Today we pause to remember…

Prayers for the families of all those who lost loved ones. Prayers for those of us who remain that we will be ready to meet the Lord when our time comes. One day the Lord will wipe away every tear. One day there will be no more death, dying, and despair. We look to the hills from whence comes our help. Our help comes from the Lord!!

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The Living Word

Acts 17:24-31

24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

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Romans 5:1-10

5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

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Romans 8:1-6

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

20 Tips For Redeeming Your Time

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One day I was listening to the radio, and heard a great message by “Kingdom Builders Ministry”.  I don’t know where the church is located or anything, but there were some great tips shared by the speaker.  It caught my attention, so I pulled my car over to a safe spot to write most of them out before I forgot them.  Am I the only one who does this at times?  Hopefully not.  I might be revealing my weird side right now. LOL.

Anyway, here are the tips I was able to remember and record on my phone’s note taking app in no particular order, and I hope it helps somebody else too.  I love, love, love all types of organization tips and learning from others to make my life simpler as a busy wife, mother, and teacher.  There is always something new we can learn from those around us no matter how old or how young they might be, how rich or poor, or how high or low (in the world’s estimation). Anyway, here’s a few tips for you to check out and implement as you choose.

(Please note, that I have taken the liberty to add to and reword as I deemed appropriate to make this list of 20 tips.)

  1. Don’t get distracted and realize too late that life has got away from you.
  2. Take the vacation. Stop talking about going on a cruise, going to Paris, etc. Just go do what you said you want to do before it’s too late. Go make memories with those you love!
  3. Don’t be too busy over working, watching tv, checking out Facebook and Instagram post, etc. that you miss the important while focusing on the mundane.
  4. Remember that man’s days are limited in the overall expanse of time.
  5. We all have a purpose and need to be busy doing all that God has called us to be.
  6. Don’t die without giving the best version of you and building the greatest legacy of what you have to give to those you will leave behind.
  7. Nobody knows how much time they will have left, so don’t waste your time! Don’t just dream, but do!
  8. Recharge your body so that you can do what God calls you to do physically and mentally.
  9. Listen so God can take you where He desires you to go, so that you don’t become anxious, frustrated, and too tired to do what He actually wants you to do.
  10. Schedule time to rest and relax.  Take a day to rest regularly for a moment of clarity and solitude.
  11. Maximize your time, instead of wasting time on tv, games, social media, etc. Focus on bible study, prayer, planning, relationship building, etc.
  12. Don’t hesitate to take a break when needed even Jesus took a nap and separated from the crowd at times.
  13. Don’t feel guilty for taking ownership of your time when you have numerous responsibilities, goals, and priorities.  Don’t allow anyone to guilt you in to fulfilling their personal desires at the expense of your own.
  14. Exercise. Make healthy eating choices.
  15. Don’t allow anyone to disrespect your time! Reclaim your time just like Maxine Waters. (Smile)
  16. Be intentional. Plan dedicated time blocks for what you need to accomplish and limit distractions.
  17. Say no to nonessentials. It’s okay to say no! Truly it is!
  18. List your goals out so you can plainly see where you are trying to go. Write that vision!
  19. List your priorities.  Plan, add, and subtract from your schedule accordingly.
  20. Acknowledge the Lord in all your ways and He will direct your path.

 

 

 

 

No matter how far you’ve gone the Lord is still calling you to come back home!