Monthly Archives: September 2011

Duh

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So my daughter has added a new word to her vocabulary. A very significant word I might add. The word is “DUH” as in “that’s obvious”! It’s amazing how kids can say a word in a timely way.

My daughter got her hand a little dirty so I asked “Would you like mommy to wipe your hand?” and she looked at me and said (with her sweet little voice) “DUH”.

I was thinking about how God  has proven Himself to be faithful over and over again yet we still question if He is going to come through. Ever been there?

The verse that comes to mind is “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” II Timothy 2:13

I’m sure there have been countless times in my life when God has wanted to say DUH to me! I am so thankful that when I have been faithless He STILL remains faithful!

I hope you were encouraged!

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Not My Tissue!

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Don’t let someone else’s issues become your issues! Have you ever had an experience where someone was rude to you for no reason. Or have you even been rude to someone for no reason? I’m sure we have all been in both places before.

If we allow someone else’s issues to become our issues it can off-set our day! Know what I mean? We allow their comment to “mask” the rest of our day.

We could be having a wonderful day — everything going in our favor but if something happens negatively we allow that negativity to become the thermostat for our day. Ever been there? {both of my hands are raised} 🙂

I was having a conversation with a friend who was bothered about how someone treated them and my response was “It’s their issue, not yours! Don’t let someone else’s issue become yours.” In other words, don’t own their issues!

I’m sorry but when I look at the word issue, I can’t help but think of a tissue. Why? I don’t know? 🙂

So work with me here…If I just put the letter “T” in front of “issue” this is what would be said — It’s their tissue, not yours. Don’t let someone else’s tissue become yours.

Who wants to use someone’s used tissue?

I don’t know about you but I have enough boogies to take care of in my own nose. 🙂 With that said, the next time someone has an issue (tissue), let them keep it. Don’t take it!

P.S. – I’m preaching to myself 🙂

I Peter 4:8 “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

Joyfully His!

Encouragement

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“A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!” Proverbs 15:23

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”        Ephesians 4:29

In the society we live in today it seems like criticism has become the more popular route. Most of the time, the media brings us bad news rather than good news. Wouldn’t you agree?

We have an opportunity to bless those around us with our mouths. Whether it’s just sending a quick email, writing a note to a friend or telling a co-worker that they are a blessing to work with.

I can’t tell you how many times we have received a note from our mentor at the right time! Ever experienced that before?

We definitely have enough Eeyore’s in the world! We need some more Barny’s. Ya know, Barnabas from the Bible? His name means “son of encouragement.”

My challenge for myself and I encourage you to do too: Find one person to encourage in some way every day! I’m not talking about blowing smoke but saying something that you truly mean.

An anonymous person wrote this:

A careless word may kindle strife,
A cruel word may wreck a life;
A timely word may lessen stress,
A loving word may heal and bless.

Thanks for reading! JOYfully His!

Head on a platter?

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Ever asked for a human head on a platter? Ew (sorry had to get that out)! I’ve heard of people eating fish heads and have watched people suck on the head of a crawfish…none of those compare to asking for a human head on a platter.

I have read Mark Chapter 6 countless times. The part of the chapter that stuck out to me this time was when Herodias wanted the head of John the Baptist on a platter.

The daughter of Herodias pleased the King so he told her she could have ANYTHING up to half of his kingdom. She chose to have the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Ok?

As you read the story (Mark 6:16-26) it is clear that Herodias has unforgiveness towards John The Baptist and that is why she told her daughter to ask for his head. Sounds pretty ridiculous (a head on a platter and unforgiveness)!

Many great opportunities are missed because unforgiveness is chosen rather than the kingdom. Ya know what I mean? Not to be gross but what would you do with a head on a platter? What does it accomplish?

Can you imagine owning half of a kingdom?

With unforgiveness comes a stinky head and with forgiveness comes endless possibilities! 🙂

True freedom is experienced when you’re walking in forgiveness!

I hope you were encouraged today!

Joyfully His!

Waiting or Weighting?

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“But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength;  They shall mount up with wings like eagles,  They shall run and not be weary,  They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

This is a verse that I grew up hearing over and over. It is such an encouraging verse to me. The word “wait” means patiently. I believe that patience and joy go hand in hand. If you don’t have patience you’re not going to have much joy and vice versa! They are like those inseparable giddy friends that you would go insane without! 🙂

At times, it can be challenging for me to be patient! Everything within me says I WANT THAT NOW! I’m sure you’ve been there a time or two!

It reminds me of when I was looking for widow coverings for my sliding glass doors. I can be picky and I typically won’t just settle for something that I don’t like. I found the PERFECT bamboo shades online! I was pumped! The only thing was that they were $100 a piece.

I felt in my heart that I needed to wait on purchasing them. So I listened to that nudge and I waited. A few days later I checked the website again and the shades were marked down to $50 a piece! Ever heard of the phrase – “Good things come to those who WAIT”?

Sometimes people think they are WEIGHTING on the Lord. They walk around as if they are carrying this heavy mass! When we wait on the Lord it should be an expectation (looking forward to what is going to happen)!

There are several things in my life that I am waiting on. I am encouraged to know that as I patiently wait on God He will renew my strength. I will mount up with wings like eagles…I will run and not be weary and I will walk and not faint!

I hope you were encouraged today! I sure was!

Joyfully His as I wait on Him!

Voice

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 “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”  John 10:4-5

I try to pray this verse over myself and family every day! Most of us are inundated with so many voices it can sometimes be challenging to hear the voice of God. Ya know, those distracting voices of the TV, IPOD, IPAD, CELL PHONE, COMPUTER…

I’m not talking about an audible voice (although some have heard God audibly). The best way to describe it is that it’s like a “nudge” or some may call it a “gut feeling”.

I remember when my husband was driving and I got this nudge to start praying for our safety. I could tell that my husband was curious as to why all of a sudden I started praying. Literally about a minute later a car slammed into the car next to us.

I’m sure you have had moments like that.

As you seek Him, I pray that you will know His voice regarding situations and circumstances you come up against.

EnJOY your day!