One of my favorite Bible Verses

I Thessalonians 5:16-18  Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Today is one of those days, when as a Mom, sometimes you wonder if your kids even need you.   I know deep down that isn’t true, but sometimes after a brief conversation or a one-sided conversation, it can tend to drag you to that conclusion.  BUT, after feeling that for a brief moment, I go to my favorite bible verse and re-read it and remember that no matter what, I need to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”.  I will rejoice in the few minutes that I talked to them, I will pray that their day is good and I will give thanks that they are alive and I get to hear their voice even just for a few moments, because this is the will of God.  That’s what I did and that’s what I do.  We ALL make a choice each and every day to make it a good day or make it a bad.  We all have things happening in our lives that are not what we want or desire sometimes, but we need to focus on our blessings, be pleasant, be honoring and make it a better day.  I  pray this for each and everyone of my children, my family and my friends.   So, today, I am thankful that I have talked to two out of the four of my children and I am blessed to be their Mom.  

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Do we think before we speak, do, post, read or watch …

Have you ever seen a line of lyrics posted on a facebook status and wondered what they meant and when you looked up the rest of the lyrics , you wonder why someone would listen to it in the first place?  It represents so many things that we shouldn’t stand for or want to put into our minds.  What if someone is looking up to them as a role model and they don’t even realize it?  What if you were the one person that might have been leading them to Christ?  Do we even do that as adults to some extent?  Do we do and say things that we shouldn’t?  It sure makes you think. 

I saw this wonderful letter from John Wesley’s mother that was written to him while he was in college.  He was wanting a list of “rules” to follow while away.  This was her response:

“Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself. It doesn’t matter what something is rated, or how popular it is, or how seemingly innocent it appears. If it hardens your heart toward God, if it obscures your awareness of the ugliness of sin and the holiness of God, if it takes the edge off your spiritual hunger, then it’s sin”

I love what she had to say.  It wasn’t specific as he probably thought she was going to write but it really was quite clear.  Maybe we should all think that way before we do things, read things, say things, watch things .  Your thoughts?

A New Blogger …

I have always wanted a place to journal my thoughts and feelings and every time I started a hand-written journal, I never continued for some reason.  I am hoping through my online journal, I will have a place to write about my life … the blessings and the challenges, both past and  present.  To all of you who read my blog, I hope you enjoy it.