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FOR TODAY December 8th, 2008


Outside my window…snow on the ground and gray skies.
I am thinking…about friendships, true friendships. The kind you can recover from unintentional hurts and most importantly are willing and want to work through the times we let each other down.
I am thankful for…deep and meaningful friendships.
From the kitchen…will be salads with grilled chicken tonight for supper. Then I need to make the menu plan for the rest of the week.

I am wearing…my stand by for Monday’s after a long work weekend, comfy sweats, comfy shirt, and comfy socks.

I am creating…a flyer for a dog seminar my Australian shepherd club is hosting.

I am going…to have to take a nap today as I have not had enough sleep over the last few days. I am startimg to feeling really run down today.

I am reading…the Bible

I am hoping…to get a lot done on my to do list this week.

I am hearing…my husband in the family room.

Around the house…is a mess from the work we are having done to the study and the dining room. I hope it is all done by Christmas.

One of my favorite things…is my dog under the desk while I type.

A few plans for the rest of the week…will be shopping with my mom and sister, watching my nephew, having Christmas supper with my co-workers, and my husband’s work Christmas party.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…of my old doggie Macie looking out the window. I like it because of the reflection you can see of her in the window. She is nearing 15 and I am so thankful she is still here with us.

 

 

 

My dear sweet friend.

My dear sweet friend.

 

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One of the ways I am able to rise early and have my time with the Lord is to set everything out the night before (I learned this through FlyLady). I have my clothes set out, my coffee on a timer, my coffee mug sitting beside the coffee pot, and my bible on my desk ready to go. When I wake I can grab a cup of coffee, let the dogs out to potty, and start my morning with the Lord. This routine helps keep me focused and motivated for the rest of the day.

17And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous-to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Luke 1:17 (NIV)

Last time I wrote about needing the fruit of the spirit of self-control with gossip. God must be working on my self-control as this week I found I need to work on self-control in many areas of my life such as over eating, my temper, spending, etc…

The dictionary in the back of my bible states self-control as restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, desires, or emotions; temperance. I know I let my wishes, dreams, desires, needs, and wants come before others, especially my husband.

I decided to turn to the Word to define how I should see the fruit of the spirit of self-control.

Here is where I am now:

Like a city whose walls are broken down
       is a man who lacks self-control.

Proverbs 25:28

Here is how I want to have my walk with Christ defined:

It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age

Titus 2:12

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Peter 1:13

8But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

1 Thessalonians 5:8

Please pray for me as I draw near God to become more like Him and exhibit the fruit of spirit of self-control.

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I took my younger dog Baylor to the dog park to meet up with some of our doggie friends this morning early. After my friend and her dogs left Baylor and I had the entire park to ourselves (it was only 24 degrees with a light snow and wind, sane folks stay insideJ). It was so quiet and calm. All I could hear was the little footprints of Baylor and his breath as he ran from one place to the next.

 

While we were walking I was immersed in the glory of God and all of His creation. I felt a peace like I had never felt. It was amazing and I knew Heaven will be incomprehensible in the peace and calm we will feel.

 

I am drawing closer to God everyday. I have believed in the saving power of Jesus but am more and more aware of how important a personal relationship with Him needs to be. I am so thankful for my Well-Sitter Sisters bible study on Monday nights and for my 5:16 am Gals as they help me to stay accountable to the most important relationship I will ever have.

 

Blessings!

 

 

My dog Baylor and I

My dog Baylor and I

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FOR TODAY December 1st, 2008

Outside my window…is snow falling.

I am thinking…about bible study tonight.

I am thankful for…the opportunities I have been fortunate to have in my life.

From the kitchen…we will have spaghetti for supper tonight.

I am wearing…as typical on Monday’s after working all weekend, my comfy sweatpants, comfy shirt, and fuzzy socks.

I am creating…my post for word-filled Wednesday. I love to put together scripture that talks to me with a photo I have taken.

I am going…to sort out some kitchen drawers today. I am on a declutter streak.

I am reading…Water with Lemons.

I am hoping…the two rooms we are having remodeled will be done by Christmas.

I am hearing…the hum of my refrigerator.

Around the house…is the start of Christmas decorations being put out.

One of my favorite things…is my dog Baylor sleeping on my feet while I type.

A few plans for the rest of the week: bible study, my dog clubs Christmas supper, watching my two and four legged nephew, and continue studying for my certification.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…my two favorite guys napping after Thanksgiving breakfast.

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I love to use BibleGateway.com for a variety of reasons, mostly to do scripture searches in a multitude of versions. This morning I decided to look up the word clean in the NIV version. I find the closer I am drawing to God the more I have to clean and simplify my life. I start deep cleaning and decluttering everything. I do not save many things anyway and pretty much we have the main essentials. I do however find things others could use. I found the below scriptures (out of 170 found in the search on BibleGateway) that spoke to me this morning. I believe God wants every part of my life as clean and simplified as His love for me.

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Hebrews 10:22 

22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

2 Timothy 2:20-22 

 20In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

 22Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

John 15:2-4 

2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

The morning is spent having breakfast with my family and then we take our australian shepherd Baylor to the dog park to meet up with other doggie friends. After a good play session and a long walk we head home for a nap. The evening is spent with my husbands family. Then back home to go to bed early so I can meet my mom and sister by 4am to shop on Black Friday.

I am thankful for my husband who has stayed by my side during a rough year of health. He has supported me and loved me even though it was not easy.

I am thankful for my four legged kids Macie and Baylor. They are my constant companions and my therapy.

I am thankful for my family and friends who makes me laugh, lifts me up, and never leaves my side.

I am thankful for a warm home, a reliable truck, and my job.

Most of all and above everything I am thankful for a Lord who is my Savior and Friend.

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