What Are You Doing Today?

THE question, the one someone posted today, was a bit more than just “what are you doing today?” Actually the words on the screen said…”What are you doing for God today? ”  My first thought was ouch! Did I do something for God today?  One responder assumed that the questions was about helping in the church or somewhere “significant” but as I thought about it…I don’t think that was the point of focus. The questions has crossed my mind often over the last couple of days, in my quiet time, while driving to work, while reading my bible I wondered…seriously…did I do anything for God today? What could I do for God today? I felt as if I hadn’t or couldn’t, work and other commitments consumed my week but it began to be pressed upon my heart that God didn’t want just my busy work he wanted my heart and I was indeed doing “things” for Him. Fortunately there are several ways to “do something” for God and exploring my options helped me to realize a few truths about what we can do for God.

Pray – We always seem to be asking God for some thing, to do some thing, or to help with some detail of our  life. Really, I think that is perfectly fine. We can pray for others too. That’s powerful.  How wonderful is it to stand in the gap for someone and send prayers for blessings to God, what if no one prayed for them, like ever? Sometimes I pray for people I see on the street. I don’t know them, they don’t know me! In Psalm 116:1-2 the psalmist writes – “I love the LORD because he hears and answers my prayers. Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I have breath!” Prayer is essential in our relationship with God, we need it and yes this is something that we do for God. It’s so important to Him that “He bends down and listens” This is His time to hear us and our time to hear Him.

Read His Word – This is how our love for Him grows. If we don’t spend time in His word how will we know how he wants us to serve Him? When we  read our bible, our love and understanding for Him grows. That’s when it becomes apparent how he wants us to serve him. We need to listen, God’s word is one way He communicates to us.

Raise our Children – Mom’s, (and dads too) listen up, this is important! Teaching our children (or grandchildren) about Jesus is the most important job you have! Sometimes we sell that short… Enough said.  Don’t ever think you’re Just-a-mom

Ministry – Find your ministry, use the gifts that God gave you and bless someone else.  For me it’s teaching in Children’s Ministry on Sunday morning, I love those little faces. and I serve as a mentor/coach for a group of women whom have similar life experiences that I do.  For other’s it’s feeding the homeless in the park, visiting the elderly, and for you it could be something completely different. Find your passion, what you love, and step up. God can use you!

Be different – Different than the average person. Set apart. You are representing the King of Kings. Set an example don’t be like everyone else.  There’s only one you and God loves you just the way you are…flaws and all.  He’ll use them (the flaws) to help someone else but he wants the world to see Him through us….strive to be like Him. (just a quick side note…you gotta read your bible to know what He’s like if you want to be like Him) I still love that old popular saying…wwjd? What Would Jesus Do? It’s a good question don’t you think?

I realized that most of the thoughts above are not work or task related items, they are relational.  Our works, the things we “do” for God, do not earn our way into heaven. Christ did everything necessary to secure our forgiveness and acceptance. It’s because of our love and gratitude that we will help and serve Him; it’s the natural progression of our faith and I think we will find that serving comes naturally too.

Wish I knew the source to share for this quote.

Wish I knew the source to share for this quote.

Thank goodness I thought this through…It’ helped me to realize that He desires our love and obedience, not a schedule full of tasks, cause I’m not sure I can add one more thing to my schedule!


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I have a big mouth

A tiny sparkYep, you heard it here first. . . .

In the past there have been instances where I said more than I should have. Where I’ve thought that I have the answer and everyone should listen to me….and what do you know… I’ve gotten myself in trouble. Maybe I was having a bad day, maybe I was right, maybe I was wrong or maybe I was misunderstood and someone took offense. Not that I meant to offend them, but what I would call encouraging or helpful “advice” may not be taken that way.  Today I try to make an effort to be uplifting…encouraging but even then I can offend you…you see. I’m imperfect.

The boss man and I have the type of relationship where we can speak our minds (and we do sometimes louder than other times) but we both know it’s not personal. We’re both a little opinionated. At times we remind each other that it’s not personal, and we LET IT GO.

Some people are not like that, they don’t know how to let it go…they’re like elephants! At least I think they’re like elephants, because I’ve heard elephants remember everything.  I’m learning…not everyone can be trusted, so watch what you say! At this stage in my middle-aged life (ouch), I’m learning, but it’s a work in progress. I’m learning how to be myself,  to not worry about what other’s think of me, to not judge others, to say nice things, to think nice things, to not think or say mean things, to see beyond the bitterness of another person, to keep my mouth shut AND to attempt to stay sane at the same time. It takes a great deal of prayer for me!

So…how do we learn to speak up when it’s appropriate or to stay silent when it’s best to do so? I’m not sure! I struggle… that’s why I’m beginning a study with a group of women. We’ll be trying to figure it out over the next couple of months, or at least get a grip on what God says about the topic.  I’ll let you know how it goes…wish me luck.


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Spinach and Raspberry Salad

Do you love it when you stumble upon a tasty dish; one you whip up quickly out of the slim picken’s that are in your refrigerator?

The refrigerator was empty and  I was looking for something light to have for lunch…something that would fit into the 21 Day Fix meal plan. #21dayfix  I had seen a couple of clean eating salads on Pinterest but it was one of those days, and I wasn’t inspired at all. I grabbed a couple of ingredients and whipped this up…and now it’s my favorite! The salad is so simple, it’s crazy and its also easy to substitute for some variety

Spinach and Raspberry Salad   (Single Serving)

  • 1 Cup Fresh Spinach
  • 1/4 – 1/3 C of Rasberries
  • Honey balsamic Dressing (1tbsp balsamic vinegar and 1/2 tbsp of honey) Make sure the honey is mixed in to the vinegar well since there is such a consistency difference here. Sometimes I stick my small container in the microwave for about 10 seconds to thin out the honey.

Drizzle the the spinach and fruit with your salad dressing and voila Yumminess! Sometimes I literally want to drink the salad dressing or lick the place…but I control myself.

Spinach raspberry salad

Variations:  Use strawberries or blueberries instead of raspberries (or mix them all), add some sliced almonds, pecans, or choose your favorite nut, add a teaspoon or so of feta cheese or even some red onion. Really…you can add just about anything! Well except hard boiled eggs…I didn’t really like that, but you may!

….so if you’re like me and you find yourself with no food in the house (Yes I’m exaggerating…but that’s what it feels like) give it a shot.

Enjoy!

 


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Who’s Judging Who?

Stop Judging

Here I am again….writing because I am struggling to stay silent.   I saw a post on Facebook and I cringed. Almost immediately I was a little peeved, I started to put my two cents in the comment thread, but thought better and decided to mind my own business.    However, since then….I’ve been thinking about it, a lot, so here I am getting it off my chest.

The basic story….posted by a server in a restaurant –  a couple sat down for lunch and after ordering they asked their server to hurry and bring the Margarita’s they had ordered so they could “down them” prior to being joined by their pastor. As if this situation wasn’t sad enough, the server posted a snarky post on the social media site. The comments expressed, written by readers of the post, were condemning and down right mean too.  This couple had inadvertently put themselves in the place of being called hypocrites and “fake a$% people”. Sometimes Christians are judged unfairly, and sometimes they inadvertently cause this to happen as a result of their actions.

Here’s my thoughts…

It’s sad that the couple wanting to have a margarita were so worried about the judgment of their pastor. I wonder if he/she would have thought less of them, I hope not.

I don’t drink much, by that I mean I have a glass of wine a couple times a year, but I’m pretty sure that the sin related to alcohol is not about having a drink now and again. So having a margarita with your lunch…not a horrible sin worth hiding in my opinion.  I’m sure some would disagree with me but I find no evidence of any difference in the bible. (so don’t be going off on me please).

To Christians – Don’t judge others…that’s not your job. When we “inform” other’s about how, in our opinion, (because we believe the bible or God’s word) they are not living up to the standard of  God,  they will not listen. Would you?, they know you’re not living up to those standards either. We all fall short…even you (and me) Jesus came to save people with good news, not condemn them, so neither should we.

To Non-Christians – Don’t judge others…..You don’t like it when people judge you, so stop it. Christians are not “fake A%$ people, we’re flawed and sometimes we say and do stupid things. We may not handle it perfectly, or even good, when we’re telling you about God…but we’re excited and want you to be in heaven with us. Don’t just make a flat decision without giving a second thought that Jesus died for you too. Think about it, read the book (bible), go to church a couple of times and get some information to make an educated decision. Have a discussion, not an argument, with someone knowledgeable, listen and make a decision. It’s a good thing that we want you to know and understand what we do, but ultimately it’s your choice to believe or not. God knows there will be some people who will not believe or reject Him. Thankfully He lets us choose.

Jesus came to earth to seek and save sinners, and this couple is the perfect example of how we are not perfect. Note to Christians…own your imperfections…be the flawed person you are, who is in need of a savior and saved by God’s grace (a gift).  Being fake will not get us into heaven, even being the best “perfect” possible will not get us into heaven. Only our belief and dependency on Jesus can do that, but your example may prevent another from coming to the realization that they too need a savior. Non-Christians are watching, watching to see if you believe what you say; that Jesus died for you because you fall short of perfection. So stop trying to look better than you are, Jesus died for you, just the way you are, while you were still a sinner. Love him for that, and try to be a better you, because you love him and want to live for Him, but know…you will not be perfect, and it’s ok.

1 Corinthians 10:31-33  (NIV version)

31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

1 Corinthains 10:31-33 (The Message version)

-33 So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you—you’re eating to God’s glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God’s glory. At the same time, don’t be callous in your exercise of freedom, thoughtlessly stepping on the toes of those who aren’t as free as you are. I try my best to be considerate of everyone’s feelings in all these matters; I hope you will be, too. (The message version)


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Painting Dandelions

I’m excited to share this project! I have hated the closed doors in Posey’s room for many years and recently have been racking my brain to figure out some inexpensive way to spruce them up. I thought about replacing the hollow doors with mirrored doors (too expensive), changing them to bi-fold doors (don’t really like those), adding molding or something along those lines to add character (not enough clearance between the 2 doors), painting them to have some sort of border around the edge of the door (ewe was the consensus here)  changing them to regular double doors, etc., etc., there were so many ideas running through my head.   I was just sick of thinking about how to get these very big floor to ceiling closet doors to look better. They were just this big blank space of white…well, they weren’t even white any more, more like dirty, fingerprint white.

Once we decided to paint the room grey, it started to come together.  I knew the answer I was looking for. Stencil/paint them (which happened to be one of my previous ideas)  and add some molding to frame them out…Duh!  Wish I would have thought of that before..did I already say duh?

So here they are with a couple of before pictures (not a true before picture as they had already been painted a fresh coat of paint) and one to show you how I grouped various pieces of molding to get the look I wanted.

Stencil or paint dandelions on closet

I wish I could claim the handiwork of painting the dandelions but these beauties were not painted by me.  My eldest child is more talented than I realized, well, not really, I already new she was talented she just proved me right. She had previously painted dandelions on canvas for her house and I was impressed, but these were bigger, WAY bigger, and harder to envision and paint I’m sure. She did a great job! Much better than I would have done

Sliding Closet door frame

Look at them…they’re so big and blank! Oh, and yes, when I work …there’s a mess, I sometimes get really overwhelmed 😉 . ps…the nail gun is becoming my favorite tool.   Molding around sliding closet door

The moldings used to create the header were  – 1″ x 5.5″ MDF, 2 5/8″ door casings,  3 5/8″ crown molding, 1/4″ x 1″ plain molding (the non primed wood), I used this to create the look of a thicker piece of wood right above the side door casings.

One more quick look! This project is a success! Absolutely love the doors, it added another bit of life to the room and for a fraction of the cost of replacing them.  All in all, I’d guess under $35 to have these beauties. I’m gonna need to remember to keep track of that stuff.


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