Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Julie Clinton is head of Extraordinary Women, and writes a weekly devotional. I'd like to share this week's devotional with you.
The One Who Dwells Within
March 27, 2013
By: Julie Clinton
"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you." John 14:16-17 NKJV
Ever wonder what it means to truly have the Holy Spirit living within you? It’s a strange thought. But, comforting none the less.
As the passage in John tells us, we know the Holy Spirit, we recognize and have a relationship with Him, because He “dwells with [us] and will be in [us].” These words present a mental picture to me of the Holy Spirit not only living within us, guiding and directing us, but also walking beside us, holding our hand along the way, the manifestation of God’s “very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
Whether you are on a crowded city street or on a deserted island with no one else present, you are never alone. Many times, the loneliness you experience is the result of simply not acknowledging who is already there. Acknowledge Him and He will be there. Even now. You always have an audience of One!
Father, thank You for always being there for me. Help me to know that I am not alone. Holy Spirit, walk with me and dwell in me as I seek to become one with You. As I abide in You, may my feelings of loneliness be overcome by the beauty of solitude. Amen.
•Bible Readings for the Week Ahead:
• Monday: 1 Samuel 12:22
• Tuesday: Psalms 27:10
• Wednesday: Psalms 46:1
• Thursday: Psalms 147:3
• Friday: Isaiah 54:10
• Saturday: Matthew 28:20
• Sunday: John 14:1
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Hello, All. I hope each of you is well, healthy, and plenty sassy.
I totally blew my calories today - too bad. I'll do better starting in the morning.
Our small group (see explanation below) met tonight for supper and game night. Supper was a delicious lasagne 'substitute' using ziti instead of lasagne noodles. It was delicious, but fattening and yes, I ate too much. Also enjoyed garlic bread and salad (DH and I brought that). Then, I indulged in dessert - 'monkey bread' almost dripping in sugary goo. Ok, now you know the worst. I'd eaten well at breakfast and lunch, if that makes any difference to anyone. And if it doesn't, I have to admit I don't care a whole lot. I'm well aware that when I indulge like that, I set my weight loss back some.
Small Group: our church has small groups of no more than 12 people (our group is only four couples) who meet approximately every other week for the purpose of studying the Bible. Sometimes we study a subject, sometimes a person of the Bible, sometimes a book of the Bible. Every so often we get together for game night. Tonight we had three very spirited rounds of something like "Catch that Phrase" - actually, I think I have the title a little wrong. It was a lot of fun, especially with like-minded people.
Which brings me to 'my' Spark Team - Healthy Lifestyle Forever. I have a great co-leader and a wonderful (but kinda small) team. We encourage and challenge each other, as all good SP teams do. Each month I put 3 games 'out there' and several of us have fun with them. Another good thing for Spark team to do. My co-leader, 2WHEELEDSHARON, comes up with a new challenge for us each month - generally a combination of eating and exercise. I have such a good time with these folks - they encourage me, challenge me, and hold me accountable.
Today is Palm Sunday. I am so glad to be celebrating the start of "Holy Week" - I accepted Jesus as my Savior (repented of my sins and asked Him into my heart) many, many years ago. He has never let me down; and has promised so many things - such as always being with me, of leading me when I am willing to follow, of sustaining me in grief, and so many other things. Praise His name!
I hope you all have a great week. Oh, before I totally forget, I'm going to put a picture in my gallery of the two pair of socks and the washcloth I knitted for my SIL. She's such a sweet, giving person, and we enjoy spending time with each year; so the knitted things are a way of giving back. : )
Monday, March 18, 2013
This devotional is from the book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. It is written as if Jesus were talking to you.
It is good that you recognize your weakness. That keeps you looking to Me, your Strength. Abundant life is not necessarily health and wealth; it is living in continual dependence on Me. Instead of trying to fit this day into a preconceived mold, relax and be on the lookout for what I am doing. This mind-set will free you to enjoy Me and to find what I have planned for you to do. This is far better than trying to make things go according to your own plan.
Don’t take yourself so seriously. Lighten up and laugh with Me. You have Me on your side, so what are you worried about? I can equip you to do absolutely anything, as long as it is My will. The more difficult your day, the more I yearn to help you. Anxiety wraps you up in yourself, trapping you in your own thoughts. When you look to Me and whisper My Name, you break free and receive My help. Focus on Me, and you will find Peace in my Presence.
Philippians 4:13 (NIV) “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Saturday, March 16, 2013
It's been a hectic (for me) couple of weeks, and I feel worn out. Without going into a day-by-day, blow-by-blow account, I will say this: I had multiple dr appts, a hair appt, 2 days at school, four days at the animal shelter (now that's WORK), and I'm probably forgetting something. I'm used to sleeping in most days until around 7:30 (see what being retired can bring?), but for the past 5 days, I've been up either shortly after 6 or around 6:30.
Last night DH and I went to church and helped get things ready for the men's (quarterly) breakfast this morning. This morning, we were at church before 7:30 and finally got to sit down and eat our own breakfast around 9:30. DH had set up and manned an omelet station, someone else made hash browns from scratch, and still others had made various breakfast casseroles. There was a huge bowl of cut-up fresh fruit, and various danish pastries. Add in pots of coffee and we were set.
Approximately 52 men (and a few boys) were expected, and extras showed up - normal procedure. Many are not members of our church, which was very nice. I assisted my DH by beating the eggs in single-serving sized bowls. He had fried onions, chopped ham and bacon, along with 3 different cheeses to choose from. All told, we did 18 omelets, but it seemed like more.
We came home and I grabbed some shut-eye then off we went to watch our 9 yr old grandson play in their last-of-the-season basketball game. As soon as we walked back into the house, I started dinner, did dishes, then we watched a Netflix movie. Now it's just after 9:30 and I think I'm going to bed very soon.
I wouldn't 'take back' anything I accomplished this week, but I'm real glad we'll just go to school one day and to the shelter to work two days.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
I read the neatest book (next to the Bible). It's entitled "Beyond Justice" and was written by Joshua Graham. It starts out as a murder mystery, but then God stepped in and Wow! What a great book! I highly recommend it.
I AM feeling somewhat better, and the great news is that I made my calls yesterday and was able have blood drawn, and today I had my (dental) post-op check-up. The oral surgeon is pleased with the way things look, 1 week post-op. All my stitches had dissolved and I must have swallowed them. I'll go see him again in five months, hopefully for him to tell me to go to my dentist to have a new tooth made. What delights me is that I can once again blow my nose!
I have a psych appt tomorrow morning, but we're going to have to wait and see whether or not I can get there. Snow from that huge storm hitting the Mid-West is to start hitting us tonight and stick around (heavy) all day tomorrow and into Thursday morning. They keep upping the amount we're to get, and right now we're expecting 6-8 inches, with 8-10 inches not far South of us.
I know, I know, I've been saying that I wanted more than the inch or two at a time that we've been getting all this winter, and my grandsons are going to be delighted when they call school off tomorrow (and maybe Thursday). So no, I'm not complaining. I'm pretty sure my hair dresser is going to call to reschedule tomorrow's appt. If so, I may just take scissors and whack at my bangs. They're entirely too long.
Today is in the upper-30's and brightly sunny. The clouds are to move in this eve/tonight.
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