Monday’s Makes Me Smile

Hi everyone! Happy new week. 🙂 Who updated their iPhones? Cool stuff there, but I’m still a bit confused – couldn’t figure out how to hang up after a phone call the other day… not yet smiling over it, but know I will one of these days soon. I am, however, smiling over these pictures screen shotted (real word???) from some of which I found or got to through YOUR Facebook posts. hahahahaha! I’m still laughing out loud. Especially over this first one!!!!!!! hahahahahaha! Hope you enjoy~








 



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I hope these made you smile and laugh a little today. I’m still chuckling over them, myself.  PS: If you noticed the time stamp on my phone as I was taking these screen shots, I had one of those sleepless nights after a steroid shot several weeks ago… so I put it to good use doing this and many other catch-up things. 😉

One other thing that makes me smile today is the Name/Characteristic of God/Jesus/Holy Spirit that was in my Quiet Time this morning. (It was so good that I had to hop on her and add it to this post!)

Look at the POWER that is ours – just waiting to be utilized today if we will ask and let it be:

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Isn’t that incredible, and definitely something to smile about today?

Blessings to you on this Monday, my friends.

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A Reminder of what God CAN Do :-)

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Hi my friends.  Happy Wednesday!  I wonder… Today, does anyone need to be reminded of what God is capable of doing in, for, and through your life?

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that God can and does work beyond the laws of nature and what we humans consider the practical.  He has not stopped working in miraculous and un-explainable ways.  He hasn’t.  And I just wanted to remind us all about that today.

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament, and have been struck anew by the various “un-explainable” ways Good worked to solve the problems of the people who served Him.  The passage in 2 Kings below is just one example.

If you need a reminder that God CAN and WILL work in ways much higher and a million times better than you could ever dream up or figure out, please let your mind and heart soak in this true story from 2 Kings 4:1-7.  The God  you serve today is the same God of the past… and somehow, He WILL take care of all of your needs.  He promises.

“You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our God and Father abounds in glory that just pours out into eternity. Yes.”  Philippians 4:19-20 (Message)

So, my friends… let’s not look for the “how” as much as we look for the Lord.  The “how” may never be explained except by the words, “The Lord.”

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Now the wife of a son of the prophets cried to Elisha, Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. But the creditor has come to take my two sons to be his slaves.

Elisha said to her, What shall I do for you? Tell me, what have you [of sale value] in the house? She said, Your handmaid has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.

Then he said, Go around and borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels—and not a few.

And when you come in, shut the door upon you and your sons. Then pour out [the oil you have] into all those vessels, setting aside each one when it is full.

So she went from him and shut the door upon herself and her sons, who brought to her the vessels as she poured the oil.

When the vessels were all full, she said to her son, Bring me another vessel. And he said to her, There is not a one left. Then the oil stopped multiplying.

Then she came and told the man of God. He said, Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons live on the rest.  

2 Kings 4:1-7 (AMP)

 

Let’s break this down for just a sec.  So many incredible points can be pulled from this passage – but I just want to make a few quick ones:

 

1.  She and her husband were faithful servants of the Lord – yet they didn’t have a lot, and certainly no extra.  But their daily needs had been met.  That’s what God promises.  They had not yet gone hungry.

2. She sought the Lord’s wisdom and help (through His prophet) with her need.

3. His instructions to her were strange.  They made no human sense, and also caused her to involve her neighbors in this strange act.  But she didn’t argue with him, or ask for something more simple.

4. She simply TRUSTED and OBEYED exactly what Elisha told her to do.

5. Through this sister’s trust and obedience, God provided for her needs in a miraculous way.

  • PLUS, she and her son got to experience God’s glory and and personal care.
  • Her neighbors got to participate in God’s powerful work on behalf of this woman.
  • Some got to purchase this supernatural oil.
  • Everyone around the region got to hear the story of what God had done for this cherished daughter of His.
  • And you and I are being encouraged today to remember that God CAN do above all we can ask or imagine when we trust and obey Him.

I pray that someone is encouraged by this reminder today. God is faithful, though His instructions and ways aren’t usually what we would expect.  (I’m kind of glad about that, aren’t you?  If we could figure Him out, that would be a bit scary to me!)  If you’re needing a miraculous provision of any kind today: health-related, financially, time-wise, relationship-related, mentally, physically… etc…  May I encourage you to look not for the “how” as much as for the Lord?  The “how” may never be explained except by the words, “The Lord.”  Then determine to TRUST and OBEY.

If you do that, God will be glorified through YOU, my friends, and many lives will be touched, blessed, and encouraged through your point of need, God’s glorious provision, and your obedience. 🙂

What a Mighty God we serve~

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Monday’s Makes Me Smile: It’s Fall Y’all!

Even though it’s still 90 degrees out there!!! haha!


I wish you could hear the joy in my fingertips as I type this! 😉
Who else is as excited as me that it’s now Pumpkin Spice Everything season?  Whoo Hoo!!!!

We (My mom, Aunt Bibby, and I) just returned from visiting my sister in Oklahoma (who moved to Edmond, OK from Castle Rock, CO two months ago) and {some people would insert here “as luck would have it” but I would say “God blessed me with a little gift”} I happened to be in a city with a Starbucks (YAY!) when the PSL (that’s Pumpkin Spice Latte for those of you “not in the know” – haha!) came available to the regular folk.  And OH – it was SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!  It made me want to throw on my denim jacket and wrap a scarf around my neck (even at the threat of sweating to death).  This is just my happy season!

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I shared the above pic of my sis and me on FB and Instagram, and my friend Wendy posted this pic below in the comments: SO TRUE!

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In fact, I found a red leaf the other day (it’s my favorite when I find that first red leaf on the ground) and I showed it to James with great joy.  I was all Fall-Happy until he said something like this, “I hate to tell you, but that leaf fell from a tree that’s dying.” … bummer.

However, it is already time to start the Fall Harvest bucket list, and Hallmark channel has put out one with some great ideas this year:


Don’t you just love Fall?   {I can hear some of you saying a resounding “NO!” haha!}  That’s ok… we can still love each other. Yes? Just as long as you are aware that this is how it will be:


If you’re like me and are Fall-Happy, here are some Fall-Freebies that might make you smile.

 

Click here for 32 Fabulous and Free Fall Printables from Craftaholics Anonymous


This is a recipe to make your own Pumpkin Spice. 🙂

FREE Coloring Page with the sweetest message: Click here for the download.  “I Love You More than Pumpkin Spice Everything” from Tried and True Blog.  Isn’t this the sweetest?

Click here for a FREE Pumpkin Spice Planner Page Decoration to download from Andrea Nicole Blogs.

And click here for FREE Pumpkin Latte planner stickers to download from plannerpickett.com (Confession: I’ve never made my own planner stickers yet, though I have tons of DIY sticker pins saved on Pinterest  – but for those of you who do – here you go.) 😉

One more thing on Fall  – and it makes me smile the most, even MORE than the cooler weather and the Pumpkin Spice everything:

I think what I love about Fall (especially early Fall) is the anticipation that the heat of the Summer is almost over – both in the literal, figurative, and especially the spiritual sense.

The work of the planting has been done… the waiting and watching and watering and tending is coming to an end, and the laborer is about to see with eyes and hold in hand something worked and planned toward since last winter.

Harvest.  

It’s the promised cycle each year in every area of living:  The planning and preparation of the winter/dreary/frozen season.  The planting, long hours, hard work of the spring/thawing season.  The watering, watching over, and waiting it out of the hot dry/rainy season.  Then comes the reaping of the Harvest season – where timing must be spot on, God must be trusted, hard work must be done, but great blessings will be gathered in the end.

Sealah… think about that.  THIS is why we show gratitude during this season.  It’s this cycle and it’s end for which we are so thankful.

Fall and Harvest – that’s one reason why I love this time of year so much.  It’s God’s  tangible reminder that there is a reward for the work.  

The other reason I heart Fall is because this season is a reminder that there is beauty in dying.  The leaves that we treasure as gorgeous and that many travelers take trips to take in… those leaves are so incredibly beautiful because they are submitting to the dying process.  And isn’t that how God’s greatest beauty makes us the most colorful and beautiful? Hmmmm… Another thing to ponder as we watch our trees turn from green to beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds…

Just a few things to think about as you sip your PSL and smile as you enjoy early Autumn.  I sure do thank God for you, dear readers, and I pray that as you continue to press on in this cycle of working, trusting, and waiting that the Lord will encourage you that YOUR time of reaping will come… Do not give up on Him, because He HAS NOT given up on you!  And that’s ALWAYS a reason to smile. 🙂

 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.  At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.  Galatians 6:9 (NLT)

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“Back to School Batch” – It’s as Yummy & Addictive (though not as fancy) as “Amy’s Fall Mix” :-)

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