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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Be Yourself!

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Be Yourself!

 

Do you compare yourself with others? I think we all must from time to time. It starts when we are young girls, playing on the playground. We assess our value against another’s ability to twirl, hang up-side-down on the bars or what they are wearing. It only moves forward as we grow into adolescence and young adulthood. It can warp one’s view of who we are created to be. We can lose sight of the God-given talents we have if we feel they are not as glamorous as another girls. It is time to be yourself!

But, in reality, whose opinion truly matters? When we compare ourselves to another, we are missing the fact that God created us to be exactly who we are and the only improvement we need, is in our need to become more Christ-like.  He created each one of us with a purpose. When we lose sight of our giftings and talents and strive to be more like another, we are destined not to be satisfied. When we want to switch our ministries for what God has planned for us, we are left empty.

So, be yourself! Be who God created you to be! Unique, there will never be another you and He formed you specifically for such a time as this. At your job, in your family and in your church. You have been given all you need, with Christ, to accomplish all He designed only for you to do.

So, let 2015 be the year that we come to the place of being fulfilled exactly who we are in Christ and who He created us to be. I challenge you to draw closer to Him. One way to do that is to read His Word.

I am reading through the New Testament chronologically. I cordially invite you to join me!

Today’s Reading… Luke 1:1-4, John 1:1-15

Luke

1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.

John

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’ ”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001) Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

 

I am so excited for this new year! 2015 should prove to be the year that Godly Women rise up in strength, unity and wisdom! We are called to be Jewels!

In His Love,

Nancy

 

 

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Monday Ramblings

Monday Ramblings!

It’s Monday Ramblings and we are back into the routine of normal living. Put away is the china and the treats that only come out at special occasions.  My world is coming back into order. But, Lord Jesus, I do not want to stay the same. I do not want to be rigid in the normalcy but I want the Spirit to move me to do His will so I am praying for a tender heart and an ear to hear.

monday rambling

If you have been reading me for any length of time, you know my heart is at home. And I love comfort food… and on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle, I am always looking for good recipes.  We are slowly incorporating Trim and Healthy Mama recipes and here are some recipes I tried today :)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup water(more or less as you desire)
  • 1 scoop whey protein
  • 2 tbl peanut butter
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 ts glucomannan
  • 2-3 dolloops stevia

blend and enjoy!

I found this wonderful low carb taco soup recipe but I changed it to fit our needs :)

  • 2 pounds ground hamburger, cooked with garlic
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • several small tomatoes
  • 2-3 cans beef broth
  • 3 cans black beans
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 2-3 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2-3 tsp chili pepper
  • Cook up ground hamburger and mix ingredients. Cook on low for 4-5 hours in a crock pot.. enjoy!

In His love,

Nancy

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