Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This photo is my dd Debra and Thanksgiving at her house last year.
This came from Annie Johnson Flint, thanks to Sally, LEADER OF the
NEW SONG OF PRAISE POETS SPARK TEAM :
"Come apart with me,and rest awhile" Mark 6:31
If our Lord bids you to be silent, it is but to tune your tongue to His praise. Remember that the pause is part of the music..
The great COMPOSER writes the theme
And gives us each a part to play;
To some a sweet and flowing air,
Smooth and unbroken all the way;
They pour their full heart's gladness out
In the notes of joy and service blent;
But some He gives long bars of "rests,"
With idle voice and instrument.
He Who directs the singing spheres,
The music of the morning stars,
Needs, for His full creation's humn,
The quiet of the soundless bars.
Be silent unto God, my soul,
If this the score He writes for thee,
And "hold the rest," play no false note
To mar His perfect harmony.
Yet be thou watchful for thy turn,
Strike on the instant, true and clear,
Lest from the grand, melodious whole
Thy note be missing to His ear. (our King)
And in my Bible,"In the calmness of spirit it will give,your soul will reflect,as in a mirror,the beauty of the Lord;and the tumult of women's(or men) lives will be calmed in your presence, as your tumults have been calmed in His Presence.
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.Therefore,we will not fear."
God be with you Thanksgiving Day..here,if you have time,put what you are most Thankful for..I am thankful for my relationship with our Lord right now and a wonderful,peace He gives.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Power of Encouragement
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
I hate open heights. I can't stand balconies, and when driving across a bridge, you'll find me hugging the rail along the inside lane.
Some friends tried to help me conquer my fear of heights by inviting our family to an indoor rock-climbing center. My heart stopped as we entered the doors and I scanned the highest peak at 25 feet! The instructors assured me that a web of ropes and harnesses would hold me tight. Before I could say "no thank you," I was strapped in and signing an injury waiver.
Towards the end of the day, our friends John and Laura encouraged their eight-year-old son Steven to climb to the highest peak - promising tokens and ice cream if he did it. Steven was afraid of heights, too, but he loved a dare. The promise of reward, mixed with the challenge and faith of his father evoked courage in him.
I watched with admiration as Steven started the climb with confidence. He made it to 10 feet, then 15, then 20. But as he inched past the next face of the wall, he saw how far he still had to go. In fear, he looked down with tears and claimed he couldn't do it. Then he cried out for his daddy's help.
By this time, Steven's dad was holding their very tired 3-year-old and his mom was feeding their hungry baby girl. I don't know where my brave husband was, but I quickly realized I was the only one standing there who could do something.
Suddenly courage and strength surged through my body and I called out, "Don't give up buddy. You can do it. I'll help you!"
In record time, I reached the 20-foot marker, crossed over the peak and came up beside Steven to encourage him, reminding him of how far he'd come. I told him he could do it with God's strength and that it would be worth it if he'd persevere. With my words and my confidence in him, I helped Steven turn his thoughts towards a higher goal, an inner peak, a reward much greater than ice cream and game tokens - the reward of getting to a place he had stopped believing he could reach.
Funny how I stopped thinking about my fears when I was focused on encouraging someone else to overcome theirs. I realized that the same promises I had claimed for Steven were true for me, too. I could do it with God's strength, and I did!
Each day we have the same opportunity. Like God did with Joshua in today's key verse and like He does with us, we can come alongside each other in some of life's hardest challenges and highest peaks and say, "Don't give up, you can do it. I'll be with you and help you."
When we take our eyes off our fears, our doubts, our struggles and focus on someone else's needs, we somehow forget our own, for a little while. In believing the power of God's promises for others, our confidence in His promises for us seems to grow as well.
Lord, Thank you for the power of Your Words that give me courage to become who You've created me to be - to go to places You're calling me to go and climb spiritual heights that are out of my reach without Your help. Give me Your encouragement today, and help me encourage someone, too. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Friday, October 30, 2009
"Fill me with joy in your presence, O Lord." Psalm 16:11
Conquer Emotional Eating Now and Forever!
Are you an emotional eater? Almost all of us are, at least sometimes (including me!). Emotional eating means turning to food to resolve emotional issues. It means we eat when we feel a certain way happy, sad, anxious, excited rather than just when we're hungry. And the foods we turn to are usually comfort foods, foods typically high in calories and fat that don't provide too many nutrients, like ice cream, cookies, and chips.
Emotional eating is nothing to be embarrassed about, but if you allow yourself to eat emotionally on a regular basis, it can be harder to follow a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight. And I know that's not what you want. So I'm here to help!
The solution to your emotional eating troubles is also your challenge for the coming week! You can control emotional eating. You just need another outlet for your emotions so you don't continue to use food to calm down or help yourself feel better. And one of the best ways to do this is by keeping a journal! Writing down what's going on in your life and the challenges you are struggling with provides that emotional release you're seeking, so you don't need food for comfort. Take some time to think about exactly you're feeling, and choose the right words, so they truly represent your emotions. You can put them down on paper or on your computer your choice. Members can also log onto the site and use their online journals for this.
Write at least one journal entry in the next seven days, and then every week from now on but more is always better! You'll come to love writing in your journal and see it as a secret friend. I know I do! -Denise Austin
At least I am going to give it a try. I have the journal and who knows what good this will do unless one tries. Elaine
Turn idle time into exercise time! You can tone your muscles whether you're in the kitchen or in front of the TV no sweat required!
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