Do you want to know how to be successful? Genesis 39:2 “The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man…” Make sure you have the Lord with you at all times, good times and bad times. Most people forget God when they have good times. Remember the Lord, especially during the good times. Joseph was an exceptional man. He loved God, even during his worst times, but also during the good times. Declare that YOU ARE successful because JESUS is with you.
Driving an expensive car does not make you someone special. It doesn’t make you any better than anyone else. Neither does an expensive house, jewelry, clothes or any other material possessions. Driving a small beat up barely-get-there car doesn’t make you any less special than everyone else either. Nor does wearing shabby clothes, unkempt, no jewelry, living in the projects or on the street. It’s not about stuff. It’s about Who you have in your heart. Jesus didn’t have a bed, fancy jewelry, fancy robes or any of the stuff some people associates with being somebody, while He lived here on this earth. He had His Father and the Holy Spirit. And He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He gave His very life so that we can have life with Him, now and in eternity. That’s what makes us somebody special, what He gave to restore us to Him.
I heard a great description of how much God loves the human race. Adam walked with God in the garden, before he sinned. Everything was perfect. Then Adam chose to disobey God. I’m sure God wanted to wrap His arms around Adam and comfort him, much like any parent would, with their child who disobeyed and felt bad for displeasing his parent. God couldn’t go to Adam to comfort him and hug him because His glory would have killed Adam. I’m sure He wanted to desperately. I can visualize Him wanting to hold Adam and say “It’s all going to be okay, Adam. I already had a plan in place to restore you and your descendants back to me. I knew about this before you ever did this”. Isn’t that like parents who are teaching their little ones about obedience. They know their child is going to disobey, push the limits. Try to see if they can get away with disobeying. Try to hide it, cover it up. Occasionally the parent will let the child make the bad choice and then suffer the consequence so they will understand that the parent was trying to teach them that there was a reason for the instruction of “don’t do this thing or that”. The instruction or rule was for their protection and their good. It wasn’t to deny the child something fun. But, remember, God is HOLY and He cannot be around sin. He had to remove Himself from the garden. God didn’t want that. He loved us all enough to give us free will. We make our own choice, to believe in Him and to choose Him, but He won’t force us to do that. He didn’t want a bunch of robots. He wanted people who would choose Him and love Him. The real consequence of Adam’s sin was the chasm between himself and God. God could no longer walk with Adam. That must have hurt God so much. He loved companionship with Adam in the garden. The second consequence was that Adam and Eve were banished from the garden, lest they eat of the tree of life and live forever in their fallen state. There again, God loved them so much that He was protecting them from that.
This week I’ve been painting. I painted both sides of the laundry door that goes into the garage. The garage side is gray. The laundry room side is a pastel teal. I used semi-gloss paint so it could be wiped down easy after it was dry. I decided I needed a bit of color in there and it does look good. I plan to paint the interior walls in the house.
Then I started a craft project. I wanted some refrigerator magnets. I bought some wood rounds and used the left-over teal paint to paint the tops. One coat isn’t enough so I’m going to have to paint another coat tomorrow. Have you ever done a craft project that didn’t turn out like you thought it would? This might be that kind. We’ll see.
I’ve been spending too much time on Pinterest. I’m hooked. Not so much of a FB fan, trying to relearn it since they changed it to a “timeline”. Haven’t really gotten into Instagram either. My nephew loves it. Maybe I’ll get him to teach me. It might be time to set a day of “social media fasting” for us. Husband is hooked on Craigslist.
I love this cooler weather. I am really enjoying the fall season. Been thinking of Thanksgiving and already bought the turkey. Mom and my sister and I have been talking over the menu. Mom makes the absolute best dressing. She never measures the spices because she samples while she cooks and it’s always delicious. She always bakes the turkey. We, like most families, have several desserts. Hershey cake, pumpkin pie, the pink stuff (as we call it), peach cobbler with a scoop of ice cream (now that Blue Bell is back, WooHoo!), Neaman Marcus cake.
Operation Christmas Child will be receiving gift shoeboxes from November 16 – 23. Have you started yours yet? It is so much fun to shop for the gifts to put in a shoebox, especially if you have someone to join you. I spent probably 45 minutes just in the toy department today looking at dolls, then I remembered I had groceries in the car that I needed to put in the fridge at home. I did get a blouse and tights, for a girl age 7. I put in some peppermint balls. Tomorrow I’ll look again for a small doll and maybe a small coloring book and crayons or maybe a book. A small flashlight. I think I’ll go over to Mardel’s or Lifeway Christian Store and see what they have. Operation Christmas Child!
I started a personal Bible study. I’m going through the book of Psalms and journaling all of the “I Will’s”.
Even if you fall flat on your face, you’re still at least 5 feet ahead!
Forgive me, I can’t remember where I got this but it is worth sharing. The Blessing of Shalom; this is what it means when someone wishes you Shalom. May you be whole in body, soul and spirit as a result of being in harmony with God’s will and purpose for your life. May His peace be your covering, may your heart know His fullness, and by His mighty power may you know victory over every enemy. May He bring to pass the deepest desires of your heart. May you know the healing power of His presence, and the restoration of every broken relationship. Through His sufficiency, may every need you face be met by His limitless resources. May His covenant promises be fulfilled in your life and in your family. May He bring you the greatest measure of contentment, and the deepest satisfaction that your heart can possibly know through Yeshua Messiah. SHALOM friends!
I started a family survey. At first I was just going to send it out to the “girls”. But then I thought it might be fun to send it to the guys too. My purpose is to learn more about each of them. As we get older, we change, we grow. I know I’ve changed. My favorite colors, tastes in foods and drinks, my height (yes, I’m a wee bit shorter). My secondary purpose, I wanted to know this info so I could get a better idea of some Christmas gifts and sometimes personal info helps. I plan to send self-addressed stamped return envelopes so they will return them to me. Thought I’d make little booklets and send to everyone so we all could see what the others wrote and learn more about each other. Following are the questions.
What are your 2 favorite colors. What colors do you dislike. Which veg’s do you like and dislike. Which side dishes do you like and dislike. What condiments do you like and dislike. Oreos or Chocolate Chip. Cream pie or fruit pie. Favorite dessert. Hot chocolate; with or without marshmallows. Favorite drink. How tall are you. Do you enjoy reading, what genre. 2 favorite restaurants. Favorite hobby. Dream vacation in the world. Dream vacation in the USA. Favorite Bible people. Favorite season. Favorite holiday. Favorite game (not electronic or digital). Where would you really like to live, if there were no obstacles to you living there. Write an outstanding childhood memory. Do you prefer city living or country, mountain or lake. 3 favorite Bible verses. 2 all time favorite movies. Do you wear a watch. Morning or night person. Traditional (old time) or contemporary gospel music. Have you ever gone ice skating. What is/was your favorite cartoon. Right handed or left handed.
I am expecting the Lord God to give me strength, give me wisdom, help me to redeem my time so I can accomplish my goals and fulfill His purposes.
I’m watching many of my favorite Christmas movies these days. I sure hope we get snow this year, on Christmas, not so much that we can’t drive down to Mom’s for the day.
I am truly enjoying being retired.
A booklet of 30 pages that I highly recommend, “Quantum Faith” by Annette Capps, daughter of Bible teacher Charles Capps. She studied quantum physics and explains how it relates to the Bible. Ever wonder about the concept of the verse in Mark 11:23 spoken by Jesus, “For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says”. Annette explains it in quantum logic, in plain language for simple easy understanding.
A book I highly recommend, Angels by Charles Capps and Annette Capps. Yeah, there are a lot of books out there on angels these days. Did you know God’s angels want to be involved in every area of your life, your home, business, finances, family? They want to help us.
O Lord, help us to love what You love, and to hate what You hate.
Explain to me why Brach’s did not put the sticks in the bags of caramels for the caramel apples. I’d like to know. They always did when I was younger.
And why can’t I find Brach’s the Caramel Macchiato Candy Corn in the stores this year. My husband ate most of the bag left over from last year and the two I ordered at Amazon this year. Brach’s Caramel Macchiato Candy Corn – 15 oz.
I encourage you all to read the Bible every day and meditate on the Word all through the day. Hide it in your heart. Hard days are coming and you will need it, not you might need it. You will need it. And you will be able to encourage others who don’t have it hidden in their hearts. I have family and friends who won’t read the Bible and they will be lead astray and carried off by ungodly doctrines. Their friends, family, employers, even our government, will tell them lies and if they don’t have the Word in their own hearts, they will be led to the slaughter. Just like salvation is for each individual, it is also the responsibility of each individual to put the Word in their own heart. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8 God will never change and neither does His Word. That’s a wonderful thing that we can count on.
And since we are coming close to Thanksgiving you’ll love these.
Celebrating Thanksgiving in America at Wallbuilders.
George Washington’s Proclamation 1789 at Wallbuilders.
Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation 1863 at Wallbuilders.
Enjoy these times. The holidays will whiz by before we know it. Christmas trees (the real ones) will be here soon, even before Thanksgiving. Don’t make it all about the gifts and shopping. Treasure every precious moment with your family and friends. Blessings to you all this week.