A Prayer for Macy

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How sweet when Scriptures are ‘active and alive’ in the midst of unsettling circumstances.

Jesus reminded me of his Truth, 1 Corinthians 4:12. His timing was perfect too.

“We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly…”

On Friday, I noticed a young woman’s desperate cry to save her kitty on social media.  People demanded the young woman to consult with the vet immediately without acknowledging or addressing the core treatment barrier.

The reality was ‘Momma cat’ didn’t have the money to pay for the vet bills after she had rescued ‘Macy’ from a gloomy, rainy, cold winter night.

After reading multiple, critical and harsh commentators on Facebook, I established a ‘gofundme’ campaign.

Some contributed and supported the campaign, others ignored it and few were insulted by its noble mission.

And, who knows ‘how many’ individuals reported the link to the page’s administrator after the campaign was posted on his/her social page!

Praising  Jesus right now!

I’ve got the Veterinarian and mamma cat’s contact information. Macy is on her way to the clinic at this very moment and I will be able to wrap up with the campaign this week, and most importantly follow-thru with Macy’s progress after her eye surgery💕

Her eye will be surgically removed in the next 24 hours.

I heard Jesus say in my disbelief, ‘pray for those who reported you and for the administrator who banned you from the page!’

“Are you kidding with me?!” it was the initial, candid response.

I was angry, disheartened and in disbelief when I found out I was banned for posting a campaign on social media. There were no warnings or alerts regarding rules.

Since then, I’ve been taking all negative thoughts captive to Christ and will continue loving ‘unlovable’ citizens on this earth today and always.

I love Jesus.

He wants us to love everyone 💕 including the unlovable ones.

Please pray for Macy’s eye surgery and post-recovery phase.

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(Courtesy picture: Gwen Dean — 5 weeks after the eye surgery)

If you like to donate to Macy’s campaign, please click the link below:

http://www.gofundme.com/help-ms-rescued-kitty

Refreshed Soul

Life altering circumstances transpired and I soon realized I had drifted away from God’s wisdom and unfailing love.

Did I shut the door?!

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I was inconsistent with church attendance and Bible reading for a season in my life. I desperately needed His truth daily yet I had unintentionally drifted away from Him.

Life disappointments, busyness and overwhelming grief led to despair, discouragement and emotional pain.

I was in a desert with no living water!

One Sunday morning, Lord reminded me of His tender truth.

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Daily Bible reading renews the mind, nourishes the soul and prepares us for combat and adversity.

The truth reminds us to meditate on scriptures day and night.

‘How do I get fit, Lord?’

He answered, ‘one day at a time’

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In the mornings, I complete a lesson from bible study, spend time in prayer and highlight the blessings of the day in a gratitude journal.

(30-45 minutes)

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In a 15 minutes break, I use S.O.A.P method when I select a Scripture verse.

S: Write a Scripture,

O: Write an observation,

A: How can I apply it in my personal life?

P: Write a prayer asking God for His will, guidance, and most importantly ask for wisdom.

I take advantage of the two ’15 minutes’ breaks at work.

At lunchtime, I read a Psalm or a Proverb for the day. It only takes another 15-20 minutes to read, reflect and pray over today’s lesson.

A 3-ring “Journaling” binder helps track the day.

Spend 15 minutes in an activity of your preference 3-4 times each day and

stay ‘refreshed’ all week.

I will never drift away from His wisdom much less ‘shut’ the door ever again.

Free Resource from KeyNotesInHisPresence.org

You are welcome to download

a ‘Journaling’ sheet for you to use on a

daily basis.

Get a 3-ring binder,

Click the link now and print your sheet today.

KeyNotesinHispresenceDailyDevotion

As you read Scriptures, you may find a verse that stands out the most.

Write it down in your ‘Journaling’ sheet,

Read the verse out loud once,

Meditate on it,

Write down an observation or two,

How does this verse apply to you today?

and

Pray over this verse.

The Word of God will refresh your soul!

Over time…

the Truth renews the mind, changes our hearts and transforms our lives.

Praising God for His unfailing love and promises today.

A tribute to a gifted teacher.

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I’m glad I never lost Faith along the way.

Life disappointments, shattered dreams, and broken relationships led me right into the desert for countless years.

I’m still broken!

God pursued me relentlessly until He captured my heart and led me back to His church.

Sitting next to a group of ladies, I was mesmerized by the early teachings of God’s sixty-six, delightful letters.

His never ending love and compassion captured my heart right there and then…

‘Breaking Free’ was the bible study Amy, a gifted teacher, taught on Wednesday mornings. She was a co-leader who welcomed everyone with open arms, melodious smile and a translucent heart!

“How could anyone forget the new beginnings of a Christian walk with an authentic, talented teacher?”

I praise God everyday for today’s fellowship with Amy.

Amy cherishes wisdom, disciples woman from all walks of life and pursues God’s heart one opportunity at a time.

Amy honors and lives out the ‘Great Commission’ in her everyday life.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:19-20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Amy continues to be transparent when sharing insights and applications of God-breathed Scriptures. Most importantly, she continues to be an inspiration in my life.

Amy’s new website is currently under construction:

AmyLHale.com

Just know, Amy will undoubtedly have a remarkable impact on your walk with God.

She will enlighten and inspire you to read His Word everyday!

Illustrated Journaling Bible

Choose a Journaling Bible for ‘Illustrated Journaling Bible’.

It has lined margins or blank space to allow for intentional journaling.

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Illustrated Bible Journaling

captures the key concept(s) of Scripture in just one image or two!

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For those who struggle in memorizing Scriptures, Illustrated Journaling Bible is an option.


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I do much better in remembering the plot of a story or key concept(s) than all of the specifics or details from a narrative.

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Illustrated Journaling Bible is relaxing, therapeutic in nature and fuels creativity.

Consider the following FB communities:

Bible Journaling 101, Bible Art Journaling Challenge, Bible Journaling, Journaling Bible Community (closed group), and/or Seasons Illustrated Bible.

If this is a new activity, I would highly recommend Bible Journaling 101.


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Journaling is a reflective activity.

It provides an opportunity to meditate on just one verse that stands out during quiet time.

Personally, the SOAP method is my preferred method. (Keep it simple and most importantly enjoy the process)

What does S.O.A.P stand for?

S for Scripture,

‘Out of these verses, which Scripture speaks to me today?’

O for personal Observation,

‘What is the Holy Spirit revealing to me in this season of life?’

A for Application,

‘How can I apply new insight(s) or wisdom to my current circumstances?’

P for Prayer,

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The Accidental Feminist

The Accidental Feminist

 “The great hope is that no amount of sin, personal ambition, feminism or even good desires will change God’s good design for women,” Courtney Reissig.

I’ve never considered myself a feminist, but I am now convinced I’ve been an ‘accidental’ feminist all along!

Challenging God’s authority is indeed a manifestation of feminism.

Wow!

That’s a profound statement.

 I spent at least twenty years orchestrating my life exactly the way I wanted. Did I ever consider biblical truths? Did I ever align past decisions with His truths?

Probably not!

 At the end of the day, I was mentally and emotionally drained. I was quite unfulfilled I must admit. Accomplishments, possessions, status, promotions were never enough. Things, people or events will never fulfill the longing of our hearts.

I can sit here in front of the computer screen and dwell on all types of regrets while I type my next sentence. Instead, I choose joy for God has transformed my life in the past decade.

Praise God for His beautiful design for women.

I’m not only content but my lifestyle has aligned with His heart and most importantly His truth is revealed one day at a time!

Get your copy at Amazon.com today. I hope you will enjoy the read as much as I did.

Morning Coffee

 


“Have you ever wondered ‘how to enrich’ quiet mornings before Sunrise?”

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I typically enjoy a fresh cup of coffee when viewing ‘first5’ wrap-up sessions on Saturday mornings. Watching godly women highlight five major moments from a book of the Bible has been breathtaking!

In a short video, a lesson or two may be expanded and life applications are suggested.

Download your ‘first5’ app. for FREE!

Studying one chapter a day has been a life-altering experience for me this year. When reading, praying or meditating on Scriptures, my soul refreshes and the ‘stinking’ attitude, ‘unwanted’ emotions, ‘unrealistic’ perspective or anxious mindset fades away right before a chaotic or hectic, work schedule.

First5 also displays a daily devotional followed by prayer. At the end of each devotional, a prompt and blank space are available so we may jot down ‘our own’ reflections for the day and archive these journal entries for months to come.

Have you considered Leviticus or Hebrews lately? Download your free app. and join us next Monday.