Forgive It or Forget It

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Forgive as the Lord forgave you

Colossians 3:13 NIV

One of my all-time favorite places on earth would have to be the beach.  To stand on the shoreline and just try to take in the vastness of it is overwhelming.  The same is true of God’s love.  When we go deeper into God’s love we find out that true peace in our lives comes only through forgiveness.

The Lord’s Prayer spells this out for us,

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Matthew 6:12

There is not one of us out there that doesn’t want God to forgive us.  In fact, when someone else hurts us, human nature tells us to not let go of it.  This is only on the surface, just like the ocean or God’s love.  We must go deeper to discover why forgiveness is necessary…

 

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café  and Crosswalk today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts and something you are holding on to in the comment section.

If you read my devotion on Encouragement Café or Crosswalk and are here for the first time, Welcome. Feel free to look at the “About Me” page to learn more about me and then share something about yourself in the comment section. I would love to get to know my readers better.

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Quieting the Chatter

God's path and purpose for you is covered by His care and

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

With five children it is no surprise that our house is constantly filled with a buzz of noise and activity.  This is not a bad thing, by any means.  However, between the silly songs Maddy makes up, the Star Wars battles between the boys, Nintendo games and music playing there is always noise, especially at dinnertime or when we are in the car.

It seems like when the seven of us are in a smaller area, the noise level intensifies.  As I am sure those of you who have been around children know, they want to be certain that they are heard and want to share what comes to their minds; therefore, taking turns while talking doesn’t always happen easily.

 

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café  and Crosswalk today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts and something you are holding on to in the comment section.

If you read my devotion on Encouragement Café or Crosswalk and are here for the first time, Welcome. Feel free to look at the “About Me” page to learn more about me and then share something about yourself in the comment section. I would love to get to know my readers better.

Life on the Tight Rope

No matter who you are- rich or poor, old or young, married or  single- one thing levels the playing field-

“Holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.” Philippians 2:16 NAS

Hello, my name is Jamy and I am a mult-tasker. I’ve been this way as long as I can remember. I find it difficult, of not impossible, to focus on only one task at a time. For example, if I’m cooking dinner, I’m also writing a grocery list, unloading/loading the dishwasher, setting the table, checking homework and signing permission slips. In many instances this is a blessing. I can accomplish many things in a given period of time. However, I must let you in on a secret.
It’s exhausting!

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café  and Crosswalk today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts and something you are holding on to in the comment section.

If you read my devotion on Encouragement Café or Crosswalk and are here for the first time, Welcome. Feel free to look at the “About Me” page to learn more about me and then share something about yourself in the comment section. I would love to get to know my readers better.

Loving Your Frame

All of your abilities, and even disabilities,

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:13 NIV

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love looking at picture frames.  I can’t get over the wide assortment, everything from plain to very ornate.

What amazes me is not that there are so many choices, but that the various styles can fit the picture.  In some cases, you want to showcase the artwork or picture, so you don’t want a fancy or ornate frame that would draw the viewer’s attention away from the art.  However, there are other instances that an ornate frame is exactly what is needed.

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café  and Crosswalk today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts and something you are holding on to in the comment section.

If you read my devotion on Encouragement Café or Crosswalk and are here for the first time, Welcome. Feel free to look at the “About Me” page to learn more about me and then share something about yourself in the comment section. I would love to get to know my readers better.

Identity Crisis

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For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:13 NIV

Everyday we are bombarded with images of what we are supposed to look like and how we are supposed to act. If we aren’t careful, we can be swept into the societal belief that our worth is based on our outward appearance. When we give into this notion, we are letting society construct our identity. The real question we need to ask ourselves is where does our identity come from?

Satan knows exactly how and where to attack each one of us. He knows where we are vulnerable. Even back in the garden of Eden, he used lies and doubt to tempt Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. And he is still using the same tactics today. As Christians, we need to learn to recognize the lies and replace them with God’s truth. Satan wants us to focus on our flaws and feelings of inadequacy, and then exhaust ourselves trying to hide them…

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café  and Crosswalk today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts and something you are holding on to in the comment section.

If you read my devotion on Encouragement Café or Crosswalk and are here for the first time, Welcome. Feel free to look at the “About Me” page to learn more about me and then share something about yourself in the comment section. I would love to get to know my readers better.

Are We There Yet?

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5 NIV

When I was growing up, I recall numerous short trips that my family would take, both near and far. So many memories wrapped tightly around these vacations. One in particular that sticks in my mind was a trip to the Dunes State Park off Lake Michigan.

Like most of our adventures, my mom had lovingly packed a cooler filled with goodies. Instead of heading straight for the beach we decided to try our hand at one of the trails. After carefully examining the map, we determined to tackle Mount Baldy. It wasn’t like we were scaling Mount Everest or even Pikes Peak, just a sand dune in Michigan. How hard could it be?

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café  and Crosswalk today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts and something you are holding on to in the comment section.

If you read my devotion on Encouragement Café or Crosswalk and are here for the first time, Welcome. Feel free to look at the “About Me” page to learn more about me and then share something about yourself in the comment section. I would love to get to know my readers better.

Get Off the Monkey Bars: Finding Freedom in Letting Go

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I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! Psalm 91:2 AMP

Growing up, I had a love-hate relationship with the monkey bars.  I loved the idea of going from one side to the other floating on air. Other kids seemed to effortlessly glide across.

While I loved the idea, I hated the feeling when I left the security of the platform to reach for the next bar.  At this point, the reality sunk in, I was too far to reach the platform and yet too scared to let go.  It didn’t take me very many attempts to realize that I could not do this in my own strength.  I would inevitably become frozen in fear…

This is a portion of an article that I have featured on Encouragement Café  and Crosswalk today. I would love for you to read and then come back and share your thoughts and something you are holding on to in the comment section.

If you read my devotion on Encouragement Café or Crosswalk and are here for the first time, Welcome. Feel free to look at the “About Me” page to learn more about me and then share something about yourself in the comment section. I would love to get to know my readers better.

Praise Challenge – Review and Contest

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If you stopped by because you read my devotion today over at Encouragement Cafe, WELCOME!   So glad you are here!​​ If you haven’t had an opportunity to read my article on Encouragement Café today, I encourage you to take a few moments and do so.

Finished? Okay, so glad to have you back.

I have a few things to share with you today. First of all, with a writing deadline and the craziness of summer, I have been away from my blog. I am hoping everything is calming down and I will be able to get back into the regular swing of things. To kick this off, what do you say to some FREE books? Yes, I thought you would enjoy that. So, for the next few days every time you leave a comment on my blog, follow me on twitter, or like my author page on facebook; you will be entered into the drawing. I will announce the winners on Monday, July 6th.

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The next item I would like to share with you is regarding a 30 challenge that I took part in this month. It is based off of Becky Harling’s book, The 30 Day Praise Challenge for Parents.

I know in my own life there are many days and circumstances that arise and the last thing I want to do is praise. However, Becky’s book helped me to see things from a different perspective.

Over the course of the last month, I have learned to look at the positive in each of my children instead of the faults or difficulties. God made each child a certain way for His purpose and His plan. Not only that, but He entrusted them to us as parents. It was not by accident. I learned a lot about not only my children, but also myself.

Each day, Becky provides a scripture and a brief message, followed by the praise songs for the day. (Side note – these are all listed on her website). The day ends with a guided prayer, meant to be a jumping off point for you, and a journal exercise. These precious minutes devoted to this challenge will not only change how you react to your children, but also your outlook on the world in general.

Whether you have children or not, I would highly recommend you pick up one of Becky Harling’s books and start your own 30 day praise challenge.

Your Turn: In the comments, I would like to know one thing you are praising God for today.