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faith lift fridays

Friday, August 8th, 2008

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I got this in an email from Betty the other day and saved it for flf! Thanks Betty.

If you have something to share that has lifted your faith, visit Sheryl and link up to share!

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faith lift ~ list of good things!

Friday, July 25th, 2008

I got this list in an email (thanks Betty) and thought it was great!


1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile.
It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if
you have to.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following
statement, ‘My purpose is to __________ today.’

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food
that is manufactured in plants.


5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild
Alaskan salmon, broccoli , almonds & walnuts.

6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

7. Don’t waste your precious energy on energy vampires, issues of
the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead
invest your energy in the positive present moment.

8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like
a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

9. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

11. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

12. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

13. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

14. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what
their journey is all about.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five
years, will this matter?’

17. Forgive everyone for everything.

18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

19. GOD heals everything. (Physically or Spiritually)

20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

21. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your
friends will. Stay in touch!!!

22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following
statements: I am thankful for __________.  
Today I accomplished _________.

24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
 
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faith lift fridays

Friday, July 11th, 2008

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What a great verse, a great reminder… It says to me He is always there. Always.

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faith lift fridays ~ vbs

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

I have to say, this week my faith lift has been going to vbs. Helping in the craft room, enjoying the friends at church. It really is a family and a family of faith. Last night was the second night. I was in the craft room again. There were about double the kids and it was a little more chaotic. Instead of spending a lot of time crafting and taking pictures, I spent a lot of time doing what I was probably intended to do in the first place, assist with crafts and help the kids. There was a lot of laughing and silliness too which is always good.

The previous night I sat in the bible lesson at the end of the night. Kasey was talking to the kids about making choices about what music they listen to. She gave examples of different instrumental music, asking them what feelings they created. She asked them if given the choice between music that have questionable lyrics and songs that have good messages which would they choose? The girls side immediately said, “Jesus.” The boy side said, “Rock music.” and then said, “okay. Jesus.” Matt and I had to laugh at their honesty and reluctance to give up their “music.” You know, that really applies to adults too, more specifically to me. I pretty much listen to klove, which is contemporary Christian music, but what about what’s on television? etc.? I think paying close attention to the things going in is worth some consideration. What we listen to becomes part of us somehow. The message that night resonated with me, to be more aware of what goes into my heart. It’s important.

I almost didn’t go to vbs last night. I spent the afternoon tromping around oil sites. I have mentioned I’m doing CAD’s and they thought it would be beneficial to see what I am CADing. It was hot and I ended up being out longer than I had expected. I also hadn’t eaten anything. I got the kids lunch, fed Iz and headed to Edmond. I assumed the meeting would be quick and I’d grab a chicfila or something on the way home. I ended up racing home at five to get dinner finished and everything going to be out the door at 6:15. The pool was reserved for the church from 8:30-10:30. I brought Iz home and put her to bed. Matt stayed home with her and we went to the pool. I almost didn’t swim, the water was cool and the air seemed cooler than normal. But, I saw my friends swimming so I jumped in too. I ended up going down the big slide many times with Miki and Ronna, and Bailey insisted I go down different ways… “go head first this time.” “Now go upside down backwards, head first.” Okay Bailey! It was fun and I even got my hair wet :).

I thought this picture of me and Miki was kinda funny, that is her son Preston wrestling with my Bailey in the background…

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Here’s one of me checking out the oil site (trying to look a)interested and b)like I know what I’m looking at?)… (sidenote: don’t wear wedge/heel sandals when you plan to explore oil sites, not good)oil.jpg

Have a great Friday! To share something (anything) that has lifted your faith, visit Sheryl at Taking the Challenge!

faith lift fridays ~ forgetting the past

Friday, June 20th, 2008

I love this!

“Forgetting the past.”
Philippians 3:13 NLT

(1) Focused people don’t live in the past. Too many of us yearn for the past and get stuck in it. Instead we should learn from the past and let go of it. Elbert Hubbard wrote, “A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness. Successful people forget. They’re running a race. They can’t afford to look behind. Their eye is on the finish line. They’re too big to let little things disturb them. If anyone does them wrong, they consider the source and keep cool. It’s only the small people who cherish revenge. Be a good forgetter… success demands it.”

(2) Focused people don’t think about the difficulties, but the rewards. If you dwell on the difficulties too long, you’ll start to develop self-pity instead of self-discipline. As a result, you’ll accomplish less and less. By focusing on results, you’ll stay encouraged. Make Christ your example. “He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy He knew would be His afterwards” (Hebrews 12:2 TLB).

(3) Focused people choose their friends carefully.

Here are five types of people you’ll encounter:
(A) Refreshers – who strengthen your faith and energize you.

(B) Refiners – who sharpen you and clarify your vision.
(C) Reflectors – who mirror your energy, neither adding to nor subtracting from it.

(D) Reducers – who try to diminish your goals and efforts to their comfort level.

(E) Rejecters – who don’t understand you or what God’s called you to do.

So remain focused and you’ll stay grounded; the praise of others is less likely to go to your head, and the negative impact of your critics will be minimized.

– Bob Gass Ministries

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faith lift fridays

Friday, June 13th, 2008

I was happy to see my bloggy buddy Sheryl back in the meme saddle today!  She hosts faith list Fridays each week and has been away, moving!  Welcome back Sheryl!  You were missed!

 

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Help My Unbelief!
by Jon Walker

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Mark 9:24 (NIV)

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Today’s guest devotional is provided by Jon Walker –

Recently, I’ve been thinking my life verse should be Mark 9:24: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

I do believe, yet I have so much unbelief in my life. I walk in faith, yet my faith is often more in the things I see, than the things I don’t see. I follow God, yet I repeatedly find myself stumbling down a path of my own choosing.

I believe; God, help me overcome my unbelief –

•I believe; help me live like I believe.
•I believe; help me choose like I believe.
•I believe, help me trust like I believe.

Help me to live like I really believe you are trustworthy. Help me to abandon my mythology where I believe I am more trustworthy than you, and so I live like I believe in myself, instead of like I believe in you.

“I do believe, but help me not to doubt!” (Mark 9:24 NLT).

What does this mean?

•“Help my unbelief” – You cannot work yourself up to greater belief; instead, your belief deepens as you deepen your fellowship with God. Tell him, “I believe; help me overcome my unbelief.”

•Believe God, not yourself – As you face decisions today, ask yourself, “Is this decision based on my belief in God or my belief in myself?” Keep confessing, “Lord, I believe; help me overcome my unbelief.”

•Focus on knowing God – Knowing God is more important than knowing the details. Oswald Chambers says, “Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason – a life of knowing him who calls us to go.”

© 2008 Purpose Driven Life.

(thank you Betty for sending great stuff all the time for these posts!)

faith lift fridays ~ words

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

The words we speak are so important. In Proverbs 18:21 it says, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” I am learning more and more everyday that I have what I say. The bible says if you say to the mountain be removed and be cast into the sea and do not doubt it in your heart, it will happen. It doesn’t say to pray to God that the mountain might fall into the sea if it is His will. It says that you are to speak directly to that mountain. The mountain is the issues of life that we want to change. It’s important to speak directly to those problems and believe what I am saying in my heart. It may sound a little crazy, but it is the truth and it is directly from God’s word. Try it, next time you have a mountain in your way… tell it to move. If you believe it, it will move!

A little sidenote: I’ve been speaking to one of my mountains (Izzy’s brain, hands, legs etc.). I spoke to those issues many times yesterday. We have a bell beside Izzy’s bed that she can ring if she wants up. She has done it one time before. Last night at 3 a.m., she rang that bell. It takes a very deliberate movement to ring it and there is not much chance for accidental ringings. She was reaching to ring it again when I got her out of bed and let her snuggle with me. I was happy to be woken up even that early in the morning for Izzy.

My bloggy friend Sheryl is the host of faith lift fridays each week, visit her to share your faith or to read about others.

faith lift friday ~ shopping

Friday, April 4th, 2008

I got this devo in an email (thanks Betty) this morning and I wanted to share it with you today for faith lift fridays. For more faith lift fridays, or to share something that has lifted your faith… visit Sheryl!

 

I’ve only met a few women in my life who don’t like to shop: a true anomaly. It’s difficult to imagine a female without the compelling urge to step into a beautiful, richly decorated boutique. I can hardly stand to pass by the mall without going in to take a peak at the newest spring accessories, shoes, purses and clothing. I wake in the middle of the night dreaming about the latest designer bag, and trying to figure out ways to purchase it, without my husband finding out about my trespasses.

In truth, shopping is my addiction. It’s my way to relax and unwind, at the same time to get an adrenaline rush from the latest great sale or outrageous discount. Shopping is a form of recreational competition, as women love to share about their deals. It’s a luncheon club of clandestine members who elect their president of the moment based on the amount of money she saved on her most recent and fashionable purchase.

Therein lies the oxymoron. To spend is certainly not to save, is it? And yet, the irrefutable logic of women has always been the opposite.

“But Honey, I bought this bag for only (a very important word to use) twenty five dollars on sale. The original price was one hundred and twenty five!” The smaller the purchase number in comparison to the much larger original price is a very important selling point when presenting the shopping extravaganza to the husband. That is, if you feel you must disclose.

Another essential and key word every professional shopper knows to use is: need.

That word worked incredibly well with my father. As a sophisticated five-year-old consumer, I came to appreciate his quick and timely response to it. It has continued to have optimum impact on the noteworthy men in my life.

“But, Honey, I really need a new cream bag to complete my spring wardrobe.” Of course, the husband doesn’t know and doesn’t need to know that I already have three other perfectly suitable cream color purses tucked away on the shelf in my overly crowded closet.

Retail Therapy. I’ll just bet RT has its own chapter in the Psychology books, written with calculating accuracy by a woman who knows exactly what she’s talking about from first hand experience. I could be the author.

I’ve come to this very uncomfortable place in my life where I’m quite certain the Holy Spirit is attempting to get my attention about my spending habits. I know this, because of the niggling deep in my soul each and every time I hit the stores. A still, small voice whispers to my uneasy heart…what is it you’re really searching for?

I know it’s not another purse, or pair of shoes. I know it’s not another blouse, or frilly dress And don’t misunderstand me, I love all those things, I really do. I like to dress beautifully and wear the most up-to-date fashions. But I also have learned that those things, those possessions, fill me with happiness only for the moment. Then the moment is gone, and I’m left with the same emptiness that I went into the store with in the first place.

Last year I felt God speaking to my heart to refrain from purchasing anything that I didn’t truly need for one year. He impressed that on my spirit in April, shortly after the death of my father. I inherited a small amount of money from Dad’s estate that I used to pay off all my charge cards and was virtually, and for the first time in many years, debt free. It was a phenomenally liberating feeling.

But, by the first of March, I was back to my old habits- spending the money I had, and using credit cards to purchase what I lacked in cash. A year later, rather than being free of unnecessary debt and reaping the rewards of obedience to the gentle request of God, I was right back where I started–my credit cards to their limits once again, and a closet overflowing with items I neither needed nor wanted.

Why did the Lord ask me to refrain for a specific period of time, from making unnecessary purchases? Now that I’ve blown it, I’m beginning to understand His divine form of logic. Had I been obedient, I would know the freedom of owing money to no one. I would not be in captivity to interest rates and monthly payments. Those twelve months of steering clear of the stores would have allowed me valuable time to spend in other more worthy causes. I would have set an important precedent for my daughter and shown my husband that he could trust me to be a woman with self control, not given over to detrimental temptations. I would have learned to overcome a strong persuasion in my life, and I would have gained a spiritual maturity that only comes from obedience to the promptings of God.

But I am comforted by this verse in Corinthians. The temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. (I know I’m not the only woman with this addiction.) And God is faithful. (He still loves me, even though I’ve blown it.) He will keep the temptations from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. (He knows my weaknesses, and if I seek His face in that moment of temptation, He will do a work in my heart.) He will show you a way out so that you will not give into it. (If I request His help, God will enable me in that crucial instant to select a better path for my feet.)

Realizing you have a problem is the first step toward resolve. So, today, I give the Lord my heart, my desires, my supposed needs and yearnings and I trust Him to direct my steps and order my ways according to His good plan and purpose for my life.

All the credit cards are tucked neatly away in the drawer, and as I slowly pay them off yet again, I do so with newfound maturity knowing that Paul’s words found in Philippians are as true today as they were thousands of years ago.

 

“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”

– Philippians 3:8

©2008, Tamra Nashman

faith lift fridays

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I don’t have much new to share with you today, but I really enjoyed Jenny and Sheryl’s faith lifts.  I wrote a little devo over at CWO on Wednesday, if you haven’t read it…

Have a blessed Friday.

PS!  I got a lift of another kind today!

this came straight from Jenny… a taste of Mississippi!  Mississippi Mud Cheesecake!

Thank you Jenny!  It is so yummy!

and this came from Sandra!

I won it on her blog and can’t wait to read all the recipes!

Thank you Sandra!  Now I’ll have new material for SCT!

faith lift friday

Friday, March 21st, 2008

This Sunday is Easter… our youth are doing a drama based on the song “The Champion.” I listened to this song when Emelia brought the cd home to practice her part. It is very moving… We have won.

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