A Colorful Idea

A Colorful Idea!

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For all those Mommies with young children, I caught a colorful idea online today. While it is not necessarily the healthiest idea, it would be a fun project that a young child could participate and enjoy. It comes from Little Things and I wish I had this idea when my children were little. I am saving this for grandchildren!

 

All you need is some different flavored jello, large marshmallows and water.

 

In my studying,  I’m doubling in Biblical and Theological Studies and Christian Counseling from Liberty University. One thing that is standing out in my counseling children and teens class is the effect of stress and how quickly our culture is changing. Parents today need to be grounded and remember, it is not necessarily how many toys a child has or how big a home he or she lives in but how precious our time spent with them is.

I am sure I have said this much too many times but here I go again.. Dear Ones, they grow so fast. In a blink of an eye they are in our arms and next  they are heading off to school. Be wise, be present and be a God-focused momma. This is not a stay at home or work outside the home piece of advice. It is a conscious choice every mother and father must make. I pray you chose wisely! Our children are a heritage of the Lord, and you, momma, are more precious than jewels!

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Spirit Week Memories

 Spirit Week Memories

This past week at my high school we had Spirit Week, a week devoted to class competitions and creating school unity. Some of you reading this may be cringing as memories of skits gone awry, staples, paper, and glue from the class wall are literally everywhere, and those kids who refuse to dress according to the dress up day flood your memory. Yet, some of you are smiling as you remember how close you became with your peers and all of the fun you had cheering on your class and school at the big game.

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The theme my fellow members of ASB and I selected was social media, and my senior class had to create a wall and skit that revolved around Facebook. Out of a class of about 60 people, only about ten showed up to help decorate the wall. With a whole lot of team work and imagination, we turned a Valley Christian hallway into the Facebook of a member of the class of 2015 in a matter of six hours. It contained status updates and profile pictures of everyone in our class along with throwbacks to our previous spirit week themes, such as, Trix Cereal, Pop Music, and Disney Channel.

To be quite frank, my class was struggling in the spirit department in the beginning of the week. You see, last year we came in last place, so our hopes weren’t too high coming into this week. On Monday, our dress up day was Nerds and Jocks, and we had the second highest percentage of our class dressed up. Who came in first place? The Sophomores. For the rest of the week, it would be a battle between the Seniors and the Sophomores.

As I said earlier, in our wall we did a throwback to our past skits. Well, that was because in our skit we were pretending to be planning our fiftieth reunion, and we were using Facebook to reminisce and invite people. Although we were only 68, we acted like we were 90; the judges, administration and teachers, loved that. From glow in the dark dances, a student pretending to be Miley Cyrus, a dance to “Ice Ice Baby” and “Let’s Get Physical, basketball, and a bunch of teenagers pretending we needed walkers, our skit was actually funny. We went ten minutes over the time limit, but we couldn’t help but enjoy ourselves. Shock of all shocks, a Spirit Week skit that we never completely ran through until we were performing actually helped us gain school spirit.spiritweek1

So now it’s Thursday, and with only one day left of Spirit Week we were still struggling to beat the Sophomores. We knew that while our wall and skit were more interesting than theirs, but theirs was cleaner. Thus, who won Spirit Week was up to the judges’ opinions and who won dress up on Friday, who had the highest percentage of attendance at the big basketball game, and who donated the most for the canned food drive. Thanks to some of the teachers dressing for my class on school colors day (my school colors are black and red), we won dress up with 106%. One of the boys, Matt, collected ten dollars from every senior and bought 200 cans. After some of the Sophomores bragged about how many cans they had, we realized that we needed a huge amount more in order to beat them. The Interact Club would count the cans at five o’clock, which meant we had three hours to collect more money, buy more cans of food, and get them into our advisor’s classroom. With ten minutes to spare, and attempting to dodge multiple tenth graders, we had collected over 1,000 cans. While in the midst of trying to figure out how we were going to beat the lower classmen, a guy named Thomas reminded us of why we’re doing this for. Whether we win or not, we’re helping our brothers and sisters, and that’s what really matters.

Fast forward to the game, and we’re playing our rivals. Our gym was literally booming with energy from excited students and adults who were ready to cheer on our teams. Our Lady Vikings crushed our rivals, the Owls, with a 60 point lead. Then, our Varsity Men’s Basketball team crushed it as well. Our games weren’t just fun because we got to find out who won Spirit Week or because we were beating the Owls. It was fun because we came together as a unified school and rooted for the home team. Instead of chanting some of our beloved anti-owls chants, we cheered in a positive manner. Were we fired up? Absolutely. Did we need to tear down another school in order to encourage our players to play better? No.

What we ended up learning is that, as cliché as it sounds, it’s not about winning. It’s about coming together as a unified school, having a memorable time, and helping out some people along the way. Also, teamwork tends to go a long way when people decide to set aside their negativity and work as a team. Lastly, school and life are stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way all of the time. It’s perfectly fine, and healthy, to let loose and have fun every once and a while.

Oh! I never told you if we won! OOH AHH YOU WISH YOU WERE A SENIOR!

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He is Beautiful

He is Beautiful

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He is beautiful. He is beyond our comprehension. More beautiful than the most colorful sunset, brighter than the clearest sunrise. More majestic than the snow-capped mountain range.

He is beautiful, worthy of all praise. I want to be like the wise men, bringing my best gift to the King

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mt 2:10–12). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Our worship is a gift of great beauty to Him when we give it with all our hearts and when we come expecting nothing in return, He will shower us with blessings. Blessings are more than being happy. It also means to give an inheritance, acceptance of a child, such as a birthright given to a son. It is from our heavenly Father who gives us good gifts.

In the midst of Super Bowl festivities, in the midst of the fun, find something beautiful to give to Him today

 

Happy Sabbath

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Surrender?

Surrender?

I’d like to introduce Proverbs 31 Jewels our newest author, Tara Adams. Yes, she is my daughter. She is called of God to spread His good news and I am pleased to introduce her to you! 

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In Daniel 2, after Daniel interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel. He declared, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.” Nebuchadnezzar knew that God is God, yet in the next chapter he had a 90 ft. image of gold made and declared that everyone must worship it. Whathappened between these two chapters? In one Nebuchadnezzar is acknowledging God and in another he is forcing people to worship a pagan god. Just like Satan and the demons, Nebuchadnezzar knew who God was, but he did not surrender to Him. Paul, a murderer of Christ followers, surrendered to God, and God ended up using him to do mighty things. So, my question for you is, do you know God, or do you surrender to Him?

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Why Worship?

Worship

Why Worship?

Blessings!

I Love Sundays. I love to worship with others. I cannot get enough! I love worshiping at our House Church. There is just something with gathering with my brothers and sisters in Christ that I love! Chatting with a dear sister last night, I was convicted. I realized I do not spend enough time in worship on my own. Now, rest assured, there is no prescribed amount of worship that is enough ..I am not speaking of shedding any guilt.  There is no condemnation in this thought. But, as I was thinking of this on the way home, I realized, I am missing out. I do worship during the week, but I confess, I allow my to do  list, my have to get done’s tend to take precedence.  And I cannot truly function well if I am not spending time in worship. How easily this happens. Am I alone?

Why Worship?

He is our reason for being. We are created to worship Him and bring Him glory. We were created to know Him and make Him known. Worship means to share of one’s worth. It is to acknowledge in words, in song, in action praise and honor. To think of, to give high place in our hearts. If we worship, it will spill out to the rest of our life. Our thought life will become focused and pure. Our actions will be gracious. Our words will be tender and loving. Worship affects our whole being. Worship is not for us but we walk away differently. When we focus on Him, we become more like Him. We become like Who we hang out with.

Who am I hanging out with? What happens to me when life gets sticky? What I feed my heart will come out. Am I soaking in worship and in His Word?

I want to be washed in His Word. This is my desire. It is what I love. I crave His Word. It is food for my soul. We have committed to read through the New Testament chronologically. Here’s the next passage.

Today’s Reading,

Luke 1:5-25
Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.
7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years.
8 Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division,
9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering.
11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.
12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him.
13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John.
14 “You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
15 “For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb.
16 “And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God.
17 “It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
18 Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years.”
19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who  in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.
20 “And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”
21 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.
22 But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he kept making signs to them, and remained mute.
23 When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.
24 After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying,
25 “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men.”

 

Am I walking in worship?
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Lk 1:5–25). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

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