Monthly Archives: May 2007

on Work…

I NEED God after a grueling day at work…to a point where now, I dose up – heavy on His Word before I even go. My experiences at work have definitely driven me closer to God. I pray more. I seek Him more. So all in all it has worked out for the good. Last year after working for more than 15 years, I had a revelation that I would most likely never retire. It’s helped me to want to live a more balanced life, to get back into shape, and to chill out more…

as well as

to be more humble

and to repent often.

I’ve been gathering scriptures on work for a long time…received several from friends…here are a few:

Gal. 6:9 NLT “So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.”

another translation: “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”

Eph. 6:7-8a “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each of us for the good we do…”

I Pet 5:7 NIV “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

Isa 40:29 NIV “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Psalm 43:5 NIV ” Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

II Thes 3:13 “But as for you, brethren, do not grow wearing of doing good.”

II Tim 4:5 – paraphrased – Don’t REACT in the flesh, but seek the Lord for direction. STAY CALM.  As for you, be CALM and COOL and STEADY.

Matthew 7:1-5 NASB “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

From ‘Simple Faith’ by Charles Swindoll: “Once you decide to trust God in simple faith and allow Him complete freedom to carry out His plan and purpose in you as well as through you, you need only relax and count on Him to take care of things you once tried to keep under control.”

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on Daily Vitamins…

I recommend eating a healthy, well-balanced diet,

but

you would expect a nurse to say that.

:)
I try, but somedays, I too need to take a supplement.

I’m learning to actually like healthy food…even veggies.

Miracles do happen.

If I’m going to live a long life, I plan on enjoying it as well as being effective.

Of course that means I need to start exercising regularly as well.

:)

John 6:63 ” The WORDS that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are LIFE.”

Dosing up on the Word everyday will have immeasurable benefits to your daily life as well as throughout eternity.

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on Balance…

Lately I’ve been trying to lead a more balanced life:

God,

family,

work,

rest,

play,

etc.

My Dad use to work 7 days a week, 12 hours a day…so needless to say, I needed God’s input on this topic. I’m still learning, but I am encouraged as my Mom who is also a very hard worker recently got convicted to keep the Sabbath day holy by resting after going to church!

Exodus 20:8-10a-11

“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days a week are set apart for your daily duties and regular work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the LORD your God. … For in six days, the LORD made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; then he rested on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.”

I’m totally not done with this post yet, mainly because I’m still learning…

:)

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on ALL and EVERY…

I’ve had the chance to chat a few times over the years with a neat lady at my church who will for the time being remain nameless. She spends quite a bit of time in the Word, and this spring shared the following scriptures with me: 

Luke 10:19 “And I have given you authority over ALL the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.”

 and

Matthew 4:23 “Jesus traveled throughout Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching everywhere the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed people who had EVERY kind of sickness and disease.”

:)

Doesn’t God ROCK!

I believe the lady at church uses the KJV,

but I only have the NLT with me at the Library tonight.

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“Your Life Follows Your Words”

book by Darlene Bishop

and

our current topic of discussion

at College and Career

on Monday nights

at St. Louis Family Church

:)

The book is packed full with the Word

and

she includes a decree at the back that she suggests your read aloud daily:

Job 22:28 “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.”

I decree that:

I am SAVED. Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

I am HEALED. Isaiah 53:4-5 “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: …and with his stripes we are healed.”

I am DELIVERED. 2 Peter 2:9 “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly.”

I am PROTECTED. Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”

I am PRESERVED. Psalm 121:7 “The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil.”

I am MADE WHOLE. Psalm 34:10 “They that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.”

Psalm 103:3-5

“Who forgiveth all thine inquities (SAVED);

Who healeth all thy diseases (HEALED);

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction (DELIVERED and PROTECTED);

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 (PRESERVED and MADE WHOLE).”

:)

She also encourages you to put up your own decree/the Word somewhere where you will see it everyday…

my Mom did this a few years ago to the bathroom mirror and door…

then

my brother added more scriptures to the entertainment center…

and

I started putting up the Word on the frig…

I’ve also had a friend share that she puts scripture she’s wanting to memorize on the center of her steering wheel or visor. I think this may work well for those of you who spend a lot of time in traffic. Thankfully I don’t, plus I don’t enjoy multi-tasking.

:)

Regardless, by putting it somewhere where you are more likely to see it a lot, you actually might read it too…then eventually meditate on it because you are constantly reminded of what God has to say!
:)

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New York City…

Mission trip

June 3, 2004

Angie Griffith shared the following at our devotional time…

this of course is in the Peggy Paraphrase…

I wrote these notes in the extra blank pages of my NLT:

“God uses willing vessels.

He will use you where you are now.

Don’t think about it because then your not trusting in God.

God will fill your mouth – be bold, take a step, open your mouth and don’t second guess afterwards because that let’s in doubt.

Freely you have received, freely give.

Obedience is better than sacrifice.

Been given sooooo much, now time to give out = like a body of water has to have outflow to be healthy.”

And then she had us read outloud all these awesome scriptures:

Jer 1:4-10 “The LORD gave me a message. He said, ‘I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.’ ‘O Sovereign LORD’, I said, ‘I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!’ ‘Don’t say that,’ the LORD replied, ‘for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I, the LORD have spoken!’ Then the LORD touched my mouth and said, ‘See, I have put my words in your mouth! Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. You are to uproot some and tear them down, to destroy and overthrow them. You are to build others up and plant them.'”

Is 55:10-11 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”

Is 51:15-16 “For I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea, causing its waves to roar. My name is the LORD Almighty. And I have put my words in your mouth and hidden you safely within my hand. I set all the stars in space and established the earth. I am the one who says to Israel, ‘You are mine!'”

Deut 18:18 “I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelities. I will tell that prophet what to say, and he will tell the people everything I command him.”

Mt 10:19-20 “When you are arrested, don’t worry about what to say in your defense, because you will be given the right words at the right time. For it won’t be you doing the talking – it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”

I Cor 2:4-5 “And my message and my preaching were very plain. I did not use wise and persuasive speeches, but the Holy Spirit was powerful among you. I did this so that you might trust the power of God rather than human wisdom.” 

Josh 1:3 “I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Everywhere you go, you will be on land I have given you”

Luke 4:18-19 “‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.'”

Mt 10:7-8 “Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!”

Mark 16:15-20 “And then he told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them.’ When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked with them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.”

Is 65:1 “The LORD says, ‘People who never before inquired about me are now asking about me. I am being found by people who were not looking for me. To them I have said, “Look I am here.!”‘”

Rom 10:20 “And later Isaiah spoke bodly for God: ‘ I was found by people who were not looking for me. I showed myself to those who were not asking for me.'”

Also check out John 3.

:)

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on Giving…

II Corinthians 9:6-11 New Living Translation

“Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As Scripture says,  

‘Godly people give generously to the poor,

Their good deeds will never be forgotten.’

For God is the one who gives seed to the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way he will give you many opportunities to do good, and he will produce a great harvest of generosity in you.”

:)

Don’t give anything unless you are completely willing,

and

don’t do it unless you have a good attitude about it.

Also,

after you give a gift,

it’s not your’s anymore

so

it’s none of your business what they do with it.

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