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Gratitude

  • Number 2:1-3:51
  • Mark 11:27-12:17
  • Psalm 47:1-9
  • Proverbs 10:24-25

Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.

For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.

Psalm 47:1-2

Today’s Psalm is a song of praise to God. A Psalm of GRATITUDE. I found seven scientifically proven benefits of gratitude on the https://www.psychologytoday.com blog.

  • Gratitude opens the door to more relationships
  • Gratitude improves physical health
  • Gratitude improves psychological health
  • Gratitude enhances empathy & reduces aggression
  • Expressing gratitude improves sleep
  • Feeling grateful improves self-esteem
  • Having gratitude improves mental strength

And who wouldn’t want those?!?! Back in my real estate days part of my business plan was to send at least 10 Thank You Notes to my database every week. So lets do this, shall we? Lets NAME the things we are grateful for….the little things.

He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet. He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.

Psalm 47:3-4

I am grateful for my little farm. These past 2 weeks 3 of the mama cows have given birth to babies. Baby cows are so cute. They play and jump around like children. They’re totally amazing because within about 5 minutes of birthing, they are up walking around and nursing. When they’re this young you can almost get close enough to touch them. In fact, my husband said that our grandson was able to pet one this past weekend. These aren’t this year’s calves….they are last year pictures. I really need to get some current photos. All the pics in today’s blog are from previous years.

God has ascended amid shouts of joy the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise

Psalm 47:5-7

The weather yesterday was beautiful! It was about 68 degrees F and sunny. I have a desk-bound project at work and it is super tedious so I was super anxious to get off work at 2:30 and go for a 3 mile run/walk! I’m grateful that at 56 years old, I can run for that length. To be honest, in January & February, I didn’t run very much, and have just restarted my running program, so I’m out of shape and so I really just did a run-walk. But 3 miles is 3 miles!

Then when I got home, I still had time to plant my onion sets in the feed trough gardens we have set up. There are 200 onions in 1 of these feed troughs that have drain holes in the bottom of them. I love reusing old items for new purposes. The pictures here aren’t this year’s garden feed troughs, but this is what they are.

God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne. The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God he is greatly exalted.

Psalm 47:8-9

There is alot of political turmoil in this world….but I promise you this, God still reigns over the nations. No matter what happens, friends, remember that God reigns over the nations. God is still seated on his holy throne. The kings of the earth….ALL OF THEM…ALL the political leaders of the earth were created by and belong to God. In the end, God has final authority over what happens. So no matter what God is greatly exalted, we need not be afraid. Some day every knee shall bend and every tongue confess that God is the Lord. #facts

My daughter called me day before yesterday and invited me to lunch! We spent an hour catching up. She is a busy mom of four and I miss spending time with her so much that it hurts sometimes. I yearn for time alone with her, that never really goes away when they grow up, ya know? Anyway, I am really grateful that she took time out to have lunch with me. Last Friday, my youngest daughter and I took off work early to go shopping to find a dress for her engagement photos. We had sushi, then went shopping. Spent way too much money, and I don’t care. It was a wonderful time, and all our funds are provided by God, and so we will always have more than enough for what we need. When I think we don’t have enough….I will be grateful for what we have. This is again a 2 year old picture. Sheesh, I need to get updated pictures!!

I’m grateful for my husband of 29 years. I would be lost without you, Jeff. You complete me. Lord, thank you especially for my sweet husband. He’s such a hard worker and supports all my crazy endeavors. God sent me Jeff so that I could become more of the woman that God intended me to be….it wasn’t always easy, but it is definitely worth it. This picture was taken on our 29th wedding anniversary in Eureka Springs, Arkansas at the Passion of Jesus Pageant they have there. I love you, Jeff.

Dear Lord, thank you for the many blessings in my life and I am so sorry for the times I complain. Thank you for this day to celebrate the life you have given me. Teach me to love you and love those around me better each day. I thank you for the person who is reading this right now. I pray that you use this blog post to remind them of their many blessings and that they would know that it is YOU who created them and YOU who love them so much that you sent your only son to live among us, be crucified and die for our sins. ALL of our sins, no matter what they are, were redeemed for on that blessed day. Then Jesus rose again and is seated at YOUR right hand, gone ahead to prepare a place for those of us who put our faith in you. I pray that the person reading this would turn their life over to you and draw close to you.

What are you grateful for today?

Is there anything that I can pray for you today?

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Happy Valentine’s Day?

  • Exodus 39:1-40:38
  • Mark 1:1-38
  • Psalm 35:1-16
  • Proverbs 9:11-12

They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God!”

Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

The people were all so amazed that they asked each other “What is this? A new teaching – and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”

Mark 1: 21-27

I said I was going to get deeply vulnerable in my online journal, so here it goes. I pray that all I write can minister to those who stumble across this writing and that God use it to draw each one closer to him.

Do you know that our battle in this world is not a physical battle but a spiritual battle? I do know this, deep in my soul. In fact, in times of stress, I have often prayed the words, “If there are any evil spirits in or around this person, or in or around this situation, I command in the name of Jesus that you quietly leave.” I hope that my kids will remember these words fondly, because they’ve heard me pray it many times. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some pretty severe movies out there that go a bit crazy with demon possession & exercism, I’m thinking of the movie Sybil, with Sally Fields. Its an old movie that I really never could get all the way through. She’s a great actress, but I don’t recommend that movie. (Sorry Sally)

However, here is a documented moment in Mark 1: 21-28, where Jesus himself makes it very clear that we will meet evil spirits just about everywhere; even at church. Those spirits will confront or attack without warning! They may cause arguments and disagreements where otherwise there wouldn’t be. Like here for instance, here’s our friend Jesus, just hanging out and teaching the people at the synagogue. People were amazed at his teaching, so they must have been learning something, ya know? They were drawing closer and closer to God, beginning to recognize that this person Jesus was a new kind of teacher. This is another clue that its evil that’s disrupting the situation, its interrupting people involved drawing closer to their Creator. Teaching first, drawing closer to God next, then the temptation or impure disruption occurs, then the miracle of Jesus calling out the impure spirits! One observation I have, is that the evil spirit wasn’t identified, it was just a person talking smack, right? I can relate to being amongst a bunch of smack talkers. I’ve probably even been that person myself. *sigh* But Jesus recognized who it REALLY was. See that? Here’s a clue for us….ask Jesus what is causing all the conflict before reacting ourselves. Sound right?

In real life, I have an example. Here comes the vulnerable part. This is what, day twelve of my online journaling? My purpose is to put my reflections out on the web and to hopefully attract readers closer in their walk with the Lord. That’s the goal of THIS JOURNAL. I must be doing something right, because Jeff and I, this past weekend, bickered and experienced strain in our relationship. Seems weird, right? How could those possibly be connected?

Here in Southeast Kansas this weekend, we’ve had some severe winter weather. This morning we woke up to -7 f degrees and a real feel of -27 f, because of the windchill. This kind of weather will stress out livestock, and we have been a bit worried about our 10 pregnant cows. Having calves in this kind of weather, as you can imagine isn’t very good for them. So we’ve been shuffling things around here to make sure they have a place to get out of the wind. Jeff has been really worried, as have I. The 2 weeks before, Jeff had been putting in extra hours at work and he had been really worn out after work.

And then yesterday was Valentine’s Day. There were no Valentine’s cards, or dinners out. Well, actually there was a dinner out, at our local restaurant. The place was packed, but we saw Jeff’s cousin and his wife came in, so Jeff invited them to join us on our Valentine’s date. (grumble grumble) I had said that we would spend Sunday wrapped in blankets together, but then we had to go check cows every hour or so. So that didn’t happen, it really couldn’t happen, we were worried about our livestock, so they needed to be tended to. Jeff did write me a last minute note yesterday with promises that he’s made before to being more romantic and intentional about our relationship. Promises that he’s made before, but he just doesn’t seem to keep, in my view anyway. I didn’t keep my promise of cuddling under blankets either….I could have tried harder.

I just wasn’t feeling like he wasn’t putting our relationship first. And he probably was feeling the same, because by the end of the day, not only did we not cuddle in blankets, but I didn’t even cook dinner.

When I point to evil spirits, I don’t mean the weather, or cows, or cousins. No, that’s not it. Where I recognize demons is that our relationship was full of anger, self-righteousness, and resentment. Challenging times are going to come. They always do. Sometimes we can’t change our circumstances, but we can change our reaction to it. Work gets stressful, kids need running around, financial strains come. But God put us here TOGETHER, to work through those times, and love each other through them.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I posses to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:2-7

#BIGFAIL. Yea, I pretty much failed at all this yesterday. I know my husband pretty well, and I judge he may be feeling some of this personal regret too. (humbly I admit, inside I am saying “he better be!” #bigfail again) GET BEHIND ME SATAN!!

For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.

Proverbs 9:11-12

Jeff and I have been married for 29 years and that’s not by chance. We have worked hard on our marriage and are wise enough to know that during times when we are on the right track with the Lord, the evil one is going to attack our relationship and cause tension. I wish I would have asked Jesus what was going on yesterday. Sadly I didn’t…..I just sat and stewed. I wish I would have seen this yesterday and swallowed my pride and been more appreciative of his last minute letter. Because there are no tomorrows guaranteed.

In the last couple of days there have been unprecedented ice storms in much of the United States. Because of these storms, there were two multiple vehicle accidents in Texas and in Oklahoma. At least 6 people lost their lives. That’s 6 husbands/wives; daughters/sons; mothers/father; sisters/brothers that did not come home. There will be a hole in those families FOREVER! I pray that there were many hugs, kisses and talks the last time these families were together.

As for me, I’m going to try and put my own attitude of entitlement aside and ask my husband for forgiveness. Cook a nice dinner, and by my husbands side, check cows every hour…..because there’s still circumstances to idle through. My relationship with my husband is too important to disregard. Besides, we must be doing something right if we are being attacked in our attitudes like this.

Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.

Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid. Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to me, “I am your salvation.”

Psalm 35:1-3

Lord, I pray for my husband this morning. Calm his spirit in regards to work and our farm. Help him to know that You built this home and you will sustain it, no matter what. I pray for our relationship, that you use all circumstances to draw each of us us closer to you and subsequently, each other. Lord, speak sternly to any evil spirits that are in or around our home, and our relationship. Lord, I trust that you tell demons to be quiet and storms to calm. Search Jeff and me, point out any impurities that each of us needs to work on. I pray for the person reading this right now, that their relationships would be free of evil and that you would use any adversities to draw them closer to you.

Did you have a good Valentine’s Day?

How can you love yourself and/or your relationships today? Please don’t take tomorrow for granted.

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