didn't even stop at seconds - thirds. Now I am feeling absolutely miserable. But tomorrow is another day. One day doesn't make us failures, we know we can't do it too often, like maybe next Christmas.

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A dream....

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Teamwork

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together becomes reality. - John Lennon

MERRY CHRISTmas!!! From my home to yours!!!

MERRY CHRISTmas!!!

  
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LIGHTHOUSE23 12/24/2009 10:57PM

    Wishing you and your family a very "Merry Christmas" an very Happy New Year!!

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    Merry Christmas to you & yours. emoticon

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COLEISMYSOUL 12/24/2009 2:01PM

    Merry Christmas! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 12/23/2009 10:57PM

    all the best for the blessings of Christmas to you and yours...........blessings and hugs............lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/23/2009 7:54PM

    Merry Christmas! Right back atcha.

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TRENTDREAMER 12/23/2009 7:40PM

    Merry CHRISTmas to you as well.

God Bless!!!

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The sounds of the season....Today.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hear the Sounds of the Season



The Bible tells us that on the night Jesus was born, an angel appeared to some shepherds in the fields and told them the good news. When the angel finished delivering the message that the Saviour of the world had come to Earth, "suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!'" (Luke 2:13-14, NKJV).

I believe that just as the shepherds heard sounds from heaven that first Christmas, we are to hear the sounds of the season this year. Not the sounds of carols over loudspeakers in malls. Not the sounds of families in distress because of the economic pressures of meeting bills and buying gifts. Not even the sounds of children's laughter or the hushed tones of a church choir singing "Silent Night."

Hear the sounds of the season that are coming from the realms of God's glory! Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2 unveil the divine dynamics through which the Christ will be revealed. As it was for those who were "people of His plan" in that hour, so it is with us who are today's cast for God's divine purposes on the earth. There are sounds to this season! Those who have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying will hear the sounds that are right now being released in the realms of glory.

As angelic hosts filled the sky over the hillsides near Bethlehem their "sound" was very different from the sounds on the earth. In the natural realm there were sounds of social unrest, of government decrees imposing inconvenient edicts, and of oppression and injustice.

Even among those called into the Lord's plan there were likely sounds of expectation mingled with second-guessing: "Did God really say that?" "If such an amazing day of the Lord is planned for us, why are things so contradictory?" But the ears tuned to the Spirit were hearing something very different.

The story of a host of angels appearing to some shepherds near Bethlehem has become so familiar to us that it's more sentimental than significant. Yet this is one of the few descriptions we have of the glorious sounds to be heard in the eternal realm of the Lord's presence.

The prophet Isaiah heard the same sounds in his vision of the throne (see Is. 6). John, the Revelator, heard them, too! From the realms of glory there is a sound of His triumph and supremacy. There is the sound of authority. There is the sound of His prevailing purposes and power.

Choose to incline your ear to that realm. Go higher in your hearing to listen to what God will say and reveal. Triumph, authority, supremacy, divine activity, thrones and worship of the Enthroned One: All of these are available to us as the soundtrack of this season of God's plans on the earth! We are a part of those glorious plans. Hear the sounds of the season!

  
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MELOSPARKLE 12/23/2009 5:44AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Have a Merry Chirstmas!

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VRCATON 12/22/2009 11:50PM

    Very Nice .. thanks!

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L*I*T*A* 12/22/2009 11:26PM

    very nice.........thanks for sharing.........blessings and hugs........lita

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COLEISMYSOUL 12/22/2009 4:27PM

    Have a great day!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/22/2009 12:25PM

    Beautiful!
Thanks!
What a season this will be!
Debbie

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CBSPECIAL 12/22/2009 12:22PM

    I just don't know where you find the time, thanks for sharing!

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