Motivation for Your Monday! Take It To The Lord In Prayer

the lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. psalm 145_18

It’s Monday and that means its time for some motivation to get us going and to be the best we can be today!

I say we take it to the Lord in prayer and see what His Will is for us.

Jeremiah 42:3 reminds us: “that the LORD your God may tell us the way in which we should walk and the thing that we should do.”

What are you praying for today?  I’d love to pray for you.  Leave a prayer request in the comments.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

Friday Joy!

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Happy Friday Friend!  I am so excited for 2019 and to see how God will be working in our lives when we stay close to Him.

Have a blessed weekend

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

Motivation for Your Monday is Back! Happy 2019!

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Happy New Year’s Eve 2019 Friend!  I pray that this year brings you closer to our Heavenly Father.  In January I will be writing about hearing from God.  I hope you will join me.  I am also super excited to get this year rolling as God has placed a few messages on my heart I feel blessed to share with you.

Praying your first week of 2019 is blessed to the fullest!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

Jane Ann

6 Mighty Verses To Meditate On This Thanksgiving Season

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Meditating on scripture is a great way to make us slow ourselves down and be still with God.  When we take the time to meditate on God’s Word, we discover the meaning and how we can apply God’s wisdom and discernment in our daily lives.

“How does one meditate on scripture?”, you might ask. There are no right or wrong ways to meditate on Bible verses, like exercising, you just have to start.

A few ways I enjoy meditating on scripture are:

  1. Reading through the passage 3 times slowly.
  2. Write the verse in a journal.
  3. Rewrite the verse in first person using the pronouns I, me, and my.
  4. Circle or highlight important words or words that stand out in the verse.
  5. Praying the verse back to God.

There are tons and tons of other ways to meditate on scripture.  Verse mapping is another great way, I will be posting a blog in January on this concept.

What a better season than Thanksgiving to start (or if you are already meditating on scripture) trying a few ways to let God’s word soak into our souls.  Here are 5 mighty verses of Thanksgiving for you to focus on this month.

2 Corinthians 4:15:  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Psalm 9:1:  I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

1 Thessalonians 5:18: Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 28:7:  The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

2 Corinthians 9:11:  You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

What other verses of Thanksgiving do you love?  Share them in the comments.

Happy meditating.  May you be blessed with God’s grace and love as you spend time in His word and live the Joy that He so graciously gives us through is Word and Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Our Children to Imitate Good

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If you ask me the question, “Can Christians celebrate Halloween?”, my answer would be a resounding, ” Yes, of course they can.”  Growing up in Central Indiana in the 70’s, Halloween was one of the most fun times of the year.  My friends and I would rush home from our neighborhood school, Central Elementary (Go Stars!) and immediately  get dressed in our home-made costumes with the plastic character masks bought from K-Mart or the grocery store. The ones that had super tiny eye and nose holes you could hardly see through or breath out of.  I am sure we drove our parents nuts running around waiting for the street lights to pop on, signaling the start of “Trick-Or Treating”.  Now, back then it was all about the treating, because if we were ever caught tricking we were in big trouble.   We can teach our children to imitate good by following Jesus, and what better time to do that than Halloween.

My answer to celebrating Halloween as a Christian is a resounding yes is for a few reasons which are found in 3 John 1:11, “Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.”

First of all, to throw in a little History lesson, Halloween started as a Christian holiday, the eve of All-Saints Day, November 1.It is also the celebration of The Reformation which is a specific time in history where Martin Luther is celebrated for winning religious freedom.  Both of these are truths, which I would have to say are good things. (And so did BillyGraham.org)

I also believe as a child of God, raised in a Christian home that celebrated Halloween, we might have said, “Trick-Or-Treat” as our neighbors answered the door, but we didn’t really mean the “trick” part.  I mentioned earlier that if we were ever caught “tricking” we were in big trouble.  That was a true statement. (And those of you that follow my blog regularly know so does my mom, she’ll vouch for that statement I am sure in the comments). Our parents just taught us this was a fun night, to go out with friends, get candy and treats from our neighbors, and stay up just a little later than usual.  It was safe. Everyone knew their neighbors.  Yes there were some stingy treat givers, but no one cared.  We were happy-go-lucky kids having fun.  Our neighbors were giving good candy with smiles on their faces.

I was taught to “imitate good”. And as a Christian parent I taught my son the same ways my parents taught me about Halloween.  When my son was growing up in the early 2000’s we lived in a great neighborhood in McKinney, TX.  with amazing neighbors.  We took our kids around the block, door to door in their cute costumes “trick-or-treating”. No mischief here.  Just lots of smiles, laughs, and fun.

I believe as Christian parents when it comes to deciding if you are going to celebrate Halloween with your children is obviously a personal decision.  If, like me you do choose to celebrate keep 3 John 1:11 in mind and teach our children and grandchildren to imitate good.

Imitate Good:  Teach your children there really are no tricks, it’s just a saying.

Imitate Good: You can choose costumes that are positive characters not evil ones.

Imitate Good: Get to know your neighbors, have a Halloween block party that is alcohol   free and safe and fun for everyone.

Imitate Good: This is a great time to share the Word of God, invite unchurched                    neighbors to visit your church, or hand out Christian coloring sheets with                            candy.

Whatever your family chooses to do tonight, be safe, imitate good and have fun!  And kids, share a little candy with mom and dad, and grandma and grandpa!

Love and Light,

Jane Ann

PS, I am adding this here because I do understand we are not living in a world like it was in the 70’s.  Please parents, I hate to say it, but check your kids candy before they take a bite.  It pains me that we have to do this, to think that there are people who would want to harm our precious children and grandchildren.  These are the ones that have not seen God, these are the people we need to reach.  Imitate good and pray for them.

Three Ways To Keep Your Eyes Fixed On Jesus.

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My husband loves to remind me when we are out shopping, “I see that look in your eyes”. I have to admit, I do get this sparkle in my eyes over shoes, purses, and cute close. All the shiny trinkets in the boutique windows. Just on our recent vacation I was totally drawn to this little shop:

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When I fix my eyes on the bling and glitter, I have to stop and ask myself:  “What are these things going to do for me today?”  “Will these shoes bring me peace?” or “Can that outfit bring me true Joy?”  “By carrying that purse will all my trials and tribulations go away?” (I apologize to the men reading, is your “bling” Golf clubs? Cars? Motorcycles? I do know some very styling men who love to shop and I know some gals who love motorcycles and cars.)

Being very honest with myself, I have to say “no” to all of those questions.  None of the dazzling, glittery, eye-catching stuff can bring us what we really need every day, the love, grace, peace, forgiveness, and healing from our loving Jesus. They are all perishable.

So in a world where television and social media bombard us with the latest and greatest with what “society” says we need, how do we keep our eyes fixed on God, who brings us eternal life?

I have three ideas for us today.

  1. Fix our eyes on our blessings and be grateful for the life God has given us.  God leaves his blessings all around us.  When we focus on our blessings we don’t have time to fix our eyes on all the flashy material items we believe we need to be happy or to fill the empty hole inside our soul.  Here are just a few ways we are blessed by our Heavenly Father.
  •  Psalm 34:88: Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes                                     refuge in Him.
  •  Psalm 23:1-2: The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  He makes me lie                                                 down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.
  • Matthew 5:6: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.

We are blessed beyond all measure my friend.  Take some time this week to look up more verses on God’s blessings.  I am for sure.

2.  Pray Continually.

  • Ephesians 6:18 : And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers                                       and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on                                            praying for all the Lord’s people
  • James 5:13 :          Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone                                                happy? Let them sing songs of praise
  • Psalm 145:18        The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him                                         in truth

3.  Wait obediently for God.

Let’s take a quick look at what 2 Peter 3:8-9 reveals to us about God and waiting.

8. But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

You see friend, we can stay focused on God as we wait patiently for Him as he waits so patiently for us everyday to come to him.  On those days He seems far away, he’s not. He is waiting on us.  During the seasons where nothing could go wrong and everything  appears to be going our way, He is waiting for us.  When we have walked away because our path is better, He waits for us.

So during the times we get impatient, anxious, troubled, jealous, neglected, overlooked, rejected and wonder why God didn’t make it right, we need to be obedient and wait for Him. For God’s perfect timing.  Because, beloved,  it is always God’s timing not ours

Also on these days I find that I really need an attitude adjustment.  I need to stop focusing on what is wrong in my life and and fix my eyes on the Giver of all the gifts and blessings.  Then and only then will I find true Joy.

Father we come to your Throne today and ask for your forgiveness as we so often get caught up in worldly sparkle and bling that we think we need Lord, when all we need is You.  You Lord, You are enough.  Father help us to see your eternal light that shines when we keep our gaze fixed on You.  In your son’s precious name I pray, Amen.

 

 

 

Friday Joy!

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Persevere this weekend friend!  God’s got your back!

Love and Light,

Jane Ann