Monthly Archives: October 2011

I’m Sorry

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I do apologize to my faithful readers that I have not posted anything lately. An abscessed tooth has knocked me on my rear. I will post all about it later. Just know that you all are in my prayers and I am thankful that each of you are in my life. I love you all. Right now..well in a little while, I have to go get it taken out. Hopefully…it’s a consultation today with a possibility of them doing something today. I hope so. Ready for this to be over and done with.

Can’t wait to get back to blogging! I miss y’all and sharing with you! Love you, Jayne


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Time To Revamp

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“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

Hopefully in the next couple of weeks you will see a whole new look to this blog. It is time to revamp it. I have ask a friend to design a new header for me. One that feels more like me. I have asked my husband, who is computer savvy, to figure out how to change everything about the menu bar. I’ve seen blogs that allow you to print out recipes, and I would like for you to be able to do that as well as directions for the crafts.

Doing all of this will require hard work. Mostly from my friend and My Man! It will also require a lot of patience from me. I will have to make sure I convey to them clearly what I want. I will have to make small changes over time so that I don’t get overwhelmed. I tend to get easily overwhelmed. Just searching Google overwhelms me! lol

I also need to get back to the idea behind His Heart and Home. I felt that God was allowing me to mix my passions of studying His word and taking care of my home into a ministry. I wanted to share with you how I use my home to help me stay focused on God and how to share the gospel. I have gotten away from that and I am sorry.

Every once in a while I also need to revamp my walk with God. I need to step back and look at what I am doing and decide if I really like it or need to change it up a bit or get completely rid of it. (Not my walk with God, my way of walking. You know what I mean!) Do I need to change the devotion booklet I use to something else? Do I need to change my prayer focus? Do I need to change the way I am serving?

I hope you will like the new look and feel to my blog. I hope it will be easier for you to use. I hope it helps you more in your walk with God.And I hope you see changes in me as well. God bless you all!

Father, I ask You for help in revamping both this blog and myself. You clearly tell me what You want. I just don’t always listen.  I thank You for the patience that You show me as I make the changes.

Read: 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

How To Get Greener Grass

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“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6

Our backyard looked funny this past summer. We were in the middle of a drought, but we had one spot in our yard that was greener then all the rest. That is because that grass was at the end of the pipe where the water from the washing machine runs out. All the other grass was brown and dying and that was lush and green. I wish I could get a picture, but we just had rain so everything is green at the moment.

We have all heard the saying “the grass is greener on the other side.” Actually, the grass is greener where we water it. Just like my backyard.

I like this saying. It is so true. I have envied others for what they have, yet they have worked hard to get it. Whether it be actual greener grass or a bigger house or a nicer, newer car, they have worked for it. We tend to forget that or simply don’t realize how much work they have put in.

This is where we need to turn our focus onto what we have been given. We need to ask ourselves, “have we been good stewards of what the Lord has given to us?” We don’t need to worry or fuss over what may be flourishing in someone else’s yard. We need to take care of our own.

Yes, there are times when we have put in hard work only to be laid off from a job, or we have put in many hours volunteering and it feels like  the dog pooped on our grass. When life poops on you-water it. Something beautiful will come of it. God will see to that.

So, let me ask you…where would you want greener grass? your marriage? your finances? a happier family? a strong(er) relationship with the Lord? How much work are you willing to put into helping these things become greener? What are you willing to give up? Weeds do need to be pulled from time to time.

Start by spending some time in prayer asking the Lord to show you what He wants you to work  on. He will give you the needed tools. It doesn’t matter how dead your grass may be, God can and will restore it if you ask.

Read: Matthew 25:14-30

A very special thanks to my friend, Sharon for the “poop” analogy. You are so funny, yet wise!

I Am So Hungry!

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“Then Jesus declared. I am the bread of life.” John 6:35

I woke up about 3:00 this morning, starving!!! My stomach hurt I was so hungry. We had had a church conference last night, with a fellowship time that followed and all we had were finger foods. My tooth was hurting, so I had a hard time eating and didn’t eat very much. Didn’t eat when I got home, either. Therefore, I woke up hungry!

I just laid there trying to go back to sleep. I would doze, but my hunger kept waking me up. I was glad when my alarm went off so I could at least get some coffee in me.

The Lord showed me through my hunger that I need to be that hungry for His Word. I really don’t get into it enough. I have my devotional time in the morning. I’m bad about finishing that time, getting up from it and getting busy with the rest of my day, not thinking about what He said to me. I also read some before I go to sleep, but don’t pray about it or think about it. I just doze right off. Those are like the finger foods I didn’t eat enough of. I need a meal, a Bible study, something that gets me deeper into His word.

Jesus called himself the bread of life. He knows that when we spend time in his word we will find the nourishment we need to be spiritually strong. He knows we need snacks like devotionals and meals like Bible study. We also get strength when we regularly gather with other believers and serve others.

So, I encourage you if you are feeling a bit hungry, go feed yourself a good meal. Find a Bible study to join or start one yourself. There are plenty out there by good authors that have leader guides in the back. Or go find a good book on a biblical topic you would like to learn more about. Again, plenty out there.

As for me, my tummy is still growling so I am going to go eat.

10 Reasons To Rejoice.

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1) This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

2) I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

3) I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not      harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

4) His grace is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:9

5) He put a new song in my mouth. Psalm 40:3

6) He will not leave me nor forsake me. Deuteronomy 31:6

7) I am a child of God. Ephesians 1:5

8) I am held by a righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

9) He delights in me. Psalm 37:23

10) I am loved enough to die for. Isaiah 53:4-12

Thank you Father for your great and awesome love for me. May I rejoice in you today.

 

 

 

A Clear View

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“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22

Do you see this? I should be too embarrassed to show you this, but do you see the dirt on my window? Look at the white dots. That is how dirty my windows are. It is too cold and windy today to clean them, but this weekend will be perfect weather. They are getting cleaned so I can see my yard this winter.

God says that what we see now is like looking in a mirror. When we turn away we forgot what we saw. I forget that I see someone who is 40-something, and in my mind see someone who is 20-something with no wrinkles or gray hairs. Like looking at this dirty window, in 5 minutes will forget that it is dirty, just like I forget I have wrinkles and gray hairs. When I look out the window again I will simply look past the dirt to see what I want to see.

Don’t we do that in our own lives when we read God’s word, then do not do what it says? We see the dirt God wants us to clean and we choose to put it off cleaning it. When we’re not reflecting on God’s word, we see what we want to see. We see a pure reflection.

I think I’m going to let my dirty windows be a reminder for me to read God’s word and do what it says. I know that my heart needs a cleaning everyday, just like my windows.

Father, thank you for cleaning my heart everyday through your Word. I know that some days You do a light cleaning and other days need a serious scrub down. You know best. Clean away!

Read: James 1:22-24

 

My “Aha” Moment

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“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15

Like a snake coming out of its hole, it began to rear its ugly head. My anger. I have struggled with it for years now. I can get mad at someone for no particular reason and I can get mad at no one in particular. If I have the chance to be by myself, I can stir it up till it boils over and you had better not be the next person to say something wrong to me or you are going to catch my wrath. Just ask my family. They will tell you this is true.

I started stirring anger again this morning and the Lord stopped me. In my mind I pictured my anger like a snake coming out of its hole. (It’s where I got the idea for this post. lol) I wanted to stomp the snake and push it back down in its hole. But then I thought that doesn’t solve my problem, it only suppresses it. I need to rid myself of it. (Besides, I have a huge fear of snakes and run when I see one. I can’t even post a picture of one I hate them so much.)

Then a beautiful picture came to my mind. I saw Jesus stomping my anger with His foot and killing it.  (I am a visual thinker.) Christ did not come to suppress my anger, He came to crush it. He crushed it on the cross. He was crucified for my sins and my sins died with Him. “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin-because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” (Romans 6:6-7) This was my “Aha!” moment. Then I thought, “Well, duh, Jayne, you knew that. You just haven’t been applying it.” So, it was my “Aha” moment followed by a “DUHHHH” moment. Yes, I do have my blond moments. Just ask my family. We all get it naturally. We were all blond when we were little.

So, the point. As we grow in our relationship with Christ we will have our “Aha” moments and our “Duh” moments. Theseproving God does have  a sense of humor, and is very patient and compassionate with us as He waits for us to come to those moments. I love God. He is so awesome!

Father, thank you for “Aha” and “Duh” moments and what we learn from them. Thank you for waiting so patiently for us to get there and not saying “I told you so” when we do. I love You!!! 🙂

Read: Romans 6