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The Path of Patience

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Another devotional by Julie Clinton of eWomen. This stepped on my toes, and blessed me.

April 2, 2013

"Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." James 1:4 NKJV

Many of us have forgotten the path of patience we must take to get to the next level in our relationship with Christ. It has been rejected by a society thriving on instant gratification, faster technology, and a fear of commitment. We want it now, or we don’t want it at all. Even committing to a two-year cell phone agreement is considered a courageous feat these days. No wonder we balk when we hear the word “patience.” Our culture has denied it, and most of us have forgotten it.

To discover God’s dream for our lives, we’ve got to rediscover the forgotten path. Surely the path is paved with patience, but if you live your life constantly trying other routes, hoping that a quick devotion in the morning and a ten-second prayer for your neighbor with cancer will get you to the next level, you’re likely to grow frustrated and resentful. We learn patience as we embrace tough times.

When you’re facing difficult times, remember the hope found in the Easter story. Life can come after loss, and we can bear it because of Christ. The question isn’t whether you will have tragedy and loss in your life. Those are givens. The question is, what will you decide to do with it? Will it take you under? Will it make you stronger? Will it take you deeper? Will you allow God to use it for His glory?

Prayer
Teach me patience Lord. Patience to endure hard times and loss. Patience to see that difficulties draw me nearer to You. Bring me to a higher level of relationship with You through the tough times in life. Amen.

Bible Readings for the Week Ahead:
Monday: Habakkuk 2:3
Tuesday: Hebrews 10:23
Wednesday: Hebrews 3:14
Thursday: Isaiah 25:9
Friday: Psalm 37:7-9
Saturday: Psalm 40:1-3
Sunday: Psalm 25:3-5

  
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POETLKNG2LOSE 4/9/2013 1:10PM

    Thanks Nancy it is very hard for me to be patient at this time in my life. Going on three years without a job, family division and the church all makes me depressed. Hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel these days.

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CONTENTCHRIS 4/8/2013 10:58AM

    Thanks for this. God Bless

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IUHRYTR 4/4/2013 10:54PM

    Yes! Good lesson. -- Lou

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DARYLBN 4/3/2013 10:40AM

    Amen.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/3/2013 9:12AM

    I look forward to more of these lessons as I go about my days. Thanks for sharing!

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FLEMIDG 4/3/2013 12:48AM

    Thanks, I needed to hear this.

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SORTIZA99 4/2/2013 10:56PM

    We need to be patient.
Good day.

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LOTUSBURGER 4/2/2013 9:29PM

    thanks for that emoticon

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FROSTY99 4/2/2013 8:58PM

    Thank you for this reminder that we must be patient. May God grant us patience and speak to our hearts.



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Easter

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I'm writing this Saturday evening because tomorrow will be a busy day.

First, Sunday School and Church, as usual. Then a lighter than usual lunch. In the late afternoon one of my SIL's will be home from work, so all of us will gather here (sans the other SIL who has to work until 6-ish) for dinner. I'll be heating a spiral sliced ham, making scalloped potatoes (slightly 'lighter'), cooking green beans, and serving rolls. One of my daughters is tasked with bringing dessert, and the other will bring crudités. After that fine repast, a few of us will do dishes, and maybe we can play a game or two before folks have to go home. Three of them have to work on Monday.

So, what's the big deal about Easter? Is it hiding colored eggs? Or pigging out? Or a mythical bunny bringing sweets? A RESOUNDING NO!

A couple of thousand years ago God sent His Son, Jesus, as a baby. Jesus lived a sinless life. Then, after 3 years of preaching, Jesus was crucified and buried. The third day, He rose again. Hallelujah! My God reigns! That's what we celebrate on Easter.....Jesus' victory over death, sin, and satan. Because He lives, I will live (in heaven). And as the song says, "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow" no matter what tomorrow brings.

I pray you will accept Him, too.

Happy Easter!

  
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2BEHEALTHY2014 4/1/2013 6:57PM

    Your plans sound wonderful. I hope all went well

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CONTENTCHRIS 4/1/2013 11:01AM

    emoticon Well said!

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PURPLELVR7 3/31/2013 8:27AM

    AMEN - He is risen indeed!!!

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FLEMIDG 3/30/2013 11:57PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day. Have a Blessed Easter.

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IUHRYTR 3/30/2013 11:01PM

    Yes! -- Lou

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/30/2013 10:48PM

    Have a beautiful Easter celebration! Sounds guaranteed, actually:)

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FROSTY99 3/30/2013 10:27PM

    Amen-He is risen and we should remember that is the reason we celebrate Easter as you so wisely stated.
Happy Easter

Pat

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TWINZMOM7 3/30/2013 8:41PM

  Happy easter

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MIMIDOT 3/30/2013 8:25PM

    Amen! Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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The One Who Dwells Within

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!

Prayer
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

  
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CONTENTCHRIS 4/1/2013 11:02AM

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IUHRYTR 3/28/2013 10:22PM

    A moving message. emoticon -- Lou

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PURPLELVR7 3/28/2013 7:07AM

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FLEMIDG 3/28/2013 12:52AM

    Wonderful blog, thanks.

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BECKYSFRIEND 3/27/2013 7:26PM

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ISAVEDME80 3/27/2013 7:01PM

    thank you for this. i really needed to be reminded of this today. I know I'm not alone but sometimes I forget. thanks hun

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FROSTY99 3/27/2013 6:44PM

    Thank you for sharing this blog. We all need to be reminded we are not alone and all we need to do is open ourselves to feel this in our inner being. Again, thank you.

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Palm Sunday Musings

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hello, All. I hope each of you is well, healthy, and plenty sassy. emoticon

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. : )

  
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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/26/2013 9:52PM

    Aren't you sweet AND sassy! I think I have the best co-leader in you, Nancy:)
I hope this week of renewal is rewarding - how could it not be with that strength, love and sass you have?!

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IUHRYTR 3/25/2013 8:33PM

    Such a fun time with good friends. A true blessing. -- Lou

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CONTENTCHRIS 3/25/2013 6:53PM

    Sounds like you have a lovely church group!

Cudos The small groups re always the best in my opinion.

With my shoulder emoticon issue now i have more pain from it and this makes it harder to not indulge

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LAURAB_143 3/25/2013 9:34AM

    Hi Nancy, I am glad I stopped by your blog and site today. I love what you wrote. One question though. emoticon You talk about being so active with your sparkteam. How can I find one that's active or how can I get involved? emoticon I joined about 5 or 6 teams but they don't seem to have active members anymore or else I just don't know what I'm doing. I get weekly updates but not much changes in them. Thanks for any advice. And God bless your efforts and you week. emoticon

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SNUGLBUNIE 3/25/2013 5:21AM

    Have a great Easter week Nancy :)

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FLEMIDG 3/25/2013 12:55AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. Don't beat yourself up about eating too much. Just get yourself back on track. I am part of a small group in my church as well. We have a group of 6 ladies, Hope you have a wonderful week.

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USMAWIFE 3/24/2013 11:04PM

    Today was a special day with friends. Enjoy that over going over your calories. tomorrow is a new day

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/24/2013 9:50PM

    Your dinner sounded wonderful! I had a slice of leftover eat lover's pizza for my dinner. We have to indulge once in a while. I was over yesterday but managed to stay in range today.

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DARYLBN 3/24/2013 9:37PM

    I enjoyed your blog. We all "cheat" from time to time. As long as you had a good time with your friends and have no regrets is all that matters. Tomorrow is another day. God Bless.

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FROSTY99 3/24/2013 9:37PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. I love getting together with friends. We went to a Palm Sunday brunch and then had 3 couples back to our house to play cards and later we had dessert-I indulged too!
Pat

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IT IS GOOD THAT YOU RECOGNIZE YOUR WEAKNESS

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.

March 16
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.”

  
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LAURAB_143 3/25/2013 10:05AM

    I like how you share devotions on your spark page blogs. Praise God!! Be well spark friend!!! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 3/20/2013 9:28PM

    A nice reminder. -- Lou

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CONTENTCHRIS 3/20/2013 12:31PM

    emoticon that was helpful!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/19/2013 10:03PM

    Beautiful:) emoticon

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FROSTY99 3/18/2013 9:53PM

    Amen!!!

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TWIDDLYDE 3/18/2013 8:42PM

    Yes, when we are weak, He is strong!

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SNUGLBUNIE 3/18/2013 4:58PM

    Thanks for sharing :)

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SPATTEN2001 3/18/2013 4:23PM

    Thanks for sharing ... I find that I just need to undo some of my busyness and listen when He speaks!!

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LAC936 3/18/2013 3:54PM

    Thanks! I'm never more focused on Jesus than when I have gone astray.
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