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Monday, February 20, 2017

{ My Momma's Birthday }


Today we're celebrating my Momma's birthday.
She, Jess and I are going thrift store shopping then we're going out to lunch.  What a blessing to still have her after suffering a major heart attack in 2011. She says a lot that God must have left her here for a reason. 

HOPE everybody has a Marvelous Monday!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

{ SONday Scripture }

Words from a yoga instructor:
(please don't get the mistaken idea that I'm going to a yoga class....😉)

Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Let go.
Let go!

They reminded me of the premise of my blog....

Breathing in Jesus!

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HOPE everybody has an awesomely blessed SONday!

Friday, February 17, 2017

{ Friday Foto Friends #67 }

I don't normally do a theme for my pictures for our link-up (unless it's the sky) but for some reason this week steeples stood out to me.  Maybe it was after I shared the one from our church last week.   

And, I need to give a shout out to my hubby because he's the best at helping me get photos of just what I want for our Friday Foto Friends!

Are you prepared for picture overload?

Isn't our county courthouse a beautiful building?
That's a statue of Ms. Dolly Parton!

One of my favorite things about these pics is that the church ones are from all different faiths.

HOPE everybody has a great weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

{ Digging into HIS Word }

Have I already shared this with y'all, because I'm getting to THAT age where I can remember things I wish I couldn't but often can't remember what I ate for breakfast, if it wasn't for the fact that I pretty much eat the same thing every day? 
if I have, please forgive.
If not.....
well, maybe you forgot, too!

I read the Bible through last year and it got to where I would rely on that for my daily Bible reading.  That was so not a good thing for me and I knew it, but it became a crutch.  I'd tell myself that I was reading my Bible, so there was that, but often what I was reading was about things that I didn't feel I could apply to myself, or I'd hurriedly read through so I could mark that off my "to do" list. 
Look, I'm just being honest here.  
At the end of last year, I felt in my spirit that God wanted MORE from me, which is one of the reasons why I feel He gave me that word to focus on in 2017.  As I've turned  back to reading my Bible and digging into His Word, He has spoken to me MORE and MORE each day. Often I get excited to see what He's got in store for me that day.....
and sometimes there's a little dread because of what He is going to point out that I have tried to sweep under the rug and not deal with. 
Again, I'm just being honest.

Well, this morning, I got negativity pointed out to me and here are a couple of things I jotted down in my journal that I gleaned from my study.....

Being negative usually means something is wrong in my heart.

Maybe whatever I'm being negative about is an area where my faith is lacking. 

So, I'm asking the Lord today to pinch my heart 
(how do you like that term?).....
in other words convict me when I become negative.....
to make me MORE aware of my "stinking thinking"!

Oh, how I LOVE digging into the Word of God!

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If I haven't visited you in a few days, please forgive.
Where do the hours go in the day?
That's another area God is dealing me with.....
how I spend my time.

Mercy, He's got a BIG job dealing with this old gal!

HOPE everybody has a Terrific Thursday.....
and don't forget that tomorrow is our Friday Foto Friends link-up!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

{ Wednesday's Word - Fruit(ful) }


producing good or helpful results; productive

synonyms:  productive, constructive, useful, worthwhile, helpful, beneficial, valuable, profitable, rewarding, successful, effective

Each week  I ponder and pray on what word to select to focus on as my Wednesday's Word.  More often than not, God points me to a word that He wants ME to think on and apply to areas of my life.  This morning, in two different devotionals, as I read the scripture references I was led to the word fruit and some of my favorite Bible verses.....

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I had jotted this down in my Bible.  Although I didn't reference who said it, I'm pretty positive it came from our pastor.....

Love = Joy and Peace
Patience = Kindness and Goodness
Faithfulness = Gentleness and Self-Control

I'm always curious as to what numbers mean in the Bible and since there are nine fruits of the Spirit.....
and 9 Beatitudes (which begin with "blessed are", by the way).....
isn't it amazing that the meaning of nine in scripture is "divine completeness"?

Here's what I feel God is speaking to me.....

If I show love.....
I'll experience the joy of the Lord, 
which has nothing to do with happiness.  
Happiness depends on external circumstances, the joy of the Lord is within.

If I'm patient.....
(that can be a really big IF for me at times).....
I'll be kind and show goodness toward others.
(and the only "good" in me is Christ)

If I'm faithful.....
I'll be gentle in how I treat others and react to situations and show self-control in holding my tongue.....
oh, my there's another big ouch for me.

I'm pretty sure y'all are thinking right about now what a bad girl I can be at times.  
And,  you'd be right.  

But God.....
oh, how I love those words.....
He loves me and He's a God of mercy and shows that to me each and every single morning because He tells me that in His word.

So, if this can be helpful to any of you, that would be great.....
but I know that God is teaching me to be full of these fruits so that I can show His love to others!

HOPE everybody has a Wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, February 13, 2017

{ Motivational Monday }

This old window frame came from a garage  at my Papaw's and Mamaw's house.  I remember it so well from my growing up years......
the green shingled roof, a "tool box" that Papaw built on the inside of the building,  and the black snake that Papaw let reside there because it killed mice.

The snake was my main reason for staying out of the garage.

When it fell down from neglect I wanted the window frames and that old tool box door.  (because of the possibility of lead paint I put a sealer over itThis hangs in our bedroom on a wall near me so I can look at it and reflect on the words.

If you follow me on Facebook, here's what I posted to go along with this pic yesterday.....

So very thankful that because of God's GRACE I have salvation and He gives me HOPE each and every day. If I'll only TRUST I can BE BRAVE to face each trial because I have His written word to guide me. What a privilege to be able to PRAY to Him about anything and everything. Giving THANKS today.... and every day.... to my heavenly Father for His love and blessings.

I  having inspirational quotes and pictures in our home.
 I can look at them and say a little prayer or just smile because I know the truth behind the words.

HOPE each of you has a Marvelous Monday!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

{ SONday Scriptures }

 I thought these scriptures would be appropriate since Tuesday is Valentine's  Day.....

Happy SONday, Y'All!