Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Matthew 6:34

So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today. Planning for tomorrow is time well spent, worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes its difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God's guidance. When done well, planning can help alleviate worry. Worriers, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don't let worries about tomorrow affect our relationship with God today.

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Christmas Eve 12/24/2010

Proverbs 15:14

A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash. What we feed our mind is just as important as what we feed our body. The kinds of books we read, the people we talk with, the music we listen to, and the movies we watch are all a part of our mental diet. Be discerning because what you feed your mind influences your total health and well being. Thus a strong desire to discover knowledge is a mark of wisdom.

Friday, January 7, 2011

2 Timothy 11:11,12,13

11) If we die with him, we will also live with him. 12) If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him. He will deny us. 13) If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself. God is faithful to his children and although we may suffer great hardships here, God promises that someday we will live eternally with him. What will this involve? It means believers will live in Christ Kingdom, and he will share the administration of his Kingdom. Are you facing hardships? Don't turn away from God, he promises you a wonderful future with him. Jesus is faithful. He will stay by our side even when we have endured so much that we seem to have no faith left. We may be faithless at times, but Jesus is faithful to his promise to be with us " to the end of age". Refusing Christ's help will break our communication with God, but he will never turn his back on us even though we may turn our back on him.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mark 8:35

If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it, but if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the good news, you will find true life. We should be willing to lose our life for the sake of the Good News, not because our life is useless but because nothing not even life itself can compare what we gain with Christ. Jesus wants us to choose to follow him rather than to lead a life of sin and self satisfaction. He wants us to stop trying control our own destiny and let him direct us. This makes good sense because, as the creator, Christ knows better than we do what real life is about. He asks for submission, not self hatred, he asks us only to lose our self-centered determination to be in charge.
Let him direct your path in 2011. I promise he can do a better job with anything we face if we allow him to.

more Christmas !!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Matthew 6:31,32,33

31) So don't worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. 32) Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, 33) and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the kingdom of God your primary concern. To make the Kingdom of God your primary concern means to put God first in your life, to fill your thoughts with his desires, to take his character for your pattern, and to serve and obey him in everything. What is really important to you? People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for priority. Any of these can quickly bump God out of first place if you don't actively choose to give him first place in every area of your life.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Christmas (part 2)

Christmas 2010 (Part 1)

I must say McKenzie was a VERY good girl this year. We are blessed with so many wonderful people in our lives. McKenzie definitely had an abundance of gifts. During all of our travels I LOST or misplaced (either way ...have not found it yet) my memory stick from Christmas morning I had ran out of space after McKenzie opened her gifts and changed cards. Somewhere between my parents, Jacob's parents and anywhere we went in between it got lost :( a very SAD moment for me since I am a PICTURE FREAK!!! haha !!! But here is some of what I have!!!

Psalm 84:11

For the Lord God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who do what is right. God does not promise to give us everything we think is good, but he will not withhold what is permanently good. He will give us the means to walk along his paths, but we must do the walking. When we obey him, he will not hold anything back that will help us serve him.

McKenzie's 1st SNOW :)

On Christmas Day 12/25/2010 McKenzie experienced not only her first snow, but her first WHITE Christmas!!! It was amazing! She LOVED it and wanted to keep playing in it and was not aware that she was getting wet! She definitely enjoyed herslef. Her and her Poppie were sliding down the hill, it was priceless! and she made a snowman!!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Psalm 37:4-7

I thought I would share with you a daily devotional I get from a wonderful friend of mine. I enjoy these emails and thought you might too!!! (all of this is just part of my new year's GOALS...not resolutions, because resolutions get broken....GOALS get met!!!!)

4) Take delight in the Lord and he will give you your hearts desires. 5) Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him and he will help you. 6) He will make your innocence as clear as the dawn and the justice of your cause will shine like noonday sun. 7) Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don't worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. We must take delight in the Lord and to commit everything we have and do to him. But how do we do this? To delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy in his or her presence. This happens only when we know that person well. Thus, to delight in the Lord, we must know him better. Knowledge of Gods great love for us will indeed give us delight. To commit ourselves to the Lord means entrusting everything- our lives, families, jobs, possessions- to his control and guidance. To commit ourselves to the Lord means to trust in him believing that he can care for us better than we can ourselves. We should be willing to wait patiently for him to work out what is best for us.