Jesus Trumps…EVERYTHING

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Jesus replied, “and why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?” – Matthew 15:3

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I want to encourage you to search out God’s Word for yourself.

Yes, I’m sure a lot of us have had some good, solid teaching throughout our lives.

However, have you sought Him for yourself?

Have you ever wondered why do we do ‘this’ or why we do ‘that’?

I’m sure most of the “traditions” you follow are biblical but are they all?

I’ve learned so much over the years from very wise men and women but the biggest jump in my spiritual walk came when I began digging in and seeking God on my own.

I thank God for my parents and the spiritual leaders God placed in front of me but more than that…I thank God that He is personal with me! He speaks to me. He listens to me. And every single day He teaches me something new.

I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am THE LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
Isaiah 45:3

Let’s party like it’s 1999!

Guess what today is?

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It’s my BIRTHDAY!

Y’all, I am 33 years old and I still love my birthday!

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As a Christian, I should love life!

Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly!

No, this doesn’t mean that my life is all hunky-dory or sunshine and roses but it does mean that I AM BLESSED and GOD IS GOOD!

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So, how will you help me celebrate today?

*Buy yourself that new purse you’ve been wanting!

* Splurge on lunch today!

* Eat Cake!

*Wear a tiara!

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Go ahead, I give you permission.

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It’s my birthday, let’s celebrate!

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Do you accept your Mission?

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Your #Mission is not to please people!

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Your mission is not to tiptoe around other momma’s and daddy’s (men and women) trying to be accepted!

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Your mission is not to fit in!

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Your mission is not to carry your feelings on your shoulders!

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Your MISSION is #Love!

Your Mission is #Truth!

Your Mission is to ‘proclaim good tidings to the meek’…’bind up the broken hearted’…’proclaim liberty to the captives’…and ‘free those that are bound’!

Your Mission is to be a #PeculiarPeople!

Your Mission is to #BeYeHoly!

Your Mission is to to #Represent Jesus!

Your Mission is to #SpeakLife!

Your Mission is to be the hands and feet of Jesus!

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#IAcceptMyMission

Do you?

 

Challenge Accepted #4

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Praise the Lord!  We made it!

It’s the weekend so that means it is time for a challenge!

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My challenge to you this weekend is:

Memorize one scripture verse.

I don’t care what scripture you choose, I don’t care how long or how short it is…just memorize a scripture. Share it with your family and live it out this weekend!

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If you just can’t seem to decide on one, here is a good one to begin with:

“Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
Joshua 3:5

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Read it, speak it, believe it, live it!

#ChallengeAccepted

Confession: I AM NOT ENOUGH {but God is}

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CONFESSION TIME

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Sometimes I feel that I should do more…I should have more of the right words…I should be able to fix things and make others feel better.

After all, I am the pastor’s wife, right?

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One night this week I was blessed with the opportunity to minister to several different lades who were all having a really rough week.  I use the word ‘minister’ very lightly because the whole time in my mind I was thinking, “you don’t even have the words to say…you may be quoting a few scriptures to them right now but they don’t want to hear that right now, they KNOW these things…they are simply having a rough week/season/life!  As their leadership, how are you going to fix this?”

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And then the Lord spoke these words into my spirit…

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”Matthew 11:28-29

Friends, if we want to be like Jesus, if we want to walk and talk like Jesus, if we want to show Jesus, sometimes we must simply provide a shelter from the storms.  This is how we be His hands and His feet…by wrapping our arms around our sisters in Christ and letting them cry.  No, I can’t fix the situation.

I may not even have the correct “pastor’s wife” words…but I do know a God who heals delivers, restores, strengthens, and sets free!  And at times, He chooses me to wrap my arms around a loved one and remind them of these truths.

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When you sometimes feel like you aren’t doing enough, simply listen and let them cry

because when God is in involved, HE IS ENOUGH.

You need Jesus! – I need Jesus! – We ALL need Jesus!

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You need to be skinnier.

You need to be healthier.

You need to have blond hair.

You need to have brown hair.

You need to show more cleavage.

You need to fit in.

You need to go looking for love.

You need to not be so feminine.

You need to be more independent.

You need to ‘experiment’ before you settle down.

No, I’m sorry…YOU NEED JESUS…and He is enough!

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Friends, have you ever heard the phrase “Lying by Omission”?  I’m sure you’ve heard it…I’m sure you’ve used it.

Lying by Omission: lying by either omitting certain facts or by failing to correct a misconception.
…failing to correct a misconception…

All over the television, all over social media, all over everywhere, we are being fed these misconceptions.

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Our sons are being taught to think they have a choice on whether they want to be a man or a women!

Our daughters are being taught to ‘flaunt what they’ve got’ and ‘life just isn’t worth it’!

Our husbands are being led to believe that this ‘other woman’ has more of an interest in him than his wife does and it’s OK to have an ‘innocent’ relationship with her!

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Why do they think this?  After all, we’ve never told them these things, right!?!

No, we haven’t but the world has…..and we are deceiving them by the simple act of omission!

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We have got to speak up and speak out!  I’m not saying you have to go on an all out ‘rant’ on Facebook and bash those who don’t believe the way you do…as a matter of fact, I don’t agree with that in the least…but I do believe we need to be speaking LIFE into our children and our spouses!

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Teach your sons to put on the full armor of God so that they can withstand the schemes of the enemy and stand their ground! Ephesians 6:10-20

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Teach your daughters to respect their bodies and to not throw their pearls to the pigs! Matthew 7:6
Teach them that they are loved and cherished by an Almighty Father!  Teach them that they were created by God, loved by God, important to God, WANTED by God!  Times may be hard but they will not be overtaken…they may be persecuted but not destroyed!  2 Corinthians 4:7-9

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SHOW your husbands that you love them and respect them and appreciate them!  Let your actions prove to him that you adore and want him, that he is important to you!  Proverbs 31:10-31

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We hold a power within us and we don’t even realize it!  Yes, the power of our tongue can bring death but it can also bring forth life!

“The tongue has the power of life and death…”Proverbs 18:21

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As Christians, it is not enough for us to abstain from telling lies or spreading gossip but we must also refuse to omit the truth in order to absolutely obliterate the device of the enemy!

 

Ooh….I’m so Fancy: And I like cake!

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

I don’t cook much…unless I’m trying out  a new Pinterest recipe.

Oh, I’ve had a few Pinterest fails but hey, at least I tried right?

However, I DO bake from time to time and last Sunday as I was napping (I highly recommend this on your day of rest…Just sayin’)…anyway, as I was napping I had a dream…

about CAKE!

I’m not sure if any of you are familiar with the Original Funfetti Icing or not with the little chewy bits of heavenly goodness in it…but they discontinued it.

Y’all this was a sad day for me.

They discontinued it a couple of years ago and I have literally craved it…and then I dream about it.  :)

Good news though!  They announced a few weeks ago that their Original Funfetti Icing is making a come back!

Praise the Lord!

But…yes their is a but….it isn’t available until late July or early August.  So my next favorite?

Fancy Banana Nut Cake

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Y’all, this cake is not banana nut bread.  Nope, it doesn’t even have real bananas in it!  I often bake and sell these for fundraisers at our church or ladies functions….but today, I’m going to share my secret recipe.

Oh, not really!  It’s not a secret…it’s probably on the back of a pudding box somewhere!  :)  This cake is SO SO SO simple and yummy and Fancy looking!  Here goes!

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Fancy Banana Nut Cake

Ingredients:

1 box of yellow cake mix (mix as directed on box)

1 large box of instant banana pudding mix (dry)

A couple handfuls of chopped pecans (plus some to sprinkle on top when you are finished)

1 container of cream cheese frosting (I whip mine in the mixer to make it fluffier)

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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Combine together cake mix as described on box.

Add in dry pudding mix and your chopped pecans.

Pour in well greased pan.  (I prefer mine in mini cakes or muffins.)

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Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. (Also a preference because I like mine well done) :)

Once cooled, pipe a little frosting on top and sprinkle on some more pecans!

And here you go! Simple FANCY, huh?

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Don’t pass it up…Pick it up!

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Uh-oh! I think you’ve dropped something…

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…only you can pick it back up…

….your desires, your compassion, your joy, your peace, your calling ???

…I can’t do it for you…

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“No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.  I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” – John 10:18

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Friends, I’ve seen too many of God’s children walking around in defeat.

I know that at times we may be dealing with something out of our own control, but too often today I am seeing blood bought Christians who simply lay down the freely given gifts of God.

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As wrote in the book of John, some things once laid down can only be picked back up with our own accord!

This thing you laid down may not be worth a penny to someone else, but to you it is crucial!

“This JOY that I have…the world didn’t give it to me.
This PEACE that I have…the world didn’t give it to me.
This TRUTH that I have….the world didn’t give it to me.

The world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away!

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What are you waiting for?

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PICK IT UP!

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Preaching To Myself Today…

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I posted something on my Facebook recently about Noah…and promises…and waiting…

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Here is my status update from June 2nd @ 10:12 am:

When God ordains your ‪#‎Mission‬, you don’t have to go searching for your Promise!

In Genesis chapter 7 notice that when it’s time for Noah and the animals to load the ark, Noah doesn’t have to go ‪#‎Gather‬ the animals. They ‘came to Noah’ and entered the ark!

That call you are waiting on, that message that’s coming, that ministry opportunity in your future…

God sees, God knows, God hears…

Don’t lose sight of your ‪#‎Vision‬, your ‪#‎Promise‬ is coming!

‪#‎PreachinToMyselfToday‬
‪#‎ConfessionsOfABlessedPastorsWife‬

“Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah.”Genesis 7:8-9

And like I mentioned above, I was/am absolutely ‘preachin’ to myself’ here!  But as I was pondering on this truth, God spoke something deeper to me…a warning, if you will.  Noah did not have to go searching for his promise…God walked it right up to his front door!  (Thank you Lord!) But once that took place something else happened…

Let’s go a little further down to verse 12:

“And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.”

The animals walked in…but then the doors were shut again…for awhile

It would still be some time before that Promise came full circle.  As a matter of fact, it wasn’t for another 2 chapters!

I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”  And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”  So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.” Genesis 9:11-17

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Friends, your promise is coming!…but do not get discouraged if you see a portion of your promise and then have to wait again…

“The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.”Lamentations 3:25

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Again, #PreachinToMyselfToday

 

 

Challenge Accepted #3

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After the week I’ve had…I don’t know if my challenge will be much more than staying alive…HOWEVER, I think this picture will help!

No, not really!  My week wasn’t that bad…but sometimes we make mountains out of molehills don’t we?  :)

Either way, it’s Saturday and I know you don’t want to spend 30 minutes reading my blog post.  So, let’s get to it!

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My challenge to you this weekend is this:

*Do something nice for somebody…something that makes you go ‘above and beyond’…

 

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”Galatians 6:9

As for me?

#ChallengeAccepted