Thursday, January 31, 2013

Yes, Lord! But....

Good Morning Friends,
Today, I am joining-in with my friends, over at Faith Barista! The topic for today is, "YES."  This one little word, holds a great deal of significance for us.  It is so easy to respond with, "yes," and not really mean it or care about what you are agreeing to. Right? So many of us say yes to Jesus, family, friends and co-workers. But, do we really mean it?  For me, yes can mean so many things than what it should mean. For instance, I'll say yes, in order...

1.   To be left alone.
2.  To satisfy another's needs.
3.  To move forward with to the next question or task.
4.  To get along with you.
5.  To NOT have to think about it.
6.  To make myself feel good.

And, the list goes on and on. Saying yes, is serious and should not be a ready-response. How many times have we said yes to Jesus and kept right on doing the same things that we were doing before, without a change of heart, attitude, ways and spirit? We have all done it, in one way or another.  As I have grown(and still growing) in my spiritual walk with the Lord, I have learned to think upon the word, yes, before uttering it, carelessly.  I want to say yes and...

1.   Mean it.
2.  Feel it.
3.  Apply it.
4.  Reflect upon the changes that occurred.

Question: When you say, "yes," do you mean it? How does this one little word reflect your relationship with Christ? 

Scripture 

Luke 11:28

New International Version (NIV)
He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Music: God is Tryin' to Tell You Somethin'
From: The Color Purple
 


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Winners of January's Giveaway: The Lord's Prayer Coasters



Good Evening!
First of all, I would like to thank all of you, who took the time to comment and enter January's contest. 
There are 4 winners of The Lord's Prayer Coasters!

1.  Lisi from Lisi's Place
2.  David from Grace Notes and India
3.  Connie from Crafty Home Cottage
4. Courtney from Growing is Beautiful

February's Giveaway, the coasters pictured below, starts tomorrow, with my post, titled:  Yes, Lord!  But... 
Linking up with: Faith Barista
Again, I will choose 4 winners. Each person receives one coaster. 






Sunday, January 20, 2013

Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hello!
Happy MLK DAY! This is a recap of last year's post. Enjoy your day and think peace, unity, acceptance and love.

Scripture for the Day

The Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, 

but of  living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 

-Romans 14:15 (NLT) 


Music and Videos in Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder
A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.




Thursday, January 10, 2013

One Word for 2013: JOY

Good Evening Friends,
My word for 2013 is JOY...Inexpressible Joy! I've chosen this word for many reasons:
1.  Joy describes how my soul feels, in His Presence.
2.  Joy surpasses happiness, as it is deep, fulfilling and everlasting.
3.  Joy causes my heart to dance.
4.  Joy wraps itself around me, even in the midst of pain, loss and chaos.

Opening Scripture
New International Version (NIV)
Trials and Temptations
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

If you pop into my blog, now and then, you know that I try to fill my posts with joy, love and thanksgiving. I try to live in the midst of joy, at all times. I try to keep continuous praise upon my lips and in my heart. Why? I know my Father supplies more than my portion of joy and I refuse to ignore His gift. Joy is special and it lives in each one of our souls. It comes to each one of us through our quiet time with God, while kneeling at the feet of Jesus.  This joy has nothing to do with the "things" we own in this world...the tangibles of this life. Instead, it is the recognition of our new life to come, when we are at Home with Him.

As far back as I can remember, I have been a joyful person. As a child, other children and adults would ask me why I was so happy. Of course, I didn't have the words to explain my feelings. But, I always felt that there was this "wellspring" of joy deep down in my soul. And, I would try to give it to others. And, yes, this caused me to be picked-on by other kids and dismissed by a few adults. Many people said that I led a sheltered life and that my time would come for pain and suffering. They were right. My time for pain and suffering had come and continued to come.  It came...

~When I was a tiny little girl and couldn't understand why Great Grandma Izetta was sleeping in a beautiful wooden box and couldn't come home with us. I was inconsolable. I didn't understand death.
~When I was a tiny little girl and couldn't understand why I was so sick and couldn't breathe. I had pneumonia in both lungs and wasn't expected to live. 
~When I was about 7 years old and my sweet Aunt Ruby went to live with Jesus.
~In my preteen years, as I watched a drunk driver in a green truck run over a friend, as we crossed the street...as one of my friends was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and could barely walk.
~In my 20's when my dad, unexpectedly, passed away....my grandpa lost his sight to glaucoma and passed away.
~In my 30's, when some of my students were hurt, killed and diagnosed with terminal illnesses.
~In my 40's when I lost my Auntie Doris, Uncle Everett and Grandma Agnes...when the paramedics couldn't find my pulse....

These are just a few of the incidents in my timeline of life that could have stolen my joy. But, they didn't. That wellspring of joy just kept on bubbling and growing. And, to this day, I still have my joy. I may become sick, saddened or shattered, but my joy remains. It remains, in the face of life and death. That Joy is Christ. Yes, I am convinced that nothing can take my Joy away.


Closing Scripture
New International Version (NIV)

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 2013 Giveaway! 4 Coasters=4 Winners!

January 2013 Giveaway! 4 Coasters=4 Winners!

I am giving away a beautiful wooden coaster to 4 lucky winners! The winners will receive one coaster holding, The Lord's Prayer.  Want to become eligible?! Here's what you have to do:

1. Join my blog through Google Friend Connect on the right-hand side of this post.

2. Make sure you leave a comment on all of the January posts(only one comment per post, please).  Be sure to leave a comment on each post. The first post is already available, here, at this link: 
http://prayernotesbycynthia.blogspot.com/2012/12/book-review-if-you-have-craving-i-have.html

Giveaway ends January 31st, 2013!

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