Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

I have to admit I love Christmas but I also love Thanksgiving.  I enjoy getting together with family and the crisp Autumn weather.  And I do like to give Thanksgiving it's time (November 1 until that day) so I usually don't listen to Christmas music or watch Christmas movies until after.  And that has been my mindset for many years now.

But this year, I have been participating in a Thanksgiving Bible Study from Good Morning Girls. (I love their studies, and even though I usually do them at different times than they schedule, I do use their reading plans and the basic SOAP method of study that they lay out on their site.)  As I have been reading the various passages and studying them, I have really been struck by the overwhelming message of being thankful at all times.  I know, not a new concept.  I had always heard that we need to praise God at all times, just like it says in Philippians 4:4, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice." And certainly, I had heard and even used the A.C.T.S. method of praying. Patterning my prayers with Adoration first, then Confession, followed by Thanks, and then Supplication. 

But I had never put it together that anytime we come into his presence we are to come with thanksgiving at the very beginning.

Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." ESV  [emphasis added]

This is a verse I have known for many years, but only through this study did it really get me that we are to come with thanksgiving in our prayers and supplications.  Even as we make requests to the Lord, we are to do so with a thankful heart.

And these verses don't just apply to Thanksgiving Day, or the month of November.   This thanksgiving needs to envelope our everyday quiet times with the Lord.  And be the attitude of our hearts in our prayer times and at ALL times.

So don't just remember to thank God for all the blessings He has given today, but keep that heart of thankfulness everyday! 

Psalm 95:2, "Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!" ESV

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lack of Confidence- Part 2

In part one, here, I discussed the struggle I have been having with my self confidence and how it has been directly related to my self image.  And sadly I am seeing myself in the most negative ways.

But here is the truth: as a Christian, I am a daughter of God, no matter what size I am. I have worth, and value and I was created in God's image. My confidence shouldn't be determined by anything that I do or can't do, because honestly, I am a weak sinner. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Lack of Confidence- Part 1

I have been fighting the age-old battle of self confidence recently.  And it really makes me mad at myself.  So there you go, I feel sorry for myself and then mad for feeling that way... what a mixed up ball of emotions us women can have, huh?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Bloggy Beginnings

I feel that I should start with a disclaimer, I am not a writer.  I "missed the boat" on so many writing assignments in High School and College that I started rejoicing if I could at least spell my name correctly!  I was not an English major. My grammar and spelling will be wrong on many occasions and I do not have a large vocabulary. Somedays I will be critical of what I type and proceed with a type, delete, type, delete, copy, paste, reword approach at sharing life.  Other days, I will just let it go and hope someone in the world can understand the jumbled thoughts that fly out of my brain.

So given the previous information, why am I starting a blog?  And the answer is, that this is something I have felt brewing for a while now. And ultimately, I "write" blogs in my head all the time, so I took that as a sign to go for it.  The fears of rejection, criticism, being boring, and doubts have been pushed back.  They haven't been removed, but they are being eclipsed by the desire to do, for now. And in the interest of full disclosure, I'm not exactly sure where I even want this blog to go.  I read so many blogs myself about life journeyed in a foreign country, recipe and meal planning, being a Godly wife, being a Godly mother, being a Godly woman, and even health and beauty tips that I question whether I even have anything at all relevant or interesting to share.

But the reason I read the various blogs is because of the information and encouragement they provide.  So I may share a recipe or a "how to" every so often, but ultimately I want to encourage you.  I, myself, am still a work in progress, as this blog is, but what I do know is that I am a daughter of the King, and my sins are covered by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  He is my Savior AND my Lord.  And because of that my life is covered, by God, by grace, by the blood of Jesus and by a lot of prayer.

And hopefully, in covering my life events with you here, you will gain encouragement in the happenings in your life!