Monthly Archives: March 2008

Contest!!! Yipee!

Sponsored by Art Bookbindery

Calling all writers! Click on the link button above and enter the new writing contest at Christian Women Online Magazine.

Once again, Christian Women Online, in conjunction with Art Bookbindery, is sponsoring the “Her Life Reflected,” writing contest. They are looking for essays that tell us how your mother, or a mother that you know has reflected the heart of our Heavenly Father in her life. The winning essay will be one that is both written well, and of most importance, one that reflects God as being the central focus of one’s life.

THERE IS A CASH PRIZE offered—along with some great books, a new coffee mug, Music! Wow! How can you resist?

Never thought about writing…? Well, give it a shot! Pray about it—write about her! Someone must have inspired you to be who you are! Tell us! Click on the button and find out the details!

I wish I could enter…but I can’t—contest rules and all that stuff—since I am a regular contributor to CWO Internet Cafe…..but if you can….do it! Do it now!

I cannot wait to read what you have written!

Who are YOU?

I thought this was a neat quiz….pop over and check yourself out!

I am Elinor Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!

I have seen the movie—enjoyed it very much…have the book…(somewhere!)

Also, a bit of trivia for you…I will be having a “mother’s day give-away”….and from now until then, I will post a “hint” or two settled deeply inside each devotional post….so, you will have to read carefully and when you comment, tell me what you think the “hint” was!

The first one will be easy…***she is a mom***. The next ones may not be as easy.
I think this will be fun! So, join me as we journey to “Mother’s Day”. A day I am thilled to share with my sweet Mother!

Visit me here today!

Come on over….I was a little late getting here today….but I’m here now! So grab your cup of coffe—pull up a chair….get settled in and read on! Click the link button—you may have some catching up to do!

Proof of the Wind

Last Saturday was one of those days….This Saturday…come sit with me on my patio…let’s talk about your week over a cup of coffee…or tea…I happen to keep both stocked in my cabinet! Join me over at LACED with GRACE!

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:2-4

Come on over!

Alive and Thankful

We just embarked on a brand new Bible Study. One Month to Live Challenge. Okay, I will admit, tonight was rather difficult. I kept thinking of Wanda. But on the other hand, I began to think—if I knew I had one month to live…what would I do? Well, we made a list… Reminded me of a movie we saw just last night. Last Holiday. The main character had been misdiagnosed, but thought she was dying. Thought she only had a month to live. I couldn’t actually do what “Queen Latifah” did in the movie. She quit her job, took all her money and went to an awesome spa and luxury hotel—maximum luxury…. on the other side of the world! She spent all she had to enjoy her last month. To the fullest.

It gave me much to think on. I realized that we are loaded with blessings every single day we draw breath…and I take it for granted.

“Praise the Lord O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”Psalm 103:1-5

A few months ago, I embarked on a journey of “decided thankfulness”. To look at everything with eyes seeking the good.

That is hard to do at times. Maybe even down right impossible in every single situation, especially on Mondays. Tough on Tuesdays too. Wednesdays are a bit better. Sometimes Thursday’s can throw us all the way back to Monday. However, when Friday comes, we get really thankful! That was until “Thankful Thursday” entered the picture.

As I read through the thankful posts of all the participating sisters in Christ, I see all the things in my life with fresh eyes. I see all the benefits I have been blessed with as a child of the King. I see my life that has been forgiven. I see my body that has been healed when I was sick. I see the mercy that has been shown to me time and time again, undeserving as I am. I feel the loving kindness of my Father as He loads me with yet more benefits from His storehouse of good things.

His Word says in Isaiah 40:31, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” In the midst of the difficult circumstances of our lives, if we put our trust in Him, wait on Him, trust in Him,— He will strengthen us. He will give us the ability to rise above the situation and look to Him, and not at our own strength or lack thereof. Instead, He will provide the strength we need to face each day—as each need arises.

Oh girlfriends, I have so many things that needs “fixing”. My attitude (not everyday, just the days that end in “y”), my mind (the battle ground for the enemy), my thought processes (another battle field—especially when I get aggravated). I must continually stay on my knees before Him. Only when I have been on my knees am I then able to face the world around me with a smile. Because, He has replaced the burdens in my life, my heart, my mind with His peace!

The Lord can show us how to live “thankfully”, every day of our lives. He can show us how to focus on Him and His infinite love for us, rather than all the “ever changing issues” in our lives.

So, with all that being said….I am thankful for you—-YOU—-the one that took the time to come here today and read this lengthy post! I am thankful for the breath I breathe—for the plan of salvation —- forgiveness of my sins —– for my family —- my friends—-for good books to read —- for budding trees and fresh new seasons —– for cool breezes —– for rain that we need —- for responsibility —– for LWG —- for CWO —– for passion and dreams becoming reality —- for clean laundry —-for peaceful sunsets—-for brilliant colors in the sky—-for pajamas that are loose fitting—-for nightlights—-for scented candles—– for dishwashers—–for irons and ironing boards—–for clothes that don’t require ironing! Many, many more things could be listed…..but you get the picture… thankfully! See everything with new eyes. His gift to us!

For more thankful hearts….visit Iris! She corrals us all together on Thursdays to share God’s blessings with you!

I Hope

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:1-6 KJV

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don’t get your hopes up” ? I have. I’ve said it many times as well. To myself, to my kids, probably even to my sweet man. Expecting a check? Don’t get your hopes up. Expecting a vacation at a certain time of year…don’t get your hopes up…something always happens…But that is not a good attitude. And I know it. I should be planting hope…not ripping it out of the ground. But I just couldn’t help it. I have had my hopes dashed more times than I want to count. But I realize why. Displaced hope.

Hope in God, never disappoints. Never. Ever. Hope in mankind or your circumstances or position in life? Disappointment. I won’t say always, nor will I say 9 times out of 10…or even 50% of the time . . . but I will say many times.

Hope is a wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfillment. That’s the definition given by the American Standard Dictionary.

Hope implies contingency. Or, a “hope-so hope”. You ask a student in high school, “Are you going to graduate with honors?” The answer, “I hope so”. Their answer is contingent upon them putting forth every effort and doing everything possible to make it happen. And then hoping that it turns out the way they have planned. But what if they get side tracked? What if they miss some classes due to some unforeseen circumstances…they can only “hope”.

“Will the surgery be successful?” “I hope so. Barring no complications of infection or problems. I hope so.”

But the Biblical term here in these verses is not the hope-so hope…but rather a “know-so hope”. It is absolute. Concrete. Solid. God is the God of hope.

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.” Romans 5:3-4 NLT (emphasis mine)

“And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.” Romans 5:5-6 NLT

How I love the fact that every time I place my hopes in Christ I can be confident that it is secure. It is solidified with the power of the Holy Spirit. Immovable. Unshakable. As long as I keep my hope focused on Christ…and not man. Nor me.

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: Psalm 146:5

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. Lamentations 3:24-25

My hope is in Him. I have hope. Thank you Father, for the hope in my heart. For the love I feel, even when I am most unloveable. Thank you Lord, for the forgiveness that flowed. From the cross~freely to all who will ask~to all who will believe~to all who will have hope. Thank you Father, for my hope. My hope is in Christ. Thank you for Your nearness. For Your soon coming. Help me Lord to do all I can~help me to hear Your voice. Help me to share that Hope. In Your awesome name I pray~Amen.

And the Winner Is….

Do you remember this line? “Wouldn’t it be a hoot if you won both give-aways?” This line is from the “give-away” post. Now girls, I tried about a dozen different ways to paste the actual page from the number generator that I always use on this page…nothing worked. Maybe you have a way to copy and paste and it turn out just right….but I just could not make it work!
So I copy pasted what I could…the pictures would not paste… 😦 But the rest did…so—without further ado…..

This program will generate a random number between two numbers of your choice.

Enter a lower limit: 1
Enter an upper limit: 45
Random Number: 5

I am excited to announce….that Darnelle….you must be wearing your lucky shirt today!—“Wouldn’t it be a hoot if you won both give-aways?” Congratulations girl! It amazed me…and I laughed out loud when I counted down the list of names to number 5!

Well, that’s it for today! I have a special “Mother’s Day” give-away already lined up. But I have to learn about Mr. Linky first (how to install and use)—it will be a great give-away…and I already have it—purchased from “LifeWay” two weeks ago with “Mother’s Day” in mind. So, stay tuned…you never know when a clue to the give-away might appear (hint…you will see **** surrounding a word clue)!