Monday Motivation: Be Mindful of the Company You Keep

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No friendship will ever compare to the one we have with Jesus, and as believers it is imperative to remain wise about the earthly relationships we keep!

Proverbs 12:26 (NKJV)

The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray.

 

Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV)

He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.

 

Proverbs 22:24-25 (NKJV)

24 Make no friendship with an angry man,
And with a furious man do not go,
25 Lest you learn his ways
And set a snare for your soul.

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV) 

33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

 

2 Corinthians 6:14 (NKJV)

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

 

BE BLESSED!!

Monday Motivation: NOTHING Compares to God’s Wisdom!

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1 Corinthians 2:6-13 (MSG)

6-10 We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text:

No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—
What God has arranged for those who love him.

But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.

10-13 The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along. Who ever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God—except that he not only knows what he’s thinking, but he lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. We don’t have to rely on the world’s guesses and opinions. We didn’t learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person-to-person through Jesus, and we’re passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way.

 

BE BLESSED!!!

Music Monday: There is Power in the Name of Jesus

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Philippians 2:9-11 (NLT)   

                                                                                                                                                                                         Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Christ Is Supreme

Colossians 1:15-23 (NLT)

15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
    He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
    in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
    and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
    Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
    and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
    which is his body.
He is the beginning,
    supreme over all who rise from the dead.
    So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
    was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
    everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
    by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.

 

BE BLESSED!!

Am I Mommy Enough?

Some days in Mommy Land are absolutely stellar.  On these days I actually accomplish some of the tasks on my to-do list, while happily engaging my lovely daughter with big smiles and even bigger laughs.  I cherish the cuddles, fully embrace the moments of just being with my child, and at the end of the evening the new recipe I tried is heartily devoured by my toddler and husband.  I feel balanced, successful, and like I can conquer the world. I feel so good that I might even award myself an imaginary gold star for achievement, LOL.  I go to sleep with all sorts of happy thoughts, believing the following day will be just as positive.

Alas, there are those days (like today), that it takes all of my self-control to keep my composure in the middle of the Target aisle because my precious princess is driving me up the wall!!  As I inhale and exhale deeply, I contemplate just how long it will take me to get home and put my little one down for a nap, so I can cry those tears of frustration I’ve been holding in all morning.  I look at the clock and can’t believe it’s only noon, and pray that God will help me maintain my patience, joy, and loving kindness toward my child for the remainder of the day.

It is on these days, or more accurately, in these moments, that I sometimes question if I am mommy enough.

Am I mommy enough to keep my cool when my child is being disobedient?

Am I mommy enough to press through the challenging times, knowing that my work is not in vain?

Am I mommy enough to remain disciplined as I discipline my toddler?

Am I mommy enough to ask for help when I need it?

Am I mommy enough to train up my child in the way she should go?

Am I mommy enough to rejoice in the special blessing of this calling as a mother?

Am I mommy enough to let go of my mistakes?

Am I mommy enough to surrender to the Lord in the midst of it all?

Am I mommy enough to give my growing girl and baby to come all that they need to have the lives they deserve?

Am I mommy enough?…

The truth is, I know the answer to all these questions is a resounding YES!  Sometimes doubt creeps in and there are times that I simply miss the mark, but God made no mistake when he appointed me to be the mother of these two precious lives! Even when I am tired and weary, angry and upset, I am enough! And the best, most reassuring truth is that I am filled with The Holy Spirit of God and (thankfully) not relying on my strength alone!!

Philippians 4:13 (AMP)

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

Oh my dear fellow mamas, if you can relate to ever feeling this way, I encourage you…us, to hold on!  As much as I may struggle with these thoughts sometimes, I am determined to keep them in check so I can do what’s most important:  Cherish every moment, the great and the challenging, with my gifts from God. :)

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The morning wasn’t all chaos. I was able to enjoy a very special breakfast date. ;)

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BE BLESSED!!