CategoryProverbs 31

Through the Bible in 90 Days

Back in August, I posted about the Read the Bible in 90 Days challenge I was about to begin. Wow. It was hard. It was so worth it, but it was HARD. I am usually a pretty fast reader, but found that most days the reading took me an hour or more. That’s not a problem, but when I would get up at 6 to read and my kids would wake up at 6:15. . .it became a huge struggle […]

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Choosing to rejoice

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 Rejoicing is a choice. It’s easy enough to be joyful when things are going well. But what about when things are tough? We can choose to be joyful then too. I can praise the Lord despite my circumstances or I can wallow in self-pity and sit here whining. Today I choose to rejoice. Instead of complaining about my budget, I can […]

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90 Day Bible Reading Challenge

My good friend Karen over at Adorning Grace has posted a 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge on her blog. She’s asked others to join her and to link up at her site. I’ll be doing the challenge. I gave it a half-hearted try about a year ago, and didn’t finish. This time I’m hoping to make it all the way through. I usually read through my Bible once a year (or close to a year), but haven’t tried to do […]

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Follow On

As a church pianist, I have learned there is a tendency to not really read or hear the words to a song during church services. It is so easy to get caught up in making sure the music sounds okay that the words are completely forgotten. Lately I’ve been trying to read the words as the congregation sings instead of just concentrating on music – it’s nice to be able to worship along with the rest of the congregation more. […]

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The devil will oppose you

Have you ever stopped to think that when you try to do God’s will, the devil will oppose you? He will. The devil does not want us to live for Christ – in fact, he will oppose us whenever we try. A couple weeks ago when we went to Indiana for the weekend, we knew that that is what God wanted us to do. It was a wonderful weekend. Stephen had so much liberty to preach while we were there. […]

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Making a new schedule

I’m working on making some schedule changes. Anna quit sleeping through the night for a while (we’re guessing it was teething-related – she got her first two teeth about two weeks ago) so I’d pretty much abandoned efforts to stick to any type of a routine. Now I’m thinking that wasn’t the best idea. Hopefully she’ll start sleeping all night again though – that would be a HUGE help! Before, I tried to put one generic schedule on a page, […]

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How to be a blessing to a mom of young children

The best ways I can think of to be a blessing to a mom of young children are: 1. Be a listening ear. 2. Be an extra pair of hands. 3. Offer her encouragement. Tonight two different ladies at church were an immense blessing to me. Our pastor’s wife is one of them. Caleb was overly tired, so I took him out so he wouldn’t disrupt the service. We went back into the sanctuary, he was quiet. . .and Anna […]

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From my quiet time

This morning was so lovely. I was able to be up early and had my quiet time in a completely silent house. That doesn’t happen much around here any more, and it was beautiful. I was reading in Psalm 145. These verses just stood out to me (emphasis mine): 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. 5 […]

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From my quiet time

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 22:30-31 If the Lord were to search for someone to stand in the […]

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Convicting

Susan has this quote on her blog today. It is too true. No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere. […]

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