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What’s Your Problem?

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“In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.” Psalm 36:2

When I first read this verse I could apply it to many people. I had one person in particular in mind. Then the Lord showed me that it also applied to me.

I have always known that I have a temper. I say I got it honest from my dad. There is a verse that applies to this as well. It is one of my favorites. Proverbs 30:33 says, “For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.” I get angry about something and I just can’t seem to let it go. I think about it and think about it till I am like a volcano about to erupt. You can literally see the smoke going out of my ears and nose. Ok, not really but my family knows when I’m mad just by looking at me. One of my eyebrows rises. I got that from my mom. Her’s went up when she was mad, too. When it was up you knew to steer clear. Far away clear! My family has learned the same thing.

Like the alcoholic that doesn’t see drinking as a problem, I didn’t see my anger as a problem. Like the alcoholic, I didn’t want to admit it. But once I admitted it as a problem and handed it over to God He began a mighty work in me.

He showed me what triggered my anger. Sometimes it is worse when I am totally female (if you get my drift). I have learned to look for that and do something on those days that keeps me busy and focused on something positive. I sing a lot more now. Something about singing helps me to express my emotions better. So many Christian songs are out there that express exactly what I am feeling. This blog is a huge help. I have found that the truth really does set you free. When I am open and honest with you, my readers, Satan’s hold is broken!

There are many things that can be a problem. There are the more obvious one’s like alcohol and drugs, but there are the subtle one’s too. We all have a problem that we need to give to God and allow Him to clean them out of our hearts. Do not flatter yourself into thinking that you don’t have one. You do. If you can’t see it ask God to reveal it, but be ready. It isn’t going to be pretty and you aren’t going to like it. Just except it and ask God to clean it out of your heart so you can become more like Jesus. Isn’t that you goal anyway? If not, it should be.

Father, we are a new creation if we have excepted Jesus as  our personal Savior. As a new creation we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Sometimes that means we have to take a hard look at the ugly in our hearts. The mess is sometimes way too big for us to clean and we need help. Let us never be too proud to admit the we need help. Humble us so we can be helped.

Read: Psalm 36 and apply it to yourself instead of that person that comes to mind.

 

The Hardest Time

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“The LORD said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites.” Numbers 13:1

Ok, so I’m trying to move my name domain  from wordpress.com to another registrar. I’m moving because when I signed up for worpress.com I really hadn’t done my homework about starting a blog as a business. What I should have done is gotten a domain registrar site and a host site that has wordpress.org. WordPress .com dosen’t allow ads unless you have an outrageously high number of views a day, like over 830 a day! Yes, I was just excited about the whole blog thing and was naive about much. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has done this.

Anyway, registrar is switched, but when I tried to get on, a whole other page popped up. It had His Heart And Home as its title. I was listed as the author. But everything I had written since June was gone. Vanished. Not to be found. I was panicking. Big time panicking. One of those times I wouldn’t listen to anyone and just wanted My Man to fix it. He is good at fixing things. He is very good with computers. I wanted him to fix it and he said, “I don’t know what to do.” OH, the horror of those words! I didn’t sleep well at all last night. Ok, I was really just too hot, but when I woke up my blog was the first thing on my mind.

I do apologize to those of you who follow my blog via subscription by e-mail and got a couple of extra e-mails last night. That’s when I could get to my dashboard but not view my post. Again, PAN-IC-KING!!!!! And so mad!!!

I’m still not sure if I can put the ads on. Haven’t tried and am not gonna till MM gets home to help me. Oh, I hope it is fixed.  We could really use some extra income. And having it on another registrar will allow me to reach more people for Jesus. That is and always has been first and foremost the thing I have wanted to do. I would rather reach one soul for Jesus than make $100,000,000. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could reach 100,000,000 souls?!!!

So, again I am trusting God to get all this worked out for His glory. I truly feel this was all His idea. I just need to “be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” If I had been all this in the first place, I would not have had to take the long detour to get to where He wants me to be.

Father, I know that you lead us to new endeavors.  Still, we don’t need to jump in feet first without checking things out. We need to get organized before we start. As, You lead us, teach us to look to You for wisdom and follow Your guidence.

Read: James 1:19-20

Check out some of my decorating ideas for the Christmas season and recipes found under Home and Garden and Kitchen.

The Old and The New

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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

There are many things listed in the Bible that we need to repent from: gossiping, slander, stealing, adultery, etc.. But there are some things that aren’t specifically listed. God does tell us not to think too highly of ourselves (Romans 12:3)  I think this applies to  thinking too lowly of ourselves too. We each have our own area of that.

Growing up I never really felt all that smart. I struggled somewhat in school. Never really knew where I belonged, academically. If I were with the “average” students I made straight A’s. If I were with the “advanced” students I struggled anywhere from B’s to F’s. I know part of my struggle came from my family moving three times in between my first-third grade years. I missed out on some of the basic concepts and played catch-up for the rest of my school days.

Since school was a struggle for me I didn’t try really hard at it. I was a latch-key kid so there was no real follow-up on homework or projects. Back then there wasn’t many, if any, parent-teacher conferences so, my parents were clueless. At least, I thought they were. I would change the grades on my report card. Easy to do when they were hand written, not computer generated like today.  If they ever knew that I changed my grades they never said anything about it or punished me.  Nor did my parents have a way to keep up with my grades on computer like I can keep up with Dillon’s.

This self-esteem of being average has carried over into adulthood. Psychologists  say we are shaped by our past. I agree. BUT…

I have accepted Christ as my Savior. I have been made new in Christ. I don’t have to see myself as average anymore. That is my old self. God created me just the way I am and I am smart, if I learn something the way He created me to learn it.  He has shown me how I learn best and I am beginning to apply that to my life. There are other ways He is showing me that I don’t have to be anymore; that I can choose to repent and change my thinking. Like being a latch-key kid. He is always there for me. He is always ready to help me learn something new, whether it be about myself or something about the computer. (Right now I am very computer illiterate! lol One reason He gave me My Man! I let him figure it out then show me how to do it. That’s how I learn best!)

What do you struggle with? Perhaps you feel unliked, ugly, or just simply not enough. Not smart enough, not talented enough, not good enough. Ask God to show you why you think that way, and what you need to do to repent from that and how to transform your thinking.  Ask how God sees you and begin to believe it. You are dearly loved, Beloved!

Father, help me to receive your healing and forgiveness for things in my past. Show me how I am made new in You.

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Southern By The Grace of God

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I love being Southern. We can do so much and get away with it. I’m fixin’ to tell y’all something  ’bout being Southern.

Being Southern doesn’t mean that I’m not educated. I may say “ain’t” and “y’all” and call you “Sweetie” or “Honey.” And I do “bless a lot of hearts.” I might even “piddle” around. I’ll greet you with a big “Hey-yyy”.

All soda  is “Coke.”  I refer to my grocery cart as a “buggy” and that’s okay.

I’m polite and say “Ma’am” and “Sir.” And if you hear a Southern gal say, “Oh, hell no!!” you’d better run. I don’t say that, but that is so true!

I might go a little crazy at the mention of snow and run to the store for milk and bread. But, I love my hot summers and sweet ice tea!

I have dinner at noon and supper in the evening.

I live right dab in the middle of the country. Not over yonder. If you don’t know where “Yonder” is, you ain’t from the south!!!

I believe in Jesus and that He died for my sins.  I love to worship Jesus.  I go to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night, too! I love to tell people ’bout Jesus. And I love the sweet fellowship we sometimes after church with a pot luck dinner.

I love grits and being a G.R.I.T.S– Girl Raised In The South!

But I Don’t Want To

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“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23

I keep a 6-year-old in the afternoons after school. We have nicknamed her “Boo” because when she was little and we put her hair in pigtails, she looked like Boo from the movie Monsters Inc. 

Like all 6-year-olds there can be days that are trying. She has her moments of not doing what I ask her to do. Even with the simplest thing like putting on her shoes when she is told. She runs to do something else. UGH! Some days I just want to scream at her. I don’t. I know it wouldn’t do any good, and she would only cry and I would feel like a mean and hateful person. I just patiently stop her and tell her again to do what she was told. She does, even if she doesn’t want to.

I found myself acting like Boo this week. Not wanting to do what I was asked by God.

Last week, God showed me an opportunity. I think. I got that old anxious feeling inside. It was so strong I really couldn’t tell if it was God not wanting me to do it or that fact don’t want to do it. I couldn’t do any thing about it then anyway. The opportunity wasn’t open, literally, because of Thanksgiving break. So, I said I would check on it this week. I put it off Monday and Tuesday. Called myself  “praying” about it, but I was really trying to talk God out of it. Well…I made the call today. LOL the person I needed to talk to was out of the office and will be until Friday. I’ll have to wait till then to see if the opportunity is open. I still hope not. Doesn’t matter though. I was obedient and made the call. The anxious feeling is gone. I have never regretted being obedient to God. Even if I’m asked to make a simple phone call.

Now the question is will I be obedient if the opportunity is open to me? Ugh! Well, like Scarlett O’Hara said, “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

Father, Like a child there are times I don’t want to do what You tell me to do. But, I have never regretted being obedient. Help me now to be obedient to You and what You want me to do today. I love You! ❤

Read: Isaiah 1:18-20

Making The Switch

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“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.” Mark 8:31

No…I’m not talking about changing my cell phone service. Couldn’t if I wanted to. We live out in the country have only one company that can reach us. “Can you hear me now?” LOL

I am in the process of switching from WordPress.com to another domain registrar. Not that I’m not satisfied with WordPress, I just didn’t do my initial research as well as I should have. You see, I was not only wanting to start a blog to share the gospel with others, but I was also looking for a source of extra income. My family really needs that right now.

My blog will still be His Heart and Home and the website will still be hisheartandhome.com. It’s just that when I switch I will no longer be at wordpress.com but .org (through a host site) and I will lose all my precious followers. Those of you who have subscribed to my blog will no longer get the e-mails telling you of my lasted post. 😦 That makes me sad. But , the good news is you can subscribe at my new site! I hope all of you will. I do have your e-mails addresses, so when the switch is complete, I will send you a message letting you know. You are always welcome to contact me at hisheartandhome@yahoo.com.

It is funny the  message God gives me while I am typing sometimes. Like while typing this I couldn’t help but think of the warning Jesus give His disciples many times about His upcoming death and resurrection. They heard it but didn’t really pay any attention. In one ear and out the other. That would have been me. Seriously! Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that to tell me something, it just doesn’t register. But, draw me a picture or write it down…I’ll remember it.

Ok, how did that come out of telling you about my blog. Well, it’s dying to wordpress.com and rising at wordpress.org through its father domain registrar and host site. Yes, I know! I’m strange! My mind thinks in weird ways! My family says I’m blond. Blonds may seem dumb, but there is really some deep thinking going on behind that hair. Maybe too deep for our own good.  LOL  But, that is the whole idea behind this blog; telling you how I see Jesus daily. That was one way I saw Him today.

Oh, and my blog will have a “gloried body”, too. Ok, a new header, but I’m trying to stick with the analogy. Now, I’m getting too blond even for me.

A work in progress

 

Anyway, be on the look out for my e-mail if you subscribe and the new look. And be on the look out for the return of Jesus. (another analogy there. Couldn’t resist) Please pray I will be able to reach even more for Jesus through this endeavor.

Father, I thank You for the warning that You gave your disciples about Your death and resurrection. I am thankful for the warning you gave to us to be on the look out for Your return. Let me live today as if it is the day You are coming. We never know!

Read: Mark 8:31-33

My Heart’s Desire

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“It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” Luke 2:26All I want for Christmas is…

If you had asked me that question two days ago I would have said a higher income for My Man and me, to be out of this financial mess we are in, to be able to go grocery shop and not “worry” about what I throw into the cart.

But today my heart’s desires are different. I desire to have a closer walk with Jesus. I desire to do His will and to share His gospel with more people.  I desire for my heart to be captivated by Jesus.

Yesterday, our pastor’s message was from Luke 2:22-40. It is the story of Joseph and Mary taking Jesus to the temple on the eighth day as required by their law. They meet two very godly people, Simeon and Anna. Our pastor pointed out how they had longed to see the Messiah.

The question was asked, “Do I ache for Jesus’ return? What is the desire of my heart? Do I have a desire to glimpse into God’s glory here and now?” I had to honestly say, “No…no, I do not desire that. I desire to be out of the mess and back on our feet financially so I can spend money again.” I felt so ashamed. It could be, and probably is, the reason we can’t get out of it. I am so focus on it that it has become my god. That is possible you know. To be so focused on something other than God that it becomes your god.

But that god didn’t die for me. It didn’t love me enough to give up everything for me. Shoot, it can’t love me. So, yesterday I  laid that at the altar and gave my heart back to Jesus. I am His child and He will take care of me now and in the future. He always has and alway will. It’s just who He is…love.

These questions were also asked as food for thought.

  • Have I grown content with the absence of Christ?
  • What am I doing to make a difference in this world?
  • When was the last time I made a true sacrifice for the Lord? willing to give up something (like a vacation) to help spread the gospel?

This are questions we must ask ourselves on a regular basis. Really, all we need to ask is what do I really want…God’s will be done or mine? I choose God’s. It is soooooo much better!