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First Things First

First Things First is an email devotion by Christine Caine that I receive in my email each morning. Her words are always encouraging and challenging; they push me towards becoming all He has purposed and planned for me.


This is from earlier this week, but I found it encouraging and challenging.   Definitely worth sharing!!

One year for my birthday I got the most wonderful, bright pink Vespa, which I absolutely adore, and Nick booked me on a riding course to ensure that I learned to drive the thing safely! The course was spread over two days, and the whole time the instructor kept telling me, “Keep your head up. You’ve got to look in the direction you want to go.”

When it comes to the purposes of God, our instructions are no different! It’s all about perspective. Many of us are locked in the prison of our current circumstances because we have lost perspective regarding His promises for our lives.

We need to lift our heads and look forward in the direction in which we want to go. God has a promise for our future that is much greater than where we are right now. He has promises for our marriages, our children, our health and prosperity – every aspect of our lives – all of which are much bigger than we can currently see or understand. We need to look up and begin to see what God has for us, because He has so much more!

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. (Proverbs 4:25)



Look up! Set your gaze directly before you……


Winnie


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Posted in devotions, encouragement, love

It’s all about LOVE

It’s been a while since I sat and read, really read, I Corinthians 13.  I know it’s not something you would necessarily turn to, but this morning ‘they will know we are Christians by our love’ kept running through my mind.

So I sat and read it this morning…several times…

I encourage you to read it….insert your name in place of ‘I’.  


If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.

It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!

Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!

But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.

All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

This is a reminder to me that I need to be careful, mindful, of my words and actions. God wants to shine through me, use me to be a a beacon of His love.  I am not called to judge, but to love…unconditionally…be Christ like.

It’s all about LOVE!

Winnie
Posted in devotions, encouragement, faith

Hang on!

Are you going through a storm right now?  Or have you been through one and wished you had some wisdom to hang onto.  Well, this morning I read a devotion written by our company Chaplain, the words she wrote were so relevant that I felt I needed to share them.  
Here is an excerpt:
Life happens to us all! We all go through storms. We all have bumps in the road! We all have dark clouds that seem to engulf us at times! We all have stories! Thank God for life experiences that remind us ready or not, tomorrow comes. How we face it is our choice.


Isaiah 43:1-3

But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. 
I have called you by name; you are mine.
 When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, 
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, 
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
 For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior

Today, as a passenger who has been through some of life’s bumps, hear my story! GOD IS FAITHFUL!  He will never leave those who call on Him and who invite Him to be the Lord of their life! Through the storms of life…. Because of Him there is still a song of praise!
May God’s Peace be so real to you today!
If God is faithful for her, He will be faithful for all of us!  He is not selective and doesn’t show favoritism. (Acts 10:34)  The next time you find yourself in the middle of a storm stand on the words in Isaiah 43:1-3 and don’t be afraid, He is still God!
My heart is praising Him!

Winnie
Posted in encouragement, information you may or may not want to know, keeping it real, moments of truth, social media hiatus

My Social Media Break….

Taking the last few weeks off from all things social media related has been eye opening for me! 

It wasn’t difficult to stop browsing Facebook, Instagram and Twitter….what was difficult was when I realized how much of my day was taken up by it!  My first few days were long (boring) and I spent of lot of time wandering around not sure what to do.  It made me nuts when I realized that hours, not minutes, were used browsing through what everyone was doing in their day.  Don’t get me wrong, I am a social person and love interaction, but seriously….social media and the way I was using it was a total waste of my time.

It didn’t take too many days for me to begin filling my browsing time with more meaningful things.
What I did to fill my time:

  • Keith and I talked more…laughed a lot and spent an amazing amount of time together.
  • I realized some of my old passions…creating things…decorating…re-purposing. 
  • I found my bible…the one that is printed and bound with pleather.  I loved reading from it…even grabbed several different versions we have and compared scripture/words, etc…old school YouVersion!
  • I realized that I was caught up in what others think of me….I was posting to impress.  How many likes or comments can I get?  (sad, I know)
  • In my quiet time I came to realize that the dream I have hung onto for years was my dream and not Gods!  That is amazingly freeing for me.  I feel like a weight has been lifted. Now I am seeking, stepping out and dreaming again, expecting that God will be able to speak to me now that I am listening.  
  • I have more margin in my life to do the things I enjoy. To have time~quality time~for all the things in my life and still have me time. 
  • I enjoy my coffee on the couch in the morning, in my comfy robe and don’t feel like I have post it on Facebook.  Ha ha
I won’t be tracking my whereabouts or life, like Where’s Waldo,  on Facebook anymore, but I will be on there, so let’s keep in touch.
I have decided to keep my social media accounts because they are a good way to stay connected, but they aren’t priority for me anymore. 

This Blog is my heart and I will continue to keep posting here…it’s going to change a little, but change is good.

What are your thoughts on social media and the attention you give to it?  Do you find yourself lost in it? Have you stepped away from it for a while? Was it good? Bad? Did is make a difference in your life?

I really want to hear from you…..

Staying busy!

Winnie