Monday, April 25, 2016

The 15 Minute Challenge



I have a confession to make...

Throughout the years, when visiting a particularly difficult person in my life, I'd find myself thinking, "You can do this.  Just put your game face on."  I'd then proceed to literally count down the hours until the visit was over.  After leaving, I'd say to myself, "You could have won an academy award for your performance!"

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Boaz answered her, “Everything you have done for your mother-in-law
 since your husband’s death has been fully reported to me: how you left
 your father and mother and the land of your birth, and how you came
 to a people you didn’t previously know. May the Lord reward you for 
what you have done, and may you receive a full reward from the Lord God 
of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”
Ruth 2:11-12

The widow Naomi had two sons who married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth.  About ten years later both of her sons died leaving Ruth and Orpah widowed.  Naomi urged her daughters-in-law to return to their own mother's houses.  Orpah reluctantly did as Naomi requested, but Ruth chose to go with her mother-in-law, selflessly leaving behind her family and what was familiar.

"Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, 
I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and 
your God, my God.  Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus
 may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.” 
Ruth 1:16-17

I have always loved the story of Ruth.  Her selfless love and servant's heart are character traits I'd like to emulate.  But sadly, as I pointed out earlier, selfishness too often rules my actions.

Throughout the story of Ruth, she consistently looks to the welfare of Naomi in humble submission.  

In one such instance, Ruth asks her mother-in-law if it is okay to go into the fields to glean the leftover grain.  {These were the very fields that belonged to Boaz who would ultimately redeem Ruth.}

 Ruth the Moabitess asked Naomi, “Will you let me go into the fields and 
gather fallen grain behind someone who allows me to?”
Ruth 2:2

When Naomi realized that the fields belonged to Boaz, their kinsman, she instructed Ruth specifically in order to seek security for her.  Ruth obeyed.

Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you?  Now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maids you were? Behold, he winnows barley at the threshing floor tonight. Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. It shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do.”  She said to her, “All that you say I will do.”
Ruth 3:1-5

Ruth's most incredible act of love and selflessness was presenting her own son to her mother-in-law.

 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.  Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel.  May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”

Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her lap, and became his nurse.  The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi!” So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Ruth 4:13-17

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If Ruth were to enter the scene I confessed to earlier, her thoughts, attitude and response would be QUITE different.

Ruth would try to understand the deeper meaning behind why the person behaves in a hardened manner; looking to see that person through the eyes of Christ, and love that person as Christ would.

Ruth would have an attitude of respect and unconditional love for the person, no matter their difficult nature.

Ruth would be genuine and intentional during her visit, looking to bless and serve - not merely endure...

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I'm sure I'm not the only one who has difficult people in their life...

But what if, when we are in those situations, we purposed to...

"do the right thing for the next 15 minutes; have the right response for the next 15 minutes."
{Anna Duggar quote}

In my situation, instead of thinking "I have to put my game face on", I would be intentional and genuine with a positive attitude.  Instead of counting down the hours until I was leaving, I would be mindful of how I spent every 15 minutes, ensuring that I took every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and that every word and action showed the love of Christ.  And finally, after leaving the visit, my only thought would be, "Did I bring glory to God?"

I am happy to say that during a most recent visit, when I chose to do the right thing for the next 15 minutes and have the right response for the next 15 minutes,  I saw a change in the person from hardness to softness.  But more importantly, I changed...  In humility, I saw this person as someone who just needs to be loved and to have someone listen to them.   It then became important to me to do the right thing for them!  

I don't know if I will ever be a Ruth, but I feel like the Lord is using this situation in my life to bring her out in me...

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How about you?  Is there a person or situation in your life where doing the right thing for the next 15 minutes or having the right response for the next 15 minutes would help you cultivate an attitude like Ruth's.

I promise you that if you take up this fifteen minute challenge, the Lord will bless you abundantly.  You will develop a Christ-like habit of communion with the Father throughout the day; you will testify to the love of the Father to all you come in contact with; and you will bring Glory to God.

Father, please help me to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, every minute of every day.  Lord give me wisdom to know the right thing to do and the right response to have in my day to day interactions that will allow the light of Christ to shine brightly through me.   Thank you Lord that when I seek you, I will find you.  You are my ever present help and guide.  
In the wonderful name of Jesus, Amen


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Monday, April 18, 2016

What's New with Me Wednesday

 It's been a while since I've shared what's new with me.  What better day than a Wednesday to do just that!  ;-)  That and the fact that Wednesdays are my usual blog writing days, AND I'm recuperating from having a tooth implant today, a light, encouraging post seemed the perfect one to write!  :-)

 Some of you might remember my tooth saga toward the end of last year when I was apprehensive about having an extraction and the prospective implant.  I am happy to say both are behind me, and although the implant isn't something I would look forward to having again, it really wasn't that bad.   My dentist and his assistants were WONDERFUL!!  I chose to have just a local.  The staff and dentist were so reassuring and upbeat through the process.  I didn't feel a thing, but saw and heard stuff I'd rather not have... lol.  But all in all, I am very thankful for the Lord's provision of an excellent doctor, caring staff, and peace in the midst of the procedure.  Everything went extremely well, and I have had little to no pain.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Spring in New England started out relatively warm after a mild winter.   Early one morning, my husband and I headed down to Newport to beautiful hiking trails that sit high above the ocean with panoramic views all around.   We were hoping to find the snowy owls that visit there every year.  Although we didn't see a snowy owl, we took in these beautiful views while basking in the warm sunshine.







 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.  Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Psalm 96:11-12


My husband and I took an impromptu trip to New Jersey to visit with family.  We all gathered at my brothers for a great time of ping pong, darts, good food, 70s music {our family's favorite!}, reminiscing, and lots and lots of laughs.  My dad perfectly captioned this ice cream cake in honor of the day!




A joyful heart is good medicine.
Proverbs 17:22a

Last month we celebrated my granddaughter's first birthday!  I can't believe how fast this past year has gone by.  My daughter selected an owl theme in pink and gold.   She and my son-in-law worked tirelessly on the homemade decorations and party favors.  My son-in-law is extremely artistic and creative.  The centerpieces and party favors came out perfect!




I tried my  hand at creativity too!  And where does one go to find creative inspiration?? PINTEREST of course!  ;-)  I wanted to make trays of food in the shape of owls.  I was quite pleased with how mine came out. :-)




I was so thankful for my sister-in-law's extra hands.   She created this owl vegetable tray while I worked on the fruit and cheese trays.  I thought hers came out awesome!



My daughter had a vision for Lexi's outfit complete with a gold one on the front of her shirt and a pink tutu!  My very talented daughter-in-law created that vision.


We were blessed with the use of a beautiful fellowship hall next to an old country church.   It was such a memorable and special day for our precious Lexi.

My entire family from New Jersey came up for Lexi's big day.  After Lexi's party, we all gathered at our home for a ham dinner that had been cooking in the crock pot all day.  At that time, we celebrated my sister-in-law and daughter's birthdays.  It was wonderful to have our home filled to the brim with love and laughter.



And you shall rejoice in all the good that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you.
Deuteronomy 26:11


I continue to experience exceeding joy at being such a big part of my granddaughter's life!  I cannot even put into words the love I feel for this precious, precious child.

Lexi is incredibly cute, funny, extremely smart, athletic and physical (which can be scary at times - lol), observant, inquisitive, independent, yet sensitive, has the cutest little voice and laugh I have ever heard, and has been walking since she was 10 months old!    My heart is filled to bursting.






Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged.
Proverbs 17:6a

My schedule continues to be busy working part-time, babysitting and blogging, but the Lord, as always, blesses me in every area.

I recently finished an excellent book that I highly recommend, A Prisoner and Yet, by Corrie Ten Boom.  I share about that book in my blog post, Peace that surpasses all understanding: Lessons from Corrie Ten Boom                   

Next up to read on my Kindle is a book written by my dear friend Alicia Ruggieri called All Our Empty Places, the second book in her Time of Grace series.  Her first book in that series, The Fragrance of Geraniums is a must read!  These books are extremely God honoring and edifying.  You can find them on Amazon.com.

So that's what has been new with me since we last caught up.   All praise and Glory to my God and Father.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17


My sweet grandpuppies  :-)


How has the Lord been blessing you so far in 2016?  I'd love to hear about it.  :-)

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Monday, April 11, 2016

The Multiplied Blessings of a Consecrated Life



One of my favorite TV shows is Little House on the Prairie.   I've always wanted to live in that time period - the 1800s.   Now I realize I am greatly romanticizing this era, as it was anything but easy...

The aspect I find so appealing about this snapshot in time is the simplicity...  Simplicity of family, gathered around hearth, at the end of a day of hard work; simplicity of enjoying the beauty of the land and it's provision; simplicity of gathering for fellowship in a small congregation of your neighbors; and most especially, the simplicity of living a life holy and separate unto the Lord...

Caroline Ingalls exemplified that holy and separate life, a life consecrated to the Lord, through the work of her hands - through her devotion to her husband in cheerful service as she made a lovely home; through lovingly raising her children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, never raising her voice; and through her example of always being Christ-centered in her words and actions, even when dealing with difficult people or situations.

When I look upon tombstones from long ago, a majority of those precious saints left engraved legacies of Scripture and Christ-centered quotes which told of a life lived holy and separate unto the Lord...

I am saddened when I think of how far we have come from lives whose center is Christ and the church, to a world that has systematically stripped God from all vestiges where He once was revered.

I am saddened that more and more churches today are choosing to look like the world in a misguided attempt to attract the world...

I am saddened that more and more Believers, myself included, have moved so far away from the Caroline Ingalls, to lives caught up in self, busyness, and the world, which do not testify of a set apart life in Christ Jesus.

Consecrate is a word you don't hear much anymore, even in church circles...  It is a word that needs to be revived...

What does it mean to be set apart/consecrated?

:consecrate/sanctify/make holy, " means separation with relationship to God. 
Bakers Evangelical Dictionary

You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy 
and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.
Leviticus 20:26

You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, 
and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.
Deuteronomy 14:2 

because it is written, “You shall be holy (set apart), for I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:16 {Amplified version}

Our great God has proclaimed us holy - His special treasure!!  He has separated us out, from those who are perishing, to be His!

Why o' why are we choosing not to live as God's special treasure, allowing self and the world to rule our actions.  How much harder we make it for ourselves when we do not live a life consecrated to the Lord.

O' the blessings that are missed when we do not consecrate our lives - our bodies, our words, our actions, our families, our circumstances, our work, our provisions, to the Lord.

I recently read the following verses when the Holy Spirit revealed something new and profound to me that I had never saw the many times I had read this Scripture before...

Then He commanded the crowd to sit down on the ground. 
Taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks, broke the loaves, 
and kept on giving them to His disciples to set before the people. 
So they served the loaves to the crowd. 
Mark 8:6-7

The act of giving thanks and consecrating to the Heavenly Father multiplies the blessing.

When the Lord Jesus took the seven loaves, He gave thanks over the bread and was then able to feed the crowd as if He had started with hundreds of loaves.

"The thanksgiving was not for any uncertain or unexpected gift. It was rather a proclamation of his fellowship with God. So that the true nature of prayer in the case of our blessed Lord was the conscious realization of the Divine will, and not a petition for that which was contingent.
Pulpit Commentary {Mark 8:6-7}

The Holy Spirit continued His lesson by showing me that when we thank God for every aspect of our lives - every need, every desire, every question, every trial, every joy, every work, every effort, every service, every calling - consecrating it all to our Heavenly Father, He will multiply the blessings...  by providing ten-fold for your need; blessing you above and beyond what you hoped or imagined; increasing your wisdom; building up your strength, generating your peace;  producing your healing;  exceeding your joy;  propagating your skill for every work, effort and service; and expanding your calling.

The bounty of Christ is always ready; to show that, he repeated this miracle. His favours are renewed, as our wants and necessities are. And those need not fear want, who have Christ to live upon by faith, and do so with thanksgiving.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary {Mark 8:6-7}

We are God's special treasure whom He wants to lavish with His love and blessings.  

Let us not get in our own way living to self and to the world, but rather daily, hourly, minute by minute remember the dear price our Lord paid to spur us on to live a consecrated life to Him...

“That cross has separated me from the world that crucified my Lord, just as much as if His body were now on the cross, marred and wounded by the world.”  G.V. Wigram

“A soul disengaged from the world is a heavenly one; and then are we ready for heaven when our heart is there before us.” John Newton

“He that chooses God, devotes himself to God as the vessels of the sanctuary were consecrated and set apart from common to holy uses, so he that has chosen God to be his God, has dedicated himself to God, and will no more be devoted to profane uses.”  Thomas Watson


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Monday, April 4, 2016

Peace that surpasses all understanding: Lessons from Corrie Ten Boom



Peace elusive peace...

I'm sure if you googled "What do people want most in life?", the top answer would be peace of mind. For most, having peace of mind encompasses all the things that people fear they will lose - good physical & emotional health; financial stability & provision for basic needs; loving & lasting relationships.  It seems we base a life of peace on these three categories.

But what, if like Job, all these things were taken from us...  Would we still have peace??

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD 
gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD. 
 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.  
Job 1:20-22

I remember watching a segment of Michelle Duggar when she was in the hospital after losing her baby Jubilee.  Through tears, she quoted this verse from Job.  I was in awe of her profound strength and peace in the midst of such sorrow as she blessed the name of the Lord.

I just finished reading a book by Corrie Ten Boom called A Prisoner and Yet.  Amazon shares this about the book, "A Prisoner and Yet reveals Corrie's belief in Christ that carried an innocent woman through some of the worst agonies man can devise."

Corrie and her sister Betsie's lives showcased a great love for their Heavenly Father; a faith-filled, trusting love which filled them with the peace that surpasses all understanding in the midst of incredible horror and suffering.

As many of you know, Corrie Ten Boom's family lived in Holland and provided a Hiding Place for the Jewish people who were fleeing from the Nazi regime; a regime that was capturing Jews and imprisoning them in concentration camps.  Approximately six million Jewish people were held captive in concentration camps where they were tortured, treated like animals, and eventually died or were savagely murdered.

Corrie,  her sister Betsie and their father were eventually found out and captured by the Nazi's who imprisoned them in a concentration camp.  Corrie's father, who was elderly, died just two weeks after his capture.  Mercy shown to Him by the Heavenly Father...

As I read through the accounts of what Corrie and Betsie witnessed and suffered, I was struck by Corrie's observation - her amazement of how much suffering a human body is able to endure.

The following excerpts from A Prisoner and Yet showcase lessons I learned from Corrie Ten Boom - lessons about the peace that surpasses all understanding; a profound peace experienced when our eyes are fixed upon Jesus.


As Corrie and Betsie were becoming acclimated to life in a concentration camp, Corrie observed the following as she watched her sister Betsie, in the barracks, sitting on a bed a few rows over doing some mending...

"There was something homelike about the way she sat there.  Her face was so peaceful and sweet.

  The pleasant atmosphere which Betsie always seemed to create about her at home
  had not left her even here."

Betsie lived a life devoted and in service to the Lord before her imprisonment which shown on her face and in her actions while imprisoned.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Isaiah 26:3

A life saturated in Christ will yield the peace that surpasses all understanding EVEN in the midst of extreme trial.

Early on in her imprisonment, Corrie would think often about she and her sister being released - hoping sooner than later, but as the days and weeks went by, she started to just focus on the present...

"God had called us to this place, and here was now our task.  I had to learn not to look forward constantly to being released, but to accept the fact that I was here..."

for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances
Philippians 4:11

A life focused on accepting the circumstances of God's call, WHEREVER THAT MIGHT BE, will yield the peace that surpasses all understanding.

For the most part Corrie and Betsie were blessed with fellow prisoners who got along well, despite the close quarters and horrible conditions of the barracks.  But one day, a spirit of contention rose up in their barracks with fighting, screaming and pushing each other off of beds.  Corrie and her sister prayed urgently...

"When we expect much from the Lord He gives us much."

Corrie and Betsie praised God as the room suddenly became quiet, like the "swift ending of a thunderstorm"...

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
Psalm 116:1-2

And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
1 John 5:15

A life of believing prayer will yield the peace that surpasses all understanding.

We've all seen the horrendous pictures of the skeleton-like prisoners from the Holocaust.  Corrie and Betsie experienced first hand having little or no food...

"Lord Jesus bless this food for Jesus sake, Amen.

 How often I had prayed those words thoughtlessly!  Now they were fraught with  meaning.  If God's blessing rested on this food, it would be enough and it would also keep me from becoming covetous."

And indeed, Corrie shared story after story of God's provision of food and strength to her body.

Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. 
Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the
 disciples so they could distribute it to the people.
Luke 9:16

A life lived invoking the blessings of God will yield the peace that surpasses all understanding.

When Corrie was standing outside for hours and hours at roll call, she would look past the barbed wire fences, at the mountains, meadows and flowers, and yearned for the day she could enjoy God's creation in freedom.  Corrie thought to herself...

"The earth is a concentration camp.  Someday we shall be free. Some day the limitations of earth shall pass away and heaven will be our dwelling place.  We shall no longer be conscious of the presence of demons."

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. 
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

As Corrie's sister Betsie was nearing death Corrie observed the following...

"Betsie was not afraid to die.  She always talked about heaven as if she had already been there.  She knew that her life was hidden with Christ in God."


Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, 
appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 
Colossians 3:1-4

A life lived with an eternal perspective will yield the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Betsie's dying words to her sister...

"Must tell people what we have learned here.  We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still.  They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been here."

A life lived believing that God redeems ALL circumstances will yield the peace that surpasses all understanding.


Final lessons from Corrie Ten Boom on the peace that surpasses all understanding...

"'There will be an end to this also.'  I said to myself.  It was the sop of comfort I always gave myself when things were very bad.  It always helped a little."

"If you belong to the Father, you need fear nothing.  I have learned that by experience.  He is stronger than all temptation."

"Clouds, too, can give light if only the sun shines on them."


I highly recommend reading A Prisoner and Yet!

This blog post only touches upon one of the themes of the book.  There is so much more that could be shared.  How Corrie and her sister selflessly served others in their own extreme suffering; the church services that Corrie held in the barracks; the miracles that occurred through answered prayer,  and the many conversions that happened through Corrie and her sister's witness in the concentration camp.

May we all experience the peace that surpasses all understanding...

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.

  Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
  In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conqu’rors we are!

His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
Believe Him and all will be well;
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

Helen Howarth Lemmel


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