Hope…things can only go up from here

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I was thinking of the word hope and couldn’t help but picture a balloon floating in the air. Have you ever been holding a balloon by a string and then let it go? Once the balloon is released, it goes higher and higher.

How about an ice-cube in a glass of water? It gets dropped in and then pushes its way to the top.

It can’t help it.

Call it gravity or whatever, it still can’t help it. :)

Hope means expectation. Psalm 62:5 says “My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.”

What an incredible verse! I can’t think of a better “Person” to get my hope from. In this verse, the Hebrew definition for expectation is “cord”.

In my mind, I picture the string to the balloon as the “cord”, or expectation.  It’s tied to the balloon. I think you see where I’m going with this.

As we tie our string to the balloon and let it go, the sky is literally the limit. I do realize balloons can only go so high, but just imagine with me here, and turn off your brain. :)

As we tie our expectation to God, we are destined to go places. Be something. Do something.

This verse is a great encouragement and reminder to us. You may have set some goals to achieve in this new year. Fantastic! Expect great things as you connect yourself to God and allow Him to guide you.

As you drink your glass of water with ice, be reminded of hope!

Joyfully His! Thanks for reading! I hope you were encouraged! :)

Need Money For Christmas?

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7 Creative Ways To Earn Money For Christmas Gifts

62 days until Christmas! I can’t wait! I love Christmas for so many reasons. The scent of cinnamon, sugar cookies, and pine needles are only a small part. One of my most favorite things about Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth…AND giving gifts to my family and friends!  Here are some tips of how to get gift cards or money for family and friends for Christmas.

Get Money For Things You’re Planning On Purchasing!

1. Ebates –  http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=1gQrT1XuWx66uWa9Ak1VNg%3D%3D

You get cash back when you shop online at 1,600 stores by using Ebates.com. No points to redeem, no forms to mail in, and no fees. $10 gift card sign up bonus (after first purchase of $25).

2. Ibotta – http://ibotta.com/r/ocW8Cg. Just by using this link you can earn the $10 Share the Love Bonus.

Do Some Searching…

3. Swagbucks.com –  http://swagbucks.com/refer/Faith2. You can get points for doing searches, watching videos, etc. Turn your points into gift cards!

Using Diapers?  

Get points when you enter in codes from your diaper box and wipes. Turn your points in for toys, magazines, and sometimes gift cards!

4. Pampers (Gifts To Grow) – https://en.pampersrewards.pampers.com/index.html

5. Huggies – Huggies.com http://huggies.com

Opinionated? Perfect! Give Your Opinions For Moolah!

6. Surveyspot.com – Earn points for taking surveys. The points can be redeemed for gift cards for Amazon, Itunes, or Pay Pal Credits. http://www.surveyspot.com/general/refer-a-friend?Referer=L1EEYtRmJI578DgqRFZBv15yx7iuAehS

7. Surveysavvy.com – Earn cash (in the form of a check) for taking surveys. https://www.surveysavvy.com/?m=1181013

“I Happy”

As I was thoroughly enjoying my lovely stroll through Target the other night, I couldn’t help but notice a precious toddler coming down the center aisle. It wasn’t his looks or his cute little waddle that caught my attention, it was the fact that he was declaring for all of Target to hear, “I happy”!

Every few seconds, he would declare in a matter-of-fact-kind-of-way, “I happy”.

A sweet boy, who didn’t have a care in the world, was focused on the fact that he was happy, period.

As I was talking to God about a situation in my life, my mind replayed that sweet boy’s voice.

Naturally we think he’s just a small child, he doesn’t have any cares or worries. He is taken care of.

Who knows, he may have had a diaper full of lovely creations, but he made a choice to be happy.

I was reminded that I am taken care of. I don’t have to worry. I have Someone who is doing the caring for me.

I Peter 5:7 says “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
I love how the Amplified Bible says it! Plus, the Amplified Bible uses a lot of words, like a woman. :)

As we cast all of our cares (every worry) on to Jesus, He will do the caring for us! This verse is one that gives me a sigh of relief. Like a weight has been lifted off of me.

What a great verse to read over and over! I encourage you to replay this verse over and over in your mind. My Pastor always says “Put the Word of God in you when you don’t need it so it will come out when you do!”

Be encouraged today! God is good and He truly cares for you!

Change The Channel

A man with a remote control. It is clearly their superpower. You don’t touch it. Period. Even if they are sleeping while watching the TV.

I remember trying to grab the remote off the couch (which happened to be next to my sleeping dad) and I quickly changed the channel. He would say (in his sleep) “Don’t change the channel, I was watching that!” Sound familiar?

There have been many times we have been watching tv with our 3-year-old daughter and we had to quickly change the channel due to the graphic content on the commercials. Have you ever been there?

Have you ever worried about a situation or had negative thoughts about yourself? You find yourself stuck in an unhealthy thought.

Maybe it’s a haunting thought from your past. Something you’re dwelling on that you can’t change.

Change the channel.

Change what you’re thinking about.

Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Changing the channel to Philippians 4:8 puts an end to doubtful unhealthy thoughts.

God has great plans for you! Thanks for reading!

Joyfully His!

Glued to Good

Have you ever eaten Elmer’s Glue, or better yet, one of those handy glue sticks? I can’t say I’ve ever eaten either one but I was definitely fascinated with glue when I was in kindergarten.

I’ve read Romans 12:9 umpteen times and it really jumped out at me. It says “…Cleave to that which is good.”

The actual meaning of cleave is “glue”.

If we’re glued to it, that means it goes with us wherever we go. We’re stuck with it and stuck to it.

The “good” in this verse means “good, useful, salutary, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy, excellent, distinguished,
upright, honorable”.

In other words, glue (yourself) to what is joyful, excellent, upright…

Breaking this verse down really puts things in perspective for me.

We should make a daily choice to “glue” ourselves to good.

Thank you for reading today! I hope you were encouraged and challenged to “glue” yourself to good!

Joyfully His!

Hope Minus The Less

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During this season of life where it feels as if our Nation is crumbling, it’s easy for our emotions to take a ride on the rollercoaster of hopelessness.

Proverbs 13:12 says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”

This is a verse I have read many times but it really jumped out at me today. There have been times in my life that my hope has been “deferred” or postponed. When I have allowed other things to draw my hope away. You know the story, your heart gets weak, sick, tired, and grieved.

BUT when the desire comes — those things that you wish, dream and long for — it is a tree of life.

When we allow hope to be activated in our lives those things we desire become lively and active in our lives.

Many people set goals or resolutions for the New Year. If that’s your cup of tea, let me add some sugar to it (the healthy kind of course). Make a daily choice (I’m talking to myself as well) to allow hope to be activated in your heart.

Each of us has specific things that we are called to do in this life and with hope in our heart, we can’t be stopped!

I challenge myself and you to have HOPE minus the less!

Have a Victorious New Year! Thanks for reading!
Joyfully His!

MyLifeFlashedB4Me

I was recently chased by a BIG black dog. Did I mention that it was a BIG dog? I wish I could say that I faced that big dog with a fearless, in-your-face stance, however, the truth is…I ran screaming. I did thoroughly analyze the situation and according to my calculations I could make it back into my car before the dog got to me. Thankfully the owner yelled the dog’s name, and he ran away from me.

My. life. flashed. before. me.

I was reading Exodus 14 and I remembered the Israelites had experienced the whole “life-flashing-before-them” too. Except they were being chased by the Egyptians. They said to Moses “…have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?” (Ex. 14:11).

Yep, they were pretty much preparing to die.

Moses said some pretty amazing, life changing words…

“Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:13-14

These verses are life-changing, especially when facing a problem, a BIG dog, or a ton of people chasing you.

This chapter has encouraged me to stand still–hold my ground, not move due to the circumstances I may face because the Lord will deliver me from the problem (a.k.a. Pharaoh and the Egyptians).

I love how God spoke through Moses and said “…the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again NO MORE FOREVER.”

Not only can God deliver us from the problem, He can make it so that we don’t see it again!

Plus, He will do the battle for us.

That’s “all that AND a bag of chips”.

I LOVE THIS! I hope you were encouraged today! This so encouraged me!

Thanks for reading!