Recommending Some Great Reads

Last month it was really hard to get on the computer, because the kiddos had tons of reports and such, so they needed the computer most of the time. Which was sad for my blogging time but good for me to get back into reading. I have been really enjoying all the extra time I have spent in my bible and prayer journal. I also started reading a book that a friend recommended and it is wonderful!! It is God’s Pursuit of Man by A. W. Tozer. It is a book that your spirit will really love. It puts into perspective how the world has changed faith and the church, not for the better. I would read some and then just have to put the book down and pray. This is a book that I believe all devout Christians should read. It helps you focus on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and cultivating an intimate relationship with Him. I love it so much I have ordered The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine also by A W Tozer. This one looks amazing too!! I will have to let you know!!

I dug out my Breakfast with Jesus devotional by Greg Laurie, which I do enjoy. This time I started underlining and putting little thoughts in the corners and sidebars. Really getting into the meaning that I am seeing in my life right now with the words on the page. It helps me see Jesus as maybe the disciples did. He was not only our Savior but also our ever present friend. It is heartwarming. It is such a positive way to start your day with the inspiring lessons from the Lord written in a vernacular of this time period. I am enjoying this book again, I think more this time than the first time I read it!

I love reading books that friends recommend! I get to know them on a different level that way. If a book is so good that it touches my friend so much that they want to share the blessing of the words in the book with me, I think that is very bonding and trusting to our friendship. With that written, please read any of the books I mentioned above (they each have a link to purchase one if you would like) and I hope they touch your heart and spirit as much as they have touched mine.

Have a blessed day friend!!

 

 

Morning Friend!

I have my cup of coffee in hand.

I know it has been a while and we have a bit to catch up on!

 

Good-Morning-Coffee-PinkToday is: Wednesday December 30…New year’s Adam is today.

 

Outside is: BRRRRRR!!! If you are a Southern California girl like me, waking up to 35 degrees as you open the door for your husband to head off to work and your house is 59….this is cold!!!

 

I can smell:My coffee and the cinnamon smell of Thieves in my diffuser.

 

In the oven for dinner: We are having what I call Country Bake. I chop up veggies (in big bite size cuts) like potato, zucchini, onion, carrot, bell pepper and yellow squash. I put them in a large Pyrex and drizzle them with olive oil. Then crush some garlic cloves, usually 3 because I like garlic, and sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika. Then I take my hands and just massage it all together. Cover the dish with foil and put it in the oven for an hour at 350. Your house smells delicious and dinner is too!! Best part about this recipe is that I can prep it early in the day and then cook it when I am ready. Kind of like a crock pot but it warms my house too!!

 

What I have been thinking about: Our world had this ridiculous fascination with youth. What happened to the beauty of growing older? My grandmother was beautiful. She had her hair done every week and did herself up for my grandfather every day. My great grandmother was beautiful. She was little and tough. She had lived through the depression and raised 5 children all by herself. My great aunt was beautiful. She was a single divorced mother before it was the norm. These women lived. They did not have facelifts and botox injections. They wore their wisdom. They were beautiful women with wrinkles and gray hair. When I think of a Titus woman, I never picture a woman of 20 or 30. I picture a woman of age. A woman who has lived and has insight into living a better life, either by learning from their mistakes or showing me how the right ones can be harder but the choice I need to make. God wants us to grow into Titus women, gray haired, wrinkled and wise.

 

The project I am working on: trying in the cold to restart some cuttings from a friend’s succulent plants. I would love to have more of them in my little yard…so far they are doing okay in the pots…but I do not have a green thumb. Let’s hope this is a project I will excel at.

 

Mood today: I am full of emotions. This past month has been a whirlwind of life changing moments. I have seen God perform a miracle. I have seen the enemy try and destroy it. I have seen a friend’s husband suddenly get his invitation to live with Jesus. I have seen this family take their sorrow to The Lord and praise Him for all the time they did have with this man and for not letting him die suffering. Through all their pain they praised The King continuously.  I have been blessed with a gift from a stranger that has touched my heart so deeply. I have no words for this gift. It was tremendous and I am unworthy. I was privileged to take gifts to a beautiful family who have a ministry for foster children. Little things that were needed to get a safe in between home for these little fosters babies were collected and I was so blessed to get to drop them off. Clothes, diapers, wipes, food, pacifiers, bottles, blankets and a whole tub of brand new shirts from TT& Twins were donated to make sure these little know how loved they are by people who do not even know them. So many more Spirit filled situations I have been blessed to see come to fruit. My cup is full. I am humbled by all the Lord has shown me and let me part of these last few weeks. It is more than I could ever have learned from books and more cherished a lesson than I can say.

 

What I am reading: God’s Pursuit of Man by A W Tozer.  It is awesome. It is asking if you are truly saved. Have you been conquered by God? Has the Holy Spirit filled you so completely that you are not yourself anymore? It is a small book but if you are reading to have it change you, it will take you a while to get all the way through it.  You can find it at my favorite book site Thriftbooks by clicking here.

 

School Stuff: Belle is memorizing her times tables right now. A friend showed us  some cute songs on YouTube that make it more fun.  Becca is way ahead in her algebra!! Michael…well he hates math but is persevering through. We are getting deep into our bible studies and focusing on reading and grammar. Nothing fun in Science or Languages right now…after the first I have a few fun ideas!!

 

Picture to share: My favorite mini in one of her TT&Twins vintage shirts!!phoneables 020

Just hanging out after MOPS with her momma looking cute!!

Love it!!

Have a blessed day my friends!!

Thankful

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I am thankful for so much.

I am blessed to have a wonderful man who loves me and made me his wife.

I have children who bring me joy.

I have friends who keep me grounded.

I have not just a house to live in but a home to grow with my family by my side.

I  have a pastor and a church that keep me focused living every day in the Word.

Most importantly, I am thankful that I have a Savior who loves me so much, that He gave His earthly life so that just by accepting His love and sacrifice I can live my life by His side for eternity.

I am forever thankful to be so abundantly blessed.

 

(sign by The Freckled Goose)

Shop Small this Christmas

Let’s be sure to remember that Jesus is the reason for this season!! Let’s be sure that we proclaim His name and our faith in our amazing Savior this Christmas!! What an awesome way to share the goodness of God by just wearing a hoodie or drinking some coffee out with the neighbors. Best of all, share these with others this year! Just remember TT&Twins is liquidating this month, so buy right away because your print may be retired after November. Click HERE  to view their items.

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This is one of my favorite bath and body companies!! You can find them on etsy. They are based out of the Arizona area and this helps support their ministry! The coffee scrub is my FAVORITE!! I love the lip balms too!! Click HERE to go to Cactus  Flower Naturals etsy shop.

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This is their other shop Soul Blind Designs also on etsy. Every item is made by hand with love. These would make amazing gifts to share as well :) Click HERE to check out their etsy shop.

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I love the chocolate fresh water pearls!!

These are 3 of my favorite small Christian small businesses/ministries. I love to support them and what they stand for. I love that I can get to a personal level with these shop owners by shopping small. I love sharing their creativity and love with others too.

Remember that when you shop small that often when they sell out, that item is gone sometimes forever. So if you see it, buy it!! Also you are giving CHRISTmas twice when you buy from a small business. Not only are you buying a gift for someone you love, but you are also helping them gift someone they love. I think that makes it even better!!

Support small businesses!! They are what keeps America going strong!!

 

 

 

Worship and praise

Copied with permission from Humbly Seeking God’s Wisdom: 

You will love this!!

Worship and Praise

I love to worship The Lord.

I love to be at church as our amazing worship team begins lifting their voices in praise. It is filled with such an energy. It is warm and calming. It is filled with emotion. The deep power behind the praise brings tears to my eyes some days…more often than not, as I feel that in a room filled with people who are in love with God, I am still here alone with Him in His glory. I am made whole with Him. I am so overwhelmed with the joy of His goodness and thankful for His grace in those moments, that the tears just stream from my eyes.

Have you ever felt it?  The Spirit of the Lord that just seems to fill the room as everyone pours out their hearts in song to Jesus. The congregation, one by one, raises their hands up as the love surrounds each soul. Doesn’t it just give you a strength you never knew you wanted or needed? It is incredible how that works. We are covered in the love of God. We must be glowing in the spirit! What a gift to give our King!

God loves to hear us worship Him.

We are in His presence when we worship and praise! Satan hates that. It is like a battle cry that he knows he cant beat.  Now the enemy is engaged in a war with us. He does not want us to be with God. True spiritual warfare has begun. Satan will try to attack with darkness every chance he has. Yet, every time we are in the mind set of searching for God’s heart, When we worship and pray, we are filled with light, His light. It shines through everything! It sticks too! With God there is always a brightness to protect His believers in the spiritual aspects.  Everything else is temporary. Following the light makes us a formidable target for the enemy’s evil schemes.

We are the militant church, us right now, the believers here on earth, we are the Christian soldiers. We are waging the good fight with our worship. When we praise and give God the glory, we are strengthening our armor of God! Amazing right? The Lord has told us so. It says in Ephesians 6:10-20

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

When we pray and worship it is eternal! It builds up our shields and armor! Our weapons are not carnal! No weapon created by man will every be able to break the bond that our God has with us! Our worship makes us stronger! The war between spiritual light and darkness is not of human powers. Our path for victory is to desire for God to be part of us and to give all glory to Him! For it says in the KJV 2 Corinthians 10:14 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

So WORSHIP my brothers and sisters in Christ! Praise His name at all times!! Keep the light of the Savior burning bright in your living being! May He shine brightly through you into others lives so that He may be known, loved and cherished by all! May your armor be bright and strong in this spiritual war for your soul! May every breath you breathe be filled with pure devotion for YWHW, the Lord Almighty!!

That is true worship and praise for a believer to the Everlasting King of all!

1 Timothy 1:18 NIV  Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well,

May our lives be lived out here on earth end like Timothy’s. When it is our time to enter the church triumphant,  those who have gone on before us, like Timothy, worship Him in heaven for all eternity! How incredibly fabulous!! He is always to be worshiped! He is always to be praised!! I can not wait!! Lord Jesus, may our hearts be professing this truth when our day is at hand:

2 Timothy 4:6 KJV

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Keep your shield of faith strong and your sword of the Word sharp my friend. Know the Bible. Study the Word daily. Praise Him in all you do. Worship, rest and may your light be His.

National Coffee Day!!

Is there a better just because holiday?

This is my favorite silly lets go out and celebrate day :)

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That’s right, the ladies and I were out and about the park today, someone had to represent the silly in her shirt!

I  was uber happy about it being coffee day!

I had to go grab me a cuppa and celebrate!!

Coffee all around!!

Some in my cup right now!!

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Isn’t this the most perfect Mocha on a beautiful fall day of 85 degrees :)

I hope your cup is just as beautiful, rich and luxurious as this one!

Happy National Coffee Day my friends!!