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I LOVE THIS : READ YOUR LIFE BACKWARD by MAX LUCADO November 6, 2009

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this came in my mail today. oh how i love this.

Read Your Life Backward

by Max Lucado

God is working in you to help you want to do and be able to do what pleases him.
Philippians 2:13 NCV

What God said about Jeremiah, he said about you: “Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work” (Jer. 1:5 NCV).

Set apart for a special work.

God shaped you according to yours. How else can you explain yourself? Your ability to diagnose an engine problem by the noise it makes, to bake a cake without a recipe. You knew the Civil War better than your American history teacher. You know the name of every child in the orphanage. How do you explain such quirks of skill?

God. He knew young Israel would need a code, so he gave Moses a love for the law. He knew the doctrine of grace would need a fiery advocate, so he set Paul ablaze. And in your case, he knew what your generation would need and gave it. He designed you. And his design defines your destiny. Remember Peter’s admonition? “If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies” (1 Pet. 4:11).

I encountered walking proof of this truth on a trip to Central America. Dave, a fellow American, was celebrating his sixty-first birthday with friends at the language school where my daughter was studying Spanish. My question—“What brings you here?”—opened a biographical floodgate. Drugs, sex, divorce, jail—Dave’s first four decades read like a gangster’s diary. But then God called him. Just as God called Moses, Paul, and millions, God called Dave.

His explanation went something like this. “I’ve always been able to fix things. All my life when stuff broke, people called me. A friend told me about poor children in Central America, so I came up with an idea. I find homes with no fathers and no plumbing. I install sinks and toilets and love kids. That’s what I do. That’s what I was made to do.”

Sounds like Dave has found the cure for the common life. He’s living in his sweet spot. What about you? What have you always done well? And what have you always loved to do?

That last question trips up a lot of well-meaning folks. God wouldn’t let me do what I like to do—would he? According to Paul, he would. “God is working in you to help you want to do and be able to do what pleases him” (Phil. 2:13 NCV). Your Designer couples the “want to” with the “be able to.” Desire shares the driver’s seat with ability. “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps. 37:4 NIV). Your Father is too gracious to assign you to a life of misery. As Thomas Aquinas wrote, “Human life would seem to consist in that in which each man most delights, that for which he especially strives, and that which he particularly wishes to share with his friends.”

So go ahead; reflect on your life. What have you always done well and loved to do?

Some find such a question too simple. Don’t we need to measure something? Aptitude or temperament? We consult teachers and tea leaves, read manuals and horoscopes. We inventory spiritual gifts and ancestors. While some of these strategies might aid us, a simpler answer lies before us. Or, better stated, lies within us.

The oak indwells the acorn. Read your life backward and check your supplies. Rerelish your moments of success and satisfaction. For in the merger of the two, you find your uniqueness.

From Cure for the Common Life
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 2006) Max Lucado

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WOW, GOD. WOW. November 5, 2009

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the God who shut the mouth of lions and opened the mouth of a whale is the same God who will make a way for me.

regardless of whether it’s due to unforeseen circumstances or a result of my own undoing, my God is for me.

what an AWESOME GOD we serve.

what an AWESOME GOD who loves.

xoxo

 

Finished with Fear – by Joel Osteen November 3, 2009

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Today’s Verse: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (II Timothy 1:7, NLT).

Today’s Word:

So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to stop them from pursuing their dreams. We have to remember that fear is not from God. It’s a lie from the enemy to paralyze us and steal our power.

Today’s verse tells what God has given us: power, love, and self-discipline or self-control. When you are confident in God’s promises, there’s nothing that can stop you. But when fear creeps in, you hesitate. You’re not as strong as you were before. You feel powerless. Not only that, but it affects your love. Love prompts us to give, and when we are afraid, we tend to clench our fists and act selfishly. Fear also affects our self-discipline or self-control. It makes us panic and do things without thinking.

If you’ve allowed fear to steal from you in any area of life, today you can be free—you can be finished with fear. Conquering fear starts with a choice to believe God’s promises, and then taking a step of faith to act on them. As you step out, God will be with you. He’ll give you power, love, and self-discipline so that you can confidently move forward into the abundant life He has for you!

Prayer for Today: Father God, I come to You today declaring that I am finished with fear. Thank You for giving me power, love, and a sound mind. I choose to stand on Your promises. Fill me with Your peace and joy today as I move forward in victory with You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

DECEMBER DRAWS NEAR. October 21, 2009

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I love December! it is my favorite of months and it’s drawing near. as i told a close friend recently, in my opinion, it is the BESTEST MONTH EVER.

how time flies. seems like yesterday when pastor declared this the DEKTOS year. wow. what a year this has been. i cannot believe that i am already counting down to Christmas.

5 reasons why i love December:

1. Christmas! i love shopping for & buying gifts but not wrapping them. because i am simply not very good at wrapping them nicely! my friends know this. i know gd places to get really pretty pre-made wrappers, you can ask me :)

2. Birthdays! i know a number of people born in this very blessed month and majority of them are really close friends :)

3. Holidays! it’s an awesome time to catch up with family & friends as the year winds down and a new one prepares to open itself to a whole new journey of opportunities & fantasies.

4. Jesus! yes, though Jesus wasn’t really born in December but anytime/everytime is a great time to celebrate Jesus. His life and death. His end brought us hope for a new beginning. I love Jesus and am so glad He loved (loves!) me first :)

5. My friend’s baby girl. yes, M. this is for you. wooohoooo!! isn’t it exciting? a whole new chapter awaits to unfold, in your favorite month too, just for you :) i am so happy/excited for you. so happy/excited that i decided to dedicate this post to you :)

some fab clothing you can consider getting for your little princess…

my personal favorite is number 3 – born to shop (ofcourse!) but i decided to be practical and give you other more ideal choices to choose from :) there’s one that says “i get my good looks from my daddy” that i don’t think you’d choose…then again, maybe you would. hah! ;) “little miracle” is really beautiful too.

so many reasons and more, to love December. *smiles

xoxo

p.s. these pretty adorable onesies as they call em’ can be found @https://www.babymallonline.com/

 

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE. October 15, 2009

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i had a good laugh tonight.

and i mean a really good one. maybe more. and it went on for about 2 hours.

with yummy food in between. if you haven’t tried PELICAN PIZZA, you’ve got to. seriously. the chicken wings are my favorite. YUM.

i was listening to one of pastor’s sermons and he talked about laughter. how a bout of anger decreases immunity for 6 hours and a good whole hearty laugh boosts it for 24 hours. we had our fill for more than a few weeks in one night.

i decided to look up some other benefits of laughter and here are my top 3 favorites (in no particular order).

1. Laughter is a good workout for respiratory, abdominal, leg, back and facial muscles. It tones intestinal functioning, massages abdominal organs and strengthens abdominal muscles. This activity is advantageous for digestion as well as absorption. Laughter also helps burn calories and is beneficial for weight loss. (isn’t that awesome?! there is no better exercise then laughing! you can even do it lying down and minus the sweat!)

2. Laughter relaxes the whole body. (supernaturally natural r&r)

3. Laughter boosts the immune system. decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. (a merry heart doeth good like medicine! Proverbs 17:22)

SMILE – it’s effects are not just everlasting but life lengthening. WOOHOO! :D

cheers to LOL

xoxo

source: http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

 

CAREFREE! October 12, 2009

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CAREFREE :)

CAREFREE :)