Sunday, August 25, 2013

Why are you slacking?



I know I usually wait until the end of the post to ask my thoughtful question.  Today, I wanted to put it as my opening statement.  Summer is here and I realize that I easily fall into a "lazy" routine.  When my boys are in school, my other name is drill sergeant.  The rigid routine we have to follow leaves very little room for error.  Over Summer - that rigid schedule cheerfully goes out the window.

I was recently sitting on my couch wondering, why I was being so LAZY. I'd spent numerous hours watching tv...mindless tv that had nothing to offer except a bellowing, out loud type of laugh.  As the day came to a close I was mad that I didn't exercise, clean, grocery shop, made a few calls or accomplished anything on my "to-do list".  I know we've all experienced days like this. Occasionally, they are okay.  But if we continue in that rut - it will soon become our habit and a lazy new behavior is formed.

Have you ever asked for more?  A new position at work, new house, new shoes, a child, better paying job or a healthier body.  Before we put in our request for something larger, we need to ask ourselves:

Why am I slacking in what God has already given me?

Come on, tell the truth - many times we are asking for more when we haven't been diligent with what God has already blessed us with.  In fact, in our deceived minds, we can feel that we aren't even blessed because our current situation is painful.

Pain is just weakness leaving the body.  
Never fear when you experience it, you are just growing stronger.

My son used to always ask for more food before he even finished what was on his plate.  His theory was that he wanted to pile it all up for himself before his brother asked for more.

Why should God give you more when you aren't properly investing now?  I'm not just talking about money either.  Each of us HAS a purpose!  Even if you feel you were conceived as a "mistake", you have purpose.  Everything God creates is good and purposeful.

Let me clarify further:  Don't pray to constantly lose weight when you won't SHUT your mouth and stop eating foods that destroy vs heal.  Harsh but true words.

Here's another example:  Why do you keep praying for the same result when God has already given you an answer.  You are just choosing not to obey because you will be taken out of your comfort zone. Don't ask for more time in the day when you are the one that can't manage/budget their time wisely.

Everyday is a gift, that's why it's called the PRESENT.

A spirit of excellence and purpose must always be our driving forces.  Think about your current situation - Are you slacking?  Move forward in what God has ALREADY given you.  Stand in your TRUTH no matter how ugly it can be.  Be inspired to intentionally take the NEXT step. (Posted by Roslyn)

Take a lesson from the ants you lazybones.  Learn from their ways and be wise! ~Proverbs 6:6

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Throw Your Money Away?

When Roslyn and I started our blog, our sole purpose was to motivate and inspire.  Whether it is nature, our kids, church, or work, we stay engaged in our lives to share our experiences and inspire our readers.  The other day, inspiration came from my 4 year old. 

Jordan's "crinkled" dollar
Recently during our family reunion, his grandmother gave him a dollar bill.  He was so excited to fold it up and put it in his pants pocket.  I was actually surprised that he held onto it the entire weekend.  Somehow the dollar became crinkled and he thought it was trash.  If I didn't catch him getting ready to throw it away, he would have succeeded in his quest to get rid of the "trash".  I yelled, "Jordan, no!  Don't throw that away."  He couldn't understand why we wouldn't throw it away like any other piece of crinkled paper.  He didn't know it's value.  In his eyes, it was just another piece of paper.

His actions made me think about life.  Do we really understand our value?  Are we willing to throw our lives away to addictions, bad habits or life outside of Christ, because of our challenges?  We are so precious to God.  We were created to be in relationship with Him.  He desires for us to draw close to Him through prayer and devotion (commitment) so that He can reveal His purpose in our lives.  God makes it clear how we are to love Him in Deuteronomy 6:5 (MSG):

Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!

I don't care what you've done, how messed up you think your life is, God loves you beyond words.  We can't even comprehend the depth of His love toward us.  Please don't throw away your value (life).  Surrender it to God and watch Him bless you.  The BEST is YET to come! (Posted by Renee)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Fun Friday - Back To School!

This week many educators went back to the classroom to prepare for the 2013 - 2014 school year.  We want to wish every student a safe, successful and creative school year.  

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.  ~George Washington Carver

"You will be blessed wherever you go, both in coming and in going". 
~Deuteronomy 28:6

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Double Portion Blessing!

Enjoy God's peace by enjoying the outdoors!

The weekend is almost here and we want to pray and declare God's greatest over your life.  May His grace and favor surround you.  May you feel His presence in times of challenge and adversity.  Remember to focus your thoughts only on those things that are pure, good, noble and true. 

The promises of a double portion blessing are sprinkled throughout the Bible.  Meditate on the scriptures below and rest in the assurance that God wants the best for you!

Deuteronomy 21:17 (AMP)

But he shall acknowledge the son of the disliked as the firstborn by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he was the first issue of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.


2 Kings 2:9 (AMP)

And when they had gone over, Elijah said to Elisha, Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you. And Elisha said, I pray you, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.


Isaiah 61:7 (CEB)

 Instead of shame, their portion will be double; instead of disgrace, they will rejoice over their share.
They will possess a double portion in their land; everlasting joy will be theirs.


1 Samuel 1:5 (AMP)

But to Hannah he gave a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had given her no children.


We declare a DOUBLE PORTION blessing over our readers, friends and family. (Posted by Renee)