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!

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Happy Easter One and All!!

Hey all!

Happy Easter on this day of culmination of God’s plan for you and me!  I will be praying for you to enjoy this day, ponder its meaning, and have good times with family and friends.

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.   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!

Prayer Requests for Week of October 25th, 2015

Hey all,

Please post your requests and/or praises below or email them to me at atozmom.wordpress@gmail.com

We’d love to hear them and pray for you.

Mine:  protection over husband’s job as we enter the slow time of year and guidance in writing.

Have a blessed week!

Prayer Requests for Week of March 1st, 2015

Hey all!

Please email me your prayer requests at atozmom.wordpress@gmail.com or post below in the comment section.

Mine:  Pray for Christians being persecuted around the world.  Guidance in my husband’s job.  Guidance for me by God.

Have a blessed week!

I Was Surprised by the Confusion of Organizational Conformity…

Usually my blog just kind of hangs out.  People come and people go.  But not so for Lesson 24.

I came back from vacation with 30 comments that needed approving!  I was surprised. Shocked really.  Completely unexpected.  I wondered what the hubbub was all about.

Two terms: organizational community and organic unity.

I usually do not like to post my blog numbers.  To me, this blog is not about the numbers. It’s about helping you all grow in Christ.  Period.  And along the way I grow too. Especially when you all comment (so keep it coming!).  Suffice it to say this blog is very successful.  Beyond what I ever imagined.

But I feel I need to make an exception to my rule in this case.

I made the case in my posting that you had to go outside of the Bible for this question since Paul never uses these terms (and I proposed these had not been invented yet). Further, I thought the question out of place.

Apparently, I wasn’t alone in my thinking.  A lot of you were just as perplexed as I was according to the hits I received.

And you all chimed in and it was wonderful!  It renews my faith this blog is all worth it.

These stats are over a two-week period as I know some of you are on different weeks due to Spring Break and I wanted to get the full picture.  Here are some stats just on this lesson alone that I think you all will find fascinating (I know I did!):

Search engine terms followed by the number of hits I received (as of this posting):

organizational conformity:  2596

define organizational conformity:  1169

bsf acts lesson 24:  690

what is organizational conformity:  312

what is the difference between organic unity and organizational conformity:  270

organic unity:  251

organic unity and organizational conformity:  248

organic unity vs organizational conformity:  242

bsf lesson 24 acts:  223

bsf acts lesson 24 day 2:  194

There are many, many more permeations and combinations of these terms but I thought I’d share the most popular.  BSF Acts Lesson 24, Day 2 is now my second-most commented on post.  My blog set a record for BOTH weeks when this was studied for most hits ever.

I was humbled really.  It renews my faith that so many of you are striving to learn God’s word.  It’s uplifting to see in our world where the headline is usually some horrendous murder or some politician in disgrace.  I wish we’d see more stories about what God is doing in people’s lives on Headline News.

But I know He’s here, moving amongst all of you who are so diligently striving to understand His word.  It’s inspiring.  It’s awesome.  It’s moving.  It leaves me searching for words to describe.

I pray you all continue in this so very important task of understanding God and His word. No question you will be rewarded for it.  Your family and friends will be rewarded for it. The body of Christ will be rewarded for it.  Ultimately, the world will be rewarded for it.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank each and every one of you who contribute in some way to my little life.  You all are each a part of it and I pray every day for you all to know Him just a little bit more.  I pray you learn from others.  I pray you get something out of your time studying His word every single day.  And I pray God will reward you beyond your wildest dreams.  God bless you all!

“I Don’t Know Why Anyone Would Follow My Blog”

My husband and I were talking the other night and for some reason I was talking about my blog (something I rarely do).

He was asking some questions about it and asked how many people followed my blog.

I told him.

“Why do people follow your blog?” he asked.

I responded with the above quote, “I don’t know why anyone would follow my blog.”

So, I lied a little I guess.  Most of you are here because of BSF.  That’s how most of you found me.

I told my husband I guess they like what I have to say and I’m a good writer (not sure about that but it fell out of mouth like most stuff does).

I know I have offended many people.  Some of you have gotten mad at me.  Some of you probably would like to smack me at times (which I don’t blame you.  I probably need a good smack or two) and ask, “What is wrong with you?”  (I ask this too).

I recently offended one lady who copied portions of my About page.  She emailed me back, offended by my offensiveness and explained her reasoning.  I duly apologized.

You see, I think people are out to get me in general.  So far, I’ve had 3 scrapers of which I know of and this irks me.  I now know how Stephenie Meyer must have felt when Midnight Sun was stolen and published without her approval.  It is a violation and for writers it’s usually personal. I know it is for me.  It’s a creative endeavor that I at least am fiercely protective of.

For those of you who don’t know, Midnight Sun is an unfinished work of Stephenie Meyers (the author of the Twilight Series) which got posted on the internet illegally when one of her rough drafts fell into the wrong hands.

The lady who copied my About page was probably an admirer (which you can tell from this post I have a hard time believing why anyone would admire me).  I should have acted out of love, but I didn’t.  I failed God’s test.  What else is new? you ask.

Luckily, the lady was nice about my insecurities although she probably harbors some ill-will against me.  I don’t blame her.  I can be quite caustic at times, especially when it comes to sensitive subjects.  You should see me when it comes to my kids.

I do thank you all who for whatever reason you do follow this blog.  I pray for you all–that God is moving in your life and blessing you beyond reason.  I thank you when you take the time to advise me or add your 2 cents to the questions or encourage someone else who shares their heart here.  I know your time is valuable and I appreciate every second you share with insignificant me.

And I pray many, many others appreciate you as well.