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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Guard YOUR Heart

Luke 6:45 King James Version (KJV)

45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Proverbs 4:23 King James Version (KJV)

23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.


I KNOW IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE MY LAST POST. I AM GOING TO DO BETTER...  I HAVE BEEN STUDYING IN MY DEVOTIONS LATELY ABOUT THE HEART, A PURE HEART, A HEART FOR THE LORD, AND THIS WEEK, GUARDING YOUR HEART. I FEEL THIS IS SO IMPORTANT, AS I HAVE LEARNED FIRSTHAND OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, AND ESPECIALLY OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS.  JUST A FEW THINGS I HAVE NOTED..

 

Guarding your heart 

this is very hard , but much needed. We need to be on guard, when it comes to protecting ourselves from harm and danger.This can be when hanging around certain people, doing stuff with the wrong crowd, presenting yourself as someone that wants to be around certain behavior, peer pressure, etc. It is a proven fact that our environment does play a factor in decisions that are made.Discernment plays a huge role in this also. I believe God gives you that, ''to know when and when not''...to be able to see the good from the bad, the right from the wrong. When someone develops that kind of discernment, I feel that is a sign of maturity, both spiritually , and PERSONALLY.   With all diligence-- that is pretty powerful. To me, that is PROTECTING one from evil. Protect your loved one or yourself from evil. Don't put yourself in situations where you know things will not be good. Don't be in an environment where you know things could turn bad. Remember who and what you stand for.Ask the Lord to guard your heart in important decisions you make, this includes future jobs, friends, mates, or in daily decisions... remember the enviroment.. surround yourself with pleasant things, walk by faith, NOT by sight...

In guarding your heart, this is on a huge personal level. Stay away from jealousy, bitterness, arguing, being POSSESSIVE, {{REMEMBER YOU CAN HAVE MORE THAN ONE FRIEND!!!!! }}resentment, and here is the big one...PRIDE... All of these are toxins... bad toxins that can poison us if we are not careful.

GUARDING YOUR HEART... In our daily life, we need, myself included, need to be more on guard..HOW?? obey HIS word, Pray, and watch and protect our heart. and IF you have a broken heart, a damaged heart, a sad heart.. ask the Lord for a renewed HEART. A clean heart..  

dear LORD, Guard my heart , for life has it's issues. PROTECT me, and help me with Discernment is my prayer today!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

JOY JOY JOY

I FIRST WANT TO SAY I KNOW IT'S BEEN A HOTTT MINUTE SINCE THE LAST POST, BUT SOMETIMES, LIFE JUST HAPPENS, AND WE GET WAY TOO BUSY TO EVEN DO MORE IMPORTANT THINGS THAN EVEN THINK ABOUT POSTING ON A BLOG... BUT HERE GOES!

I have had a lot on my mind recently.... some of which I can not help, and some of which the devil uses to get my heart feeling wrong to another person, or some little thing said that I may take a little different, or when you KNOW you are trying your hardest to do right, and then it seems like it just is not as important as others as you know it is and make it out to be.... this can affect your true JOY... In my devotions lately, I have been studying JOY..and how your JOY can affect others. I am posting this mainly for myself, cause I know I need it, but I wrote some notes along the way, and feel like it may could help someone, so hope you enjoy... I have learned so much lately. I recently had a conversation with two people. One of which , I grew up with. She was discussing with me about how things that people do and say can ruin you. This is true.. and take your joy away. Why?? You depend on these certain people to be there for you, pray for you , and treat you like family.. yet, they say hurtful things about you and your family, they destroy YOUR character, and it can seem like it makes YOU look like the'' bad guy''. The devil uses this type of person 
ALL the time to take your JOY away.God gives us His LOVE and that humbles us. It makes us aware that HE can love us like no other.He gives us His peace and that makes us steady..
stead·y
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adjective
adjective: steady; comparative adjective: steadier; superlative adjective: steadiest
1.

firmly fixed, supported, or balanced; not shaking or moving.


that's right..... firmly fixed.. fixed on Jesus, and HIS JOY He has for us .IF we are steady, and firmly fixed on Jesus, His JOY is there always. 


The Lord makes us JOYFUL , it gives us HIS STRENGTH! It can calm your nerves way better that an ativan, which is a strong med used to treat anxiety. 


 Nehemiah 8:10
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. 
Joy IS strong. It holds up under fire. It can show up just when life is pressing you. My Pastor's Wife.. I have learned so much from HER during the years. SHE once told me that God transforms your ''raw material'' ( bad thoughts, failures you may have, depression), and makes YOU a trophy for Him. That's  my desire... No, I am NOT trying to be Mrs. Perfect, but I am trying to live for Him , and  BE MYSELF, and desire to  be used for HIM. and at the end of the day, THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS. PLEASING God, AND then REJOICE!!!! Then, you will have true JOY.. We can see all of these traits in the 12 apostles and disciples.  He chose THEM. He picked ordinary people just like you and me...and chose to use THEM, just like HE chooses to use YOU AND ME. if we yield our life and control To HIM .Your strength is made PERFECT in weakness.
When you think you have it bad... visit a loved one who can not walk, or can not drive anymore.. YET, they still praise God.. they still know that GOD loves them.... HE GIVES THEM JOY IN THEIR WEAKNESS.. 
LAST THOUGHT: not all of life's experiences are going to be bitter..  and when you have these bad experiences.. they make you BETTER.. get you some JOY!
Overcome those things, and people, who try to bring you down... Joy.. JESUS, OTHERS, YOU!





Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Wonderful Time

 we recently returned from our annual anniversary vacay. We had a great time. We went to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. It was a beautiful trip. We had a  lot of fun and went on a great excursion to the Emotions Park. We rode atv's thru the jungle, and got muddy. We swam in an inderground river and cenote and discovered a bat cave.
 It was really nice, the food was great and we got to dress up every night
 the painted coconuts
 we had a great time the other day riding to the mountains to see the leaves, with the senior adults. We had a great time eating breakfast and going to the highest point this side of the Mississippi River.
 We made it to the top
 the leaves were just starting to turn
beautiful



We feel so very blessed to be able to travel like we do, and the Lord has blessed us so much with letting us help with the Senior Adults. They bless our hearts so very much!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

BUTTER NUT POUND CAKE

So, I went over to my parent ' s home the other day. We has purchased some butter nut flavoring to go in some Homemade Butter Pecan Ice cream we were going to be making. On the back was a  pound cake recipe.  We decided to try to make it.  We had all the ingredients to make it right  then and there.  It turned out to be very good. I had never made a pound cake in a loaf pan before.  I think the  next will be in a regular tube pan. I  topped mine with fresh peaches and whipped cream! :) ♡ yummy!  We had a great time  baking together!
Sour Cream Pound Cake ( Butter Nut Pound Cake)
Ingredients:
2/3 CUP OF BUTTER SOFTENED
2 CUPS OF SUGAR
2/3 CUP OF SOUR CREAM
4 EGGS
1 TABLESPOON OF VANIILLA BUTTER NUT FLAVORING
2 CUPS OF FLOUR SIFTED
1/4 TEASPOON BAKING SODA

BEAT BUTTER, SUGAR, AND SOUR CREAM WITH ELECTRIC MIXER ON MEDIUM SPEED UNTIL LIGHT AND FLUFFY. ADD EGGS, 1 AT A TIME, BEATING WELL AFTER EACH ADDITION.ADD VANILLA BUTTER NUT FLAVORING , MIX WELL. GRADUALLY BEAT  IN FLOUR AND BAKING SODA ON LOW SPEED UNTIL WELL MIXED.
POUR INTO GREASED AND FLOURED 9X5 INCH LOAF PAN.
BAKE IN PREHEATED 325 DEGREE OVEN ONE HOUR OR UNTIL TOOTHPICK INSERTED IN CENTER COMES OUT CLEAN. COOL IN PAN 10 MINUTES . REMOVE FROM PAN, COOL COMPLETELY ON WIRE RACK.

** this recipe is called sour cream pound cake, but we like to call it Butter Nut Pound Cake**



 
mixing it up
all ready for the oven
YUMMM. COOLING ON THE RACK!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Nothing Too Hard

Sometimes, we pray for things for a long time. We wonder why God has not answered our prayer. Sometimes, we even get angry because He answers our prayer, but really in a way we did not expect. I came across this the other day and I thought it was a blessing. I hope  to be an ENCOURAGEMENT today to someone.

NOTHING is ever too hard to do,
If your FAITH is strong and your purpose is TRUE.
So NEVER give up and NEVER STOP,
Just journey on to the mountaintop!


That was such great words.. great words I needed for the day, as I know others, right now, who need this type of encouragement. Remember God knows and sees what is ahead. He protects and shields us from things we can NOT see in the future. 
 

Matthew 19:26King James Version (KJV)

26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

I am reminded of the song,''Is anything too hard for God?''  ''Is anything too hard for God? Who's got a problem beyond His power to solve? Are there situations He's NOT the Master of? Is anything TOO hard for God? ''

God knows where YOU are and knows YOUR NAME. He can meet your need and answer in His time! There is nothing beyond His power to solve. He knows the situation of EVERY fear you may face! This challenges us to give Him situations we have no control over, let Him be the master of them all.
 Just remember NOTHING is too hard for GOD!
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Psalm 91:4King James Version (KJV)

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Easter 2017

Easter time already.. my how time flies. We had a blessed Sunday in God's house celebrating His RESURRECTION  and a wonderful time afterwards. The weather was great ! The food and family time was much needed. Here are a few pics from the day! Remember He Lives!









Wednesday, April 26, 2017

true GREATNESS

When you were growing up, did you stop and think of what you wanted to be?? Like a housewife, mechanic, carpenter, sales person? Of course, you change your mind a thousand times, but down deep inside, you have that inkling of what you want to do and pray for God's will. You also want to be the GREATEST that you can be at that chosen profession. You might ask yourselves how can I be GREAT at this thing> I feel personally you learn from those before that has acheived  GREATNESS already.
I attended the funeral of one of the most caring, wonderful, Christian ladies today. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. She was a true example of the Proverbs 31 lady. She was selfless, and giving in her ways of cooking, gardening, or just a person to talk with, and her TIME. A few years ago, I went to the mailbox one day... inside their was a cooking magazine.. I knew I had not ordered a magazine, so I go to open it and it had lovely card inside, that said,'' just was thinking of you, hope you enjoy, Love, Mrs. Oxie''
This was something that was much needed, at the time.. She knew I was like my mother and grandmaw and knew I enjoyed my time in the kitchen when I could be in there.. I really don't know what made her think of me at that particular time, but I REALLY will always remember that.. that one true GREAT thing she did..  it blessed my heart so much...there a 80something year old lady thinking to do something for me.. I felt so unworthy.
Another thing that made her so GREAT was she was obedient to the Lord and admired her husband, another GREAT example of the Proverbs 31 lady. She always was doing the right thing, and lived her life accordingly. She was raised right and loved her Church and her Church family. She lived a GREAT life in front of her family, and even shunned by some of her immediate family, but still lived a GREAT Christian life. Her character was formed EARLY in life. When her husband died, her faith in the LORD did not die, she kept on keeping on and doing GREAT things for the Lord.
I can truly say she was an ENCOURAGER and always encouraged me , with singing or telling me she got a blessing from my singing.. what she did not know was she was encouraging me to do GREAT things for the LORD and be a blessing to others. I was truly blessed to be able to sing with a gruop of ladies today at her funeral During the singing today, I just felt her smiling down.. . She was a huge and GREAT encourager and help to my grandmaw when my grandpa died. She would come home with her on Sundays after Church and spend all Sunday afternoon with her , talking with her, rocking, and catching up on things that had happened that week, for that I will always be GRATEFUL.
So, you see, why I think this lady was GREAT, and through her life, MANY can see the GREAT things she did, and most of all, the GREAT GOD she served, and because of that, we can ALL be encouraged to do GREAT things , and be a better and GREAT person for the LORD. May we all do GREAT things for Him.