Thank you to all who subscribed, commented and viewed this blog this year. My prayer for you tonight and for 2021 is Deuteronomy 6:24-26 (AMP):
The Lord bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you]; The Lord make His face shine upon you [with favor], And be gracious to you [surrounding you with lovingkindness]; The Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval], And give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].
On Mondays, I will post a prayer and declaration for the week. This week, the prayer is over finances; while the declaration is based on Deuteronomy 28:11 & 12. It’s as follows: “Everything I put my hands to prosper.” You can watch the video or read the prayer. I believe in speaking the word of God over my life because the following is stated in His word:
Psalm 138:2 (MEV) – I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and for Your truth; for You have exalted Your word above all Your name.
Psalm 89:34 (NKJV) – My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.
Isaiah 43:26 (MEV) – Put Me in remembrance; let us plead together; state your cause, that you may be justified.
Today we are fasting from the thought that says: “I’m limited by my financial status.” As you replace this type of wrong thinking with RIGHT THINKING, you are going to see things change quickly in your finances and your peace of mind! LET’S CHANGE IT TODAY 1. Be happy NOW. “Happy is the man who […]
I usually share an exercise and declaration on Wednesdays; however, this week, I’m going to share the importance of forgiveness. I remember reading one of Dr. Don Colbert’s books; in which he talked about a woman who had come in to see him. He said that she was a soft spoken and nice woman in her 40s; who was dealing with arthritis. As he interviewed her, her entire demeanor changed when she talked about how her husband left her for a younger woman. She took solace in her hope that something awful would happen to him. He told her that she had to forgive him and just let that go; because it was causing the illness that she was dealing with. Each time she came for a visit; she grew worse and worse. The arthritis had become crippling, she became hunched. She had been his patient for twenty years; and refused to let go of the anger and unforgiveness. She died in her sixties with the ailments and unforgiveness.
I find that the bible is a love story; as well as instruction by YHWH/God, on how to live our lives optimally. YHWH/God, just like any loving parent, wants t see us flourish in life. Matthew 18:23-35 has this great parable about unforgiveness: “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all. Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you? Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”
The above verses screams just how important forgiveness is; as well as how unforgiveness brings torment to our minds and bodies. It’s poison! So, for true wellness, the practice of forgiveness has to be incorporated into our daily lives. My personal confession is that I am unoffendable and I ALWAYS forgive. I encourage you to make it yours as well. Ask the Father to show you any unforgiveness that is in your heart; and by faith forgive any and every one (including yourself); who has offended you in any way.
Now, if you don want to exercise (physically) today, check out my 10 Minute Core Workout. It’s short, quick and effective! Have an excellent rest of your week and I’ll “see” you again real soon!
Today I was frustrated with my husband; and then one of my best friends called…..and you know what? She was frustrated with hers too. Lol! As she spoke to me, I heard my voice speaking back to her; but it was counsel and wise instruction for the both of us. Sometimes we may think that we know what is best for our husbands; but it’s just wise to allow God the space to speak to and lead them (and us). I read Mark 10:45 last night; and have been meditating on it today. Yeshua came to SERVE (minister) and GIVE. He is the best example of how life is to be lived. Both serving and giving requires us to give up our own wills; as well as how we think about others and things, if the thought process is out of alignment with YHWH/God’s word and will.
The beautiful thing about marriage is that it is a covenant between the husband, YHWH/God and wife. I always say to other married women (and myself): “You and YHWH/God are the majority.” If you’re frustrated with your spouse, go to YHWH/God and offer a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. This alone, can shift your entire thought process and atmosphere. Continue to serve and give; and watch how YHWH/God smooth things out. Much of the time, you’ll even find that YHWH/God is working out something in you that you didn’t even realize was there. He’s pretty awesome in that way.
I have come to realize that frustrations and challenges are always opportunities for refinement. Our spouses are simply mirroring back; areas that need improvement in us. There’s such freedom in not getting frustrated or annoyed by someone else’s behavior. When we realize and act in the gift of being a helper to our husbands, it transforms the entire marriage; because we’ve set ourselves in alignment with the word and will of YHWH/God. We experience Yeshua like never before; because like Him, we are servers and givers. YHWH/God bless all of the wives (and people) who are reading this post. Remember that His word and way is the standard for every area of our lives.
I’ve been reading the books of I & II Samuel to my children. 2 Samuel 12:8 stood out to me. How giving is YHWH/God to all of us? He gave David Saul’s house and wives; as well as made him king over Israel and Judah, and then said to him: If that wasn’t enough, I would’ve given you more. Who says that? David had cities, houses, wives, servants, horses, mules, sheep, cattle, other farm animals, gold, silver and more….and God said He would have given him more if that wasn’t enough. How generous and lavish is YHWH/God?! Of course I began thinking about the Father’s generosity in my life. I have the kindest and most generous neighbors. We rarely return from our walks empty-hearted or handed. So many times, these people bless us with smiles and compliments. We have picked fruits, veggies and flowers from nearly every neighbor’s yard with a fruit tree or garden. My sweet neighbor Ms. Mare has given the kids so many neat games, toys and experiences. There’s a man who we met once, that leaves toys and games for the kids on our front porch from time to time.
I remember prior to having children, I wanted two boys and a girl (in that order). Not only did YHWH/God bless me with two boys and a girl in that order, He also exceeded my expectation with my baby girl. She is the MOST JOYFUL person I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. All of my children are absolute delights and blessings from Father. I just love them and I’m so very grateful that He gave me this great opportunity to train them in His way and impact generations to come. I don’t think it’s possible for YHWH/God to outdo Himself, but I think He came pretty close with these four children.
There is so much to thank YHWH/God for. It would take an eternity to list everything, so I’ll just choose a couple more things. I’m grateful for this country (U.S.A.). It might seem tumultuous right now; but it still is a great country. God loves us; and it’s very evident to me. He’s always looking for opportunities to bless us. I’m so encouraged by what’s going on in some pockets of the country…..thousands of salvations, pastors still having services in spite of fines and threats of being jailed, spontaneous worship breaking out in airports and other venues, believers drawing closer to the Most High. I just love it all!
I’ll end this post with a testimony of YHWH/God’s generosity. He is the most loving, kind and generous being ever. I thought to myself one night: “This house needs some flowers.” This was just a thought. I was thinking that a bouquet on the counter would be nice. Two days later, my husband wakes up and says: “I don’t know why, but I have this desire to get flowers for the house.” The very next day we hired a florist; and she has been bringing multiple bouquets of flowers to my home a couple times a month. Is YHWH/God not lavish and generous?! I was thinking one bouquet; but He was thinking multiple bouquets. I’m also grateful to Father for my husband. He’s a man that considers and hears from YHWH/God on everything. He’s definitely one of the best blessings of my life. I love hearing testimonies about YHWH/God’s goodness. How has He lavishly blessed you?
November was filled with lots of activity. We went through our clothes and shoes; and donated our best things to the church near our home. The boys helped papa put together their new beds.The kids also came along to vote. They learned about the constitution, including their first, second and fourth amendment rights. Our awesome neighbor (Ms. Mare) had the kids over and made S’mores with them. It was a real treat! They also went to work with papa. I love hearing my seven year old comment about various properties; especially about what can be done to improve the property. We read through the second book of Samuel; as well as some of 1 Kings. The interesting thing that my eight year old noted was that David’s one decision affected not only him, but his children as well. This lead to a great discussion on the ramifications of our choices.
The kids watched a ton of Superbook this month…..the stories of Daniel, Esther and Jonah in particular. They also watched Berenstain Bears, Wild Kratts, Blippi & Peppa Pig. They played Uno, Monopoly, Candy Land, Connect 4 and Tic, Tac, Toe. They built Rube Goldberg machines (some unsuccessfully) that opened books, turned off the light and rolled a marble off the table. They learned about photosynthesis and matter; due to my son’s curiosity. We also went over counting (the 3 year old), addition, multiplication, fractions, place value, phonics, & word recognition. We did all of this without completing ANY worksheets during the entire month. We added singing the Star-Spangled Banner to our daily routine, right after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. l do think it’s important to teach my kids appreciation for our country. We’re still spending time outdoors, even though it’s a bit chillier. We go to different parks, exploring in the woods or just through the neighborhood.
I was on a mission to ensure that my boys would have NEAT handwriting. My boys’ handwriting is so neat and it just delights my soul! It has been drilled into them that writing is a form of communication. Poor handwriting is a form of poor communication. If no one can read or understand what you’ve written, then you’ve failed to effectively communicate. My kids have written letters and thank you notes to family, friends and neighbors; and I couldn’t be more pleased with the neatness and clarity of their letters.
We wrapped up the month by spending Thanksgiving with family and friends. The kids enjoyed spending time with their favorite cousins; as well as zooming with relatives in other places. November was filled with so many learning opportunities; and we took advantage of as many as we could! You can check out our adventures here. What learning opportunities did your unschoolers/homeschoolers take advantage of during November?