New Features to My Blog!

Hey all!

I just wanted to highlight a few new features to my blog.

1) Please sign up to receive email notifications of my postings.  It’s a great way to keep abreast of my posts and the easiest way to find them.

2)  I have added a donation button in my sidebar.  If you’ve been helped by what you read here and you feel led by God to contribute, please use the donation button on the sidebar.  It helps to support my writings and spend more time on this blog.

3)  The sidebar also has all the BSF questions from this year and the past year easily accessible by clicking on the study of your choice.  All the questions appear in reverse order since everything on a blog is top posted.

I hope you all have a wonderful break and I’ll see ya in the Fall!!

God bless one and all!

Summer Prayer Requests!

Hey all!

Can you believe BSF is almost over?  These last few weeks have flown by.

Please use this post for summer prayer requests.  I would love to pray for you over the long summer and see how God is working in your lives!

If you have a prayer request or praise, please post a comment below or email them to me at atozmom.wordpress@gmail.com and I’ll get to them ASAP.

For my husband: prayer for a job where he is wanted and appreciated and where he can grow and/or in his current job.   Prayer for me as I seek a new career.  Also, prayer for my writing. Pray for healing for my back in perfect manner.

God bless and take care!

Summer Devotional May 22nd, 2017

Colossians 3:12:  “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

Focus on every word here:  We are God’s chosen people to be by His side for all of eternity, thus being holy and dearly loved by Him.  As such, we need to be compassionate towards others, show kindness, be humble and gentle and patient.  If we could just remember this one verse throughout our day, imagine how our lives and the lives of those around us would be changed.  He would be the center.  And those around us would be drawn toward Him as we shine God in all that we do.

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Summer Devotional May 19th, 2017

Jeremiah 29:11:  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

As some of you know, I’ve been on a job search lately.  A job that works for my family and yet affords me an opportunity to do more with my life.  On Wednesday, I received an offer for an accounting position for a start-up company.  Part-time to start.  More responsibilities as the company grows.  It pays little; but I’ll learn a ton!  I’m very excited.

This verse came to mind to comfort all those on the search for a job or a new career or direction in life.  Find comfort in God who knows all and will lead you wherever He wants you in His time.  Trust Him.  That’s all He asks of you.

Summer Devotional May 17th, 2017

Psalm 3:3:  “But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.”

The Lord is our protection from the pain and hurt of this world.  Recently, I’ve been hurt by a friend who was too afraid to tell me the truth.  But I took refuge in God’s shield around me–in the One True God who lifts up my head and shines upon my face.  Nothing else matters.  Nothing.

Summer Devotionals

Hey all!

I was thinking what I could do to stay in the Word during the summer and devotionals came to mind.  But simple devotionals.  Something to keep those of us who struggle without accountability accountable.  And blogging here with you all will help me (and I pray you all too) immensely.

So three times a week (Mon/Wed/Fri baring vacations) I’ll post one Bible verse and a small commentary.  My goal is to keep it short, simple, and pithy.  Not to be overwhelming during the summer when we’re all going in a dozen different directions in one day.  But just a brief pause to contemplate Him and what He’s doing in our lives.  I hope you find this helpful and feedback would be immensely appreciated.

So here’s the first one:

Psalm 30:5:

“Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

Difficulties don’t last; they are transitory.  My grandmother always used to say in 6 months you’re problems today will be gone, most likely replaced with something else.  So quit worrying, give your sorrows, pain, and trouble up to Him and let it go.

BSF Study Questions John Lesson 30/Lesson Review

Questions:

Day 1:

1) I learned more how much God loves me by sending His one and only Son as a sacrifice for me.  God’s love for me is infinite and I’ve learned just how hard that is to grasp.  Like any thing that grows me closer to Him, I try to live my daily life and actions according to His will.  I’ve tried to remember how much He loves me, especially in the bad times.  I’m sure I will have more clarity on the minute changes in my life as the years progress.

Day 2:

2) I learned I needed Him more than I thought I did.  I just think my faith is stronger in Him than before.  I also learned to trust in Him more as He is the conductor and I am merely a player in my life.

Day 3:

3) I look for Him more.  I talk to Him more.  I pray more before I do something.  I’m more compassionate towards others.  I’m trying to love others more as Jesus commands us to do and have more sympathy for others in my life.  I desire Him more.  I desire Him to do His will in my life more.

Day 4:

4) I think I understand him more and appreciate him more.  I love him more.  I understand suffering more and the purpose behind it.  I am more accepting of what happens to me in my life because of the trials in Jesus’s life.  I try to be more compassionate to others because of him as well.  More understanding.  And just be there more for others as well.

Day 5:

5)  While I cannot say for sure as I am not omniscient like God, I do believe He plans to prosper me and do His work while preparing me for the future and leading others to Christ.  I have started a new blog based on one of my other passions.  I may have a new job that is much more flexible for my family life and has the potential to be more lucrative.  I am sure He wants my kids in school as they age and mature.  And I continue to write my novel.  Slowly but surely.  And one day I’ll be a published author.  He has great things in store and I can’t wait!

Day 6:

6)  It’s not just during the study of John.  It’s all the time.  I want to tell them how God is good and true and faithful and He is there and His plan is to prosper you as you become more like His Son, Jesus Christ.  God is working, all the time, whether you see it or not.  Have faith!  All of my family needs to hear this.

Final Thoughts on the Study of John:  While I enjoyed this study, I’m glad it’s coming to an end.  I was unable to attend most of the lectures due to a schedule conflict with my children.  They were unable to attend as well because of this schedule conflict.  So that was disappointing.  I know I didn’t get as much out of this as I normally would have but at this stage in my life I did what I could and you all helped me with your comments and being faithful.  Hence, my proposal for lectures available online.  I attend a night class and it’s late both for me and the kids.  Having this as an option would be amazing!  And does it really matter if more people would listen at home?  I don’t think God cares.

Usually BSF asks a whole question on the kids’ program and how it affected your kids.  This year it seems more like an after thought.

I enjoyed my group this year who pushed me to dig deeper into God and His word.

My answers seem trite for Lesson 30.  For me it’s hard to quantify how God has worked in my life when the changes are so very small.

I am looking forward to the break.  To reading some good books and writing one.  To listening to God’s voice in my life this summer.  To hearing Him speak.  To finding a summer bible study.  To watch Him work in my life even when I don’t understand it.  God is good!

Have a great break and see you all in the Fall!