4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Chapter 4 in the book of Philippians was our weekly message yesterday. Ouch! It hit home yesterday. For the past month we have been dealing with a lot of “Stuff.” From finding out our insurance has not been active since April all the way from my dh employer not paying him for the last 2 pay periods. And when he does get paid it has been late. Long story. To be honest, I am more angry than anxious or worried about the situation. Anger has set in my mind and I have acted poorly. Another words, I have a bad attitude. Just maybe I can blame it on the pregnancy. NOT! Once again, my chosen attitude has not been the Godly one. I certainly haven’t been rejoicing in the Lord. We as Christians need to deal with our situations from another view. Not from a secular lens. As hard as it may be, we must show others that God is in control and we need to concentrate on the positives rather than the negatives. What a better world this place would be if we all practice Paul’s written words coming straight from the Holy One.
We started our new school year yesterday. For those seasoned homeschoolers, we all know that the first day never goes as planned. It is so hard to get back in the routine of things, wake up at a decent hour, and not to mention have the patience we all need to be successful homeschoolers. I asked myself yesterday, “And why do we chose to educate our children at home?’ It would be so much easier to send them on the yellow school bus each day, but this song came to my mind…..
What a blessing and a privilege it is to teach this very thing to our children each and everyday.
Our God saves!
I have often ponder that question. In fact, I have repeatedly asked my children if they thought their actions were pleasing to God. Sounds good, huh, coming from a Christian parent who is only trying to diligently train their children in His eyes. Guilt trip always works well with children, right? Then I hear Dr. Phil’s little voice in the back of my head, “How’s that working for you, Jill?” I have to stop and think…. What am I teaching my children? I believe so many Christan’s today are missing the true one thing that pleases God…. He wants you to believe in Him and have a relationship with Him. Period. Your not going to score brownie points with God if you volunteered at the orphanage, or if you made it to church on time and all your 10 children brushed their teeth with toothpaste. He wants you! Please don’t mistake what I am saying here…. Yes, he wants you to serve Him, but he is longing for you to know Him . That’s what truly pleases Him. Take some time this week and meditate on Phillipians 3:1-11. Paul explains it so much deeper than I could possibly ever do~I guess that is why God has yet to chose me to write newest book of the New Testament, The book of Jill . LOL!
For most of you who know us personally, will be able to fully appreciate how truly amazing God truly has blessed our family. We were told this past January that we would not be able to conceive again without fertility counseling/or assistance. We opted to not go that route and prayed for peace with the situation. God graced us with that peace. However, God has blessed us with a new baby. We are in shock! In fact, so is my doctor and her whole staff based on the statistics of our report we received late January. It truly is a miracle. We are ecstatic and received many,”Praise God’s,” in the doctor’s office today.
I will have a sonogram Friday morning to determine the due date. Please rejoice with us as we prepare for our new little craft girl boy in January. LOL!
Yes, I gave all our baby stuff away and have no maternity clothes to wear. But we know God will provide just as he always has in the past. Funny how things work out sometimes, huh!
Please pray for a healthy baby.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
This verse spoke to me this morning.
Dear Heavenly Father:
Please Lord help me to have no unkind, unloving, and untruthful thoughts and words. Help me to have only thoughts and words pleasing to your ears. Thank you for your Word that guides my path each day.
I have been blessed these past few weeks by attending our weekly worship series, “We Win!” Here is a summary of the simple, but so needed reminder, that I needed to hear…..
Everywhere you turn it seems like our culture produces nothing more than bad news. The economy continues to struggle, the stock market continues to plummet, marriages are falling apart, jobs are being lost, children continue to rebel and soldiers are at war. What hope is there? Why should we as Christians rise above the fray? What is it that should motivate us to live with hope and unpopular optimism? Great questions that all have the same answer….because we win. This series will challenge us to look beyond the temporary and see the eternal. It will remind us that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power that dwells in the heart of every believer. It will help every seeker to see that they too can find hope in what seems hopeless and peace in the midst of chaos. We win….a simple reminder that we all need to hear.
To listen to the 5 Week sermon podcast, click here.
This past, Sunday, someone filmed the intriguing Painting Scene that amazed us all. The quality and sound is poor and by no means does it measure up to the lightening, vocal, and creativity that was so perfectly planned out during this worship time. It was truly fascinating. I hope you will enjoy.
And remember WE WIN!