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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Self Care is not a sin

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Codependency and Self-Care

 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 19:32

Time is growing short

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What is the most important decision you have ever made in your life?  Before you made that decision, did you take a lot of time contemplating it and weighing the pros and cons?  Did you get input from those you respect?  Did you do research of some kind?  Now, after making that decision, does the outcome affect your entire future?  What about your entire eternal life?  There's only one decision that affects you for all eternity and that is the decision to believe or not believe in Jesus Christ.  If you have decided that you don't believe in Him, did you make that decision based on the questions asked above?  Did you make it based on hurts from your past or wounds you received from Christians?  If so, is that a valid reason to forfeit your personal keys to heaven.....to spite someone else?  Please think about that.

The spiritual climate of our world is expanding, and the mysteries are escalating.  Even those who do not believe in Jesus' deity, are blogging and tweeting daily about the dramatic changes in the earth's atmosphere, the governmental corruption, the rampant violent crime and the disintegration of cultural values and norms.  Unexplainable phenomenon with animal life and environmental systems are baffling scientists and laymen alike.  Change is definitely in the air.  Those of us who are believers in Christ, are finding an escalation in supernatural visions, dreams, and other experiences.  We see biblical prophecies unfolding before our very eyes.  It is an exciting time to be alive.

Reader, I am asking you to please stop your busy lifestyle for a few moments, turn off your electronics (whatever that entails), go to a quiet place and take stock.   Ask God to reveal Himself to you.  Give yourself a chance to experience the most awesome opportunity you will ever know:  the Presence of the Lord of Heaven's Armies.  The thrill outweighs anything your mind can create.  Don't take a chance on being wrong about God!  If I'm wrong, I've lost nothing by living for Him on this earth.  But...if you're wrong, you have been manipulated and duped into losing your entire eternal life when you leave this earth.  The gamble is monumental (for lack of a more powerful word).  When you submit yourself to God, believing in Jesus' death and resurrection, giving His life for YOU, His Holy Spirit comes and indwells you, and your spiritual eyes are opened to things you never before imagined.  The Bible says that the things of God are foolishness to those who don't believe.  That's because without the Holy Spirit indwelling your spirit, it all sounds ridiculous.  And, the world constantly confirms its absurdity with facts and figures that seem logical.  The supernatural is not logical.  God is not always logical either.  His love for you is certainly not logical.  He loves you unconditionally, no matter what you've done or what you've said about Him.  He forgives everything.  He adores you and will guard your heart during the most wicked and dangerous days that lie ahead.  He will give you peace no matter what storm surrounds you.

Please, do yourself a favor and give God one more chance.  He gives you millions.  But....there is a time coming soon when it'll be too late.  You must make this decision now.  Jesus is returning soon to take His own to a place so wonderfully awesome there are not words to describe it.  I want you to come with us.  Being left behind will be a nightmare.  You can, of course, choose to stay behind.  God is a gentleman---never forcing anyone to trust Him.  But His heart will be truly grieved if you choose to reject Him.  Don't wait.  Time is growing very short.  Ask God to show you whatever you need to see; to understand whatever has been unclear to you.  Forget what other people say.  Their eternal destiny is at stake too.  One by one we will all stand before God and give an accounting of our lives.  When Jesus lives in you, there's no reason to stress over that.  I'm praying that your heart will soften and that you will allow His light and His truth to enter your soul.  You will never regret it.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 00:00

Time is growing short

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What is the most important decision you have ever made in your life?  Before you made that decision, did you take a lot of time contemplating it and weighing the pros and cons?  Did you get input from those you respect? 

Friday, 04 October 2013 17:48

Resting is a choice

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Happy Fall Y'all!!

It really thrilled my heart to learn that a couple of people verbalized missing my blog posts.  Thanks!  Life has been really crazy in my world the past few months.  We've had two deaths in our family, one near death, two in cancer treatment, and various less-serious crises befalling us.  I have no doubt that you too have been battling the ills of life.  Everyone I meet seems to be in that state.  Such is life in 2013!  And now we get to experience a government shut down.  I used to say "what next?" but I never say that anymore, for obvious reasons.  Maybe it's best not to know what's next.  My newest motto is definitely "one day at a time."

My book, "Living in God's Rest...At Peace in a Chaotic World" is still selling, plodding along, undoubtedly going into the exact hands God has prepared to hold it.  It's His book to do with as He chooses.  I never stress about sales.  I have always known that whoever needed the message would find it, be led to it by the Lord, and it will accomplish whatever purpose He has in mind.  That leaves me in perfect peace.  I will admit that over the past few months, as I have been living in a chaotic world, there have been numerous occasions to practice what I preach!  Resting in God is a choice.  We can struggle and fight and rebel and wear ourselves out, but the choice to live in His rest will never fail to bring inner peace.  And outer peace as well.  Peace is contagious too.  When we remain calm, walking in peace, those around us, those drama queens and kings, and those who live to fret, can catch the Spirit of Peace from us even when they aren't conscious of what's invading their souls.  It's the work of the Lord as He smiles and nods and injects into the heart that calming, restorative reassurance that everything is going to be okay; it's all in His hands.  I love that, don't you?

Some issues take more time than others.  I have peace in some areas where turmoil used to dwell.  In other areas I'm still practicing the Presence and learning better ways to let go and let God.  We are always a work in progress.  It actually helps me to look back and realize how far I've come and that if I can find peace in some of those past areas, there's surely hope for the present ones.  Wherever you are today in your struggle, stop and remind yourself from whence you've come.  Reflect on the many blessings you've enjoyed and how God has protected you, provided for you and loved on you even when you didn't deserve a thing.  He's still there, holding out His arms to you, waiting for you to surrender and trust.  Hold fast.  His plans for you are good.  One of my meditations yesterday was, "God sometimes doesn't change your situation, because He's trying to change your heart." Submit and see what happens!

Love you all!  Stay in touch!

Nancy

 

Friday, 04 October 2013 00:00

Resting is a choice

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Happy Fall Y'all!!

It really thrilled my heart to learn that a couple of people verbalized missing my blog posts.  Thanks!  Life has been really crazy in my world the past few months.  We've had two deaths in our family, one near death, two in cancer treatment, and various less-serious crises befalling us.  I have no doubt that you too have been battling the ills of life. 

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:18

Heeding the Voice

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It's mid-August and I feel as though I missed summer altogether.  Most of you know that we spent weeks in another city in cancer treatment, which ate up our summer, or at least it felt that way.  Now, as the days get shorter and cooler and people are longing for Fall, I feel a little cheated out of my summer nights out on the deck.  Here in the mountains, summer is heavenly without the blazing heat in the valleys below.  At least we still have a few weeks of warm enough weather to be outdoors a bit before the cold arrives.

I am generally not one to preach much, though I have been a pastor.  I try to follow St. Francis of Assisi's adage that it's best to let your life be your sermon and only preach with words when absolutely necessary.  The past few weeks the Lord has been impressing upon me that I need to put the word out a bit more---maybe not exactly preaching---but just sharing and emphasizing the urgency of the hour in which we live.  Just as I feel that summer raced past me almost unnoticed, the fulfilling of Biblical prophecies are racing past many of us, again almost unnoticed.  World events which are in the works now are clearly recorded in the Bible and watching them unfold is exciting, but also at times unsettling.

There is an unprecedented focus on end times scenarios in current movies, books, everywhere.  In fact it's so rampant that most people are mocking it or ignoring it altogether.  Either is dangerous.  God, in His omnipotent love for us, is giving us warnings, giving us time and many more chances to turn things around and submit to Him.  Unfortunately, most are too busy, distracted or bored to pay Him any attention.  I'm most disturbed by Christians who nonchalantly state that they aren't concerned because they will be "raptured" away before anything tough hits.  What if.....just for a moment bear with me....what if you're wrong about that?  I can't go into a lengthy exegesis on that right now, but if you study the Word completely, you will find many warnings about what believers must endure before Jesus returns.  We are headed face-first into a period of darkness like none we have ever known.  If we are not girded up, filled with the Spirit and the Word of God, we will fall apart when these days come.  Please do not assume anything.  Arrogance is risky and pride goes before a fall.  The great apostasy, as discussed in scripture, is in full swing today.  Many pastors are so busy telling their people to spend their time declaring positive declarations so good things are guaranteed that they are denying the warnings God has given throughout His Word, as well as the warnings His Spirit is speaking to His people daily.

Time is short.  Mock me if you will, but please take time to go before the Father and examine your own heart.  And take time to listen to what He is trying to tell you and show you.  Get into His Word.  Pray for this country, this world, and your family and neighbors.  He will sustain and speak to His own in the time of darkness.  Others will be lost in their despair.  I love you and will be happy to pray for you at any time.  Be alert and be wise.  Your redemption draws nigh.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:00

Heeding the Voice

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It's mid-August and I feel as though I missed summer altogether.  Most of you know that we spent weeks in another city in cancer treatment, which ate up our summer, or at least it felt that way.  Now, as the days get shorter and cooler and people are longing for Fall, I feel a little cheated out of my summer nights out on the deck.  Here in the mountains, summer is heavenly without the blazing heat in the valleys below.  At least we still have a few weeks of warm enough weather to be outdoors a bit before the cold arrives.

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 17:51

At peace with everyone?

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Do you ever have days where you wonder if you actually landed from another planet? Lately there have been several times when people's behaviors toward me caused me to stop and scratch my head, wondering how I missed something. I have two people in my life, a married couple, who are there without being family or close friends, but still are there. For some unknown reason, they just do not like me. I have spent hours, certainly more time than I should've, thinking and praying about what I might have done wrong. I have replayed conversations and situations and come up with zilch. They have expressed that nothing is wrong. But...we all know when something is just not right. It drives me crazy!! As far as it's possible, as the apostle Paul says, I want to be at peace with everyone. Evidently, at times it just is not possible.

 

I think if I have prayed earnestly and been honest as I examine every encounter, the Lord would open my eyes to an offense I've committed. Perhaps someone else influenced them against me unfairly. I really don't know. I have just decided that it's in God's hands, and He must be the one to exonerate me or open their eyes to the truth. There are times when we just simply have personality conflicts with others whether we try to blend or not. This couple seems to be annoyed at my very presence. Maybe they share those annoyances with each other to keep it perpetuated. Whatever the case, my conscience is clear.

 

My plan is to continue praying for these hearts to soften and that they might be willing to see me for who I really am. I certainly have my flaws and never claim to be without sin. I only want to be sure that we have a godly relationship without malice. I feel none towards them; only a bit of sadness that we cannot be friends.

 

Perhaps you think I'm dwelling too much on this. That could be true. It definitely has been very hurtful to me, but I think I'm over that. I just have a feeling that someone else might be dealing with the same issue and I hope to encourage you today. We will never please everyone or be loved by all. If we go before the Lord and make sure we have done nothing to hurt another, then we need to let it rest, and be at peace. If the Lord brings something to mind, we need to go to that person and do our best to make amends. Forgiveness is key on both sides, especially for Christians who desire to live a Christlike life. Knowing who we are in Christ and allowing Him to carry our burdens takes a huge load off. Thanks for letting me get this off my heart today.

 

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 00:00

At peace with everyone?

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Do you ever have days where you wonder if you actually landed from another planet? Lately there have been several times when people's behaviors toward me caused me to stop and scratch my head, wondering how I missed something. I have two people in my life, a married couple, who are there without being family or close friends, but still are there. For some unknown reason, they just do not like me.

Friday, 02 August 2013 22:53

Fresh Beginnings

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A few days ago I was meandering by the school supplies displayed in a local store and it brought back some sweet memories. Do you remember as a child preparing for the first day of school? Even though we didn't want summer to end, a new beginning brought excitement. At our house we had some special rituals. We would spend a whole day shopping, gathering all our required supplies from the published lists, and then we would go get new shoes and a new dress. Now this dates me for sure, because when I was growing up we had to wear dresses to class. In my later school years, high school and beyond, that changed and the unladylike 'pants' were allowed. We would plan and organize our new “stuff” for days before the start of school. We would even get new haircuts and plan every detail of the first day with our friends. 

The whole first week of school was just wonderful to me. I absolutely loved the brand new notebooks, the scent of new plastic, fresh paper, art supplies, new clothes and the most important part, new pens and pencils. I still love pens! I remember the thrill of a new teacher outlining all we would be learning and telling us all about herself (or himself). The sights and smells of fall and kids' laughter, marching bands and football games---what could be better? One year we even got to be the first to attend a brand new school in Artesia, Abo underground school. Everything there was new: desks, textbooks, blackboards, etc. That was a thrill for sure. To me, fall was the real beginning of a new year, not January. Fall and the start of school meant all kinds of new beginnings, new friends, new activities and realizing I was progressing toward adulthood, little by little. I could forget all the crumby things that happened last year, the kids who picked on me, or the teacher I just knew did not like me. That was all over and done. Fall was a fresh start!

When I reflect upon those rites of passage and how I began my school years so hopeful, I realize that as an adult I still feel that way a bit. When a new year begins, many of us feel that surge of fresh possibilities. With a really tough year I've been plodding through, I only wish I could be assured that this coming fall would be full of joy and new opportunities. As adults we don't quite get the same scenario as our children and grandchildren. Whatever trial we are walking through will not necessarily be over with the school semester. In fact, some of our trials are painfully long and no one has an answer for when they will end. We just endure, one day at a time, hoping and praying for the end of that particular journey. Also not so easy is letting go of those who have hurt us, abandoned us or just plain don't care that we are battle weary. Nevertheless, we set our faces like flint, remind ourselves of the promises of God, and keep putting one foot in front of the other. There will be an end, eventually. And sometimes we get glimpses of blessings rising from the ashes. God's mercies are new every morning, and great is His faithfulness. Those are two of His promises that I hold onto and love. So, even if the trial has not ended, the occasional discouraging thoughts do end as the Lord answers our prayers for strength and peace. 

I think one of the best things I can do is to make an effort to simplify, and live in childlike faith. I need to stop focusing on my problem and take time to find joy in a new notebook full of fresh paper, the scent of new plastic, or yes.....a new pen or two! I need to take time out each day and just transport myself back to that 'first day of school' mentality and get excited about the possibilities ahead. I think this year I will live vicariously through the kids and allow myself the pleasure of resurrecting some dreams that I have discarded in lieu of grieving. It just might work! Now I'm off to the office supply store (one of my favorite places to browse!)

 

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"Living in God's Rest...At Peace in a Chaotic World" "Masked in Deceit,"  and Faith's Illusions are all available now.  Living in God's Rest can be purchased from any of your favorite booksellers online or in stores. Masked in Deceit and Faith's Illusions, Christian novels, are available from Amazon. All books are offered in ebook versions as well.  I always appreciate reviews on the seller's sites.  Just click the books below and you will find links to purchase.

 

 

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 - Nancy

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