Archive for December, 2008

I was sitting here feeling sorry for myself because Steve has to work tonight. When midnight hits I can only cuddle my Princess. If she is not already asleep. I got to thinking about it and I have nothing to feel sorry for myself about. 2008 has been a great year.

  • We got our own home, when so many people are losing theirs.
  • We have not lost one person in our family.
  • My Dad made it through another year, there was a point where we were not sure if he would make it through 2007.
  • Steve has finally found a good job that he likes. It took a couple of tries, but he is now a happy little camper.
  • We have gotten right with the Lord.
  • We got to see an African American elected president. I may not agree with his politics, but he is still a history making president.
  • Gas prices soared to new heights then dropped like a rock.( Thank You Lord)
  • We have found a church family that is awesome.
  • Steve and I’s relationship is stronger and we are closer than we have ever been.
  • Mom and Dad living here and no major problems.( Thank You Lord)
  • We found our missing niece, who has had 2 boys in her years being away from the family.

Yes we have had our downs, but are highs outweigh those by so much

  • Mom winding up in the hospital 2 times.
  • Being thrown out of our duplex because it was foreclosed on. (That was how we started the new year)(Mind you we were renters!!)
  • Patty ending up in the hospital.
  • Steve being fired twice and quitting 2 other jobs.

Really those are all I can think of. Like I said the good more than out weighs the bad. I hope you all have a wonderful new year and please be safe. May God bless all of you this year. Here’s to a great,safe,happy,healthy,and spiritual 2009!!!

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For you shall eat [the fruit] of the labor of your hands; happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) shall you be, and it shall be well with you.

Psalm 128:2

There is nothing more fulfilling than being rested and ready for the work that God has called us to do. god puts the desire in us to minister to people through whatever work we do. But ministry is work that requires physical, emotional, and spiritual strength.

Hard work is rewarding when you follow God’s way and minister to other people through “the labor of your hands.” That is why it is so important to start your day with God. His presence will build you up emotionally, His words will strengthen you spiritually, and the time of rest that He calls you to enjoy will make you physically able to handle whatever comes your way.

Starting Your Day Right-Joyce Meyer

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And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands–yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.

Psalm 90:17

It is obvious we are supposed to work more than rest. Some people just lie on the couch, eating junk food and watching television all day, and then wonder why their lives are a wreck.

Once rested, get up and work. You can not take authority over your life if you do not have authority over a sink full of dirty dishes or a messy garage. If you want to grow in ministry to others, the Word says you must get your own house in order first ( see 1 Timothy 3:5) Stay home and clean if you need to; but win the battle of getting your life in order before tackling the whole world.

I am learning to be submissive to my husband. It is hard, but it has so many wonderful rewards. I honestly struggle with giving up control. I need to trust my husband to make the best decisions for us. I married him, obviously I trusted him, but I had to learn that he was trusting God to help him with the decisions he was making for us. I had to realize that Steve is submissive to God and I am submissive to Steve.

Until recently for the last 8 1/2 years that we have been married it was my job to pay the bills, keep up with the checkbook, and make sure there is enough money for us to make it through until the next paycheck arrives. I hated doing these things. I never knew if I was doing the right thing with our money. The money or really the lack of money caused many fights between Steve and I, even if it was something else we were fighting about, money lay at the root of it all. When we both started growing in the Lord, He made us see that we needed to change the dynamics of our marriage. Steve is the head, he is my leader, in all things. He makes the decisions. He pays the bills and keeps up with the checkbook. I no longer worry about what bills are due or if do we have enough to cover them all.

Now do not get me wrong, we are equal partners in our marriage. That is the way it is supposed to be. My opinions counts. When a decision needs to be made Steve comes and asks my opinion. He tells me how he sees it, and he prays about the decision. Then with all the info he has he makes the final decision. It is kinda funny, but it seems this way he listens to me more often than not. I think that reason is he gets to listen to my side and I listen to his side but there is fighting or yelling. Now if he does not make the decision I want him to make or if it turns out that was the wrong decision totally it is not my job to tell him ” I told you so you should have listened to me.” God will deal with him and help him see where he went wrong. My job as a wife is to encourage and support him at all times, no matter what happens. No, it is not easy, but with God’s love and help you and I can do this.

Ladies, our husbands have so many pressures on their shoulders, we do not need to add to it. If you are really having an issue with your husband go to God first. Pray about it, ask Him for help. If you feel you need to confront your husband, please do it in love. If you have needed the garage cleaned up for ages instead of saying, “Honey go clean that messy garage out” say ” Honey can you help me out? You are so good at organizing, could you figure out a system to organize the garage?” He will respond better because you asked for help, instead of issuing a command. Our husband get beat down by this world, their bosses, co-workers, family, and health issues. We need to be the ones to build them up. How long has it been since you told your husband how much you appreciate the hard work he does for your family? We need to be a safe haven of encouragement and support. Trust me, he knows when he has messed up. He has God as his head as our husbands are ours.

Being submissive does not mean we are a slave, or a doormat to be walked all over. If you really want a closer relationship with God start by serving Him. He will bless you for your faithfulness. God commanded that wives be submissive to their husbands. By your being submissive you are serving your husband. When you serve your husband, you serve God.

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

Ephesians 5:21-23


Wives, be subject to your husbands [subordinate and adapt yourselves to them], as is right and fitting and your proper duty in the Lord.

Colossians 3:18


For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands

1 Peter 3:5

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Another great song on the CD…Be careful it wall make you cry

That which is desired in a man is loyalty and kindness [and his glory and delight are his giving], but a poor man is better than a liar.

Proverbs 19:22

Sometimes you may just need to clear away the clutter so you can  clearly see what is worthwhile. Here is a simple suggestion: Do not keep more than you can take care of. If you have so much junk in your home that it takes you hours to dust it, get rid of something.

Find a big carton and write “Blessing Box” on the side of it. Start putting extra things into it until cleaning is more manageable. Find someone who does not have much and bless them. You will be amazed at how easy it is to start your day right when you are no longer distracted by things you do not need.

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All I can say is WOW!!! This is another song off of the CD Steve got for Christmas.

But this thing I did command them: Listen to and obey My voice, and I will be your God and you will be My people;

and walk in the whole way that I command you, that it may be well with you.

Jeremiah 7:23

Remember, you made your schedule, and you can change it. Pray about your day , your week, and your life goals to find out what God wants you to do.

If you do not do what God is telling you to do, you may let people control and manipulate you to do what they want you to do. You may end up doing things for which you are  not anointed. If you do what God tells you to do, He will bless you with joy, peace, rest, and wonderful relationships.

Starting Your Day Right- Joyce Meyer