Thursday, May 16, 2019

Guard Your Mouth

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you blurt out the first thing that comes to your mind? Then, once you have said whatever was blurted out, you regret it instantly?









Think Before You Respond 





I am a thinker. This means that I like to take time to think about my response to something before I ever give a response. In taking this time to think, it also allows me time to pray for the right words and maybe even the right attitude.





However, I have been known to blurt things out. It is few and far between when it happens, but it does happen. It is usually the result of a lot of stress.





Did you know that your words matter? They have the power to give life or death to someone. That is a lot of power. I don't know about you, but it makes me want to constantly keep a guard over my mouth.





Instead Of Lashing Out 





1. Excuse yourself 



Maybe you could go to the bathroom, for a few minutes, by yourself.



2. Calm down 



While you have these few minutes of quiet, spend some time focusing on your breathing until you feel, calm.



3. Think 



What happened? What was it that was said that made you need time to think? Spend time thinking on that subject.








4. Pray 



Ask the Lord to give you the right words and the right attitude.



5. Re-enter the conversation 



After allowing yourself time to calm down, think and pray, you can re-enter the conversation with a better response.





Proverbs 18:21 NIV 





The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.





Prayer:





Dear Father, 





Thank You for always being with me. Father, please help me to remember that my tongue has the power of life and death ( Proverbs 18:21 NIV ). Help me to use my words for good. In Jesus' name, Amen.










Ephesians 4:29 NIV 





Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.





Prayer:





Dear Father, 





Please help me not to allow any unwholesome talk come out of my mouth. Father, let my words be helpful for building others up according to their needs so it may be of benefit to those who listen ( Ephesians 4:29 NIV ). In Jesus' name, Amen. 














Quiet Time, What Is It?


How To Pray Scriptures


Handwriting The Scriptures 















Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you blurt out the first thing that comes to your mind?
Then, once you have said whatever was blurted out, you regret it instantly?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.



























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Monday, May 6, 2019

Quiet Time, What Is It?

Do you struggle with finding quiet time with the Lord? Do you fully understand exactly what quiet time is all about?










Quiet time is just a period of time that has been set apart for the Lord. It is a time when we get away from the noise (as much as possible), seek the Lord and pray.




What Time Is Best For Quiet Time?





I do not believe that you need to have a particular time of day for your quiet time. I mean, really, you can be folding laundry while communicating with the Lord and that is your quiet time.




For me, there is always noise in the house. I live with 3 dogs and 4 parakeets. I have become a pro at tuning them out, when needed.




My quiet time is in the morning. 




I get up, tend to the dogs, have breakfast, grab my coffee and sit down with the Lord.




If all you can manage is 10-15 minutes, that is great. The Lord is not going to keep tabs on your efforts :). He will just sit patiently and wait.




I just know, that for me, having my quiet time in the morning sets the tone for the whole day. If, for some reason, I miss my time alone with the Lord, I will be able to tell as the day progresses. By starting off my day with Him, it makes Him (and keeps Him) a priority. With Him first, I know that I will be better prepared for the day ahead.











Tips For Successful Quiet Time 






1. Remove yourself from the world. 





Step away from the noise of life. Disconnect from your devices. Be quiet with the Lord.




Romans 12:1-2 NIV 




Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.




2. Be Still; Focus On The Lord 




Once you have accomplished being quiet, focus on being still with the Lord. Your sole focus should be on Him.




Psalm 46:10 NIV 

 


He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”




Lamentations 3:25-28 NIV 




The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord . It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him.











3. Seek The Lord In Prayer 




Communicate with the Lord. Prayer is just a conversation with Him. He wants to know everything about you. He wants to be included in on every detail of your life. So talk to Him.



Matthew 6:6-8 NIV 




But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.




1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV 




Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.




4. Jesus Needed Quiet Time With God 




It is important to remember that even Jesus needed time alone with the Father.



Luke 5:15-16 NIV 

 


Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.




Mark 1:35-37 NIV 




Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”












Bible Reading Plan, The Names Of God


How To Pray Scriptures


Handwriting The Scriptures













Do you struggle with finding quiet time with the Lord?
Do you fully understand exactly what quiet time is all about?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.



























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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Praying Scriptures For Pain

What pains do you struggle with in your life? Are you facing down the pain of heartbreak? Or is your pain more of a health issue?










I do not know what pains you are facing, right now, in your life. All I can do is let you know that, no matter what, you are not alone.




As you already know, I suffer with secondary adrenal insufficiency, fibromyalgia, migraines, along with a plethora of other conditions. I have times that I feel like I miss out on so much because of my illnesses.




Better Quality Of Sleep 





I have just recently had a sleep study done. The hope is to try and determine what sleep disorders I suffer with so my rheumatologist knows better how to treat me.




I endured night number one of trying to sleep while being hooked up to wires and while being watched. It was not my best night of sleep ever, however, it has been determined that I sleep apnea. Now, I have to go for night number two of trying to sleep as they fit me to a mask and determine the right pressure for me.









Renew Your Strength 





Another thing that has happened recently is that T has gotten me a wheelchair. It is for the times that we go places that requires a lot of walking. He got the wheelchair to help me so that I can still, hopefully, get out and enjoy some of the things we used to do and still want to do.




Odd isn't it? All of this time, whenever I have seen someone in a wheelchair, I have felt bad for them because I know that they depend on that chair. Although, now, I look at that chair filled with hope. Hope that maybe, just maybe, I will be able to take part in certain outings and know that I have this chair to help me. Maybe, I will be able to manage without getting overly exhausted.




Romans 8:18-28 NIV 



I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.



Prayer:




Dear Father, 



I consider that my present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to me. For I wait in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For I have been subjected to frustration, not by my own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that I, myself, will be liberated from my bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. I know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but I, myself, who has the firstfruit of the Spirit, groan inwardly as I wait eagerly for my adoption to sonship, the redemption of my body. For in this hope I have been saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if I hope for what I do not yet have, I wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps me in my weakness. I do not know what I ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for me through wordless groans. And he who searches my heart knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And I know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:18‭-‬28 NIV). In Jesus' name, Amen.




















Handwrite Scriptures; 3 Reasons You Should


Praying Scriptures For Your Marriage


Praying Scriptures For Protection


How To Pray Scriptures












What pains do you struggle with in your life?
Are you facing down the pain of heartbreak?
Or is your pain more of a health issue?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it,  I will be happy to help carry your load.





























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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Bible Reading Plan, The Names Of God

Do you want to read the Bible, but do not know where to begin?









Here is a Bible Reading Plan for you. It is on the Names of God. He has many names; this is just 30.



It is my hope that as we study through these names, that you will find one that really speaks to you.



You can join me on my OfferingGrace fb fanpage as I will work through these each morning.

















Handwrite Scriptures; 3 Reasons You Should


Handwriting The Scriptures


Healing Bible Reading Plan


Anxiety, What Does The Bible Say?












Do you want to read the Bible, but do not know where to begin?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.












Thursday, April 25, 2019

Handwrite Scriptures; 3 Reasons You Should

Do you have a hard time understanding the Bible? Do you want to read the Bible, but end up feeling overwhelmed?











I have to confess...





I struggle with comprehending a lot of what I read in the Bible.





It gets overwhelming for me.





Gives me a headache and then ....





I just give up.





Okay, now, let's talk about writing out the books of the Bible. Yes, you can do it.




You just slow down for those several moments that it takes to write out the verses and things seem to come alive. At least, they do for me. I highly encourage you to try writing out the books of the Bible. You do not have to do it all in one sitting, but it will be so beneficial for you if you take the time to try.









Reasons To Handwrite Scriptures 





1. Revelation 1:9-11 NIV - John wrote them. 



I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”




2. Deuteronomy 6:9 NIV - Moses suggested writing them. 




Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.




3. Exodus 34:1 NIV - the Lord wrote them. 




The Lord said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.










The Meaning of  S.O.A.P.




S - scripture - write out the verse(s) that speaks to you.




O - observation - write down anything that you observe in the verse(s).




A - application - write down how the Lord is guiding you, through this 
verse(s) to apply something to your life.




P - prayer - using what the Lord has revealed to you and using the verse(s) as a guide, pray the verse back to the Lord.
















How To Pray Scriptures


Handwriting The Scriptures 


Easy To Use Bible Study Method












Do you have a hard time understanding the Bible?
Do you want to read the Bible,  but end up feeling overwhelmed?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.
























Are you interested in learning how to SOAP scripture? I have created a 4 day email course just for you. Click here to sign up. 








Do you struggle with reading and understanding the Bible? Would you like some accountability in your efforts to draw closer to the Lord?  I would like to invite you to join my closed facebook group; Sisters in Spirit. We are starting the book of Esther on May 6th.






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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Praying Scriptures For Your Marriage

What are you facing in your marriage today? Do you and your husband argue? Do you have problems with communication? Start with prayer.









I don't know what you are facing in your marriage today. I do, however, want you to know that you are not alone.




T and I are getting closer to the empty nest phase of our lives. He keeps talking about being ready for retirement,  but what strikes me is the fact that we just do not have a lot in common.




It is my hope that as his retirement gets closer, we will be able to find a hobby that we can do together. Something that we can look forward to each week and hopefully not get on each other's nerves too much.




Cover Your Marriage 




No matter what you are facing today, there is hope. You can cover your marriage in scripture. Pray the word over your marriage so the Lord will protect it, make it strong and give you guidance. 





Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV 





Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.




Prayer:





We are better together, because we have a good return for our labor: If I should fall down, he can help me up. But have pity on me if I should fall and have no one to help me up. Also, when we lie down together, we will keep warm. But how can I keep warm alone? Though, alone, I may be overpowered, together, we can defend ourselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9‭-‬12 NIV).










Romans 12:10 NIV 




Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.




Prayer:




Help me to be devoted to my husband in love and to honor him above myself (Romans 12:10).




Ephesians 4:2 NIV 





Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.



Prayer:





Help me to be completely humble and gentle; help me to be patient, bearing with him in love ( Ephesians 4:2).




1 Corinthians 16:14 NIV 





Do everything in love.




Prayer:





Let everything that I do be done out of love (1 Corinthians 16:14).














Praying Scriptures For Protection


How To Pray Scriptures


Handwriting The Scriptures


















What are you facing in your marriage today?
Do you and your husband argue?
Do you have problems with communication?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.































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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Praying Scriptures For Protection

Are you the type of parent that swoops in and fixes everything? Do you try to allow your children to learn from their struggles?









I do not like to think that I am the type of parent that rushes in to fix problems when they come up. Oh, don't get me wrong. When problems arise, I want to swoop and save. However, I know, that my children are not going to grow into adults that make wise decisions if I always rush in.





There are two stories that I am thinking about.





This first one involves Taylor.



Mr. Texas A & M, himself,  :).




It was back in December. He had plans to fly to Orlando and meet with a friend for the weekend. Plans had been made, tickets purchased, etc., etc. Then, T and I find out later that, he missed his flight. He went to the wrong airport in Houston.




Since he is so far away, I was not able to swoop and save. He just had to miss out. However, this did provide a learning experience for him.




The second story involves Jacob.




Mr. Bass Player.  




Jacob has this knack of, misplacing things. He misplaced one of his cellphones and we bought him another one. When it happened again, he had to pay for it himself. Today, he has had to make do without his wallet.




Oh, that isn't the worst part. He almost ran out of gas and had no cash on hand to buy more. He called me expecting me to swoop and save him.











Sad little bird. First off, I do not drive. Second, the thought of having to drive stressed me to no end.




I told him that he probably needed to wait on his dad, if he didn't think he would make it home. However, there is, hopefully a lesson being learned in this. Keep better track of your belongings.





In praying scriptures, I picked Psalm 121 for you this week. So we can practice praying the scrptures for protection around our loved ones.





Psalm 121 





I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord , the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121:1‭-‬8 NIV



Prayer:




_____ lifts up _____ eyes to the mountains— where does _____ help come from? _____'s help comes from the Lord , the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let _____'s foot slip— he who watches over _____ will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over _____— the Lord is _____'s shade at _____ right hand; the sun will not harm _____ by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep _____ from all harm— he will watch over _____ life; the Lord will watch over _____ coming and going both now and forevermore.













How To Pray Scriptures


Handwriting The Scriptures


Healing Bible Reading Plan
















Are you the type of parent that swoops in and fixes everything?
Do you try to allow your children to learn from their struggles?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.



























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Guard Your Mouth

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you blurt out the first thing that comes to your mind? Then, once you have said whatever ...