"Be still and know that I am God" Psalms 46:10 NIV
The word holy means "to separate". The ancestry of the term can be traced back to an ancient word which means "to cut." To be holy, then, is to be a cut above the norm, superior, extraordinary.... The Holy One dwells on a different level from the rest of us. What frightens us does not frighten him. What troubles us does not trouble him. When you set your sights on our God, you focus on "a cut above" any storm life may bring....You find peace. Grace For the Moment by Max Lucado
Today has been a very crazy day! Stormy weather has kept us in and out of our classroom (more than normal). We had to also stay in the halls for a while due to tornado warning. As I am typing..I can hear the sirens going off for another warning. During these times I could see some of my students scared and not sure of what was going to happen. I work with special needs students and they don't always understand. Like all children they wanted pats, hugs and assurances that all would be okay. I feel the same way alot of times. I am so thankful that I can go to my Heavenly Father and HE will give me pats, hugs and assurances that all will be okay. HE will send someone to encourage me, hug me, smile and yes even pat me on the back just when I need them. During the storms of life I have to sometimes just "be still" and be reminded that God is in control and HE will take care of me through the storms.
23 years ago today I married the most wonderful man in the world! I can't believe it is 23 years...time flies by so fast. It seems just yesterday ...Joey was calling me to ask me out on a date. I love to listen to Jim Brickman. A perfect date would be to get all dressed up and go to a Jim Brickman concert. The kind where you sit at a table and can see Jim Brickman playing the piano and "your man" asked you to dance...everyone is sitting down and watching. "Your man" has only eyes for you, he twirls you around the dance floor ...at the end of the dance you just hold each other and look into each others eyes and the others stand and clap and you realize you are in a room with others. Maybe one day...back to the real world. I think we are going to ride go carts. LOL Joey loves to ride and he is out of town so much sooo off to the dirt track we go. I am really okay with this...it doesn't matter what we do today ..as long as we are together...
I decided to dream a little on what I thought a perfect date would be and share with you 2 of my favorite Jim Brickman songs. As I listen to these songs ...Joey and I are dancing (in my dreams). I hope you enjoy them.
Joey did wake me up this morning singing "Happy Anniversay Baby...I got you my mind"! IT was soooo sweet!
"To live in the freedom God has purposed for us, we must recognize and forsake all other Gods.
Lord God, When Your children, the Israelites, were defeated in battle, You revealed to them that they were hanging on to something that did not belong to them. You said, "You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove it" (Josh. 7:13). Father God, I earnestly ask You to reveal anything in my life that could be hindering victory, then give me the courage to release it to You. Keep me safe, O God, for in You and You alone I take refuge. I say to You, Lord, "You are my Lord; Apart from you I have no good thing" (Ps. 16:1-2).
by: Beth Moore Praying God's Word Day by Day A Year of Devotional Prayer
Can you believe this weather? The last several days have been great. It makes me wish Spring was here. Of course, Alabama weather it could snow in April. LOL But, for right now ....I am enjoying the nice weather....maybe its me but it seems the day is even longer. I can't wait for the time to change back. I like the longer sunshine days. How about you? Which do you prefer...Spring or Fall?
"We fear making sacrifices, but the irony is that we make a lot of sacrifices when we are not living the will of God."
Father, the false teachers of this world promise freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity-- for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him (2Pet.2:19). Lord, I acknowledge my slavery to certain sins, and I deeply desire to be mastered by You alone. Only Your mastery brings liberty. "Everything is permissible for me:--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"--but I desire not to be mastered by anything (I Cor. 6:12). Lord God, help me to recognize and discern what is not beneficial for me. Help me to see that authentic liberty is being free to do certain things and not to do others. By: Beth Moore Praying God's Word Day By Day (A year of Devotional Prayer Visit Peggy for more Super Sunday!
It seems every which way I turn I am hearing of family, friends, co-workers that are under attack...Spiritual Attack! I know that my family is not the only one under attack. Several years ago my Sunday school class went through a study on the Armor of God. I learned so much from this study. Put my armor on everyday for a while ...then like other things tend to get relaxed and then the next thing you know you are not putting on the armor.I am currently reading a book that has "Armor of God Prayer" listed has a prayer to pray each morning to start your day. With everything going on around us ...like the economy, financial scares, our children making decision that are not christian, our health, diseases, not to mention all the things going on out in the big big world...I wanted to share this prayer with you. "Armor of God Prayer" "Lord, I put on the belt of truth. Thank You that You provide us with the truth and that the truth has set me free. Next, I put on the breastplate of righteousness, which I know I have protecting me because Jesus is in my heart. Then I fit my feet with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, and I pray that I will walk in peace today and take every opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those I meet. I take up the shield of faith to guard my heart against all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I put on the helmet of salvation to protect my mind. Then, fully clothed in my spiritual armor, I take up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and the only true weapon I have to fight the raging battle that surrounds me." Ephesians 6:10-18 I have this taped on my bathroom mirror ....where I can see it each morning as a reminder to make sure that I clothed myself in spiritual armor each day. I have learned so much in these last months ....one of things that I have learned is we are under attack everyday and we must be prepared to face these flaming arrows..what better way than with the Armor of God!