Something To Think About…

The joy of the Lord is my strength! Sorrow abounds all around us as we or our loved ones deal with stress, disappointments, illness, and loss, yet still we can find joy in the presence of the Lord! When darkness tries to overtake me I look to the hills from whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord! Your help comes from the Lord too! I might have to cry sometimes, but I hold fast to God’s promise that one day He will wipe away every tear! I may not always understand “why”, but I’m thankful for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. The one who can keep me and you through it all, the great I am, is always with us even when we might feel alone and forsaken. God said He will never leave us nor forsake us, and we must believe this as we walk in faith through the storms of life. I may feel sadness try to overtake me unawares, but in the presence of my Lord it must flee! The joy of the Lord is my strength! I will trust and abide in Him!!

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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!!

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!

If I…

Matthew 9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be made whole.

If I … Wow. Two little words, yet so powerful!!
If I… Words that expressed determination to press through and to press on no matter the obstacles that lie ahead!
If I… Words that required tremendous faith to reach out to the great physician!
If I… Words that required ignoring past disappointments and failures.
If I.. Words that drove out doubt and no options.
If I… Words that expressed hope and a personal choice.
If I… Words that gave focus in the midst of naysayers, doubters, and societies set rules.
If I… Words that went beyond what was seen with the natural eye and pushed forward into the supernatural, spiritual.
If I… Words that revealed understanding that true faith requires action!
If I…

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Check out our latest podcast episode!

Listen to this episode of my podcast, Stepping Stones 123, Loving Our Children!

https://anchor.fm/devonne/episodes/Loving-Our-Children-e2ukvg

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Something To Think About…

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Sharing an old Facebook post today. Please share your thoughts in the comments!!

You may not be able to depend on people to stay with you through the storm to comfort and help you in your time of distress. You might even lose some things or suffer damages in the process, however be of good courage. You have prepared in advance for the storm that has come upon you through prayer, fasting, studying the word, and obedience. Now, sit back and relax, knowing God is there to keep you and comfort you with His strength, power, provision, and never ending love!

Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV)

6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Deuteronomy 31:8 (KJV)

8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Luke 8:23-25(KJV)

23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

Mission Minded: Go And Compel Them To Come!!

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Listen to this episode of my podcast, Stepping Stones 123, Mission minded: Go and compel them to come!! https://anchor.fm/devonne/episodes/Mission-minded-Go-and-compel-them-to-come-e24fb1

Mission minded: Go and compel them to come!!

Verse Of The Day

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Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.