Friday Faves

I haven’t done a list of my top 3 favorite blog posts for quite some time.  As I read the title of Melanie’s article I was intrigued.  One of the members of the Sunday School class I teach likes to try to get me going with the question, ‘If God knows everything, why bother?’ Or something similar to that. God knows what choice we’ll make in every situation but we still have a choice. Check out Why Should We Pray (if God Already Knows Everything Anyway)?

 

 

 

Happy Anniversary to Deb Wolf and her husband!  They’ve made it to 45 years and are looking into the future.  Her 10 tips are among the same life concepts that have helped Ray and I in our 45-year journey. (April 8th we will celebrate that milestone, too.)  Enjoy this article from one of my favorite bloggers!

 

 

 

 

Finally! A review of The Shack that doesn’t bash it to pieces because it isn’t theology accurate.  Finally!  WooHoo!  I’ve read the book and loved it.  Why? Because it attempts to show God the way I believe Him to be.  The Creator of both men and women in His image. (see Genesis 1:27)  I loved it because it shows what mercy and forgiveness are meant to look like.  And I fully expect the movie to be totally awesome.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

Friday Faves

 

There has been some really good reading in several blogs this week.  I’m limiting my sharing to three but there so much more out there.  Be sure to click on the picture to take you to the blog.  Read on….

dreamAre you happy when other’s get what they’ve been dreaming of? Are you dreaming a big enough dream that only God can help you with?

 

 

 

sabbath-rest-300x199What is the Sabbath? How should it be observed?  When should it be observed?

 

 

gluten-free-ranch-potato-biscuits1I’ve been looking for a good biscuit recipe that doesn’t have wheat in it.  This looks really yummy so I’m going to give it a try.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

 

 

 

bible-1166241_960_720Are you taking time in your day to just read God’s Word?  Not study it but read it for the pure joy of connecting with Him.  I highly recommend choosing any translation that really ‘speaks’ to you and read away.

 

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

Friday Faves

 

I’ve been reading a lot in the last few days.  Here are a few of my finds. You can enjoy them by clicking on the picture or the title.

like-a-tongue-sticks-to-an-icicle-i-stuck-my-god-given-gifts-and-talents-inside-my-pocket-where-they-lay-frozen-and-uselessPRIDE DIGNITY AND POCKET LINT                                           Are you kept from sharing your talents because of perfectionism or self-comparison issues.  As Daughters of the King we are given many talents to use in glorifying Him.  We must use them!

 

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HOW TO CONNECT WITH THE FAITH SISTERS YOU NEED         Being intentional in our friendships, spending time with one another, and keeping God in the relationship are a few of the ways to stay connected.

 

The-Eternally-Valuable-Practice-of-Becoming-a-Minimalist-womenabidingTHE ETERNALLY VALUABLE PRACTICE OF BECOMING A MINIMALIST                                                                   Who are you serving?  Your stuff or your Lord.  I’ve been wanting to downsize for quite awhile and this article was very motivational toward that goal.

check-your-neck_-thyroid-cancer-awarenessCHECK YOUR NECK; THYROID CANCER AWARENESS            It is really important that we, women, take responsibility for our health issues.  Being a cancer survivor has made me very aware that unless we insist there is something wrong our doctor may choose not to pursue the issues we are bringing them.  It happened to me,                                                                                           which is why I’m so passionate about                                                                                      who my doctors are and if they will                                                                                          honor my reasonable requests.

gossip-is-a-problem-in-the-church-it-is-often-the-excused-sin-cloaked-as-a-prayer-need-motivated-by-pride-and-judgmentBE HAPPY AND AVOID GOSSIP          Gossip is a big problem everywhere.  In the church where it is disguised as acceptable sin, at the coffee shop where it’s the norm for our culture, yes, even on the phone in private conversations.  God doesn’t like it and we must stop doing it.  Great ideas here for doing just that.

I hope you’ll take the time to read these awesome posts.

Keep on keeping on.

Marie

I connect with several link-ups throughout the week.  You can check them out by going to my Blog Hops page.

Friday Faves

It’s Friday again.  Yep, that happens every seven days 🙂 .   Check out what I’ve been reading this week besides books.  Enjoy!

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Have you given much thought to how you welcome others into your home or life?  This great article from Lifeway Women shares some basic hospitality etiquette.  I’ve practiced not answering the phone and turning off the television when we have company for many years.  My grandparents did this when we visited and it has always stuck with me.  We always felt welcome and loved in their                                                          home.

SurpriseIn We’re All Worth A Second Look, Holley Gerth (one of my favorite writer/bloggers) tells us second best is not a bad thing.

 

 

 

10-New-Christian-Blogs.-MarriedbyHisGrace.com_I really enjoy visiting Blog Hops/Linky Parties around the Internet.  Check out the page I have on this site of some of the parties I visit.  I learn so much and love finding new bloggers to read and follow.  Carmen, at Married By His Grace, has been following several new blogs and has made a list for us.  For me, it was a great way to see what’s new in the Christian blogging world.

 

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Friday Faves

Friday Faves

I’ve found some really great posts for you to check out this week.  I’ve been jetting all over the internet.  Can’t help myself.  There’s so much good writing out there! 🙂

10-Tips-to-Teach-True-Contentment-post-e1467123813358My word for the year is content and I was delighted to find this post at the Little Light On A Hill blog.  I’m very much a proponent of writing down my blessings, thanks to reading Ann Voskamp’s book “One Thousand Gifts”, and that’s just one of the 10 tips.

 

 

downloadRay and I have been hand holders from the day we met.  After many years of marriage, we still hold hands at every opportunity.  Sometimes it’s because we want to connect through touch, others it’s to show support.  This sweet article, HOLDING HANDS is a delightful story of a sweet couple who have been holding hands for many more years than we have!

 

 

 

 

4-640x823I came across this article in the Grace and Truth Link-Up at Like A Bubbling Brook.  I’m always looking for encouragement in my prayer life and this short article fits the bill perfectly.  From making time to choosing a journal it’s definitely worth the read.

 

 

My heart is breaking for the people of France.  Please lift a prayer with me…

Heavenly Father, it’s such a scary time we live in.  Give us strength and courage to move forward and share the Gospel of Peace.  For those who have lost loved ones, let them know Your Presence as the grieve.  For those who are injured, heal them completely.  Give the leaders of France and of other countries around the world wisdom and discernment in dealing with terrorism.  Soften the hearts of those who would harm the innocent.  Oh, LORD, You have promised to be always there for us and we know You are. Keep us safe in Your loving arms.  I lift this prayer in the Precious Name of Jesus.             Make it so!

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Faves

It’s Friday again.  Yes, I know, that happens every seven days 🙂  Some of those weeks seem to go faster than others.  The articles I’ve chosen for this week’s post are quite varied.  I love data-driven posts and you’ll find two of them here.  Since I’m always on the look-out for Bible study techniques, I was delighted to find one that works for kids and adults.  Check them out!

Godly Counselors

 

5-Minute Bible Love Notes is one of my daily go-to blogs.  Gail writes with a clarity that comes from knowing God personally.  Her post, Godly Counselors, reminds us to select those we receive counsel from carefully.

 

VMapHope_edited-1In the article Digging Deeper: Engaging the Word of God (Kids), Deborah Haddix shares a technique that could also be applied to an adult study of individual Bible verses.

 

 

ChickfilasurveyI ran across this post quite by accident.  Very interesting data.  The Faith Equity Index uses publicly available information and corporate surveys to rank national brands.

 

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

Friday Faves

I found some awesome posts for this week’s Friday Faves.  Just click on the picture and it will take you to the post.  Enjoy!

PossibleIt’s OK to be angry.  There are things we should be angry about.  Stay humble and watch your words.  Check out Deb’s list of ways to use our righteous anger at Counting My Blessings.

 

1John2_27You’ve heard the excuses. So have I. The Bible is too hard to understand. The words don’t apply to now.  There are too many contradictions. (Really, show me where!)  Seeking to Know the Truth addresses these excuses and encourages us to keep on reading and studying the Word.

 

Mom-and-Dad-on-cell-phonesCell phones are not a problem unless…  It amazes me that people have to be told to put their phones away and/or shut them off during worship, class, in the doctor’s office, at dinner…  Enjoy (or be convicted by) Tiffiney’s words on this issue; Momma, Please Put Down Your Phone.

 

 

aAre you like me and have an abundance of plastic water bottles?  Here are some great ideas for other uses.

Strangers and Pilgrims On Earth

 

 

675-x-975-The-15-Minutes-That-Change-Your-MarriageRay and I are talkers.  We talk about everything.  It’s one of the aspects of our marriage that has kept us together for more than 40 years.  Alicia, over at Your Vibrant Family suggests this 15-minute habit, used daily, is extremely important to your connection as a couple.

 

 

There are so many excellent bloggers on the internet.  I am often convicted by their words and learn so much from them.  What a blessing they are.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Friday Faves

thmb572ca55393568Happy Friday!  It’s been a very trying week.  I’ve been ill, really sick, for most of the week.  You know the kind of sick that stops everything in its tracks and leaves you so weak all you can do is just lie down and hope it passes soon.  It also gave me way to much time to think about an incident that happened last week.  Don’t delude yourself into believing that only kids are bullied.  I really didn’t recognize it as such until I read this awesome post by Mindy over at the Oil of Myrrh Blog.   satan uses our insecurities to give power to others.  Let me tell you that will stop right now.  Praise God!

Target4Rebekah at Ready To Be Offered has written a post of which we should all be taking note. In Target, Transgenderism, and Toughest Love she comments, “…Christ’s sacrifice  was too costly — and I cheapen grace when I make light of His Word by supporting those who do–”  Her choice to not support large businesses that support the LGBT life-style is encouraging and timely.  Well written Rebekah!

praise-1154566_960_720Can you imagine a world that was hopeful, compassionate, full of grace and mercy, thinking of the other person first, forgiving, loving and prayerful?  This beautiful post at Chasing Holiness uses Francesca Battistelli’s beautiful song Holy Spirit as the framework for a series of ‘what if’ questions that would be world changing if practised.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

 

Friday Faves

I read many blogs throughout the week and thought you might like to check some of these out.  Don’t you love it that the internet is providing a way to connect with people of like interests all over the world?  What a blessing!

scissors-1126805_960_720The first blog post I’m recommending is at Journey of the Word.  There are some places in the Bible that verses are left out.  Want to know why?  Check it out on this post.  It’s short, sweet, and to the point.

 

bring-mayberry-backThe How To Guru makes a very compelling argument to look at Mayberry again and apply the characteristics of this 60’s TV show to life today.  She’s spot on with 8 usable and doable challenges.

 

 

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Have you given much thought to the qualities you’d like to see in your spouse and the future spouse of your children?  Check out Chuck and Ruth Gangard’s post at The Vine Press. 

 

 

Most-people-say-they-would-like-to-have-a-more-engaged-prayer-life.-Check-out-these-10-ways-to-add-life-to-your-prayers...I read Deb’s posts at Counting My Blessings every time they pop up in my email. There’s always a great thought or idea.  Today she’s talking about putting life in your prayer life.

 

yard-yahtzee6-682x1024I do enjoy being outdoors and finding this post in the 100 Happy Days Blog Hop was a delightful surprise.  I’m sure we’ll be using Yard Yahtzee at home and VBS and church picnic and family reunion…  What fun!

 

 

I do hope you’ll take the time to visit all or some of these sites.  There’s some really great writing and ideas here.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie